6.27.2006

Checking 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.

Thought I'd write a brief post for those who've emailed to ask "Now that Relay and the graduation party are over, how are you, what are you doing and where the heck are you???" It won't actually become a post, of course, until I toss it out to blogger and get it out of my note book where I'm hand writing it on Monday evening from the comfort of my bed... *yawn* Nope. Not snoozing on my parents' sofa, if that has been posted anywhere at all.. *ahem* What can I say? I don't normally fall asleep at family events. I was exhausted. Yes, it was Father's Day when it happened. But I'd been up all night at the Relay and there was some let down happening. There was a bit of calm-before-the-storm going on. I must admit, the other night after the grad party at Anonybro's house while sitting beside the warm fire, it almost happened again. Must remain vigilant in his presence, however. He's a tricky one with the camera.

Anyway, some indication of where I've been, what I've been up to over the past several days... bulletized for you skimmers.

  • I'm on page 368 of Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I've got a new fluff book waiting in the wings. It's summer ya'll. I'm all about easy reading in the summer; something I can walk over to the cafe and sit on the patio with my coffee or beer and enjoy in the sunrise or sunset and not worry about the distractions of cars going by or lovely interruptions of friends new and old stopping by to chat.

  • I've added a favorite pampering product to my bath... got2b Spa brand's Foot Polish with sea salt, pumice and essential oils including rosemary, peppermint, orange, spearmint, lemon, ruby grapefruit and many more. it is fantastic and my feet totally love it.

  • I ran tonight. Really ran. Not just babied my foot with a kick-a$$ walk to burn the heart right out of my body but really ran. I took a route from last summer when I was really working. No, I didn't run the entire route as I'm not looking to re-injure myself. It felt great. Took a couple of extra strength ty-le-whosewhatsits to try and hold back some of the morning after a big run pains. (As I enter this a day later, I can report those did absolutely nothing for me. The older I get, the more running just plain hurts. And as I move through the day, the more I'm reminded that my body just felt that pounding pretty much all of the time last year. All. Of. The. Time. It never got any better. I never got used to it. That's just age? Ugh. How sad.)

  • We went to a college housing meeting and looked at some apartments. Her place is going to cost nearly twice what mine does. How does that sound? Unbelievable? Does to me. Plus utilities and with one less bath. I didn't even ask about the washer/dryer yet. Garage? Don't know. *sigh*

  • Tomorrow night is the Tom Petty concert (which since I'm entering this a day later is really tonight...) haven't seen him in a few years. Looking forward to it. Though I think this concert will pale in comparison to the one in Red Rocks amphitheater back then when the Blind Boys of Alabama opened and we were about 7 or 8 rows back in the center and it was an awesomely beautiful night. How does one compare?

  • Now there is the on with life stuff - changing the oil in the car, unpacking boxes, getting the new place in order and liveable after all of the stuff from the old place finally came here once we closed on it, take the kid to the bank and get her an account, get some renter's insurance, etc.


So that's where I've been and where I am. I'll be back soon. I promise. As for right now? I think I'll grab one more little cat nap. *yawn*





Today's inspiration: Bonnie's co-worker, early 50's, just received word that he has pancreatic cancer. :(
Today's miles: 4.5
Total so far: 375.6
Still to go for goal: 124.4


Mileage since the 21st: 10
Total so far: 371.1
Still to go for goal: 128.9



Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

6.20.2006

The Relay in Photos (Indulge me)...

I won't put many here. If you really want to see it, head over to my flickr account. Unfortunately, I wans't manning the camera that night. Had I been? You'd have gotten some shots of the after effects of the deluge, too. You'd have seen me all drippy standing in the pouring rain, perhaps, at the edge of the food booth where I eventually took shelter at one point. You'd have seen J's white clothing after carrying the rain sodden everything under cover of tents to protect it. He was pretty much gray and brown and black before he left around 1 am to head to his other Relay.

Well, here's what you do get to see...

A few shots of things in the prep stages...

Here part of the committee is working at setting things up and discussing how things will go during part of the ceremony.
Committee prep work
And here, our ACS contact sets up the sound system that will be used not only for announcing and speech-giving, but also for playing the music "all night long" as we circle the track.J sets up the sound system

Now we're in the Relay Proper... The ceremony has kicked off and the color guard has come in to start things up for us.
Our Torch LightersThese two survivors are our torch lighters.

Next they have a survivor's lap and small ceremony and meal for all of the survivors who come and/or are invited. Survivors Keep on Walkin' This group seems so small compared to some years, but it was still a great group of survivors.

Then our team prepared for the team parade (going with this year's theme - beach party) and went out on parade and had our team photo taken. Here Dad and I stood waiting for the rest of them to get their acts together. I think I was the last one over to the campsite but I was the first one ready to get on that track for the parade. This is one of my favorite parts of the evening. :) Dad and Keri

Well, you just head on over to flickr if you want to see them all. I've bored you enough with this many. Besides, I have to head out to get the kid.

Peeling Back the Onion

Stolen directly from OZONE FERD


LAYER ONE:
-- Name: Keri, aka KinnicChick across the blogosphere
-- Birth date: January 20
-- Birthplace: Wisconsin
-- Current Location: suburb of the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN but on the Wisconsin side of the border
-- Eye Color: brown
-- Hair Color: brown
-- Height: 5'4"
-- Righty or Lefty: righty
-- Zodiac Sign: (does anybody care anymore?) Aquarius, but considered 'on the cusp' because of the birth date... some charts list me as Capricorn

LAYER TWO:
-- Your heritage: A little Irish, a little Danish, some French Canadian, some Brit... I could probably mix a little other stuff, too.
-- The shoes you wore today: Keen sandals. I wear them almost year round and have the tiger tanned feet to show for it.
-- Your weakness: now it appears to be Oreo Cool Mint creme thanks to Zoofy
-- Your fears: holes. sounds strange, I know. I got issues, I guess.
-- Your perfect pizza: The gourmet vegetarian without onions from the take and bake place. What's it called again? Oy... Give me a minute. It's been a while.
-- Goal you'd like to achieve: $260,000 for the Hudson Relay For Life this year.

