How do I get blogging back into my system?

I have tried many times to get blogging back into my system. But obviously, I failed.
I’ve had so few posts since I’ve been here in Austin. Life just got so busy.
Especially now that I am married. It’s hard to find a personal time and to be alone with my thoughts.

First, the question should be why? Why should I blog? Why is it important to me?
Well, blogging is my way of untangling the thoughts in my brain. It helps me reflect and figure out what are the areas that I need to focus on in life. It helps me stay grounded and in touch with my inner, true self. It helps me silence out the noise of the world.

So how do I get blogging into my system?
1. I am thinking of setting aside a regular time to blog such as Friday and Sunday evenings.
2. Blog from my phone instead of my tablet or my laptop. It is the most accessible device and I have it with me all the time.
3. Start right now.

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Kickstarting Monday – our usual weekday

I woke up an hour and a half early today. Hubby’s alarm went off earlier than usual. He forgot to move it back to the usual 5am alarm. As usual, we would hug and say our ‘I love you’s’ before he leaves. I love our morning ritual. But I hate it when he leaves. Oh well, we gotta work to pay the bills and prepare for our future. I wanted to go back to sleep so bad but after an hour of trying, I gave up.

As usual, I had my early series of meetings with our Offshore team. I did code reviews, answered questions, followed up on their tasks. By 8:30, Arvin picked me up and we continued working at the office. It was an OK-day. I found the bug in my code and finally tested it end to end. I’m back on schedule.

I went home to my husband at 5:30. He was playing on his Xbox and looked happy. I thought I could get away with not doing my workout but nope, he noticed and went to the bedroom to remind me to get my butt working out. I dragged my feet and reluctantly worked out for 20 minutes. Derek was cooking while was working out so when I was done and took my shower, food was ready. At 9pm, we are ready to go to bed. Recharging for yet another working day.

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Day 1: Driving Lessons – Basics

I had my very first driving lesson today. My husband agreed to teach me the basics. I was a little doubtful at first. I didn’t think it was a good idea to let him teach me how to drive because I was afraid I’d get into his nerves and he would be impatient and agitated with me. I reminded him several times before our session to have more patience when teaching me.

So we went to get the rental car from my projectmate, Arvin at IMT Apartments and went to the parking lot of the nearby store, At Home (formerly Garden Ridge). I was happy to see that there wasn’t a single car parked. A great day for my first day of driving lesson.

My husband, Derek, first taught me how to:
1. adjust my seat so I am comfortable to move my feet and turn the steering wheel
2. adjust the mirrors so I can see the cars at the back, at my right, and at my left
3. step on the gas and keep it on a steady state (this was the hardest for me). The car was still parked when he was trying to teach me this so the car didn’t move when I stepped on the gas.
4. step on the brake
5. turn the steering wheel to the right, left, and straight ahead

Finally when I was comfortable with stepping on the gas and keeping it at 1.5, he allowed me to switch to Drive. When he told me to release the brake, I got a little startled that the car started to move. Well, you can’t blame me, after 31 years of existence on Earth, it was my very first time to be on the wheel of a car (ATV didn’t count). So I told him I wasn’t ready yet. But he told me I had to calm myself down and relax. I was shaking! I could hardly hold my feet steady because they were shaking and my hands were cold as ice. I was so nervous. Excited. Scared. I didn’t want to hurt my husband nor the car nor anybody else.

But Derek told me we will be fine. The car is moving slowly. Anyone can walk faster than the car. Lol. We were moving at 5MPH.

So I trusted myself and my instructor and released the brake. I turned the wheel left and right when he told me to. I was doing pretty well, doing left turns, right turns, and going straight ahead. Finally he trusted me enough to allow me to hit on the gas but just a little bit. Fifteen minutes before our first session was over, I was a little bit more confident. It was a good day. My dear husband, the love of my life was patient enough to teach me. Someday I’m going to look back at this day and smile. :) This is how I started to drive.

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Pre-32 Post 31: Looking back at the year that was

This is it! I’m officially out of the calendar in one week! I’m turning 32 next week! I can’t believe it. Time flies. So fast.

Dated. Said Yes. Got Married. Now Living Happily with the Love of My Life.

