Monday, August 30, 2010

T1D + ETOH = ???

Lemon Drop Martini x2 

(If you are the diabetic police, do not read any further.)

please note, this is not my actual meter
I went with the Macy's Crew to TGIFriday's last night, not to celebrate anything special, but just to get together for old times sake. It was fun, 'nuff said.

Well actually it was fun until I tested at 1AM. Then, it wasn't fun. In my half-asleep stupor, I program a  SWAG Bolus and fall back asleep. 

Again, not my meter

5AM rolled around way too early and guess what, I was low and also nauseous. It is not easy to treat a low when you want to hurl. 

So the moral of the story is.... If you are a PWD, enjoy your alcohol, but skip the SWAG bolus.

The End

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Face, meet Ice

Yes, my friends, I fell. It was bound to happen, I just wasn't counting on it happening so soon. I went to the rink with the intention of just skating during the public session, but I got bored. So I figured I would see if I was still capable of actually doing some **crossovers. I started on the circle with backward crossovers, because they were always easier for me. Cool, easy peasy no issue there. 

Then I changed to forward crossovers, whoops. Not so easy. But I was managing pretty well, then out of nowhere, my toepick hit the ice and I knew I was going down. I was crossing left over right, so I ended up landing on my left hip with my hand sliding up the ice above my head.
It might have looked something like this, minus the skating tutu. 
Yeah, it hurt! But I did what any true skater would do; rolled over, took a knee, stood up and continued those forward crossovers until I got them right. Then I skated off the ice to go to the ladies room and cry! I am already feeling sore and I can just imagine what tomorrow is going to feel like. Good thing I just bought a new bottle of Motrin.

There will be no figure skating lesson next week, because of the Labor Day holiday, so I will begin lessons (hopefully) the following week.

**For the record, I have been properly taught crossovers by a figure skating coach, I didn't just randomly decide to try something without any training. 

Grow Where you are Planted

Have you ever been in a place in your life where you were dissatisfied? Are you looking for a change of scenery? Is the grass greener on the other side? I am pretty sure we all face these moments in our lives and the bible gives us clear instructions on how to handle them. So why is it so hard to follow those instructions?

I've been wanting more from life lately, Mr. Harer and I have been married 5 years. I am still in school. We have debt :( Nearly all of my peers have started families. I feel behind the curve. I want what they have!

I was talking to Mr. Harer earlier; asking him if maybe we are missing the point. We've made the collective decision to wait to have children until; I am done with school, our debts are smaller, and my HbA1c is stable. But what if we are wrong? I look around at friends and family who seem to have what I want and they're still in school (or never went to begin with), they have debts, sure they don't have D on their plates, but they have other issues. If they somehow manage, why can't we?

I had a dream last night. It is a dream I frequently have. I am not willing to share what it was about (No, it was not dirty.) But it did remind me of those fabulous verses that teach us to be content with what we have. I am nearly crying (okay I am crying, as I write this) because I want what I want, but I know God tells us he knows the desire of our hearts and will give us exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever imagine. So while I wait for God's perfect timing I will take comfort in these verses.

Philippians 4:11 ~ I  am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 

1 Timothy 6:8 ~ For if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Hebrews 13:5 ~ Let your conversations be without covetousness; and be content with the things you have, for he promised, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.

Psalm 37:4-5 ~ Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Flash Back Thursday

I scanned some baby pictures to post on Facebook, so I figured I would post them here also. Ready for this cuteness?
14 days old

Almost 1 year old

Almost 2 years old
Pretty much right after this last photo was taken I began to get sick, and was diagnosed with diabetes a little over a year later.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WoF Talk Back ~ Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

You Can't Multi-task God
We lead busy lives. Multi-tasking has become second nature to most of us, we use it at home, in our jobs and often we try to multi-task with God. I realized this was happening to me the other morning, when I was running late and decided I could do my bible study, while driving to work! Yes, people, it is very dangerous to be on the road with me. 

Or what about those days, when I read my bible on the treadmill? Isn't that what the little book rack is there for? It's great because it covers up the timer, so I cannot watch my workout drag on. 

To put this in perspective; when my friends call and ask to have coffee or chat for a while, I never say "sure, but can we do this while I shower, mow the lawn or drive to Target." Therefore, why is it okay to do this to my Savior, who is so much more than just a friend.  In fact, Romans 8:38-39, reminds me that nothing can keep God from me, I am more important to Him than anything else.

"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

When I count up how many hours daily I spend on the computer (darn you farmville!) and watching TV, I find that I "waste" a lot of time. Now, please don't misunderstand me, I am not advocating filling every moment with work, downtime is important. But not at the expense of time with our Heavenly Father. 

So for this reason, I am taking a techno timeout. Well sort of, for the next 14 days, I am limiting my computer and TV time. Here is the time I've allotted.

