Tuesday, November 29, 2016

TV Tuesday - Fall 2016 (Take Two)

It's TV Tuesday.

I recently did a 2016 Fall Premiere's post, showcasing some of the new shows I decided to try. Of course, I'm keeping up with some old favorites ... although the list is pretty small! Really ... only TWO shows are on my list.

I don't remember when I started watching Grey's Anatomy. It wasn't at the very beginning. I remember getting DVDs from the library, so I was at least a season or two late, but here I am current with Season 13 starting up.

It's a bit of a joke between Hubs and me.
His name is Grayson.
Gray. Gray's Anatomy?
I like Gray's Anatomy.
I like Grey's Anatomy. 

I don't watch live on Thursday nights ... but Friday I make sure I record the latest episode, and I generally get to it within a day or so. Gotta avoid spoilers!  I know so many fans were mad when Derek died and said the stopped watching. I was sad, but I'm still keeping up with it ...

... and then ...
I like post-apocalyptic stuff, so it's no surprise I've been enjoyed TWD. Hubs and I had been watching it together for years, but last fall, we just weren't finding the time. I was afraid of spoilers and I admit ... I cheated. I watched it on my own down in the gym. It's a great show to watch while working out. Adrenaline gets pumping! Hubs has never caught up on Season 6, so again, I'm watching Season 7 on my own while I elliptical. I record the episode as it hits the Internet Monday morning and try to get to it before I hear too much. I knew about Abraham and Glen going in to that first episode. That's a risk you take when you don't watch live I guess. The stories are getting SO spread out though. Characters are in different places and usually an episode showcases only one storyline, so it just doesn't move much week to week (I've thought the same for Game of Thrones).

Our family has been a little hit and miss with The Voice. There was a season where my boys were absolutely fanatical about the show! Other seasons ... no interest whatsoever! Many people indicated they were turned off by the new judges ... my boys said that too. I decided to give a few episodes a try this season. Personally ... I love the BATTLE rounds. The harmonies of the voices coming together. I know they sell the songs on Itunes, but it's the individual artists versions ... I like the duets! I didn't bother with the blind auditions, but just watched the battles. You get background on the contestants anyway, there is so much repeat info.Once they were over ... I'm out. I figure I have at least a working knowledge of who some of the singers are, so as the season continues and I see an ad or catch a conversation, I might know who they are talking about.

And then of course ... BASKETBALL! I really think we could quit cable completely if not for basketball. My #4 is such a fan.  I did a TV Tuesday post back in February, when I finally caved and ordered League Pass for the remainder of the season. 

This year? We went ahead and ordered it upfront. In fact, my son really wanted to see some of the preseason games, so we ordered it early.

Like last time, we hit some snags! I was going to order it through our cable company, but Comcast said it wasn't "in season" yet (even though the preseason games were being advertised). I could upgrade to NBA TV (different from League Pass, and includes some games League Pass doesn't) so we did do that.  I went directly to the NBA website and ordered League Pass through them. 

There is almost always a "free trial" of League Pass offered each year, in an attempt to hook new customers. Apparently there was one going the times my son was watching via Comcast channels. When the trial was over ... the channels no longer worked. We could still access game via our Roku, but then it's streaming, using data, and is a bit more work to flip between games. Although the NBA site seemed to indicate a way to link the cable with our current subscription, a call to customer service said it wasn't going to work that way. We ended up having to cancel and get a refund from NBA.com and reorder League Pass from Comcast (now available, as the season had started). So, a lot of rigamarole! #4 does still watch down in the gym at times, but he's not as active as he was last Spring. He prefers watching upstairs. Hubs ended up calling Comcast and upgrading to HD too. So yea ... cable bill is going up. 

Coincidentally, as we made our upgrades, some special pricing plan we'd been on ended, so our costs increased even without any additions. We'd been given HBO and another channel free, as part of our programming. Now, we were being charged for them. I cancelled them. Not worth the cost. Hubs is a little unhappy, because GOT is starting up soon, and without our HBO, we won't be able to watch. We'll have to see how much he misses it ... or if it will fall by the way, like TWD did for him.  I'm willing to wait, grab it when it hits DVD, or pay for a month of service when the season is done and watch the episodes back to back. Will we be able to avoid spoilers though?

What Fall Favorites have you looked forward to?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Unstoppable Songs

Another edition of Musical Mondays! 

I was looking for an image to go with my "Unstoppable" theme ... Love it!

When I first started working out, music was my inspiration. After a while, I switched to TV. But that doesn't eliminate music from my exercise routine. Some of my favorite song discoveries come from television. Background music, intro or credits ... I try to keep my phone handy to Shazam any songs that really strike me. "Grey's Anatomy" has had some awesome covers, familiar yet so different. I always notice the music in that show! "Finding Carter" (and MTV production) unsurprisingly had a lot to offer. I just finished up the CW show "Containment" ... I'd noticed and liked quite a bit of the music in it. I even looked it up to see if there was a soundtrack available.  I found an awesome website that showcases music from anywhere, a great resource! It's called TuneFind (and here's the Containment Soundtrack).

The other day I was catching up on the new Fall Premiere "Pitch" when some music made me pause my elliptical, grab my phone and find out what it was.

I stopped ... for Unstoppable. 

A new song by Sia. I liked the theme of the song, as well as the music itself. Plus, it sounded like a song that would work as a soundtrack for when I make muvees of my boy's basketball games.  It worked perfectly I think. So instead of linking to the official video on YouTube to introduce the song to you, here are the highlights from a recent basketball game ... (my boy is #5).

Didn't that chorus just grab you? Great lyrics! Inspirational song!
I love it more each time I listen to it.

My husband was in the room as I was finishing up the muvee and the song was playing. He asked "What song is that?" and he really liked it too. Love songs that grab you the first time you hear them!

Ironically, it's not my only Unstoppable song I used as a basketball soundtrack.
I'd used another one with the same title earlier in the season!

This song is by Kat DeLuna ... from the "Confessions of a Shopaholic" soundtrack.
Movies are a great source for new music finds too.

Do you notice background music in movies and television?
Do you use Shazam or other apps to find out the name/artist of a song you like?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #174

I had this week in the bag ... in the garbage bag! BAD week for weight, food and fitness. I'm at a bit of an "I've given up" point. Still tracking and getting some activity in, because it's habit. I did get decent stats at my Monday Zumba class, actually got the heart rate up. But other than that, exercise has been a bit half-hearted, what little I have been doing.

NUMBERS: Weekly weigh-in was up 3.6 pounds. BUT ... it's a little unfair to have official weigh-in the day after Thanksgiving isn't it? Does that really count? Average was actually down a smidge (-.56 to 177.4). I was over on eating this week though ... 1782 over. Average intake was 2364. Average daily burn was 2442. Step average was 13742.  FOOD: Under 2000 one day, but over 3000 one day. There was a double donut day, a birthday dinner out, turkey cookies and Thanksgiving ... hard week for controlling calories. FITNESS: Only hit my hour of elliptical three days this week. Only two Zumba classes. One treadmill walk. I didn't get in a weight session again, but did spent 10 whole minutes doing some resistance stuff. 487 cardio minutes, 39.59 exercise miles. FAMILY: It's was Hub's birthday on Saturday. Donuts in the morning, dinner in the evening. Birthday cake on Sunday. Only two "routine" days (Mon/Tues) as the kids were out of school on Wednesday. Doctor's appointments and some shopping. Thanksgiving prep ... we were hosting this year.

A look at the day to day ...
  • Friday (1118): Intake 2200. Burn 2456. A bit of a frustrating day with calling for doctor appointments, dealing with some account fraud, late carpool ... got in my four 20min sessions on the elliptical.
  • Saturday (1119): Intake 3200. Burn 2192. Hubs and #2 brought home donuts. Double donut day! Hubs birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse in the evening. Uber over on calories. Did get in a couple of elliptical sessions. #5 had his championship basketball game ... they lost, but seemed to handle it better than the last time.
  • Sunday (1120): Intake 2200. Burn 1921. Pancake breakfast, as Hubs had the smoker going for our pulled pork dinner later. Took a rest day, no exercise.
  • Monday (1121): Intake 2400. Burn 3053. Good Zumba class with Southziders, even though I forgot my water! Double carpool morning and triple carpool afternoon. I did get in my four 20min sessions on the elliptical in throughout the day.
  • Tuesday (1122): Intake 1950. Burn 2964. Four 20min sessions on the elliptical and Zumba with Marian, although I didn't walk today. Made turkey cookies.
  • Wednesday (1123): Intake 2300. Burn 2263. No school, so slept in. Was feeling off, and bagged going to Zumba. Only hit the elliptical once. Sports physical for the two older basketball boys, then some clothes shopping for #3. Hubs took the three youngest downtown to the Jazz game in the evening. Great seats!
  • Thursday (1124): Thanksgiving! We were hosting, so we'd done some cleaning yesterday, finished prep today. Hubs smoked the turkeys and tried out his new ricer for mashed potatoes. Even with family over, it was just a dozen of us, but it went well. I did hit the treadmill after dinner for an easy 30min walk, 10min resistance.

 Some weeks I struggle to come up with five photos to feature ... not this week!
 We visited Maga's kitties on Saturday ...

