Rain, Rain

Rain, Rain

It is said that rain washes away dirt.  It can bless circumstances.  Today, is one of those days.

I started blogging last year, but it never really showcased my many talents that God has granted me.  Therefore, this year I would love to share regularly things that I’ve made, tried, and/or have been inspired.

This morning when I woke up, it was already raining.  It felt like a snow day-a day of just staying in.  So, I ended up watching Charles Stanley’s “In Touch.”  He spoke on courage and why many of us don’t muster up to following through.

“COURAGE: The quality of mind or spirit enabling us to meet danger, face opposition, or the challenges of life with fearlessness, calmness, and firmness.” Charles Stanley 2017

That is what I truly hope and pray that I can inspire in anyone who reads this blog or any other blog thereafter.  It takes courage to try new things.  It also takes courage to showcase ideas, projects, and whatever comes my way.  I know that there are those who are better than me in all that I do.  I may or may not ever become better in those areas.  But, to not share what I’ve gained knowledge in, is just being plain selfish.

So, my first “Sharing is Caring” is my discovery of Amazon Fresh (If you click on the picture, it’ll take you to the site).

As most of you know, we, David & I live on the 2nd floor.  Every time I go grocery shopping, I have to find a spot on our street or park in the back and hope that David is home to help me carry this stuff up to our place.

Welcome Amazon Fresh.  I can grocery shop in the comforts of my home and even in my PJ’s.  I can have the freedom of shopping at 2am or truly look in my fridge to make sure I don’t really need the item.  Most importantly, I’m not overspending and buying things I really don’t need like Donettes or cupcakes.  I don’t see them, I don’t need them.  I can even look at the recipes of the week and go by that list and know I’m not forgetting anything…except for today.

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Groceries come in this bag, that can be folded so that you can put multiple ones into one.  It gets delivered by the Post Office.  You just have to ask the delivery person to wait so that they’ll take the old ones away.  Cold food gets delivered with ice packs that stay frozen for at least 5 hours.  Click on the picture and it’ll take you to the site.  I’m telling you, you’ll never go grocery shopping again.  Until….

I forgot the main ingredient…the Beef.  Yes, Where’s the Beef?

So, after working on the computer for 45 minutes and playing with my Cricut Explore Air, I woke David up and we went to Starbucks and Trader Joe’s.

As we were walking to the Starbucks, the roof’s gutter was pouring out the water, making it look like a waterfall.  David points out, “Hey, it’s the backside of water.”  He will neverimg_1089

seize to amaze me with his wittiness, even after 14 years!

My second “Sharing is Caring” are the Sous Vide Egg Bites. So, I got both types.  The Bacon & Guyere was ok, and is 12 Weight Watcher Points, if I ate both (they come in 2’s).  The Egg White & Roasted Red Pepper was 6 points for 2, but since I was sharing, it really was 3 Weight Watcher Points.  The 3 points tasted better, even after finding out how many points they were.  Next time I get them, I’ll take a picture of it.  They’re pretty good in size and were quite filling.

Lastly, even though I made it a week ago and shared it, I love using my Cricut Air Explorer. I got it, because David wanted me to make Christmas Cards.  I wanted a new Cricut.  So, I was able to get one and have made my Christmas cards and now making other projects.  Right now, I’m designing Valentine Day Cards and decorations.  Yes, eventually I’d like to sell them.

So, here’s a small project that I’d like to leave all of you with.  Enjoy!img_1077

I needed to update this post, after David & I experienced the rain having an impact on my car.  It got flooded.

Tomorrow, David will help me getting it to the place we have all of the body work done, JRF Body Shop in Bellflower, CA.  They are a blessing, with the owner, Danny being larger than life, it’s easy going there and know that not only will you feel that you’re not just another source of their income; but, that you’re a friend that they can help.

Yeah, I got upset with David.  I even walked in the rain, getting drenched (hopefully not sick).  But, we will get through this.  I just have to ‘Let God, be God.’

