Tuesday, April 22, 2008

De-clutter your calendar!

In the long list of days celebrating awareness of things like our love for grandparents, what milk will do for a body, and whatever vegetable has gone too long under-appreciated, some special days get lost in the clutter. If you're feeling the need for a Spring Cleaning and want to de-clutter your calendar, let me give you some help.
  1. Your calendar has enough to do. Get rid of all the days celebrating the various foods. You've got cupboards, a refrigerator.... If you've forgotten to celebrate something like milk and Pepsi or peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, just open a door in the kitchen.
  2. Keep Earth Day on the calendar (by the way, that was TODAY!). Anyway, it seems like a keeper in our recent greening of things.
  3. Keep Mother's Day. Who could live with the guilt if we didn't?
  4. Grandparent's day... Well, that's up to you. If you send greetings on Mother's Day and Father's Day, then really, what's the big whoop if you delete this one? I've heard of a greeting card mafia, but don't really think this will put me on their list.
  5. ADD LIVESTRONG Day. This newest celebration day carries more meaning than some of the ones you just deleted from your calendar (if you're following my recommendations). LIVESTRONG Day is about celebrating cancer survivorship -- which means supporting 10+ million Americans who are "living with, through and beyond cancer" along millions of others around the world.
You might be thinking, "what can I do?" I don't have time... well, there are many choices with time commitments ranging from none to four hours whichever is your preference.
  • In the category of NO EXTRA TIME WHATSOEVER:
    • Wear Yellow on May 13, 2008.
    • Wear a LIVESTRONG Wristband (Get in touch with me and I will get you one, or go to the LIVESTRONG Store and order some if you'd like a bunch.)
  • In the category of JUST A MINUTE OR TWO:
  • In the category of I WANT TO DO MORE!
    • For everyone in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area, come to Dick's Sporting Goods store on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 and meet some members of the 2008 RAGBRAI Team LIVESTRONG as we ride our bikes (on trainers) in front of the store, advocating for cancer issues and raising funds to benefit LIVESTRONG. There will be door prizes, including a $25 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate.
    • Check out the ways that the Lance Armstrong Foundation has made an impact in your state.
    • Also for those nearby, if you want to volunteer, let me know in advance and I'll sign you up for a volunteer slot riding or manning the information table (or both!)
    • Look for a LIVESTRONG Day event in your area!
    • Better yet, donate to LIVESTRONG!
See you around! LIVESTRONG!

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