Main Bath Makeover

Do you remember the ugly thing that I was concerned might be permanently stuck to my wall?

Well it finally came off the brown and green walls.




The Process

First everything came off the walls except for the medicine cabinet, but including the leafy border and vinyl baseboards. Then everything got a new coat of paint, new floors went down and new accessories went up (toilet paper holder, shower curtain bar and towel holder). In the process we also replaced the faucet.

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Help me carry this fridge downstairs…weekend report

We had a busy weekend and I have to share it with you and I have to start at the beginning.


My best friend (who isn’t Brad) moved a few weeks ago. We lived 10 minutes away from each other in high school, we went to college more than an hour apart, then eventually we ended up 10 minutes away from each other for two years. But now she and her husband are settling into their new home… which is an hour away again! It’s a big adjustment because there are no spur of the moment weekend breakfast dates with them or text messages that say, “We’re in the mood for Mexican, want to meet us?”

We went over to their place on Friday night and had a nice time. It was clear that our husbands miss each other too.

Friday night was also pod change night, so I placed a new pod on my stomach and when the canula inserted, it made a strange sound, but everything kind of looked okay and the pod and PDM didn’t indicate a problem. Then a rather quick upward trend made me realize that I wasn’t receiving insulin… and it kind of hurt. I made the call to remove the pod and use my emergency purse pod. When I pulled off the weird pod the reason became apparent… the needle that deploys the canula, did not retract!

I had a fairly large gauge needle in my stomach instead of the flexible plastic tube it was supposed to leave behind. The silver color of the needle in that tiny window looked like it could have been the blue canula. This has never happened to me before. I really hope it never happens to me again either.

Needle on the left and canula on the right.

It might be tough to see, but the pod pictured on the right is the way a pod looks when I remove it (and fold up the adhesive). That blue thing is the canula, or tiny tube, that goes 6.5 millimeters into my body and gives me insulin. The pod on the left never retracted the insertion needle. Ouch!

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