JENNEINAZ's SparkPeople Blog JENNEINAZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Gratitude March 6 2015 Number 1: Streak continuing. Day 6 of recorder done. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I wrote my affirmations out. Next step is to read them, daily if possible. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Tired and sleepy is me. Good thing I don't need to go anywhere today. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:48:26 EST Gratitude March 5 2015 Number 1: Day 5 of recorder done. We are finally sounding better. Today we meet with the teacher and hopefully she will help us to play together better. But there is hope, we are light years ahead of where we were last week. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went biking with older son again today. No ducks and no bunnies. But the cool wind in my face and the pretty blue sky almost make up for it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We hosted my husband's Wednesday night group last night. They were their usual... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:50:55 EST Gratitude March 4 2015 Number 1: Day 4 of recorder done! This is still hard. This is still not a habit. I am working on it. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Last night's concert was amazing. I really hope they come back to San Jose next year. <BR> <BR> Number 3: School work went fairly well today. Not many problems. <BR> <BR> Number 4: The gym was mostly empty and the bike trail was calm. I saw a duck, but he was squacking and flying away. Squacking = squawk + quacking. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 21:29:25 EST Gratitude March 3 2015 (really) Number 1: Day 3 of recorder done! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest's digestive issues resolved last night. It is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am going to a performance tonight and I am really looking forward to it. Celtic Thunder is in San Jose! <BR> <BR> Number 4: The sky is blue. The clouds are puffy and white. The day is looking wonderful. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:51:19 EST Gratitude March 3 2015 Number 1: Day 2 of getting recorder done. I need to track the streak here because Spark People won't track for me. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I am remaining calm even though youngest's digestive issue seem to be flaring again. Please, not again! <BR> <BR> Number 3: Husband is going to water polo tonight! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:18:29 EST Gratitude March 1 2015 Number 1: I got to sleep in. My husband and daughter have decided to go running on Sunday mornings. They are doing a Couch Potato to 5K thing. They get up early. I sleep. It is wonderful. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I watched Arrow and it was amazing. I don't know where those folks are going but I definitely want to watch more! <BR> <BR> Number 3: This afternoon my daughter and I went to a Parent/Child duplicate bridge tournament. And we did well. It was great and we had a good time. Th... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:43:58 EST Gratitude February 28 2015 Number 1: The kids in the Japanese school beginner class are great. They were my audience today when I was practicing and they liked my speech. Next Saturday is the big day. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I am maintaining my sense of humor with effort. Today was my weekly weight in day with the on-line coach. I have a fiber problem. I hope it will resolve soon. (Did you know that cauliflower can be constipating? I do now!) <BR> <BR> Number 3: I went biking again. I saw bunny and a couple ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:50:23 EST Gratitude February 27 2015 Number 1: For the first time in several months, I went biking this morning. I enjoyed it far more than any reasonable person should. I saw my ducks and a jack rabbit and some feral cats. I heard song birds and felt the wind in my face. I think I am going to need to do this again. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I squished the bug. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I think I have the veggies every day thing down pretty well. I am at well over 30 days now and my day just doesn't feel right without them. My f... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:51:10 EST Gratitude February 26 2015 Number 1: The choices about how to do English for my high schoolers for next year are done. They will continue with the same folks they have now. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The almost disaster from yesterday has been averted. My daughter applied for a program next year and discovered yesterday that she hadn't read the website carefully and missed that they needed a standardized test. They are willing to take her CHSPE results. Or if not, then there is nothing we can do about it and we need... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:08:47 EST Gratitude February 25 2015 Number 1: Not my monkey, not my circus. Is true. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Fresh brussels sprouts. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The sun is out and the sky is blue. No ducks.... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:07:02 EST Gratitude February 24 2015 Number 1: My husband and younger son were up before I was and husband fetched his meds for younger son. This means that younger son must have asked for them and that husband knew what to do. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I leveled up in WaniKani. Level 7 now! <BR> <BR> Number 3: Marshmallows make chemistry much more interesting. Filling in electron shells with marshmallows is great fun. <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:41:42 EST Gratitude February 23 2015 Number 1: Park Day went well. Sunshine and blue sky. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I ate my veggies with lunch! <BR> <BR> Number 3: My husband will be home in time to take youngest to water polo. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:57:05 EST Gratitude February 22 2015 Number 1: I went to Panera today for lunch. It is not a god place to go for me, at least not anymore. I had a half turkey bacon avocado sandwich, half a black bean soup, and an apple. There were more carbs in there than I should have in an entire day and not nearly enough protein. I would do better with a burger. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I watched Arrow this morning. It was good, as usual. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am feeling better about this whole life style change thing. I didn't p... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:48:55 EST Gratitude February 21 2015 Number 1: Nightmares aren't real. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Sunshine and chocolate cure many problems. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Lego Star Wars, the video game, is cute. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:55:30 EST Gratitude February 20 2015 Number 1: My youngest son pooped. This is huge because he deals with chronic and difficult to resolve constipation issues. As of 1:00 he hadn't gone. As of now at 1:30 or so, he has. I am very very grateful. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We are going to a bridge event this afternoon. This is bridge, the card game, that we are going to go play. The group says they will teach all comers and my kids have agreed to try it out. Even the youngest one who isn't all that impressed with the idea. I... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:38:50 EST Gratitude February 19 2015 Number 1: The joy of going to sleep when I am tired is incredible. I slept from about 10:30 to about 8:00 this morning. I guess I know why everything is harder when I stay up late or get up earlier. I wish it were easier to get all I want to do completed in the hours I am awake. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Tea is wonderful and I learned the kanji for tea in my kanji program. I like that. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am beginning the hunt for good curriculum for my youngest to use next year. I am l... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:48:42 EST Gratitude February 18 2015 Number 1: Yesterday I wore my sweat pants all morning before I figured out they were on backwards... Sigh. At least no one else noticed. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My recorder teacher has more faith in my ability to play our current music than I do. I am glad she is there. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Youngest son is doing much better on this lower ( only 2X) dose of his meds. He is happier and so am I. I really think cutting out the dairy was the key. And more importantly so does he. <BR> <BR> N... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:29:28 EST Gratitude February 17 2015 Number 1: I found out that science class had been cancelled due to President's Day before we left. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My younger son almost understands very simple factoring as the reverse of distribution. The fact we have been practicing distribution for several week may have something to do with that. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am feeling somewhat more motivated. Still pretty brittle and still very prone to crying over nothing. But I think it is getting better. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:20:12 EST Gratitude February 16 2015 Number 1: The sun is shining and it is beautiful outside. We will be going to the park this afternoon and enjoying the wonderful sunshine. I know folks in other parts are dealing with snow. I hope you are warm and enjoying the snow. <BR> <BR> Number 2: There is no water polo tonight. This is good because we can stay at the park longer. This is bad because there is less exercise for my youngest. It is what it is. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I got a very encouraging message from the online d... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:07:53 EST Gratitude February 14 2015 (For Valentine's Day) <BR> <BR> Number 1: Steak for dinner. <BR> <BR> Number 2: No ducks, but a nice walk. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Happy kids. <BR> <BR> <BR> (For Feb 15 2015) <BR> <BR> Number 1: Saw trainer early this morning. He is going snow boarding on Tuesday and we rescheduled. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My 16 year old daughter's new favorite moive is Cars: Fire and Rescue. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Youngest child is finally at double dose rather than triple dose of his meds. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:12:49 EST Gratitude February 13 2015 Number 1: House to myself for hours! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Wings for dinner! <BR> <BR> Number 3: Sunshine Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:29:05 EST Gratitude February 12 2015 Number 1: The gym was empty this morning. Like really I had the whole place to myself. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Brussels sprouts still taste good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I don't need to go anywhere today. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:13:57 EST Gratitude February 11 2015 Number 1: The gym was empty Wednesday morning. Just one guy and his trainer there. Weird. Maybe the January rush is over? <BR> <BR> Number 2: Netflix has M*A*S*H available for streaming. I have been enjoying it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Khan Academy is working for math for my youngest. I don't like Khan very much, but I do like working. I like working so much that I will deal with my Khan issues on my own time. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:25:45 EST Gratitude February 10 2015 Number 1: I saw my trainer. I am tired. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I ate my veggies. They were good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am slowly working on getting ahead of my Japanese vocabulary. I have decided that introducing more than ten words a day is not helpful. I just get them wrong. So I will do ten a day until I get the queue to zero... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:39:46 EST Gratitude February 9 2015 Number 1: We skipped the park yesterday and it was wonderful. I missed hanging out with my friends, but it was so nice to just start the week off with getting everything done and not feeling behind. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Chemistry went better this morning. Writing vocabulary words only serves to make my youngest child annoyed. He will write a paragraph but he hates mindless copying. His opinion is that someone else has already gone to the trouble of writing out these definitions for me, ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:04:23 EST Gratitude February 8 2015 Number 1: I went to see the ducks this afternoon. They are having a grand time in the creek. They even have buddies with more ducks and some other kind of water fowl splashing in there too. I didn't get close because everything is too wet and I don't want to be wet, too, but happy ducks! <BR> <BR> Number 2: My kids (all three of the them) went to see the ducks with me. They chose to walk without any coercion. Pretty cool. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My youngest and I buddy-made muffins toda... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 18:18:52 EST Gratitude February 7 2015 Number 1: The roof isn't leaking and I am warm and dry in the house. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The great big music mix is playing at my house. We have everything from Bear in the Big Blue House to David Wilcox to Celtic Thunder. It is wonderful to have such a wide variety of music. Kind of like your own personal radio station with no commercials! <BR> <BR> Number 3: I caught up on Grimm this morning and it was wonderful. Juliette is finally getting with the program. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 13:34:09 EST Gratitude February 6 2015 Number 1: The sun is out at least for a little while. It has been raining here. We need the rain and it is good for the grass, but I miss the sunshine. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to see my ducks. The creek is much higher than usual and the ducks are super happy. It is good to see happy ducks. Also, my youngest son is learning animals in Japanese class and duck is one of them. We were trying to thing of ways to remember that duck is ahiru and we came up with visualizing a duck in a su... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 16:24:27 EST Gratitude February 5 2015 Number 1: The ducks were back. I think they like the cooler weather we have been having. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I wrote my Japanese speech. In english. I know it is silly, but I need to figure out what to say then how to say it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My kids are all at their shop class. I have the house to myself this morning. Quiet.... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:24:43 EST Gratitude February 4 2015 Number 1: The ducks were out. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to bed when I was tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I ate my veggies. <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:40:27 EST Gratitude February 3 2015 Number 1: I saw my trainer. We did lots of things that will make my goal of doing a pull up actually happen. My shoulders hurt. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to recorder lessons. I am getting better. Slowly. In December I bought a couple of very easy recorder music books including one of patriotic songs. I didn't figure she would recognize all of them because she is British, but I tried to play Anchors Away anyway. She did recognize it and even thought it was a cool song. I think so t... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:10:45 EST Gratitude February 2 2015 Number 1: Younger Son went to water polo last night and came home super excited. He stopped four goals! Another kid on his team gave him a high five and told him that he did well. Woohoo! Also a new kid was there and she was even slower than he is on the laps at the beginning. He was happy! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I am making progress slowly on my kanji. It is slow, but that is okay. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am thinking about the goals of what I eat and how I exercise. The reason needs t... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:19:01 EST Gratitude February 1 2015 Number 1: I turned the page on the calendar. This means I have a new frog to look at. This month it is a black and red one. Very cool. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The SuperBowl happened. Good football was played. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I took younger son to the orthodontist. He needs to brush his teeth better. Sigh. <BR> <BR> (To Jean: I do know about the Space Center. The problem is that there isn't much out there about it. I will definitely include it in my speech, but not as much a... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 15:05:22 EST Gratitude January 31 2015 Number 1: Japanese school happened. We picked topics for the speech contest in March. The teacher decided that the class needed a theme rather than a bunch of mismatched speeches. We decided that each person would talk about a different prefecture. I picked Kagoshima because that is where Japan launches its rockets. I didn't know that that isn't a big deal for most people who want to visit Japan, so there isn't much information about it. Instead there is a lot of information about Saku... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 20:54:11 EST Gratitude January 30 2015 Number 1: I walked down to see the ducks. They weren't there, but I did see a couple of robins. And I got to talk to my older son. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I didn't eat the brownies that my daughter made. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am reading a book called The Obstacle is the Way. I am learning to appreciate the problems in life. That is good because there are lots of them. <BR> <BR> Younger son's digestive issues are back and worse than we have dealt with in many months. I am delaying h... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:50:03 EST Gratitude January 29 2015 Number 1: I finished my Japanese homework. It is due tomorrow so I didn't have much time left. But I did get it done. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I have decided not to stress so much about the chemistry unit study we will do starting in a week. The main goals are to learn about chemistry in a fifth grade appropriate way, to see some next things happen, and to practice writing about science topics. I don't need to stress I just need to get it done. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I went for a walk down t... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:55:10 EST Gratitude January 28 2015 Number 1: The toilet is fixed! <BR> <BR> Number 2: The toilet is fixed! <BR> <BR> Number 3: The toilet is fixed! <BR> <BR> The repair guy has left and the toilet is not in pieces. This is worthy of three gratitudes. Also we had the money to get the toilet fixed, is a gratitude all by itself. <BR> <BR> The toilet is fixed! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:23:44 EST Gratitude January 27 2015 Number 1: My daughter, who hates veggies, asked for a couple of leaves of spinach to put in her eggs for lunch. I doubt three leaves of spinach will do much nutritionally, but it is a great first step. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Day 2 of the triple dose meds seems to be working. And despite all the warnings that we need to stay home and near a bathroom, it doesn't seem to effect him that way. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I found out about a four week Japanese language school program that happens in J... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:18:48 EST Gratitude January 26 2015 Number 1: Today's chapter of The Hobbit was shorter than yesterday's chapter! We were both so bored by the end yesterday. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My CSA box arrived this morning. Actually that is a bit of a misnomer, there were TWO boxes this morning. Apparently cauliflower takes up a lot of space. So does broccoli. I know what I am going to be eating for veggies for the next few days. There was also some lettuce because I am going to try again on the salad thing. Maybe this time with... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:27:34 EST Gratitude January 25 1015 Number 1: I went grocery shopping with my husband again. It still worked. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I found a way to do low carb eating out. We went to a greek place. Shawarema is just meat, so fine, and the veggie kabob was yummy. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 3: We watched Star Wars (the one from the seventies, the very first one) last night. The kids liked it a lot. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I accomplished my one big thing. I made a doctor appointment for youngest for a follow up on his digest... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:40:07 EST Gratitude January 24 2015 Number 1: We tried a meatball recipe for dinner last night and everyone thought it was okay! This is actually high praise from my crowd. <BR> <BR> Number 2: There was a new episode of Grimm and I watched it. It was good. Monroe is safe and he and Rosalee are off to their honeymoon. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I think I may have an idea for a unit study for my youngest child. He loves them, but they aren't easy to find. I may have to break down and make my own. I am not sure I can do it, bu... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:42:41 EST Gratitude January 23 2015 Number 1: Grocery shopping is wonderful when you get to buy yummy foods and veggies. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Japanese school went well. Just slow and annoying. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Weight is down about .5 of a pound. Still waiting to see 159... <BR> <BR> Number 4: The sun is out and shining. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:19:14 EST Gratitude January 22 2015 Number 1: The sun is out. The sky is blue. I like this. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Since my husband is sick I took my youngest to his swimming lesson last night. It was good to talk to him about nothing in the car. I may need to do that more often. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Dinner was a success. It was a crockpot thing and everyone liked it. That is happy thing. <BR> <BR> I wish I could write about the hunt for a study buddy for Japanese being successful or of having found someone to compar... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:18:31 EST Gratitude January 21 2015 Number 1: I love my crockpot. It has yummy food in it that will be ready in time for dinner that I made when I had time and energy this morning. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I love husband's employer that is letting him work from home while he is sick. Just a cough and tired, but still. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I love reading about the process of overcoming obstacles. I am determined, but need help. I need someone else that cares about the same things I do and it is being difficult. I want some... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:45:20 EST Gratitude January 20 2015 Number 1: SUNSHINE! The sun is back and that makes me smile. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw my usual trainer yesterday. It was good. I am tired, but it was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Today I went for my walk and saw a cat but no ducks. <BR> <BR> Number 4: My youngest is in the middle of his Hobbit unit study and has decided that he wants more Norse myths. Apparently they are more interesting than the greek ones. So this afternoon I am going to try to find another norse mythology book ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:36:44 EST Gratitude January 19 2015 Number 1: It was late yesterday afternoon, but the sun did come out. It was very nice. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got my practicing on recorder done this morning. I need to find a way to make that happen. Still working on it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Water polo went alright yesterday. There were only six kids so lots of individual attention. He didn't particularly like that since he has lots of places to improve but it was good. <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:09:15 EST Gratitude January 18 2015 Number 1: Yesterday on my walk to see the ducks, I SAW the ducks! They were happily swimming in the creek. I also saw lots of squirrels and a couple of cats. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went grocery shopping with my husband and bought ingredients for two different new meals. Both are for the crock pot, meatballs and then a chicken recipe. We will see if anyone likes them. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I ate my veggies. I do actually miss them when they were gone. And while I was at the store I bou... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:13:40 EST Gratitude January 17 2015 Number 1: I made roasted broccoli. This means I chopped it up and drizzled olive oil on it and then put some spice mix on it and put it in the oven for half an hour. It is amazing how yummy it is. And the best part is that it is easy. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I worked on today's grocery list. This week should have more intentional food choices. It is hard at my house because of picky eater kids and picky eater husband. They all get tired of the same things, but don't want to try anything ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:08:10 EST Gratitude January 16 2015 Number 1: On Friday mornings there are only two other people in the gym when I go. This is a happy thing. No fighting over machines. No running into people in the hallway. Just go. And they are even nice people. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I finished the last of my pumpkin spice tea. I guess I just need to buy more. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am making progress on my Japanese, slowly. <BR> <BR> Number 4: It is weigh in day and I am .2 down from last week. I like the direction but would lik... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:34:14 EST Gratitude January 15 2015 Number 1: My youngest passed his swim level! Can you hear me shouting? It is a huge deal for him. It has taken over a year of hard work and not giving up. Woohoooo! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went on a walk to visit the ducks, that weren't there, with my older son. It was nice just to talk to him. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I leveled up in WaniKani, that is my kanji learning program. It is still very slow going. I am working on it though. <BR> <BR> Number 4: The last of the stuff we decided... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:21:37 EST