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12 of 12 – July

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.  

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

Unfortunately, and coincidentally, today’s 12 is going to be (yet again) another sick-day 12.  I’ve come down with a nasty cold/flu and was unable to drag my sick ass into work this morning.  I’m crossing my fingers for August – no more sick-day 12s!  Ugh!

1. My buddy for the day.  Thankfully they make some of the boxes somewhat attractive now.  It’s alternate had a stupid bunny on it.  Lame.

2. Breakfast: Balkan yogurt with pineapple and walnuts.  It’s my yummy low-GI breakfast that keeps my bloodsugar from spiking first thing in the morning.  It’s in a Ziplock container because I had made it the night before, thinking I’d be eating it at work today.

3. My Neti Pot.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  Today it didn’t.  If you’ve never seen one before, let me tell you how it works:  pointy end goes in one nostril, head is tipped to the side over the sink, water (a saline solution) goes in one side and (hopefully) out the other.  It’s an uncomfortable process, but when it works it’s awesome.  Today my nose was so plugged that it just ran down my throat.  Yuck.

4. My teapot.  (Not to be confused with my Neti Pot.  Ouch!)  I’m a hard-core tea drinker when I’m sick.  Today’s tea was lemon.

5. I had brought my laptop home last night, so even though I was taking a sick day, I did do some work.  These were sitting beside me at the table and distracting me.  But really, who wouldn’t be distracted by cute buggy binoculars?!

6.  Murphy napping in a sunbeam.  I was jealous.

7.  Lunch: mixed greens, leftover roast beef, red onion, red pepper, feta, pecans, blueberries and balsamic vinaigrette.  Like my breakfast, it was also packed to be eaten at work.

8.  I watched some TV at lunchtime, but the pictures I took of the TV screen had too much glare on them, so this picture of me holding the remote will have to do.

9.  It was a gorgeous day, so I sat outside for a bit.  This is our little vegetable garden.  We’re growing beans (green and yellow), spinach, dill and asparagus.  (Remember the asparagus seeds from last month?)

10.  Sitting in my lounger in the sun reading my Women’s Health magazine.  Mmm…salads!  Love ’em!

11.  My sky.  Love that blue!

12. I did the dishes after supper and had to take a picture of this beast.  It’s a two-man Henckels, and it is fantastic!

That’s all.  Time for this sicko to go to bed!


Top 5 Things I Wish I Could Do

Since this uber-crazy May/June schedule is still in full swing (over soon…), I decided to search for a meme today.  I found this which is all about Top 5 lists.  I like lists, so I’m giving one of them a go.

Top 5 Things I Wish I Could Do

I could easily think of 5 diabetes-related things for this list, but I’m choosing not to.  Those are too obvious.  So, once I’ve wished for the functioning pancreas, clear vision, etc., here are the next 5 things I wish I could do:

1. Dance like a pro.  All styles – ballroom, contemporary, hip hop…. I even want to krump!

2. Sing like a pro.  I don’t want to be a rock star or anything, but I’d like to be that person about whom other people say, “Hey, I didn’t know you could sing so well!”

3. Swim.  I can probably swim to save my life if my boat capsizes reasonably close to shore, but even that is questionable.  Sad.

4. Speak more languages.  I’ve got pretty basic French, but that’s it.  I’d love to speak it, and at least two more languages, fluently.  Preferably Spanish and Italian.

5. Make a decent living doing something I love.  I don’t dislike my job.  Most of the time I kind of like it.  But I really envy the people who can make money doing the things they truly love.  The people for whom work doesn’t feel like work. 

Hmm….this list ended up being a bit depressing.  I didn’t see that coming.  Maybe I should have.


12 of 12 – May

It’s that time again!  Welcome to this month’s 12 of 12!

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.  

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

Today my daughter was sick.  Sick enough to be too contagious for daycare, but not sick enough to feel very bad…  Wait a second.  This is how I started my April 12 of 12!  Oddly it applies again today.  It was another kid-sick-day, so more boring home pics, sorry.  (Note to self:  Don’t plan anything for the 12th of any month as it is apparently monthly kid-sick day.)

To give you a bit of context…I started this morning with 3.5 hours of sleep and a night of terrible (high) bloodsugar (read: tired and dehydrated).  Keep that in mind as it kind of explains a lot of the pictures.

1. My waking bloodsugar.  Ew.  (That’s a 167 mg/dl, folks.)  And that was better than any of my nighttime readings.  Blech.

2.  Tried to give The Kid some of this but she wasn’t fooled when I called it “juice”.  I don’t blame her.  The stuff tastes terrible!

