Saturday, July 31, 2010

Check Out Our New Banner From Goin' Postal Brentwood!

One of the blessings of this 3-Day adventure is realizing how many kind hearted people and business owners are out there willing to support our cause.  The beautiful graphic you see above is a six foot banner, donated to us by Goin' Postal Brentwood.

I know, you're thinking, "A postal service does banners?"  Yes they do!  Better yet, they do them completely stress and hassle free.  I sent our graphic to them, and their design guy had it turned around within 24 hours.  What a great team to work with! 

Now obviously, a place with a rockin' name like "Goin' Postal" is first and foremost a shipping service.  One of the cool things I just learned was that you can take your box in there to be shipped, they put it on their magic scale, and they can tell you which carrier will send it cheapest.  And, they have longer hours than the post office.

They can pack and ship, they can send faxes, copy, and laminate.  They have a mailbox service if you need a "business" address, and they sell fun shipping supplies like birthday themed padded envelopes.  Jim, the owner, is most likely going to be the friendly face you see behind the counter when you go in.  He's also dedicated space in his store for community and local business information, so be sure to allow some "browsing" time when you go in.

Goin' Postal Brentwood is located in the Kroger Shopping Center on Nolensville Road at Concord.  Or as it's known at Joyce's house - the Carrie Underwood Kroger.   Stop in and tell Jim hello ~ and thank him for supporting Music City Spirit!  And look for our awesome banner at events around town!

Goin' Postal Brentwood
6688 Nolensville Rd, Suite 111,
Brentwood, TN 37027

Phone: 615-283-3528
Fax: 615-283-3529
Hours: 9:00 till 6:30 M - F
9:00 till 3:00 Saturday

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Our New Best Friend and The Enemy


94 days to go.  93 days until we get on a plane to Baltimore.  That's like... a week less than 100.  Which means the walk is getting closer and closer.  So much to do it's overwhelming.  Not overwhelming like staring down a radiation session... insurance battles... watching your hair fall out from chemo.  Just a lot to do.  As long as we keep it in perspective, it will all be ok.

As we've discussed, there are two components to this event.  Walking.  And raising money.

Walking isn't the overwhelming part really.  It's just one foot in front of another.  For miles and miles and miles.  Julie has a scientifically unproven theory that walking is made easier by cute shoes.  It can't hurt.  She walks in her Tabbie shoes in honor of her and Annette's mom.

Our training is up to 10 miles on Saturday mornings.  One thing we're learning is that we all walk at different paces, and with different accessories.  Annette can do 10 miles and never take a sip of water.  Bridget carries her water bottle in her hand.  Joyce has to have her water ice cold and Bridget likes it room temperature.  Julie and Annette would do five miles an hour if Joyce wasn't quite certain she'd die at that pace. Bridget's the shortest, and she takes 3 steps for every 2 Julie and Joyce take. 

Shade has become our new best friend.  I mean come on... if we'd wanted to walk in this kind of weather we'd have signed up for a July walk.  By October, things should be much more manageable.  There are a lot of miles between here and fall, so for now, we love shade.  Our favorite routes involve parking at the Brentwood YMCA and not coming back to the parking lot until we've met our goal.  This plan has a couple of hidden benefits.  Our friends Jeff and Jennie live at the perfect 4 mile water stop.  And Joyce has been known to sneak off into the Y's hot tub after a long walk.  But most of all, there's lots of shade.

Time seems to be the enemy.  We never have enough of it.  Especially with summer travel and vacations in the way.  All the activities that tick off the hours on the clock, and before you know it, another day, week, month has gone by, and the To Do List is getting longer and the walk is getting closer.

The enemy is working against us on fundraising.  Each walker has to raise a minimum of $2300 in order to participate.  We're over half way there, but that's still a long way to go.  Pretty soon we'll post all the details on our Crop for the Cure.  Now just in case, like one of our team mates, you think that somehow involves a farmer's market, let me just tell you it's a scrapbooking event.  And it's gonna be awesome.

Mark your calendar for Saturday August 7th and watch this space as we continue to battle the enemy and find more best friends.

Because EVERYONE Deserves a Lifetime!