Sunday, September 28, 2008

Carrot Cake


I just wanna test this new application I have installed in my N82. See how it works.

Picked up my cake order from Nora at noon today. This will be our dessert for buka. I can't wait to have a slice.

xoxo via N82/ShoZu

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Britney's New Single: Womanizer

From her soon-to-be released album, Circus. Take a listen, it's amazing! This is the official one. Way better then the leaked version. I've played it a few times already.



OMG, I love it! Way to go Britney! :)


The lyrics:

Superstar
Where you from, how’s it going?
I know you
Gotta clue, what you’re doing?
You can play brand new to all the other chicks out here
But I know what you are, what you are, baby

Look at you
Gettin’ more than just a re-up
Baby, you
Got all the puppets with their strings up
Fakin’ like a good one, but I call ‘em like I see ‘em
I know what you are, what you are, baby

Womanizer, woman-womanizer, you’re a womanizer
Oh womanizer, oh you’re a womanizer, baby
You-you-you are, You-you-you are
Womanizer, womanizer, womanizer (Womanizer)

Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
You, you got me going
You, you oh so charming
But I can’t do it, you womanizer

Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
You say I’m crazy
I got your ‘crazy’
You’re nothin’ but a womanizer

Daddy-O
You got the swagger of a champion
Too bad for you
You just can’t find the right companion
I guess when you have one too many, makes it hard
It could be easy, who you are
That’s who you are, baby

Lollipop
Must mistake me as a sucker
To think that I
Would be a victim, not another
Say it, play it how you wanna
But no way I’m never gonna fall for you, never you, baby

Womanizer, woman-womanizer, you’re a womanizer
Oh womanizer, oh you’re a womanizer, baby
You-you-you are, You-you-you are
Womanizer, womanizer, womanizer (Womanizer)

Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
You, you got me going
You, you oh so charming
But I can’t do it, you womanizer

Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
You say I’m crazy
I got your ‘crazy’
You’re nothin’ but a womanizer

Maybe if we both lived in a different world
It would be all good and maybe I could be ya girl
But I can’t ’cause we don’t, you

Womanizer, woman-womanizer, you’re a womanizer
Oh womanizer, oh you’re a womanizer, baby
You-you-you are, You-you-you are
Womanizer, womanizer, womanizer (Womanizer)

Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
You, you got me going
You, you oh so charming
But I can’t do it, you womanizer

Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
You say I’m crazy
I got your ‘crazy’
You’re nothin’ but a womanizer

Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
Boy, don’t try to front
I-I know just-just what you are-are-are
Womanizer, woman-womanizer, you’re a womanizer
Oh womanizer, oh you’re a womanizer, baby


xoxo

We're Just About Ready...

We went shopping for Mira's and DH's baju melayu last night after breaking fast. There was a crowd but not too bad.

However, I forgot to take a picture of my baju kurung before we left. Hence, we went into the shops trying to guess what was the exact colour we should be looking for. In all appearance, it looks like we have three different shades of brown. Lol.

I got myself a pair of shoes for Raya. AT LONG LAST! How many months ago now since I started my quest for a new pair of shoes? Ages!

I found it in Vincci at 20% off. The shoe costs less than RM40, thus I is blissfully happy :-)

The next thing I need to sort out is to send the car for service, just in case I managed to get the votes (from DH & Dad) to go for a Raya Roadtrip on the second day. I thought it'd be fun to go down to Malacca and then make our way to PD, as well as Seremban on our way home.

Fun, isn't it. I remembered I hated the whole ordeal when I was in my teen (emo angst teen, that was me). It was really tiring, all the driving and stopping at each relatives houses, that no amount of duit raya can pacify me to enjoy the journey.

Anyway, that's about it I think. Send car for service tomorrow and pick up cake from Nora on Sunday. Oh, as well as to acquire a car battery charger for my phone :-p

We don't want to have my phone die on me when I'm busy taking photos now, do we? Lol.

In case I've gone AWOL for the next couple of days, here's wishing Selamat Hari Raya to you. Maaf zahir batin.

xoxo via N82

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mooooooo

When I purchased a Pro account on Flickr a few months back, I get to print 10 mini cards from Moo for free (inclusive of shipping, y'all). A box of 100 mini cards will costs you from $19.90 to print.

A few weeks ago I put in my order to them. The mail arrived yesterday with my 10 pack mini cards.



