Tuesday, 29 January 2008

HOW nerdy?

THIS nerdy!

I am nerdier than 71% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

Sussing out my sassy sussy, sis!

In New Zealand, if something is 'suss' then it's suspicious.
If you're sussing something out, you're figuring it out.
So the whole sussy circle thing made me think of suspicious weird presents... at least the 2nd term fits - sussing out who sent it!

Well, when this arrives...

Someone will know!

*sits back with crossed fingers hoping she managed to pick out the right stuff*
*crosses more fingers that it wont take too long to get where it's going... soooo far away from me*

Monday, 28 January 2008

A kitten's first adventure

Rigatoni, the first born and the most adventurous of the three, has been on his First Big Adventure.

And M, also the first born, not really adventurous though, made a movie of it.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Poking holes in fingers and thoughts

My insulins cost me about a dollar a month each.

My meters were both free.

My test strips are also about a dollar a month.

My Lancets I pay full price for, and for some reason that makes me a total scrooge!

I just opened a new pot of strips for one of my meters. This means using a new lancet. Every time I start a new one, I cringe. Another lancet 'wasted'.

What's the big deal? They probably cost me just a few cents each! Maybe I should work out exactly how much they cost so I can see how silly it is to worry about the price!

Once I've changed it, I test, and ohhh it feels so good (really?!) to test with a fresh lancet.

It's crazy to feel so good about sticking something sharp in my finger, right? And crazy to worry about such a tiny expense. I don't think twice about spending $3 on a block of chocolate that certainly wouldn't last as long as my lancets!

To some degree, I can be a scrooge about everything. I am used to being a single mother on a strict budget after all. But this is nuts.

Next week I'm going to go out and splurge... a new box of lancets for both prickers. I probably wont change them any more regularly than I already do, but perhaps when I do change them I'll stop feeling guilty about the expense!

In fact, now that I've vocalised these crazy thoughts, I suspect I've just cured myself.

(My apologies to my American readers - I realise my silly issue here is nothing compared to the prices you pay and the struggles you sometimes go through with insurance companies. Yikes.)

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Kittens, 13 days old, and omg adorable!

I took the babies outside today, and caught some beautiful pics!

A movie to start with. If you like hearing cute wee kitty squeaks, turn your sound up!

And some adorable close up pics:
Rigatoni (on the right) with Taco (I think - but could be Pumpkin). Noodle in the background, Pumpkin (or, urr, Taco) underneath them.

Rigatoni is practising his 'come hither' look, I think... or is it the 'I'm sooo gunna get you' look?

Rigatoni and Taco are using Pumpkin as a pillow. Awww.

Our two silver-black tabbies are starting to look more like silver-brown-black tabbies. Bit of a mouthful - It's a good thing I don't care about breeds, I'm quite happy to just call them kittens!

Pumpkin snuggled up in Mum's back legs. Noodle is so very patient with her babies, and often ends up in really strange positions as she tries to get comfortable around her babies!

I love being a kitty-nana :D

Friday, 25 January 2008

One for Kelly K

This is the second time I've been tagged for the 7 things meme - I'm actually going to do it now. A break from kitten blogging! Procrastination flies out the window now - oh wait, what's that shiny thing?! Is that a chocolate wrapper? I'll brb...

Ok, so, from Kelly K:

... if u want to participate, create a post with either 7 famous people you've met or 7 strange facts about yourself & then randomly select 7 other blogs to tag. It's a great way to read other blogs.
Thanks for dealing with me!
Have a great week and will continue to read your post!
Kelly K

So now I'm left pondering whether I can come up with 7 things that you wouldn't already know about me. Hmm. Well it's pretty certain that I don't know 7 famous people, so I'll just have to come up with something :D

Just to jazz things up a little, I'm going to use Maori numbers. I'm going to make it just about blogging / diabetes bloggers / me / whatever the hell I feel like, really. OK?!

Tahi: I still read blogs manually, with no blog reader. I'm not anti-technology or anything, I just prefer to click a bookmark rather than read a list. This is still true even though I have about 45 blogs I visit regularly. It's just nice to see it all as it was written... and the links on the side and all that. Especially when I'm bored and go blog-surfing.

Rua: I get so jealous of some of the bloggers who have pumps and CGMS :( I can't wait until they are standard diabetes treatment in this country - if that happens (surely it will?).
They are so rare here, and no one else seems even half as eager as I am, but I would almost kill to have a CGMS and I'd certainly maim for a pump. It's ok, you're all safe, I'm on the other side of the world!

Toru: I eat sugar. Yes indeed. And chocolate, and Chinese food, and pizza, and sometimes even potatoes and cake. Well of course, you knew that - we all do it, but sometimes it seems to be a hushed up thing. People should know that diabetes isn't about 'not having sugar'. That's like soooo 80's, y'know (*grin*). So I'm just saying, I eat what I like. That's all. Although - since we're confessing - my diet is actually pretty good and well balanced.

wha: I get nervous every time I have to see a doctor / endo or anyone who's in that line of work. I always expect to have to argue with them about my control. I always expect them to pick on my highs or complain about my lows. I picture them tut-tutting and picking at me. But y'know what... it doesn't happen. I've had minor battles - like my struggle to get enough test strips, but so far (touch wood) nothing drastic. I'm still expecting it every time I go, though...

rima: I'm quite happy as a diabetic, really. I've adjusted. I keep my a1c low, I plan it out and take care of myself. I know what I'm doing. I've learnt about it - I control it and I refuse to let it control me. I've come to accept it, and I've made my life work around it.
BUT I still curse my pancreas and wish it would get it's bloody act together. I still hate it. With a passion. *scream*

ono: I have no faith in a cure. None at all. *sigh* I wish I did - but then perhaps this is the better way for me to be - I have low expectations, and so I can't be let down. Ho hum.

whitu: Some days I over-estimate my insulin on purpose, just so I can have something 'naughty' later. Not in a dangerous way (well ok, I guess it IS dangerous, but I'm careful) - I don't try to get low, I just take a lot of insulin with dinner or with a correction dose, and remember that about an hour later I'll need to sneak in something carb-laden.
It feels naughty every time - yet what I'm really doing is allowing myself a 'treat', thinking ahead, keeping the blood sugar at a better flatter rate, and keeping in control. Why does it feel so naughty then?!

And now, because I can't help myself.... here's today's kitten pic :D

Thanks for the tag, Kelly.

Ohh and I've done my Sussy Circle shopping... just have to post it off now :) Hope it doesn't take too long for my package to get the U S of A! What a good idea this was, I love getting mail, I love presents, and I love giving people presents :)

Monday, 21 January 2008

8 days old - getting cuter by the day :)

Noodle with two of the kittens - the other one was sleeping between her back legs with his head against her bottom. Ohhhkaaaaay.

One of the twins now has one eye open... I can't wait til they all have their eyes open, coz as adorable as they are, it's just weird that they can't see me and I can't see their eyes!

And because my other two cats are feeling left out, here they are being beautiful too.

Bub not letting anyone go down the stairs:

And Minx, who has taken over Noodle's box while she's been 'awol' (downstairs with her babies).
I still can't believe I have a 6 cat family. I always wanted lots of cats, but I wanted to have settled down with heaps of money and a little farmlet first! Mind you, I said that about having children too...

I guess I'm not too good at sticking to my plans :D

Friday, 18 January 2008

5 days old

The twins...
You can see why we have trouble telling them apart!
The cutest thing, from my point of view, is that they both have dark lines on their foreheads (do cats have foreheads?) that make the shape of an M. Very fitting for my kitties!

We have figured out - we think - that one is male and one is female. Perhaps for the rest of their lives we'll be lifting their tails to find out which one we're talking to?!

funny pictures

Everybody say Awwwww...

My babies are now lolcats!
Click on the pic and select a cheeseburger rating to vote for it, and ya never know, my babies might end up on the main page at icanhascheezburger.com

Thursday, 17 January 2008

4 day old kittens

I guess they don't actually look any different than they did a couple of days ago.
I'm sure it's just another 'cats in a box' pic.
But to me, it's adorable, and they're just so special :)

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Monday, 14 January 2008

kittens day 2

Oh. My. Gawd. I'm loving this. ADORABLE!

K I T T E N S ! !

January 13th, 5.45pm, kitten number one - A black & white male - came into the world...

And then at 7.15 kitten number 2 followed in his/her (can't tell yet!) big brothers footsteps:
And then at 7:43 kitty 3 joined us:

Can't tell the gender of this one yet either!
I think the two black/silver tabby's are probably females but I'll confirm at a later date!

Here's Noodle and babies after a good clean up:

I'm so proud of my baby girl and her babies!

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Noodle and other edible cat names

OK! So the kittens are only about a week or so away now (ish)... and we're stumped for kitten names.

We're hoping for more pasta or food related names, since Mum's name is Noodle. Something cute, something that can be shortened to a suitable name if it's long, and something we can pronounce ;)

This is where you step in! Help?

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Stuff happens.

Grab yourself a cuppa, make yourself comfy, and sit back to watch

Makes you think, hmm? And I love how this is presented by an energetic woman who makes it worthwhile watching (well the cute little pictures help too...)

For more info check out the story of stuff website at www.storyofstuff.com

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Scooping up the latest meme... my life in pictures:

1. Age at my next birthday:
Rolling onto 33 soon... bring it on :D

2. A place I'd like to travel to:
London, England

3, A Favorite Place:
Paraparaumu Beach

4. A Favorite Thing:
Puddy tats

5. A Favorite Food:
Cadbury Chocolate

6. A Favorite Color:
Deep dark blue

7. A Favorite Flower:
Sunflowers, they're so cheerful :)

8. The City You Live In:
Paraparaumu - which is actually a town... (Part of Wellington City).

9. Name of a Past Pet:
Black & white long haired Border Collie cross. He was fantastic :)

10. A Nickname You've Had:
My college nickname was Chuckles, my best friend was Giggles. We were terribly giggly back then!

11. College Major:
I majored in life, baby

12. First Job:

13. A Hope for 2008:
Oh y'know, world peace and good health all round...
Or... a pump and a CGMS.
Especially the CGMS. *sigh*