Tuesday, June 12, 2012

still taking baby steps

I am on a two week trial (free) membership to the Oakland YMCA. Even picked up a racquetball racquet at the thrift store today. Just need some goggles to play safe - I think I will buy those new. But I don't know how much they cost, so we'll see. I might just actually join the Y. It's not that expensive if I just do an individual membership - I might ask about reduced rates for family memberships. We'll see. Not sure how often I'd be taking the 3 boys anyway.
At this very moment, I'm trying to set up the ipod with my songs. I am creating a 'library' with Windows Media Player and then I hope to sync them with the pod. However.. the media player doesn't seem to recognize the pod, so I might just be setting up this library for nothing. How any songs got on this little machine in the first place is totally beyond me. Steve did it, amazingly enough. But he used the computer that crashes all the time and I didn't want to use that one. I figure if he can do it, so can i! I just don't know if I will have it done by the time I want to run with it in the morning. I know Caylynne told me to use itunes, but that was more than my old lady brain could handle.
Salt. Salt is my demon of choice lately. I've been eating ever-so-slightly better in terms of not so many cookies, desserts, etc, but man, I have been sucking down the salt. There is always room for improvement, always more jobs to tackle.
Steve is at band practice tonight. He was there on Sunday and will be there on Friday and father's day evening. I guess they (the band) are performing at an open microphone night at some bar somewhere far from here on Monday night. They are playing two 'cover' songs - a Nirvana song, which I'm so darned tired of hearing. I hate the song. Hated it for years. Yay - he gets to learn it and practice it over and over and over again. The other is a song I don't remember. Sorry. Has recently been on the radio, but I couldn't tell you what it is. oh and yes, he IS still playing frisbee. How does he make the time? Well clearly, he has a very loving and patient wife.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

did you see that?

a piece of debris from the tsunami in Japan has drifted ashore in Oregon. it was a DOCK. It's HUGE for what I would call 'debris'. I just find it amazing that it was still whole. Japan to Oregon is no small path. I would assume the water was fairly active and treacherous and yet, the entire dock made it to Oregon. cuh-razy.

Am playing racquetball this morning. First time in 20+ years. I used to be decent in high school. Just hoping to not be injured until the soreness hits tomorrow. Should be fun and I am looking forward to it.

realized my baby steps yesterday were actual steps. I parked farther away from the entrances of where I went for the past two days. 10,000 steps are quite a few and not all that easy to achieve, unless you make an effort to achieve them. Making an effort isn't always the easiest or funnest, i Have to say. 


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

the titles are the hardest to write

by the way, the post just before this one - the video of the rain, that was in Puerto Rico. For some reason it was saved in my drafts to post but apparently I never did. Or maybe I did and forgot - I honestly didn't go back to look and see if it was already posted.
so this lifestyle change... it's all about the little things. I'm trying to pick stuff up off the stairs when I go upstairs. This will keep the stairs less cluttered. It's all about less clutter. I took this alternative healing class over a year ago and the thing that sticks with me is that clutter affects everything. External clutter around you causes clutter in your mind. Mental clutter / overload causes clutter in the house. It's all very cyclical and true! So I've removed maybe 1/4 of my picture frames and put them in a box under the bed. Still cluttered but less so. Baby steps. Little things I said before. I'm also trying to keep the dining room table a place where we can actually eat. I say that now and look over the top of the laptop and see a messy table. That's ok, it wont take long and I'm motivated to do it. Little things... giving up soda wasn't that big of a thing. Adding fruit and veggies while taking away cookies and cakes will be a big thing but I can do it in small fashion. For a snack at the baseball game last night I took carrot sticks and ranch. Figured if I was hungry enough I would eat them. Guess what - wasn't that hungry! But on the flip side, means I didn't eat anything so that's good.
I've also started swapping out 1 side of mayo on my sandwich for avocado. This is very new for me. It's only been a few months (march, 2012) that I've been eating avocado, so it's great that it replaces some of the mayo. And I figured out that if I come home right after dropping off the kids that I wont run. BUT If I leave straight from school - we walk anyway - that I'm way more likely to go. Take this morning for example. Dressed for exercise, but instead I sit here typing. Ah well, it's not a perfect system
Decided I didn't have the time with all the things I need to do today. Bank then Costco then asian market, then the hard part - I need to figure out how to work the ipod. It's Steve's so it's full of his lame music. I want to use it for running but it's really hard to run to Queen. So I need to figure out how to d/load music to the laptop from my cds, put them in a folder (i guess) and somehow get them into one spot on the ipod. I notice the ipod is sectioned by albums, but my music I will want to put in one section even tho it will come from different albums. May need to call in a teenager or college student for help. 
Took frosted twinkies on a stick to Matthew's school yesterday. Kids, and even some adults, went crazy for them. I didn't try one - see, baby steps! 
Enjoy your day!

