Saturday, March 25, 2017

Newspapers and Magazines


While I've completely converted to digital when it comes to books ... I still like physical, paper copies when I'm reading newspapers and magazines.I'll read the occasional article online, but just enjoy sitting at the table and flipping the pages of the paper, reading the news of the day, laughing at the comics and scanning the ads for deals.

But ... it's the end of an era.
I cancelled my subscription to my local newspaper.

I know, in this day and age we are supposed to support our local paper. There were three factors that came into play to cause me to cancel ...
  • I often wasn't reading. Sometimes the rolled up newspaper would sit for a few days just inside the front door, and then go directly into the recycling. Even the papers I did "read" it was usually just a quick skim of some sections.
  • News bias and negativity. Last year's elections have impacted everything. "Fake News" is now an everyday phrase. I don't have any extreme issues with our local paper. There was an obvious anti-Trump bias, but I could see the occasional attempt to show the other side as well. But just overall with ALL news now, I question every story and wonder about the "other side" of the issue. While I want to stay informed, it's exhausting to constantly question everything, and so much of the news is sad and bad and ... (I'd given up on watching TV news ages ago). 
  • Payment problems. Every time I would get a bill, it would frustrate me. Instead of offering a monthly rate, only 12, 26, or 52 week options were available. That just messes up my monthly finances! And there was no way to pay online! I have to write a check, or write down credit card information and find a stamp and mail it? More than the money itself, it's the inconvenience! If my paper had offered an easy online monthly payment, I probably would have continued.
It's just been a week or so without the newspaper. I must admit I miss it a little. I've turned back to magazines when I need something to flip through as I'm sitting in the kitchen.  A while back (2013) I did a blog post called Mucho Magazines where I discussed all the health/fitness ones I subscribed to. While I allowed those subscriptions to lapse long ago ... I still have a backlog! Without my newspaper, maybe I'll get through these magazines. Finally.


We have a few current magazine subscriptions. Nothing I paid out of pocket for, but I received a notice connected to an old credit card where we would convert some unused frequent flyer miles (Hubs DOES like frequent flyer miles but had switched cards/programs) for magazine subscriptions. After consulting with the Mr. that he wouldn't make use of those miles himself, I went ahead and ordered some subscriptions ...

Now I KNOW Time has some of the same issues I mentioned about (obvious bias/sad stories ... still sometimes doesn't get read) but without the payment problems, I figured I'd give it a go. Sports Illustrated for the boys to look through (although I may have confiscated the swimsuit issue) and People Magazine. When I'd be in waiting rooms I'd often flip through it, although I'd never subscribed myself.  When these pre-paid subscriptions run out, I won't be renewing.

Then I'll just have to see if I can switch to online for articles ... or just read my novels!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jai Ho x 2

It's Workout Wednesday ...time for another Choreography Clash!
Did you see the movie Slumdog Millionaire? At the end, as the credits are running, the cast is dancing to a number poppified by the Pussycat Dolls. Jai Ho. I liked it then, and I liked it when we danced to it in one of my Zumba classes (not the same choreography as the movie) ... and even again, when another class did a completely different version! Usually I struggle a bit with the same song, different steps ... but I guess these two are different enough that my brain can handle it. 


This is first one I did (Marian's Class). Our class choreography is pretty much the same. It might not look it, but this is quite the arm workout. Even more so that some of the "arm workout" only songs! This does have a bit of that Indian flair to some of the moves.


Here ... they chat a bit at the start so you can just skip straight to the song starting at 1:14. My MZL class does this version. Instead of the flowing moves, this has core work, squats and punches and a little balancing section.

I really like both of these versions and have them both pretty solidly in my head (meaning I could probably do them even without an instructor showing me the moves). In a couple other classes (Debbie and Melanie) I've seen other versions too ... they are out there. I think I'll stick with these two though.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TV Tuesday - Awake

I keep a list on Netflix of shows that have caught my eye. As I finish one series, I skim my list and try out another. I'd had "Awake" on my list, even though I really didn't know what it was about (just that it had been on mainstream TV). I gave it a try and was immediately hooked. There is only one season ... 13 episodes. The series wrapped up with a conclusion rather than a cliffhanger. It didn't answer everything, but I was happy with it. 

Here's the trailer ...

A portion of this promo ran every episode as the intro. Usually I HATE introductions to series (just give me the title and start the show!) but for some reason this one didn't bother me. I had JUST seen Jason Issacs (who is the lead here) in The OA. He's much more likeable here. It was so interesting how they had the parallel worlds (I'd really enjoyed the movie "Sliding Doors" which has a similar theme, except that those worlds were completely separate, here Britton is consciously experiencing both realities). My oldest son is interesting in crime/police work and psychology, so I've recommended this series as one I think he would enjoy. 

I was impressed with how the producers had the slight red and green tint to the different worlds/realities. Just as Britton wears a red/green rubber band on his wrist to help him keep his realities straight, the tint helps the viewers (although both Britton and I got things confused a bit at times). 

I'm still not absolutely sure what I think of the ending ... the last couple episodes were weird. There have been some online articles discussing it too (Awake Finale Questions Answered). I really don't know where it would have gone, if there had been a season 2. While so many shows never make it into a second season, I'm glad they still make it onto Netflix. I don't catch things as they air ... I prefer to wait until I can stream and entire season. Get absolutely involved in ONE world as I watch one show. Here though ... I guess it was two worlds!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekly Review #190


Down from last week, but absolutely unhappy in the 180s. The first half of the week wasn't good, with some uber overeating and just half-hearted exercise. For the end of the week I snapped out of it and kept calories in control, even over the weekend. I'm attempting a new medication, and maybe (even just placebo effect) it's introduction can be enough to make me try a little harder on the food and fitness and see if I can't shift the scale.

NUMBERS: Official weigh-in down 1.4, but average was up 1.26 (183.4). Average intake was 2286, Average burn 2665. Crunching the numbers, over by 389 for the week. Total steps 114,236. Average daily steps 16319. Logged exercise miles 55.11.  Cardio minutes (depending on who is tracking) 550/595/534. Working out with Weights for 85 minutes. ACTIVITY: Got in my hour of elliptical six days. Two Zumba classes. One time on the bike. Two weight workouts.

Here's the Day by Day ...

  • Monday (0313): Hubs and the two boys made it home from their weekend trip. In the evening, Hubs and three boys went to a Jazz game. I got in my hour of elliptical, bike and weights. Over on calories in though. 16711 steps. 2697 burn. 2700 intake. 
  • Tuesday (0314): Got in my hour of elliptical and Zumba with Marian. Nice weather, should have walked! Uber over ... PB M&M eggs were the main culprit. Dominos for dinner (Pi day). 20150 steps. 2854 burn. 3200 intake. 
  • Wednesday (0315): Dragging today, just my hour of elliptical. Evening spent at the annual end of season awards dinner for the boy's basketball. 11434 steps. 2333 burn. 2900 intake. 
  • Thursday (0316): Good day today, stayed active and busy. A little over an hour of elliptical and Zumba with MountainView. Grabbed Dominos again and met my folks and MIL at the elementary school for Grandparent's Day (the pizza was for them). Early out at the elementary, then back again for PT Conferences. Kept calories in check today, even with making homemade oreos after dinner. 22402 steps. 3033 burn. 1700 intake.
  • Friday (0317): Dragging again! Just my hour of elliptical. #5 was out of school and had a friend over. #1 decided to clean out his closet, which resulted in me spending several hours going through closets and clothes as well. 16205 steps. 2746 burn. 1800 intake. 
  • Saturday (0318): Just one session on the elliptical, but did do WEIGHTS. Also some shopping steps and lawn mow. Had the folks over in the evening for Hub's smoked steaks.  13288 steps. 2458 burn. 1900 intake. 
  • Sunday (0319): Didn't take a rest day and got in my hour of elliptical. Still kept calories in check. 14046 steps. 2533 burn. 1900 intake. 
Five Featured Photos ...


 Monday night Jazz game for Hubs and a few of the boys. 

