Season Three: Episode Thirteen

MAY 26, 2022

So I just got out of my dentist appointment. I got my teeth cleaned for the first time in like five or six years. As a diabetic, oral health is really important because you could lose your teeth.

I got dental insurance for the first time in years and I found out I have a lot of tartar buildup and two cavities!

It was a bitch to get the cleaning done but at least my teeth are clean. It is so important to see a dentist. Dental insurance is pretty important for us diabetics. If we don’t take care of our teeth or control our diabetes, we can lose teeth to high sugar or worse, gum disease.

My dentist instructed me to brush twice a day and floss down on either side of my teeth to help prevent plaque buildup. I’ve also stopped using water to rinse my mouth out after brushing. I’m using mouthwash for that now.

Hopefully, I can keep up with this routine and in six months she’ll say my teeth are doing good. Here’s to hoping!

Becoming

Author: Michelle Obama
Publisher: Crown
Genre: autobiography, memoir
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I thought this was a great read and a great look in to the life of our first First Family that was African American. It was also really great to see how the times have changed from the sixties and on. The glimpse of political life and life as the First Family. The change in family dynamic and the struggles of a black family in such public light. Their struggles and successes are truly inspiring.

I’d highly recommend this book to read. It takes us through Mrs. Obama’s childhood and in to her teenage years and on to college. How she started her career in a high place and met Barack and how unfulfilled her life felt, which I can totally relate. She goes in to nonprofit organization work that helps kids in Chicago. Only for her to have to put work on the back burner for raising kids and helping her husband campaign in multiple political races. How they were thrust into the presidential campaign and beyond. What an inspiring read!

Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?

Barack Obama, Becoming

I’m not one for nonfiction reads. But it’s a genre I don’t normally read, so I thought if it’s going to be a memoir or autobiography, it might as well be about someone that I admire. I found this book in a local bookstore and knew it was the one I had to read. But it did take me a while to really sit and read this book, like I said, nonfiction is not one of my favorites.

It was really interesting to see her life through her eyes and the stereotypes she had to face. It was inspiring to see that she didn’t want to conform to the norms of Washington D.C. political wives. She’s a strong and independent woman and she rocks!

There was power in voting. If you wanted change, you couldn’t stay home on Election Day.

Michelle Obama, Becoming

I have found myself in several jobs that paid well enough, but after working there for a bit, I felt so unfulfilled. I think I found a job that best fits me, who I am as a person and what I want to accomplish in life. She also kind of makes me want to be more involved in my community. I am truly so inspired by Michelle Obama.


Reading Goal 2022

Book 15 out of 50


Reading Challenge 2022

Celebrity Memoir

Blood on the Orchids

Author: Jill Steele
Publisher: Self
Genre: mystery, thriller
Rating: ⭐️/5

If I could give this book negative stars, I would. The only redeeming feature of this book was that it wasn’t written on my home island of Hawaii. That’s it.

You can tell the author didn’t map out her characters, their relationships to each other or their roles in the story. I think one of the characters name actually changed in the book. I’m not going to check because I returned the book back to the library and I WILL NOT open it again.

It’s very choppy and unedited or at least not edited very well at all. The story is all over the place. The author starts sticking POVs from other characters in the middle of another character’s POV and then I got confused who’s POV we were in because it switched between three different people on the same page.

The author acknowledges that she had two editors, but I saw no evidence of good editing. It seemed the first couple chapters of the book were a completely different draft or something because the murder changed days within 14 pages. It went from being on Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon.

Not to mention the author misspelled several Hawaiian words that she used in her book. She names a dog in the book “Elio” after the Hawaiian word for dog – but the Hawaiian word for dog is ʻilio. Like she didn’t even try at all.

I forced myself to read the entire book to meet a reading challenge, and man do I regret this SO MUCH. Especially since I found another book that could meet that challenge and I won’t want to kill myself reading it.

I can’t in good conscience recommend this book to anyone. If you want to read a book set in Hawaii or on Hawaii Island, read something else. Like Picture Bride by Mike Mallaghan.


