Saturday Six: Because I Missed Friday Five Edition

1) If you actually look at the blog, you’ll notice I’ve changed the look about 3 times in the last month. WordPress keeps releasing new themes that allow me to be lazy and not find photographs to feature (ha) so I’ve been exploring new options. Although, this current theme, Sorbet, is pretty neat, allows me to customize slightly and I dig the free font selection a lot more.

2) A TSA success story! (Because we don’t hear enough of them.) I traveled last weekend to Southern CA for work and was required to fly. I’m getting kind of used to asking the agents if I can opt out and, for the most part, the female agents I’ve been getting know what the insulin pump is. (One called it a glucose monitor, but that’s better than nothing.) On my flight home, I went through the usual opt out procedures of waiting for a female agent to escort me to a corner. I pulled my pump out of my pocket and she says, “Oh wow! Your’s has a cool cover on it!” It’s the little things, I tell you.

The cool cover...

The cool cover…

3) Have you donated to Spare a Rose yet? At last count, they were half way to their $10,000 goal by V-Day. That’s a lot of insulin for some kids in need. Save yourself the messy clean-up of dead flowers post Valentine’s Day and turn it into some good will. Think of the tax deduction you can take next year!

4) Speaking of taxes, being one half of a DINK equation is really awful around tax time. Our amount due to the feds DOUBLED last year, even with my short unemployment break. Hopefully we get that little “tax deduction” soon… no pressure. But since we’ve been trying for almost a year with no success, I’m headed to the Dr. in two weeks. <sigh>

5) I inquired to our local JDRF chapter about becoming a mentor for newly diagnosed families yesterday. However, the mentorship seems a bit different than it was when I had one as a kid. You basically bring over a bag of goodies (the Bag of Hope, they call it) to a newly diagnosed family and answer any questions they may have. Apparently, not many T1 adults volunteer for this… it’s mostly T1 families helping other T1 families. I suppose that makes sense, but was a little discouraging to hear. They have a young adult/professional group as well, so I might just get involved with that instead. (Kind of like a T1 20/30 Club.)

6) My Dexcom is MIA. Last week, I got a call from the supplier that the Dex was approved and I would see it in about 5 business days. I never got a tracking number or estimated ship date, so I called my rep again to see what was up. Nothing. Hmph. Meanwhile, I’ve been going without my Medtronic CGM because I know as soon I put one back in, the Dex will show up.

Stay warm, kids! Winter finally made it to California! You can curl up and watch the Olympics if you want. Keep an eye out for Kris Freeman; a XC Skier with T1.

Melting Confidence

The hubs and I celebrated Valentine’s Day early because 1) crowds and prices are horrible on the 14th and 2) I’ve got another swing convention that starts up this Thursday.

Melting Pot is a chain of fondue restaurants. We ordered the four course meal, which included a cheese appetizer, a salad, meats for the entree, and of course, chocolate fondue. I’ve been running so well this week that I didn’t want to spoil it by eating a heavy meal. But we’ve been wanting to go back here on our own for a while so I figured what’s one night? I diligently avoided refined carbs until the final course. (So not a ton of bread, no potatoes, only fruits and veggies and meats.)

The waitress brings out the chocolate fondue menu. Conversation goes like this:

Her: “Here are the chocolate fondue selections. Let me know if you have any questions.”

Me, half joking: “I wish you had a sugar free version.”

Her: “Well that wouldn’t be any fun, now would it?”

Me: “………….”

To give her credit, she had no idea who she was dealing with. And if you walk into a fondue place that specializes in chocolate fondue, you should kind of expect that sort of response.

But she could have at least humored me a little bit, no?

Speaking of Valentine’s Day… have you donated to Spare a Rose yet?

Spare a Rose, Save a Child Campaign

I am not a huge fan of V-Day. But I’ll put aside my disdain for this Hallmark Holiday to let you know about this DOC project.

Between now and Valentine’s Day, the Diabetic Online Community is pulling together to try and raise money for the Life for a Child campaign. I know I bitch and moan about my medical expenses here, but I’m considered a lucky duck just because I have insurance to cover all of my nice things. Some T1 children can’t even afford the insulin to keep them alive. The idea is that you donate 1/12 of the cost of a dozen roses. That’ll probably cover someone’s care who could really use it. (And flowers die, kids! Spend your money on something more worth while.)

You can read more about it here, here, and here.

The image above and the lovely banner on my side bar take you to where you can donate.

To sweeten the incentive, I’m having a contest similar to Karen over at Bitter Sweet. But I don’t knit. At all. (Oh – the horrors!) I do dance. And I like sparkly things. So I’ve teamed up with a dance friend of mine who runs a rhinestone and dress design biz. We’re going to come up with something fabulous, shiny, and Blue Friday appropriate. (Most likely an accessory/piece of jewelry.) All you have to do is donate and then comment below. Then I’ll pick a winner via random draw on Friday. (Please allow two weeks post V-Day.)

These could be fun...

These could be fun…