6.29.2005

Popping in...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.



To show Kel's hair color and say hello. Very busy around here. Running off to return the rental car and pick up the LC which has been in the shop all day having a tune-up to the tune of over a grand. :-/

Speaking of grands, the grand total of our Relay numbers came in today... Are you ready?

$11,367!



Thanks again for everyone who helped us reach that goal!






Playing in my head: Your Algebra by The Shins

6.28.2005

Tagged for a meme!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.



Kim tagged me for a meme, so I'm here to complete it this evening.

1. The number of books I own: hundreds. If it said we I'd have to say thousands because the sum total of books in this house has to be in the thousands but mine are only a hundred or just over. And that might be stretching it a bit. I'm a little better at passing them along than some others in the house. ;)

2. The last book I bought: Easy - Dennis Lehane's Sacred, and I can't wait to get going on it, but first need to finish the Douglas Adams book I'm reading.

3. The last book I read: Dennis Lehane's Darkness Take My Hand. Don't tell me I'm in a rut. I'm in a series! There's a definite difference. They're good!

4. Five books that mean a lot to me: Oy. Gotta think about this one... Okay:

  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gifts From the Sea
  • Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones
  • Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient
  • Wayne Muller's How Then Shall We Live


5. Two books I read as a kid:

  • Joan Aiken's The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • Anna Sewell's Black Beauty


Now I would tag people, but how's this? If you want to play along, feel free!



Today's miles: 4.25
Total so far: 321.76
Still to go for goal: 178.24
(Grand total mileage thus far: 1319.57)


Playing in my head: The Hardest Part from Coldplay

6.27.2005

Got a haircut...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Finally. Had it razor cut for something new. I also spent some time coloring Keli's hair yesterday. She went a deep black and as soon as I get her to slow down for five minutes I'll try and get a picture of her. I told Kathy I'd post the results. Here ya go, Kath.



And until I can figure out what blogger did to mess up my layout last week, we'll have to deal without any of my sidebar stuff... :) I'll add it back as I can. For now, it's barest of bones.

Playing in my head: some nasty thunder

For ACS volunteers...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I think blogger messed something up when they implemented their new "Photos in the posts!" capability late last week. My blogs are no longer lining up and I did nothing to mess with them. grrrrr. And I cannot fix them. It sucks.

I had a gorgeous but sticky run tonight. It was one of those classic midwest summer nights - "It ain't so much the heat, it's the humidity!"

And now, I'm crashing fast after a late night movie with the kiddo - Notting Hill (we needed a Hugh Grant fix tonight after she saw him on The Actor's Studio while I was out running; and let's face it, who doesn't need a good Hugh Grant fix once in a while?). He makes me laugh! :)

Today's miles: 5.25
Total so far: 317.51
Still to go for goal: 182.49
(Grand total mileage thus far: 1315.32)

Playing in my head: It's Raining Men from the Bridget Jones Soundtrack

6.25.2005

For those currently going through treatment...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

(Does the layout looked hosed to anybody else or is it just me??? It's like the whole thing reverted back to an old layout all by itself...)

Guess what I've been up to this weekend? Relay For Life! :)

I attended a Relay just north of my home and didn't work. I walked. And I chatted with the committee members who were working there. And I watched their breath-taking luminaria ceremony. And I shed some cathartic tears as I sat in the stands in the dark watching the survivors with their candles walking around the track in the dark.And I bought bottles of water from them and Relay Gear from various teams to support the cause. And I bought and created a new luminary bag for Miss Judy... this one in Memory of. :( And I walked around the track. And I walked. And I walked. Because I didn't get to do much of that at our own Relay. Not much at all.

And it was so gorgeous. The sun was shining and the breeze was blowing away the humidity. And I chatted with a few people about RFL University. It seems I'm being talked about to go there and train for the online fundraising site. Heh. And the idea doesn't freak me out. And we talked about the March on the Capital that I'd really like to attend this fall.

And I went back today and listened to Jester's Panic play. That's the band B plays drums for (Kel's boyfriend). They sounded great and helped raised more funds by selling their shirts and donating the funds. And I walked around the track some more.

Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 312.26
Still to go for goal: 187.74
(Grand total mileage thus far: 1310.07)


Friday's miles: 4
Total so far: 308.26
Still to go for goal: 191.74


Playing in my head: Dude Looks Like a Lady by Aerosmith

6.23.2005

For My Judikins...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Miss Judy was the ultimate Diva. She sipped mint juleps and went to the races (and I expect she wore lovely hats and dresses as she did it) living in Lexington. She had a lovely southern accent and she had the most delightful way of saying, "Well bless his heart." or "Bless your heart." just when it was needed. She was a collector of dolls and she and her husband had acquired the hobby of purchasing and fixing up houses. Her husband was a tall, dark and handsome man with such a soft and pleasant (although deep) voice it surprised people. Judy, on the other hand, was a petite and tiny little thing. And so very lovely.

We met in Chicago, these women I call my Diva friends. It's been several years now, but it seems like just last month or so... we gathered there for several days: Beanie, Judy, Colleen, KathyK, KathyC, Liz, Katie, Amanda, myself. (I'll die if I'm forgetting anyone - please forgive my sistahs!) Some of us brought a spouse along and some of us brought a child. It was an incredible time of meeting face to face for the first time and sharing our lives. We laughed an incredible amount. Judy and her dear husband were there with us, sharing that time and we grew to love them. I always thought that Keith and I would travel to Lexington and visit them there some day.

I learned this week that we wouldn't get that opportunity.

Judy was a survivor of breast cancer. And always had a word of encouragement and light.

Judy died on January 19 of this year, the anniversary of my own Grandmother's passing. She died from a collection of blood clots. My heart is absolutely broken that I hadn't kept in touch with her or she with us. I have missed her and Beanie so over the past years.

For Judy...

Wednesday's miles: 4
Total so far: 304.26
Still to go for goal: 195.74
(Grand total mileage thus far: 1302.07)


Playing in my head: Trouble in Here by Howie Day

6.21.2005

Relay Recap part two...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Things have indeed settled down around here slightly and I actually have time to get out running this week, so here is a little running report, followed by some photos of the Relay...

Today's miles: 5.25
Total so far: 300.26
Still to go for goal: 199.74
(Grand total mileage thus far: 1298.07)

Monday's miles: 3.25
Total so far: 295.01
Still to go for goal: 204.99

and now some photos... that make me smile.

My MIL sent some wonderful "awards" for some hard-working members of the team (and for me, too). Here is Truffle Woman and her agent (hey bro!) wearing their awards... Wish you could see a close-up of the tiara, complete with perfectly crafted truffle . You can kind of see the one on the front of her staff... :) Hope we find another photo of the back of the agent's totally cool "Cape", too. We were some kick-butt super heros out there that day, I tell you!


I was dubbed the Queen of Foot for my continued running for the cancer victims and heros. I'm pictured here with my bro, the Incredible Kevin.


We're all gathering here for the team photo. You can see The Big K off to the right in his Cape - special made. And the rest of the team in their Incredible red t-shirts with insignia. The "I" is dotted with a globe because the theme of the Relay pictured children holding up the earth...


Some really great friends of mine joined our team this year... my Gray Street buddy on the right, now known forevermore as Countess of Counting, I think... and her hubby. Perhaps just, The Count! :) I dragged her into the dungeon with me and she helped me with counting pretty much all night. When she wasn't in there, he was! I owe them big time. I think they're now Relay Lifers, just like me. Oh, and here you can see that truffle tiara closer up!


Here is the Incredible J in her Super Hero cape.


I'm standing in the midst of the survivors before the survivors' lap took off. I was taking a picture of our team up in the stands as Dad was taking a picture of me. :)


Keith and Keri... You can see a Dude getting ready to walk his walk in the back ground. Not our dude, though. Our Dude was Wonder Woman to go along with our Super Hero theme. And s/he was HOT. I'll not be posting a photo until I actually get permission if I do. I didn't get permission from last year's dude for such a thing, so I may not this year, either. Don't hold your breath. That's okay, though. Who would put that kind of incriminating evidence of themselves on the web???


And this bunch just looks like trouble, don't they? My co-captain took a lot of the weight of leading the team this year as I headed off to work on the committee (second from the right), so thanks D! Back in the back you can get a glimpse of Mystical Marge! :) And in the center is one of my best boys. I'm a little sweet on him. We've got a special thing going. MJ on the right is one of the original members of our team and is now a survivor herself. On the left is my aunt, and another survivor. Up front left is wonderful Alva, a trooper on the team pitching in where needed and loved by all.


