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Witkin Memorial Concert – 28 Jan. 2007

Many thanks to Anamaria for posting these photos at The Johnny Depp Zone.

YouTube videos:
Johnny Depp and The Kids (3:07)

Johnny Depp and The Kids (3:16)

Johnny Depp and The Kids (0:24)

Johnny Depp and The Kids (0:26)

Newspaper article from the Florida Sun-Sentinel, 24 Jan. 2007:
Remember the Cichlids? Critical Mass? The Kids? They’re all reuniting for a concert

new look

What do you think about the new look of the blog?

I was so bored with it and tired of the username Titanium – relevant at the time I signed up with it – that whole if that which doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, I’ll be made of titanium in no time thing.

I wanted a change. I had started thinking that thought bubbles would be cute, but when I was searching for bubbles or balloons, I found a bunch of hot air balloon pics. And here we are – a new look – for now. 🙂

birthday party

Youngest daughter is at a birthday party right now. I’ll pick her up in 2 hours. It’s her first party since her diagnosis. I’ve been nervous about how it will work with her wanting to eat with her friends – since we all know kids want to constantly eat & not have to think about it. She came up with a plan. She’s going to call me before she eats, we’ll figure out the carbohydrates in the food, then she’ll do her injection in the bathroom & eat up!

Daughter was going to spend the night, but our weekend plans changed. Since we’ll be driving down to Dallas early tomorrow morning, she decided to not stay overnight.

Thursday Thirteen #38

Thirteen HAPPY things

1. laughing children
2. sunshine
3. youngest daughter singing in the shower
4. sleeping through the night
5. Sunday afternoon naps
6. a good book
7. hugs
8. the sound of rain on a metal/tin roof
9. a full tank of gas in the car
10. public libraries
11. line dried towels
12. flannel sheets
13. snow days

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


Have you ever had a friendship that began as a give and take friendship and then became one-sided?

I’ve got one of those right now. Someone I considered a good friend knows next to nothing about my life & I know everyone about that person’s life. I’m not sure how it happened – although it’s been gradually getting to this point for a couple of years.

During the past month, I’ve probably spoken to this person for 10 hours and I’m not sure that they have any idea that I’ve been having a hard time with the whole “visitation & the XH & wondering if I was alienating the kids” thing. I tried to mention it, but the subject was quickly diverted back to the other person & whatever that person needed to talk about at the moment. This friend knows about DD & the diabetes diagnosis, but not much else about what’s going on in my life.

I’m not sure if I should just interrupt & blurt things out or just let things continue. It’s tiring.

diabetes education for XH

I know, I know.. I probably shouldn’t have. XH should take the initiative & do it himself, right?

But I did it.

I looked up the listing of certified diabetes educators in the state where XH lives.
Then I called the number listed for the diabetes educator who’s at the hospital/medical center at the military installation where XH and his family are stationed.

Turns out that the diabetes educator works in internal medicine and no one would transfer me to her.

They told me to call pedicatrics.
Then the lady in the pediatric clinic told me to call the insurance company, Tricare.

Instead, I called the main hospital number & spoke with the patient advocate/representative. He suggested that I speak with a nutritionist & said that’s where the diabetes classes take place. Finally – getting somewhere!

When I called the nutrition clinic, though, I was transferred yet again. This time to a Lt. Col. who was very very nice. She told me about the diabetes classes that are every Tuesday and said that if XH and his wife would call, they could get in a class to learn carbohydrate counting.

After they’ve completed the class, the Lt. Col. will help XH and wife find a nurse/diabetes educator who will educate them about diabetes – the signs, symptoms, cause, effects, treatment, administering medication – the same things I learned with the diabetes educator before leaving the hospital.

The Lt. Col. commended me for searching for information to make it possible for my daughter (and her siblings) to be able to spend time with my ex-husband, his wife & their children. I told her that it was not for me – but for my kids – since they deserve to see their dad regardless of what I think of him.

I called XH to give him the phone number to call to set up the appointment. I called his home number thinking that they’d not be home & I could just leave a message with the clinic phone number, but his wife answered the phone & we spoke for a bit. She was concerned about DD & wanted to know about her diabetes, how it’s going, what we do daily to manage it, what the initial hospital stay/diagnosis was like, and how all three kids are dealing with it. She is very interested in the class and said she’s going to call & get it set up.

A few things she mentioned revealed lies XH had told her about me & the kids but that’s no surprise. I’ve learned to expect it over the years.

Overall, I’m happy with how the conversaton went. It was about 1000 times better than some of the conversations I had with her 4-5 years ago.


After XH made his comment about me not ever driving the kids down there, I started thinking about that. I pulled out a copy of the visitation schedule to verify that it doesn’t say anything about transportation to & from visitation – it doesn’t.

Today I’ve gone through an entire range of questions:

Am I alienating the kids by not meeting XH halfway for pick ups and drop offs (a 2 1/2 hour drive for each of us)?

Does it matter that he was 2 hours late each time to pick up or drop off when we had agreed ahead of time to meet halfway at a certain time with a 30 minute window?

Should I offer – again – to meet halfway?

What’s best for the kids?

I want them to know their dad – I want him to want to see them – and I’ve been frustrated that he’s made no effort since August 2005 to have them come visit. He has come here to see them – but has not had them there with him & his family since then.

After discussing it with a few friends who have lived the visitation lifestyle for several years, I’ve decided to offer to drive the kids one way. If XH will pick them up from my house for the visit, I will drive to his house to bring them home. This way, I’m not sitting at the meeting place for 2 hours waiting for XH to show up.

Now, we’ll see if XH meets with a diabetes educator to learn how to care for DD during visits.