Basketball Awards Dinner ... Seven Silly Seniors (mine is #2)

Dressed for Dinner (Wed) ... my new shorter hair-do.

Grandparents Day at the elementary. #5 and Grandparents!

Boxes and Bags of Clothing to Go.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Recent Reads - Watersong Quartet

I try to do a monthly Recent Reads post ... often combining several series (while attempting to stick with a theme) and still I'm reading many more books than I end up reviewing here. I'm up to date on my GoodReads reviews/rating though. I do that for me, but hope it might help others too.

A recent series I read was the Watersong Quartet. I'd put this off a bit, after experiencing the author's Hollowland (Zombie) book. It didn't click with me. This series was better, I enjoyed it, but still just in the 3/4 star range for me.

I've always loved the story of The Little Mermaid ... these are NOT those kind of mermaids. These are sirens. Their song can kill. They can also transform into birds. There was quite a bit of mythological background here with the siren theme. There are three girls ... and they need a fourth.

  • Book 1 (Wake) introduces all the characters. The sirens ... Penn, Lexi, and Thea. The sisters ... Gemma and Harper. Their love interests ... Alex and Daniel. It sets up the story, the background of the sirens and Gemma's transformation. The story does wrap up, while staying open ended for the next installment.
  • Book 2 (Lullaby) starts off pretty much where the first left off. We have two separate stories as Gemma is off with the girls and Harper, Alex and Daniel are still at home.
  • Book 3 (Tidal) has all the characters reunited again. Here there were flashbacks to Thea's early memories which explained some details, but also made this book feel a bit jumpy.
  • Book 4 (Elegy) was quite long (500+ pages) but did wrap everything up. 
I experienced the first two books in audio format. I liked the narrator, she had distinct voices for the different people. Sing song voices for the sirens. As I read the last two installments myself (my library didn't have them in audio), I'd still "hear" those voices in my head.   Looking back on the series, it felt a little more like one long story than four distinct books. 

From a parental perspective ... the first book was completely clean as I recall. In the second book, an f-bomb was dropped (timing, I was in the car with  my 11-year old when the autoplay started and oops! There hadn't been any proFanity to that point!) The language increased in the third and fourth books, as did the violence and sexual content.   

I've read a couple other "siren" books, and some "mermaid" books ... I'll need to gather up my reviews/ratings and do another book review featuring these other sea stories.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Girl Scout Cookies

Time for another edition of ... "What We're Eating" Wednesday 

It's THAT time of year. 
Girl Scout cookie time! 

We never had anyone come knock on our door this year, but a couple friends/neighbors posted on Facebook that their daughters were selling. Tagalongs are a favorite for me and the three oldest boys. I also love the Samoas and like the Thin Mints, but I've found acceptable substitutions (Keebler and Great Value brand) so they aren't quite as "once a year" as the Tagalongs. I ordered FIVE boxes of those, and one each of the other two. Perhaps I should have tried the Smores ones ... I've heard good things.

Of the five boxes of Tagalongs, two were gone almost instantly (thus the picture up top). I gave one box each to each of the three older boys to keep or eat on their own. I'm fairly certain they are gone too (I may have glanced in their rooms in a moment of craving ...). 

Mmmm ... Tagalongs!

My two littles don't like peanut butter (#5 is allergic). They are also unimpressed with the Samoas and Thin Mints ... but they like the plain, shortbread Trefoils. 

Do you buy and eat Girl Scout Cookies?
Which ones are your favorites?

... and here's a funny I found on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Netflix Originals - Supernatural Shows

 Time for TV Tuesday
It was last September when Hubs and I binged on the Netflix Original Stranger Things. Although I didn't get any comments on my blog post, when I mentioned it on Facebook, quite a few friends and family jumped on the thread to say that they had loved the show. I'm not sure what turned my boys onto the series, but they have just started watching it ... as brothers. An episode each night. All five boys together.

Stranger Things may have been the "original" Netflix Original when it comes to supernatural shows, but its success and spawned several others. In the last little bit, I've watched three of these paranormal, sci-fi series while I've worked out.

Glitch was the first one I found after Stranger Things. Now, this wasn't created by Netflix, but originally aired on Australia (but was still listed under Netflix Originals). I love Australian accents! The setting was in Australia and all the actors were unknown to me. Sometimes I really like that. Completely fresh faces, no recalling other shows I've seen actors in. The premise ... several people who have died (some recently, some ages ago) are somehow BACK. They can't seem to leave the little town they are in. The local sheriff and doctor are trying to keep things under wraps until they can figure everything out, but there is an evil coming after those who have returned. There are other complications that really made the story compelling. I'm trying to recall the content from a parental perspective ... it is rated TVMA. I don't remember a lot of language. There was some nudity, although nothing gratuitous (as the returned literally dug themselves out of the ground sans clothing).  If there is a second season ... I'll be tuning in.  

Next up on Netflix? Travelers. Other than Eric McCormack (from the Will and Grace sitcom) almost all the other actors were new to me (this was created in Canada although it is set here in the US). They really grew on me too. I got quite attached to the characters and their quest ... this ended abruptly though. Cliffhanger. I hope there are more episodes to come.

As the title indicates ... there is traveling. Time travel. It reminded me a little of Continuum and 12 Monkeys (TV Tuesday Time Travel) in that a distant future is sending people back in time to try and change things, prevent what the future has become. This was an interesting twist, as technology has afforded the future to know when people have died ... they then send back souls to take over that body moments before the death. The "death" is prevented and the identity from the future takes over. There are multiple teams here in our time, each with five members. The one in charge, the muscle, the techie, the doctor and the historian (who has memorized all the dates/information from the era). Each team has different missions. Will they be able to change the future? If they are successful ... will that mean that they cease to exist? Anything dealing with time travel is always mind bending. I'm  looking forward to a second season. Parental Perspective ... rated TV-MA. This did have quite a bit of language.

After the resounding success of Stranger Things, there was talk that "The OA" was the next "Stranger Things". Whereas StrangerThings is rated TV-14, The OA is TV-MA for language and a couple sex scenes.

The first preview I saw didn't make it seem as supernatural as it turned out to be. It focused on a girl being found, seven years after she disappeared. Then she was blind ... now she is not.  Now that sounds like an interesting premise, but the show goes so far beyond that.

Prairie connects with five outcasts and the episodes are her telling them her story. Of her youth, her search, her abduction and her years in captivity. I really requires some suspension of disbelief, but I, as her audience in the show, was quite captivated. I'd find myself anxious to exercise to see what would happen next. 

I've read a few discussions about the show (which you should not read until you complete the series) and some love the ending while it frustrated others. It really grabbed me personally. I had to go back and rewatch portions of the final episode. Like Stranger Things ... I'm not really sure where a second season would go. While others are super excited about a second season ... it makes me nervous. I'm wondering if this and Stranger Things would be better left as a one season wonder.

There was a ton of talk about Winona Ryder's facial expressions during the SAG awards. Have you seen the video with the pizza imposed upon it? Hilarious! As my boys were rewatching part of an episode (as due to the "brother oath" no one is allowed to move onto the next episode until they are all together) and they mentioned that "Will's Mom" looked familiar but they couldn't place where they had seen her. I told them she was the one who kissed Rachel on Friends. Their faces when they put that together! Shock! (Ryder hasn't aged quite as well as Aniston, and especially in this production, she isn't shown in the best light ... of course even out of character, she's appearing very odd!)

While I think Stranger Things was the first supernatural Netflix Original to cause a big stir (Netflix Originals "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black" are more realistic dramas), it wasn't the first. I remember Sense8 hitting the scene back in 2015. There has been talk of a second season ... I did watch it (VERY TV-MA ... I won't be letting the kids watch that one). There was one other one I tried ... called "The 3%" ... the premise sounded right up my alley. Like Glitch and Travelers, it was originally produced outside of the United States, this time in Brazil. So unlike the former two, there was a language issue. Filmed originally in Portuguese, it had been dubbed into English ... but my brain could not accept the words and lips not lining up. Also, the captions and the spoken words didn't match. Like they had been translated separately. Technically, they would mean the same things, but the words spoken and coming across in the subtitles didn't match most of the time. The actors would say "that is really big" and the captions would read "wow, that's huge" ... even if I could have overcome these issues (perhaps watching it with the original Portuguese with subtitles) the acting and storyline were a little iffy. Something I'd probably enjoy as a book, but just wasn't cooperating on screen. 