 

 

Blessed as Always

img_0612The 3 things I’m most grateful for and constantly blessed by are
1. People who believe in me and truly are vested in my future, like my managers at work; my husband; and, my family.

2. The way my parents taught me that hard work will pay off eventually.

3. The idea and principle that my parents taught me that if a superior tells you to do something, do it without complaining or questioning. Just do it. And, that if you have nothing to do, find something productive to do. If need be, ask.

Awesome Things

Day 3 has me thinking of random but important things in my life.  They’re things that even though one might not agree, they do hold some type of importance in my life.

Even though hockey season started on October 12, I am able to enjoy a sport that is both exciting and allows me to talk to my husband. It’s also a great way for us to have some friendly competition as he likes the NY Rangers and I love the Anaheim Ducks.

Stepping stones are a reminder that life always going to be a challenge. We do have to walk gingerly at times to get through, so as to not fall into a pool of water. There are times that we can skip and get our feet wet. Also, it’s a bit of risk to get through life, if you’re trying to get from one place to another. But, in the end, once you’ve gotten to the other side, it was well worth it.

Lastly, the toilet. It’s known that the Jews have a prayer after they’ve used the restroom. It’s a prayer that allows them to thank God that they were able to have a bowel movement. This then means that the body is in working order.

As I say, sometimes I have plumbing problems. Well, life’s problems are like that as well. Yeah, the problem might have you tied in knots. You may have to really push through it. But, in the end, it allows you to have a sense of relief once it’s all done.

It’s also an item that allows us to have fun with potty jokes and sounds. Laughter is probably the best medicine to get through anything. If you can laugh through it all, you know that it’s not going to be that bad.

So, to leave you with a sense of gratitude and laughter, enjoy this scene! Please excuse the bad word in the title.

 

Thankful Thankful Day 2

So, it’s now day 2 and I still have more things to be thankful for.  It’s as though I’ve hit the jackpot of blessings from up above.

  1.  I’m so thankful for the place that I work at.  I am paid well, not only monetarily, but the support and friendships that I’ve received and the blessings I’m able to give to others are stacked upon each other, daily.ehi
  2. The ability and motivation to get up every morning at 4am and go to the gym that’s opened 24 hours.  It’s here that I am giving back to God for the body he’s given me, by taking care of it.24-hour_fitnesslogo
  3. I am thankful for people like Jeff Bezos who created and leads Amazon.  This company founded AmazonFresh, which has revolutionized my grocery shopping.  I now do my shopping online and have them deliver it.  No more having to call or make sure that David is home to help me carry the supplies up to our place.  No more having to go to the store and mindlessly buy food we don’t need.amazon_fresh

So, yeah, this post may look like a plug for these companies.  But, if it weren’t for Jack Taylor, we wouldn’t have the company Enterprise Rent a Car or even Alamo or National.  UBER drivers would only have one place to go to rent cars for their business.  But, more importantly, I wouldn’t have found my dream place to work for.

God bless Mark Mastrov who had the vision that having a gym opened 24 hours would allow people to take care of their fitness at any time of the day.

Again, Jeff Bezos has my blessings for allowing me to shop from home, buy printer ink at a great price, clothing, and even my groceries.

Yeah, this may also appear to be materialistic.  But, in this great country of ours, where capitalism helps run this country; and, health, wealth, and basic necessities are obtained through these companies, it boils down to why am I truly thankful for these places?

So, my question to you is what are your 3 companies that you are eternally thankful for?

Grateful, Grateful

Hopefully this goes through

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This is November 1st and it is the month to reflect on things that we are grateful and thankful for.  Each day I’m going to post 3 things that I’m grateful and thankful for.  Share, like, repost, or just ponder if you’d like.

