JENNEINAZ's SparkPeople Blog JENNEINAZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Gratitude May 2 2015 Number 1: It was much cooler today than earlier this week. I like mid seventies much better than high nineties. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The substitute teacher we had today at Japanese school was not so bad. We only have a few sessions left this year. I don't know if I like this or not. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Tomorrow I will see the new Avengers movie. This is going to be fun. Sun, 3 May 2015 01:21:08 EST Gratitude May 1 2015 Number 1: It is Turn the Page on the Calendar Day at my house. That means we see a new frog. This year's calendar has frogs on it. This month's frog is yellow and is sitting on a lavender colored flower. It is a very pretty frog. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The duck that was at the gym earlier this week was still at the gym this morning. I liked seeing him because I like ducks, but I am worried about him too. Ducks don't belong in parking lots. I hope my ducky pal is okay. <BR> <BR> Number... Sat, 2 May 2015 00:57:27 EST Gratitude April 30 2015 Number 1: Thursday is truly a rest day for me and this week I needed it. So today I am grateful for Thursday. We had nothing scheduled today until youngest's swimming lesson at 7:15. At night. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My husband picked up a Mother's Day card for my mom yesterday and today I put it in the mail. I am truly grateful that I didn't have to deal with this particular holiday any more. We are NOT celebrating Mother's Day on Sunday. We are celebrating youngest's birthday instead. ... Fri, 1 May 2015 01:40:39 EST Gratitude April 29 2015 Number 1: The universe must have been feeling guilty about yesterday because I found a duck sitting in the parking lot of the gym this morning. Yep. A duck in the parking lot. And then we found two more in the creek later. I appreciate the ducks, but I would still rather not be so stressed. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest is coping pretty well with his new food plan. It is far more food than he would usually eat and he is definitely not hungry. The plan is half a plate of veggies and t... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:54:40 EST Gratitude April 28 2015 Number 1: Youngest and I saw the dietician this morning. She was a nice enough lady but told youngest things he didn't want to hear. Youngest cried. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to see the trainer while the kids were at science class. It was good. I am tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I saw the music teacher today. She was nice too. <BR> <BR> I am super tired and super cranky. It is a good thing there are no jelly beans in the house because they might have been eaten if there had been... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 01:02:24 EST Gratitude April 27 2015 Number 1: I got to the gym and I went bike riding this morning. I did see the ducks down stream and one lonely duck walking along the bike trail. I hope he made it back to the water in the creek. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I have made decision about the youngest's curriculum for next year. We are doing California history and physical science. We are also doing math, english, and Japanese. And shop class and art and water polo. Lots of stuff. Good thing we aren't attempting to do it all eve... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:57:06 EST Gratitude April 26 2015 Number 1: Ducks! For the second night in a row my husband and I have gone for a walk after dinner. And for the second night in a row, we have found my ducks. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Older son and his friend had a good time this afternoon talking and playing games. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I ate my mushroom and onion mix with fresh broccoli. It was yummy. Now I need to plan on eating the rest tomorrow! <BR> <BR> (I am sad to say that I messed up my over 200 day long streak at SparkPe... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:10:35 EST Gratitude April 24 2015 Number 1: Ducks in the creek! Happy swimming ducks. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Jelly beans. Yes, I ate them. No, they were not on the plan. But they did taste good. I will be back on my regularly scheduled program tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Everyone is healthy. The house is still standing. All the stuff that is supposed to happen, did happen. <BR> <BR> (And youngest's digestive issues are back. Daughter did poorly on her math test. And I am tired beyond all tired. Somedays findi... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:54:16 EST Gratitude April 23 2015 Number 1: My ducks were back! I saw a pair walking on the bike trail and a pair in the creek. I really hope that there are little duckies that will be around in a few weeks, but I haven't seen any yet. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Younger son went to Take Your Kid to Work Day today. He had a good time creating a roller coaster out of recycled items and playing with helicopterish things. And of course, eating lunch with Daddy at work. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I went to the dentist. This is very m... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:05:02 EST Gratitude April 22 2015 Number 1: The best thing about Wednesday is that we have no outside classes. My older kids have an online chemistry course at 10, but other than that nothing. It is so nice to have an uncommitted day. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We finished our read aloud book today, no more space pirates for us. That is too bad because we really liked the book. There is a third one in the series but it hasn't come out yet. It only went to the editor in January. I would be starting a new book tomorrow but ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:07:17 EST Gratitude April 21 2015 Number 1: Remember my earlier post about the soccer balls that I thought were geese? Today I saw real geese in that same spot! They were noisy too. