Honey in my tea…

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On a sad note, my project won’t be starting in July or August (as I had hoped) but rather in September or (gasp!) October.  So after hearing the news, I texted Dan and told him to bust out his credit card to book me on a flight with him to Portland (somebody got a small speaking role in a movie!).  Luckily, I’m a wife who generally gets what she wants (hashtag: husbandbrag).

So in about a week I will be exploring the city of Portland on my first visit anywhere north of San Francisco on the west coast.  I am pumped.

Being a planner, I have already made a short list of things to do during the visit.  There are a few gardens I want to check out, a line of food trailers, and an old friend to catch up with.

But, seriously, the thing that I am most looking forward to?  Honey in my tea at breakfast.  In an effort to control both my weight and my blood sugar I drink my tea black.  But (are you prepared for this excitement?!?) on vacation, I put some honey in my tea when out for breakfast.  It’s a glorious tradition and something that I just. Can’t. Stop. Thinking. About.  Ridiculous? Yes. True? Absolutely.

And if there happen to be any pastries that rival my love of scones.  Well then, everything will be all right in the world…


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Currently, I’m…

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Starting: an unintentionally large hoard of snacks at my desk

Reading: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski; this is hardly an exciting update, or even an update, for that matter

Playing: Yahtzee!

Watching: the electric bill go up and the temperatures refuse to go down (Oh no!  It’s hot in SoCal in the middle of July!)

Trying: to keep better track of my water intake: sometimes I’m good, sometimes I’m terrible

Cooking: salad, because, quite honestly, I don’t have the energy to clean up the kitchen after cooking

Eating: peanut butter filled pretzels

Drinking: a chai latte (TGIF)

Calling: the sanitation department to get a new recycling bin, we do a lot of it ’round these parts

Pinning: cute shoes

Doing: crazy Pilates moves (and crying, but only a little)

Going: out on Friday night!

Loving: my facewash going on sale just as my current bottle is just about gone!

Hating: the price of plane tickets

Enjoying: kitten snuggles

Thinking: about eating more peanut butter filled pretzels

Listening: for the boss to leave early so I can sneak home too

Considering: what to buy a sassy 18 year-old for her upcoming birthday

Finishing: reading my first graphic novel; I just took my nerdy to a whole new level, y’all!

Currently, I’m…

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Starting: to feel better (Becca+birthday=summer cold)

Reading: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (still!) and Marvel’s Civil War graphic novel

Playing: Skip-Bo

Watching: Gossip Girl; nothing like three days home in bed to invigorate my love for all things drama and glam

Trying: to get back in the habit of reading before bed each night

Cooking: in my new (squee!) breadmaker

Eating: Greek yogurt

Drinking: water, water, water

Calling: no one, I’m pitiful when I’m sick

Pinning: desserts; the baking bug has bitten me hard

Doing: catch up at work

Going: to lunch

Loving: air conditioning

Hating: mucus

Enjoying: thunderstorms

Thinking: about Christmas (super hot weather always makes me dream of cozy days, bundled up indoors)

Listening: to the Galavant soundtrack; love love LOVE

Considering: coloring more

Finishing: another box of cold-fighting pills, blech (see what I meant about being pitiful?)

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

People don’t know that much about diabetes.  And it can be frustrating.  Very, very frustrating.download

However, diabetes memes can be funny.  Very, very funny.

So I’m posting this picture which makes a frequent appearance in my talks to brighten up your day (hopefully) and mine (definitely).  Because ignorance is not bliss.  But laughter is the best medicine.  Except insulin.  I prefer insulin just a little bit more…

Currently, I’m…

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Starting: to write more often

Reading: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski and Diabetes: The Biography by Robert Tattersall

Playing: games, the fourth really invigorated my love

Watching: Gossip Girl; seriously, can’t stop, won’t stop

Trying: to curb my vacation spending habits that have leaked over to real life

Cooking: steamed veggies in our rice cooker, it’s genius!

Eating: salad, my vacation eating habits have also leaked a bit

Drinking: tea in a water bottle, someone forgot to bring her mug back to work

Calling: my mother, it was parents’ 30th anniversary on Monday…what?!?

