The last couple of weeks have been an absolute blur and I think my brain is fried. It’s only been 3 weeks since I ran my last race, 2 weeks since my mother-in-law Janet went back to the UK, 1 week since AJ began summer break, and yet all events seem like forever ago. In that time, I’ve had a huge fundraiser gala to contend with, a hubby with a hurt back (who is thankfully on the mend… see here), and I’m trying really hard to wrap my head around marathon training 6 days a week. This will now be my life for the next 4 months… work and training. I’ve come to the conclusion that something has to give, so I won’t be doing the cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, etc., anymore. Besides, I’d much rather keep in touch with my blogging friends than do all that other mindless nonsense… and now that James is healing, he can clean and do laundry and… lol, sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back up…
Fundraiser Gala: One week after Janet left, the rescue and rehab center where I work held a huge fundraiser gala with dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction. The director and I were working like mad the week before to get everything together for the event, and now I’m still quite busy tracking donors and silent auction winners and all the stuff that follows an event such as this. No matter… we had a great time, and I’m happy to say it was a great success.
This was actually supposed to be an adults-only evening, but I was able to sneak AJ in to watch the raptor presentation. He hung out in our room afterwards for the rest of the night.
All the tables were decorated with cute little stuffed animals that anyone could adopt (raccoons, opossums, coyotes, owls, eagles, squirrels, etc.). They even came with their own adoption certificates. Below are the two we adopted. All of them were dressed up with little tulle “bow ties” for their gala evening.
Below is a video that was made in 2015. Back then, we needed help with refurbishing the hospital area. We were able to raise all the funds for that; however we are now in need of new eagle flights. While the video that was shown last Saturday night is not available publicly yet, I thought you might enjoy seeing where I spend a lot of my days. When the other video becomes available, I’ll show that one to you as well, then you can see the difference in the hospital… a little inside look of a rescue center, so to speak. (By the way… the raccoons at the beginning really are just hanging upside down. They were babies when they came to us and learned how to climb the chain links… all were happily released back into the wild).
Training: Yeah, I’ve been doing that too. I’ve had to start getting up before the sun to avoid the heat and mugginess of the season, but we all do what we gotta do. I’m just thankful I don’t have mom duties first thing anymore (you know… making lunches, giving rides, and the biggie of waking up a child). I won’t go much into detail about the runs right now (only because this post is getting too long), but I am hitting them as scheduled… not so much on the cross training yet… but the runs are extremely important. You can’t fake your way through a marathon if you want to beat the sweeper, haha.
Up next: Queen with Adam Lambert! This Saturday! I cannot wait!
Have a great week, my friends!