'The best day ever'

Dateline: Fri 26 Feb 2010

That silly song came to mind yesterday, after the preview cocktail party last night for today's Go Red luncheon. The latter is the American Heart Association's shindig designed to educate Hoosiers that heart disease is THE No. 1 killer of women. The luncheon will be held at the Marriott Downtown, with all sorts of panels, info, etc. packed in.

I'm on board today -- red jacket, Go Red pin and, best of all, lower cholesterol and other significant numbers. Including weight, thank you very much.

A friend challenged me to quit drinking during Lent -- "bet you can't do it" -- "you'll feel like a new woman" -- "you'll get rid of that puffiness in your face" -- and of course, vanity ruled. It was that last crack that did it. But she was right: I do feel much better, and it sure is easier to lose weight without loading on the empty carbs/calories at the end of the day. Don't know about the puffiness. My husband says he can't tell any difference.

"Men never notice anything like that," the caustic friend said.

She is probably right on that score, too. But at least I am glad to be going into the Go Red luncheon with only a head cold and not red wine stuffing me up.

More later on the success of this day. Suffice to say, at last night's preview party, Sue Anne Gilroy, who is in charge of fundraising and heads the St. Vincent Foundation, announced this is the first sold-out luncheon for Indy for Go Red. Plus, I am told our luncheon crowd numbers surpass those of both Chicago and New York.

"That's because we have so many fat Hoosiers who smoke," said another friend (as in who needs enemies?).

Anyhow, I go with a song in my heart and gratitude on my lips for all done by the American Heart Association on behalf of women and men. And also, I now finally have an understanding of all the work people in public relations do! Thank you, Wendy, Kelly, Allison times 2, Tim, Michelle, Madelyn...you are among the best on the best day ever.



Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Puffy face? Ruthie dear heart, you were and are beautiful.

As Dolly Parton once said: "Honey, remember, time marches on, and for msot of us, it'sd marching right across our face."

Leave it to Dolly, the Queen of the Knife, to poke fun at our obsession with vanity.

Hats off to your GoRed dedication. My Lent sacrifice is self-denial. And red meat. We FarmBoys don't do that easily.

If you ever get a sweet tooth, I've got a couple of tips. Happy luncheon.

2010-02-26 07:38:50

varangianguard [unverified] said:

Inspiring stuff. Maybe I'll get off my kiester and get healthier.

2010-02-26 08:57:18

Tom Greenacres [unverified] said:

I find that red wine does wonders for the red heart. And has other salubrious benefits.

2010-02-26 19:27:38

ruthholl [Member] said:

God bless you one and all....
Did the event with a fever, but what the hell, archie?

Check out


for a pix of all five of us challengers at the show.
Love that red wine in moderation, too. I was just a little too into it....

2010-02-28 10:25:40

Ellen McKinney [unverified] said:

things have a wonderful way of balancing out. when i gave up pretending to be a lutheran (after kids' confirmations), i returned to my fundie roots in one (and ONLY one) respect:

i gave up lent.

so i will drink your share, ruthie dear. (and hey -- let's have lunch AFTER lent, ok? i can't handle your share and mine and still drive home safely. <very big grin>)

2010-03-01 23:14:44

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