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Entries from April 1, 2007 - April 30, 2007


The Color Purple

Shug: More than anything God love admiration.
Celie: You saying God is vain?
Shug: No, not vain, just wanting to share a good thing. I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it.
Celie: You saying it just wanna be loved like it say in the bible?
Shug: Yeah, Celie. Everything wanna be loved.

The dialog above is from my all time favorite movie "The Color Purple" and this is one of my favorite scene's. I turn to this movie whenever I am depressed or down. It always makes me feel better. And as you can guess, I have seen it many times.

People ask me, "How can such a depressing movie make you feel better?"

I get so caught up with the story that I forget about my own problems and sadness. When the story ends on such an uplifting note, I too am lifted out of my funk.

Why haven't I watched it yet? I dunno. I don't think I will need to this time.

Every morning when I leave for work I walk like a zombie from my back door to my car. Never noticing much along the way. On Friday I noticed something I had not noticed before.

I remember several months ago Georgie and I planted some seeds to see if we could grow some flowers. I do not have a green thumb at all so this springing up is pretty much a miracle to me.

This little glimpse of the color purple spoke volumes to me. I felt like it was God's way of saying, "I love you and you have plenty be thankful for."

He is right.

God, forgive me.
I see it now.


Ready to Climb a Mountain

Last night I was scrolling through some of my more recent posts and I realized that I have not even typed the word Diabetes in a long time.

What gives? Is it because things have been going so well?

No, my BG’s have been terrible lately. I have been both high and low but not a lot of places in between.

Is it because I have been too busy?

That is probably part of it. With all that has been going on, vacation and the gig, I have had a lot more exciting stuff to tell you all about. (in fact if you want another Feed the Five song, you may want to visit here next Tuesday).

When I get honest and real with myself I know the real reason is because I am sick of it. I am sick of hearing myself complain/whine/bitch about this disease. Sure I know I am allowed but I am tired of it.

It is one of those valleys I guess. We all have our ups and downs and I am experiencing a down right now, at least about the D. It just feels good to write about other stuff. Stuff that attempts to pull me out of this valley. Stuff that brings me great joy. Not trouble, stress, and worry. I hate Diabetes. I do not want to give it much exposure right now. Too often it takes the spot light and upstages me.

That is it!

Diabetes upstages me and I hate that.

Can you relate? I am sure you can and I would really like to hear your thoughts. I need to feel like I am not alone.

The valleys are lousy.


You Tube Tuesday #17

Last Sunday the band I am in had our very first performance. This is a clip of a song called “Past the Falls” that is not an original but it is the one that I am singing on so I thought I would share it with you. Unfortunately, video cameras do not pick up music well but I think it is good enough to get an idea. We are Christian group and our band name is Feed the Five.

I hope you like it.


I Met an OC Member!!!!

Last Sunday April 15th, I met a member of the OC.

I called around 3:30 in the afternoon and we planned to meet at a Starbucks in Oceanside. It was a 90 minute drive and in Los Angeles, 90 minutes can equal about 5 miles on a freeway BUT since I was heading south it was smooth sailing all the way.

The directions I was given were easy to follow. I pulled into the parking lot and saw her. It is strange to meet someone you only have seen pictures of and now they are sitting at a table right in front of you. It was surreal.

If you have not figured it out, I met the OC’s very own Allison Blass (pronounced like Blossom – FYI).

We went to dinner at Mimi’s Cafe and talked about the CWD conference she was in town for. We also discussed several other topics including, my fear of clowns, ice water, why LA sucks, The Glycemic Index, the OC New Me Challenge, meeting OC members, planning a giant OC party in 2009, and a possible trip to Minnesota. I am sure the poor waitress at Mimi’s has quite a story to tell. Don’t worry, I tipped her well I think. I let Allison figure it out! LOL

Then we drove. We drove around Oceanside looking for something to do. Allison said, “We should go to the beach!” I mention how there must be a beach near by or this is the dumbest name for a city ever!

We drove west and found the Ocean. When we got out of the car I explained to her how much I love the beach except for the sand, the people, and the sea creatures. She laughed and took a picture of me refusing to step foot on the sand. I am assuming she will post that picture since she said after she clicked it, “I am going to post about how are you are scared of the beach!”

Here is the picture I took with my camera of the two of us. All and all it was a lot of fun. I laughed a lot and Allison did too although I am not sure if it was with or at me.

Probably both!

I can’t wait to meet more of the OC in the future. It was a very cool experience. As long as none of you show up dressed as a clown of course.


The Last of the Vacation Pictures

Thursday night we left New Mexico and headed to Flagstaff Arizona to spend the night. On the way there it started snowing. A LOT. It was pretty crazy and the kids and I were freaking out. I was thankful that my brother in law was driving since Los Angeles doesn't get much snow.

Friday morning we awoke to a beautiful blue sky filled with puffy white clouds. There was snow melting all over rooftops, cars, and trees . The reflection of the sun made everything sparkle. It was a very pretty sight.
Here are some pictures from the road on our way to the Grand Canyon.

And here are pictures of the kids in the car. It was a wacky ride for sure!

And here we are at the Grand Canyon. The last picture here I took with my little digital camera. It is now my background on my computer.

After the Grand Canyon, we drove down to Kingman (just outside of Laughlin, Nevada) to meet my wife at my cousin's house. She drove up with a friend Friday morning. We spent the night with my cousin and his family then left Saturday morning for home. We of course stopped off in Laughlin for a little gambling but I did not do so well.

Oh well, all and all I think I made out like a bandit. I had a relaxing and fun filled week with my kids which is priceless. It was perfect.

Tomorrow I will tell you about the big meeting that happened on Sunday. Very cool and I have a picture too!