15 minutes computer time in the AM 
1 hour 15 minutes computer time in the Evening
TV can wait until the weekend (this is why we have TIVO)

With all my new found time, I should have no excuse for multi-tasking God. Will you join me and find a little extra time to fix your eyes on Jesus?

PS: This song is my motivation

Monday, August 23, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday


Okay, I just found out about Follow Me Back Tuesday. So this is how people get thousands of followers. I will have to give it a try. Check me out :)

If you want a thousand followers too, this is what you need to do;

  • Follow all four hosts and the guest host (#1-5 on the list)
  • Post the lovely button and post about FMBT on your blog
  • Add your blog to the list
  • Follow, follow, follow. Just be sure to leave comments, so everyone will know you stopped by. 
  • Follow back anyone who comments on your blog. It's that easy.

The Mini Passions

AKA: Hobbies
  • Pageants
I like pageants, I know there are 1,000,000,000 people who will disagree with me, but I think they are exciting. What girl doesn't like to get dressed up? My strong point is Interview and I worked really hard to improve stage presence. There was this one time; I told the judges I'd paint the White House pink, and give everyone a hug, but besides that, I am a pro at onstage questions. 
  • Reading 
If you don't have an e-reader, get one! I love that I can read on my Iphone. There are tons of free books available, in addition to regular books being around $3-5 cheaper than buying a paper copy. I've always loved to read, pretty much since the day I learned to read. I enjoy christian romance type books and of course the classics. Except I cannot stand Shakespeare. I ♥  the Southern Vampire Mysteries, come on, you know there is something incredibly appealing about vampires.

  • Farmville
I know, I should be ashamed, but I have fun playing farmville. I know that the notifications that get posted all over your FB wall are annoying, which is why I try not to post them, plus if they really bother you, just hide them. I may be a little biased, but I think my farm is pretty. Mr. Harer calls Farmville the time vampire. 

  • Ice skating
Maybe, because it is so darn hot, I am obsessed with the Ice Rink lately. I mean, truly obsessed. I just want to skate. I don't even care about shoes, okay well maybe I am exaggerating about that, but still..... I love the way the rink smells, it smells like chilled marble and hotel air conditioning. And skate blades are so shiny. Ohhh shiny :) Have you ever noticed that all skating coaches seem to wear the same perfume? I find it oddly comforting, they all smell like my Aunt Sandy. 

  • Scrapbooking
Yup, got some colored paper, wavy scissors, and inkpads, lets make some creative memories. Ok not really. But, I am all for artistic expression. I enjoy putting together my photos to make beautiful pages, then force my family and friends (and followers) to suffer through looking at them. Mr. Harer keeps telling me they have the Cricut Gypsy at Best Buy, I looked it up, because he seemed truly fascinated with it, it is actually pretty cool. You can see some of my work here.

Well, this concludes my posts about my passions. I hope you've learned something about me and that I haven't scared anyone away.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven
a recap of the week and other serendipitous moments

  1. Have you heard of the Pepsi Refresh Project? Pepsi is giving away millions in grants to fund good ideas to make the world a better place. Please join me to help a very deserving young lady earn one of these grants. You can visit her blog here, or click below to vote. Thanks!  
  2. IBC Highland is having a Young Women's conference on Friday and Saturday. It's titled A Lovely Spirit. I am looking forward to it. I would love to have you join me. Find out more here.
  3. Worked the phone bank for the KOLA Cares for Kids radiothon. It was so much fun! Very cool experience and we raised boatloads for the Loma Linda Children's Hospital. 
  4. I am considering taking adult skating lessons again. Not because I have dreams of being Michelle Kwan or anything like that, but because it is good exercise. Since I despise the gym, so much I need an effective substitute. Plus, it will give me something to do when Miss A starts taking lessons.
  5. The Miss Route 66 pageant is this weekend. This is a super fun 50's, Red, White and Blue theme pageant. Winners are expected to attend the Route 66 Rendezvous and other Route 66 activities throughout the year. 
  6. Have you ever heard of Smashwords? It is basically an online publishing house. They will publish your manuscript for FREE and it is possible to have it available for purchase through the IBookstore thing and Kindle. It is very cool. 
  7. Took some pictures of Sheila today, I think I got a few good ones to enter for next years page-a-day dog calendar.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Passion Nummer Drie

Community Service

This year I have done over 50 hours of volunteer service with plans to complete another 30 hours by the end of the year. I've met some amazing people, learned a lot and seen the impact my contribution has made, who wouldn't enjoy that?

When I was working at Macy's and at Loma Linda and going to school, I had no time to volunteer; that made me very sad. I love working with local organizations to have an impact on the lives of people in this community. Really, with no ulterior motives other than it makes me happy.

