... first and foremost, the Blogathon team for putting this together.
... my 211 co-blogathonians. You all made this a lot more fun. So much to see, so little time! And what great team spirit - everybody cheering each other on, dropping by for support, coffee, tea, and chocolates (I may actually have some blood back in my sugar by now. Not entirely sure though). So nice to meet you all! I wish I'd had more time to hang out at your sites. Can we make it a 48 hour blogathon next time? (Just kidding!)
... 2387 sponsors, donating a total of $58446.24. Wow!
... my chosen charity, Heifer International, for having a cow, and giving it to someone who needs it.
... everybody who sponsored me. You helped me raise $250 for Heifer International. That's
... half a heifer
... a water buffalo
... two goats
... two sheep
... two pigs
... four tree seedlings
... four rabbits
... eight bee hives
... twelve chicks
... twelve ducks
... or twelve geese
... everybody who even considered sponsoring me. Your support is much appreciated, whether it was monetary or just a note saying "I don't have money to spare right now, but what a great idea! You go grrrl!"
... everybody who surfed by my blog during the blogathon, left a comment, laughed, rolled their eyes, or got the hell out of this weird wired neighborhood.
Thanks for a great run!
My goals for Blogathon 2003:
... raise $500 for charity with Elkit in Wonderland, and match all the pledges
... also participate with my German blog, Elkes Wunderblog
... raise250 for charity, and match all the pledges
... get five other German bloggers to participate
... eat more snacks
... have as much fun as this year.
Ni-night! Me and my strawberry jammies, we'll be offline for the rest of the afternoon. Later tonight, we'll come back, vote for our favorite bloggers, finish some homework, futz around and fret that it's over.
Elke's Blogathon Theme Song:
We're only here
Sharing our free love
Let's make it clear
That this is free love
No hidden catch
No strings attached
Just free love
No hidden catch
No strings attached
Just free love
No, it's not Ted Casablanca's gossip column .. it's what fueled this blog during the last 24 hours.
Read it and weep:
28 digital photos taken
3 digital photos posted
7 glasses of water
2 glasses of blood orange juice (extra vitamins, yea!)
1 glass of white wine
no! grappa!! down, grrl!!!
3 cups of coffee
8 trips to the bathroom
1 caffe latte
3 mini Mars bars
appr. 314 songs (ca. 1.72 GB of MP3s)
1 1/2 chicken breasts in mushroom cream sauce
7 chocolate toffee bonbons
7 stretch breaks
1 plum pie square
9 sponsors (Thank you so much, guys!)
$250.00 pledged to Heifer International
lots of snacks, talks across the garden fence, waves, hugs, and a whole lotta love in the neighborhood
Sign me up for the next one!
Music of the Moment: "Testimony" by Mary J. Blige, from "No More Drama"
Back at the ranch, the shingle says:
"Currently: 212 Participants with 2381 sponsors, donating a total of $58296.24."
Think we can make it all the way to 60 grand? I'll find me a worthy blogger or two before time's up ... got a few bucks burning holes in my pockets (that would prevent me from sleeping. And you all know we can't have that.)
I'm, like, Omigawd! (I just had to get that in. Jill and Debbie will understand.) Where'd the time go ... time sure flies when you're having fun. How did that little ditty go? Yeah:
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like banana.
And my fly's always open.
But what I came here to say ... waittaminnit! Wuddaya mean, only one more hour, and you're gonna send us all to bed? I haven't seen half the neighborhood ... can't we keep going ... ? (ducks as half-emptied coffee cups, soda cans, and chocolate papers hit her head)
Anyway ... I'm off to see some more of my fellow blogathonians to cheer them on in the home stretch. Great crowd, I gotta say! Nice houses too. And everybody serves the bestest refreshments - coffee, tea, me - sorry, I couldn't resist!
There's chocolate to much on, cakes and ale to taste, and if your preferences are a little more perverted, there's always an acid covered espresso bean or a happy pill.
There's one more book opening I must quote ... please bear with me as I type it up as tidily as I can. Be right back with the goods ... back already ... here goes:
"The Salinas Valley is in Northern California. It is a long narrow swale between two ranges of mountains, and the Salinas River winds and twists up the centre until it falls at last into Monterey Bay.
I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer - and what trees and seasons smelled like - how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odours is very rich.
I remember that the Gabilan Mountains to the east of the valley were light gay mountains full of sun and loveliness and a kind of invitation, so that you wanted to climb into their warm foothills almost as you want to climb into the lap of a beloved mother. They were beckoning mountains with a brown grass love. The Santa Lucias stood up against the sky to the west and kept the valley from the open sea, and they were dark and brooding - unfriendly and dangerous. I always found in myself a dread of west and a love of east. Where I ever got such an idea I cannot say, unless it could be that the morning came over the peaks of the Gabilans and the night drifted back from the ridges of the Santa Lucias. It may be that the birth and death of the day had some part in my feeling about the two ranges of mountains."
Did you recognize it? It's John Steinbeck's East of Eden. When I lived in the Silicon Valley, I would think of this passage every single time I drove 101 south out of San Jose.
Music of the Moment: Are you ready for this? It's "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" by U2. How perfect is that?