 Then out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse.
Happy birthday Hubs!

 My annual turkey cookie tradition ...
I ate more than my fair share.
These have slightly more carbs than the traditional bird ;)

 Great seats at the NBA game (price on each ticket was $650!)

Hubs made sure there was plenty of food for Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2016

School Schedules, School Lunches

 My #5 ... starting 5th grade

It was about three months ago that school started up again. As summer came to a close, I wondered how the shift into a school schedule would go. Honestly? I like it. The return to routine. While I enjoy sleeping in, I get more accomplished with the requisite early rising. School adds some Mom duties ... there are lunches to be made, chauffeur services to/from school, homework help. I must admit though, I love those few "alone" hours each day while the boys are in school. 

Back to school, means back to making lunches. The youngest likes taking hot lunch, but the other three prefer packing from home. Disposable lunch bags are easier than lunch boxes they have to cart back and forth. Every morning, one of the daily duties is making lunches. Two of the boys accept the healthy alternative of wheat bread. No go for #3 (or me). A fruit medley for the older boys ... clementine, kiwi, strawberries and grapes. #3 has gotten picky and now needs his fruit in separate bags. #4 only goes for grapes, or the occasional apple. The travel Nutella has been a popular addition for the older boys. The drinkable yogurt a trend for the younger ones. Often I'll include a drink or a bag of chips. The boys specifically said they do NOT need a treat. They don't get THAT from me!

Here ... a quarter into the school season ... and #4 has switched to hot lunch. This is HUGE for him (anxiety issues). He's only taken hot lunch once or twice for the past five+ years. #3 is taking hot lunch on B days, and #2 is going out to eat with friends on A days. So, it's been a bit of a switch-up, I'm not making my assembly line lunches in the mornings any more.

For the first quarter ... #3 was taking early morning driver's ed. This required a 6:00 alarm, and out the door by 6:30. I'd then get #2 out the door and drive middle school carpool at 7:15, back home for just a bit before off to the elementary school at 8:20. During this morning, between waking up kids, making breakfast and lunch and chauffeur duty ... I'd try to get in a couple of 20min elliptical sessions. I was quite successful too.

When the quarter ended (and all four boys got great grades BTW), early morning driver's ed ended. Did my 6:00 alarm end as well? I could sleep until 6:30 ... BUT NO! I was determined to keep the habit, and see if I could get an addition elliptical session in. This coincided coincidentally with Daylight Savings "Fall Back" ... and the 6:00 early rising is still happening.

Most mornings ... I'm able to get in a full hour of elliptical as I get the boys off to school. I get up, weigh myself, get dressed and hit the gym. Wake the boys, get some breakfast going (they are also very self-sufficient, often they do breakfast themselves), make lunches and hit the elliptical a second time. I make sure the high schoolers are out the door, and I drive middle school carpool. Time to check email, then hit another elliptical sessions before dropping off #5.

Then off to Zumba!

My mornings are pretty productive. 

Unfortunately ... my afternoon alone time hasn't been lately. I'm not sure what my problem/excuse is. I have a couple hours each day where I could be getting things done, and I haven't had much to show for it. I need to improve in this area.

But I'm pretty good at my mornings!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #173

While the official weigh-in is down a little, the average is up (177.6) ... weight was up all week. NUMBERS: Down .8, average up 2.33. No deficit this week, over by 593. Daily intake average was 2508. Daily burn average was 2713. Step average 19760. 818 cardio minutes, 63.37 exercise miles ... no weights again. FITNESS: Hour of elliptical achieved five days, Zumba four days, twice on the treadmill for an easy walk. Over 3000 burn three days, but didn't get over 30k any day.

Daily Recap ...

  • Friday (1111): Intake 2000. Burn 2390. With the shift in schedules (late start, early out) Fridays haven't been very productive. #5 was out of school again this week too. Only and hour of elliptical. Afternoon was busy with making cookies and running kids.
  • Saturday (1112): Intake 2400. Burn 2508. Only two 20min sessions on the elliptical, but kept active anyway. Cleaning house in the morning, a basketball game in the afternoon, then we had my folks over for smoked ribs in the evening. Aunt Olivia came and gave the boy's haircuts.
  • Sunday (1113): Intake 3200. Burn 2025. Big breakfast, tons of treats ... I just couldn't stop. Then Hubs made his popcorn while we watched a show. I did a two mile walk on the treadmill, but that couldn't combat the calories!
  • Monday (1114): Intake 2300. Burn 3057. Zumba with Southziders and 80min elliptical. Busy afternoon with carpools, smoked meat and puppy playtime.
  • Tuesday (1115): Intake 2900. Burn 3039. I walked/from Zumba with Marian, and gotten in five 20min sessions on the elliptical.  Trying to eat better ... but then scarfed some chocolate pretzels, and Hubs brought home chic-fil-a after a derby. 
  • Wednesday (1116): Intake 2200. Burn 3028. Zumba with MZL and 80min elliptical. Headache, needed to pop some pills and lay down for a nap. "Meet the Team" night at the high school, followed by a parent meeting ... and SNOW.
  • Thursday (1117): Intake 2550. Burn 3086. Zumba with MountainView, 80minElliptical and a 1.75mile walk on the treadmill. Hubs had a derby, and a reluctant #5 went along to help.

Five Featured Photos ...

 Haircut Housecall ... so nice of Aunt Liv to come over to cut!

Hubs put the brisket in the smoker before leaving for work on Monday. I kept watch on the temperature and when it hit 160° I wrapped it in foil, and pulled it at 200° ... this was my first time helping. Other than EATING it that is. (I also try to do the clean up when Hubs does the cooking). 

...as I often refer to my offspring numerically, I was thrilled when my #2 and #3 got THEIR numbers for the upcoming basketball season (my #5 is #5 on his little team too). I got to see them in action Tuesday night.

Our neighbors were working longer hours this week, and asked if the boys would come over after school to give their puppy a potty/play break. We helped out Mon/Tues/Wed and the boys loved it.

 ... but Wednesday, there must have been a little more licking contact to #4's face. Allergies. He'd been just fine the first couple days. This happens with our cats too. Sometimes a scratch or rub just causes a reaction. A little Benedryl and he was fine ... but also OUT for the night.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

TV Tuesday - Fall 2016

Once upon a time, there were but re-runs on during the summer. Now,  there are several summer series ... but Fall, that is when the new premieres hit the small screen.  Personally, I haven't been one to watch anything "new" in years. I wait until the season is done and it hits the streaming services or DVD and then catch up. I know, TV people must hate people like me. But this year ... well, I decided to do my TV duty, to give some of the new shows a chance and a review. I'm still not watching them as they air.  I record them via my PlayOn service, then stream them to the TV in my gym, watching while I workout. My interests lay with the longer (40min without commercials) dramas. The action/intensity and emotion add to my adrenaline as I elliptical, and hopefully keep me captivated so I can't wait until my next workout.  So while there were some comedy/sitcom premieres, they didn't make my list.

I've always liked shows about the law. My favorite John Grisham novel was "The Runaway Jury" which really added some interesting insight to jury selection and such. Here, Dr. Bull and his team make an art of picking a jury and presenting arguments to sway them. I really requires some "suspension of disbelief" for me though. After "reading" the possible jurors to pick those they think best, they form a "mock jury" by gathering twelve people who "match" the actual jurors. The same age, race, employment, hobbies ... people who happen to live close and can drop their real lives to come attend the trial (with electrodes attached to give feedback). I guess that's what I found to be the most far fetched, even more than the cases, or the fact that they always win. But still, several episodes in and I'm entertained ... but not hooked.

Conviction is another new law drama. Here, a team has been put together to re-look at old cases, to determine if justice was served, or if it should be over-turned. A bit of a spoiler here ... but the first few, all were incorrectly incarcerated. You know ... I realize it's just a show, but it really doesn't promote faith in our legal system (nor does "Bull" who is manipulating the system. He's a good guy and those watching are meant to be rooting for him, as he's taking cases "good" cases, getting the underdog off. But ...who is paying for it? IRL ... only the wealthy would be able to afford something like his services). Again ... with Conviction, I like the show, but I can take it or leave it.

One of the more talked up shows for Fall Premieres. And I'm a Jack Bauer fan! I'm not sure if that helps or hinders here ... because while Kirkland is a likeable guy, he's not Jack. I don't know why, but I'm a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genre (TV Tuesday - Is it the End of the World?) so this is right up my alley. Also, I do better with serial dramas, where the storyline continues week to week, with cliffhanger endings on each episode, rather than wrapping up characters and cases each week. This does that ... but watching weekly? As it airs (or the day after in my case)? It interrupts the continuity for me. While I like the show, I think I'd prefer to just wait until the season is complete and watch the episodes back to back. I haven't decided what to do on this one yet, finish out the season week to week, or record them but wait to watch ... I think I'd be fine waiting, but can I avoid spoilers? Some good reviews, but others are irritated with its "agenda" ... I personally don't tend to focus on things like that, but just enjoy the story. But it is interesting for me when it gets pointed out and I perhaps hadn't picked up on it.

