After a weekend that involved collecting over 20,000 FitBit steps and capturing some awesome shots along California’s Coastal Trail, President’s Day brought us to the California Academy of Sciences. There were lots of pictures taken, but I’ll share a couple of them here. Check out the rest of my fun on Flickr, if you’re curious.
Last week I finally finished reading Kerri Sparling’s Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well. I was given an advanced copy of the book around Christmas time. While a formal review was not required, this thing is too good to not share some thoughts with the rest of you. I also contributed to one of the chapters, but we’ll get to that.
Here’s the short version: If you know Kerri, if you like her style (at sixuntilme.com), if you are someone living with diabetes – recently diagnosed or a proud recipient of a 25 year Joslin medal, or if you are caring for someone with diabetes…this book is required reading. It’s fantastic.
(Image links to Amazon.com)
Before we get going, I want you to know that I plan on featuring Kerri and some of the other contributors in an upcoming episode of my podcast, so this won’t be the last you hear about this book from me.
First, some context for my comments. Kerri was the first person I found in the diabetes online community. She was the third person I followed on Twitter. This blog exists because of Kerri – she’s the reason I started blogging. In a weird way, I can give her the assist onn most of the great that has happened to me in the past 4+ years. Without this blog, I wouldn’t have my podcast, I wouldn’t have my diabetes under control, and most importantly, I wouldn’t have Dayle. Kerri has always been a good friend and a great role model for the diabetes online community.
Diabetes Art Day is February 3rd. I’m not sure what I’m going to do to contribute to the fun, but I know that spreading the word needs to be part of my participation. So here I am; and here we are.
If you’ve never heard of Diabetes Art Day, I encourage you to go to http://www.diabetesartday.com/ and look at past galleries of submissions from all walks of life impacted by diabetes and their artistic representation of what this incurable, evil disease is like.
It’s an excellent project, hosted by a wonderful woman and great friend, Lee Ann Thill. Go check it out.
I can’t envision a scenario where a 2-mile walk to the beach would ever seem like a bad idea, but when this is the reward, it’s unbelievably difficult to turn down.
As I’ve said, and will likely continue to say, city life is the ultimate basal insulin. Getting to take in sights, and sites, like this while positively contributing to my health and diabetes management might be the most underrated piece of my move to the west coast.
There’s nothing else of value in this post. Dayle and I built this cat house, that is 80″ tall. We had to stand on shelves and step stools to secure the last pieces.
The sad thing is, I’m not sure who is more excited about this thing: me or the cats.
As is always the case, your diabetes may vary. For the sake of this post, the mentality of your pets may (read: will) vary, too.
In preparing to drive across the country with diabetes and two cats, I knew that the success of this trip would come down to planning and packing. Having mapped out my route and booked reservations at the three hotels I would be staying at weeks in advance, I knew that I wouldn’t be pressed to drive father than would be necessary each day. A little research pointed me in the direction of La Quinta Inn & Suites due to their pet friendliness – I didn’t have to pay any additional fees for the cats at any of the hotels and the staff took extra care to put me near elevators and stairs to make my cat-wrangling efforts as easy as possible.
Dayle bought me a mini-fridge with an adapter for a car’s cigarette lighter, ensuring my insulin would be cool – although it lacked the power to keep everything “cold”, it was more than enough for four days on the road. A few days before embarking on the drive I picked up some go-to snacks and supplies for the drive: glucose tablets, peanuts, and gum. Things like Diet Coke, water, Gatorade, and Red Bull (if necessary) I bought on the road to keep those beverages as cold as possible. While I made sure not to drink too much, or too fast, I always had something handy in case I felt parched.
We made it to San Francisco.
And she said Yes.
A 3,000 mile drive? Totally worth it.
Bubbly and a brownie at the airport. It’s not a textbook New Year’s Eve, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Happiness is seeing the woman you love after being apart for far too many months.
Happiness is driving across the country to be with her.