My time is incredibly valuable, I see it as being equal to $$$. Time is money and when times are tough and I cannot financially support the organizations that I would like to support, I am able to give my time. It makes me happy.

There are several volunteer opportunities coming up in the Inland Empire, if you are interested leave a note in the comments section.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Passion Numéro Deux

Type 1 Diabetes! 

Okay, I know this is a little weird, to be passionate about a disease. But I am intimately involved with this disease, so I better be passionate about it. True I wasn't given a choice in our relationship, but I can choose how I react to it.

First and foremost; I am passionate about finding a cure. Hey, like I said I was forced into this relationship, I don't want it to last forever. 

I am passionate about taking care of myself, sometimes

I am totally into all the cool gadgets that are available for making life with diabetes easier.

I am passionate about advocating for Type 1. Seriously ask me about something diabetes related and I will keep going and going and going. Yep, that's right I am the Diabetes Energizer Bunny!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My first passion

Having an intimate relationship with my God.

So I went to bed last night thinking through all my passions and the draft posts I had written. I felt confident that my work was complete. Then, this morning as I was reading my bible study for the day, I heard a small whisper, "My love?" Yes, I respond (thinking in my head, I am busy in your word right now, what do you want?) "My love, you forgot one." What? No I didn't!

I turn back to Psalm 63 and begin to read; "Oh God! You are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for You and my body longs for You in a dry and weary land, where there is no water. I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because Your love is better than life my lips will glorify you."

This is so my life! And as much as I would love to say that my first passion is always my walk with my King, it isn't. I need constant nudges (okay, maybe more like shoves) in the right direction. What I can honestly say is this
I want my first passion to be my relationship with Christ.

I truly believe I was created to bring glory to my creator, so please, when I get all OCD about things that don't matter, feel free to point, nudge, or shove me back to what is important.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Welcome New Followers!

So.... I know. I am such an active blogger right? Well I am trying! As we speak (ok as I type and you read) I am drafting a few posts for the next couple of days. I figure if I write a couple posts at a time and schedule them, then I won't be rushing at the last minute to figure out something to say. Tada, instant superblogger!

I've noticed some new followers, welcome, thank you for stalking me. And these are real followers, not family (Hi mom), friends (Matt, Jamie, Cynthia, etc [don't be mad if I didn't name you]), or people whose kids I used to hug (Ahi).

I think this would be a good time to post some "all about me" posts (not memes although you know I ♥ them), to give all you new followers a chance to unfollow me (just kidding, please don't). Over the next few days I will be posting about my passions.

Yippie! Want to know what gets me all excited, stay tuned I'm going to tell you.

Makes me want to sing "you don't know how you met me, you don't know why you can't turn around and say goodbye..... follow me everything is all right, i'll be the one to tuck you in at night. And if you wanna leave I can guarantee you won't find nobody else like me."

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven
a recap of the week and other serendipitous moments

  1. An archeological find near Jerusalem confirms the story of Samson and the Philistines. They also found proof of the earthquake discussed in Amos 1:1. You can read the whole story here. I am always excited when science/history and the Bible agree. 
  2. The weigh in this week went much better. I am down 2lbs. which is exactly what I have my calorie count set for losing. My first goal is now 25lbs away. I am trying to decide what kind of reward I want for reaching my goal, which BTW will put my BMI back into a healthy range. If you have any suggestions please share them in the comments section. Thanks!
  3. We've been cooking at home this week and it has been GREAT! Mr. Harer has made Caesar Salad twice from scratch, he is still perfecting the recipe, but I promise when it is perfect I will share it with my wonderful readers. In  the meantime here is our recipe for our favorite quick easy dinner, Texas Hash. 1 cup minute rice. 1 can stewed tomatoes, 1 lbs ground beef or turkey, a dash of Lawry's seasoning. Brown the ground beef/turkey and season with Lawry's. Drain grease and add the rice and the juice only from the can of tomatoes. Then fill the can up with water (while the tomatoes are still inside) and add to the skillet. Bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 7 minutes. Tada! It's done, serve and enjoy. 
  4. 4-H is cool! My littlest sister is participating in the local 4-H, she raised 2 pigs and a couple of turkeys and showed them at the fair this week. I had no idea how much community support there is for these 4-H kids. I also had no idea how much kids learn from the 4-H program. Littlest Sister has learned, responsibility, money management, animal care, and networking skills, not to mention showmanship. I am very proud of her accomplishments. 
  5. The Women of Faith Blog Hop is now Women of Faith Talk Back. Every Monday in their newsletter they will offer a devotional and a Talk Back relating to it. Simply read the devotional, then answer the Talk Back question in your blog. Find out more here.
  6. I am a certifiable crazy dog lady. I cannot get enough of cute dog pictures. I have my daily dog calendar, but that is not enough, so to fulfill my cuteness quota I visit ihasahotdog. PS, I love the Cheezburger network.
  7. Mr. Harer and I have been married five years! Boy, time flies when your having fun, or something like that. 
All images by Bleu Cotton Photography

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rose colored glasses?

