Sunday, July 10, 2011

Scoopin' For The Cure

Thanks to EVERYONE who came out and joined the fight against breast cancer at our Scoopin' For The Cure event today.  It was announced on our Facebook page that our custom Music City Spirit flavor is chocolate covered amaretto cherry.  And it is Y-U-M-M-Y!

Among our guests we had a 7 year survivor, a 2 year survivor, and a woman currently in the fight who had lost her hair.  The cut of her dress showed her battle wounds.  We got her name to add it to the ribbon boa we carry with us on the walk.

We were fortunate to have some wonderful coverage from our local television stations.  Here is the piece our ABC affiliate did today.
I have a friend who is currently in the hospital, on the loosing end of Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  (This is not a battle anyone wins.)  She was laying in her hospital bed today, half asleep when she heard my voice in her room... coming through the TV speakers.  She called me tonight, and thanked me for raising "a boatload of money" through our team, because "most people just sit on their ass and don't do anything.  But thanks to people like you, someone some day isn't going to be stuck here in the hospital because of this stupid damn disease." 

If you would like to join the fight to rid the world of "this stupid damn disease" please take a moment to donate to a team member. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

We're An Ice Cream!

Pied Piper Creamery Unveils Ice Cream Flavor To Support Susan G. Komen For The Cure

“Music City Spirit” Named After Local Team Walking 60 Miles For Breast Cancer

(Nashville, TN) Pied Piper Creamery, a locally owned ice cream shop, will unveil its newest flavor, “Music City Spirit” on Sunday. The pink treat is dedicated to a local team of women walking 60 miles this October in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Team members will be on hand from 1-5pm at the Berry Hill location (2815 Bransford Avenue) to scoop ice cream, take donations, and generate awareness for breast cancer research. Several family friendly activites are planned for the afternoon.

Pied Piper owner and resident Ice Cream Queen Jenny Piper is concocting the special flavor for the team. Although team members made suggestions, the final flavor is a surprise even to them. A portion of sales from each scoop sold goes to the team’s fundraising.

Music City Spirit is a ten member team of women committed to walk the Atlanta 3-Day October 21-23. Team members are currently walking more than 20 miles a week as they train for their 60 mile trek. Team captain Joyce Rizer points out that after a long training walk, they deserve a treat! “The only thing better after walking 13 miles than a big scoop of Pied Piper’s homemade ice cream is a big scoop of their PINK ice cream with our name on it!”

In order to participate each team member has to raise a minimum of $2,300 for Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Net proceeds from the 3-Day for the Cure fund innovative global breast cancer research and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment. Virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 28 years has been impacted by a Komen for the Cure grant.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's GOOD to be Selfish

I had a lousy day at the office today.  A fairly common occurrance lately.  It would have been REALLY temping to come home, grab a glass of wine, and sulk on the couch. 
That really wasn't an option though, because there was laundry to do from our weekend trip, bills that need to be paid, and floors that needed to be mopped.  On top of that, our daughter was spending the night at a friend's house, so the hubby and I could have had a nice romantic dinner for two. 

However, I didn't pay bills.  I didn't do laundry.  I didn't eat dinner with my husband, (although I did kiss him for mowing the yard.) I was home about 2 minutes when that pink chart hanging from the refrigerator glared at me.  (Can a piece of paper glare?)  3 miles to be done.  Today.

Today was NOT going to be a good day to put in miles.  I was grouchy.  Tired.  Hungry.  My to-do list was ridiculously long, and it was already almost 7pm when I walked in the door.

It was about 7:10 when I walked out the door, gym bag in hand.  I had made a decision -- I was going to be selfish.  The laundry could pile up, and the cat could lick the floor clean if she wanted.  I was headed to the nearest YMCA.

Over the next 2 hours I put in 20 minutes cross training on the Nautilus equipment.  I did three miles on the treadmill in pretty short order, walking at least a 4mph pace and even running for a bit.  I took out some of my frustrations on the moving belt, and enjoyed a rare chance to watch tv.

Then, I spent 15 minutes in the whirlpool tub, letting the jets massage my legs, back, and feet.  Ahhhh.... MUCH BETTER.  It was dark when I left, but I even stopped by the grocery store on my way home.  By the time I got home, my hubby had already gone to bed, so he didn't get to witness my much improved mood from when I walked in the door earlier.

The hardest part about doing a 3-Day is finding the time to do the training.  There's ALWAYS going to be something pulling at your schedule - everyone is busy!  But I know for me, if I miss more than a day of walking, I get down on myself for not making the time. 

Getting the training miles in requires you to be selfish.  To say "these things can wait, my training is important."  To carve out the time for YOURSELF, your goals, your dreams of making it those 60 miles.  Having a hot tub waiting at the end of the walk definitely is a perk, but some days, I just walk around my neighborhood.  Other days I go to the park.  The important part is giving yourself permission to take the time to do your training.

Wouldn't you rather walk than fold towels anyway?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Follow Us to Pied Piper Creamery!

We are SOOOO excited to announce that our team is getting its very own ICE CREAM FLAVOR! 

Yes, it's true, starting Sunday there is going to be a Music City Spirit flavor of ice cream, available exclusively at Pied Piper Creamery.  How COOL is that?  We think it's crazy cool. Here's the SCOOP:

Our team will be at the Berry Hill location of Pied Piper this Sunday, July 10th, from 1-5pm.  We'll be scooping ice cream, taking donations, and having all kinds of PINK fun.  We hope you will bring your friends, family, neighbors and random strangers to Pied Piper at 2815 Bransford Avenue

What exactly does the spirit of Music City taste like?  That's a good question, and one we're anxious to find the answer to.  The Ice Cream Queen herself, Miss Jenny Piper, is hard at work whipping up our special flavor.  We've given her some suggestions, but the only thing we know for sure is this:  it will be PINK!

There's a whole lot of goodness that's wrapped up in this announcement, and we're not just talking yumminess!  For starters, a portion of sales from all ice cream sold Sunday at that location goes to our team.  That means if you'd prefer a dish of Trailer Trash, a cone of C is for Cookie or whatever yummy flavors they have on Sunday, you're still going to be joining the fight against breast cancer. 

Then a portion from each scoop of Music City Spirit that's sold from that day forward will also go to the cause.  It's only available for a limited time, so make plans to get there soon if you can't make it on Sunday! 

And the cherry on top of all of this is that we LOVE supporting local businesses.  Take a minute to cruise on over to the Pied Piper website and read about how Jenny's dream became a reality!  (Go ahead and like their Facebook page while you're at it, ok?)

So, we hope you will come out and see us this Sunday in Berry Hill.  Real close to 100 Oaks but in a much cuter neighborhood.  You could come after lunch, but we recommend skipping the midday meal so you have more room for ice cream.  1-5pm.  2815 Bransford Avenue, in Berry Hill.  All the cool kids will be there!