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You’re Allowed to Have Bad Day

It seemed that a lot of my friends were having a rough go of it today. My heart goes out to you all for everything you’re dealing with today.

I recently heard someone say that they were taught that you’re allowed to have a bad day, but you’re not entitled to ruin anyone else’s. I really liked that. And it seemed that a lot of you, my dear friends, are dealing with the bad days that others are having.

Things are going pretty well at the moment, so I feel like sharing some sunshine (even though it’s a cloudy day in Cleveland).

Here are some things that are making me happy today and how they can help you be happy:

  • Things are going well for the people that I love, my husband is happy, my mom is thriving, etc (being happy for others makes you happy)


    Helpful Kitty

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Curb the complaining

It’s quite a Monday of a Tuesday today! (Monday needed a break this week too)

I love social media, but sometimes the people on it drive me insane! I got incredibly irritated the other day by various things being said online so instead of complaining about the complainers and annoyances, let’s talk about some things that I’m thankful for! (Seems like a theme sometimes)

  • I’m thankful for the foundation that Brad and I built for our relationship before we got married. I’m not surprised by my role of wife and my husband is much, much more to me than just a new roommate.
  • I’m thankful for the careful choices and responsible decisions that have lead me to this point in my life.
  • I’m thankful that I woke up this morning and that I got at least a little sleep last night. I was woken up multiple times during the night by my Dexcom, I tested, I treated and returned to sleep on each occasion. I may not have had as many hours as I’d like, but waking up every day is a gift so why complain if my eyes are open?
  • I’m thankful for my education and the ways that it serves me daily.
  • I’m thankful for coffee, it’s warmth, taste and ability to transform this non-morning person into a pleasant human being on a daily basis. I’m also thankful for the woman in our office who makes the coffee and that it’s only on rare occasions that I fill in.
  • I’m thankful for the generosity of others. We’re wrapping up our annual tool drive that benefits the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Each August, more people participate and each August, more donations are made. I spent part of my day planning the pick ups for the event and there’s quite a list! (Also: I’m thankful for online route planners!)

I’m thankful for many more things that are not on this list, but for now six will do. I’ve found that I can complain, vent, rant and stew over dumb stuff as much as I want and still somehow not feel much better. Shifting my focus to thankfulness has been one of the best ways to curb complaining, halt sarcastic remarks and avoid passive aggressive social media behavior.

What are you thankful for today?

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Sometimes I’m Amazed

At the risk of sounding like a gushy, wide-eyed school girl, I feel like I should say this:

Sometimes I’m truly amazed by my husband.

I love my husband, he’s a wonderful, intelligent, confident, funny and kind man. He also has an amazing drive coupled with willpower like no other. I knew these things about him, but they’ve been coming to life with his desire to get our new home completely ready before we settle there.

Now we bought a move-in ready house, but with time left on our apartment lease we decided that we needed to at least paint the dining room (it was yellow, remember?). When we walked through the house, he said, “You know we should probably just paint the whole thing before we put stuff in it.” We also opted to replace the carpet that was faded in high-traffic areas and since the previous owners had a dog we decided to start fresh. So we ripped out all of the carpet. We finished painting and removing carpet last weekend. All of the old carpet had been put in the garage to be cut down and rolled for the trash service to take away. We also needed some miscellaneous plumbing work done.

Throughout the painting and tear out, Brad lifted the heavy things, painted the high things and kept plugging away at things showing amazing endurance.

He was off work yesterday to get things ready for tomorrow (Moving Day!). I got a text around lunch time, basically telling me that he was playing Xbox. I assumed he was taking a lunch break and relaxing a bit… he was trying to rile me up. Then he sent me this picture:

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My Husband Spied on Me!

While Brad was in San Francisco, I stole borrowed his car. It makes sense since my car uses a lot of gas and his uses none.

The cool thing about the Leaf is that it has an app. The car talks to the server, the server talks to the app and we can do all sorts of cool stuff. Including monitoring driving efficiency. Brad really likes to monitor the range and energy usage of the car, and continues to track how much we aren’t spending on gasoline.

From all the way across the country, he was checking up on how I drove the car. On Monday morning I got a text message:


One Tuesday he sent me a driving report detailing the efficiency of my driving.

Regardless of how creepy the energy spying was, it’s nice to know I’m an energy efficient driver!

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The House: Part 1

Do you remember that we were in the process of looking for a home? We found a beautiful two story colonial in April after having already visited two adequate homes that evening.

When we pulled up to the house for the first showing, I gasped. It was even better than in the picture. The picture to which Brad responded, “Meh” with a shrug when I first showed him.

We climbed the front steps not really listening to the realtor tell us that there could possibly be a dog at the house, named Floyd. When we walked in the house I thought, “This is it. This is our house… but there has to be something wrong with it.” Brad was thinking almost the same thing. We immediately liked the sellers based on their apparent tastes.

We left, almost reluctantly, and visited the last house on our tour (the one that was actually our realtor’s listing). The moment we pulled up to that last house I shook my head and contemplated telling Brad that we should just forget it… We didn’t. But we should have. It was most assuredly not our house.

