oh, well.

Oct. 17th, 2006 03:27 pm
saffronhare: (Support Local Breasts)
I just got an email from the friendly people at the Breast Cancer 3-Day. As it turns out, they won't be coming back to Kansas City in 2007. So you can stop asking me if I'll be doing it again next year. The answer is no. (sigh) Still, it looks like a pretty awesome line-up of cities and dates, so if you're not from the KC area, perhaps the Pink Storm will sweep you up elsewhere. I *do* have some nifty pictures, so I'll get those uploaded for your viewing pleasure Any Day Now. :)

Boston, August 3-5, 2007
Chicago, August 10-12, 2007
Cleveland, August 17-19, 2007
Twin Cities, August 24-26, 2007
Seattle, September 7-9, 2007
Michigan, September 28-30, 2007
Philadelphia, October 5-7, 2007
Atlanta, October 12-14, 2007
Tampa Bay, October 19-21, 2007
Dallas/Ft. Worth, October 26-28, 2007
Arizona, November 2-4, 2007
San Diego, November 9-11, 2007
saffronhare: (Bunzilla. (Go ahead. Laugh.))
Just so you know, it's totally possibly to stuff one's sleeping bag into a compression sack while sort of still sitting on it, with one's eyes closed the whole time. After that, I shuffled out to the portajohns with my gear and then shuffled into a line that was shuffling onto a bus. I resisted the urge to mutter, "baa!" But just barely. :) Read more... )
saffronhare: (Healthy Breeze)
Whoops. This was still marked "private" -- sorry.

Day Two started nice and early. I'd set my watch alarm for 5 a.m. and dithered in the tent for a little while, listening to other walkers getting up, unzipping their tents, and shambling to the bathrooms. I took a few minutes to stretch in the darkness and check my bandages before deciding that I'd go eat breakfast in my jammies. There were some folks who were all dressed in the hope of avoiding another round-trip to the tent area, but I figured the extra movement would be good for me. Glad I did it that way.

It was on the walk down to the dining tent that I saw [livejournal.com profile] zylch and we giggled about my "mad scientist" hair. I'd gone to bed with it wet, but it seemed silly to do much about it when I'd be sweating under a hat all day anyway. Some walkers were dedicated enough to glamour to shower again in the morning. I am not one of those walkers. Read more... )
saffronhare: (Hare on all Fours)
Day-um. I'm all done with the Breast Cancer 3-Day, but it's not quite done with me yet. :) I have so many hugs and thanks to deliver to people -- it could take a while. All those well-wishes really made a difference. I truly felt "lifted up," surrounded by kindness and protection and joy the whole time. It was amazing. Made my job not so hard at all.

Really, that's the silent response I had to nearly every challenge the whole weekend: Not so hard. Sort of like the way ancient heroes and bards responded to challenges in the stories. :)

Day One )
saffronhare: (Hare on all Fours)
Well, the weather report is not ideal, but not as sucky as it could be. Friday looks darn near perfect for Day One. Saturday looks like there are some extremes (relatively high highs, relatively low lows) with a possibility of storms on Day Two. Sunday looks to be the most troublesome in terms of possible thunderstorms, but at least Day Three means we'll be All Done at day's end. The coolness of the weather could be real nice if I'm not soaked to the skin. :)

I figure it can't be as bad as Infantry Week. I mean, hardly anybody will be trying to "kill" me, and I'm pretty sure there will be no need to clean or haul an M-60 over any distance at all. Plus, there will be showers. And clean towels.

Need to maybe pack twice the number of socks I was going to have originally, and a second rain jacket. I just can't count on anything getting dry between Saturday and Sunday. Body-glide or some kind of chafing prevention lotion will be sooper-important, too. I've also decided not to bring my digital camera. Will try to get my hands on a disposable camera or two, though, so you will not be left without any pictures of my thumb at various points along the route. (I'm a terrible photographer.) Since hardly anybody has gotten back to me about sponsorship message on my body parts, I'll also endeavor to snap pictures of body parts along the way, doing interesting things with my fellow walkers, etc. We'll see.

ETA: BodyGlide has been acquired, along with a couple of illumisticks for the tent. I'll need [livejournal.com profile] agrnmn to dig a poncho and tarp out of our camping gear for me later today, and I should be set. Plus, 50 feet of rope. Because.

Ogham reading today was Gort (ivy, for tenacity) and Uath (hawthorn, for protection). I think I'm gonna be just fine. No need for anybody to work weather magic on our behalf -- it's only weather, and the earth needs it. We'll cope. We've got thumbs and everything. My own visualizations have more to do with a safe journey for everyone, happy faces, companionship, and strong bodies finishing with elation. Feel free to reinforce that juju if you like. When you look at it that way, weather is incidental, you know?