3. Made scrambled eggs for lunch.  Forgot about them on the stove.  They turned brown.  I hate brown scrambled eggs.

4.  Today’s kid-sick day threw a monkey wrench (or, rather, a gorilla jackhammer) into my work and personal life as both are currently very busy.  No time for sick!  So I did some hard-core list making this afternoon to figure out how to work around it.  (Note that I’m not going to Motherhood Maternity for myself.  I promise.)  My favourite list item is the last one.  I hope I get to it.

5.  Peppermint tea.  Cures what ails you.

6. We got this cute little rocking horse at a garage sale for $15 last weekend.  One stirrup is broken, but otherwise it’s in mint condition!  Neigh!

 7. The cleaning lady came today.  I love how she does this with all the TP rolls. 🙂

 8.  This is the logo on my favourite yoga pants.  (Read: favourite doing-anything-and-everything-in-them pants.)  I have a pair of Lulus that I bought for almost $100.  These are from Superstore for $20 or $25 and have lasted much longer.  No more Lulus for me, unless someone else wants to pay for them! 

 9.  A while ago I made a snowman for The Kid out of Play-Doh, and now that’s all she wants me to make.  Here’s a blue Play-Doh snow-family.  The snow-baby was manipulated a bit by some toddler fingers.  (This Play-Doh is homemade by my mother-in-law.  It’s WAY better than the bought stuff.)

 10.  The Peppermint tea didn’t cure what ailed me, so I moved on to this.

 11.  Just bought this app today.  It looks pretty good!

12. Our new toy.  Although my husband has had it in Las Vegas with him all week, so I’ve barely had a chance to play with it.  He’ll be home shortly, though, and then I can have my turn.

And now I’m going to bed!

12 of 12 – April

It’s that time again!  Welcome to this month’s 12 of 12!

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.  

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

Today my daughter was sick.  Sick enough to be too contagious for daycare, but not sick enough to feel very bad…so we actually had a pretty fun day at home!  In terms of 12 of 12, this means that you have been spared the monotony of office pictures again, but it also means that you’re getting kid-related pics again. I’m not sure whether to say I’m sorry or you’re welcome.  🙂

1. Let’s just dive right into my geekiness.  This is my diabetes management spreadsheet…otherwise known as The Log.  As I mentioned in my last post, I’m doing some serious logging right now for this week’s endo appointment.  The morning started with an update to The Log, and a pretty decent bloodsugar, if I do say so myself!  (For those of you who are interested, take a look at my teenie basals.)  I’m definitely nerdy, but I sometimes think that’s a very good quality when paired with diabetes.

2.  Mmmm….coffee.  I don’t have coffee every morning, but I sure enjoy it when I do.  This fancy mug is courtesy of my mother-in-law.  She got us a set of 4 for Christmas!

3. I’m going to a course for work next week that’s about communication.  In advance of the course, we are to complete this quiz.  I did it while the kid was still sleeping this morning. 

4.  This is Murphy.  Those are Cheerios.  Murphy desperately wants to eat the Cheerios, as evidenced by his perked ears.  But Murphy is a good boy and knows that the kid’s food is not his food…until it hits the floor.  So he’s waiting.

5.  This is my insulin pump on it’s CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring System) screen.  Looks a bit unstable, not to mention a bit high, doesn’t it?  The thing is, I was in the 4s all morning – nowhere near 9!.  (You U.S. folks can multiply by 18 to convert.)  Damn inaccurate CGMS….  On the upside, it seems to be working now.  Damn inconsistent CGMS….

6.  Because the kid wasn’t feeling too bad, I put her in the stroller, put a leash on the dog, and took the two of them for a walk.  This is one of the sites we saw on our walk.  The ice isn’t off the lakes yet, although I don’t really think the “thinness” of said ice necessitates a sign anymore.

7.  Tiny juice for tiny hands!

8.  Best.  Mixed.  Nuts.  Ever.  Yay Costco!  (I’m not sure I understand “extra fancy”, though.  Ooh la la!)

9.  Nap time for the kid means work time for Mommy.

10.  This magazine was sent to me for some reason – likely as part of some baby program I signed up for once.  Notice, though, that it actually wasn’t sent to me.  It was sent to Bathany Rose. 

  11.  We recently taught the kid to fist-bump.   Here’s her giving Daddy a fist-bump at the supper table.

12.  Murphy loves yogurt, so he gets to lick out the containers when they’re empty (or when they have just a little bit left).  My husband stuck this one right onto his snout.  Murphy was quite pleased…albeit a bit messy afterwards.

That’s it for my April 12!

Meme Time

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks over here and I’m feeling a little less than creative today, so……Meme Time!

