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November 03, 2010

AWOL Today

Guys, I am really sorry about going AWOL on you today. Lately, I'm finding it increasingly difficult to juggle all the things on my plate (and isn't that the mother of all mixed metaphors?). For years now I've gotten by on very little sleep. That has been the price of keeping this place running, but I can't do it any more. I'm exhausted, physically, emotionally, mentally. I just don't have anything left.

I did promise a humiliation challenge today. Yesterday and last night we raised a good amount of money for Valour IT, so you all have definitely earned it. A big part of that was a large donation from someone who will have to remain anonymous, but who is one of the best friends the Marine Corps will ever have.

There are a lot of what I'd call "stealth heroes" in the world. They go around doing good without expecting praise or even that anyone should notice their efforts. Maybe it's the Taurus in me being stubborn, but I think they deserve our thanks (even if we don't know who it is we're thanking). So... you know who you are, Mr. Mystery Stealth Hero Person :p I hope this anonymous thank you goes a small distance toward redressing the enormous debt of gratitude that I feel for everything you do for our men and women in uniform.

Also, to our mystery donation matchers: you ladies (yeah, I'm going to out you that far) are the best. You make me proud to be numbered in your ranks, if only because we share the whole being-female thing.

I did promise to do some sort of humiliating challenge thingy yesterday. Unfortunately, some things have happened that have made me wonder whether that's a wise idea (and no, it didn't involve anything salacious or immoral). As the old saying goes, "Fight smarter, not harder". Please be patient with me - I will figure out a way to make good on my promise.

By my reckoning we still have about $750.00 in matching funds to spend. DL Sly has asked that I judge some of those old caption contests for donations, and I think that's a good idea. I will still find a way to publicly embarrass myself for Valour IT.

This morning the Army team crossed the finish line by meeting their $15,000 goal. They ran a great campaign and were in the lead from the get go, and my hat is off to them. We will try to find ways to keep the competitive spirit alive during the week we have left because we still have a long way to go towards meeting our commitment.

That's one thing the Marine team has tried hard to do: have some fun while we're doing good. Thank you - all of you - for your support.

Love ya ... even the ones who donated to the Navy team! :) It's all good.

Posted by Cassandra at November 3, 2010 04:54 PM

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Thanks, Cass--take all the time you need; just come back when you are ready.

Posted by: Rick at November 3, 2010 09:22 PM

As a humiliation challenge, I suggest sleeping for twelve straight hours...

Posted by: BillT at November 4, 2010 04:51 AM

That's a challenge I'd pay for.

Posted by: DL Sly at November 4, 2010 07:22 AM

Take as much time as you need, Cass, we'll be here when you're ready to come back. :)

Posted by: colagirl at November 4, 2010 08:21 AM

Cass, you must take care of yourself, if for no other reason than so that you will be able to properly care for those others who do depend on you. We don't. Everything in its own season. A time to work, a time to rest.

Posted by: htom at November 5, 2010 11:56 AM

Thanks, guys. I appreciate it.

Posted by: Cassandra at November 5, 2010 01:19 PM