The Luck of the (Blood) Draw

Last Saturday, Brad and I had our bi-annual blood draw and breakfast. An event where he inadvertently fasts with me, drives me to the lab to get blood drawn then takes me to out breakfast, because he’s a good husband.

Instead of going to the lab in our old neighborhood in order to visit our favorite breakfast spot near our old house, we decided to go to the one in Avon so we could run some errands after breakfast.

The lab was quiet and there were only a few of us going in to get stabbed tests that day, so they called me back along with another person and put us in cubes 2 and 3. There was some confusion when the phlebotomists came back because they thought it was cubes 1 and 2. But somehow I got lucky on that particular draw.

I put my arm out and she began looking for veins. Then she noticed my medical id that I almost didn’t put on that morning.

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A Good Day to Be a Cleveland Sports Fan #AllIn216

Yesterday was a good day to be a Cleveland sports fan.

In fact, yesterday was just plain a good day.

If your social media hasn’t been blowing up like mine has about it… the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA finals in game seven last night at Oracle Arena. Not only winning their first ever championship, but also becoming the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals and breaking some other league records.

The energy in downtown Cleveland was incredible. We managed to score tickets to the inside watch part at Quicken Loans Arena, which sold out in seconds. So Brad and I came downtown early and were in time to hear the the Cleveland Indians win their game. Continue reading

One of a Kind {Million Dollar Diamond Event}

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Brad’s and my anniversary had me remembering a lot about our wedding and the planning that went into it. For our 5th anniversary dinner, I wore my wedding shoes and jewelry. It was a special occasion. The thing from our wedding that we both wear every day are our rings.

When Howard’s Jewelry Center told me they were doing a designer jewelry event for people to customize their own pieces, I thought about the rings I wear every day. My rings aren’t “designer” but they are custom. Much like people will be able to create at Howard’s during their Million Dollar Diamond Event (June 17-25), we picked the diamonds for both my engagement and wedding rings, selected the settings and had them made. My rings are a very classic style that we could probably gotten many places, but mine had to be custom made since my fingers are super small.

It’s nice to know that what I wear every day is really one of a kind, made just for me.

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Brad’s and my rings

If you recall, Howard’s Jewelry Center is a local and family owned jewelry store, with four locations in the Greater Cleveland area. Howard’s is dedicated to giving customers beautiful pieces for an affordable price. Howard has been in the business for more than 40 years and is part of the largest diamond buying group nationally. In fact, Howard and his entire staff are GIA certified to provide expert, personal service. Continue reading

Out of Warranty

I’m still wearing the first insulin pump I ever got… sort of. Since I started pumping with OmniPod in December of 2011, I’ve had two generations of pods and at least 5 PDMs, but as far as Insulet and my insurance are concerned, I’ve been out of warranty since December.

I think I’m going to stay that way for awhile too.

I like my OmniPod and don’t really want to switch off of it. I could choose to re-up on OmniPod and get myself a new PDM and keep the old one as a back up, but to do so would essentially lock me into OmniPod for another four years. I feel like we have finally reached a point in technology and development that there are actually new and significantly better things around the corner. Continue reading

“Bless You!” {Allergy Season}

We have a thing in our house with sneezes, started by Brad of course.

Sneeze 1 = “Bless you!”

Sneeze 2 = “Bless you!'”

Sneeze 3 = “Faker!”

It lightens the mood a little during allergy season. I live with mild outdoor allergies and mild food/medication allergies. Brad lives with severe outdoor allergies. We are no strangers to sneezing, but between the two of us, Brad is the one with a love/hate relationship with the outdoors. On top of allergies, he’s quick to sunburn and the bugs think he’s more delicious than anything else. I actually sent him this cartoon (from Tastefully Offensive, you’ve been warned) after a day spent working outside and being inundated with pollen

We try to make our home a safe haven from allergies in a variety of ways, including keeping shoes off inside the house and opting not to have first-floor carpet. However, it’s impossible to hide from them. Especially this time of year when the outdoors beckon.

Blink Health sent me a cool infographic on allergies, that I figured I’d share. Continue reading