My uncle’s new company will officially be opening it’s doors in June 2011. He’s in the business of distributing pre-fabricated furniture and construction parts. My husband will be helping out his IT staff set up inetsoft business intelligence software and the procuring the necessary hardward for his company. It will only be on a temporary basis. It’s going to be a very much two month period for him as he will have to make several trips to KL. I’ll be required to drive Clarisse to school when he’s not around. It’s very distracting when baby Edward is in the car. I hope I’ll be able to handle the distractions while driving. It’s been a long time since I drove a car.
Baby Edward is 19 months now. He hardly looks like a toddler because he has very little hair. This morning, Clarisse’s class teacher thought Edward was under 1 year old. It’s the same with everyone else who assume he’s just a big baby. It is funny when you see him walk and run. It’s like watching a baby do things beyond what babies are capable of.
Clarisse was pretty much the same. She had little hair when she was 1 and a half years old. Everyone thought he was a boy when she wore t-shirts and pants. Around two and a half years old, she started to grow more hair. And around three, it started to curl. Now at nearly four, Clarisse has a full head of hair with big curls. My only wish is the curls won’t turn in a frizzly mess like me. Let the curls remain the way it is, bigger loops and curls.
My gym buddy, or should I say my ex-gym buddy considering I’ve quit since after conceiving Clarisse, gave me a surprise visit today after more than a year. We did lots of catching up throughout the afternoon. She related her menopausal experience which happened some time last year. Fortunately, her symptoms wasn’t bad but being a gym fanatic all these years, she’s feeling rather depressed with the sudden weight gain. Especially around her belly. She has resumed full gym activities last month. Adopted a stricter diet and nutrition plan. And she is considering using testosterone cream for women to compensate for the lower testosterone levels. A common problem for women after menopause. To be honest, I felt she is a bit too critical about her midsection and overall figure. She is fit compared to my uhm, motherly figure. And at her age, she looks hotter than many younger women.
My husband’s tennis buddy has been posting a lot of updates of his weight loss progress on Facebook lately. The last time we saw him was more than 4 years ago. Clarisse wasn’t even born yet. He has always been on the heavy side. Sometime last year we noticed he started to post about losing weight on Facebook. Last week, he was particularly excited having reached a 25kg milestone and proudly posted a picture of himself. We also chatted about his weight loss regime. He committed himself to a strict dieting program alongside a professionally prescribed use of adapexin-p weight loss supplement. Works out at the gym every alternate days and he has managed to stick to it for over a year. I drooled with envy when I hear about him being able to spare the time to go to the gym. And most importantly, he sounds very determined to lose the pounds. We can’t wait to see him in person.
Meal times, especially dinner, are like a war zone. Lunch and dinner are two sessions of the day I dread most. Clarisse is a very fussy and slow eater. Every day I have to force her to eat her food. She’ll be 4 years old next month and for the past few months I’ve forced to her eat all by herself. I used to feed her because she refuses to eat but it can’t go on forever obviously. Even when I cane her or constantly yell at her, Clarisse takes no less than one hour to finish her bowl of rice. There is nothing you can do to make her gulp down her food at a pace normal human beings do.
The first thing people say to me is that Clarisse may not like the food I cook for her. Not really coz she still eat very slowly when we dine out, whatever food she eats. I’m losing this battle against her. I’m out of ideas.
Our search for electric height adjustable table is fruitless. Every local furniture shop we went to don’t carry it. So we decided to call up a friend who’s into manufacturing modern furniture components as a last resort. He was very helpful and suggested a couple of furniture distributors who do have what we’re looking for. In fact, Ikea used to have it in their catalogue a few years ago but not now. He offered to deliver our table to us in one of his company’s inter-state cargo trucks, saving us significant transportation fees. We’ve got some phone calls to make tomorrow morning.
I accompanied my husband to a chiropractor today. He has been complaining about pain in the neck, shoulder and lower back region for years. At times, the pain is so bad he could barely turn his head while driving. The pain comes and goes but lately it is quite frequent.
Workspace furniture also play a very important role in ensuring your well-being. We have been using conventional ergonomic chairs and desks for years. Unfortunately he has to work very long hours and it’s taking a toll on his body. Sitting too long can wreak havoc to our body. We have been advised to upgrade our ergonomic furniture to ergonomic kneeling chairs and electronic sit-to-stand height adjustable desks. Hope it helps.
It’s been nearly a month since we bought an iPad. The original one not iPad 2. Apple cut a huge discount on the iPad when iPad 2 was announced, nearly 25% off the original price. Before the price cut, my husband wanted to wait for iPad 2 but changed his mind immediately after that. We anticipated the iPad would most probably end up as a gaming console for Clarisse and she’d spend more time on it than we do. The games and apps for her won’t need a faster CPU or graphics processor. So we decided to save the money by buying the original iPad and spend it on educational apps and games.
We bought the 16GB WiFi model, the lowest in the range. Clarisse was absolutely delighted when she saw we bought an iPad. Just days after she played with a demo unit at the shop. The touchscreen interface is very easy for kids to get used to. Within minutes, she’s playing games, jigsaw puzzles, mazes, drawing and coloring on the iPad.
Clarisse have been pestering us to let her play computer games. If she play games on our PCs, we would be wasting a lot of productivity time. We considered the PlayStation portable, Nintendo Wii or Nintendo DS but educational apps and kiddie games are pretty limited. Not to mention quite expensive to buy. So the iPad is hands down the best choice for us. The iPad keeps her entertained and occupied at home and in the car.