I grabbed this one from Karen over at Bitter-Sweet.  Thanks Karen! 

What are your current obsessions?

Yoga, diabetes management (out of necessity) and the related diet obsession, and my daughter…of course.

Which item from your wardrobe do you wear the most often? 

Black dress pants.  I have a few pairs, but there’s one in particular that I wear quite frequently.  So versatile!

What’s for dinner?

I’m making a casserole tonight – pasta, ground beef, veggies, tomato sauce, cheese….kind of a lazy lasagna if you will.  Still haven’t decided if I’m just going to go ahead and eat some of the one I make for the family or if I make my own low(er) carb, low(er) GI version.  That’s sounding like a lot of work right now.

What is your greatest fear at the moment?

Blindness.  Yep.

What are you listening to? 

The bathroom fan making “white noise” while my daughter sleeps.

If you were a god/goddess what would you be?

I copied Karen here too and went to this quiz to find out (because how the heck else do you answer this question?!).  My result:

You are the Greek goddess Aphrodite

You are golden, gorgeous, and a girly-girl. No one holds a candle to you in charm or grace. You enjoy all the good things in life and often overindulge. You can be a bit superficial, but you’ll have a good life and lots of fun and admirers, so who cares?

Nope, doesn’t sound like me…

What are your guilty pleasures?

Carbs: ice cream, chips, chocolate, baked goods, bread with real butter, pasta….I have to stop, I’m getting hungry.   I do my best to avoid said guilty pleasures, but I still do indulge from time to time.

Who or what makes you laugh?

My daughter and my husband – both of them more than anyone else I know.  But I have some pretty funny friends too.

What is your favourite spring thing to do?

Stop being cold.  I live in Winnipeg. 

Seriously, though…I love finally opening the windows and letting the fresh air in.  And the switch to spring jackets – or no jacket!

Where are you planning to travel next?

Toronto.  For a seminar.  For work.  Woo hoo.

What is the best thing you ate or drank lately?

Leftover ribs from Tony Roma’s.  Delicious!

Who was your first ever crush?

Oh man…that’s going way back.  The first one I can remember was a boy named Brian in elementary school – kindergarten I think.  He claimed not to like girls back then.  He grew up to like them (although not specifically this one), but I no longer had a crush on him anyway.  And we both lived happily ever after.  Or I did anyway.  I’m not sure about him.      

What is your favourite ever film?

It’s a tie between The Princess Bride and Snatch.  I can’t pick between the two because they’re in two completely different classes.

What is the biggest life lesson you’ve learned from your kid(s)?

How much a person can truly love someone else.  It’s bigger than I had ever imagined or understood.

What song can’t you get out of your head?

The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.  Yeah, that’s my life right now.  Although Drops of Jupiter by Train gets stuck in my head every time I get a soy latté at Starbucks.

What book do you know you should read but refuse to?

Probably something about potty training.  I wouldn’t say I refuse to, but I haven’t gotten there yet.  Neither has she, though, so we’re okay.

What is your physical abnormality / abnormal physical ability?

What a weird question. Uh, okay.

Physical abnormality: a pancreas that produces no insulin as well as some proliferative retinal blood vessels and some extra blood in the vitreous of my left eye – all of which create a few extra challenges for me.

Abnormal physical ability:  Uh…I can roll my tongue a couple of different ways.  I’m not sure how abnormal that is, but I can’t think of anything else.  Ask me again after a few more months of yoga and I might be able to do the splits!

What is your favourite colour?

It’s a tie between blue and green.

12 of 12 – January

This month’s 12 of 12 is far less interesting than last month’s Vegas Edition.  This is the Office Worker and Mom edition.  😛  (And it’s late again!  Gah!)   

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.  

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

1. Yep.  That’s me.

2. You know that long black puffy parka with the fur-rimmed hood that everybody has?  I have it too.  So much for being original.

3. Downtown Winnipeg on a foggy winter morning.  At least a foggy winter morning is generally warmer than a sunny winter morning!

4. Best. Travel. Mug. Ever.  We have four of these.  They don’t leak and they keep your drink hot (or cold, if you so desire) for hours!  And they were only $20 for 2 at Costco!  This one contains Refresh tea by Tazo.

5. Groan.

6. Part way through the day our daycare lady emailed me to say that my daughter’s temperature was 99.8 degrees fahrenheit.  (She’s been sick and it was her first day back at daycare after two days at home.)  The limit for staying at daycare is 100 degrees fahrenheit, so this was my warning that I might have to come get her.  I’m a celsius girl, so I had to do the Google conversion and see for myself how high her temperature actually was.

7. Great song!  It reminded me of spring when I got this album and listened to it ad nauseum for a number of weeks.  Oh spring, will you ever come again?!

