Thursday Things

1. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

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And also: AUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHH!!

My thoughts about all of this so far have been, “Holy crap, I’m in! This is happening!” and, “Holy crap, WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!” Haha. I’m banking on the panic disappearing over the next few days, reappearing when I begin training, following a predictable cycle of disappearance and reappearance with a direct correlation to how my training is going/how hot and humid it is outside, and then coming back with full force somewhere in the neighborhood of October 6. Advance thanks to those of you willing to endure the crazy that will certainly appear on the blog over the next eight months.

I honestly am shocked that my registration went as well as it did. I tried to register right at noon but didn’t get past the information page. I spent the next two and half hours or so clicking on the registration link every now and again and never getting anywhere until finally around 2:45 when I was able to get through. I went through the whole registration process and thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to try to pay, since I knew a lot of people had been charged multiple times. I have a sneaking suspicion most of these people clicked refresh or reload when they shouldn’t have, so I told myself I would only submit a payment once. Well, less than 10 seconds after I submitted my payment, I made it through to the confirmation page. It took a long time to get my actual confirmation e-mails, but by this morning everything had arrived. I’m in!

Now, I need some advice. I really want to run the marathon as a fundraiser. That’s been my plan since I got this crazy idea whilst running up Lake Shore Drive at the Chicago Half Marathon last September, and I intend to stick with that plan. I’m torn on what exactly I want to do, though. My original plan was to run to raise money for my alma mater’s capital campaign and use my college’s alumni network to see if anyone else wanted to join me. Then I also thought about running to raise money for the camp where I worked for two summers. Both of these causes are very near and dear to my heart, which is something I think is critical when it comes to fundraising. However, I have next to no fundraising experience. I did tiny bits of fundraising in middle school, but haven’t done anything since then. I have no idea how to go about soliciting people for donations, I have no idea how to set things up, and most importantly I have no idea what kind of dollar amount is a realistic goal for a first-time fundraiser like myself. I’m well aware that there are a TON of charity programs currently established with the marathon, and while I believe they’re all for wonderful causes, I haven’t seen anything that I’ve been SUPER passionate about. I mean, I’m sure I could find some cause in there that resonates with me, but I don’t know if I’m ever going to run a marathon again after this (a decision on that will be made after October 13 😉 ), and I’d kind of like to use this potentially-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raise money for something I am super passionate about. Any/all guidance is welcome and encouraged.

2. Since Super Bowl Sunday, my TV-less friend and I have been planning on having an Oscars party. I really, really loved all the kitchen adventures that came along with our Super Bowl party, so I was more than happy to host an Oscars party and have spent an embarrassing amount of time on Pinterest menu planning for our shindig.

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(obviously I wasn’t going to make all of this…but you get the idea)

I have a rehearsal on Sunday afternoon, so yesterday I went poking around the Internet to find out what time the Oscars start in order to plan out my cooking schedule. In this poking I discovered that the Oscars are on ABC, which is just about the worst news EVER. I don’t have cable, which means I’m at the mercy of my antenna and digital converter box when it comes to TV watching. For some reason I’ll never understand, my antenna picks up every broadcast station except ABC. NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS, the CW (sometimes) — no problem. I’ve never been able to get ABC, though, no matter where I put the antenna.

Honestly, I just really want to make a big meal. I could take or leave the Oscars. My friend LOVES the Oscars, though, so I’m not entirely sure this whole ordeal is going to happen anymore. Sad face 😦 (although happy face for my grocery bill, which was going to go through the roof again this week with everything I planned on making).

3. I know I force so many of you to deal with my hip hop/breakdance stories all the time, but indulge me just once more (ha. Just once more. Like I’ll ever stop blogging about this). Registration for the next session of these classes is dangerously low — as in, all of the classes my teacher currently teaches are at risk for being cut because none of them have enough people registered. If you’ve EVER, even ONCE in your life, thought that you’d like to give dance a try and would like to experience it in a super safe, super non-judgemental, super awesome environment, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know ASAP. I have a coupon code…! You can save $15 on registration! That means, given how things tend to go in this class, you’re paying $7/hour of instruction. Do you know of ANY fitness classes that cost less than that? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Sign up sign up sign up! I’ll seriously be heartbroken if this class gets cancelled, and it’d mean the world to me if someone–anyone, even if you’ve never commented on the blog–would register for the class. I’M BEGGING YOU.

Any fundraising advice/tips/pointers/general information I should know?
Know how to con an antenna into picking up stations it doesn’t seem to want to pick up?
SIGN UP FOR HIP HOP. Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease.

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22 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. I think you should still have the party who cares if you can’t watch the oscars! Get dressed up and FEED on tasty food!

    CONGRATS on signing up (and actually getting registered!)!! Can’t wait to cheer you on!!!

  2. Ahhhhhh!!! You go girl!!! I’m so pumped for you for signing up for the marathon! I really want to run it one year…maybe next? Have to see what finances and such look like…as far as fundraising goes, i’m not much help for ideas (i’m sorry i haven’t had much experience beyond selling girl scout cookies which is a no brainer…bake sale then haha? Practice runs with other friends/marathoners that cost a few dollars towards this? Yeah i suck haha), but once you have one if i can help let me know 🙂

  3. Yayyyyyyyy I am so excited and secretly wishing I was running that with you! I want to do a marathon so badlyyyyy!!!!
    Also, move to Baltimore or we can both move to Boston so we can make everything on pinterest even if we don’t have an oscars party or anything fancy like that. Seriously, I’m ready to stuff my face with some serious #foodporn.

  4. Aww, if I hadn’t just signed up for trapeze I would totally do hip-hop. I hope they can find some more people to sign up. I’ve had classes canceled before and it’s no fun.

    I have very little fundraising advice since I HATE doing it. But if you wanted to do a first time thing I would go for $500. Since you’re not doing it as part of a group there aren’t really any consequences if you don’t hit your goal (unlike with some of them where you have to pay the difference on your own). Set up a website (google fundraising websites) and just start blabbing about it. Offer to give people things in return (baked goods, photos, see if you can any items donated from the place you’re raising money for).

    Are the Oscars streaming online anywhere? Is the ABC website airing them?

    • I don’t think the Oscars are streaming via ABC, but my friend found a big ol’ list of places they are streaming, so hopefully we’ll get that figured out. At the very least, she’s for sure coming over, so I can still cook and be happy haha.

      Thanks for the tips! I seriously know nothing about fundraising, so anything is helpful!

  5. I’m so excited that you signed up! I’m thinking of fundraising for the first time too and I’m not sure how much to attempt to raise either. I’ll probably end up setting my minimum at $500, just because I’m a newbie, but I hope to raise more than that (obviously).

  6. Ahh congratulations for taking the leap of fate and registering!! I hope one day I’ll be as brave as you 🙂 As for fundraising, I’m in the dark about it too. I’ve never fundraised before so I have no good advice to offer you. Just know that we’re here to help you out though!

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