WALKING FOR A CAUSE...AND SOMETIMES JUST BECAUSE

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hop on over there...

It doesn't seem to make much sense to keep separate blogs going now...from now on I'll annoy everyone with my walk training and musings and such over at Thumper Thinks Out Loud. Coming on the 23rd & 24th...finally making up those Avon miles...

There will be pictures, I'm sure...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Avon Miles Owed...coming soon 11/27/12

x-posted to Thumper Thinks Out Loud

Ok, the cold seems to be easing up on me. I'm still coughing and annoying the carp out of Max with it, but I'm not sneezing nearly as much and I managed to stay (and feel) awake all day today.

Might as well stay someplace comfy...
So...a week from Tuesday we're heading into SF, where I will attempt to walk the miles from the Avon Walk that I was unable to in July. I do feel like I owe those miles to my donors, even though they were all very understanding about it, and I kinda feel like I owe a few miles to myself.

I think I'll miss the vibe that goes along with being among the masses walking for an event, but I'll have the advantage of walking my own route, and I'm probably going to avoid the major hills.

G'head, call me a wuss. I admit it.

Tuesday night we're staying at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel at Union Square, because...well, why not? That was the host hotel for the Avon Walk, and I was kinda looking forward to staying in it, so stay in it we shall. I kind of hope we have a room that faces Union Square for the view, but even if we don't, I get the impression it's still a decent hotel. It should make the Harrah's we stayed at in Vegas look pretty scummy.

Yes, I believe I will still be rocking the pink hair. I might as well keep it for this. And I kinda like it. Actually, I kinda like it a lot, so in the future it probably isn't the best thing to dangle in front of me for fundraising.

But still...on the 27th and 28th, your donations will be honored with as many of the Avon Miles as possible. You guys rock. So I shall deliver. And shop. I did mention I might shop on my breaks, right...?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

So you want a real tattoo

During the 2012 SF 3-Day Walk, a woman came running up to our sweep van, because we had her tattoo on the side of the van: it was our Rock the Pink magnetic sign, and the design is based on the tattoo I designed for myself last year.

It turned out, she'd wanted a different kind of pink ribbon tattoo, Googled for ideas, and when she found one she liked, she took it to her artist and had it inked onto the back of her neck. And that tattoo just happened to be mine.

Now...technically...this is very bad form. You don't rip off someone else's custom ink, and this is most definitely custom. I conceived it, sketched it, owned it. Since then I've found 2 more people online who have done the same thing, getting copies of my tattoo.

But.

For this, I don't mind at all. If you want to copy the tattoo on yourself, please do. I get a weird little kick out of it, and I'll even give you something to print out to take to your artist:

Click to biggify...you may want to add your own twist, and that's cool, too...

What I ask you to not do is to get the image on any sort of merchandise. No t-shirts, hats, buttons, etc. I'm in the process of getting this trademarked, and I feel a need to protect my trademark.

If you want this on a t-shirt or hat, it's available for you to purchase.

I'm tickled pink (ha!) that people want this as a real tattoo, and for that everyone has my blessing. Just hands off my image for merchandise, please.

Oh, and a writeup of the SF 3-Day is on my other blog, Thumper Thinks Out Loud...

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Ya probably already know...

...that on the weekend of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in SF, I was curled up in bed in a tight little ball, wishing for some pretty awful abdominal pain to go away. I don't think I've ever been quite as sick, and there was no way that I could have made it even halfway to SF to even think about participating.

After last year's SF 3 Day, this just adds another layer of bummed out on my overall Walk history; never mind the crushing disappointment of not getting to go play with DKM in the city, I raised a couple thousand bucks and didn't walk.

But.

I have that in front of me as a goal; I may not walk the miles as part of the Avon Walk, but when I'm recovered enough, I promise, I will walk those miles. I will take a couple of days, go into SF, and I will spend them walking the 40 miles I fully intended to on July 7th and 8th.

