Jan 20

Bouncing Back. Sort of. And the Auction!

Now that active treatment is over and that the holidays are behind us, I’ve been trying to get back to ‘normal’. The New Normal. I worked for 2 days last week. It was fine, but I came home and took a nap and could hardly move the next day. There were also moments while at work where my brain completely shut down. I stared at the computer, unable to remember how to save a photoshop file as a .jpg, or posted an entire book order to a category that has been defunct for 5 years. Those are the little reminders that while I am ok, I am not completely ok yet.

On the weekend, I went skiing with the kids. 2 hours on Saturday. That was fine. Yet an hour later, once at home, I couldn’t go up and down the stairs. Not muscle pain. Bone pain. It’s a very very hard thing to explain. It’s not tired like after a big run tired, it’s ‘omg I think I broke all the bones in my legs’ pain. Pain pills don’t help. Well, they make me loopy and not care, so yes, in that respect they help, but not in a ‘let’s manage this pain and move along’ way.

Sunday the kids wanted me to ski with them again and I had M. visiting our hill for the day, so I really wanted to ski with her. I got dressed and went to the hill. And then I spent the entire morning inside the chalet, willing myself to go out there. The legs, they were not having it. So I sat and knit a bit and had a coffee and told myself that there was in fact nothing ‘wrong’ with my legs, that the pain would not get better or worse. And after lunch, I went out with M. and the kids for 3 runs. That’s all I could manage and I’m glad I did it. And I was right: the pain after was not worse than the pain the day before. It was the same pain I can’t do anything about. I think at this point, that is going to have to be the way to go: accept the pain and do as much as I can with it, because if I wait for it to go away, I’ll just keep sitting and binging on Netflix.



This is the first call for items for our fundraising Auction. Last year, our team raised over $4,000 by selling mostly hand-made items. This was a really good use of our ressources and allowed people near and far to support our fundraising effort. So we are doing it again. Here, in no particular order, are things you can do to help:

  • follow our Outrunning the Cloud Facebook page. For now, it’s all links, but as the auction gets closer, the info will be there
  • Share the page and encourage your friends to follow/like as well. This is our only means of marketing!
  • CALLING ALL CRAFTERS!!!! Start making stuff now. We all know crafters have the best intentions and not enough time to make things happen. Start making things now. The auction will take place in mid-May like last year, deadline for submissions will be May 1 as the listings took forever last time.
  • by far, the best sellers last year were one-of-a-kind items: knitted things, hand-made pillows, tote bags etc. Be Creative! Now is the time to try out all those things you’ve pinned on Pinterest!
  • But it’s NOT ALL handmade! We raised a ton of money with a fancy purse, restaurant gift certificates, tickets to a TV taping, and many more. So put on your thinking cap. Everyone knows someone who could donate something. We will be reaching out to the restaurants in our Twittersphere at work to get gift certificates to Montreal restaurants. Maybe ask your gym if they would donate a couple of passes. Or your hairdresser could donate a blow-dry and set. You know the distributor for a cool brand of clothing: get use a sample!
  • here is one ANYONE can do: use your Air Miles to purchase an iPod or Keurig or something like that, then donate it to us. We will sell it to the highest bidder and everyone wins.

If you have any ideas, please add them in the comments or email me.  I will say that previously used items were not great, so we won’t accept them. And in order to encourage higher bidding, we are not going to take more than 4 or 5 of the same items. The idea is to raise a lot of money!