People still get gout?

March 28, 2011 at 4:41 am (Intro)

Okay. My foot hurts.  It’s been hurting for a few weeks and I haven’t done a lot to fix it.  I’ll elevate it, maybe grab an ice pack, but nothing too straining.  I guess I figured that it would just fix itself.

Apparently not.  Yesterday it hurt so badly and was swollen to the point that I could not actually bend it.  Yes, I was judging the state finals and limping around slowly and it sucked.  So I called the Advice Nurse.  She said that she could arrange for a doctor to call me today.  Sign me up!  I spoke with the dr and the dr recommended that I get some xrays and do blood work.  She said that the three most likely causes were a broken/fractured bone, an infection, or gout. 

Excuse me, people still get gout?  I thought that was something just out of the history books! Oops.  Apparently gout is caused by a build-up of uric aric in your body, the same acid that causes kidney stones and other problems.  Good to know!  So we went in for xrays today and I’ll do bloodwork tomorrow.  Hopefully we will have a solution by the end of the week!  I would hate to go to Ecuador in pain like this!

Blessings to you all.


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Sing a song of sixpence…

March 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm (life, teaching)

This Friday night is Arts, Etc.  It’s a night to celebrate the amazing talent of the 7-12th graders at the junior/senior high school that I teach at.  I’m really looking forward to the event, and since I am one of the coordinators, I thought things were going really well.    At least, I thought that until yesterday, when the other coordinator, who is 6 1/2 months pregnant, was put on at least a week’s worth of bedrest.  She will not be coming to Arts, Etc, will not be getting her choirs ready, and will not be there managing the volunteers or co-emceeing with me. 

 Now I know that her problem is infinitely more important!  Her health and the health of her baby girl is worth so so so much more than this, but I am a little freaked out!  There is a part of me that just wants to cancel everything and say forget it, but I don’t want to do that to the students.  They have worked really hard for this chance and I do not want to be the one who cancels, so what is a girl to do?  Well, I am pairing up with the vice-principal to reorganize a few things.  I am also depending a lot more on our band teacher.  She is going to be helping our choirs get ready and may be accompanying a few of the performances.  Absolutely huge mad props to her for helping!

What does this teach us?  Well, God is awesome at pulling us out of our comfort zones and putting us in the spotlight when we’d rather just stay in the background.  Also, He is there to remind us that we can do all things through Him because our strength is from Him, not us!

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Yay for new toys.

March 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm (life, Travel) (, )

Hello.  I doubt I have told you yet, but my husband and I are going on a trip soon, a short trip to a far away place, Ecaudor!  We are going as adult leaders on a mission trip and are both excited.  We just received our packing list yesterday and have some shopping to do; however, we did make a purchase for our Ecuador trip this weekend. We bought a Kobo e-reader.  Now I am a book person and I thought that I would never ever ever want an e-reader.  Well, it turns out that if you threaten to not let me take 10-12 books with me on an 8 day trip that involves several long layovers and flights, then I turn into an e-reader person.  Now, I know that I will use this for more than just Ecuador. It’s going to be a big help on any travelling we do. 
Introducing our new friend:

We picked out one that has a battery life that should last up to 10,000 page turns.  I guess for most people that’s about 2 weeks.  I’m guessing that I’ll do through 10,000 page turns a whole lot faster, but that’s okay.  I’ll be taking a few “real” books with me.   I haven’t played with it yet, but guess what I’ll be doing after school?  Yup.

Note to self: ours, not mine.  Ours, not mine.

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“Education – is a jouney, not a race”

March 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm (life) (, )

Please reread the title.  Now look at it again.  Did you see the typo?  I sure didn’t notice the typo on the new poster I bought for my classroom, and yet, one of my ninth graders noticed and found it very funny while another described it as being quite ironic.  At least I only bought it at the dollar store…

Life is ironic and that should make us laugh.  I know I get a chuckle when I see a car parked under the “no parking” sign or notice the police officer chatting on his cell phone as he drives down the freeway, and now I get to laugh at my education sign that is misspelled.   Life is ironic – enjoy.

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Such a Monday!

March 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm (family, teaching) (, , )

Hello.  May I just say that my Monday isn’t even half over and I do not know if I am going to survive this week!  I have parents complaining about grades and about assignments.  I have students who absolutely refuse to listen in class and parents wonder why their child gets in trouble.  I even have students who behave in such a way that it borders on sexual harassment.  And the thing is, I like my students, I like my job, I like my school.  I have a student who isn’t even in my class who does her best to make sure things go roughly for me!  Each day I realize that I am not cut out to teach junior high.  I do not have the patience or the fortitude! God bless those who do!!! I envy the teachers who are called to teach junior high. 

