The 2011 ADA Expo came through Minneapolis a couple of weekends ago. Unfortunately, not much changes with the vendors from year to year. Diabetes is a slow business, ya know? But when I heard that Mari Ruddy would be there, I knew I had to go. As an added bonus, my friend (and road trip buddy) Heather was also going to be there. I also enjoy seeing friends that I used … [Read more...] about ADA Expo 2011 & D-Meetups
What is SimonPalooza? It all starts with Simon. Simon is an incredible guy living with diabetes in Australia. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about six years ago, right in the middle of his otherwise awesome life. Being blindsided by his diagnosis, and left drowning by himself to deal with it, he pretty much gave up on life. Until he found the Diabetes Online … [Read more...] about SimonPalooza – Touching Lives Worldwide
I love meetups. I will do almost anything in my power to get to them. I missed a group meeting on Monday night, which bummed me out a bit, but couldn't be helped. Last night was a different story though. I spent a few hours visiting with Dean, Mike, and MissItaly. I loved it (as usual). And I didn't even have to travel out of state for this one! This little … [Read more...] about One of the Minnesota Crews
The local DOC Contingent sure pulled together while we were in D.C. for JDRF Government Day. What started out as a group of nine or ten quickly turned into sixteen or more! Every time I checked my e-mail or twitter feed, there was another person who caught wind of our plans and wanted to join in. I had no idea so many of these folks lived close enough to meet us for … [Read more...] about Dinner in D.C.
I went to a small, but growing, local type 1 meet-up last night, and had a blast, as usual. Mike, Peterspoon, Dean, Scott This picture happened at about 10:30 PM, just before the gals working at Caribou Coffee kicked us off the patio. We all stayed out WAY longer than any of us intended to. But good company and great conversation makes time fly, and I bet we could have … [Read more...] about (see other arm)
In about three weeks I will be picking up a very special guest from the MSP airport. Let me tell you, I cannot wait! THE George "Ninjabetic" Simmons will be my guest for a fun filled weekend, right here in Minnesota. George is such a great guy, and I am lucky to say that he is one of my very best friends. A little more than a year ago I visited George and his family … [Read more...] about Three Weeks and Counting…
I've been very lucky to have a handful of great diabetes daily members close to where I live. We've had a handful of very informal social visits over the past year or so, and I've really enjoyed getting to know more great people, with great stories, great lessons, and great wisdom. I walk away from each and every meeting with something new to think about, and I love … [Read more...] about A Balance I’ve Never Thought About
Before life got busy ... wait, actually it was right in the middle of life being busy ... I got an e-mail from Mark Mansheim over at "The Jagged Edge". He said that he would be in the twin cities soon, and that he'd like to meet up. We both found a slice of time away from work (back on 6/21) to terrorize the waitress and other unfortunate patrons at a nearby Perkins … [Read more...] about Meeting Mark!
There are two sure-fire ways to make time fly by. Raising kids Diabetes meet-ups Raising kids make years seem like days, and diabetes meet-ups make hours seem like minutes. Saturday I got together with a small group of local members here at Diabetes Daily. It was a lot of fun (as it always is), and we had some really insightful conversations (as we always do). I … [Read more...] about Making Time Fly
I got together with a small group of Diabetes Daily members again last weekend. It was awesome. missitaly, deanusa, Molly & Dixie, and myself all enjoyed some warm beverages, easy conversation, and lots of laughs. For those that are not familiar with Molly, she has the best CGM that anyone could ask for. Dixie (she's a heartbreaker)! Dixie is a highly trained service … [Read more...] about Coffee or Tea? Molly or me? I choose DIXIE!!!