For the Win!



Last week a surprise package plopped into my mailbox and plopped happiness into a day where previously there had been none. That unexpected treat has made me a little bit compulsive about mailing people things. Maybe you would enjoy a surprise package too? However, this package won’t be much of a surprise, because here is a list of its contents:

Grover will choose the winner's name from a bunch of pieces of paper on the living room floor.

Grover will choose the winner’s name from however many pieces of paper scattered on the living room floor.

I suppose this package could be a surprise if more than one person enters to win and the winner is you! To enter, leave a comment about what you’re making for dinner or what you’re reading lately, or regarding the merits of ball fringe. One winner will be randomly selected by a dog and announced (here)/contacted (via email) by me on Sunday night.

Thank you and good luck.

PS Do I need to do a disclosure saying nobody is sponsoring me? No one is. These are just things I like that I think would be fun to get in a package.


3-13 UPDATE: I am so happy more than one person has entered the contest! This is the playlist:

Stevie Wonder Sugar

ELO Don’t Bring Me Down (Bruce could be swimming, Jazzercize, hockey etc.)

Rural Alberta Advantage Drain the Blood (this is actually about the wrong kind of bleeding but it was already on the list by the time I paused to think about it)

REM Bad Day (“It’s been a bad day/please don’t take a picture”)

Stevie Wonder Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing (“Everybody’s got a thing/But some don’t know how to handle it” and something about standing by someone’s side while they’re checking something out, which the listener can only assume is the object of affection’s blood sugar)

Cee Lo Green Cry Baby (In this song Cee Lo speaks from the point of view of a kaput pancreas, wishing its person well)

The Clash Lost in the Supermarket (Also applies to feeling hypo-lost in Target, now that Targets have expanded their food departments)

Vampire Weekend Finger Back (Someone wraps a [bloody?] finger in a paper towel)


Yo la Tengo Sugar Cube

English Beat Save it for Later (This song is about saving half of your carby restaurant entree for lunch the next day, or to eat in an hour or so, as per Gary Scheiner)

Talking Heads Sugar on My Tongue (Child with very adult parlance rhapsodizes about her/his parent’s administration of Glucolift)

Cake Sick of You

The TingTings Shut Up and Let Me Go

Modest Mouse Dashboard (The dashboard [pancreas] melted, but we still have the radio [Humalog])

Richard Thompson Oops!…I Did it Again (This song applies to any repeated error and I like how Richard Thompson pronounces “oops”)



  1. Donna · March 13, 2014

    What if I never cook dinner …I am the sandwich maker at my house …I would LOVE to read a good book but time does not allow and I wasn’t sure what ball fringe is?? U r always fun to read Katy.


  2. Katie · March 13, 2014

    Last night I made asparagus stuffed chicken breasts w/provolone cheese. Tonight I am making lemon pepper pork loin. While on vacation I read 7 books, my favorites were The Book Thief and Orphan Train..


  3. theperfectd · March 13, 2014

    Inferno by Dan Brown, who has me reaching for Google to look up unfamiliar words (to which I say: “Well played, Monsieur Brown.”) and calling me to read The Divine Comedy…again. (For once, I’m not embarrassed to say “I’m reading smutty trash” while chortling at my irony filled life.)
    Last night was homemade chicken soup with a healthy (unhealthy) smattering of Parmesan cheese on top.
    I’m surprisingly ambivalent about ball fringe. But I’m pro fringe in general.
    I want a box of happiness from Bigfoot. Grover. Sweetie. Let me spray my piece of paper with bacon…


  4. Robin Jingjit · March 13, 2014

    I’m not really entering since I live 9000 miles away and don’t have diabetes, I’m just commenting because I have to say that I had an entirely different idea of what ball fringe would be 🙂

    But now that I’m commenting, what neat thing could I send that could brighten your next unhappy day? I will be on the lookout for something cool.


  5. Beth Chapman · March 13, 2014

    All I have to say is that we have a foot of fresh snow in our yard in Maine this morning on top of the foot that was already there and I could sure use something to brighten up MY day! 🙂


  6. Brandy · March 13, 2014

    Supper tonight is leftovers. I’m currently re-reading the Outlander Series in much anticipation for the new one coming out in June. Ball Fringe – could go either way on this one. Depends on the item being fringed I suppose.
    In other news……random mailings to cheer people up……awesome f*ing idea! Consider me inspired!


  7. Sherrie Gonta · March 13, 2014

    You always make me smile, Katy! We, too, are living life with this crazy disease. My 10 year old is T1 and recently diagnosed with celiac. This celiac part is so hard!! Tonight we are having a favourite chicken dish from the Helman’s mayo recipe book – of course everything is gluten free! We just came home from hospital after a bout of vomiting on Friday – 4 days on an IV – what a trooper my little guy is!! I always look forward to your posts – thanks for the encouragement and smiles.


  8. Kim · March 13, 2014

    I’ll leave the winning to someone else, but I just wanted to say… this is a lovely gesture. 🙂


  9. type1dmom · March 13, 2014

    Love it! I have lately been reading the Edilean series by Jude Deveraux. Nice mix of modern and historical romance surrounding a small town in Virginia. My guilty pleasure.