My ordinary consciousness is checking out today at an alarming rate. :)
saffronhare: (Cordian Druid)
The Breast Cancer 3-Day here in Kansas City begins with opening ceremonies at (I think) 6:30 a.m. on Friday, September 15th at the Kansas Speedway. Closing ceremonies take place on Sunday, September 17th right around dusk (I think) at the Veteran's Memorial. Both events are open to the public. I have no idea where the tent city will be for the overnights and probably couldn't tell you anyway, since visitors are discouraged for safety and stuff. It's like boarding school or something. :)

Hey, [livejournal.com profile] zylch -- can you tell me if there are cots in the tents, or will I need to plan on sleeping on the ground? Also, how weird is it that "paint fingernails and toenails with pretty pink polish" is on my Seriously, Must Do list for tonight?

In addition, there are some designated "cheering stations" along the way, where it is safe for friends and family to gather along the route. I have no way of knowing how I'd see you, or how you'd see me, but here you go. Heck, I don't even know how I'm going to manage to meet up with my own family after the closing ceremonies so I can go home. Looking at where these mile markers are and trying to imagine how the route plays out has me slipping back into my old Rhode Island mindset: this is wicked fah. cheering stations listed here )
saffronhare: (Nifty Bra)
These days, orthopraxy is carrying my morning devotions. I remember when I was at West Point, we'd get into night-long arguments about which was more honorable: doing something AS duty required, or doing it BECAUSE duty required? The answer was never certain, and I find I'm thinking about it a lot lately.

Just 48 hours from now, I'll be well into the first day of walking for the Breast Cancer 3-Day. I'm not at all worried about covering the miles. I've trained, and I have faith in the support that will be there, and it's just up to my body to simply put one foot in front of the other. What has more and more of my consciousness occupied is the feeling that I'm going very far away for a very long time -- it feels like a journey of mythical proportions. I'm not at all comfortable with so much being uncertain, though I respect their reasons for not publishing a lot of details, and the notion of setting sail into this enormous experience with thousands of people I don't know. There's even a teeny-tiny part of me that's scrabbling and screaming, trying to find a way out of it even now, which I can only admit to because that part isn't winning. :)

If you sponsored a body part, it's important that you email me directly Very Soon so I'll know how you want to be represented (LJ's friendly redirected emails reach me just fine). My attention to everyday matters is diminishing by the minute and I don't want anyone to feel like they didn't get full value for their donation. Also: I need a flag. We're supposed to pack a little something to distinguish our tents from the masses. Anybody got something compact that would make a nifty thing to mount onto my tent? (grin) They've sent me a list of cheering stations along the way. I'll try to remember to post it, though I have no expectation of seeing anybody...or of having you be able to see me if you do show up.

My ogham reading this morning was very reassuring: Birch (for new beginnings, and protection) and White Poplar (for bouyancy and rising above problems). The journey is about to begin. I will be going away, but I will not be Alone. Blessings to you all for getting me to this place, and for being my companions over these many miles.
saffronhare: (Support Local Breasts)
I'm getting down to the last few weeks before the Breast Cancer 3-Day, and weekend walks are getting pretty intense. Tomorrow is 17 miles (starting at 0630) and Sunday is 13 miles (starting at 0645). And it just gets better after then, right up to September 15th! I'm obsessing, so I should at least put it behind a cut. )
saffronhare: (Pink Ribbon Bra)
Seven weeks out from the Breast Cancer 3-Day, and I'm hitting a wall. just in case you don't care to hear about my crisis of motivation )
saffronhare: (Pink Ribbon Bra)
Well, you don't get the second line of that cadence, that's for sure. I swear, I was working on it all weekend and didn't come up with anything satisfactory. Gah. Anyway. This weekend's mileage was 26 (that's 15 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday). If you're the sponsor of a body part for the 3-Day, here's some information that might matter to you or not. )

Today is a rest day, which I'm taking Rly Verrah Seriously. This week's mileage tapers off a teensy bit, followed by a few weeks of build-up, and then a couple of weeks of tapering off. Eight weeks to go!
saffronhare: (Pink Ribbon Bra)
There are about 10 weeks left until the Breast Cancer 3-Day and I've finally got some news about the route we'll be walking! We start oh-so-early on the morning of Friday, September 15th at the Kansas Speedway and finish sometime around dusk on Sunday, September 17th at the Liberty Memorial. Rumor is, they're designing the 60-mile route in the shape of a ribbon. More news about cheering stations and such as I get it.

