Sunday, July 31, 2011

Teriyaki Chicken Meatball Kabobs

I've been shopping more at Costco and hitting the deli section and have found some great dinner ideas.  One of my favorite is the Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs.  They come already cooked, you just need to warm them up. 

These are great on the grill or broiled.  I took some skewers, added pineapple and red onion, then brushed some teriyaki sauce on it before cooking.  These I broiled for 10 minutes on one side, flipped and cooked for another 10 minutes

They go great on steamed white rice and with some grilled sweet corn.  Perfect easy, quick, summer dinner!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Flip Flops Make You Fat!

I was going to just let this go and not blog about this, but a week later it is still bothering me and I feel like I just need to blog about it and see if I'm the only one who goes through this.

Last week I went to my regular OBGYN appointment (TMI free post, no worries.)  I hate going to the doctor, especially the lady doctor. Girls, I know you'll agree with me that none of us look forward to going to THAT appointment. After disrobing I folded my clothes neatly, strategically hiding my undergarments on the nearby chair and sliding my flip flops on the floor underneath.  I waited an indeterminate time, sitting on the examination table in the teenie, tiny, embarrassingly small hospital gown for the doctor to arrive. 

She arrived and introduced herself (first time seeing this doctor, at the medical group I belong to it's a revolving door of physicians) and then started right out of the gate about my weight.  Yes, I'm fat.  I've been fat all my life. In fact I am what the medical community likes to call morbidly obese, but I prefer what the fat acceptance blogosphere affectionately calls "death fat".   I do expect some mention about my weight when I go to the doctor.  It's one of the reasons I hate going.  But keep in mind I'm at the OBGYN, not my regular primary doctor.  I'm here to get my lady parts checked and I'm out of there.  But no it wasn't that simple.  First she looks down at my flip flops and says "Well there is part of your problem right there, you're wearing flip flops.  You need tennis shoes so you can WALK WITH PURPOSE".  Ok doc, hold it right there.  There are several reasons why I wear flip flops:
1. It's the middle of summer and they are cute.
2. I just got a pedi and how else am I going to show off my toes without going barefoot?
3. I had major surgery on my Achilles heel two years ago and it hurts to wear tennis shoes
4. They are comfortable to walk in without pain.
5. You are my OBGYN WHY are you looking at my footwear?!

No worries, I don't only use flip flops. I do use backless (mules) tennis shoes from time to time.

I didn't actually tell her all of that but I did tell her about the surgery and I couldn't help but think that if she checked my medical chart in front of her she would have seen that.  She would have also noticed that I have lost 25lbs since my visit last year (especially since I was just weighed by her nurse 10 minutes ago), which I mentioned to her.  I told her that I go to the gym and swim several times a week and have been "walking with purpose" as often as I can.  You would think that would be the end of the lecture, but no.  She continued to ask me if I wanted to be around and healthy so I can take care of my children.  She thought I should be doing a more strenuous exercise then walking or swimming.  I should take advantage of the workshops on weight loss that my medical provider offers.  She asked me what I weighed when I was 18 because that is most likely what my natural weight should be (HUH?), and even though it would still be considered overweight, it would be much better to be that weight then what I am now. Weight loss surgery, is it something I have ever considered?  She can give me literature on that.  She mentioned my blood pressure is good, my blood sugar and cholesterol is all normal, but yet I was getting a 20 minute sermon from her about how I must lose weight.  Honestly my head was spinning. And she had not even done my exam yet.

I left the Dr.'s office feeling pretty defeated and that no matter how much weight I would ever loose, it would never be enough unless I met the medical standards.  After I snapped out of my funk and crying on my husband's shoulder, I gathered my thoughts.  I'm not unreasonable and expect the Dr. not to say anything about my weight.  But once I told her that I lost weight that year, it would have been encouraging to hear that whatever you are doing keep on doing.  You've lost weight and all your vitals are good.   I am not on a diet and I don't want to be.  I have spent my entire life being on every kind of weight loss program.  Right now my focus is being healthy, feeling good and yes, I do want to be around for my family.  I don't need Dr. Obvious to tell me to eat less and exercise.  I know that.  I don't get how she would expect me to run or do Zumba when that's not an exercise I would ever stick to.  I love to swim.  Isn't that better then doing nothing for an hour?

As far as "walking with purpose" I can do that with my flip flops.  I walk at the mall with purpose.  I walked all over Hawaii and on the beach with purpose.  I walk my puppies with purpose. When I'm at Disney, look out, I'm walking with purpose. As long as it's under 80 degrees, I'm walking with purpose!  Because of my heel surgery, I found out what it is like to not be able to walk, so now that I finally am able to it is with purpose.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

New Layouts

Thought I would share a few layouts I did recently of our trip to Hawaii.  Today is a lazy Sunday and I hope to make get a few more done.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Face lift for my Blog

After returning from our much needed vacation from Hawaii, I have given my blog a little refirb and HOPE (I'm gonna try really hard!) to post at least 3 times a week.  My posts will consist of the following:

1.   Disney news.  There is always something exciting going on at Disney!! When you call the Mouse, I answer so I know a lot of what is going on at Walt Disney World and the Walt Disney Company.   I am looking forward to going to the D23 Expo and sharing what is going on from there and I also hope to be more involved volunteer wise with the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.  That place is amazing and if you a Disney fan you need to plan a trip to go there. TRUST me, you will looove it!

