Wednesday, July 1, 2015

So excited with my new job!

The previous weeks, I made a decision to point my career to the right path.  I know it was right, necessary, and will happen one day but I’m not expecting that it would be that week.  I’m thinking about that decision of changing my job for long time since it’s not the direction I wanted in my life however, the camaraderie of the  people around me in my working area  such as my supervisor, co-workers, and friends in nearby department, made my stay longer.  The work was hard but their friendship, support, and care to me were amazing and I can’t thank them enough for that.

Now, that means, I am jobless.  I needed to focus on the plan of shifting the curve line to a straight one.  Well, to give you a clue, I’m a working student and I’m taking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).   I landed working in an amazing work place unfortunately however it’s far from the medical field I’m trying to attain.  I’ve been working there for long time because the company was very good in accommodating my changing schedules.  That was one of the main reasons of staying however, I can’t use the working experience as my back-up to my main career and because of that, I made the decision of resigning.

Well, one of the great starting jobs for a nursing student like me is to be a clinical assistant, a nurse aide, or a certified nursing assistant (CNA).  And so, that’s the path I walked.  I took the training and took the written and skills test.  I passed the written and skills test and was given the license to work.

I applied in one of the rehabilitation hospitals here in our place and I’m happy that I was accepted and will be started working this July in the Ventilation Assisted Unit.

Do you have any good story about a great deal in buying a car? I do!

Do you have any good story about a great deal in buying a car you like? Well, I do and it blows me away. The story started last Sunday afternoon, unexpected, and unplanned in the parking lot of Russ’s Market. I was sitting in my husband’s working car when he asked me if I’m interested to see a car he’s interested to buy. I told him sure! So we went and while we’re on the road, he told me that the car he’s interested in was drivable but not in excellent condition because there were many little things that need to be repaired. However, he’s a mechanic in his own right and way and he loves fixing cars so for me it was not surprising.

When we arrived at the area, I saw the car and it was in the back parking lot of the car dealer. It was not looking good at all but I know my husband can flip it. So I said to him, “yes, that’s a good price for a project to put time into”. However, while turning away from that vehicle, I saw another vehicle with a price tag not far from the asking of the other one. It looks new, I will say gorgeous, and perfect. It was actually one of the new Ford Explorer specifically and the outside had few but small scratches, no dings, and was well taken cared. The inside was the same. It had leather seats, very clean, and was obviously maintained nicely.

Now, the only problem according to the mark written in the front wind shield was it had a timing chain broken. My husband said, “it’s not a problem because I can buy/fix it” and so it’s still a good buy. So, the following day, Monday, I went back on that place since my husband can’t because he was working on his regular job. I told the car dealer that my husband and I were there yesterday and was interested to buy that Ford Explorer. Expectedly, the car dealer explained to me the problem about the timing chain. A lady from the room somewhere at the back, probably the big boss of the car dealer said in a loud voice, “that car has an engine problem too” and needs to be changed. So now, the car had two huge problems. With that being said, I let my husband talk to the car guy and do the decision if he’s interested or not to buy it.

With the conversation, it seemed my husband was still interested even with that additional problem given and so I told the car dealer that I will pay it right then and there to be sure that we get it. However, he said that I can do the payment in the afternoon including the paper works. It was good on my part because my husband will be there. In the afternoon, after the working hours of my husband, we went there to finalize the purchase. After the payment and the paper works, we checked the car again and we fell in love with the car because of how the car was well taken cared. It looks new! Of course the gas mileage was outstanding too.