Joined project. Learned. Batch. Interface. Team. Friends. Offshore.

Miss -> Mrs. :)

Austin. Houston. Arlington. Waco. San Antonio. Texas.

Want to blog. Words. Short. Back. Blog. Short. Sweet.

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DST Disorientation

Yesterday was the first day of DST (Daylight Savings Time). This is one of the days I dread in a year. You wake up and suddenly it’s an hour later than it’s supposed to be. And I dread the first Monday even more. It just makes me feel so disoriented. I wish Texas would opt out of this. It sucks even more because I start working at 6 in the morning!

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New Year, New Me!

There are so many things that happened in my life last year that I don’t really know where to start. The major event – literally life changing – that happened last year was getting married to my man, Derek. Now I have an unofficial new name – Mylene Sereno Beasley. It’s unofficial because I didn’t work on the paperwork yet. Not even in my company’s records. It’s only reflected in Facebook.

When I was single, I often read about women who didn’t change their last names when they get married and I thought, ‘Why?’ I didn’t understand why women would opt to retain their last names after getting married. Are they scared that they might have to change back to their maiden names if the relationship doesn’t work out? Questions like this popped in my mind. But now, I understand why. Here are some of my reasons why I haven’t changed my last name yet – or thinking against it:

1. I have been single for too long. Sounds funny but what I mean is, a lot of people know me by my maiden name. My blog is even named mylenesereno. I just don’t want to confuse people.

2. I am staying here in Texas on an H1-B visa. So I have to update my passport, visa, etc if I have to work on this name change. Hmm.. I am not really sure what the process is. I still need to research about it. But I get stressed just thinking about all those paperwork. But I know I need to do it anyway. I know I am just procrastinating right now.. oh well.

3. I am uninformed. I still need to gather enough information about all the work to be done. I don’t know if it really needs to be done. What are the advantages? Disadvantages?

Well of course, I want to honor my husband by carrying his name so I’m going to go through all this trouble anyway. :D

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Hello Blog World

It’s been months since I posted my last post on my blog. I’ve been really busy with my upcoming wedding, work, family/friends parties. I missed doing this. After the wedding, I will try my best to go back to posting regularly.

One of the things I’ve been busy with is our wedding website. I hope our guests would find it useful and informative because I’ve spent time on it. Haha.

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Guest Post: My Sister’s Introduction

Below is a short introduction from my sister, Hennah Grace. She is working with me in keeping this website.

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My name is Hennah Grace Sereño and my hobbies are eating (food that I want for the day), surfing on the net like on Facebook, and when I’m inspired – I write poems, quotations, and essays specialized in love.

This is my first time writing an article but I already have a background on this when I had my campus journalism in high school. I can spend 8 hours in a day working because I’m only staying at home with my baby. In two years, I see myself continuing my studies and fulfilling my dreams like having a stable job (working as a teacher), my family is living happily and we’re all set.

*Here are My 2 ways on how to make money online :

1. Writing/Blogging

2. Website Building

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Venue and Date is Set!

Ten days ago I have finally booked the venue for our wedding! After seeing the (over-the-budget!) prices of the other available venues, I became so determined to book our original venue. I and my fiance’s mom have already called their office and we both got the same sad ans depressing answer – it was already booked for November 8. I was actually considering to move the date to another available Saturday in November (1, 15, 22) as long as we have our wedding there. I was about to give up when I kept on getting the answering machine and being put on hold. It took me more than 3 long hours to finally talk to a human! (Note: My work was not affected because I put the phone on speaker and just waited for someone to pick up. I can’t even take my restroom break for fear that someone might pick up and I won’t be there to answer it). I was really just trying to push my luck when I asked if the Group Dining Hall is still available on my chosen wedding date. And lo and behold, the answer that I was waiting for was given unto me!!! Lol. I couldn’t believe my luck… I kept on asking the call center agent if she got the date and the venue correctly. Hehehe. It was really meant to be! I am having my wedding at McKinney Falls! Yey!!! :) mckinney 01_IMGP179_800x600 04_IMGP1786_800x600 08_IMGP1798_800x600 09_IMGP1799_600x800Photo Credits: McKinney State Park Website

 

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