No, they are more like clear, but thanks for asking.

My new glasses, except instead of Navy, they are Clear.
I had to see the ophthalmologist this week for my annual eye exam. Since I still have contacts left over from last year's visit, I decided to get a new pair of glasses (plus the dog has been chewing on my old pair, so....) I picked these really cute Lacoste frames and the best part was insurance covered all but $28.

I don't understand how Lenscrafters charged $400 for no-name brand glasses with insurance coverage, last time I bought glasses. Weird.

Anyway. The best part of the appointment was not how inexpensive my designer glasses were, rather it was the fact that my eyes show no signs of diabetes related issues. Yay, me.

Other than my eye appointment I had my annual review at work today, and that also went well. Hooray for raises. Since the week has started off so pleasantly I have high expectations for the remainder, especially since my wedding anniversary is on Friday.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven
a recap of the week and other serendipitous moments

  1. I am no longer a Women of Faith group leader, unfortunately. I just don't have the time to put into it. However, I still plan on attending the WoF conference in Anaheim next month. If you've never attended a WoF conference I highly recommend it.  This year's theme is Imagine! Imagine what it would be like if the God who created us was willing and able to provide exactly what we need. Why would He do that? Because He loves us. He loves YOU. Imagine that.
  2. We went to Cafe Sevilla, because I wanted seafood bisque and they have the best seafood bisque with a baked puff-pastry crown garnished tableside with sherry. Which, they were out of. So, we made it at home, without the pastry and I've decided to share the recipe; 1 can Campbell's cheddar cheese soup, 1 can Campbell's Tomato soup, 1/4 cup cream, 1 cup half and half, 1/4 cup imitation crab, and 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce. Optional; cream sherry to taste. Mix together in a pot and bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Serves 2-3. Nutrition Facts: 427 Calories, 16.4g Carbohydrates, 17.5g Protein. 
  3. Registered for Fall semester. I still was unable to get the science classes I need to finish. I am waitlisted for Chemistry. The community college system is inadequate to meet my needs, I plan to transfer as soon as possible. 
  4. Operation Sweet Dreams is an organization dedicated to making a difference in the community by providing free pajamas, toothbrushes, and books to children in low-income areas. I was blessed to be able to help them with a Sweet Dreams Boutique at Solutions for Change in Vista, where the children and families staying there got to "shop" for their new pajamas. It was a wonderful experience. Please check out the OSD website or Like them on Facebook. 
  5. I got my first JDRF Walk for a Cure team member, only 49 more to go! Thank you Matthew!
  6. The weigh in did not go so well this week. I am trying not to be discouraged. Next weeks menu includes; lots of Dreyer's all fruit popsicles. I brought Coconut, Pineapple and Strawberry flavors. 

  7. I downloaded the new Newboys CD on Itunes. Their song Born Again made it to #4 on the Billboard Charts, beating Justin Beiber and Eminem. I love seeing wholesome music recognized in the mainstream. It is such an important message they're sharing. 

A Simple Request

I have some good news and some bad news...

The good news is that I have had diabetes for 25 years and I am still healthy and complication free.

The bad news is that I still have type 1 diabetes, and will have it for the rest of my life until we find a cure.

Anyone with type 1 diabetes will tell you that it's a roller coaster ride. A lot of times stuff just doesn't make sense and there's not much you can do about it. There are days when you keep eating non-stop just to keep your blood sugar at a normal level and then there are days when you have no idea why your blood sugar is off the charts.

It's because of the "bad news" that I am again taking part in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. This will be my second time participating and I am really excited! I have two goals this year:

1. Create awareness by having at least 50 people (two for each year I have had diabetes) walking with me on Saturday, October 2nd at Guasti Regional Park in Ontario.

2. Fund research that can lead to breakthrough cures and treatments for type 1 diabetes and its complications by raising $1,000.


1. If you live in the Inland Empire or would like to visit at the beginning of October, I would love to have you on my team!
Simply click here to sign-up to walk with us. My team is The Mad March Harer's. I am hoping to have team t-shirts for everyone, but also if you raise $100, you will receive the famous JDRF sneaker t-shirt. Note that you do not have to raise money in order to walk with us, but are more than welcome to do so, if you wish.

2. If you're able to, we would love for you to donate to JDRF! Simply go here and click on Donate to A Walker.

Thank you so much in advance for your support!

PS: this letter template was "stolen" from Death of a Pancreas.