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Tuesday
Nov062012

The Catchall

I'm just going to dive in and write about the status of a few things. Don't look for clever segues, thoughtful prose, or well-written anything. Expect non sequiturs. Disclaimer finished.

Personal

  1. Duke is doing well living with diabetes. He's entered the honeymoon period which means he's coasting on less insulin. We don't know how long that will last, but it's allowing him to catch his breath. He joined his brother Parke and me in a meeting with an insulin pump rep. Parke's ready for a new pump and Duke thinks he'd like to try one. Next week, Duke will wear a saline pump for a few days. It's the best way to see if he'd prefer a pump delivery system to injections. Everything's under control!
  2. A skin biopsy in August revealed that I have a basal cell carcinoma on my left nostril. I was scheduled for Mohs surgery, but after the surgeon used the word "disfigured" while explaining that the nostril is difficult to "reconstruct", we went to Plan B. He removed a layer of skin, then I began a 6-week course of Aldara (imiquimod) -- a topical chemo-like cream. I'm over halfway there. The side effects of the cream result in red, swelling, oozy, scabby skin. But, no surgery and no disfiguring scars. Use your sunscreen, kids.
  3. Twenty-three! My husband and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary on November 4th. We rarely have an unblocked layup when it comes to ticking off years, but we seem to always hit the jump shot. We're good at keeping the game exciting.

Writing

  1. A piece I wrote for LDS Living in early October -- "Why Relief Society Should Run for President" -- was very popular. You can read all of my "To Mormon" pieces here.
  2. The past few months, I've contributed short articles to the American Fork Citizen, an online newspaper.
  3. A producer from a local television show -- Studio 5 -- contacted me about appearing on a segment that discusses the LDS member/nonmember divide. She and a cameraman were here earlier this week. I'm not sure how the segment will end up, and I feel nervous about the editing process, but I'll be on the show Friday, November 16, at 11:00 AM on KSL 5. (My left nostril will be there, too.)

Dork Alert ... or ... A New Drinking Game

I attended the LDS Booksellers Association convention in August. With very little notice, authors were asked to create a YouTube video in an effort to pitch books to the end-user. Speaking directly into a camera (while pretending a potential book-purchaser is listening to your shameless plug) is not as easy as people on the evening news make it look. Especially without a teleprompter.

If you choose to play, take one drink every time I say "community." For the daring, take a shot every time I say "people." (TIP: Have your beverages ready near the middle.)

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Reader Comments (8)

Your drinking game cracked me up! It was hard to listen with a straight face after reading that! ;) Unfortunately it's 1:30 p.m. and I'm in the middle of writing progress reports, or I'd definitely play. More fun to play with you!
So happy to hear that Duke is doing well, and that you'll have a nose the next time I see you (which I hope is soon)! xoxoxo

November 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam

You're a good teacher, Pam. You deserve the beverage of your choice every evening (I understand daytime drinking should probably be avoided) simply for being a dedicated educator. (I still wanna play beer pong with you and Liz.)

Duke's doing great -- we're so glad!

Your comments are always so kind and supportive. Thank you, Pam. XOXO

November 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrisy

Glad to hear Duke is doing well. Your poor little nose. I had a bit of mine removed a couple of years back when then doctor was sure it was basal cell carcinoma (it wasn't), but the scar healed fine. I'm glad you're on it. You were awesome in your impromptu video clip. And yay for all of your wonderful writing work. Congratulations to you and Chris.

XO

November 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheri @ Blog This Mom!

Happy anniversary! And glad to hear that Duke is adjusting well. AND your nose! So scary - but it sounds like you have it under control. I cringe when I think of all of the times I purposely got a sunburn to "work on a base tan." I'm all for pale now.

Wish we lived closer. I miss you!

November 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate Coveny Hood

Cheri, I think I remember reading about your nose...I certainly remember your bum toe. (How could I forget the hot toe doctor?) Thank you. For many things. XO

Kate, I'd go so far as to say pale is HOT. (My sons don't like me to use that word. It grosses them out.) I miss you, too. I see us dancing together again in 2013, though. Mark my words. XO

November 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrisy

Loved the book. Excellent pitch. (You are too hard on yourself!) Bummer about the CA of the naris. That blows (sorry, hee hee).

November 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermichael.offworld

Awwww! How did I miss this?! Loved it! Another Chrisy fix!

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchristy

Cool Drinking game!

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