Friday, December 31, 2010

Fooling around in our backyard.....

It's such a nice warm day today so RG and I decided to go out and play! :)

We didn't have to venture far......our backyard is a great big playground.

RG attempting to make a snow angel!! :O
Where RG is pointing....that's our little house!
Not all the snow has melted.....
RG at the looooooooong boardwalk.......
The beautiful marshes.....
Me lying down on the boardwalk to bask in the lovely sun......
Fly me to the moon.........little silver jet!
The marshes support a rich ecosystem....there are tonnes of quahogs in the shallow waters. I see that the seagulls must have been down here feasting!
Such a perfect day to end a fantastic can we not take a photo to remind ourselves of this beautiful day. The two chubbies happily ever after by the sea.........
RG looking tiny standing next to the tall reeds!
Our cute house on the right of the photo......
The beautiful blue sea behind me......
Me tossing a snowball at the photographer!
Me and my big bag of bird seeds that I use to feed the many little birds that come for a visit in our yard everyday.
Our poor snow(o)man all beaten up by the big snow storm that we had earlier this week.
Thanks for touring our backyard with us!!!!

A summation of Year 2010

Today is the last day of 2010. Can't believe the year flew past just like that!!

A client-turned-friend of mine sends out an email to all her families and friends every year end to tell of how her year had been and what her new year resolutions are. I always look forward to it and she has inspired me to do the the form of this blogpost.

So.....Year! I don't even know where to begin. It seems like I haven't done much but looking back....I actually did quite a few interesting new things.

So 2010 started out with us finally settling into our rental and in US of A. We experienced our very first New England winter and the gods must've had been kind to us 'cos it was a very mild winter. Little things like shovelling, scrapping ice off the car, trying not to slip on icy walkways were totally new to us.

Another very interesting and unexpected thing at the start of 2010 was me picking up sewing!! It was a big deal for me 'cos I never knew I could actually sew something decent which doesn't suck. Let's just say I had always failed Home Economics in secondary school and the thing that I sucked most at was sewing. Anyway, that all changed when I bought my very first sewing machine in the states and I have not looked back since.

RG and I did quite a bit of traveling on our own within the states in 2010. We visited Providence, Newport & Scituate in Rhode Island and in Connecticut, we covered Mystic, New Haven, East Windsor, Bloomfield, Bristol, New Britain & Hartford.

I did our first state and federal tax filing in US of A. It was a steep learning curve for me as I had been so used to the easy & EFFICIENT tax filing system in SG :P But I'm proud to report that I did the taxes all by myself without the help of a professional or any tax software! Thankfully, I completed the tasks prior to the deadline and most importantly, I was still sane and hadn't tore all my hair off after all that.

In spring 2010, I had my very first yard sale. I could hardly believe that people had actually wanted to buy my handsewn stuffs and photographs...and that they also had many good things to say about my pieces....even until today. I have been very encouraged by that.

Beginning of summer 2010, we packed up our stuffs to move to storage and left our first rental to return to Singapore. It had been 10 months since we left Singapore and we were SUPER excited to be back home with our families and friends. It was also the first time we were seeing our cute renovated flat and to live in it. It was quite a change living in a much smaller apartment but we managed just fine and we grew to love our cosy little place with all its nearby amenities and very central location.

We spent 6 whole weeks catching up with families and friends in SG and it was just too wonderful to describe in words. There was A LOT of eating and both of us put on much weight. We also checked out many new places in SG and we couldn't believe how much had changed in that short 10 months! We celebrated National Day at the spanking new Marina Bay Sands and enjoyed the lovely views and firework displays with our family.

One reluctant thing that I had to do back in SG was to give up of my financial practice due to our relocation. It was sad to say goodbye to my clients, many of whom have become my good friends and who had been so supportive over the last half a decade or so. I wish them well and I believe that they will be well taken care of by my fellow ex-colleagues.

After a fantabulous time in SG, we left for London. That was our very first time in London too. We had the luxury of a good 2 whole weeks in London and we did LOTS of stuff and caught up with a couple of old friends while we were there. We really enjoyed London very much.

We returned to US of A end of August and we found a new rental by the water. The little seaside cottage is the house of our dreams! No words can describe how we feel waking up to the beautiful blue sea every morning.

Our first visitors arrived late September. 4 of my buddies from high school came to visit and stayed with us for 2 weeks. We did loads of stuffs together and RG joined us on a long roadtrip from Massachusetts to New Hampshire to Vermont to upstate New York and back. There was a lot of shopping, eating and sightseeing. And best of all, our over 20years of friendship has been renewed and further strengthened.

End Oct 2010, we met up with 2 more old pals in Boston. While we met them only briefly due to their tight travel schedules....we had a wonderful time catching up and doing silly fun things. It is so nice knowing that you can always pick up right where you left off even though you and your friends might not see each other that much.....that's what true friendship is about!

While old friends are golden.....we made some new friends too! My new landlords have been great to us, our new neighbors are friendly, RG has got a new colleague at work who's a chinese and around my age. She and I would rattle off in Mandarin everytime we get together. We still keep in touch with my old landlords and neighbor. RG is also getting along very well with his colleagues and he has rekindled ties with some of his old pals from all over the world. I'm also very happy to have found a couple of old friends on FB and to get a second chance at our friendship.

