March Reads

The Dragon and the Cliff

As a person with diabetes, I have an intimate relationship with my numbers. I know what’s good, what’s bad and what number is better than another. These things can mean different things for me at different times and is thus extremely difficult to explain. This is possibly the best analogy of living with the numbers that I have ever read, hopefully it helps the numbers make more sense to my readers who don’t live with diabetes day in and day out.

Why is Marriage Portrayed So Negatively on TV?

I read this post about how marriages (and more specifically wives) are portrayed on TV and it reminded me of a comedy show that we attended while on (a cruise) vacation with Brad’s family the year before Brad and I were married. I didn’t laugh during the entire show and when we left, my dismay for the comedian was apparent. “You didn’t like the comedian?” I was asked. My response was, “That wasn’t funny at all, the whole show was him making cracks about his wife and ex-wife… and women in general. You can be funny without insulting half of your audience.”

I can find humor in daily life, in my marriage and in my husband without being insulted. Why do TV writers and comedians think that they can’t?

Eight Stories of Every Day Sexims as Told by Female Journalists

Someone shared this Buzz Feed story on Facebook and I was appalled by the stories but also a little frightened because I could relate to them. I may work in public relations (a predominantly female profession these days) but I work for a niche agency that serves primarily industrial clients marketing to tradespeople… which means my clients are in male-dominated fields and I’m relating with male-dominated audiences. I got asked  by a male engineer employed by my clients at a trade show if I found it difficult to be a woman working in that industry. I knew that I couldn’t answer that question honestly without sounding like a whiner (as a woman I’d be whining, if I were a man, I’d just be answering a question honestly), but I had witnessed moments before being asked that question men at the show openly oogling some of the few women who were there.

I often find myself wondering why our society hasn’t been able to get past the gender bias and start treating everyone like a person. Why is it that my husband gets asked “how’s work going?” as the first friendly question but I get asked about how things are with the house or with my cats (and depending on the person asking, whether I have children) before anyone bothers to ask me about my career?

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month?

Friday Five: February Links

1. I have decided to leave my comments on the topic of Miss Manners’ advice to a reader with diabetes with my Facebook post yesterday… and the rest of this paragraph! I think that my passion for spreading awareness of the realities of diabetes made me really upset when I read the advice. Online it’s really easy to let passion override patience when educating people with diabetes. I made a comment on Karen’s post earlier today, with the thought that maybe we think people notice the diabetes stuff more than they actually do. It’s such a large aspect of our lives that how can it not be visible to others? The reality is that if we don’t make a big production out of testing our blood or taking an injection, it’s very easy for that to go unnoticed by strangers (and therefore can’t make them uncomfortable). The bottom line is that I will check my blood sugar whenever I need to, where I am and I won’t apologize for it.

 

Okay, moving onto some other really great links…

2. 44 Stock Photos That Hope To Change The Way We Look At Women  These photos made me smile. My only comment beyond that is it is unfortunate that the photo of the woman doing squats with the barbell, makes the man in the background look like he’s probably naked. Continue reading

Early January Reading

What reading time looks like

I decided to post links to some of my favorite reads for each month in 2014… Today I looked at my list and thought, I can’t post so many links at one time! I need to spread them out.

So here’s are some of the things I’ve read and liked so far this year:

44 Things Every Short Girl Can Relate To  The definition of “short” is a little subjective, but at 4-foot, 11-inches tall, I’m short and people who are 5′ 4″ seem tall to me, so it’s annoying to hear “average” height people complain about being short. Some other notes on this topic, a person’s head is never an appropriate arm rest and no I should not have left my tall guy for any of you tall girls. Marry for love, not height ladies.

Young, Married & Pissed Off  Speaking of marriage, I kind of liked this post. To me (a bride at 22), this girl didn’t seem like she married all that young. I got really annoyed at people judging us for getting married at 22. Usually people are shocked at how long we were together before we got married (dated 3 years and engaged for another 2 years). I don’t raise an eyebrow at young people getting married, I raise an eyebrow to those who get married very quickly (before they really know each other).  I’ve written about this topic before, so I won’t repeat myself.

Why I Dress Up For Work Faith wrote this post about dressing nicely for work as a nanny even though yoga pants and hoodies are accepted. Dress codes for various professions are becoming more and more relaxed, which can cause many to fall into a “comfortable” clothing rut that can present a sloppy image. I think that taking the initiative to be polished at work shows a high level of professionalism and drive that as a young professional is crucial.

5 Scientific Ways to Build Habits that Stick A new year often means a clean slate and all sorts of new goals. By now, many of those new years resolutions are beginning to wain and the old habits are going strong. The key to achieving goals is to build habits that support them, this short article is a good place to figure out how to start. And you can start working on new habits any day of the year, not just January 1st.

Photographic Series Showing What 200 Calories Looks Like in Different Foods This is a cool series and study in serving size. I’m thinking of doing something like this with what carbohydrates look like in different foods. What are some common foods that you’d like to see in this? Not every food has carbs in it so that might be interesting… I now have to find white plates.

Google Unveils Smart Contact Lens That Lets Diabetics Measure Their Glucose Levels There’s no argument that medical technology has come a long way, but this is not the first glucose-testing contact lens I’ve heard of. When talking about this with a coworker, I said it would be really nice to not have to poke my fingers so much and I showed her my fingertips. There are some days that I avoid texting because the tapping on the screen hurts. I don’t know if I believe the claims of it being ready in the near future, but it’s nice to see people trying.

Read anything good lately? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Five: Links

Things around the web you should check out…

1. Strip Safely. One of these most basic tools for managing diabetes is the meter… which is no good without a test strip. The information that this tool gives us is crucial in determining how to treat, eat, move, etc. And they aren’t very accurate. Visit stripsafely.com and take the quiz to see how much you know about strip accuracy.

2. What type of a packer are you? I stumbled across this quiz when researching stuff for our already-booked 2014 vacation (I know, I know. I’m an overachiever). Trying to prepare to take diabetes with me on the high seas is important to me, regardless of all the d-gear I’ll have to bring I’m still a “Perfect Packer.” Check it out here.

3. Do you know how old Facebook is? How about LinkedIn? This time line shares the ages of social sites… you might be surprised by some of them.

4. Super Hero Inflation. How much would it cost to be Spider Man? Now you know.

5. Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were. This is a pretty cool project. I think it’s easy for us to just see the elderly in our society as “old people” but they has amazing pasts and stories that this kind of captures.

Have you found anything good on the internet lately?