Thursday Shout-Out & 48 Is Not An Appropriate Number

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my blog. Of course it didn’t start out as Stick With It Sugar. It started as Mom of 2 Type 1s. Regardless today is the 1 year anniversary of my first post. I had grand plans for today. I have a post started for this day. Ok It basically says “Today marks 1 year of D-Blogging” – that’s all it says.

I have written a half-dozen posts in my head over the last three weeks. I just forget everything when I sit down at my desk. Some of the posts written in my head were AWESOME by the way – you would have liked them.

I am not sure where my talent/inspiration/mojo went but I’m certain it will come back. Perhaps if I could sneak off to a beach somewhere and plant my ass in the sand the waves would inspire me.

Regardless I didn’t want the 1 year anniversary of my blog to pass without a post. Thus, I stole a post from the DSMA website by Sweetest Cherise that is @sweetercherise on twitter. (Her name on twitter should be in the superlative form but unfortunatly I was not consulted when she changed her twitter handle)

Before I move on to the post I stole (btw -Im not alone in my thievery – many other D-bloggers have shared their answers using Cherise’s post – yes I am a lemming) Oh – the before part – It being Thursday I would like to give a quick “Shout Out” (when trying to create a bloggy theme day {Thursday Shout Out} – the goal would be to do it each week rather than suggest it, do it once and then not blog for nearly a month – I digress. BTW I have the flu and I may have combined medications inappropriately.

Cherise Shockley is an amazingly wonderful, incredibly intelligent, and by far the SWEETEST person I have met on the interwebz. She blogs at Sweet Cherise and is the founder/creator of Diabetes Social Media Advocacy. DSMA hosts a Wednesday Night tweet-chat, on Thursdays DSMA Live hosts a prominent figure in the diabetes community via Blog Talk Radio, and DSMA promotes WDD (World Diabetes Day) Blue Fridays to help raise awareness for diabetes globally. Cherise is not alone in her endeavors to connect pwd with other pwd (people with diabetes) – there are a number of fantabulous folks working with Cherise to make all the magic possible. But today’s Thursday Shout Out (it will become a thing) is to Cherise to say THANK YOU for all you do to bring people together in a supportive, knowledgable, safe and fun community and also the outline that allowed my highly medicated brain to write a post on my blogiversary.

Now on to my 1 year Anniversary post:

 

48 Things About Me

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?


No. I have a cousin that is a year older whose name is Christopher. I pretty much assumed all my life that my name was chosen due to either lack of imagination or due to competition between my dad and his sister. However according to my mom, my dad wanted to name me Christian Mary but my mom vetoed that and they went with Christina instead.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?


Yesterday in the shower.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?



Not even a little. I actually envy my daughter’s hand writing.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?



Not really any. I’m more of a peanut butter person.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?



3 – girl, boy, boy – they are amazing and I am humbled by them often. Always thought I’d have 4. I fear I will likely always feel as though someone is missing in my family.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?


Like most people I meet, at first I would find me to be too much. I likely wouldn’t like me until after about the first 3-6 months or so. Then I would learn that I am loyal to a fault, honest always, funny as all hell, and just good fun. The problem is I rarely start off well.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?



It is my first language.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?



Yup

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?


My gut reaction is to say hellz no. But honestly if I’m standing on the platform/bridge with the bungee around my ankles Id likely jump – Id be crying but I would jump.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?



Lucky Charms – They are magically delicious. I hide them from my kids and yes they are part of my emotional eating diet.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?


No, even my boots that are tight as shit, I will pull and pull and cuss my way out of them without untying them.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?


Short answer – yes. Long answer abbreviated: no-I’m scared as all heck.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?


Baskin Robins>World Class Chocolate

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?



Body posture and facial expressions.

15. RED OR PINK?



I’ve never been a girly girl but I don’t hate Pink. Not a huge fan of red. I see enough red on a daily basis.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?



How easily I get sad.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?



My older sister (sorry Beaner {not used in a derogatory sense – I have called my younger sister Beaner since she was a toddler} if you are reading this – I love you too but Jess and I are just closer).

18. WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?


Staying focused – the procrastination fairy gets me often.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?


Black beat up Merrell flip-flops – my feet love them.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?



Peanut Butter Cookies that I made earlier today.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?


My daughter asking Siri questions while doing her homework

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

crayonphoto

Sky Blue is the top left – Periwinkle is the top right.