8. My daughter’s favourite Christmas present.  She loves this book about “Emmo”.  Her daddy was playing hockey that night so we had “girls night” and spent some of it reading about Elmo’s Busy Day.

9.  We also spent some of it watching Sesame Street (on PVR).  In this episode, Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel teach us about being allergic to something.  Idina is allergic to feathers, so the chicken is making her itch.  I didn’t even realize these two were married.  I learned something today.  Thanks!

10. Supper time.  Since we were on our own we opted for leftovers night: pork tenderloin, boiled dill potatoes and frozen peas.  It was actually pretty good for leftovers!  (32g of carbs, if anyone’s counting.)

11. This picture didn’t really turn out (I was using my camera phone this month), but our daycare lady sent the kid home with an Avon catalogue for me and these super cute kids’ towels were in it!  I really wanted to get one, but my husband convinced me that $20 is too much for a kid’s towel.  But so cute…!

12. With the husband home and the baby in bed I had some me-time for yoga!  Yay!  (Why is yoga gear always purple?)

That’s all for this month’s 12!

12 of 12 – December: The Vegas Edition!!

 This month’s 12 of 12 is coming to you from Vegas!!!  (Sorry it’s a bit late – I had to wait until I got home to post.)  I just got back from 5 days there with my good friend Michelle.  We had a blast!!  I guess I cheated a bit this month because some of the pictures were actually taken by Michelle (because I wanted to be in them).  Hopefully you can forgive me for that!   

12 of 12 was created by Chad Darnell (you can find his website and a bunch of 12 of 12 links here), and has bloggers worldwide taking 12 photos throughout the day on the 12th day of each month.  

If you missed them, you can check out my 12 of 12 for previous months here!

My yoga view

1. This was the view out of our hotel window.  It was actually a much more panoramic view than the picture provides, but the lighting was bad and I was getting window reflections so this is all you’re getting.  I got to stare at the Wynn and down the strip out of my window at the Encore while doing yoga in the mornings.

Silly sock puppet

 2. This is a silly, but expensive, sock puppet that I bought for my daughter.  She really likes puppets, and giggled at this one when I gave it to her yesterday.

Breakfast dessert

 3.  We treated ourselves to the Wynn buffet breakfast/brunch.  There was a huge dessert station at the buffet.  These were my breakfast desserts.  You can’t tell, but they’re actually tiny.  Just a couple of inches tall. Yummy!

More breakfast dessert

 4. Also for “breakfast dessert”, I tried a couple of these marshmallow lollypops.  So good!  Good thing my pump was loaded with insulin!

Halle borrows my insulin pump

 5. Speaking of insulin, on our trip to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum I was kind enough to lend my pump to fellow diabetic, Halle Berry! 

The view from my pool lounger...ahhh....

 6. After Tussaud’s we had a bit of a sit in the lounge chairs by the pool.  It wasn’t quite swimming weather (almost), but this Winnipeg girl sure enjoyed reading a magazine in the sun in a t-shirt in the middle of December!

Crazy lamp

 7.  These lamps (this is just the base) were all over the Encore.  Wacky!

One of many hallways

 8.  This is one of many long empty hallways that I walked down to get to the Wynn Business Center (the Encore Business Center was closed) to mail a Las Vegas postcard to my friend Mike S.  Every time I turned a corner there was another hallway just like this.  There must have been at least 7 before I got there – I’m not even kidding!

What's missing here?

 9.  Our elevator was missing floors 40-49!  For the 5 days we were there, we tried to figure out whether they weren’t there at all (i.e. floor 50 is actually floor 40) or whether the elevator just skipped by them (i.e. they were accessible by another elevator).  Since the wait between 39 and 50 was the same as the wait between 38 and 39, I’m opting for the former…but I don’t understand what the reason for this would be.

Ain't she sweet?

 10.  This Statue of Liberty at the New York New York hotel is made entirely of Jelly Belly candies!  Yum!

MGM Lions

 11.  It was impossible to get a picture of these big cats without flash and casino lights in the glass, but here are the MGM lions.  Notice that there are some people hanging out in there with them.  It was kind of weird to see.  I felt a bit sad for these guys (the lions).  Apparently they actually live on a ranch somewhere near Vegas, but still…what lion wants to spend hours of his or her day in a casino?

Mr. Copperfield

12.  The last major activity of the day was the David Copperfield magic show!  We quite enjoyed it!  Mr. Copperfield is actually quite a funny man.  We were, however, curious as to what exactly makes a magician “Grade A”. 

For next month’s 12 of 12, we’re back to Winnipeg!  Don’t get too excited…..  😉