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Eats- Shantytown Bar & Grill

The _girl_ has been off her diet for some time now and as much as I love to cook, summer heat and meals for one are driving me out of my kitchen more and more.

Tonight I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try someplace new.
The criteria was near by, casual and reasonably priced.

After a short Google search and a look at the map I decided on Shantytown. 

Their FaceBook page declares "Bloomington's best kept secret" and I can see why!  Tucked in an industrial area on 85th & Pillsbury you would never have an excuse to drive past them unless getting lost on the way to Cub Foods.

The tiny parking lot was nearly full when I arrived just before 5 pm.  I parked around the corner on 85th and walked a few short steps to the quiet little building with a bright green awning.
Inside was a bit dark, but very clean and fresh looking.  The server was friendly and polite, but called me Honey one too many times, a name I reserve for people older than me, friends and those I've been on more than a few dates with.
I ordered a Mexi-burger from their selection of burgers and upgraded the chips to potato wedges, then answered a comment on Facebook and opened my too long ignored FoodNetwork Magazine.  I hadn't even made it past the table of contents when my plate arrived.

The burger wasn't spectacular, but it wasn't terrible either.  Next time I'd ask them to go easy on the jalapenos.  The salmon colored seasoned sour cream was mostly colored but not flavored, which was fine, since I don't mind my sour cream unadulterated.  The spicy jack cheese was perfectly melted and the burger was medium-well.
While the burger was unexciting, I could rave for quite a while over the wedges.  They were exactly how I liked them.  A light coating on the outside, which was perfectly crispy and the inside was fluffy like a baked potato.  Absolutely perfect.

The after work crowd started to filter in while I was eating and the atmosphere seemed very blue collar.  Guys in shorts and polos or T-shirts, a couple in their mid to late sixties sat down and seemed to be regulars.  It was all very down to earth and comfortable, reminding me of my small town upbringing.

The total bill with burger, upgrade to wedges and a diet coke was $11.55.    Much like the burger, not terrible, but not astounding.

I'd probably go back again, maybe take some friends for drinks and a basket of wedges.

Getting close!!

I'm excited to say that I've met my fund raising goal!!

I just finished printing out my official participant credentials.  I'm excited and nervous.

In about an hour I'll be heading out for a training walk... 12+ miles today.   I'm really scared that I'm not going to be able to make it!
The walk is in 3 weeks!


Thanks to everyone who has donated to the cause and encouraged me along the way!

Preparations are being made for the walk.  My mom is planning on coming up on Thursday night and staying over with me, then going with me to opening ceremonies and cheering at the cheering stations on Friday and staying at my place again, making sure to take good care of her grandkitten.  Saturday she'll be at the first cheering station, then she has a couple weddings to go to, but she's coming back Sunday for cheering stations and closing ceremonies.  Rae is going to stay with me Sunday night and John is going to hang out with me on Monday while I'm relaxing. (and likely sleeping!) Ann is going to come and give me a massage Monday evening.   I have an awesome care and support team!

Mom even offered to make dinner for Sunday.  I'm thinking about having a post-walk get together at my place Sunday night for people who were at cheering stations during the weekend to share their experience (and photos if they took any!)  Mom-made hot dish anyone?

This is the biggest thing I've ever done in my life and I really want to thank everyone who has helped make it happen.

Kyanne & Judy- for encouraging me to join their team, giving me lots of tips and being an amazing fund raising organizers who have never made me feel less than included!
Count- for throwing an awesome fund raising party that raised just under 25% of my total funds!  Amazing!
Rae- for walking with me, for never discouraging me, for NOT telling me I was crazy when I set out to do this.
John- a tireless cheerleader for cancer awareness.  He built a website to help me raise funds, walked with me and even loaned me some of his gear!
Mom- for staying up all night and driving two van loads of drunk crazy girls both TO and FROM downtown New Ulm for a fund raising bar crawl.  

There are tons more of thank yous I could be spelling out... but I'd be here all day!

When I set out to do this, I never expected the support I've received.  I'm blessed with friends, family and Tribe who understand that this was something I needed to do for my personal growth.

