Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Simonpalooza

At this point, I don’t know if I can say anything about this past weekend that hasn’t already been said (better than I ever could).
Simonpalooza 2011
I’ve been asked before why I take so many pictures.

Memories are very important to me. Pictures of the memories give me proof I was there and that I was a part of something. Since I am not that good at using words to explain my thoughts and feelings, I can use pictures to get close to the same results.

It’s a funny thing about diabetes – it may be the thing that introduced us to each other but I don’t think it is the keeps us together. It can’t be. We may talk about our mutual love of cupcakes and Diet Coke, but I’ve also shared about my hopes and dreams for the future and about fears that I haven’t been able to explain to anyone else.
On Friday night, while we hung out at Jess’ house, we watched our tweets displayed on their TV (nerd alert), ate cupcakes, made new friends, and created the most embarrassing signs we could think of. Some of the conversations had to do with diabetes, but most did not. If you watch the video at the bottom of the post, you will see exactly what I mean.
the evidence of a great party#simonpaloozathe signs of awesomeness
Take a look at this picture. What do you see?
happy together
There are a few things I noticed. Look at the faces. Don’t they just make you want to smile?

The other thing we all noticed was our order numbers. Don’t they make you think a little of blood glucose values? We may have made that joke a few times and wondered who would need a juice box… or a cupcake.

cupcake numbers

Yes, most of us were meeting Simon for the first time. But there were also a few other first time introductions. You could say that a few people were excited to meet their new friends.
Jeff is cray craynew friends
I was certainly excited to meet some people I only knew from online and old friends that I had not seen in a while, but I was especially excited to see our Australian friend. Maybe a little too excited.
the proposal
I am still waiting for my answer.

What was my favorite part of the weekend? The whole thing. I really, truly believe in appreciating all the little “moments of wonderful.”

Creating your own personal #hashtag gang sign.

Trying a glucose tab for the first time ever.
first taste of a glucose tab

Having the opportunity to thank someone for saving your life.
thank you

Being inspired by someone’s story and joining the “bald is beautiful” club.
bald is beautifulbuddies

Holding up the wedding dress of a random bride so she could use the restroom before her husband “ravished” her.
yes we did

Hanging out until 2 am with your favorite sisters.
Diabetes Sisters

And then showing up the next day wearing the same outfit as one of them. #likeyoudo
diabetes twin

I stayed an extra day to spend some quality time with Jess. Her mom left a comment on my facebook wall, but unfortunately she got some information wrong. She wrote that she was glad that I am in Jess’ life to help, support, and pray for her. No one could be more grateful than I am. Everyone deserves a friend in his or her life like Jess.

So when some diabetes nonsense got in the way of our Monday plans, I had just as much fun sitting at her kitchen table telling stories, looking at pictures, watching videos, and reading blogs. And maybe sneaking into the bathroom with my camera to capture a little bit of what’s it’s like to stay with a friend who has diabetes.

Where this is normal.

I loved all the Moments of Simonpalooza.

  • Kim says:

    OMG. I totally had forgotten about the tiny mouse dragging the huge pump behind him. Now I can’t stop laughing…

    Great video (and post), my friend.

    October 13, 2011 at 9:23 am
  • Sue/RFamHere says:

    Oh I wish I had been there! So much fun!

    October 13, 2011 at 9:47 am
  • Stacey D. says:

    I love taking pictures too. Like you said, they capture moments that sometimes can’t be put into words. Thank you for sharing all of these … you could feel the connection through the photos 🙂

    October 13, 2011 at 10:37 am
  • Jess says:

    i don’t know what else to say except thank you. and i love you. and everyone else in the #DOC!

    October 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm
  • shannon says:

    filling in the blanks of the moments in between the BIG WOW moments, that were all just as valuable. love it. thank you.

    October 14, 2011 at 12:27 am
  • Cara says:

    Meeting Simon in NY was amazing. He’s such a special person, and add to that all the wonderful diabetes peeps that come out to join the fun and I had one of the BEST meet-ups ever. I’m a little teary eyed knowing that Simon’s on his way home and that I’m back in TN and the rest of the D-OC has returned to their regularly scheduled programing. But I wouldn’t trade this past weekend for anything.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm
  • Scott K. Johnson says:


    Sara, I can’t thank you enough for taking so many great pictures. Your pictures bring good memories and great reflections to incredible events. For those of us who are too caught up in the magic to grab a snapshot of it, we owe you a great deal.

    And it was also pretty nice to see you in person again. 🙂

    October 24, 2011 at 3:04 am

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