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.


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