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A Bonus Piece Of Thankful
A bonus piece of thankful?
For the love of grammar, that is awful and makes no sense.
But it’s Friday, and it’s my first official Summer Friday (my office closes at 1 PM on Fridays between July 4th and Labor Day), so I won’t let disastrous partial sentences bring me down!
While I like to cram as much love and gratitude into each edition of Thankful Things Thursday, there was one little thing I wanted to separate from yesterday’s pack.
Since Brian and I moved in together back in April, I swear we’ve actually seen each other less than ever before. It’s impressive, really.
For the past month, I’ve managed to be asleep by the time he gets home from work every night. Then, I wake up and work out in the morning while he’s still asleep, and from there we overlap: I get home from the park and get ready for work to discover that he’s left for his own workout, and I leave for the office before he gets back.
We’re really really good roommates. The only way I know Brian has been at the apartment is because he has this adorable (false, it drives me crazy) habit of leaving the cabinets open. I come home from work most days and all the bathroom and kitchen cabinets are just…open. I don’t understand.
Brian has been working his bike-riding-butt off lately working on a project that sure, has required a few all-nighters, but that means a lot to me. So today I get to be thankful for it.
Not long after we came back from running (er, suffering through) the Las Vegas Half Marathon, Brian was approached by a nice man named Stanley who has been participating in Team Challenge for a few seasons now. Stanley knew Brian owned an ad agency and was like, “Hey man, let’s chat.”
Blah blah blah, they talked, maybe they high fived, I don’t know, I wasn’t there.
What I do know is this:
- The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation was given a window at Rockefeller Center. They were allowed to use the window however they wanted.
- They wanted Brian and his company to come up with the creative concept and design for the window so they could spread awareness about CCFA, Team Challenge and the Take Steps program. Also, it was a charity thing, so the budget was small and the pay was…non-existant. Pro bono, if you will.
- Brian got excited about it. He worked really hard. We stopped hanging out.
- There is now a big shark in Rockefeller Center. It has to do with Crohn’s disease.
- RockeFELLER. My last name. Basically.
How much is that Brian in the window?
You know, like the little kid song? “How much is that doggy in the window?” Only it’s not a dog(gy), it’s Brian. I’m such a lyricist.
You can read more about the specifics and the concept of the display here. But basically, the shark represents the fact that Crohn’s feels like a bitch in my stomach, and it attacks your insides, and I think it’s pretty accurate. And cool.
So I’m bonus-thankful for a few things: I’m thankful people are working hard to continue spreading awareness for these diseases. That’s a big one. I’m thankful this display is up in the middle of New York City where lots of people will see it. Including Flo Rida.
And of course, I’m thankful this got done because of Brian. I know this post is gross and gushy and “get a room” or whatever, but he worked super hard on this, so I wanted to bring extra attention to the project.
If you happen to go see the window display (which you should, and I’ll go with you), take a picture on your phone or your camera or your pager and enter CCFA’s Facebook contest with the #ccfashark hash tag.
You can win tickets to Newsies, plus dinner, and I want to enter, too.
So: Rockefeller Center. Crohn’s awareness. Big shark. Win a contest. Good job, Brian.
Can we hang out now?
In other news, today is a much-needed rest day. I had a long work event last night — my favorite event of the whole year — and I’m totally fried today.
It was nice to sleep in until the blissful hour of 6:30 AM. I even foam rolled. And I’d love to tell you I stretched, but I didn’t. I played on Twitter and Facebook instead.
Here’s to a wonderful weekend ahead. May your Saturday and Sunday be filled with long runs, lots of sun and minimal shark attacks.