Monday, September 1, 2014

Week in Recap: Mind Your Own Business

Hello, Friends!

Oh how I've missed writing weekly recap on this blog! This is my first week in recap after my summer vacation, so I'm so excited to journal again!

First of all, last weekend was all about family. After not seeing Michael for about three weeks, I felt like wanting to spend every second with him. My parents were in town, so we went to their favorite Chinese restaurant in a nearby mall called Duck King to have some dim sum. We brought Michael of course, and that's when I noticed that he could no longer fit to the restaurant high-chair! My oh my, how has he grown, that little man of mine!

Also on the weekend, I organized Michael's wardrobe, throwing away clothes that have become too shabby or worn out, and keep away clothing that are still wearable but have grown too small for him. I have bought him some new, bigger house shirts and shorts that I kept in the drawer, so now out they were and moved to his wardrobe! Just look at this white set with yellow trims and cute lion prints on it. Little children's clothes are just so cheerful-looking! I love it! Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that children should look like children and dress like children, not like mini-grown ups! That include happy colors and cheerful tiny prints! Soon Michael will grow into a young boy, and he will wear more grown-up things, but for now, let him be toddler that he is.

Michael doesn't care for TV, but he likes music and watching children's song video clips on YouTube. Usually, as a treat, I would allow him to go upstairs to my room, sit in front of my work desk and watch some children clips on my pink laptop. His favorite song is "One, One, I Love Mommy". 

As office life goes, as busy as work life can be, I always make time to do little things that make me happy. I love taking selfies in the morning, especially when I feel like I look good, to send to my husband. It's like our "Good morning" ritual, because he usually leave the house when I'm still in bed. We used to work in the same office when we met, and my husband loves seeing me all dressed up for work.

I also love wearing things that spice up my office wardrobe. Like these teal blue wedges with cute bows and electric blue sequin Kitson purse. I love anything sparkly. Things like these might look frivolous and silly, but they make me happy and feel excited to go to work!

You might know that one of my responsibilities at the office is managing the office Penthouse, and I am trying to think of adding more variety on the flower arrangement on those flowers. I usually ordered white and purple orchids, because they last long, but I really want to try out other kinds of flowers. The problem is, not only the flowers should be pretty to look at, with lively colors - because the Penthouse is all white and cream and brown and black, very very masculine looking - they also should be low maintenance and have a relatively long "shelf life". I chose to try pink lillies, and I think they turned out beautifully. Just look at this flower arrangement below, they're beautiful! I think next week I'll try red lillies and perhaps colorful calla lillies. We'll see.

Last week I also started to use this new journal, as I wrote in this post.

Last week, some coworkers and I went to a bazaar in an apartment complex not far from the office. We went during lunch hour to visit a friend who used to work as one of the secretaries in our office who opened a booth there, Dian. She has a fashion online store and her business was successful enough that she had been making twice as much as her salary on a consistent basis for several months already when she quit her job some time ago. She resigned because her mother was ill and she wanted to help her Dad with their family business, as well as spending more time to care for her Mom and expand her own thriving fashion business. Dian fly to Bangkok, Thailand several times a year to buy new items for her store. She is still young and I admire her bravery, tenacity and business acumen to choose life as an entrepreneur. It's not an easy route, I know. During the last Lebaran holiday, she carried bags and bags on merchandise with her motorbike, going to one JNE office to another (somekind of UPS expedition office) to look for one that was opened during the holiday, because she was commited to her customers to send the goods within two days after date of purchase. Also, it's not for the faint hearted to not depend on fixed monthly salary as we usually get as employees!

As young as she is, I am sure Dian will very soon be a force to be reckon with and not one to mince her words. She might be much younger than me, but she has inspired me to have my own business and be my own boss someday! I am happy to say that my husband and I have started something this year, but it's still a secret, so I cannot share with you. ^__^

At Dian's booth, I bought these two fuzzy baggy sweaters. They are so soft and comfortable, and the candy colors are so pretty. They come in many colors, but I opted for mint green and peachy pink. Dian's collection is mostly too young for my age, but these two I can wear many times when I accompany my husband to go to the movies. Hubby loves to go to the movies, and the theaters are just so notoriously cold that I always carry an extra layer. I have two cardigans in mint green and rose pink that I have been wearing for years and they have provided warmth and comfort in many occassions, both in the cold movie theaters and also in the office. You have seen them many times on this blog, but the colors have started to fade and they look old and worn out now. I need some new layers to accompany me when I'm going to the movies, and there they are!

These are my old cardigans. They may look okay in picture, but in reality the colors have faded and they look worn out.

