Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy V-Day

I had to stop for coffee this morning on my way to work. I'm not quite sure why I'm so exhausted. We had an event last night (which went really well!), so instead of going to class, I worked the event and left only about a half hour later than I would have normally left from class. That half hour apparently makes a huge difference.

I went home, showered (because, you know, I've been working out every day so I get sweaty and gross), and went straight to bed. Oh and I said hi to Chris and tried not to step on Copper as she weaved her way under my feet. Silly pup.

The event was a Veteran's Recognition Reception for our book Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors (which, if you haven't bought it yet, you totally should). Much like the first event in St. Louis back in November, there were several vets there who read some of their work that was published in the book. There was a pretty good turn-out, too. And the president of the university read a nice little proclamation from the governor, so that was cool.

All of the readers got a fancy pen (and my boss gave me one too because she's awesome):

The engraving says:
"In Their Own Words"
Also, in case you were wondering, I've decided not to give anything up for Lent this year. Instead I'm going to work on doing something nice for other people (kind of like the Pay it Forward Friday thing I did last week, except more frequently). It can be anyone--a friend, family, a total stranger. And it can be anything. Just as long as I'm making the effort to do something for someone else. 

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you and remember to show some love to others (not just your significant other)! And if you're in Cape, I'm pretty sure there's some random dudes on the street corner by the English building holding large paper hearts and giving out chocolate and/or hugs. I'm not saying you should take candy from a stranger--or hug one for that matter--but it might be worthwhile to stop by and see what they're up to. 

And again, if you haven't bought Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, you can purchase it from our website or you can get it from Amazon.com  and Barnes & Noble.