Sunday, March 4, 2012

Catch Up Time

It's been a little crazy around here again! I've been busy getting ready for the annual Channel 8 fundraising auction, which was a blast, as usual. The photo above is a view of our behind the scenes TV set. We had a great time and raised some money for our station, so all is grand. The hotel, along with Rich and F&B Manager Lisa, offered a wine and food pairing again this year, a private 7 course dinner for 8 people, and it was the high seller at the auction for $1300! Very nice!

Below, my friend Judi makes beautiful quilts for the fundraising efforts of all the local nonprofits (that's also her "manly hibernation quilt" hanging behind the couch on the auction set). In addition to that, she makes "comfort quilts" for people going through times of stress, whether it's a illness, a death in the family, or any number of other reasons someone might need some extra TLC. She sent a sweet quilt to Emery when she was recovering from her treatment. So the local museum decided that Judi should be honored with her own exhibit and many of her quilts were gathered up for the display. The opening was held the other night and we had a lovely time browsing and chatting.


Tammy admiring a quilt

Next up was bunco night at my house last night. My awesome husband spent his whole day off making food for us. Here's his Latin Cobb Salad, which was a huge hit, especially the grilled shrimp.

Andrea and Juliette

We also had a citrus/fennel/herb salad, and many other delicious items not shown here. Everyone loves bunco at my house but, alas, I don't think it's necessarily because of me. LOL

Debbie and Sharon

Erin, Pipa, me, Melanie, and Tammy

Tonya and Lori

As Melanie commented, we look pretty happy and healthy for four months into a six month winter! We're supposed to do the Polar Bear Run *Walk* today but it's drizzly and rainy and chilly so I am probably going to wimp out. I know, I should be more motivated, but I have so much I need to do that I will gladly skip this one!

My ESL/GED class has turned into mostly a GED class and my students are great--I really enjoy them and don't (too much) mind the early hours. I really did not anticipate how many hours it would take outside of class to prepare and stay organized, though! They are all at different places and we can work on some things together, but I also feel like everyone needs some individual attention, which is hard to come by.

I'm plodding along in swimming; I missed last week because of the auction and showed up yesterday to be reminded that next week is our last class. How can that be? I still don't know what I am doing! Well, I am better than I was, but I could probably use several more months of lessons! :)

I was doing great on my 750 words a day till I got home late from the auction (yes, I am blaming the auction for any of my failures) and the internet was down. OH NO. I had signed up for the February challenge, which means I am now on the WALL OF SHAME for pledging to write every day and then failing to do so. It's all in fun, but I had a 53 day streak going and hated to lose it. SO I am taking a little break and thought I might start back on March 1, but that didn't happen.

What's going on in your little corner of the world?

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