Monthly Archives: September 2009

Your blog is fabulous award!

A big thank you to DJ Kirby for this award.

The “Your Blog is Fabulous!” Award stands for: Integrity. Commitment to Excellence. Stubbornly Optimistic.

The Rules:

List five current obsessions:

1). Shopping. I hate to admit it, but living in the middle of a Seattle shopping mecca is a huge trigger for me to buy new books, stuff for my apartment, clothes, etc. I’m enjoying it right now.

2). Food. This is an old obsession, but has taken on a new twist because of my diabetes. When to eat, what to eat, and controlling my hunger are all taking up a big portion of my thoughts.

3). My new apartment. Oh boy. It’s so fun to have my own apartment again, and I love it! I even think about my apartment when I’m at work. It’s like having a lover.

4). My family. Holy cow, man, there has been so much going on in my family right now.

5). Books. This is a lifelong obsession, and anyone reading this blog knows this. It’s not just reading, but I love to possess books. I love the smell of a new book–hardcover or softcover doesn’t matter.

Now, the rules say I’m supposed to pass this award on to 5 other bloggers.

But I’m passing this award on to my top commenters!

Thanks to you all for your supportive comments.

Confidence is high, at least I think so

First of all, I want to thank everyone, many times over, for your support and encouragement.

It’s been a tough week.

I’ve not felt very well, and it’s been hard work to manage my hunger, especially during the day.

I have to pack a lunch and two snacks every day, and this is new for me–I’ve been buying my lunch a lot.

Using a few hours of PTO, I left work early yesterday, picked up my medication, glucometer, and all the necessary supplies (e.g., test strips).

Then I walked the three blocks home, which made me feel really good.

Last night my groceries were delivered by Safeway (I LOVE Safeway); I put my groceries away and did some housekeeping before the season premieres of Ghost Whisperer and Dollhouse.

After a good night’s sleep, I’m now doing some stuff around the house. I plan to go out later, take a walk, and pick up a few items at Target.

Oh yes.

And I will be stopping by my favorite blogs this weekend, hopefully to comment with wit and kindness.

And yes, my confidence is high, that I can make changes in my life that will result in me feeling better.

At least I think so.

I’m making some major lifestyle changes, and it’s kind of scary as well as exciting.

I just want to feel better, and to live a quality life.

Wish me well!

I’m walking, I’m walking….

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I got in 30 minutes of walking today, just by getting off the bus a few stops earlier than usual.

I’m making this part of my Monday-Friday routine, then I plan to take some long walks this weekend.

Eating has become a new experience.

Since I’m not currently overeating, I get really hungry throughout the day. I’ve packed some healthy snacks to take to work tomorrow.

Thanks for all of your supportive comments!

Diabetes. I have it.

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It’s official.

I have Type 2 Diabetes.

I’m getting medication in the next few days, and a glucometer next week.

And exercise more.

As the nurse told me this afternoon, exercise is like medicine.

Now I know why I’ve been so tired.

More later.

Just being…

I’ve shared this with you all before, so here I go again.

My favorite song, of all time, is “Let It Be” by The Beatles:

When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree,
there will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see,
there will be an answer. let it be.

Let it be, let it be, …..

And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light, that shines on me,
shine until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

Let it be, let it be, …

I spoke to no one but myself yesterday, even when I went to the library down the street to pick up a book I placed on hold.

I sat in my chair, read a bit, watched some television, cooked and ate my stew.

Most importantly, I took the time to just be.

What the heck does that mean?

Greater minds than mine have tried to explain this, but for me it’s a way to fill up my soul.

I give up a lot of myself to others, and it’s a personal choice.

But giving up pieces of yourself can be exhausting, so it’s necessary to refresh and renew myself.

A easy way out would be to declare that I’m “resting,” but that word doesn’t even begin to describe the process of renewing myself.

I made a conscious effort to just sit and breathe, to send healing thoughts to an ill family member, to think of an old enemy with peace and love, to send love to a family in my hometown who has lost a family member.

Then I took time to send peace and love to myself.

I sat in my chair and listened to the sounds of my own breathing, and shut down my brain so that for a few magical minutes I felt an amazing calm that found me peaceful and thankful for everything, the good and the bad, the out of control times of my life.


I can control the emotionally charged moments of life by choosing, every time, to think of others with peace and love.

It’s easy to love others, and myself, when things are moving along fine, that’s no freakin’ challenge.

I’ve been in the center of an emotional twister for almost two months, and allowed myself to get too caught up in it.

I’ve realized, like duh Gran, that I can be supportive yet not get so caught up in it all.

And I blame no one, including myself, for getting so close to it all.

As one family member is fond of saying, it is what it is.

Anyway, I hope that even a bit of this makes sense.

The words are just kind of pouring out today, and I’m not interested in making sense of them, just getting them out and on this page.

And that’s all for now.

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de-stress day

Thanks to everyone for your supportive and witty comments.

It was an emotionally tough week, but I’m hanging in there, because as I’ve said before, it’s not about me. My child (a grown man, but still my child) is going through a very tough time. So enough said about that.

It’s Saturday morning in Seattle.

And, it’s a cool, rainy morning.

I planned to sleep in this morning, but I woke up at 7:00 a.m. and got my beef stew casserole started. This will cook all day in my crock pot, making a quick and easy dinner for me tonight.

I had dinner with my son last night, and we had a great feast: Steak, baked potatoes, and fresh asparagus. It was totally delicious.

My plan today?

Not much, folks.

Today is my de-stress day.

And wonder of wonders, I’m going to visit some blogs today.



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Life continues to be challenging right now.

I’m fine, just a tad stressed.

Ain’t my story, folks, so I can’t share it with you.

I’ll be back when I can.

when real life happens….

…blogging takes a back seat.

Back next week.

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Feeling better?

You bet!

Thank goodness, this appears to be a fast moving stomach bug.

I took a long nap this morning; I’ll probably be up late tonight.

Oh well.

The creepin’ crud

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I got sick last night, and spent a great portion of the evening in the bathroom.

Right now, I’m sipping peppermint tea and considering dry toast.

More later.

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