Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Has this year brought you lots to thank for?

For us, this is one of the best years of our lives. There are several milestones to all the members of our family. Let’s share the cheer and the grateful feelings around, shall we.

I can't upload pictures for now, my storage is full.  Instead, let me give you the links where you could get free images.  Hope the images and links below be useful to you in Thanksgiving celebration:

This website gives you nice wallpaper images: 

This website is also good.

And how about jokes about  thanksgiving:

How to cook a turkey: (Authentic:-)
Step 1: Go buy a turkey.
Step 2: Take a drink of whiskey, scotch, or JD.
Step 3: Put turkey in the oven.
Step 4: Take another 2 drinks of whiskey.
Step 5: Set the degree at 375 ovens.
Step 6: Take 3 more whiskeys of drink.
Step 7: Turn oven the on.
Step 8: Take 4 whisks of drinky.
Step 9: Turk the bastey.
Step 10: Whiskey another bottle of get.
Step 11: Stick a turkey in the thermometer.
Step 12: Glass yourself a pour of whiskey.
Step 13: Bake the whiskey for 4 hours. …Step 14: Take the oven out of the turkey.
Step 15: Take the oven out of the turkey.
Step 16: Floor the turkey up off the pick.
Step 17: Turk the carvey.
Step 18: Get yourself another scottle of botch.
Step 19: Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey.
Step 20: Bless the saying, pass and eat out.
 
Jokes for you:
Luke: What did the turkey say to the computer?
Will: What? Luke: “Google, google, google.”
A geek's list of thanks
1. Be thankful you haven't been spammed!
2. Be thankful your computer isn't down!
3. Be thankful our favorite social group website site isn't down!
4. Be thankful you don't have The Good Times virus!
5. Be thankful your server isn't down!
6. Be thankful for a vast selection of Web sites to browse!
7. Be thankful no one knows who you really are in Matchmaking websites!
8. Be thankful someone sent you a cyber cake, and you didn't gain a pound!
9. Be thankful your 28 year old cyberfriend really isn't 72!
10. Be thankful for a fast Internet connnection!
11. Be thankful Facebook makes it easier to get in touch with our children, relatives and friends!
12. Be thankful no one sent you a cyber voo-doo doll from New orleans :P
 
May the Thanksgiving celebration remind us all of the graces and blessings we received in our lives, and may this prompt us to spread the grateful feelings.

Sources:

http://www.facebook.com/surjendu.ghanty
http://www.theholidayspot.com/thanksgiving/wallpapers/
http://voices.yahoo.com/free-thanksgiving-wallpaper-screensavers-clip-art-7142944.html?cat=30
http://phototouchuponline.com/2012/11/18/happy-thanksgiving/

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Painful Leg Cramps During Sleep

Have you experienced being awaken by painful leg cramps during sleep? Were you scared that your calf muscle was turning hard as wood while experiencing intense pain? Added to that, the pain seemed to creep up from calf muscle to hamstrings.  You may have wondered if a stroke is going on,  I did, or you are slowly getting paralyzed. I thought of many scary crazy stuff.  I over reacted.

Thank you for this image.

Some people call this Charley Horse. I call it worst nightmare coming true. I have read painful muscle cramps have  no real causes, although I have several coincidences happening each time I experience the painful muscle cramps:

What causes these cramps?  Usually they are:

1.  Tiredness
The first time I experienced this was when I was 13 years old.  My friends and I joined the chuch procession is Isabela.  It was fun.   It was my longest participation in a church procession at that time.   Since I was with a friend, the hours just went by and we did not mind the sore feet and legs.  Coming home, I washed my feet and went to sleep, to be awaken later by severe calf muscle cramps. I screamed in pain.  Tatay came to the rescue at once and massaged my legs. The pain  subsided.

2.  Poor circulation or lack of circulation -
If you stay in one position (sitting, standing, lying)  for a long time your blood is not circulating normally.  Try shifting your position once you're aware that you've been in one position for long time.

