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orchestra concert

Last night was youngest daughter’s spring orchestra concert.  She was the cutest little viola player ever!


The photos are a little blurry.  I seriously need to get a new camera soon.


are coming.  I like change sometimes.  At other times I am change resistant.

Right now, I’m feeling change resistant and a little nervous.

For the next few years (beginning mid-May), XH will be stationed nearby, within a two hour drive from here.  I would like to have a good co-parenting relationship that is healthy and positive for all involved, especially for the kids.  I don’t know if it’s possible, though.

During the past seven or eight years (since before the divorce), there’s been no co-parenting.  It’s just been me doing the parenting and XH jumping in and out of the kids’ lives at his convenience.  I feel an icky, jumbled feeling in the pit of my stomach when I think about it, so I’ve been avoiding sharing for the last couple of weeks.

I don’t have high hopes, but am willing to keep an open mind.  I will keep you posted.

The praying parents

of the 11 year old little girl in Wisconsin who died on Easter morning of DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) were charged with second degree negligent homicide.

They could each receive a sentence of 25 years.

Farmers’ Market

Youngest daughter, Chrissie and I went on a horse-drawn buggy-ish ride at the Farmers’ Market. One of the first things Chrissie and I noticed was that the horses had poo-bags like the horses pulling carriages at Niagara Falls had worn. I’m sure most horses that work like this have these bags to keep the roads clean, I’ve just not had an occasion to notice them before we saw the bags being emptied when we were at Niagara Falls, ON, Canada this past October. (I write about such thought-provoking topics, don’t I? Good grief!)

I also found a plant for our front porch, a Verbena. It’s a beautiful splash of color against the white with black trim of the house.

50 things

I saw this over at Annie’s blog.

1) Do you like blue cheese? It’s ok, but not my favorite thing.

2) Have you ever smoked heroin? Nope.

3) Do you own guns? Waterguns, yes. Real guns, no. Son has a BB gun.

4) What flavor do you add to your drink at sonic? None.

5) Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Not usually.

6) What do you think of hot dogs? Sort of gross.

7) Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night

8.) What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Chocolate Milk.

9) Can you do push ups? Yes.

10) Can you do a chin up? Doubtful.

11) What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? Jade bracelet Mom got in Beijing, China.

12) Favorite hobby? Blogging.

13) Ever been in a car wreck? Yes.

14) Do you have A.D.D.? No.

15) What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? I tend to stay up too late.

6) Middle name? Jean.

17) Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
1. I wish my phone would ring (waiting for lady to call me about her clothes line poles).
2. Thinking about what to cook for dinner.
3. I smell nail polish remover. Daughter is doing her nails. Again.

18) Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
Verbena (with beautiful little pink flowers)
Gyro and Strawberries Newport at the Arts Festival

19) Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
Dr. Pepper

20) Current worry? How will I find time to get this all done today?

21) Current hate right now? Dunno.

22) Ever had a lightsaber battle? No.

23) How did you bring in the New Year? With my kids.

24) Where would you like to go? Italy

25) Name three people who will complete this? Dunno.

26) Do you own slippers? Yes. Black fuzzy ones.

27) What shirt are you wearing? Hot pink t-shirt from last year’s JDRF walk.

28) Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No.

29) Can you whistle? Yes. I taught Dobby (our cockatiel to whistle, “Pop Goes the Weasel.”)

30) Favorite color? Green

31) Would you be a pirate? Only if I could be one with Captain Jack Sparrow.

32) What songs do you sing in the shower? Don’t really sing in the shower.

33) Favorite girl’s name? Brittany, Jasmine, Alyssa

34) Favorite boy’s name? Jordan

35) What’s in your pocket? Cell phone.

36) Last thing that made you laugh? Sophie, one of our Chihuahuas.

37) Best bed sheets as a child? Holly Hobbie, I think.

38) Worst injury you’ve ever had? Hip out of place.

39) Do you love where you live? Love my house, don’t love the humidity we have in the summers here.

40) How many TVs do you have in your house? Three.

41) Who is your loudest friend? Dunno.

42) How many dogs do you have? Two.

43) Does someone have a crush on you? I have no idea.

44) Do you zip your pants then button it,or button it then zip it? Zip then button.

45) What is your favorite book? I have two. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute.

46) What is your favorite candy? Ferrero Rocher

47) Favorite Sports Team? No idea.

48) What song do you want played at your funeral? No idea.

49) What were you doing 12 AM last night? Wishing I was asleep.

50) What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? I hope it doesn’t rain today, I need to mow the lawn.

worst mom

According to 13 yr old son that’s my new title: Worst Mom in the World.

How can you earn this prestigious title for yourself (it comes with a tiara, a sash and everything) ?

1. Force your 13 year old son to eat dinner with the family 4 or 5 times each week.

2. Insist that 13 year old son comes home from his friends’ house early enough to get home work done and a shower each night. Oh, and make sure son sleeps with sheets on his bed, rather than on a bare mattress.

3. Have a set bed time for 13 year old son and stick to it.

4. Care about 13 year old son, his friends, how he’s doing in school, what type of television and movies he watches, which internet sites he visits, and which video games he plays.  Get to know the parents of the kids son hangs out with, know their phone numbers and speak with them often.

These four things, evidently, are the exact recipe for becoming the worst mom ever.

I will proudly wear my title and tiara during my reign.



I just saw this over at Annie’s blog and thought I’d give it a go.  I need something to get my mind off of the day I had today.

