Monday, February 14, 2011
A wee destash for a good cause
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all are "feeling the love" in one way or another today. Rob and I celebrated with dinner out and some small treats this weekend. Just perfect! I know that Avery and Claire are having a blast at school with their Valentine parties.
This weekend I also did my first team run with Team in Training, which raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you're not familiar with the group, please check them out. I ran the Dublin Marathon with them when I was in college, at a time when I didn't know a soul affected by cancer. Since then, I have had a family member beat lymphoma and seen both kids and adults go through leukemia treatments. They are nasty cancers, but survival is a possibility in good part because of the research that LLS does.
I signed up to do the half Mayor's Marathon in Anchorage this June. However, one of the coaches suggested that I train for the marathon instead, and then I can always back off of training later if I feel like I want to go back to the half. So that's the plan. I ran almost 5 miles in zero degree temps at a 9 mile/minute pace. Totally unexpected (I haven't run consistently in 2 years) and exciting!
Of course, raising money is a big reason why I'm doing this. So I've decided to do a bit of a destash in my etsy shop. 100% of the money from sales in the month of February will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Today I'm adding out of print fabrics, but I'll also be putting in some handmade items like my encaustic paintings for a steal and a couple of small quilts (the sailboat mug rug's going in next). Check it out! And of course, if you prefer to make a straight donation, you can click on the button on my sidebar.