Why I love My Mom: Silly conversations

I was in a discussion with my Vice Rector (aka “My Boss”) when suddenly my mobile flashed with “CIPUTAT” on the screen. That meant my parent’s home. As a rule, I always answer their calls whenever possible so excusing myself I answered.

Me: “Yes Mom?”

Mom: “Still at the office?”

Me: “Yes, in discussion”

Mom: “Just wanted to tell you… you’re not getting a pay raise this year.”

Me: “Whaaa-????”

Mom: “Just saw on TV, Sri Mulyani said no government employee are getting pay raises this year, including the president.”

Me: “Huh?” (while silently saying “mom you called me for this?”)

Mom: “Iya, so that all those negative words about the government officials getting pay raises are not true.” (we’re big Sri Mulyani supporters)

Me: “Okay”

Mom: “Take care ya”

Me: “Yes Mom”

And that was it. Hee hee. Only my mom could pull me away from a discussion with my boss for a conversation like that.

I love you, Mom!


Hey, this horoscope sounds right!

My daily horoscope today:

You might have conflicting emotions about what you want to do today. On one hand, you understand that it’s crucial to follow through and deliver what others are expecting from you. On the other hand, you are tired of always being the one who has to ride to the rescue at the last minute and bail out everyone involved. This time you are tempted to just let it all fall apart. Obviously, abandonment isn’t a smart idea. Once again, do your best and then call it a day.

And yesterday:

Although the day may begin slowly, your creativity suddenly comes alive with a burst of energy. You are not inclined toward self-restraint; pushing yourself to the max can be quite exhilarating. Nevertheless, there’s a price to pay for putting out too much of yourself all at once. Set a steady pace or you will be exhausted before you finish what you started.

These are one of those times where my horoscope isn’t that far off 🙂

Sometimes, being all grown up (and single) just… sucks.

Please pardon my language 🙂

Since jumping on the social networking bandwagon and joined by a gaggle of young(er) cousins, you can’t help but feel, oh, I don’t know, old? :::Smile:::

Case: Just yesterday one of said young(er) cousins announced that her mobile was broken beyond repair and she was looking for advice for a replacement. I of course, replied the “responsible” way ;-): “What’s your budget?”

She said (in a typical teenager way) “Dunno. Dad just said to get a replacement.”

Now at this point I was beginning to wonder. Back when I was her age, my Dad would never just offer, but he would set the limit if I asked for a new whatever. Of course, back in the 80s, no one in Jakarta had even heard of mobile phones 🙂

OK, so today I read her status “I was offered to choose (popular trendy fruitphone models) but I chose a (less trendy smartphone made by Scandinavian geeks). So proud!” (names have been changed to protect the innocent).

:::self-pity mode on::: Hey, why is it nobody is buying me anything? My young cousin was just an example. I can go on about my married friends who often say “Wah, I don’t know, I just got this from my hubby” or “well a present from hubby”.

And then I look around to see who can get me the new 5th generation IPod Touch for my birthday and realize, waaah, no one’s getting it for me … And that, my friends, to be honest, it just… sucks, because sometimes, you just want that present from that special someone where there is no budget limit… sigh.

Arrrgh! Enough wallowing!

:::self pity mode off! This is why:

The same cousin mused “I wonder if I can go to (popular destination in SE Asia) to see (some band I can’t remember)” and when I offered “cheap ways” to get to said destination, she said “no too expensive for me. Can’t save that much”

And in a moment of being selfish and totally immature, I thought “Hah! I win! I actually can BUY a ticket to any tourist destination (as long as it’s economy, haha) and see whatever I want because: I have money, and I don’t have to ask permission anymore, hahahaha!”

Hey, life doesn’t seem so sucky now 🙂