So, the 3 things I’m grateful and thankful for are

  1.  My friends and family.  Whether it’s our good friend Tomoko from Japan, my Guatemalan sister, or my seester from birth.  Each one has a special place in my heart and has shaped me into the woman I am today.img_0052
  2. My husband of 14 years.  We can argue or get upset or even disappoint each other with our actions or words.  But, we also know how to forgive each other and still love each other at the end of the day.fullsizeoutput_327.jpeg
  3. The ability to have finished my degree.  It is with this degree, that has made me officially…

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Grateful, Grateful

 

This is November 1st and it is the month to reflect on things that we are grateful and thankful for.  Each day I’m going to post 3 things that I’m grateful and thankful for.  Share, like, repost, or just ponder if you’d like.

So, the 3 things I’m grateful and thankful for are

  1.  My friends and family.  Whether it’s our good friend Tomoko from Japan, my Guatemalan sister, or my seester from birth.  Each one has a special place in my heart and has shaped me into the woman I am today.img_0052
  2. My husband of 14 years.  We can argue or get upset or even disappoint each other with our actions or words.  But, we also know how to forgive each other and still love each other at the end of the day.fullsizeoutput_327.jpeg
  3. The ability to have finished my degree.  It is with this degree, that has made me officially more employable.  I now work at a place that I truly feel like I can be myself and grow both professionally and personally.p1080262

Day 46 In the Sink Hole

 

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Day 46 In the Sink Hole wakes me up with the morning dampness.  The night before I had slept in the Hole.  I then see the infamous ladder being lowered down.

“Goo mohningu!” exclaims Toshiko.

“I’m up.  Let me just gather my things.” I exclaim in return.

I make my way up the rungs of the ladder.  I notice that the ladder’s last run is actually sticking out of the hole quite noticeably.  Hmmm, there’s hope after all.

I then realize that I had asked Toshiko the night before to wake me up a half hour early, I needed to call a company on the East Coast.  I needed help in registering a product that I got for my science class.  That starts June 13th.

We get into the house and I go straight for the computer and call the company.  Oh good, someone actually answered.

I explain that I had gotten the material, but it’s asking for an access code, but I had erased accidentally.  The woman was sweet and kind and helped me reset it.  As we’re waiting for the computer to fire up again, I ask where I’m calling.

“Kentucky, really close to Cincinnati, Ohio,” she answers.

“Oh, My Husband is really big Cincinnati Reds Fan,” I explain.

“Oh, wow.  We’re actually going to their game tonight,” she converses back.

“Well, I hope you have fun,” I say.

The computer finally comes on and the program works.  I just need a code from the instructor now to start the courses.

I thank the kind woman and hang up.

I then email the professor, explaining that I now need a code, because since he wants an assignment done the first day of class, I don’t want to wait until the last minute to do it.  I also explain that I work until 5pm everyday.

Toshiko comes into the office, where we have the computer and asks, “Eburee singu ohritsu?”

“Yeah, I think so,” I answer.

It’s now off to the shower and getting ready for work.  As I’m starting the shower, I wonder what’s in store for me at work.  Lately, they’ve had me go to one of the branches to work there.

I hop into the shower and begin my prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I’m really anxious for this class to start.  After much consideration, I truly want to work permanently for the company I’m at now and just need this class to be over with and I can then gain employment there.

I’m extremely grateful that they’re patient with me and always want the best for me and from me.

Thank you that I was able to experience the branch and see what it’s like.  That was the much needed nail for me to make the decision on wanting to work for them.

Thank you that everyone else that’s waiting for me to start making more money have been patient as well.

Thank you that the woman this morning was able to help me with this online course.

Please allow me to have a wonderful day at work, as You always let me have.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

As I’m getting ready and doing my hair, I just feel hopeful that everything is going to work out and that hope and faith are going to get me through any trial.

KROQ seems to be playing some throwback tunes that remind me of when I was 23-24.  Oddly enough at that time, I was going to school at LBCC and listening to the same thing.  With this whole school thing and moving back, lately, I feel like I’m getting a second chance on life.

