- Cheese - in all shapes and forms
- My nieces and nephews
- Good books
- Tasty tea - super addicted to Rooibos
- Salt air
- Dark chocolate topped with sea-salt
- The color green
- Cheeseburger, medium rare, topped with the works - bonus points for jalapeños
- Vintage Costume Jewelry - I collect it
- “Real Jewelry.” I collect that too :)
- Dogs. Dogs are awesome and I’ll fight you on that
- Cooking for the people I love
- Making a tasty meal from scratch for myself. Cleaning up after? Not so much
- Traveling - I miss traveling. I need to travel. I have over 55,000 air miles - time to cash them in
- The color yellow. I love yellow - it reminds me of my mom and daffodils and the sun. Truth be told I had a thing for yellow and purple as a little girl. Still do
- Really good extra virgin olive oil
- Exploring - going to a new place and discovering its nooks and crannies; locals and spots that make said place magic
- Photography - I love taking pictures
- Spicy sushi
- A meal out with friends
- Atlantic City Italian bread. GOOGLE IT
- My DOC family and friends - you are my Friends For Life
- Swimming in the ocean
- Peanut Butter
- My friends kids
- Hanging out with my nieces and nephews as friends
- The smell of honeysuckle bushes
- Live theater
- Going to the movies
- A horse named Stormy
- A dog named Misty
- A cat named kidden
- Serving my tea from a yellow porcelain teapot I bought for 10 bucks at an estate sale years ago
- Presecco and wine
- Tito’s Vodka
- golden hour
- The beach
- My parents
- My sister
- My busted pancreas, aka my diabetes dragon. FTR, I've made friends with my diabetes dragon - her name is Mabel
Monday, October 31, 2022
Sunday, October 31, 2021
|I'm still here :) |
44 years ago today I was diagnosed with diabetes.
44 years of living with a busted pancreas.
44 years that I've been here, that I wouldn't have been if insulin had never been discovered.
As Diaversary tradition and in no particular order - my diabetes life gratitude list.
- I’m still here
- Rooibos tea - my latest obsession. Actually, I’ve been drinking it since maybe 2005, but the last few years I’ve become OBSESSED with it
- Being an auntie to my nieces and nephews - I love them more than words can express
- My sister Cathy
- My family
- The Diabetes Online Community - Finding my tribe ROCKED MY WORLD & continues to do so, each and every day
- The beach
- The ocean - there’s a reason we are three-quarters saltwater
- I’m a kickass soup-maker with an impressive soup repertoire
- Trump no longer presides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
- Wide shoes that aren’t ugly
- Theater - I can’t wait to go back!
- Beuno Bars - Seriously, GIVE THEM A TRY
- Teal Green and Chartreuse
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Friends who are family. You know who you are and I love you
- Photography. I love taking pictures and people em to like my images. Also love learning about the history of photography and photographers
- Peanut Butter. I LOVE IT
- Kismet. When it happens it’s magic in action
- Being my mother’s daughter. Marjory was the strongest, kindest woman I ever met. Being her daughter is an honor
- I found a hidden twenty in my wallet last week - AWESOME
- Insulin. It keeps me alive. Unfortunately, it’s fucking expensive and people are dying because they can’t fucking afford it and that’s gotta change!
- A bold Lipstick - it’s seriously life-changing, empowering, and energizing
- A really gorgeous and well-made coat. Instagram #coatporn, you’ll see what I’m talking about
- Having a roof over my head
- Diabetes Advocacy
- Indie coffee and tea shops
- Diabetes technology
- Pete Souza
- Dorothea Lange - If you don’t know about her - watch Grab A hunk Of Lightning and prepare to be inspired
- Traveling. I miss it-can't wait to get back to it!
- Having enough oat milk for my morning coffee
- Perfectly seasoned, well-done home-fries
- Reconnecting with old friends
- Making new friends
- Getting lost in nature - on purpose.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written on my blog - between COVID; lockdown, work, delaying my big COVID meltdown until end of June/beginning of July and followed two weeks late by a Lis Franc sprain at the end of July, working, and hustling for work, pen to paper and writing about myself for my own blog was damn impossible.
Me embracing my inner Moira Rose on my Diaversary. Video to follow.
I kept promising myself I was going to write a blog post tomorrow - but then when tomorrow arrived I’d push it off again.
But I’m writing one today!
43 years ago today I was diagnosed with diabetes and spent my Halloween in the hospital instead of trick or treating and have spent the past 43 years living and sharing good, the bad, and the diabetesalicious of it all.
Every year I write a Diaversersary post listing things I love/ I’m thankful for and in no particular order. - with the total corresponding to the number of years I've had diabetes.
2020, I won’t let you take that away.
So here’s my 2020 list of 43 things that I'm grateful for and hope you can relate!
- My people. My friends, family,including YOU. You all make my world a better place!
- Speaking of friends - Lucy the Elephant.
