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Blog: Anna's Blog
Posted: Sep 8, 2011
Okay - if you've never heard of CouchSurfing - here's the low down - you register at the website - and viola - when you are going on your worldly travels - you can connect up with other like minded souls and the following statement says it all that is posted at the website - "CouchSurfing is turning a missed train into an opportunity for a new adventure. Starting a weekly dinner party. Teaching your kids about other cultures from your home. Getting advice for your next trip. Engaging with the world in a whole new way. ". So far, since registering a few years ago I haven't taken advantage of it, more so, because my DH isn't too sure about opening up our home to "strangers" - but I think I may have changed his views on the long weekend past.
I finally met up with Ginger Vieira back in July when we "performed" in her friends Dana Heffern's show called "The Antidote". We only got to spend abit of time as she was having to head off to the DLife headquarters in Connecticut right after the show that night but she offered me her place to stay as I wasn't feeling like making the 3 hour drive back to Montreal! Sadly, I'd already booked a little motel nearby the college - but I felt so overwhelmed by her trust in allowing someone she really didn't know - to stay at her place. We really only knew each other through the D-OC (Diabetic Online Community) - that was it.
Last week on Facebook, she was mentioning that she was coming to Montreal for the long weekend and asked for some suggestions of places to stay. Guess what? I offered her and her friend Allison Schauwecker to stay at our house (on the condition they take care of our rug rats aka pusscats since we were going away sailing on Jenna's Journey) - the cats need their slaves!
It was fun getting the house ready for my visitors from abroad - even better it gave me an excuse to clean (yuppers I'm not a big fan of getting rid of dust bunnies they are meant to be free). Now, was it because both of them are diabetic that I was enjoying this usually much despised chore? All I know is that it made for neat to put out little things like juice boxes beside their bed stand, spare bits and pieces (e.g. - if they needed insulin - they just had to go into the "Deli Drawer" of the fridge) that I knew we diabetics need!
If I'd had more time, I would have made gluten free bread for Ginger (psst - did you notice the September issue of Chatelaine - with GLUTEN free recipes?).
Anyway, coming home on Tuesday, I knew my cats had been taken care of by two lovely young ladies (Mia was spoiled by Ginger) and the beautiful flowers in my kitchen that they had left. Along with some great little notes that I'm keeping forever really made me smile and appreciate what the D-OC has brought into my life.
As Ginger/Allison wrote in one of their notes to me .....
So, if you're ever visiting Montreal - need a place to rest your weary head at night - you know who to contact - Diabetes CouchSurfing!!!
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Blog: Getting it done
Posted: Mar 20, 2008
Went to the Boston expo and met a lot of parents with kids who were recently diagnosed with type 1. I have been reading about the prevalence of type 2 in younger people but the since the majority of people I spoke to had kids with type 1, that makes me start thinking more about the genetic component of the disease. It also makes me think about what effect the environment might be having on these kids. All the foods today that are fortified with stuff and have tons of additives and preservatives – that has to be having some effect.
I know I eat pretty well but should try to be more conscientious when it comes to that. It's definitely hard to limit artificial stuff in the food you eat.
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