Fundraising done right

This time every year our office pulls out all the stops to raise funds for the United Way.  Last year we collected towels to donate to a shelter (I think I’m remembering that correctly).  One of the partners even donned a towel turban and the alter-ego: Towel Man as part of the push.  This year we’re collecting socks for a local women’s shelter.  Every year we have different activities designed to get people involved.  There’s an annual coin challenge between the floors with the winning floor usually receiving some sort of gourmet baked goods.  And every year there is a karaoke concert as part of the finale.  People volunteer to be candidates for singing and you can cast as many votes as you want to buy.  All the money raised goes to the United Way.  It never fails to amuse and entertain, not to mention raise beaucoup bucks!

So, this year the firm ramped it up a bit.  Last week there was a staff carnival in the cafe, complete with Wii games played on a big screen, pie-throwing at the attorneys and a photo booth!  I meant to get down there but my work load was pretty heavy that day and I missed it.  Apparently it was a LOT of fun.  This week though will probably be the highlight of the whole campaign.  Below is the content of an email we received last Friday.  Apologies in advance – it’s very long!

Do I work for a cool firm or what?

From: Zombie Master Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013 2:29 PM To: ALL
Subject: Humans v. Zombies – FAQs

It is a voluntary game to raise money for United Way.

It has come to the attention of the game administration that there might be some confusion / concern / questions about the game. The following is the game administration’s feeble attempt to address those concerns and to assuage your fears.  

Yes, this is a game.
Yes, it is a game of “tag” played in the office.
Yes, it is supposed be to fun.
No, if it does not sound like fun for you, you do not need to play.
No, there are no real Zombies.
No, the sirens you hear are not related to a Zombie invasion.
No, seriously, there are no real Zombies involved in this game.
Yes, it is a voluntary game designed to raise money for United Way.
We raise money by people buying extra lives by donating to United Way. 

Background / additional information –

There is one Zombie who has been infected our office.
ou will not know who that Zombie is unless the Zombie tags (touches gently on the shoulder/arm) you or you see the Zombie’s red wrist band.
Starting Monday at 10:00 am there is a Zombie who will be “tagging” humans and turning them into Zombies.
Zombies wear a red wrist band.
You will know a Zombie because of the red wrist band.
You protect yourself from being tagged (touched gently on the shoulder/arm) by a Zombie by hitting the Zombie with a sock before the Zombie can touch you.
If you are tagged by a Zombie, you can buy an extra life by contributing to United Way.
Come to the sign-up sheet outside of my office on floor 27 , sign your name and you are “alive” again.
In doing so, you have purchased a retroactive antidote.
Once you are turned into a Zombie, you are a Zombie unless you buy a new life.
As a Zombie you get to tag the remaining humans.
A Zombie attack or effort at tagging is repelled by being hit by a sock. 

Socks and red wrist bands will be in the Humans vs. Zombies boxes found in the elevator lobby of your floor (except 29 where they are in the kitchen) on Monday by 9:00 am.
Yes, they are clean, unused socks are being provided for you to use.
The opt in / opt out  and “Are you a Zombie now?” floor maps will be taped to the wall above the Humans vs. Zombies boxes found in the elevator lobby of your floor. 

Game starts at 10:00 am.

This is a voluntary game to raise money for United Way.


Opt out – To opt out, please simply put a yellow stickie on your name plate and a black X on the floor map in the elevator lobby of your floor Monday.  To be safe when walking the halls, put a yellow stickie on your badge as you walk the halls.

 Resending of the Rules:

 Dear Colleagues:

 As you know by now, the City has been infected with Zombies who have escaped from Harborview.*  The Zombies will have made their way to our building by Monday morning, October 28, 2013, bypassed security, and have infected someone in our office.  This, despite the valiant efforts of building security and the team on floor 19 and 29. 

The Zombie needs to “feed” him or herself by tagging a human at least once every 24 hours. Tagged humans turn into zombies.  All the humans on floors 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 30 and 31 are potential victims.* *   Those on floor 29 are potential victims when off floor 29.