This one not only makes me smile, but makes me laugh out loud. Everything had been packed up, tents were being taken down and Kel told B to come sit in her lap. He did and they crashed that way. I guess they were a little tired, huh? :)


At the very end... Still standing after being up all night in the counting dungeon at the computer, eating cookies and wishing for a toothbrush, accepting the high online donations award... if it looks a little blurry, that's only because that's about how focused I was by then.



and finally, I forgot to add something to my list of bullet items from the other day at the Relay...

Number of times I wished for a toothbrush: At least 20. But maybe someone who was there, in the counting dungeon with me will correct me if they think this is an exagerration in either direction. I did have some kind offers of help for this wish. :)


Playing in my head: an unknown title by The Shins because we've been playing a ton of their stuff in the car and I lurrrrve them...

6.19.2005

Relay Recap part one...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

The past week has been a busy one around here but things today are finally going to quiet down now, perhaps. A little. For a while.

Relay For Life has come and gone and what a beautiful success we had.

Thanks in part to many of you, our team raised over $11,000 to be recognized as the second highest fundraising team in the entire Relay! That will place us as Platinum Club members along with the Clinic Cruisers team, the local medical clinic who raise funds all year in the medical facility among the staff and patients.

Thanks also to many of you, I was recognized as the highest online fundraiser, collecting the most money in credit card donations through the brand new (for our local Relay) online website.

Our Dude Looks Like a Lady contestant was selected Miss Relay, after s/he collected the most money walking around the track asking for donations in her/his Wonder Woman costume.

And we walked all night, consumed many cups of coffee, drank a lot of water, slathered on a lot of sunscreen (after weeks of rain, you would not have believed our weather!), counted an incredible amount of money, enjoyed a great fire at our campsite, ate hot dogs, listened to inspiring speeches, listened to beautiful songs from wonderful singers, heard not a single complaint about the sound system for the first.time.EVER.

Blisters created: Maybe a few.
Sunburns observed: Several - even with the sunscreen. After all the clouds and rain of late, how could we northerners NOT be burned?
Cups of coffee consumed: How many pots could they brew all night long?
Chocolate chip cookies consumed in the counting dungeon: How many did Kathy bring back to us? That's how many I ate.
Pizzas eaten at midnight: Still checking on the number Green Mill delivered.
Glow bracelets waved in the air after luminaria ceremony: Hundreds, and it was absolutely breathtaking from across the field in that darkness.
Tears shed during the bagpipers: By me? Several dozen. Collectively? Enough to float a small craft.
Hands held, hugs shared, kisses landed, etc: Many as always, but never enough.

Will we do it again? Of course. When will preparations begin? As soon as people are rested, of course.

Keith's Brain Trust ROCKS. We have the most awesome and committed group of people I could have ever dreamed up on our team. I can't even begin to thank them for what they did for us. Keith's mom helped with her awesome awards. Alta, I need some new ones for after-the-relay... Queen and King of Counting! I'll fill you in lay-tah! ;)

I can't wait to see how the photos turned out.


Playing in my head:For Good from Wicked - the closing Unity lap from our Relay... beautifully sung by Tracey Jenkinson

6.15.2005

Family...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

My lovely cousin Amy, married a handsome man who happens to be of half-Korean heritage (hi, Dan!). The result is the gorgeous Piper...

On Saturday June 11th, Piper celebrated her 100th day of life, known in Korean as Baek il. Prior to "modern medicine" the infant mortality rates were high. If your newborn lived to 100 days then the likelihood that it would continue to survive increased significantly. So this was cause for celebration.
You can check the following link for more info:

Korean Birthday Celebrations

And then, come back here and check out the following photo to see Piper in her beautiful han bok (ceremonial outfit).

Don't they look totally happy and in love with whoever might be standing behind the camera? I'm guessing it's probably Dan... ;)


Amy also happens to be one of my running inspirations! Keep movin' sweetie! I'll never be doing those triathalons and marathons you do, but you certainly are an inspiration to me!


Playing in my head: happiness

As I was lying there in the darkness...

...staring up at the black of the nothingness that would have been the ceiling had there been any light at 4 am, I thought about the fact that months ago I learned that sleep and midol extra strength do not mix for me...

