Thursday, April 19, 2012


Today, I was the proud recipient of the Excellence in Teacher Education award. I was really honored that I was the one chosen; the news truly surprised me. There are a lot of wonderful ladies in the education program that would have been deserving of this award, but somehow, I was chosen.

 My instructor, Ms. L, told me one day after class. I was honestly a quite a bit stunned. I never expected to receive this award. I got the award for Excellence in Speech last year, and that shocked me down to my socks as well. 

This was even bigger, though, because it was in my field of study. Ms. L also told me that my name came up several times in their discussion. I was floored. When stuff like this happens, I have a hard time talking. Believe it or not, when it comes to vocalizing my emotions...I really have a hard time doing it! (Ironic, seeing as I have an award for Speech under my belt). I do not, however, have a difficult time writing about them. All I could say was, "Wow, oh my word." She asked me about myself for a bio that they read onstage, and I couldn't even think of anything to tell her for that. I'm so grateful to her, and my other education instructor, Mrs. A, for thinking of me.

I can't help but think about how blessed I am. God has been so good to me; He is always amazing me.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dexcom "Etch-a-Sketch"

I've seen a lot of talk on Twitter lately about the Etch-a-Sketch nature of different Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor graphs. Kim and Kerri have both blogged about it. This week, I've seen two pretty clear pictures.
I've seen:
a mountain range:
and, a W:

This week, I've also had my first 3 hour flatline (mostly), which occurred in the middle of the night. That was pretty cool. It was almost six hours long, and I should have taken a picture of it, but I didn't. Alas.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Imperfect Poetry a la Dexcom


It's high;
It's low.

Mountain peaks;
Angry 'M's.
I feel weak,
Will this end?

A gentle slope;
A gaping drop.
I want to hope,
Will it stop?

A straight line;
I am calm.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Diabetes and the New Job: Imperfect Poetry Edition

Diabetes and The New Job get along pretty well for the most part. 

Except for the whole going-low-during-duty-once-a-day thing.

During cafeteria duty,

Or bus duty.

At no specific point in time

Around noon,

Or 3.

Diabetes can't agree with me.

It never comes when it's convenient.

I guess that's asking too much.

There so much more I want to see, 

but Diabetes won't agree with me.

I wish it would.

I wish it could.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I love my new job. That is all.

Except, y'all know me. I have to say everything in approximately 3 paragraphs longer than necessary.

Anyway, I got the job at the school!! I started last Tuesday, and it's going way better than I expected. For example, first thing in the morning, I have library duty. Library duty. How awesome is that?? The first time I went in there, I immediately inhaled that wonderful scent of old and new books. In my book (pun intended), libraries are little havens filled with wonderful things just waiting to be imagined. I also get to help with Reading Camp on Tuesday-Thursday.

Second, I really enjoy the kids there. The first graders that I work with are adorable, and one of them told me when I had her the first time I helped her, "You know, I think I could do this every day."
I enjoy the other grades as well, but especially fourth grade. I'm a reading instructional aide, so I go into the Language Arts rooms (I do "push-ins"). I love being in the classroom and helping them "get" something. I enjoy the things that they are doing, and it's challenging, because if I've forgotten something, I have re-learn it very quickly. I just feel very comfortable in there for some reason, even though I'm not very familiar with the teacher and her style/philosophy.

I have cafeteria duty as well, but it really gives me an opportunity to get to know the kids better, so I don't mind.

And last, but irrefutably not the least, on Fridays I get to be in the library all day. A librarian from the middle school or high school has been coming to help, and will until the end of the year. Since this school cannot hire a librarian yet, they want me to do it next year, so the librarians are training me in all of the computer stuff. I'm sure that they will also come in from time to time to make sure everything is ship-shape, too. I love getting to help the students select books, which can be difficult when you have to make sure that, not only will they like it, but that it is also the correct AR level. Last Friday absolutely flew by.

Anyway, I love my new job.

Monday is my last day at the old job.

That is all.