Spare A Rose and February Awesome

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February and I have a love/hate relationship. It’s cold, icy and there are piles of snow. But on the other hand, February was the month that my wonderful husband was born, Valentine’s Day and a time when members of the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) band together to help children with diabetes through the #SpareARose campaign.

I have access to insulin, something that no one can live without. For those of us with Type 1 diabetes, our bodies don’t make it for us anymore. But there are many who do not have access to insulin, hence this campaign.

If you buy your sweetheart roses for Valentine’s Day (or if you don’t) consider buying 11 instead of 12 and donate one flower’s cost to Life for a Child, a wonderful organization that helps provide insulin and supplies to children with diabetes in need. This campaign started February 1st and runs through Valentine’s Day (February 14th for anyone who needs the reminder).

For approximately the cost of one rose, you can provide a month’s worth of insulin for a child in need. The 2014 campaign raised enough money to provide 1 year of life for 454 children. Please consider donating and sharing this message. Go here to donate.

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10 Things My Diabetes Devices Have Been Confused With

I wear an OmniPod so I don’t deal with the common pager confusion but my pods, PDM and Dexcom still get confused with other things.

Here are 10 things my devices have been confused with, as said to me:

1. Is that a cell phone?

2. Why are you still using an old-school BlackBerry? (PDM)

3. That’s an intense nicotine patch, you must have smoked a lot.

4. Did you hurt yourself? (meaning: Is that a band aid?) Continue reading

10 Things Tuesday: Spread the Awesome

A lot of people view a new year as a new start, but as I mentioned in my last post I’m planning to keep going with my self-improvement plans. I don’t want to start over every year. However, the New Year is a good time to measure your progress toward your goals and potentially set new ones. One thing that I’m consistently trying to do is be more positive.

A positive attitude doesn’t mean ignoring bad things that happen or failure. To me, being positive means that I learn from those things and grow because of them. Being positive can sometimes be hard, but if you’re around a positive person, do you notice that it makes you want to be positive too?

That’s one of the reasons I love taking part in the 10 Awesome Things Link Up, because it’s a great way to be positive.

It’s pretty cold and snowy here right now, so let’s talk about some of the awesome things about January and winter in general:

1. Returning to a normal routine after an erratic holiday schedule

2. My new satellite radio subscription (a Christmas present from Brad)

3. Seat heaters

4. Displaying vintage pins on my coat

5.  Cozy sweaters and scarves Continue reading

Awesome Holidays

To be perfectly honest, I was feeling a little grinchy after having to postpone my decorating two additional days (due to traveling) and then shooing the cats away from the Christmas tree yet again. (Apparently Old Time Potter sells the tastiest trees.)

I figured I would take this month’s Awesome Link Up as an opportunity to identify everything that I think is awesome about the holidays.

1. Twinkling Christmas lights

2. Sparkly and shimmery holiday outfits

3. My husband’s work party this weekend at the beautiful downtown Arcade (again) Continue reading

10 Things. 10 Thoughts

I’m doing the 10 Things on Tuesday…err… thing again!

1. Yesterday, I replied to an email that didn’t require a response for the sole reason that the sender spelled my first name as “Rachael” when the email was in reply to my email and my name was right there in front of him as he typed. I have a long and complicated last name and I had a long and complicated maiden name… so I get it when those are misspelled, but of all my names, “Rachel” is so incredibly easy not to screw up. Don’t worry, I didn’t reply to correct him, just so that I could sign my name on the email correctly.

2. I like this picture. (Is that conceited because the picture is of me?)

3. Do you write down recipes that you make up even when they’re really simple? I whipped up a really easy dish and Brad insisted that I write it down in order to make it again. Continue reading