Thursday, August 28, 2014

Busy, but not too busy for sweets

I've been busy. I'm sorry. Here, have a brownie...with powdered sugar on top. No, that isn't a bribe. But, is it working?

Okay, so school started on Monday. And then Tuesday was Chris's birthday. There's been notebooks and pencils and folders to buy. And cake to eat. And parental forms to fill out. And more cake. And homework to help with. But no more cake cause we ate it all.  ::boo boo face::

I've also been on some weird organizing/cleaning kick, which explains the neatnik status of my kid's room and also my closet. Still haven't gotten around to last school year's mess of papers and notebooks but I've concealed it nicely so it looks more like organized chaos and less like a school-nado ran through.

I've also got a touch of the blues, which might have something to do with summer ending. Even though our weather will stay summer-warm through September (Groundhog Summer), I still feel like it's a formal ending since Chris is back at school. So, with that in mind, I haven't felt much like blogging, despite having a notebook full of blogging ideas that practically write themselves, not to mention several drafts that need finishing.

I promise to get my butt in gear and post more. But first, more brownies! mmm good!


PS: This is an image I borrowed. I did not bake these. Although, now I wish I did.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Diabetes and the first day of school

Today was the first day of school for Chris. The first day of Middle school. I had been quietly dreading this day since last June when he graduated from Elementary. Of course on the outside I was all, "This will be fine." "It'll be great." Especially when talking to him in the days leading up to today but I was more or less trying to reassure myself.

Last night I calmed his worries. I never led on that I was anxious myself. I didn't sleep well, either. Hey, I remember what it was like to go to a new school. Back then we called it Junior High School. We also walked uphill both ways in the snow with no shoes. Okay, maybe not both ways.

Normally I'm not an over-protective, hovercraft of a parent but I do worry about him in regards to his diabetes and how this transition will affect him.

Will he be nervous? And how will that affect his blood-sugar levels?
Will his teachers be understanding of his disease?
Will his classmates be nice to him?
Will he have someone to eat lunch with?

All these things were going on in my head. When I spoke to some other d-parents who have older kids and so they had already experienced this angst, they all said, "He'll be fine." "Don't worry, it'll be great." Wasn't I telling my kid the same things? Is there an echo..echo..echo?

When I picked him up from school I started asking questions as we walked to the car. His answers were brief but in short: School was good. Some of his former classmates were in his classes. It was a little boring but it was also exciting.

As for his diabetes, upon dismissal he informed each teacher that he was a diabetic and they all appreciated him letting them know. Also, his blood-glucose numbers were good and in-range all day.

And, he had a friend and former classmate to eat lunch with.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Definition of fearless


fear-less adjective
Lacking fear.

Synonyms: bold, courageous, brave

Antonyms: cowardly, fearful, afraid

Example: She was fearless when facing difficult situations.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hump Day confessions

I confess to the following:

My son starts Middle School on Monday and I'm a little anxious about it.

I've also fallen behind on my blogging which explains why I'm late to the link up today. Last week I had my post all written and published and then realized late in the day that I forgot to link up. Oy.

I caught one of those annoying summer colds that I'm just now getting over which has seriously sucked the fun out of end-of-summer plans.We still plan on getting some swimming in, though.


 A few days ago my computer had a Windows update and long story short, my computer fizzled and wouldn't start up at reboot. So I uncharacteristically remained calm, consulted some sites via my phone and did a system recovery.  However, when I initially thought that I would have to bring her in to the computer doctor for a fix and what with the unexpected cost and inability to do  everything I do on here, for days, I did have a moment of panic. Now we're all good, thankfully.

Gifs courtesy of

Vodka and Soda

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Musical milestones

This weekend marks a few music milestones. Being a music and Pop Culture lover I thought I would give them a mention.  For one, it's the anniversary of Elvis' death, which, as a fan of The King, I do recognize every August 16th. Maybe that makes me a geek but I'm a cool geek 'cause Elvis, The King of Rock 'n Roll!

At one point Saturday night I was flipping thru the channels and I came upon a PBS broadcast of Elvis' "Aloha from Hawaii" concert. So I called my mom to let her know and when she answered I could hear Elvis singing in the background. She was watching the same show. Yeah, sometimes we share that single moment of cool.

Also, it's the anniversary of Woodstock, a music festival I would have paid good money to attend had I been old enough to actually go. Sure there was mud and parking was a nightmare but can you imagine seeing the iconic legends who performed there? Whoa.

Anyway, after the sad and serious of this past week I thought I would post about some good times, even if I didn't personally take part in them. Peace and love to all. And good music!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hump Day confession

Vodka and Soda

 In light of recent events I confess I just don't feel the funny for blogging so this week's hump day confessions will be short and sweet. I feel a little like that Spongebob episode where Squidward tricks him into thinking he broke his laugh-box.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not walking around all serious-face. There are moments of levity and laughter. I'm just taking a little ha-ha downtime. Sarcasm and humor will return in a day or so.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A light in the darkness

Lighting a candle for all the lost souls who are struggling to find their way out of the darkness. 


Friday, August 8, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hump Day Link Up

Hey I'm linking up with Kathy at Vodka and Soda for Hump Day confessions!

Vodka and Soda

I confess in all seriousness that I don't know the hows or the whys but something I wrote was published on The Humor Daily. When (or if) you go to the site, scroll down. I'm 5th below the raccoons but 4 above the Fifty Cent post. I guess this is pretty cool.


My son woke up with scary high blood sugar yesterday morning. He tried to take care of it by himself but then his insulin pump failed on him and in frustration and feeling sick to his stomach he finally came and got me. So so proud of him. For trying to handle it on his own. For dealing with his diabetes with such grace and bravery.


When dinner was finished cooking I started eating immediately and despite blowing on it like Jack Frost in Winter, it still burned my tongue. If I wasn't so hungry I would've put it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool down. Then I asked Bill, What's the opposite of a microwave? And he said, Cryogenics? And so I explained that if we have microwaves to instantly heat food there should be something to instantly cool food that's too hot to eat for the starving people. He just looked at me in that you need help way. I still think this is a good idea.


That's all I got for ya this week. Feel free to share your confessions, antics, pizza. It's all good.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Celebrate Underwear Day

You've probably seen those Peeps commercials that celebrate unusual and in some cases, unheard of holidays because as they say "every day is a holiday."

According to the website, Days of the Year, today, August 5th is Underwear Day. Bet you didn't know that? Well, I didn't. Anyway, today is a day to publicly acknowledge your unmentionables so wear your undies with pride.

Put on your best bikinis, briefs, or boyshorts and strut like you're a Victoria's Secret angel. Or, if you're a guy and so inclined, pop on Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" and dance as if your parents are away for the weekend.

Happy Underwear Day to you and yours! In lieu of Peeps candies (which I don't particularly care for) I will be celebrating with Twizzlers while wearing my comfortable Snoopy undies.

Friday, August 1, 2014

5 steps to being fearless

Challenges. Difficult situations. Hard decisions. Every day we are faced with any number of these. If you're stalled in how to overcome whatever obstacle is in your path, maybe these 5 steps to being fearless can help.

1. Have Faith
Believe in yourself. You can do this. You are stronger than you think so have faith in yourself.

2. Smile
No matter what, hold your head high and smile. Having a sense of humor in tough times helps, too. 

3. Face It
It may seem easier to sit and not deal but only you can take control by facing your fears head on and resolving to overcome.

4. Take The First Step
The most difficult part is taking that first step. Don't let uncertainty hold you back. Difficult or easy, you need to move forward.

5. Don't Give Up
Even if you have to try again, keep going. Just don't give up.

I was on the fence about this post because I hate to come off all preachy. I write my fearless spiel every Friday and wonder, Is this any good?  Do I sound like I belong behind a pulpit? Will any of my readers ever send me baked goods? But seriously, I'll continue with my Fearless Friday posts until I run out of ideas. Or until someone begs me to stop. Cookies will be considered a form of delicious bribery.