Well… Maybe not. Happy Holidays anyway.
There are 12 days left until Christmas. Get your isht together already.
Psh… well I’d LOVE to, but life kind of got in the way. And this cold. Ugh – this cold. I thought I was heading out of the woods, so I stopped taking my decongestant because my nose wasn’t stuffy. Nope – it just moved to my ears and head. Awesome.
At any rate, here are things that have fallen by the wayside while I recover/work/prep for show and 4 million luncheons and holiday parties/head to Jury Duty.
1) Christmas cards: I got pretty lazy with them last year because Vista Print ran a Groupon for really cheap printing. So I imprinted our names on some cards and sent those out to people. I probably won’t get that far this year. Sorry y’all. But seriously – does anyone still do Cards anymore? I much prefer getting fun, personalized cards for my friends with their gifts, but I wasn’t even able to do that this year.
2) Baking: I’m usually freakin’ Martha Stewart by this time of year. Mostly because the studio drops in attendance the week following Showcase… which is this weekend. I generally have about 5 different varieties of cookies with at least 2 or 3 allergen free types to appease the masses. And I give something to EVERYONE. I don’t think that’s happening this year. I might be lucky if I can churn out some chocolate chip cookies, but I’m not pushing my luck… or this cold.
3) Christmas shopping: I thought turning to Amazon would be the solution to all my issues. Turns out, no one know what they want for Christmas either, thus making shopping even harder. And there is just a TON of stuff on Amazon. But – I get 2 day free shipping with Prime. (No Drones, please.)
4) My blood sugar control: Well, I mean… that’s sort of a given with the holidays. However, dropping from a 262 to a 182 in a half hour… and then to a 29 3 hours later is kind of nuts. (And was my night last night.) Yay illness!
5) My patience. I don’t really have much to begin with, but something about the holidays just makes it more obvious. (See #4 again… )
Hope you have a good weekend!
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… 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.
A general feel good mention to counter balance yesterday’s emo post.
So Kim over at Texting My Pancreas started a Give ALL the Things contest on her blog. She has a ton o’ diabetes related stuff (and non-diabetes related stuff too) to give away each day to a qualifying comment on her blog posts.
If you are a PWD or care for/about a PWD, you qualify! (That, and your comment must be awesome.) I’d like to also add that if you win, you need to react like one of the ladies up above here……. mmmhmmm.
Gah! Post election Facebook feed is unreal. It’s amazing how crazy both sides are. If your candidate won, you gloated. If your candidate lost, you claimed the world was really going to end in December and you were off to go buy guns.
Then there is me who wasn’t a fan of either large party candidate, but liked one over the other. So – I’m happy with reservations. There is a lot of work to be done, kids. It’ll be an interesting four years. But really, can the awful memes about Muslim domination stop? Jeez. We’re all in this hot mess together.
Anyway, enough of my political banter.
Now that the election is over, it’s time to start thinking about all the holidays that force my insulin pump into overdrive. If you thought Halloween was bad… wait until we get to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Anyone can avoid Halloween candy. You don’t buy it. You don’t hand it out. The end. But how do you turn down invitations to parties where the centerpiece is a giant turkey and overindulgence is the norm? The holiday social hour is centered around a high carb display of appetizers and the actual meal isn’t served until later. So you have no choice but to snack.
Don’t let me start on desserts.
So, what to do? Take a “day off” from being a staunch diabetic to enjoy the meal you only get once a year? (Seriously, when else are you going to make candied yams?) Well, that’s normally what I do. Despite my best efforts, I annually end up in the 300s post dinner and take my dear sweet time coming down. Sometimes I try to load my plate up with salad instead. (Not a big turkey fan.) But that generally doesn’t work. (See note about the appetizers.)
The added challenge will be if I have to encounter the holidays while pregnant. Since I can’t guarantee a mid-October birth in any year, I might as well start training myself now to not eat everything in sight. (Oh, I’m just sampling! Yeah…)
The problem? I’ve been so incredibly hungry in between meals. My sugars have been okay. (My app says I’m running around a 132 average or so.) But even with the added morning and afternoon protein-laced snacks, I’m famished by the time my next meal rolls around. My activity level is about the same and I’m not gaining any additional weight, so I suppose the extra calories won’t be awful. But feeling hungry an hour before your next scheduled meal just makes everything way more dramatic than I want it to be. (I’m really surprised my stomach hasn’t started singing 3 part harmonies yet.)
My fear for the holidays, that despite my best efforts and restraints, the snack table will call and I will eat All.The.Food! And it’ll all be empty carbs because that’s how my family rolls. Unless there are cashews. Then maybe all might not be lost. (Well, except maybe the cashews.)
I have two weeks…