Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back to School

My son went back to school this past Monday. And for the first time since he started Pre-School, I was apprehensive. You see, at the start of Summer he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. So in addition to all the "back to school" items I had to purchase and prepare I also had to get a Diabetes kit together to keep at school. Can we say, "Hassle"? There are times when this friggin disease pisses me off so you can see that I am still struggling to fully make peace with it. Anyway, for the whole summer my husband and I have been his sole care-takers when it comes to testing his blood glucose and giving him insulin shots. Now, I have to turn part of that over to school personnel. Someone else has to be responsible for the Little Man's health. His teacher (who so far seems very sweet and understanding) has to keep an eye on him during class lest his sugar levels get too low. A nurse has to administer his shots. He, himself, has to be responsible for telling someone when he starts to feel as he calls it "shaky".

Well, after a few small bumps in the road, all is going well, so far. I take it one day at a time. I'll bear the burden of frustration and worry because I want him to enjoy school and learn and have fun. He has bigger things to deal with like learning cursive writing and picking teams for dodgeball.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Birthday To You!

Eight years ago, today, I was exhausted, sore, messy and a new mother. Today I am Mama to an 8-year old little rascal who makes me laugh harder than I ever thought possible, brings tears of joy to my face and fills my heart with love to overflowing.

It's hard to believe he's 8. Sometimes he acts like he's 20 and sometimes he acts like he's...well, 8. That's my excuse when he farts in public and announces it while laughing. "He's 8." Of course, my husband does the same thing, but he's an eight-year old at heart.

To celebrate his 8th birthday we took him and his best friend to Adventuredome Theme Park, located inside Circus Circus hotel & casino. They had a great time. They rode the Frog Hopper, which is a children's version of the Sling Shot, about 20 times; sometimes 5 times in a row. I captured the fun on camera while Dad supervised them and went on a couple of rides with them. All in all it was a great day. And big props to me for conceiving this idea for birthday fun. Not that I'm tooting my own horn or anything. Ok, maybe just a little.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shake, Rattle & Roll

I miss all the good stuff since I moved away. A 5.8 earthquake hit D.C. today and was felt up and down the East Coast as far as Albany, NY and down to the Carolinas, even as far as Detroit. People panicked. Buildings were evacuated. It must have been a crazy scene. Me, I would have loved it. But that's because I'm not normal and because I experienced one in the Earthquake Capital of California many years ago when I was on vacation with a good friend. Nothing makes you feel more alive than watching your belongings shake and feeling the floor move on its own. I am glad that no one was seriously injured today and no major damage was done.

Monday, August 22, 2011

New Name, New Look

Welcome to the blog formerly known as "Independent Babbling". I'm going to try and be a better blogger. So to commemorate this I revamped the look and changed the name. My goal is to write something or post on here every day. I'm also trying to take my writing more seriously, too by writing an article or story a day (or days, or week) for publication.

Hopefully I can do a better job at keeping this blog current than I have in the past. And hopefully some of my stuff can actually get published.

Of course I may grow bored or tired or restless with this name and layout and might change it again in the future. Until then I am "SINsationally Me" with the pretty colored borders.