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Friday, October 16, 2009

The Latest

Saturday has now been cancelled as well. Todd and I are going to make the best of today. Lunch out, a movie and then the Phillies/Dodgers game this afternoon. We're also considering sleeping in our new sleeping bags tonight! On top of the bed, of course.

The Poconos - just north of us - have received over 4 inches of snow in some parts - a new record for this early in the season. They closed and were salting Kelly Drive in Philadelphia this morning because there were some icy slick spots. The air temps weren't quite freezing, but the road was cold enough to ice up in areas.

So again, as disappointed as I am about missing out on the experience, I'm glad they had the foresight to cancel. Makes me want to try it again next year!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Mix of Emotions

I was so proud of myself this afternoon. After leaving work early I ran by Target to buy a few last minute items including exercise pants in an attempt to keep my legs halfway warm this weekend. I packed up my duffel bag with all my goodies - even my sleeping bag, an air mattress, two tarps and a small, rechargeable air compressor - and it all came in at 33 pounds.

Todd and I also kept a watch on the weather and the 3-Day website and it was looking dismal. The weather kept looking worse and nothing was being said about alternative plans on the website. So I finished packing, had a nice family dinner, watched last night's GLEE on the DVR and got ready to leave for the hotel where we would be starting our adventure tomorrow morning.

As I stood there with my 33 pound duffel bag/back pack on my shoulders thinking, Dang! This sure feels more like 50 pounds!, Tina called to wish us good luck. She also wanted us to know that if we chose not to walk in the Nor'easter nobody would think ill of us, which I greatly appreciated.

Once again we got on-line to check the weather and the website. The high for tomorrow had dropped since the last time I had looked - down to 41 with a chill factor of 32. I started to have second thoughts because we really don't have the appropriate clothing for those types of temperatures. We then went to the website and found this:
October 16-18, 2009

In light of the extreme cold, windy and wet weather conditions the Philadelphia Breast Cancer 3-Day Opening Ceremony (previously scheduled for Friday morning at 7 a.m. at Willow Grove Park Mall) and the first day of walking have been cancelled.

As organizers of the event, our main priority is to ensure the safety and welfare of our participants. After consultation with medical and safety experts, a delay of the event was determined to be the most appropriate action.

I wanted to go "whew" and "nuts" all at the same time. (Would that be "whuts"?) I'm very disappointed that we're not going to get to have the whole experience. But I'm also relieved that the decision to go or stay was made for us. That would be because the Reverend Terri Stone told me she would pray for the right decision. Thanks Terri!

We're supposed to keep checking with the website to see what the plan is after tomorrow. I'll be sure to let you know!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Almost Walkin' Time

Todd and I are nearly all packed up and ready for our three day adventure. The hardest part right now is making sure our duffel bags don't weigh any more than 35 pounds. Sounds easy, but when you have to put in a sleeping bag and an air mattress (because I'm NOT sleeping on the ground) it adds up.

October is usually such a beautiful month and a perfect time for walking six or sixty miles. Right? Except we're expecting a nor'easter this weekend.

Friday

High of 48


Saturday

High of 48


Sunday

High of 52



No biggy. What's a little water and low temps compared to a cure for cancer? That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

How about these encouraging words on the white board calendar at work?



And this is to let everyone know why I won't be at work on Monday.



Thanks, Kelly!! :o)

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Trippin' Through Genesis 7

There are a couple trippy things in chapter 7. Just click on the picture and see for yourself!

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

It's Been A Jenster Week

THE EVOLUTION OF CAKE

Tuesday night was the first get together of the school year for my student small group. Katie and I decided we'd bake a celebratory cake for the occasion, but not just any cake. No. We decided to get a little wild and crazy so we baked one vanilla cake in two rounds and one chocolate cake in two rounds on Monday evening. Katie crumb sealed them with butter cream and we put them in the refrigerator to set.

Tuesday she put a regular layer of the butter cream on three of the layers and made a raspberry filling. We then stacked them vanilla, chocolate, vanilla and chocolate.



Four layers may have been a bit much because the cake started slipping and sliding and looked more like the Leaning Tower of Pisa so we had to brace it with chopsticks.



And then we frosted it. Or attempted to frost it.



It kept getting uglier and uglier.



Until it finally looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Or a horror movie.



THE EXTINCTION OF CAKE

Just like it's true you can't judge a book by its cover, neither can you judge a cake by its frosting.






The fact that the ugly behemoth is nearly gone is testament to a delicious confection!

Todd was out of town so Taylor ran to the store for vanilla ice cream to accompany the cake while the girls and I did our thing. I thought to myself how great it was that I could give him a little cash and send him on his way to run this errand for me.

Until the next morning when I went to get in the car and it was wet inside. He left the sunroof open all night and it had rained.

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

"The Feed" Follow Up

It's over. It wasn't quite as bad as I was afraid it would be, but then again I only watched it with my peripheral vision so I couldn't see me very well. I even motivated a friend to come to church just so she could see me. I'm afraid she was a little disappointed because, in her words, "I was expecting to see like big old nose hairs coming out of you or something . . ."

Well thank goodness there were no big old nose hairs. And I didn't hear anybody yell anything about facial hair, tacky clothes or one-inch roots. It was church, after all, and if people are going to be nice anywhere it should be there. Right?

I told my boss that if there's ever a next time I would like a little notice so I could consult my stylist.

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Trippin' Through Genesis 6

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