Friday, September 26, 2008

Argyle is so classy and so cute...

I made this argyle design last year, but only made 2 sample towels with it and never listed it to sell! The towels were for my tennis captains, Debbie & Sonia. They both play a little golf and I thought these would be really cute for golf or tennis. Well, Jess saw Sonia's towel and wanted one like it, so I pulled the design up, made some adjustments (made the whole design a little bigger and made the stitches a little bolder) and made Jess' towel. I have to say that it looked so cute that I'm ready to sell the towels and the designs!

"Do you guys have gas?"

That's the question I called and asked 17 gas stations within a 4.4 mile radius of my house this morning before I had one tell me where I could get gas! The answer was just "No" at all the other stations! So, I called the station with gas (Chevron @ Lakeland Plaza, Cumming, GA) and they said they would probably have gas until 11:30 or 12:00 (it was a little after 9:00 when I made the call). I immediately jumped in my car and headed over there. I only had to wait in line for about 30 minutes and they didn't have any limits on how much you could get, so I filled up and it was a successful trip!

One note about the service ~ it was excellent! They had 2 controlled lines coming into the station and someone directing each line to the appropriate pumps (tank on driver's side or passenger side?). I had read an article about fights in lines due to chaos, so it was nice to have such an organized, controlled line. Funny how such a simple thing can make all the difference ;D

Jeff was also low on gas this morning, so he took the LONG way to work to pass as many stations as he could. Driving way out of the way paid off because he found 1 station after passing at least 7 without gas.

I was nearly on empty, so I couldn't afford to drive around looking for a station, so I was feeling trapped here with no gas and no possibility of getting any. I'm so glad I have gas now, I can get busy and stay home working without feeling trapped :)

I hope I don't have to post any other notes about the GA Gas Shortage...but they say that this will continue to be a problem into at least sometime next week.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer

We did it! Lou & I walked 20 miles yesterday and 10 miles this morning to complete the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. We both struggled [I had several blisters on my toes and Lou's knee was hurting her], but it was well worth it! It was a great experience and we met some really nice women while we were walking and the crews that volunteer to help with traffic and b'rest stops were amazing! I will do it again!

PLUS, my mom and dad came in from Indiana to see me walk!

I'll post more pictures of the actual walk in the next few days.

Allie, Angie & Lou

Dad (Eddie), Angie & Mom (Sandy)

Angie, Allie & Jeff

Allie & Angie

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I'm getting excited...

A friend of mine, Cary, asked me earlier today if I was getting excited about the walk [Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer] this weekend [yes, this weekend!] and it was then that I realized that I wasn't excited. I've been looking forward to it and preparing for it all year by raising money and walking, but at the same time I've just been working on the daily things that need to be completed and my business has been tough this summer and has had me a bit overwhelmed. So, when I came in from talking to Cary I decided to spend some time working on something fun for the walk that would get me excited and it worked!!

First, I spent a couple of hours this afternoon trying to decide how I'm going to display that I'm walking in memory of my grandmothers. I'm wearing a backpack, so I can't really wear something on the back of my shirt like a lot do in the shorter 5K walks. My backpack has front clips that come across my chest, so you can barely see the 2 Day Walk logo that I've embroidered on my shirt. So, I designed and created a "sign" of sorts to attach to my backpack. I think it turned out really cute! I just used some cute polka dot fabric (it was thin so it puckered a little at the top) I had and embroidered my design on it. Then, I just tacked it in place.

While the "sign" was stitching I decided to adorn the backpack with pink and green ribbon to match! It's much cuter now!! I really wasn't crazy about carrying red backpack, but now you can barely tell it's red [ kind of ;D ].

I know my grandmothers would be proud of me for walking, so I'll wear this with great pride. It will be an emotional weekend, so I'll be strong and try not to cry too much. This is all for a great cause and the money will go towards finding the cure that we need. My parents are coming in town so that they can see me on the route, so I hope to have a picture of me and my mom to post next week!