Friday, April 24, 2009

It may not be Good Friday, but you can still do good works

If you've read any snippet of my blog, you probably already know that I'm becoming increasingly involved with Military Missions. It started with dragging Neal to a care package assembly and now Beth has created LexShout. Because I am a narcissistic person (at least according to CNN - I have a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and a blog. It's all about ME, ME, ME!!) I must mention that LexShout was inspired by a gift that I created for Neal. One of the greatest things about the Internet is that it spawned fantastic photo websites like Snapfish, KodakGallery, and Shutterfly. When I met Neal in London (and during Mom's consequential heart failure over me flying to another country to meet a strange man), we went to the Madam Taussaud's Wax Museum. Lo and behold, there was a wax figure of Saddam Hussein. Neal thought it was the ideal opportunity to lean over and pick his nose. I, of course, snapped that picture. Then, exploiting the power of Kodak Gallery, I put that picture on a deck of playing cards. Afraid to send the entire deck to him in Saddam's war-torn country, I sent only the Joker (because it's completely appropriate if you know Neal) hidden inside Angels and Demons. This time around, Snapfish and I created a coffee mug with pictures of all of our Kentucky adventures (a drunken and losing day at Keeneland, our backyard in Spring - before I accidentally killed the fir tree, our tour of Woodford Reserve, the hike at Xalapa Farm, etc) with a quote that said "Kentucky just isn't the same without you." And BAM! LexShout was born. I am a recently discovered genius. Well, perhaps that's a bit much but sometimes I do inspire greatness in others.

So, tomorrow (if you're reading this on Friday, TODAY if you're a big slacker and don't check my blog everyday, and you're too late if it's Sunday) we are meeting at 5 "iconic" locations in Lexington to snap photos and make videos for our troops. All you have to do is show up. Extra super-special brownie points if you make a poster. If you're interested, here are the times and locations:

10:00 am Red Mile (on Red Mile Rd, off of Broadway or Versailles Rd. depending on which way you're coming)
11:00 am Applebee's Park (where the Lex Legends play. Off of Broadway.)
12:00 pm Thoroughbred Park (downtown where the cool iron horsies are)
1:00 pm Memorial Coliseum (if you've ever sat through the hell of a UK graduation, this location is burned into your memory)
2:00 pm Keeneland (this would be the end of the perfect plan if Keeneland wasn't closing today. That would have put us there right around the 2nd race. But alas, sometimes perfection is unattainable. However you're welcome to stay and bet amongst each other while the rest of your party races through the parking lot).

I will most likely hit all 5. Neal has a yard to mow, TV cable to run, a picture frame to paint, furniture to move, and a refrigerator to clean. So, he may only attend the first 4. I, of course, will expect all of that to be completed when I get home at 3.

Your other opportunity for greatness is with The Glass Slipper Project. I saw this on the Today Show yesterday and it literally brought me to tears while I was still waking up. That is impressive. It is a boutique in Chicago that accepts gently used prom, formal and bridesmaid dresses and then turns around and offers them for free to area high school students who can't afford to shop at Vera Wang. Hmm..that's most of Chicago. Actually, Macy's is over-budget for these beautiful and deserving young women. But please don't donate the formal dress that your Delta Sig boyfriend projectile vomited on after too many Jagerbombs. Nor do these ladies want your puffy-sleeved, butt-bowed bridesmaid dress from 1989. But obviously everyone who reads my blog is intelligent and therefore has only purchased timeless dresses (unless you fell victim to Bridezilla - which is not ANY of my bridesmaids!!). So, please consider them when you're spring cleaning this month. I mean, if you're anything like me, when I tried on my bridesmaid dress from my sister's wedding, it didn't actually zip all the way (and by that I mean I couldn't even get it zipped up enough to hold on its own. I would be forced to hold my arms tightly to my sides all night to keep it from hitting the floor while I was doing the Macarena). In addition to dresses of every color, fabric and size, The Glass Slipper Project also provides jewelry, shoes, and make-up. Every princess wants to go to the ball. This is your chance to help them get there in style. If you're interested in this organization, you can visit them at Sorry you can't click on the link...I'm still working on that.


  1. Look at you go girl!!! Being all involved and stuff :) That glass slipper project sounds really neat. I may have a few things to send in....

  2. I can't believe I never told you about glass slipper, shame on me. My girlfriend at work volunteers at the boutiques. It's amazing!

  3. You doing great work, Allyson!
    I also think there is a local org. that will take dresses...I remember seeing a sign about it last year. I think they have a princess ball for mentally handicapped girls. If I find it, I will let you know!


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