Très cool! But of course, I mostly printed Mira's photos. It was a bit daunting to only be able to select 10 out of hundreds. So, my safest bet was to pick hers.

xoxo

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Peanuts and Monkeys

I think the best time to start playing the festive tunes would be at least 14 days towards counting down to the actual celebration date. Anything earlier than that just feels weird. Especially for Raya.

For example, this year Jusco started playing the Raya song on the first day of Ramadhan. Seriously, what are they thinking? I haven't even completed my fast for the day y'all, haven't even started to feel the 'pain' of not being able to eat. It felt so strange to hear a song celebrating Syawal that day.

Now though, the songs adds to the excitement of Raya. Even as I'm typing this (the night before this was posted -- I'm schedule posting this entry, btw), I'm listening to them.

I tried to look for a nice song for my Caller Ringtone, but the ones that can be found on Maxis' portal are total crap. Where are the classics sung by the original singers??

Oh, while I was at their website, I saw their mobile internet package and have decided to sign up for the 5MB plan. I've checked my average data usage from previous months before signing up, I only used a maximum of 3MB so far. So 5MB would be more than sufficient for me. It only costs RM8.

Anything beyond that limit, Maxis will charge me 5 sen per kilobytes. The unlimited data plan of RM99 per month is wayyyyy too expensive for me. It's not like I don't have internet at home :p

Speaking of which, the exchange mail server is back up. I is glad. We're back to business as usual. I'm so impressed with the engineer that worked on our case. He's Microsoft Certified Pro y'all. I suspected, so I interviewed him a bit. Hehe. No wonder he knows his stuff.

The other guy, his team mate, submitted their proposal to me today. Their prices are a bit steep, in a sense that if we were to compare what the previous business partner charged us, it's like three times that. I can appreciate it, really. However, Mr G felt differently when I spoke to him briefly about the proposal.

I mean, they really are professionals in this field -- small company, but really solid. At least, we both speak the same language. They don't assume you don't know nuts and neither are they condescending when they try to explain something. And instead of brushing your concern aside, they give you valuable input.

IMHO, the costs compared to the 'nightmare' we had to go through these past week, is justified. There is a saying 'when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys', is there not? Can I throw that to my boss? :p

Now, how am I supposed to make them see it my way? Hmmm....

xoxo

Monday, September 22, 2008

Gregorian-Hijri Dates Converter

Got the link via Wawa. Thought I'd check it out lah kan. Hehe. So here are our birth dates according to the Islamic calendar.


Mine: Sunday 13 Safar 1393 A.H.
Sunday's child 'Is bonny and blithe and good and gay'. Ahhh... no wonder I'm perpetually happy and positive. Ha!

Safar is the second month in the Islamic calendar. It literally means 'the void month'. I wonder if that's why I'm.... never mind that :p

It's also believe that when it was first named, it was Autumn, hence the derivation from the Arabic word of 'surf' which means yellow. Ooohhhh.. my favourite season! Apparently, it was said to be the unluckiest month in the calendar (eh!), as it was the month Adam was turned out of the Gardens of Eden.

T_T


Mira's: Wednesday 18 Muharram 1425 A.H.
Wednesday's child 'is full of woe', but that's from one of the recent versions. The one that was written in 1887 has Wednesday's child as 'loving and giving'. Go figure.

Muharram is the first month in the Islamic calendar. It is one of the most sacred month. It is also one of the four months where fighting is prohibited. A tragic incident happened in this month -- the Battle of Karbala. On 10 Muharram, the Day of Ashurah is commemorated by Muslims as the anniversary of the death of Husayn bin Ali, the grandson of Muhammad.

Woe, indeed.


DH's: Thursday 24 Sha`aban 1391 A.H.
Thursday's child 'has far to go'. Don't we know it! :p

Sha'aban is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar. The fifteenth night of this month is known as Nisfu Sha'aban - it is believed that on this night your old record book, where all your deeds are recorded, be brought up to the heavens (I think, it says 'up to the sky') and your new record book starts for the next year. Your first record will start just as we enter Maghrib.

Thus, you are encourage to do something substantially good to mark your 'new year' with prayers and such.


xoxo

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Givers have to set limits because takers rarely do

by Irma Kurtz, Cosmopolitan Magazine, September 2003

10 more days to Raya. Exciting, isn't it? We only have 4 days of weekend left to shop and to prepare. I thought I'd leave all the shopping until next week. However, since I had to go to Low Yatt yesterday to send in the virtual keyboard device for repair, I thought why not try to shop for Mira's shoes as well.