When I arrive, I see PE waiting for the elevator.  Not realizing that he had stopped smoking, I ask, “How was it the past 2 days?”

“Taking your phone calls because you keep charging the customers’ credit cards,” he says quite rudely.

I explain, “Well, Boss Lady 2 didn’t say for me to call them.”

As he walks ahead of me, I stick my tongue out at him.  I also give him that snarky look that he deserves for greeting me in such a manner.  So much for the hopeful and positive attitude I was going to have today.

I then begin my work and remind myself that I am grateful that I don’t need to sit next to him anymore.  It is then that I over hear him say that he’s trying to quit smoking.  Ohhh, hence the reason why he was so rude.  He should be so grateful that I haven’t turned on him, as any Gemini would have, a long time ago.

I’ve never been into the horiscopes, maybe the occasional looking at the newspaper of what fortunes may lay ahead.  But, I do look at personality and try to judge accordingly to the patterns of that personality and see if I can meet them half way.  So, yes, in that retrospect of having an ‘evil twin’, the angry side, the rotten side, can make its appearance.

As the day goes on, I see TR and tell her about the class and that it will be done on July 16th.  It is then that I ask if I should start the paperwork or wait.  She gives me the green light.  Alright, by this weekend, I will have adjusted my resume and will send in my application.  I was on Cloud 9, once again.

But, Cloud 9 became gray clouds when I get a call from the school where this class is going to take place, because the registrar’s office couldn’t see if I had taken a biology class.  I tell the woman I’m eating my lunch and at work.  I can’t do this until 5pm.  She needed this done by the morning, or I would be dropped from the class.

I go out for my walk, because I’m just distraught.  I call out to God, “Why is this happening?”

I call My Husband and explain everything.

When I get back, I tell Boss Lady 2 that I need to run home and will be back.  I’ve got an emergency to take care of.

I get home and frantically try to find my transcripts from LBCC that says I took the human biology class.  I was told straight out that all I needed was a biology class and I could take this course.

I find it!  I then frantically copied and pasted it onto an email to this person and hope that she gets it.

I get back to work in less than 30 minutes, but know that I’ll need to stay the extra 30 to make up for it.  That’s fine, I have tons of stuff I need to do, because before lunch, I found out that I’d be going back to the branch in the morning!

Around 4, I get a text from My Husband.  After that, a friend of mine calls.  I can’t talk to either one, since I’m knee deep into a project.

I don’t get out of work until 6!  I think that’s the latest I’ve ever stayed.  I didn’t get anything I needed to do done, since T&E’s were due today. I’m told that tomorrow I’m to go to the branch, again to help out, since I spoiled them there!  I just hope that my hard work pays off and I can get a permanent position.

As I leave the office, I see that I have a voicemail from the school.  The woman who told me from the very get go that all I needed was a biology class, and even up to the point of telling me that I was going to get dropped, if I didn’t have a biology course, then tells me that I have the WRONG biology course!  It is then that I start to doubt God.  I then hear, “I can get you into the lecture part, but I need to hear from you.”

There’s no time recorded for me to call back by a certain time or what time she gets in.  I’m fuming in my car, on the way home.

When I get home, I’m about to blow steam like a teapot.  Toshiko tries to calm me down.  My Husband tries to calm me down.

It is then that Numbers 11:12-15 is revealed to me.  I had written this verse down awhile ago when I was listening to Joyce Meyers.  It says:

Moses said to God, “Why are you treating me this way? What did I ever do to you to deserve this? Did I conceive them? Was I their mother? So why dump the responsibility of this people on me? Why tell me to carry them around like a nursing mother, carry them all the way to the land you promised to their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people who are whining to me, ‘Give us meat; we want meat.’ I can’t do this by myself—it’s too much, all these people. If this is how you intend to treat me, do me a favor and kill me. I’ve seen enough; I’ve had enough. Let me out of here.” (The Message)

Although it’s not people per se that I have to carry and take care of, but it’s this one little tiny 1 unit course that needs to be done.  Everytime I think that it’s going to be done and over with, there’s another glitch.  Then, there’s another glitch.  It’s either the school won’t allow me or they want more from me.  When will it stop?!?