But I thought, I took that at 11 this morning. Surely it's effects had worn off by now. I stared into the darkness a while longer, wondering again why I had ever turned off my reading lamp just when my latest Dennis Lehane novel had gotten so interesting.

That's when I remembered the large Tuscany Frio I drank during Bank Night for Relay tonight. I'm not sure if that's a double or triple shot of espresso. Guess I know how I'll get through the Relay Friday night. :)



Playing in my head: Swallowed in the Sea Coldplay

6.14.2005

Photos from the birthday party

Had to post 'em. For the family... And Keli who might be peeking and didn't get to be here (Hi bug!).

My Jena Lee


Lighting the 40(!!!) candles...


The flaming cakes.


The birthday boy...



Playing in my head: still Twisted Logic

Made my goal!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Thanks to everyone who has donated and helped me work toward my goal for the Relay For Life. At some point during the night last night, online donations came in that helped exceed my goal, and our team has blown past it's latest goal, too! I haven't made any big announcements to any of them, but I'm sure most of those who have computers have already noticed it.

I am so incredibly humbled by the generosity of my friends and strangers and bloggers and what they will do to answer the call. Ya'll rock. I'm sitting here with tears rolling down my cheeks for what you've done for the ACS. I walked into tonight's Committee meeting and said to my friend Terri, "They did it. The team made it to Platinum."

She said, "I've got goosebumps." And with her cousin Scott now in hospice, given only a couple of days, Terri may not be able to be at the Relay after all her hard work, and she being the co-chair of the event. We'll all be thinking about Scott at this Relay...

Anyway, I just had to come online tonight to say thank you again. To everybody who played a part - cheerleaders along the way for my run, (which is by no means over, I'll be running until they find a cure or until my feet or joints give out) everyone who has donated, or bought truffles or scarves or Christmas stockings... or if you volunteer or talk about Relay or participate in your area. Whatever you do, thank you. It means an awful lot to me. And Team Brain Trust? You all know what you mean to me. Every one of you. Okay. I'm blubbering.

And the giving isn't over. We're still taking donations right through the Relay. :) Always accepting 'em that ACS is. Feel free to click on the link.

Thank you for the difference you are making in the fight against cancer.





Playing in my head: Twisted Logic by Coldplay

6.13.2005

Monday Morning - new inspiration

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Jen - MST3K = Mystery Science Theater 3000...

It rained again last night! You know what this means Kel? The tree flowers have got to be going crazy around here for you... there whould be plenty to add to your series when you return!

I'd better get moving. I have a wig to find. Wish me luck.

Adding a new name to my Inspiration list today, too. I have a link to his Caring Bridge site. His name is Craig W. He has leukemia. Please keep him in your thoughts as he has a wife and two beautiful young kids.

I'll be running for Craig this week...




Playing in my head: The Spiderman Theme You know the one. Come on, sing along:

"Spiderman! Spiderman! Does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size! Catches thieves, just like flies! Look out! Here comes the Spiderman!

Is he strong? Listen, bud. He's got radioactive blood. Can he swing, from a thread?
Take a look overhead. Hey, there! There goes the Spiderman!

In the chill of night, at the scene of a crime, like a streak of light, he arrives, just in time!" (Oh yeah, we could go on and on with this, kids...)

6.12.2005

Counting down the days...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Today was quite a day. But first off, Robert and Karen! Thank you! Your donation today puts me inside the $200 mark to meeting my goal... Gaining momentum now... I could kiss you! Thank you so much!

We set out on our day's adventure in the big city of B***, Wisconsin. It was a big day for the town. This was the final day of their June Bug festival. Yep. You heard me right. June Bugs. Somebody celebrates these nasty, stupid insects. And we were there! Why were we there, you ask? Well, we went for the open house of the funeral parlor, of course! Seriously, the family who were having it are the nicest people you would ever want to meet and we love them dearly, so we went to pay them a visit. Plus we'd heard about what a beautiful new building they had put up and how lovely they had decorated it. We actually thought we'd stop by and maybe there would be a few other people there, wandering in and out and we'd chat a while and move along... The place was packed! Everybody in town seemed to have gone to see what the new funeral parlor looked like. It was amazing! Keith said to me as we drove around looking for a place to park (seriously!), "I never expected there to be this many people here..."

