Watts Family Online Newsletter August 2011

Wow! I have really fallen off the wagon now. I have not posted a Watts Family Newsletter since February. My apologies. So much has happened since February. It is a terrible excuse, but I guess I’ve just been too busy to post anything. Looking back to March was fun. The picture below was taken at a fiesta at the Balderrama’s home in Redlands. Michelle was actually looking at it last night and said that it always makes her laugh. Samantha was less enthusiastic and just looked at me like she was embarrassed and disappointed in me. Brother! My aunt Angela put it another way, “Good Grief, Pedro!”

I’m still reading a ton of books. Mostly listening, but I do get some real books in there whenever I can. I’m at 78 for the year. My original goal was 100 and it looks like I won’t have a problem hitting that number by the end of the year. Some of my favorites since February are: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson (3rd in the trilogy), Earth Abides by George R. Stewart, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis, The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Bossypants by Tina Fey, and Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.

We put our condo up for sale and it took a while, but it is now in escrow and Michelle and I are shopping for new homes in northern Orange County. I got an iPad 2, best purchase of the year so far.

Late in March, we all go sick. Wasn’t too bad, but turned out Samantha had an ear infection, so we had to get her some meds, but of course she is 110% now. Speaking of Samantha she is doing very well. She has been going to “Mommy and Me” classes all summer long with Gigi and is signed up for Pre-school in the Fall. She is learning so much. Last week she was commanding us around, “Daddy, play dollies with me! Mommy, get me my milk!” and I asked her, “Just who do you think the boss is around here?” And without so much as a moment of hesitation she said “Me!”.

Samantha is addicted to the Disney fairies and Barbie. She watches all the Barbie movies (yes, there are many of them) and Fairy movies (again, lots of movies) over and over again. And being the boss she demands that daddy sits next to her on the couch, while she watches the movies with a dolly in each hand. I am very thankful for the iPad!

Samantha and Gigi still go to the library a few times a week. Samantha enjoys story-time and there is a nice park near the library they like to go to as well.

We got to go to Disneyland in April. It is always a pleasure and we always have fun. Samantha’s favorites are King Arthur’s Carousel and Dumbo! This time we waited in line for about 2 hours to see Tangled! Samantha wanted to leave towards the end but we stuck it out and got to see her.

I enjoyed watching the Ducks in the playoffs in April…until they lost. Easter at my parent’s home was a great time, despite the rain during the Easter egg hunt.

In May we went to my new favorite fancy-dancy restaurant in Laguna Beach. It’s called Watermarc, and they have one killer martini! Speaking of great drinks, I’m still addicted to Starbucks but now I have a new partner in crime. Samantha loves the birthday cake pop they have at Starbucks and is continually asking for them. I don’t mind any excuse to go to Starbucks.

June was a great month and not just because that’s when my birthday is, although that was a great day too. I got to watch the Stanley cup games (Thanks Michelle) and my dad and grandmother from New Mexico came to visit. It was pretty cool to see my grandmother, it had been a very long time!

June was also the month that my brother-in-law William graduated from high school! We were so busy, we also had a great mini vacation in Santa Barbara in June. We stayed at our favorite place and got to hang out with my sister-in-law, Lisa. It was really a great vacation! Our vacation didn’t end in Santa Barbara though, we also too Samantha to Pretend City, it’s like a theme park for toddlers. It was pretty cool. We also hit the beach and the Aquarium of the Pacific. And last but certainly not least we went to Legoland down by my mom’s house.

In July, Michelle and I had our 8th wedding anniversary. Also in July was Comic-Con. It was hot and crowded. We (Duane and I)waited in line for 4 hours and finally got in to see the panels for Eureka (cancelled a month later), Warehouse 13 (great show) and True Blood (adults only!). It was a funny, but exhausting day! Before the month was out Samantha graduated to a toddler bed. She had no problem moving from the crib to the bed. She loves it, sleeps in it all night without problems and thinks to the Disney princess sheets that we got her are awesome! On July 30, we went to my father-in-laws company picnic. Free food and lots of fun. He and Lauren, my sister-in-law joined me for a quick game of disc golf at the really nice course they have at El Dorado Disc Golf Course in Long Beach.