Yes, I was worried I’d have nothing to do and would need to find things to fill up my time, but this is ridiculous.  I explain this to Toshiko and he says, “Payshon.  Satan wants tsu getsu you.  He knowzu you ah churyingu tsu do God’s wahku.  God knowzu you mahstu taku curassu.  He werru maku way.  Onree need to taku rekcha tsu?  Ok.  So do.  Mahnee werru be zayah.  No warreesu.  Dontsu be riku EEzureeritsu.  Monku, monku, monku. (complain)”

He then continues, “Warree maykus beega horru.  Payshon maykus horru sumoru.”

He’s got a point-Worrying is only going to make the hole bigger.  But if I’m patient, it’ll make the hole smaller.

I think I’m stuck on the principle of it all, that I already had a bio class and even went to cosmetology school and yet no one cares about those courses.  I think I’m also stuck on the fact that it’s going to cost money to get this done.  Really?!?  The more time I worry about the paying part, the less time I have to get the stuff and start the class.  Yes, it’s two classes in 4 weeks.  But, Girl, we’ve done this before.  All you need is just a passing grade.  Don’t let the Japanese part or the Asian part get the best of you.  Be the American, and just get by and then all will be done.

Toshiko knows that I’m in deep thought.  So, he urges us to go to the Sink Hole to talk about this.

When we get there, I explain what I was thinking and then continue, “Now I know why it took the Isrealites FOREVER to get from point A to point B in 40 years, rather than in 2 weeks.  They kept complaining and murmuring about what they had to face and what they had to do.  If they just kept their mouth shut and just started moving towards Point B, the Promise Land, they would’ve gotten there a lot faster.  Yes, the woman should’ve looked at the transcripts much earlier and told me about the problem A WHOLE LOT EARLIER.  SHE HAD PRACTICALLY 4 WEEKS to tell me all this and she’s telling me 5 days before the start of class!”

Toshiko and My Husband look at me for further words.

I continue, “I have been doing good.  I have been trusting God, until now.  It’s when we stop doing this, is when we lose hope and faith that good things are going to happen.  If I need to take the class, then take the class.  I can’t let this one little tiny unit that I will never use be the defining moment of my schooling.  I can’t let 3 units get in the way of my whole entire life.  I didn’t come this far, only to give up now.  But, the real fight isn’t the principle of having taken the class, but to actually get through the class.”

It is then that Toshiko starts jumping up and down praising God, because I’ve finally realized that I need to learn to pick my battles.  Fight for the class, in that fight to get through it, not having to take it, and then it being the defining moment of my whole entire life.  So what, it’s only 4 weeks and $150.00 more plus books. We’ve got gas in the cars and food on the table, a roof over our heads and clothes on our backs.  The money I use for this will be given back ten times fold, once it’s all over and done with and I’m in the career that I’m trying to fight for.

Toshiko is so proud of me that he orders me to put 10 scoops of dirt into the Hole.  He then orders David to put another 10 scoops because he’s been a saint through this whole time and just supporting me in his own way and being my number 1 cheerleader.

It was tough to get the final tenth scoop, but it was well worth it.

I’ve realized that this other class I will have to take will take more time away from me this summer and allowing me to apply for the job, I will a lifetime to either regret that I ended my schooling this way or am able to share my experience with others.

Toshiko tells me that I can sleep in the house tonight as well.  I deserved it.

The three of us walk towards the house, as we’ve realized that we didn’t eat dinner and we were all getting hungry.  I ask, “Onaka ga suita nani o tabetai?” I’m getting hungry, what’s there to eat?

Toshiko answers, “Shirimasen.” I don’t know.

My Husband says, “I’m eating leftover past from last night that my wife made.”