So after I've left the device at the service counter, we headed back to BB Plaza / Sg Wang for some serious shoe shopping. It dawned on me that Mira hasn't visited that area before. We may have drove through it a couple of times with her, but we've never brought her to the malls around Bukit Bintang area, like, ever! I practically grew up there -- that's where my (now non-existent) school's at, my hang out place, where I dated, watched movies, etc.

And every year long ago my parents will bring me and Kim there for Raya shopping as well, especially Metrojaya at BB Plaza. Aahhh... those were the days.

I'm trying really hard to emulate what my parents had done to us when I was a child, for Mira. 'Trying really hard' because DH and I had a different childhood experiences. We'll be at odds about this. His childhood, to me,was boring and plain. He hardly had these 'family time' experience thing. Thus, he don't see what's the big deal about it.

Whilst mine are more colourful and fun.

Raya was the most special of them all. We'll get a few pairs of new clothes, new shoes, even new handbags (when I was a teen). And we'll convene at my late gran's house on weekends where my late mom and aunt will bake cookies and cakes together. The major event would be on Raya eve when we'll be there until late. That's when the women of the house would be busy preparing dishes for the next day -- my late gran's yummy rendang tok, chicken rendang, kuah kacang, lontong and ketupat, oh my!

The next morning, we'll donned our new baju kurungs and drive back to my gran's where we'll convene once again. My whole relatives will make their way there that morning as well after prayers to visit gran before we all go to the cementary together. The tradition still lives though, albeit not as much grandeur as before. Besides, only my aunt and her family lives in that house now.

I suppose, we all have our own lives now. Nonetheless, I'm glad my parents gave us those special moments and experiences :)

So anyway, we first went to look for Bata because Mira needs a pair of new flip flops. On the way there, we passed by Parkson. I took a detour there and went to their Children's Department to look for shoes. We saw a couple we like. I thought of getting Mira an open toes sandals but Mira likes the Mary Jane.

Mary Jane it is, then. The shoe is white in colour with sewn labuci butterfly designs on it. So liplap uols! Kemain anak mak.

We went into Metro, too. I thought I'd relives some of my childhood nostalgia in there. Yeah, I'm a bit melancholy today. Lol.

I somehow managed to buy two new dresses for Mira, though. Metro's having sale at the moment, and the two dresses that I bought was on 50% off. Good bargain, I'd say.

Now, I only have to get Mira's baju kurung, DH's baju melayu and a shirt, and maybe a pair of shoe for moi. I don't think I need any new clothes this year. I hardly wear my baju kurung, so what better time to get them out of the wardrobe.

That'll be the plan for next weekend. Today, will be house spring cleaning time!

xoxo

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

by Audrey Okaneko


I have always loved the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. I used to love the commercials of the kids running into each other, one child with the Hershey chocolate bar, and the other child with a jar of peanut butter.

The first time I tried these cookies, I was hooked. The recipe is a very simple peanut butter dough, with a Hershey’s kiss in the middle:

1 cup butter
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Additional sugar in a bowl for rolling
Chocolate Kisses


Combine butter, peanut butter and sugars; blend until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; blend. Mix flour, salt and soda, add to cream mixture; stir well. Roll dough into quarter size balls. Roll ball in bowl of sugar. Bake dough at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Immediately place chocolate kiss in center of each cookie. Bake an additional 2 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.

You can add food coloring to the dough to create any color you’d like. We have made these cookies in red, green and blue. You can also divide the batter and make multiple colors for one batch of cookies.

Experiment with the many flavors of Hershey’s kisses. They make a kiss that has peanut butter right in the middle. These are a wonderful addition to the peanut butter cookie. Hershey’s also makes kisses with nuts in the middle. This is a fun kiss to put in the middle of the cookies. If you make a red dough, try the chocolate kisses that are part white and part brown.

We have also added peanut M&M’s in the middle, instead of Hershey’s Kisses. Follow the same recipe adding the M&M’s at the very end and baking 2 additional minutes.

If you find the cookies a little sweet for your taste, cut out some of the brown sugar. Try cutting the brown sugar down to 3/4 of a cup.

Bon Appetite!!



Audrey’s mom always entertained when she was growing up. Audrey learned to prepare for large groups and has often entertained 15-30 people in her home at a time. You can find more great recipes at www.recipe-barn.com

Article Source: WAHM Articles

xoxo

Friday, September 19, 2008

Blame someone else and get on with your life

by Alan Woods

The office server kaput-ed on Monday, and all hell broke loose. It's really tiring just to get everything in order. I tried not to get too involved because really, I'm not paid enough to also be the office IT person y'know. Neither am I qualified. Server-stuff is not my thing.