2.  Cold weather
I like cold weather, I love walking on the streets on cold weather as I could wear my cool cold weather attire.  BUT, especially with older people like me, you can't enjoy it too much. Your muscles object and remind you of your age when you get muscle cramps.

3. Pregnancy
Muscle cramps during pregnancy is not as painful as this  severe calf muscle cramps,  but nonetheless, it's a discomfort.

4. Lack of potassium, calcium on diet
That's what the doctor says to pregnant women who experience muscle cramps.  This was true when I was pregnant, I can't even stretch out my legs without getting muscle cramps.  After delivery though, your muscles slowly return to normal and OMG, it feels so good to be able to stretch again.  You never miss one thing while you have it, but having the pleasure to do the things you used to do before pregnancy is like going to paradise.

5. Taking of diuretics or medicine that increase the amount of urine that you produce, too much coffee or any drink which has diuretic effects.

Treatment:

1. Massage the muscle for circulation and to warm the muscles.During my latest episode,  I was screaming in pain and had awaken my husband.   His help in massaging my leg helped much with providing warmth and increasing circulation.

2.  Pain reliever pills - Advil, Alleve, Ibuprofen- Follow instructions on the bottle, and take when your muscles are still sore.

2.  Enjoy warm shower or bath to relax the muscles.

3.  Drink lots of fluids during the day or your waking hours,  and another glass of water before going to bed.

4. Move your legs, stretch and contract muscles gently and slowly. You should do this regularly too, and before going to sleep to prevent night cramps.

5. Eat potasium-rich food -
  • Bananas - some swear that eating banana after dinner insure them of good night sleep, free from painful muscle cramps
  • apricots, nectarines, dates, grapes, or raisins
  • Beans
  • Cabbage/broccoli family of vegetables
  • Oranges, grapefruit, and their juice
  • Pork and lamb
  • Potatoes and corn
  • Saltwater fish (for example, tuna)
  • Tomatoes and tomato juice
6.  Believers of apple cider vinegar advise  you to take it while you are experiencing muscle cramps.

7.  Believers of Vitamin C also advise you of regular intake of freshly squeezed lemon juice regularly.

8. Salt.   Some contradict the drinking of water while experiencing pain, and advise to shake salt into your palm and lick  it. (I am so reminded of drinking a tequila shot).

9. Regular exercise 
Do your exercises regularly - cycling, swimming - any activity  that strengthens your leg muscles. Of course don't do this when you're hurting.

9. Taking  vitamin supplements - phosphate, calcium, sellenium, vitamin B complex.  Consult yoiur physician  about this first.

I do hope however that your leg cramps are occasional like mine, because this could also be a symptom of other diseases:

My leg cramps remain sore after one or two days, so I take pain reliever during those days.  If you experience leg cramps frequently, defintely consult your physician.

References:
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/nocturnal-leg-cramps-nighttime-calf-muscle-pain.html
http://transformationtrainer.com/2010/10/muscle-cramps-and-soreness/ 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Old Songs I Remember You By

Songs make life colorful and memorable.  In fact I associate many people I loved, and even those I have loved and lost and those I have hated too with songs. 

My father used to sing this song as my lullaby until I was uh, four years old :) 
Sometimes Tatay sang  with the following lyrics as I remember...

Around the world, I searched for you, I travelled long with hope was gone to keep a rendezvous... 

Usually he hummed the other parts of the song and ended with:

No more will I go on around the world for I have found my world in you....

I loved it when he combined singing and humming so I would actually request him to sing the song with na naaa, it sounded like that when he hummed.



That song is a theme song of a movie with the same title, Around the World in 80 Days, made in 1956.  Oh yeah, I must be less than or one year old then. 

