My October, Day 5 — ouch, that’s a piece of my flesh!

I went to see a dermatologist today for a general skin check-up. It’s been almost seven years since the last time I saw one. 

But anyway, the dermatologist found two abnormal looking moles on the right side of my abdomen; one was about 5 mm and the smaller one is just the size of a fine-tip ink pen. She decided to do the biopsy for both for further testing. I am now wearing a Dora-band aid to cover the open flesh where the bigger mole was taken out. It is a bit of a discomfort. 

I just hope that both are benign and nothing that comes close to cancerous. 

Anyway, after telling her that my last dermatology exam was seven years ago, she suggested that every woman should see a dermatologist every year once you reach 40, if not then every two years. She said we tend to neglect other areas of our skin even though we pay a lot of attention to our facial skin. 

So true! So please all my women friends, go see a dermatologist soon if you have not done so!

Other than that, the highlight of my day was being able to take an hour nap while letting Peanut watch his favorite show on PBS. 

My October, Day 4 — fortune in a misfortune. 

Our car battery died today while we were out and about. Luckily we did not have to tow the car because there was a car care center a few blocks away. The manager let us borrow the battery jumpstart kit and then he squeezed us in in between other repairs to get our car running so that we could go home. He even gave us a family discount because he said the two boys were cute, and when PP spoke a few Spanish words that he learned from our former caretaker, the manager was sold to PP’s cuteness. The manager is a Mexican-American, by the way. 

In the end, we shelled out $160 bucks to replace the battery. Good thing that it happened today and not during a winter storm. A fortune in a misfortune!

Anyway, while waiting for the battery replacement, I kept the kids busy with pens and papers so they can doodle until their hearts were content. 

And this was Peanut’s drawing of my portrait. When he was done and showed me the drawing, he said you are pretty, Mẹ!  😍 He also told me that he wrote I love you. So funny, his I love you became I U L in the end. This boy still has long way to go before he can really write. 

But nice try, nonetheless! And my mouth looks like a pig snout. OINK OINK!!!


My October, Day 3 — the scheming Mama!

I’ll tell you the reason I became a bit of a scammer.

PP’s class has started the 20-minute a day read-a-thon, and his teacher asked us to read to him at least 20 minutes a day. For the incentive, by the end of the month, if he brings back the recording sheet to the teacher, and if he completes the mission, he will get a free Pizza Hut pizza.

This kid loves pizzas. So here comes my scheme!

Well, since PP can now read level one and two, I omitted a few information during the relay of the message and told him and O that PP needs to read 20 minutes every day. Mr. First-Born is duped (in a positive outcome kind of way!) that he is tasked to accomplish such mission, so for the past three days he is doing his due diligence.

This is all for a free pizza at school…and I manipulated it with a twist of truth!

Highlight of the day:

My husband got kidnapped by the zombie…

My October, Day 2 — renewing my driver license

Mr. O has a flex day from work today (yay!) so I have extra help in the morning. He took care of the boys’ morning routine while I took care of breakfast. (My boys are spoiled, I make hearty hot breakfast every morning!) After breakfast, he walked PP to the bus stop, then dropped Peanut off at preschool, and then returned home to chauffeur me around for errands during our two and a half hours sans children.

It’s very rare to have the free time just for two of us. It makes me happy and appreciative when we do, just like the two and a half hours we had this morning.

Today I went to the DMV to renew my driver license as it is approaching expiration date. It was a long line, but everyone was in line and respectful of public space. The wait was about 40 minutes, but it took less than five minutes for the paper work.

I put on my red lipstick for the photo. Hopefully it turns out well when the new license arrives in four to six weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend!

My October, Day 1 — regrettable moments

Here I am, claiming October as my month once again!

Today I have made a mistake, and I regretted it.

Peanut and I took O to the north side of town for his dental work, and while waiting for O during lunch hour, we were hungry. I drove by a Vietnamese deli and decided to give it a try. We usually don’t go to Vietnamese restaurants for fear of disappointment, but we were hungry. This place is known for its Chinese style BBQ of pork, duck and chicken for purchases by the pounds, but they also offer about a hundred of other dishes listed on their menu. Typical Vietnamese restaurant!

I thought I went for a sure bet, and ordered and rice plate of five-spices pig innards for me and a chicken Bánh Mì for Peanut, thinking that if they are known for their BBQ then the food must be good.

(I just realized that I misspelled “regrettable”, oops, sorry!)

Well, the first few bites were great until the aftertaste of MSG left me almost gagging. The meat was so MSG-laden, as if they poured pounds of it into their marinate, which became concentrated in the sauce. I chugged down two glasses of water to save myself from dehydration but it did not work. They did not clean the innards well so I could taste that gamey grassy smell.

The Bánh Mì was just below average — the baguette was so chewy that Peanut could not even tear if off with his teeth. The chicken was so dry like wood, but thanks to the sauce that help soften it a bit. The best part of the meal for me was the pickled daikon and carrots.

They charged me $13 for this plate, and I thought it was only $9.95. When I asked the waitress, she said I ordered a combo, which I did not. She went to the owner but the owner yelled at her in the back of the counter, which I overheard, so I decided to go with it, saving the girl her payday.

Anyway, the best deal of the day for me was getting two Halloween costumes for the boys for $7.98 at a thrift store; Peanut’s costume was nearly brand new. Cannot get a better deal than that!

They are very excited for Halloween!