Tour de Weekend

Tour de Fat, 2009

I didn’t participate in New Belgium Brewery’s annual Tour de Fat, but was an observer of some of the remnants circling around town. Next year, I am going to make sure that I make Tour de Fat a priority. First thing, driving in Fort Collins during Tour de Fat is a trick! But the costumes and energy of the event left me smiling!! I posted a video from last years celebration, above, because it makes me smile.

Below are some of my famous cell phone pics from my weekend (I need a new camera!), Tour de Fat, Brazil Fest to see my friends and their Afro-Brazilian drum ensemble Bloco em Foco along with Marcus Santos and then a fabulous birthday gathering.

Overall, a pretty good weekend!

This and That Tuesday

*I was really blessed when Sammy, the cat, joined our family. He really did help lighten things up around here! He helped me take my thoughts off of the accident from time to time and I desperately needed that. Although Zeta kitten was a real cutie, I wasn’t sure how he would fit into the mix. I have been doubly blessed by their friendship, it has been a real treat to watch them play and interact with each other!

*Starr spent the holiday weekend in Denver splitting her time between friends (a 21st birthday and the big CSU/CU game) and her siblings and step-mom. I love those kids and wish that I could have spent some time with them too…hopefully soon! Gosh, look at that! Starr’s little brother is 12 and will be taller than her in just a second! I found a pic from just over 18 months ago and Starr is squatting to get in the picture with him.

*I did some things over the weekend too! If I have decent pictures, I will create a separate post. If not…Happy Birthday Rosemary!! I had a great time at your party! And I just love living in Fort Collins!

* I don’t Tweet, but I just read this posted by PostSecret on Facebook. I have difficulty with all of it, but I’m working on it:

Dance like the photo’s not being tagged, Love like you’ve never been unfriended, Tweet like nobody’s following, (and added by a commenter) Blog like you’re your only reader

Reflections of Motherhood

“We asked moms if they could go back to before their first baby, what would they tell themselves. These are their answers. Everyone in the video is a mom :)”

Although I love this and I think that the messages are awesome, it also strikes me that most of these moms seem to be young moms. I think that most of the messages stay the same, but there are more as your child ages. Life happens…you know? *sigh* It isn’t as simple as “sleep now”, although it used to be. I seriously thought I knew what I was doing when Starr was little. And I did the best I could. We have always been fine, the two of us, but things change. Tragedy, the relationships with those around us and changes in our own relationship as she is getting ready to live her own life. The learning and the changing never stops.

I don’t suppose it ever will. And I think that is a good thing!!

Did You Know??

That my friend Jason of The Jason Show is walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure this Fall??

Well, he is!

From Jason’s donation page:

Dedicated to My Little Brother, Who Lost His Mom at Age 12

This photograph was taken the year before my mother died of breast cancer. Paul, my youngest brother, was eleven. Mom was so concerned about leaving her youngest boy without a mother, but she would be so immensely proud of him now. He is finishing his degree in social work, has plans to go on to graduate school, and is married to a girl that I’m certain our mother would have simply adored.

But not without a terrible struggle. Can you imagine being so young when your mother died? Maybe some of you were. Maybe some of you know.

Nobody deserves to lose their mother at such a young age. That is why I am dedicating the next eight months to Paul and all of those who have lost their moms to breast cancer before reaching adulthood. I am joining the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For the Cure 60 mile walk in San Diego, and every step I take, every dollar I raise, is dedicated to my little brother, with the knowledge that some day, research and science will find a way to put an end to this sort of tragedy.

Will you help? Please? Each participant must raise a minimum of $2,300.00 to donate to breast cancer research. My goal is $2,900.00. I know I can do it, we can all do it. We can all get just that much closer to the cure.
Even the smallest bit will help.

Please support me as I take an amazing journey in the fight to end breast cancer! The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ are invested in breast cancer research and community programs.

I believe that he has raised enough money to officially participate in the event, but has yet to reach his personal fundraising goal.

I want to encourage you to donate directly to help him reach his goal here: Donate to Jason’s 2010 3-Day Walk for the Cure

Or you can donate with out actually spending any money as Jason explains here: This is the Easiest Way to Help Beat Breast Cancer. Ever.

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I found Starr digging through this box of buttons the other day. She was decorating her bulletin board for her room in the sorority house. I used to pick up buttons here and there back in the day, from when I was in high school and college in the early 80s. When she was little she loved going through the box, looking at each button, occasionally asking questions, “are beer drinkers really better lovers?”

I am sure that she has taken some of the best buttons over the years, but there are still quite a few left. It is fun to look at them, they bring back some really great memories.

Just like Sammy, Zeta just had to get in middle of things!!

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