Actually, it first showed symptoms that something was not right with it since last Friday morning. I came to work to find that 'someone' had shut off the server. It puzzled me but I didn't question anyone at that time, lest I appeared suspicious of my own colleagues.

However, when it happened again on Saturday, as Cyn discovered when she came in to work that day, I thought I'd take a closer look at it on Monday.

On Monday, I discovered the server has auto shut down itself again and the mail exchange failed. I called our IT technician to get him to check. He was not helpful lah. He didn't see any urgency in our predicament. He just said he'll get someone to access remotely to check what's wrong.

I mean, really? What can you discover by just doing things remotely and when you can't see the server physically. Sigh. Seriously, this guy frustrates me to no end! I don't know why Mr G still wants to use their service, really.

Anyway, he couldn't solve our email problem that day. Something about corrupted mail box, that's all he said. And he'll send someone the next day to check it out. Well, that was too late because when the technician did came in on Tuesday (the server has auto shut down itself that morning again, btw), just as he was about to reboot the server again to restart the email service, it totally failed to start Windows. Why?

Because the bloody fan hasn't been working since we don't know when and the system auto shut down itself because it has over heated! The over heating has caused some damaged to the motherboard. The now damaged motherboard has created some havoc to the system, hence it couldn't find the OS.

Can he not guess something was not right when I kept on telling him the system auto shut down itself in the first place?

We got to know more about the problem when we decided to call another company to help us on Wednesday. Our current one were so unresponsive (and irresponsible, I might add). He wouldn't come in and didn't even bother to answer my calls that day because, guess what? It's their public effing holiday! So now what? We don't have to work, too?

I really don't know how he could have left us stranded like that.

See, if he had send someone on Monday, his technician would have discovered the problem, somethings could have been avoided whilst somethings could have been resolved earlier. On Tuesday when it seemed that we couldn't revive the server at all, I kept on asking him for a contingency plan while waiting for IBM to get us the parts (on the phone no less because apparently, he was too busy to come visit us on site), but he couldn't even think of one.

After nearly three days of not being able to work with the files that was on the server, the Hotness asked me to get the bloody data hard disk out and stick it to the shared PC. Strange isn't it? The non-IT guy had to think of a contigency plan for our 'supposed' IT-consultant.

To cut the story short, I got the IBM folks to come in on Friday to replace the fan and motherboard. Once the server was up and running, I got the other IT outsourcing company to help repair our mail exchange problem. We are thinking of using their service to maintain our server from now on as well. I'm so impressed by all the 3 engineers I met. They know their stuff y'all!

But still, all those four days... precious time wasted!

xoxo

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath

by Jacob Braude
I missed my blog *hugs blog* But I was too distracted to do much else. Hehe. What's new, eh.

I discovered a few fun games to play from Yahoo! Games. I'm currently really hooked on two of them -- Ranch Rush and Dream Day First Home. Dream Day has a few other titles in the series, namely Dream Day Wedding and Dream Day Honeymoon as well as the new Dream Day Wedding: Married in Manhattan, but I like First Home more.

On Monday, I thought I'd buy some food for buka from the bazaar near my home. DH had to work late, and it rained heavily so I was not game to go through with the plan. Luckily though, I bought a can of sardines, a packet of veg and eggs from the supermarket before I left from work.

While I was in the kitchen cooking up a storm (yea right), Mira poked her head in to see what I was doing. She has suddenly become quite inquisitive lately, always asking 'Eeee... what is that / this?'. I was cutting up some onions and garlic at that time...
Mira: Eeee... what is that?
Me: Garlic
Mira: Gah-lik
Me: Bawang putih
Mira: Bah-wan put-teh

I continued with my work... and then:

Mira: Eeee.. what is that?
Me: Onion
Mira: Oh-nyon
Me: Bawang merah
Mira: Bah-wan a-mee-ya (read: Bawang Amira)
Me: Huh? Bukan, bawang merah.
Mira: Bah-wan a-mee-ya!
Me: Ba-wang
Mira: Bah-wan
Me: Merah
Mira: a-mee-ya!
Me: Hahahahahahaha. Suka hati kau la 'nak.

Isn't it ironic? The reason why I was adamant to not name her Elena (ee-lay-na), eventhough that was my first choice, was so people wouldn't just pronounced it as Alina or Elina. And here she is calling herself Amira instead of Elmira. Lol.