Picking up the sweet spot after Grey's Anatomy (Scandal airing there previously) is Notorious. While I do love Grey's Anatomy, since I'm not watching live on Thursday nights, the timing doesn't impact me... but I still figured I'd give the show a try. The setting is a TV studio,  "Louise Herrick Live" a flashy news show. There is a main backstory continuing week to week, with a weekly story wrapping up each episode. Stretching reality, as all shows do, some eye-rolling moments for me. It's entertaining and caught my interest,  but I'm not sure if it's really enough to keep it. 
I heard some buzz about this new show. I enjoyed the premiere and have continued for a few episodes. It's a good one to watch while working out. As it's an athletic show, it is a little more inspiring as I'm sweating it out on the elliptical. I like the continuing story line, but it doesn't quite have the excitement to keep me coming back, eagerly anticipating the next episode. As I looked at it on IMDB, I was BLOWN AWAY that one of the main characters, Mike Lawson was none other than Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the cute blond boy from "Saved by the Bell" ... not even a spark of recognition from me!
Of all the new shows this season, THIS was the one I heard about the most. Maybe it had the biggest advertising budget? For some reason ... this one was NOT appealing to me. It reminded me of the show "Sliders" which ironically, I loved back in the day. While it's technically a drama (I mean, history of our world as we know it is at stake!) it has it's comic relief, and sometimes it's just a little hard to take the whole whirring time machine seriously. It did have a couple moments that really touched me though. One thing I like about this type of program, is I learn a little bit. I know it's a ton of fiction mixed in with a little bit of fact ... but still, I come away from it with a little more.

Back in September I did a post featuring several series with Time Travel as their theme. In that post I mentioned Timeless coming up, and also Frequency. While not technically time travel, Frequency has some of the same aspects (changing something in the past impacts the future). I loved the movie that came out some years ago ... I wasn't sure if I was looking forward to this redo or not, but I've liked it thus far. 

... and finally, another premiere that has been talked about a ton. Lots of people are watching apparently. Rave reviews. I like it ... again, it just doesn't quite have the excitement and action to make it a "must watch" but I've enjoyed the story. I am absolutely ashamed to admit that I didn't quite get it there in the pilot episode. Usually I can call twists like that from a mile away. I generally struggle with settings in the 70s ... I don't like the clothes and the hair ... or the smoking in the hospital! They were pretty sneaky with the presentation up until that point, and I think I was just SO disturbed by the smoking in the hospital that I couldn't stop and process the twist. I've enjoyed the continuing storyline and plan and watching week to week, as I'm pretty sure spoilers would spoil it if I waited to watch.
... as for continuing shows, I have been keeping up on Grey's Anatomy and TWD. That's pretty much it. I generally get in 80min on the elliptical each day during the week. That's two episodes a day. The weekends I usually only get an hour ... or an episode (or not even that). But every episode I've watched, I've been on the elliptical or treadmill. Unfortunately ... even when I have one of each series waiting for me, I haven't been uber excited. I do pretty good at getting the exercise in ... it's habit at this point, but if I have a show that GRABS me and makes me excited to get back down to the gym, so much the better! I may be branching out back to Netflix or Amazon for a series to keep me coming back, and then filling in with these ones here and there.
Your thoughts on the 2016 Fall Premiere line up?

Because of the way I watch (recording them via PlayOn after they are posted online) I'm not really in the know as to what night's they are on, which Networks produced them, how many episodes will be in the season, etc. I love that with PlayOn and can just set a "subscription" and it will automatically record said shows as a new one is added. With "ad skip" I don't have to wade through commercials. But I'm already hearing a little about Fall Finales? When did that become a thing? I still think I prefer my traditional wait and watch method ...

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #172

Oy ... and the uptick increases! Lucky sevens! NOT. Well, this was a wacky week! All the election upheaval. I'm probably not even one who is as impacted by it all as much as many out there, yet ... I found myself sitting and reading a lot. Exercise down, eating up. Emotional, nervous eating. Seriously, it was pretty bad as I looked in the garbage at all the candy wrappers there (you'd think those left over snack size portions would be safer, except that I kept going and going).  It was also my birthday this week. 46 ... 

NUMBERS: Official weight in was 3.4 pounds up. Ouch. Average was up .28 (175.27). There was an overage this week, 1143. Calories in average was 2478, average daily burn was 2740. Step average was 18,098. 718 cardio minutes, 52.15 exercise miles, no weights.

Here's the day by day ...
  • Friday (1104): Intake 1500. Burn 2428. Elementary was out, and #2 was heading to watch girl's volleyball (instead of school). Got in an hour of elliptical and kept calories in check.
  • Saturday (1105): Intake 3400. Burn 2168. My low calorie day caught up with me! Starving in the morning, and a family function had yummy cinnamon roll, orange roll bites. Then there was Popeyes for dinner, popcorn and plenty of treats during the day (Hubs brought home some salted caramels). Uber over on calories, and only a tiny 10min session on the elliptical, although I also mowed the lawn for activity.
  • Sunday (1106): Intake 2600. Burn 2019. Rest day. Family activity in the evening.
  • Monday (1107): Intake 2000. Burn 3066. Zumba with Southziders and 90min elliptical. Basketball tryouts at the high school have begun ...
  • Tuesday (1108): Intake 2000. Burn 3134. Zumba with Marian, walking to/from. Lovely day! 80minElliptical. Also, election day!
  • Wednesday (1109): Intake 2900. Burn 2964. Zumba with MZL, 80minElliptical. Over on calories ... some nervous eating today!
  • Thursday (1110): Intake 3000. Burn 2818. Zumba with MountainView. 60minElliptical ... my birthday today. Out to dinner with Hubs and my folks. Official announcement of the sophomore team, and #3 made it!
Five Featured Photos ...

Family photo after cousin Will's baptism on Saturday.

 Then off to watch basketball ... my cute new "Boy Mom" shirt!

 Being the only girl in the family ... 
No one to blame but myself when the vacuum stops working!
Hubs was able to clean it out and get it up and running again.

Sophomore basketball team posted!
My boy ... first on the list (it's alphabetical)
Congrats to Keaton (my #3) 

 Some sunflowers (gotta grab a picture before they fade).

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Recent Reads - Three Trilogies

 I've been reading. A lot. I recently finished up three different trilogies. All could be considered YA, all are romances, with a strong female protagonist (well, two of the three anyway) ... completely different worlds though. Legend is a dystopian, a fractured land in the future. Ruby Red is set in modern day England for the most part ... there is time travel to the past. Defy is more of a fantasy world, with kingdoms and sorcerers and magic. I enjoyed all three trilogies and would recommend them.  Read on for a closer look at each one ... 

This series had been hit the lists and  was held up to such series as Hunger Games and Divergent ... and I do think it is deserving of the comparisons. I was impressed. My only regret with this was the wait between books. Unfortunately, I have no one to blame but myself there, because all three books were out when I read the first. My library only had "Legend" however ... and I'm just SO cheap, and couldn't justify purchasing the sequels when I have so many books already in my Kindle Cloud and library list. I shouldn't have been so cheap ... or I should have waited to start. I honestly don't know how people DO wait a year in-between editions. It was about a year before my library got the second and third books in and I happily grabbed them ... I realized I didn't remember. Anything. Vague recollections. I had to look up a summary online before I could start the sequel. I did read the final two book back to back.

I "read" read the first book, but downloaded the audio edition for the final two books. This is a risk, as I've often already formed "voices" in my head ... but it had been long enough (as mentioned above, I forgot everything!) that this aspect didn't impact me. Alternating POVs of June and Day were read by female and male narrators. My only issue with the audio was in a couple of the names. "Day" for one, as beyond his name, the word "day" also appeared a lot ... but the thing that drove me crazy was another name, Kay-a-Day (not how it is spelled, and I'd read it more like "Katie" or "Kaydee" when on my own). To have DAY and Kay-a-DAY all day long ... too many "days" left me in a daze.

I really enjoyed the setting. The world building and the characters captivated me. Full of action and romance and difficult decisions. Thumbs up.

I'd seen this Ruby Red series recommended, and it appeared to have high reviews. I must admit, I didn't even read the blurb, I had no idea what the book was about when I started. Based on the pretty covers, I was was thinking "princess" themes ... so I was quite surprised when I was plopped into modern day England, with a typical teenager protagonist. Well, almost typical ... there's this time travel gene that runs in the family, and she can see ghosts ... so a bit of the supernatural and time twists.

I really struggled to get into book 1. As everything was being set up ... introducing the characters, the whole time travel business ... I just didn't feel like enough was happening. I wasn't sure if it was worth continuing on, but book 2 was already waiting for me at the library, so I kept going. 

I liked the second and third books more ... maybe because I already knew what was going on. I wasn't totally committed to the characters, enough to really care and get emotionally involved, but it held my interest enough that it was a quick read and I'll recall it fondly.

I guess this series was originally written in German? Translated into English? I didn't take notice of the writing feeling stilted or anything, there was a nice flow. I did note, that there were NOT the English versions/spellings of common words (absolutely acceptable, especially with the story set in the UK, but they always jump out at my eyes as being mis-spelled even though I know they are alternates). There were a few British phrases/words ...  mobile instead of cell, lift instead of elevator. One character had "plaster" over a wound ... I wasn't familiar with that, is that used instead of bandage?