  10. Minnesota Nice · March 13, 2014

    Last night for dinner I had tilapia and a salad made from cucumber, fennel, Greek yogurt and dill, plus some turnip slices tossed with olive oil, cornmeal and spices and baked until crisp. Oh, also some Coke Zero. I am read Jung For everyday Life.


  11. Pam · March 13, 2014

    I’m mostly in this for the cards. 🙂

    Tonight we’ll have a choice of soups, lovingly thawed from leftovers stashed in the freezer.

    I discovered a mystery by Donna Leon which I’d missed my first time through her books. The mystery part is good but the best part is escaping to Venice and sharing the city and wonderful food and wine with the detective and his family!


  12. Larry Here · March 13, 2014

    I’m in it for the music! Tonight, the Mrs. works late, so dd and I are having our usual Thursday dinner – cheese omelets plus. This evening the veggie is roasted cauliflower. Not a lot of color, I know, but we get by.

    I just returned from the library with a copy of Orson Scott Card’s book Empire. It’s the first book in a series that I did not know about until recently. Can’t wait to get started on it.

    You can make the package now, because I am a dog person, and Grover will unhesitatingly select me, probably by sitting directly on what ever object indicates me.


  13. Mary Margaret · March 13, 2014

    Dinner, Philly cheesesteaks, chips, black bottomed banana cream pie. This is my husband’s birthday, and these are some of his favorite foods, all GF of course 🙂
    Reading- Nemesis by Jo Nesbo.
    Ball fringe? Is that the stuff my grandmother has on her curtains? Dunno.
    If Grover doesn’t pick me, I will be making a Bigfoot Child playlist and eat bananas foster lara bars while I read. Maybe Empire because Larry Here made me want to pick up a new book.


  14. Scott E · March 13, 2014

    Well, this is cool. If you promise to hand-deliver the prize, I just might enter. (Of course, you’re welcome to show up at my door any time, even if empty-handed!)

    As for the ball fringe, I have no idea what that is. So right after I post this, I’m reading the Google results for “what is the ball fringe?”


  15. Cassie · March 13, 2014

    We’re having chili for dinner, hopefully the last “cold weather” meal of the season, I’m so ready for warm weather!


  16. pancreasticmotherhood · March 13, 2014

    I’m about halfway through “Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal” and “Balancing Diabetes” arrived yesterday. Fun package ideas:)


  17. Kim · March 13, 2014

    Just wanted to say that you rock, that I always read your posts no matter how busy I am, and that your play-by-play of Dexcom encouraged me to try it and I love it. For dinner tonight, I ate peas and scalloped potatoes—sometimes two sides make a meal for me!


  18. Janna · March 14, 2014

    I just finished The Fault in Our Stars. My 13-year-old daughter (the PWT1 in our house) is an avid reader and likes to recommend books to me (so I’ve read all the John Green books, Hunger Games and Divergent series too). It took me way too long to read that one but want to start another. I listened to Where’d You Go Bernadette on CD in the car during my commute and loved it.


  19. vsylvestre · March 14, 2014

    College Student with meal plan= no cook (except for sad microwave popcorn). I’m reading Orange is the new black and its awesome, lets discuss diabetes with owls, some nursing book, and its kind of a funny story!!!
    Love your blog!!


  20. Ingrid · March 14, 2014

    Fun give away! Would love to have the glucolift tabs. Should of bought a a stash at the FFL conference last summer.


  21. Sara · March 14, 2014

    Well, on the night you wrote this post, I had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich on Rudi’s bread. Only I was out of sliced cheese so I used shredded cheese. I texted a few friends before I did it, and found out I’m not the only one who has resorted to that embarrassment.


  22. Theresa · March 15, 2014

    Just 5 minutes ago finished The End of Love, short stories by (Spanish , heart , heart) Marcus Giralt Torrente. Also recently, the Good Lord Bird … The Flamethrowers.. so many good books. Not sure how I have time to read. One of my fav books is Out Stealing Horses probably bc I have a secret fantasy of being an old man alone in my cabin. I am neither a man, nor am I old. Also, have no cabin. Skipped dinner. Had cider and a few GF oatmeal cookies from the oven. So what.


    • Katy · March 16, 2014

      You won! You won! Now I need to figure out how to contact you.


  23. Heidi · March 15, 2014

    Reading: Showdown with Diabetes by Deb Butterfield.(she had an eventual successful pancreas transplant.And that,for her,was good enough. I have no idea if she’s still alive.) it is an excellent autobiography.


  24. Linda · March 16, 2014

    Ok, well, just finished “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver, which I truly loved. Dinner = Ukrainian, cooked by Peace Corps daughter recently evacuated therefrom, Phew!!. Carby boiled fried stuffed dumpling-ish things, potato pancakes, many pickles, sausage slices and vodka shots every few minutes. Lived to tell. Dunno about ball fringe, but the picture I get in my head worries me.


    • Katy · March 16, 2014

      Welcome home, daughter!


      • Katy · March 16, 2014


  25. shannon · April 8, 2014

    omg ilu and il your mix tape


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