We walked up to the place and just shook our heads at the number of people wandering in and out and at the numbers inside sitting at the tables that were set up. Then I turned to him when I noticed what was actually taking place inside and I said, "Aha... free food." He laughed and nodded his head. But actually, when I say we really love these people, I don't know too many people who have met them that don't love them. They are truly generous and kind-hearted. They are filled with laughter and smiles and love. And you can see that in the faces of the people around them whenever they have an opportunity to spend time with T&J or their kids.

Keith and I then had dinner with the folks' this evening and had a little birthday celebration complete with baloons and a blazing fire on the table and a fire-breathing dragon (or was it a candle-eating monster?) and spice cupcakes, melting ice cream and all sorts of fun. There were gag gifts and everything. I don't think Keith's ever imagined turning 40 could be such a good time. To spend the day at the open house for a funeral home and then have such a wild birthday celebration, I don't think things get much better than that. Oh wait. I forgot about the prelude to all that fun - the farm implement store we visited to look at lawn tractors!

We had a team meeting tonight to pull together the funds we've been collecting as there is another bank night for Relay on Tuesday. It was a small meeting as most of the team was unable to attend, but we got some good things accomplished anyway.

Now I'm quite exhausted, but a Relayer's work is never done in the week before the event. If I'm not blogging much this week, you'll know why.

Wish me luck! Thank you again, Robert. You are the best! Thanks for kick starting my last run to the finish line!




Playing in my head: Theme to Rocky

Incredibles...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.



The teens who travel more than we do are off again... Keli is in Colorado and now one of my beautiful nieces is on her way to DC for the big eighth grade trip when hundreds, nay thousands of 13-year-olds desend upon our nation's capital for a bit of history. I don't remember this being an option when I was that age... Hutch? Did we have a DC trip offered when we were that age? I would have gone. I still haven't been over to that part of the country to see some of that historical stuff. But you know, I've read so much of it, seen so many photos and reenactments, that I almost feel as if I have. And the natural wonders of the West that figure richly into our history are so beautiful. I haven't seen many of those either, but somehow, they draw me with a little stronger pull...

Running update finishing my week in honor of Keith's Brain Trust! Oh and we got that amount down to $800 to reach Platinum (I still have $203.50 to go for my own goal, so I'd get them closer, but still no cigar)... In five days? I don't think we're going to do it. But dang if we didn't try. What an Incredible team! ;)

We watched MST3K last night - It was a semi-humorous episode called Touch of Satan. I have to admit to being a bigger fan of the older episodes with Joel as the host now that I've seen a bunch of both of them, though. Manos The Hands of Fate is still holding as my favorite of all MST3Ks at this time... (most groans and laughs involved during the watching).

Saturday's miles: 3.5
Total so far: 288.51
Still to go for goal: 211.49
(Grand total mileage thus far: 1289.57)

Playing in my head: MST3K theme song the old version.

6.09.2005

For the supporters and members of Keith's Brain Trust...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

It's been a while since I did a running update. Granted, I didn't run at all during the weekend of the Brat stand - things were far too crazy - but I have run this week, so it's time...

And I'm running this week for all of you who have been contributors to, supporters of and members of the Relay For Life team of Keith's Brain Trust. I am simply amazed at what we have accomplished this year. It brings me to tears if I think about it too hard. We were shooting for a dollar over last year when we started out, then when we passed that goal months ago, we thought, "Why not try for the Gold Club (earning $7500)?" And we kind of figured that might be a bit tough, but possibly doable.

As the weeks went by, the team kept on working (especially Ms. Bonnie Wonka and her agent...)! And all of our supporters out there kept supporting us (you all ROCK!)! Before we knew it, we were sliding past the Gold Club number and now we're shooting for the Platinum Club ($10,000). US! A little family/friends team who have only been doing the Relay for a few years (this will be our third).

We might make it, or we might not. We still have about $1200 to go in the next week (eek!). But our hearts and souls are in it and we're working hard to try. If you've been considering giving to the American Cancer Society, I hope you'll give some thought to contributing to our team.

So Keith's Brain Trust and all our supporters - both with money and prayers - my miles this week are for you!

