Friday, October 21, 2011

I Got A Reply!!!

Tuesday was a LONG day.  I was dragging.  And so I tweeted this:

Didn't think much of it.  I mention Diet Coke in tweets from time to time.  Because I love it.  Not quite as much as Scott, but I do love it.

Wednesday night, I'm prepping for #dsma, and this tweet pops up in my mentions:

OMG!!!!  Cue my official freak out!  And I wasn't the only one excited!

Who else would get THIS EXCITED over a response from Diet Coke besides my DOC friends?  I really can't think of anyone...

Have a great weekend! :)

*This post stems from my own ridiculous excitement about this Twitter exchange. Diet Coke did not ask me to write it.  And as much as we all love Diet Coke, no one mentioned in this post has any sort of sponsorship from Diet Coke.  Though we would be open to the possibility...*

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Here I Am (Again!)

Y'all are gonna get sick of me this week.

The Blue Fridays video came out yesterday, which I still can't believe I got to be a part of. 

I spent Monday evening "Just Talking" with Chris for his podcast.  I'm a huge fan of Chris, and it's an honor to be on his show.  We talked about Simonpalooza (of course), but also my relationship with my husband, Mac devices, and how I know next to nothing about sports.  Go to Chris' blog to listen in.  Thanks Chris!

And if that's not enough of me for you, today, I have the honor of guest posting over at the Diabetes Advocates site.

Diabetes Advocates is a group of pretty amazing people who network and work together to advocate for diabetes.  Pretty self-explanatory, right?

Anywho, since we had I believe 14 members of DA at Simonpalooza in KC, Manny asked me to write a quick post about what Simonpalooza taught me.  Go check it out!

talking the night away... (photo credit C)

Thanks Manny for the opportunity!

Now I'm going to go hide and leave everyone alone for a while...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wear Blue!

So you may have heard rumors floating around about wearing blue on Fridays.  Well, it's official!  Blue Fridays this November!

Another brainchild of Cherise (seriously, this woman must never sleep!), she's asking us ALL to wear blue every Friday in November, both before and after World Diabetes Day.

Which totally gives me an excuse to go shopping and buy some more clothes as long as they're blue, right?

Seriously though, I am excited to rock the blue with my fellow PWD and Type Awesomes.  And totally honored that Cherise asked me to be a part of the Blue Fridays video she organized.  Also, Blue Fridays has a Facebook page you need to like.

Thank you Cherise including me, and to Kim for her mad editing skillz (yes, I spelled it that way on purpose).

Wear blue!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Blessed By Friends

So, I've been blogging since January.  And I love it.

I do realize that people read my blog, mostly from the Diabetes Online Community.  Some of you, I have never met.  Some of you I have.

But sometimes I forget that people I know in my everyday life read my blog.  My mom.  People at my church.  My college friends.  Until they say something, and then I'm all like, "Oh yeah..."

Sometimes I don't know what to say when someone outside the diabetes bubble says something about my blog.  "Um, thanks," is about all I can usually muster.

But sometimes it means a lot.  Especially when it comes from people I really care about.  Like my college roommates.  Those three girls are some of my closest friends.  They knew about my diabetes, but I didn't like to talk about it, so we didn't.  I was more into the "pretend it doesn't exist" crap back then.

Now, I'm more open about it.  And those three girls read my blog.  They listen to me talk about the DOC.  They can tell how much you all have helped me, and that makes them happy.

I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends!  One of them did a guest post for me.  Another one was present for this incident.  And another encouraged me to tell her more about the DOC when I was still wary of talking about it.  (Oh, come on, you know how some people think you're crazy when you try to explain the DOC).  We sat on her couch, and she and her husband listened to me try to explain it.  And they all have been so totally and completely supportive.

I've talked to two of them on the phone this week.  And they asked all about Simonpalooza.  And listened to me go on and on about it.  Because they are happy for me and they really do care!

We have been friends for nearly ten years.  Which is crazy, and makes me feel old, but that's another story for another time.  We have been through a lot together, good and bad.  It makes me so very happy that they have embraced this new direction my life has taken.

The DOC has changed my life.  No doubt about it.  But so have these girls.  And I need to remember that, to not get so wrapped up with my DOC friends that I ignore my other friends.

If any of you three girls feel ignored, I am so sorry.  And I am so, so excited that I get to see ALL THREE OF YOU very soon.

And to all my "real life" friends.  Those who have been there for the long haul.  You have made a difference in my life.  I am so blessed.

So thank you, my friends.  You know who you are.  I love you.

From Wicked:

"But I know I'm who I am today, because I knew you"

"And now whatever way our stories end, I know you have re-written mine, by being my friend." 

"Because I knew you, I have been changed for good."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: It's The Thought That Counts

Thank you, Brian, for the goodies.  And it's totally not your fault they didn't arrive on time.  It's the thought that counts.  And I mean it.  Thank you, my friend!

