Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays from Dorkabetic!

Well, gang, I'm sure there will be an obligatory year-end post to come, but meanwhile, I just wanted to tell you all to make the most of this holiday season, enjoy the company of your loved ones, and look forward to the year to come.

For my fellow geeks/dorks/nerds out there, the world didn't end.
For the rest of you, hey, we made it!  And you should watch more Doctor Who.

I am not sure that I'm done shopping.  I don't have a single thing wrapped.  Work is over early today so we can all attend the office holiday party.  My boss got me a gift--fancypants sugar-free chocolates.  They look amazing.  I've eaten two.  That'll probably be it for a while.  That's the thing about sugar-free chocolates.  They satisfy that craving for sweetness, but it only takes one time to learn your lesson to not eat too many at once.  (For those not in the know, eating too much sugar-free candy often leads to unpleasant gastrointestinal stuff.  Don't overdo it, kids!)  But oh, aren't they nice looking?

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, readers!  Remember to bolus for whatever sweet treats Santa brings you!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Equal Rainbow

While I'm of course a huge fan of equality, that's not the rainbow I'm here to talk about today.  Out at a cafe last night, I noticed something strange about the packets of pink sweetener. 

They are usually "off brand" or Sweet-n-Low, but this pink packet?  It was Equal.

At first I wondered how tired I was.  Was my mind really playing tricks on me?  Nope, it was there all right.  An entire caddy of saccharin sweeteners, dressed in pink, wearing the same name of a sweetener I'd come to associate with aspartame and blue.

Being the naturally curious/journalistically educated person that I am, I took to the internet to see what the heck was going on.  It appears that Equal and PureVia are part of the same company.  Equal now makes Equal Blue, Pink, and Yellow.  That's aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose.  PureVia comes in green packets.

So what does that give us?  A rainbow of artificial sweetener options!  And you know who loves rainbows?  Unicorns.  Also, Nyan Cat

Thanks, Equal.  Now I have yet another way to confuse my friends when asking them to pass me a fake sugar at a restaurant.  Blue ones were previously always "Equal" to me.  Now I need to go with the color codes. 


Monday, December 10, 2012

Just a short announcement.

I've been at this blogging thing for quite some time.  One of my longest-time followers and someone I consider a good friend, even though we've never met in real life, is George Simmons.

If you have not read his blog Ninjabetic, go check it out.  I like to think that I had a hand in helping him rename it from just 'The B.A.D. Blog' years ago, but I'm sure that's probably up to him to acknowledge.

George is a fun-loving, optimistic, musical dude.  I am hoping that maybe I can make it to FFL in 2013 and meet him (and a lot of other Diabetes Online Community friends) in person.

Why am I blogging about my favorite D-Ninja?  He's having some tough times lately.  I think he's a solid dude, and he will make it through.  But seriously--he's had to have emergency heart surgery, his sister has just undergone a double mastectomy, and his stepmother has passed away.  This has all been in less than the last two weeks or so. 

What does it say about this world, this universe, this life, that things can be going bad for one person at one time while another person seems to be celebrating nothing but victories?

If you know George, even if you don't know George, check out his blog and Twitter.  We all want the best for our friends and loved ones, and one of our own needs our support right now.  Sending tons of hugs and good vibes to California, my Ninja pal.

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