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw my trainer today. The good news is that I will sleep really well tonight. I am so tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My daughter got her grade back on her report about Beowulf and the Hero Myth... she got a 99/100 on it! I am beyond happy for her. This kid loves reading and writing and playing with words. She edits... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:31:48 EST Gratitude April 20 2015 Number 1: The state of the ducks... I saw a few flying overhead and heard more. Unfortunately I didn't see any in the creek. But my husband saved the day because he found goslings (baby geese) on his way to work and he took a picture of them for me. So I did get my dose of water fowl, just not the usual way. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Park day was okay. I played baseball-ish (tennis ball and foam bat) with a fellow homeschooler's kid and that was fun. My kid thought it was too hot and not f... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:32:54 EST Gratitude April 19 2015 Number 1: Today I went on my walk to look for ducks down by the creek. I was excited to see two white blobs on the greenbelt along the way. I expected they would be geese and not ducks but I am not picky. The blobs turned out to be... soccer balls. No ducks in the creek either. I thought I was going to have a duckless day but I didn't count on the ducks in the parking lot of the grocery store. Mr and Mrs Duck waited patiently for cars to stop and then waddled across in the crosswalk. ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:58:53 EST Gratitude April 18 2015 Number 1: We went to Japanese school today, well, most of us. My husband and younger son and I went. The older kids took the ACT test. Younger son had a good time and so did I. The older kids had less fun taking the test... <BR> <BR> Number 2: I signed younger son up for a summer swim club. He will go to an evaluation to get placed into a training group in about a month. I hope he likes it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Fajitas for dinner! They were yummy and good from a calorie perspective... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:33:15 EST Gratitude April 17 2015 Number 1: The weather was beautiful today. Cool and blue sky. I could really like this. Good thing it is like this much of the year. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went on my walk and saw the ducks. And then later I decided that I needed to ride the bike too. I think I am doing much better. The cold is almost gone. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I practiced the recorder today. I am really trying to make an effort to get it done. It is important to me and I need to put my time where my mouth is. <BR>... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:29:15 EST Gratitude April 16 2015 Number 1: The ducks were hanging out in my nearby creek. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I think the cold is going away. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Older son went to the eye doctor today. He needs a slightly stronger prescription. This is okay. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:24:11 EST Gratitude April 15 2015 Number 1: I saw my ducks today. No ducklings, but it is still early. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I am paying attention to the quiet more. It is amazing how restful it is. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My daughter, age 16, is finally starting to take some responsibility for stuff. She is doing her math without prompting and even decided to go on a bike ride this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I made muffins this morning. The kids liked them. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:40:42 EST Gratitude April 14 2015 Number 1: Robots have taken over our floor. Tiny lego created robots. They aren't as cute as ducklings, but they are still neat. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The cold is still at bay, if I keep taking my meds. I am still loving dayquil and extended release overnight cough medicine. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The weather here is beautiful. I wish I wasn't coughing so much because I would love to be outside more. Blue skies and puffy clouds. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:25:55 EST Gratitude April 13 2015 Number 1: Ducklings! They weren't at the creek near my house but I saw ducklings. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I love Dayquil and extended release cough medicine. One gets me through the day, the other through the night. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Water polo was cancelled at the last minute. A water main broke. Oops. So youngest son and I both went to the library. He picked out books for his research paper on Sally Ride. His choice, really! And a whole bunch of new picture books for bedtime read... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:22:23 EST Gratitude April 12 2015 Number 1: Fresh strawberries at the Farmer's Market! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I watched the final episode of Numb3rs. Charlie and Amita got married! It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Husband bought me some cough medicine so hopefully I will sleep well tonight. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:53:49 EST Gratitude April 11 2015 Number 1: There are fresh veggies in the house again/ <BR> <BR> Number 2: I sent in my numbers to the old coach this morning. I am happy with them. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The weather was good for grilling tonight. Grilled chicken! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 01:32:56 EST Gratitude April 10 2015 Number 1: I spent a relaxing morning all by myself. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My nose isn't running as much as before. I still have no voice and the cough is slightly worse, but my nose is better. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I stuck to my calories/macros. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 01:15:45 EST Gratitude April 9 2015 Number 1: My diet coach got back to me about my progress over spring break. He is happy and so am I. I didn't lose weight. In fact I gained some but it will be okay. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Diet coach pointed me at a website that should help my younger son get to a healthy weight. At least that is the plan. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Ducks in the creek! I am really hoping for ducklings this spring. That would be amazing. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 01:15:52 EST Gratitude April 8 2015 Number 1: Sleeping in your own bed is wonderful. <BR> <BR> Number 2: So are brussels sprouts! <BR> <BR> Number 3: And naps! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 02:57:20 EST Gratitude April 7 2015 Number 1: The sun came out this afternoon and we had rain this morning. A good combination! <BR> <BR> Number 2: My trainer helped my back be less sore. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I had my recorder lesson and it was good. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 23:18:47 EST Gratitude April 6 2015 Number 1: The laundry is done. Six loads. Many hours. All done. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest and I went to the gastro doc this morning. She is okay with the large dose of miralax. He is on it for the next month or so. Also he got lots of blood drawn. I am not entirely sure what she is looking for but I hope she gets the information she wants. The appointment was short. The waiting for the blood work was long, like an hour and twenty minutes long. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I walked down... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:58:57 EST Gratitude April 6 2015 Number 1: We are home! <BR> <BR> Number 2: It is warm. Boston was COLD! <BR> <BR> Number 3: We had a good time. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 23:23:18 EST Gratitude March 28 2015 Number 1: I am going on a trip for Spring Break. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I am going to see ducks! <BR> <BR> Number 3: It will all be okay. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:35:46 EST Gratitude March 28 2015 Number 1: I am going on a trip for Spring Break. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I am going to see ducks! <BR> <BR> Number 3: It will all be okay. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:35:43 EST Gratitude March 27 2015 Number 1: Planning for trip is much easier when you have your own washer. Clean clothes for everyone! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Kindle is great for trips too. No need to pack books. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am going on a trip! <BR> <BR> (No ducks this morning. But ducks in a few days. We are going to Boston to see the Make Way for Ducklings ducks!) Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:36:53 EST Gratitude March 26 2015 Number 1: I woke up early enough to have a few minutes alone this morning. I truly enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> Number 2: When I picked out our items for the CSA box I forgot that we were leaving on Saturday and over-ordered a bit. This lead to being a bit creative in the kitchen. The kale that I was going to try to eat next week has been turned into kale crisps. They aren't so bad. The chard will go with dinner tonight. The brussels sprout are gone. (I like them!) and I will eat the caul... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:16:57 EST Gratitude March 26 2015 Number 1: I woke up early enough to have a few minutes alone this morning. I truly enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> Number 2: When I picked out our items for the CSA box I forgot that we were leaving on Saturday and over-ordered a bit. This lead to being a bit creative in the kitchen. The kale that I was going to try to eat next week has been turned into kale crisps. They aren't so bad. The chard will go with dinner tonight. The brussels sprout are gone. (I like them!) and I will eat the caul... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:16:54 EST Gratitude March 25 2015 Number 1: That referral to the gastro doc that I talked about yesterday, it went through and youngest has an appointment for April 6 at 8:45. That is the day after we get back from our spring break trip so excellent timing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I found an online journal app that seems like it is going to work for me. I was looking for something similar to a blog but without anybody able to look at it unless I wanted them to. It is called penzu if anyone else is interested. <BR> <BR> N... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:38:06 EST Gratitude March 24 2015 Number 1: Sunday evening when youngest had a recurrence of his digestive problems I sent email to his doctor telling him what I was doing and asking for a referral to the gastro doctor that my older son saw for his problems. As of this morning the referral is done. The referral coordinator called me about 10:30 and said that she was faxing the information there and we were good to go. Amazing! I am not happy about needing this doctor's services but I am very happy that it is available! <... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:39:23 EST Gratitude March 23 2015 Number 1: Last year we had to make a choice as to which medical insurance plan to use for the year. We chose a different one that we had ever picked before. As of now, it was the right choice. It is so nice when the plan actually does what it is supposed to. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to the gym and went biking this morning. I saw some ducks flying overhead but none in the creek. Come back, duckies! <BR> <BR> Number 3: I found a new app to help my Japanese studying. This one has wh... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:32:45 EST Gratitude March 22 2015 Number 1: The weather is cool and nice. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The medical insurance is doing what it is supposed to. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I watched a new dvd last night about the making of another dvd. I liked it. <BR> <BR> About the recital: Older son and I played Renaissance Rag. It was a very short piece but that is good. There were only four other duets so the recital itself was short. There was even another mom and son pair. <BR> <BR> Younger son's digestive issues are back. W... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:49:30 EST Gratitude March 21 2015 Number 1: The recital is over. I feel like I can get on with the rest of life. