Thursday Thirteen #4

Thirteen Things my Husband Will NOT be Getting For His Birthday

  1. A drum set. I know I said it in my last post, but seriously… No.
  2. A trip to Hawaii. I wish I could get him this, though. He did it for me! *sigh*
  3. One of those do-it-yourself steel buildings. As much as he wants to build himself a shop/shed and would love something like this, I don’t think it would go with the house.
  4. Jewelry. He’s just not that much of a jewelry wearing guy. He does wear an earring, and he used to wear a necklace, but I tossed that into the ocean (long story).
  5. Computer parts. He got me computer parts for my birthday once. It was a computer case I had been admiring. But he’s pickier than I am when it comes to that stuff and I’d likely get something that wasn’t compatible anyway.
  6. Guitars. He’d say he would LOVE another guitar. But I’ve done that twice now. One year I got him an acoustic and another year I got him a backpack guitar (a Martin even).
  7. CD’s. Apparently I have totally lost track of who has what CD around here. I gave my daughter a CD for her birthday.. the same one I gave to her on her LAST birthday. OOPS. Luckily we were able to exchange it but I’m traumatized. 😦
  8. A new cell phone. Those of you who know him, knows why. If you don’t, you must read the story. 🙂
  9. Blueberry Muffins. If you know Cody, you’ll know why his dad wouldn’t want blueberry muffins on his birthday. Otherwise you might want to read that story too.
  10. A trip to the Malibu Raceway in Beaverton. Last time he went the exhaust from the race cars made him sick. 😦
  11. A whale watching cruise at the beach. As much as *I* would enjoy that, and have in the past, I will spare you the details and just say that Jack does much better on land.
  12. Starcraft II. But that’s only because it’s not out yet. Darnit, Blizzard. Hurry up!
  13. Wicker furniture. Again, those who know Jack will know why.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens:
Dawn | Open Grove Claudia | Penny | mom not mum

[tags]Thursday Thirteen, birthdays, birthday, funny husbands[/tags]

Thursday Thirteen #2

It is anniversary week for my husband and I and we are celebrating not only eight years of marriage but 13 years together.

Highlights of the last Thirteen Years with my Husband

  1. 1994: We met online playing a game on a local BBS (the same BBS we met Wyldlock) and began dating shortly after we met face to face. Love at first sight really does exist!
  2. 1995: I spent most of this year sitting on the couch playing computer games and reading books. Bed rest is no fun! After a somewhat difficult pregnancy, our daughter was born in December of this year.
  3. 1996: After overcoming some hardships, we finally started living together and building a decent life for ourselves.
  4. 1997: Sometime this year or the year before (hey it’s hard to remember back that far) we started our own computer business. We had a store and everything. The problem was we tried to offer mostly computer parts that came with free or cheap service. What we should have done was focus on the service part and charged for that instead! We couldn’t compete with the bigger companies like Computer City. This is when I started dabbling in HTML and learning to build web pages. I even started my first “blog” although that term wasn’t around then. I called it a Diary. 🙂
  5. 1998: Our first son together was born on a hot day in the middle of summer. This was the only baby of my four that I carried to full term. Of course this would be the summer we had record-breaking temperatures! The day after I brought him home from the hospital it got up to 105 degrees! Even though I had gestational diabetes, it was a fairly easy pregnancy.
  6. 1999: Jack proposed to me in January and we were finally married on a gorgeous day in August. We paid for everything ourselves and this year was pretty much spent preparing for our wedding.
  7. 2000: Y2K! This was a fateful year for Jack, as he lost a really great job the day he was supposed to start due to failing the background check. What caused him to fail? No high school diploma. Some paperwork was missed on this and literally minutes before he was to head out and start his job on the first day, he got the call that he couldn’t work. This was devasating to both of us. But he went that week and got his GED after not picking up a school book in over 10 years. The agency who placed him at the job he lost found him a 1 week temp job as a replacement. That turned into two weeks, then three. Each week he wondered if they’d still want him around. After a couple months they were so impressed they bought his contract and he’s been there ever since! I also became pregnant with our last child this year and we spent our first wedding anniversary with me in the hospital due to finding out I had uncontrolled diabetes (apparently it didn’t go away with the last pregnancy.)
  8. 2001: I was induced three weeks early and our youngest was born after a very difficult pregnancy (I had to inject insulin the whole pregnancy).
  9. 2002: We moved out of the rented house we had lived in for five years into a really crappy apartment in a horrible neighborhood. This was a temporary move so we could save and prepare to buy our first home. This was a rough year for our relationship as well. But we endured and came out better than ever. We learned that marriage can be work sometimes, but if both partners are 100% committed, you can get through anything.
  10. 2003: We finally bought our first home and moved in on a 96 degree day. We seem to have a lot of events that involve record breaking hot temperatures. 🙂 It took us over a week to get moved but the heat really slowed us down.
  11. 2004: I got my first full time job in over 10 years and began a career. For the first time we were a two income family. We started the process of rebuilding our credit and finally got ahead financially.
  12. 2005: Hawaii!!! Jack surprised me with a trip to Hawaii on Valentine’s day. This was actually for my birthday a week later. That was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.
  13. 2006: This was actually a rough year for my family. My mom was in a horrible car accident where she broke her back, my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and my step father passed away. I don’t look back on this year with much fondness with the exception that through it all my husband was beside me and 100% supportive of everything I had to do. He even had to experience being a single dad while I spent weeks and weeks away from home helping out my mom and then flying to California for my job. It was the first time we had ever been apart that long and the saying is true: Absence DOES make the heart grow fonder. Even if you’ve been together over a decade.

