Missing You

Back in 2000, I spent a week on Kauai. We had a great time until the day before we were scheduled to leave. That was the day it all went to hell and my heart problem reared its head again. I haven’t been separated from my 11 year old son since then.

This morning, we sent him off to 6th grade camp for a week. You’d think he was headed off to college by the way we’re acting. But the past year and a half has been such a living hell for us that this is just one more person to miss. I must come to terms with each of my children flying the nest, temporarily or permanently. I’m just not ready to let this one go yet.

My Vision for 2009

This year holds great promise for our country and hopefully for me and my family. I’ve been struggling with a general malaise that has hung over me like a cloud. But a helpful phone call lifted that cloud today and I’m back blogging today.

My phone call came from Kelly @ diabetesaliciousness. Kelly posted about silly things she’s done as a diabetic. We’ve all done them. She coined the term Moretic – moron and diabetic. I couldn’t let it rest, I grabbed the domain and sent her an email that it was hers. She phoned and we spoke at length about everything from diabetes to Halle Berry to John Travolta to, well, you name it. Thanks for talking and listening Kelly.

Momentum restored, I have some non-resolutions that I want to accomplish this year:

1. Learn how to play guitar
2. Lose weight
3. Finish writing my book
4. Put the book out as a Kindle on Amazon
5. Expand my business without losing my mind and health
6. Help my clients to expand their businesses without losing the same
7. Learn Russian
8. Increase my fitness level
9. Work on my relationships

I’ll keep adding to this as the ideas come.

Season's Greetings

Its nearly 7pm on Christmas day and I’m spending some downtime on the computer after a full two days of family fun. I’d like to wish you all a happy holiday season and a prosperous, healthy new year.

2009 can’t be any worse (or can it?) than 2008. We have a new president, not the one I was hoping for, but I must be thankful that Palin won’t be in office in her designer clothes and designer shoes. The economy has to improve, we have five houses in our immediate neighborhood that have been abandoned and foreclosed on. Two more neighbors have expressed that they are near to doing the same. Several neighbors have experienced job loss, a downsizing in their hours or are expecting a reduction in force. Several empty businesses haunt our main street, moved on to a different location or have closed up shop. It has to be better in 2009 and I know it will.

Christmas Meme #1

Wrapping paper or gift bags?
I like paper and ribbons.

Real tree or Artificial?
Always real. I love the smell and consider it part of our Christmas tradition to pick one out.

When do you put up the tree?
Two weeks before Christmas. Usually on a weekend.

When do you take the tree down?
The week after Christmas.

Do you like eggnog?
Yes, the real stuff. Egg yolks, creme, bourbon.

Favorite gift received as a child?
My own tv set when I was 9. I was always fighting with my Dad about
who could watch what and I was sick of football.

Hardest person to buy for?
My husband.

Easiest person to buy for?
My youngest son. A video game and he’s all set.

Do you have a nativity scene?
Nope. They look nice, but I’ve never bought one.

Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail if I do it.

Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A re-gift of old lady perfume.

Favorite Christmas Movie?
Its a Wonderful Life

When do you start shopping for Christmas?
As late as I can possibly get away with

Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
See above.

Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Chex mix

Lights on the tree?
Yes, always.

Favorite Christmas song?
Jingle Bells

Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Stay home

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Yes

Angel on the tree top or a star?
Angel, she’s been there for years.

Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
One on Christmas Eve, the rest in the morning.

Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Decorating before Thanksgiving.

Favorite ornament theme or color?
Victorian or old fashioned

Favorite for Christmas dinner?
Roast Beef

What do you want for Christmas this year?
Peace on earth, a financially stable country. Oh, a CGMS system and a years
supply of One touch ultra test strips. An Amazon Kindle would be nice. I like
Christmas baskets (with different goodies).

What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
Having all the kids, mom and anyone else who wants to tag along over for Christmas
dinner.

What I'm thank for…

I’m thankful for wonderful clients who respect me and my work. I’m thankful for a terrific bunch of kids, including a new addition (new son-in-law). I’m thankful for a supportive and loving spouse. I’m thankful for a mom who has been a godsend during this stressful year. I’m thankful for my house and that its still ours and still standing. I’m thankful for new medical devices and treatments that are keeping me alive and kicking. I’m thankful for friends I can count on. I’m thankful for technology that keeps me employed, interested and excited every day.

At the TCOYD Conference


I attended the TCOYD conference November 22, 2008. Although it was a perfectly acceptable conference, I did notice a major absence of smaller companies at the event. All the big guys were there, the drug companies, the pump companies, the meter companies, the well funded companies. I was really looking forward to seeing pump clothing, pump accessories and case manufacturers. Not a single company was there offering anything close to what I was looking for. There were more than 2,000 pancreatic-ally challenged folk there, it was disappointing. Am I seeing the financial situation impacting who could attend and who could not make the investment to travel to the event? Its interesting to think how widely the economy affects everything we do.

There were a handful of people with animals in the lead. I love to see the hard working dogs guiding their owners. One in particular had ‘passed out’ in anticipation of working harder later, Skip we were told, knows exactly when to catch a quick nap in between events.

Veterans Day

I bought my poppy over the weekend. Every year, veterans take up the stand outside local stores and give away paper poppies with the hope that you will donate. I always do. I have always thought of it as my duty, especially now, during wartime. There are brave young men and women who are giving up their lives, their limbs, their time to serve their country. They weren’t drafted, they asked to serve, they went willingly.

And I think of the veterans of wars past. There are veterans from Vietnam, Korea, The Gulf War, WWII, they all served bravely, and deserve our thanks.

The Power of the Blog – D-Blog Day

If you’ve been blogging and following blogs for awhile you probably know the power of blogs. During the last few years, the political blogger has had a powerful impact in both the blogging world as well as the news media.

The Diabetic community expressed concern recently over a Hannah Montana depiction of diabetes. It was to be the 3rd season opener, I say ‘was’ because it didn’t debut, it was put off by Disney due to concern over its content.

Diabetes is frequently depicted incorrectly by script writers with little or no knowledge of how diabetes actually presents itself in real life. A well known inaccurate movie is Steel Magnolias. In fact, the way a diabetic is presented in the movie makes me cringe, I’m not alone.

Disney received many complaints about the inaccuracy of the Hannah Montana episode and they made a brave decision to pull the episode based on the complaints. Now they need to make another brave decision and rewrite it, reshoot it and show it.