Anyway - I ended up liking the series. I really like the consistency of the covers.
The Defy series has great cover consistency too.

Finally ... the fantasy. Set in an imaginary land, with three distinct kingdoms coming into conflict. Blevin, Dansie and Antione. I honestly don't know if I have the spellings correct, because I never saw the names in print ... all three books were audio downloads, and I have to say, I think the audio added a completely different atmosphere for me. Narrated with a heavy English accent, it something I wouldn't have initiated on my own. It really added to the foreign, fantasy feeling. The narrator was great. I had a little trouble getting into the first book, as I was getting to know the characters and the setting and situation, and in book two I remember being a bit frustrated with Alexia (our protagonist) but by book three I was quite involved in the story and anxious how it would all end.  I didn't quite read the books back to back (waiting lists at the library, took them when I could get them). Defy in May, Ignite in July, and I finished up Endure in October. 

All three trilogies were quite clean - acceptable as YA reads.  No profanity that I recall (I do try to note it for my "parental perspective") ... the Defy series did have some tough situations. Orphan girls taken to the "breeding house" ... it is as the name suggests.  

Three different trilogies... three solid series.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election ... Oy

This is my brother. This was his Halloween costume. I loved it. I laughed. It was some needed humor in an otherwise awful election cycle. Honestly? I'm not a political person. I live in my little bubble. I must admit, I'd never voted or paid that much attention to all the political hoopla. I don't know that anyone was able to avoid it this year. 

There are people who are actually excited about their candidate and are absolutely voting FOR that person. Then there are party people, who admit their candidate is flawed and is not their first choice, but is better than the alternative. Or they simply stand behind the upcoming Supreme Court posting positions and base their vote on that despite any dislike for the candidate. Throw in a few third party candidates and some extremely unlikely ( but not impossible) scenarios ... the election issues have been going on for a while, but really intensified in the last few months.

I've spent some additional time on the internet attempting to educate myself on some of the issues. I'll be the first to admit I don't have an understanding of several still. 

The comments section on posts and articles? Downright dangerous and disheartening to read most of the time. And the errors! When attempting to persuade others to your point of view, can I just say ... please proofread. Your instead of you're (heavens, use UR if UR trying to save a step, not your), are instead of our, their or there instead of they're. Heaven knows I'm not perfect, and if I don't catch and edit my own errors (especially if it's the your/you're) you can call me on it! Facebook allows editing. Fix it! I'm much more willing to accept (not except) a logical, well-thought out argument over the biased memes and tabloid articles. I've seen it on both sides, and it unfortunately undermines my opinion of whatever is being said. I'm more impressed with a list of positives.  I might be persuaded. Attack ads often create a backlash effect and put me on the defensive, especially with unproven and inaccurate allegations.

With my anxiety issues (crowds, lines ... leaving the house), thank goodness mail in ballots are an option (even postage paid). Additionally, I still needed info for voting beyond the presidential choices. It's the local and state policies that will be more likely to impact us immediately, yet they've  been a bit overwhelmed by the national debate.

All my reading up ... it's time I haven't been exercising. There has been some stress/emotional eating. Some curling up into a fetal position in bed. Sometimes more sadness about the conflict and hostility between family and friends than the actual issues. I've had to unfollow friends on Facebook, just because I couldn't stand the constant negativity filling up my Facebook feed (I'll have to try and go back and check into their lives after the election, if it's safe). I was not one to post political stuff myself. I'd hesitantly comment here and there, on friend's feeds, but didn't dare on public accounts. Here's hoping there is an actual END to the election itself, eventual acceptance ... and moving on, come what may.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In #171

I was up the first weigh-in of October, and NOT happy about it. I mean, I'm never happy about weight being up, but that week I had really tried, and it was really up! This week, I'm at about the same spot, but it doesn't feel so undeserved this time. I admit. I gave up a bit this week. Still tracked food. Still got in exercise ... but only because it's habit. I'm discouraged and down. Well, not down in weight obviously. I just don't know when this inching upward will end. I'm about back to my "start" weight. Again.

NUMBERS: Up 1.6 for the official, up 1.3 for the average (174.99). Intake average for the week was 2264. Burn average was 2623. Supposedly at deficit (-972) for the week. Average steps were 19,124.  780 cardio minutes, 56.22 exercise miles ... no weights. FOOD: Candy corn still a temptation, other Halloween candy too. Ice cream also made a comeback (the teen boys are loving it, but I indulged a bit myself). FITNESS: Only hit my hour of elliptical four days this week. Zumba was at a high, with six sessions. No bike or treadmill. FAMILY: Sick kids over the weekend, and bigger kids out of school on Friday. Hubs was busy with a late work party Friday night and three derbies during the week. Some homework help stress with #3 and his "pumpkin catcher" and then there was Halloween.

A look at the day to day ...
  • Friday (1028) Intake 1950. Burn 2713. High school and middle school was out for the end of quarter. I was able to hit Zumba with Debbie, and got in an hour of elliptical. #5 coming down with the sickies, didn't make it to his practice. Bad night.
  • Saturday (1029) Intake 2300. Burn 2207. Thryve was offering a free Zumba class, so I hit that in the morning, but no other exercise for the day. #5 was sick and missed both basketball games :( Movie (DVD) and popcorn in the evening.
  • Sunday (1030) Intake 2400. Burn 2145. Got a couple session on the elliptical in. Big breakfast, lazy day. 
  • Monday (1031) Intake 2400. Burn 2940. Boys back to school, back to routine. Zumba with Southziders (Christa,Deb and I did class) but just 40min elliptical. Some trick-or-treat walking.
  • Tuesday (1101) Intake 2500. Burn 3057. Zumba with Marian, plus I walked to/from class. 90min of elliptical ... but should have done weights today.
  • Wednesday (1102) Intake 2200. Burn 2875. My hour of elliptical and Zumba with MZL. Frustratingly on the phone much of the evening.
  • Thursday (1103) Intake 2100. Burn 2981. Zumba with MountainView, and 80min elliptical. Early out at the elementary. 
 Five featured Photos ...

I dressed up for Halloween Zumba on Friday

 My two little sickies ...

#5 ... get it? He's a "chick magnet"

And on that theme, 
 ...  an illuminating text conversation with my 16-year old

On Tuesday I couldn't find my Scosche armband ... not in my bag, my purse, my car. It had slipped inside my shoe, and of course I decided to wear different shoes that day! I'm just glad it wasn't lost.

... that was MY week.
The end of October. It's November now.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October 2016

I keep wondering when this slide up the scale is going to stop. Apparently NOT in October. The scale numbers are not good ... intake was down a little, but so were workouts. STATS: Started the month at 171.6. Ended it at 177.8 ... it's not really fair to end on a Monday, because that's always the highest. That WAS the highest reading too (perspective, the final Friday of the month had an official weigh-in of 172.7). The low was 170.9, and the average for the month was 173.10. Average Intake was 2192. Average Daily Burn was 2759. Supposedly, there was a deficit for the month (-8295). 20100 was the step average. 100min with weights, 3450 cardio minutes, 312.49 exercise miles. FITNESS: Got in my hour of elliptical 22 days this month. 20 Zumba classes, just twice on the treadmill (but one tennis time), five bike sessions, only three weight workouts.

*** JenB's Journal ***

1001 (Saturday) 171.6. Steps 17883. Total Burn 2523. Exercise Burn 650/726 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2750. My Swig Sugar cookies have been calling ... and I've been answering. I got in my hour of elliptical today. #5 had three games as usual. I skipped the first one in Lehi (where they got their first win) and met them at SoJo Middle for the second game. We got blown out by a really good team. Then he played with his 5th grade team. Started slow (only three points in the first half) then my little guy went off and got 10 points in about a minute, bringing us ahead for an easy win in the end. Three games in four hours though ... Hubs was gone all day "catering" a wedding with our two (or now three) chocolate fountains. The white chocolate and caramel didn't work well though and he was frustrated with that. It was a loooong day for him. Homecoming day for #2. They did breakfast, then went paintballing, then dressed for dinner and dance, with pictures before. Classic afterward for skating and bouncing.

1002 (Sunday) 171.7. Steps 9997. Total Burn 2116. Exercise Burn 320/315 (20minElliptical, Bike). Calories in 2000. First thing, Hubs started cleanup on the fountains, which he'd been too tired to do last night (understandably). I made breakfast, even making the waffles from scratch, which I usually leave to Hubs or #3 (I did ask #3 to do it, he was just uncooperative). Just regular fried bacon and blueberry sausage. I pulled all the pictures from the homecoming activities off #2's phone (and had gotten some from one of the other moms who was there taking pictures). Lots of fun photos. Conference Sunday - a traditional lunch at Pammy's house (we had to skip out on the monthly gathering with my side of the family as this was scheduled before). Also tradition, I generally stay home and enjoy the empty house. I had been thinking about attending, but I guess it's just expected that I stay home, so I did. Feeling off and sad though, then compounded by hearing that one of #1's friends in the neighborhood had just died. No details. He had been struggling with drugs and some mental issues for a while, but I'd seen him a few months ago and we'd had a nice chat and he seemed to be doing better. Sunday is usually my rest day, but I felt I needed some of my exercise endorphins. I hit the elliptical for 20min, to finish up my episode from yesterday (The Last Resort) and also did 30min on the bike. Hit the store to restock for lunches, but Smiths was OUT of everything. No strawberries, no bananas (just the more expensive "organic" ones), had to buy a different brand of ham. Not a great day ... although I did indulge in my Swig and breakfast, I then seemed to lose my appetite for the rest of the day, which at least kept calories in check.