She is a little bit pelat, I noticed. I mean, she calls me Bibu instead of just Ibu, Woshi for Wafi and Lulat for Ulat. She recently tried to use 'Excuse Me' in her speech, and it came out as 'ek-que-me', much to her Atuk's confusion. Lol.

And she can appreciate comedy nowadays. The other day she saw a Charlie Chaplin show on TV, she thoroughly enjoyed herself, giggling. And last night while watching Night at The Museum, she laughed jovially at it too.

This is all very fascinating to me y'all. I love being able to watch her grow up and become her own person. Love, love, love! Le sigh.

xoxo

Friday, September 12, 2008

You live and learn. At any rate, you live.

by Douglas Adams
English humorist & science fiction novelist (1952 - 2001)

Apparently, we live. For now. I'm talking about that LHC-thingy that people were discussing about not 2-3 days ago. You know -- how it'll be the end of the world as we know it, etc. I started to read blog postings about it during that time, but truthfully, I wasn't paying much attention to it.

I find this article the most simplest to understand about the Large Hadron Collider, however. I do well with snark ;-)

But wait a minute, something about CERN and particles and underground tunnel seemed familiar. I must have read it somewhere, in some books. Was it Dan Brown's Angels & Demons?? 

*goes off to check*

Yes! It was. CERN was said to be the Illuminati's headquarters in that book. Not bad, eh, my memory.

Anyway, I missed the whole hullabaloo. 

I was sick, though. Maybe that's why. I was given three days off since Tuesday and was mostly in bed, sleeping. It came to a point where I was bored of sleep. The meds I had to swallow made me drowsy. 

Ah well... life goes on as it were.

I think about two days ago, Lah send us an email asking if we've seen any street peddlers selling sparklers. I couldn't say I have because I haven't really been to any Ramadan Bazaar of late. I did asked DH if he has or knows where to find it.

Just at that right moment, though, the tv news mentioned something about how the authorities managed to seize a lorry-full of sparklers and such. I suppose, that answered my question. Lol.

xoxo

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self

by Cyril Connolly
(1903 - 1974)


I changed my phone's theme again. I found another cool theme website for Symbian 3rd Edition phones called Babi Nokia. I've downloaded three -- one black, one red and one 'special one'. Teehee.

I'm using the 'special one' now because I think it's beautiful!


I knoooowwww... it's ell-veeeee y'all *happy sigh*


When I saw it, I just have to have it. It'll be ages until I get my hands on an LV bag, so this will do for now. Haha.

The left photo is how the wallpaper looks like without the Display Screen thingy, as oppose to the right. And here are other snapshots for you to see how the default icons that comes with this theme looks like.



The main Menu and the Music menu. I like how the music player's icon looks like an iPod.




Can you see it? Each of the folders have an LV logo on it. Me likey!

I so <3 my phone right now...

xoxo

Monday, September 8, 2008

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace

by Robert J. Sawyer, "Calculating God", 2000
Canadian science fiction writer (1960 - )

Let's have fun with Quotes this week shall we. I find the ones I like from Random Quotes part of The Quotations Page. I love that website. That's where I go to look up for quotes to use so I can look smart and artsy-fartsy-like ;)

However, Pink Is The New Blog is where I usually go to get my daily juicy goss. I must admit Trent's blog is the only one I read. I will constantly check my RSS reader to see if he has any new entry. CONSTANTLY, no joke.

Thank goodness for my Wifi-enabled N82. I can check it at anytime I want, wherever I am in the house, without having to switch on the computer.

A couple of days ago, he blogged about Zac Efron's Teen Vogue October's issue magazine cover. If you do remember, DH and I had a conversation about him sometime back. Inasmuch as I think he's cute and I like to watch him, I can't really say he's my type.

Why? Just look at him in this shot.



The guy's PRETTY y'all! Polished and pretty. There's not one bit of scruffy-ness on him. He's perfect! I may like him more if, let's say, I'm.... twelve?

Please bitches, he's 21 next month. Still within my 'limits'. I like my men... manly. Is all I'm saying. Lol.

xoxo

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Easy Patchwork Fabric-Covered Box

by Rachel Paxton


Patchwork fabric-covered gift boxes are an easy, affordable way to dress up any gift package. They're also great for storage. Total preparation and assembly time for this project is approximately 2-3 hours, depending on the size of the shoe box.

Materials:

Shoe box, or any other small box with removable lid
Fabric scraps
Wonder Under or other fusible web*
Pinking shears
Iron, ironing board
Optional - buttons, raffia, etc.

*Fusible web is a fusible interfacing that allows you to bind two fabrics together or fabric to another surface by applying heat. It can be purchased in packages or by the yard wherever interfacing is sold.


