I have pictures and stories and more pictures and more stories about The 3 Day this weekend. I told The General tonight that I’m pretty sure I’d have story after story after story to share. So I might.
For now, I present with you a list of how I’m finally realizing I’m no longer cruising my 12 passenger sweep van around the side streets of Minneapolis/St. Paul and a whole bunch of suburbs in between:
- Gatorade straight out of the bottle seems way to sweet compared to the watered down version of it you get during The 3 Day.
- I can do a U-Turn in an intersection without having to swing way out, run over a curb, or turn it into a five point turn.
- I have to actually think about where I’ll be getting three meals a day and all the snacks I could possibly want.
- Pedestrians aren’t as happy to see me when I drive by.
- I can’t just pull my car into any parking spot and leave it there while I go to the bathroom.
- There’s nobody wearing an orange shirt at an intersection letting me cut in front of other traffic.
- When I stop my car at an intersection, I don’t fill it up with ladies wearing pink and then tell the five other ladies that need a ride that I’ll radio into Command and send someone their way.
- I’m not worrying about foam cutout fish flying off the side of my car while I go down the freeway.
- I don’t have to get concerned if someone I drive by doesn’t give me a thumbs up signal.
- Asking people that get in my car if they have to pee hasn’t been going over so well.
- My co-workers aren’t driving Budget trucks full of ice, wearing a pirate hat while helping direct traffic, wrapping up blisters with athletic tape or spending the whole day on Nextel radios trying to make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time.
- When I get close to something while backing up, my car doesn’t beep at me over and over.
My alarm set for 6.5 hours from now. The only thing I’d do this for is The 3 Day. For the next three days, I’ll be in a van with Regina, while Jenni and Cindi handle all of the logistical madness from camp. Jumi will be coordinating the efforts of all the buses on the route and 395 other crew members will be making sure everything goes right. Our Sweep Team won the top fundraising team (free dinner at moto-i sometime after the walk!) and an ice cream social (which we get tomorrow!). In all, the crew raised over $80,000.
The walkers, approximately 2400 of them, will all pack up and head to Edina tomorrow morning to begin a 60 mile long journey. They’ve raised $6.4 million dollars as of today and now they embark on the physical challenge of this event. If you’re out and about in the Twin Cities area and you see some people dressed in pink, guzzling water, and looking like they can barely make it 10 more feet, show them your support. You can honk, wave, yell, whistle, anything you want. Walking those 60 miles are not easy. You’ve all seen pictures of my blisters and heard stories of my post-walk trips to the hospital. Any bit of encouragement you can offer, will be taken with arms wide open.
If you work downtown, step out on your lunch breaks on Friday to high five some people. Saturday is a good day to just track down some walkers at any one of these cheering stations. And on Sunday, closing ceremonies in St. Paul is a fantastic event that culminates all of our effort and hard work.
And just as a reminder for over the weekend:
You know who else saw it?
The entire Cub Foods in St. Anthony. Sorry, folks.
One of my goals/challenges/things to do on my 101 things in 1001 days is to lose 75 pounds. That’s a considerable amount of weight and I know that. But I also know that it’d just be super healthy in a ton of different ways to lose that! I would love to go to a gym regularly, but I’ve found that just having a membership still doesn’t physically pick me up and take me to the gym. I can find certain ways to motivate myself for a little while, but I think the motivation needs to start at home. Whether it’s some additional time on the Nintendo Wii or using the awesome shake weight that my brother’s girlfriend got me for my birthday, it’s gotta start somewhere.
I wish I was ambitious to jump right into the whole P90X360YL (or whatever it’s called) or something like the Insanity Workout, but mama needs to start with baby steps. I also have downstairs neighbors, so that’s going to limit my abilities to do anything that requires moving around quickly or in any other fashion that will cause the art on their walls to fall down during my workout time.
If my booty wasn’t already rock hard, I could consider the Brazil Butt Lift as an option. The program is designed by the person that trains Victoria’s Secret models, combines a ton of different dance options, and comes with something called a booty test pencil. I don’t know what it is, but I have my ideas. And they’re awesome.
Turbo Fire is something that I always want to do. I love the idea of some kind of extreme cardio workout that’ll have my blood pumping and sweating dripping into puddles, but then I realize I’m lazy. Super lazy. This doesn’t bode well for my plan to lose that weight, but I think there’s got to be a happy medium between napping after work and six days a week of high intensity interval training. I’ve just gotta find that spot to start…
Meet Jaws. She’s a 6 year old long haired Chihuahua. She’s possibly the sweetest dog in the world and that tongue doesn’t really stay in her mouth all that often.
And meet Cheese. She’s a four year old long haired Chihuahua, who’s almost just as sweet.
These two girls were rescued from a puppy mill/backyard breeding situation in South Dakota. We picked them up on Saturday and they’ve both turned into fantastic little lap dogs. We’re having a pretty loud thunderstorm right now, and they haven’t even flinched.
Adopt them, please?
(pictures stolen from Pet Project Rescue’s Facebook Fan Page!)
I made some major accomplishments on this here list. Did I completely knock anything off the list? No. Let’s not be too crazy now.
