Thursday Things

1. As you may or may not remember, back in February when I registered for the Chicago Marathon I mentioned wanting to run the race for charity, but not knowing which charity I wanted to run for. Well, I’ve found one!

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I’m officially running the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Team PAWS, and I’m STOKED. I’m ridiculously passionate about fuzzy critters (dogs in particular), and I really get on board with Team PAWS’ mission to make Chicago a No Kill city. Save da fwends!

Anyway, you know where this is going, so I’m not even going to bother with the fluff: GIMME YO MONEY. Even if it’s $1. Or 50 cents. Or one penny. I need to raise $500 before the marathon, and ideally I’d like to raise a lot more than that, and even more ideally I’d like that $500 to not come only from my checking account. So, as I said: GIMME YO MONEY.

Except here’s the thing. Because I’m so wildly famous and need to carefully guard my identity, I don’t want to post the link to my fundraising page on the blog since I don’t want the whole Internet knowing my full name. If you are interested in contributing to my cause, however, let me know in the comments and I’ll e-mail you the link, if you weren’t lucky enough to be included on the first e-blast I sent out.

Full disclosure: I will continue to harass all of you until I reach my fundraising goal, so in order to keep my blog content from becoming repetitive, feel free to give early and generously 🙂 . Don’t make me post Sarah McLachlan videos, people. I’m not above guilting you into donating.

2. This pretty much sums up my weekend:

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Except I only knew four couples, not six, but whatever. Close enough. #myfriendsaremarried, I love you.

There’s a ranty post about the culture of young marriage in West Michigan coming your way next week. If feminist tirades aren’t your thing, or if you forgot to check the calendar recently and are still, like everyone I grew up with, ever, under the false impression that it’s 1955, I kindly suggest you ignore the post entitled “Ringless,” as it will probably only make you angry. Or maybe challenge you to think differently/be open minded, but LORD KNOWS if there’s anything West Michigan does poorly, it’s open mindedness.

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Never, ever, in the history of clothing, as a t-shirt told a bigger lie (or been more sarcastic, depending on how you choose to look at it) than that one.

3. And with that, I’m off, kiddos! I’m headed to Seattle for the weekend with my parents to surprise my grandma for her 90th birthday. Grandma’s health has not been the best lately, which is weird because she’s legitimately the most badass woman I’ve ever known. Heart attack? Whatever. Stroke? Ain’t no thang. Bounced back from all of those like whatever, can’t hold me down, body. Total champ. But things haven’t been quite as hot for the past month, so I’m really glad I have the opportunity to see her. I’m also COMPLETELY FREAKING OUT because I hate flying. Absolutely hate it. In the past few months, I’ve dreamt on two separate occasions that I was on a plane with mechanical problems, and then I read this horrifying chapter in Stiff, our May book club book, about what happens to a body when a plane explodes in the air. None of these things have done anything to calm my flight-related anxieties. I’m excited for our trip, but man, I wish there was some way to take it that didn’t involve flying.

Whooooo wants to save the puppies of Chicago? Answer: you do!
Do you enjoy flying?

19 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. I actually really love flying. I don’t know why, I think it makes me feel really grown up or something. Anyways, have a great time in Seattle! I’m waiting for that moment when all of my friends get married. They made fun of me this week saying I’m going to be like Katherine heigle in 27 dresses. It’s probably the truth it its fine. I’ve come to accept my #singlegirlstatus

    • Hahaha want to fly for me tomorrow? Then I’ll just magically turn into you when you land safely in Seattle? Haha I don’t know if I’d rather have my friends say I was going to be like Katherine Heigl or if I’d rather continue enduring the, “Don’t worry, Bethany! It’ll happen for you someday!” I currently put up with *eye roll*

    • Best cause ever as in, “Please, Bethany, take all the money I have to show how much I support that cause!”? Hahaha. Kidding, of course. And eh, I’m really going out there because it’s her birthday, so that’s not too awful of a reason. I just wish I could teleport out there instead, but alas, my machine is STILL broken.

  2. I don’t like flying either, especially take off. You better bet I’m squeezing the arm rests and panicking during the first 10 minutes of any flight. It’s worth it to travel though!

    I can’t believe so many of your friends are getting married/engaged. It’s so different from the area I grew up in on the east side of the state. Looking forward to your post :).

  3. Flying is nerve-wracking, especially for us Type As who like to have control over situations. Flying is basically giving up all control over…everything.

    And did you send me your fundraising page? I think yes but can you send it again 🙂

    I, for one, am DEFINITELY looking forward to your post. Yes, I got engaged at the age of 22 but for Pete’s sake that is YOUNG!!!

    • You know, I never thought of it that way, but you’re totally right! I imagine that has a lot to do with why I hate flying so much. Not so good with the whole “trusting others to keep me safe” thing, clearly.

      I did, but I’ll send it again!

      Oh good! Be sure to have a cup of coffee…it’s a looooooooong one. Looooooooong. With no pictures. But worth the read, hopefully!

  4. You’re the second person I know running for PAWS! Great cause! And i hear you about western Michigan. All my wife’s friends she went to school with there already have like 3-4 kids by 25. We have one, and we are the odd ones in Chicago (At least I’m 30 and its a little more accepted!)

  5. That Ringless post will probably contain all of my thoughts from the past 4 years on friends getting engaged/married/having babies so I am really looking forward to it. In fact, I’m giving it a preemptive AMEN!
    I don’t really like flying either but I am getting better with it. If you really hate it just take some dramamine because that crap knocks me out.
    That shirt is hilarious.
    Matt and I play this game where we have to guess who the latest engagement/pregnancy announcement was that we saw on facebook. This weekend his clue to me was he is a college friend and I don’t think you like him. I don’t know if I should be ecstatic that I answered correctly right away or embarrassed that he described someone as a person I didn’t like. To be fair, this guy was a jerk to me.

    • Excellent! People on my side! Haha.

      Dramamine. Noted. I should legit try to find some, because I’m already a serious stress case, and it’s not even tomorrow yet. Ugh.

      Hahahaha that’s hilarious! The only game I play in relation to engaged/married friends right now is, “Which couple do I think is going to divorce first.” Does that make me a terrible person? Or just a realistic person?

  6. Send me that link!

    Have a great flight! That sounds like a nice trip. I hope getting there is okay. And I hope your Grandma continues to kick ass for a long time 🙂

  7. I am so excited for this Ringless post! I feel like a lot of my high school friends (not so much from college) are engaged or already married. It’s usually with people they’ve been with for a long time, so I guess it makes more sense, but still. I keep telling my boyfriend we aren’t getting married until we’re AT LEAST 25 because we are far too young right now (which is still only two years away, but it’s better than 22, I guess). I can barely commit to what I want for dinner, forget one person for the rest of my life.

    • Hahahaha right?? Until I’m responsible enough to remember to fill my prescriptions before the expire, I don’t think I have any business being married 😛

      I wonder if everyone would be so excited about this Ringless post if I had warned them how long it is. Haha. Ah well. I’m glad there seems to be so much enthusiasm!

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