*And thanks to Sara for sharing all her wonderful photos!  The ones in this post are all from her.*

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

We Are All With The Band

photo courtesy of Sara.  And the airline employee who took it.  Thank you!

So there was too much going on in my brain to write another post about Simonpalooza, so I decided to vlog it.  And I talk a lot.  I'm sorry.

I quoted this song in the vlog.  It's one of my favorites.  Every time I hear it, I cry and think of the DOC.  I love you all!  We are ALL with the band!

There's one more video you HAVE to watch.  But go get some tissue first.

I'm serious.  I'll wait.


Don't say I didn't warn you.  You WILL cry!

If you're short on time, skip my vlog and watch this video that Sara put together.  Simon took some time to thank Cherise for all she's done.  What he had to say had us all crying.  A lot.  Watching the video had me balling again!

So get your tissues, and go watch the video!  Thank you Simon, for having the courage to share so openly and honestly with everyone.  I really admire you for that.  Thank you.

Monday, October 10, 2011

48 Hours of Awesome

My brain is still spinning.

Simonpalooza was this weekend.  And it was incredible.  Indescribable even.  I don't even think I can put it into words.  Just wow.  Like FFL, but crammed into 48 hours (or 24 hours, for some).

My brain is still processing all the awesomeness.  The only way it could have been any better is if the entire DOC could have been there.  I feel so extremely blessed that the gathering occurred where I live so that I could be a part of it.  It was a weekend I will never forget.

So to tide you over while I process, here are a few pics.

I got to hug Simon! Yay!

OMG! Look! It's Blunt Lancet!

Don't Jeff, Kelly, Kim and Simon look hot?

Avoiding the paparazzi.

And the groupies are rejected.

Cherise and Simon.  He made her, and the rest of us, cry. A lot.

Believe it or not, these are the only pictures I took.  Don't worry, Sara and C took a ton, so we're covered.

There was also a lot of #simonpalooza and #imwiththeband tweeting going on.  I particularly loved:

Lots of emotions this weekend.  It was a beautiful thing. Also, we made a You Can Do This project video with everyone from Simonpalooza.  Go to Sara's blog and check it out.  It's amazing!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Two Minutes

It'll only take two minutes.

Probably less.

Please go sign JDRF's Artificial Pancreas Project petition.  And ask your friends and family to do the same.
image credit here

 The APP gives me something I thought I'd lost: hope.  I haven't given up on a cure, but I have serious doubts about that happening anytime soon.  I'm not even sure it will happen in my lifetime.

But a closed-loop APP system?  That's something tangible.  Something I can hope to see on a realistic time table.

From the JDRF site:  "A basic 'artificial pancreas' would link continuous blood sugar measurements to an insulin pump with software that would together function more like a normal pancreas."

Please sign the petition, and help make this dream one step closer to a reality.

Hope changes everything.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This Week Is Crazy

I mean that in a good way!
This weekend, Simon is coming!  And so are a lot of my other DOC friends!  Some I've met before, others I haven't.  And I am SO EXCITED!  If you see #Simonpalooza or #imwiththeband this weekend, it's us crazy peeps.
In some part of my brain, I decided it would be a good idea to invite all said DOC peeps to my house while they're here.  Oy.  Which means all my spare time is being spent cleaning and reorganizing like a madwoman!  I even missed Castle last night!  I NEVER miss Castle.  This is how much I love you all, my #Simonpalooza peeps.
So this will likely be the only blog post I manage to crank out this week.  And I'm publishing thru email, so forgive me if this post looks weird. 
I have for you today a list of some pretty awesome things happening in the DOC as of late.  My brain is too full of other things to come up with an original post, so here's the list:
  • Lee Ann has come up with a fantastic idea for World Diabetes Day!  I can't wait to participate!  The World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange!  Give Lee Ann your address, and she'll give you an address to which you send a postcard.  In return, you'll get a postcard from someone else.  Awesome, right?  Go like the facebook page while you're at it!
  • This Friday, October 7th, is No D Day.  George posted all about it on his blog.  I'll likely be too busy to participate, but I think it's a great idea!  Basically, it's a day for the DOC to share others parts of our lives apart from diabetes on social media.  Blog, facebook, and tweet all you want, but don't talk about diabetes! 
  • On Twitter today, I saw some friends linking to Diabetes Heros: Torchbearers.  It is awesome!  Take a look, and you'll definitely see some familiar faces!  I LOVE this!  Also, while you're watching the videos, give some facebook likes to your faves.  Or to all of them.  The Torchbearer with the most likes by World Diabetes Day gets $10,000 for their local JDRF chapter, so like away! 
  • And finally, I am honored that my post Five Words was named the best motivational post for September by the Best 'Betes Blogs.  Although I think most of the credit goes to George for inspiration!  Be sure to check out all the other winning and nominated posts.  It's quite the list!

Whew!  I think that's all I've got for now!  Stayed tuned next week for some recaps of our epic weekend!  :)