Directions:

To assemble the fabric-covered gift box, essentially you are going to be ironing fabric scraps onto a shoe box.

While assembling my box, I found it was easier to iron the fusible web onto the fabric first, and then cut the fabric into the desired shapes. The web reinforced the fabric and the pinking shears cut through the fabric more cleanly.

Choose a piece of fabric and cut a piece of the fusible web to fit. With a warm iron, iron the web to the wrong side of the fabric, following the directions that came with the fusible web. Don't remove paper backing yet. Next cut the fabric into desired shapes with the pinking shears. Regular sewing shears would work also, but the pinking shears give the fabric an edge that will not unravel as easily.

When cutting your shapes, cut some rectangular, some square, and some triangular. The number and size of each are up to you, but you will find some fit better than others along the edges and in the corners. Long rectangular pieces lay along the top edges better and reduce the number of pieces required to line the top.

Cut pieces out of several coordinating fabrics. After you cut your pieces out, start ironing them to the box. Peel the paper off of the fusible web, lay the fabric with fusible web side down on the box and press with the iron. You may have to go over it a couple of times to get it to stick really well.

I started with the top of the box and worked my way down. Fold a piece of fabric over the top edge of the box. Mine is folded over about an inch. Iron the edge on the inside of the box first. Fold the piece to the outside of the box and press again. Continue overlapping pieces until the box is covered. Cover the lid of the box in the same way, starting with the bottom edge.

When you're done look for small spots you missed, adding fabric pieces until the entire surface is covered. You can't make any mistakes...it's supposed to look like a patchwork quilt.

Look over the box for spots where the edges of the fabric are coming up and gently run the iron over them. Sometimes it will take a couple of times to get all the edges to lay down. If you later find a stubborn spot that just doesn't want to stick, just dab a little glue on it and press down until it takes hold.

You can embellish your box with buttons, raffia bows, etc. I used a hot glue gun to glue a corrugated cardboard heart to the top, and then I glued a raffia bow to the heart.

Add some tissue paper to the inside of the box, and it's ready to add a gift. I placed in mine a small stack of handmade cards tied together with a piece of raffia tied into a bow. The box was a gift to a friend who likes to write pen pal letters.

You can also use these boxes for storage...for photos, letters, or whatever else you'd like to store in a pretty box. These are great for using up fabric scraps you have laying around.

This fabric-covered box is very easy to make and makes a great complement to any gift.

Photos of finished fabric-covered box: http://www.crafty-moms.com/articles/091603a.shtml



Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For scrapbooking, card making, gift-giving ideas, and more family memory-making activities, visit http://www.crafty-moms.com.

Article Source: WAHM Articles

xoxo

Saturday, September 6, 2008

You can sit there complaining, or you can knit me some seat belts

I'm just going to sit here and complain.

I'm feeling shitty at the moment. I'm suffering from a terrible cough. The type that can give your stomach new muscles you don't know you have whenever you cough. I'm not kidding.

Can dry cough kills?

I've no appetite to eat either, maybe because I'm feeling ill. So now, I'm a little lightheaded from lack of food. I guess. I've only consumed numerous cups of scalding hot tea and coffee since breaking fast. It helps soothe my throat for some reason.

Anything else that DH bought today looked too oily.

The weather's not helping either. It rained since, like, forever! I hope it won't rain tomorrow. I need to do laundry y'all.

Gloom and doom.

On top of that, my keyboard is about to die, I think. There are times when its not responding. Sigh. I need to seriously decide on which flat screen to buy as well, because the current CRT monitor is killing my eyes. Double sigh.

Ugh. Me need some happy pills....

xoxo

Friday, September 5, 2008

Oh, everything looks bad if you remember it.

I kinda dig parodies, I really do. Especially those based on popular literature. To have a hearty laugh is good for your face muscle, no?

We could say that I'm a fan of the Twilight Saga. I'm not really involved deep into the fandom as I was with Harry Potter, I don't think. Hence, there are certain things that I missed the first time around.

Like how the author has decided to stop writing Midnight Sun (Twilight version from Edward Cullen point of view) because the partial manuscript got leaked illegally a while ago. However, she has now made it available for download via her website. There are 12 or 13 chapters of it, if I'm not mistaken.

I have read it (of course!), and I'm a bit dissapointed that she's not going to complete it in the near future. It's quite refreshing to read Edward's view. He has a warped sense of humour. Even he thought Bella's insane, to the point of thinking perhaps she should be sent to a nut house or something XD

I think it would be interesting to read chapter per chapter of these two books at once. 

