Hasta La Bye Bye and a Merci

French Word of the Day: MERCIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!! (mare-sea)- thank you (excitedly written)

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to the Lupus Walk/ was a part of the Lupus Walk.  You guys, we raised a LOT of money!

I was so touched by you all coming.  Really, it meant a lot.  They forgot my speech, but I would have definitely thanked you all in it.  You rock, and couldn’t do what I do without you.

Tank supports Lupus.  (Courtesy of Aunt Kathy)
Tank supports Lupus. (Courtesy of Aunt Kathy)

It’s been an exhausting few weeks.  Now that everything’s all wrapped up, I’m on my way to Paris!  I’ve been pretty much worthless with excitement all day today.

Pain au chocolat here I come!

Ain’t No Party Like a Lupus Party

French Word of the Day: musique (mew- seek)- music

Yesterday was the kick off party for the Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter’s 2013 walks.   (There will be 5, but I’m only forcing you all to go to the Chicago one.  And by forcing, I mean using my Jedi mind tricks.)

I feel like all my photos should come with an "I never studied photography" warning.
I feel like all my photos should come with an “I never studied photography and this was taken with my camera phone” warning.

Due to Mother Nature’s determination to make the Chicagoland area America’s newest underwater attraction, the fête wasn’t as heavily attended as they were hoping.  (Side note: I hope everyone’s homes are okay!)  But there were still plenty of people there despite the rain, such as these attractive ladies:

Rocio and Katherine were lured by the free pool tables.
Rocio and Katherine workin’ the free pool tables.
My beautiful sister also showed her support and her shmancy watch.
My beautiful sister also showed her support and her shmancy watch. For those of you worried about all the cups around her, they contain non alcoholic beverages.  Probably.

Rocio sent out an email to our coworkers, and several of them gave us donations even though they couldn’t come.  It was lovely to have their support, as well!

I know, I know.  I emailed none of you.  I fail.  I’ll make it up to you by inundating you with reminders about the lupus walk. 12 a day everyday until September 29th- that sounds appropriate, right?

Enjoy the lupus love, but what you should really take from this photo is that Alyssa and my no-chip manicures still look FABULOUS a week and half after getting them.
Enjoy the lupus love, but what you should really take from this photo is that Alyssa and my no-chip manicures still look FABULOUS a week and half after getting them.

More Lupus Walkin’

French Word of the Day: le comité (co me tay)- the committee

Rocio will be able to make all her ideas for next year’s Lupus Walk become a reality.  She and I have both been placed on the Lupus Walk Committee for 2013.

I went to the Lupus Foundation’s Chicago headquarters today to pick up my prize for raising money (again, thanks everyone!).  It’s a sweet tumbler:

I also got a purple bag for grocery shopping.  I’m all hooked up with my lupus gear.  I’m going with the “I got them because I’m spreading awareness” mantra, but really I just wanted that tumbler.

While I was picking it up, one of the women who works at the Foundation asked me what I do for a living.  I mentioned that I’m a meeting planner, which caught her attention.  She invited me to help plan next year’s event.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

I think this means you all have to actually attend next year.  I’m giving you a year’s notice instead of a week’s this time.

Although I have no idea what day it’s taking place.  I should probably figure that out before the first committee meeting, yes?