Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving

On Thursday, John, Sirius, and I spent Thanksgiving with our friends, Dave and Samiko. She is a great cook! We enjoyed turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, rolls, and the best homemade apple pie a la mode ever! Thank you both!



I am thankful to God for all the blessings in my life. I am happy that my husband is home safe. I pray for all US troops serving to protect the freedoms of our nation. I am grateful to have a job during this recession and hope that the economy turns around soon. I feel especially blessed to have a beautiful, good doggy. Most of all, I am thankful for my wonderful family!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Toys for Tots

I have made minor edits and added content to the local Toys for Tots website to help my husband, who is the local coordinator.

I am proud of his efforts in helping make the holidays brighter for children in need.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ball

On Saturday, John and I attended the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Century Center. We were joined by our friends, David, Deb, Heidi, Paige, Eva, the Judge, Dave, and Samiko.

Some minor drama ensued regarding table seating and stuff, which I admit I was a part of. Unfortunately, my mood was already dampened before the ball by the discovery that my new camera had broken! And I couldn't find my old one.

Anyway, John did a great job coordinating the event. The ceremony went well. The presentation was nice. The food was good. And the venue was lovely.

We enjoyed the after-party at Fiddler's Hearth and Club Noma.

Belated happy birthday, Marines!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Halloween

I went to 2 Halloween bashes this year. On Friday, I dressed up as a scrub nurse. John made his costume, as he normally does. He dressed as the Joker nurse from The Dark Knight. Our friend David also wore scrubs. We went to the 95.3 WAOR FM Halloween Howl 5. And John won in the category of scariest costume!




On Saturday, I dressed up as a witch in my fave Halloween outfit that I've had for a few years. John wore his Joker nurse costume again. He made his makeup more sinister this time. We went to Club Landing.

We had a great time overall. Congratulations to John!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Volunteer

I volunteered for a coworker's church group at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish/University of Southern California Trojans football game this past Saturday. John and David joined me at the concession stand north of the press box.

It was cool to get into the game 'cause it had been sold out for months or whatever. We had great seats by the 30-yard line for when we weren't working. But man, it was super busy! We didn't have a chance to watch much of the game or tailgate for that matter.

It was fun though and for a good cause. We enjoyed walking around campus by Touchdown Jesus (Hesburgh Library) and taking pictures. It was just a bummer that Notre Dame lost. I know, you'd think I'd root for USC 'cause I'm from CA, right? The thing is I didn't follow college football back then. (Read my previous post on Football.) Oh well. There's always next year. Go Irish!



Saturday, October 10, 2009

Walk

I participated this morning in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Howard Park in South Bend. I'm pleased to have raised $485, 97% of my goal, to benefit this cause. Thank you to all for your support!

I'm grateful that my little family, John and Sirius, joined me for the 5K walk, as well as our friends, David and Deb. We were part of my company team, Wellness Warehouse.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Contractor

I'm currently working as a resident contractor at an aerospace company. I've been in this industry for 10 years. I'm definitely glad to have a job. But man, I do wish I could get hired on as a regular, full-time employee again with more pay. I took a 27.5% pay cut from my last job in CA to this one in IN. Major bummer. My budget has really been impacted. It hurts!

People say it's ok 'cause the cost of living is lower in IN. But I say it's relative. The rent may be slightly cheaper, but not by that much. Everything at the mall still costs the same. Tax is only 0.75% less at 7%. The only thing that noticeably costs less are movie tix, lol. And I still have some of my CA bills!

Anyway, I digress. I had forgotten what it's like to be a contractor. Less benefits, less pay. But it gets you in the door. A lot of companies strictly go through employment/placement agencies now. I hadn't been a contractor in like over 8 years when I moved last year. That sense of security I was used to having is somewhat lacking now because I feel almost disposable as an outsourced person.

I'm not saying anything bad about my agency. After all, it's how I got placed at my last job in CA. And it's how I became a resident contractor at my present job in IN in my same industry. I'm grateful. I just don't like being treated differently in the workplace. After all, I'm not entry-level, people.

I like what I do for the most part. I like working in the ERP system and supporting configuration management. I just need more moolah and less drama, hehehe.

I know times are hard for all of us. The economy is bad. Unemployment is high. Job opportunities are scarce. And we're still at war. I don't mean to bitch. I just need to vent a little.

