Georgia loves her naps (I love mine too! Haha.) and she usually has them in the afternoon. When I am out of the house the whole day, I am told that she doesn’t really do a lot of her naps and she ends up going up to our room. She “knocks” on our door to check if I’m just inside. She’s beyond cute! ♥
But when I am home, I make sure she can enjoy her naps. She cuddles right next to me and immediately goes to bed. She has in fact (for the most part) gotten used to still napping while I’m working on stuff (her favorite thing to do is come up to me while I’m in the midst of sketching something and she has the tendency to lay down on top of my work. Haha.). She isn’t too keen about me facing my drafting table for a very long time though.
Also, she looks totally adorable when she is asleep. Sometimes she barks in her sleep or she wiggles her tail – I sometimes would think that she is dreaming about her treats when she does the latter. The end. Haha.
P.S. When I am having a tough day, it helps to look at cute pictures – this is how I ended up writing this post (and talking about Georgia’s naps) in the first place. Such a weirdo, Pau. But yeah, you can never go wrong with too much cuteness. Haha. Love you Georgia!
P.P.S. She had a shorter haircut than usual but it’s her “summer cut”. Quite perfect for the hot weather.
Today has been a good day so far, it’s a holiday here in the Philippines to mark the Chinese New Year. I was pretty proud of myself for finishing the design concept and the perspective I was working on (finishing up) the night before – still basking in the aftermath. Yup, all those long hours and times when I was just a blank that I avoided my drafting table all together eventually came to an amazing conclusion – it turned out quite good actually. I’m a genius! Haha.
I had a late lunch and since I wanted something “meat free”, I decided to create some sort of concoction with the stuff I was able to find in the pantry and the fridge. It turned out to be really good actually. I made a mental note of said spontaneous recipe for future consumption. Behold, my button mushroom toppings! I added in some veg and some herbs and some awesome garlic (and a couple of secret ingredients. *winkwink*). So creamy in consistency and yummy!
But my culinary wondrousity did not end there. After a couple minutes, I thought of something else. (awesome!) I guess I decided to take advantage of how gastronomically inspired I was. (I’m joking with the statements above. I’m not really full of myself. Haha.) Lo and behold, amazing pancakes as an afternoon snack. I decided to try out this new pancake flour thingymajig and added in some blueberries and cranberries as well as some oatmeal and vanilla (Yup, and some secret ingredients). I paired this with some raspberry jam – I swear it was delicious! Gone in a couple of minutes. Amazingly, everyone was quite enthusiastic and cooperative with the eating. Haha.
P.S. Look who we have here. Its the little one! Hi Georgia She decided to stretch out on top of my sketch whilst I was tinkering with it. Yup, on top of my drawing of all places. You are just the cutest Georgia Porgia ♥ I had to take a picture.
By the way, we are off to the vet tomorrow for her follow-up. She wasn’t feeling well early on the year and it was scary (Should I do a post on this?). Yup, a couple of x-rays, some stuff and we are slowly going back to normal I hope. If she appears to be a little scruffy to you (she’s certainly not alone. I feel scruffy too. Haha.), it’s because her doctor is putting bath/groom time on hold until she gets better.
I have yet to work on the pictures I took while I was away on a trip the other weekend. I hope I can post them soon. A favorite quote from Kelly with regards to delays, “Life happens to us all”. I am not trying to be cheeky but she is right and I found that simple statement to be quite profound.
My sister came home for our mom (went to pick her up at the airport this morning) and I am quite happy about that. Yey!
By the way, Georgia is a natural when she gets her picture taken. I am such a proud mommy. Haha. *puffs chest out with pride*
Note: I can’t seem to string a couple of sentences at the moment and the thoughts above are quite random stuff, right off the top of my head. I will get some sleep for now and perhaps update this post tomorrow? (i.e. Add a couple more paragraphs). We’ll see.
Quick Add (I am feeling a bit serious at the moment): With regards to the shoot above, I felt like doing it because it reminds me of Regina Brett’s beautiful statement. I am at the most trying time of my life at present, with my mom being sick, but I try to constantly remind myself of Regina’s profound statements. The most appropriate one for this post being, “No Matter How You Feel, Get Up, Dress Up, and Show Up for Life”.
P.S. Please excuse my retard look with Georgia above. We were doing a quick smooch for the camera. Haha.
P.P.S. Happy Halloween! I’ll do Halloween posts (perhaps I’ll do one or two) in the next few days.
Yup, this is another Georgia update.
It’s funny how I said just yesterday that Georgia needs a haircut. That’s one thing off our list already, we went to the groomers today. It didn’t take too long for this particular visit because she just needed minor trimming plus the works. Her hair was starting to cover her eyes and when I call her, she has to sort of raise her head to look at me. She came out looking pretty (she’s fabulous to begin with), smelling like flowers and her nails were neatly trimmed as well.
We have been going to the groomers for a long time now and I just found out today that they can also brush your pet’s teeth for you during the grooming. Too bad I wasn’t able to bring Georgia’s toothbrush (She has a blue one) and toothpaste (Poultry flavored. Awesssoome!) along.
I also had to get her some more food (She loves her biscuits lately. Hurrah!), vitamins, dental bones (As presents for when we get home. She loves treats.) and some veggie dent. When we were almost out the door, they asked us if I wanted to enter Georgia in the upcoming Halloween Fashion Show for Pets and their Owners. It sounds like a lot of fun but I’m not sure if Georgia’s up for it in a sense, perhaps another time. Georgia is asleep right now, she’s worn out.
That’s it for now. See you guys later.
My dearest three-year-old, Georgia. *A Mummy’s sigh*
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For those who have been reading this design journal, you might have an inkling (or more like an in-your-face-big hint) that I love to chronicle Georgia’s birthdays and I try my bestest to celebrate it the best way possible. Though it really breaks my heart chambers, I was out of the country still when Georgia had her third birthday (this was beyond my control, believe me). Nevertheless, I called home to make sure that a mass service was arranged as a thanksgiving for her day and that she gets fed some ripe mangoes (she just loves them!).
Fast forward to the happy part in this post -
When I eventually got home, I made sure that Georgia got to blow her birthday cake (this has become a yearly tradition which I hope we will continue to observe in the years to come). I got her a yummy dog cake (from the same baker for all of Georgia’s cakes). She is able to eat said cake only during her birthday so that she’ll (hopefully) associate the taste and the cake itself as something that she gets to experience on the most special day of the year (and she really loves it! The other doggies, yes you too Max darling, love it too!).
A couple of pictures below (By the way, this is a long overdue post. Georgia’s birthday was last month.). Sweets, don’t grow up too fast *Sniff*
I love you, Georgia (my little lady)! ♥
Rewind to the day before my birthday. *Rewind/Wind Swooshing/People rotating in a funny way*
I would have posted this. (I apologize for being a weird girl who makes weird/random posts at times. *blush*)
Yup, in a couple of hours I turn a year older (hello there by the way). It seems quite surreal actually that a year has passed already since I wrote a post about last year’s birthday. Just like how I was then and in spite of what my family and I are going through, I am excited for when my birthday comes (Some things never change it seems. Haha.). But then again, I prefer things this way still – birthdays are meant to be celebrated and to be acknowledged. The year that passed had been a very challenging one and it certainly brought about change after change. Let me tell you, change is hard but I am hoping to be able to get through it a stronger and better person.
I do not know what tomorrow awaits for me but it’s alright. I’d still be the luckiest girl alive because I’ll be in the company of those who matter most in this world – and basically, that’s what matters in the scheme of things. Yup, they matter more than presents
Here are a couple of pictures from my birthday last year, I’ve been reminiscing.
Lunch with Bernie and Joh
I love this place no matter what. Eating Stroganov makes one a happy birthday girl Bernie and I ordered the exact same thing! Haha.
Dinner with Family
I love eating here too (why is it always about food?). My family is amazing and I got serenaded with a reggae birthday song. Cool beans! Haha. Oh, I ate five sets of crepe and took a picture of only one of the said sets.
I loved my birthday cake last year and Georgia was patient enough to blow the candle with me. I think she smiled! Thanks sweets ♥
Birthdays are amazing. Cheers! ♥
Hello Everyone! How I have missed all of you and this darling design journal. My family and I are still fighting an ongoing battle, do pray for my mom (thanks!).
On a more lighter note, its August and I love this month ♥
The Sea Green Journal turned a year old a few days ago (thus I wanted to make this post extra special) and I can hardly believe it. This has been a lot of fun and I do plan to continue on writing and pouring my design thoughts here.
More randomness, here are a couple of things I love (I have a lot actually, stuff that I love I mean) -
Lunch (Something I whipped up, it turned up to be quite tasty actually. Cool beans!) Egg white Omelette with Oregano and Basil, Lean Beef Sausages with Herbs and some fresh English Baby Spinach. Yum!
Definitely someone I am grateful for, a really cool friend over the net – Belinda! She was kind enough to do an interview with me about what I do (this mention is long overdue), it was a lot of fun. If you wish to check it out, you may do so here.
Yup, it’s the little one. I believe she’ll be in all of my lists (haha) and in lots of my future posts. Its my little Georgia – I love her ♥
P.S. Advanced Happy Birthday, Nikko Biko!
Taking pictures of the little one is one of my favorite things to do – I will never get tired of it and I believe Georgia has already gotten used to her mama’s “fondness” for this. (Thank you for being a good sport, Georgy! *kiss*)
The little one is almost turning three (they grow up so fast *tear*). At present, we are almost done with all her annual shots (the last one will be two weeks from now) and she’s just busy living her life (exploring, sniffing, trying to lick random stuff, barking at repairmen who come to the house, naps, etc.)