LAYER THREE:
-- Your most overused phrase on Text messaging: dude or yo. ask my kid.
-- Your first waking thoughts: What time is it! Didn't my alarm go off!?!
-- Your best physical feature: I hate these kinds of questions.
-- Your most missed memory: May have to readdress this later. Can't think of anything I miss so much aside from Bear.

LAYER FOUR:
-- Pepsi or Coke: Not much for pop anymore because a med I take makes fizz taste like crap
-- McDonald's or Burger King: Jimmy John's number 6
-- Single or group dates: Haven't dated in years so I guess groups
-- Adidas or Nike: Keen sandals
-- Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: ahhhhh. Which one was that?
-- Chocolate or vanilla: skim vanilla latte's made by the made a million man, Jeff
-- Cappuccino or coffee: skim vanilla latte's


LAYER FIVE:
-- Smoke: only in the past
-- Cuss: definitely
-- Sing: loudly - in the car with every window open and the radio cranked.
-- Take a shower everyday: first thing in the morning to wake up and get ready for the day, and then after the run or walk, and then again after tap dance class and any other strenuous activity
-- Do you think you've been in love: yes
-- Want to go to college: maybe a return
-- Liked high school: sure
-- Want to get married: been there, done that
-- Believe in yourself: these days - yes.
-- Get motion sickness: unless I drive. control freak much?
-- Think you're attractive: I hate these questions.
-- Think you're a health freak: Not a health freak.
-- Get along with your parent(s): yep
-- Like thunderstorms: Love them
-- Play an instrument: clarinet, flute, bass clarinet, dabble in keyboarding

LAYER SIX: In the past month...
-- Drank alcohol: Yep
-- Smoked: nope
-- Done a drug: Illegal drug? nope
-- Made Out: nope
-- Gone on a date: nope
-- Gone to the mall?: nope
-- Eaten an entire box of Oreos?: working on those damn cool mint creme, but not yet.
-- Eaten sushi: nope.
-- Been on stage: nope.
-- Been dumped: nope
-- Gone skating: nope
-- Made homemade cookies: Nope
-- Gone skinny dipping: nope
-- Dyed your hair: yep
-- Stolen Anything: nope

LAYER SEVEN: Ever...
-- Played a game that required removal of clothing: Yep!
-- If so, was it mixed company: yep
-- Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: Yep!
-- Been caught "doing something": yep
-- Been called a tease: yep
-- Gotten beaten up: Nope.
-- Shoplifted: nope
-- Changed who you were to fit in: nope

LAYER EIGHT:
-- Age you hope to be married: don't plan to repeat this
-- Numbers and Names of Children: kel is 18
-- Describe your Dream Wedding: First wedding was the big show wedding with the dress and the flowers and all of that. Second was "just us" in the mountains of Colorado - an elopement. Both were a dream and perfect.
-- How do you want to die: "I can pass this guy" is most likely how I will die. heh.
-- Where you want to go to college: Thinking of massage school next. Who knows?
-- What do you want to be when you grow up: massage therapist?
-- What country would you most like to visit: Turkey to see Katie? Or Australia to see Peter and Amanda after they return there from England? Or to England to see them while they are there? Who knows! Canada to visit Trudles, perhaps!!

LAYER NINE:
-- Number of drugs taken illegally: 0
-- Number of people I could trust with my life: Why put this burden on anyone?
-- Number of CDs that I own: Not that many. Maybe a couple of hundred.
-- Number of piercings: just ears, but four on one ear and two on the other.
-- Number of tattoos: zero so far.
-- Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: Who knows? A couple for Relay. A few for land/property transfers. A few for gossip column. It's ridiculous really.
-- Number of scars on my body: Numerous.
-- Number of things in my past that I regret: Not walking with Uncle Ken in the grand march at his daughter's wedding about 35 years ago? Maybe more. That's the one thing.

EXTRA STUFF

Lived - Wisconsin, Northern Michigan, Colorado and again to Wisconsin
Current addiction: 24 and Kiefer. And walking with my iPod. And Skim Vanilla Latte.
Music - Too much to list. Well rounded.
Favorite TV shows: 24
Favorite Movies: Practical Magic, Anything that makes my kid laugh so hard that I can laugh at her laughing..., Sure - why not Pirates? And some Hugh Grant work.
Favorite Actors: Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, Aidan Quinn
Favorite Actresses: Sandra Bullock, Keira Knightly

Favorite Sport: Running

Feeling lost without communication...

Do I just need to reboot or is Gmail down for everybody? I'm going nuts here. I needs me my gmail!

Check another June task off the list...

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.

Early registration for college completed. One more thing accomplished. Heading to the bank to get some funds in so I can pay the rent. Then I'm going to do some shopping for the grad party. And tonight? Tonight is another tap dance class! Woohoo! I'm excited! Yippee! A silver lining on the day!

Huge thanks to Krush for yet another Blogger donation surprise! Heading ever onward toward that goal... You all rock!