Monday, June 4, 2012

video

I still have a blog!

Caylynne reminded me that I still have a blog and it's outdated. I'm thinking she must be bored or else why would she even be checking, but ok fine, I will post.
I know our summers are like winters, but seriously, it rained ALL MORNING today. A lot. It was actually coming down.  But it's 11:30 now and appears to have stopped. Which is good because Matthew has a playoff baseball game tonight. It's a double elimination tournament deal and they suffered their first loss on Saturday. There is no consistency yet within our team - good players and bad can have good days and bad. It's hard to be consistent when you're 10 and 11 I guess.
speaking of which, Matthew is 10 as of yesterday. A friend told me his is now a 'tween. I disagreed but then Matthew said it's true. I really don't like that idea much. Can't believe my kids are so old and I haven't aged at all. Thankfully.
Speaking of aging... I am trying to reconfigure my life style. I realize it's not going to happen overnight, but it needs to happen. I feel that I have successfully given up soda altogether. It's been at least 2 weeks since I've had one and I think that's the longest I've gone so far that I can remember. I realized I was trying to decide between two evils - one of sugar or one of chemicals. So I just said no.
I'm also trying to volunteer less and put my immediate family first more often. I know that sounds really obvious, but it's very hard for me to do. And I'm trying to eat less garbage in general. Trying is almost the same letters as tiring, just so you know. All this trying really is tiring but I'm hoping the long term benefits will be worth it.
that being said tho... I'm frosting 35 Twinkies to take to school for Matthew's bday celebration today. So no soda, but yes to chemicals - unless I don't eat one. Putting family first, but generally the kids come first in some way, so that's not a change. And eating less sugar, chemicals, and garbage... well it is his bday celebration so really, I don't want to be the parent who brings in carrot sticks and ranch do I???
Speaking of which, if I don't shower and start my day soon, I'm never going to finish the treats.
Thanks Caylynne. I will try to write more often!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

still finishing up

Kathy and Lisa kayaking thru the bay. in total darkness
I am hanging onto the tree so our kayak doesn't float away while Maro takes the picture


Right before we set off at nighttime on our kayaks to see the bioluminescent bay. My apologies - I still haven't figured out how to spell it.
I have heard negative comments about the food postings. Too bad. This was chicken and shrimp of some sort


Our last breakfast. Was kinda sad to be honest

Maro, hanging onto the mangrove tree. We are on the bay tour, it is pitch black out. So I'm pretty happy with how well this pic turned out.


Kathy, Maro, myself right next to the tsunami sign.
This was pork medallions, stuffed with homemade ground beef, wrapped with bacon.

from my dining room...

Some town... I don't know what happened to my maps, but I loved the view.


hmm... the building codes seem to be a bit lax in PR. This missing board is on a pier


If there's a tsunami, seek higher ground.



Maro, from our room in the resort, chatting with the family
New Year's Eve. Me wearing my 'bling' that Matthew gave me for Christmas.


View from the restaurant patio at our resort. Kinda unbelievable.

Ms Kathy, on the treacherous pier

Monday, January 2, 2012

day 6

ahhhhh the final day
it's after midnight now, and we have to be out of the hotel in less than 7 hours. The internet has been really spotty, so I'm not posting pics now. Am finally able to connect, but I don't have the patience to try and give you all the pics I was saving. And the stories.
We did go see the bioluminescent plankton fish thingies tonight, which was a tour that was 1/2 of kayaking to get there, and therefore a 1/2 hr to get back. Have a feeling that pulling my suitcase thru the airport tomorrow is going to be tough.
Lovely lovely time and I will update and wrap up from somewhere else tomorrow. Layover in DFW, and then waiting 90 mins or so for Kathy to meet up with me at SFO at the end of the trip. Will try to post comments and pics then. Adios all!

plenty to report

I have it all typed up and saved with all of the pics to post, BUT for some reason MY laptop will no longer connect to the hotel internet. I'm using their computer center for now.
You will just have to wait a bit.. I will try after breakfast again.
Things have still been lovely
No more Matt sightings, tho not for lack of trying
More yummy food - meat stuffed with meat wrapped with meat sorta things
New Year's stories - More exciting, and yet naseauting for some, less so for others.
You will just have to stay tuned... oh and it looked like a hurricane this morning. Took some video for the post. But after ten mins it passed. When is it going to rain? typical island answer - within the next 24 hours.