Thanks to everyone!  I hope to see you cheering on the sidelines, or maybe receive a letter from you at the official Camp...


go HERE to see updates as they are posted. 

Before the Event
Getting ready for the Breast Cancer 3-Day is a big job. Here are some ways to support your participant before the big day arrives.

  • Write a letter expressing your love and support to your walker, which we’ll deliver to them on the event at the 3-Day Camp Post Office. Send letters to:
    Breast Cancer 3-Day Camp Post Office
    PO Box 25068
    Woodbury, MN 55125   I'd love to get letters at the 3-day- please please please feel free to write many!  :)
  • Envelopes only, please. No boxes or large packages. Mail must be postmarked no later than August 11th in order to ensure delivery at the Breast Cancer 3-Day Camp Post Office. Any mail that is not retrieved by the participant by September 11th will be destroyed.
  • Organize a group to host your very own private cheering station. (Contact kriebe@event360.com for more information.)- Rae?  John?  Festies??
  • Organize a group of Camp Angels to assist participants with setting up and striking tents and unloading gear. (Contact jrau@event360.com for more information.)
  • Help raise money.- done and done.  I've actually exceeded my goal.  I'd love to blow it out of the water!
  • Go on a training walk. - Many thanks to Rae and John for doing these with me!

Opening Ceremony
The Breast Cancer 3-Day begins early Friday morning with the Opening Ceremony. There will be a group stretch to warm-up the body, and inspirational speakers who will warm-up the spirit - all leading up to an exciting and emotional send-off!

This celebration is not just for participants. Friends and family are highly encouraged to attend, though please note that seating will not be available, so if you are unable to stand for 30-60 minutes, you may want to bring a folding chair. Please allow extra travel time due to expected traffic congestion at the site.

After the Opening Ceremony is over, participants will begin walking the 60-mile route and start a journey of a lifetime. It will be even more special if you are there to help send them off with smiles and encouragement. We'll also have a Breast Cancer 3-Day gear store on site if you'd like to purchase a souvenir for yourself or your participant.

Friday, August 21

Southdale Mall
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435

Schedule for the Day:
5:00 am - Crew members should arrive.
6:00 am - 6:30 am - Walkers should arrive.
7:00 am - Opening Ceremony begins with community stretching.

Driving directions will be provided closer to the time of the event, since construction in the area could change.

Public transportation to Southdale Center is provided by MetroTransit Bus. For more information and schedules please visit http://www.metrotransit.org/, or call 612-373-3333. When inquiring about schedules and drop off locations please note the area closest to the gear drop and stage will be on the corner of York Avenue South and 69th Street W.

Cheering Stations
Public cheering stations are a great way to show your support along the route to encourage walkers and let them know that you are with them every step of the way. Seeing familiar faces cheering them on can provide that extra burst of energy that gets them to take that next step or go the next mile. Create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and make some noise - anything to make them smile, get energized and keep walking.

Friday, August 21:

Lake Harriet Bandshell
43rd St. W and E Lake Harriet Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(Time TBD)

Gold Medal Park
2nd St. S and 11th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(Time TBD)

Saturday, August 22:

7:30 am - 9:15 am
Holiday Inn Express
1100 County Rd. E
Vadnais Heights MN 55110

11:45 am - 4:45 pm
St. Paul Regional Water Services
1900 Rice St.
St. Paul MN 55113

Sunday, August 23:

7:30 am - 9:30 am
North St. Paul Tap & Grill
2379 McKnight Rd. North
St. Paul MN 55109

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Indian Mounds Park
1113 Mounds Blvd.
St. Paul MN 55106

Our campsite is meant to be a special place for your participants to relax, reflect and bond with the Breast Cancer 3-Day community. To help us maintain a safe, secure and organized campsite for your loved ones, we ask that you respect our “no visitors” policy. Also, if you wish to call your walker or crew member, please do not call after 9:00 pm “lights out,” when camp is a quiet zone.