When I took this shot of her, I had this brilliant idea of us trying out the “getting in touch with nature” option since I figured that I want to be able to let Georgia experience a whole lot of things (thus the grass and the surroundings you see in the picture) but it didn’t turn out to be such a good idea after all. I got a great deal of rashes on my arm and it wasn’t pleasant. So it’ll have to be no to nature for now – at least for mama, Georgia was fine and having the time of her life with nature. (Traitor. Haha. I kid.)
Georgia has given me so much (as a person and basically my life in general) – so much laughter, so much joy, just so much. When you are out battling in the world, it’s good to know that when you do get out of the car at the end of the day, this tiny being with her cute little paws wags her tail for you and gives you a kiss. *greatest feeling/experience in the world*
Cheers to my bestest friend. I love you, sweets ♥
P.S. Her whiskers/hair was quite wet because we had a couple sips of water prior to mommy’s nature idea. Haha
Just two things for this post:
1. Here are a couple more pictures (above) from the shoot I did. I hope you like them. Georgia looks so cute ♥ (Quick add – Wow, it’s April already!)
2. I am contemplating on a lot of things as of late and I can relate greatly to the following -
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
- Howard Zinn
“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
- Alice in Wonderland
Georgia and Mummy time ♥
1. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia
- Nope, this doesn’t apply to me.
2. a person who has informal or unconventional social habits, esp. an artist or writer.
– Nope, this doesn’t apply to me or perhaps it does a little. So I guess I fit in this definition in a certain sense.
I have always been fascinated by gypsies and the bohemian culture. I mean I will never ever lose that fascination – I remember wearing loose curls in college (on certain days), being into woven flipflops with intricate beading, being into flowy skirts and big printed totes and donning a great deal of woven bangles. People might view me (and know me) as starchy/prim in manner . I am for the most part, I follow rules and I take tasks seriously (Yup, totally not a free spirit there. Haha.)
I love the character in all things bohemian and the carefree-ness it represents and though I might not dress the way I used to (I haven’t worn flipflops or curls or skirts) but I still have the penchant for it and there are still days when I go for it. I may dress up seriously now as a professional but I still inject bits of this fondness – will never get tired of loosy tunics, printed/flower polos, beanies, maxis and gypsy dresses.
It kind of reminds me of interior design as well. It is a discipline that focuses on the arts so it can also lean on the unconventional, the artsy-fartsy and being just out there but at the same time it is also starchy in the sense that it is also a science, you have the accuracy to observe when making technical drawings, in doing measurements, etc.
Paula = Interior Design (Haha.)
On a different (but still cheery) note, yesterday was a very good day. It was a day for amazing blessings in our family (I got an amazing blessing and so did Ate Tatie). I will talk about it once things are already more concrete and definite but for now (All your prayers will be much appreciated), I am over the moon and am very grateful to God.
The picture above is one of the outtakes for a self-portrait shoot I did a day (or two) ago. I love it very much because it was fun and Georgia is in it. My little sweetheart was giving me a big kiss. Haha. So incredibly adorable! ♥
I hope you like it and I will be posting the rest over the weekend (Time goes by so fast lately. It’s almost the weekend and its already April tomorrow too! Shocker. Haha.)
Note: Wow, how did this post get so lengthy? Am I that chatty? *blush* (Haha.)
P.S. My good friend, Vane, had her birthday a few days ago and she said that it was happy/crappy. A big shout out to her (and I hope this makes her smile) I won’t post her childhood picture here because she might (hurt)me. Haha. Advanced Happy Birthday to Nikki as well
There is no typical day for an interior designer (you learn something new or get exposed to something different every single day). Yes, you will deal with the “usual” – floor plans, technical drawings, furniture, sourcing and they might seem to be the same thing over and over again for some people but they don’t for me (for the most part). I am still venturing out and I believe I still have a lot to learn and discover out there – but I find it very exciting and its something I look forward to constantly. (Yes, I am weird.)
This day is something I would like to share because it’s a sample of how my day, as an interior designer, is like (to a certain extent). It’s fun and I love it (In spite of extreme heat exposure at times, the dust – Ok, I’ll stop. Haha.)
We decided to get something to eat first (and continue our discussion on the things we needed to get done), we initially thought this would be a more laid back day. I didn’t want something that resembled breakfast during this particular breakfast (I have those days). I had the adobo flakes/adobo rice (Adobo is a popular dish in the Philippine cuisine. You basically marinate and cook meat in a sauce of vinegar, garlic and soy sauce and then simmer it said sauce after. Yup, this is typically yummy.) The one I had was alright after some doctoring, I added pepper (I put pepper in everything these days. Haha.) and some sauce. I also had a glass of their frozen lemonade.
