Suggested Conversation Topics for Free Time @FFL

Bigfoot shy. This week meet bloggy D-parent IRL, find out BD-P @FFL2012 but not meet, even though D-sons same age! When part ways, say “See you in July!” Maybe FFL Bigfoot version 2.0 less shy. For preparation, brainstorm topics for use with unknown persons.

Safe:

  • Diagnosis date
  • Hometown: I’ve been there; I loved it/that sounds nice
  • Attended conference before/this is my 2nd year.
  • Sessions attended & how did you like them?
  • Richard Rubin was wonderful
  • Ages of children
  • Do you have a dog?
  • How do you feel about Downton Abbey/the dog on Downton Abbey?
  • Antipathy toward Diet Pepsi
  • It is hot here, but the air conditioning is so powerful that I feel I need a sweater

Probably safe/caution:

  • Dexcom use
  • Paleo/vegan diets
  • Type 2 diabetes (specifically: same name/change name)
  • To a desert island: Joe Solowiejczyk or Gary Scheiner?
  • Trialnet & why you should/you shouldn’t
  • That Biohub announcement
  • Obamacare: at least there’s the pre-existing conditions part
  • Zero-carb sno-cones: artificial colors &etc. vs. just have fun
  • Favorite blogs
  • Rufus the bear’s cold shoulder to Jerry the bear
  • The SPF of your sunscreen
  • Let’s get pedicures and margaritas

Bigfoot not broach but would enjoy:

  • “The D-parents are driving me up the fucking wall but not you, of course”
  • How much weight you have gained/lost
  • Plastic surgeries you are considering
  • What kind of bikini wax?
  • Anything really personal about hirsutism, sex, drugs, or GI disorders
  • First-person horror stories about lows
  • You would like to take my family on your yacht to a secret Mexican restaurant where everyone must perform Karaoke to earn tacos
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24 comments

  1. Sara · April 22, 2013

    I really like this list. Maybe I will use it too.

    True story: Thought you didn’t like me last year because when I said hi to you, you didn’t really say anything back. Don’t be so shy this year!!!

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    • Katy · April 22, 2013

      Last year I couldn’t talk to any of the famous people that I hadn’t already met. This year I will feel like I know you!

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      • Sara · April 22, 2013

        But… but… I ran up to you and said how much I love your blog.

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      • Katy · April 22, 2013

        I was starstruck. I’ll do better this time.

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  2. drjmeade · April 22, 2013

    I have the same awkwardness. Am sure people don’t like me etc. Anyway, yesterday discussed w friends the possibility of Downton Zombies. Matthew, Sybil, the Turk, some of the interesting soldiers. All brought back to fight a new evil on the land (unknown at this time). Sybil is the hero not Matthew that tool. Oh. I just realized this is a terrible conversation for new people. Lol. I have no advice as I have no actual small talk. I went to a job fair last week. While waiting in line, when one should make small talk, which I do no know how to do (seriously are there classes bc I will mess up job interviews probably) – I was talking to a young chemistry teacher who was in his student teaching phase. We discussed the awkwardness of the lab bench. So I told him how I use it to go down invisible elevators, escalators, staircases, and spaceships. Well Katy, I have helped you not at all but I hope I normalized this stuff for you. And I too would like to see your face. The Grange sometime?

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  3. Melissa Lee · April 22, 2013

    You said hi to me last year in the hallway! We will be back this year. Say hi again!

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    • Katy · April 22, 2013

      I remember you were with ridiculously cute babies.

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  4. Katie · April 22, 2013

    The jealousy I feel for all of you going cannot be measured!!! Oh well, I will enjoy my conference for Type 1 ladies in two weeks. =) FFL wasn’t in the card this year… Why are there never any conferences in the Midwest?!? We are people too!

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    • Katy · April 22, 2013

      I think people think *everyone* likes to go to conferences in Orlando and Las Vegas because of big, cheap venues plus Disney/gambling/hookers. I’d much rather go to…Minnesota(?) than Orlando ANY TIME.

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      • Katie · April 22, 2013

        I mean, if hookers are the deal breaker, I will find some hookers. We also have an indoor water park and the Mall of America, so I mean, it’s practically Disney.

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  5. Jacquie Paul Wojcik · April 22, 2013

    I very much enjoyed our conversation last summer about how the design for so many D-products sucks. And I still think about how much I liked the skirt you were wearing.

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  6. Heidi · April 22, 2013

    I hope to meet you this year..I love your blog! Awkwardness non-withstanding (more on my part, I’m shy), I think there’d be no shortage of conversing material to choose from (great list) . Glucose tabs( yay/nay/fave low treatment) is another fairly safe topic.

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  7. Katie · April 22, 2013

    Just registered today- hooray! I don’t even get the chance to be shy- Joe (husband) and I usually sit by ourselves because people think we are the same age as our twelve-year-old son. I hope do hope that Joey and Bubs get to meet this year though, because I am tired of pretending that I like Minecraft conversations.

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    • Katy · April 22, 2013

      My husband’s name is Joe too, and he will be attending this year! So we’ve got Joe, Minecraft boys, and being extremely youthful/beautiful all in common! Maybe I met your Joe (man) last year. Did he WEAR A MINECRAFT T-SHIRT?

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      • Katie · April 22, 2013

        Lol! He doesn’t even know how to turn on a computer, so I doubt it šŸ™‚ I really hope we run in to each other!

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  8. Scott K. Johnson · April 22, 2013

    LOL! This list totally made me laugh!

    And I’ll conspire with Katie to pull together whatever we need to get folks to Minnesota. Though – as I type we are being hit with another winter storm. Weatherdude on TV said 6-8 inches by morning. Normally April is a safe visit, but not so much this year. šŸ™‚

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  9. Briley · April 23, 2013

    If you are shy, then I am silent!! And we can sit in the corner and talk about New England together šŸ™‚

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  10. gogogone · April 23, 2013

    I didn’t get a chance to say hi last year,but I
    will this year.(we are FB,glucose-tabby,friends) Looking forward to it!

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