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Things That Make Me Happy: #27-#30

January 28, 2010

27. Comments on my blog

Holy Moses, you guys! WOW! I tell ya, I have the BEST readers on this blog. Thank you so much for all of the thoughtful comments from the past three days. It was fascinating reading everyone’s thoughts on the choice of words conundrum, and it was great to hear other experiences from growing up with diabetes and of course, thank you for the well wishes on my anniversary yesterday. They mean the WORLD to me. Last month, I talked about whether or not I wanted to shut down my comments section. And truth be told, sometimes I still think about it, just to be free from the wondering and worry about whether or not a post will get any feedback or if the intended purpose is understood. But I will always have some posts open, and the past three days have definitely proven why. I love hearing from you – especially all my new readers. At the end of this blog post, I would love it if you would leave a comment just to introduce yourself. It does NOT have to be related to this post at all. Just a little bit about how you found me and what you’re interested in hearing from me, and of course, please tell me where I can find you! I’m a big fan of reading blogs.

28. Online radio stations

For a long time, I never listened to music at work. I don’t know why, but I only really listened to work every so often, when my brain was a little fried and I needed to get myself jazzed up again. Nowadays? I have to listen to music. I seriously cannot function at work without having my headphones on and some tunes to groove to while I play around with analytics. My favorite place to listen to music: It’s an alternative rock station based out of Portland, Oregon (naturally) and it was one of my favorite stations back then. It’s a little bizarre when the DJs come on and talk about traffic or the weather, because I am three thousand miles away, but their music selection is great. Some of my more recently discovered favorites include Heaven Right Here by Jeb Loy Nichols (a really great song to groove along too – it reminds me of the blogging community, actually!), Just Say Yes by Snow Patrol (sigh… who doesn’t love Snow Patrol, right?), Right as Rain by Adele (she’s funky – love her!), Water from a Vine Leaf by William Orbit (kinda electronic/trance-y but not over the top in a weird way – also, to buy it on iTunes, click the Beth Orton version, it’s the same song), and Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti (this song will take your frown and turn it upside – you cannot help but smile at this song!). If you download any of them, let me know what you think!

29. Writing

I have been writing my whole life. It’s basically the only thing I actually think I’m any good at. So if I suck at this, please don’t tell me. I don’t have anything else. I started writing stories when I was in first grade. My first book? It was called Snow White and the One Dwarf. I’m not sure if it was a prequel or a sequel, but I was six years old, so there you go. I don’t share many embarrassing things on this blog, so treasure that little fact because you’re not getting one for awhile. My downfall was the fact that though I started about thirty eight thousand stories between the age eight and eighteen, I finished a grand total of like, five. Maybe. It might have been four and half. One of my favorite things to do actually was write fanfiction. I specialized in Star Trek fanfic. Because I’m a geek. But I really liked it and people seemed to think I was good, so I kept doing it for awhile. But I wrote under a pen name so, sorry, you’re not going to be able to find anything to blackmail me with using Google. So, I lied. You get TWO embarrassing facts about myself. Sigh. So that’s why I think I work so well with blogging. It doesn’t take that  much time and yet I have probably written the equivalent of, like, Moby Dick, Anna Karenina and War and Peace COMBINED. Because my editor button is stuck and I haven’t gotten around to fixing it.

30. Reading a good book

I think this goes hand-in-hand with my love for writing and traveling (which is coming later in this list). Reading a good book was always like traveling because I could be transported to cities and countries and centuries that I would never be able to go to on my own. My first favorite book was A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. I sat in a rocking chair next to my window and I read it in about three days. Another favorite book: The Diary of Anne Frank. LOVE! I have read it about four times now. Maybe three and a half. I remember really identifying with Anne even though I was a white, Protestant American growing up sixty-odd years later. But I think there were common themes that transcend beyond culture, language and time. I think that’s why I love books.

Ahem. Now go leave a comment. Please. Thank you. 🙂

  1. Autumn permalink
    January 28, 2010 10:47 AM

    I don’t remember how I found your blog but I’m glad I did. It’s fun to read about another person who grew up with diabetes in Oregon, went to the UO and ended up moving to a brand new state to start her career. I’m a few years older so sometimes reading your posts feels like a window into my past. I must say that I’ve enjoyed reading about your relationship with Eric. It brings back lots of fond memories of meeting my husband.

