19 August, 2005

Haiku Friday

Wal-Mart Groceries
Way cheaper than the HT
Still, lots of money.

It's hotter than hell
Humidity is killing
No breeze to be found

Meggie smiles and laughs
Molly plays with her sister
My girls are precious

She wants her room pink
Her daddy will paint for her
My dad will help him

Grass keeps on growing
Flowers are starting to droop
Late summer scorching


18 August, 2005

Revolution, Consumption, Question of the Day, New Feature

Ok, so I was naive. I admit that. Naive and idealistic and, yes, foolish.

I thought that if your cause was compelling enough, if your letters were good enough and your brochure was flashy enough but not too flashy, people would give. Corporations would give. Churches would give.

Nothing else mattered as much as the cause.

This is how I have raised money for the last 6 or so years. And I picked a hard cause (HIV/AIDS). And I have been reasonably successful.

But now, this week, idea building on idea, incident on incident, and then it all came together in a flash of lightning and a puff of smoke and what feels like a waste of the efforts of six solid years. Wanna know what it is?

1. It IS who you know (or at least who your Board knows).
2. If you ask donors - individual, corporate, church - what it is that they want from you, and you find a way to give it to them, they will give.
3. If you don't know who you need to know, find someone who does.
4. Events are entry points. They should be getting donor names and information to use in the Annual Campaign.
5. Every letter has to be an awesome letter.

There are more subtle things that were reinforced to me this week- but these are the biggies.

Monday I am going to work on a way to package these for the board, and help our fundraising grow - bigger than we ever imagined.

1 week
2 events
2 unexpected places to drink
Very bizarre to me - must think more on this.

Question of the Day
Eminem in rehab?

Anyone shocked?

New Feature
I am going to institute a new feature on my blog -
Haiku Friday!

So tomorrow I will have a haiku for you and it will be meaningful and wonderful and/or about a story I see on Yahoo entertainment!

See you then -

"Spatula, I got two words for you - BE-HAVE" - Mother overheard yelling at her child on the streets of New York. (My friend Bill heard it - it's totally legit!)


17 August, 2005

Big Brother, Flag This!, Question of the Day, The Thing I Can't Remember

Big Brother
Big Brother, in the form of my local grocery store, is watching me. Wanna know how I know?

Well, they have this loyalty shoppers card (you know, you have to have it to get the sale prices). And I use mine faithfully every time I shop. And they have found a way to give me both convenience and the scare of the day.

I opened up my email.

"Your Weekly Specials" from said local grocery store.

And there they were - the 10 items currently on sale that I have purchased most often.

Freaky, let me tell you, to open up your email and have your worst fears confirmed. Let me share my top 10 for this week:

Boneless skinless chicken breasts
Pepperidge farm cake
Edy's Ice Cream
Baking potatoes
Artisan Bread
Ground beef patties
Popcorn Fish
Grape Tomatoes
Birds Eye Veggies
Sara Lee Deli meat and Cheese

That is just a weird list. Last week it was milk and diet coke.....

Flag THIS!
Have you noticed at the top of the blogger blogs there is a new little button that says "Flag This" - report objectionable content to blogger.

Ex-CUSE me? Who defines objectionable? Is my blog objectionable? I talk about gay issues, God, AIDS, kids, Harry Potter, Pat Conroy and being overweight. Somehow, I believe that someone, somewhere could find any, or even all, of these topics objectionable.

I am pretty upset about this, and I am going to find out more about their policies on this, but I may end up finding new blog hosting.

NOBODY puts Baby in a corner!!!!

Question of the Day
What is the defining event in your life?

I have not had mine yet, I don't think. I am still waiting to be defined. Maybe I never will be. Or maybe I will be defined over and over, and the events I am thinking about really are defining moments. Maybe there is not just one event...maybe it is a series of events.

One is being a camp counselor in Valle Crucis, sitting on the porch of the conference center, in a rocking chair, listening to James Taylor's Greatest Hits, watching it rain. I said to my fellow counselors, "I want to do this for the rest of my life. How do I do that?" Someone said, "Go to college here."

So I did, and I met Bob and we got married and had the kids and here we are.

But I have never, in 16 years, recaptured that moment.

The Thing I Can't Remember
Good grief. There is something very deep and cool and bloggy I wanted to put here, but I can't remember what it was to save my life.

Arrgghh! Over 30 sucks some days!!!!!!

