20 April 2012


When I was younger I was always doing crafts. I did all kinds of crafts all the time. I even had a set of leather tools similar to the picture above. I love, love, love doing crafts. I love working with my hands and I love creating things. Love it!!!!! Then for some reason I stopped. I'm not sure why maybe life just got in the way, but I stopped. I'm slowly getting back into it. I'm a Pinterest lurker looking at all the DIY stuff. I even found some directions on how to dye leather. I'm thinking of giving it a try just for fun. I love to try new things and I've never dyed leather before. Maybe I'll give that a go.

19 April 2012


I have now seen a number of students grow from children into young adults and it is truly impressive. It's one thing to have child and see it, but to watch 80 to 100 of them go through it is really, truly inspiring. They really do face so many things growing up. So many challenges and issues, it's amazing that anyone makes it to adulthood. We've had a couple of students get kicked out lately because of poor choices. One student head-butted another student. The head butter got kicked out. Then last week, the head-buttee when over to the local elementary school and stole a bike. As if that wasn't enough, he took a credit card from a fellow student. He got kicked out. I realize that as teenagers, their pre-frontal cortex is not complete developed but stealing anything??? They have to realize that stealing something is going to lead them into trouble. Growing up it tough.

One of the students I had in my first year is now in 9th grade. The problem is that he has a severe case of acne. I really feel sorry for him. He has a very, very severe case. Over the holidays I thought that it was clearing up but lately it looks like he's had a resurgence and I feel bad for him. He's not the only one who has acne, he's just the worst. I know he feels bad about it and there's not really much he can do. I'm sure his Mom gets him stuff for it. Maybe I should tell her about the Murad Coupon Codes I found on the Internet the other day.

I have said for years that I would not want to be a teenager for any amount of money, and now that I work with them I really stand by that statement. It is difficult growing up and I'm glad it's over. I just hope I can help some of these kids make it to adulthood and make the road a little easier for them.

A day of rest

Today was a rest day. I had a conference all day and didn't have to ride my bike. I got a ride to the conference and took the bus home. I also paid $11 for a hot dog for lunch. Because of all of this I decided to take today as a rest day. I want to work out regularly but I also don't want to overdo it. So I'm considering a 3 days on 1 day off schedule or something like it. I have to ride my bike everyday but I don't have to do my evening workout everyday. I don't want to burn out so I've decided to try and take it slow and do it the right way. The good part is that I really, really missed riding my bike today. That is a super good sign. I am looking forward to my ride tomorrow.

In other news, I got a new heart rate monitor. The pedometer thingee I have connects with a heart rate monitor. I have been riding my bike and working out and the pedometer indicates I haven't been working very hard. I figured it was because I ride the bike and it's hard for the pedometer to pick up. So I ordered the heart rate monitor strap to more accurately register my workouts. I remember why I don't like heart rate monitors. They are uncomfortable. But I can live with it.


Thanks to Wm Rowe

We upgraded our television package by logging on to www.direct.tv this year. I love watching my favorite morning shows and drinking coffee in the morning. This morning though, when I woke up, was drinking coffee, and watching TV, I felt terrible. I had this really quesy feeling in my stomach and a faint, but just pulsating enough to feel headache. I hadn’t woken up sick in a really long time. I took some tums to settle my stomach and some Tylenol for my headache. After about twenty minutes of taking the medicine, the real sickness set in. I started throwing up! I just couldn’t believe it—I was sick as a dog. It didn’t occur to me until my husband got home that we had gone out and were eating sushilast night! After I remembered that I felt even more sick. Now, I have started to feel a little better, but I really don’t think that I am going to be able to any kind of raw fish again anytime soon. Just thinking about eating raw fish makes me cringe! I hate food poising—I really loved going out for sushi!

17 April 2012

That was scary

As I was riding home tonight, I saw a bicyclist that had gotten hit by a car. He was lying on the ground and did not appear to be conscious but I did not see any blood. I realize there could still be lots of damage without any visible blood, but that also means he did not crack his head or anything like that. It seems as if he got hit by a car exiting a driveway. I think this is good because the car would have been going fairly slow. Hopefully he will be okay. It really kind of scared me and made me more aware during my ride. As I've said before, I ride about 7-8 miles a day, and lots of those places are pretty scary. I ride through Honolulu's business district and that can be really, really scary. I also ride near a freeway entrance and that can be super scary.

It's hard to see but if you look at the red arrows they point to the right lane that gets on the freeway. In order not to get on the freeway I have to ride along the green line, which happens to be right between 2 lanes of traffic that are going fast and one lane is speeding up to get on the freeway. Scary. But that accident made me be more cautious and not get so confident in myself or other people.

15 April 2012

Here we go again.....

Same old stuff again.... Not really. But I am going at it again.....I spent the morning cleaning and rearranging both spare rooms. One room will be the computer room and office. The other room will be the TV/workout room. After cleaning everything and moving furniture and doing all kinds of stuff, I like both rooms. I went from hating both rooms to loving both - Awesome!!!

We do have a lot of crap. I tend to keep things but Hubby is much, much worse. I often wonder if we should consider getting a us metal building for out back for storage. Maybe.

I do think I'm over my thesis. At this point it is literally due in a couple of weeks and I haven't done anything. I was going to try and spit out something but I want to do a good one. So I'm over it. I will take the F's and go to Walden and see if they can help me. But not for a while. I need to not think about my thesis for a while. I need to spend some time on things I want to spend time on. Crafts. School stuff. Etc.

We got to see the new Whole Foods in Kailua today. That was fun. We got a tour highlighting all the cool things about the store. Then there was a block party with food samples and a free bag. It was quite fun. They will have some awesome stuff. I really, really love that they sell food that is all natural and has no artificial ingredients. Meat that has no hormones or antibiotics. Veggies and fruits that have been grown organically. I believe more and more that the junk we put in our food is causing problems. Coloring, flavoring, high fructose corn syrup, dyes, fillers, etc. The human body was not meant to eat like that. I also love that all their meat is grown in places that meat high standards. No cages or crates. Access to the outside. The animals are treated humanely. I believe that we are made to eat meat and that it's not bad to eat meat, but we don't have to treat the animals cruelly to have meat. So I like that. I plan on shopping there for most of our food, I just need to convince Hubby that even though it's more expensive, it is worth it. Besides, the meat tastes much better and no pink slime... Yes, I am glad they are opening on Wednesday.

So I'm ready to tackle the week. I have the workout room ready for workouts. I have a TV, DVD and video player in there, I also have a laptop for computer based workouts. I am ready. I ordered a heart rate monitor that works with my SlimCoach and I'm ready to get really serious.


There is a Japanese proverb that says, Fall down seven times, get up eight. So here I am getting up again.

I have been working on my eating lately and am pleased with how it's going. I want to reach a place where I can eat intuitively and I think I'm getting there. I think I'm gravitating towards smaller portions and more fruit and veggies. I need to work on the exercise. I ride the bike back and forth to school, I need to do weights also. I also want to start running again. Ugh, so many things to do.....

Today is my birthday - whoopie. I'm not a big fan of birthdays and I'm a little unclear on why we celebrate them. Yeah, you didn't die this year??? I don't know.

I want a heart rate monitor. I have one but I don't think it works anymore. Maybe I'll buy myself one for my birthday. Wonder where they are sold around here.

I think I may go to the mall today. Not really looking for anything, just feel like going.

That's about all I have to say. I'm going to shower, do laundry, clean and set up the workout room and call it a day.

Social media holiday

I've decided to take a break from social media. I spend far, far too much time just scrolling through Facebook. Yes, I get a lot of in...