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Summer of Friends & Family

It’s been a whirlwind summer and hard to believe we are now into August, Wow! I’m trying to absorb all the wonderful things that have come my way the last two months. When they say you need to stop and smell the roses….Well, that’s what I’m doing right now because I don’t want to forget what an amazing summer this has been!

In June, I went to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend my first HLAA/Hearing Loss Association of America National Convention (it was also my first visit to Salt Lake) 

– Four glorious days spent with people like me, hard of hearing. It was the first time (since hearing loss) that I felt so completely comfortable and at ease. I wasn’t worried about ‘hearing’ or ‘not hearing’. Not sure if that makes sense to those of you that are hearing……..On any normal day, I’m surrounded by people who forget I don’t hear very well and the burden is on me to catch everything being said – it gets exhausting. So for 4 days at the HLAA convention, everything is hearing loss friendly –workshops and evening events all captioned – the stress of having to hear every word is gone. On top of that, I hung out with and got to know some of my hearing loss friends better as well as meet a bunch of pretty amazing people!

I kicked off the month of July with our second hearing loss chapter support group meeting in Tempe, Arizona, which I lead for the Phoenix area working adults. 

We had a really good turnout and an engaging audience of people that came to learn about a technology lending program we have here called AzTAP/Arizona Technology Access Program. It’s because of this wonderful group, I am able to find support and learn about programs in my community. The icing on the cake is meeting people and growing my “tribe” of hearing loss friends. 


Closed out July spending time in Indiana with my family (it was my husband’s first visit). The week was filled with activity and lots of wonderful food – Speaking of, we took my husband to an Amish home for dinner and we indulged BIG TIME! 

As a matter of fact, I don’t think I can ever have another slice of store bought bread, because the Amish bread we had sent my taste buds to another dimension! Aside from the food, I can’t tell you how special it was to have time and reconnect with my family and meet up with old friends – some I haven’t seen in over 10 years! 

It’s definitely been the summer of friends and family. I have some really exciting things coming in August, which I will share with you SOON!

Stay tuned……

O is for Online Shopping! #AtoZChallenge

Real scenario:  I’m stuck in traffic (car is at a standstill) – I decide to multi-task, so I open the Amazon app and lickety click I’ve purchased just what I need while sitting in traffic.  I saved myself a stop after work – In most cases, I get the item the next day.  That my friends is how you get ‘er done!  Saves so much time and much less stress.

I love to shop online and rarely go into the store these days except for groceries –  I still do the old-school way……push a cart and fill it up.   There’s a fairly new grocery store in our area where you have to bag your own groceries (no likey!).  I go there only when I need a few things – stresses me out bagging my groceries and there always seems to be someone right behind me so I feel pressure to bag fast!  You see, I have a certain way I like to bag my groceries and it takes time, but others don’t see it that way…..(that’s for another post!)

Target grocery shopping with my daughter, the best!

I’m thinking of trying grocery shopping online, have you tried it?

N is for NO Carbs – #AtoZChallenge

The no carb/low carb way of eating is all the rage these days and it’s been around for a long time.  It really does work!  I began my journey (on and off the wagon) several years ago.  I learned that your body translates carbs as sugar and also realized how much sugar is in practically everything I love to eat!  For example, there are 27g of carbs in one banana – that’s more carbs than you can have in a day (during the first phase).  Needless to say, I can’t remember the last time I ate a banana – seems I never leave phase one either, hahaha!

I do find the cocktails I use to like are now too sweet.  I pretty much stick to club soda and a flavored vodka.  Also, the occasional Sangria (it’s not low carb)…..See what I mean?!  I can’t give up my Sangria!

My drink of choice – club soda with a flavored vodka (the mojito in the back is too sugary for me these days)

             Sangria – One of my favorite drinks

All in all, I do find it to be the easiest plan to stick to (especially having a desk job where I’m sitting most of the day), but I admit that I struggle with being able to maintain it long-term.

OK, this is NOT low carb, but one of my favorites – Elote!

Pork chop is an allowed protein and has zero carbs!

Is there a special diet that you follow?

M is for Morningness or the lack thereof – #AtoZChallenge

People talk a lot about being a “morning person” or a “night owl”, but I’m neither.  I’ve never been a morning person – As a matter of fact, I was born at 6:12 pm, so getting up at 5:00 am is absolutely not natural to me.  I go to bed around 10 pm (sometimes 9) because my body physically needs at least 7 hours of sleep otherwise I can’t function.

My dog, Bonnie, doesn’t like mornings either!

I would say my optimal time during the day would be between the hours of 10 am and 7 pm, which is why I love to meet and socialize with friends for Happy Hour (4 to 7) versus later evening activities.   As far as jobs go though, most places I’ve worked require you to get up early and be at your desk ready for the day by at least 8 am or before, which means you’re up way earlier than that – Right now, I have to be to work at 7 am, so I’m up at 5 am.  I’m not going to lie, it’s brutal for me!

As hard as it is, I’ve decided to focus on the positives:

  1. I’m more focused and organized about my day
  2. I get to see the sunrise on the way to work (beautiful in Arizona!)
  3. Traffic is not as bad in the earlier morning hours
  4. Mornings are quiet and a perfect time to meditate

Here I am ready for work and being positive about the early morning

So, tell me, are you a morning person or a night owl?

H is for my name……Heidi #AtoZChallenge

I was named Heidi after my father watched the movie, “Heidi” with Shirley Temple.  He fell in love with her in that movie and insisted on naming me Heidi.  Growing up, I didn’t take to my name like he did.  I wanted a more sophisticated name, like Natasha – I loved that name when I was a kid, don’t ask me why because I have no idea!  I recall not liking the fact that there is no shortened version of my name like Tasha is for Natasha.  It just seemed like a boring name to me.  Have you ever felt that way about your name?

               Here’s the book version of Heidi

People always seem surprised when I tell them my name is Heidi.  I recall one of my first job interviews and the man that interviewed me said, “You don’t have blonde hair or blue eyes!” …… I got the job, so that’s all that mattered, but if I had a dime for every time that was said I would be rich!  I guess it’s not common to see a Mexican/Serbian with a Swiss name.

Now that I’m older, I have more appreciation for my name because it isn’t common.  I mean, how many Heidi’s do you know?

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