My New Home

•May 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Untitled, originally uploaded by { sheila }.

Forever a work in progress, this site is my happy place on the web. It’s a reflection of how I see things. It’s proof of how beautiful this world is. And it gives me something to be thankful for everyday. I hope you can drop by and visit. I’ve taken thousands of photographs the past few years… I’ll be posting them here a little at a time. Thanks! :)

http://www.sheilaparas.com

Week 14: How sweet it is to be loved by you

•April 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Ricky woke up early today to buy me my meds. He came home with flowers, too.

Again

•April 5, 2011 • 1 Comment

I hate hospitals. But then, who doesn’t?

I guess the difference is, I actually grew up in a hospital… well, sort of.

As children, my sister and I spent a lot of time at the hospital where our parents worked. We considered it our playground. We knew most of the doctors and nurses, and some of them would even volunteer to babysit us while my dad was in the OR. Back in the 80’s when power interruptions were frequent, we would sleep at my dad’s quarters. Medical journals served as my bedtime stories. It’s probably why I thought I wanted to be a doctor.

As I grew older though and my hospital visits became more “official”, I started to dread each visit because it meant a lot of waiting, more tests, more blood extractions and more bad news. Even that familiar smell made me nauseous.

I’m thankful that in the past few years, I’ve only been sick a couple of times. Sure, I’ve been taking maintenance meds for high blood pressure, thyroid, and cholesterol but I only get really sick — the kind that makes me stay in the bed —  about once a year.

Two weeks ago though, I caught this really nasty bug, which triggered my acid reflux. I was down for four days and coughing for more than a week. Last Friday, I felt my throat burning up again. By Sunday, every part of me was aching, I was running a slight fever, and I was breathing through my mouth.

So yesterday, I was forced to make that dreaded trip to the doctor again. There was a long wait (again) which I found surprising considering I went there rather late on a Monday. This picture was perfectly timed… a lot of the patients had left and there were only a couple of us left. It was the only good thing I got out of the whole hospital experience.

Week 10: Hahaha!

•March 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Week 10: Hahahaha!, originally uploaded by { sheila }.

It’s so easy to forget how to laugh sometimes. I don’t mean the haha-smile kind. I mean, that throaty, hearty laugh that makes you tear up… that roaring laughter that leaves you breathless.

That’s why I am thankful for days like this.

What’s the Point?

•February 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment


What’s the Point?, originally uploaded by { sheila }.

“There are times I think I’m doing things on principle, but mostly I just do what feels good. But that’s a principle, too.” — Storypeople

Week 5: More Interesting

•February 6, 2011 • 1 Comment


Week 5: More Interesting, originally uploaded by { sheila }.

Like girlfriends, we shopped for accessories, clothes and shoes yesterday.

She modeled a couple for us today, but of course, I found the model more interesting than her outfit.

Weekend Warning

•February 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Weekend Warning, originally uploaded by { sheila }.

I’m putting up this imaginary tape around me this weekend to ward off unwanted thoughts of work. I need my sleep!

 
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