THINRONNA's SparkPeople Blog THINRONNA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goals and a bit about my life I have a few minutes here so I decided to make a quick blog. i thought I would lay out some of what my health and diet goals are as I have been thinking alot about them lately. <BR> <BR> 1) Most importantly, I have a goal to feel better. I have been living in a high stress world lately and am trying to regain control of my emotions. I decided that cleaning up my diet and being more conscious of exercise would help so I cut out processed foods and as much sugar as possible while adding in... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:58:57 EST Cakes and such I thought I would post a few cake pictures today. I don't have photos available of them all because our home computer seems to be sick and I am unable to use it right now. These are ones that showed up on my iPad through Patrick's phone somehow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is a Treasure Chest cake I made. Actually I make this cake quite alot as it is quite popular. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 02:02:59 EST Short and sweet Hi there friends. I am still out here in the world believe it or not. I have to admit, it has been a bumpy ride, but I have survived it and am ready to do something good for myself...namely...get back on Spark. I have not let go of my Spark friends or what I have learned here. Not in my heart. It has just been a bit much LIFE lately and I fully admit to shutting down. I think it is time to open back up though so I pledge to start slowly. I cannot lay it all out in one blog so I will tr... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:38:19 EST Hello again Hello Spark Friends! I am finally able to be in touch again as we now have internet after being here almost three months and being in our permanent home now for two months. I am happy to be back online. I look forward to catching up with my good friends. :-) <BR> <BR> As far as how I am ...I really don't know where to start. We arrived in December and had the month to do a bunch of running around, finding a place to live, getting the essentials and getting the kids situated in school. ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 03:58:58 EST soon on our way... Big push today donating things and having our car hauled away. I also returned library books and am a little stressed because there is one still outstanding. Possibly it got packed!?! <BR> <BR> Our things ship out on Friday. we will have to wait almost two months for our boxes to arrive so this evening I will be having to do some savvy packing...making sure I bring the most important things with on the airplane. I suppose it is like packing for an extra long vacation. Fortunately, Chris... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 06:50:07 EST Really quick blog Hello to my Spark friends! I thought I would write a super quick blog today before I get on to my packing and tutoring. Packing because we are moving in two weeks to Dubai and tutoring because the kids need to take entrance exams for school and Norway is a bit behind scholastically. (Truly...Quin's teacher even admitted it.) <BR> <BR> We have been doing a bit of "brushing up" for Quin in English and Math. It turns out that at this point with her reading and spelling she is kind of an "... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:50:04 EST That is that then... OK...well...the notice has been given and it is official. We are moving. It is no longer a secret so I can tell you now...we are moving to Dubai. Yup. In December. <BR> <BR> Does the idea make me more that a little nervous? Yes. Is it because it is so darn foreign and ...sandy? Yes. But it is safe there and there is a wonderful opportunity for our future there and I will preserve some privacy about it all but I will tell you that we feel strongly about this move and have given it a l... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:23:31 EST All righty then... Hi...I want to write to you all to say that I am Ok...a little fatter for sure for not Sparking lately but OK. I want to blog...but I don't know how to explain all that has happened lately actually. Patrick and I are fine, the kids are fine...don't worry...I just have started writing this and have to delete it all because I don't know how much to share. <BR> <BR> Can I say this....really good things are happening. Change is in the air for us. As you probably know, I am married to someo... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:13:56 EST Packing and swim suits Phase one on my packing is complete! I have sorted through all of the possibilities when it comes to my clothes and the kids clothes. Phase two comes tomorrow when I weed it all down to a reasonable amount. This I have learned since becoming a traveller...we all need MUCH less than we think we do! <BR> <BR> The first big trip I took to France I took all that was possibly allowed by the airline...packed to the gills for a trip of 12 days I think. We traveled to three locations and it was ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:28:32 EST Whoo Hoo! Tax money! I was on edge the past few weeks that my tax money would not come before vacation but today mine came! Patrick's came yesterday. Whoo HOO! Norway is extremely helpful to the worker when it comes to vacation. Tax money is generally earmarked for June, the month that people begin to take vacation. There is a chance it won't come until the fall but that is rare. <BR> <BR> The other thing Norway does is that money gets taken out of your check each month tax free and then given back to you i... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:56:02 EST Yellow article and vacation plans I was surprised to see my yellow article published so fast...and I was surprised to see that I was a woman named Donna from Orange county. But I suppose it is better that I be that then a pastry chef from Norway giving decorating advice! In reality a woman named Donna from Orange county probably did edit up my article as it is not so much what I wrote exactly but I am still pretty happy about it. Here is a link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-decor-ideas </lin... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:16:20 EST Working on balance Hi. I've been gone awhile huh? It is true. I have been just "all up in it" for the past several months since I started my little freelance business. It is like being "new" at something all over again. I have had a really hard time balancing my tim, partly because every hour in my day equals money...if I let it. <BR> <BR> Things have been good fortunately. Despite being new at writing for a living I am not at all new to the topic of food or writing recipes so there is some balance the... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:33:30 EST Yippee! I have been "interviewing" via email for another recipe development job and they inquired as to whether any of my previous work has been published so they could see it. At first I was worried because as far as I knew the site I have been working on was not live yet but THEN I went to check and HEY!!!! There it was! Yippeee! <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The main page has our picture my recipe for "Date Truffles" and if you click u... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:31:53 EST Lost in a world of words! I have set another blog timer for myself. 10 minutes today... <BR> <BR> So...I have found out the kind of writing/culinary job I don't like and the kind I do like. Last week I got all swept up taking a job with a weeks time limit and it just about killed me! UGH! It was crazy. I agreed to ghost write a "report" for someone (I suspect it is a chapter in a book) on breads with recipes to go with it. It sounded great but really it was kind of yucky. With the amount of time I was given an... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:24:43 EST Keeping up with myself Hello Spark Friends! I have been wanting to blog for days now but things keep getting in the way. Good things! Finally! (I've set myself a timer so I don't spend to much time "talking" to you all because my day is full and I don't want to get off track.) <BR> <BR> Over here in Norway things are getting really interesting for me for sure. I honestly think it all started when I made my 101 Goals in 1001 days list in February. So far I have gotten 14 things completed. I figured that sinc... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 02:55:35 EST Råskinnet is coming again! We are finally starting to see some sun and good weather here in Norway and things are starting to really look up. I started running again in earnest 8 days ago and am finally moving past that awful sore feeling where you don't know if you will ever be able to move normally again and moving into that feeling when a good run really improves your day. Yippee! <BR> <BR> Aside from overall health and well being, one of the reasons I am compelled to be running for real is that my husband has ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:03:07 EST Rejection was so much fun until someone paid attention to me I mentioned in my last blog that I submitted some artwork to an online magazine for consideration and a few days ago I got rejected by them. This may sound crazy but I was so happy for myself and was going to write this whole blog about how proud I was for being rejected because it meant I TRIED something. It is really true. Somehow getting someone out there to even look at what I had done was thrilling to me and being rejected was actually great because they sent this really nice note ex... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:57:40 EST Somethings gotta give I have not been ignoring you Sparkfriends. I have also not been freaking out, wallowing, having a pity party or eating random things! So where have I been and what have I been doing? I have been here…evaluating. <BR> <BR> I have never been in quite this kind of position before. I am a little "out here" in the world with out direction. Or at least I was. This place we have moved is nice for sure. Winter was not so bad, plenty of activities for the kids, a fantastic job for Patrick and... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:24:34 EST 101 Goals in 1001 Days I probably should have made my first goal to be "Write a list of 101 Goals" because from when I first read about the idea it took me about 2 weeks to finally sit down and write my goals...I even knocked off a couple before I got a chance to write them down so I had to replace them with others! <BR> <BR> What am I talking about? Well, I have been researching and trying to learn about setting and obtaining financial goals this year and in doing so I came across this article: <BR> <BR> <lin... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:02:14 EST Liam, The Knight and The Dragon (cake pics) Quintessa is far more straightforward when she choses a cake or a party theme than Liam. She knows what she wants and goes for it. To little Liam however, everything looks good! He hemmed and hawed and finally decided on a knight fairy tale theme. I have a book to get them started, Quin had found nothing there and so went to the internet. Liam marveled at the book and picked apart every cake picture he liked…he liked the knight from one page but not the castle, then he liked the castle f... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:25:44 EST Pictures from Sweet Girl's Tea Party and her cake Well, I kind of can't believe it but we are through the first of our double birthday party fest extravaganza weekend! This morning was a RUN FOR IT! We did it though and the children's really seemed to have fun. I think they felt very fancy having a real tea party …finger sandwiches and all. <BR> <BR> The menu: <BR> Finger sandwiches: <BR> Cucumber and Cream Cheese <BR> Chicken Salad <BR> Turkey on small biscuits <BR> Vegetable roll ups <BR> Deviled Egg <BR> <BR> Vegetable Tray with d... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:45:07 EST Pictures of my marzipan work so far... I'm still all up in marzipan over here! The good thing is that I have not actually started baking yet so I am not in the danger zone of tempting treats...yet. I thought I would post a couple of pictures of where I am at so far: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The dragon is done. He will hold a birthday candle in his hand. The knight is basically done. He just needs to be assembled once he sets up a bit more. He also has a shield ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 03:33:03 EST Finally done with the bits of paper and Liam's Birthday invite! Here is my mosaic art work for Liam's invitation. They are printed off and ready to go. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now on to being all up in marzipan in the morning! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:41:29 EST Perfect is not Perfect I made this loaf of bread on Saturday: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was not perfect. I knew darn well my flour was not the perfect 70F when I started and it was probably not milled from hard red winter wheat grown in the Pains states milled within a month of my using it. I am pretty sure that at one point one of the kids even opened the front door when running in from the yard to pee, causing the ambient temperature around my d... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:42:11 EST Walking...just me and my thoughts...and my underpants. My butt was like lead today and my couch was like a magnet! (Possibly a bad analogy...Is lead even magnetic?) I had big plans for my day today. I was going to walk just for the sake of walking to get my exercise in and then some but I didn't sleep well last night and as the day crept on it didn't look like it was going to happen. Then I realized...I have to MAKE it happen! <BR> <BR> So I got up, put on my shoes, coat and mittens and I got out in it! I was so proud of myself. Eager to s... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:02:00 EST A nice link for motivation I came across this link today and really liked it so I thought I would share it with you. It is 31 tips to keep your exercise motivation going. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ips/instant-workout-motivation?s=1&?cm<BR>_mmc=MSN-_-PVN_News-_-The%20Science-Ba<BR>cked%20Way%20To%20Lose%20The%20Most%20<BR>Weight-_-31%20Ways%20To%20Never%20Skip<BR>%20Another%20Workout </link> <BR> <BR> Three days of tracking and I am going OK, staying within my calorie range and exerc... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 06:12:56 EST Merry Christmas to me! Yes, yes, yes! I am happy! I wanted very few things this Christmas but one thing I wanted most of all and so to ensure that I got it I ordered it for myself. Thomas Keller's book "Bouchon Bakery." I have been w...a..i....t...i...n...g for this book and it finally came today! I had almost given up. It left England on the 13th of December ahead of all the other books I ordered the kids and Patrick fro Christmas. Patrick's book "Eleven Madison Park The Cookbook" left last...and got to us ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 06:08:47 EST Hello Sweden! No, I'm not moving there. Sweden, believe it or not is part of my new plan to help elevate my life. Sound a little cryptic and weird? Here is what it is: <BR> <BR> One of the things that has made me feel very unstable in the past is having a weak financial plan. We have had one, but it really had no goals set to it and it was only moderately working anyway. This past year made me feel especially vulnerable in this category. The problem is, Norway is one of the most expensive countries ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:12:23 EST Moving forward Probably if I am going to write a blog called "Moving Forward" I should probably take the pictures from Halloween off my Spark page huh? Maybe I will but one thing I am trying to do for myself is be nice to myself and not too demanding. I have had a lot of demands put on me this past year. So I will get the pictures...soon. <BR> <BR> I will however move forward in life. Have to. I got to face "fear" LAST year...almost all of them that I had. Now I have "been there and done that." It b... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:41:44 EST I don't want to know I refuse to get on the scale right now. I don't want to know. Actually I do know...just not how much. My pants are fitting tighter. I can just tell I have gained weight but right now, when there is so much pressure on to get through the busiest time of the year in the hotel, I feel that I don't need added personal pressure! (I have had to let Spark go for the most part as well right now...there is just no way...I'll be back though:-) <BR> <BR> Here is the problem...well there are two pr... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 06:33:31 EST Really? So this is how it is going to be? Well shoot. After maintaining or losing a bit all summer long somehow I have managed to gain 4 pounds! Stress eating. I am sure of it. Why? Well, sadly the bakery job was not for me. I have left that job now after only two weeks! One would think that was the perfect job for me...but it was not. I had to go. I won't tell tales because the owner is very nice but I did leave. I have to admit I was feeling pretty sorry for myself. Another crash and burn this year! <BR> <BR> So what no... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:09:45 EST Goodbye Chef "After Love there is only Cuisine" - Charlie Trotter <BR> <BR> I don't idolize many is not my thing...but I idolized him. Frankly there was a time when I kind of stalked him and then when the day came that I got to meet him, no words would come. He was pure genius. The epitome of the word "Chef". Please don't even compare even one of those TV personality chefs to him...well maybe Julia can have that respect but other than that...just don't...there is no comparison. <BR> <BR... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:10:16 EST Here we go... So tomorrow the movers come. We have been slowly packing and organizing. Really it was not so bad. I did a lot over the summer and I cleaned a lot in the beginning of September when my Aunt and Uncle came. Today is the last the bathrooms and the kitchen mostly. <BR> <BR> The kids are home because this week is the fall holiday from school so it is real responsibilities to get them places. They have been play play playing through out all of our pack pack packin... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 03:34:41 EST One more week One more week from today I will be surrounded by boxes in our now home. Things are coming along. Finally. We are moving just south of Oslo to a smallish town on the coast of the Oslo fjord. The place that we are renting is about a 15 minute walk to the ocean so I am told. I think Quin's school will be about the same. <BR> <BR> I am actually starting to feel like myself again. The idea of a new job is quite appealing so I really hope it works out. The woman who owns the shop seems as e... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:11:42 EST Current situation...a few cake pictures (long blog, ignore it if you like) Stubborn. That is what I have been. Stubborn. Not even in a necessarily bad way...but as I look at myself I realize that is how I have felt. I have refused to try and get myself to feel anything that i don't actually feel. I have been unable to conjure up happiness or hope but rather sitting in my indifference and just spending my time just being. I have actually been annoyed with family who try to brush past my situation by just telling me that i am fine and that everything is looking ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:08:29 EST Apparently Friday the 13th is my Lucky Day Isn't that just typical for me this year that Friday the 13th would actually be a good day for me? It's OK I'll take it...I need all of the good days I can get! <BR> <BR> First it was just a good day. I stepped on the scale and saw that I have been maintaining. For me this is super good. I am not setting ANY lofty goals for myself right now when it comes to weight loss. Best case I have been thinking, is that I maintain...worst case would be not to gain more than 3 or 4 pounds. But hey... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:46:10 EST Another reason I have to move far far away from here So I am at the grocery store today...actually it was the second grocery store of the day for me since I am being really frugal these days and am buying what is on sale at each store. Everything is going along just fine. I even procured two really nice warm rotisserie chickens for dinner at a great price and then the kids ask if they can have ice cream to bring home. I thought it would be OK because they have been going with out extra treats these days in an effort to use up what we have in... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:26:45 EST Feeling better and a few pics from the summer Today I am feeling better...actually I have been feeling better in the past few days. There are several reasons I think. <BR> <BR> 1. I have been getting enough sleep at night. I know it is written about here on Spark a lot but it really really matters. not only has my mood improved but I am not searching our random sweets and greasy foods to keep me going. I am much more able to just "be". <BR> <BR> 2. I have been cleaning the house from top to bottom. Organizing and cleaning alway... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 03:27:42 EST I don't normally blog more than once in a day but... Holy cow! I have just had the most amazing moment of enlightenment since...I don't know when! <BR> <BR> I will tell what happened: <BR> <BR> This blog directly relates to my earlier blog today so bear with me... <BR> <BR> Some how in the past few days I got caught up emailing back and forth with a perfect stranger...a woman I "met" through this process of giving away Sweetie the dog. She wanted him but chose another one before she met him and somehow rather than ending our texting and em... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:24:20 EST Thinking aloud... Once upon a time my life was not what I wanted it to be so I changed it. I worked at it little by little fixing what I could and faking what I needed to until eventually I didn't need to fake it any more. I simply decided who I was supposed to be and then acted on it until I was. Once I was who I wanted, that did not necessarily make things easy but at least I had a purpose in life and a strong belief that I was doing the right thing and making the right choices. <BR> <BR> Living here in ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:18:14 EST Trust issues... So yes...I m definitely having trust issues right now. My drama is not over but some things are getting better (I write more about that later) but some things are getting worse. Here is what is going on right now. <BR> <BR> We have come to the decision that we have to give up our beautiful Sweetie dog. I have not wanted to write it until now but it is true. The poor thing has not gotten the attention he deserves during this time and he is a young dog who is still in need of a lot of tr... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:01:13 EST Limbo So I put my Spark Page on "private" for I navigate this limbo we are in...I guess I imagined that I had all this blogging to do and I need now for awhile to be sure that this blog can't be viewed publicly. This has been the strangest part of my adult life yet. There have been plenty of strange parts to my life don't get me wrong but I was always acclimated to the "strange" so I did not notice it as much. What happened here I cannot even really explain...mainly because we signed ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:31:11 EST Funny Resume Bloopers Patrick came across this really funny list of resume bloopers yesterday and I thought I would share it really lightened our mood! <BR> <BR> CV Bloopers from CitiRecruit <BR> Whilst these genuine CV bloopers are hilarious, the fact that they are real is worrying! Please please please read your CV carefully and if possible, ask someone else to proof read it for you. Enjoy our collection… but don’t let yours be next on the list! <BR> <BR> “Now I’m fool of energy and ready to deal wit... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 04:54:05 EST Passed! I almost cannot believe I did it. Something that was once large and looming and like the hardest thing I had done in years (class after class...some in Norwegian...a high strung instructor who liked to yell WHOA WHOA WHOA at me when I did something chance to practice drive outside of class because Patrick has not had his license here long enough to make it legal for me to drive with him) ...became very small and like an nuisance or inconvenience compared to all the rest I have had... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 11:47:01 EST Making lists and moving forward In trying to keep with forward motion and being positive I have started a list of things I have to to of the things I had been having trouble with is that every thing seemed overwhelming and like it was all just floating around out there...funny...I also kept putting things off because time at my job seemed more important! <BR> <BR> My list has helped. If I can gt even one thing off of it in a day I know I have accomplished something good. Today I got lots off of there... <BR> <BR>... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 13:34:08 EST What was good today... Today was good because... <BR> <BR> I found a way to use that Malt Extract that was sitting on my cupboard shelf...I used it in place of honey in a pizza dough is really thick and syrupy and it gave my dough a kind of earthy flavor. Tigger from Winnie the Pooh eats it by the spoonful. The kids tried it too. Quin thought it was horrible. Liam was completely unsure of it at first but Tigger...he will eat it by the spoonful! Strengthening medicine. <BR> <BR> We took... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 15:28:52 EST Welcome to the rest of my life Hi. I'm Ronna. Nice to meet you. Well perhaps you have met me before it is true but it is time to disregard some of that. I have decided that I will welcome you to the new me...or rather ...more accurately new reality. Here is what I am sick of...complaining and being sad. Here is what I want to do...tell my story in a positive I'm gonna. If you are interested you are going to have to bear with me because this is my plan. <BR> <BR> I am a 45 year old woman who has the m... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:43:22 EST Tear it up? Things have gone just terribly wrong for me in life these a multitude of ways. Ever since I got back from America I have been on a rapid downhill slide like I have never experienced before. Everywhere I turn things seem to be falling apart. Fortunately my little family is wonderful and we all love each other very much...the most important thing. <BR> <BR> I cannot even talk about it all. I do not even feel like myself. It is a time for strength and a time that on many levels I... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:30:53 EST Insomnia I don't so much like writing blogs that are a drag but as I try to turn things around for myself these days if I am waiting for things to be really good again and fun...I have no idea how long the wait will be! <BR> <BR> I have started having insomnia again. I used to get it years ago before Quintessa was born when I was in great turmoil with my family (parents and sibling) and my emotions. I had gone through a very long period of therapy and not had it seriously again until now. Each wee... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:30:45 EST Gotta get rid of the blues...gotta get rid of the back fat 132 #...not such a bad number really. You would think I wouldn't complain about it. But the thing about me is that about 10 of those pounds sits firmly around my middle as excess...mostly right in the front. Another five pounds or so is pure back fat! You would think I could get some extra breast fat but noooooo! It has to slide around to the back and make me look lumpy from behind and not even in the butt cheek are where where it can do some good. Annoying really. Plus there is that e... Tue, 21 May 2013 17:12:42 EST