In the meantime, I'm still putting one foot in front of the other for training. With weekly mileage getting up there and the heat starting to kick my butt, your encouragement means a great deal. Every time I want to roll over and go back to sleep on a Saturday morning (this week's 14-mile training walk starts at 6:45 a.m.), I remember that there are promises to keep.

And really, I tell myself, this doesn't suck so bad compared to what survivors go through...so lace up those shoes and get on with it! (Okay, maybe I don't have a future as a motivational speaker after all.)

Thank you so much for all you've given already -- either in gifts or cheer or patience with my training. If you're one of the lucky people who has arranged sponsorship of a body part, we should start talking about how you want to...um...cash in on the value of that. If not, well, it's not too late to earn some favors. (wink) Only a few hundred dollars left to raise to meet my fundraising goal. (fingers crossed) I'll keep you posted.

Luck and grace,
Nicole

Follow this link
to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support The Breast Cancer 3-Day.

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If the link isn't working, just copy and paste this into your browser:
http://www.the3day.org/KansasCity06/nicoleturner?faf=1&e=550150482
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saffronhare: (Pink Ribbon Bra)
Today, I took the girls for our Very First Mammogram. possible TMI follows, but I think it's funny )

I think I ought to have a set of stickers to put on my chest. For one side: "Ask me about my mammogram!" For the other side: "Mine too!"

Really, I'm grateful for the amount of attention and care and education that got piled into my experience today, one which can be incredibly painful and terrifying for so many women, year after year. When I came out, there were a dozen women sitting in that tastefully decorated lounge, waiting to be called back for their own mammograms. Odds are, one of them is going to get news that will change her life and the lives of her loved ones forever. I offered a quick prayer, and stored the memory of their faces away for Saturday's 10-mile walk.

There are 15 weeks (give or take) until the Breast Cancer 3-Day. The mileage is beginning to pile on, and I'm building a set of prayer beads -- each bead represents a story, or a name, or a prayer. Please give me a call or send an email to my LJ address if you've got one for me to carry along the way.

To everyone who has already made a gift -- thank you! If you've made a pledge and still need to pony up, please take a minute to make your donation online. Just Click Here
to visit my personal web page. There's also still plenty of time to make a gift if the thought hadn't entered your mind until now...(grin).

If the link isn't working, just copy and paste this into your browser:
http://www.the3day.org/KansasCity06/nicoleturner?faf=1&e=550150482
saffronhare: (Support Local Breasts)
How's that for a pitch? Okay, today is the last day I'll be hollering about this auction of body parts & sponsorships to benefit the Breast Cancer 3-Day. (Other fundraising efforts will follow, but not right away, and likely not just for LJ folks.) You have until approximately 5 p.m. today to get in bids on the following parts:

Derriere, bidding up to $60 from [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale, topping the initial bid from [livejournal.com profile] 8elements.
Right Breast,, with a magnificent bid of $100 so far from [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants. That household seems to be locking down sponsorhip on a significant amount of my surface area. Huh.
Belly, on which I have a starting bid of $25 from [livejournal.com profile] lilia_blackbear.

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UPDATE at 7:15 p.m. -- bidding on the above-named parts is now closed. Congratulations, darlings! I'll be in touch with you soon. Kiss, kiss, and all that. :)

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A few other parts are still available for the offering: both legs and both arms, along with any other areas not on the original list if you want to suggest one. Future offers will be entertained as supplies last. Anonymous bids, as long as you let me know who you are off-list, are still okay -- though I reserve the right to veto any creepiness.
saffronhare: (Pink Ribbon Bra)
Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] zylch -- she's won the sponsorship of my hair with an early bid that wasn't ever challenged. And also to the private bidder who now has a whole lotta space all to themselves along the length of my well-muscled and freckled spine. Well done, and thank you.

For those keeping track, the spotlight is still on:

Derriere, bidding up to $60 from [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale, topping the initial bid from [livejournal.com profile] 8elements.
Right Breast, and I'm telling you it would be a real shame to let this one go unclaimed, folks. After all, my right breast is a bit bigger than the left, and this is breast cancer we're talking about. Don't let the girl think nobody loves her. Whaddya say?
Belly, on which I have a starting bid of $25 from [livejournal.com profile] lilia_blackbear.

A few other parts are still available for the offering: both legs and both arms, along with any other parts not on the original list if you want to suggest one. Public auctioning of my parts will conclude this Friday afternoon, though offers will still be entertained as supplies last.