Today's miles: 5.25
Total so far: 285.01
Still to go for goal: 214.99
(Grand total mileage thus far: 1286.07)

Wednesday's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 279.76
Still to go for goal: 220.24

Tuesday's miles: 4.0
Total so far: 275.76
Still to go for goal: 224.24

Monday's miles: 4.25
Total so far: 271.76
Still to go for goal: 228.24


Playing in my head: Such Great Heights by Iron and Wine from the Garden State Soundtrack

Photo post... Addendum...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Thought I'd regale family and friends with a few photos because I like to do that now and then. :) Hey dad, Thanks!

The first batch are from the Brat Stand we held for our Relay fund raiser. :) Then I'm done. You won't hear about it again!

Chef Alva cooking up a storm (literally...) - we had some funky weather at that brat stand - see how wet the ground is?


That's me and my mom, just waiting to attack pounce on happily welcome a customer.


This is my Gray Street buddy and I... she and I have been friends since we were in diapers. Well, at least since she was. She likes to rub it in that I'm older than she is. I KNOW already!!! I'm older, but she doesn't even begin to treat me like I'm wiser. No respect I tell ya. ;) There's always laughter going on when she and I get together. We've been through a lot together. And I do mean a lot...


These next ones are from the Nifty Fifties play that my niece Erin was in. You saw one of them already, but I moved that one up after I got an actual photo of her actual grad ceremony.

Edna...


Here she is performing her big solo number, "Edsel," with backup provided by a couple of other key players... The boy playing Donald, "The Best Soda Jerk in Town" was really very talented.


This is us (of course) at Erin's play... We had a great time - they did an awesome job. Notice how all of the girls are now as tall as Aunt Keri (or mom?). Yeah, they are as strong, too. Keli likes to prove this by "takin' me down" every now and again, too... no worries - we're talking sock wrestling here... Or tossing me over the back of the couch. I used to be able to beat her at sock wrestling every time. Now I can't remember the last time I won. *sniffle* It's only because her arms and legs are getting longer than mine, though. Um yeah. That's it.


Erin and I at her Grad night festivities


Another photo Brandon took of Keli. This time I shamelessly stole it from him. Hope he doesn't mind.


Playing in my head: Roses Are Red by Bobby Vinton

6.08.2005

$5 shakes and Royale's with Cheese!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.



My friends already know how much I love the 30-second movies as done by the Bunnies. Well, now they've outdone themselves. They've released Pulp Fiction... If you aren't a fan of the movie, and the language, or you're sitting at work, turn down the volume. (Viewer discretion is advised! Contains bunnies cussing and bunnies in adult situations.)

It's another classic, to be sure... Found the link at Silly Old Bear's this morning. And was happy to see they've also done another movie I've missed since I haven't been over to their website for so long - It's a Wonderful Life! And many more are on the way. Go have a look. Now that they have a backer with some money, we'll be treated to lots of fun in the future. I'm looking forward to Rocky Horror.





Playing in my head: Through With You Maroon 5

Pomp and Circumstance... 2!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Congratulations on your graduation, my gorgeous and talented niece!

On to the high school... where you will *shine*





Playing in my head: Shiver by Maroon 5 (I couldn't very well help it, could I???)

6.07.2005

Pomp and Circumstance...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Congratulations on your graduation my talented and lovely niece!
...on graduation day...






Playing in my head: A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay

Blogger lifecycles...

This was too funny to pass up for several reasons. Ken linked to it a couple of days ago and I can't let it just disappear into oblivion without a couple of others who may not read his blog see it. :)

Please check it out and let me know your thoughts, oh fellow bloggers.

Lifecycle of Bloggers




Playing in my head: A total swirl of panic with all that is left to do over the next week and a half...

Corrected, because I just COULDN'T believe it had been that long!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

It isn't birth as in BIRTH, but we like to think of it as a starting over point because we consider it a gift of life for all of these wonderful extra years we were given with him because of how severe the blockages were... Happy 15th birthday (anniversary of triple/quad bypass surgery), Poppa!

Yeah, the other day I said 10th... but it's really been 15. I couldn't believe it when I started to post 15. I knew it was a big one, so I figured, "Naaaah. It must be only 10." Had I thought about it a minute or two more, I would have remembered it really was 15, because Kel was just a little tot at the time and she used to go get Grampa his heart pillow and bring it to him to prop up his foot all the time. *sigh* Time really does fly. So thank goodness for those beautiful, wonderful 15 years, Poppa! I love you!






Playing in my head: Speed of Sound because X & Y is now on sale and I have it! Oh yeah...

