Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday Night Videos

You had to love Kool and the Gang. Whether at someone's party or at a school dance, you were sure to hear at least one of their songs back in the '80s. Of course "Celebration" is still a popular pick, but I also liked less frequently played hits--like this one from 1983, "Tonight":

As Tubbs from "Miami Vice" would say..."Solid!" {:-) Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Road Trip

This past weekend my husband and I attended a family reunion in Kentucky. We decided to drive from Chicago due to the sky-high airfares, which meant 6+ hours on the highway each way. Our annual trip always includes a visit to Natural Bridge State Park, which soothes the senses after a long day of traveling. Take a peek here:

Managing diabetes on the road can be tricky, even under the best of circumstances (such as a non-PWD to take turns driving, which my DH did quite often). For me it helps to keep a nonstop supply of fluids going in, which means more frequent bathroom breaks. I also need to eat on a more regular schedule than usual. Apart from other standard precautions (juice on hand, testing before driving and also during the trip), these two things go a long way toward staving off unwelcome highs and lows.

A couple of times, however, the D reared its ugly head at inopportune moments. I dropped to 57 while navigating through crazy Indianapolis traffic, and during a tense morning I went from 124 to 370 in the space of an hour after misjudging my carbs at breakfast. I wasn't myself at either time, and I'm not proud of it (note to self, don't discuss sensitive issues with DH while high or low). It just seems that the normal pains of travel take a little more out of me than the average bear. Sometimes it's hard to get that across to the non-PWD population...

For now it's back to work and the routine. Ugh :( Hope everyone out in the OC had a good holiday!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday Night Videos: Memorial Day Edition

This week's selection is dedicated to three special veterans:

  • My father (U.S. Army, Vietnam, 1964-66);

  • My brother (U.S. Air Force, Gulf War I/Kosovo campaign, 1991-1994);

  • and my husband (U.S. Army, Cold War, 1982-1986)

To them, and to all veterans, you have my humble thanks. May we Americans continue to honor your oath: to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Say Hello to My (New) Little Friend

Due to a Vista upgrade on my home computer, I found myself needing a boost in the meter department as well. My old piece o'crap cheapie model was reliable but slow, and data was difficult to upload. Using Vista also meant losing the ability to log in to the Web-based data management software for the thing, which of course only works on XP/Internet Explorer 6. So thanks to an online freebie offer, I now use the OneTouch Ultra II. So far I'm liking it -- amazing how going from a 10 to 5 second wait for results makes life that much easier :-) And the data uploading capability, so far, is a gem. (Yay! If I had to manually enter all my results I'd go mad.)

I'm no fan of the black zippy case that came with it, however. I always carry my insulin bottles and syringes with my meter, and there was nowhere to put them. So I'm working on a choice right now is a $5 bag I got at Walgreens:

I've looked at some of the nicer meter cases online, but nothing fits my tastes (or budget) right now. I'm also trying desperately to avoid carrying a yet-larger purse to hold all my stuff. Ah, the joys of being a girl with diabetes :-) But, more importantly, we'll see if the OneTouch helps keep me in the 5% club come July, when I have my next A1C done.
Now, about those Mac commercials...really, Apple, aren't you over this by now...?!?

Monday, May 19, 2008

I Get Weeeird...

I've been tagged by Cara in the latest meme-o-thon. So here come my 10 little oddities!

10) I cannot stand being followed too closely while walking down the street. I'll actually stop and pretend to get a text message or something, just to let the other person go by.

9) Though I'd like to think I'm not secretly OCD ;-), I do rearrange the money in my wallet so that all the bills are in order by denomination--makes it easier to zip through the check-put line. Sometimes I even make sure they're facing the same way. Then I count my change and make sure I have certain combinations (six quarters, five dimes, etc.)...Aaaaaaahhh...!

8) In high school I played alto saxphone, as previously posted. Since then I've probably only played a few times. I used to dream of performing on stage in a band, but alas...

7) I'm distantly related to a former President, Warren G. Harding, on my mother's side of the family. As my fellow Americans may recall from elementary school, he was considered by many to be one of the "worst" U.S. commanders in chief. Not sure how he stacks up nowadays...!

6) I learned beginner-level American Sign Language for an old job. To this day I can still carry on a very basic conversation.

5) Speaking of hearing, I'm also completely deaf in my left ear due to congenital nerve deafness. I've never worn a hearing aid, although my husband sometimes swears I need one!

4) Some of the places I really want to see someday are California, London, Moscow, Germany, Australia, Chile and Tokyo. I would especially love to go on a literary tour of London and/or England. So far I've been to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, western England, Canada, and the Bahamas.

3) And speaking of Oz, my birthday happens to fall on Australian Independence Day (Jan. 26). I'd love to celebrate it Down Under someday, watching the fireworks in a summer sky :-)

2) I have a "Rain Man"-like ability to remember numbers, especially phone numbers. I can't usually remember then the first time I hear or read them, but once they're burned into my brain they're permanent. (I still remember my best friend's phone number from childhood!)

1) And finally, I'm grateful for the memories of growing up in the house my great-grandfather built in 1911, where my grandfather and my father also grew up. Three generations of my family also attended the same two grade schools in my old neighborhood. In a big city like Chicago, this is rare indeed.

If you've read this far and haven't participated, consider yourself tagged!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Night Videos

I loved INXS. Poor Michael. Enjoy and remember a great band!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gratuitous Cat Post

Behold El Magnifico {:-) We've had him (or is it the reverse?!) for two years now. He's always been a morning cat, but I've noticed he gets especially agitated if I have a classic 3AM low. Anyone else have a furball who can tell your blood sugar level, as if by magic?
Poor kitty, he isn't feeling well today. Get well soon, my little beast...(If you like, check out his blog at

Monday, May 12, 2008

Eyeballs: Check

Continuing in the grand tradition set forth by fellow OC'ers Scott, Donna, Landileigh and Cara, I present my eyeballs for your consideration (eek!). My retinas, I am happy to report, are fine. There's no evidence of changes, the pesky microaneurysm in my left eye is gone, and my glaucoma pressure readings were 16 and 14. Woo hoo!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Wee Paws for Identification

Taking a break this week due to a busy work schedule. Will be back soon!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Friday Night Videos

Time for a lighter subject...

Ah, the saxophone, the staple of many a song in the 1980s. Something about those tunes lent themselves to the silky, sensual sound of a sax in the middle eight, coming back around near the end for a last round in the fading chorus. Of course, being a certifiable geek back then I just had to be in the band in high school...and guess what instrument I played?!

So here's to my old friend the alto sax, and to the good old days of playing along (quite badly, out of tune, and squeaking my reeds the whole time) with my favorite songs on the radio. Happy weekend, dear OC'ers!

Billy Joel: "New York State of Mind"

Duran Duran: "Rio"

Corey Hart: "Never Surrender"

Bruce Springsteen: "Dancing in the Dark"