I'll think of it soon, I am sure, and I will write it in my nerd notebook....

Oh! I just thought of it!!!!

Busted! But Freed...
I got pulled over by a cop this morning - very nice guy, gave me a ticket for my tag and inspection being expired.

I knew it was expired and I have been worrying for weeks that I was going to get pulled over. Now I have been pulled over, gotten a ticket, and I have until October 7 to get it fixed. So I do not have to worry anymore - just show them that I already have a ticket and go on my merry way.

I know, weird way to look at it. But I never promised I was not weird!



16 August, 2005

What Up, Freak O' The Week, Question of the Day, Reflections (yet another blog?)

What Up?
Girl, it has been crazy! Friday through Sunday I was at a leadership retreat which was awesome! But, alas, no internet, no radio, no TV. So, I could not have posted even if I had had the time!

Then yesterday was crazy - getting our taxes done, meetings, a thousand work things to do and then Leadership homework too made for a full and tiresome Monday.

Today I finally got one detail on a project nailed down that the rest of the project hinged on, so I could move forward full force with the rest of the project, plus get ready for the board meeting and all that business. So it was madness!

I have missed posting everyday, though. And I have missed reading the blogs I like to read. Odd how quickly some things become habit, while other things that you work and work and work on never quite catch on.

Or am I really working on them, or just fooling myself?

Kinda think the latter, sorry to say.

Freak O' The Week
Drumroll please......

And this week's Freak of the Week is......

Our very own fearless leader and post turtle... (see the comments if you want to know about the post turtle bit)

George "Dubya" Bush!

Wanna know why? The Iraqi Constitution! That's why!

He actually believes that they can be done in a week. One of the issues they are still debating, discussing, and deciding on is what part Islam will play in the new government. Now I am no expert but it makes sense, even to me, a non-pundit, non-expert lay person knows that if that issue has not been resolved in the last trazillion years, who the hell thinks it can be resolved by August 22, 2005? George "Dubya" Bush! That's who.

At least that is what he is saying - and I know he has to say what he has to say to keep the resistance at a dull roar - imagine if he came out and said something like, "Well, we're pretty sure that you Iraqians are not gonna have your constitution thing done by next week. So I don't know what to tell you."

Cindy Sheehan would totally lose her you-know-what. And so would the families of the other 2000 or so families who have lost loved ones in this misguided, mismanaged, miscalculated, unnecessary war.

So congrats, Dub. You are the Freak o' the week.

At least!

Question of the Day
What is the best gift anyone has ever given you?

I don't mean the most expensive gift - I mean which gift has had the best impact on your life?

Santa brought me a typewriter for Christmas when I was 12 years old. I wrote more poems at that keyboard than anyone could have imagined. My words, typewritten, suddenly had weight and permanence and meaning, a whole different persona than when I put pen to paper and created poetry in my childish scrawl. These poems off the typewriter were grown up and were good...at least I thought so then! I also learned to write at the keyboard, and I just can't imagine these people who write it all out longhand then transcribe it into their computer. I am a long-time type-and-write-at-the-same-time type. Must be my inner "J" coming out (Meyers-Briggs for those of you who have done it. I am an INFJ. Used to be an ENFP. Whole other blog topic there!)

So, what did someone give you, perhaps unknowingly, that changed you forever??

Reflections (yet another blog?)
I believe I mentioned Leadership Rowan. And the retreat. Did I mention it was INTENSE?!

I learned stuff and thought stuff and figured out stuff that I never even imagined would come up.

I met people and had experiences with them that I can never describe to someone who wasn't there. We had mutual breakthroughs and deep talks and a bond that simply can not be understood by an outsider.

So I am thinking of starting a blog for all the LR class of '06, because if the rest of the year is like the retreat was, I am going to EXPLODE with all that I learn and think and all the inside jokes that are coming out of this experiences.

For example, "Jackasses!"

Now granted, that is a funny word on its own, but if you know the story behind it, absolutely hysterical.

So, yet another blog. I am thinking about it. Maybe I'll do a quick survey to see if anyone else would be interested. Or maybe I'll just do it and let people catch on in their own time. After all, is leadership about results? Or is that management? Maybe leadership is about something more subtle, more skilled, more beautiful than just managing. Maybe it is worth exploring, even if I am the only one.

After all, not all who wander are lost...(Tolkein)