Pearly Whites Ate My Puzzle

Laogong has been down and out lately so I’ve been home bound and happy, cleaning his wound and taking care of little Ponton. Since I had so much time to spare, I ended up doing this.

Kingdom Hearts Puzzle

How I wasted My Time Away

There are 3 missing pieces, if you look closely. One was eaten and pooped-out by our little buddy and the other 2 got lost during the moving. Laogong was still a sweetheart to frame it up. I was all ready to just un-piece them and put it back into the box. Now I’m itching to make another.

Ponton is teething. That means a lot of biting, frustration, gum bleeding and discomfort. Not just for him but for us. And because of that, it is getting harder to brush his teeth.

Bunny Teeth Ponton

Check Out My Pearly Whites

 

He’s still ever so cuddly and soft. And I know how that can be hard to believe looking at the picture above.

The only sewing project I have of late is his socks. I’m just waiting for all my thoughts to line themselves out and present them to me in forms of images I can use to embroider onto pieces of cloth. In the mean time, my hands are going rough from all the detol I’m using, and not needles.

 

Guitar. Lifts. Encounters.

In the midst of all that is on my mind, Christopher’s (Steph’s brother) laptop case still managed to get done.

Christopher’s Guitar Laptop Case

The yellow polka dot back ground shaped like a guitar pick gives it a little funky vintage look while the silver threads, held into place by golden coloured beads, give it the extra pop-up feel. To make it more personalized, the letter ‘L’ on the top is the first letter of his last name and the ‘p’ in his name is sewn like the musical note (which I hope I got right).

I just hope it is satisfactory to Steph and Chris. I think that’s what most us hope for in our gifts to others.

Speaking of which, Steph is granted the gift of life; and I’m positive the baby growing inside her is going to be one lucky little fellow! Check out the awesome video they made of baby Sim! What a way to celebrate the joy of life; by creating one.

The other day BBC ran an article about the psycology of lift behavior in people. It basically said that we are not used to being in such close proximity with strangers, let alone being boxed up with them for those few moments. Just 2 days after I read that,  nice lady spoke to me in the lift about this key chain I got on my bag. While my dad is a very friendly and approachable man, I myself usually hang my head down and be as still as I can, hoping not to attract any attention. Most of the time anything I say will either embarrass me or the people around me. But I’m all up for a pleasant conversation, if it eases the tension in the lift.

So to that nice lady, whoever you are, thank you for making this meek little girl’s afternoon a little more pleasant.

And here’s a many more friendly encounters. Friendly, not deadly, spooky, sneaky, sinister or with any undesirable agendas. Friendly. 🙂

 

Chewing, Gnawing And Cooking

Mom bought this awesome Korean recipe book and I have been more than eager to try some of the recipes in it. Yesterday, I got my chance.

Bibimbab

Bibimbab

The Bibimbab turned out better than I expected and it is an easy dish to cook. The only thing missing was soup. Next time, I am going to add more ingredients that I like – baby corn, potatoes, and maybe even some kimchi chicken.

In between his biting and barking, I get a little peace and quiet when our little buddy has his toys to entertain him.

Bat Ears

Bat Ears

Like an alarm clock, he wakes us up at 6 every morning and whines for his breakfast. Of course the lazy me will go back to sleep for another half an hour. Before you start to lecture me, his breakfast time is 6.30.

Now that he is still teething, he is biting everything he can. The chair, the clothes hanger, laogong’s uniform (at least he tries) and his favourite tissue papers and newspapers. The good thing is he never swallows them. The bad thing is I have to move everything away and out of his reach. And he is getting taller and stronger. His nose can reach the kitchen counter when he jumps!

The little fellow has been making friends too. Some terriers, a shih tzu, a beagle, a retriever and even a very handsome and extremely friendly border collie. And since Laogong’s good friend just recently got a toy poodle, I hope they get to meet soon too.

While Ponton is getting busy with his paws, I should be getting busy with mine too. Off to making Steph’s brother’s laptop case! It has been dragging on for too long.

A Locket To Keep You Close

I finally decided what I wanted to sew for Nili.

It has been 3 months and for a while I couldn’t sew anything because I was stuck thinking of what to sew for Nili after he left us. I wanted something that, like him, was silent and sweet. So I picked a colour that was soothing, and the thread to embroider on to be almost similar to the cloth so that the words do not stand out too much. Except for the heart, because we miss him so.

Nili's Locket

Nili’s Locket

 

Now all is left is for me to pick a good picture. It took a whole day of faulty internet in the office to get me sewing again. Hopefully this will put me back on track. Next up, a bag for Ponton’s thingamabob.

I now have 2 soft toy dogs.

I now have 2 soft toy dogs.

Like a newbie, I want to carry around so many things when I bring him out – his pee pads, his chew toys, some wet tissues… Well the last time we brought him out with all those stuff was to my in-laws’ for a few hours so I think it was called for.

But don’t think for a second that I am going to carry that huge soft toy around for him to play with! There isn’t a reasonable carry-on bag big enough and I already have my hands full with this mischievous little fellow.

 

Ponton’s Diary #1

It has been almost a month since we got ourselves a puppy and I am all tired out.

Overly paranoid that he will hurt himself, even though time and again he has proven my worries unnecessary, I rush back from appointments, work and meet ups. In my mind, many worst-case scenarios flash by – what if he tries to climb out of his crib and falls and gets pinned, what if he poops and dirties himself, what if he is frightened all alone.

I always come home to see him in mint condition, having slept peacefully, tail wagging waiting for a cuddly welcome.

Amidst the multiple vet trips (for his cough and diarrhea) and the nightmare of bathing and drying him down, his blue/brown eyes and soft paws can’t keep me angry for long. He will crawl to hide under my mini TV stand and pop his head out from under, ears standing up right, listening to me laughing at how adorably silly he looks.

That doesn’t mean I am not tired out at night and dread waking up in the morning for his breakfast. Sometimes, I think I’m a little unfair to Laogong, making him wake up instead of me. But if he is upset about it, I wouldn’t know – he does it without complains.

Disciplining him is as much fun as it is a chore. While I want to pamper him and smother him with affection (it is sometimes hard to remember he is a puppy, not a baby), I learn that it is better to be harsh now and have a well behaved dog later than to suffer from my leniency. After all, no one likes a dog who isn’t friendly.

I still keep Nili’s picture on my phone and desktop as my wall paper. His picture is still framed up in my room and on my table at work. And while he was no dog, he taught me many things about taking care of little Ponton.

Sometimes it gets a little hard, I still cannot bring myself to  change my wallpapers on my electronics. And I know my parents feel the same way. But we all know that Little P will not take Nili’s place. There is room enough in our hearts to love them both.

This predecessor will not be forgotton.