Today's inspiration:
Today's miles: To be announced
Total so far:
Still to go for goal:


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

6.19.2006

Fun with music/video... Dubya is rockin'.

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.

Totally ripped off from DJ Wes the Holy Roaster, who got it elsewhere. Thanks Wes.

Dubya does U2. If you've already seen it/heard it, my apologies. It was my first time. And it amazed me. ;-) As Wes says, some people have too much time on their hands (thank goodness).


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

Celebration on the Hill? Still a possibility???

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 may be going to Washington for the Celebration on the Hill after all. *crosses fingers* Karen one of the rockingest Relay people evah! says I can bunk with her so I only have to come up with the air fare. (big only, I know...) I wasn't chosen as an advocate but I can still buy my way in. heh. I cried when she told me. And we all thought I was recovered from the weekend. Well, I did. Glad I was done when we had the meeting with Senator Harsdorf just a bit later to thank her for what she has done with regards to cancer and the ACS during this voting period.

KathyHowe? It sucks that you told me about these dogdamn oreo with mint cream. They taste like the mint girl scout cookies we don't get any more since our supply dried up when Keli dropped GS. *sigh* Thanks a lot. Or a ton as the case will probably be.


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

Monday Monday/Updated miles

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 another crazy week probably to be filled with many short updates. I'm hoping that after this week things will settle back into a normal routine again. But this week will be nuts. Absolutely nuts.

I'm running today with little jobs in prep for both the grad party on Sunday and college early registration which takes place tomorrow. Let's hope I don't forget to pay my rent on Friday. Ya'll help me remember, okay? That's this Friday. I should probably put it in the mail on Wednesday to be safe. Everybody set their reminder calendars... thanks. ;) OOOH! First day of summer is Wednesday. Will that help?

Another thank you to go out for even more Relay donations. Lisa Y! Thank you! Cursing Mama! I see your donation scroll! Thank you! *sigh* I just might make that goal total yet! You all have me keeping that tissue box right here beside the computer. There are many reasons I am grateful and weepy. Many reasons.

I held it together during the Relay pretty well. Until Terri walked in that door and asked how things were going. She brings it out of me. I don't know why. Sorry about that Ter. You don't deserve to have me falling apart on you. I think I just wanted to be able to tell you, of all people, with all of the stuff you've gone through the past year... that the numbers were through the roof.

Okay. Getting back to work. Smooches and hugs to each of you. I'm going to see that total going up some more. I can feel it. Thank you all.



Today's inspiration: Katie R - A Relay Co-Chair
Today's miles: 6
Total so far: 357.6
Still to go for goal: 142.4

Yesterday's inspiration: Diane V - A Relay Co-Chair
Yesterday's miles: 5
Total so far: 351.6
Still to go for goal: 148.4


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

6.18.2006

The blogging world is a beautiful beautiful place...

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 thought that after about 19 hours of sleep, some vanilla latte's and then a nap, well I thought that my emotions about the events of the past couple of days had recovered. And then? Then while starting to scroll down my blogroll and slowly catch up on some of my blog friends I found this...

Remember how I said perhaps my blog friends could make up the difference and bring this Relay back up to its goal? Yeah, I can dream. And we can still make it happen. Cursing Mama, you rock. That was the sweetest thing. And then there is my lovely friend Jen. Who year round has my RFL logo (which leads to my donation site) on her page.

CM got the waterworks going again. But I don't think it has anything to do with being tired. The generosity of people just blows me away. Thank you, dear. *sigh*

Here's another bullet for the list from yesterday that I forgot to add... (and funny enough, I forgot this bullet until my second update last year as well...)

  • Last year I swore that I would in no way, shape or form forget to bring a toothbrush or paste with me because I wished at least 20 times (according to this blog post) that I had remembered it then. What did I do this year? Yeah. Forgot it, of course. Once again, I did have one offer from someone that I could use theirs. heh. I declined (but thanks, Lori!).



Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

6.17.2006

It is finished...

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 exhausted. Actually it was fininshed by 10:30 this morning. We were done cleaning up (or rather I was finished with my portion and what I saw I could help with ) and I was out of there by 11:30 this morning. I then came home, showered off 24-hours of dust, grime, sweat, rain streaks, and more dust, grime and sweat. From there I went to the local cafe for a wee bit of real food as I had lived the past 24-hours on coffee, a half of a sub (no, not Jimmy Johns) and a couple of rice krispie treats with the peanut butter in and chocolate on top that as each of us bit into them we would look around with this look on our face of rapture and then say, "oh. my. dog... who made these???" I never did find out. When I returned from this bit of lunch I fell onto my bed and did not move (other than answering a phone call (hi mom) at which point I pulled the plug on my phone and buried my cell in pillows beside me, hoping I would still catch Kel when she called for any needed rides). I only just stirred moments ago and thought I would give a quick update. (yeah, shut. up. I know - when are my updates ever quick?)

  • Speaking of phone calls and messages to wake up to? DJ Wes? Your message about Tommy Shaw and Styx was just plain cruel, man. We will talk. But great thanks to you and Michele for stopping up to visit and braving the elements. That was sweet.

  • Yes, we did get rained poured deluged and lightninged and thundered and seriously winded upon. The elements did their best to send us home last night and quit with the party already. Instead? We moved the party into the gym, still managed to have a beautiful luminaria ceremony and celebrated the reason we were there. Hope. We were back outside by midnight. Well, those who were outside were back out. I headed into the beautiful counting room (I do not call it the dungeon any longer - we moved from atheletic dressing room this year to a real classroom! Woohoo! Kathy L - that saved our butts and made things oh so much better. Thank you.