1003 (Monday) 170.9. Steps 22810. Total Burn 2907. Exercise Burn 1275/1122 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1700. I don't like it when my Fitbit says I've slept good when I know I haven't. Just because I'm laying and not moving doesn't mean I'm sleeping. Dragging today. I got in my two morning elliptical sessions while I got the boys off to school. #4 is trying hot lunch today ... unheard of for him! Zumba with Southziders. I was dragging SO much, I even thought I'd mention to Nina that I was too off to lead, but I didn't get around to it. Then Nina put on "Terrible" which is one of mine that requires a lot of energy. I pushed through, and it helped get my heart rate up anyway. Felt a little better even, and ended up getting decent stats for class (6720 steps, 3.07 miles. Fitbit calorie estimates 419/443. avHR114, high 141, in zone 16 of the 63 minutes. Scosche said 544 calories, avHR117, high166, in zone 24minutes). Didn't accomplish a lot during the day - I should have stopped at a store for strawberries and bananas, but just didn't have it in me. I did clean the master bathroom, did laundry and dishes. Got in my additional elliptical. Made tomato soup, a recipe from my SIL's that #3 has been raving about forever. That and toasted cheese sandwiches was dinner. I don't eat the soup, but I had a sandwich. #3 had a "Driver's Ed" presentation in the evening. Instead of being at our local high school, it was out in Herriman. I convinced Hubs since I had done it for the first two boys, it was his turn. I wondered if it might impact him at all too (seatbelt use, no texting while driving). I was just glad I didn't have to drive that far, in the dark ... and the whole people in a crowd thing. Showered and in jammies! I might have hit the bike for some reading and riding, but #4 ended up in the gym watching ESPN.

1004 (Tuesday) 170.9. Steps 29719. Total Burn 3327. Exercise Burn 1600/1531 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, 2milesTreadmill). Calories in 1850. A little disappointed in the scale reading this morning. Same as yesterday. Often I have a decent drop after a good Monday. Not that yesterday was that good, I didn't get in my usual crazy Monday workouts, but still hit a little over my minimum, and more importantly, kept calories in check. Well, I guess I didn't get some of the ups I was expecting last weekend either. Silly scale. Still tried to stay on track. Did pretty good on the eating today, although I did cave and have a Swig cookie. Dominos dinner. I got in four 20min sessions on the elliptical (still watching "The Last Ship") and another while on the treadmill. Caught up on TKAM (To Kill a Mockingbird) to discuss with #3... reading while riding the stationary bike of course. Need to start reading "The Great Brain" to discuss with #4 as he reads it. Got a couple blog posts up. Hubs had a derby in the evening and #4 went to help (the church was a gym again! He wants it to be a poke-stop!) as the older boys had clinic. I had to drive #3 as #2 was heading there from a friend's house. I was out again just before 7:00 to drop #5 off at his practice, then again at 8:00 to pick him up. The older boys got out at the same time, and #2 did drop #3 off home, but I should have (and would have) grabbed him, as I was right about there anyway (the middle school and high school are close together). I'd gone to bed, and texted #2 to come home as it was a school night, and he texted back "I am home" ... funny, he'd come in right as I closed our bedroom door so I wasn't aware he was here.

1005 (Wednesday) 171.4 Steps 26731. Total Burn 3129. Exercise Burn 1110/1323 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1900. Weight up again? I'm being good! Got the boys off to school, and got in two 20min sessions on the elliptical while I did so. NOT feeling motivated, and could feel myself attempting to talk myself out of going to Zumba, but I went. I had to stop at a store afterward ... I've also been talking myself out of that, but we were almost out of milk and other necessities. So, Sam's stop, but they don't have everything (or at least not in usable quantities) so I'll need to make another store run tomorrow too. I didn't get much accomplished during the day. Some laundry, dishes, working my way through basketball clips. Finally got in another elliptical session, to get to an hour anyway. Saw duckies at the canal when driving #5 home from school, so I took a walk to see them. Hubs had packed away most of the feed when he cleaned up the shed a bit ago, but I still had some floating food and took some of the cherry tomatoes. But ... couldn't find the duckies when I walked back. The water is so low, almost gone ... and it's all rather stinky and soggy now. I mowed the front lawn. We'd at quite the thunderstorm earlier in the day, but it had dried up and the sun had come out ... or so I thought. It started to rain again as I was mowing, but it just stuck with sprinkling, and I pushed through. Can't leave the lawn half mowed! Only did the front though. Hubs was out and about in the evening, prepping and packing for his trip. He's leaving to Seattle, meeting up with siblings for the Fall Food Tour there (they did this last year too).

1006 (Thursday) 172.7. Steps 23156. Total Burn 3052. Exercise Burn 1124/1262 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2100. And up again! Discouraging. I'll admit I had a case of the "why even try" today. Still got in my hour of elliptical, and had a good Zumba class with MountainView. Marian was gone, so I was in charge of the playlist, with Christa and Amanda helping out. Good thing I had my little cord, because the sound box wasn't in the closet. I stopped at Reams afterward to grab some bread and bananas. I pikachu appeared on the PokemonGo phone, and I caught it! My first pokemon catch! #4 was pretty impressed, he says they can be a little tricky (it did take me more than one try, but just a plain poke-ball, as I don't know how to switch to the ultraballs or entice with razzberries). Bit of a blah day. I got a blog post up, and finished up a highlight reel for #5's basketball. I also contacted the company whose software I use (Muvee) with a solicitation for a donation for the upcoming auction for the high school team. Each parent must donate $100 in product (per kid, and I'll probably have two on teams ... sophomore team still has tryouts but I'm fairly confident). They answered back with an affirmative, so that is great! #2 had two games in Lehi today (won one, lost one) and #3 went over to the high school to support girls volleyball. Hubs came home from work early to finish up his packing. Left for the airport at 4:00 for his 6:00 flight. Arrived in Seattle at 8:30. Some nights when Hubs is gone I'll stay up late, getting in extra exercise or computer time ... tonight was NOT such a night. So tired.
1007 (Friday) 174.7. Steps 16141. Total Burn 2607. Exercise Burn 845/808 (80minElliptical). Calories in 1900. Slept in a little this morning. Late start at the middle and high schools, but moreover, it was that Hubs wasn't around getting up early, which is usually what wakes me. Got elementary and high school off, while getting in a couple elliptical sessions. Last week one of the other moms drove Friday. She volunteered again today, so I took her up on it. Whereas #4 seemed to handle it fine last week, he seemed off about it this morning. I could have/should have hit MZL Zumba. I would have been a little late, but still probably would have gotten most of the class. But ... I've just been dragging, and had actually been looking forward to a break today. I didn't go. I also admit to being quite down about the weigh-in this morning. Why even try? I made chocolate chip cookies in the evening. I needed to take some to a funeral luncheon tomorrow, gave some to #5's ride as they took him to practice, and let #3 take some to friends as I dropped him off to hang out. Luckily #2 was willing to do the pickup, because it was late and I was so tired.

1008 (Saturday) 174.7. Steps 13864. Total Burn 2429. Exercise Burn 600/626 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2400. Got in some elliptical. Dropped off the cookies, and dropped off #3 to hang out with friends. #5 had a game at 5:00. They lost. His 5th grade team was playing at 5:30, but we had to miss that one, as the games overlapped (they got the win without him). He had another game at 7:00 in Lehi, and I just sent him with teammates, as I dislike the drive and the venue. They lost that one too. I did catch up on highlight videos from other 5th/Lehi games, so now I just have the 6th grade Gene Fullmer games to go through.

1009 (Sunday) 174.7. Steps 11169. Total Burn 2178. Exercise Burn 600/361 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2700. Made pancakes for breakfast. #2 had actually gotten up early and hit the gym. He was in rare form this morning teasing his brothers and being silly (usually I've just dragged him out of bed to join us and he's still half asleep). Hubs has been checking in during their "Fall Food Tour" in Seattle. Seriously though, I don't even recognize half the stuff as food! I'm not at all adventurous, which is why he's off with family doing this and I'm at home (that, and someone has to stay with the kids and feed the cats). Lazy day, although I did hit the elliptical a few times.

1010 (Monday) 175.5. Steps 26153. Total Burn 3135. Exercise Burn 1290/1312 (80inElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2100. Back to the routine. With Hubs gone, I was actually relying on my alarm for the 6:00 wakeup. Got the boys off to school, getting a couple of elliptical sessions in between car rides. Four 20min sessions during the day, catching up on some of the new shows this season. Zumba with Southziders. Unfortunately, there were a ton of chairs up in the gym. Normally, the ward that just finished sitting in said chairs has the responsibility of putting them away. At least that's how it always was, and what makes sense. I guess in this stake, they ask the ward with the middle meeting schedule to come back a couple hours after they've gone home, to put the chairs away. Obviously, it isn't working, as it's happened so many times in this building. Our 9:30 Zumba didn't start until 10:00. On the way home, I stopped at Maceys for groceries. Shopping steps, and steps putting everything away. Hubs was coming home today, so I spent some time cleaning up the kitchen, vacuuming, etc. He'd mentioned lemon jello cake on Facebook, so I made that too. He got home a little after 5:00. Nice to have him home.

