I just heard from my aunt that my cousin sister is having a rough time. Her teenage son has been caught doing drugs and is now in detention and undergoing marijuana rehab. When I heard that, I was stunned and didn’t know what to say. Even as a mother to several young children, I cannot imagine what she is going through right now. I don’t wish to understand the feeling because never in a million years, I want that to happen to any of my kids. Parents pray their kids grow up staying away from bad influences and activities. We pray harder when our kids are teenagers, a time when their rebelious nature are at its peak. To realise your kid is doing drugs, that’s heartbreaking. I pray her son recovers from his addiction and get his life back in order.
Clarisse has been picked to sing in her kindergarten’s end-of-year concert. She will be part of a small choir group who will be singing a few Chinese songs while other classmates dances to the tunes. All six kids in the choir has now started to rehearse. Her school seems to take performance acts very seriously. Judging from the number of teachers and hired musicians involved in rehearsals, the school seems to go to great length to ensure a good show. On top of musical recordings, teachers even play musical instruments live during the concert. The expensive audio visual equipment and costumes to be made each year. I can spot the pianist and guitarist using a pair of good Shure microphone wireless in-ear monitoring system in rehearsals. Good stuff these Shure audio products.
My IBM ThinkPad has been with me for a very very long time and has served me well. When I bought in 2004, I never imagined I’ll still be using it in 2013. That’s nine long human years, nearly a century old in computer years. My ThinkPad is an ancient piece of hardware.
The battery is dead though. And the original 30GB hard drive died two years ago and I replaced it with a 160GB hard drive. Apart from these two very common problems, the ThinkPad is chugging along everyday just fine. I could buy a replacement battery but since I’m using my ThinkPad at home, permanently plugged in the electrical outlet, I don’t think I need a new battery. Simply because I don’t need it. It is too heavy to be portable. My iPad is my tool of choice when I go out.
The ThinkPads of yesteryears are really made to last. I can attest to that. Mine is probably the bottom model of the range at that time. It may be slow but it’s more enough for me to browse the web, email, type some documents, watch downloaded videos, listen to my mp3s and other light stuff. Next year my ThinkPad will celebrate it’s 10th year in existence. Remarkable. They don’t build it like they used to.
Clarisse learned how to use print shop software to design and print out cards in kindergarten last week. Since then she’s been asking me if she could use my laptop to make a birthday card for me and her grandfather. I don’t know which software she used in her kindergarten. I’m asking my husband to google up some softwares that are meant for kids to design, draw and print stuff out.
Finally he caves in. My husband got his mirrorless camera, the Sony NEX F3, last week.
I was annoyed with him when he couldn’t make up his mind last month despite a huge discount. But lucky for him he has the last laugh as the discount given this month is even bigger.
Last month he would have gotten a RM400 discount. But this month, he gets another RM150 on top of the RM400. Also, a RM20 voucher for use on any products within the store in June. So RM400 + RM150 + RM20, that’s RM570 discount off his Sony NEX F3! For a product retailing at RM1899, that’s a 30% discount. Not a bad deal.
A loud thud outside my bedroom woke me up this morning. It sounded like something heavy fell on the floor and unfortunately I was right. Our framed wedding photo which we hang on the wall in the living hall upstairs was on the floor. The toggle bolt holding the framed photo was broken and the impact, a couple of feet drop, damaged the frame. I will have to fix the photo frame and the wall now. On hindsight, I should have used a bigger toggle bolts to hang the photo because the frame is quite heavy.
Our first date anniversary is just around the corner and to celebrate, we are planning for a dinner date for two. Yea without the kids, it will be a rare occassion. I asked my mum if she could take care of the kids for an evening, just a couple of hours and she agreed.
As for his present I bought Feather razors. Feather is a brand of good razors. The one I bought is a stainless steel safety razor. Quite expensive for such a simple item but it will probably last a long long time. I don’t know if he bought my present yet.
Anyway, it’s gonna be our 16th year together. And I wish we will have many many more years to come.
My husband is itching to get his hands on a new digital camera: the Sony NEX series. But he just can’t decide which model to get. The outgoing Sony NEX F3 is selling with a heavy discount now, a RM400 of it’s usual retail price of RM1899. I’m urging him to get this model but he seems to be dragging his feet.
I know why he does that. He always check out the entire range of any electrical items we want to buy to see if for a little more money, a higher range model offers more bang for the buck. I know it’s the right thing to do but somehow he does it so often it kinda annoys me a little.
He often complains how slow and incompetent his compact camera is at shooting our kids’ photos. And how much he wish to get better prosumer quality digicam with interchangeable lenses. The Sony NEX F3 is now selling at a huge discount and he still can’t make up his mind. Feel like slapping some sense into him.
Edward gave us fright today. While my husband and I were in the kitchen busy with food preparation, he slipped past us and made his way into the storage room. He wanted to take a can of baked beans for us to cook for him, that’s what he said afterwards. But somehow he ended up fooling around with a torch lighter when we looked for him. Fortunately his small fingers are not strong enough to press the ignition lever to light up. Nor does he know how to do it I’d like to believe. How the torch lighter ended up within his reach, I don’t know. We make sure these stuff are out of his reach. He can’t reach it even standing on a chair. I suspect the cleaner lady may have moved things around in the storage room racks the day before and I fail to realise it.
Baby Nathan is 5 months and 1 week old now. I think I can say he recognise his own name today. Daddy often call out his name and observe how he reacts. But today baby Nathan has shown us he responses to his name quite well and more importantly, doesn’t respond when we call out “Clarisse” or “Edward”. No reaction at all. We ran this drill a couple of times today and he did it consistently enough to convince us he has reached another milestone. The way his face light up and smile when we call his name is adorable. Melts my heart every time.