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Broncos, Bolus, and Butters - OH MY!

The Friday Six:  May 2, 2008 editionHoly late Friday afternoon post.  But it's time for The Friday Six:  Broncos, Bolus, and (Nutter) Butters Edition. 

1.  Jay Cutler has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  I know - Jay Cutler, quarterback for the Denver Broncos!  (Note to readers:  I did not know that Jay Cutler existed until this morning.  I'm sorry - my sports knowledge is limited to Larry Bird and anything Red Sox.  I also keep typing "cutlet" instead of "Cutler" and now I'm craving a chicken sandwich.)  Another pro-athlete joins the diabetes community.  And so far I've seen "type 1 diabetes" called "a treatable form" (as opposed to the kind that eats people?) and "the more serious type."  Sigh.  Let the media blitz begin!

2.  My wedding day is just sixteen days away, and I'm starting to get all twittery with preparation and nerves.  This month's Generation D column is about how I'm preparing to manage diabetes while at the wedding - including hiding a tube of cake gel in the maid of honor's flowers.  Everyone's a little ninjabetic sometimes.  :)

3.  A few days ago, unannounced and almost hidden in the rose bush outside my house, a package from Medtronic did appear.  And inside of it, boys and girls, was a One Touch UltraLink meter.  (This sounds like a ridiculous fairy tale already.)  I'm going to do a ful write-up of the meter next week, but suffice it to say that this thing kicks ass.  Except for the first test I did, it's been accurate (within a few points of my Ultra2), quick to transmit, and it's familiar in that "Hey, it's a OneTouch" way.  Granted, it's huge, but I'm willing to give it a go.  I know a lot of diabetics in the blogosphere received this meter, too.  I'm excited to compare notes next week.

4.  Last night, I hit the lowest low I've had in a while:  36 mg/dl.  I must have overbolused after my post-workout snack.  It started when I was in the shower, as I stared at the shampoo bottle for a few minutes before I realized that my legs were shaking.  Nervous and alone in the house (Chris is away on business), I grabbed a towel and went out into the kitchen.  With waves of panic, nausea, and lethargy coursing over me, I consumed three tablespoons of honey and a pile of Nutter Butter cookies in what felt like one breath.  Thirty minutes later, I was feeling much better.  My blood sugar had cruised up to 212 mg/dl.  And my shirt was covered in Nutter Butter crumbs.  So much for trying to keep things low carb until the wedding.  Blast.

5.  Random:  This website made me laugh:  GraphJam:  Pop Culture for People in Cubicles.  Among my favorites?  The one about judging website author sanity.  And the one about shooting the sheriff.  These witticisms are quick and clever and I am so amused by this silliness.

6.  This weekend, once Chris returns, we will be doing seating charts, favors, and picking out the song to dance to for our first dance.  We don't have "a song," so we're on the hunt for a classy, lovely, and danceable song to debut as husband and wife.  (We do NOT want a song that has an awkward part in the middle, like Stairway to Heaven, where it gets all fast and is uncomfortable to dance to.  Avoiding that.)  Here's what we have so far:

  1. Ben Folds - The Luckiest
  2. The Frames - One Irish Rover
  3. Etta James - At Last
  4. Elton John - Your Song
  5. Billy Joel - She's Always a Woman
  6. Radiohead - True Love Waits
  7. Counting Crows - Colorblind

Do you guys have any suggestions?  I'm open to anything that's sweet, but not overly sticky.  And I so appreciate all of your help with this stuff.  I need to send thank you cards to everyone in the Blogosphere!  :)

I'm off to keep on truckin' towards my wedding day.  Sixteen days?  Ahhhhhh! 


Ahh...Jeff sang "She's Always A Woman" to me at our wedding.

I love "At Last". Very classy and romantic.

Our "first dance" song (as well as the same for my friend and her DH) was Babyface's "Everytime I Close My Eyes." Classic and romantic, and it told both our stories so well.

I've heard you write and tweet about how much you like Radiohead, so I'm voting for that one, even though I don't know the song.

You know, while reading about that low blood sugar you had while in the shower, I was waiting for the part where you went back to the shower with a bottle of juice ;)

Another vote for Etta James and At Last! That would be a perfect song.

Mmmm...Nutter Butters, nature's finest food.

