Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wii Fit...

Well, technology just keeps adding to our lives doesn't it? We are now the owners of a Wii Fit. Finally got all the pieces on Thursday (wii console and wii fit), with flight delays & cancellations due to the volcano erupting in Alaska. I have been a faithful user of it since its arrival. It is quite fun, motivating, keeps you moving, and I am actually sore - so it must be making me use some muscles that were not used prior to its arrival.

The exercise categories are balance, yoga, aerobics, and strength. When you begin, the Wii Fit does body measuring - it measures weight, bmi, and balance/agility and provides you with your Wii Age.... Yes, it is brutally honest depending on how you do with your balance/agility test, weight & bmi, and will provide you with an age that may be either above your own, or below your own (yay). Like today - I was "40". Liking the wii fit today :) One day I was in my 30's - that was a wonderful day. Larry's first Wii age was 66 - I still give him a hard time about that.

When you begin "training", you are given a gift of a piggy bank. This bank is to collect & tally your daily minutes of exercise. I have put in over one hour a day so far and try to equally balance my activities in all of the areas. It actually has positive reinforcement built into the program, as the more time you put in exercising you unlock more games and activities.

My favorites so far are the advanced step aerobics, hula hoop, rhythm boxing (all aerobics), ski slalom, penguin, and bubble in the river (all working on balance). I also am enjoying the yoga - and especially like the breathing visual & sound to remind you to breathe. I tried push ups on the strength, and found it to be quite difficult to do using the balance board as your hands seems to slide.

So, more experimenting to be sure needs to be done. But, so far - I'd highly recommend it.

Friday, March 27, 2009

This is spring?

Oh my goodness. If you have been to my house, you have seen I have the great view of Juneau from my windows. Well, today my view is gone. All I can see are millions of tiny snowflakes falling (no dumping) from the sky. I can't even see the street in front of my house any longer, except for the narrow pathway carved out of 12 feet of snow! We are so done with this weather, and anxiously awaiting springtime! It may be officially spring, but boy is it hard to tell just from looking out the window...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Who won the HGTV Dream Home?

Meet Cheryl from Lakeland, Florida. This retired couple, who live in a modest home in Florida, are the happy and surprised owners of the HGTV Dream Home in Sonoma, CA. They have won not only the home (complete with furnishings), but an Acadia Crossover as well. Congratulations Cheryl and family!

If you want to learn more about the dream home, and "borrow" some of their decorating tips, check out HGTV Dream Home Central.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring is here...

Well, today on our first official full day of spring we actually have SUNSHINE! What a beautiful day. Now, if only the snow would melt (all of it) by tonight. (ha) I'm very ready for spring, and have spent the morning watching QVC looking at patio furniture, plants, and fountains! Can you tell I'm ready for nice weather?

Here is what I'm debating currently...

I want a dwarf kishu mandarin tree! It can be grown here outside in the summer, and then brought inside as a potted plant before the first frost. I had it in my shopping cart as I was thinking it over, and now it is sold out! I guess my decision has been made for me.

OK, now that I can't have the dwarf mandarin tree, I'm thinking about plumeria to grow indoors as a houseplant. If I can't have Hawaii or the Caribbean all the time, I could at least have it in the living room! Just going in and taking in the scent would be enough to transport one to paradise...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Chicken Salad Anyone?

Well, I found a wonderful chicken salad recipe that I modified slightly to serve at a salad potluck. It was yummy - and a HUGE bowl of it was devoured (always a sign of a good recipe).

Chicken Salad
Serves 12

4 cups cubed cooked chicken meat
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp paprika
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries (cherries work well also)
1 cup chopped celery
2 green onions, finely sliced
1/2 cup finely minced green bell pepper (I used the food processor to make it quite fine)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp seasoning salt
1 tsp garlic powder
Ground black pepper to taste

Mix together mayo, & paprika. Blend in all other ingredients and mix well. Season with black pepper to taste. You can serve in a number of ways - as a salad; on a croissant; on a nice wheat/multi-grain bread; in a toasted pita; or as a spread on a tortilla (with baby spinach) - a wrap. Very tasty - I'll be making this one again!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

One of the meager homes...

If you had the good fortune to win the HGTV dream home, this would be one of your neighbors! This home sits on an entire city block. It appears to have a pool house, and at least one guest house on site. Rumor has it the owner owns a winery in the area. Not too shabby huh?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Who will win??

Well, during our short time in California we were able to find the new HGTV DREAM HOME in Sonoma, CA. Some lucky person will be winning this home in a week or so! It is in a cute little area in Sonoma - wine country. I thought it would be grander and larger... but it actually was a nice farm style home. The other homes in the neighborhood were gorgeous (and actually more lavish than the dream home). Not that I would complain mind you! The lucky winner will have to cough up about $700,000 for the tax man.

I learned while there that actually HGTV picks several names; then does interviews with the perspective winners finding just the "right" person to win the home. So, I'm betting I did not win or I would have heard by now! Oh well, back to reality.