I Love The Dirt.
It's been almost a month since my last Friday Six, so I thought I'd dust off the photoshop file and revive it for this fine Labor Day weekend. You know why? Because I'll be in the woods this weekend. Camping in the wilds of Maine.
So yes, Chris and I are making the long trek to Maine this weekend to spend our holiday in a tree. I mean in the wood, camping. And before you collapse into laughter, I have camped before. Back in high school, my friends and I used to go camping in the summer all the time. I love hiking, and there's something so serene about being in a place where there's no television blaring, computer whirring, or people connected to any kind of network. We're camping out in Acadia National Park one night, then staying at a bed and breakfast in Bar Harbor the next. I'm very excited to disconnect from EVERYTHING for the weekend. And it's my first camping trip with the pump, so I'm hopeful that I can keep it clean and safe from the freaking bears.
In the spirit of camping, long car rides, and packing (oh my!), I've realized that a simple walk in the woods requires some serious backpack stocking-up. We hit the grocery store last night and I bought several protein bars, high-carb power bars, and a few sports bottles of juice. At home, I took quick stock of the supplies I need to bring "just in case," like insulin and syringes in case my pump craps out in the woods (i.e. stops working, not craps out in the woods ... you know what I mean), extra infusion sets, test strips, and a cooler to store all the cool-temperature supplies in. Diabetes means hoping for the best and planning for the worst, and for me, that translates into not packing light. (We did pack marshmallows, a chocolate bar, and graham crackers, of course. We are going camping, after all, and what's a night around the campfire without s'mores and insulin?!)
In quasi-political news, a certain flash file made me laugh out loud. Something about the iced coffee and the grinning faces made my day. And Biden doing the Cabbage Patch in the back seat. See for yourself and blame my brother for sending me the weirdest things on the internet.
Team Six Until Me is walking again at the Rhode Island JDRF Walk on October 26th! If you are in the RI area and you'll be at the walk, please come by and say hello! Just look for the rag-tag crew of silly people, anchored by my grinning head and the grinning heads of my friends and family.
Last week, Chris and I visited NYC and went to the Top of the Rock. Yes, it's a big ol' tourist draw and I can't pretend to be anything more than a tourist. (I'm from Rhode Island - we hardly ever leave the borders of our own damn state! Living in CT is like breaking all the rules.) Anyway, going to the top of Rockefeller Center was very cool. The view, as you can imagine, is remarkable. Of course we took a pile of pictures. We haven't had much time to get into the city lately, but I'm always impressed with what it has to offer every time I go.
And unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to do a vlog this week, but I'll do one early next week. And I think I may need to finally respond to the gauntlet laid down by Mr. Bennet himself - for the Whack-A-Meter challenge. I have plenty of old school meters in my home that don't work and I don't think there are even strips being made for them anymore. It may be time to take out my aggressions on those symbols of diabetes. Anybody with me? It may actually feel good.
Have a good three-day weekend, and I'll see you on Tuesday! (After I pick the spiders out of my hair. Oh good Lord.)