wake up call

January 30, 2009 at 3:43 pm (diabetes) (, )

I went to the doctor’s  a couple  of days ago.  General check up.  Most of my  numbers were good, and I haven’t been sick enough to go  into  the doctor’s for  over  a year.  However, the one number I  thought was going to be bad, was bad.  Worse than it  has ever been.  yes , my  blood sugar has been way  too  high.  Happily, my doctor  is cool about doing  a retest in 3  months to see if I can get a downward  trend  going on.  Unfortunately,  this means paying  a lot of attention to food and  exercise.  That  is cranky making.  And I have to figure  out what a new baseline number should be.  and be patient.  The Numbers  had a year  to get  this high, so who knows how  long  it will be before they go down. Today:  food  is hard.  thinking  about  food  makes  me hungry.  Numbers — all over the place and they  make  no sense to me at all.  Exercise – easy.

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2009 Newbery Medal

January 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm (books, library) (, , )

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman  —Whooo Hoo !   I  suspect it  will fly off the shelves like Holes does.   I am also excited to see that Savvy got an honor  award.  I think  the newbery  committee  did an excellent  job  this  year.

Actually, I  am really surprised to  see The Graveyard  Book as a winner.  It  starts  out in a really grim  place.  An entire family is killed, except  for  the baby.  The baby  wanders into a graveyard and, at his parents’ request, the ghosts  in the graveyard  take care of him.  It is about taking charge of your life and choosing your own path.   It is a hopeful book.  Grim and playful . I am so pleased.

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all my clothes

January 25, 2009 at 5:54 pm (domestic life) ()

Last December I thought I would try to start a new habit, trying to put away my clothes. It is hard to do because our bedroom is tiny and the storage is tight at best. I have to admit , I failed at changing my habit. However, today I put away all my clothes. All of them. It was not as bad as I remember. Maybe this year I can just hang up the clothes that should be hung up and save my self from being all wrinkled.

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Niles Nusery history

January 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm (garden, niles) (, , )

Niles is know to a lot of people for its contribution to the movie Industry. But it turns out that Niles also had a lot to do with California agricultural history as well. Rumor has it that the local Niles nursery is responsible for the orange trees in SoCal. There are a number of old trees, unusual trees, and tree boxes left over from the old nursery days. Which sometimes you can see on the wildflower tour. Today someone local linked to some interesting articles on the nursery history. Here is one and here is another.

And on another note the current issue of Country Gardens features a garden in Niles.

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what people do

January 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm (fun) (, , )

I sent a few people a link to the best music video of the year ( watch it full screen) — but I decided not to spam them with the best dance video of the year. So I am putting it here:

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January 20, 2009 at 10:47 am (politics) (, )

two hopes directed to our new President:

Please make the United States look less stupid

Please help us move from away from oil dependence ( thanks for putting it in your speech)

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