Every time I finish a series ... I wonder, what do I watch next? Should I stick to the supernatural or switch to something a little more realistic (hospital, legal, police dramas ...). Still waiting for season 4 of Orphan Black to hit AmazonPrime.

Do you like supernatural shows?



Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekly Review #189

Blech. Highest weight in ... since before I lost the weight 12 years ago? I keep thinking "It can't go up anymore, can it?" I mean of COURSE it can, but back then when I hit that high (185), I wasn't exercising at all. I wasn't logging my food. While I'm not as active as I have been over the years, and my eating is atrocious (but I've never been able to get that under control so there's really no changes there) ... I HAVE still been exercising and tracking. According to the numbers, I really should have been maintaining ... and that's 20+ pounds ago. 

I'll admit. I'm quite discouraged. There was some obvious comfort food this weekend ... which of course doesn't help anything. I wish I could at least benefit from the depression diet rather than the "I want to eat everything" emotions.



NUMBERS: Up 1.9 pounds. Average up .94 (182.14). Average intake 2614. Average burn 2557. Yes, intake more than burn. Over by 3042 when crunching the numbers. Average steps 15249. 106,742 total steps for the week. 59.1 exercise miles. 560/528 cardio minutes. 60min weights.  ACTIVITY: I got in my hour of elliptical five days, two Zumba classes, two sessions on the bike, one time on the treadmill, and one workout with weights.


A look at my Life Cycle. 
I'm always a homebody, but even more so this week. No basketball to get me out of the house. #5 did have a tournament, but it was in Logan (2 hours away ... too far for me). I caught a little of it online, as one of the other moms streamed some on Facebook live. 

Basketball (or the lack of it) also affects driving time. Carpool time is also down, as #2 can bring #3 home from school now, and with the middle-school play finished up, one of the other moms has resumed her rotation in the school carpool. 

No "other" activities ... appointments or eating out or anything. Just some shopping to restock groceries. 

Here's a look at the day by day ...

  • Monday (0306): Bit of a draining day due to some basketball team drama and philosophical discussions. Made gingersnaps, but kept calories in check. Hour of elliptical and reading/riding on the bike. 17459 steps. 2693 burn. 1900 intake. 
  • Tuesday (0307):  Hour of elliptical and Zumba with Marian. Girl scout cookies delivered today ... mmm, Tagalongs! 18047 steps. 2681 burn. 2800 intake. 
  • Wednesday (0308): Same activity as Monday, hour of elliptical and a session on the bike. The guys had a dodge ball activity over at the church. #1 son had a 31+k day! 17430 steps. 3064 burn. 2200 intake. 
  • Thursday (0309): Hour of elliptical, Zumba with MountainView and a two mile walk on the treadmill. 24160 steps, 3064 burn, 2800 intake.
  • Friday (0310): #5 was out of school today. I got in my hour of elliptical and did weights. Made snickerdoodles. Hubs, #1 and #3 left on a weekend trip. 14334 steps. 2651 burn. 2200 intake.
  • Saturday (0311): Up early to get #5 off to his basketball tournament. Did get in 40min elliptical, but it was a pretty lazy day. Haircuts at home in the evening. Uber over on the eating (they guys bought travel treats then left the temptations!) 9497 steps. 2188 burn. 3200 intake.  
  • Sunday (0312): No exercise, rest day. 5815 steps. 1980 burn. 3200 intake (again!) :(

Five Featured Photos ...

 BOYS in my gym ... almost every day!


 A weekend getaway for these three. First time flying for #3.

Snapchat sons. Dog-gone cute!

Haircut housecall ... we didn't leave it like that!
He went from super shaggy to shorn!

Daylight Savings ... LOST and hour on Sunday.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Fitbit Followup and Funny Phrases


I'm a Fitbit Fan. At one point, I got the whole family on board (Fitbit Family, A Fitbit Family Update) and we'd have friendly competitions and see where we stood on steps compared to each other. Then ... my family fell off the Fitbit wagon (Abandoned Bits). Even my #4, who was completely obsessed and beating me for a while, gave his up. I was the only one left at home wearing my Fitbit.



While #1 son was on his mission to Mexico, he was really good at sending me his steps every week ... until about a year and half in. But I wondered ... when he was back at home, could wear an actual Fitbit (he was just using a cheap pedometer) and sync to a phone or computer ... would he want one? He did! He picked the ChargeHR (which #4 had been using up until recently) and immediately passed me up on steps. Not that hard to do, as I've been a bit of a wimp lately. Several in my extended family still have their Fitbits, and my brother noticed the new addition, especially as he took over the #1 spot on the family lists (I can't believe he only beat me by 10 steps! I should have taken 11 more!) The impressive stats up there at the start of this post? They belong to #1 son (this past Wednesday ... worked framing all day then played dodgeball and basketball in the evening. Look at that calorie burn estimate! Even if I match the steps, my calories can't compete ... BOYS!)

This week ... #4 decided to start wearing again! Yea! As the ChargeHR was taken, he opted for the Flex, previously purchased for #1 ages ago, then worn by #3 for quite a while.  Which leads me into a transition into our family's funny Fitbit phrases ...

"Flex"
Two of my brothers and #3 (back in August 2015).
Funny because they are flexing while wearing a Flex. 
Ha ha ..... I'm hilarous. 

I'm often reminding the boys to keep their Fitbits charged. It sounds funny when I say "Charge your Charge" ... and I can even tell #1 son "you could charge your Charge in your Charger" (his new car). 

When the boys are wearing their Fitbits, and I'm comparing steps and stats ... I need the most recent info from everyone. As the boys aren't quite as fanatical about their Fitbit feedback as I am (syncing after each exercise session, multiple times during the day) I'll often call out "hey, sync yourself" and they dutifully do. I am the mommy ... gotta do what the mommy says!

Hopefully #4 will inch up again on the family Fitbit list ... he was quite competitive for a while there. He's slipped some, as have I. We'll see what happens to #1's step count when he moves from his active framing job to a desk job (coming up in a few weeks). We'll see if I can at least break 100K each week. Once it was easy, but it's been a challenge lately. Maybe I can even try for my own 30k Day.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cuties vs Halos

Time for another "What We're Eating Wednesday" Post ...
Clementine Clash!

 vs
In a friendly fruity competition ... Clementines beat regular oranges hands down. Okay ... not for juice. I know there IS clementine juice, but we have simply stuck with OJ for now. When it comes to easy peeling, serving size and yummy taste? Clementines win. At least in my opinion, and my family agrees.

But what about the different BRANDS of clementines? There are Cuties, and Halos, and other no-name or lesser known ones out there. I know brand names are important to some people. I'm a generic (cheap) gal myself, but Hubs, and thus the boys, tend to like certain brands. I'm thinking it will be a repeating blog post on the future. Blackham Brand Battles. In our family? Cuties win!

I remember first discovering Cuties several years ago. We simply had never purchased them before. That first bag was devoured! Through the years I tended to think the early (end of year, November/December) fruits were the best. Maybe it was just having them after the summer hiatus. 

When Cuties weren't carried, I have picked up the other brands. #3 son is very picky. He ONLY wants Cuties. He says he can tell the difference ... and often I think I can to! Unfortunately, it's not quite important enough for me to drive to a different store if the one I'm at doesn't carry Cuties.

These little guys for lunches are perfect for lunches on the go. Such an easy, portable treat. Even though they are so easy to peel, I usually prep them at home when packing lunches. They make my fingers smell all citrus-y.  I don't think the peels in the disposal create quite the same smell as oranges or lemons though. 

For one of my boys, I can throw the clementine pieces in with other assorted fruit. #3 son, Mr. Picky, has to have them separate in their own bag (being picky myself ... I think I actually agree with this, we really don't want our fruits and juices touching do we? Mixing flavors? Oh no!)

Mmmmm ... I just ate one while writing this post. It was a Halo though.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Weekly Review #188

Another week. It was the state playoffs for 5A basketball this week. Because the games were being streamed, and they were a bit further away, I watched on my Ipad rather than going in person (because I'm a homebody like that). There were three games (Mon/Wed/Fri) ... I worked out while I watched (helped burn off some of my anxious energy). Activity was up, travel time was down.

I didn't do any grocery shopping this week at all. 
Hubs stopped at the store!

NUMBERS: Weight down a bit. -1.1 to be exact. Average down a smidge (-.19 to 181.20). Average intake was 2314. Average burn was 2616. Crunching the numbers ... over by 111. Average steps 16,959. I did weights this week ... about 50min. Cardio minutes 800/647 and 115.71 exercise miles (any time on the stationary bike and that goes up a lot). FITNESS: Got in my hour of elliptical five times this week, Zumba class twice, hit the bike four times, a couple long sessions! Treadmill once and weights once (with a little on another day, but it wasn't a full session). 

Best day Friday? Usually that's a bad day for me. I was keeping myself occupied exercising while watching the semi-finals. One game while walking the treadmill, the other on the bike. I also got in my hour of elliptical in the morning that day, and did weights. I did manage to move up my Fitbit friend list a bit ... more on my One than my ChargeHR. Always a discrepancy between those two. If you look at a couple of the stats above (miles/active minutes) you may notice large differences there too. It's the bike (and there was a lot of bike this week). Bike miles don't transition into steps well, and don't come across the Fitbit as active minutes (at least not after I adjust its erroneous readings. Trying to be Truthful).

Here's a look at the day by day ...
  • Monday (0227): I got in my hour of elliptical early. Hit the bike for some reading and riding and did a walk on the treadmill. In the evening, the State 5A Boys Basketball playoffs were starting. Hubs and some of the boys went to the U to watch the game, but it was being streamed, so I watched at home. The second half I watched while biking, a good way to expend my excess anxious energy. 20640 steps. 2727 burn. 2300 intake. 
  • Tuesday (0228): Hour of elliptical, Zumba with Marian and a session on the bike. Chicken pillows for dinner. 21143 steps. 2949 burn. 1800 intake. 
  • Wednesday (0301): Got in my hour of elliptical. In the evening there was another streaming game, and I watched almost all of it on the bike (55min/15miles) but had to go grab #5 from school while attempting to listen to the audio. They won again! 15337 steps. 2477 burn. 2100 intake. 
  • Thursday (0302): Zumba with Mountain View and my hour of elliptical. Hubs had a derby and I made Snickerdoodles. 20161 steps. 2825 burn. 2300 intake. 
  • Friday (0303): I usually don't get in much activity on Fridays ... but today I got up and did my hour of elliptical early. After getting the kids off, I did weights. I watched the first semi-final game while walking on the treadmill, then watched our boys in the second semi-final while on the bike. 100minutes! Well, 99, the bike only has double digits and turned off! The boys didn't get the win though, so that ends #2's high school basketball career.  25657 steps. 2971 burn. 3200 intake (there might have been some nervous eating today). 
  • Saturday (0304): I got in a couple 20min sessions on the elliptical. Hubs hosted a pinewood derby workshop. Even though our boys were out, we watched the championship game ... well, #2 didn't, as it was prom and they went on their day date. Instead of giving it my full attention on the bike or treadmill, I stayed in the kitchen and watched while making lasagna. 10442 steps. 2296 burn. 1500 intake. 
  • Sunday (0305): Slow Sunday, day of rest. We had our Sunday Circles breakfast, then hosted a smoke fest for the extended family in the evening. 5336 steps. 2065 burn. 2800 intake. 


 Monday's game ...

Wednesday's game ...

Pinewood Derby Workshop

 Prom Pictures

Smoked Meat Anyone? Yummy!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Medical Monday ... 2017 so far


Every once in a while I'll pop in with a post updating medical issues going on here at our home. Happily, nothing too serious over the years. Time for another Medical Monday to follow-up on my last post ...

Back in December I went in for my annual exam.
I failed the urine test.

Not drugs. Not pregnancy. 
Blood in the urine.

It wasn't anything visible to the naked eye, but that is why they have the little test strips I guess. Often it can point to something simple, like a UTI, but I wasn't showing any symptoms of that. Some infection somewhere? The doctor wanted me to follow up in a few weeks.

When I returned home, I thought of an issue. A troublesome tooth. It was infected I knew, but wasn't causing me any pain, so I'd been putting off getting it taken care of. I didn't know if that could be the infection in question, but it was enough that I did get into the dentist and got it taken care of. Along with that tooth, I had a regular cleaning/exam and had a couple other issues fixed. Then an old filling cracked, requiring a new crown. So ... a few visits to the dentist these last couple of months.

Unfortunately, as I went back for my follow-up urine test ... I failed again. The doctor wanted to have an ultrasound of the kidneys and bladder. Now that wasn't terribly invasive or anything, but was a bit of a pain. Drinking a lot before the procedure. Having to twist and turn and hold my breath to get a clear picture. Happily, nothing appeared amiss on the ultrasound, and a further study (beyond just the simple dipstick) didn't show a problem. So ... follow up in a few months.

I haven't received the bill yet ... not sure how/if our insurance covers things (it changed back in November, higher deductible). I did notice that my monthly prescription (for my thyroid) has tripled in price! It was one of those $4 a month, $10 for 90-day deals. Now, $12.50 for a month and they won't even allow a 3-month supply. It's nothing that breaks the bank but still ... medical costs increasing. I wonder what the future will hold.

On the Hubs front ... he went in for an eye exam and got glasses! He doesn't wear them much. Mostly for seeing further away. Helps clear up the basketball games some. In the first part of January he had some Meniere's attacks. It almost made him call off his trip to Mexico at the end of that month. But we crossed our fingers and he was okay. He's had a few smaller dizzy spells since then, but no full fledged attacks. He also went in to the doctor for an exam and hopes to improve his overall health in the near future.

#4 got quite the shiner during a friendly game of football ...
Evolution of a Blackham Black-Eye

Now that basketball season has ended, I might need to get #2 in to get his toes looked at. We'll see. There have been a few sniffles and such, but no Flu this February or winter season. Knock on wood!

Now that I got MY dental/doctor visits in ... it's time to get the kidlets in. #3 actually stays on top of his ... he wants to get his braces off eventually so he always reminds me to make the appointments, and they keep his cleaning up to date too (our dentist is also our orthodontist). Ah ... appointments!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February 2017


February only has 28 days ... and those days are now over. It was a pretty busy month. #1 son returned home from his Mexico Mission. There was a church meeting and homecoming associated with that. We hosted the team dinner for the basketball team ... Hubs smoked ribs, for 40+ teen boys! Valentines Day and a birthday for #2. Out to eat three times this month. A visit to the doctor and the dentist. Basketball wrapped up (mostly) ... you can see it all in a glance at my Life Cycle.



WEIGHT: Starting weight was 179.9. Ending weight was 180.90. High was 183.6. Low was 179.10. Average weight was 180.64. NUMBERS: Average Intake was 2254. Average Burn was 2471. That equaled an overage for the month of 6205. Total steps came in at 371,169. 13,256 average steps. 171.99 exercise miles. 1760/1670 cardio minutes. 40min weights. FITNESS: Got in my hour of elliptical 14 days. 10 hours of Zumba. Four sessions on the bike, one on the treadmill, and just once for weights.

 A look at the Day by Day ...
 
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0201 (Wednesday) 179.9. 11870 steps. Total Burn 2322. Exercise Burn 629/496 (60minElliptical). Calories in 1800. A little bit of a slow start, I only got in 40min elliptical during the school shove off. During the day ... very unproductive. I SHOULD have done weights, I SHOULD have gone through some of the clips and made muvees, I SHOULD have done several things. Alas. I finally got in one more elliptical session to finish up my hour at least.

