Friday, May 19, 2017

More Than Diabetes- #DBlogWeek Day 5

Time to wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week already?  I’m afraid it is, as we’ve reached our final day of DBlogWeek #8.  I will do one final wrap up post next week to reflect back on the week, but for now let’s get to today’s topic.

200x200[6]Today’s topic is More Than Diabetes. Lets wrap up the week by sharing a little more about ourselves, beyond the chronic illness we or our loved ones live with. Share an interest, hobby, passion, something that is YOU. If you want to explore how it relates to or helps with diabetes you can. Or let it be a part of you that is completely separate from diabetes, because there is more to life than just diabetes! (This topic is a suggestion from the 2016 #DBlogWeek survey.)

I really love the idea of sharing parts of our lives beyond diabetes.  It helps me get to know the people behind the diabetes blogs a little bit better.  So what should I share?  Maybe my love of baking?  The big assortment of home-made cookies I bake each Christmas?
And how I’m trying to learn how to work with fondant?
Or I could share where I plan to eat my yummy baked treats…..which is on our new patio.  Because our backyard recently went from this:
To this!!
Railings are being installed on the staircase right now.  Lights and plants have been added around the border.  And a patio set has shipped and should be in next week.  Then some fresh white paint and a new fence and we’ll finally have a backyard that we can enjoy.

What?  All the domesticated talk is boring?  Okay, okay.  There is more to me than culinary creations and home improvement.  How about shopping?  Clothes and shoes and purses.  Pinning outfit inspiration boards on Pinterest.  I used to love that show What Not To Wear.  And okay, to be honest, I still watch the reruns every so often.  And hey, did you know I actually met Clinton Kelly in January??
Yes, I was super nervous and went a bit fan-girl on him.  Yes, I babbled incessantly because my brain slows down and my mouth speeds up when I’m nervous.  Yes, I did make him look at a picture of my cat.  But aside from acting like an idiot, I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.

So I guess that’s me.  A star struck dork who loves baking and home improvement.  And who is much more than diabetes.

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  1. posted thanks can;t wait untill next year

  2. You're fabulous and dorks rule :)!
    Thanks again for hosting this amazing event.

  3. Your backyard looks so nice! Thank you for hosting another great year of DBlogWeek! It's been fun!

  4. My mouth is watering! Those cakes are amazing! Karen, thanks so much for organising this week. It has been intense but so worthwhile and this is a great way to end the week!

  5. What Not to Wear is one of my guilty pleasures. As someone who is fashion-challenged (I blame it on years and years of ugly, plaid school uniforms) I envy the transformations they achieved.

    Also, I wanted to take a moment to say thanks for organizing #dBlogWeek. I've enjoyed participating and reconnecting with old friends. <3

  6. The baking is awesome. But so is the deck. I will pass on the Clinton, I will leave that to Sheryl.

  7. I *love* how many people in the #doc are amazing bakers. Your goodies look amazing! Thank you once again for a fantastic DBlog Week - all your hard work is really, really appreciated by so many people all over the world. THANK YOU!!

  8. There are so many bakers.. and you all make me hungry with your amazing baked goods! Maybe next year we have a DOC bake sale across the miles :D

  9. Your new patio looks fab! And I loved "What not to wear" too! I bet you would have liked Gok Wan's "How to look good naked?" too, it was basically the same premise. 😀

  10. I love "What Not To Wear"! I'd so happily be on their show.

  11. I appreciate this topic. Reason being, mostly we diabetics are always taking diabetes too seriously.
    We sometimes need a break from all that bat-shit crazy we undergo all day just to stay healthy and tap into a different side of our lives. A side that is all about what we do enjoy.
    I enjoy the following:
    cooking( though i am horrible, but i am trying to improve)
    writing,Reading and watching movies.


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