1011 (Tuesday) 173.4. Steps 25874. Total Burn 3119. Exercise Burn 1150/1309 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1700. Usual morning getting the kids off, getting elliptical in. Zumba with Marian, I walked to the church and back. Also got in additional elliptical, bike and weights. On middle school pickup duty. #2 had basketball games in American Fork (won them both). #5 had practice over at West Hills. Pot roast for dinner. Hubs experimented with some green beans, trying to recreate a dish from is recent Fall Food Tour. Even with a major overindulgence of candy corn, I kept calories in check.

1012 (Wednesday) 172.5. Steps 30014. Total Burn 3201. Exercise Burn 1300/1396 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Bad night, I have no idea why. I just could not sleep. Fit in two elliptical sessions between the three school dropoffs this morning. I'm on for three pickups this afternoon too, as #2 (who usually brings #3 home from the high school) is off on a college tour, and the usual Wednesday carpool asked if I could cover. Hit Zumba with MZL (6357 steps, 2.81 miles. Fitbit calorie estimates 348/429. avHR103, high134, in zone just 1 of the 63 minutes. Scosche said 423 calories, avHR103/high159, in zone 6min). There were some new people there, and they were in "my" spot (they were on time, I was late) but that throws me off a bit. Also ... I admit the PokemonGo stops may be distracting me a little. Stopped at Sam'sClub on the way home to grab some groceries. Got them put away, straightened up the kitchen, did dishes and some laundry. Got in additional elliptical. Did the after school pickups, then mowed the lawn. #4 was walking the canal and sent me a picture of duckies (one of them being one of our duckies) in one of the puddles ... the canal is basically dry. I grabbed some food and went for a walk on the canal myself to see them. While the cool weather is more pleasant, the canal itself ... stinks! Muddy, soggy, swampy goo in the bed. I felt awful for the ducks, the water was so disgusting. There are bigger canals that still have water. There is Daybreak Lake. Or ... fly South little duckies. Two flew as I approached, they are very skittish. Antonia and another stuck around, but did end up flying off, although they circled back to the canal, so I crossed paths with them again as I walked back. I sure hope they are ok! The older boys had basketball clinic, I drove #3 there as #2 was already at the high school. Actually, we had #3 drive, gotta get those practice hours in. He's 16, and will be finishing up the driver's ed course within weeks. The song "Car Crash" came on the playlist during the ride there, and #3 muttered "I really don't think that's very appropriate" ... correct! I forwarded to the next song :) Happily, #2 was able to bring him home though. Good, as I was pretty tired. I'd done okay during the day, not really dragging or sleepy after my bad night, but I could feel it as the evening went on. Of course Hubs (up early every morning) still beat me to sleep.

1013 (Thursday) 172.9. Steps 24090. Total Burn 3020. Exercise Burn 1211/1301 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Normal morning, with three trips to school and elliptical sessions in between. Caught the latest episode of "This is Us" in the morning, and "Designated Survivor" later in the day. Am I using TV to entertain me while I elliptical, or ellipticalling as an excuse to watch more TV? Good question! Zumba with MountainView. STATS: 6764 steps, 2.97 miles. Calorie estimates 421/487. avHR 116/high135, in zone 15 of the 63 minutes. Scosche said 558 calories, avHR120/high154, in zone 24min. Pretty good stats, as I was feeling tired, which was ironic because I had slept good last night ... didn't feel tired yesterday after a crappy night. #3 had "roads" today, so I drove him back to school (or accompanied him as he drove rather) and then both older boys had basketball clinic, so I didn't have to go back to pick him up. Hubs and #4 did a derby ... finally the church was a poke-stop rather than a gym, so #4 got some swag while he worked. A little down as basketball schedules for Saturday were posted and there are scheduling conflicts again. Compounded by my anxiety issues about driving complicating matters, as the games Lehi require a ride. I should have hit the bike for some reading but sometimes something this simple starts a spiral sending me into fetal position. Ended up discussing "To Kill a Mockingbird" with #3 when he got home (as we finished the book and he has language arts tomorrow). There were tears ... although that's nothing new, everything has been bringing me to tears lately, but usually not in front of people.

1014 (Friday) 172.4. Steps 18187. Total Burn 2705. Exercise Burn 870/900 (80minElliptical). Calories in 2100. Went ahead and slept in a bit this morning. Also didn't have middle school drop-off, but still didn't make a Zumba or accomplish anything much. This basketball situation on Saturday has me completely stressed and down. In emailing with Hubs, he committed to being our Uber, thus giving us a choice as to when we leave between to two overlapping games. That did help a bit. Early out at the elementary. Middle school carpool was late, something which is really hard on my #4 anxiety child. #5 had basketball practice, and the older boys attended the football game at the high school. Afterward, #2 and friends (girlfriends too) came over for some pumpkin carving.

1015 (Saturday) 173.3. Steps 12786. Total Burn 2355. Exercise Burn 425/572 (20minElliptical, Tennis). Calories in 2200. Awake fairly early ... so much for Saturday sleep in. I hit the elliptical for 20min, but then didn't make it down to the gym again. #4 and I went to the park though, and tried a little tennis. It was his first time, but he wasn't too bad! We stayed active enough that it registered on my ChargeHR anyway. Hubs was gone to work for the morning. He was going to meet us at the school at 5:30. If the 5:00 game was a blowout (either winning or losing) we would leave to Lehi for the 6:00 game, but ... if the game was tight, we'd stay until the end. So that was the plan. The munchkin and I hitched a ride to the 4:00 game so we wouldn't have two cars. The 4:00 game didn't go very well. Our boys kept passing to the other team! Not a great game, a loss. Game two stayed pretty neck and neck. #5 made a great deep three buzzer beater at the half. It was close though, so we stayed. We rushed out as it ended and Hubs drove us to Lehi. We made decent time, making there for the second half at least. It was a blowout (we lost) but they were a 7th grade team filling in as the team we were supposed to play was a no show. Afterward, we played the top team in the 6th grade (ranked in the top10 nationally) so again, it was no real match-up, but our boys played well and seemed to have fun. Maybe with some pressure off (there was no way we'd win against these guys) they just played. Hubs had stayed for a bit, but not for both (one and a half) so the boy and I caught a ride home.

1016 (Sunday) 171.3. Steps 7334. Total Burn 2042. Exercise Burn 200/224 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2500. Slept in a bit better this morning. Hubs had been up early, prepping dinner, smoking brisket and prime rib. We did our Sunday Circles breakfast. That's always a big meal, but dinner was a huge meal! We'd invited the grandparents over, but with the late notice (and Maga was a big preoccupied as her kitty was having kittens, again). I had a food baby! My belly was big.

1017 (Monday) 174.5. Steps 25456. Total Burn 3270. Exercise Burn 1427/1453 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1700. Back to the routine. Still up at 6:00 this week, we'll see if I can keep it up when #3 no longer has early morning driver's ed. I thought it was a B day, so I made lunches (#2 doesn't take them on A day, and #3 just wants partial) ... it was an A day. Got the boys off to school, getting my two elliptical sessions in-between drives. Zumba with Southziders. 6590 steps. 2.95 miles. Fitbit calorie estimates 431/488. avHR116, high138, in zone 19 of the 68 minutes. Scosche said 621 calories, avHR120, high164, in zone 29min. Even though we are out of Nutella (to go, for lunches) and orange juice, I just didn't have it in me to go shopping. The kids will have to suffer for a few days without. Back at home I got in additional elliptical, a couple blog posts, laundry, dishes. After school pickup, then dropped #3 off at his old middle school for open gym there (the sophpmores like to come back to the old stomping grounds, it's tradition). I had to pick him up from there, then home to grab his stuff, then drop him at a teammates to catch a ride to the game in Lehi. Two games were on the schedule, but they did divide the team up, and he was just scheduled to play the 8:00 game. #2 had a 9:00 game, and carpooled with friends. Hubs asked if I wanted to go ... I hadn't planned on this one, and it was so late (wouldn't get back until almost 11:00, on a school night, and I always have trouble getting to sleep after late games) ... we didn't. At 9:30 when Hubs was asleep I'm sure he was glad. I got in a session on the bike before bed. The boys both won their games.