The last 13 years of my life have been the best despite some hardships and struggles. Every year with my husband has been a blessing and I’m looking forward to many many more to come!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens:
Amelia June | pussreboots | Frigga | Holly | Tilly Greene | Buck Naked Politics

[tags]Thursday Thirteen, marriage, anniversary[/tags]

5 more gone

I’ve lost another 5 pounds. I haven’t really been tracking it lately since I’ve been busy with the holidays and work. But on New Year’s eve, I was trying to pick out clothes to wear. I decided on a beige skort I bought a few weeks before we went to Hawaii in February. I wore this skort in Hawaii and it was a tad loose but it still fit. Well, when I put it on Saturday evening, it fell off. And not only did it fall off, you could almost fit a kid in there with me, lol. (I say that because my 10 year old daughter said “I could fit in there with you!”)

Then I tried on some shorts I wore in Hawaii. Same thing. They fall right off and look ridiculous with a belt since they are so big.

This really blew me away. Because I haven’t really done much to try to lose any more weight. I haven’t gotten back into exercising or anything. And in all honesty, I still struggle with my eating habits. Where I struggle is eating consistently. I forget to eat breakfast a lot. I tend to not eat much throughout the day then have large dinners because I’m so hungry by then.

But I do still watch what I am eating. I don’t eat as much as I used to and my appetite is definitely smaller than what it used to be. (Took the kids to spend our burger bucks at Burger King yesterday and I could barely eat one chicken sandwich.)

So yesterday after my shower, I hopped on the scale. I was down 5 more pounds. I updated my little ticker below and it feels good to see progress even though I’m not actively trying. Maybe it’s better this way, though. Because when I do focus on it, I’m sure I’ll get even better results.

I’m taking my time at losing this weight. When it’s off, I want it off forever. I don’t want to bounce around. So if that means I lose slowly, so be it. As long as I’m making progress.

Wagons are too easy to fall off of…

I wouldn’t say that I have fallen off the wagon, but I’ve definitely been teetering since Hawaii. So, I’ve started an exercise … ‘plan’… if you can call that. Basically, I ride the exercise bike we bought last summer at a garage sale till it hurts me. Which is about 10 minutes. ha. Seriously though, I do at least 10 minutes no matter what and hope to continue to increase that to 15, 20, etc. I need to start out slow and work my way up.

I’ve still not lost any more weight… but I have started posting again on the diabetes support boards. And today I picked up what looks to be a promising book: Fix-it and Forget-it. I love my slow cooker and use it whenever I can, so I think I’ll enjoy this cookbook.

I also picked up The First Year Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. This was highly recommended on the diabetes support board. I’m 6 months into my first year of being diagnosed, but I know I still have a lot to learn. And then I found this little pocket journal where you can track your carbs, exercise, etc. I hope to get some use out of it.

I’ve also tested twice in the last couple days. Shocking, huh? Once the other morning before I ate (FBS which = Fasting Blood Sugar). It was 138. Not good. But then I tested before dinner today and it was 119. Not too bad.

Today I’ve done more to educate and prepare myself for this life of diabetes than I’ve done in the past six months. Go me.


I know I should update this thing more often… but the truth is, I don’t have as much to say as I used to back when I first started blogging.

For one, I intended this to be a ‘my life with diabetes’ blog, to vent, discuss, etc. And now that the ‘honeymoon’ is over, I just don’t have much to say about it. I watch my carb intake, my BG levels are good, and I’m slowly losing weight. That’s about it. So… how does one elaborate?

Second, I’m busy … a lot. My husband and I rarely have time to do much online anymore since we both work full time jobs and have a lot of kids. So I don’t have the day time hours to think up witty or boring blog posts. 😉 oh well.

As far as my health, I have fallen off the wagon somewhat since my trip to Hawaii. But I’m slowly getting back on track. I’ve lost 30 pounds total and have plateaued. Not really gaining and not losing either. So it’s definitely time to add more exercise into the mix. I found some pictures of me taken back in August… I can definitely see the difference in my face. Wow. So, that’s been encouraging and motivating to do better.