We stopped by to inspect and check on the paneling and bookcase – to check on how they are turning out and discuss painting stuff. They turned out quite nicely. I fell in love with the furniture and the shop – their wood was beautiful period and were also beautifully made. They had really cool pieces that I wanted to get for myself (Haha) – the chairs above are good examples. I love furniture shops (and not just showrooms but the actual shop where pieces are made and you see saw dust and hear tools whizzing).
We went to two different plant/landscaping centers to check out the plants they have and decide on which ones we will need. It was quite hot and a bit muddy but amazing nevertheless. There were some really pretty ones and it’s amazing to see so much green in just one setting. We dropped by a home building center before this to look for some paint and check on some lighting fixtures.
We decided to take a short break at some point and went to this cool cafe for lunch. I will never get tired of this particular dish at all. I love food breaks – I always look forward to it (haha). Energized and well regrouped (we made calls to coordinate with deliveries and specifications), we continued on to our day and tasks.
This picture was taken for my friend, Pongee (haha). By this time, we had already dropped by three fabric stores and another hardware store to look for the ever elusive paint color we wanted (they didn’t have it) and thus we had to drive to two more different hardware stores after this.
By the end of the day – I was tired, looked like a wilted flower and in pain. (Ok, that was an exaggeration. Haha. Or not.) For fortunate days such as this, I am very grateful. Keep them coming.
P.S. Georgia news – her right eyelid is slightly swollen and I am freaking out (or was freaking out). Most likely an insect bite, worrying that she might be uncomfortable and dealing with the unknown made me quite teary. I gave her a bath right way (a couple of hours before this post was up) and used some of her skin treatment shampoo on the affected area in the hopes that it will relieve the spot. Georgia doesn’t look uncomfortable thankfully and has slept right after her bath which has calmed me a bit already. Off to the vet as soon as possible and here are a couple of pictures of her after said unplanned bath time.
I love you, little Georgia ♥
Have a good week ahead, everyone!
I’ve been up for a few hours now (Good Morning!) and let me tell you that it’s still quite early (and I’m not even a grandparent yet! I kid. Haha.)
The little one (Georgia) is awake now as well – I just hand fed her, gave her some vitamins and some water. She just needs to do her morning poop and weewee before we are good to go (I apologize for even discussing this. I guess it’s still too early for my brain to work. Haha). Basically she’s settled and good which is great since I have an appointment in a few hours and this will be a crazy (good crazy and busy) day for me so I want her to be comfortable while I’m gone for the day.
Back to business/ serious mode on
This post will include snippets about how the design concept for the gallery exhibit took shape. Let’s get into everything. I sort of did an outline so that it’ll be more comprehensive. Enjoy!
Design Concept Options
Here are a couple of options that we initially came up with. You will get a clear picture of how the design played out and evolved.
We provided two color options for our own consideration – You can see the effect of color and how it projects a certain feel/atmosphere (For this particular example, it’s settle but it’s there.)
These are more recent revisions made by taking certain aspects into consideration (ex. availability of resources, budget, art center management requirements, what would really work for the space and it’s intended use, etc.)
Prior to Ingress
While securing everything and making sure all the necessary parts comes together (amazingly of course – we had our fingers crossed). This involved lots of long hours, meetings, sun/the elements/heat exposure, meal deprivation, coordination, etc. We also had to work with the management and the hours the mall keeps – this translates to paint works being done after mall hours (think 9 pm to beyond 2 am and a few more hours for drying) and installations done before mall hours (think 6 am to before 10 am).
When working on things like these (or being in this profession in general), you (have to) expect that a lot of things will definitely go wrong (it might even be frustrating to a certain extent) before it’ll be alright. Things will definitely go wrong – only cream benches are available at the last minute instead of the black ones you requested and one of those is at a really far away branch, wines weren’t coordinated properly with catering, lighting fixtures aren’t available, no delivery truck for the freestanding lamp, lettering in the wrong color, you have to pick up platforms and be back in time to see to another delivery (this time for the console table, the plants, etc.) – I can go on (haha) but we’ll end there for now. You just have to take things in stride, squeeze in a meal at some point and focus on what can be done – on how problems can be solved.
Exhibit Floor Plan
Painting customized wall panel installations in the shop with brushes on hand (Original Artwork by Paula and Bernie – haha.) This was definitely messy – paint in your hair, everywhere (but a fun stress reliever). I am very proud of how the wall paneling turned out, they are definitely awwesssooommee *surfer dude accent* (Haha)
After sixteen hours – you can definitely do some smiling already because things are starting to come together quite nicely. Haha.
Above all, this is an entirely amazing profession and the exhibit was great. I felt a sense of fulfillment watching the gallery (and your design concepts in general) take shape and seeing the potential of the space being brought out and executed – interior design and all it entails amazes me still and I think it always will. It is possibly the nearest thing to giving birth we suppose (for Bernie and myself that is. Haha). I am also very grateful to everyone who helped out one way or another. Thank you!