While at Home
Capture the Breast Cancer 3-Day in the news: While walkers are taking steps to end breast cancer, save any media coverage of the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Aside from being a nice addition to your participant's Breast Cancer 3-Day memorabilia, it will show his/her impact on the community.

Engage the kids in the cause: Since holding down the fort may include taking care of the kids, you can make this time meaningful by connecting them with the breast cancer cause.

  • Have them create signs or decorations if they are able to go to a cheering station.
  • Have them create a welcome home banner.
  • Give them journals so they can write or draw what they’ve been doing for three days.
  • Have them plan a welcome home meal or put together a care package with goodies, movies, comfy slippers, etc.
  • Use this as an opportunity to talk to your kids about community, helping others and making a difference in the world.

Closing Ceremony
After three days and 60 miles, participants will take a final and incredibly emotional victory walk into the Closing Ceremony. Friends, family and supporters should arrive at the Closing Ceremony site at least one hour early to get the best view of the program. Please allow extra travel time due to expected traffic congestion at the site.

All walkers and crew members should remain in the Participant Holding Area where they will receive a victory shirt, cheer on fellow walkers and crew members and celebrate one last time together before their dramatic victory walk. The Participant Holding area is CLOSED to spectators. If you wish to meet with a participant before the Ceremony begins, please have them meet you at the Closing Ceremony site. All participants must return to the Holding Area no later than 4:00 pm in order to join the victory walk.

Don't forget to continue the spirit of kindness we'll be building on the Breast Cancer 3-Day throughout and beyond the Closing Ceremony!

Sunday, August 23

4:30 pm

Minnesota State Capitol Grounds
109 Aurora Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103

Please note that seating will not be available, so if you are unable to stand for 30-60 minutes, you may want to bring a folding chair.

Driving Directions:

From the North: Take I-35E South to the 12th Street exit. Continue West on 12th Street East to Cedar Street or Rice Street to available parking

From the South: Take I-35 E North. Exit Kellogg Boulevard. Turn left from ramp onto Kellogg Boulevard. Turn right onto John Ireland Boulevard. Continue to 12th Street and available parking.

From the East: Take I-94 West to the 12th Street Exit. Continue West on 12th Street East to Cedar Street or Rice Street to available parking.

From the West: Take I-94 East. Exit onto Kellogg Boulevard.Turn left onto John Ireland Boulevard. Continue to 12th Street and available parking.

Parking: Public parking is available on the street, in designated visitors’ lots around the Capitol, and at the Sears store two blocks west of the Capitol on Rice Street.

By Public Transportation: Public transportation to the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds is provided by MetroTransit. There are numerous bus routes that serve this area. For more information and schedules please visit http://www.metrotransit.org/, or call 612-373-3333.

After the Event
Your participant has participated in two emotional celebrations, a challenging 60-mile journey and a life-changing experience in just three days. Now, it’s time to go back home. Here are some tips on how to help your walker make a smooth transition back to their daily routine.

  • Have a welcome home meal prepared and make it an evening of rest and relaxation.
  • Encourage your participant to share the Breast Cancer 3-Day experience.
  • If you can’t attend the Closing Ceremony, be sure to ask how much money was raised!
  • Unpack, clean and put away gear.
  • Share the newspaper articles or news footage that you’ve collected over the weekend.
  • The following day, give your participant a massage or schedule a day of pampering at a spa.
  • In the days to come, help your participant write thank you notes.
  • Print pictures and assemble a scrapbook.
  • Help your participant plan a reunion party to keep in touch with other walkers.
  • Get ready to do it all over again! Maybe you’ll be joining the Breast Cancer 3-Day in 2010!


My personal page at www.the3day.org DONATE HERE!
As of 03/12/09 I've made 15% of my goal. Only 163 days left until the event.. and 85% more to raise!

Yes, I will continue to spam you all with training notes, but there is also a blog function to my personal page at the 3-day site as well, plus you can keep tabs on my fundraising progress!

I'm still figuring out all the funtions of the site, but little by little I'm making a small portrait of myself over there.

Now if only I could get a (flattering??) picture of me in my running shoes to post over there...