  • Zombies wear a red zombie wrist band. (See the elevator lobby to get the wrist band.) Or if none, then something that is noticeably red.
  • Wrist bands cannot be concealed.
  • Zombies turn humans into Zombies by tagging humans with their hand.
  • Humans can stun a Zombie for 15 minutes by hitting the zombie with a sock.  (Note the small socks on your chair or elevator lobby.)  The Zombie cannot tag humans during this 15 minutes and instead must return to work for the full duration of the 15 minutes. (preferably all billable time)
  • Humans are safe (cannot be tagged) if they are in their or another’s work space, a conference room on their floor, or on floor 29.
  • Humans are safe in the cafeteria and food service areas of 19 (food spillage concerns).  Humans are not safe in the halls or elevator lobby on 19. 
  • Zombies do not need to use sanitary facilities.  Thus, restrooms are safe zones. 
  • Once a human has been tagged, the human has 10 minutes to go the floor map in the elevator lobby (for their floor) and mark the former human’s work space with a red Z unless they purchase a new human life within that 10 minutes. If no new life is purchased, the newly converted Zombie takes a red wrist band and can now tag a human.  The newly converted Zombie is to deposit any socks in the basket / bucket in the elevator lobby.  (This allows the ever decreasing number of humans access to added ammunition – socks — to use in repelling the increasing Zombie attack.)
  • Humans can purchase additional lives by donating to United Way (suggested donations of $5 staff, $10 associate, and $20 partner).  You must send an email to the Zombie Master if you are purchasing a new life. 
  • The Zombie with the most tagged humans may get a prize too.
  • Rules can (and will) be changed by the Zombie Master at any time to suit the flow of the game and his personal whim. 


•             Humans – survival.
•             Zombies – tag (capture – bite) all the humans.

The End Game

•             Ultimately, the number of Zombies might become too much for the humans to withstand, and the remaining humans will be forced to effect an escape from the building.  Those fortunate few remaining humans will need to be evacuated from the Café at 4:00 pm on November 1, 2013. 

*      Between now and then you will be receiving information about the Zombie events in the community.  Don’t be alarmed.  This is all make believe!!!

* *   We recognize that this game may not be for everyone.  You may opt out.  To opt out, please simply put a yellow stickie on your name plate and a yellow or black X on the floor map in the elevator lobby of your floor Monday. And if you want, put a yellow stickie on your K&L Gates badge as you walk the halls.

Have fun.


It’s that time again…

Check out these fabulous Halloween costumes!  My daughter sent me this first video and I’ve watched it over and over.  Good thing it’s only 22 seconds long!

This post from The Meta Picture made me grin and I’ve scrolled through the different photos several times.

Swimming in candy.

Finally, here is one last costume – can you guess what it is?

anemone costume

And a creepy house decoration:


There is so much more out there people…I don’t have enough time to go fetch any more now.  If you’ve seen something very cool for Halloween would you please share?

Happy weekend!

So this happened yesterday

I went out at lunch – no that is not the headline-worthy event, though I’ll be the first to admit it IS unusual.  I’ve been meaning to shop for decent, comfortable work shoes (interpretation: expensive).  Down the street from my office is a shopping center with a Romax shoe store so I went to browse.  I had intended to visit The Walking Company store because I’d viewed them online and done some research there but when I got off the bus (what?  It’s SEVERAL CITY BLOCKS from my office!) I was just across the plaza from Romax so I stopped there figuring I could always hit The Walking Company on the way back.

While I was sashaying around inside trying on shoes, the coolest thing I’ve seen in the city caught my eye out the store window:

Chess 1

No, not the guy’s ass.  Though now that I’m paying attention, it isn’t bad, is it?  But I digress.  How cool is that chess set?!  We’ve all seen the people playing chess in the park right?  At least I’ve seen it on television and in movies.  I have never seen people playing giant chess.  Now I get it, I do.  Chess isn’t all that exciting a game.  But tell me it isn’t cool when it’s played like this?  By hot guys?  I almost wished I’d brought my lunch so I could stay to see who won.

TWD is back!

I know probably most of my six* readers may not find this of interest but I have to post about it today anyway.


And Daryl Dixon has never looked better!  I don’t know what it is about scruffy looking, manly men, but I just want to EAT. HIM. UP!  Or I suppose it could be his strength and courage in the face of the Zombie Apocalypse.  I read somewhere online (I think it was a tee shirt actually) that if the writers kill off Daryl, the fans will revolt.  I don’t doubt it; Daryl is easily my favorite character.  With him by your side you’d have nothing to fear.

