Monday, June 23, 2014

TWTW - Relay For Life Edition

This weekend I got five hours of sleep on Friday night and zero on Saturday, so this is a picture dump of Relay For Life because as I type this I'm on 30 hours without sleep and I'm verging on hangry. For why I relay, see this post. For a little bit more of what it's like there, see Lori's (llf1020) comment below.

Thanks so much to all of my Random Acts of Kindness teammates and our framily who stopped by for 15 minutes, an hour, five hours, to show your support and walk some laps with us and buy some raffles and bring us food and coffee. Thanks also to all of you who donated to me online or via mail. You all rock. I've raised $1,730 so far. Sincerely. Thank you.

Survivors
People, plus AUB who stopped in to walk in the morning and Kimmie, who visited in the dark of night.
Scenes from Relay
Winnings of me & MFD, including the coveted DD basket that's all mine
Skies of Relay
HOPE of Relay
We switched it up this year - new to us Relay (Bensalem), Lori and Perry set stuff up like rockstars on Friday. Lori rocked out as my team co-pilot. I didn't walk my first lap until 3 p.m. and I walked all through the night aside from a visit with Sister Secrets and an hour doing time at the information station for our team. I wised up from last year, saved my energy to make it through the night and never wore flip flops and I'm not in as much pain this year. The last members of our team (me, Lori, and Debbie) punched out at 23 hours - a respectable showing but not the full 24. My feet said absolutely not another lap, my body said you stink, and my mouth said I would like to eat something with a fork instead of your hands. We left Relay at 10 a.m. Sunday.

On Mondays I'm doing a picture linkup with Kelli at Just Beachy. If you'd like to participate, here are the prompts through July. This is my photo for the prompt summer.
This weekend was great, and on the less pain, Hallelujah and Amen, beacuse this week? Kim and Steve's wedding in Salem. Time to trade my Relay shoes for maid of honor shoes.

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Linking up with Kelli for

31 comments:

  1. virtual hi-five, steph! you guys did awesome. i followed you/the relay on IG and you guys were so amazing. were there any places to take a quick nap? ie. were you allowed to bring a tent?

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. What an awesome weekend! I've never done Relay but this makes me want to!

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  3. Best Relay ever in my opinion. The volunteers were amazing. Found out that teenage girls can giggle for hours on end without stopping. Every lap I took after they put up the luminaries reading the names made it all worth it. Seeing the survivors walking made it worth every step. Knowing that only by the grace of God have I not had to endure what they have made every step worth it. People say that they can't stay 24 hours. You do not have to stay 24 hours. The faces that show up even for 1/2 an hour symbolically shows the world that this disease will be fought with the last breath of the human race. There is power in coming together. There is power in the light of the luminaries. It is amazing to be a part of Relay and I thank Stephanie for introducing me to it and all she does getting donations and putting a team together.

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  4. Congrats to Team Random Acts of Kindness! I'm glad you have less pain. I loved all the pictures. It must be incredibly moving, especially in the middle of the night with all those luminaries. Thank you. I love you.

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  5. Awesome job! :) You are such a great and caring person. :)

    Also - I see that you won a veggie spiral noodling thing. Oh man. Are you going to try it? You should do a review on the blog. I'd love to see how it turns out! Happy Monday!

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  6. I am onlittle to no sleep from this move, and I too am tired and hangry. At least your exhaustion is for a good cause. I really think you're a kick-ass gal ;)

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  7. 23 hours?! Yikes! I'm glad you have the winnings along with your hangriness to show for the effort :)

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  8. Look at you rocking it! 23 hours in very admirable! And a DD basket?!?! Score!!!

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  9. I agree with Lori that this was the best relay! I need to walk anyway! Very humbling seeing the survivors and the dedications to those who have gone to the other side. Very happy with the indoor bathroom situation altho I did not need it, I was sweating enough. Not complaining at all. It was a beautiful day and night for the event. Congrats to Steph and Lori for a brilliant job.
    Epsom salts feet soak is a must.
    Love your Momma

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  10. Incredible! You are a rockstar!

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  11. Amazing!! Thank you for your outstanding hard work, contributions and walking!!!!

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  12. You are a rock star!! Loved following on IG this weekend. I am sure you are beat today, but it was so worth it. I really want to participate in this one day...thank you for your hard work and dedication!! xoxo

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  13. Congrats! You did a great job!

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  14. way to go girl!! this is incredible. now go take a nap.

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  15. Congrats to you and your team! You got some good pictures! Hope you get some rest before your bridemaid duties start :)

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  16. Great job walking 23 hours, whew! That's hard to imagine! Congratulations to your and your team!

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  17. Such great pics and YOU ROCK!!!

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  18. Ok... I was fine till I got to the luminary pics... that made me tear up, get goose bumps, lump in throat etc. You ROCK!!! Now go get some sleep woman!

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  19. Very cool Steph. If one is going to go without sleep for something, this is a great cause. I love the picture of "Hope", so touching. I did Relay for Life growing up with my mom and we always had such a good time. Did you take today off? I kind of hope you did so you can get some sleep

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  20. Love all the pictures! I hope you got a day off today?

    24 hours is a long ass time! John and I always participate for a few hours with the student groups we advise, but ours is only 12 hours here. That is plenty with college students!

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  21. This is awesome! I loved doing Relay in high school and college, but I had to get some sleep eventually. haha

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  22. The DD basket is well deserved! Congrats on another successful Relay.

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  23. An "As Seen on TV" basket is SUCH a good idea! I'm a sucker for that shit. Glad you won the DD one!!!!!

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  24. Such pretty skies! Looks like so much fun and congrats on raising such a huge chunk of change!!

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  25. Congrats on kicking serious fundraising ass. I loved seeing your pictures. You are an amazing person for doing this year after year. Keep kicking ass.

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  26. fabulous photos. and i agree, you're such a badass amazing person. way to go girly!

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  27. I love your relay sky pictures, they're my favorite!!

    I think your summer picture is perfect, popsicles scream summer.

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  28. I'm tearing up at the luminary for Gwen Coco! Another fabulous relay behind you. So proud of you my friend!!!

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  29. Great job, Steph! Awesome pictures!

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  30. You and Kate are so inspiring with these relays/walks!

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