The title pretty much sums up my activities in the last few weeks.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Posted by Erin at 7:15 PM
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I'm blogging for the 2nd day in a row - bonus! Warning: this post will be completely work based because that' s all I've done since my last post. Ah, Walk season...
So you may remember from last year that my first experince of Walk weekend wasn't amazing - partially because the weather was so nasty. It was also my first event, and anyone who does events for a living can tell you that you have to be broken in so to speak. You learn how things work in your organization and you in a lot of ways have to learn what is a big deal and what is not and what you can do to make your experience better.
For example, packing my bag for this weekend (that I have learned should stay on my person at almost all times), I knew exactly what needed to go in it and what didn't. I had no problem making decisions at the event and have learned that because of my position in the organization (a Development staff member) other staff are ok with being told what to do by me (respectfully of course!) I know how our events go and what needs to be done, so while I have a 'bible' telling me the timeline and such, I think I looked at it twice the whole weekend. When we were running out of cups, no big deal; just send someone to buy more. I can make Gatorade for 10 gallon coolers like a champ and am an expert at setting up pop-up 10x10 tents. I am also an excellent balloon arch maker. Oh, the skills you acquire working at the MS Society.
I also know that scissors are like gold and that I should carry them in my back pocket so that they are in easy reach. I should also keep tape (packing and duct) and a sharpie on me. Zip ties and duct tape can fix almost anything. I know who I have to tell things 3 times to and who I can tell once and forget it. I have never loaded/unloaded more trucks in my life than I have in the past 18 months. That being said, if anyone ever asks you to move a pallet of 5 gallon full water jugs (like the ones from Aqua Systems), say no.
What a difference a year makes.
Posted by Erin at 6:47 PM
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Today was the first day of Walk MS, which means the start of a working weekend for me. I was at the Arnold Walk MS today and it went really well. Great weather, great tunout. About as good as you can ask for when planning an event. Tomorrow will be bigger and longer (I'll be at our largest walk in Clayton) and hopefully will run just as smoothly. But that is not the point of this post.
Since I don't really get a weekend this week, I crammed some fun in on Thur and Friday evenings. Thursday night Kara hosted a girl's night since Holly is in town this week (!). We ordered Imo's, watched Twilight and New Moon and had wine and gossiped. Fabulous. Oh, and ate half a Sam's size container of provel cheese. yuuuummmmmy. Man I miss Holly living in STL.
Friday night everyone met up at Schafly Bottleworks for drinks and dinner (which mostly turned into appetizers since it took FOREVER for us to get a table.) It was fun to hang out with everyone and relax.
I'm sorry to tell you that I didn't take a single picture at either of these events, so you'll just have to imagine how much fun I had. (Lots.)
Posted by Erin at 4:47 PM
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Happy Easter! The LORD is risen! Today was also my mom's 51st birthday. One of her birthday demands was that everyone go to church with her and come over for lunch afterwards. We (except my brother) happily complied.
It was a fun day. Happy birthday Mom and happy easter to all!
Posted by Erin at 9:14 PM
Saturday, Mark hosted the group's first bbq of the season. The weather was beautiful, and pretty much everyone came out. Seriously. It was fantastic. The whole group - including the newest member baby Eli at 7 days old (his first bbq!) were there except Taylor. It was sooo fun. Mark bbqed the meat for us and everyone brought a side. The food was delicious!
Posted by Erin at 8:52 PM