Pinning: pictures of Kate Middleton’s outfits, all day, err day

Doing: lots of Pilates

Going: for long walks, gotta hit my 12,00 steps

Loving: my new iPhone 6 Plus

Hating: my short hair; why can’t it just grow already?

Enjoying: my navy manicure

Thinking: about whether to completely clear out my closet

Listening: to Pandora

Considering: taking a personal day to read for pleasure

Finishing: wedding thank you notes (it’s embarrassing)

A pathetic, 2015 reading challenge update…

Here’s an update on the books I’ve read since my first post:

  • The Four Graces by D.E. Stevenson (rated: 3 out of 5)
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak (rated: 3 out of 5)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (rated: 4 out of 5)
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (rated: 5 out of 5)
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (rated: 5 out of 5)
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt (rated: 4 out of 5)
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (rated: 5 out of 5)

…and an update on the list:

  1. A book with more than 500 pages The Secret History
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie The Road
  4. A book published this year
  5. A book with a number in the title One More Thing
  6. A book written by someone under 30
  7. A book with nonhuman characters Watership Down
  8. A funny book Lamb
  9. A book by a female author The Monogram Murders
  10. A mystery or thriller The Monogram Murders
  11. A book with a one-word title
  12. A book of short stories One More Thing
  13. A book set in a different country The Monogram Murders
  14. A nonfiction book
  15. A popular author’s first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
  17. A book a friend recommended One More Thing
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Road
  19. A book based on a true story
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  26. A memoir
  27. A book you can finish in a day
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dus
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle The Monogram Murders
  35. A book set in the future The Road
  36. A book set in high school The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  37. A book with a color in the title
  38. A book that made you cry
  39. A book with magic
  40. A graphic novel
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before Watership Down
  42. A book you own but have never read Watership Down
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started but never finished

So that brings me up to a total of 10 books read for the year and 18 items off the list.  Not too shabby, but nothing worth bragging.

I recently heard that it’s best to stop reading a book that you’re really not interested in.  Putting it down for a tome that you can’t wait to pick up again after (groan) having to put it down to attend to real life will increase your time spent reading and the number of books you can read that truly bring joy.  In theory, I think it’s a good idea.  I would’ve put down the first two books on the above list (the most recently finished) and may give up on my current read.  But I just don’t think I have it in me.  I pride myself on only ever giving up on Mrs. Dalloway (I’ll see you again soon, Crime and Punishment).  I think of it as quitting.  I’m not a quitter, at least not in somewhat academic pursuits.  I’m fairly confident in my departure from middle school sports and blue eye shadow.  Or, perhaps, I just need a really good book to reinvigorate my inner Belle.  (I honestly cannot recommend Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore enough; if you share my sense of humor (winky face)). Maybe I’ll look up some old friends.  I wonder what Misters Bryson, Salinger, and Heller are up to this weekend…

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Apple ResearchKit Turns iPhones Into Medical Diagnostic Devices

Becca:

Anybody else SUPER excited about this?!?  With technology functions and platforms (those are real things, right?) ever on the rise, using them to a medical advantage has been in the works for some time (heck, I’ve even known about it for years).  There are quite a few incredible health-related things that you can do with your smartphone already (check out this list for some sweet apps) and I think the future is only bright for earlier diagnoses and better management.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Medical research is plagued by small sample sizes and inconsistent data collection. So Apple is stepping up to help health innovation with Research Kit, a new iOS software framework that lets people volunteer to join medical research studies. ResearchKit lets people take tests like saying “ahhh” to detect vocal variations, walking in a line, or tapping in rhythm to test for Parkinson’s Disease.

Users will decide how to share their data and Apple won’t see it. And to advance its evolution, ResearchKit will be open source. ResearchKit will be available next month, and the first five tests built with it will become available today. They help people participate in tests for Parkinson’s, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and breast cancer.

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Apple’s Jeff Williams came out on stage today at the Apple Watch event to show off ResearchKit. He explained how Apple worked with 12 research institutions to build out the app, including University…

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