Saturday, May 21, 2011

Relay For Life is coming up...

Relay for Life
The Anchorage Relay for Life is coming up:  it will be June 3rd and 4th at the parkstrip here in downtown Anchorage.  I am the team captain for our REI Anchorage team, and fundraising is a little slow this year.   Every single person in the United States has been affected by cancer, and unfortunately, if they have not yet, they will.

From left to right:  Grandpa Wes, younger sister Beka, older sister Kelsey, Grandma Jan, and me - wearing an REI jacket too, I might add.  

My personal reason to Relay is the memory of my Grandma Jan, who passed away almost 15 years ago from lung cancer.  Me, and my entire family, miss her every day and so I relay in the hopes that other families may not have to go through what we did.  Every dollar raised increases the chances of more effective treatment and maybe even an eventual cure for cancer.  So please, consider donating to this important cause!

I, along with a group of fellow REI employees, will be on the track from 6pm Friday evening to 6pm Saturday evening.  Because cancer never sleeps, neither will we while walking for a cure.

To donate, please visit my Relay for Life website.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

7th Annual Bike to Work Day

Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage

Hello Anchorage!  Tomorrow is the 7th Annual Bike to Work day and there are estimated to be at least 2,000 people participating.  If you've been wanting to try out commuting to work on your bike, tomorrow is the day for it!  Check out the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage website or facebook, and read up about the various commuting stations throughout Anchorage (Bacon and bread, how can you go wrong there!).

For inspiration, I thought I'd post some pictures of myself and other friends commuting throughout the year...

This is my friend and coworker Mark Haldane commuting yesterday morning.
He was teaching a class on Kayaking at work, so he brought his own Kayak with him on his commute!

Me biking to work in the beginning of February.
This photo is at Westchester Lagoon; I'm about to head up the hill toward West High School...

my roadie enjoying some fresh pow

Enjoying the wildlife while biking across town to my parents house...
(last summer)

Oh and PS...I'm teaching my first ever class at REI tonight:  Bike Maintenance for Women 101, wish me luck!


May 1st was graduation, and I haven't been doing much since then!  Bike rides, reading fiction, and generally relaxing and being a lazy bum.  I did start working full time again last week though and that has sort of taken it out of me...but I thought I'd post a pic of me at graduation to share with my blogger friends.

Me on the left and my friend Lindsey on the right...
This is the best pic I have so far, I'll have to hit up my parents for some better ones...

Monday, May 2, 2011

dust in the wind

I close my eyes, only for a moment and the moments gone. All my dreams, pass before eyes with curiosity. Dust in the wind, all we are is dust in the wind. Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea. All we do, crumbled to the ground though we refuse to see. Dust in the wind all we are is dust in the wind.

Now don't hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky. It slips away, and all your money won't another minute buy. Dust in the wind all we are is dust in the wind. Everything is dust in the wind.

The lyrics to this song have a lot of truth to them. When your life is over, what will you have to show for it? What have you lived for?

Isaiah 40 says:
6b All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.

I'm glad my Gods word and love are everlasting!
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