Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fundraiser Extraordinaire!

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Actually, my parents get most of the credit for this one. Garage sale + rain + LOTS of help & donations from friends & family + AMAZING parents = 500 bucks for Africa.

I could not be more grateful for all the help I received on this... we had so much fun!

700 dollars for the week. I just need to pull this off four more times and I'll be good. (Aaaaghhhh!!!)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Eat Treats for Africa!

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The mountain (and any other "real" exercise) took a back seat to fundraising last weekend. I baked, literally, the entire weekend. If I wasn't baking, I was shopping for the baking, or wrapping the goodie's I'd baked, or cleaning up the mess I'd made while baking. I suffered more this weekend while baking than I've ever suffered on a mountain. I also ate about 5000 calories in cake batter, icing, and "testing" the finished products. By the time Sunday night rolled around, I was exhausted, 5 lbs heavier, and TOTALLY ready to sell some baked goods!

They turned out pretty rad, I think!

My baking muse - and an INCREDIBLE help - Ashley (yes, that's flour on her head).

Me with an extremely powerful can of PAM spray.

Some of the final products.

All in all, I raised 200 bucks for the Peaks Foundation from selling baked goods at work. Not to shabby. I'm super impressed with how giving people were to the cause. More importantly - I was able to talk to a lot of people about this awesome organization.

In other (VERY EXCITING) news...

I bought my plane ticket yesterday. I leave on Jan 1, fly to Heathrow, have a long enough layover to go into London (my favorite city in the world!) and have a last supper, and then on to Nairobi to arrive on the 3rd of January. I did purchase a return flight -- but am still holding out hope, and working hard to find some place to volunteer for some time after the climb.

I'm still sorta shocked that this is all happening... wondering when it will set in.