I'm so glad it's Friday! It's not often that I say that (I love Mondays), but this week has been a whirlwind. On Monday and Tuesday, I was out of the house for several hours each day at doctors' appointments and classes. I'm learning a lot about diabetes management and my doctor is helping me make some medication changes that will hopefully stop this insane weight gain I've been having. I've gained about 25 pounds in the past year due to the medicine I've been taking. I just started a newer one, in the same class of drugs, that is more "weight-neutral," which I was told means I will be less likely to gain weight - doesn't mean I will lose. I know I'll have to increase this new medicine, as it's not keeping my sugars down any better than the old one was (my doctor was going to increase it too). So. Here I am. Taking medications that make me gain weight, which makes my sugar levels go higher, which necessitates more medicine . . . you get the idea! Hopefully we'll get this all straightened out soon. It gets a bit discouraging to eat right, exercise, and take my medicine like I'm supposed to, then gain yet another pound and watch my sugars keep going up.
On to better things! On Wednesday, the power company was doing some work in our neighborhood, so our power was off all day. They were nice enough to let us know in advance so we could plan to do something else that day, so we took one of Beth's friends and had a day out. We went bowling, out for lunch, then to the two malls we have here on the North Shore. Beth's friend had never been to our malls over here, so that was fun for her. Wes and I just wandered around while they did their thing. I went to the pet shop to watch the kittens and puppies playing (one of my favorite things to do!) and to the fabric shop to poke around there a bit. I found lots of inspiration and a few notions I needed. I bought a bias tape maker, something I've been thinking about doing for a few weeks now. I also went to Winners, a store similar to TJ Maxx in the US, and found a couple of decorative things and a pair of pj's. All in all, it was a good day, although I was exhausted and hungry when we got home! ;) The girls still had plenty of energy. Where did mine go? I still feel about their age on the inside!
Beth and I got our hair cut Thursday. Mine was just a maintenance trim, but Beth had grown her hair long enough to donate it to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. This is something she's wanted to do for a while. Her hair is in a cute short style right now that suits her very well. I think she was a bit shocked to have it short after having long hair for so long, but it will grow back very quickly.
Tonight is our teen activity, a Father-Teen Cookout. We have about 55-60 fathers and teens coming over to a park near our house. Wes is out now getting the food, and we'll get everything together when he gets home. I told him that since it's a father/teen thing, there will be enough men there to help with cooking and serving, but he didn't buy it! ;) The weather is cooperating fairly well. It was beautiful this morning when I got up, but now has clouded over a bit, although we're expecting no rain. Hopefully it will clear out again by start time.
I'm speaking at a ladies' tea tomorrow. I have bounced back and forth between two subjects, and after talking to Wes about it, have finally decided to do the devotion I did with our ladies a few weeks ago about making a difference in others' lives. This is a young church, like ours, and this kind of thing will be helpful to them, I hope. That's what Wes said, anyway, and it's what I have peace about saying tomorrow. I'm nervous but excited at the same time, if that makes sense.
So that is our week, and why I've been away from the computer. I hope you all have a great weekend and that your weather is nice where you are - not too hot and no storms. How awful the storms have been in the US this week! See you again soon!