The gel in the bouquet is an awesome idea. Of course, everyone would see you reach into the bouquet and squeeze gel into your mouth, which may not be a very bridely sight, but it's better than falling into a clumsy dead faint, which is even less bridely (although it's been done many times before, for different reasons.) Maybe you should practice discretely bringing a fist to your mouth, pretending you're suppressing tears?

I wish I'd thought of hiding glucose, actually. I did go somewhat low while saying vows, probably because of all the running around and excitement. We wrote our own vows, and I'm sure I sounded spacey reciting them (don't know for sure because I haven't been able to watch that part of the video. I'd rather convince myself it wasn't as bad as I remember.) The vow I'd written took, rather stupidly in retrospect, over five minutes to say. It included a passage from one of my not-yet-published books, which I knew so well I still remember it a decade later. But I know I must've transposed words and made the passage seem incomprehensible and kindergartenish. After which, I'm sure, my family and friends who'd been watching me struggle to find a publisher thought, "Poor thing's delusional..."

Colorblind is an awesome choice and very different! Although that song has always sounded a little sad to me. You've put a whole new twist to it for my listening enjoyment now and I can see how that would work for a first dance. Best of luck choosing!

You will tell us what you decided on I hope (after the day is all said and done of course).

Van Morrison "Searching for Someone Like You" is nice

Van Morrison's live version of "Have I told you lately that I love you" from his Live in San Francisco album. Quote: "Rod Stewart eat your heart out".

Dr. John's "Such a night".

"At last" by Etta James. Slow but dreamy.

TPOH's "Pressing lips". A quirky personal pop favorite. Quote from song: "I can't give you the moon and the stars, but you can have the contents of my melancholy heart".

Van the Man's version of "I can't stop loving you" from Hyms to the silence. Good stuff.

"Marie's Wedding" from Van and the chieftains. Definitely not for everyone.

"Love me do" from the Beatles.

"With or without you" from U2. Though not a good dance number.

OK, I've exposed too much of my weird choice in music. Nuff said.

It's a nice day for a white wedding!!!

Billy Joel does a version of "When You Wish Upon a Star." It's lovely and that was the first dance at our wedding.

Our first dance was to Elvis' "Can't help falling in love with you"

Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" and Chicago's "Beginnings" were ours.....Probably a lil too old for you, miss youngstuff, but very nice songs.

I don't know many people who have heard of Cutler outside Broncos fans/Vanderbilt fans. ;) But it made big news (first heard by MIL).

Ahh yes, making sure fast sugar is close at hand on the wedding day...

If we had gone more "traditional", we considered "I don't wanna miss a thing" by Aerosmith, "With or Without You" by U2, and "The Flame" by Cheap Trick.

As it were, we do have a song by Ozzy Osbourne "Old LA Tonight".

Song suggestion: "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel.

Ahh the wedding is so close! I imagine that you've changed your cell phone ring tone to something along the lines of "Here Comes the Bride" or "The Final Countdown".

Al Green "let's stay together" or Etta James "at last". :)

P-p-p-p-please do "True Love Waits". Radiohead for a wedding song will rock!!!!

That Etta James song is gorgeous and very sweet/lovey without being too cheesy. I like it.

If you need other ideas... this Israel Kamakawiwo version of Somewhere over the Rainbow is really pretty (similar words, very different melody) but might be a little less slow-dance-able than Etta James' At Last.

your #1 choice is actually on my top wedding song list. my guy even got mushy for it !!

I don't know if you're into Country music, but I love "Lost in this Moment" by Big and Rich...its such a beautiful song, and if you go on Itunes and watch their music video, I think you'll really enjoy that. :)

But I hope you find the perfect song... :)
Have a great weekend Kerri!

I love The Luckiest! Also, another good choice is Chantal Kreviazuk's "Feels like home". Sorry about your low!!!! :)

You've got to listen to Phil Vassar's That's When I Love You...it has a great line in there that I always appreciate! See if you can catch it.

Kerri I just love the Ultralink it rocks ! I just wish it had a back light sigh oh well. I love the big numbers I can see those without my new glasses yes bi focals included ! Last week I checked my bg and compared it with the minimed cgms and there was a 2 point difference I am just in awe of this new gadget ! 32 years ago there was no such thing. I have gone from testing urine to using a cgms imagen that !
Dont forget to breath you'll be fine on your big day : )

"More Than Words" by Extreme

We danced to At Last by Etta James at our wedding and it was wonderful. I love that song. That's my vote!

I have to nominate "Everything" by Michael Buble.

