On haitus...

I just haven't had the time or energy to spend here of late. Other things are pulling at my mind and my soul and I only have the attention span to give the short burst type writing you might give a twitter account. A sentence or two at a time online please.

My email has so very much spam in it that I can't stand to open it up and so some days, I don't.

I will probably drop by again on occasion. I could never stay away for long...

But there is so much work to do on the fundraising front.


As I lie here coughing and feeling sorry for myself...

There has been a name on my inspiration list for a very long time. She was the mom of a fellow graduate in my daughter's high school class. Kimberly fought her breast cancer for a very long time. I spoke with her years ago at a parent teacher conference where she told me that the doctors had given her a very short time. She still had two young girls, one in high school and one in middle school. This wasn't sitting well with her, obviously. The next time I saw her, many months later, she was doing much better and was in a trial drug program. She lived several years beyond the doctors' predictions (so I really wish they'd stop making them) and saw her oldest daughter graduate and the youngest girl is now nearly halfway through her high school years. Certainly not ideal, but better than any of us had ever thought they would see. Rest in Peace, Kimberly.

Please continue prayers for Monica... She has two beautiful little girls who would love to see her around for a long time, too.

Song of the Day:


Pass me that box of tissues, please???

I went all of the way to New Mexico and all I got was this lousy sinus infection. The kids had a great time. Okay, I did too. But seriously? Who knew I was so allergic to the Juniper! Not me. This photo? That's me standing in the midst of a fully blooming and about to burst it's pollen all over me - JUNIPER tree. I had found out that morning that this was my nemesis. See all of the orange flowered goodness all over the branches? Yeah. That's where the sweet little buds are about to burst. These trees were all over the park.

The park by the way, which was ours. All day. All ours. We saw two other sets of people out there all day long. It was like it had been set aside just for us. It was totally incredible. Incredible. I'd love to show you all of the photos, but some other time, perhaps...

Song of the Day: I Think I See the Light from Yusuf Islam


Sunshine is beautiful... and so are you.

It's supposed to be 60 degrees by the end of the week in Santa Fe. And on Saturday? That's where I'll be headed. Those of you stuck here in the snow, enjoy. I'll think of you.

I've been spending the last crazy days in several interesting pursuits:

  • There was the bridal fair. It was fun in that I got to spend several hours with my very fun sister-in-law. I enjoy her company. And we got our name out there to several brides-to-be, a few of whom were even serious about utilizing truffles in their wedding plans. Many people sampled our trifles (our little mini-truffles) and we heard only raves.
  • Keli and I went shopping at Ikea (yeah, you all remember how much I love this place - maze from hell but I did learn the shortcut top to bottom the last time I was there and while I still get totally turned around every time I go there, I spend a tiny bit less time completely lost.
  • Because we went shopping at Ikea we brought home large boxes filled with things which needed to be assembled. The reason for this shopping trip is that she had moved many of her things back from her apartment in on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. She needed some serious book shelves for all of her books. So we spent a day assembling. And moving furniture around. And her bedroom? Coolest room in the house by far. Maybe she'll let me share some photos with you one of these days because it is really awesome.
  • Prepping for New Mexico! Of course.
  • And now things begin in earnest to prepare for the Relay in June, including a garage sale to benefit the Relay (and benefit me because I want to be able to get rid of a lot of STUFF) and just mega preparations to get people in the town fired up.

Song of the Day: Foolish Heart from Steve Perry. Because I'm sitting in a coffee shop where they are listening to flashback light rock favorites to drive me crazy.