Had to go dig in the crayon box for this one – I think Sky Blue but some days it would be more Periwinkle.

23. FAVOURITE SMELLS?



Oh defiantly fresh brewed coffee, the air after rain, fallen autumn leaves.

24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?



That depends on the topic – Guns > very important /Funding for PBS >  not so much (although I recently started watching Downton Abby on PBS so my position could change.)

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?



Always always always the beach.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?



On TV – football or Olympic gymnastics. At the park – Baseball.

27. HAIR COLOR?



Used to be dishwater blonde – what the hell does that even mean? Anyway it is brown – drab dull brown with a few blonde highlights

28. EYE COLOR?



Hazel/Greenish

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?



Nope

30. FAVORITE FOOD?



Olive Garden triple chocolate moose cake

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?



Happy please. Last scary movie for me was The Grudge in 2004 – scared me more after the movie than during. Stupid bullfrogs by my house made the same noise that the creature/thing in the grudge made. I stopped going for walks at night.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?


Lincoln

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?



Blue hoody

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?


Why not ask Favorite season – why must I choose between these two? I refuse – I choose fall – I love the smells.

35. FAVORITE DESSERT?


aw darn it – see favorite food above.

36. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?


Again not playing by the rules – I like to walk/jog.

37. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?


Before 10pm computer, after 10pm DVR/Netflix

38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?



1.”Change Your Words, Change Your World” by Andrea Gardner – haven’t made up my mind if she is a total quack job or just a little eccentric. 2. “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton (a favorite author of mine) 3. “Trail of Fire” by Diana Gaboldon (my other favorite author) I read a lot – if question 37 included ‘books’ my answer would always be books.

39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

No Mouse Pad – Mac magic mouse

40. FAVORITE SOUND?


A cats purr, my kids laughing

41. FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?



I don’t have a favorite – I like nearly all music. Although most Rap hurts my head. I have various playlists for specific activities or moods – bad days equal 70s/80s metal rock (Metallica/ACDC/Zeppelin/Ozzy), light housework equals pop hits, fast walking/jogging/dance walking/elliptical equals 80s/90s dance.

42. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?



Cancun Mexico – I know boring – I’d like to go to Scotland and Australia please.

43. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?



Not a damn thing.

44. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?



Wisconsin

45. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?



Califiggenfornia

46. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?


This almost vomit like orangeish color – hopefully to be painted soon.

47. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?



Champagne?

48. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?


Actually no. I’m not comfortable with 48 questions. I could understand 45 and clearly 50 is an acceptable number. Why 48? What is the significance of 48?

Don’t Mind My Voice

This year brought huge changes in my life – in my families lives. The biggest change for our family was a move across the country from Texas to California. For me the biggest change was becoming part of a larger community. Not a community connected by streets, courts, high school football games and the local Starbucks – a community connected by something much stronger – love, support, understanding, and a common goal – to end diabetes.

Don’t misunderstand me – the move from Texas to Cali was life changing. At times before and after the move I thought it would do me in. Luckily I have amazing kids who are resilient, a husband that devotes himself for providing what is best for all of us and again,  – a larger community of people in the DOC (diabetes online community) that helped me feel less alone.

This months DSMA Blog Carnival asks bloggers to write a 2012 in Review Post. click this link to learn more on how you can participate.

“Take a moment to reflect on diabetes in 2012 – on a personal level, on a community level, on a technological level, anything you can think of.  What things stand out to you the most?  What did 2012 and Diabetes mean to you?  You can even take the challenge one step further, and post a collage of your Year in Diabetes!” 

I have attempted to write this post a few times. It either got too wordy or didn’t share enough. Thus I thought I’d make a vlog. How difficult could that be? Well it was a lot more difficult than I anticipated. Technological difficulties using my photobooth application on my apple computer left me frustrated – it looked like a poorly dubbed kung-fu movie. After I finally got a video recorded and tried to load it was told it exceeded the maximum size for my blog. ARGGGG – here is where YouTube comes in.

Warning – I write like I talk and I talk like I think – thus I ramble.

Thanks for checking my first vlog out. HERE

30 Days 30 Posts

November is National Blog Posting Month. Starting November 1st I will be taking part in the 30 Day 30 Posts challenge as a Health Activist and Diabetes Awareness Advocate.

NHBPM 2012 (Link to sign up for National Blog Posting Month)

Now I know what your thinking – I have not posted much since July (maybe even June). Clearly I’ve gotten lazy or complacent. This is not true. I have just been overwhelmed – to the point that I could just as easily be blogging about depression and anxiety along with Diabetes. Seems the move has undone me. The thought of a move being my undoing makes me angry and sad. There are so many that suffer much bigger things – yet I would find myself completely unpredictable over the last few months – some days are good others I am ready to load up the van and drive back to Texas.

Things that have kept me sane are:

  • Wednesday evenings spent with 30+ of my closest DOC (Diabetes Online Community) friends. If you haven’t attended a Wednesday night twitter chat with the DOC and you have diabetes or love someone who does please check it out. It is at 6pm ET – you can get the link here (scroll to bottom and click twitter chat) And while you are checking out the DSMA site – be sure to check out the monthly blog carnivals.
  • I have a neighbor who is at least as crazy as me – she has welcomed us with open arms, her son is a great playmate for my boys and honestly she makes me laugh.
  • A texting group I refer to as “The Hive”. It includes 5 of the most wonderful DOC members – they carry on conversations and when I can I jump in too. It is like having a pocket full of friends and they are always with me.
  • Its fall and the leaves are changing – that doesn’t really happen to well in Texas. I love the smell of fallen leaves and crunch beneath my feet.
  • I get to bake with pumpkin for the next few months (yes I know I could always bake with pumpkin but I like to save it for the fall).
I have a dozen blog drafts started with a range of topics – TrialNet, Health Insurance, The need for FDA approval for the Dexcom 4G for under 17, Sleep Deprivation, and Advocating for our cwd in school. Some of the posts I will finish and share. Others I likely wont – I mostly wrote them for myself. Hoping that the NHBPM 2012 will get me writing again – and reading. Surely next week I’ll have time (a phrase I have been saying every week since Aug 20th.). Hope to see my DOC friends participating in NHBPM. Cheers.

 

 

You Must Experience It To Understand It

DSMA July Blog Carnival

The Diabetes Online Community, or DOC, is a pretty amazing thing.  We each might be looking for something different from the DOC and we each have unique experiences.  With that in mind, we’re looking back at the chat from June 13th called Winging It and would love to hear thoughts on the following sentence . . . .

The diabetes community has taught me how to _______ and _______.

 

I must say that was an amazing DSMA chat.

I went to bed smiling – feeling like all was well with the world.

That night when the same question was asked I answered the following:

“The DOC has taught me to NOT berate myself for not always being the perfect pancreas for my kids and to celebrate success”

BUT – there is so much more that I didn’t share because well – I was busy trying to keep up with all the ideas and thoughts other DOCers were sharing.

Some of the other tidbits of truth the DOC has taught me are:

  • Unicorns are not just for little girls
  • Diabetes is hard (I knew that but it’s nice to be validated)
  • Complications are not inevitable
  • That PWD and parents of CWD active in the DOC are funny, smart, supportive, tad bit crazy and a whole lot of fun
  • I am not alone
  • There is always new technology, studies, trials, and tools that I can learn about
  • How to convert mg to mmol and visa versa (math hurts my head)
  • That a No Hitter is not just in baseball
  • It’s ok to have a bad day
  • #howtouseahashtag
  • There are more families than I thought with multiple kids with diabetes (hate the cost of joining the club but the members are fabulous)
  • Everything will be alright
The question that followed the above question during that awesome DSMA chat was this:

What does the diabetes community mean to you?

 I answered with this: The DOC means sanity, friendship, support, love, knowledge, power and courage.
To fully grasp this you must get involved. It is not something that can be explained or demonstrated. It must be experienced. The DOC is not about self-promotion or simply sharing articles or blog posts. To truly experience what the DOC is one has to get connected, have conversations (which are visible to – well everyone {unless done in Direct messaging}), attend the DSMA chats, read and respond to posts shared by others and share thoughts not just check-ins. There is certainly value in being a spectator – one can learn a great deal from watching a game but to fully experience it you have to suit up. 
Awesome Image above was created by the DOC’s very own Mike Durbin (@mydiabeticheart) – he created in last year for Diabetes Art Day. You can read more about his art here.  Mike’s art speaks to me because the majority of the DOCers that I interact with daily (sometimes hourly #Ihavenolife) are not in my town, not my state – many not even my country yet we are connected regardless of distance, type of diabetes, age, gender, race, or religion. We are united by a cause.
“This post is my July entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information athttp://diabetessocmed.com/2012/july-dsma-blog-carnival-2/