0202 (Thursday) 179.1. 19441 steps. Total Burn 2877. Exercise Burn 1115/1045 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2000.  Well, better day as far as productivity.  Got in my hour of elliptical and went to Zumba. Good stats! 6440 steps, 2.83 miles. 497/475 calories, avHR132, high155, in zone 53 of the 60 min. ... that's a high for avHR. Although it seems my heart rate has been higher in everything of late (elliptical, resting) too. Hmmm. Stopped at the Dr. after Zumba for a repeat urine test ... failed, so more on Monday (ultrasound of kidneys). Got through clips/made muvees of two of Tuesdays games. One more to make before SIX games this weekend. Basketball practices ... my LifeTracker follows my "chauffeur services" (transport/driving time). Almost two hours, which is still much lower than many with long commutes, but I'm a homebody who HATEs being in the car!

0203 (Friday) 179.3. 6117 steps. Total Burn 2008. Exercise Burn 185/195 (30minBike). Calories in 2500. Got a little extra rest in the morning with late start. Even with a new "Grey's Anatomy" waiting for me, I decided to hit the stationary bike for my activity today instead. I've been getting through the audio books like crazy, but my READING reading has been so slow! So 30min reading and riding. First time back on the bike in a bit. Basketball all evening. Sophomore game at 3:30, then I was on snack bar duty during the JV game, then the Varsity game. I'm not sure what was wrong with me, just feeling off, just emotionally, a bit physically. Struggling! Lots of tears close to the surface and spilling over with no provocation really. Seriously, during the sophomore game I started stressing and tears ... luckily it's pretty empty and I was on the opposide side away from everyone. Tried to pull it together for snack bar duty. Another super simple thing that totally stresses me out. I mean ... math! It's hard to imagine I was smart back in school (seriously, got through four years of college on academic scholarship, honors calculous) and subtraction stresses me out. That and talking to people. I've become so anti-social, with my headphones on and homebody nature. I CAN pull out of it and people probably don't realize how hard it is for me. But ... the music between games. So loud and blaring. Headache. I really need that break between games to go check on my littles (who are also homebodies and don't want to come watch) and just get some time away before going back. #5 had his practice, so I had to arrange for a teammate to pick him up and take him as I was stuck at the school. I was relieved when my shift was over. At least it's not too busy ... I've NEVER signed up for a shift during a varsity game. Never even went to a varsity game before this year when I have to to watch my boy play. Need my headphones though! It was a sweep, easy wins for all three teams.

0204 (Saturday) 179.7. 6660 steps. Total Burn 2200. Exercise Burn 0/196 (no exercise). Calories in 2200. Four games today ... three for #5 and the final Junior Jazz game for #4. Unfortunately, his was back to back with the munchkin's game. I arranged a ride for #4 and thought I might make it from #5's game ... but that sure didn't happen. I missed the entire first half. I've I'd have known it would turn out like that, I would have arranged a ride home for #5 and left his game early to get to #4's on time. There is another mom videoing #5's game that I could have grabbed video from (although it was a loss, not a great game, so I might not have bothered) but I felt so bad missing #4's final game. He hadn't been feeling well, but still pushed through and had a good game. #5's earlier two games had been tough ones! The first one went into OT, but we couldn't quite get it. My little guy fouled out, which has never happened before (he's not too fouly, and he's point guard, which just isn't in the position to quite as much as the big guys). He was fighting back tears. I can never quite tell what pushes him over the edge. Sometimes when they lose he's perfectly fine and other times, he just can't quite handle it. Immediately after was another tough game. Our boys started strong and got a good lead, only to lose it in the second half. Tight at the end, but we were ahead, and the other team was fouling to get the ball back. But they were FOULING ... pushing our boys hard! The first time, the ref called it, but just a regular foul ... so they did it again! Again, nothing beyond just a normal foul (I know there is "intentional" and then there is "INTENTIONAL") ... the THIRD time they pushed one of our boys to the floor they finally called it an intentional foul.  Getting those shots and getting possession of the ball back at the end got us the win. But I really don't think I want to play that team again ... unfortunately we might, as this league only has five teams. #3 had been a big help around the house, getting things cleaned up and ready for my men to come home. #2 and his girlfriend had made a big "welcome home" banner last night. Made cookie press cookies, snowflakes.

0205 (Sunday) 179.7. 4145 steps. Total Burn 1785. Exercise Burn 0/0 (no exercise). Calories in 2300. Sure didn't move much today! Superbowl Sunday, not that we were celebrating big in any way. #4 is a huge football fan though, so he was anxiously awaiting it all. Hubs and #1 were able to check in from Mexico. #2 was working KFC. Normally we do a big steak/taters meal, but without Hubs here to cook for us ... I WAS going to make my annual sugar football cookies, but I didn't have any of the decorator icing in white (needed for the accents) and just didn't get around to it.  

0206 (Monday) 181.1. 12801 steps. Total Burn 2471. Exercise Burn 445/651 (40minElliptical). Calories in 2200. I finally got to watch the latest "Grey's Anatomy" as I got my elliptical in during the morning school shove off. But alas, didn't get down for 20min more ... so not my full hour. The evening was the return home of my men (and Maga) from Mexico. While of course I'm super excited to see my son and Hubs, I had uber anxiety about the airport. Both the drive there (while it actually a pretty straight shot from our house down Bangerter, Bangerter has become so much more like a freeway and there are some super confusing spots, and speeds, and multiple lanes and merging, etc, aaacckk). #2 said he was okay driving it ... I'm just not okay as a passenger either. He dropped us off and so we all wouldn't have to take the shuttle after parking (apparently he didn't either, there was closer parking) and it was pretty easy to find where to wait. Same spot as Aunt Olivia a while back. Then the waiting, and it wasn't too bad. The plane was on time and customs were quick. We had our "Welcome Home" sign up ... and facing the wrong direction as the Landon crept in from the back! Our car doesn't fit the entire family, so Hubs caught a ride home with Liv and Maga (although it took a while as Olivia couldn't remember where she'd parked her car). Home again ... all my boys home.

0207 (Tuesday) 179.6. 18465 steps. Total Burn 2752, Exercise Burn 814/921 (60minElliptical, 30minZumba). Calories in 1500. #1 hasn't officially been released yet, so needs to have a "companion" at all times. He accompanied me as I did school carpools in the morning. He didn't feel like going to Zumba with me, so I sat it out. Aunt Olivia came and kidnapped him for a temple trip, which turned into an all day outing. They hit temple square, did some shopping and went out to eat. We were a little worried he wouldn't make it home in time for his meeting with the stake president for the release. After picking up middle school carpool (and arranging for #2 to grab #5 from elementary), I headed to West Jordan High to watch the sophomores play. Normally there isn't much of a student section cheering for anything other than varsity ... but they had a loud crowd there, complete with insulting posters and everything. The other team did come out hot and jumped out for the lead, but our boys battled back and got the win. MY boy ... didn't leave the bench. Not uncommon, there are the "favorites" and he's not one of them, but he's never not gone in at all before (although it's been pretty common for a couple of the other un-favored boys). I couldn't help but wonder if he was being punished for leaving practice early yesterday ... to see his brother who he hadn't seen in two years.  Broke my mommy heart a bit, although #3 said he didn't really care. I think he's done. Given up. Going to give it his all (if he's ever given the chance) and finish the season, but he can see the writing on the wall too. These teams can be the best thing for the boys (like my #2 has been a favorite) or it can crush them (and half the kids don't bother even trying out the next year. Last year they had three kids quit mid-season).  I ran home and prepped dinner. Chicken pillows, one of #1's favorites he hasn't had in two years. Then back to the school for the varsity game. I checked and JV had come back from being behind to get the win too. Varsity stayed pretty neck-and-neck for the first half, until our boys pulled away a bit at the end of the half. Then they continued the lead, although it was never totally comfortable ... things can always change pretty quick. In the end, WJ was fouling to get the ball back ... I appreciated the intentional but not injurious fouls ala the 5th grade game on Saturday. As soon as the game ended I booked it out to Murray High School for #5's game. He'd been picked up by a teammate to make sure he'd get there on time (although I did make it okay today, of course the game going on there before was a tight one that went long, at least not OT. Hard when these late 9:00 games start late! On a school night ... but I actually appreciate the 9:00 time slot when they are on the same night as the high school games, so I can catch them all).  