1018 (Tuesday) 171.3. Steps 25270. Total Burn 3138. Exercise Burn 1450/1355 (90minElliptical, Zumba, Weights). Calories in 2100. Got in two 20min elliptical sessions in between school drop-offs, then headed to Zumba with Marian. It was a little cool, so I drove, even though it's walkable. Very fun class today, and my stats were good. 6615 steps. 2.91 miles. Fitbit calories 457/496. avHr120, high145, in zone 34 of the 65 minutes. Scosche said 663 calories, avHR131, high156, in zone 45min. I got additional elliptical in and did weights. Apparently #2 went to a school activity (cheering on girls soccer at state) which left #3 stranded at school ... on the day I have middle school pickup as well. I was trying to make arrangements to grab him but he said he'd just stay and watch the volleyball game. So I picked him up at 6:00 instead ... he was HUNGRY though, but while we have a ton of yummy leftovers, nothing appealed to him. I ended up making him Nutella pancakes. I had a small one, pushed me over goal on calories slightly (that ... or perhaps it was the salted caramel I shouldn't have eaten ... or the candy corn). Hubs had a derby in Farmington, as he works in Davis County, he'd just taken the trailer with him and went straight. He doesn't have one of the boys to help him, but a friend came and lent a hand. #2 had a couple basketball games up at UVC, they won one, lost the other in overtime. He didn't get home until after 11:00.

1019 (Wednesday) 170.9. Steps 26584. Total Burn 3035. Exercise Burn 1235/1255 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2100. Pulling the kids out of bed with promises of "you can sleep in tomorrow" and also anticipating that fact for myself. Last day of early morning driver's ed! Yea! I so dislike driving in the dark (who am I kidding, I dislike driving all the time, but the dark is not good). Got in a couple elliptical sessions while getting the boys off to school. Resetting my reminder for early out at the elementary today! Went to Zumba with MZL. 6228 steps. 2.85 miles. Fitbit calorie estimates 357/402. avHR107, high132, in zone 3 of the 60min. Scosche said 425 calories, avHR106, high139, in zone 5min. Not sure why I wasn't getting the HR up today. After class I stopped at Sam'sClub to grab some groceries. Funny to see several other women in their workout wear ... I'm not the only one who stops while already out and about. Mowed the lawn ... it's getting to where it doesn't need it as often. Hubs was home early, and off to a derby. #3 had gone to a friend's house after school, and Hubs picked him up from there to help. #2 was off to the final football game of the season.

1020 (Thursday) 171.2. Steps 18529. Total Burn 2680. Exercise Burn 836/914 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2350. Fall break ... to sleep in time. Not for Hubs though, he was up uber early. The kitty tried to run into the room, but Hubs grabbed him and kept him out ... as much fun as a snuggly kitty is, it actually keeps me from sleeping. I didn't get any elliptical in before hitting Zumba with MZL at 9:00. I was a little late, as #2 had requested I wash his work clothes, and I'd stuck around to make sure they were put in the dryer before I left. Class stats were 6267 steps, 2.72 miles. Fitbit calorie estimates 401/439, avHR121, high149, in zone 30 of the 57 minutes. Unfortunately, I forgot my Scoshe. I'd had it laid out and everything. After class, I stopped at Dunford Donuts, grabbing some of their Halloween donuts, and a regular dozen. We were having the bishop over in the evening for #3's setting apart as a priest, so I spent some time cleaning up. #5 had been invited out to his cousin's birthday party (they had a cancellation and needed a body to make sure there were even numbers for flag football). I was a little stressed, with my driving issues, hitting rush hour, and just if I'd have the time to make the trip, trying to prep for tonight. Luckily my other SIL was taking her son to the party and said she stop and grab mine on the way. Maga brought him back after, as she was coming out to our house anyway.

1021 (Friday) 172.3. Steps 20914. Total Burn 2810. Exercise Burn 1185/1005 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2500. Got up early enough to get in one session on the elliptical before heading out to Zumba. Went to Debbie's class in Daybreak at 9:00. I was a little afraid we were going to get kicked out, as people were coming in to set up for a wedding. My pet peeve ... if you reserve the church from 5:00-10:00, that is when your reservation stands. If you are planning on setting up hours early, then reserve it for the set up time too, and check to see if there is already something on the schedule! Class stats ... 5361 steps, 2.34 miles. Fitbit calorie estimates 303/363, avHR101, high120, didn't make it into the cardio zone at all during the 60min class. Scosche said 340 calories, avHR99, high 127. I had brought my weights, and we do some toning in class. It just doesn't get my heart rate up. #3 asked me to take him up to a friend's church so they could play basketball. I had him drive there and back (a couple hours later for the pickup). The little boys just played around home all day ... bottle flipping, Minecraft, Clash Royal and basketball. I finished up "The Great Brain" ... a reread for me, one #4 just read and needs to do a book report on due Monday. #5 had basketball practice in the evening, and both #2 and #3 went to haunted houses with their friends. 

1022 (Saturday) 173.4. Steps 13240. Total Burn 2361. Exercise Burn 640/561 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2300. Hubs was up and off to work early. I got up and said "hello" to him when he was in the shower ... scared him! I laughed (and laughed). I was a little sad I didn't get my Saturday sleep in though. I did get in three 20min sessions on the elliptical. #5 had a basketball game at 2:00 in Lehi. we caught a ride with teammates. It was the only game going, so I wasn't sure why they had it on the court with the glaring sunlight. I also didn't understand why the kids coming in for the game after had to shoot on the basket behind the court with the game in session (where I was standing attempting to get video, which was hard with them there, and with the bright sun spots) when there were two full courts open. The game ended up in overtime, and our boys got the win! I really hope we don't do the Lehi league again though. I didn't care for the building (no spectator spots), the driving distance, or the lack of information (no schedules, we'd only find out game time a day or so before). #3 went to a corn maze with friends, and #2 was able to pick him up after so Hubs and I could go to bed.

1023 (Sunday) 173.9. Steps 7719. Total Burn 2062. Exercise Burn 219/256 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2400. Did get my sleep in this morning. Hubs smoked bacon and made waffles for our big breakfast, then made dinner ... smoked brisket and mashed potatoes. I made rolls ... got Rhodes rising and made Brazillian Cheese Rolls. We had some of his family over. I squeezed in one session on the elliptical during the day, not sure why if feels SO much harder on the weekend! I rested here and there during the day, but never actually got a nap in.

1024 (Monday) 176.2. Steps 30173. Total Burn 3291. Exercise Burn 1600/1480 (90minElliptical, Zumba, 2.5milesIntervals). Calories in 2500. Well there is my bad weekend showing on the scale this morning! Yikes! Highest high in a long while. I was a little surprised yesterday's hadn't gone up, as Hubs made popcorn Saturday night. Yesterday was not good for eating or exercise, so the scale shift isn't surprising nor undeserved. But hopefully today will turn it around a bit. I still got up at 6:00, even without the early morning driver's ed. I hit the elliptical at 6:15 for my first 20, then made lunches, then hit it for 10min before middle school carpool. Had a little stress as #2 took off in the morning (a basketball buddy's birthday, so they kidnapped him and took him to breakfast) but today I needed him to take #3 to school. I can't do it because the middle school carpool is at the exact same time. He made it back, but was late. I got in another 20min before taking #5 to elementary. I had more steps by 8:30 than I did the entire day on Sunday. That's how it goes. Went out to Draper for Zumba with Southziders. Class Stats: 6672 steps. 2.95 miles. Fitbit calories 406/431, avHR108, high140, in zone 8 of the 65 minutes. Scosche said 516 calories, avHR112, high157, in zone 14min. They were going to cancel class next Monday (Halloween) as Nina and Cassie have costumed kid parades at school. Christa and I said we could handle it with Debbie, so I guess we'll be on. Hubs had done some shopping over the weekend, so I didn't feel the need to stop at a store on the way home. Got in some additional elliptical, and even hit the treadmill (watched TWD, the episode everyone is talking about, I had heard/seen some spoilers so it wasn't really a shock although it was graphic and sad). #3 had roads after school, and then headed to the middle school for the open gym there. I picked him up at 6:00. Hubs and the littles headed out to see their cousin in a play, but it was sold out. They stopped at In&Out instead.

1025 (Tuesday) 173.8. Steps 27069. Total Burn 1350. Exercise Burn 1350/1302 (80minElliptical, Zumba, Bike, Weights). Calories in 1900. Glad the scale reflected me trying yesterday. Or regular fluctuations ... whatever. Got the boys off to school and got in some elliptical in-between. I walked to Zumba, it was 59° and nice, lovely leaves fallen all around. Caught a couple Pokemon on the way there and back too. Zumba stats ... 5786 steps. 2.5miles. Fitbit calorie estimates 358/406, avHR110, high133, in zone 10 of the 59 minutes. Scosche said 483 calories, avHR115, high146, in zone 15min. At the church, I attempted signing into the wifi, but PokemonGo wouldn't work, it had been blocked. So, gotta use data to get the stop. I checked back at home though, and all reports indicate that it doesn't use that much ... but Hubs said we were over last month, mainly because of "The Family Phone" (which is the PokemonGo phone). I got in some additional elliptical and did weights. I was on middle school pickup. Hubs had a derby, and #3 went along, even though there was open gym at the high school. I dropped #5 off early for his practice. It was tryouts for grades 6-8 over at the high school too, but we discussed it and decided we are happy with the teams we are on now. I would have liked him to have the experience of the tryout ... but didn't want him to make a team! Picked him up at 9:00, getting in a session on the bike to keep me awake until then.