That night we talked to our parents. We asked my in-laws to clear an evening on their calendar soon and come look at this place. We wanted different eyes on the house, ones that would find what had to be wrong with it. The house was just too perfect.

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What a weekend!

What a Weekend!

I’m not usually one for making a blog all about my weekend… but there’s sooooo much to write about that I’ll hit the highlights now and tell the stories later.


Brad and I grabbed a tasty breakfast on Saturday morning before hitting the road and heading south for a friend’s wedding “back home.” Not only did we have the opportunity to witness two friends vow to love, honor and cherish each other, we got to briefly catch up with a couple of people that we haven’t seen for awhile.

After the wedding, we made a brief stop at the K-fam homestead, then hit the road back to Cleveland to get the keys to our house. We closed on a beautiful house a month ago and we finally have keys and a plan for making it our home. More on the story later…

We reluctantly left our house and went back to our apartment, where we ironed, packed and doubled checked bags for my husband’s trip out west.

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A Letter to 4 a.m.

Dear 4 a.m.,

I can’t say that we enjoy our time with you and 2 a.m. last night. We would rather sleep with you instead.

– Rachel & Brad

In a groggy haze, I woke up to my husband frantically shaking me around 2 a.m. Everything was quiet, but Brad was furiously shaking me. Then my hearing returned and I heard, “Rachel, wake up. Hey, wake up. Your Dexcom is going off.”

I leave my Dexcom on vibrate, face up on the night stand while we sleep so that it wakes me but not Brad. In the past, I always heard the vibrating and woke up to the light.

But not last night.

I snagged the receiver from my nightstand and saw a reading in the 220s. I can’t be high, I thought, remembering that before bed my blood sugar was 91 and I ate 4 dark chocolate covered blueberries to boost it a little before going to sleep. I tested and sure enough I came in at 234. I took insulin and looked at my graph, I wasn’t just high, I was holding high with a line showing 2ish hours over 180. I said to Brad, “Thanks for waking me, I’ve been high for awhile.”

“I know,” he responded then pulled the covers up over his head and promptly went back to sleep. I reluctantly set an alarm for 4 a.m. and laid back down. At 4 a.m. I hit snooze on my alarm and laid there in a haze trying to figure out why I was awake. At 4:15 it dawned on me, I need to test. I tested and came up with a result of 197. I let my PDM calculate a bolus and checked to see how much insulin was still active and I took the whole recommended bolus. I drifted off to sleep around 4:45 and reluctantly crawled out of bed at 6:30 this morning.


Not a pleasant graph

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(Not Really) Wordless Wednesday: First Anniversary

Monday marked one year of marriage for the K-Couple.

This was us on May 28, 2011

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The New Bed Dilemma

Brad and I got away for our anniversary this weekend. The first decision we encountered at the hotel was:

Who gets which side of the bed?

Do we switch things up? Do we sleep on the same sides as at home?

I’m sure that most normal other couples don’t even think about it or discuss it, but we tend to over-analyze things. We don’t have a side of the bed preference that would merit a fight to get it.

When we lived in the little house right after we got married, Brad slept on the side of the bed closest to the door for a combination of things including a sloped bedroom ceiling and safety. When we moved into our apartment we switched sides of the bed, again so that he could be on the side with the door. I’m sure that as time goes on, we’ll get more territorial about our own sides of the bed.

Before we got married, I never thought we would be having logical discussions about which side of the bed to sleep on.

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A few reasons why life is good

Things in my life are pretty good right now. Here are just a few points:

  • My mom moved to Ohio with a position as an independent contractor doing personal training at a fitness club. This week, the place where she really wanted to work offered her the position that she really wanted to have. Also, it’s closer to where she’s living and pays benefits. I love seeing people congratulate her and say uplifting things. I also love that people who don’t even know her are conveying their congratulations through me. It makes me happy when people support those I love.
  • It’s a short week. I love my job and I love flex time because Friday starts our anniversary (first anniversary!) weekend and our little getaway and neither of us have to use our vacation time that we’re hoarding saving.
  • We have plans for our vacation time that are incredibly exciting and I can’t wait to tell you about them soon. Very soon.
  • My orchid sprouted a new leaf and my blossom still looks pretty. The crazy plant lady inside me is smiling.20120522-152540.jpg
  • We discovered gummy vitamins for adults. Call me immature, but they’re pretty amazing. This may be on the side of TMI, but I have problems with my daily multivitamin upsetting my stomach (as in, I’ve actually thrown up my vitamin before it’s that bad and I can take pills). Since I have to combat low vitamin D among a bunch of other stuff this is a success. Gummies for the win!
  • My Mazda continues to hold its lovely new car smell so in order to keep it that way, I have decided to put my new car air freshener in my office. So my workspace smells like a Vanilla Lime Yankee Candle and my lamp is coming in handy.20120522-152548.jpg
  • This Tumblr makes me smile on a daily basis because I’ve been there.

What’s making you happy right now?


Note added: Also, thanks everyone who has been asking about my mouth. Everything seems to be healing/healed just fine and checked out with the surgeon during my follow-up.

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