I am sure many of you are familiar with March Madness. I don’t actually know what it is and think it has something to do with basketball.  Anyways, I heard a fellow teacher today use the term to describe how hard March is on teachers because we do not have any 3-day weekends or other no school days.  And they are right.  It’s only the 7th but I can already tell that March is going to be one stressful month!  In addition to different evening school activities for math and art, we also have missions stuff going on for my fast approaching trip to Ecuador with 8-9 students, I am starting an independent study class through FPU, I have various parent-teacher meetings scheduled, and it’s all stressful!

That being said, Husband did a great job planning a date on Friday.  He took me out for dinner and then drove me to a day spa where I had a one-hour professional massage…heavenly!  He is the best!!!  According to him, he hates that I have been so stressed and thinks that we need to make sure that I routinely have some way to relax,  and since he knows that I carry stress in my neck and back, massage it is! Now, I am not counting on something like this every few weeks, but perhaps I will get to know the people who run the massage place at the mall.  We could swing $40 every few weeks.   Have I mentioned that I love him!!!!!

Church is going well.  We’ve missed a few weeks here and there with being sick, but I love how supportive  everybody has been!  I just adore doing children’s church because it lets me love on the little ones.  They are so excited about everything and that’s what I need. I need the reminder that God is something to get excited about!  It’s so easy to fall into a rut and just stop being dedicated. 


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Dating after marriage

March 5, 2011 at 1:02 am (family) ()

One of the things that my husband and I both feel strongly about is that we still need to go on dates.  We aim for one or two a month,  but these dates also cause a little friction between us.

One of the things you will learn about me is that I am a planner.  I love to plan things, especially things that won’t happen (like a 4 week vacation to Paris and London…sigh).   Before you ask yourself what that has to do with dates, allow me to answer.  I like to plan dates.  I love spending a few hours online looking for fun things to do  in the area we moved to about 8 months ago.  I usuallyhave  a blank text message saved on my phone that I save date ideas into.   One that I am currently saving for a nice day is a trip to some local batting cages.  My husband played baseball in college, and high school, and middle school, and probably even before then.   He loves baseball.   The thing about baseball…that was a random aside.  Forgive me.

Why do dates (pleasant) cause friction (unpleasant)?  Well, I plan most of our dates.  Like, it’s been at least 6 or 7 monrhs since Husband has planned a date.  So he planned one for tonight.  But it is 5 p.m. and I am still sitting at work, waiting on him, the work that got done at 3:15 this afternoon.  I have no idea what we are doing tonight, except food better be a part of it.   I am so excited that he is planning a date for us, but jeez I wish I knew what we were doing and that he was here! Not that I am a control freak…

On a happy note, Target has yummy trail mix on sale this week (munch, munch, munch) and a friend offered me free tickets to a bunch of Oakland A’s games (his favorite team).  They work at the stadium and get tons of tickets…coolness.

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Shrimp Gnocchi with Cashews in Cream Sauce

March 2, 2011 at 4:08 am (diabetes) (, )

I like to experiment in the kitchen and tonight turned out a winner.   🙂

Last week my husband and I bought some prepared gnocchi from Target.  It was their Archer Farm brand and only cost about $4.  I figured it would be either really good or really bad.  It was definitely good!  While the gnocchi (which is based on the Italian word for “knee”) was coming to a boil I made a light sauce out of a pint of heavy whipping cream and about 4 tablespoons of Classico’s pesto and olive oil mix.  As it was simmering I mixed in about ¾ of a pound of small shrimp and a cup of cashews.  When the gnocchi was done I drained it and tossed it in the cream and shrimp mixture.  After placing the pasta mix in a bowl, I topped it with some shredded cheese.  It was a tasty dish with a light flavor and a fun texture.  I guess it was good since Husband finished his portion, ate the last ¼ of mine, and finished off what was left in the pot!

How is this dish for a diabetic?  Well, the gnocchi is high in carbs but it was the only high carbohydrate item in the dish.  The cream has less than 1 gram of carbs.  The cheese and shrimp are both fine for a diabetic to eat as they contain pretty much no carbs and sugars and add protein to the dish.  The cashews are high in fiber but also high in fat, not a great addition, but fair if eaten in moderation.  This was definitely a dish that fits my dietary restrictions and satisfies Wyatt’s appetite!

This brings up a new question, what sort of dietary restrictions do I face as a diabetic?  Everybody knows that diabetics shouldn’t eat sugar, but I never really thought about the role that carbohydrates play in this.  Carbohydrates are converted to sugar.  Sugar raises the blood glucose level and that is where my problems arise.  I’m learning! Breakfast is very important to helping me not have any spikes or lows.  Right now I am trying to manage my diabetes through diet and exercise, but I have a sneaky feeling that I’ll probably start using medication to manage this in a few months, probably by the beginning of the summer. 

Well, here you are.  A brief recipe and review with a little more information about me.  Enjoy!

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