My little sister Cay is not in the best financial situation either. Please consider helping donate to her personal cause.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Football

I've never been a big fan of football or other sports for that matter. The most involved I got in sports has been NASCAR, and only Nextel/Sprint Cup at that, and only because I'm in an ESPN Stock Car Fantasy group online, hehe. I've been to a couple races at California Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but that's another story.

As for NFL football, unless I'm entered in a pool, I normally don't follow or care. The exception would be the Super Bowl for its halftime show and party opportunities, hehe. If I have to root for an NFL team, it's generally for the Washington Redskins since I grew up in the DC area. Otherwise, it's occasionally for the New England Patriots, my father's team, since we used to live in MA.

As for college football, I cared even less and never watched. I don't even know/understand all the rules. This brings me to my point. I am surprised at myself when it comes to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish! I don't mean to be a snob or whatever. But before I moved to IN, my ex-boss in CA said I would become a Notre Dame fan. I was like, not. Well, it took a year, but here I am, a changed woman, lol. Not only do I tailgate, but I attended the Notre Dame Fighting Irish/Nevada Wolfpack season opener. And I watched the Notre Dame Fighting Irish/Washington Huskies game on Saturday and actually found it riveting, especially when they tied at the end of the 4th quarter and had to go into overtime in crappy weather no less. I know, crazy, right?

The fan support is amazing out here. Maybe it's 'cause South Bend is a college town and there are less events and happenings than other cities. But whatever it is, I'm now officially interested. I guess never say never.

Anti-social

I don't go out as much as I used to. Don't get me wrong, I still like to hang out once in a while. But I'm not pressed. And I don't mind being home with my snuggly doggy.

I think I got burnt out early 'cause I started clubbing when I was 16. Wish the hubs would party less. He's still going strong, hehe. He calls me anti-social. I say I simply prefer the company of people I already know. It seems like an effort to make small talk with strangers sometimes, no?

Anyway, I went out with John and a couple girlfriends, Heidi and Deb, on Friday night. We had dinner at Hacienda in Mishawaka and then off to karaoke at Center Street Pub. It's not my fave venue, but I do like singing karaoke, a Philippine pastime, hehe. After that, we checked out a local band at Riverside Tavern.

It was fun, except for the drizzly rain. I know I've mellowed out from my techno/dance days. But I'm not a total hermit crab, hehehe.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Making Strides

I moved this post from my website-related blog since it fits more here.

I signed up to walk in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in South Bend, IN on 10/10/09.

This is an important cause to me. I hope to make a difference in increasing awareness and in helping find a cure.

Please support me by donating $5 or more or by joining my team in the walk.

Thank you.

Twitter

I am a long-time user of Twitter, back before it became all the rage. It seems like everyone and their mother is on it now.

If you don't believe me, look me up on When Did You Join Twitter? My username is cristelacp.

I like microblogging in 140 characters or less. It's quick and easy. Unlike regular blogging, I don't have to formulate proper sentences and such, lol.

About me

I'm an American Filipina. I'm the 2nd of 3 girls. I'm married to a US Marine. I'm a doggy mommy. I love my family!

I've lived on both east and west coasts of the US and now find myself back in the midwest, not far from where I was born. I've sort of come full circle I guess.

I work in the aerospace industry in document control, supporting configuration management.

I've dabbled in web design here and there. I like to hand code in HTML. My fave software is Photoshop!

I don't care for drama, especially in the workplace. But unfortunately, it finds me sometimes. *sigh*

I enjoy indoor rowing. It's a total body workout in half the time as using the treadmill, which works great for my schedule.

I like to travel and experience various places and cultures. However, lack of funds and minimal paid time off are realistic obstacles, lol.

I love taking pictures!

More sharing later.

Another blog

My little sister Cay has inspired me to blog again. I really sort of gave it up 'cause it took too much time and effort. But she's right. It's fun and interesting to revisit your own blog entries later on.

Here are my other blogs.

Blogger - dream in digital - photoblog

Blogger - blog - website-related notes and such

MySpace - just stuff (inactive)

This blog will be for random rants and whatever I feel like venting about, hehe. We'll see how long this one lasts...

More to come.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Eva Johnson

I have been working on a website off and on for the last couple weeks for Eva Johnson, a master gardener and artist. I decided to go ahead and launch it, even though the gallery is not yet completed.

I added her website to my portfolio. I am happy with the overall tranquil look and feel. ☺

Monday, June 29, 2009

Miller's Vets

I am pleased to announce the launch of a website I created pro bono for Miller's Vets, a local drill team in my community.

I added the website to my portfolio. I feel good about contributing to their cause.