You're A Falling Star, You're The Get Away Car.
You're The Line In The Sand When I Go Too Far.
You're The Swimming Pool, On An August Day.
And You're The Perfect Thing To See.

And You Play Your Card, But It's Kinda Cute.
Ah, When You Smile At Me You Know Exactly What You Do.
Baby Don't Pretend, That You Don't Know It's True.
Cause You Can See It When I Look At You.

And In This Crazy Life, And Through These Crazy Times
It's You, It's You, You Make Me Sing.
You're Every Line, You're Every Word, You're Everything.

You're A Carousel, You're A Wishing Well,
And You Light Me Up, When You Ring My Bell.
You're A Mystery, You're From Outer Space,
You're Every Minute Of My Everyday.

And I Can't Believe, Uh That I'm Your Man,
And I Get To Kiss You Baby Just Because I Can.
Whatever Comes Our Way, Ah We'll See It Through,
And You Know That's What Our Love Can Do.

And In This Crazy Life, And Through These Crazy Times
It's You, It's You, You Make Me Sing
You're Every Line, You're Every Word, You're Everything.

So, La, La, La, La, La, La, La
So, La, La, La, La, La, La, La

My (sometimes low) blood sugar bleeds Orange and Blue. So shame on you not knowing Jay Cutler. He is the next Elway. Anyway,I have been following this story from the Denver papers. The headlines read " Jay Cutler has Type 1 diabetes"! I was so amazed that "type 1" was in there.
And then it even went on to tell the differances in treating our disease specifically.

It felt so good to hear the truth of who we are and what we must do telling its readers about the other 5 to 10% who have diabetes.

Sounds to me like the The Rocky Mountaind News heard the Raised Voices. Thanks Kerri. You are an inspiration.

Song suggestion: "In My Life" by the Beatles (or a very good version by Bette Midler - much slower)

Kerri, I know you hip young ones will pick a totally fantastic song. =) I would probably vote for Etta, I love her. We had Don Francisco's "I Could Never Promise You." at our wedding.
We are all so excited for you, what a wonderful time in your life. I hope you get to enjoy some of it and don't spend all your time running around like Mike the Headless Chicken. Have fun.

Micheal Buble does an amazing cover of Stevie Wonder's You and I. It's the perfect song to dance to, and the words are beautiful.

kerri, i love the luckiest by ben folds!! that song makes me teary everytime i hear it. it's a great wedding song.

I considered using "The Luckiest" for my wedding song because it's awesome and I love Love LOVE Ben Folds almost as much as I love my husband. However, the song usually turns me into an uber-sappy, weepy, watery mess, so I decided against it.

I went with "Passenger Seat" by Death Cab for Cutie, which is sweet, not too sappy, but still manages to make me happy and sniffly at the same time. I basically chose the thing for the lines, "When you feel embarassed, I'll be your pride; when you need directions, I'll be the guide--for all time."

Gah, I'm sniffing just thinking about it right now!

I'd be willing to vote for The Frames because as far as I know, it would suit you perfectly. Favorite band and favorite day sounds like a winning combination to me! ;) But I guess if you want something everyone will be familiar with, man I love Etta James.

I would go Etta James for your first song.

I just got the onetouch link meter myself. I'm happy to have a reason to go to my insurance company to pay for using their strips again

Hi Kerri,
At my wedding my husband I and danced to Rod Stewart's version of The Way You Look Tonight. Friends of ours danced to Nightswimming by REM at their wedding and I thought that was lovely. I also love Kelly's suggestion of "In My Life" - that was the soundtrack to our rehearsal dinner slideshow. Can't wait to hear what you settle on!

Songs for consideration:

good - Bright Eyes,'First Day of My Life'

better - Dave Matthews,'So Damn Lucky'

and finally...

best - Marc Broussard, 'The Beauty of Who You Are'

\b{\cyan{Your Love Amazes Me by John Berry or Will You Marry Me by John Berry... could you see a theme here?


My husband and I had two songs...Kenny Chesney - "You and Me" and Allison Krauss - "When you say nothing at all"

I LOVE At Last by Etta James! Such a classic song and so beautiful.
My husband and I danced to From This Moment by Shania Twain and Bryan White. That was before it got really popular and was being played at every wedding we went to!
We also had the dj play a couple of other songs that we had on our list. That's How Love Moves by Faith Hill (which was definitely my song to my husband) and These Are The Special Times by Celine Dion (one of her lesser known songs). They are both very beautiful, romantic songs.

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