Category Archives: Fridays

I haven’t forgotten you, old friend.

I took the time to do some laundry last night after work. The washer and dryer are in the basement, and it’s cold down there this time of year.

I hurried to get the laundry moved over from the washer to the dryer, and then I turned and hurried toward the stairs and some warmer air. But something stopped me right in my tracks.

It was my bike. Just sitting there. Looking lonely. And dusty. And no matter how cold I was, I had to stop and check her out.

This is a big deal. I don’t have a trainer to set her up on. I go to the gym and use the spin bikes in the winter. Once I put the bike away, it stays put away until Spring.

I wasn’t just looking everything over again. I was reliving all those rides from last year. All those happy memories (and an unhappy one too). I was looking forward to the rides to come in 2013. Before I knew it, I was imagining the first ride I’ll do this Spring.

This is how I used to feel about baseball when I was a kid. And I guess how I used to feel about Spring and Summer in general when I was a kid. Oh, I liked the snow. Okay, I really liked getting snow days off from school. What kid doesn’t? But around this time of year, I always did, and I always still do, start to really hunger for the warmer weather.

So come on Spring! What are you waiting for? The temperature was in the twenties most of the week here. I know, that’s nothing compared to the Midwest, the plains states that are getting so much snow and ice, and up in Canada where it’s crazy cold for months at a time. But the cabin fever is starting to get to me.


I haven’t forgotten you, my old friend. I haven’t forgotten the great times we’ve shared already. And I’m looking forward to the great times to come.

The Friday Buzz.

Three quick things for you on this Friday:

1. JDRFSummit

Registration for the 2013 JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Research Summit is underway. No less than five of the people working on the Artificial Pancreas at the University of Virginia’s Center for Diabetes Technology will be there. Tired of hearing me talk about it (I think I’ve done something like five posts on the subject)? Here’s your chance to get the details straight from the source. I’ve heard all five of them speak, and let me tell you, it’s worth the trip. There will also be a couple of sessions related to islet cell research by representatives from Duke University and MIT.

It promises to be a very informative and inspirational day in Bethesda, Maryland (just outside of Washington, DC). For more information and to register, go to

2. I’m starting a special series right here beginning this Sunday. I haven’t really done any preparation for it… but that’s part of the plan. I hope you’ll check in next week to find out more.

3. Finally… listen, Boston teams have won enough over the last 15 years or so. So move over New England… Here comes Baltimore. Go Ravens!
My apologies to those of you who don’t follow American football. Enjoy the weekend…

Happy Cinco de Mayo.

A few random thoughts on this Spring Friday in May.  Happy early Cinco de Mayo!

  • Glad to reach another Friday.   It’s been a busy week, but I made it to the gym on schedule.  Now if the weather can finally hold out, I’ll be outside on the bike for a good ride tomorrow.  Only 5 more weeks until my 150 mile weekender, and I am sooo not ready yet.
  • I too was on the glucose roller coaster Thursday.  6:00 BG:  71.  Had two slices of toast and butter for breakfast.  12:00 BG:  271 (!).  Had a low on the subway home… ate 3 of my favorite candies before I reached my stop (I carry 4 in my pocket all day, every day), 6:15 BG:  84.
    It’s just a number, it’s just a number, it’s just a number…
  • Also, if you live in Maryland (and you’re actually reading this), there’s a Type 1 Toolbox event hosted by St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, on Tuesday at 7:00.  Click here to get all of the information.
  • Finally, here’s a photo I took about a week ago.  This is the reason why we’ve kept that big azalea next to the house all these years, despite my gripes about how crappy it looks the rest of the year:

Spring at the homestead…

Also, I should have more news on my search for an Adult Type 1 support group next week.  I’m on a mission now that I’ve written about it.

Enjoy the weekend!

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