  • Yes, your donations are still welcome. The books on this Relay do not close for a couple of months, folks. Keep 'em coming. I cry with each and every arrival of one. So for the two that arrived yesterday via the online site - one from a new donor (whose online identity, if they have one, I do not know) and one from my dear KathyK? Thank you. I wept to come home and find those emails. I truly wept. And I blubber into the keyboard yet again. :) You both rock.

  • You know, the generosity of my readers might just bring this Relay right up to the original goal! (Well, a girl can dream.)

  • Keith's Brain Trust rocks for the hard work that they did and the tireless efforts they put in all through the year for this cause. Smooches to all of you! And smooches to all donors. Once again our team brought home the Top Online Fundraising Team award. Thank you from the bottom of my exhausted little sleep-deprived heart.

  • Numbers are slightly down but we knew that going in. Our total number of teams was down, so we knew everything else was likely to be down. I'm not going to commit any real numbers to print here.

  • I did manage to find a new Registration Chair for the Relay. He rocks. (Hi Peter!!!) That was totally cool. He helped us out several hours and he knows his numbers, too...

  • And Keith? Get working on that spreadsheet for next year - your new and improved version. Because you are now chained to that sucker. It is yours.

There will be more. Complete with photos. Bet you can't wait. :) Tears and smooches and love.

Update 1 am... Kel is now home and settled in to bed (such that it is in a futon on the living room floor... her back pain has returned). She had graduation parties to attend today and spent the remainder of the day with Michael. Luckily, they got a little sleep last night while both being troopers and attending the entire Relay, too... I can go back to bed now after retrieving her and settling her in. Where is that pillow? *yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwn* What day is it???




Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

6.15.2006

About that tap class...

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 had a blast!!! It was the mostest fun ever and I can't wait until next week when we actually have not one but two lessons! Woohoo! My shoes were so comfortable. Like slippers practically. An hour wasn't nearly long enough, I'll tell you that. And it was great exercise. I have a feeling I'm going to finish off the Relay For Life on Saturday morning and I'm going to be feeling muscles I forgot existed in my ancient body. Oh, and Kelly? Have no fear... I don't think I'll bust my "buster" running after anyone in my tap shoes... LOL! Maybe falling in class, but not running down the street!

Speaking of ancient bodies... Jon (that's my real estate agent who used to work with me many mooons ago in the bank, plus we went to high school together. This really is small town living at its best, you see...) is running Grandma's Marathon this weekend in Duluth and it's his very first marathon ever. BEST OF LUCK old friend!!! And by old, I don't really mean old. He's younger than me. And far braver. You don't see me running a marathon. And I was only teasing with the whole ancient bodies thing.



Today's inspiration:Aunt Dot
Today's miles: 4.6
Total so far: 346.6
Still to go for goal: 153.4


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

Really ramping up now!

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, we had a really great Bank Night last night - and the last meeting before our event tomorrow. EEK! Tomorrow!!! Thanks for picking me up and dragging me and all of my files and everything else around, Carolyn! And thanks for coming to the meeting and volunteering for the registration committee after being in the dungeon for so many hours last year with us. You rock!

The weather people are predicting horrible things for tomorrow and Saturday. Not the glorious heat and sunshine we had last year, which was perfect. But I'm not listening to them. Not a bit. :( Because they are always wrong anyway.

Now I'm off to buy those shoes. Really. Because that first class? Yeah. It's tonight. Have I already said that? Michele? I'm going to call you. I think you should join me. Wes agrees. You all remember Wes. DJ Wes. Farkel King of the St. Croix Valley. Holy Roaster Wes. Music Man and all around great guy. Well, apparantly he's pretty light on his toes too, right Wes? Or was that light on Michele's toes? ROFL!

Okay. I'm outta here. I have shopping to do. I think I need another latte'. Doesn't it sound like it?





Today's inspiration: Aunt Dot
Today's miles: TBA
Total so far:
Still to go for goal:


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

More Fun with Keri's Camera Phone...

Good grief. Here we go again. I've been saving them up. Enjoy.

So yeah. That first one??? There is the cinderblock wall. Where? No clue. There is part of my hand and the bracelets on my wrist. But when it was taken I couldn't tell you. Or what happened. The story usually goes something like this - I have my hands full of stuff and I've also got my phone and whatever else I'm carrying is pushing against the stupid exterior button on the phone that turns on the camera and holds it down. Apparantly that makes the thing start assuming you want to take a photo. How dare it make assumptions like that!

I especially love it when Keli goes to my album on the phone and she'll suddenly say, "What is this?" That's when I'll know I've done it again.

I call this second one "What the beep?" in honor of Jena, who I hear use that phrase frequently, and because when I look at, that's exactly what I say. The photo itself has nothing to do with Jena. Well, as far as I know. Since I have no clue what it is, I really can't say for sure!

These last two... severe close ups of my dusty steering wheel. I realized after I'd already snapped a couple of pictures that I was holding the phone in my steering hand and it was pushing the camera button against the wheel itself and photos were being taken. heh. I only took two! But that's when the memory in the phone reached it's capacity and it wouldn't take anymore. Thank dog. And you can see the engine wasn't working very hard. BOHG wasn't in full gear at the time. ;)

As soon as June is over? I'm treating the purple rustbucket powerhouse to a complete detailing.

6.14.2006

Drumroll please......

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 starts tomorrow night! Dance class (AARP tap class as the gals jokingly refer to it), starts tomorrow night! Woohoo!!! Mom, you wanted to know when I wanted to go shopping for those shoes? Today might be a good day! We could hit Sams for grad party stuff while we're at it. I'll be calling. heh.