- Smart Insulin - you’ve made my life easier and my body healthier. With that being said, let's get your prices lower - people are dying because they can't afford it!
- My garden. It made my summer, which was spent social distancing and nursing a bum ankle much easier to bear. It also made my salads much tastier.
- Dove Ice Cream Mini Bars, variety pack. Seriously life-changing.
- Speaking of life-changing, I’m thankful for Time in Range - it’s a diabetes game changer!
- My honest and caring mechanic - Thanks for being honest and giving me a great price when my car was having issues - Very much appreciated!
- The beach. Even though I didn’t spend a lot of time on this year (because people were being idiots re: social distancing,) I’m so grateful to have grown up at the beach and to have access to it as an adult.
- The Ocean. See number 8.
- Being able to attend MOMA’s Dorothea Lange' Words & Pictures Exhibit this past September.
- Dorothea Lange’s photography
- Being an Aunt because it's a fucking gift from the heavens. I love my nieces and nephew so much! 12 unique and individual works of art.
- Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg - May her memory be a revolution.
- Music. Silly to say, but music makes my heart sing.
- Waking up and realizing that I have an hour before my alarm goes off.
- Becoming a better baker. Thanks to my friend Pam (who bought me a beautiful and solid bundt pan last Christmas because she thought it would help me chill I made my first bundt cake from scratch a few months later. During lockdown I perfect banana and banana blueberry muffins, this week I’m attempting pumpkin :)
- NetFlix - you know why.
- Hoka ONES. Seriously comfy sneakers.
- Schitt’s Creek: Best. Show. Ever.
- Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar - book by Cheryl Strayed . READ IT.
- My camera. I bought a Canon 35 mm camera a few years ago with 300 and 80 degree lenses. LOVE IT.
- Insulin pumps - making my life easier since 2002.
- Dark chocolate caramels with sea salt. AMAZING.
- My Mac laptop I bought 16 months ago.
- CGM. It makes life easier - except when it doesn’t.
- Dogs. DOGS RULE
- Homemade Soup. I have mad soup skillz.
- The color green. It makes me feel healthy, beautiful, balanced - and it makes my eyes pop!
- Paper plates - Lockdown means dishes are never done. Paper plates make my life easier. The environmentalist in me struggles with this, the chief dishwasher (ME,) is thankful and works especially hard to be environmentally conscious in other areas of my life.
- Both Sweetzels and Ivins Spiced Wafers
- Cheese. I’m a cheese lover and self-proclaimed cheese slut.
- Lipstick. I wear it every day and under my mask!
- Ray Collins Photography
- Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
- Goldenberg Peanut Chews - Original Dark Chocolate
- Jewel color tones. I’m just not into tan -with that being said, I appreciate a warm and smartly tailored camel hair coat.
- Jewelry. I love jewelry - whether it’s a macaroni necklace a little made me, costume, or the “real stuff - I LOVE SPARKLE.
- The Diabetes Online Community. You’ve changed my life and life with diabetes for the better and I love you all so much!
Friday, April 10, 2020
T2D Healthline App - Another Option of People With T2 Diabetes
- I’m all about us (every single person living with diabetes and no matter the type,) working together as a diabetes team! I live with t1 diabetes - I always support, continually learn from, and actively fight for my LADA Diabetes and T2 diabetes brothers and sisters - ALWAYS.
- I’m all about people with diabetes having as many options and choices as possible when it comes to living with diabetes - in the form of treatment plans (medications, meal plans, diabetes robot parts,) being an active participant in your diabetes - using your diabetes voice and partnering with your Doctor re your diabetes treatment, and participating in the DOC (diabetes online community,) including digital diabetes spaces that fit the individual PWD (person with diabetes,) needs.
- Diabetes isn’t one size fits all, what works for one person, may not work for another. Diabetes choices and options are key components that make living our diabetes lives easier!
Friday, March 27, 2020
Coronavirus: Hey DOC - How You Doing?
Like all of you, I’ve had a lot on my plate and much to take in with what’s going on re: the Coronavirus pandemic.
Focus is hard to come by as of late - FOR EVERYONE.
I know I’m not the only one who is struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness.
THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SHARE.
Sharing prevents us from holding it all inside.
Being able to say things out loud to our selves and others lets us know we are being heard and that makes it easier to focus, feel much-needed normalcy
Thursday, March 5, 2020
This Is My Brain: This Is My Brain On Diabetes - And Sometimes It's Exhausting
This boob site is working exceptionally well.
I DO NOT.
Or 390 other different diabetes wrenches getting thrown into the equation.
This isn't projecting, this is what is required for those of us wearing diabetes robotical parts.
AND SOMETIMES IT'S GODDAMN EXHAUSTING.
|This spot-on cartoon was created by the amazing Haidee Merritt.|
To see more of her work, laugh your butt off and maybe buy her books, click HERE.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
#SpareARose 2020 & A DOC Valentine