If you wish to see pictures of the launching and exhibit (part one), you can find it here. If you have time, do drop by for a visit. The exhibit runs until today. Cheers!
There is this one thing that I wanted to get done for Georgia for the longest time – I initially wanted it done during her first birthday. I am very thankful that the other day we were able to get it done finally and at the same time experience it together
What am I talking about? Georgia was finally blessed during the annual blessing of pets! It was her very first and it saddens me however that we don’t have a picture together or a picture of her during the blessing. *sad face* I brought my camera with me but I was juggling a lot of stuff (literally) all at once and I was cuddling the little one as well. (If anyone has a picture, please do send it to me and I’ll get you a cupcake for your trouble. Thanks!)
We were running late but we were able to get there before the blessing. It was heaven – there were lots of other dogs, of all shapes and sizes! If by any chance you don’t know, I love animals and pets. There was an adult shih tzu sleeping on the pew (super cute! haha.) and an overweight golden retriever had a heat stroke. (poor doggie *sad face*) There were little puppies playing and a couple of chihuahuas as well. Another cute moment was during the “huddle part” of the owners and their pets – some doggies were growling at each other and some had to make sure that they had a tight grip on their pets (and the leash) or else it would have been a highly exciting scene (haha).
I was very happy that Georgia was able to experience it – as her mummy, it is my responsibility to make sure that her spiritual guidance is not neglected (I sound so serious).
I also got Georgia groomed and brought her a present – a hearty roll (bacon flavored). What do you think of her new haircut? I had it cut shorter since the weather has been really warm lately and I didn’t want to make it difficult for the little pumpkin. Adorable (referring to either Georgia and her new haircut and also both), yes?
P.S. The Sea Green Journal just turned two months old! Yey! Thanks a lot for dropping by and we will continue on having fun (and thinking about cupcakes, dumplings and such). Cheers!
Cool discovery today – a cabinetry store which I really liked and it “made my mind itch“ (i.e. by playing around with this statement - “made my hands itch” ). It made me want to design an interior that would incorporate the stuff the said store was selling.
I also got Georgia a present in the form of a bag of uncolored rawhide chewies which appealed to me and sounded safe. I saw a jar of dog biscuits in different colors and flavors (examples included watermelon and strawberry flavors) – I wanted to get them as well because they seemed delicious and cute to me but I decided to forego them for now and do research before buying them (its Georgia we are talking about after all).
Here are a few pictures. Good times (and meal). Haha. Enjoy!
P.S. Hello Georgy (By the way, I gave her a bath late this afternoon.)
Such a sweetheart!
P.P.S. And oh. Here I am.
It’s already the middle of the week and things have been amazing so far. The days passed by in a blur (sort of) – scurrying to get this and that, supervising construction parts, errands, everyday obstacles, securing furniture, dealing with “we have a situation” scenarios, meeting deadlines, a bit of drama (But it’s all good. We just have to take them in stride and if we can’t, we try still), etc. Being an Interior Designer is the best thing in the world in my opinion (as weird as it may sound, correlating the above).
I mentioned the exhibit we are having for Philconstruct in my last post and everyone has been buzzing with activity and dealing with preparations since the beginning of the week. I got home late tonight feeling sleepy and a bit fuzzy as the adrenaline bits have started to wear off but I am happy and excited – I love doing exhibits! (haha).
Here are a few pictures of the construction part, sort of the behind the scenes portion. By the way, the exhibit will formally open tomorrow and things are already shaping up. Enjoy!
That was basically it – for now. I need to go to bed now since I have to wake up early to check on the “retoucher person” for our accent wall, he’ll be there by 7:30 in the morning (eep) and I am sort of pooped as well. But indeed it is a lot of fun. (Righhhhht Pau. Haha.)
Wish us luck during the formal opening. Thanks!
P.S. I gave the little one a bath a few days ago. By the way, Georgia doesn’t really enjoy baths – she gets scared of the water. It stresses us both in a sense (her stress factors – being bathed, her fear of water; my stress factors – her being stressed and agitated during bath time. It breaks my heart to see her so distressed). I love you, Georgia!
Sad face, Georgy Porgy? It breaks mummy’s heart
Let’s give you a big cuddle and some treats for being such a good sport during bath time.
P.P.S. Thank you very much, Mr. Wonderful! You are the bestest.
“Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.”
– John Shirley
Before this week officially comes to an end, I would like to give an update on how Georgia’s visit to the vet went. I’ll make this short and sweet (I hope). She woke up feeling much better and was back to her busy day schedule (she is one busy pup – I know she’s two already but I still prefer the pup reference as opposed to saying dog). Nevertheless, off to the vet we went.