On Friday, I went on a date night with Hubby. After work I changed into this new dress that I like very much. My Mom had it made for me, and I'm so in love with the cheerful colors and flower patterns. I also love the sheath style, I am a sucker for dresses that are shapely but not too tight, modest and comfortable, not like they were being sprayed on my body! I paired the dress with my Kate Spade red geranium purse - a birthday gift from Hubby - and four-inches red wedges. I usually only wear two-inches heels and wedges for practicality and comfort, but I can make exception for occasions that don't require me to walk for miles and miles for hours and hours. I knew that I would spend most of the evening sitting down, so a little higher-than-usual heels would not hurt. Plus, they make my legs looked super long!

I also tried out this bold red Dior lipstick, a gift from a friend. I usually wear pink lipstick, this is the first time I rocked red lips. Happily, coworkers complemented my new look and told me I looked more "alive" than my usual signature pale look.

We had dinner at a Thai restaurant called Chandara at my favorite mall downtown: Plaza Indonesia. I'm not a sucker for Thai food, but Hubby wanted to try something new, so I complied to his wish. I had anchovy fried rice, while Hubby chose tom yum soup. We also shared fried chicken wings and chicken wrapped with pandan leaves. 

Michael needed new sandals. His old ones, the soles have thinned out and tattered, so after dinner we went to Mothercare to purchase a new pair. His old pair came in size 7, but instead of size 8, I decided to go with size 9, because toddler grew so fast! When I bought him his current sandals, they were way too big for him, and now after only five months he have outgrown them. Michael have one pair of sandals for morning and late afternoon walks to the park, and one pair of shoes for going out. Buying him a good quality pair of sandals is a good investment because he wears them a lot. These are what we got him: a pair of sandals in army green. 

The style is exactly the same with his current sandals. I like the ergonomic, adjustable design, because it means the sandals can cater to Michael's feet development to the maximum. Now I am tempted to go out to Mothercare again and get him a new pair of shoes as well, for near future when he needs a new pair. Why? For a very simpe and economical simple reason: Mothercare is having a 50% off for boy shoes and sandals. I might go back there next week and buy some more things for Michael. 

We had a little bit of problem when paying because the system at Mothercare was down. I was very annoyed because the last time I tried to purchase something at a different Mothercare store, the same thing happened. They really need to fix their system! Nevertheless, the sales lady offered to take my cell phone number and call me when the system was up and running again. Well, we did plan to hang out for a while at Fountain Lounge, so that's what I end up doing, because I really wanted to get Michael those sandals.

By the way, these are his current sandals, same style, different colors and embellishment. 

Fountain Lounge is an upscale cafe at a five star hotel downtown, Grand Hyatt. It's expensive, but it's my favorite lounge because the atmosphere is so nice, serene, elegant, opulent yet understated and tasteful. Not tacky or overly luxurious. Though I said it's my favorite lounge, we don't go there often. In fact, the last time we went there was before we got married! So it's a special evening, indeed! 

The hotel is located inside the mall, and the lounge is not far from Mothercare. When the store called, we were in the middle of ordering our drinks, and I could easily walk to the store to pick up the sandals and paid, then got back to find our order was ready and waiting. Convenient.

This is how Fountain Lounge looks. The live music and acapella singers were very beautiful as well, providing a nice, subtle, romantic background for cozying up on the sofa and having intimate conversation.

We also love the view from the lounge: the Bunderan HI. It's one of the most famous city landmark of Jakarta, and it looks very beautiful at night, with all the lights and skyscrapers surrounding the Bunderan HI fountain and pool. 

We went home when it was almost midnite. I could not remember when the last time we had a real date like this was. Usually we went home around ten on date nights. We are parents, we don't stay out until wee hours in the morning!

Last week's to-do-list:
  • Read Chapter 16 of Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle": Smashing Pumpkins.
  • Read and contemplate on the Book of Proverbs Chapter 4.
  • Interview potential contractor for renovation project.
  • Declutter and organize my work desk. Done, but I cluttered it yet again! Sigh. 
  • Organize Michael's closets.
  • Organize property files online.
  • Purchase new sandals and bottles for Michael. Turned out Michael doesn't need new bottles just yet.
  • Pay bills.
  • Fix refrigerator downstairs.

This week's to do list:
  • Read Chapter 19 of Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle": Hungry Month.
  • Read and contemplate on the Book of Proverbs Chapter 4.
  • Start the renovation project: taking down the existing roof, and pay down payment to contractor.
  • Declutter and organize my work desk, again.
  • Continue to organize property files online.
  • Pay local helps and discussing their payment scheme.
  • Fix refrigerator upstairs.
  • Grocery shopping.
  • Having massage.
  • Last appointment with my dermatologist.
  • Send gift to a friend out-of-town who is having a birthday.
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Jessica Jannenga said...

So many things to comment on. Looks like you are very organized cleaning things out of yours and your son's closet. I love the dress your mom made, sewing is such a skill. It looks wonderful on you, a great print and shape . You are daring with those 4 inch shoes, but red looks great on you, and I love KS bags as well.
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please stop by, jess

JES said...

Thank you for linking up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I just love all of your shoes! How fun! And your little boy is absolutely adorable. :-) Visiting from #tellhisstory

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