Quality Matters

I am a woman, wife, and mother of three daughters. My husband is a man and a father of three daughters. He is duly outnumbered and knows it. Also, I am like many other women a fan of having a selection of shoes. My daughters are also a fan of having a selection of shoes in particular trying on many of mine.

My husband is very simple when it comes to shoes. There is one kind he wears that fits his needs and gets one pair each year to replace the only pair he wears for that year. [Read more]

Dear John

I write this letter to my dear friend John and his family.   The time our families enjoyed each other’s company has left a major impression on all of us and our children.   But careers and weather have taken you from Wisconsin to greener pastures near Dallas, Texas.

I fully appreciate the pictures you have sent me of all of the beautiful flowers and plants that have no chance of growing in Wisconsin.   You even get to have the mulberry trees or bushes to provide you with delicious fruit I can’t have here.   However, there exists a minor challenge.

You are new to that area and the way of life in your new home.   You also have a little one who will bring in some interesting things from the outdoors either on purpose or on the bottom of her shoes.   Over time, your carpets will get it like ours did here and will need attention.   [Read more]

Beware of the Statistical Claims

Okay, I must admit I didn’t do too badly in my Intro to Statistics course.   At the same time, I am glad that brain strain is over.   But the class did provide me with enough insight into the field of statistics to understand what people are saying and not saying.

Let me be specific as that last sentence was a bit vague.   This is an election year in the USA.   We are going to get bombarded with political ads making one claim after another.   Some will recite polling data while some others will show percentages or make a big deal out of some statistical data.

The polling information is not something I’m going to talk again about.   It is highly suspect and misleading most of the time.   I do not bother paying attention to it.

But what about all of those neat sounding statistical statements saying because of this something else happened and look at this chart?   [Read more]

Sand, Water, and Children

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As any parent knows, children keep you busy.   Since we are being honest, we can also admit toys serve as a source to draw their attention to an object to give you a little bit of breather time.   There are also the eye-hand coordination skills and different experiences as a positive, but just needing to watch the kids is easier on the tired body than being a human jungle gym. [Read more]

I’m Not the Only One

After a long break which will result in several posts, I’m finally back.   Part of my catching up with everything also includes catching up with my college classes I am taking in pursuit of my IT degree.   One class in particular has me nearly going insane.   But let me backtrack a bit.

In my first degree, I discovered something in college in the Philippines that I did not care for.   My pet peeve then was being forced to take unrelated general education classes at the expense of my time and money for no beneficial gain.   Many can identify with this.   You take the class, take notes, do the assignments, take the tests, and then promptly forget everything as it has nothing to do with why you are there.

In the field of IT, I found classes like Intro to Psychology to be utterly pointless.   Intro to Sociology has nothing to do with Networking Administration classes.   Feel free to insert the general education class of your choice that wasted your time.

But which one is driving me up a wall now?   [Read more]

Answer to a Grandma’s Problem

There comes a time in a child’s life when they can start to expand their options.  Specifically, my younger daughters are nearing the time of hanging out with their Grandma and Grandpa or Lola and Lolo on my hubby’s side.

However, my in-laws are limited on their child car safety seat options. Quite simply, they have a really nice, clean car, and one would be hard-pressed to find a spec of dirt in most of their car. Their cleanliness is to be commended, and my hubby and I wish we could be as clean. However, my trio are not the cleanest sort; they leave a trail and are required to clean up their messes. This made me wonder: Would my in-laws really want them to ride with them?

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Why Americans Look for Asian Women

I will say up front that I truly wish this was an April fool’s joke but it isn’t.   Unfortunately, the ugly side of life does not take a day off.     The topic for this post is something many Fil-Am couples know about and that is what attracts them together.   But I will not be doing it in a standard way.

There exists a blog post that has gotten quite the attention because of the venom spewed at Asian women, our cultures, and much of what makes us who we are.   The author of “Asian Women Need to Stop Dating White Men” proclaims her work is satire or sarcasm.    However, any person who can think of the hate-filled junk written in that post really needs help.   She tries to proclaim it isn’t sarcasm and people are just misunderstanding what she writes.   I’m not buying it.  

A person has to be truly vain, petty, and a flat out racist in the truest sense of the word to think of that junk and write it down.   [Read more]

What You Need to Know Before You Check Gas Leaks at Home

Gas leaks can be dangerous. If you smell gas you need to act quickly.

Turn it Off

Turn off the gas supply at the cylinder and then call a plumber like Hall & Baum for urgent advice. Turn off all appliances in your home including electrical appliances and light switches. Switch off the power at the mains. Do not use your telephone as this could create a spark. Go outside and use your mobile phone to get help.

If you can you should turn the gas off at the meter. The meter will usually be located at the front or at the side of the house. It is a good idea to find out the location of the meter as a precautionary measure. [Read more]

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