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Think Locally

With the election in just under a week, there was a bit of a break in presidential politics for us with the hurricane. The reprieve is already over and people are getting all fired up over who to vote for for president.

I can guarantee that there are people going out to vote who will ONLY vote for their presidential candidate and leave the rest of the ballot blank. That’s sad. If you know me in real life, you probably know that I believe informed voting is important.

State and local offices and issues have a more direct, immediate impact on you. Why would you not have your say in how your city, county and state operate?

I would ask that you take a few minutes between now and November 6th, to look up the local issues that will be on your ballots. Check out who is running for judge, what levies are up for vote and what issues you should have a say in. It’s easier that you’d think to find out what’s happening in your district. If you’re reading this blog, you have access to the internet and to the wide world of political resources. As voters in this election, we have the easiest access to information about what we, the people, are sounding off on.

Just because you’re fired up about who to vote for at the top of the ballot, doesn’t mean you should ignore the rest.

Not sure how to get started on research? Go to your favorite search engine and search “(your state/region) voter’s guide” or check out your local newspaper’s website.

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Home Buying Millennial Style

If you didn’t know already, my husband and I are considering purchasing a home.

I know that there are millennials who own homes, but there aren’t very many millennials selling them or working in real estate, so here’s what we (specifically the K-couple) do or don’t do.

When we told relatives that we were looking at homes for sale, along with the supportive and other standard comments, we heard, “We remember house-hunting. We drove around on the weekends taking notes and calling realtors.”

We never would have considered driving around… at least to start.

We use apps. Actually we usually only use Zillow (also zillow.com), which aggregates real estate listings from many sources and allows us to search for homes using the criteria that we want.

We don’t look if there aren’t pictures. Read the rest of this entry

Research Subject

I visited my endocrinologist yesterday. I’m not used to regular endo appointments, but I am used to being in medical facilities. I’ve had a bunch of appointments this winter to stay on top of my health.

My visit was interesting, first I spent about 20 minutes with a Eastern European medical student answering a ton of questions (more or less trying to figure out if I have any indications of complications). I so far appear to be complication-free. The medical student seemed to be very apologetic about asking a lot of “personal” which I found amusing because they really aren’t that personal. Any tingling or numbness in your feet? Have you felt dizzy? How often do you have low blood sugar? Have you had heart palpitations?

After that, I spent some time with both the med student and my endo and established that my OmniPod and I are doing pretty well.

When I was scheduling my next appointment, a research interviewer asked for a moment of my time before I left. She wanted to know if I might be interested in participating in a database study. I heard her out.

I have already turned down the opportunity to participate in a torturous-sounding clinical trial that had produced some scary results previously, so I was prepared to say no. Here’s where it gets interesting, the night before I was talking with Brad about clinical trials and medical research. We were discussing the first study I mentioned and that I don’t want to participate in anything that could screw up my health, I’m at a point where I feel healthy and want to stay that way. “If there were a study where I could give them permission to look at my test results without extra medical stuff, I’d do it,” I told him.

As I listened to the interviewer and read through the informed consent information, I realize. This is it. They look at my test results for the next few years and I take surveys about my lifestyle and day-to-day with diabetes. I asked my questions, carefully read and re-read the form and then signed. If sharing my numbers, thoughts, opinions and challenges can help them improve medical treatment for diabetics, I’m happy to help.

(Disclaimer: I am participating in a research study. I was not asked to blog about the study, however in return for speaking with the research interviewer, my $4 parking was paid for.) Read the rest of this entry

How did you get here?

Where did you come from?

I’m actually not being philosophical, I’m being slightly shallow. Chances are you dropped by this blog by way of Facebook? Which means you’re more likely to comment on its content on my Facebook.

Maybe you found me through Twitter or you’re on the cutting edge and found a post on Google Plus or maybe you just “Stumbled Upon” this blog… I’m frequently entertained by the traffic drivers to my site, specifically when it comes to search terms.

Here are some of my favorite search terms:

Getting pregnant saved my life

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Should have minored in engineering/chemistry/biotechnology….

I’m a communicator. I communicate… obviously.

 

I communicate on behalf of engineering, chemical, biotech, automotive, construction (and other) companies. My job is to write things at a level that anyone can understand, which usually isn’t hard.

 

Thursday, it was hard.

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The Relationship between Social Networks and Smartphones

If you missed me at Scholar Day, here’s the whirlwind tour of my 3 semester-long research study.

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