It might not be until mis to late November--I honestly don't know what kind of recovery frame I'm looking at here, but I fully expect to be 100% by then, after the Komen 3 Day (crewing, not walking), after a colonoscopy (this is what I fear will trip me up) and after going on a family vacation (with my guys...this is long planned, part business, and they come first)--but I swear, I will lace up, hit the streets of San Francisco, and give my donors the 40 I promised.

Swearsies.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Get Ready To Light A Fire...

...or at least turn one on!

It's little after 8 pm PT on 7-1-2012, and that means PEOPLES WON A FIRE!


Congrats and especially THANK YOU to Shari Nees and Anonycat! I'll be contacting you via email or Facebook to get your mailing addresses.

And for everyone who donated

I ended up with a couple hundred more than my goal, which means that as royalties for Rock the Pink roll in, I'll be able to donate to other walkers' efforts this year.

Only six more days! Tomorrow is the Dying of the Shorts, and I think Tuesday will begin the Dying of the Hair...and we head into SF on Friday!

Monday, June 25, 2012

OhhhhYeahhhh!

This is a sweep van:


It's the ride a walker gets on the 3 Day when they need a break, either because they're hurt, tired, or have to pee reallllly badly and they won't make it to the next pit stop without it.

Last year, DKM was on the sweep crew and loved it; I've had to take a sweep a couple of times over the last 3 walks, and they're typically fun to be in. But when it came time to register for the 2012 SF 3 Day as a crew member, the sweep slots were all filled.

Bummer. I registered as lunch crew, but I have to admit, I wasn't exactly looking forward to it.

But...DKM had me added on a standby list, just in case. And today, someone dropped out and she snagged me the spot, so I totally get to sweep with her this year.

And now I am seriously looking forward to the 3 Day.

Avon is in 2 weeks and I'm pumped for that1--seriously not worried about my back because it's already feeling a little better, and I have Vicodin--but now I'm pumped for Komen.

Nope, no fundraising for Komen. After the Avon, any fundraising I do will be to help out fellow walkers, at least until I start doing it to raise money for the 2013 MS Challenge Walk2.

1Aside from looking forward to seeing how an Avon Walk works and stuff, we're not camping. We're staying in a hotel. With real beds. And the Cheesecake Factory across the street. Oh hell yeah!

2After the Avon Walk, I won't be walk training for a while...I've got to get my crap together and lose the awful amount of weight I've gained since going off HGH. And that means doing things other than walking. But I'll be ready for the MS Walk, for sure.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Just a couple weeks til Avon...

Yep, they fed him...
...and walking has been happening. Day before yesterday we went to San Francisco to meet up with two of my sisters, and we did about 7 miles. It was a comfortable 7, other than my lower back complaining pretty much relentlessly. Everything else was fine. Feet didn't hurt, no blisters...just my back whined.

Today I headed for the outlet mall in Vacaville intending to walk another 7-8, but called it quits at 3, because my back just would not cooperate. What stated with a minor ache whipped itself into searing pain that enveloped my entire lower back and started wrapping around my sides to my front and Motrin wasn't helping, so I decided to stop before it hurt too much to drive home.

I have no idea what it is. This doesn't feel like my typical back pain, where I can feel the grinding in my spine at L4 and L5; this is muscle pain, and I can't figure it out. My shoes aren't worn out, I haven't been carrying anything I normally don't. I'm not sure if my posture is different or not, but I better figure it out fast.

Still, I'm not worried about the Avon walk. It's two days; even if my back hurts, I can handle two days. I will whine and DKM might want to fit me with cement shoes and shove me into the bay halfway through the first day, but I can gut it out.

I'd like to figure it out before then, though.

(80% of the answer is probably lose weight, you moron, because I am carrying more than I was even in Atlanta last October, but still..)

Back or not, I'm looking forward to checking the Avon out and seeing how much I like it.