Best of the ‘Betes Blogs: July Edition

(Bigfoot not here, it Katy.)

Hosting BBB is like curating one of those tiny boutiques that sells the owner's favorite paper straws, children's book, ice tongs, kindling bins, dildo, and maybe one kind of t-shirt, with no regard for what the people of the world want, which would be things made from Mason jars, or stationery with owl or mustache motifs.

Hosting BBB is like curating a tiny boutique that sells nothing but the owner’s favorite things (striped paper straws, R. Goscinny’s Nicholas books, flat-eraser pencils, Scandinavian ice buckets, kindling, a sculptural thing might be a dildo/might be a Himalayan salt grinder, and the perfect $87 t-shirt) with no regard for what people generally want. (I.e. things made from Mason jars, shabby chic signs about wine, hot sauce, and stationery with owl or mustache motifs.)

(<—Picture taken the moment the BBB Academy contacted me with the news re who’d be BBB’s July host.)

I am so happy to be hosting Best of the ‘Betes Blogs! I read all of July’s nominated posts, and feel—not to be overly dramatic, but—just so wow about this community of thoughtful, beautiful people sharing their lives.

One nice part of hosting BBB has been finding all of these blogs I’d never seen before. (Which was a lot of them, since I’m pretty provincial.) The other nice part was the power trip: I love being the decider.

This is what I chose.

Best use of humor:

Madster—>All week I wondered are we supposed to climb that pyramid? Answer, according to the Disney cops, is no.

Best Vlog:

Heather—>So much fun. I had no idea these beautiful people were fountain-dancing in their undies right outside the window where my tired family was suffering through a dismal quesadilla. That’s FFL!

Best recipe:

Kelley—>Perfect summer dinner: unburned kebobs.

Best use of Photography:

Jessica—>The gorgeous smile of a girl in bloom!

Best advocacy:

Jojo—>The TSA how-to that launched a thousand toll free calls; one of those calls was mine! It worked.

Best Reference to a D-Celebrity

Christel—>He certainly doesn’t need them, but maybe send this man some leather pants?

Best Story of a D Meet-up

Jess—>Two three on one field trip, all making each other’s day.

Best non-D Related Post

Chris—>Skittles in the tux.

Best Post by a Type 1

Martin—> Alpo, Campbell’s Chunky, or maybe just an asshole.

Best Post by a LADA/ Type 1.5/ Not otherwise specified

Ashley—>What happens when the nurse’s most important patient is ignored.

Best Post by a Type 2

Kate—>Pumpkin pie, egg salad, and kindness. I love those foods as much as I love that state of being.

Best Post by a Type Awesome

Meri—>Addresses my favorite/least favorite topic of the month. Ugh and yay, with plenty of room for mixed feelings.

Best story of a D-mistake

Shara—>The best endocrinologist knows: respond to lies with love.

Best Motivational Post

Brea—>On staring down diabulimia.

Best Diabetes Art

Ellie—>Socking it to diabetes, illustrated.

Thanks to everyone who nominated posts this month, and congratulations to everyone who was nominated!

15 Wait 15

Arden’s Day


Bittersweet Diabetes

Burnt Apple

Candy Hearts

Diabetic Sorority Girl



Everyday Highs and Lows

Four Days 2 2 D

Happy Medium


Luke’s D-Day

Naturally Sweet Sisters

Not My Cellphone

Peace and Perspicacity

Portable Pancreas Girl

Princess and the Pump

Ranting T1 Mom

Richard’s Rambling Review

Rolling in the D

Six Until Me

Stick With it, Sugar

Test, Guess, and Go

T1 Works

Vicki’s Notebook


Without Envy

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  1. Joanne · August 5, 2013

    I still say your post: should have won for something. Even if you are too humble to award yourself…

    Oh, and thanks for the award. Feeling very pleased with myself this morning.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ben · August 5, 2013

      My boyfriend laughed so hard when he read “>280 and fucker not budge”! He’s still talking about it! I’m personally a fan of “wow, that’s amazing how the steering wheel broke off but you were able to steer for so long with just mind control”. So funny, so true!

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  2. Dolores · August 5, 2013

    Nice choices … Nice post

    Liked by 1 person

  3. fifteenwaitfifteen · August 5, 2013

    I love Best of the ‘Betes Blogs roundups each month, and am thrilled for you that you got to host/be the decider this month! You totally rocked it!! Such a great way to catch up on some of the last month’s best posts, and also to be introduced to some new bloggers and people we may not have known about before!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Anonymous · August 5, 2013

    ooooo…i sort of feel like a proud friend! oh, wait. that’s EXACTLY how i feel. well done, killilea!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Shannon · August 5, 2013

    Congrats to all the winners and nominees!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. type1dmom · August 7, 2013

    I just stumbled upon your blog thanks to a couple d-mom friends who follow you. So excited to have found this, I have been looking around for some new d-blogs to follow and I think I may have hit the mother lode! Also, shameless plug for my own D-blog:

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sara · August 12, 2013

    What a great wrap up! Having compiled the nominations, I second the opinion from Joanne that you had an awesome nominated post this month 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Shara Bialo · August 13, 2013

    Just got back from vacation (almost internet-free, which was equally delightful and anxiety-provoking) and saw your post on my blog! Thank you SO much for the BBB love 🙂 Made my whole month!

    Liked by 1 person

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