I remember Nanay singing this song as a lullaby to my sisters Jo and Maritz, so I dedicate this song to them:



When I was a young, small and ferocious, my brother Cezar+  and I always found reasons to argue and  fight.  We fought with words, lots of screaming, fists and kicks.  He was two years older than me - yes, a boy too, and that made our fights quite interesting.  He was stronger and  bigger but he was no match to my theatrics which include rolling at least three times in pain from his kick, or crashing down on the floor from his fist while bawling and cursing. We would fight for the smallest excuse there was.  I thought that I was very smart, he thought that he was smarter.  He thought that I should be scared of him as he was bigger and older; I thought that he should give in/yield to me for the same reasons.  Anyway, we were like tigers fighting for our territory.  That changed when we were almost done with our teenage years, we became 'normal' brother and sister.  Anyway, each time I hear this song I remember Cezar. One day, after our usual fight I consoled myself (after my theatrical cries) by singing When You're Smiling.  I was quite surprised that after singing, Cezar also sang/hummed the song.  I guess he was consoling himself too.  Here is the song, and I prefer the livelier version by Michael Buble, just  the way I sing it:


My mother, Nanay told me the story of a movie, The Autumn Leaves, starring Joan Crawford.  I was moved by the story of lovers - an older woman and a young man.  They were so in love but the older woman thought that someday the young lover may leave her for a young lady.  She initiated their break up, against the young man's will.  It was painful for both of them; they suffered much, but eventually I think the young man married a lady of his age.  The older woman would always remember him by this song:



I once had a young suitor, very ardent, very sincere, very generous, and of a different culture and religion.  He was almost half my age and naturally his family did not approve of me.  I remember him by this song too.

An ex BF reminds me of this song, or this song reminds me of him.  I won't say much anymore to protect the innocent :P


This song reminds me of another ex bf:

Yes, even before the advent of the scandalous Hayden Kho-Katrina Halili video, we had our own too, I suspected much ..... I confronted him about it, he did not confirm nor deny.   If ever my suspicion was true, it did not go viral though.

One of my BFFs, Sophie,  has this song as her favorite when we were teenagers (never been kissed, never been loved), and like a prediction her love story is almost the same as the song's theme. 

I remember another BFF, Lourdes,  with this song.  It was the time for our barrio fiesta and nobody was in our house except Lourdes and I.  Lourdes and I danced with gusto while this song played until big brother Edwin who was super a***ole at that time,  killjoy,   arrived and made us stop.  I also dedicate this song to another BFF , Charry.


A childhood friend, Elet,  used to tease me that I don't know any other song except this.  I was a quite pissed because I've known lots of songs, but this was my favorite.  Anyway like a prediction, I am also a very devoted wife, I assure you :))


This is one of my hubby's favorite song,Peanuts' Theme song.  This song is for you, sweetheart.


Although this is the song I'll always sing for you.  I have a special friend who always appears when I am feeling alone even when I have gazillions of people around me.  This person always sings/play this song for me:
                                        


And lastly I dedicate this song to you, my gentle readers :)
 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Truth Game in FB ... Just for Fun

Do you use this Truth Game application in Facebook.   Sometimes I play along, curious how others would answer, and curious  what ridiculous questions they ask.  Friends in FB, thanks for answering questions about me, but I am goofier than you think.   Let's not be too serious today, why don't you and  I answer them here.

Fantasy  of Mine Self  :P


Do you think that Malu Silverman lets the "yellow mellow"?   No (Yes, I do.) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
Would you wink at Malu Silverman?  No  (I wish you would, I might wink back, but then you might get sacred?) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
Do you think Malu Silverman is cute? No (Ok, no problem, I can't be cute to everyone, huhuhu....) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
Do you think that Malu Silverman has ever watched someone undress secretly?  Yes  (Honestly, I am not a peeping Tom or Tomasia, , although some would not mind me watching them :P) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
Do you think that Malu Silverman could be a gangster? No  (You're right, there are too many complications there, my mind won't be able to handle those (the same thing I said to my modeera in KSA who suspected me of wrong doing) Find out who answered this for 200 coins!
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