Bonnie? AKA Truffle Queen? I'll be calling you too to make sure I have the shopping list in order. *sigh* Could this life get any more exciting?

Bank Night two down. Relay coming up fast and furious. Got through tonight's meeting with only teary eyes on two occasions and I think only one person noticed! Woohoo. And Sheri? The new bracelet you made rocks. It is gorgeous. Thank you.

Three Hats was uneventful tonight. No Vida to ask the big questions of. Hope I can catch her tomorrow. She might be down at her mom's, though. Relay seems to be coming together. This is a good thing. Thanks for the help of my friends and family who I have pulled in to help on committees!

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

Waterworks is begining already...

Whoa kids. I have got to get out for a walk/run today before I burst into tears. Relay is practically upon us. It has been quite a month.

Yikes. How am I going to get through this weekend???

And the race is on...

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.

As we get into the waning days of Relay fundraising, it gets a little competitive. ;-) And since all of the money goes to the same place - ACS, that's a good thing. We're competing against each other and driving up those fundraising totals. This is the email I just sent out to my team. In case any of them might be reading here on a regular basis but not reading their emails... *coughdaughtercough*

Just keeping you up to date on how things look this year. Last year Keith's Brain Trust was number one with Online Donations and this year at this time we are sitting in the number two slot right now... here are the stats:

Bethel Lights for the Cure - $4645
Keith's Brain Trust - $4562
Wattage Walkers - $3500.13
Skinny's Saints - $3300

We can pull it off again this year if you draw in a few more donations! Get out those emails!!!

As for top individuals... well, that will take some report running. I'll update you after bank night tonight.

GO TEAM! YOU ROCK!

Captain Keri




Today's inspiration: Aunt Dot
Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 342
Still to go for goal: 158


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

6.13.2006

yummmmm...

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.

Oh yeah. That Jimmy Johns number 6 just about knocks my socks off. It's the best. But if you are allergic to avacados like some people I know? Stay away. :( Sorry for you. Because this stuff is made with the most in.cred.ible avacado spread ever.

Speaking of people allergic to avacado... 5 years ago today, Keith headed off to a certain huge and very popular hospital which shall go nameless for reasons we won't go into, except to say that we wouldn't promote it as a place that we would send others to for their brain tumor treatments because we are of the opinion that other places would do better (Go Duke! Go U of Minnesota! Go United Neurosurgery! - just to name three...) than they did...

ANYWAY, today is the five year anniversary of Keith's surgery, so Happy Birthday, Keith!

Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

For Aunt Dot...

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.

So today I again run for my Aunt Dot. I haven't heard any updates of late on her battle and I probably wouldn't post them anyway as she is a very private person, but this week is all for you, dear Aunt. With Love.

I'm migraining on day 3 and don't have much to say. Working on Relay Bank Night stuff. Have another bank night tomorrow. Trying to pull together workers for the Registration committee. Relay is this weekend. My original personal goal of $5000 is now down to $3000. I'm currently sitting at $1827. I don't think I'm going to make it without a serious push that will come from??? I don't know. If my mailbox suddenly filled up with all of the envelopes of people I didn't hear from I guess. Or if they went online and donated by cc. Several of those I sent to had already donated, too. So there is that. It was just a bad year, I guess.

I got a huge donation from a dear friend in the mail today. C Rae, you rock. (Sorry to hear you can't make it to the grad party. The last of the invites didn't get out yet. HA! Yours will get there by this weekend and there will be a wallet of the self-portrait. No art on the invite...)

Again, I'm hugely grateful for the donations I've received already. It is just difficult to see our numbers down when I am watching so many friends and family fight this battle.

But enough about that. Here are today's numbers. I'm off to Jimmy John's for the number 6. Because it is fantastic. And I deserve it after mileage in the heat with a migraine. Yo. (That was for you, Keli. Because I love you. I may be the weirdest mom on the planet, but you never have to wonder if I love you.)


Today's inspiration: Aunt Dot
Today's miles: 4.5
Total so far: 338
Still to go for goal: 162


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

Updated Mileage - With Great Thanks...

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.

Just want to give a shout out to my blog friends (new and old) who have jumped in here to support my fundraising efforts over the past several days... emails will be coming personally as well, but thank you. You rock!



Today's inspiration: Aunt Dot
Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 333.5
Still to go for goal: 166.5

Yesterday's inspiration: Aunt Dot
Yesterday's miles: 4
Total so far: 329.5
Still to go for goal: 170.5



Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

6.12.2006

The great high school quiz... I do too have a memory!

Also swiped from Cursing Mama.

