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Thanks to Jackie for this list. 🙂

End-of-year meme for 2006

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before? I bought and moved into a new house!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? My resolution for 2006 was to play more games with my children – and yes, I kept it. I will make a resolution for 2007, but haven’t decided what it will be yet.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No.

5. What countries did you visit? Stayed in America this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006? Sleep more. I tend to stay up later than I should.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? December 18, 2006 – youngest daughter was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes on that date.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I overcame my fear of giving injections to my child.

9. What was your biggest failure? I’m not as far along with getting totally out of debt (except for the mortgage) as I’d hoped.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought? The house

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Youngest daughter’s courage & positive attitude.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Oklahoma House Representative Sally Kern (HD-84) – I did not feel depressed, but definitely appalled.

14. Where did most of your money go? Daily living, monthly household expenses, 401K, a few auto repairs – nothing major.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Moving into the new house.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006? How to Save a Life – The Fray

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? the same
c) richer or poorer? richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Saved more money.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worry.

20. How did you be spending Christmas? Spent Christmas with my children, my parents, two sisters & their families at my parents’ house.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006? No.

22. How many one-night stands? Zero.

23. What was your favorite TV program? Grey’s Anatomy

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No. I don’t hate anyone.

25. What was the best book you read? Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

26. What was your greatest musical discovery? Didn’t have a great musical discovery this year.

27. What did you want and get? A new home.

28. What did you want and not get? The house packed up and moved by a moving company.

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? Spent the day with family, I am 37.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? To have paid off my car.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006? Business casual most of the time (work) – at home, whatever is comfortable.

33. What kept you sane? Prayer, talking with my mom & my two sisters, my friends.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Johnny Depp, not only for his looks, but also for what he believes in, how he chooses his roles, how he loves his family and protects them.

35. What political issue stirred you the most? anything authored or supported by narrow minded Oklahoma House Representative Sally Kern (HD-84).

36. Who did you miss? My grandparents.

37. Who was the best new person you met? Amy, the diabetes educator

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006. I can only control my own actions (I’ve learned this one before 2006, but it was reinforced this year).

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Jackie said, “I’m officially eliminating this question now, because I can never quote song lyrics,” so I don’t have to answer this one!

Be who you are…

This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.

Be who you are…

This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.

Going to Holland

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel.

It’s like this . . .

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip– to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make wonderful plans. The Colosseum, Michelangelo’s David. The gondolas in Venice. You may even learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland!’

“Holland? You say. What do you mean, Holland? I signed up for Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change of flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy, place full of pestilence, famine, and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy. Less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills. Holland has tulips. Holland has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they are bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.

And for the rest of your life you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.

© Emily Perl Kingsley

She did it!

Today, youngest daughter gave herself an insulin injection for the first time. I’m really proud of her. The diabetes educator said for me to expect her to be ready to do her own injections in a couple of months, so for her to be ready after being home from the hospital for a week and diagnosed for only ten days – well, that’s wonderful in my book.

She’s done two injections now. She said she did one fast & one slowly, to see if it felt different. She reported that they felt the same – a little pressure but no pain.

She’s a brave young lady. Her strength and courageous attitude inspires me daily. I’m lucky to have her in my life.

Here’s the medical alert bracelet that she’s picked out. Cute, huh?

Merry Christmas

from our family to yours.
Wishing you a joyous Christmas and all the best in 2007.

diabetes

It was not a stomach virus causing youngest daughter’s right side pain that led us to the emergency room (ER) on Monday afternoon, it was diabetic ketoacidosis . Her blood sugars were at 757 (should be between 80 and 150). One of the nurses told me that she would have died or had serious complications if I’d not taken her to the ER when I did.

She was transported (by ambulance, which she is still bragging about to brother & sister) to Children’s Hospital and was in ICU while her blood sugars were slowly brought down & her pH balance was brought back up. Blood tests confirmed that DD has Type 1 Diabetes (juvenile onset). Her pancreas no longer produces insulin, so it must be injected – at least 4 times each day – more if she eats more than three meals.

After 24 hours in ICU, she was (we were) in the hospital. We had loads of diabetic education – learning to monitor blood sugar, count carbs, the proper ratios of insulin to carbs, how to do injections & finger sticks properly, etc. After I showed the nursing staff & diabetes team that I could manage DD’s injections, we were discharged (last night around 8:30pm) and now we’re at home.

DD is a trooper. I’m so proud of her. I’m so thankful that we didn’t lose her.

home today

I’m home today with youngest daughter – stomach virus, I think. She’s been pale, sick to her stomach & sleeping a lot since Saturday afternoon.

After I took son to school, I stopped & got some orange juice for daughter. She’d been asking for some. Big mistake. Maybe we’ll try Sprite later.

aluminum cans

My children have become fascinated with the tabs from cola cans recently. They want to collect them. I’m not sure why.

Anyway, yesterday I was twisting off a tab from a cola can & told youngest daughter that when I was a kid, it was a big deal to get the tab off with the center circle part intact.

She looked at me with amazement and said, “You had coke cans when you were a kid?” After I answered that yes, we did have coke cans way back then, she asked if we had VCR’s. When I told her that I remember when we got our first VCR and that we didn’t have remote controls to the TV & VCR, she was even more amazed.

It’s too bad I didn’t tell her about bringing in buckets of water from the well for Mom to heat over the fire so we could bathe once a week in a big wooden tub, huh?

Good grief.

basketball

I took the kids to see the Hornets vs the Cavaliers tonight at the Ford Center. We had great seats not far off the floor. My son was so excited to see LeBron James play. Chris Paul had a great game, so that added to the fun.

Each time Chris Paul made a shot (he had 30 points tonight, so it happened quite often), the announcer yelled, “CP3!!!” When we first arrived & the lights dimmed for the teams to run in & for the player introductions, son’s eyes lit up. He was so cute.

Throughout the game, he cheered & yelled loudly for LeBron James even though we were in Hornet territory (actually, the whole arena was “Hornet territory.”) He was an equal opportunity cheerer, though. He cheered for whichever players made good plays regardless of their team.

He thought it was so funny that Chris Paul at 6 feet tall looked so short compared to LeBron James’s height (I think he said he’s 6 ft 8 inches).

Son & nephew were amazed that the Hornets won tonight & were happy to have been at the game. I’m glad it wasn’t a blow out. With the score staying within 2-3 points or most of the game, there were no dull moments.

Holiday eating tips

A friend of mine posted this on a forum today. I love it – my sentiments exactly!

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn
into an eggnog-aholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after
circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

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Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

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8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention.

Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”

ice, snow, new house

We’re all moved into the new house! YIPPEE!

On Thursday morning, as sleet pelted down & children across the city slept late (school closings), we closed on the house. Around 11:00am, we began loading Dad’s truck & trailer. By mid-afternoon, all the furniture & boxes were moved and only one car load of things remained in the old place.

I must say, I’m really good at a lot of things, but I’m horrible at packing. I don’t plan on moving again for a long time, if ever, so I’m not worried about improving on that particular skill.

On Friday night, I had gone over to the old place to make sure I’d gotten everything out and was gone for about an hour. When I got back, my sister had come over & helped the kids decorate for Christmas. She’d gotten a new tree (we use artificial – allergies/asthma) last year the day after Christmas and had been saving it. When I came in, the living room was all dark & when I flipped the light switch, the tree lit up & everyone shouted, “Surprise!” It was so great. I got all teary-eyed & the kids were so cute & excited. My sister is just great – she loves giving surprises & seeing people smile.