Tuesday, April 20, 2010

PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But Worth It!!!!!!!

So...this year I decided to spend some of my tax return on myself!! Wait...I ALWAYS spend it on myself!!! Anyhow, I justified this purchase by getting something to help me lose weight & get in shape!!! And anyone who knows me knows that I'm a procrastinater & therefore you know that I've been puttin off using this item for it's original purpose!!

Not that I haven't been getting good use out of it, I just haven't been using it for the original reason. I know the anxiety is must be killing y'all so I'll just tell you what it is...I bought this...

I've been procrastinating by playing this...

...and this...

...with my Sista, Brotha, Chilens & Pappy!!! YES...I SAID PAPPY!!!!!!

And now...to reveal the "justification" that I used to make this purchase is and the reason for the title of this post...

Now a little background as to why I decided to start using "Active" this week...

1) Since the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays I've been putting a LOT of the weight I lost the prior year back on. I haven't been feeling very well & haven't been fitting into my clothes as well as I'd like.
2) Last week I broke the back of my office chair as I leaned back to relax & I also broke a piece of my car seat.
3) This last Saturday my ward was doing a service project & I was working in the yard of one of our AMAZZZING members. We had just cut up & loaded onto a trailer a GIANT tree from their backyard. We still had some time before we were supposed to meet back at the church for lunch so we started doing some general yard work. Moving the tree wasn't incredibly strenuous but I had absolutely NO strength to do any more work!! I was TOTALLY depressed & wasn't feeling very well the rest of the day so I decided that I'm going to make a change!!!

Well...I've only used "Active" for that last two days, but I've come to realize that I'm EXTREMELY out of shape!!!! I've got parts of my body that hurt that I didn't know could hurt!! The workouts haven't felt very intense, but seriously...I CAN'T MOVE!!! And when I do...IT HURTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anywho...that's a little of what's new with Skoot!!!

I hope all is well with y'all!!!!!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Welcome...Alette Ke'Alohimaikalanimai Harker!!!

WELCOME to Ms Alette Ke'Alohimaikalanimai Harker!!!

She was born this morning to Nick & Ku'ulei!!! She weighed in at 6 lbs 15 oz & was 20 inches in length!!!

The WHOLE family is doing well!!!!!

Alette was VERY excited to arrive as she is TWO weeks early!!! We're all SOOOO excited that she's here!!! She is part of an AMAZING family!!!!


FYI: Ke'Alohimaikalanimai translates to "the shining brilliance from heaven here upon us"

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I Pitty Da Foo!!!!!!

Happy April Fools Day!!!!

“Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world, can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information.” – Michael Scott

This year I got to wondering...where did April Fools come from?! Therefore, I turned to my faithful friend, Wikipedia, and he didn't fail me!!!

"In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392), the "Nun's Priest's Tale" is set Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two.[2] Chaucer probably meant 32 days after March, i.e. May 2,[3] the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia, which took place in 1381. However, readers apparently misunderstood this line to mean "March 32," i.e April 1.[4] In Chaucer's tale, the vain cock Chauntecler is tricked by a fox.

"In 1508, a French poet referred to a poisson d’avril (April fool, literally "April fish"), a possible reference to the holiday.[3] In 1539, Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on April 1.[3] In 1686, John Aubrey referred to the holiday as "Fooles holy day", the first British reference.[3] On April 1, 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to "see the Lions washed."[3] The name "April Fools" echoes that of the Feast of Fools, a Medieval holiday held on December 28.[5]

"In the Middle Ages, New Year's Day was celebrated on March 25 in most European towns.[6] In some areas of France, New Year's was a week-long holiday ending on April 1.[5] So it is possible that April Fools originated because those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates.[7] The use of January 1 as New Year's Day was common in France by the mid-sixteenth century,[3] and this date was adopted officially in 1564 by the Edict of Roussillon.

"In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the time of Noah. According to an English newspaper article published in 1789, the day had its origin when Noah sent his dove off too early, before the waters had receded; he did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April.[8]" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools'_Day

2 The Canterbury Tales, "The Nun's Priest's Tale" - "Chaucer in the Twenty-First Century ", University of Maine at Machias, September 21, 2007
3 a b c d e f Boese, Alex (2008) "April Fools Day - Origin " Museum of Hoaxes
4 Compare to Valentine's Day, a holiday that originated with a similar misunderstanding of Chaucer.
5 a b Santino, Jack, All around the year: holidays and celebrations in American life, p. 97, 1972
6 Groves, Marsha, Manners and Customs in the Middle Ages, p. 27, 2005.
7 April Fools' Day, Encyclopædia Britannica
8 Olmert, Michael (1996). Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella: Curiouser & Curiouser Adventures in History, p.186. Simon & Schuster, New York. ISBN 0-684-80164-7.