  1. Who was your best friend?
  2. Lynn, aka Pooh for much of it until I screwed that up when boys entered the picture...
  3. What sports did you play? I wasn't an athelete... I was a dancer!
  4. What kind of car did you drive? My folks bought a Ford Escort wagon with the wood grain panel on the sides that had been a dealer car so it had all the bells and whistles. It was great.
  5. It's Friday night, where'd you hang out? Either at a movie, a wrestling match, a football game, a basketball game or L's house. After the game? Uncle Barney's for pizza!
  6. Were you a party animal? Um, no. I didn't even know the parties were going on. That's how not a party animal I was.
  7. Were you considered a flirt? Katie? Are you reading? Was I considered a flirt? ;)
  8. Ever skip school? Will this be on our permanent record? (heh) Yes, I skipped almost every last day of school. I also skipped one gorgeous spring day per year by hunting down the Pooh bear and saying, "Got your car? Looks like a good day for shopping." We were out of there before either of us could bat another eyelash...
  9. Ever smoke? I don't recall smoking in high school. I'd already had that phase in Jr. High or middle school and it came back in later years, but I can't recall it in high school, but it is definitely possible.
  10. Were you a nerd? As Keli looks back and hears my tales she says yes due to my being a member of the AV club. heh. But membership in this club was for different reasons than the usual... She also says I was a total prep in high school. Which I was. Can you be both? I dunno.
  11. Did you get suspended/expelled? Nada.
  12. Can you sing the Alma Mater? Well, duh. I can still do the old moves from the cheer to it, too!
  13. Who was your favorite teacher? Tough one. Either Mr. Krupa or Mr. Kocmoud. (and yes, I know I just ripped the spelling of his name all out of whack.) And they are both still teaching. I've seen them both recently from a distance. Both teachers in the math department.
  14. Favorite class? Geometry
  15. What was your school's full name? HHS
  16. School mascot? Go Raiders!
  17. Did you go to Prom? ya. Too many times.
  18. If you could go back and do it over, would you? Not if you paid me.
  19. What do you remember most about graduation? The night after - going to the parties with a great friend.
  20. Favorite memory of your senior year? The attempted emotional saves by a friend when things weren't going well for me. It was obvious I had a dear friend there if I ever needed one.
  21. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall? I'm with CM on this one - what the heck is a senior wall?
  22. Did you have a job your senior year? Yep, and I still say those of us working in the dietary department of the local hospital had the best high school job around... best pay, great hours and lots of fun with each other.
  23. Who did you date? The high school jock. ;) (hi gang!) He was on the track team, the cross country team and the wrestling team.
  24. Where did you go most often for lunch? The commons. Also not an open campus. When I wasn't there I was hanging out in the band room or the AV room, commonly referred to as the "pit."
  25. Have you gained weight since then? Come on. Who hasn't (aside from maybe KathyHowe...)?
  26. What did you do after graduation? Spent a summer working at the local temp factory and then headed off to UW-RF (woohoo!). (and by headed off I mean, stayed at home and got up in the morning and drove to classes continuing to work my high school job at the hospital and continued to date the boyfriend from high school who was a senior that year... so more of the same really)
  27. When did you graduate? 1983

Da fun stuff - brainless for a pained brain...

Because Cursing Mama always has the fun stuff at her place on Fluffy Fridays. :)

Your Lucky Underwear is Yellow

You're an extremely happy, laid back, fun soul. And your lucky yellow underwear can help you get even more out of life.
In life, you rather play than work. You're apt to quit any task that doesn't nourish your creativity and inner child.

Sometimes your drive for freedom hinders your quality of life. You find it impossible to do anything unpleasant.
If you want to have responsibilities and still have fun, put on your yellow underpants. They'll help you make a party out of the most mundane tasks.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino

Smooth and sweet, you fit in to almost any crowd. No one would suspect you of being a coffee tweaker!

6.11.2006

You didn't think I was kidding, did you?


My new dancing shoes... how else is a girl going to make a little noise in this town? ;) I haven't bought them yet, I'm just at the "Picking them out" stage. But with class starting this week, I thought I'd better get cracking!

Also? I'm doing a little playing around with the lovely (and free) blogging toys over at wordpress.com. I'm liking it a lot and am very tired of all of the problems exprienced of late here at blogger (albeit free). Funny how I've paid for haloscan commenting (and have not yet figured out how to bring that along to wordpress), and paid for my blogrolling abilities and my flickr account, but with something as hugely important to me as my blog? Yeah. Still being a cheapa$$ and going with the free stuff.

What am I waiting for??? I think I'm probably waiting for a major disaster to take it all away from me or something. :( Yep. That'd teach me. Anyway, you can find the new site here: Still Running and once you get there, you might want to set a new bookmark as I suspect I'll eventually move. I'm posting both places for the time being and hope to get comments all synched eventually. But I may not. In that event, this will exist forever with the old comments and I'll have the new blog using wp commenting. *harumph*

6.09.2006

Some (but not all) recent days in photos...

(as always, click to embiggen)

Up close and personal to those new glasses...

up close and personal

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I've been to a couple of my nephew's ball games in the past couple of weeks...

Ben at bat

The boys of summer

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And of course today was the start of the big Brat and hot dog stand for Relay For Life...

MJ, Dad and Alva at the Brat Stand...

and yes, winter has returned to Wisconsin, why do you ask? We froze today. It was flippin cold out there all day. I believe my father is seeking body heat here, folks... ;)

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Announcement:

Tap dancing class starts next week.

That is all.

Yes, it's true.

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.

If you've been out to my Relay Site since yesterday, you may have noticed that I dropped my goal by $2000. I'm no longer trying to reach $5000 in donations. With the Relay only a week away, I'm trying to get realistic here. Our town did manage to make $20,000 in online donations, which was the extremely aggressive goal I set for them at the beginning of the season (I was sweating that one!), but I can see that I was being too optimistic about my own goal this year. I'm very sad. I'm very disappointed. But at the same time, I'm totally appreciative of the huge donations that I've received from friends and family and of all the hard work put in by my team.

I really can't wait to see how well we've done in this year of slumping numbers across the board. Brain Trust, you rock!