0208 (Wednesday) 180.0. 21534 steps. Total Burn 2965. Exercise Burn 1087/1123 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1900. Got the boys off to school, getting in my full hour of elliptical in during the school shove off. I did NOT make it to Zumba, but did some practice Zumba at home. I'd been asked to come introduce Zumba to the young women at the church in the evening, which I did. Between my morning practice and the presentation, I feel like I got in my hour. 5068 steps. Calories 469. AvHR 118 in the morning, 122 in the evening. High 146. In zone 37 of the 67 minutes. Got in some updates on the missionary blog. Baked a lasagna for dinner.

0209 (Thursday) 179.3. 21191 steps. Total Burn 2895. Exercise Burn 1002/1079 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2700. Didn't quite get in my hour of elliptical in during the morning school stuff, but did by the end of day. I went to Zumba with MountainView. 5916 steps. 2.55 miles. 382/381 calories, avHR115, high136, in zone 18 of the 59 minutes.  Stopped at the store on the way home to grab some groceries. Made the highlight reel from Tuesday's varsity game. Made sugar cookies ... usually a Superbowl tradition, but as we were all apart that day, and I didn't have the decorative white icing for the accents. The icing was rather runny though, and as I made smaller cookies this year, they really didn't turn out great. Not that anyone cares what they LOOK like, and half the boys prefer them without frosting anyway! 

0210 (Friday) 180.7. 8097 steps. Total Burn 2151. Exercise Burn 100/318 (30minBike). Calories in 2100. Even with a new "Grey's Anatomy" waiting for me, I decided to hit the bike. Switch up the activities a bit, and I could use some reading time. No problem finishing up my audiobooks, but the one on my Kindle has been neglected big time. It was late start and early out, and then basketball games in the afternoon/evening. We were away at Taylorsville, glad to have a carpool for middle-school on Fridays, as I needed to leave before #2 made it home. In the sophomore game, one of our players took an elbow to the head which resulted in a big gash. His mom had to take him to the ER where he got seven staples and has to be rechecked to see if he has a concussion. A little later, there was more blood with another one of our players hit in the head. Not requiring stitches, but he had to sit out the rest of the game (but did play JV once the bleeding was under control). I went ahead and stayed for the JV game, as I didn't want to fight traffic home and back, as it would hit rush hour in both directions. As I was there, I videotaped the game with my old camcorder, while recharging my new one. Love the USB hookup directly into the portable charger. The varsity game was a little closer than anticipated. It had been an easy win the first go-round, and was expected to be again ... but we were tied going into the final quarter.  I was also following the Bingham/WJ game on Twitter, and Bingham was down, which was unexpected ... but would help out our standing, so I was rooting on WJ from afar. Bingham pulled it out though (super close, only by two) and our boys did too (by a little wider margin) ... so CHHS and Bingham are still tied for the top spot in region (only losing to each other once in region play.)

0211 (Saturday) 180.5 steps. Total Burn 1955. Exercise Burn 0/122 (no exercise). Calories in 2200. I'd done some prep (for the homecoming gathering tomorrow) yesterday ... getting out the water dispenser, chocolate fountain stuff, dippers and tried to do some cleaning ... but two days in advance, it will just get cluttered again! Hubs was busy with his stuff, shopping, prepping and smoking the pork, mopping the floor. Two basketball games today for #5. A 1:00 one with his Grizzlies. My munchkin actually didn't score today, quite rare ... but he had a ton of assists and did great. The 5:00 game was also a win. Hubs had smoked some ribs (testing out prep for the basketball team dinner on Monday night) so that was our dinner.  

0212 (Sunday) 181.3. Total Burn 2177. Exercise Burn 0/350 (no exercise). Calories in 2500. No usual breakfast, as we were doing the final prep for the party after church. We got everything up and ready. Chairs all over. Sign on the garage. Church was at 1:00. We had a huge crowd at the house afterward! Some of the old neighbors who had moved away came, as well as family and other friends. Pulled pork, fruit plate, veggie plate, chocolate fountain with dippers. Cousin Matt brought cookies (of which I had a few) and Uncle Clay brought his homemade donuts (of which I had one). It was fun to see everyone, but also a relief to have it over. Now onto the basketball team dinner tomorrow ...

0213 (Monday) 182.6. Total Burn 3117. Exercise Burn 1135/1286 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2200. Got in my hour of elliptical during the morning school shove off. #1 surprised me being up and off early himself. Going back to work on a framing crew. He doesn't have a car, but one of the other fellows came and grabbed him to get him to/from the site. Hubs was NOT off early, taking the day at home to prep the ribs for the team dinner tonight. I actually went out and hit Southziders ... first time in a while for me. Good stats! 7221 steps. 3.27 miles. 494/510 burn. AvHR120, High144, in zone 36 of the 70 minutes. Hubs had done the initial prep on the ribs while I was gone, and they were in the smoker. That smoker was stacked! A little later in the afternoon, I helped him as we pulled the ribs off, cut them into servings (about four ribs each), sauced them and wrapped them in foil. Back in the smoker and oven for a few more hours of cooking. We'd been planning on 5:30, but dinner got pushed to 6:00. We headed over to the school and got into the cafeteria and got set up. The other two moms brought salads, rolls and sugar cookies. The boys seemed to enjoy the ribs, we got rave reviews. Glad to have that over with too! Now ... senior night tomorrow. I worked a little on a video for #2's table, but my Muvee was giving me issues. #5 also sprung the "I want a basketball valentine's box" ... for tomorrow. We looked around for some possibilities (I'd just thrown out a couple small backboard/net combos, but there was an old pinewood derby car that had a little hoop on it) but ... I told him it just wasn't going to happen. We had a leftover box (actually a garbage can set up) that I'd planned on him using.

0214 (Tuesday) 182.1. Total Burn 2645. Exercise Burn 598/800 (20minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1500. I went down to my gym in the morning when I heard a little scratching sound coming from a box in the corner. It was a mouse! A mouse in the house. I'm not super squeamish about mice, but I also have a bunch of guys around, so I enlisted #1 to grab the box and take it outside. It cut into my exercise time and I only got 10min done. I did another 10min, not quite having enough time for a full session before driving middle school carpool ... except that I forgot, I don't drive carpool Tuesday mornings (I do afternoon pickup). So I COULD have done 20 if I'd remembered that little fact. I thought I'd get a full 20 in before taking #5 to school, but he was looking around for an alternative valentine box because he didn't like the one I'd provided. I ended up taking a saw to the derby car to get the hoop lose. We had an orange box, I found a basketball frisbee for a backdrop, we printed out a few accents and #5 drew some additional ones on and ... basketball valentine box. Unfortunately it wasn't a great mother/son bonding experience. I was feeling super guilty I hadn't read his emotions more last night and stepped up then, and I think he read MY guilt and how frazzled I was with our rush job and he felt guilty. It turned out cute though, and hopefully he's happy. If Zumba wasn't my super close one, I might have wimped out on it, but I really have no excuse when it's right there. I went. 5657 steps. 2.49 miles. 388/384 burn. AvHR116, High146, in zone 27 of the 59 minutes. Back at home I showered and prepped a few more things for my son's table at senior night. I had to pick up middle school carpool and then rush over to the high school with only a few minutes to set up before the sophomore game started. Of course ... it didn't go smoothly. The tablet, Hub's latest gadget, wasn't working for me and I didn't know what to do. I hadn't prepped any physical pictures, they were all on the video slideshow. I was almost in tears, feeling like a complete failure again. Finally it restarted. I missed some of the sophomore game, and wasn't in a very good mindset for my filming. My MIL showed up to catch #3 playing, but he wasn't getting much playing time. Finally he was in, and made a basket there at the end, but we lost. After the game I was on snack bar duty. Generally I rush home and check on the little boys and get a break before heading back. It's hard to stay ... the music blaring between games. My anxiety and anti-social issues are hard to deal with, and then there's MATH. I know it's simple subtraction, but it stresses me out. I was relieved when it was over. Then we parents met and got paraded out with our boys right before the game. Then it was time to play. I had to go to my alternate spot as the parents side was filled on the top row. I have to be on the top row to stand and get a clear shot of the court. Luckily the other side was still free. I should have taken advantage of the cheerleaders being gone to Nationals to film from under the basket (usually not an option with them there). Then ... more stress as I was getting a disk warning on my video camera! I realized I hadn't taken off #5's games from Saturday, and then having filmed the sophomore game .... but it's a 32mg card, it still should have been okay. Hubs ended up grabbing the card from my video display, as most people had visited the senior display tables by that point. But again, super frustrated with myself for not dealing with that and prepping. Hard to enjoy the game, I was just emotionally on edge after everything. The last few days have been stressful. The game was stressful itself, closer than we'd like. The boys did get the win, undefeated at home, co-region champs (a couple games left to possibly shake that up, but probably nothing will change. CHHS and Bingham both only lost once, to each other). Glad to get Sunday over, Monday over, and now Tuesday over ... those were the big three days. They are over.