Going to Hawaii was fun and I’d do it again in a heartbeat, but the excitedness I felt about losing weight disappeared when we got to Hawaii. All the skinny tan people.. and then having to buy a new swimsuit. While I was thrilled to buy a swimsuit in a size smaller than I expected, stepping out onto the beach with all those thin girls in bikinis didn’t help my self-esteem much. lol

Other good news: I got a promotion at my job last week. I start my new duties and hours tomorrow. I’m now a supervisor… it’s kinda scary and exciting at the same time. I was definitely honored when I was approached for the position. It came at a good time for me because I was feeling a bit under-appreciated. I was very wrong in that assumption though, which is a good thing! Obviously. 🙂

Polynesian Cultural Center

First, here’s a small sample of the view from our room in the daylight. The first night we had asked to be upgraded to an ocean view room, and while it was pretty during the day, it was a bit disappointing mostly at night (since there was a big hotel blocking most of our view), so we had them move us back to the “city view” room. At night it’s breath-taking! Unfortunately, our camera doesn’t take the best night pictures but this gives you an idea (this is only one small sample, the view is HUGE!)

We spent the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center yesterday. It was simply amazing. The exhibits, the people, the costumes, and the scenery were just gorgeous. The luau was excellent, the entertainment during the luau was fun, and the night show, “Horizons” was fantastic!

Aloha from Hawai'i

We’re here!! And OMG is it gorgeous!!! (Click the links for a few pictures. More to come later).

There’s so much to do and things to see that if we had a month here we would not even come close to seeing/doing it all. It’s overwhelming!

We spent the first day exploring our immediate surroundings. We walked and walked and walked and walked, then we walked some more, we took a taxi once, and a shuttle, and a bus, and walked and walked. We had lunch by the pool at our Hotel, walked along a lagoon full of fish, stepped into a Pacific Ocean unlike the Pacific Ocean we’re used to on the mainland… it’s actually WARM! Then we ate a wonderful dinner with live Hawaiian music in a restaurant called the Chart House. After that we came back to the Hotel and crawled into bed where we fell asleep the second our heads hit the pillows.

Today we got up early and took a taxi to pick up our rental car. It turned out the Duke Kohanamoku statue was right across the street so we got in front of it and the live cam and called home to Ralph and Denise so they could see us on the cam. Cody got to see us too!

From there we went to Pearl Harbor and Bowfin Park. We got our ticket to the Arizona Memorial and had a few hours to spare before our turn so we toured the USS Missouri. That was a neat treat and what a fun lesson in history! We took many pictures and walked a mile and a half along the decks of the Mighty Mo. We stood on the spot where the Japanese surrendered in World War II, which marked the ending of the war.

We got done with that just in time to begin our tour of the USS Arizona. We watched a 25 minute movie with actual footage from both the Japanese and American sides of the events that led up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. We also learned that of the 26 ships that were sunk during the attack on December 7, 1941, all but 3 were resurrected and sent to attack the Japanese fleet at Midway, where they sank 4 of the Japanese aircraft carriers that had carried out the Pearl Harbor attack. The movie was quite moving, and at the end, it was quiet and not many dry eyes in the room.

The tour guide reminded us on numerous occassions that the Arizona was more than a museum. It was a cemetary for more than 1100 service men who died that day on the Arizona. They asked that we treat the memorial site as such, so there was little to no talking during the viewing of the sunken ship.

After the movie and the history briefing, we boarded a boat that took us to the actual site. It was an erie silent ghost ship sitting on the ocean floor with few pieces of the ship sticking out of the water. The memorial was built right over the top of the ship so you could look down and see her.

One of the most touching things we saw were the “Tears of the Arizona”. The tears, are actually drops of oil that rise to the surface. The USS Arizona has been leaking oil since she sank to the ocean floor over 63 years ago. The tour guide explained that it’s believed the “The Tears of the Arizona” will stop when the last survivor passes on. About a dozen survivors of the Arizona who later passed on have been buried in the Arizona with their fellow shipmates. It’s a very touching story.

We left with a mixture of emotions: sadness and gratitude for those who sacrificed their lives that day and the years to come, and excited and awestruck that we got to see this massive piece of our history.

We were also famished. Thus began our journey to find a good place to eat that had parking within a mile. This proved to be impossible. We drove around (mostly lost — but we enjoyed the scenery) for nearly two hours and finally, FIVE hours after we left Pearl Harbor, we got to eat. This was after we gave up and somehow found our way back to the hotel, and asked there, “where’s a good place to get a Plate Lunch?” (It was dinner time of course). The valet peoples told us Rainbow Drive-in.

Oh yeah… on our way to find food we saw the Waikiki aquarium and pulled in there for a visit. we figured there’d be food there. Well, there was food, but unless you like whole raw dead fish, and wanted to wrestle that out of a seal’s mouth, there wasn’t much for human consumption. We did see lots of neat coral reefs, colorful fish, seals, and sharks.

Anway, never heard of a Plate Lunch? Neither did we till we read about them in an article while on the plane… We were determined to find this local Hawaiian favorite. A plate lunch basically is: two scoops of white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad, some kind of meat, and brown gravy. A diabetic’s nightmare. But oh my god it was good!

By the way, when you ask for directions in Hawaii, and someone says, “oh it’s up the road about 3 blocks”, in mainland terms that’s actually about 1.5 miles. However, if you ask how far it is to drive somewhere, they will tell you it’s way too far! Even if it’s only a half hour drive. For some reason people here think driving any longer than a half hour to get somewhere is not worth your time. 🙂

Until next time, mahalo and aloha!