Today's inspiration: Butch - I spoke with Lois today and she told me that things are stable. This is fantastic news!
Today's miles: 4
Total so far: 325.5
Still to go for goal: 174.5

Wednesday's miles: 5.25
Total so far: 321.5
Still to go for goal: 178.5

Tuesday's miles: 4.5
Total so far: 316.25
Still to go for goal: 183.75

Monday's miles: 6.5
Total so far: 311.75
Still to go for goal: 188.25

Saturday's miles: 4
Total so far: 305.25
Still to go for goal: 194.75

Friday's miles: 4
Total so far: 301.25
Still to go for goal: 198.75

In my head: Always Love by Nada Surf

To make a mountain of your life
Is just a choice
But I never learned enough
To listen to the voice that told me

Always love
Hate will get you every time
Always love
Don't wait till the finish line

Slow demands come round
Squeeze the air and keep the rest out
It helps to write it down
Even when you then cross it out

Always Love
Hate will get you every time
Always Love
Even when you wanna fight

Self-directed lives
I wanna know what it'd be like to
Aim so high above
Any card that get dealt, you

Always Love
Hate will get you every time
Always Love
Hate will get you

I've been held back by something, yeah
You said to me quietly on the stairs,
I've been held back by something, yeah
You said to me quietly on the stairs.
You said
Hey, you could once.
Hey, you could once.

To make a mountain of your life
Is just a choice
But I never learned enough
To listen to the voice that told me

Always love
Hate will get you every time
Always love
Hate will get you

I've been held back by something, yeah
You said to me quietly on the stairs,
I've been held back by something, yeah
You said to me quietly on the stairs
You said
Hey, you could once
Hey, you could once
Hey, you could once


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

6.08.2006

Anybody around here

figured out the whole cloning thing?

Because I need about five or six more of me to get through the next few weeks. I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

Aunt Nancy? If you're reading along. I'm sorry I haven't called you back yet. I promise I will soon. I haven't had five minutes to breathe lately let alone make phone calls. Your offer? Totally appreciated. I'll think of something soon. Smooches.

*runs out door to next few projects wrapping 3M sports wrap around newly sprained wrist*

6.04.2006

Today...

As we flew down the road today on our way to the high school for her beautiful graduation ceremony (it was fabulous), I burst out laughing.

Keli: What?
Me: I just had the famous last words run through my head. "I can pass that guy."
Kel: Yeah, I just know I'm gonna be in the car with you when you say it that last time and we have "the big one".
Me: Nah. Won't happen.

I invented the Bad Ass School of Driving. Crap. I still gotta get Zoofy's certificate in the mail...

Seriously, the ceremony was lovely. They told us it would be 75 minutes long. I think they were maybe a minute or two short of that. The kids all wore a little white ribbon in remembrance of the classmate they lost a couple of weeks ago in a motorcycle accident and his chair was empty but for his mortarboard. :(

The wind ensemble played a beautiful piece and that was the only time I cried silent tears. Watching her play with her peers that lovely french horn for what might be the very last time such a lovely bit of music...

She had a huge cheering section and cheer we did. Her Aunt even sent Uncle Bob flying home to get the forgotten pom-poms to utilize for her one last time. She hates those things! :) I think there were around 20 or more of us there for her. It was great. I hope to have lots of photos to put up eventually. There were enough cameras there driving her crazy that I should.

Now she is off visiting other graduates who are having parties around town. An appropos finish to this lovely day. And she has had some time with her gorgeous little sister. Hoping to have a photo up of the two of them together soon too... (hint hint!!!)

I have a drive to make now. Coffee would be good. Haven't had nearly enough of that today. It's been a very busy weekend. June. One event down, half a dozen to go. *sigh*

Congratulations my jelly bean. You have made me more proud than any mother deserves to be. Thank you for this incredible ride.

Class President Brendan delivers his welcome address diploma in hand

An Instructional Piece...

Parents of future grads, please take notes...

  • Do not allow the folks at the gown companies to lull you into complacency about anything. There is no such thing as "Easy Attach" collars. That is a ridiculous concept. Easy Attach my a$$.


  • If you have allowed them to put you into this state of false confidence about your abilities to do your job as parent and "throw together" the graduate's uniform in a few quick minutes, do not save this job until the morning of graduation.


  • If you have not in the past, or in the present, had abilities such as would rival Martha Frickin' Stewart, do not think that you will awaken upon graduation morning with such abilities. You are dreaming.


  • When people ask you, "Is there anything that I can do to help you get ready for graduation?" the correct answer is, "Yes." Always yes. "Hell yes." Is also good. Dropping to your knees and grabbing their hands in yours and kissing their fingers, while freaking them out considerably, is not a bad gesture to throw in. Thank you to everyone in my life who has helped us reach this point.

Graduation is in t-minus 1 hour and 56 minutes. She is in the shower. I am in my underwear. TMI, I know.

As for that collar? After sweating it with the "Easy Attach" sticky tabs they sent for about an hour, cursing, nearly crying, calling out, "Who do they think I am? Martha Damn Stewart or something??? What IS this???" I finally ran to Wal-dink for safety pins to "do it right" ROFL. This way only took me about 7 minutes. Then Keli walked in the door from her breakfast with relatives, took one look at the beautiful masterpiece hanging there and said, "Oh Mom? We aren't wearing the collar that they sent with it."
  • So parents of future grads? Always ask your student to hand you the instructions the minute they walk in the door after their grad rehearsal. It might save you a little grief.

6.03.2006

Because in the middle of this weekend of mad craziness

all I can do is be brainless, flighty (and yes, I'll admit to that self-centered part, too)...

I'm a Pixie! I'm a Pixie!!! :)






What type of Fae are you?



Oh man, how appropriate is this one???

Your Famous Last Words Will Be:

"I can pass this guy."




Borrowed from Cursing Mama

6.02.2006

For J...

