So my friend reboot_kid turned me on to geocaching. He has posted about it numerous times and I was always intrigued. Today I finally had the chance to go out with some friends and do it myself. Dave & Julie Collier and their kids Matt and Nate went with me.

The first cache we looked for was near a neighborhood. It was fairly easy to find which was nice for our first one. It was called "Think Pink" and everything in it was pink. The person who started it was donating $1 to the Susan G foundation for each person who signed the log book.

A little bit later we drove to a local forest preserve to find some other caches. The first place we looked we were unsuccessful. We might try again in the winter when everything isn't so green :) On the way back we decided to try another one. Dave and I left the path and hiked about 500 feet into the woods to find it. We got to a decently sloped hill and Dave climbed it to find the cache. We were very happy to have found at least one there. We decided to try and go back when we were better prepared to go hiking in the woods to look for the others.

All in all we had a great time. I posted pictures on my facebook page :) We are looking forward to doing more geocaching over the summer.


I am so happy it's finally consistently warm enough to not have to wear a coat. I am sure I miss summer much more than I miss winter. I love being outside. I have finally gotten around to arranging my balcony the way I like it. I am quite pleased with the results. I promise to post pictures soon. I am thrilled that the birds are coming to my bird feeder even with it being 6 floors up. Of course my balcony is covered in birdseed shells now, but I don't mind so much.

I rented some garden plots that the local park district rents out each summer. I have been there the past three days and these are the things I have learned:

1. "The ground will be tilled" does not equal "The ground will be ready for your seeds."
2. 18' x 36' is a lot bigger in person!
3. Making friends with the older people who have been planting there for years is a good good idea.
4. Don't wear white socks.
5. Gardening gloves are awesome.
6. Even with gloves hands will still get dirty.
7. Don't bring anything you don't want to get some dirt on it.
8. There is not much better than sitting by freshly hoed rows of veggies and reading a book.

I will post pictures as soon as I finish making things look nice :)


As I mentioned before I have been taking a cake decorating class. It has been a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the next course, which I will be taking in June. To save your friends pages my cake pictures are behind the link.

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Back to the norm

So things are mostly back to normal with us. We are planning to go back out to Maryland in the summer to help clean more of John's things out of the house and help wit general yard work stuff. I will hopefully get to visit some friends that live out that way while we are there so I am looking forward to that.

Had an Endo visit today and my A1C is down to 6.7. Yay!! I am so happy things are back to where they should be. Now I just need to focus on weight. I am planning to get back into the swing of things with working out this week. I am hopeful that I will quickly be able to get back to where I was.

I am taking a cake decorating class with a friend of mine andhaving loads of fun with it. I will post pictures soon of the cakes I have done so far :)


So I got the immense pleasure of having lunch with absurd and stray today. Mike is on his way to Australia and had a layover at O'Hare long enough that we could meet him and have lunch. It was all sorts of awesome, as I would expect any time hanging out with the two of them would be :) I only wish we had more time to chat and stuff. We did get pictures though so there's proof!

Doing pretty well otherwise. Thrilled that the weather is getting nicer. I can not wait to get out and plant stuff. Fitness and health is progressive :)

Ups and downs

Yesterday was my 28th day using the Wii Fit. I am thrilled that I have been able to go 4 weeks doing at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes. Even more that some weeks I did 4 days for 45 minutes or more. I know that it's not only the Fit (though that has been a huge help) but also emotionally I feel good with my workouts. Best of all I look forward to coming home every day and using the Fit. Never when I was only walking did I look forward to working out. I know that I will be able to succeed using this workout. Next step is adding ankle weights to the routine. My good friend who got the Fit a few weeks after I did just added weights to her routine and she said it's a great next step. So I will look for some this weekend.

On Sunday night when I went to bed I was frustrated that even though I have been doing this workout thing consistently for the past month my weight has not changed much at all. I know it's because of my eating. I decided I wanted to try and fast some this week. To try and make a drastic change from my bad eating habits. Sometimes this is what it takes for me to change a bad habit. So I got up yesterday feeling good about my decision. I had talked to my doctor previously about fasting and I knew what he wanted me to do. At noon I did my workout and felt good (hungry but good). By 4pm my sugar had dipped a bit to low and I felt awful. My doctor called me to say he wanted me to eat something (I was faxing him my sugars each time I took them). I decided that I needed to move a step up. I had a small snack right then (some cheese and crackers) and decided that I just really needed to focus on eating right in the evenings. I am fine until about 4pm, then I go downhill. So for dinner last night I used a smaller plate than a normal dinner size plate. I took one normal serving of dinner, which filled the plate nicely. I was done with dinner by 6:30pm and had nothing else the rest of the night. I went to bed a bit on the hungry side but feeling great!

Today I had a breakfast bar in the morning and yogurt and a p&j for lunch. Of course now I am in my snack eat time so I am hoping tonight goes as well as last night. I am going to help a friend with something at church so my plan is to have a snack of cheese and crackers and then eat leftovers when I get home. It will be a late dinner but I will focus on eating good stuff. I am feeling confident about things so far :) we'll see how many days I can go!


I had a small gain this week. Less than a pound but bleh. I know it's because of my eating so I am focused on buckling down and controlling my eating. Some friends of mine are going to start south beach next week and I am tempted to do it with them to see if I can. I need to do something because I have been using the Wii Fit for 3 weeks now and still am hovering around the same weight as when I started.

I think I have a cold that is attacking me in small bits instead of all at once. I have been feeling really run down the past 4 or 5 days. I am going to try and get some more sleep and stuff so hopefully it will pass.

Before Christmas I decided to start reading the Terry Goodkind books. I was intrigued by the Seeker tv series they were advertising and I had heard from various people that the books were decent. I really like them. I am on the 7th of 12 books and still like them as much as when I started. I heard that they were like the Robert Jordan books, that they petered out after a while, but I have read more than I read of the Jordan books so I am happy. I find that I really love the women characters that he's written. I also am a sucker for the reluctant hero type (and I think Brendan Frasier plays them the best) and Goodkind's main character is that type. I am hopeful I will enjoy the rest of the series. I am dissapointed that the tv series sucked but eh, oh well.


I did not not not not want to work out today. When I went to bed last night I felt like I had been hit by a truck. I was feeling slightly better when I got up but by the time I was driving home I was feeling worse. When I got home I decided to work out, hoping it would make me feel better. Now, 50 minutes later, I am glad I did but I feel worse. I will probably take some NyQuil tonight in hopes to fend off what is most likely sickness.