Well, today is the day. Ysa and I went out to breakfast this morning, made a bank deposit so I could make my October school loan payment, then went grocery shopping. Coming home I set her up with a movie, The Last Unicorn because we have to return it to Blockbuster soon and she loves it. Need I mention she has watched it about 5 times already. hehe
Working on flyers for Art for Cures, finishing up some things for the local museum, and doing laundry. L is coming home early so he can play with Ysa and I will be heading out a bit later to pick up V from work and go to the downtown festivities for Light the Night that start at 5:30pm. The walk won’t actually start till 7:30pm.
I am looking forward to tonight but wish I had a decent pair of sneakers. It has been so long since I have worn anything more than slip-on sandals due to the swelling in my feet that I don’t have any shoes that fit me. I also have part of a burr embedded in the pad of my right foot near my little toe so it should prove interesting. LOL Since there is a chance it may rain tonight I am not going to bandage like I wanted to (and should). The bandages are expensive and I don’t want to chance ruining them. I should be ok though, will have good company and can go at my own pace in sandals, comfy pants and a shirt brandishing my Art for Cures pins and flyers.
Home! I am sore and tired but we are both well and enjoyed ourselves tonight. We lucked out and found a parking space relatively close so we didn’t have to walk an extra 2 miles just to get to event. :::happy dance::: We hit the registration table first, they looked up our names and had us both sign waivers. We went to a couple of booths to collect our balloons – red for participants, gold for walking in memory of someone, white for survivors – and received two red and one gold.
We gifted both of the red ones to Ysa, along with the flowers, when we got home. She was thrilled that we thought of her and that the balloons light up. Good thing the battery packs can be reused.
A new Starbucks had been opened on one corner of the square. It is located in one of my favorite buildings and is being run by one of our favorite managers, Steve, as well. Steve used to run the one we hung out in all the time and he invited me to come set up and do a live installation. Basically he would provide the space and I would set up a table where I can sit and art for a while, talk to people about what I do and just veg. How cool is that? Told him I’d be calling him this week. May hang some retail pieces in there as well for Art for Cures and see if they sell. I think it will be a good opportunity to maybe take pieces/projects I am doing the finishing touches on and hand out Art for Cures flyers and my own media.
For now he let me hang one of the Art for Cures flyers on the community board. Made it seem more “real” to me; way cool, we’re official now! LOL
The amounts that had been donated online were next to our names when we signed in – Val’s total being 105.00 and mine being 65.00 – and I came home to a new total of 100.00 on mine, a friend having donated on my behalf while I was out walking. It was a very nice surprise to come home to. WOOT
Val was given a gold balloon and presented a white carnation because of the loss of his father.
I picked up an extra white carnation from a large bucket full of them and brought it home for my girl. She had been worried about me going and was sad that she couldn’t go with me. I am planning to take her on the next one and will be showing off Art for Cures shirts, etc by the next one. Already designing things having been inspired on the walk. I will be setting up a Cafe Press shop for members so we can spread the word!
Thank you to everyone who supported us, donations not withstanding. The outpouring helped carry us through and kept me going.