Now, here comes the hard part, the towing. Well, my husband forgot to bring a battery at first. All he had was his brother to help him and the towing gear. My husband tried to tow it using the strap, not sure of how you call it but it’s a gear for towing. Unfortunately, the wheels were not turning and so it pulls the front bumper up a little bit. My husband said, “I have to make another plan since it’s not working our way”. And there he remembered that he should have brought a battery to power up the wheels I guess, something to that effect. So we went back across town again to get the battery and back.
Excitingly, my brother-in –law tried turning on the engine expecting that it will not work at all.  Surprisingly, it worked.  The deafening sound of an engine shocked all of us especially my husband.  Nothing was wrong with the car.  My brother-in-law drove it and everything worked perfectly. Instead of pulling the car, we drove it home. Until now, the car is still in its excellent condition and runs great.  We considered it as a gift from above.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

#Happy Birthday #Happy Father's Day

Celebration for me is always fun, big, and noisy which includes food and family. For some others, celebration means traveling, mountain climbing, or simply resting. Today is a very special day to me and I am celebrating because of two special reasons.

The first reason why today is a very special day is because it is the second birthday of my daughter. Her name is Madilynn. She is truly a special gift from God, a blessing, and an angel to us. She is always our source of joy, our inspiration, and our encouragement. From the time that she came in our lives, she changed us. She brought happiness, love, and positivity in our family. She keeps on giving us more than we can give to her and we are forever grateful.

The second reason why I am celebrating today is because it is father’s day. I am lucky to have men in my life that are so admiring, loving, and responsible. I have my wonderful husband who is there for me no matter what. He understands me, takes good care of me, and gives the best for me and our daughter. It’s one of the many things that I count as a great blessing. He’s continuing to build a very good foundation of our family where our daughter can be happy and proud of as she grows under his care.

I am fortunate also to have both my father and father-in-law in my life. Both of them are inspirations and are good examples to me and to my daughter and we always acknowledge them by saying thank you for being there for us all the time. They spend precious moments playing with our little princess if they can. These moments are treasured and appreciated because it gives positive impact to our daughter. I wish that today, your great day, you will enjoy and spend the day with glee. I pray that you will continue to have good health, blissful life, and countless blessings.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

One of my favorite books, "A Child Called "It".

The book entitled "A Child Called "It" is a depressing autobiography of the author, Dave Pelzer. In this book, he wrote a compelling account of his struggles as a young boy from the age of 4 to the age of 12 years, in the hands of his mentally ill, abusive and alcoholic mother. He unveiled the curtain of being an abused child and revealed his unpleasant experiences as he succumbed the grueling and hateful attacks of his detrimental mother.

Before the abuse began, Dave recalled that he had a happy and normal family. His father was working as a fireman in San Francisco, working twenty four hour shifts and was rarely at home. His mother was a kind, gentle, wonderful gardener, and excellent cook, often making exotic meals matched up with exotic music while the family ate. She was very energetic, caring, and cleaned the house extremely well. Dave had two brothers named Stan and Russell.

They would often have outings or celebrations of holidays such as Halloween and Christmas. On Halloween, they carved pumpkins for decorations, and on Christmas they always had dozens of presents for each child under the tree. Summer vacations were always planned by Dave’s mother. They would rent a cabin on the Russian River and enjoy every moment of it, either swimming or watching the sunset with the whole family. However, these happy moments were short lived. Changes started when Dave’s mother began spending her days on the couch watching television and drinking when her husband was not at home. Dave became the target of his mother’s drunken rage. (Dave, P. (1995). A child called “it” : once child courage to survive. Florida: Health Communications, Inc.)

Taking the first step is a challenge!

Taking the first step to start a complex project, a plan, or even the easiest task is sometimes challenging. I can say this because I experience this most of the times. One obvious example is my failure of updating my blog. I am in front of my computer most of the times and I like writing and sharing my experiences however, it’s the small step, the very first step which in my case is to sit down and write whatever is on my mind that becomes a hindrance. It seems easy to say and do what I just said but in reality I always ended up circling around the plans or project and it is very frustrating at times.

So today, I have to make changes. I acknowledge that I have a problem in starting off and with that I am committing myself to update my blogs as much as I can. I learned that when I give time and focus to something I want, it gives an amazing development and accomplishment and I believe that this is true to other people too.