    • January 28, 2010 3:17 PM

      That’s pretty cool! I’m glad you can grow up again vicariously through me. 🙂

  2. January 28, 2010 10:48 AM

    I like your list of things that make you happy. 🙂
    Oh, and don’t feel bad about the fanfiction thing. I’ll admit I’m a reader of fanfic. Sadly. But it’s cheaper than buying new books all the time! 😛

  3. tmana permalink
    January 28, 2010 12:05 PM

    I can certainly understand about starting stories and not finishing them — I have folders and notebooks of started, not-finished, and first-draft ideas going back to grade school, boxed away at my Mom’s. I found my best voice during those years was in a shorter form yet: poetry. (I don’t write verse nearly as often today, and I keep saying I’ll get around to posting some of the best stuff on line, but… well… umm…)

    I’ve done the fanfic thing as well — both in canonical universes and fangroup-specific alternate universes. (I’ve also been known to filk extemporaneously in online chats.) You’ll find some of my Forever Knight stuff in one or another of the online archives, and others of it (posts in the FORKNI-L/FKFIC-L “war” universe) over at The Fiendish Glow.

    Then there’s blogging. As an adult, I’ve had enough thoughts which, properly developed, could be outstanding essays. (Notice how we never think in terms of essays or enjoy writing in the essay form when we are required to write them for English class?) To date, I’ve completed one — nineteen pages of a very Libertarian interpretation of the Passover Seder. On the other hand, a lot of my blogging style is essay-like — just in a shorter form.

    • January 28, 2010 3:18 PM

      My tends to flow between creative writing (such as yesterdays post) and more essayish (like Mondays). But my essays tend to be very academic when I’m actually writing them, while I hope my blog posts have more personality to them. But I agree, blogging can be very essay like.

  4. Tina permalink
    January 28, 2010 2:23 PM

    Wow, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn is one of my favorite books to date. I still remember I was in third grade and I sat by my fire escape reading it. I related with Francie for so many reasons, maybe too many. My other favorites in Elementary School were Anne Frank, Jane Eyre and Under The Haystack. I think these books helped mold the reader in me.
    I can’t remember how I found you. I know I didn’t leave comments till after I met you IRL. You know where to find me and my Monday blog over at I just hope to see you in person soon 🙂

    • January 28, 2010 3:18 PM

      I really wanted to go to ACT1 on Tuesday but I had SO much to do. I’m definitely marking it on my calendar for February. We’ll see each other again soon!

  5. January 28, 2010 3:14 PM

    Comments on my blog/my blog/reading blogs/connecting with bloggers and the general blog community makes me SO FREAKING HAPPY EVERY DAY! 🙂

    Just thought I’d throw that out there 😀

  6. Laurel permalink
    January 28, 2010 6:00 PM

    Allison, I really enjoy reading your blog. (I think I initially found it through sixuntilme, but I can’t quite remember.) I’ve been meaning to write for a while because I, too, had Jim Hansen as my endocrinologist when I was young (for thyroid then… I was diagnosed with Type I three years ago). But, I’m a fellow Pacific Northwest person. I lived in Manhattan for two years after I graduated from college, so I love hearing your tales of the city. (If you haven’t been to Kefi yet, it’s my favorite restaurant on the Upper West Side). Thank you for all of your wonderful posts. Blogs like yours play an important role in keeping me sane as a PWD.

    • January 28, 2010 6:10 PM

      OMG, I JUST went to Kefi on Sunday! A fellow PWD who sometimes comments here, Arielle, and I went there with our significant others. I really enjoyed it and definitely plan on going back. Wasn’t Dr. Hansen THE BEST? I miss him… Thanks for commenting! So nice to hear from you.

  7. Laurel permalink
    January 28, 2010 6:21 PM

    Yay Kefi! That’s fabulous that you went there last weekend! Dr. Hansen was really wonderful. We didn’t have a pediatric endocrinologist in my town in Eastern Washington, but he would drive to us once every six weeks or so. Really a great guy.

  8. January 28, 2010 10:35 PM

    Comments totally make my day! It’s just nice getting feedback from people or hearing about their experiences, etc. Definitely one of my favorite parts about blogging.

  9. Carolyn Cooper permalink
    January 31, 2010 1:43 AM

    Hi, Allison,

    You kindly gave feedback to a blog post I made about Type 1 diabetes and grief–regarding my grief as a mother when my child was diagnosed. You will find out when you have kids that there is no personal pain greater than what we feel for our kids’ issues. Something for you to look forward to : )

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