Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 137- Food Allergy Initiative and Dynamic Duo

http://www.foodallergyinitiative.org/

Benadryl saved the day for me last year.  I don't even really remember the situation, to be honest, but I think it had to do with a month long cold I seemed to have that may have had something to do with allergies.  We've got an extremely high pollen count in these parts, so I wouldn't be surprised if there's a little more of that now. 

I know that this type of allergy and food allergies are not the same, but they're all allergies.  Right?  Sounds good to me.  Therefore, my donation today was made to the Food Allergy Initiative.

The Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) was founded in 1998 by concerned parents and grandparents. Our goal is to fund research that seeks a cure; to improve diagnosis and treatment; and to keep patients safe through education and advocacy. FAI-sponsored research seeks to find a cure and improve clinical treatment, including anaphylaxis and chronic diseases of the skin and gastrointestinal tract caused by food allergy. FAI seeks to improve the identification and treatment of people at risk for food allergies. FAI works to develop and implement public policies that improve the quality of life for people with food allergies, playing an integral role in establishing national, state, and local guidelines for anaphylaxis and food safety.


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It was Day 2 of the talent show auditions, and I felt as if the actual talent was a bit shaky.  We had seen some good acts yesterday and some good acts this afternoon, but we'd seen a whole lot of "so-so" and a few "downright embarrassings".  I was ready to be wowed.

I totally was.

The dynamic duo entered the room, and I really wanted them to be good.  I have one of them in class, and I really like her.  She's an emo kid with a rough exterior but the gentlest of hearts.  She has some real issues with missing and late work, but a whole bunch of our kids do.  I'm still trying to work through all of that stuff with her in our last few weeks together.  We'll see what we can do.  Anyway... she talks about her music in class all the time and about how she's in different bands and things.  We bond over our music and our distaste for anything released by Miley or Justin.  I think she's got great taste.

From the first few notes of their performance to the last cord, the dynamic duo completely blew me away.  They did an acoustic number of a song I had never heard before, but it's most definitely one I would like to hear again.  The lyrics were meaningful, the melody was flawless, and the two girls really knocked my socks off.  I think the comments I wrote said something like, "LOVED it!  Great music, great guitar, amazing message.  Wow."  There were also a bunch of smiley faces involved, a few stars, and maybe some other superlatives as well.  I absolutely cannot wait for these ladies to have their moment at the talent show. 

Thank you, dynamic duo, you made my day.

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