I'm on a plane right now... and I'm blogging! I am sure digging this whole on-board wi-fi thing!
I have been absent from blogging over the past month or so, mostly due to school. But guess what? In the words of Alice Cooper, "Schools Out Forever!" I turned in my last graduate school assignment last night, and now I'm on a plane to San Antonio! In exactly one week I'll be walking the stage with my classmates to received my, not one, but TWO, Master Degrees!
When I clicked "submit" on that assignment last night, I was filled with all sorts of emotions... but mostly I was filled with joy! Unfortunately, I was alone in the house with no one to join in my celebration (except my dogs, but they are not impressed by such achievements). so, I poured myself a shot of whiskey and packed my bags for San Antonio!
It has been a rough couple of weeks. A friend of mine from Megacorp lost his brave battle with testicular cancer this week. He was young, smart and one of the nicest people you'd ever meet. He fought the good fight, all with a smile on his face. I feel so lucky to have known him, but it's not fair that he's gone. Also, my two year old nice, Katie Lynn, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this week. Needless to say, that was hard news to hear. Katie, her brother, and her parents have a long road ahead, and the treatments won't be easy. Katie is the cutest and most bad-ass toddler EVER, and I have no doubt that she'll kick cancer in the junk! But, a child shouldn't ever have to go through something like that. Yet again, it's just not fair. Plus, Mr. Duh and I are on the opposite side of the country, and can't do much to help. It sucks.
|Here's Katie getting a visit from her Grandpa. Due to a weakened immune system, everyone around her has to wear masks.|
One of my big goals for 2014 was to participate in a Half Marathon. I've been way too scared to sign up... until Katie was diagnosed with leukemia. I saw that the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society and St. Jude's Children's Hospital are sponsoring the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon in June 2014, and knew that I had to sign up! So, yesterday I joined Team in Training. I'll be able to work with running coaches and train with a team for the marathon. During this time, I also will be raising $1600 (or hopefully more) for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. I'm going to run 13.1 miles in Katie's honor, while raising money to help find a cure.
Over the next six months, you might see a lot of training updates and fundraising efforts here on the blog! Any donations ($1, $5, or whatever) will be much appreciated! If you can find it in your heart to donate to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, please visit my fundraising page:
It's been a crazy/sad/happy/you-name-it sort of week! I'm looking forward to graduation, the start of my marathon training, and getting back to blogging again. Please say some prayers or send some good energy Katie's way. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!