While I was in Myrtle Beach, SC, with my quilting friends, two of my sons, one granddaughter, and her mother were in Raleigh participating in the "Krispy Kreme Challenge". The challenge consists of a 2-mile run from the Bell Tower on the campus of North Carolina State University to the Krispy Kreme location, where all participants attempt to eat one dozen (that's 12) Krispy Kreme donuts (no, they're not hot) and then run the same 2-mile course back to the finish line--all that within the allotted 2 hours. Oh, and they're asked to do that without "losing" the donuts on the return trip. For that, they receive a t-shirt. If you've ever eaten Krispy Kreme donuts, you know how easy they slide down your throat when they're hot--and you'll remember that awful, sluggish, whale-like feeling you have after you've eaten one-too-many of them. Imagine eating 12 of them--when they've cooled off--and drinking whatever liquid you have to in order to get them down--and then running 2 more miles! Anyway, they made a lot of money for the Children's Hospital in Raleigh, and they ran off all those extra calories and fat grams--and they have a cool story to tell about it. Good for them! Sorry I don't have pictures for you--husband forgot the camera...
Elizabeth awaits the surprise party for Ellen & Eula Mae.
Diane ponders a menu.
I had a great time in Myrtle Beach with the quilters. We tolerated a very wet carpet in the living/dining area of our condo, but aside from that had a very good time. We sewed, attended classes, celebrated Ellen's and Eula Mae's birthdays, and visited with old friends--all the while wearing our shoes to keep our feet dry. The only regret at the end of the retreat was that we didn't have enough time there. Next year I think we'll go a day earlier.
Ellen and Mardelle share memories at the party.
Robbin shows one of her quilts at Show & Tell.
And speaking of next year: Mardelle Smith announced on Monday that the Myrtle Beach Quilt Party in 2009 will be in a new location at Myrtle Beach, the beautiful new Hilton just north of where we stayed this year. The website looks promising, and Mardelle really knows how to negotiate "deals" for us. I'm looking forward to it--especially with an extra day to relax and enjoy. We'll still have to find time to eat burgers at River City Cafe and Mexican food at Abuelo's