25 days to go - Thanksgiving mini challenge to myself
Sunday, November 02, 2014
I made my Thanksgiving travel plans this morning, and it's going to be super expensive. I really need to find a way to skip going back for Christmas, both for emotional and financial health. Times like this, I miss having a car, which was destroyed by hurricane Sandy, not to dwell on that topic.
But when I come back from Thanksgiving, I'm bringing my doggie (Jack) back with me!! He's been living with my parents since August, and reportedly has gained quite a bit of weight due to overfeeding and lack of exercise, so I can't wait to have him back with me! Long walks, hanging out at the dog parks, flirting with his doggie friends and their human companions, sleeping on my feet at night ... I can't wait!
I am so glad Daylight Saving Time has ended. Now when I wake in the morning, it will be lighter and I can feel ok heading out to the gym. I do not like to be out early in the morning when it's still dark as night because creepy things tend to happen around here, like people disappearing and then being found weeks later in the river.
As of today, I am 13% of the way to my fundraising goal for St. Jude! When I warned my parents that I was soliciting donations via facebook and that they would probably hear about it (I didn't want them to be caught off guard by a nosey relative), they both assumed I was calling to ask for money, which I wasn't. When I decided to take on this challenge, I was fully aware that I will need to make up whatever shortfall I end up with. My parents are retired and elderly (which they don't want to admit) and on a fixed income. Taking money from them is not part of my plan (I pay their monthly cell phone bills and their kindle subscriptions to make it easier on them!) I also fully expect to cover what people pledge but aren't able to come thru on - I get it, finances are very personal and sometimes the best of intentions are run off track by what life throws at us.
With that said, if anyone would like to donate, or just follow my progress, here is the link:
Part of the deal is that if I raise the $4,000, I get two nights hotel stay during the race weekend comped, as well as airfare (which seems to be airfare to some later race), so I'm planning to contribute at least $800 myself, which I estimate to be the value of at least the 2 night hotel stay, in addition to whatever I raise over the $4,000. I'm not looking for anyone to pay for my accommodations or race entry.
I've already gotten a snarky message from my sister-in-law asking if I'm actually going to do the half marathon. Thanks for the support! I ended up challenging her to do a 5K with me later this month. We'll see if she accepts the challenge ...
Whatever. I've learned over the last two years that if I block out the negative forces, and I open myself up to to the positive, encouraging forces I encounter, all will right itself. I may not have a lot of friends left today, but the ones I do have are quality people, and that's a-ok with me.
Be kind to yourself.