Right, back to parodies. After the 'perceived tragedy' by some fans that is Breaking Dawn, you can find spoofs and parodies everywhere. Some are good, some are not quite to my taste.

The first one I discovered was during the time when I was looking for reviews spoilers of the said book. That was before I got my own copy. If you want a snarky summary on Breaking Dawn, you have to read Cleo Linda's take. She also has written up commentaries for the other books in this saga.

Recently though, by a stroke of luck because normally I ignore bulletins from LJ Spotlight, I discovered The Most Popular Book in the World. This is a parody based on Twilight. It's so good and so freakin' funny, I died laughing.

With phrases such as these, how can you not laugh out loud?
I'll consider it with my brain!

Lava-lamp of love.

Hollered holleringly.

Lunch ended abruptly, and we were all sort of going, 'WTF lunch, where did you go?'

I am so going to use the first phrase on a daily basis from now on. Haha! 

What's the story about? It's about a girl named Friggen' Gorgeous or Frig for short, who moved to a town called Spatulas and her infatuation with an alien named Xlormp who's trying to pretend to be human while he plots for world domination. 

Jessica, the writer, posts new chapters every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Go read it. You'll love it! Especially if you have read Twilight. If you haven't read the book, you may want to read it just to compare for the LULZ ;-)

xoxo

Thursday, September 4, 2008

It's not just a store - it's a Megastore! 'Mega' means 'good', 'store' means 'thing'

I walked past Aussino's store yesterday, saw something I like -- Disney Princesses bed sheet. I wonder if I should buy it, not for Mira, but for me. Lol.

I whined to Kim on Tuesday about how I couldn't find any Roti John the day before at the Ramadan market near our place. She said the ones at this other place nearest to where we live have better choices. I'm not keen to travel that way. Thinking about parking and going through hoardes of people gives me a pause.

DH said he'd go check it out. He'll get me what I want if he can find it there.

Little did I know, Kim have also asked her husband to buy me 2 loafs as a surprise. Isn't my sister the sweetest? But of course, I suddenly ended up with 4 loafs of Roti John that day. I kept the other 2 in the freezer and reheated it for breaking my fast last night.

For the moment, I had enough of Roti John, thanks.

It's only been the 4th day of Ramadan, but my bosses have decided to close shop on the 3rd day of Raya, so we all can have a longer break. Awesomeness! They made this decision while we're having dinner at Chun's wedding reception.

I have to sort out Raya leave with my assistant soon. I stil haven't decided whether or not to take any extra days off.

Have I told you that my assistant is pregnant? Yeah. She's due in January. I'm so used to having her around now, I'm really not thrilled to think about her being away for 2 months :(

Oh well...

xoxo

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Oh, so they have internet on computers now!

Before I forget, the best source for The Simpsons Quotes can be found here.

Recently, I upgraded the Firefox version on my work PC. I kinda like the new features that came with it, but was still unsure if I should do the same for my home PC. There was a small notice that says certain add-ons will not be compatible with the new version, hence my reluctance.

The upgrade window came up again on my home PC on Monday, so I thought I'd see what upgrade available for the add-ons I have installed with this PC's Firefox. Apparently, I don't have a lot add-ons. Lol. Just the Stumbleupon Toolbar, Twitterbar and two themes.

Stumbleupon and this other theme that I hardly use have no compatible updates at the moment. Both Pimpzilla and Twitterbar have their updated versions up now. So, without much hesitation I downloaded the new Firefox.

I really like this new version. If you want to download Firefox version 3.0.1, click here.

xoxo

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!

I took Mira to see Wall-E last Saturday. It seemed Su's not the only one who got turned off by the trailer, but MrDJ too. They were both turned off by the same thing -- Wall-E's voice when he introduced himself.

It was a good show. A little bit disturbing for me, though. Not that it'll scare the kids, you understand. It's still cute, funny, poignant and entertaining nonetheless.

The robots are all very endearing, especially Wall-E. The conservation message was what scares me and made me rethink certain things. This movie is just not about romance, I don't think.

The start of the movie was a little bit eerie. From a far in what appears to be a mist (turned out its smog, y'all) you can see tall buildings. But as the camera zoomed in, you see those tall buildings are actually pile of compacted trash. The place in question was deserted and covered in garbage!

Humans had fled the scene to outer space. What's left are robots called Wall-E, that stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth class, that was built to clean those pile of junks. The plan was, while the humans are away, these robots will clear the garbage and as soon as the place is clean again, the humans can come back home.