XO
Nik
saffronhare: (Support Local Breasts)
Okay, I'm declaring a couple of winners in the Breast Cancer 3-Day sponsorship auction, and hollering a "last call" for the remaining parts. (Non-breast content coming sometime soon.)

throat/neck = [livejournal.com profile] womanofsalt, and not just 'cause she said flattering things

hands (both of 'em) = [livejournal.com profile] zerself, though heaven only knows what she'll have me do with them (pretending to shiver with trepidation)

There's a standing bid of $50 for my hair from [livejournal.com profile] zylch. If that bid isn't topped by 5 p.m. today, I'll declare her the sparkly pink winner. ::waves, hopes [livejournal.com profile] zylch feels better today::

Also, I have a private bid of $125 for my spine/back. This one will also be closed at 5 p.m. today.

UPDATE: A starting bid of $50 has been placed on my ass by [livejournal.com profile] 8elements. No offense, cupcake, but surely it's worth more than that to somebody out there in LJ-land.

UPDATE: A starting bid of $25 has been placed on my belly by [livejournal.com profile] lilia_blackbear, the darling dear.

Remaining parts are listed on my LJ user info page. The open auction will end on Friday, but sponsorships will be available as long as supplies last. My right breast and my ass are very, very disappointed in you all. (Okay, kidding.)

You aren't required to make the actual donation right away; I'll take your word for it and wait a couple of weeks for Greater Payday Holidays to make things easier on everyone's budgets. If you've won a bid but can't find the link to the donation page, please let me know and I'll zap it to you again.
saffronhare: (Pink Ribbon Bra)
Many thanks to everyone who's been participating thus far. I'm so gonna look like a fierce pink NASCAR for this walk! It makes me giggle for more than 15 seconds, but I'm sticking with it. We're entering the final week for the sponsorship auction. Here's where we stand right now: )
saffronhare: (Pink Ribbon Bra)
I'd promised to open up bidding on the final body parts up for sponsorship in my Breast Cancer 3-Day Auction. However, most of today's time will be taken up by some strategic planning meetings (most of the day out of the office, even). Professionally, that's good news -- I've really missed being able to do that sort of thing.

So here's the deal. You're welcome to get started on bidding for my ass, my right breast, and my hair. (Via has a starting bid of $50 in on my hair, by the way.) Except this does not help those folks who may want to enter anonymous or private bids through email. Remember, you can't be anonymous to be -- it's creepy -- but I'm happy to respect anybody's request to keep their gift private. In fact, it's part of the professional code of ethics I have to swear to every year as a CFRE, to respect donor intent just like that. :)

Lay on if you like, but please don't expect me to be real attentive until Monday. It will hurt my feelings not at all if nothing happens until then. Enjoy the day, guys.
saffronhare: (Guess How Much)
In case any of you missed it, [livejournal.com profile] womanofsalt has placed a bid on my throat. Here's the challenge, in her own words (emphasis mine):

the price of a throat
I am concerned you have seriously under-estimated the value of one's neck. Ask any child or lover...the neck is where a quick kiss in the hall leads to another child, where a child nuzzles to find comfort and reassurance...the throat is where the sound and breath meet to make your voice, and I assure you, my love, your voice is one that can command attention from any man, woman, or child, regardless of how quietly spoken, how chaotic the room, or how hot the tempers around you. Because of this I am compelled to place a bid of $100.00 on your throat/neck.


Bidding for my remaining breast, my ass, and my hair will start tomorrow.
saffronhare: (Support Local Breasts)
We're entering the last day or so of preliminary bidding on vulnerable body parts. Every gift makes a big difference -- thank you!

belly ($25 starting bid)
spine ($50 starting bid)
neck/throat($15 starting bid)


Around the middle of the day tomorrow, we'll open up bidding on my ass, one remaining breast, and my hair. I tremble with fear, or something. :)

A special feature about my mammogram (with pictures!) is scheduled to air here during May Sweeps.
saffronhare: (Pink Ribbon Bra)
By that, I mean belly, back, and neck. The arms and hands are still up for grabs (so to speak), but we're moving right along before certain people hyperventilate waiting for my ass to go on the block. :)

The belly and back are prime pieces of real estate, with lots of room to write (even if it may not be visible). My back is well-muscled with a friendly covering of freckles. My belly is firming up under its protective layer of bubble wrap and is very, very ticklish. And my neck will not be divided up for auction -- all of it goes to one person, earlobes to collarbone. Current lot is bolded on my LJ user info page. Winning bidders will receive personal contact from me, directing them to the donation web page and beginning to arrange for sponsorship privileges. (wink, wink) Lay on, guys.

belly ($25 starting bid)
spine ($50 starting bid)
neck/throat($15 starting bid)


In other news, I can neither confirm nor deny that there is a plan in the works to design and sell t-shirts that proclaim the wearer as a Friend to Breasts Everywhere.

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