They Say It's Your Birthday!!!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.



Happy Birthday To YOU!

Birthday Boy!


The big 4-0!

We'll have to celebrate when next you return...



Playing in my head: The Beatles' Birthday song

6.06.2005

Books Read

Yep, this is a repeat, but I've done some reading of late and made a few updates, so I thought I would do a repost... Got this idea from Empress... I made this post so I could put it as a link on my sidebar and not have an "ever increasing list" on the sidebar of books...

On my nightstand:


  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

  • Don Quixote by Cervantes

  • Living to Tell the Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


Read in latter part of 2004:
  • Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott (9/1)

  • Devil in the Details: scenes from an obsessive girlhood by Jennifer Traig (9/14)

  • Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler (10/22)

  • The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (10/26)

  • Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs (11/3)

  • The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan (11/16)

  • The Water-Method Man by John Irving (11/29)


Read in 2005:
  • Wicked by Gregory Maquire (1/9/05)

  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (3/8/05)

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

  • Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons by Lorna Landvik (3/15)

  • The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (4/05)

  • Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See (4/24/05)

  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd (4/26/05)

  • Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (5/15)

  • Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn by Kris Radish (5/17)

  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster (5/19)

  • Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane (5/28)

  • The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (6/5)


6.05.2005

Day three...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

I am soaking wet. I am freezing cold. I am exhausted. We had blue sky. Then we had puffy white clouds. Then we had black clouds. Then we had wind. Then I ran into the store to grab myself something to drink and when I got in line to pay I heard someone say, "Wow, it's pouring rain out there." I glanced out the doors and couldn't believe my eyes. I got drenched walking under the overhangs back to the stand. We sold a few more brats and hot dogs.

Things improved. The rain stopped. Then it started again. Then it stopped. And that's when we heard and saw the pop can blowing down the parking lot. clunk clunk clunk.... We laughed and watched it go by. Didn't think much about it. Stood there chatting a couple of minutes more and then... the tornado sirens went off.

Well, you've never seen four women kick it into high gear. We had that trailer closed up so fast! I was already outside with my rain poncho on, so I took down tables and chairs and moved them inside... untied the sign so we could shut doors and windows, etc. It was sad that things had to turn ugly on us so early in the afternoon because it really slowed down the day's sales, but we did great for our Relay fundraising. And our team worked hard this weekend. Thanks to everyone.

But special thanks to Mom for organizing and doing the vast majority of the work, Bonnie for making a gazillion truffles and Kent for hauling his grill and the propane tanks up there for us again this year.

It was a totally successful Brat stand. Team Keith's Brain Trust ROCKS.

I'm going to bed. As soon as I say...

Happy Birthday, nephew David!!!




Playing in my head: my clothes dryer :)

6.04.2005

Updated Lists...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Bloggers I've met in person:

  • KathyHowe! (Oh yeah - be jealous. That's right. I got to meet the one and only Zoofy today. And we chatted and talked and wandered all around the brat stand as I was interrupted by phone calls and my having to grab this or run that. But it was great! We're definitely going to get together again sometime soon. After all, we haven't met up for Barker's great poppers and fries and burgers (well, veggie burgers for me, but whatever) and beer. YUMMY! Soon, Kath.
  • Kizki Kate (Yup - the one who resides in Istanbul... but she was here in the States visiting.)
  • KathyK (from Texas)
  • KathyC (fellow Wisconsinite)
  • Trudi (from Canada - I spoke to her on the phone and I feel like I know her in person, does that count?)


Bloggers I've not met in person:

  • Everybody else


w00t.

Playing in my head: The Last Time by Keane because Chris had to mention them. Yeah, that's right Mark. Not even your Petula Clark could bounce this one. It is Keane after all...

6.03.2005

Day one...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Too exhausted to post anything real. Missed my massage because I was so busy being the chef in charge of the grill. Yeah. I was hot. Sizzle. Raced off to try and catch her and missed an old co-worker from a kazillion years ago. Sorry Renee. Would have loved to see you. *sigh*

Photos...












You all were thinking dry and generous thoughts today, weren't you? Please keep 'em coming... the weather predictors were talking trash for tomorrow. Let's prove 'em wrong.

