The Friday Five (Special Sugar-free edition!)
1. Yeah, so, I failed my first glucose test. By four points! (This is a test you have to take to see if you are at risk for gestational diabetes, FYI.) Which means that next week, I have to take another test that involves fasting, and being at the doctor’s office for a long time, and multiple needle pricks. I guess I should also, you know, cut back on the sweets. I have been a little overboard lately, what with the cupcakes (Courtney just brought me some of her homemade ones, with pink icing and sprinkles) and chocolate marbled banana bread (which I made last night, so delicious) and Cold Stone just two days ago. And that’s not even counting the Texas peach cobbler from last week. Whoops! From here on out, it’s all almonds and string cheese for snacks, I guess. Which is just so depressing. But oh, well. Gotta do it, right?
2. Luckily, there are still other addictions I can indulge without putting myself at risk. Such as watching House on DVD. I am now about halfway through Season One, and I finally get what all the fuss is about. This show is SO good! Plus it’s great to have a show to watch on DVD again, forty minutes at a time: I haven’t been so happy since I discovered Grey’s Anatomy. I have a feeling August will be all about watching this show and sitting under the fan. And, um, string cheese and almonds. Now I’m depressed again.
3. Sometimes, Coco will just come in here while I’m at my laptop, throw herself down on the carpet, and just roll back and forth on her back, snorting contentedly, for good minute or so. I’ve never seen such a hedonistic dog in my life, and it always makes me pause and think how easily she can be made happy. Food for thought, it is.
4. The other day, I broke down and bought Tina Brown’s new book about Princess Diana, The Diana Chronicles. I have to say that I have never been much of a royal watcher, although I remember the big wedding when she married Prince Charles, which I watched on a little black and white TV in Cape Cod. But this book is pretty compulsive reading. Even if you know a lot of the details (the Camilla affair, the conflict with the palace about publicity, all that) it’s still fun to read it all again, from start to finish. It’s the perfect beach book, even if, like me, you’re not going anywhere near the beach.
5. Okay, so maybe I’m a bit too hung up on the whole dessert thing. I mean, it’s not like sugar is a basic need, right? But deny yourself something, and you find you soon can’t think of anything else. Which is maybe why this clip came to mind just now: