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Events

Philly Bound

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April & May are the months of Philadelphia! Old Town Suds will be heading to two awesome events in the city. On April 26th, we'll be at Crafty Balboa. Outside of the 40 awesome venders:

Crafty Balboa runs in conjunction with Flavors of the Avenue. East Passyunk's award-winning chefs will offer tastes of their signature dishes and drinks under the cover of a big top tent, making the event rain or shine!

Google Maps also tells me there are two well-known cheesesteak places a few blocks up the road too. What can I say, I lead with my stomach.

If you didn't get enough of Suds on the 26th, we'll be back for two days in May! On the 9th and 10th you'll find us at Art Star Craft Bazaar which has been rated a Best of Philly event for YEARS.

Over 150 local and national artists have been chosen to set up shop and sell their wares at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, right along the Delaware River.

Save the dates on your calendar now! Suds can't wait to see you in Philly in April and May.

Designing a New Soap Booth

The past few years of attending weekly markets has fought us a few things about our booth space. I know to always plan for more traffic than I expect at 6am on a Saturday morning (why are so many people in DC up at this time?) and that I need pieces that I am able to carry (strict 20 pound limit on what I can carry). That means most mornings I'm waiting on the husband to unload the car while I wait looking rather pathetic. So, I've decided to redesign our booth space before the market season starts and allow for more items that I can carry. We'll still have the same wine tasting feel but it's going to be more jazzed up. For our longer events, we'll take it up another notch with a bar counter like feel, but that is for another post. If my father in law thought I was a pain in the ass with our trade show booth...wait until he sees this plan. I'm sure you will all hear him scream.

A majority of spaces we occupy are 10'x10' which is also the size of our canopy. That means everything has to fit in nice and cozy in to 100 square feet. Thankfully, very tiny apartment living has taught me well. Last year, we used the front of the tent as a walkup bar and the rest was storage for us. This year, will be different.

(keep in mind, this is our draft stage right now)

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What we are going to create is a U shaped table setup. A 6' table will be at the base of the U with two 4' tables flanking the sides. The tables will be used for displaying items, signage and whatnot. The 4 feet of space behind the tables will give us a place to stand, additional storage and give us room to maneuver.

I also plan on building shelving between two wooden creates to add height to the display. (That's one thing we are currently lacking with our setup from last year.) Additionally, our tables are going to grow a few inches in height. They have been eating their veggies during the winter and have gotten a bit taller with the use of PVC pipes on their legs. These extensions will help bring everything up to a more comfortable shopping height. Plus, it also means the stray toddler will have a bit more difficultly eat the new "fudge" they just found at the farmers' market. (yeah, that has happened)

Our first outdoor market of the season starts in 3 weeks so we must have everything done by then! I see some late nights of painting in our future.

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda - Did

Many moons ago, pre-big brain, I put together a bucket list. It is a list of things that, for some reason or another, made its way into a blog post of things that I want to accomplish. After many months of not being sure of how much longer I would be alive, or even if I would be able to walk, I started to revisit this list to see what I can accomplish now. Some things I know I may never finish, for instance I have to demonstrate to the FAA that I am medically able to fly before I can even think about being a pilot in command again. (That will, one day, be an expensive process that may not turn out how I want it to.) But, there are things on here that I don't want to say I should have done this or I wish I would have done that - those things, I can do now.

Big Brains With 13.1 Mile Goals

A few years ago, Disney expanded its sports offerings to include themed races; one of those, is the Princess half-marathon. Amy, my Maid of Honor, and I have talked about running it for years. It is always been one of those things we should do. (I hate the word should. It is evil, but that is for another post.) The registration for the 2012 Princess race opened 4.5 months after my surgery and I was feeling really good. So, Amy and I decided to run it.

When we went to register for the half - the first time - I had a little scare that day with some new potential Chiari symptoms. We were going to potentially put the marathon on hold until the next year, but decided to see what Dr W said. A few days, and several MRIs later, we learned it really is all in my head and I have nothing to worry about. My surgeon gave me a great pep talk and told me that my scans look fantastic. There was a collective sigh of relief because we were worried about the dreaded "S" word conversation again.

