Archive for July, 2009

Happy Birthday Riley!
July 27, 2009

Do you recall me moping and whining about not being able to bake because of the condition of my kitchen? We’ll definitely have none of that anymore. After 6 long months of eating out and possibly gaining weight, my kitchen is officially finished with it’s renovation. I would also like to add that my oven is not only a regular oven, it’s a touchscreen oven. Fancy, I know. I already baked a few cupcakes last night and I think the designs turned out okay considering it was my first time shaping fondant. I still need a lot of practice. Let me know what you guys think 😀

cupcakes

A few months ago, I signed up for another meet and greet with Paramore just for the heck of it. Since I already won a meet & greet with them in 2007, I wasn’t expecting to win in the least bit. A couple of days ago, I signed on to the club website to check if they posted the winners. Well, it turns out that I have been picked to meet them again! Holy crap! I was planning on giving this meet & greet opportunity to my cousin Tam but apparently, that’s not allowed 😦 I can’t believe I’m going to meet Paramore again! Ahhhhh! The concert is 6 days away and I’m already squirming in my seat just thinking about it. My cousins are going to 2 of the shows; one takes place today, which is the first show No Doubt has here in LA. They are dedicated fans 🙂

Last, but not least: Riley turns 2 years old today! I can’t believe how fast time flies when it comes to kids and their growth. Riley is truly a blessing in my life, I can’t emphasize that enough. He is now talking and interacting, not to mention he’s in his “No” phase and I secretly love it. I also love the fact that he calls me “kee-kee” because it’s impossible for him to say Vicky. Did I mention that he’s an indestructible ball of energy? And speaking of balls (no pun intended), his birthday party this year will be basketball themed which is very similar to last year’s. My cousin decided to celebrate his birthday the day after the No Doubt concert, so hopefully I won’t be too dead the morning after. Here’s what his invitation looks like, so if you didn’t get one, you’re not invited. Haaa! Joke lang (that was for Tammy).

Riley's Invitation

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hypoglycemic gramps
July 16, 2009

At 2am this morning, I woke up to my mom yelling my name out and I could faintly hear my grandpa crying out downstairs. My first thought while running down the stairs was that the reason my grandpa was crying was because maybe there was something wrong with my grandma. But I was wrong. I ran into my grandparents’ room and my dad quickly handed me the phone to call 911. The operator asked me for a bunch of information and what the characteristics of his symptoms were. Since this occured while he was sleeping, the symptoms were a little terrifying. He was sweating, crying out in his sleeping, and moving his arms and legs around as if he were possessed. My mom was saying, “It’s going to be okay. Relax your body,” etc. while I tried to massage his legs and relax his body; patiently waiting for help. It took the paramedics about 10 minutes to arrive at my house but by then my grandpa had stopped his strange crying and body motions and slept. Paramedics worked around him and at this point it seemed like he was alternating between waking up (rubbing his face) and falling back asleep. While I tried to prevent myself from going into a panic attack, they asked the procedural questions like:

1. When was the last time he ate? (7pm)
2. Does he have any health problems? (Diabetes & high blood pressure)
3. What meds are he taking? (What meds AREN’T he taking?)
4. When was the last time he took his insulin? (6pm)
5. Does he have any heart problems? (No)

They took his blood sugar (and announced that he was experiencing hypoglycemia), checked his blood pressure, and gave him an IV of something on his foot (I was too distracted to ask what it was, but I’m assuming it was glucose). Within two minutes he woke up and the paramedics told me to ask him some questions (do you know where you are? what is your name?) and thankfully, he answered them correctly. My grandma asked him if he remembered his hypoglycemic episode and apparently, he had NO IDEA. I urged him to spend one night at the hospital and he agreed to it so they took him and my parents followed after. I couldn’t sleep for hours after that incident so I tried to watch some TV to get my mind off of it and obviously, it didn’t work. I pulled my phone out and typed “hypoglycemic symptoms” on google and read up on it. The type of episode my grandpa had was obviously in his sleep so his symptoms are different from one who would be concious and aware. My parents came home about an hour after they left so I assumed everything was fine. The hospital called early this morning to let us know that my grandpa was ready to go home. Oh look, the van just pulled up to my house. He’s back 🙂

Brand New Eyes
July 11, 2009

Brand New Eyes! That is the official name for Paramore’s next album and the release date is officially September 29. Three days ago the presale for this album was being held on the paramore.net site and all I have to say about it is..holy mother. You’re probably asking, “What’s so special about a presale of a CD that’s going to be out on it’s announced release date anyway?” No, my friend. This presale was for the Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set of Paramore’s BNE album. Doesn’t it sound so fancy? This special set is limited to 15,000 worldwide; worldwide and 15,000 sounded a little alarming to me so I was getting myself ready. It took hours to get through to this site so of course I was going a little nuts. With utmost disappointment and defeat, I gave up after five hours of trying. Only then it was the moment when Franco decided to try. You know, just for fun. He called me about an hour later to tell me that he got through and it’s all paid for. Hallelujah! The bad news is when I came home later that night to check the site (because I guess I’m somewhat of a masochist) the deluxe set had not yet been sold out and it took 2 seconds to order. I didn’t actually order another one, just testing it out. You know, for fun…So basically, I spent hours mourning the fact that I might not get what I want, for absolutely nothing.

FYI. It’s not official yet (boy, I like that word today), but I read that Paramore’s BNE tour will probably start sometime after Sept 29. Now, I have to start freaking out again.

BNE Deluxe Set

Speaking of Paramore. No Doubt’s concert date is nearing and I’m really really really really really excited to finally see them again. I mean, my first concert ever was on my 16th birthday with my cousin Tammy to see No Doubt. My cousin practically cried because we were on the brink of touching her fingertips and I, on the other hand, was in complete awe. I will never forget that night. No Doubt and Paramore, who would’ve thought? The two greatest bands on the same stage performing (too bad it won’t be simultaneously). Pit is obviously going to be nuts so I have to wear steel toed boots. Joking. No Doubt is to Tammy as Paramore is to Vicky; it’s always been and always will be. See you on August 1st!