Tuesday, May 28, 2013
During the eight weeks between BLC -21 ending & BLC-22 starting, the Golden Phoenix added a break team to encourage us to stay on track. For the eight weeks, a team member was in charge of a 'theme' weekend challenge. For this week, Angie tried a fun GAMES week. On the list of 25 things to try to do, sort of a scavenger hunt, are pictures. I will be posting them here.
#10 - Picture of a squirrel or other furry creature.
This is a picture of Lexi, our guinea pig. Definitely furry.
#12 - Picture of a pet.
This is Jake, our Westie, playing in the sandbox.
#14 - Picture or description of your healthy breakfast.
French toast made with Arnold's Double Fiber Bread with cinnamon.
#16 - Picture of a bird.
This bird is doing what I'd like to, all summer, at the beach.
#18 - Picture or description of your healthy lunch.
Salad with artisan lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and strawberries; sweet Vidalia onion vinaigrette dressing, and Trader Joes butternut squash soup. All delicious!
#21 - Picture or description of your healthy dinner.
Joe's Crab Shack, Eat At Home - Tilapia with Shallot Dill Sauce, Sun Dried Tomato Orzo & mixed vegetables of zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers and carrots.
This meal has 30 grams of protein, 10 grams of fat, & 340 calories per serving.
#23 - Picture of a fish (50 points extra if you caught it).
As you can see, Nemo is in my hand. I 'caught' him. An alternative picture that I was thinking of usin was one of me with a net, chasing my fish in the tank, but I gave my fish a break.
#24 - Picture of a big rock.
Mount Rushmore is a BIG rock.
And the other side......
#25 - Picture of a flower.
My neighbor gave me these. Her driveway is lined with these, and irises. I am so blessed to look at such beauty just outside my door.
Also, #20, my favorite recipe. Our family has made Waikiki Meatballs countless times. Whether for church socials, family gatherings, or bowling potlucks, this recipe, over rice, is always a hit.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER
Thank you, Japan, for giving us the technology for family entertainment. If used correctly, it is great for family bonding. Let me give personal examples which have kept our family strong.
When my son was 18, he would take my 3 yr. old DD to comic book stores. Pete introduced her to anime, showered her with Sailor Moon dolls & watching the cartoons with her.
When Pete became a Pokemon trainer at ToysRUs, he would take her along, teaching her to play the card game, teaching her strategies at age 4.
He loves any gaming system, and wanted the family to share in it. We have MANY Wii games that he has in the family room (he keeps the other systems in his room). We have family sessions, including playing fitness games.
DS bought Mic her own Nintendo DS the 1st Christmas, me my own DS (& since a 3DS) the 2nd Christmas, my DH one the 3rd, and his aunt one the 4th Christmas. He freely buys us games that he thinks will please us. Pokemon Black & White 2 just came out, & he will be buying one for me this week.
Pete and his friends have gone for years to Otakon in Baltimore, and this year to Boston Anime. One year we drove him to Baltimore for the three day convention. On Sunday, he took his sister, then 8 years old, for the whole day, and they both dressed in their kimonos that they had gotten at Epcot. She even met another girl with the same kimono on. Most brothers would think it a bother, but he wanted to share the whole cosplay experience with her.
Even now, when he picks up an anime series, he waits for DD to have time, so that they can watch it together. Especially if it was a DVD that they had missed, and has now picked up on Amazon.
My other son, Tim, is a roller coaster enthusiast, having ridden over 200 different roller coasters all over the world (Canada, China, Japan, as well as almost all of the US). When he did the Japan trip, the brothers went together, sharing the experience. One went to experience the coasters, the other the culture. Pete knows some of the Japanese language.
(Japan's White Cyclone, Nagashima Spaland )
(Japan's 4th dimension Eejanaika. According to Tim, that is THE best roller coaster in the world)
(Japan's Vanish, the underwater roller coaster in CosmoLand)
Tokyo Tower, Japan. Modeled after Eiffel Tower. Sons went up to the top
Also visited Tokyo DisneyLand while there
I wrote this, at first, for the introduction to my page, for this week's International Travel challenge, explaining why I picked Japan as my country. But, as you can see, it got 'wordy' and became a blog. Better in the long run, as my page will only be up for a week, then back to 'normal' (whatever that is).
Now you know a little bit more of our family dynamics. And Japanese mangas and anime do have a major part of it. In fact, Tim recenly got married. Pete has the room to himself now, and made a MAJOR re-do. There are large Mario/Donkey Kong decals on the wall, wall scrolls, a Japanese sword, shelves of mangas, and gaming systems. I guess today's words are now 'man cave'. I think the word is 'cool'!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Reluctantly, I am posting pictures.
front (no waist)
side (definitely pear-shape)
I know that my 12 week plan is supposed to be SMART. I will list a few of my goals, but don't want to make them do-or-die requirements. I have so many balls in the air right now, that I don't want to cause unneeded pressure. I know the idea is to set these goals so that I do them, but it will be better for me to WANT to do them than HAVE to do them.
That said, here are some steps towards my success for these 12 weeks:
I will drink at least 8 cups of water a day. This 'easy' thing seems to be difficult for me to remember. I will fill a 20 oz. glass of MiO water, 4x, and leave it on the counter. As I pass by during the day, I will drink or guzzle and immediately refill.
