Archive for December, 2012

A Couple of Things

I’ve been silent for almost a week on this blog. I’ve just been trying to process everything that’s happened to me as well as to family and friends. I keep saying, “What’s going to happen next???” Anyway, life is what it is, and we all have to cope.

Anyway, I just have a couple of quick things. First, I was wondering how many of you ever shop on etsy.com. Honestly, I almost went kind of nuts with it for awhile, until I realized I was spending too much money. But I love to support small businesses, especially the crafty kind, since I used to have an Etsy shop. Lately, I’ve been shopping for soap and other beauty products. But I did get some fudge that was wonderful (before I knew I was diabetic). Anyway, if you like to support people who are trying to make a living with their craft (you know, kind of like authors), then Etsy is a great place to shop.

Also, I was in the front office a few minutes ago and saw our company mascot lying in one of his favorite positions. It always tickles me to see him like this, so I thought I would share a picture. 🙂



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Did the world end? Did I miss it? LOL

This has been a frustrating round because of so many factors. I’ve done no writing since my dad’s illness and death. Then I found out I have diabetes which turns out CAN’T be controlled with oral medication, so I’m taking insulin shots. I feel like my life is a mess right now. So I put my writing on hold until next round. I didn’t get too far on my latest WIP, which I was struggling with anyway. I didn’t get Soul of a Vampire published in print. But, hopefully, I’ll get everything worked out so next round will be a success for me.

Some random things just for fun:

1. We solved the cat and Christmas tree issue by buying some really cheap ornaments to put on the tree, and leaving the good ornaments packed away. I put little jingle bells on the bottom branches. The cats are having a ball. (I hope they are old enough next year to behave so we can have “real” ornaments again.)

2. Exercise can bring your blood sugar down a LOT.

3. My boss set us up an account with a vendor, and for my password, he used “writer”. 🙂

4. My cat, Oz, has a big nose. (Okay, I’m running out of fun facts.)

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

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Sunday Update 12/16/12

I’ve put my writing on hold until the next round. I’m spending this time reading my literature about diabetes and trying to come to terms with the fact that this is going to be my life from now on. Testing my blood sugar twice a day is going to be a challenge for a writer, since I’m sticking my fingers. However, they aren’t really as sore as I thought they would be. Maybe it won’t be too much of an issue. I’ve had two doses of my medicine (it’s once a day), and my blood sugar is down some, but not as much as I would like. Maybe it takes a little while. I think my medicine is the kind that actually makes the pancreas produce more insulin. I need to read up on it. I’m also on blood pressure medicine. 😦

I’m an optimist by nature, so I’m NOT going to let this get me down. I just need to take care of it. And I promise there won’t be numerous blog posts on diabetes and how it’s affecting me. No one wants to hear all that. Just maybe a mention every once in a while to let everyone know what’s going on.

So, how has YOUR writing been going? I’m still interested in hearing about you. 🙂

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I had to think a little while before deciding to post this. Sometimes we share such personal things on our blogs, and I have a hard time deciding what to share. How personal should we get? I’m really a pretty open person about most things, so I do post a lot of personal stuff on here. I just feel like all my regular blog readers are my friends. *takes deep breath*. Anyway, I’m going to share this. Some of you read my post about my suspicion that I had diabetes. My mom, as well as many other family members, have this disease. I finally got the courage to go to my mom’s and let her test my blood sugar on her meter. I was shocked at how high it was. The reading was 339! It’s supposed to be around 100 or so. I hadn’t had supper yet, so it definitely shouldn’t have been that high. It’s time to make some lifestyle changes.

Well, now I know why I’ve been so fatigued lately. What really made me suspect diabetes was the terrible thirst I was experiencing. Also, I’ve lost 7 lbs. in the last 3-4 weeks, which would have been awesome, but I had no reason to have lost that weight.

I’m going to put my writing on hold until I get all this straightened out. I’ll still do my sponsor duties for ROW80 and I’ll be coming back in the next round. I’m going to the doctor in the morning, and I suspect I’ll be on medication for high blood sugar AND for high blood pressure. This is a rude awakening, and I’m going to lose weight and exercise regularly from now on. Hopefully, I won’t have to be on medication for a long period of time. We shall see.

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Just a quick update before church this morning.

It’s been another week of no writing and no exercise. I’m letting things get in the way, but I’ve also been very fatigued lately. I’m actually showing several symptoms of diabetes, which is a disease that runs rampant through my family. And being 50 lbs overweight may have pushed me in that direction.

So here’s the plan. I’m going to start my exercise routine back on Monday, and when people want me to do something else, I’m just going to have to tell them I have other plans. Exercise can lower my blood pressure, reverse the possible creep toward diabetes, and make me feel better overall. Yes, I know I need to see my doctor. But first, I’m going to let my mom test my blood sugar with her meter to see if I need to go.

As far as writing goes, if I get back to exercising, I’ll feel better and will have enough energy to write instead of planting my butt on the couch. 🙂

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I’ve done no writing or exercising since my dad’s stroke. After the funeral last Sunday, I decided to take the rest of the week to recover from lack of sleep and lots of stress. I hope I’ll be ready to start writing and exercising again tomorrow. Life must go on.

On a brighter note…how can anyone not love this picture?

Willow and Oz

Willow and Oz

The question for the holidays is…how will I be able to keep the cats out of the Christmas tree???

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