7. Run my credit report and find out what I need to do to fix it.
My credit isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It’s not great by any means, but I’d still qualify for a home loan should hell freeze over and I decide it’s time to buy rather than continue writing out a rent check every month to a guy who gets made when we don’t mow the lawn, but then always seems to take the lawnmower. (Totally had to stop with this update to email him about that, too…)
28. Get a 15 game win streak on ESPN Streak for the Cash.
I’m up to 8. This is impressive. I also realized that if ESPN every decides to stop having this little game, my list of 101 things to do will be ruined forever.
30. Obtain a professional certificate of any kind.
My boss has approved a certification and how we’re just waiting on the CEO to give it the green light. And then I have sixty days to take a test and two attempts before I have to pay for it myself. And then, my friends, I will likely be the only person you know that’s a Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialist.
46. Lose 75 pounds. (8/75)
This hasn’t been all that hard. And guys, this is shitty for me to say, but if I had some more self-discipline, it would be so easy for me to lose weight. I stopped drinking pop for a week and a half and didn’t eat out and lost 8 pounds. I copied over a super awesome spreadsheet from Dez and am loving the chart part of it.
82. Pare down Google Reader to something manageable to read once a day.
I actually did this one. So one down and 100 to go! It was a lot easier than I thought it would be! Sometimes when I’m trying to waste time on the internet, I get frustrated that there’s nothing left for me to read… which was the point! Big win on that one!
98. Either build something on the domains I own or let them expire.
twodollashots.com just automatically renewed for two years, so I guess it looks like I’ve gotta figure something out with that one. And I still have a while to figure out what I’m going to do with hamboneparty.com and tubesocksandasmile.com.
Now, I’m not slacking. There have been steps made for quite a few more, but sharing every single detail on every single one is just going to make people sad and I don’t want that!
Tina Thompson just passed Sheryl Swoopes as the all-time leading scorer in the WNBA. I was trying to do a little internet reading about it… but Google apparently did not want me to.
Just about 30,000 points and starring in a movie like Airplane! before she’ll tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (I already knew he was the NBA all-time leading scorer, thankyouverymuch.)
One of the things on my 101 things in 1001 days list involves getting new glasses. I seem to have misplaced mine again, so that my happen sooner rather than later. My prescription has changed a bit, but nothing major… and really, I’m just looking for an opportunity replace my five year old glasses that I got from the Wal-Mart Vision Center. Hey, it was convenient, even if they did get my prescription wrong the first time…
Along with my regular glasses, I figure there might as well be a need for prescription sunglasses. I’m hoping if I actually get prescription ones, I won’t be as apt to lose them every month. The latest in the many pairs that I lost include a pair with red plastic frames that I paid two bucks for at Little Bit O’ Everything in Sedalia, Missouri.
There’s only one slight problem when it comes to picking out appropriate sunglasses. The General and I do not at all agree on sunglasses for me. I’m all about large and fun. Something like this:
Relax. I wouldn’t get the pink tint… I don’t think. But I like the large plastic, not-quite-Annette-Funicello-in-Beach-Party look. The General thinks they look ridiculous. In two years, I probably will say I can’t blame her, but for now? She’s going to have a hard time convincing me otherwise.
We’ll see if I can start making this a habit. I like links!
- The 100 Most Powerful Women… on Twitter: I follow zero people on this list and I follow over 400 people. One day, I think I’ll rank the top 100 people powerful on my Twitter list. They’ll probably include Grizz from 30 Rock, Barney Stinson, Jesus M Christ, and three or four of my favorite WNBA players.
- My donation page for The 3 Day: It’s two weeks from today and I’m less than $200 to my goal! (Plus, the sweep team is trying super hard to try to win a catered in dinner one night and we’re just barely in the lead!)
- Exploring the Florida Keys by personal watercraft: Yes, please. Jenni just sent this to me. See, I don’t love Florida. But I do love the keys. Or at least Key West. Some day, I want to drive the keys, but I’d gladly substitute that with doing it on a jet ski.
- Test your eye for color!: The lower the score, the better. I would up with a 38, which may explain why I had trouble with color corrections back in the day when I worked at a photo processing studio. Sorry about that, kids that looked a little green in the yearbook.
- One of the most accurate essays I’ve ever read when it comes to describing how I feel about eventually becoming a parent.
Just goes to prove that The General wasn’t kidding around when she said cutting out our high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was something we should take seriously.
Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same. Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, the team at the University of California Los Angeles found. (via Reuters)
No, it doesn’t cause cancer. But it sure sounds like it can send it rifling through your body in any and all directions. The article really is a good read (you can read it all here) to give you a basic idea on the findings of this study.
Read your labels one of these days, just on the things in your cabinet. You’ll likely find it in your soda, bread, yogurt, juice (that isn’t 100% juice), canned tomato sauce, canned soups, breakfast cereal, ketchup — and those are all things that we found in our pantry alone. It takes a lot more work to figure out what we can have that isn’t dripping with HFCS, but when we go a week or two without much of it at all, we can both really tell.
You know I don’t lecture with shit like this, but it’s not good for you at all. No matter what the people at this website say. (It’s paid for by the Corn Refiners Association, who might just have a little bit of an interest in people kicking the corn syrup habit…)