You know how we're all in a hurry, trying to clear the task in front of us so we can move on to the next one? Sometimes that comes back to bite you. That's how our local paper wound up running a picture of me in a bathing suit. Yes, you read that right.
A columnist called me last month, wanting to profile my family's journey with diabetes. I still can't believe December will mark four years since Benny's diagnosis. After the interview, the writer emailed to ask for some pictures. No big deal, except we were out of town, returning the day before school started here. That means I was already running behind on buying school supplies, getting schedules set and, most importantly, getting Benny's diabetes plan in place. Finding a family photo was not top of mind.
A few days later, the reporter very kindly reminded me her deadline was near. So while printing out our 504 plan and figuring out how to make my directions for Benny's teacher clear and concise, while indicating I had every confidence in her (and by the way, we're a team!), I was also scrolling through recent pictures on the computer. I have a million shots of the kids, but very few of us all together. The easiest one seemed to be the one we'd just taken at the beach. We were all smiling. Heck, we were all together. I pressed attach, and send. And I knew right away I'd regret it. But hey, I checked it off my to-do list, so.. win! Until it showed up today. Ugh.
Click here to read the article and see the picture. (Seriously, thanks for the write up, Amy Reiss!)
They also included a bit about my appearance this Saturday at Time Warner BBQ & Blues (that used to be called Blues, Brews and BBQ) I'll be judging the finals of the Southern Cooking Contest.
We had a blast at the semi-finals last month, and that was in a single room at Johnson & Wales. This event will be smack in the middle of Uptown Charlotte during one of the biggest festivals of the year. I'll be joined by the folks from Mac's Speedshop – they're going to demonstrate the amazing Mac & Cheese recipe they donated to my book, I Can't Cook, But I Know Someone Who Can.
You may already know that I donate all profits from the book to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We'll be selling copies Saturday (special price, $10) so if you're around, stop by and say hi. I will not be wearing the bathing suit.