ARNETTELEE's SparkPeople Blog ARNETTELEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community busy day Today was a busy day with two Google workshops. This morning there was an Advanced Tips for Google Drive workshop; in the afternoon Google Forms workshop. Both were very informative, but cut into my work day. Oh well, it's all good. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 04:53:45 EST Hump day More on our vacation.... <BR> <BR> Well on Wednesday 7/15 it was our day to leave. So it was the end of our vacation. We had a very nice time away from home, but it's great to be home. <BR> <BR> Also forgot to mention that one of our Uber drivers drove a Tesla...a very nice car! He took us to the zoo on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:01:59 EST Tuesday More on our vacation.... <BR> <BR> We returned the car rental on Sunday so we had to depend on Lyft or Uber to take us places. On Monday we took Lyft to down town Portland where we explored the city. Our first stop was the Lan Su Garden, then we wanted to have some lunch. We passed a lot of food pods but nothing caught our eye. We ended up eating lunch at the Lotus Bean Coffee shop (bagel sandwich--it was great!). We also passed the Voodoo Doughnut place and the line was super long. ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:03:39 EST Monday More on our vacation.... <BR> <BR> On Friday we left LAX for SFO then to Portland. Our flight was delayed going to SFO and we just made it in time to take the flight to Portland. We rented a car until Sunday and went to the hotel, the Radisson. It is a very nice hotel and so was our room. They had Sleep Number beds (which I never tried before--we have a Tempurpedic bed). We were on the 4th floor which we needed the room key to get to our floor. Free amenities--free wifi, free hotel sh... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:03:31 EST Sunday More on our vacation.... <BR> <BR> We took Lyft from the Comfort Inn in North Hollywood to the Comfort Inn near LAX. At first we planned the Super Shuttle, but saved $$ going with Lyft. We wanted to be close to LAX to catch our flight to Portland on Friday. The hotel wasn't that spiffy looking. The one we left was nicer although no airport shuttle. The LAX one had an airport shuttle which we needed to get to the airport. Spent Friday doing laundry before heading to Portland. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:57:21 EST Saturday More on our vacation.... <BR> <BR> So in North Hollywood: 2 days at the Marriott, 5 days at the Comfort Inn. We went to Universal on July 4, moved to the Comfort Inn, then I noticed some spots on my body around the mid section. It wasn't so bad at first, but then more spots came out and started to itch. Turns out it was a reaction from the medication I took (I had an infected toe). Rested on Sunday, went to the doctor on Monday, got medication and cream, rested for two days, and on Wedn... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:40:36 EST TGIF More on our vacation.... <BR> <BR> So we spent 4 days at DL (and 3 nights at the DL hotel). We then moved back to the Comfort Inn on Thursday where our daughter and family were staying. On Friday before we left Anaheim, we had lunch at Coco's (the grands wanted to have lunch there!). The Wagners took us to our hotel in North Hollywood (Marriott) near the Burbank Airport where we stayed for 2 days. It was a very nice hotel, except when we got there, there were limited "freebie" amenities... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:05:16 EST Thursday More on our vacation.... <BR> On Monday 6/29 we moved over to the Disneyland Hotel. We visited Disneyland (alternating between DL and California Adventure) for four days. We had access to the e-Ticket Club where we got to enjoy the 4 different options available. I've forgotten the "formal" names of the options (too lazy to look it in my DL materials), but the first one was like a light breakfast--veggies and dips, fruits, cereal, muffins, hot tea, cocoa, and other treats. Lunch time (alth... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 03:40:58 EST Hump day It's hump day.... Here's what we did on our vacation (written in several parts). Today is part 1. We left Lihue on Saturday night 6/27 and flew into SFO and then to LAX. Arrived on Sunday 6/28. Took the Super Shuttle to Comfort Inn in Anaheim. Met up with our CA daughter and family (two grands--Dylen 10 and Aleena 7). Had dinner buffet at Teppanyaki.... it was yummy. <BR> <BR> More tomorrow... Happy sparking! Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:47:46 EST Tuesday Got some new shoes while I was in Portland....went a little crazy and got two different ones. I've been using flat heeled crocs for over a year (alternating), and finally decided to get "better" shoes. So I got these Dansko first I really didn't like them, but after awhile it wasn't so bad. Yesterday's was a little more comfy than today's one. Hopefully they will break in and be a little better day by day. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:03:19 EST Back to reality I'm back at work...and my "piles" are not as much as I expected it. Bosses are away today for a retreat so it's nice. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:23:30 EST Not feeling good Yikes, I'm not feeling good today. In fact from last night, I wasn't feeling "normal." I guess I've got the bug....and hubby too. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:39:42 EST Back.... We got back to Kauai on Wednesday evening. It was a really nice vacation. I took the rest of the week off and return to work on Monday. Did some grocery shopping yesterday. Now it's back to the grind. It was really nice to be on vacation, relaxing and lazing around, enjoying the comforts of air conditioned hotel rooms, meals out, and all of that stuff. Will write more later. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:28:50 EST Time to blog We're in Portland, OR, at the Radisson. They have a computer I can use so here goes. We spent 4 days at Disneyland, then went to the Universal (North Hollywood) area, and went to Universal for 2 days. Spent 4 days relaxing in NoHo. After that, we went to a LAX airport hotel to be closer to our flight to Portland. Last night we took the Hood River dinner train and enjoyed the Murder Mystery show. It was great show. We spend a few more days in Portland and leave on Wednesday, back to K... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:10:00 EST Sunday Quick blog entry. Arrived in LAX through SFO after leaving Lihue Saturday evening. Using the hotel computers so gotta go now. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:04:28 EST Friday Although it's Saturday in some places, it is still Friday on Kauai. It was a busy day today...trying to get things done before I go on vacation. sparking will be very sparse. I will try to log in daily and hope to keep my streak going....but who knows. Anything can happen. I will be back in full force on 7/16. <BR> <BR> I find it hard to blog on my phone....anyone has suggestions? <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Sat, 27 Jun 2015 05:21:10 EST Busy day It was a busy day today. Did 4 interviews today (originally we had 8, then 4 canceled). <BR> <BR> Getting ready to go on vacation. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:24:51 EST Hump day Going over the hump..... happy sparking everyone! Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:08:21 EST Tuesday The boss is away for a conference and will be back on Friday. We have one day to catch up on work and then I'm off on vacation for three weeks! Yay! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:04:35 EST Monday's Monday. Gotta see what's left to be done before I go on vacation. It's hard because there's no one to "take over" my job. But it's all good. I just need to make sure that whatever needs tending to while I'm gone is assigned to someone else. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:13:45 EST Sunday It's the beginning of a new week. Last week of work for us as we are off to the big land on Saturday. Kinda scary as this is the first time we will be mostly on our own (hubby, daughter, and me), 7 days in CA and 5 days in OR. <BR> <BR> Looking for suggestions on places to stay in CA that is "rural" but near LA, and also Portland, OR. We have our room reservations for both. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 21 Jun 2015 14:50:16 EST Saturday It's laundry day. Sun is out and a little sprinkles on and off but not enough to drench theclothes. Two batches of laundry are hanging outside; two already dried and picked. <BR> <BR> Getting ready for our trip next week. We'll be gone from Saturday 6/27 until Wednesday 7/15. We are going to Disneyland and meet up with our CA daughter and family. We stay in CA until 7/10 then head to Portland, OR and stay there until the 15th. The main reason we're going to Portland is to experience th... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:54:35 EST TGIF There was a nice turnout last night at the library for the lecture on plantation songs. <BR> <BR> I'm glad it's Friday.....the weekend coming up! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:29:59 EST Library night Going to the library to listen to a lecture on plantation songs. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:54:29 EST Hump day Getting ready to go over the hump. It's a busy day today. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:55:34 EST Tuesday Attending a retirement seminar this afternoon put on by our union. Let's see what information it brings! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:47:55 EST Monday We had a fire drill today. Things went well. Daughter has dental appointment so we leave work early today. Yay....happy sparking! Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:20:14 EST Sunday It's house cleaning day. Got stuff all over the living room because we had to take our linens out of the closet for the fan installers to get to the attic. The gable vents didn't fit, so the linens are still out. Hopefully the vents will be installed soon and we can put the linen back. <BR> <BR> It's cloudy and a little drizzly outside. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 14 Jun 2015 22:38:21 EST Saturday It's Saturday....and it's laundry day. The sun is out although there are a few grey clouds above. But the wind is blowing so the clothes will dry quickly. <BR> <BR> We had our whole house fans installed, and it's quite awesome. A little more noise than we're used to but it's all good. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:33:40 EST TGIF It's Friday although it kinda feels like a Monday since we had the day off yesterday! Hope everyone is enjoying the day and have a great sparking day! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:04:35 EST Holiday It's a holiday today.....well, we can't do much today since our two granddaughters are here with us. They take up a lot of our attention so we can't do much as far as chores around the house. That's okay...we get to spend time with them! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:30:34 EST Hump day We're now over the hump! Tomorrow's a holiday...yay. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 04:37:42 EST Tuesday It's a quiet day today. The boss is currently attending a luncheon with the governor then he's off to Kapaa HS to meet with some folks there. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Tue, 9 Jun 2015 17:45:35 EST Typical Monday Boy I hate Mondays....the computers are always so so so slow. They do the backups on Mondays so it interferes with progress! Everything takes forever to process. <BR> <BR> Happy slow sparking Monday! Mon, 8 Jun 2015 17:41:01 EST Sunday It's cleaning day. Seems like a nice day (haven't gone outside but it seems "bright" in the house. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:06:46 EST Saturday It's Saturday...laundry day. The sun is out, there are grey clouds in the sky, and a little sprinkling of rain. Not sure how the day is gonna turn out; however, laundry is hanging on the lines! Hope they dry in the weird weather! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:10:36 EST TGIF Yay, it's Friday....I'm glad the weekend is coming up. Hubby and I will be spending time together this afternoon. Daughter will go to the bon dance so she is going home early. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 22:09:25 EST Thursday It's Thursday....library day for me. The summer reading program has just started, and they now have a program for adults (with prizes!) I go to the library every Thursday (except when they are closed on holidays!) and enjoy going there. We used to take our children to the library every week when they were growing up. Our children are now adults. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:49:39 EST Hump day Glad it's hump day. Soon we'll be over the hump and into the weekend. Can't wait. <BR> <BR> Next week we have a holiday...King Kamehameha Day on the 11th. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Wed, 3 Jun 2015 17:54:31 EST Tuesday It's nice to have "full staff" back in the divisions. Two of our Office Assistants (OAs) have been out since March. We have to temps filling in and hopefully we can get them permanently. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:43:20 EST Monday Well, it's the first day of June. Boss is back to work today after a two week vacation. We are planning a vacation at the end of June. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:02:51 EST Sunday It's Sunday. Today is our house cleaning day. We've been conquering some of the cluter around the house as we will be installing a whole house fan system next week. I've had to let go of some things I've had for many years. It's part of the process. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sun, 31 May 2015 14:59:36 EST Saturday It's Saturday...laundry day. The sun is out but it's kinda overcast so not sure what today will be like. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Sat, 30 May 2015 19:01:01 EST Natto party Today we had our natto party. For those who don't know what natto is, it is fermented soy beans. It's a bit slimy and smelly, but for those who love it, it's great! We celebrated the end of the semester with a natto party which included natto sushi, natto toast, natto curry, natto poke, okra/yamaimo, and more natto. Those who attended enjoyed every dish! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Fri, 29 May 2015 19:35:14 EST Great week It's been a great week....short one, too! Love these 4 day work weeks! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Thu, 28 May 2015 21:49:49 EST Yesterday It was a nice swimming event yesterday. Granddaughter is like a little fish in the water. Oh boy, I'm jealous that I can't swim as good as she can! Anyway, have a nice day everyone! Wed, 27 May 2015 14:40:17 EST Swimming Our granddaughter has been taking swimming lessons. (She took lessons last year too.) Her last class is today, and so we are taking off a little early to watch her swim. My hubby says that she's like a little fish in the water. Better than me! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Tue, 26 May 2015 20:01:00 EST Holiday It's Memorial Day....a holiday for me. Oh how wonderful to have an extra day to relax (really???) and do stuff together with hubby and daughter. <BR> <BR> Happy Memorial Day my fellow sparkers! Mon, 25 May 2015 17:44:35 EST Sunday It's Sunday, house cleaning day. The sun is out and the weather is nice. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Sun, 24 May 2015 15:26:32 EST Nice sunny day Boy it's a hot day today. The sun is out, the laundry is drying on the lines, and I'm about finished with the laundry. Hope everyone has a great day! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 23 May 2015 21:25:00 EST