1026 (Wednesday) 172.3. Steps 25685. Total Burn 3039. Exercise Burn 1287/1233 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2500. Another little scale drop. I keep thinking it might motivate me on the eating, but I was super hungry and snacking today. Got in early morning elliptical. #4 was complaining of a sore throat though, and when I came up to take him to school he was in tears and said he didn't feel well enough. One of the other mom's was able to take over carpool at the last minute and I got him settled with some ibuprofen and a blanket. He was running a slight fever too. Got #5 off to elementary. Still hit Zumba and a quick stop at Sams (#4 wanted orange juice). Sicko was never too bad, not demanding at all, but I still didn't feel like I got much done today. I did pull out the garden plants for the green waste which will be ending soon. Didn't mow the lawn though, it hadn't grown much. Maybe Saturday. After picking up #5 from school, I decided to run #4 to the Kid'sCare, just to see if it was strep or not, and get on antibiotics if it was. It wasn't. Viral. But I was pretty pleased that it was just a $25 copay (I was thinking the location qualified as an Urgent Care, which is a $40 copay). We also were in and out within an hour. That wasn't much comfort to #4 though, as he was emotionally drained and his anxieties were kicking in. He was in meltdown mode a few times. There were tears. I had brought along the PokemonGo phone though. He would turn it off, but I turned it back on in case something showed up, and a few did appear during our wait ... including a Gengar, which is one he was really wanting. So ... worth it? I didn't see #3 all day! He went straight from school to the middle school, for the open gym there. Then he went back to the high school for the open gym there. It is walkable between the two schools, but there was a two hour break. I offered to come grab him and take him back ... and FEED him. I asked him what he was doing for food but he said he wasn't hungry. Crazy kid! I didn't see #2 most of the day either, although he did make a quick stop home for some dinner and to put in a request for his laundry to be done (I'll accept that during "business hours" ... not so much when he texts me at 10:00 at night saying he needs it by morning ... yes, that happened last week!). I didn't see Hubs all day either! He'd had an uber early morning (about 3:00) and then went straight from work to a derby, not getting home until around 9:00.

1027 (Thursday) 173.9. Steps 25114. Total Burn 3068. Exercise Burn 1274/1285 (80minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. Upon the doctor's recommendation, I didn't even ask #4 about school, but just let him sleep in. Got the other boys off. Hit MountainView Zumba (6009 steps, 2.59 miles. Fitbit Calories 386/440. avHR115, high135, in zone 15 of the 60minutes. Scosche said 556 calories, avHR122/high154, in zone 27min). Melanie came back to visit and did some Halloween numbers. After class I stopped by Big5 and grabbed some new basketball shoes for #5, the stopped at Smiths to pick up #4's prescription and a few groceries. #4 just rested most of the day. #5 had awakened with a coughing spell that had me concerned, but he made it through school, but was sporting a fever by the end of the day. Sigh. A bit of frustration after school as #3 had an ortho appointment. I'd told #2 if he didn't have him home by 2:50, to just drop him off straight at the dental office (very close to home, appointment was at 3:00). #2 shows up at the house about 2:50, friends in tow, no #3 ... but #3 has NOT been dropped off, he was left at school! What??? Come on children! And #3, even though I reminded him, doesn't seem to realize anything is wrong, still at school just chatting it up with friends. #2 went back and grabbed him and dropped him off while I called the office to explain he was late and ask if they'd still be able to squeeze him in. They accommodated. #3 then wanted to go back to the high school to watch the final volleyball games, senior night. With the littles sick, and #2 at a dance (that's why friends were over, to look through our costumes) and #3 at said games, Hubs didn't have any help for his derby that night.

1028 (Friday) 172.7. Steps 19051. Total Burn 2713. Exercise Burn 1002/919 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1950. Slept in a little ... not just because of late start, but because the high school and middle schools were out. End of quarter. I wasn't sure what to plan on with #5 ... elementary still had school, but he'd hit 102+ last night. I didn't want to wake him up if he wasn't going to go to school. He did wake when I checked on him and said he wasn't feeling up to it. I gave him some medicine, and it must have kicked in, because a bit later, he said he WAS going to go to school. I dropped him off and then hit Zumba with Debbie in Daybreak. Being close to Halloween, it was suggested we wear costumes. I'd considered being silly and showing up in the Whoopie Cushion costume #2 had on last night ... but #2 never came home (he'd texted requesting a sleepover) so I didn't have the costume on hand. I had a t-shirt which said "I don't do costumes" and that was a backup, but then I tried on the convict costume and went with that. I could even put the little striped hat on over my usual Zumba cap. Class was fun, there were a few others dressed up too, and we got a picture afterward. Quite a few Zumba songs, which I don't know that I'd put the effort into if I was an instructor. It takes so much to learn new choreography and if you're only doing them once a year ... anyways. Class stats 5385 steps, 2.46 miles. Fitbit calorie estimate 343/400. avHR109, high135, in zone 8 of the 60 min. Scosche said 460 calories, avHR111, high159, in zone 12min. I'd also hit over a dozen pokestops (there was a park with a ton) on the way there and back, and the church was one too. But data ... Hubs said that phone has already used up a lot and we're only a little ways into the month. Back at home, #3 had friends over all day long. It was a little loud! Once they left, he and I had quite the conversation (via text, as he was too embarrassed to talk face to face) and apparently ... he has a girlfriend! He IS 16, but still, I hadn't even suspected. Arrgg! #2 has been going out with the same girl since Homecoming too. Girlfriends! It's a little more stressful than when they are just hanging out with friends. #5 made it through school, but we decided he should probably sit out practice. Didn't want to run him down, nor pass it on to anyone. We'd have "fever competitions" between the two boys, to see who was higher. Usually #5 was, but it's #4 who just looks really sick. Red and sweaty face and glossy eyes. Poor kid. At least #5 is having success at swallowing pills, easier than liquid medications (#4 learned to swallow back in 2nd grade). Both bigger boys were out with said girlfriends in the evening. #2 agreed to pickup #3 for me, as I was tired and heading to bed. Hubs had gone from work to a work party ... and he was really late. Missed HIS curfew!

1029 (Saturday) 173.7. Steps 10113. Total Burn 2207. Exercise Burn 350/395 (Zumba). Calories in 2300. Not much sleep last night, but I got up and hit Zumba at 9:00. Thyrve was offering class for free. I picked up my Zumba buddy Denise and we went together. Class Stats: 5461 steps, 2.35 miles. Fitbit calories 334/347. avHR105, high129, in zone 1 of the 58 minutes. Scosche said 383 calories, avHR106, high139, in zone 3min. I dropped #2's Fitbit off at the UPS drop nearby. It hasn't been syncing and is out of Fitbit's warranty. I had purchased an extended warranty (for $4 for that 2nd year) so I'm sending it in and will get my price paid (for the Fitbit) back anyway. #2 was only wearing it for me watching his feedback, he doesn't care. I haven't been keeping tabs on the kids or Hubs lately though, so maybe he'll just be Fitbitless. Both little were still feeling sick. #5 had two games today, at 4:00 and 5:00, but he just wasn't up for even attempting it. His 5th grade team lost, but his 6th grade team got an easy win. Hubs grabbed a movie (Money Maker ... one I had been interested in but, ehhh) and made popcorn. #2 was working and #3 went to hang with friends (sans girls tonight). 
1030 (Sunday) 173.7. Steps 10252. Total Burn 2145. Exercise Burn 420/285 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2400. Better sleep with all my guys home at reasonable hours. Hubs smoked bacon and made waffles for our big breakfast. We had a brainstorm session with #3 about a "pumpkin catcher" for his Physics class (I remember our last "family homework" with his Rube Golberg contraption). A little nap time. I did get in a couple sessions on the elliptical. Hubs and the boys went to Maga's to see the kittens. It was the first time out of the house in a few days for #4.

1031 (Monday) 177.8. Steps 22018. Total Burn 2940. Exercise Burn 930/1114 (40minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2400. Lousy sleep. Just some bad dreams and such. Not a good way to start the week, nor was stepping on the scale. Ouch! The boys all went to school today, although I dosed the littles with medication before sending them off, and I was halfway expecting a call during the day (but they made it). Halloween parade and party for #5, he went as a "chick magnet" for lack of a better costume. He said he didn't care if I came and watched the parade, so I hit Zumba. I was in charge of Zumba in fact, as Nina and Cassie did have kids who cared if their parents came to their parades. Getting to pick the playlist and being up front much of the time, I got good stats. 6639 steps, 2.92 miles. Fitbit calorie estimates 483/517. avHR125, high153, in zone 43 of the 65 minutes. Scosche said 774 calories, avHR141, high198, in zone 58min. I did a stop at Smiths on the way home to pick up some candy to pass out tonight. I was hoping to grab some pumpkins too, to test out the pumpkin catcher, but alas, none to be found. I should have checked to see if they had a tarp there (I was at the SmithsMarketplace), but had to make a separate trip to Lowes later in the day to grab that. Hubs and #3 worked on it in the early evening. It's supposed to be a group project, but ... I was feeling a bit blechy. Not sure if it was me catching what the boys had, or the lack of sleep, or the fact that all I ate all day was candy ... Hubs said he was feeling a bit off himself. I dropped #3 off at friend's to hang for the night then took #5 out trick or treating. Too bad we didn't arrange something with friends, he would have had more fun ... but after being sick over the weekend I wasn't even sure he'd be up to going out at all.
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