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The new food plan works! <BR> <BR> Number 3: Walmart had a sale on berries. Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are in the house. Yumm! <BR> <BR> Number 4: My husband is taking my older son to a Coding Day thing. They will be gone from 1 to about 9. I am getting the afternoon off. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:57:31 EST Gratitude March 20 2015 Number 1: I saw THREE ducks this morning. One was in the creek and two were sitting on a concrete fence just waiting for me to bike past and see them. What an amazing way to start the day. THREE ducks! <BR> <BR> Number 2: The recorder recital is this afternoon. I am happy and scared. At least it will be done. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The weather here has turned to spring. Cool in the morning and warm by mid afternoon. I like it! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:45:09 EST Gratitude March 19 2015 Number 1: I saw a duck and some geese this morning on my bike ride. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to Walmart and bought all the things we needed. Frozen fruit for smoothies, miniwheats and oatmeal for my boys for breakfast and even a rotisserie chicken and fresh strawberries for me. It was good. Walmart still isn't my favorite place but I could like having this grocery store so close. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am working the new food plan. I don't know that I am liking it, but I will do any... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:19:10 EST Gratitude March 18 2015 Number 1: Working on getting help with a new food plan. I will get through this spot... someday. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw ducks flying and in the creek this morning on my bike ride. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I got a new dvd and cd in the mail. They came from Australia and I am very excited. I listened to the cd but the dvd is in a format our dvd player doesn't understand. It is a good thing that my husband (also known as Advanced Tech Support) says he can fix it tomorrow. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:15:29 EST Gratitude March 17 2015 Number 1: I saw my trainer today. Tired me. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Final practice before the recorder recital was today. We survived. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Today's veggies were yummy. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:56:37 EST Gratitude March 16 2015 Number 1: I got to the gym this morning. It moved over the weekend so it was a different drive. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We got the important school work done. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I took youngest to water polo and oldest to the library at the same time and middlest stayed home and waited for dad and made dinner. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I am exhausted. Maybe I will sleep better tonight.... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:36:06 EST Gratitude March 15 2015 Number 1: We went to San Francisco to see the musical Newsies today. It was amazing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I have a likely reason for the plateau with the weight. I don't like it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Biking happened. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:51:46 EST Gratitude March 14 2015 Number 1: Happy Pi Day! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Japanese school went well. <BR> <BR> Number 3: There were ducks swimming in the creek when I went by them and they were sitting on the bank when I came back. <BR> <BR> Number 4: Sunny and 80 degrees here now... I think spring has sprung. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:38:04 EST Gratitude March 13 2015 Number 1: The house is quiet because everyone else is out. I am enjoying the silence. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I heard birds on my bike ride. I didn't see the ducks but I heard jays and sparrows and other birds I can't name. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Veggies are cooked. I will eat them with lunch. Broccoli today, I have eaten all the fresh brussels sprouts. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:28:25 EST Gratitude March 12 2015 Number 1: The sun is back. I am so glad. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Husband went to Costco yesterday and bought toilet paper. This is important. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I didn't eat the jelly beans nor did I tell my husband to buy some at Costco. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:26:35 EST Gratitude March 11 2015 Number 1: Rain and sun shine in the same day! <BR> <BR> Numer 2: Roasted brussels sprouts <BR> <BR> Number 3: I talked to someone about the fact I wanted to eat all the jelly beans yesterday. He was nice about it. I didn't eat the jelly beans... I still wanted to. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:19:27 EST Gratitude March 10 2015 Number 1: Went biking this morning with older son, saw ducks and geese. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Practiced recorder, it still difficult. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My trainer cancelled on my for this afternoon. I already did my biking so it isn't an exercise problem, but I was really looking forward to those endorphins... It is cloudy here right now and I am feeling low. If I had jelly beans in the house I would eat them. Thankfully I am prepared for days like this and there are no jelly... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:41:40 EST Gratitude March 9 2015 Number 1: Went biking, saw ducks. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Veggies are in the oven. They will be lunch. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Orthodontist says youngest is doing well. I like that. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:41:14 EST Gratitude March 8 2015 Number 1: I slept in this morning and pretended that daylight savings time didn't happen. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Laundry is done! <BR> <BR> Number 3: I went biking and it was good. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:19:43 EST