Everyone greeted Georgia a belated happy birthday and they asked her how she felt blowing her cake – thank you dokies! I brought up my concerns with the dokie and she asked me a couple of questions about Georgia. To rule out the possibilities, Georgia went off and got her first x-ray (Yup, I got worried while this was going on. But I was assured that this is completely safe for Georgia). The x-ray was normal (Thank you Baby Jesus!) and Georgia has really cute bones and I even saw her little heart (we got to bring her x-ray home with us). I had to drop by the pharmacy though (it was rainy) to get the stuff listed on the prescription – Georgia is now taking B-complex (B1, B6 and B12 to be exact) vitamins because perhaps she just lacks those (that’s why she was unwell) and I do hope that is the only reason why. The cute thing about the vitamins – they are strawberry flavored! (I don’t know. I find it cute. haha.)
I love you, Georgia!
By the way, the little one made a new friend during our visit to the vet. A very cute poodle , he was trying to give Georgia a kiss – “Little poodle, any romantic overtures towards Georgia is not a good idea and please don’t forget that you are still four months old. However, you are a dear and you can be her friend”.
P.S. The weekend was good (a bit of action earlier today, not the good kind). I love the good stuff I was able to get at the health food store. I also love salads.
I love salads forever. Right Shal?
P.P.S. I feel fuzzy right now, I think I caught a bug (I have a low immune system). It sure is nice to lie down and have the little one lick your forehead (she sensed that I wasn’t well). I’m sure with her gentle ministrations and perhaps some ice cream, I will be up and about (I hope I don’t have to go to the doctor although I love him very much). My mum has been eyeing me, I will try to act extra chirpy (mental picture of a bird in my head as soon as I used the word).
Georgia the blur – a very busy pup. I love her to pieces – I think she knows.
She was also trying to wrestle with my ribbon (above).
(Photo Credits – Paula Cañete)
I hope your week is starting out okay – mine is, so far (Except the Georgia-not-being-her-usual-self-which-gets-me-all-freaked-out-and-super-worried part. To the point of being in possible-crying-tendencies-occuring-anytime-soon mode).
I am making this a separate post at the last minute so that – 1. I won’t boggle anyone’s train of thought, 2. To pacify myself as well (I can be OC about certain things being orderly – it is quite selective).
I was initially planning to post my article about the Cebu Expo which I went to (it’ll be up in a little while) but when I got home today, the little one didn’t look like her normal self. Yes, she was still waiting on the porch (wiggling her tail and shaking her bumbum to welcome me) as soon as I got off the car but something was definitely off (A mum can sense these things. *nodding*). I had decided to call it a night with stuff (and do some posting tomorrow instead) in order to focus more on the little one (Don’t I do this enough to the point of stalker level? I kid.). Like what my own mum tells me (I strongly believe it too), mums have this “something” (super powers) – said something helps you when you are sick. At times when I feel like the little one is stressed out (usually during scheduled shots) or groggy (when I got her teeth cleaned – I’ll write a separate post about this), I drop everything and just cuddle her until she falls asleep (and I do too. haha.). I hope that whatever mummy “something” I have (even though how minimal it may be) will emanate through her and help her get better.
Something came up however so I have to stay up after all and thus I decided to go ahead and work on this as well. I’m in bed typing this since it is the only way for me to get this done and for Georgia to be able to continue sleeping (She doesn’t want distance between us – i.e. the desk is just 1.50 meters away. Yep, she’s quite sweet.). I’m sort of back to my normal self now, I was quite frazzled about the little one a few hours ago.
How are you feeling, George?
I am taking her to the vet tomorrow to make sure she’s okay – I don’t take chances especially with Georgia and her well-being.
Dokies at the vet place, see you tomorrow – Yes it is I, Georgia’s mummy, who pays you regular visits (the “obsessive with everything and anything that concerns Georgia” mum – i.e. “Doc, I noticed that Georgia is scratching her eyes lately. Can you please check on.. and this..as well?”). I appreciate all your help and love for the little girl, dokies.
Hopefully everything is okay and that Georgia is fine – tomorrow, can you come sooner please?
This is sort of an overdue post (or not really). Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, Georgia celebrates her second birthday. A few days ago (4th of August to be exact), she turned two. It was a whirlwind day and the days prior to it – preparations, preparations.
Just a little heads up, this post will have a gazillion pictures. Yep, just letting you know. Although, I did show some restraint and just decided to pick a bunch.
This year was a bit easier (in terms of preparations) than the year before. Yes, it was still mind-boggling but – 1. things are much better this time around, 2. and there are more improvements (since I already encountered them last year). The baker problem was already taken care of (thanks a lot, mum!) and the balloons (by simply getting them done by the same people from Georgia’s first birthday), I expanded the menu a bit more (did some cooking as well. shocker! haha), took care of my present for the little one way ahead of time (well, just a day or two ahead than last year’s). I also started organizing a few days earlier this year (big difference).
(Deep Breath) Ok, here we go.
(Georgia pleading for me to rescue her while she was being groomed.
Excuse the fuzzy photo, I wasn’t able to bring my camera with me.)
