Weekend Dispatch

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Last weekend we participated in our sixth JDRF OneWalk to benefit type 1 diabetes. We began walking in October 2014 after Harper was diagnosed earlier that year. The walk supports fundraising efforts to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and was held in Avon-By-The-Sea, New Jersey. It attracts thousands of walkers who share a connection to type 1 diabetes. I love the walk for the camaraderie. This can be a lonely disease, and seeing the support at the walk and meeting other families who have type 1 diabetes is inspiring. This weekend I'll be writing thank you notes for all those who donated to our team's fundraising efforts.

Here's what else I'm up to this weekend:

Last night I started listening to To Live and Die in LA, a true crime podcast about an aspiring actress and model who disappeared from her Los Angeles apartment in 2018. While I'm not a true crime junkie, I do enjoy a good true crime story. This debut season takes a close look at the disappearance of Adea Shabani who mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Hosted by Neil Strauss, award-winning author and writer for Rolling Stone magazine.

I wasn't sure I wanted to watch Unbelievable due to the graphic nature of it. It's based on a true story of sexual assault. But after hearing so many friends rave about it, I decided to dive right in. Although the subject matter is very sensitive and there is graphic violence depicted, Unbelievable is very well done. Toni Collette, one of my favorite actresses, expertly plays a detective.

It's hard to find meatless meals that satisfy even the hardiest of meat eaters. But since I don't want to cook two separate meals for me and my family, I am always on the lookout for meatless meals where you don't even notice the absence of meat. When I found this recipe for broccoli cashew stir fry, I kept my fingers crossed that I had found a winner. I'm be making this for dinner on Saturday, and I'll follow up and let you know if it's a hit.
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I love the idea of painting pumpkins, but I'm not the most artistic person on the planet. So, my idea of painting pumpkins is something easy that won't be obvious if I mess up. When I found these candy corn painted pumpkins, I was excited to give it a try. Looks super simple and foolproof. Tape them and spray paint the top with white paint and the bottom with yellow. Easy peasy!
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So, tell me. What do you have planned this weekend?

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