JENNEINAZ's SparkPeople Blog JENNEINAZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Gratitude June 29 2015 Number 1: Daughter made it to camp safely and mostly happily this morning. I talked to her a bit while she was waiting for the bus to start up. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I have a packet of letters and pictures to send to her. It goes out in the morning. I also sent her an email. She can't send any to me, but I can send them to her. <BR> <BR> Number 3: There was a birthday at the park today. Creme puffs, chocolate covered strawberries, and cupcakes with cream centers were all there. And... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:20:30 EST Gratitude June 28 2015 Number 1: My daughter is off to language camp. She took a plane this morning and is spending the night in Minneapolis then off to the bus and camp tomorrow. She is massively stressed. Calm thoughts in her direction would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest and I went for a walk this morning. We saw one lady duck in the creek. I am glad she was there. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I stuck to my calories for the day. It was no fun, but I did it anyway. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 01:04:29 EST Gratitude June 27 2015 Number 1: My boys are home. We picked them up at camp this morning. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got a lot of walking in today. My husband has a new pedometer and he is trying to get 10,000 steps a day. That means going for several walks a day to get enough steps. I don't mind. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I did all the laundry. The clothes the boys took to camp are clean and dry and put away. The clothes my daughter needs for camp are packed and ready to go in the morning. All the laundry done! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 01:44:16 EST Gratitude June 26 2015 Number 1: It was a calm day at my house. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We went to a San Jose Giants game tonight. They lost to the Modesto Nuts 4-3 in ten innings. <BR> <BR> Number 3: There were fireworks after the game. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 02:05:10 EST Gratitude June 25 2015 Number 1: Sleep. This morning I slept in. It was amazing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We went to San Francisco today and ate in the Ferry Building. We also walked from Pier 17 to Pier 1. There are lots of people walking. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My daughter is back from spending some time with her friend. I am glad she is home. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:08:19 EST Gratitude June 24 2015 Number 1: We went to the Alameda County Fair today. After we got out of the day we realized that we forgot sunblock. Good thing for us, the information kiosk had pumps of sunblock for anyone to use. I call that amazing. Many thanks to the supporters of the Fair that provided the free sunblock. (It worked too!) <BR> <BR> Number 2: We saw the Pig Races! Adorable piggies on a race track. I think Sloppy Joe won it all. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The food at the Fair was okay. So much of it ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:10:49 EST Gratitude June 23 2015 Number 1: Today's adventure was to an airplane museum and then to Dairy Queen for lunch. My husband doesn't much like chinese food like we had a couple of days ago. I don't much like Dairy Queen. It was a trade off. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw the trainer this morning. My arms are tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: All the kids are out of the house tonight. My daughter is at a friend's house and the boys are at camp. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> (Jean, about the bagel place, I think it is a Jewish del... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:11:13 EST Gratitude June 22 2015 Number 1: Today I went to the USS Hornet. It is an aircraft carrier that has been turned into a museum ship. Very very cool. It picked up the Apollo spacecraft after the moon landing! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Husband and I went out to lunch at a deli in Alameda. I had pastrami on an egg bagel and an apricot hamentashen cookie. It was worth all the calories. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I watched part of the college world series tonight. Good baseball. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:16:32 EST Gratitude June 21 2015 Number 1: My boys are safely and happily at camp. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went on my bike ride this morning, all be myself. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We had chinese food for dinner. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:19:47 EST Gratitude June 20 2015 Number 1: The Steel Drum Camp concert went well. We played our songs. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest son went to his swim team make up this morning and he normal swim lesson this afternoon. He was tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Daughter went to play bridge this evening and had a good time. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I finally got a diet update from my coach. This is going to be a break week. More calories than the past few weeks. I like that. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:12:38 EST Gratitude June 19 2015 Number 1: Ducks in the creek! Three of them today. Maybe they are back to stay? I hope so. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Today was the last day of steel drum camp. That isn't so much a good thing because I have enjoyed it, but tomorrow is our concert and that should be fun. We will be playing three songs. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Daughter did Orientation at the community college today. She said it was more helpful that she expected. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:06:47 EST Gratitude June 18 2015 Number 1: Ducks! The ducks were back in the creek. They really didn't like the mowers and have been hard to find. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Jello is being a hit with my kids. I am happy because I don't like jello and it is not tempting. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Youngest got his Swim Team shirt tonight. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:57:58 EST Gratitude June 16 2015 Number 1: It was the second day of steel drum camp and we are finally making music. I don't know if we sound good, but we are making sound! <BR> <BR> Number 2: On the way home from camp I walked past the creek and saw a duck flying overhead. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Middle child, son age 14, is signed up to take his two classes at the community college. He will be taking Trig and Python. I hope he likes them. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:18:56 EST Gratitude June 15 2015 Number 1: Steel drum camp started today. It was very fun. There are eight people in the camp, six ladies, one young man, and a nine year old girl. We sounded pretty good by the end of the first day. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I think I saw a duck in the creek as I walked home from camp. That would be great. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I ate my veggies. This was more challenging than usual because I was busy in the morning and the afternoon. But I got it done. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 01:33:28 EST Gratitude June 14 2015 Number 1: I went for a walk to the creek, but there weren't any ducks. There was a huge mower. I hope the ducks came back after the mower did its thing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Strawberries. Blueberries. Apricots. Tomatoes. And samosas and curry mix. It was a good day at the Farmer's Market. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I watched some baseball on tv. The CSU Fullerton team was doing really well when the game was called for rain. They will continue tomorrow. <BR> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:00:04 EST Gratitude June 13 2015 Number 1: I went for a walk this morning. I only saw one duck, but it was a duck. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I watched the Battle Frog Challenge this afternoon on ESPN. It was an obstacle course. I was entertained. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Youngest went to his swim lesson and finally got the teacher he was supposed to. He was the only kid in attendance. They worked on butterfly because that is what Youngest wanted to learn. <BR> <BR> Number 4: We went in to the local amusement park and watch... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 01:22:36 EST Gratitude June 12 2015 Number 1: Ducks in the creek! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Jurassic World had many many dinosaurs. The kids and I liked it. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My daughter is out having a good time with her friends tonight. Husband will go pick her up in a little while. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 01:10:48 EST Gratitude June 11 2015 Number 1: The weather was nice today. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My husband and daughter went downtown to pick up their stuff for the 5k they are doing on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am working on taking better care of me. Chess books bought. Food plan organized. Exercise planned. Now I just need to make it important. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:29:35 EST Gratitude June 10 2015 Number 1: Rain. It is very unusual to get rain in June here and even more unusual because of the drought. We are happy for it though. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I stuck with the diet even though I was hungry and cranky. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I played my chess app and caught up with today's kanji. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:59:06 EST Gratitude June 9 2015 Number 1: It was much cooler today than yesterday. Yesterday afternoon it was 95 degrees. This afternoon it was 78 and rainy. And windy. I think a storm came in... <BR> <BR> Number 2: We had our last music lesson of the school year today. No more until we start up again in the fall. We have music to work on if we want or time to relax if we rather. A good solution. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Make your own popsicles are a hit. My boys have been using the water enhancers to make different... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 01:15:25 EST Gratitude June 8 2015 Number 1: Ducklings! This morning we saw what we have hoped to see for weeks. We saw ducklings in the creek. There were about six of them zooming and swimming around Mom and Dad duck. It was great. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I watched Transformers:Rescue Bots with my daughter. It was apparently a musical episode because the bulldozer, the fire truck, the police car, and the helicopter all sang today. It was Glee for Transformers. Spending time with my kid was great. <BR> <BR> Number 3: T... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 01:09:56 EST Gratitude June 7 2015 Number 1: I slept in. It was wonderful. <BR> <BR> Number 2: My husband and I went to lunch at a local Greek place. They have good food. They also had a tv on that was showing college baseball. Because I was so happy watching it my husband did some research and he found out that we can get several cable channels (including ESPN and ESPN2) without the whole cable package. So now we have all the sports I care to watch and the Food Network and HGTV and more for $20 a month. I like this. <... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 01:26:35 EST Gratitude June 6 2015 Number 1: I saw one duck today. It was flying overhead near the creek when I went for a walk. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I did very little today. This was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The homemade popsicles were a hit. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 01:10:01 EST Gratitude June 5 2015 Number 1: I went to the gym today and it was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I drank lots of water. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I practiced my recorder song and I am getting better. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 01:19:34 EST Gratitude June 4 2015 Number 1: My daughter is registered for two classes at the local community college. She will be taking Intro to Cultural Anthropology and Astronomy. She wants to know more about these things and I can't teach it. Good thing there are options. <BR> <BR> Number 2: No one lost their cool after daughter accidentally marked a box that gave her out of state tuition at the community college. It took two and a half hours of time and several attempts to get the correct documentation. But we di... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 01:08:25 EST Gratitude June 3 2015 Number 1: My daughter is part way through the admission process for the local community college. She needs to do their placement test and some sort of orientation and then she can register for classes. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I got to stay home and wear sweat pants all day. This is amazing. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I tried gnocchi today. It was okay. I don't see what all the fuss is about but it was okay once. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 01:03:13 EST Gratitude June 2 2015 Number 1: Today the older kids had dental appointments. They need to brush better but have no cavities. Woohoo! I also got over my fears and left the eleven year old home alone while I took the others to the dentist. He was fine too. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Music lessons happened. I have new music to play. Battle Hymn of the Republic and Hail to the Chief, we went patriotic this time. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I signed myself up for Steel Drum Summer Camp. It is a week of afternoon lessons ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 01:22:18 EST Gratitude June 1 2015 Number 1: I went to the gym this morning and the gym owner went out of his way to be nice to me. He helped me find a missing part and then talked to me about finding a new trainer after Sean leaves at the end of the month. I really like him and am glad I found the gym. <BR> <BR> Number 2: After my very short bike ride, I saw the odd duck and he was okay, I took Youngest to the eye doctor. He still does not need glasses. That means for now he is the only person in the house not using co... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 01:14:57 EST Gratitude May 31 2015 Number 1: Strawberries! And Blueberries! Both at the Farmer's Market this morning. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Samosas, also at the Farmer's Market this morning. They were eaten for dinner. Yumm! <BR> <BR> Number 3: Clean new sheets on the bed tonight. The old ones wore out and we replaced them with new ones. I am expecting warm soft wonderful sheets. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:49:59 EST Gratitude May 30 2015 Number 1: It was the last day of Japanese school for the year. We did our presentations and they were good. The adult class got lots of laughs. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We went to the local amusement park and I got to watch the new ice show. It has a new cast but many of the same tricks. I think I will need to go back again. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We stayed for the fireworks and they were great. Sun, 31 May 2015 01:17:13 EST Gratitude May 29 2015 Number 1: Oldest finished Algebra 2 today. She took the final and it is done. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest went to swim team tonight and had a good time. I went to swim team tonight and sat on cold bleachers in the cold all by myself. It was wonderful. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We have some answers as to why Husband is feeling slow. He is anemic. This is unusual but not unheard of for guys. It means he gets to go see a gastro doc of his own. That makes three people in my house ... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:25:42 EST Gratitude May 28 2015 Number 1: I moved Youngest's swim lesson from tonight to Saturday afternoon! This means that he can go to swim team on Thursday evenings, at least after today. And the best part is that he will be with his most favorite teacher ever on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest has a VivoFit2. It is a fancy pedometer. It sets a goal in steps for him each day depending on how well he does the previous days. Today he was about 1500 steps short after we got home from swim lessons. I asked h... Fri, 29 May 2015 01:02:23 EST Gratitude May 27 2015 Number 1: I took the kids to a tour of the local community college today. This is the one that is walking distance from our house. Honestly. We walked. We had a wonderful tour guide that showed us everything. And the best part is... they have decided that they want to go there in the fall. Woohoo! We still have to get through the registration process but still... Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Husband had his check up at the doctor today and all is well. I really like this one. <BR>... Thu, 28 May 2015 00:46:08 EST Gratitude May 26 2015 Number 1: I got to the gym this morning and did gym stuff. My balance is improving, slowly. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest went to his first day of swim team and he loved it! <BR> <BR> Number 3: The sourdough muffins with cinnamon were a hit. I think I am going to try biscuits next. Wed, 27 May 2015 01:17:12 EST Gratitude May 25 2015 Number 1: I made sourdough banana muffins this morning. They were good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Fanime is done. The convention is over. <BR> <BR> Number 3: There were ducks in the creek. Older son and went on a bike ride this morning and saw them. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I watched the season finale of Flash. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 5: Our school year is almost done. Youngest is done. Oldest will be done sometime this coming week. She only has a little math left. Middlest ha... Tue, 26 May 2015 00:50:35 EST Gratitude May 24 2015 Number 1: The weather was amazing today. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I didn't see ducks, but I did see geese! <BR> <BR> Number 3: I didn't go Mama Bear at the so called friends of my daughter who were particularly thoughtless today. She doesn't want me to and I won't but I am mad. <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2015 01:36:53 EST Gratitude May 23 2015 Number 1: Youngest and I went for a walk and saw the ducks in the creek. This is good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Middlest ate lots of honey roasted peanuts today. They have lots of calories. Youngest does not like peanuts. At all. So they are not tempting to him and do not make him feel deprived. This is good too. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Oldest spent the day at the convention. She is actually still there. I think she is having a good time. Husband will go pick her up in a little while. <B... Sun, 24 May 2015 01:17:13 EST Gratitude May 22 2015 Number 1: The ducks were out. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Oldest got to go to her convention this afternoon. She had a good time. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We did doctor appointments for the kids for the year. It is the same crazy story again. Oldest is perfect height for weight. Middle is much taller than his weight would suggest. Youngest is much heavier than his height would suggest. <BR> <BR> I am tired of trying to deal with telling one child to eat more, another child to eat less, and th... Sat, 23 May 2015 00:52:04 EST Gratitude May 21 2015 Number 1: The kids went to their science class today. We rescheduled from Tuesday. It was a good couple of hours of break for me. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Oldest took light rail downtown to pick up her convention badge so I didn't have to drive. This was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I saw ducks this morning. <BR> Fri, 22 May 2015 00:53:53 EST Gratitude May 20 2015 Number 1: Friend went home today. We will miss him in a few days, but right now we are glad to have the house to ourselves. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I drank lots of water today. Like three half gallon jugs of it. I guess I was thirsty. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I saw the ducks today. They are still hanging out by the side of the trail. <BR> <BR> Number 4: My older son learned that it isn't a good idea to wash a week's worth of clothes and a comforter and a comforter case all in one load. "... Thu, 21 May 2015 00:56:34 EST Gratitude May 19 2015 Number 1: I went to the gym today, early. I was tired all day long. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I did not go biking today instead I went for a walk. This was good because it meant I had longer to look at the creek and the mysterious duck that preferred the trail to the water. I know why. I saw the lady duck in the tall grass next to the trail. SO that is why the boy duck was hanging around. I hope there are little duckies soon. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We went to music lessons and that was good... Wed, 20 May 2015 00:58:58 EST Gratitude May 18 2015 Thank you for all the good thoughts! They were felt. <BR> <BR> Number 1: It was a cyst! Or more precisely a whole bunch of cysts. I apparently have several that the doctor felt a few weeks ago. Cysts are annoying but totally harmless. They do not become cancer. They have never been cancer. They never will be cancer. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 2: There were ducks on my morning bike ride. Just one in the creek but two flying overhead. I would like to think they were waiting to start... Tue, 19 May 2015 00:35:33 EST Gratitude May 17 2015 Number 1: The strawberries at the the Farmer's Market cost $10 per half flat. The cost has finally come down. It is really summer. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We took Friend to Great America today. Friend and Youngest explored the park while Husband, Oldest, Middlest, and I did our own thing. We watched the new Snoopy show and the Peanuts Jam Session. They were exactly what you might think. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We saw ducks at Great America. They were playing in a man made lake surrounde... Mon, 18 May 2015 01:02:25 EST Gratitude May 16 2016 Number 1: I went to Japanese school this morning. This is doubly good because it means I got a break from entertaining Friend. He is a wonderful kid, but I am exhausted by his attention span. It is SHORT. Very very short. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest got to swim evaluations this morning and is all set to sign up for summer swim team. Tomorrow sign ups should happen and he will be set. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Husband took Friend and Youngest and Oldest to the aviation museum that is abou... Sat, 16 May 2015 22:30:10 EST Gratitude May 15 2015 Number 1: Happy Wedding Anniversary to me! (and Husband!) It has been 22 years and very good years they have been. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest's digestive issues seem to have resolved. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 3: The ducks were enjoying the huge puddle next to the creek this morning. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I took Youngest, Friend, and Oldest to the Tech Museum today. We looked at the stuff and watched an imax movie. Middlest stayed home to finish his English assignments that were du... Sat, 16 May 2015 01:01:57 EST Gratitude May 14 2015 Number 1: Youngest and Friend greatly enjoying playing together today. Foam swords, Jenga, video games... They did it all. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw a duck. On my very few minutes alone today, I went biking and saw a duck. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Youngest is having digestive issues again. I called his gastro doc and we have a plan, but I am really hoping that everything starts working smoothly tomorrow on its own because the plan is not fun. <BR> <BR> Number 4: I took Youngest to his sw... Fri, 15 May 2015 01:33:01 EST Gratitude May 13 2015 Number 1: Youngest's friend made it here without a problem. This means airports and flying and lots of people. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw a duck on my bike ride. He was cute. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The gym was quiet this morning and that is okay. Thu, 14 May 2015 02:07:19 EST Gratitude May 12 2015 Number 1: I need to stop and express my gratitude for bike helmets today. My 14 year old son and I were out this morning and he had reason to test his helmet. His front brakes failed when we were on a hill and he suddenly and completely came to a stop. The brakes failed ON. He went over the handlebars and landed on his hands and on the front of his helmet. But other than scraped hands and scraped knees he was unharmed. The helmet is scratched and will be replaced. The front wheel does... Wed, 13 May 2015 01:18:40 EST Gratitude May 11, 2015 Number 1: The gym was quiet this morning. It made it easy to use all the things I wanted to. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Ducks! We saw ducks in the creek. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Youngest and I put his thank you to the grandparents in the mail this morning. He finds the conventions for letter writing to be quite strange. I do too! <BR> <BR> Number 4: It was hard for me to ask for happy thoughts for next Monday among my park day group but I did it anyway. It is hard to ask for help. It is h... Tue, 12 May 2015 01:13:28 EST Gratitude May 10 2015 Number 1: My youngest turned 11 today. He enjoyed his legos and his lego shaped birthday cake. He is a happy kid and one I am glad to know. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went to the creek today and found three male duck happily quacking away. They certainly seemed to be having a good day. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I ate the cake today. This is good because life happens and sometimes the right thing to do is to eat the cake. One slice of cake is not going to do anything horrible to my diet. I am ... Mon, 11 May 2015 01:38:58 EST