I got Georgia groomed a day or two before the big day so that she’ll be extra pretty (since she is already gorgeous to begin with). The people at the vet place greeted Georgia which made me smile a lot. Thank you very much for the well wishes for the little one. We really appreciate it.
(This is Georgia’s portrait for this year’s invite. She’s a natural.)
(This is part of her invite which we gave to the guests. I worked on this a few days before the big day so that they can be given to the guests ahead of time.)
The Big Day
It was a very long day for Mummy (but all worth it for the little one). Slept for just a couple of hours and woke up really early to attend mass with Mum in honor of the little one’s birthday (The reader included it for that particular mass – “This mass is offered as thanksgiving for Georgia Cañete’s birthday”. Haha. How cute.). I picked up the food, the balloons (the driver had to go further since the balloons were at the other branch instead), the cupcakes, did some last minute shopping for some parmesan and then finally the cake – all of these during the later part of the day. I also did some cooking and got the iced tea ready (I used tea bags and honey). Getting everything settled and all ready for the guests took some time as well (I had to add the finishing touches such as chopping up more parsley to garnish the pasta and slicing more lemons for the drink). I will let the pictures do the talking now (sort of). Enjoy!
Don’t forget the cake and the little girl who owns it (blowing the candles). I didn’t put the birthday hat on (on Georgia) this year because the birthday girl was already too excited to eat her cake and she was also a bit tired.
After blowing her cake, I did a bit of slicing and served the first piece to the birthday girl who loved it very much and who barked as soon as she was finished with it so that she could get seconds. After giving birthday cake slices to all the doggies (i.e. Smeagle, Max, Hugo, Roxy, Sebastian, Mariah, Meg, etc.) and opening presents (and trying them on) , the birthday girl was done for the day.
At the tv room -
Just a little bit more..
There we go. Goodnight sweets!
Yep, she was really pooped.
I talked to Ate Tatie and she asked, “Do you think she enjoyed her birthday?”. To which I answered, “I don’t know. But I hope she did.” Her reply was, “I believe she did.” (warm fuzzy feeling)
George, you are two already. Looking forward to another year and like what mummy always says, may you always be safe and may you have good health, happiness, and long life (and everything a puppy could ever want and need). I love you, Georgia. Happy Second Birthday, Sweets.
(Photo Credits – Paula Cañete)
I emailed my sister, Ate Tatie, a few days ago to send her an electronic version of Georgia’s birthday invitation and texted my friend, Bernie, about Georgia turning two. Time flies by so fast! She is turning two (i.e. tomorrow, the 4th of August) – she’s a big girl now. It makes me teary (and very happy of course).
(This picture was used for her first birthday invitation. We enclosed a small copy in each invite so that the guests will have a keepsake of the little one. Is this your fake smile, George?)
Big preparations are still ongoing at the moment – I make it a point to organize a birthday party for Georgia (hopefully every year) and this is her second year which is just as important. We already handed out her invitations – among the dogs in attendance will be Max (My sister, Ate Sherry’s pug), Hugo (Ate She’s Boyfriend, Kuya Vince’s beagle), Smeagle (My sister, Ate Tatie’s shih tzu). It will be quite fun and casual and it will just plainly be about - 1. celebrating Georgia, 2. celebrating the fact that I have her in my life, 3. her turning another year older.
I will post more about this soon (a more detailed account of the big event) but for now, here are a few pictures of her birthday party the year before, when she just turned one (very very important).
(Georgia blowing her first birthday candle. She just turned one then.)
(This was Georgia’s Birthday Cake and Birthday Hat. A doggie cake baked especially for her. It was quite difficult to find a baker. Thanks a lot Mum for helping me out with finding one. On a side note, all the doggies were given a slice after she blew the candle.)
(We also had yummy cupcakes with cut dog paw icing on them and the punch was great. I made a birthday sign for the little one as well.)
(One of her presents were these pink sneakers. Kuya Vince wanted Georgia to try them on They are great and we thank you for the sneakers. Georgia wasn’t very happy wearing them though. She immediately took them off after this picture. Haha.)
(This was after blowing her birthday candle. She really loved the cake. She started devouring it right off the cake tray. She also posed with one of her presents.)
(Ate Sherry carrying Max while Georgia was about to blow her birthday candle. Georgy wearing her birthday hat. She didn’t like wearing it but she did look cute. We took it off after blowing the candle.)
Little Georgy, you will be turning two very very soon. It will make Mummy cry but she’ll be very happy and she’ll be looking forward to another year with you. I love you, Georgia.
(Photo Credits – Paula Cañete)
Yep, this is quite inevitable (I would have made this my first post. Teehee.) I suggest you get comfortable in your seats and make sure you have some chips to nibble on because this is gonna be a long read.
I would like you to meet Georgia, my cutie patootie (big smile, full of love).
