CRIMELLA's SparkPeople Blog CRIMELLA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This week... Has not been so holly jolly for me and mine. <BR> My great aunt died on the 23rd (also my mother's birthday... yay happy 50th...) and someone close to my mother in law died the 24th. My sister in law is in the midst of a divorce. <BR> <BR> Christmas was small and the kids were very happy. The adults all liked what we got for secret santa but didn't spend much time in a festive spirit aside from the exchange. <BR> I got the complete animated Aeon Flux series. Haven't been up to watching muc... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:26:47 EST I need a break So over the last week I had odd things happen to me. One day my eye was irritated and I thought it was because of my new contacts, later in the day I switched to my glasses. The next day I didn't wear my contacts but roughly 1/3 of my eye was blood red for most of the day which I thought was from the contacts the day before. I had written it off as irritation from my contacts. The next day, I work up to bruises on the tops of my feet and backs of my hands. It was normal before bed and bruised... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:48:24 EST Does it count intentional exercise if I took the kids to a trick or treat event and went 13,000 steps? LOL <BR> It was fun and since I dressed up too, some people even gave me stuff :) <BR> <BR> Though I realized when I came to post this that when I edited my BLC tracker, it didn't load so I just reposted it... Ah well. C'est la vie. <BR> <BR> I'm burning my caramel apple cider Diamond Candle (it smells so yummy) and making dinner (pork with green beans, rice and cream of mushroom gravy). Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:29:13 EST Dragging Donating blood yesterday alongside life's usual craziness has left me exhausted today. <BR> Shopping and cooking to do today. Trick or Treat Street to do tomorrow. And A's B-day party to do Sunday. And finishing up class work that's due, cleaning house, doing laundry... <BR> <BR> Definately going to pace myself and if it doesn't get done then it just doesn't but ya know... as long as class is turned in and we get to ToTS and the party, it's good enough. <BR> <BR> I'll also be gyming it... ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:24:07 EST Day 3 of my migraine... And I have to go to work. Fabulous (said in a singsong voice) <BR> Got an exam and 11 quizes done yesterday though... <BR> <BR> Ugh. Off I go... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:20:53 EST Haven't had a chance to post in a bit... School is crazy. I have done most of my art appreciation class early. By this Friday, I have to have done 10 very short multiple choice quizes. After that I will only have another set of quizes, 5 essay (250 word) questions, and a group project to do. I'll be doing my part of the project this week... So, it'll be gone and out of the way soon. ( I have a 99% so far) <BR> Powerpoint I need to do more work ahead on... Nothing is due for another week but I'd just like to be done with it. (I have ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 13:53:30 EST BLC 23 and life in general Well so far so good. I did forget a couple days last weekend. Other than that pretty spiffy. Tomorrow is another weigh in and hopefully I'll keep the downward momentum. Last weigh in I had lost 1-2 lbs (I forgot to weigh before dressing so I dunno exactly how much). <BR> <BR> Exams are fast approaching... I can feel the panic from here... I don't like the communications class but it's required. :( As long as I pass the exam though I'm fine with it. Art Appreciation wouldn't be so bad if I co... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 02:15:48 EST BLC 23 and life in general Well so far so good. I did forget a couple days last weekend. Other than that pretty spiffy. Tomorrow is another weigh in and hopefully I'll keep the downward momentum. Last weigh in I had lost 1-2 lbs (I forgot to weigh before dressing so I dunno exactly how much). <BR> <BR> Exams are fast approaching... I can feel the panic from here... I don't like the communications class but it's required. :( As long as I pass the exam though I'm fine with it. Art Appreciation wouldn't be so bad if I co... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 02:14:53 EST 9/14/13 I've joined BLC 23. Time to get this excess off. I like competing so hopefully this'll help. <BR> I'm doing 5 classes this semester, working full time, home schooling the kids w/ D. <BR> <BR> So far I'm doing well in my classes. I'm doing some ahead in the classes I can so that helps. <BR> <BR> Too much to do with too little time but I'm going to make it work! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 20:20:50 EST I AM a runner. <img src="">Last weekend I did the color run and averaged 12.4 min/mi. I did run/walk intervals <BR> This week I was climbing the stairs at work and hurt. Usually it is my joints which is expected but this time it was my calf. I rested it a bit (still going all over the office but elevator not stairs) but it was still kind of achy last night. D thinks I pulled something but I went to the Mayor's Marathon ( 4 miler event ) anyway. <BR> I... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:18:03 EST 4/15/2013 So, this weekend was eventful. Got to the halfway mark in cleaning the kitchen, dining room, breakfast bar. Met KR's loved ones ML and LW. Well I had met ML before but D and I got to know them better. Though they were looking for a place to move into and have been having trouble because ML has a service animal. We loaned them a bit to help with a deposit if this place that called her back lets them have the place. In the mean time, the place they were staying (after they got evicted -illegall... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:30:04 EST 4/11-4/12/13 yesterday's game plan: <BR> Work- check <BR> psych reply, math - check <BR> work - check <BR> dinner ; something with ham or pulled pork - check <BR> costco trip *woohoo foodsaver* -check <BR> dance central and/or hoopnotica - skipped <BR> kitchen clean up - did some more <BR> put up laundry - skipped <BR> cookies if the kitchen is clean enough - not clean enough <BR> etc... to be continued <BR> <BR> learned more about grandma's issue. the biopsy wasn't conclusive so they aren't positive it... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:01:51 EST 4/11/13 Spent a while cleaning up more of the mess from the kitchen fire last night, then had class, then did Dance Central... let A pick the song(s) at one point and ended up doing Oppan Gangnam Style (she decided she wanted that one twice in a row). It is the only song I gold starred. I had never done that one before and still gold stared it both times. Lots of sweaty though lol <BR> <BR> And now on to when it rains it pours... <BR> This morning I almost forgot my phone, ran back in the house for ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:31:58 EST 4/10/13 K, so there was a fire in the house last night. We go it out fairly quickly and only one thing was ruined but since it was plastic we had to air out the house... It's been cold and snowy so it was not a fun time to have the door open. There was also soot everywhere. I got a bit cleaned up and G was cleaning up more last night... She'll be cleaning more today. Because of this my psych paper will be in late (was due last night) and I got to bed fairly late. But laundry was done. All but a coupl... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:15:29 EST Medical Offices with Saturday Appointments... ...Seriously the best thing ever. <BR> <BR> I am low on leave time at the moment and would like to actually use the time I will build up to take a real break so always having to leave work for appointments kinda sucks. A new dental place is only like 5 blocks from my house and is supposed to be open Saturdays :) Perfect. I shot them a contact us message to check if they take my insurance and really are open Saturdays... If they are, I will promptly be getting my other 2 wisdom teeth plucked... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 19:06:27 EST 4/9/13 Game Plan: <BR> Work <BR> Lunch: math, internetz, drawing <BR> Work <BR> UC for bus docs test (production and timing) <BR> Home to dinner <BR> Dance Central w/ A and maybe with B <BR> Psych paper <BR> <BR> <BR> Windows ch 4 work and test tomorrow (due next Wednesday) Tue, 9 Apr 2013 11:56:54 EST 4/8/13 Well this morning is off to a slow start. I forgot my FitBit -on the upside I forgot it in the charger so it'll definitely be fully charged when I get to it again- and barely had time to feed the dog, forgot my breakfast and a mug... I know better than to sleep on the floor - my body hates it - but A sooooo wanted a living room camping night with me... My back and neck are achy now but she was so happy. Lots of snow again this weekend and frigid cold again today. Lovely winter we're having th... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:07:44 EST 4/4 & 4/5 Got my switch to audit done and G's last of her standardized testing. Got myself some art supplies from the campus book store yesterday. Just have to get a few assignments for next week or the weekend done early and the weekend'll be spiffy. Having gotten that course switched and talking to the VAFAO about whether or not I'll have VA debt has made me feel less stressed already. <BR> Got registered for Fall Classes. I am trying to get one more online course (a gen. ed. req. for my degree) but... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 18:51:30 EST 4/2 and 4/3/13 G has standardized testing this week so I've been missing about half the work day. I realized that the withdrawal date for UAA hasn't passed so I decided after looking at it objectively and emailing with my teacher to switch it to an audit (looks better than a withdrawal on transcripts). The FAFSA shouldn't be effected at all. The GI Bill would have me pay back the tuition and housing for that class but the Vet Coordinator is pretty sure due to circumstances (D being in the hospital, etc) tha... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 19:11:06 EST Looking for work I am looking for work from home or evening jobs. Not because I dislike where I am or the field I'm in but rather because all of my remaining course requirements for my degrees (aside from 2 classes next semester) are offered neither online or at a time I am not working. I at this point will have no choice but to either quit school or quit work by next January. I am considering taking the full student loans available and setting it aside to pay bills when Spring semester rolls around... But I ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:15:48 EST Easter Sunday and Work Monday The kids went to MIL's place last night, then she brought over the stuff we stashed there and built the baskets. Got up late today after some alone time, MIL brought the kids home with pictures from one of those places that does the old style photos. They ate eggs and went through their baskets. They went to my SIL's IL's place and did the big egg hunt. I picked up dinner (pre made/re heat at home meal from the deli w/ ham, scalloped potatoes, creamed corn, spiced apples, hawaiian bread rolls... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 03:10:46 EST 3/29/2013 Yesterday I skipped work and class because of my back. When I went shopping I figured that I would check for something that would help since pain killers weren't. I found this stuff called tiger balm. There were two types - extra strength and ultra strength. I chose ultra strength and moved on. Well, last night D applied it just to my spine and the pain was gone just about instantly and by the time he was done applying it his hand was numb lol. Tiger balm is actually made for things like arth... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:17:01 EST 3/27/2013 Been a few. This entire last several months have been a hard one and at this point I want to quit both work and school and take a break... I won't (bills to pay and mouths to feed after all) but I want to. Luckily the semester is almost over. That alone will make life easier. <BR> <BR> Today's game plan: <BR> class for HR/work <BR> partial lunch (got back half way through) <BR> work day <BR> home/make dinner <BR> math lecture <BR> psychology exam <BR> sleep early (didn't get to bed till aft... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:44:16 EST 3/22/13 game plan: caught up on work. getting ahead on work for intake. bus docs or math at lunch. more work. home to homework. dinner: i dunno. workout if time. plan for easter. dunno what else... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:20:33 EST VWBM so yesterday blew chunks. I got the same crappy not passing grade for my last math test and last german test. more than 50%, less than passing... One I can retake and one I can't. <BR> With the german class, she offered back when D was in the hospital to help me catch up if I go to her office hours (that are during my work day) and there is tutoring but that is also during my work day (excepting the one session that is during my german class time...not practical) Considering she tried say she... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:18:36 EST 3/21/13 Well my ch 5 math test result came back... I did abysmally. Looks like I will be retaking that one. I am horrible at tests in the first place though so on a chapter that is hard for me in a subject that frustrates me... I honestly don't know that I'll manage to do much better this next time. <BR> <BR> Still not finding a way to register for the Color Race... Will keep looking around. <BR> <BR> Game plan: <BR> ************** <BR> Work <BR> Math HW, look through library books <BR> Work <BR> G... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:15:26 EST 3/20/2013 and getting back on the bus... I checked out some books from the Uni library last night after class. 3 of them. Vegan cookbooks and a flexitarian one. I plan to incorporate some of them into our family meals. Seems to me a vegan dish can be served as a side dish for my carnivore family members...No two totally different meals for us. Anyways, back on the health bus. :) <BR> <BR> Registration is supposed to be open for the Color Run now so I'll be registering today. Probably register for the Mayor's Marathon today too. WEE... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:02:24 EST 3/19/13 Yesterday was a very long day and at the end some hard news was received. It has been dealt with and we move forward. <BR> <BR> On to today... <BR> <BR> *Work <BR> *German Homework on breaks and lunch, if time, psych paper <BR> *Remainder of work day <BR> *German class/Test <BR> *Dinner... Subway or Salad from Cuddy... maybe a Salad from Subway and meet it half way? <BR> *Home and Windows test, remainder of psych paper, perhaps some math (probably not the math, I'll likely wait till tomorro... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:37:50 EST 3/18/13 Gonna be a long day... <BR> <BR> Game plan: <BR> ************** <BR> Work <BR> Lunch (business docs/psych lecture) <BR> Work <BR> Uni Ctr for Bus Docs test (and Natural Pantry) <BR> shuttle to UAA for math test <BR> home (or store if J picks me up) <BR> Windows HW <BR> copy pages for German HW <BR> listen to Psych lecture Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:11:30 EST 3/15/13 Sorry... Yesterday just turned out mostly to be either busy or lazy. Had to deal with payroll and child support... blarg. But, our shower was fixed enough to use again! <BR> <BR> Today may go the same way. Already this morning I've got the trash out for pick up, fed dog, put C's remaining things up stairs for her to pick up today, made breakfast (and managed to keep the malt-o-meal mostly not chunked up), gotten to work and put my snacks, lunch and drinks away. <BR> <BR> Game plan for today... