Sugar high too (plus ate)

10 things I wouldn't have done two weeks ago (before diabetes diagnosis. Not before diabetes, because I realize that I've probably been diabetic for a while now)

1. Stare at my 1/4 c of cottage cheese and 1/4 of an apple, chopped, and will it to be satisfying. Heck, BDD (before diabetes diagnosis), limiting any sort of consumable food to 1/4 c serving or a 1/4 of the whole would have been "NOT ENOUGH." (Actually, I was surprised at how decent the snack was. I'll eat it again and won't complain about the serving size)

2. Same with 1/4 c rolled oats with barely a tsp of brown sugar and raspberries in almond milk. BDD, if I ate oatmeal, I ate 1/2 c of it with about a tbsp of brown sugar (which I considered myself practically saintly for doing, as SOME people in this family put about 1/4 c of brown sugar on their oats. Oh, how the self-diagnosed saintly have fallen). It was enough. I ate it before working out. Then I came home and had 2 eggs and half an avocado o…

Sugar high

I've been diagnosed with diabetes. What fun!  Finger pricking daily, insulin pills daily, radical diet change daily.

The diet change has hit hard. I'm not sad or shaking my fist in the air or yelling "Why me?" As for "Why me?" I know why: me. I do love me some veg and I eat them a lot, but I also love me some carbohydrates, specifically chocolate, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, more chocolate, fruit with a high sugar content, cookies, cake, pastries, cereal, donuts, cupcakes, etc. Sigh. It's going to take some getting used to, not eating those yummy things like I used to.

I'm doing ok restricting carbs, but what do I eat to replace them? I am leery of eating too much animal meat for fear of cholesterol, and nuts because of the fat. I could eat more veg I guess and I have been doing that. I haven't gotten to the point where I cry for loss of carbs, it's more that I haven't expanded my list of what I can eat yet to a point where my stomach …

7th Street Entry at First Avenue

One of the items on my 50th year list of fun things to do was go to a concert at First Ave. I've been once before, but that was in the main room. This time, Jim and I went to the smaller room (capacity 250 standing). It's about as big as the two levels of my house put side by side. When I had told Jim about my bucket list and wanting to go to a concert, he got on the First Ave website and found out that Sondre Lerche was coming to the 7th St Entry. I don't know many of Sondre's songs, but one of them that I do know, "Phantom Punch," is one of my favorite songs ever.

So we bought tickets.

The concert was last night and it was fantastic! I loved being in a small venue because we could see the band, even though we were towards the back. (We were actually the first ones to get in, and we snagged two of the few barstools for the show because I was worried how my back was going to hold up if I had to stand the whole time). The music was LOUD, but after a few times …

Recent cute things


KING TeC returns home from Peoria

Matt's robotics team went down to Peoria for a district competition, made it to finals, lost in finals, but received the Chairman's award for being a model robotics team. Some of the robotics team member families decided to welcome home our little robot people with signs and balloons to celebrate the award and the qualification for World's competition in St. Louis in late April.

It has taken me 4 years to understand how the competition system works (and there are parts I still don't understand), but Matt understands it, and can expound at length. He wore his two medals to school today (one for team finalist in the regional competition, and one for Chairman's award). I could tell he wore them because I heard them clinking as he walked in the door.

At some point I'll get an actual photo of the robot, Sir Bedivere. Jim and I are planning on going to the competition in Minneapolis at the U in early April. I'll be able to see the robot in action.

Last all district band concert

And the one where we finally return Mr. H's house key to him. We've had this house key for two plus years, ever since Hayley dog-sat for Mr. H. (Mr. H is one of the district band leaders and he's familiar with the 4 band kids we've had). Hayley used to babysit Mr. H's daughters too.

We are down to 1 actual band concert and 1 possible marching band event ever as high school band parents. Katie picked up a flute after fourth grade and we've been band parents ever since.

One of the songs the Wind Ensemble played was Xerxes and if I may direct your attention to this post from six years ago, you will understand why I was so excited to hear it again. Also if you go back to that old post, you'll see Matt as a young trombonist. Too bad he wouldn't allow close up pics at this concert so you could gauge his growth.

Re: Xerses, I talked briefly to Mr. K about it, expressing my delight that it was played, and he said Matt was one of several seniors who requested th…

I can't drive 55

The title of a familiar song to Jim and me, which I did not use on Jim's birthday cake. I'm kinda done doing all out, fancy schmancy, detailed cakes anyway since I've done them for so long. I think the first one was a Batman cake for Paul when he was 3 or 4. And now he's in his 20s. But now that I think of it, I do have one more detailed cake to do: Matt's grad cake. Oh and Hayley's wedding cake(s).

I went easy on myself for Jim's cake. Boxed mix, which I like better than homemade anyway, and Katie had given us some leftover buttercream frosting, enough to frost a cake and do minimal decorations on it. So when I sat down to decorate Jim's cake, I had to come up with an idea that was 1)easy, 2)special for Jim, 3)doable in one color because I wasn't going to mess around with multiple colors, and 4)no fondant.

I toyed with the idea of writing the lyrics to The Beatles' You Say It's Your Birthday, but I ditched that in favor of writing random li…