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's inspiration: J for all of his hard work and dedication to the Relays in our area the past several years - before he leaves us and moves on to other responsibilities...
Today's miles: 4.8
Total so far: 297.25
Still to go for goal: 202.75

In my head:
Someday by Nickelback for some strange reason. Not music I've listened to recently, but driving my dad's van a lot this weekend has had me listening to the radio a lot more than normal as he doesn't have a CD player in it...


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

What can you do?

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.

What I'm doing to support cancer research and why...

Life changed irrevocably in 2001 when a brain tumor was discovered in my husband. It changed for all of us. Keith most of all, but also for Keli and for me. But this isn't a post about that.

This is a post about what we're doing in the fight against the disease. Because those irrevocable changes could have made us toss our hands in the air and say "Why us?" and shake our fists and cry. Cancer could have made us bitter and angry in a way that had us close ourselves off from people and life and illness in others. But it didn't. And it's my belief that we need to get that word out there and share it with people because in my opinion, the work that we have done to fight cancer and to support cancer research and the American Cancer Society (That's the ACS to you Wes...) has not only helped us heal a part of our hearts that was sick and broken, but is continuing to do so.

So this is my list of what I'm doing to help fight cancer:


  • Captain of Relay team four years running... (our team rocks and I have great assistance in my co-captain, though)

  • Chair of Online Fundraising for local Relay for two years

  • Chair of Online Fundraising for neighboring Relay this year

  • Chair of Registration for local Relay last year and helping out with that committee again this year (we don't technically have a chair this year so I'll do what I can while going bugnuts with everything else that's happening)

  • Fundraising up the wazoo... knitting and crocheting for the Relay fundraising craft fair that takes place in the winter; making and selling truffles; a three-day hot dog/brat stand every summer in which proceeds go to Relay; running/walking my butt off and asking for donations for those miles; selling antenna ribbons, rubber bracelets and anything else we can think of; springtime garage sale where we sell everything we can find in the house that isn't nailed down and isn't needed.

  • Writing this blogsite where I try to get out information and inspiration to people to help them get some word on the ACS mission and so they know about Relay, too. It's also a little bit of a tribute to those who are fighting or have fought the battle.

  • Advocacy... I belong to ACS CAN. ACS CAN is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major public health problem through voter education and issue campaigns aimed at influencing candidates and lawmakers to support laws and policies that will help people fight cancer. I do email, letter-writing and telephone campaigns to my congress people when important issues come up.

  • When we get close to Relay if our monetary goal is close but not quite met, we'll toss in the extra. Somehow I don't think I'll be close enough for that this year!

  • Since the last Relay, I've run or walked approximately 600 miles for the cause... This makes me smile. I wish it were more, but I'm glad it's over the "500". :)


I'm sure more things will come to me over the coming days and I'll have to jump back on here and add them. :) It won't be the last time you see this list.

Katrina and gas prices are killing us this year. Donations are down. Team recruitment is way behind. Goals will not be met in many areas. Help us out if you can.

I want a cure found for all types of cancer before another friend is taken from me. I want them to find the answer for Butch and his esophagus/throat cancer. Because my heart is breaking. I want them to find the answer for Tom and his stage four lung cancer that was earlier just in his colon and was removed and was gone... Because my heart is breaking. I want them to find the answer for Jerry and his nonhodgins lymphoma so he doesn't have to see a return of it a third time after this round of treatment makes him better. Because my heart is breaking. I want to see Colleen's dad get a cure for his brain tumor. I want to see little Grant T hit many home runs in his lifetime and not have to suffer with treatments and shots much longer. And I don't want the family who loves him to lose him. Because truly my heart is breaking.

So now my question is this: You have family, friends and people who are very close to you who are fighting or have fought this beast. You have lost someone you loved deeply to the pain and anguish that is cancer. Will you toss a few dollars toward more research this year? Maybe you already have. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my bruised and battered heart. If you can give a few more, I would be eternally grateful.

Please find a way to give up a few latte's over the course of the next month and pitch that money into a cup to donate to ACS and the Relay. You don't have to give it to me or even my team. There are lots of teams who could use the donation. :) Just give. Smooches. *sniffle* I gotta get to bed.


Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

6.01.2006

brainless

Ack! I just realized that I have no idea how many miles I got in today!

*dashes out the door with car keys in hand to find out*





Today's inspiration: Today was for Jerry again. Please find encouraging updates over at -d's place. And send more prayers!
Today's miles: 6.2
Total so far: 292.45
Still to go for goal: 7.55

oh dog. It's June.

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 knew that it was coming, but now, it's here!

Only 15 days until the Relay For Life. Click here to contribute to my efforts.
Click here to contribute to anyone else on my team.
That last click will also allow you to see the awesome Dude Looks Like a Lady from our team who took home the prize tiara last year. Love ya, B... You rock! (literally!) You're a wonder, Wonder Woman! (costume made by our own Truffle Queen, Bonnie...)



Relay For Life... It's about being a community that takes up the fight...

Excuse me, but... who are you?

Who wants to know the biggest search which lands strangers at my blog?

Anybody?

Anybody?

Nobody?

Well I don't care. I'm going to tell you anyway. Because it cracks me right up.

This is the page that invariably gets websurfers into my blog when they float in on a search... because the string that gets them in? eighties+fashion

my eighties fashion revisited post...

I come up as number 7 on a google search these days with that string you know... LOL!

Some day soon? The second most popular string that brings 'em in. It gets better...

I don't mind the visitors, I just wish they'd make a donation! I have a long way to go to make $5000! I'm only a fifth of the way there!