Monthly Archives: July 2016

A very busy week.

Wow, I am right in the middle of a very busy week. Sometimes, things just happen all at the same time. This is one of those times.

On Friday afternoon, I began a week long vacation, which, if you think about it, is really a nine day vacaton. At least for me it is. So… do you think I would rest up, take it easy, get a little extra sleep? Yeah, right.

On Friday afternoon, I came home from work and climbed into a rental truck. We moved our dining room furniture from Maryland to Ohio. So we drove part of the way Friday night before finding a hotel to crash in before driving the rest of the way on Saturday morning.

Saturday, we wound up on Maureen’s sister’s farm outside of Cincinnati, unloaded the furniture, and spent part of a wonderful day. We slept overnight, had breakfast on Sunday morning before dropping off the rental truck, and then headed back east. We drove all the way back Sunday, which means we covered nearly 1200 miles in a little more than 48 hours.

Wait… I’m not finished.

Monday was the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day, which is a national holiday, unless, of course, you have work tasks that no one else can do for you, so you spend part of said holiday actually working. On your vacation. Greeeaaaatttt….

Tuesday went by quickly. Oh, I should mention: bad, bad low in the middle of the night Monday night. Everything turned out okay in the end, but I got very little sleep again. This vacation thing is not working like it should. Anyway, on Tuesday morning, I ran my last training run before my upcoming 5K. More on that in a minute. I also had laundry to do, and I needed to pack. I made a super flatbread pizza for dinner. Too much information?

Wednesday begins the best part of the week. I’m headed to Orlando, where the annual Children With Diabetes Friends for Life event is taking place. I’ll be sitting in on part of MasterLab Wednesday. MasterLab is a place for diabetes advocates to come together in a one-day workshop to learn about how to amp up our efforts for better access, better drugs, and better costs for everyone living with our disease. Disclosure: Diabetes Hands Foundation has invited me to attend MasterLab. They are picking up the tab on my registration. All opinions are my own.

After MasterLab, it will be my honor to head to the exhibit hall, where I’ll be working the booth for Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition. If you’re in Florida, please come by and use the DPAC easy button to add your signature, send your e-mails, and up your diabetes advocacy in no time at all. If you’re not in Florida this week, it’s okay. Just go to, and you can advance the cause right from your own home. Thanks!

I’ll be in Florida Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning before heading back to Baltimore. But wait… that’s not all!

Sunday will be my 5K, the event I’ve wanted to get under my belt for two years. My comeback event, and even though I’ll be slow, I’m really looking forward to it. I may be tired, but I’m doing it.

Monday morning, I’ll be back at work again for the forseeable future.

Here’s how I look at it: I’m in the middle of a very busy week, and I’m not going to get much rest during my vacation. But I’m crossing a lot of things off of my list, so the next time I get some time off, hopefully, I can spend some time resting and relaxing.

And don’t feel sorry for me. I chose to do all of this, at this time. I could have said no to any or all of it. But I didn’t. Because I didn’t want to. My life is full of a lot more fun and adventure today than it was back when a week off meant a week at home sleeping late and watching TV until the wee hours of the morning. I’m happy to serve the community through DPAC, and I wouldn’t trade my life right now for anything. Except maybe a fully functioning pancreas.

I’ll catch up with you next week! In the meantime, you can follow the goings on in Orlando by following the hashtag #CWDFFL16.

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