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:59:32 EST 3/13/13 Game Plan: <BR> *Work <BR> *Lunch: Listen to Psych Lecture if I can, Math and Business Docs <BR> *Work <BR> *Dinner: Meatloaf? <BR> *Clean Rabbit's cage (did all 4 chinchillas cages last night) <BR> *Handwash dishes (didn't get to them yesterday -store took a while) <BR> *Go to Best Buy for an item pick up? <BR> *Sort some of my storage stuff (I ended up cleaning up in C's old room last night -since she left stuff and didn't clean up after herself- rather than go through stuff) <BR> *Feed ani... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:59:37 EST 3/12/13 Didn't get to everything yesterday but that's okay the list can be shifted <BR> <BR> Game Plan for today: <BR> *********************** <BR> Work <BR> Lunch: Math and Business Docs <BR> Work <BR> Store (Red Apple and maybe target/petco) <BR> Dinner: Spaghetti (?) <BR> Hand wash dishes <BR> Load dishes from day (run if washer is full) <BR> Delicates in the washer <BR> clean animal cages/ feed dog and others <BR> sort 'storage area' <BR> Windows HW <BR> Cook boba and make smoothies with A <BR> ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:12:51 EST 3/11/13 Well the weekend was eventful. Got some schoolwork done. Shower/Tub issue almost resolved (drywall was drying so the plastic wall and the metal tub and shower bits aren't on yet). Sister in law (B) moved into the room J moved out of a week and a half ago. C moved out last night. B will buy food for the house as rent, which will effectively half our food budgeting. B uses less electricity and since she leaves her window closed will use less gas. She eats less and isn't picky on brands, she doe... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:16:37 EST 3/8/13 D is out, R is still on vacation... looks like I get to be 3 people at work today. I walked over 4200 steps by 11 am... <BR> <BR> Game plan: <BR> Work <BR> Math and business docs <BR> work <BR> home and dinner... dunno what i'm making yet though <BR> rest and csi miami or ncis Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:47:33 EST 3/7/13 Well dishes and laundry weren't accomplished last night... We tried to fix the leaky tub spout and realized that the guy that built the place put the pipes together without putting in threaded adapters and putty'd the joints together. This means we have to cut through the pipes and replace that portion to or we can't swap out the part causing the leak (which is only getting worse). Between the water being turned off more than once last night and the leak being hot water and causing the rest o... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:00:45 EST 3/6/13 Well I got through my work (excepting finishing my psych paper - now late-). I was achy and I never want to need to take that many ibuprofen in a day again but in the end all was right in the world. D massaged my back for an hour to get all the messed up parts fixed up. This means I got to bed at about 1 rather than 12 but I'm okay with that because today my back is achy but its a dull ache not a screaming one. <BR> <BR> Today I've been working standing which for the most part hurts my back ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:17:45 EST 3/5/13 Today should be interesting... :( <BR> I have to finish my business documents work. I quit working on it last night because my joints were so sore, inflamed and just outright swollen all to hell that I couldn't make myself type anymore, tried to do my German work and holding the pen about killed me so I gave up on that too, too many interruptions to do my psych work... <BR> <BR> So I have to work (the joints ain't liking it) and on breaks/ lunch do German homework before class at 6 tonight, ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:08:15 EST 3/4/13 Work <BR> Business Docs and German HW <BR> Work <BR> Windows ch1 HW - due wed <BR> Business Docs Unit 7 HW - due wed <BR> German K9 HW - due tues <BR> Psych Lecture (listen) and maybe do paper - due tues <BR> dinner hot dogs n marshmallows <BR> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:17:42 EST 3/1/13 Game plan: <BR> Work <BR> Math, Business Docs HW <BR> Work <BR> Home <BR> Dinner: ____ <BR> Pick up Elliptical <BR> Maybe see a friend (if he's not working tonight) <BR> Send the kids off to their grandmother's for the weekend <BR> Maybe go grocery shopping... <BR> <BR> I'll add as I think of stuff <BR> <BR> ***************************** <BR> Math homework (1 unit) done, 1 unit of business documents done. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 14:17:21 EST 2/28/13 Game plan today: <BR> Work <BR> German homework (business docs if I have time), pay a bill online (call for acct # on afternoon break), look at carrs mailer <BR> Work <BR> German class <BR> Home/Carrs <BR> Math test <BR> Psych response <BR> <BR> Today's affirmation: Today will be a good day. Peaceful and serene. Successful and productive. <BR> <BR> ****** <BR> German work done, math homework partially done (math test after work since I can't save in the middle and it has a 90 min time limit... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:02:18 EST 2/27/2013 Well the fitbit is tracking my sleep on its own again... *shrugs* <BR> I did fairly well nutritionally, until the end of the night. Still over all not bad. A little low on fiber and a little high on fat and cals. I was less than 200 cals above my range though. Considering I did so much walking yesterday (12497 steps) I don't think it'll be too damaging. <BR> <BR> Got my German homework done before class I feel reasonably confident that I didn't utterly fail the test we had, and I got all 15 ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:02:02 EST 2/26/2013 Got new shoes last night (both a new pair for work and a new pair for running... Now I have 2 pairs to run in so I can alternate). Fitbit is still doing spiffy, had to log my sleep manually before it'd register it for last night though... No big I know when I went to bed and when I got up, just thought it was odd. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> Work <BR> German homework <BR> Work <BR> Home early today? or tomorrow? <BR> more German homework <BR> German class <BR> Home <BR> Psych homework <BR> NCIS ep... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:02:37 EST 2/25/13 Original plan was to get out of work an hour early today to make up for staying late friday and coming in early today... except the receptionist is out again... that means, you guessed it, i got tagged it again. i'll be here till 430 and then hopefully get my hour off tomorrow... not as much point in that though since tomorrow i have class after work :( <BR> <BR> So.... Game plan today: <BR> work <BR> listen to psych lectures on lunch <BR> work <BR> stop at skinny raven to check out shoes <... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:41:53 EST 2/23/13 Yesterday was fairly hellacious but I'm determined that today will be better. <BR> Today's game plan: <BR> Spend time with D and watch NCIS <BR> Math homework <BR> Dinner: meatball subs <BR> Make pita's today or tomorrow (depending on when the kids' friend goes home) <BR> Business Docs n Windows work if theres time at the end of the day. <BR> <BR> We'll see what else gets done <BR> <BR> So far so good with the fitbit though. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 16:55:56 EST 2/22/2013 Game Plan: <BR> ************* <BR> ~Work <BR> ~Lunch: Pay trash bill online, Take Filing Final, Math Homework <BR> ~Work <BR> ~Dinner Making: Home-made Pitas with tuna salad (or if no time to make pitas - spaghetti w/ meatballs and salad) <BR> ~Some NCIS Season 5 viewing and cuddles :) <BR> ~Shopping with a friend <BR> ~Windows Classwork <BR> ~Business Documents Class Work <BR> <BR> <BR> My Cheese making kit, Cheese making book, NCIS Season 5, and Fitbit One arrived yesterday !!! <BR> <BR... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:59:56 EST 2/21/2013 Game plan for today: <BR> German Homework <BR> Work <BR> Lunch: German homework, extra credit work, filing final, Psychology concept response - if time business docs work- <BR> Mail out check to pay hospital bill (glad to have insurance and a discount for 'rapid pay') <BR> Work <BR> German Class <BR> Dishes <BR> Math work if time (getting ahead) <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>****** <BR> Finished German homework and poetry for extra credit, finished psych response, did... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:12:13 EST Short timers syndrome Apparently people don't take me seriously that I've developed short timers syndrome and don't give a damn as of last week and my boss' bs about my husband's health issue maybe not counting as FMLA. 0.o <BR> <BR> Hell DW even seems to think I care about the difference in budget between recycling envelopes vs buying them... threw a fit about how she used to have a business and those 100 ct boxes of envelopes costing $30 and how i need to pull them out of files after they close to save the off... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:07:52 EST 2/20/2013 My Signed Jenna Greene CD I Won Arrived Last Night. :) <BR> <BR> My Fitbit One should arrive at the end of the week, with my cheese making kit and my NCIS season 5 :) Still waiting for information on my elliptical... <BR> <BR> <BR> Game plan for today: <BR> ------------------------------ <BR> *Work <BR> *Filing and Math Homework during lunch - and business documents if time- <BR> *Work <BR> *Pizza for dinner <BR> *Laundry <BR> *Dishes <BR> *Math class <BR> *Psych response for the week <BR>... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:53:23 EST 2/19/2013 game plan: <BR> work (avoid supervisor to avoid conflict; ask around at places like court about positions soon to open) <BR> lunch - german homework <BR> work <BR> remainder of lunch - german homework <BR> work <BR> german class <BR> review math ch 2 test <BR> home <BR> psychology lectures and homework <BR> filing homework <BR> bed <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> might do other homework as I can but we'll see what i can do, might look up more open jobs... <BR> applying for spot in AGO when I ca... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:59:39 EST 2/18/2013 Well tomorrow I have to go back to work. <BR> During my last conversation with my boss she actually told me she wasn't sure if my husband being hospitalized followed by being sent home with antibiotics he had a severe allergic reaction to counts for FMLA (family medical leave act). <BR> I'm pretty sure she wants to get rid of me. I'm also pretty sure I don't want to work with anyone that will try to use a serious medical issue with a family member to fire me. <BR> <BR> I've been looking int... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:38:00 EST