2.  Digital Scrapbooking.  My goal is to do AT LEAST one page a week.  I love all you can do with digital and now that's pretty much the only way I scrapbook.  I of course, like many of you have plenty of scrapbooking supplies still and enjoy making cards and other papercrafts.

3. FOOD Glorious food.  I'm always on the search for meals to serve my family that are tasty and healthy, but I have to do it without them knowing..shhhh.  I'm going to take a recipe from different food blogs, which there are so many wonderful ones, each week and fix a meal and do a review.  Looking forward to this and changing up what we eat, and hopefully put us on our way to eating a little bit healthier.

4.  Finally, an occasional post about my amazing kids, because sometimes I just like to brag because they are both pretty talanted and overall awesome.  I also have really gotten into Instagram, which I have linked on the side of my blog.  If you have an iphone it's a great app to share your photos and to view and comment on others.

I hope you enjoy my occasional blurps in the blogosphere.  And now I will dream about my mornings in Hawaii, when I had a Starbucks (in my awesome Starbucks "Aloha from Hawaii" cup!) and read at the beach with just me and my Nook.  Mahalo!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rapunzel at Disneyland

I'm in a digital scrapbooking mood.  Here is a Maggie and Rapunzel at Disneyland.  "Let Down Your Hair" Kit by Britt-Designs.

Friday, March 18, 2011

More drama!! Maggie in HONK!

Maggie has been working very hard on her latest production "HONK" and we couldn't be more proud of her.  It's a joy to watch her doing what she really loves.  She has a passion for it and it shows!  "HONK" is a story of the Ugly Duckling.  Maggie plays the evil cat who tries to eat the Ugly Duckling.  Yes, she's typecast at 12!  She loves to play the villian, and always goes out for those roles.  After the two week run the had a little cast party.  Her director Mr C. was a dancer in the movie "Mary Poppins" as a chimney sweep and a waiter in "Hello Dolly" along with being in several broadway productions.  He told us Maggie was very talented so we'll take his word for it!!
                                                      Director Mr C
                                                     Cast party cake
                                                   Maggie and Cody, Cody plays "Ugly"

                                          More of the cast and friends of HONK!

Friday, January 21, 2011

19/365 Happy Birthday Maggie Kate!

MK turned 12 today! We are so blessed to have her in our lives, she makes us smile & laugh every single day. We are so incredibly proud of the young lady she's become!

Friday, January 7, 2011

7/365 World Champions!

7/365 World Champions!, originally uploaded by hellodisney1.
Being San Francisco Giants fans and season ticket holders, 2010 has been the best year ever! Yesterday, my husband Leo heard the World Series trophy was going to be at the State Capitol, so hoping to catch a glimpse he showed up early. Luckily there were few fans that at that time and the owner of the Giants Bill Neukom was outside talking to the press. Afterwards Leo went up to him and they took this picture with his Blackberry. I wasn't with him, so of course I couldn't use the picture itself as my picture of the day, so I thought I would take a shot of my laptop along with the latest cover of Sports Illustrated with Giant's ace pitcher Tim Lincecum. The celebration on the cover pretty much sums up how we feel about the Giants being World Champions!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

6/365 Room with a View

6/365 Room with a View, originally uploaded by hellodisney1.
This is the eerie view from my bedroom window in our new house. When our house was built they were building more developments behind us. The economy took a nosedive they stopped building. There are street lights, streets, and even hook ups set up for the new houses, but they were never built. It's been like this for several years now. I kind of like it like this and hope they won't be finishing up anytime in the near future. But then again that would mean a better economy and I would be ok with that.

5/365 Hello New House!

5/365 Hello New House!, originally uploaded by hellodisney1.
We are all moved into our new place, now the unpacking begins. I didn't know when I took the picture that Ellie the kitty was watching out of the 2nd floor window. She's probably plotting how she can catch that pigeon on the roof.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

4/365 Captain Jack

4/365, originally uploaded by hellodisney1.
Good old Captain Jack. He's having a bit of a hard time adjusting to our new digs.

Monday, January 3, 2011

3/365 Ellie and her Booger Buddy

Ellie our 4 month old kitty, completly wiped out after our big moving day. She loves her Booger Buddy (it came as a gift when you buy a box of special "Boogie Wipes") and she can be found carrying it around the house and sleeping with it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2/365 Good bye house

2/365 Good bye house, originally uploaded by hellodisney1.
Today is the last night we will be spending at the house we have lived in for 1 year to this date. Tomorrow is the big moving day. Hopefully we can stay in the new house until my Maggie graduates from High School!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

001/365 Happy New Year!

001/365, originally uploaded by hellodisney1.
I'm starting a new project today it's called Project 365 where I will be taking at least one picture a day for the entire year and I will be posting it here on my blog. I feel like somedays I can go days without taking pictures, and time goes by so fast. Hopefully I will be able to document some of my every day life and by the end of the year I will have 365 photos to show for it and make an album for 2011. So join me won't you? Anyone up for the challenge? Today's picture is my Christmas present that finally came yesterday from Vintage Pearl. I love it! Here's hoping you have a happy 2011 and make it the best year ever!