Cocoa Brownies

Ingredients: Dry: 11/4 cup of all purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda Wet: 2 tsp organic vanilla extract (optional) 1/2 cup coconut oil or unsalted butter 1/3 cup of brown sugar 1 cup milk 2 eggs Walnut to taste Raisin to taste   Directions: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Pour wet ingredients in a blender on high until walnut and raisin are crushed. Mix wet with dry ingredients well in the bowl. … Continue reading >>

Latin Week Two

Everyone on my Latin study team did a good job learning six phrases, including my four-year-old. We are moving on to the next six: inter pares – between equals inter nos – between ourselves inter se – between themselves ultra vires – beyond one’s legal authority per capita – by individual, by head ex officio – by virtue of one’s office … Continue reading >>

Invitational Science Olympiad Competition

1-18-2014 Adventurer Jr. left home at 6:25 am to go to an invitational science competition. The school bus didn’t come back to school until 6:50 pm. It was a long day for the students. Solon, OH was the national number one. A school from Pennsylvania was very good as well. Adventurer Jr.’s school was pretty bad this year. He felt he did very well on a test for an event, but his partner supposed to build a lever for that … Continue reading >>

Staff Class One

I did basic leg blocks, middle blocks, figure eight, and butterfly. I’m a little rusty since I haven’t touched a staff for a while. I also worked on leg block with front stance twice each side while moving forward, and leg blocks with back stance twice each side while moving backward. Last, I reviewed the first half of the staff form.

Tabata Lesson Three


We did our workouts with a stepper. We did rollups, mountain climber, sit ups, push ups, reverse push ups, jumping jack, toe tap, burpee, plank, reverse plank, squats, and butt kicking. It’s a strenuous exercise and I was so tired afterward. I wonder what equipment we will be using next time.

Yoga Class Two

1-15-2014 I learned something new today. Ananda Balasana (happy baby pose). This pose is about elongating the spine as long as possible and touching the mat with flat back as much as possible. This pose focuses on the lower back of your body and the pubic bones need to open out wide. I recall my kids did this pose when they were babies and they looked happy while doing it. Now I’m consciously recreating it and loving it. It made … Continue reading >>

Tabata Lesson Two

1-14-2014 Today’s theme was working with Bosu ball and dumbbells. The dumbbells I picked have number 3 on them. I assume it’s 3 kg or 6.6 lbs. I think they are good for starters like me. We did forearm plank, mountain climber, scissor plank, sit ups with the ball under your back, traveling push ups with one hand on the ball, two handed push ups with both hands on the ball, forward lunge with one foot on the ball, squats, burpee, … Continue reading >>

Sold CAT, Bought T and RCII

I sold 30 shares of CAT for $91 per share in my Traditional IRA (W) account. I’m not sure how much upside this stock has. The selling is to bring down the cost basis, pocket some profit and relieve some capital. Cash relieved $2729.95 – Acquisition cost $2645 = Profit $84.95. I have 41 shares of CAT left in this account at a cost basis of $81.96 per share. I’ll hold on tight to these. I bought 100 shares of … Continue reading >>

Yoga Class One

Today, I practiced Dandasana (staff pose), Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose), frog pose, Adho Mukha Svanasana (down dog), Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (up dog), high lunges, frog on back, Tadasana (mountain pose), Virabhadrasana (warrior poses), and Trikonasana (triangular pose). The work is mental as well. The hard part is to let it go, let it be, surrender, follow your body and to explore what it can do. I felt relaxed and rejuvenated afterward. It was a good way to start out … Continue reading >>