Saturday, April 30, 2011

What's that orange glow in the sky?

At last--daffodils!
Was that a bumblebee that
zoomed by, or just hope?

Spring has come slowly here, dragging its feet and throwing tantrums. However, today I got to play outside with my family and we found some daffodils growing between two fences, and the trees are finally budding. We had to wear coats, and the wind was chilly, but you could smell the fresh earth scent and I swear I saw a fat bumblebee buzz by...

Hope springs eternal!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Holy guacamole

Diabetic rules:
holy guacamole, yum!
with eleven chips.

So with this pregnancy I'm pre-gestational-diabetic. Which basically means that I'll have GD by the middle/end of my pregnancy (had it last time at the end) and now have to follow the GD diet and glucose testing regimen every day. Which, if you've ever had to do it, sucks.

However, there are some bright spots yet--guacamole is a "free" food, and a fab snack. (Preggers folks need the fat more than regular folks to help the wee one grow, so we get to splurge a bit!) And after a LONG COLD winter, creamy green avocado dip really hits the spot. It is truly holy.

I know in the end the baby will be worth all this work and calculation of carbohydrates, and hopefully the diabetes will go away afterwards.

To those of you out there with diabetes, I salute you--it's a tough road! People don't realize how much effort goes in to managing carbs and blood sugar levels on an hourly basis.

This post links up with my previous post, too--exercise is part of managing this issue. So, keep moving!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Haiku, I can do...

So I've decided to boost my blogging and get my writerly groove back on, I should make my own blog challenge. Thus, I'm going to write a haiku a day, and post them here. Hopefully that will spur on more writing.

For today:

Yes, yes, butt on chair
but then, exercise, dammit,
to keep on writing.

I wrote this after visiting my Grandpa and looking at my Grandma's old writing office. She wrote several books in the last 20 years of her life--she was a geneaology genius! But since she became so devoted to sitting and writing, she didn't get much movement in, and despite her healthy eating habits, lack of splurging, and general good sense, that sedentary lifestyle shortened her life. So, to keep on writing, we have to get up and move, too!

Saturday, April 09, 2011


So as I read up on how to prepare my two-year-old for the baby-to-be, I am reminded of how a pediatrician friend described the conflict for me years ago:
"Imagine that your husband comes home one day and says, 'Honey, I'm going to have another wife. She's coming to live with us, and I love her just as much as I love you. But don't worry, you're still special to me! Plus, she's so cute and sweet--you'll love her too!'"
This, my friend says, is how the first child will feel about the new baby, at least for a while.
Oh no! So what, do I have to watch _Sister Wives_ to understand the rollercoaster of emotions my son will have as he deals with this new addition to our family? NO, no, of course not! Besides, that guy's Beauty & the Beast hairdo irritates me no end.
But it does make me wonder how my son will ever understand. My hope is that he enjoys the pride of being a Big Brother, and that as the baby grows up, he learns he can enjoy the kid's company too. That maybe they can even be (dare I write it?) friends?
So, this new anxiety can be added to my list of things to pretend I'm not worried about.
It's going to be a long 9 months.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Different kind of productive

So you may have noticed that I haven't been posting in quite a while. And this right after I was all geeked up for getting some writing mojo going...but I do have a good reason--I'm going to have another baby!

Due in November, and so thankful and happy that this has come to be.

However, my energy has been zapped by all this interior knitting, and I haven't had the momentum or time (because frankly, I'd rather sleep these days when possible!) to do any writing. And I mean ANY writing! Well, aside from grocery lists...

So, I'm accepting the fact that I may be unfocused as a writer in the coming year, but not giving up. I'm trying to do a little bit of writing every month, and helping a friend with her revisions on her book, and continuing to go to my writers' group, even if I have nothing to share.

We'll see how well this low-self-pressure deal works for me. I promise to keep you posted! Till then, thank you for bothering to keep following my posts!