Maybe though it is the scruffy looks.  I mean, look at Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones franchise.  No really, go take a look, I’ll wait.


See?  He was HOT!  In a more recent role in Six Days Seven Nights he’s obvioiusly older but still pretty darn adorable.

Or how about Matthew McConaughey in Fool’s Gold or Sahara?  Mm mm good!

If you’re a serious follower of The Walking Dead I apologize.  I did start this as a post about the show returning and I was going to discuss how much time seems to have passed since the end of last season.  As well as other developments:  Rick’s farming and raising livestock.  Michonne has been out searching for the Governor.  Carol is holding story hour with the children and teaching them hand-to-zombie self-defense!

The clips they showed of the upcoming season were edge-of-the-seat exciting, so let’s get this show on the road!

So peeps…tell me who your favorite scruffy guy is.

*give or take 🙂

Does anyone else do this?

Most of my readers (I think I have 4 who stop by occasionally) are also blogging with WordPress.  When I check my blog in the morning WordPress opens to my reader page where any new posts will appear from the blogs I “follow”.  This morning I was greeted with a photo of Baby Gus (Grammy’s newest grandbaby).  It was a great beginning to my day.  Not only because Gus is a cutie, but because a post from my pal Grammy is almost always going to make me smile.

Then I’ll scroll down to see some of my other internet friends:  CJ of awesomesauciness, Ghostie from Ghostcat Chronicles, Denise of RJ Keith, and Katherine from I’m begging my mother not to read this blog, plus a few new ones I just started reading.  A few of the blogs I follow aren’t on WordPress (waving to Dana and Mayor Gia and Jen [even though Jen doesn’t read my blog; probably doesn’t know I’m alive – gulp, sob!]).  I’m not talking about those posts since they do not show up on my Reader page.

So here’s what I’m wondering – do any of you who blog on WordPress scan your Reader page, see something that looks cool or interesting and think, “So and So will really like this when she sees it!”  But you don’t send them the post.  Not because you don’t want to share it, but because you think that the bloggers you follow, the ones showing up on your Reader page, can actually SEE your reader page too!

Or is that only me?



Well, have a happy weekend anyway.  Y’all rock!



Wisdom from the younger generation. Sometimes they ARE smarter than grown-ups!


I like to take one word and sometimes define it. Other times, I really like to

hear how others interpret the word. I enjoyed thoroughly reading my dear

young grandkids a story and asking them, “What does trust mean to you?”

I also have a compilation of the same question I asked my first year of

teaching sixth grade Language Arts in a little sweet school in Grand Rapids,

Ohio. This was about a twenty minute drive for me from my newlywed

apartment in Bowling Green, Ohio. I was usually traveling with a wonderful

sixth grade teacher, named Linda Root. I will never forget her grace, courage

and laughter that held me together through my first year of teaching that

ended up my first full term pregnancy, also!

Here are six versions of the word “trust” from my grandchildren, ages 9

years old, 8 years old,  a 7 year old, two 4 years old and…

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And the hits just keep on comin’

This is the email I received today from daughter A:

“So…..The first 2 weeks of October is big for D & I. Today is our anniversary, and next week is his birthday. And my Mom’s birthday is this Saturday. So, I was thinking of combining them all next Saturday after N’s soccer game. Either do something here or go somewhere. You guys in? Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?”

I have a suggestion for her.  Too bad I can’t actually share it.

Here’s the response that tried to happen when I read this:

“A, you know I love you right?  I mean, I really love you.  Like I love all my other daughters, I love you.  But seriously?  What makes you think that I (not to mention your father) would want to celebrate your mom’s birthday?  Remember her?  The woman who packed up and left him in the middle of the night while he was at work?  Celebrate her birthday?  Not in this lifetime!”

Okay, so that wasn’t exactly what went through my head.  It was much worse!  This is probably more along the lines of what would be appropriate:

“A, you know I love you right?  I really love you.  But I just have to say this.  I have no desire to celebrate your mother’s birthday.  I know she’s your mother and you love her; I have no problem with that.  But it hurts your dad to have to spend time with her after the way she treated him, and that hurts me.”

But I won’t send that either.  I’ll just grin and bear it and try to at least be civil.

S I G H.