How I met the little one is a very memorable experience for me and a great story. Almost two years ago and just a few weeks into getting settled back here in Cebu (I was in Manila for some time prior to this), I was just strolling one afternoon and I stopped by a pet store (I always stop by pet stores whenever there is one in the vicinity – 1. I love animals, 2. I love pet stores, 3. Because of the cuteness factor of the puppies). On the uppermost cage and all alone is the world’s most amazing and gorgeous puppy. I spent hours just standing there and looking at the puppy thru the glass wall of the pet store (she was staring back at me as well – lifting her little head up so that she can see me over the fluff of hair that covered her eyes then). I would stroll again and return after awhile (There was a caretaker person inside that area with the puppies and – 1. He creeped me out, 2. Most importantly, I didn’t want him to think I was oogling him. haha!) to just stare and coo over the little one.
I just had this “it” feeling and I just wanted to bring her home for my very own – this was what I wanted more than anything else in the world. I looked at her and knew that I would call her Georgia (which is amazing because – 1. I was already naming her and I am usually quite indecisive when it comes to naming pets, 2. I didn’t even know then that the puppy was a she but I just knew I’d call her Georgia).
I was calling everyone and telling them about this puppy I wanted more than anything in the world. I was already imagining scenarios and things we would be doing together. I eventually went inside the store to ask how much she was and she was quite expensive – in my head I was saying, “Owning her would be more out of the question now. It is insanely too much money to spend on a puppy. The odds would be quite against me if I ask the parentals because it would be another reason to tip the scale to no (the other reason being that I am asthmatic).
But Georgia and I are indeed meant for each other because the next day, I was back in the pet store and waiting at the counter while they were fetching her. Mum rescheduled a meeting because she wanted to be there with me and her first words were, “pagka.gwapa!” (she found Georgia to be quite beautiful). The pet store owner told me that the puppy is a she (Yep, Georgia it is) and she was supposed to be sold yesterday because another person requested for her but that person didn’t show up so they decided to sell her to anyone who wants her instead (it’s fate, I tell you). It scares me sometimes when I am recalling this because if the said person did show up that day, then I wouldn’t have Georgia at all and what a big void it would have been to not have known her (I am not being melodramatic, she brings more to my life).
We got bowls as well for her food and water before we went off. I then stopped by the vet place to get her checked, to see if she is healthy, to ask about food recommendations, ask about shots and basically ask what she needs (supplement wise as well). They weighed her and we scheduled the shots she would need . (For those who have puppies and are wondering, the shots included the following – deworming shots, parvo virus shots and kennel cough shots. etc. These were done in intervals. Please ask your vet about shots that your pets need so that they are protected and will be healthy.)
I cuddled her in the car all the way home. The first time I placed her down when we got home, she immediately huddled back to me (this is normal when you are introducing your new pets to your home, this is all new for them and they need to adapt to the new environment. They will seek comfort from what is familiar to them which in this case is you, the owner. If you ever plan to bring a new puppy or pet any pet to your home, please do some research so that the transition won’t be as difficult for them).
(This picture of Georgia was taken when she was just two weeks in her new home.
Yep, that is the fluff of hair covering her eyes – we went to get her a haircut, don’t worry.)
(This was taken over a year ago, when she was just lounging in her bed and Mummy rushed to get a camera to take a picture – as usual. She was okay with posing for Mummy.)
It was definitely a profound experience, being her mummy for the first few weeks (even up to now, I might add). I would dubbed it as an “unplanned pregnancy” in a sense (I don’t mean to offend anyone and this doesn’t mean I condone the serious meaning of said term especially for those who aren’t ready for such an undertaking). I was just strolling and then out of nowhere, I became a mummy (I know you might say, “Excuse me lady. You are just talking about a puppy remember??”). But hey, she isn’t just any puppy and having her is one thing that I am forever grateful for – it is an honor to be this little one’s mummy.
She is turning two really really soon and it makes me teary (blush). Although you can’t read this little Georgy, I just want you to know that I love you very much sweetheart and that Mummy is very proud of you and I will do everything that I can to ensure that you have all the things a puppy as amazing as you might ever need. (I stressed more on good health, happiness, safety and long life. As well as chewies, treats, ripe mangoes and cantaloupes for the little one - I think she might beg to differ that these are more important.)
Cheers, my little soulmate!
Thank you for taking the time to see through until the very end of this post for this is definitely the lengthiest post I made so far (if you reached this part). I can be very mushy when it comes to the little one (Indulge me). I will write more about her soon.
P.S. Like what I said in my first post – if you get irked by posts such as these, please don’t hurt me.
P.P.S. If you want to set a play date with Georgia and your little pup (and you are in Cebu), please let me know. It would be great for her to be able to play with small doggies as well (since the other doggies we have are quite big and thus they can’t play with her). Georgia and I are still looking for a bestfriend for her (aside from me, of course. haha!).