Reading Goal 2022

Book #14 out of 50


Reading Challenge 2022

Book written by local author

Season Three: Episode Twelve

APRIL 11, 2022

So my A1C is at 10.2. That’s not good. Last Thursday I went to do my DOT physical for work. Because of my sugars, the doctor only cleared me for three months then I have to go back in and do a recheck.

I have to get my sugar under control in that time or I will be disqualified. Also, I can’t take injectable insulin because that’s another thing that could disqualify me. But the doctor did say I can take Ozempic so I let my endocrinologist know on Friday during that appointment.

I have another appointment with my endocrinologist next month to check up and see how things are going. Right now my fasting sugar was not great so I have to seriously rethink everything because I want to keep this job.

I got one of those weighted hula hoops to hopefully help with weight loss and lose some inches around my waist. I’m pretty active while on tour, but until tourism is back full force, which I’m not looking forward to, tours will be a little less frequent for now.

I’m hoping I can do what’s necessary to keep my job. I need to get a new glucose monitor. The one I have has to be replaced every year, but I’ve had mine for two years now. I just wanna make sure it stays fresh.

Tomorrow, I have a dentist appointment for the first time in a couple years. I hope my teeth are doing okay and diabetes hasn’t affected them in the mean time. I don’t think I’ve been to the dentist since my diabetes diagnosis in 2017.

I hope I can do this. I really like my job a lot. I can do this.

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: classics, dystopian, scifi
Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5

I didn’t like it. I think I would have liked the situation and the book burning and everything, but I didn’t like the author’s writing style. You can tell it’s from the 1950’s and I don’t really care for the flowery language that takes a hundred words to say five.

If you’re in to the classics, by all means, go for it. But I was thoroughly underwhelmed. I don’t even know exactly why the city was bombed and who bombed it. I really don’t like flowery language when he could have just explained why things happened.

I think the thinking towards books could definitely still skew in the direction of the book. Particularly in America. I’m reading the Handmaid’s Tale right now and I think it’s absolutely hilarious that these two dystopian books that depict an America completely different from how we know it today, is at war with somebody else. Maybe they indicate who America is at war with, but it’s war. Is it triggered by the current society or is the current society triggered by the war?

I think I would have a hidden library and I would probably never leave my library unless absolutely necessary. I love books and I love reading. I would burn myself with my books I think. I don’t want to be brainwashed by my tv. But like I said, I didn’t care for this book much at all.


2022 Reading Goal

Book #13 out of 50

2022 Reading Challenge

A banned book

Season Three: Episode Eleven

APRIL 4, 2022

Health Update!

I got my blood taken last week Thursday to check my A1C. As it turns out the last time I got it checked was a year ago. It was 8.7 last March and wow it got worse since then. I’m at 10.2 now. What a failure. I’m very upset with this and myself. I know what I need to do but it’s so hard to do it.

I’m going to be doing more tours later this week so I hope it’ll get me back on track. I can’t really control what I eat on tour unfortunately but I’ll be more active at least.

I went on tour on Friday and I walked over 8000 steps and I was just training so hopefully it’ll be closer to 10,000 soon.

Also, I just had my eye appointment today and my ophthalmologist said everything looks good. Even with the high A1C my diabetes hasn’t gotten to my eyes yet so that’s a plus. Also my eye pressure is down too. Usually it rides closer to 20 in both eyes but today it was 17 in the right eye and 18 in the left eye. That’s a big plus for me.

Also my visual field was good he said. I didn’t miss anything apparently which I’m sure is a lie because there were some that I know I didn’t see. But this a great place for me with my vision. I have to go back in three months to check up on my prescription. Apparently, I am nearsighted just a little. I didn’t know that.

This Thursday, I have a DOT physical for work and an appointment with my endocrinologist. I have to call my insurance and see if I am able to get any type of insulin covered by insurance. That would be really great.

Next Monday is my dentist appointment. I haven’t gotten my teeth seen since I was like 23 I think. So I hope my teeth are doing okay with my diabetes. Remember diabetes can affect your teeth too.

Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Imprint
Genre: young adult, fantasy
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5


February 2022 Book of the Month!


I think it was a really great book and a great start to the trilogy. I really like fantasy books with a great world building that you kind of stop every so often and can almost picture where they are and what they are doing in the story. I also love an element of magic and supernatural powers.

I would recommend this book to people who love completely made up worlds in the fantasy genre. I absolutely loved it and the story gave a heck of a turn for me and that’s really where it picked up. So if you like those kinds of twists and turns, I think you’d like this book.

I might consider this book and possibly the series as a re-read possibility but it may not be in the near future. It’s kind of like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, there might be years in between re-reads.

I did enjoy the writing style of Leigh Bardugo. I’m not entirely sure what about the book is keeping me from rating this book 5 stars, but there is. I think there might have been something about the characters that I didn’t like or how the story went. I’m not entirely sure but I just couldn’t give it 5 stars.

I was very in to the story though. I kept turning the page every time and I had to keep stopping every couple of chapters otherwise I would’ve read the book in 24 hours.

Overall it was a great story and great world building. I have already read the second book in the series and I’m about to start the final book. I might not read the other series in the Grishaverse though. I don’t particularly want to get stuck in a rabbit hole in a multiple series story because I’ve had bad experiences with them in the past. (Looking at you Erin Hunter) But as the book goes on its own, it’s great.


2022 Reading Goal

Book #12 out of 50

2022 Reading Challenge

None

Season Three: Episode Ten

MARCH 20, 2022

This week I’m going to call around to see where I can get a Department of Transportation physical for work. I also have to get my drivers abstract but the DOT physical is the hardest to get. There are 13 places in Hilo that I can get one done. Besides our Urgent Care, the others are physicians that I’m not a patient of.

I would like to get the physical done this week but I have to call and set an appointment for it. If they can’t take me in, then I’d have to try and see if the other physicians will take me just for the physical.

I’m really excited to get back to work for this company. It’s been two years since I was there and I loved meeting new people and sharing my home with them. But most of all, I loved when they would go home. There are too many people coming to live in Hawaii because it’s “paradise” and they drive up the cost of homes here. Very disheartening.

I have to take my A1C blood test on the 31st in time for my endocrinologist appointment and I’m not looking forward to it. I think it’ll be easier to get in to the office now than during the pandemic, but I won’t be sure until I get there to see what procedures they still have.

Every time I get my blood drawn, I get on my phone and scroll social media or play a game on my phone or literally anything else but look at what they’re doing to my arm. One time, I counted the little lines on the frosted glass, there were 34 lines. I don’t like to see my blood go in to the little tubes.

I have my visual field appointment in the morning and I’m curious to see if my peripheral vision has changed since I last did it. I know my left eye wasn’t doing so hot last time. It felt really sad to not click when the line showed up on my left side.

But all in all, I’m looking forward to another week of trying to survive life. I hope you’re all doing well out there.

Star Wars: Ronin

Author: Emma Mieko Candon
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: sci fi, fantasy
Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5


This one was exceptionally underwhelming. For a Star Wars book, I was hoping for a clean cut plot and action packed that tugged at my emotions. But I feel like I got none of that. Yes there was action, but it seemed so subdued. Plus I was pretty confused for a fair part of the book.

I would not recommend this book to anyone. Well, I wouldn’t, my husband might. He likes the Japanese influence in the story. I’m not a huge fan of it though it was described beautifully. Along those lines, I would not read it again either.

I felt like nothing was really resolved in this book. As a standalone, I’d like everything to kind of be resolved and everything back in its place. I want there to be a big change from beginning to end. The only thing to change was a planet came back and somehow even that was underwhelming. I have no idea how she did that, make an entire planet coming back so boring!

I just didn’t feel anything reading this. It was almost a DNF for me. What kept me from stopping? I was hoping it would get better. It never did. It gets one star for being different and that glimmer of hope that it would be exciting. The second star was for the beautiful description of the galaxy and everything in it. But that’s it.


2022 Reading Goal

Book #11 out of 50

2022 Reading Challenge

None