0215 (Wednesday) 180.9. Total Burn 2592. Exercise Burn 641/746 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2500. I'll admit, the burnout from these last few days has gotten to me. I got in 50min elliptical in the morning, but after elementary drop-off, instead of hitting Zumba, I crawled back in bed for a bit. I did get in my final 10min elliptical to finish my hour later in the day.
0216 (Thursday) 180.2. Total Burn 2948. Exercise Burn 1088/1128 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 2300. Didn't quite get in my hour of elliptical in during the morning, but did by the end of the day. I wasn't feeling too in the mood for Zumba, but I was committed, as Marian was leaving town for a funeral. Luckily I had Christa and Suzanne to help me, as I definitely didn't have the energy to do it all on my own. Then ... dentist. I dread the dentist. Both sides of my mouth, but at least that should be my final visit for a while. I made a lemon jello cake, which my big boys consumed before dinner! Hubs and #5 were off doing a derby. #1 asked to borrow the car to go to his institute class, but then ended up taking #2's Charger instead. Good thing, as I'd forgotten I needed to pick up #3 from practice (and needed my car!) #3 then took the car to go hang with his friends, and #2 had his girlfriend come pick him up for their evening (watching "The Bachelor"). Even #4 had plans, which is a big deal for my little homebody. Went to see a movie with friends (luckily friend were able to pick him up as I was without a car). I was home alone!
  
0217 (Friday) 181.2. Total Burn 2079. Exercise Burn 0/261 (no exercise). Calories in 2300. Routine is always off on Fridays with late start and early out. More so today, as middle school was out, and #1 didn't go do his framing job, as he had an interview at 8:00. That timing was a problem, as I need the Durango to get #5 to school. We ended up having #2 and #3 catch a ride to school and #1 taking the Charger. #4 wanted to go play some football with friends, so I dropped him off at a nearby park for a couple hours. When I picked him up ... his face! Black eye, scraped up and completely swollen. He and another kid hit heads hard. They had gone to one of the nearby homes and had an ice pack for him, but it continued to swell until he couldn't even open his eye. The bruising is horrible too. My poor little guy. I picked up #5 from school, and then headed out to basketball games at Jordan High School. Sophomore game was an easy win. No great highlights from my #3 but I'll still probably make a highlight reel. I didn't want to fight traffic home and back, so I stayed, and videoed JV. Easy win for them too. Varsity also went pretty smoothly and with this win, we are in the number one spot in region. Of course, Bingham will be in the same ranking on Tuesday after they beat Jordan (we've both won all but one, losing once to each other). The two teams will flip a coin for standings going into state. But I guess CHHS hasn't been able to get here in 20 years, so everyone was pretty happy. Hubs came out to watch Varsity, and my BIL brought his boys. I'd arranged a ride for #5 to get to/from practice. That might have been my last high school game ...

0218 (Saturday) 179.2. Total Burn 1965. Exercise Burn 0/158 (no exercise). Calories in 2300. Got a little sleep in. #1 woke up hungry and wanted Kneader's french toast, so we all went over there. #2 had slept over at friends, as he does every Friday after a game. I sent him a text suggesting he meet us there, and he wrote back saying they'd just recieved word to go as a team (Varsity), that Coach was buying breakfast! Coincidence! We also ran into a friend of #1 there. I took pictures of course. It's all you can eat, so sharing isn't really allowed, but if we don't ask for any extra ... the littles and I still could have shared one plate! #5 had a game over at the high school. A team we'd played twice before, lost one, won one. Close both times. And close again today. We won by one! At least there was no purposeful pushing like last time! So the championship game is next week. A team we've played twice and lost to both times ... but very close both times (OT last time). Back home, and #5 changed clothes and then I dropped him off at a friend's house and dropped #3 at the high school to run clocks. Poor #4, his eye is still so swollen and dark. Hubs had done some shopping and tried brisket in the instant pot and some smoked mac and cheese. He also made his cheesecake and ice cream pie.

0219 (Sunday) 179.6. Total Burn 1940. Exercise Burn 100/118 (10minElliptical). Calories in 2600. Hubs and #1 had an early morning meeting, so no sleep in. We did our big breakfast. The waffle recipe makes six waffles, and with #1 son home ... there are seven of us. #4 didn't really feel like a waffle this morning (which Hubs didn't realize until he'd already made a second batch) so there were leftovers (and we're not a good waffle leftover family). #1 made his buttermilk syrup, which #3 had been making while he was gone, but was more than happy to return the reins. Hubs had picked up some pork and brisket but didn't feel like smoking something today, so I made tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwiches. #3 has been picky, only liking this gourmet tomato soup (with orange juice in it) ... but I made it. #1 tried it and was like "what is THAT?"  I don't eat tomato soup, this recipe or traditional Cambells canned. We all watched "Inside Out" as #1 hadn't seen it (and my most recent audiobook has some similarities which is what brought it up). 

0220 (Monday) 180.6. Total Burn 2242. Exercise Burn 400/431 (Zumba, WEIGHTS). Calories in 2200. No school today, President's Day. Hubs and #1 son were still up and off early, but I stayed in bed until later. No elliptical, but I hit Zumba with Debbie in Daybreak. I wasn't sure if Southziders was on (they were) ... they used to never take days off, but then they started to for many holidays. Debbie's class was closer and got me back faster. When I arrived though, there were guys playing basketball in the gym. Debbie did kick them out of half anyway ... although it had boy stink to it! She has the church reserved on the schedule if people would bother to check. I stopped at Smiths on the way home, grabbing a few groceries and my prescription. I checked, as the cost was up. It used to be one of those $4 for 30-day, $10 for 90-day ones. Now it's $12.06 for a one month, they won't even allow a 90 day ... not that I don't get into the store, but they also only allow the refill during that last week and it's just hard to time it. I had making a special trip. I'm never sure if this medication does anything for me anyway, although some women sure say differently. #1 had taken #2's Charger, as he needed to be back for an interview with Discover ... which left me needing to drop #2 to/from work at KFC, as he agreed to cover a shift for someone. It is #2's birthday tomorrow (18 years old) so we went out to dinner. Tepanyaki is a favorite of him and the family, but his girlfriend had already said she was taking him out there tomorrow. Olive Garden was his second choice, so that's where we went. It's HIS favorite, but not really for the family. We left the left-overs sitting on the table! Grrr, duh! I'd picked up a Red Velvet cake and we put candles in and sang, even though it's a day early. Red velvet is something that doesn't tempt me. I think I did okay on calories today, even with chicken alfredo!

