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Take a Penny, Leave a Penny!
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Close to three years ago, karnythia hosted an LJ post where she asked people to leave a comment if they had something they wanted or needed, or if they had something they were willing to give or offer.

I got two things: yarn and friends.

This is how I met rosefox, who has since become one of the people in my life whom I value most.

So I've been thinking a lot lately about that and what a big impact it had on my life over the past three years. And it made me want to do it for other people.

Quoting karnythia's post from all those years ago:

What do you want?
What do you need?
What do you have?

Feel free to answer any or all of them. They do not need to be realistic things (I put world peace on mine last time) If you don't have a LiveJournal, or would prefer to answer anonymously, give us a way to contact you.



Feel free to share this on LJ, DW, and other social media if you like.


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I thought of a few other things:

Do research on restaurants in your area that are likely to be good for your allergy - check out menus online, then do follow up emails, if its gluten see if they have gluten free menus, etc., etc. Keep a list of "safe" places in mind, so when people start talking about going out, you can say, "hey, I've been wanting to try XYZ Cafe, let's go there."

Keep nonallergic snacks in convenient places and have them before you go out so that you'll be less hungry and less likely to take chances or have poor judgement due to low blood sugar. (I've usually got a small bag of pistachios or almonds in my backpack at all times.)

Suggest that some group outings be at your place - you'll provide snacks, someone else can bring drinks, etc. some pot luck food can happen too - and talk to the people you feel more comfortable with about your restrictions.

I always tell people whose houses i go to, "look, I know I'm a pain in the ass to cook for - don't do anything special for me, just let me know what's in it and what isn't and ill skip some of it. no biggie." And I'm willing to skip a lot of things and sit there and sip on something and be social.

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