Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Year's resolutions

1.) Keep my blood sugars in the 80-110 range 90% of the time.
2.) Eat a combined 8 servings of fruit/veggies per day.
3.) Have a successful time student teaching.
4.) Work out 6 days a week.
5.) Bake a cake and not eat it.

Ok, the fifth is funny, but true. Good test of willpower.

And, I went the grocery store with my Dad the other day (thanks Pops), and barring the frozen pizza and canned soup, nothing else had more then 15g of carbs per serving. Here's to you Dr. Atkins

I'll get more up about Rome soon

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Sorry I've been off of the web world for a while. I promise I'll be good about posting relevant diabetes things and happenings in my new life. I just started my semester of student teaching at Afton. More will come about that later.

First things first. I got to go to ROME to visit Charlie. He is studying at the Pontifical North American College (P-NAC), finishing up his theological studies for the priesthood for the next 4 years!

The trip was incredible! I had never been to Rome before, let alone out of the country. The flights were long but definitely worth it. We walked everywhere, which got kind of tiring for mom, but good exercise. The sites and churches were unbelievable. Even the food was great except..... it was all carbs.

So is life! I just had to watch my portions. Had to pick from the second course menu at most restaurants- the meat page- it was tough passing up some of those pastas. But definitely not a big enough damper to put on the whole trip.

Pre day 1:
After 22 hours of traveling from St. Louis to Chicago to London to Rome Charlie finally picked us up in the airport. Mom started sobbing- not surprising. It made the long hot flights worth it. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" helped as well. Charlie met us with diet coke and chocolate then gabbed to the taxi driver for 40 minutes back to the NAC. It was VERY weird to hear him speaking such fluid Italian.

Charlie speaking well lasted the whole trip, from reading directions to ordering in restaurants, it was a godsend. We finished the night with dinner at a neighborhood place at then brought Mom back to the convent where she was staying. Charlie and I stayed up for a while talking later, which we usually did, but hit the sack to get up for a busy day.

Days 1-2
We spent the majority of the first two days walking around the area looking at churches and eating. ha. We hit (sorry I'm fuzzy with names)

St. Peter's
Carmelite Church
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva- sweet
Castle Sant Angelo
San Andreas
The Jesu- also mega sweet
San Ignatio
Church of the 12 apostles
St. Louis
and many more

We saw incorrupt bodies, yes, bodies of saints that had not decayed.

One of them, from 1700, at all

We ate at similar places. Mom, and Charlie and I had breakfast at our residences but were along for lunch and dinner. The second full day we took a day trip out to Orvieto, a cool city on a hill about an hour north of Rome by train. Talk about a great place to observe people and a different culture- the train station.

Everything was so new and exciting. We walked around this city on a hall all afternoon and visited the duomo (big main church). When I say we saw churches, I don't mean the St. Claire of Assissi Chip and Dip variety in Saint Louis. I mean the flex-your-Catholic-over-pagan-monument variety.

O, and Charlie was drinking wine with every meal. weird.

I don't want to overload anyone with information, so I'll add successive days each day this week when I get home from Afton. Also, I'll try to get some pictures up on here of me and the fam in Roma!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Sorry I've been gone for so long. School got hectic during exams and I just zoned out of the blogging atmosphere.

My mom, who I swear will get a podcast up soon, and myself are leaving for Rome to go visit my Charlie for a week. We're leaving on Monday. So excited!!!! I'll try to get my podcast interview with her up here before then.

One last thing. I've linked a website in my sidebar. TK family plan

It's a great resource for fitness and health. I would strongly encourage anyone with questions about fitness or general interest in seeking a healthy lifestyle to give it a look. I give it a big thumbs up!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Podcast interview with Dad

Alright, so i finally got this podcasting thing to work the way I wanted it to. I still haven't interviewed my mother yet, we're having a hard time getting together to do it. But I hope you guys check out my interview with my Dad and the one I did earlier this week with my roommate Bryan Arko.

This podcasting thing is easy once you understand what you're doing on the site. Creating your own podcast page is easy though. Just go to and click the "sign up" link.

Sorry about the quality of the video below, the lighting is pretty bad, but hey, you can still hear it...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

sorry for the mess

I'm trying to figure out a bunch of stuff from this podcasting sight. Hopefully I'll have this all cleaned up and some sparkling parent interviews in the next two days.

Technology 1 Henry 0

O and the Cowboys lost, great.

Thursday, December 3, 2009