Cue the Inspiration: First Daily Prompt Post

I’m still slight hungover from the holiday festivities and have failed to catch up on sleep. (Oh, and my client REALLY wanted an 8 am conference call tomorrow… on my vacation.)

So – let’s make this easy and holiday themed.

Daily Prompt: Gimmie

Was there a special gift or toy you wanted as a child but never received? What was it?

Yes. This.

Your eyes do not deceive you. I really wanted a Lego Pirate Ship (also known as the Black Seas¬†Barracuda) for a number of years during my childhood. I want to say it was roughly around $150 (in the late 80s/early 90s), so my parents wouldn’t budge because it was too expensive. It also had a zillion tiny parts. Apparently my brother already had a bunch of Legos that I could build stuff with as well.

Then they tried to appease me by gifting me some “girl Legos.”

I liked my beach cabana just fine (I mean, it had a palm tree and everything), but, I really wanted the pirate ship.


This Was My Weekend

Yup… after having all of the knots from showcase pounded out of me by a new therapist (who I can’t knock… she used to ballroom dance and knows what real west coast swing is), I baked. All weekend. I have enough sweets in my house to turn 4 people into diabetics. And enough alcohol to wash it down with.

It’s going to be a crazy two days. Have a Merry Christmas all!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Pinterest…

On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Guinness... what?

On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Guinness… what?

So I’ve really taken this Pinterest thing way too far today. My 6-packs of normal beer have been holiday’d to present as gifts. My mother in law told me that I’m in charge of desserts for Christmas Eve, so I started pinning stuff that I know I’ll never ever bring down to share. I even tried cleaning my bathroom with white vinegar and blue Dawn. (Which assaults your senses. My nose is very offended right now.)

I won’t knock it now that I’ve joined the masses of women who pin random ass remedies for sore throats, soap scum, and highly allergic children. But it’s seriously taken over my life. And I knew this would happen, which is why I avoided it and everyone’s Facebook overshares when it came out last year-ish. But too many people kept talking about how many fantastic things they were discovering in the deep crevasses of the interwebz. So I got curious. Because maybe I wanted to be more creative too.

Some things have been great: for example, this chicken recipe, this soup, these cookies, or whatever the heck this is.

Some… not so great. Like using vinegar (again!) to clean my make up brushes. Yeah – not so much. Or those flourless chocolate cookies that were really only made with powdered sugar and chocolate powder. (Chemistry 101 anyone?)

It’s also awkward when you start following your mom and she’s pinning holiday jello shot recipes. Ummmm…

I also use it to save stuff that I find on Etsy. In fact, I had my own Christmas List board because I was tired of answering the parents’ questions about lists and having them shop at stores they’ve never heard of. Here, I can just point them to a link online and have them click-add to an Amazon shopping cart. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I also like having more people to follow. So feel free to add/follow me. I like finding other PWDs with fun modifications to their recipes. So the more, the merrier.
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Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Baking Edition


Many hours on Pinterest led me these! Of course, I had to make them slightly different and use much more fun sprinkles.

I suppose you could make them with Splenda, but why? The Candy Cane Kiss in the middle pretty much negates the effort. But – I did use whole wheat flour for 90% of my holiday baking this year.

The dough and cookies are a little “grainier” than normal, but everything tastes the same, really. I’m sure it all breaks down to about the same carb count in the end, but at least it’s a bit slower.


Don’t Mind Me… Just Ruining My Average

My further attempts at basal testing seem to only be ruining my well established average.

I can’t seem to get through my tests without dropping lower, which causes me to over treat, and then my sugars sky rocket. (Well… higher than what they have been. 180-240.)

Once again, I’ve proven my docs wrong on their thoughts that I’m administering too little of a basal rate. So my CDE appointment on Tuesday should be really interesting and bring up even more questions. Hmph.

On the docket this week is the showcase dress rehearsal tomorrow, teacher training final exam on Thursday, show on Friday and Saturday, with some last minute practices in between. This on top of work planning, Christmas shopping, baking, cleaning, etc.

I’ll be real surprised if I can keep this fairly decent average going this week. I have a feeling I’m just going to have to write this month off, sadly.

House Arrest

“Living” in my holiday decor…

My goal today was to complete something that I had been putting off for a number of weeks. Mostly because I dreaded doing it and I really didn’t have a spare day I could dedicate to just staying home.

Many PWDs know what a pain in the ass a 24 hour urine test is. And if you don’t know what it is, feel free to look it up. (And if you know me personally, try to keep the awkwardness to a minimum.)

The horrible thing about this test, besides being gross and a little outdated, is that I’m landlocked inside my house. And since I usually escape from my house at least once a day just to, you know, be a human being, this was especially tedious. Where is the hubs, you may ask? He went to go visit his ‘rents because we didn’t travel this holiday as planned.

So that left me home alone with the cats and a lot of Netflix on Demand. And that horrid orange container and a water bottle. (Because we gotta show that my kidneys are fully functioning ALL.FREAKING.DAY.) …sigh.

To keep myself sane, I let my inner Martha Stewart loose in my house. I decorated for the upcoming holiday season for approximately 5 hours. Since I couldn’t go anywhere, I was limited by what I had purchased on Black Friday and whatever we had packed away. Which – for only living here for 5 years – is a LOT. Despite my best efforts and Pinned suggestions, I kinda gave up after the glitter and styrofoam got to be a nuisance. And my back started really killing me for not being in shoes with arch supports. And I was really tired of watching non-stop How I Met Your Mother.

So here is what I could come up with on limited resources. Tomorrow is the big lab day!


Acting Like Adults

Thanks Hyperbole and a Half

The hubs and I tend to use the extended Thanksgiving weekend to clean our house before decorating for Christmas. This year, we rented a carpet shampooer and cleaned the carpets! Woot! Exciting!

But because of our lovely furbabies, this clean feeling will disappear in about 2 weeks, max. But hey! At least I can decorate now. And my nose doesn’t itch a bunch from the dust and dander.

And all this activity is keeping the sugars under 100. Yay?