My driving is gradually getting better as I'm becoming more confident on the roads. (thanks to RG's coaching). While I could only manage driving on small roads around our small quiet town in early 2010, I'm now driving on the highway and can make it to as far as the neighboring towns that are approx 25min drive away. That is already a very big achievement to being such a scaredy cat on the roads :P

As for RG and I....we are still as in love as ever! :P We celebrated our 9th year wedding anniversary in 2010. Next year is our 10th!!!!!! I'm thinking that maybe we can renew our wedding vows for our 10th anniversary in Grand Canyon where we went for our honeymoon. tee hee......

For Year 2011, my only wish is for my families, friends and ourselves to be healthy and happy!

And to everyone remember to LIVE, LOVE & LAUGH every single day.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

What I got for Christmas....

A new addition to my Get Fuzzy collection!!!! woot wooooot wooooooooot wooooooooooooooot :D

One more book and my Treasury collection is complete *hint hint*
An Oh-so-beautiful-&-romantic journal......for my random thoughts. It is soooooooooo sweeeeeeeet..........
....apart from the pretty illustrations in the journal, there are also really nice quotes......I especially like these.....
I feel so hap'pily lov'ed........

Now I'm feeling a little embarrassed about my Pink Floyd t-shirt present to RG :P

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

10 frozen fingers...............and a SNOW(O)MAN!

All the beautiful white snow was calling out to me this make a snowman.

I started with the body.....pushing the snow into a tall pile....and all the while using my 2 palms to compact the snow such that it stays in shape (Note: Let's just focus on the snowman please. DO NOT be distracted by my fleece pants full of colorful hearts!)

Once the body was done....I moved on to its head. I started off with a small snowball......
....and then I kept packing more snow onto the ball.....

....until you reach a size that you are happy with...which is proportional to the snowman's body.

The true test is if the head will stay stuck to the body.....and I passed!

Now I just want to "fatten" up my snowman 'cos it was looking kinda malnourished!

When Snowman is finally looking quite chubbily's time to dress it up!

Hmmmmmmm.......seems to still lack the X-factor......

After a more elaborate's looking better don't ya think?!

Snow(o)man wishes all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Our very first pair of Christmas stockings....

I swear my girlfriends can read my mind.

I had wanted to get ourselves a pair of Christmas stockings this year......and guess what came in the mail today? A pair of Christmas stockings "stuffed" with all sorts of goodies from my best friends LF & LY!

Thanks gals!! We love everything.
I'm gonna wrap RG's present later and put it into his stocking (green one). RG says his presentS for me can't fit into the stocking......let's hope he'll buy MORE presents to fit into my red stocking! tee hee......

Working the arms and back......

It finally stopped snowing today....having snowed (lightly) the whole of yesterday. The sun was out again and the weather was so GORGEOUS!!!

We didn't expect to get slightly over 5" of snow this time round. While New Englanders aren't even gonna bat an eyelid over this amount of is still a very "respectable" kick off to 2010-2011 winter.

Ice scraper and shovels in hands......we spent a good half an hour or so getting ice/snow off the car, deck, stairs and walkway. It was good exercise indeed.

I only shoveled part of the back deck and half of the side deck. I left the front deck untouched. Wrap-around decks are so wonderful to have......when IT'S NOT SNOWING!

After a hard day's work.....the shovels were put to rest (for now). Oh......I actually broke one shovel 'cos I shoveled too hard.

Now's my turn to lay down and rest my tired back on my warm cosy bed.....and enjoy the beautiful wintery scenery outside.

AHhhhhahhhhh.....who says winter is all misery?!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Let it snow.....let it snow...

The snow is looooooooong overdue. We are finally getting some today. It started snowing in the evening and it will continue to snow throughout tonight. Hopefully tomorrow morning, we'll be waking up to a lovely snow covered beach.

Our little Christmas trees are covered with snow and looking really sweet.
Our snow covered deck railings with the colorful lights....
We decided to head out for a short walk....umbrellas in hands! haha....
It's lovely when it snows.....

Friday, December 17, 2010

What's soft, furry & warm?

This pair of beauty......................MINE!!!!!

All my other pairs of Crocs aren't warm enough for the winter cold so when I saw this pair of Crocs Blitzen selling for less than 20 bucks and in my size heart skipped many beats and I knew I just have to have it.

The furry lining is not only warm and's also removable and washable.

Luuuuuuuuuurve it.

Today's mail.....

We have done all the Christmas shopping for families and friends over the past couple of weeks......*phew* finally have time to take a breather to do some online shopping for ourselves. I did some food shopping over at yesterday and the parcel arrived today from New York....that was QUICK! :) I buy strange things huh? hahahaha.....
I'm also very happy to receive my 2011 calendar from Pillsbury by being a member. I'm a big fan of Pillsbury products....which you must know by now :P....& RG calls me The Dough Gal!
The calendar is full of yummilious photos and recipes. See that amazing looking brownie.....that's next on my to-do list and I'm absolutely not gonna wait till February.
There are also tear out recipe cards.......sweeeeeeeet!
Not sure if you can still lay your hands on this by registering at the Pillsbury website....but if you just want the can visit the URL provided below. To good baking times ahead!!!!
Maybe I should try to take part in the Pillsbury bake-off contest held every year ......the top prize is.....$1,000,000!!! *ka-chiiiiiiiiiiing*