Once surgery was out of the question, we were on cloud 9 and Amy and I started training for the half. We'll be running through all of the Disney World parks in February. All 13.1 miles of it. I'll have to battle Princesses, Prince Charming, and evil step-sisters to finish the race. And I will cross that finish line - I may be crawling; but darn it, I am going to finish.

What's Next?

Become a mini-Martha. Well, sorta - I've taken to my own interpretation of this. I still don't cook (unless you define cooking as ordering take-out or making espresso) and I don't really want to tackle anything in the kitchen at the moment. But, I started making everything in our apartment environmentally friendly. I now make cleaning supplies (sprays, laundry detergent, dishwasher soap, etc) so we aren't exposing ourselves to unnecessary chemicals. I already have enough malformations, I don't need anymore from things that are easily preventable. Since I really like the products I've created, I decided to set-up a little etsy shop and a farmers' market booth. I am going to count that as becoming a mini-Martha.

My Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda list is dwindling. There are things on this list, like meeting the Bo Obama, that I think some friends can help me with. ::nudge, nudge:: So, that is my next goal. With how much I obsess over dogs, how can I NOT meet the first dog? (Isn't Bo adorable in that photo!?!) I am hoping I get to meet Bo on our White House Tour next weekend with our Caen, France Sister City Delegation. Everyone keep your fingers crossed!

Another Year Older and 11cm Wiser

When my attorney and I started putting together paperwork, it was painful. I had planned to die this year. We talked through the whole process, what would happen to my accounts, who would be responsible for what and so on. There were documents drafted in case there was a miss-step in surgery and I was in a coma. At any age, it isn't fun. At 27, it seemed surreal. Somehow, while I was doing this, I was able to mostly hide my fears. I think only a few people really figured out how scared I really was. Plan for the worst; hope for the best. I'm a planner, that is what I do.

I really didn't think I would be here today; let alone able to do what I can do. This year has affected me in ways I just don't know how to describe. This year has flown by and I am extremely thankful that I am hear to see it everyday. 6 months ago, we were just trying to get past March 21st and now, with each day, we are just learning how to deal with the symptoms. But, I'm here. I'm alive and I can't ask for anything more than that.

I owe this past year to everyone who has helped Joel and I get through this - to the neurosurgery team at Hopkins for doing a great job and keeping me alive; to everyone who has put up with my crazy shenanigans post-surgery - thank you. I literally wouldn't be here without you.

Alexandria Events About D-Day

For the last year I have been involved with the Alexandria Sister City Committee - Caen, France. This year, we are holding a few events I thought a few readers might be interested in.

Join us for two exciting events commemorating D-Day! Both events are FREE to the public but reservations are required. Please call 703-824-1186 to reserve a space.

Thursday Night Movie

A film, D-Day: Down to Earth – Return of the 507th, will be shown Thursday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The documentary recounts the history of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment through remarkable battles in World War II and the inspiring culmination of its story 60 years later to reconnect for one final mission – to honor their fallen brothers and establish a legacy for future generations. The running time is 56 minutes.

The documentary includes a first-hand account by Colonel John Marr of the D-day events and is a precursor to the upcoming Saturday morning program on June 4.

Saturday Morning Lecture

Please join us on June 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the Goodwin House Auditorium as Goodwin House Alexandria and the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee bring a special event to the Goodwin House community in recognition of D-Day. Colonel John Marr will be speaking about his experience as a Lieutenant in Company “G” of the untested 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborn Division, when they descended into Normandy, France on D-Day. This is a follow up to the showing of the film D-Day: Down to Earth. Also present will be The Sister’s Cities Committee members, along with Alexandria City Mayor, William Euille.

We hope to see you at one or both of the events. Just don't forget to RSVP to: 703-824-1186.