They had to kick us out…

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with a few of our fellow bloggers the other day – and what a time it was!

A group like this, and all of the diabetes prowess in the air, we could have scared straight the best diabetes educator or endocrinologist around…


We’ve got the awesome (and so freakin’ funny!) Molly & Dixie, me in the middle, “give me your batteries” Sara from FL, and Smiling Amber. Behind the camera is Amber’s sister who we let hang out with us because she takes such good care of Amber.

We met at a local Panera’s around 6:00 PM, and Sara immediately ran off to find some batteries for her camera (there’s a story behind that one – but I’ll let her share it…). It was a good thing too because Amber’s camera batteries were dead! Can you imagine?! An OC blogger get together without pictures?!

I should note too that we did all agree to be in the picture, but, for future get togethers, if anyone would have been uncomfortable with it we would have made them get in the picture anyway and then later worked some Photoshop magic to “obscure” their identity… I’m kidding. Of course we respect the wishes of anyone who doesn’t want their picture out there.

My usual meal at Panera’s is a bowl of their broccoli cheddar soup with a whole grain baguette. However, I had my mind set on getting my soup in one of those HUGE bread bowls – you know, the ones with about 100g of carbs?

See, I had been working in the yard all weekend. Not just the “mow the lawn” and “water the grass” kind of work. The dig, move, shovel, cut, hammer, “big project” kind of work. I was worn out and hurting pretty bad by the time Sunday night rolled around. Even my toe muscles were sore.

I was totally using all that work to justify a little bit of big bread bowl goodness. I could not wait.

As I placed my order, the gal behind the counter smashed my dreams of carb loaded heaven by telling me they were out of bread bowls.

So – I got my regular bowl of soup, and complained, all night, about the them running out of bread bowls.

By the end of the night, we were the last ones in the place, and they had to kick us out. I went to fill up my pop glass one last time, sticking the large, soggy, paper cup under the fountain and pressing the button – I was assaulted by loud hisses and spurts, awkward sideways sprays of pop bubbles! What?! Ok, try the other diet option – same thing.

Maybe they figured out that the best way to get rid of a group of diabetics was to turn off the diet pop! Dang them! It worked though.

Seriously, I had a great time. By the end of the night my face hurt so bad from laughing and grinning so much.

We have to do that again.

Oh yeah, for “..M..“, I totally failed. Dammit anyway.



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8 thoughts on “They had to kick us out…

  1. Oh my, I wish I’d been there. And Ms. Dixie looks like she is enjoying being photographed.
    I quickly scanned this at work today and wasn’t reading carefully – I saw the phrase “assaulted by loud hisses” and I thought it said “assaulted by loud kisses” and thought, “they must have bonded quickly”……..
    Panera is one of my favorite places to chow. One of the better things to happen to me was the Uptown location closing a year ago.
    Well, guys, count me in next time!

  2. It’s such a strange dynamic to be so familiar with one another through blogs, yet when you meet face to face, a certain timidity comes up from meeting the person for the first time.

    I don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s how it was for me last year during the Boston meet.

    But then we all warmed up pretty quickly.

  3. I’m jealous too:-(

    But, I’m glad you guys had fun.

    I really hope to meet some OC’ers myself one day.

  4. I wish I could have been there. Looks like you had a good time although the bread bowls are full of carby goodness. You are right about that!!

    I love the picture too.

  5. Oh man I am so jealous of all of you.

    Thanks for such a great picture, you all look like you’re enjoying yourselves!

  6. I’m so glad you were able to do this; I’d like to see more OC’ers nationwide pursue regional meetings, as they are very therapuetic!

    BTW, I’m not sure if you caught AmyT’s footnote in one of her recent posts, but a number of us are now in the very preliminary stages of organizing a national OC conference for sometime in 2008. While much remains to be done, at this point, the favored idea seems to be a long weekend in Washington, D.C., but that could change. Anyway, I hope you’ll continue these efforts in your area, and we’ll keep you posted on progress for a national conference as details become available!

  7. I am so totally jealous. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Great picture, I am glad no one got photo shopped out. =)