Monday, January 16, 2012

5 questions for a rainy day...

It's a rainy day here in my neck of the woods, the kids have a touch of cabin fever and have 2 weeks before the start of the school year! Not going anywhere because I don't want to spend any money at the moment - with our big trip only 3 1/2 weeks away - so my prediction for today is that I will be refereeing a number of skirmishes throughout the day and doing LOTS AND LOTS of laundry.

And... thankfully, nothing of any note to report on the T1D front - so far.

So, following in the footsteps of a fellow T1D mum and blogger, Hallie, I'm going to answer the same 5 questions - although the summer version, since we're in a different hemisphere!

1. What is the last thing you bought for yourself?


Yes, I know it doesn't sound that exciting - but it's my favourite freshly ground coffee from this little café in Manly - this coffee is sooooooo delicious, not too strong and with a yummy hint of chocolate! So, right at the moment while I'm sitting here typing I'm drinking a cup of this delicious coffee, freshly made at home by my coffee machine.

Simple pleasures - that's what life's all about!

2. What's your favourite meal on a hot summer day? (replacing the words "cold" and "winter" from Hallie's post).

Anything that I don't have to cook!

Actually - that's the lazy answer - we get some pretty hot days here, so on a REALLY hot summer day I don't cook - it's just too hot!

But, my favourite summer meal on a day that's not too hot to breathe?

Hmmmm - that would have to be a lovely fresh salad with a great big bowl of king prawns (shrimp) - provided someone else peels them for me!

3. Have you started looking at swimsuits for this year, and do you buy a new one every year? 

Well, since it's summer here swimsuits are unavoidable. I actually DID buy a new swimsuit this year - for the first time in about 8 years, mainly because I'm usually too terrified to even think about getting into a swimsuit! Not about to let anyone see me in it though - wearing of swimsuits is strictly limited to the safety of my own backyard swimming pool!

4. If you could be any candy, what would you be and why?

Interestingly, neither of my T1 kids really uses candy as a hypo treatment - for one it's juice and for the other it's usually chocolate milk or Powerade. Issie did use Jelly Beans in the early days post diagnosis but after a particularly bad hypo that involved the forceful expulsion (sorry) of about half a packet of Jelly Beans followed by the only Glucagon shot she's ever had, and a trip to the hospital in an ambulance, she will no longer go near them! So I don't really keep much candy in the house - mainly because if it's there, it'll be eaten - by ME!

But, that's not the question, is it?

What candy would I be - and why?

I would be a dark chocolate bullet! Don't know if they have those anywhere other than Australia? This would have to be my favourite candy! The rich dark chocolate on the outside with just the right amount of black liquorice inside!

Now for the why?

Because I'm the only one in my house that likes them! So that means that if I were a chocolate bullet in my house then I'd last forever - or at least, the liquorice bit of me would (the bit on the inside) because that's the bit the kids don't like! Also, since the kids don't like liquorice bullets, this is one of the few types of candy that I know don't know the carb content of! I don't need to know it! Maybe that's why I like them so much!

As for the symbolic reason for picking this candy - may seem a little weird - but I kinda see the contrast between the sweet chocolatey exterior and the rich liquorice interior as being a little like me! A bit of a surprise - a "more than meets the eye" kind of thing. Don't know if that makes any sense. And I think that this actually applies to just about every single T1D Mum on the planet!

5. What are you most passionate about?

A pretty obvious answer there of course, T1D awareness and doing what I can to help find a CURE for T1D! But, I guess something that I'm even more passionate about than those things is letting other parents know that they're not alone. The thing that hit me hardest after Issie was diagnosed was the lack of support on the community level and the importance of establishing a support network among families who live with this disease every single day.

Well, the next load of laundry is finished - and it's time for lunch!

Can't wait to read some other answers to the 5 questions!

Hope everyone in the T1 community is having a nice, quiet, uneventful D day!


  1. Love it!!! Those shrimp..... YUM! I'm starving now just looking at them! I'm jealous that it's warm where you are! But not jealous that it means bathing suit weather! Rock on, Mama!

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