It's been 700 years since and Wall-E was the only one that is still functioning. We see him going through his daily routine alone (with his pet cockroach) and the earth was deserted. It was eerie seeing a place so run down and empty like that. It was like a ghost town.

The movie was focused on Wall-E routine for the first 20-30 minutes. There was no dialogue; you just hear a song that Wall-E recorded in his recorder as well as advertisement blips that was shown in the past along the way. Those adverts somewhat tells a story of what had happened before, how the situation arrived to that point.

Then one day a space ship came and left EVE (for Extra-Terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), another robot but so much sleeker-looking, to probe around. Eve's directive is to find out if earth is livable again for recolonisation.

Wall-E can't pronounce Eve's name right. It came out as EVA, in his robotic voice, which was really adorable. He took her to his home during a sandstorm (or was it heat storm?) and tried to amuse her with things he found -- mostly knick-knacks of humanity's leftovers, like Rubic Cube, an egg beater, Zippo lighter, bubble wrapper sheet to pop the air out. Lol.

Wall-E likes to collect those things. He also likes to watch old movies, one in particular was 'Hello, Dolly' (the song you first heard). And then he showed Eve something he found recently -- a new growing plant.

Adventures to space ensues for our charming Wall-E. That's when we'll meet what became of humans after living in a space ship; lazy, fat and complacent. They do nothing except lounge around in this reclining floating chair, eat and sleep, have robots to do their bidding and has a communication screen stuck inches from their faces.

You've got to watch the ending yourself, ok.

I've always prefer Pixar's movie compared to the others, and this is no exception. This movie rates high amongst my other Pixar favourites, namely Ratatouille, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. I will have to watch this movie again to capture its details. I was a bit distracted by other patrons (mostly kids) in the cinema.

And the movie shorts before Wall-E? Hilarious! I think this is one of the best. It's called Presto & His Hat.

Another must have DVD in my collection! :D

xoxo

Monday, September 1, 2008

Lisa, Vampires are make-believe, like elves, gremlins and eskimos

This week (for now) will be Homer Simpsons Quotes week. I'll be using those quotes that I like best as my entry title because I am as unoriginal as you can get. Ha!

I am supposed to get some groceries, but I am feigning laziness at the moment. It's just the dressing up part, and then the waiting for the elevators and getting into the car as well as driving out part. Took much work for just a small thing.

I know, I know. I'm just going to a small supermarket not 5 minutes from where I live. I'm just not comfortable with looking too sloppy for even that. I dunno. Blame it on habit, I guess.

I don't know what to have for breaking fast tonight. I have no idea what to cook, neither do I have any inkling as to what to buy from the Ramadan Bazaars. Ooohhh... Roti John and colourful drinks comes to mind. Maybe I'll just have that.

DH being DH, will buy everything he thinks he wants to eat. It'll end up in the fridge for weeks or being thrown out as garbage by moi. He's a weakness of being a glutton that man. There's no stopping him. I can nag, but he'll do it anyway.

And because we've been at it for the past ten-odd years, I'm just going to STFU this time.

Last night, I attended Chun's wedding party at Citron, Bangsar. MrDJ and I planned it so that we'll walk in together. Besides, he wanted me to sign the greeting card. While I was looking for a wedding gift yesterday, he called and saved me from the said task. He found something from Royal Selangor and wanted to see if I wanna share. I said yes without hesitation.

What I didn't bet on was us wearing matching outfit. Lol.

See, Chun told us his party's theme (late 80's) two days beforehand. TWO FREAKIN' DAYS!

I had already made up my mind what to wear weeks before that (we all knew he's planning an August wedding since last year, actually). It was hard to rethink what to wear to suit the theme. I mean, 60's and 70's are not that difficult to put together but late 80's? I was in that era and I have no clue what I'd be wearing back then! :p

Anyway, I just took the main 'points' -- banana clip, loop earings and such. I found this 80's looking black blouse and wore it with my black jeans. I looked like I'm about to go to a rock concert, though. But I did well, I think, because my bosses were all so impressed. Har har. MrDJ came in a black stripped shirt, a black vest and jeans with matching wristband.

But you know what? I shouldn't have bothered because majority of the guests weren't sporting enough to dress up. Ceh. Such spoilsports. They all came wearing cocktail attires. Typical!

We had fun, nonetheless. The food was good, the company great. We stayed until ten, I think and then a bunch of us went to a mamak restaurant for a cup of teh tarik until midnight.

xoxo