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For a writing workshop or retreat...there are some simple and subtle changes I'd make.

Disclaimer: This is for Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetics take insulin and can adjust their insulin dosages so they can eat things I cannot. I already have insulin, but my body can't use it, so I take meds and change my diet to make it easier for my body to process that insulin.

If I was providing a Continental breakfast, I'd include boiled eggs and regular/steel cut oatmeal. Nothing in it. I'd make available butter and/or milk to accompany it. Many Continental breakfasts do include fruit already, but too much fruit is bad for me, too. (Some fruit is okay. Also, some fruit, I have to avoid totally.)

For snacks, I'd make sure there was some fruit and some nuts and some cheese. Not all sweets and junk.

For lunches and dinners, I'd make sure there were options that included wheat/rye bread if sandwiches were provided. I'd make sure there was salad as an option instead of chips/fries.

For restaurant meals, if each individual orders and pays for their own, there is generally NO problem. I can exchange a potato for additional veggies most places.

If there's pasta of any sort, I can't eat it unless it's wheat. I'd never ask someone to make that kind of change, but it would be nice if there's at least salad included in a pasta meal. That, I can eat.

I just avoid deserts altogether. When I'm home, I provide for sugar free/no sugar added items if I want them, but when I'm out, I just avoid altogether. It doesn't bother me until people start questioning me about why I'm not having desert. :)

PLEASE NOTE: I am not suggesting that writing workshops or retreats should actually do the above. I'm just speculating about what I'd do if I was in charge of something like that...just so folks can see that it's NOT a huge deal accommodating diabetics. Most people just don't think about it, I guess.

If I'm able to prepare food and have easy access to a grocery store, I can prepare my own. Easy is the key word. Many workshops and retreats are in off season and are some distance from stores and restaurants.

I will definitely pack nuts for the upcoming writing retreat, but I can't pack anything that would spoil and I'm not going to have the ability to prepare my own food.

It's just something I think about when I travel. Not to be a pain in the ass, but because I have to.

EDITED TO ADD: I do realize that many hotels have a set catering menu for breakfasts and lunches provided for a group. In that case (and I realize organizers most likely can't do anything about this), it would be nice if the hotels didn't ban outside food from being brought into their venue.
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Can you recommend a good hotel at the airport?

Can you recommend a good hotel near King's Street Station?

Also, what sights would you recommend to fill one day?

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Songs in the Darkness
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The cat must sit on top of the manuscript I'm editing.
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He's at the vet now for surgery.

He's almost 9 years old, so there are concerns.

He'd eaten this morning (yes, I told vet) so that's a concern.

I covered the first $200, just barely.

However, he must return to the vet every 3 days to be checked and have his dressings changed/etc.

That's $25/visit, and will probably entail 5 visits.

So, I'm trying to raise money, which means, of course, that I'm posting about it here on LJ.

It kills me to do this because I've done it so much in the past. (And everyone has always been so kind to help.)

This time, though, I'm not asking people to give me money.

If anyone can afford it, I'm asking if you can loan small amounts until November 15, which is the next time I get paid. I'm trying to raise $150 total, in case anything additional pops up. (That would give me $25 leeway.)

The morning of November 15, before I head out to work, I'll hit refund on Paypal and send your money back.

If Malik's issues had waited until next paycheck, I could have covered everything without breaking a sweat, but things never happen when it's convenient, so...here I am AGAIN, asking for help.

I thank everyone for reading. I super thank anyone who can loan. I promise the money will be back to your paypal account morning of the 15th.

And, I'd certainly appreciate any good thoughts for my big kitty. I just want him to be okay.
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If you're a friend of [livejournal.com profile] blairmacg, then you've already seen this, however, I'd like to boost the signal myself, here, too.

This is a lady I attended Viable Paradise with and I've beta read this book, as well as future episodes of the story.


The saints favor her, else-wise a peasant girl like Kate Carpenter would never be apprenticed to the kingdom’s master healer. But her patron saint also marks her ready for the duty of tending to a mission that must cross the ice-bound mountains. Their little kingdom faces invasion by a vast empire and desperately needs allies; across the snow-filled pass, through the deathly thin air, is a country that’s held off the empire and may be willing to lend an army.

Kate knows about frostbite and the everyday injuries of wilderness travel. She can heal those.

She’s not ready for the attentions of a ne’er-do-well knight and the kingdom’s only prince, though.

And she isn’t ready for the monsters that harry them night and day, picking off their archers first, wearing the party to exhaustion, pushing Kate beyond the limits her healing abilities.

She must keep them alive, or her blood will be on the snow too.

If you'd like to read a sample of the book and learn how to win a copy, you can check it out here: http://discipleofthefount.blogspot.com/
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I am upright this morning. That's a good sign.

I have a chest aching cough. Not the kind I usually get, but I'm sucking on a cough drop in hopes of holding off coughing as long as possible.

Got the Charter folks coming today (hopefully) to set me up with their broadband and phone. Boys will take care of that while I'm at work.

Hope to get some writing done, though I'm not sure my brain cells are firing on all thrusters yet.

If not, I'm going to put together the new story in either plot point/outline form or synopsis form and see how I like what I've got.

Then I'll set about planning for the next pass.

All in all, better than yesterday, when I was flat on my back 85% of the day.
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I'd like you to meet Lilli.

The Beauty That is Lilli )

Isn't she beautiful?

That is Lilli. Connie captured her perfectly.

Her armor is lovely and the detail on her helmet is absolutely amazing. Not to mention the spear. I adore the spear, too.

I actually adore everything about it.

So I'd like you to meet the artist.

Her name is Connie Tran and her LJ handle is [livejournal.com profile] iidx_girl.

Connie, you're AMAZING.

Thank you so much again for giving me the image of a character I've had in my mind forever.
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Posting some dragons. They haven't been posted yet because of work, and because I'm at Disneyland right now. I just checked and they have about two and a half days.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Thanks in advance.
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With some baby dragons. I have some of mine and a friend's that have just over a day and a half, and I was wondering if you could give them a few extra clicks/views, please? ^_^ There are two that have about 3 days, too, but they have plenty of time.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

A Friend's:
Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Thanks in advance
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[livejournal.com profile] manga_queen here with two babies in need of some help. I might post them on [livejournal.com profile] dragon_er later if I need to. For now, though, posting them here first. XD

Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Thanks in advance.
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I forgot to post this egg, but I didn't want to post it last night because if I post it during the day, I get a female instead of a male.

Adopt one today!

Thanks in advance.
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Asking for some help with a little egg.

Adopt one today!

Thanks in advance for the clicks.
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Asking for help with some dragons.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

These four are mine and are close to having only two days left.

Thanks in advance for any clicks. ^^
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