I will remember to take my vitamins by getting them out at breakfast. I can take them whenever, but will take all of them by bedtime.
I will finish the Spark programs that I have signed up for previously. Approximately 10 minute videos should not be so difficult to do during the day. I will treat these as appointments. Do not go to bed until they are done.
That goes for the Running program, also. Complete before the Women's 5K Classic.
Do cardio at least 20 minutes per day. That can be danciing with my GD, walking DVD, treadmill, rebouncing on the trampoline while watching TV, but I will do something. I'll give myself 1 day of rest.
Reward: Just for doing this challenge, I have already purchased a foam roller and an instructional DVD for it. My muscles have been aching lately, and the reviews I've read say that a foam roller is a wonderful way to massage those muscles.
I've also purchased a few DVDs to help with my motivation. I WILL use these, not just as dust collectors.
I WILL learn to love exercising. If not for myself, at least I'll log points for my team!
Friday, May 18, 2012
The answer is - stepping out in faith.
The question? What's the progress on Mic's college decision?
I've been putting it off (anyone notice that?).
I know it's a big decision, but I totally wasn't like this for my other two kids. Stacianne went to a state school for two years, and then transferred to Cedar Crest (expensive women's college, but local) for the other two years, just after I was notified of my job being eliminated because the place was closing. I didn't get another job, but was caring for my aunt & then mom. Tim went to Villanova (expensive) on one income. Yet, for both, I didn't worry much. I even thought it was rather amusing that God would want DD to go to the expensive college rather than state school right after me losing a job.
We were all set to accept at PennState, but something held me back from giving them the $200 fee when we were down there. Mic got another letter from DeSales, and I got to thinking.
(Spring into Shape - week 2, day 3 - researching)
PennState offered no grant from federal, and only $231/semester for state. Although she can get subsidized and unsubsized loans, that is the same amount no matter which college she chooses. So, the bottom line is, it will probably run about $15,000 for a year. The total will not be determined until July. The governor is looking to cut spending, and has targeted PennState, saying that he will be cutting money to the state schools, and more so for PS as it is a 'state affiliated' school, not a state school. Translated - less state money + inflation = price going up to at least $15,000.
DeSales on the other hand, is offering her a $8500 university grant + $5000/yr for attending her Catholic high school. Plus she gets about $600 grant more from the state. I called, and then visited the university to meet and talk out my thoughts. I verified that the $13,500 would be there for the other 3 years. so, subject to income fluctuations, she would be getting about $14,000 per year that PennState is not offering her.
(Spring into Shape - week 2, day 4 - decision time)
So, doing the math, DeSales is $29,000/yr - $14M grant money = $15,000 that it would cost for PennState. The colleges would cost the same, and she would have to transfer from PennState LV after 2 years for accounting. Practically, community college would be the best, but I want better, Plus the travel to CC would be a lot longer and cost more in gas.
(Spring into Shape - week 2, day 5 - sign on the dotted line)
If you had a video on me down there, you would have thought they were leading me to the second floor to sign my life away, instead of charging the deposit for college. The bursar even commented that it was supposed to be a happy time. Smile.
It's not that she is my youngest. It's not that I don't approve of the college (that's where I finally graduated in 1999). It's not that I don't approve of her major (same as me, and she should be able to get a job after completion). I don't even think it is because of my DH's illness. Maybe it is, in part.
I think it is because times are uncertain right now. Money is tight, and I'm 12 years older starting this process. I don't want her to be saddled with incredible loans when she is finished.
But, God thought it was amusing to send Stacianne to Cedar Crest in uncertain times. So, here we go again!
(I had this on the huddle for today. I think it fits:)
If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
My college sponsored a Broadway show trip, so my DH, sister, DS and I saw "Anything Goes" at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at 43rd St. on Broadway.
The first thing on our agenda was to beat it up to 51st and Broadway to Ellen's Stardust Diner to eat lunch. Fortunately my DD had a school trip the week before, and told us about this restaurant. When she was describing it, I remembered hearing about this, and was anxious to eat here. We weren't sorry we did.
Ellen's Stardust Diner is the "Home of the World Famous Singing Wait Staff". All the waiters/waitresses are Broadway hopefuls, and take turns singing. It is constant entertainment, and a lot of fun.
Our waiter sang "New York, New York". And we were told that two employees were hired on Broadway last week, one in "Once".
Walking around was fun. Broadway (the street) was closed to traffic, and it was like a huge flea market. My DS and I bought a few things. My Mother's Day present was a red leather purse for $25. Then down to MidTown Comics at 40th for my son. We only had 20 minutes left for him to look around the huge store.
The show started at 2PM. Our tickets were in the Mezzanine in the second row. It was extra special because my sister always liked Joel Grey, and he was fantastic as Moonface Martin. Just when you thought the show was as funny as it could get, it got funnier. The wheelchair dance was hilarious.
The best thing about the day was that my DH was healthy enough to go. When I put down the deposit on the tickets, we really weren't sure. He is a walking miracle.
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(Spring into Shape - week 2, day 1) - lots of picture taking Saturday
(Spring into Shape - week 2 , day 2) - taking it easy on Mother's Day
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