Another 3 down...

I've logged just over 8 miles since Saturday.

Feet are well blistered. 

Looked at running shoes tonight and the sales person at Famous Footwear at the MOA was REALLY helpful.  Lots of information-  AND she let me know not to buy until Sunday- because, shhhh, there will be a bogo sale.

I would have tried some on, but I'd just completed 3 miles in 50 minutes, and my feets were stinky!

So, now I'm sitting with my feet in a tub of cool water and contemplating my plans for tomorrow.

I'm off work at 11:30 am.  I have dinner plans, but in the afternoon I'd like to accomplish some type of upper body work out.
I have the weight machine thingy here at the apartment complex, rowing machines at work, and a set of 2# weights right here in my apartment.
The machine thingy intimidates the hell out of me, the rowers are at work, so I'm inimidated by the idea of making a fool of myself in front of co-workers.
That leaves the privacy of my apartment.  I've found some tips online... so maybe that.  Unless an available work out partner pops up between now and noon tomorrow to coach me through that massive pile of metal and weights in the basement next door.

I hurt.  All over.
I just keep telling myself, I can do this.

Kyanne (my co-worker and Team Co-Coach) mentioned that she refused to get in a sweeps van last year, that she really didn't want to and her reasoning was this:  If these women can go through chemo- and they don't have a choice in the matter, I can finish this walk.  I feel much the same way about completing the walk.  It would feel like failure if I got into a van.  Now, if I *really* needed to, for medical reasons, I certainly would... but giving up because I'm tired, or my feet hurt?  That's just not an option.


Three down... many to go.

I completed my first 3 mile training walk tonight.

I have blisters, so it's obvious I'm going to need some different shoes and some new socks.

I also aquired 3 more teas from Teavana.  Honeybush Vanilla, Carribean Breeze and Earl Grey Creme. 

Now I'm downing some water and heading to bed...

3 more miles tomorrow.

I'm going to need a LOT of cheerleaders!


Training starts tomorrow...

So, the journey toward a journey begins.
Official training starts tomorrow.
I'll be walking 3 miles 4 times this week and working out at least 30 minutes on the 5th day.

Please please please, if you haven't already donated (and you want to!) you can do so here.  Every penny helps.  I am a LONG way from my goal!  (13% so far)
Many thanks go out to those of your that have helped me already.

I walked 2 miles on Saturday morning.  I had intended to walk 3, but it was SO cold and windy at the farm, I thought I was going to get frost bite!

I've joined Mapmyrun.com to log miles, track my routes and such.  It's pretty cool.

Next step: get some pink cardstock and print business cards with donation info on them.  I'm hoping to hand out a bunch of  them!

Also- my team (Fight 4 Kari) is collecting aluminum cans.  If you would like to donate yours- let me know- send me an email (gothic.stuck.in.a.normal.life AT gmail) and we can arrange for pick up.

There may also be a silent auction at work- if you have items or services you would like to donate- let me know so I can hit you up when the full details are arranged.

Now, to find a way to afford a couple of t-shirts! WANTSES!!  oooh, and this one TOO!!

It's official- I'm going to do it!

I signed up for the Breast Cancer 3-day today.
Donations can be made online here.

Please support me!

I sent out an email earlier.  I combed through my contacts (sometimes wracking my brain on who that particular email belongs to)  If you got the email at multiple addresses, I'm sorry!!

I won't be sending it out again, so rest assured, you won't be receiving weekly updates or anything.

Of course- that doesn't apply here on LJ.  Expect to hear about my progress... a lot.


The Breast Cancer 3-Day....

This year it's August 21-23.  I really really really want to do this.

The two things stopping me right this minute?

The registration fee.  $65 if I do it online by the 16th and use a promo code.  $90 if I don't make that cut-off.

The $2,300 minimum in donations I would need to raise in order to participate in the walk.

If I did this, would you donate?  Even if it was just a dollar, or $5??

I'm curious to know who out there (and I know you're all at least as broke as I am!) would want to donate.

I'm also seeing this as a huge boost to my ultimate fitness goal...