0221 (Tuesday) 181.3. Steps 23508. Total Burn 3001. Exercise Burn 1314/1172 (90minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 1900.  #5 woke up crying and I wasn't sure if he was going to make it to school. He took some ibuprofen and then felt better, so he went. I'd gotten in some elliptical in during the morning school shove off, and more later in the day. Extra elliptical! I also went to Zumba with Marian. 5762 steps. 2.49 miles. Burn estimates 351/372. AvHR105, high125, in zone 2 of the 60 min. Not sure if it is feeling a bit sore from weights yesterday, or just draggy, or what. I was on triple pickup duty after school. We did Orange Chicken for dinner. #5 had practice from 6-7:30 and a game at 8:00 (two different teams). It was raining. As we parked and he ran in, I noticed a hissing coming from my tire. So ... puncture NOT fixed! Sure enough on the way home I got a low pressure warning. Hubs was already asleep when we returned (even though it was just after 9:00). Happy birthday to #2 today! 18 years old! His girlfriend took him out to dinner and a movie tonight.

0222 (Wednesday) 179.6. Steps 16564. Total Burn 2583. Exercise Burn 600/766 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2600. My tire was super low in the morning. After dropping #5 at school I drove to Walmart. I had planned on grocery shopping there today anyway. They looked at the tire (again, Hubs had just been in on Sunday) and said there was a screw and they couldn't fix it. They'd have to special order the tire, as they didn't have our size in stock. I had them pump me up and figured I have hubs handle it (if there was a tire purchase involved ...I don't do decisions like that. Wimpy wife.) The high school was out today for PT conferences. Both boys are doing good ... except #3 had been a little disruptive in Spanish of late. #3 had his friends over and they hung out downstairs in the gym for much of the day. #2 had his buddies over too, as they were prepping a prom ask. I made roll dough, turning it into breadsticks and cinnamon rolls. Double duty afternoon carpools. Ziti for dinner. #3 took off to his girlfriend's house (taking #2's car, because he didn't want to drive mine and risk a flat tire) and Hubs was home late. Hubs was up late prepping brisket, which he's smoking for a work buddy's scout evening tomorrow.

0223 (Thursday) 181.1. Steps 18801. Total Burn 2782. Exercise Burn 954/934 (60minElliptical, Zumba). Calories in 3000.  Hubs had given me a quick lesson on how to fill up the tire (as we have an air compressor in the garage) but I still bribed #1 son ... I'd make his lunch (which he's been doing) if he filled up the tire for me. I hoped it would hold until after Zumba. I'd made an appointment at Discount Tire prepared to buy a new tire (as Walmart had indicated it couldn't be fixed) but hoped DT would have one in stock at least. I got in a couple elliptical sessions, drove a couple kid carpools to school and then went to Zumba, although I was running a bit late. I went straight to the tire place after. They said it could be patched (but did say new tires probably should be coming soon, but I'll let Hubs handle that). So I waited there for a bit. The time when quick, as one of #1's high school friends was there and we chatted a while. I stopped at DI afterward to invest in a few "fat pants" ... unfortunatley.  Home for just a bit before after school pickups. Hubs was out late, having taken the smoker to work to prep brisket for a work buddy's Scout banquet. He said it went well, but could have used a third brisket. I got distracted while prepping a simple dinner at home and totally burned it, and ended up just making mac and cheese from a box.

0224 (Friday) 181.7. Steps 5236. Total Burn 1989. Exercise Burn 0/138 (no exercise). Calories in 2200. I didn't even attempt any exercise during the school shove off. Hubs was home in the morning. He had a doctor's appointment and ran some errands in the morning ... including dropping the high schoolers off, as #1 had taken #2's car. We almost have the car situation settled. I dropped #5 at school and #4 had carpool. Feeling a tad under the weather ... again. #5 has been a little off too, especially at nights, but keeps making it to school. Hope he's feeling good for his two challenging games tomorrow. He had early out. I picked him up and we went to Walmart to return the shirts I'd bought him (too big) and I had him try on some (he's a little picky) and came home with three, and some laundry soap (as we were out). #2's girlfriend brought my big boys home, then she and #2 went off to find a tie to match her prom dress. I dropped off #5 at his coach's house to get a ride to practice, and #3 was picked up to go watch the high school girls compete at state basketball (they lost). He and his friends came back to the house after for some hot tub time. Not feeling great. Hubs was ready to turn in early and I was more than ready to too.

0225 (Saturday) 183.6. Steps 8748. Total Burn 2197. Exercise Burn 200/335 (20minElliptical). Calories in 2500. Slept in some. Two basketball games for #5. The first at 1:00 with his Grizzlies. Championship against the undefeated Jets. We'd played them twice before, came close both games ... unfortunately it was a repeat performance again. 28-32. Good game though, we even got the boys to smile for a team picture afterward. #5's little friend came over to the house after to hang out, and went with us to the next game with the Wolves at 5:00. Again, an undefeated team that came out hard. Surprisingly, our boys rallied and were leading at the half. Couldn't quite hang onto it though. Again, the loss was not unexpected at #5 handled it fine (better than the earlier game where there was some emotion). Hubs and I went out to dinner with the extended family (inlaws). A fancy little restaurant in the foothills, The 5Alls. It was good, but pricey! MIL picked up the tab.  

0226 (Sunday) 181.8. Steps 11293. Total Burn 2372. Exercise Burn 600/496 (60minElliptical). Calories in 2900. Hubs was up early getting brisket on the smoker. We did a pancake breakfast ... although some ate cheesecake pie. I often don't exercise on Sundays, but got in three 20min sessions today, although I had to push to finish. Dinner was yummy. Ice cream pie for dessert.  
 
0227 (Monday) 182.8. Steps 20640. Total Burn 2727. Exercise Burn 968/894 (60minElliptical, 60minBike, 30min/1.5milesTreadmill). Calories in 2200. I've really been struggling with motivation to get to my Monday Zumba class. It's a bit further away (about 20min) and then it regularly starts late. I almost always get a great workout, and I love the gals there, but it's been hard to make a two hour time commitment some mornings. I find myself talking myself out of going. This morning, add snow into the mix, and I didn't make it. I did get my hour of elliptical in early, and then hit the treadmill. Just planned on a walk, but did try to up it to a jog for a short time. Jogging is SO hard for me, but does get the heart rate up easily. I also did a session on the bike, reading and riding. I'd been a bit preoccupied today, as it was the start of State playoffs for 5A boys basketball. #2 and team played at 7:30 up at the University of Utah. I so dislike downtown, the drive, the parking, it was still so cold out (although the snow had melted without me having to shovel). I was trying to find out if it was going to be streamed ... and it was! I could watch from the comfort of home. I actually tuned in to some of the other games earlier in the day. Our region, Region 3, was playing the teams in Region 1, and we swept them! On to quarter finals on Wednesday. I watched the first half of the game on the ipad resting in bed, but then moved down to the bike again, as I was anxious and that helped expend the excess energy (even though our boys had a 20 point lead for almost the entire time). Eating wasn't great today ... I mean, it was delicious, but not nutritious! I can't stop eating Hub's ice cream pie. So yummy! I had a little leftover brisket for dinner.

0228 (Tuesday) 180.9. Steps 21113. Total Burn 2949. Exercise Burn 1105/1107 (60minElliptical, Zumba, Bike). Calories in 1800. The senior and sophomore were out of school, as it was ACT day for the Juniors.   I got up and got elliptical in. Zumba with Marian. Stats ... 5551 steps, 2.39 miles. 376/383 burn estimates. AvHR117, high143, in zone 16 of the 58 minutes. #3 took over my gym for a few hours ... not saying I would have gotten an extra workout in there during that time, but now we'll never know. I was on pickup for middle school, and elementary as always. I made copycat swig cookies and then chicken pillows (plus fried tenders for the littles) and yellow rice for dinner. I think we have enough leftovers that I'm now off the hook for a couple nights.The little fridge wasn't closing ... because someone hadn't closed it and ice built up in the small freezer section. Defrosting the fridge really needs to be done outside, and the weather now was not cooperative. I was able to work on it enough to at least get it to close. True defrosting will have to wait for a warmer day.
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