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Day 31

I took a bunch of photos of cherry tomatoes this evening, playing around with the manual settings on my camera. This little tomato rolled away from the others. It’s my favorite photo of the lot.


Day 30

sweet dreams

I have a photo for today, but am too tired to mess with getting out the memory card, uploading it, and posting about it.  I’ll do it tomorrow.

Right now, I’m going to bed.  To dream the oh-so-peaceful-dreams of those who are hoping to have lost a pound (or at least a few ounces) at the weigh-in tomorrow morning after a rough week of not feeling well and snacking to stay awake when I should have been drinking water instead.

Maybe it won’t be as bad as I’m anticipating.  🙂

to the doctor

Day 29

Today was J-Dawg’s J’s 3-month appointment with her endocrinologist. Her A1C was over 14 again.  Ack!

The doctor spoke directly with J., set goals with her, talked to her about why it’s important to learn good habits for her diabetes care now and not wait until she’s older.  J. will see the doctor each month until 90 days have passed and it’s time for her next A1C.  They’ll then evaluate whether J. has improved/met her goals and whether she’ll be able to keep her insulin pump or not.

This month, J’s goals are:

  • Check blood sugar 3 times a day
  • Bolus for every meal/snack
  • Write down blood sugar readings in log book each Sunday afternoon/evening for the previous week’s readings.

J’s basal rate was increased a bit.  We have an updated plan for an increased temporary basal rate for that special week of the month when J’s blood sugar is haywire from hormones, and a plan for how to tweak her basal/bolus rates if her afternoon blood sugars are consistently high (after school snacking).

ice on branches

Day 28

I took this photo as I walked in to work this morning.  The branch is on a little shrub/tree on the walkway into the building.  I thought the contrast of the ice-covered branches against the sky was interesting.

snow day

Day 27

We usually don’t get much snow around here.  Today, we have a lot of ice with a light dusting of snow.


My grass looks so much better when (mostly) covered in white, doesn’t it?

It helps me forget what a sickly brown/yellow color it has become.


The three little snowmen that the kids made (many years ago) look more at home on the front porch today than they have all winter!


Day 26

When I was driving home this afternoon,  I went the back way (on streets instead of on the interstate).  I went past this house.  At one point, I remember wondering if it would ever be finished.  It seemed to take forever to be completed.


I was driving really slowly and the road near the house had been sanded (ice storm), so I rolled down the window and snapped a few photos with one hand, not knowing how they’d turn out.  Surprisingly, a couple of the photos were good enough to post, although none are spectacular photos.

emotions and food

photo by Gaetan Lee

At Weight Watchers on Saturday, we talked about the emotions behind overeating.  This is a biggie for me (pun intended).  For years, I’ve eaten after the kids went to bed when I finally had a few minutes of peace, almost as a reward for getting through the day.  I’ve eaten when I was upset with my ex-husband, the kids, about work or money, whatever.  I’ve eaten when there was something to celebrate.  I have eaten to cover almost every emotion I’ve had.

The past few weeks, I’ve been tracking my hunger signals and learning which foods keep me satisfied longer than others.  Now I’ll also be thinking and working through the emotional reasons behind my food cravings.

Quote of the week:

If it’s not hunger, food is not the answer.

Lunar New Year


photo by x-eyedblonde

Happy Chinese New Year!

I hope you enjoy health, peace and prosperity in the year of the Ox.


Day 25

This afternoon, I took B., J-Dawg (as J. has asked me to call her on the blog), and niece M. to the mall bookstore.


They went straight for the display that held Twilight books and biographies of the actors in the Twilight movie.


Afterward, we went by HotTopic to look at the Twilight merchandise.  They had a nice supply of t-shirts, jewelry, posters, buttons, and bags.  I would have taken a photo of them shopping, but the scary screaming heavy metal music blaring and the huge holes in the earlobes of the staff must have distracted me.  Only when we left did I realize that I’d forgotten to photograph them shopping for their Edward and Jacob gear.

I have photos of B. from this afternoon, but she asked me to not post them.  I’m honoring her wish.


Day 24

Betcha can’t guess where I went this morning…


Over the past 2 weeks, I lost 2.8 pounds. That brings my total to 7.6 pounds gone. WOO HOO!

Civic Center

Day 23

The last time I volunteered at the Civic Center, I accidentally left the book I had taken to read (working concessions on the balcony level). I went to pick it up yesterday after work and snapped these photos as I was walking up the sidewalk.




Day 22

My new phone came in the mail today.  It’s a Dash.  Isn’t it cute?

Last week, Son’s phone was ruined.  The screen somehow cracked (he has no idea how it happened – he just looked and it was broken) and he couldn’t see anything on it.

He asked me to get him a new phone and I decided to get a new phone for myself and to give him the phone I’d been using.  I’d been waffling between the Blackberry and Dash for a long time, and finally decided on the Dash.  I placed my order online Monday evening and the package was here waiting for me when I got home this afternoon.

Now I’ve just got to learn how to use it!

B. and Dobby

Day 21

B. laughing at J. tonight when J. was singing like some of the American Idol contestants.

I’m amazed by how much her teeth have moved with the spacer. She starts getting braces put on next week.



Day 20

This morning, I reminded my children that today history is being made and that they need to pay attention.  I told them that their children will not know a time when a black man had not ever been president.

I reminded them of a time not so very long ago when their paternal grandparents were not able to use the same restrooms or water fountains as people with lighter skin because some people believed those things should be separated based on skin color.  I reminded them that they can do whatever they choose to do with their future and that they should not ever allow limits to be placed on them because of their skin color.

I reminded them that they will always remember today, where they were, what they were doing when history was made.  They will remember today, just as I remember where I was and what I was doing when the Murrah Building was bombed, when the twin towers were attacked, when Princess Diana was married and when she died.  They will remember today, just as my parents remember where they were and what they were doing when the first man walked on the moon, when Elvis died and when President Kennedy was shot.

Today, history was made.  I’m happy that my children and I were able to witness it.  I hope they were paying attention.