Playing in my head: You and I by Jason Mraz

6.02.2005

Lists...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Bloggers I've met in person:

  • Kizki Kate (Yup - the one who resides in Istanbul... but she was here in the States visiting.)
  • KathyK (from Texas)
  • KathyC (fellow Wisconsinite)
  • Trudi (from Canada - I spoke to her on the phone and I feel like I know her in person, does that count?)


Bloggers I've not met in person:

  • Everybody else


But after the weekend, I hope to add one KathyHowe to the Met In Person list after she comes out to the old hometown and noshes on brats... how midwest can this event be???

Playing in my head: Do You Know the Way to San Jose for reasons that I cannot even begin to explain... but thanks to Mark and his blog and its current music of Downtown

Busy Thursday...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Well, thanks to Jenorama, I added a mile to my run today. I walked a wee bit of it (okay, quite a bit of it), and I've a big blister on my toe (whaaaa), but 6.19 miles! Whooo hooo! That's an accomplishment! And I can feel it, believe you me. What is that? Believe you me. And how are you supposed to punctuate it? Bizarre phrase that. So's that, come to think of it.

Anyway, I have a bunch of stuff to do and I was going to write more, but I can't think of what else I was going to say.

Here's something, though. Tuscany Latte. Oh yeah, baby. Dark chocolate orange. Uh huh. Heaven in a mug. Even better? Make it cold and whip it and top it with nonfat whipped topping and use skim milk. Oh.My.Dog.

Tomorrow? I'll most likely be absent unless I forgo the run due to inability to move because you know what day it is... hot dog stand day! Can you stand it? Will you be glad when it is over so I can stop going on about it? Don't answer that. It's our last really big fund raiser and effort to get our total up super high. We've surpassed the Gold Club total and now we're heading toward Platinum, so we're crossing fingers and toes for good weather. As I told Kazoofus, I might be seen doing a sun dance (although I think I told her rain dance - doh!) around the County Market parking lot every morning for the next three days. Put your most positive thoughts into sunshine for Wisconsin for me, please! And add some positive thoughts for generosity, too while you're at it? Thanks.

Mwah!

Have a great afternoon and a terrific Friday. I'll try to report back tomorrow evening. And on Saturday? My baby is leaving for Colorado to spend a couple of weeks with her adorable baby sister. Isn't she cute? Go ahead, let me hear a collective "Awwww..." You know you want to. :)

Kel's baby sis



Today's miles: 6.19
Total so far: 267.51
Still to go for goal: 232.49
(Grand total mileage thus far: 1268.57)


Playing in my head: Slow Night, So Long by the Kings of Leon

6.01.2005

For Lia...

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Interesting. I've now seen this layout on a computer other than mine and know how really bad it can look. :( So I do hope someone can help me get it together soon. I think I just need to make it wider so I can spread the entries out away from the side bar a bit and make them both a little wider. (Got that idea from the comment Angela left - thanks, Angela! As for the other comments, you've all been really great, thank you! What wonderful and kind things you've said after I badgered you and guilted you into it! No, really... You honestly have said lovely things and practically made me cry. Thank you.) But I have no time for this until probably after the relay, so I should just revert back to the truffles layout until then, but I'm not even going to do that. Deal with it. heh.

In the meantime, we're busy busy. And once again, I forgot to have anyone take out a camera during the making of the masks today. So girls' night wasn't captured forever... *sigh* Oh well. We even had an extra girl. Bonnie Wonka was with us to assist, taking a break from truffle making.

Today's run was for Lia, family friend who recently learned she has cancer but has gotten no further than that. Tests are being done, doctors are being chosen, etc. You're in our thoughts and prayers, Lia. She was so close to ground zero on 9/11. Life has been challenging for a while now.

Today's miles: 5.25
Total so far: 261.32
Still to go for goal: 238.68
(Grand total mileage thus far: 1262.38)

My run was awesome this morning. Not the running part of it, but the morning and the getting out there and doing it aspect. I do so much better when I go out early. It was a great morning - sparkly and bright. The kids around here are almost out of school for the summer and then the traffic will die down a little and I won't have to breathe the exhaust of the school buses. Part of my route takes me past a high school, a middle school and an elementary, and since at one point, I run out of side walk (can you imagine?) and then, I actually duck into the parking lot of the schools so I don't have to run in the road, I'll be really happy when the schools empty out for the year because that's when I'm glad school isn't in session and I'm out there at the end of the day.


Playing in my head: Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber