To Oklahoma City

Summarizing today’s adventures…

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Cat Update: Adorable. #catlife

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A Wintery Mix

December means it’s time for the annual WordPress Snow Plugin to take effect. Ironically enough, the primary background color on this blog is the same color as the “snowflakes”. If it looks like your monitor is freaking out, trust that it’s me, not you.

December also means I’m inching closer to the big drive across the country. As I continue to prioritize the list of things I need to get done before hitting the road, the one item that remains at the top of the list is figuring out how to get the cats safely across the country in my car while also maximizing comfort. I’m not keen on keeping them in their carriers for 10-11 hours at a time, but I know that giving them free reign of most of the car presents its own set of challenges.

The current gameplan is to pack everything of importance in my trunk to give the girls the entire back seat to themselves. While I’m still determining the best approach for their litter box, and food situation, I know the most important aspect of this is their comfort with being in the car for an extended period of time. Building that comfort means test drives are required, which is exactly what happened yesterday.

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More Travel Considerations

I woke up today wondering why people who wear Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitors don’t call themselves Dexcomedians or Dexcomrades. Is that weird? Which one of those do you prefer?

When you are making travel preparations and have to factor in the wear and tear of your current Dexcom sensor, do you prefer to slap on a fresh sensor the day before you travel? the day of? or do you consider travel a badge of honor that adds theoretical days to the end of life for your sensor?

I’m constantly of the mind that a sensor that doesn’t last at least 16 days is a failed venture, even if the FDA will only stand by 7 days of use. This means lately I’ve resorted to packing an additional sensor with the rest of my stuff but the priority remains getting the most out of my existing sensor’s life.

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Making New Travel Preparations

Whenever I fly, I never check my diabetes supplies. Odin forbid something happen to my luggage, being without my insulin is not an option while those shenanigans get sorted out. The backpack I used to bring with me could comfortably fit my various diabetes supplies, DLSR, and laptop, and whatever else I deemed essential for carry-on purposes, but it’s always been a bit much for walking around. I’m sure all of that storage space would be ideal if I ever went camping, but walking around a city? I needed something a little less conspicuous.

In preparing for my trip to Seattle for the Penny Arcade Expo, I decided to invest in this:

If you’re interested, I’d suggest looking at Amazon first. They have the same color selection, but some of the prices are dramatically lower, and you can still take advantage of the 2-day shipping via Prime.

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Travel Preparations

I’ve gotten pretty good at planning for travel with respect to my diabetes supplies. Rationing test strips, insulin, insulin pens, and all that has become as close to an exact science as these types of calculations can be. At this point, it’s everything else I’m focusing on to make sure my trip to Seattle is as much of a vacation as possible.

Because I’ll be walking around a convention center most of the time, this means my two biggest priorities will be keeping my cell phone on, and keeping a snack handy in case a proper meal isn’t an option.

This is a good start.

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Travel preparations.

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A Proper Eye For Things

It feels like I’ve been sharing a lot of “I ought to-do’s” on the blog lately rather than actually take action, so here’s one more: I want to be a better photographer.

I don’t want to be a professional. I don’t want a transformer of a DSLR slung over my shoulder. I don’t want to watermark everything from here to Valhalla. But I want to get a better appreciation for this camera beyond the bird feeder and my cats, even if they are adorable.

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