February 2017 – Monthly Roundup

Another month down here’s how I did on the shortest month of the year:

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  – 4 days away! I am SUPER nervous.  Just hoping the weather stays the same and the trails aren’t too muddy.
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – I am 76% there so almost at $4,000, if you are interested in donating here is the link.
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017 –  Training to continue after this weekend.
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – So my official weigh in is: 136.6 lbs!!  16.6 lbs to go. – This was my update last month and the scale hasn’t changed at all.  BUT my clothes are definitely fitting better which I will take!
  5. Rock climb More – yup didn’t happen again, it will definitely happen in March!
  6. Travel More – I booked our trip to Niagara Falls for May! and we will be in France in less than 2 weeks!
  7. Blog More – I only posted 6 times but February is a short month so its hard to fit in.
  8. One small house project a month – Nope this one didn’t happen either.  Going to have to double up in March/April – lets face it March is about my birthday and FRANCE
  9. Declutter –   I sold a bassinet for $20 and a bunch of other baby things too.  I failed on donating items because it snowed on the day of my donation pickup and I thought there was no way they would come but they did.  I felt really bad about not getting the stuff outside.
  10. Spend less – I bought my hubby 4 pairs of pants and got rid of 5.

Wish me luck on Saturday!!

Ask and You Shall Receive

covenant-house-fundraisingI have officially surpassed the  50% mark towards my $5,000 goal for Covenant House!  I sent out a couple of emails and followed up with a few folks and here I am jamming along – I am so excited!

On Wednesday I went for a tour of their facility to learn more about Covenant House.  I had a good understanding of the basics of the program thanks to Life According to Steph’s post about her Sleep Out last year.  There were a couple of things I learned while on the tour and because I love lists, here goes:

  1. CHOP  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a staff that is dedicated to Covenant House including a Doctor, a Nurse Practitioner and a Health Educator.  In addition Covenant House has a Behavioral Health Department with a Psychiatrist, a Clinical Coordinator and a Substance Abuse Counselor.
  2. The kitchen is full staffed and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If a resident has a job the kitchen packs them a lunch to take to work with them.
  3. Outreach – They have a dedicated team that drives around the streets of Philadelphia searching  for anyone that could use their services.  AMAZING. They drive around in a van fully stocked with food, drinks, hygiene products, blankets or sleeping bags, clothing and underwear, and hats and gloves in order to meet any immediate needs. In addition to being First Aid and CPR certified, the outreach team is very knowledgeable about other service providers throughout the region that can assist.
  4. Once residents find a job 75% of earned income must be deposited into a savings account and once a resident reaches $500 they are transitioned into Covenant House Rights of Passage, more of an apartment set up where the residents have to pay “rent” and cook and clean for themselves.  Once they are ready to move out the “rent”  is returned to be used as security deposit and rent to establish themselves.
  5. The City of Philadelphia appropriated $700,000 for youth homelessness and Covenant House Pennsylvania received $325,000 in 2017 which was allocated to opening 25 additional beds.  This money allocated was a result of  John A. Ducoff, Executive Director efforts of continually meeting with City Council to emphasize the need in the City and a one day art installation that took place last fall. On October 20th, in front of City Hall in Center City Philadelphia 250 life size cutouts were installed representing just a portion of the 546 young people who were turned away. I am sad I missed it but it looks haunting just from the pictures.

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Overall I was impressed by the level of thought that went into the programs to direct the kids towards independence.  The ultimate goal is to end the cycle of homelessness.  Please consider donating.

Happy Friday!


January 2017 – Monthly Roundup

img_0369It’s hard to believe that January is over.  Here is how I did on my first month of the year:

  1. Run the Naked Bavarian 40 mile race on March 4, 2017  – I started out the month really strong but then the baby was sick and not sleeping and then I got sick so it ended a bit lack luster but I did manage to run 124 miles for the month so I will take it.  Although I fought like hell to get to 125, it just didn’t happen.  Next month’s goal is 15o miles it would be my highest mileage ever in a month. Its also a short month so it will be a challenge!
  2. Raise $5,000 for Covenant House Pennsylvania – I am 40% there so almost at $2,000, actually I am only $20 away from $2,000 so if you are interested in donating here is the link. If you want to know why I am doing this fundraiser you can read more here.   I have one month to raise $3,000.  Its going to be tough to focus on this and running. Maybe I will extend this goal to my 50 mile race in May? I hope not, I really want to get this done with my 40 miler so I can focus solely on training for the 50 miler.
  3. Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017 –  See goal #1 for training.
  4. Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – I have decided to weigh myself once a month, because I drive myself crazy otherwise.  So my official weigh in is: 136.6 lbs!!  16.6 lbs to go. As the number gets lower its going to get harder and harder but I will celebrate these 3.4 lbs while I can!
  5. Rock climb More – This is the one goal I officially failed at, I didn’t climb once.
  6. Travel More – We have officially booked France – flight, house and car booked.  Now just to figure out where we are going once we are there.  It feels good to have something booked!  We are working on something for the West Coast in the fall.
  7. Blog More – Seven posts in January – not too shabby.
  8. One small house project a month – So for my kids daycare you have to create a poster board with pictures and details about your child so for this month’s project I decided to frame those pictures and hang them in their rooms. Here they are:

    I didn’t get a picture of the baby’s poster in his room because it was close to bedtime and he was not being very patient.  I really wanted the frames in white but they were really hard to find!  Who knew poster size was an odd size to frame?

  9. Declutter –   I sold our pink antique couch for $300 – boom!  There is my spending cash for the next three months – at least!  I also got rid of a broken chair and donated three boxes of things to Vietnam Veterans of America. I am trying to take pictures of things I want to get rid of around the house and list them on Facebook and Letgo.  I have a lot of work to do in the declutter department.  Our house is big so it lends itself to having more stuff.
  10. Spend less – Other than the trip to France, we were pretty good about not purchasing anything we didn’t actually need.  No more stuff!