Where is your cell phone? Right here beside the keyboard.

Your significant other? n/a

Your hair? curly, light-ish brown, between ear and shoulder length

Your mother? Hugged me as I cried.

Your father? At Julie’s house this week to celebrate sweet baby W’s birthday.

Your favorite thing? Garden tomatoes.

Your dream last night? That I kept waking up to check J’s blood sugar.  Wait… was that a dream?  Yes, I think it was.  🙂

Your favorite drink? Sonic iced tea, unsweetened with one fake sweetener

Your dream/goal? To make sure J. has the tools to live a full life,  free of complications from diabetes.
The room you’re in? Room

Your ex? My kids’ father.

Your fear?  Today?  that my son will continue to make poor choices.

Where do you want to be in 6 years? Right here.  With my children stable and going in good directions in their lives.

Where were you last night? At home.

What you’re not? Well-rested.

Muffins? Warm blueberry muffins.

One of your wish list items? Wood floor for my bedroom (it’s the only room that has carpet in my house).

Where you grew up? Broken Bow, Oklahoma

The last thing you did? Baked a dozen chocolate chip cookies.

What are you wearing? Mint green shirt, black capri pants.

Your TV? I have no idea how many inches it is and it’s not fancy, but it works for us.

Your pets? Dobby, 3 yr old cockatiel; Smokey, 2 yr old Chihuahua; Sophie, 1 yr old Chihuahua.

Your computer? In the living room.

Your life? Busy. Hectic.  Overall, very very good.

Your mood? A little stressed, exhausted, but ok.

Missing someone? Yes.

Your car?  It’s red and gets great gas mileage.

Something you’re not wearing? socks & shoes.

Favorite store? Barnes & Noble.

Your summer? Will be back in school.

Like someone? Sure.  Lots.

Your favorite color? Green.

When is the last time you laughed? Tonight when talking with Mom about family reunion plans for this summer.
Last time you cried? Tonight, talking with Mom about my son.

Who will repost this?  I have no idea.  If you do, let me know so I can read about you!

bath time

If you can’t beat ’em. . . how does that saying go?

Saturday 9

To play along, visit Saturday 9: A Movie, TV, Music, Actors & Idol

1. What is the most recent movie you’ve watched with someone? Sweeney Todd

2. What is currently your favorite TV show? Last Restaurant Standing (on BBC America)

3. What CD by a new artist that is worth a listen? I have no idea.

4. Have you bought a CD recently by an “old favorite” artist, is yes what? I have not.  I buy tracks on iTunes.

5. Who is your current favorite female actor? The only female actors I can think of are on Disney Channel (what’s usually on at my house these days, sadly)

6.Who is your current favorite male actor? Johnny Depp.  Always.

7. Do you pay attention to “actors born on your birthday”?  No.

8. Who is your favorite artist left on American Idol? My favorite got voted off.

9. Who will win American Idol? Probably David Cook (or is it spelled Cooke?  I cannot remember).


We had pizza last night for dinner. A normal thing, right?

Not at our house.

Eleven year old daughter, who has type I diabetes, checked her blood sugar before dinner, we figured out how many carbohydrates the pizza had, and she did her insulin boluses for the food. We had decided ahead of time to try the square wave bolus, which delivers the insulin spread out over a period of time that the user chooses. Her endocrinologist had suggested it since pizza is one of the foods that wacks out daughter’s blood sugar. The others are Chinese food, ice cream and sometimes sugared cereals with milk.

Since her blood sugar is usually really high for several hours after eating pizza, we decided to have the insulin delivery cover a two hour span. This happens from all the fat blocking the carbohydrates at first and then a bunch of carbs floating around with no insulin to eat them up – simplistic terms, I know.

After two hours, her blood sugar was over 530 (goal range is 80-150). YIKES! Her tummy hurt at this point and she was not feeling very good. She did a correction (more insulin) and we changed her basal rate (the amount of insulin she gets each hour throughout the day) to 150% for a few hours. Through the night, I got up and checked her blood sugar every two hours, doing correction doses and making her drink some water. All. Night. Long. By 4:30, it was finally below 150. It’s so sad to see her little hand sticking out of the covers when I come in her room in the wee hours and say, “Time to check your blood sugar again.” A few times, I think she slept through it after sticking her hand out so I could prick her finger.

I’ve been an exhausted, grouchy mess today. Caffeine is not my friend, but it’s been my companion today. It’s 9:30pm now and I’m off to bed.

I’ll not be ordering pizza again anytime soon.  That was NOT a good choice.


in the break room.

How can you beat that?


at work . . .

and at rest.


Today is Mom’s birthday.

She is one of the smartest people I know, has unbelievable determination, is fierce in her love and is willing to fight for what she believes in. She is full of integrity and is willing to tell you what you need to hear even when it’s the last thing you want to hear. She’s a wonderful role model and advocates knowledge, empowerment, and good values. Her belief in me has been the net beneath my tightrope more times than I can count. I’m proud to be her daughter and hope that one day my children look up to me the way I look up to her.

I love you, Mom.

photo courtesy of 1-800-FLOWERS.com

it’s official

A tree is being planted because I switched to paperless billing with T-Mobile. If you have service with T-Mobile, you can also switch to paperless billing and have a tree planted on your behalf.

AND we can talk to each other for FREE! 🙂

What can you do to cut down on frivolous paper use?


This is the first orchid to bloom at my house this season.