August was Michelle’s birthday. We went to Yardhouse with Samantha. Samantha was so tired she fell asleep at the restaurant. If you have ever been to a Yardhouse, then you know it is so loud, you can hardly hear yourself think. It’s virtually impossible to carry on a conversation without the use of sign language and Samantha feel asleep and stayed asleep. She woke up after we left the Yardhouse and entered a Sees candy shop for a snack. Just like her mother! A real Sees lover.

I think that catches us up pretty well. It’s been a fun few months, and we are excited about what is to come in the next few.

Oatmeal Experiment: Weigh-in #5

So the oatmeal experiment comes to an end.  What are the results?  Well, I’m totally tired of oatmeal.  My final weigh-in results were X – 1.  I’m one pound lighter than I was on Sunday night.  The changes you see above in the chart could just be normal weight fluctuations.  Funny, I thought I would have really gained some kind of different knowledge through this experiment.

A friend of mine Tom, wants to do a wight loss challenge of some kind and when we get it going I will post the results here.

Oatmeal Experiment: Breakfast Day 5


My last day…maybe.  Tom, from the comments, has suggested that we do some kind of weight loss challenge.  I’m up for it, so we will see what Tom has in mind.

Today is Earth day so I got my free coffee from Starbucks in my reusable travel mug.  Stay tuned for my weigh-in tonight.

Oatmeal Experiment: Weigh in #4

I’m back up to negative one.  I gained one pound since yesterday.  Bummer.  Kinda seems to be normal weight fluctuations so far.  Tom in the comments of the last post suggested that I keep up the experiment for more than one week.  He suggest that I keep it up for a month.  My response is, “Are you nuts?”  One month, I can barely do this for one week.  I miss bacon, eggs, crossants, hash browns, etc.  This has been very difficult.

Before I worked at Verizon Wireless, with the connivence of the cafe, I used to skip the breakfast meal altogether.  But now, every morning I get something.  I’m definitely taking the weekend off.  Its Easter for heck sake!  On Monday, I’ll decide what my next steps will be, but I’m not done yet.  One more day to go.

Oatmeal Experiment: Breakfast Day #4


Today I switched it up.  I got orange juice instead of coffee.  This choice will increase my caloric intake by 185!  This may impact my weigh in tonight.  Only one more day left.

Oatmeal Experiment: Weigh in #3


X – 2!

I can’t believe it!  I’ve lost two pounds since starting this experiment.  In only 3 days!  WOW!  I’ve hardly given up anything!  I had a bacon cheeseburger today for lunch.  Its just too bad I had to give up the options of my favorite meal of the day.  Well, tomorrow morning will be oatmeal again.

Oatmeal Experiment: Breakfast Day 3


Half way there!  Only 2 more days!  Already thinking of the yummy Saturday morning breakfast I am going to have.  I did the same thing as yesterday today.  Starbucks and oatmeal.

The Oatmeal Experiment: Weigh in #2

X – 1!

Tuesday night and I’m at X – 1!  One pound less in just two days of oatmeal, but is this just normal weight changes or is this the beginning of a trend?

Oatmeal Experiment: Breakfast Day 2


Getting sick of oatmeal already.  The bacon and eggs are calling my name!  Any way today I upgraded my coffee to some yummy Starbucks, but that is the only change as you can see.  I’m happy with the wordpress app so far.  Stable and easy to use.

I added a poll to the last entry so you can vote on if this experiment will work or not.

Oatmeal Experiment: Weigh-in #1

X – 0

So its monday night and that means this if the first weigh-in to see if I have gained, lost or maintained. Tonight we are still at X. The exact same weight as last night, no change.  So so far we can say that oatmeal in the morning as helped me to maintain my current weight, but is not helping me lose weight.  Lets see what tomorrow brings.

Do you think that this experiment will result in a weight change?  If so how?  Weigh in below:

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