A year ago, the Husband and I were apartment hunting in Charlotte. We thought we had an appointment to see a place but were pretty confused when we knocked on the door and the tenant â€“ not the landlord â€“ answered. We had screwed up the appointment time! Lynn offered to show us around the place anyway.
What began as a mistake ended up being a rather serendipitous meeting. I mentioned Operation Beautiful, and Lynn told me that her sister had just committed suicide after a long battle with bulimia. We ended up hanging out and drinking wine, discussing her sisterâ€™s past and how Lynn could help others in a similar position. And, of course, we rented the house.
Tonight, Lynnâ€™s dreams became a reality with the Sip and Savour Art Gallery Crawl for the National Eating Disorders Association and Melissaâ€™s Voice.
The crawl went through eight local businesses and ended at my favorite coffee shop, FABO, where I was on hand to sell and sign copies of the Operation Beautiful book.
Nicole told me to make my â€˜author face.â€™ Apparently my author face looks like the duck faceâ€¦
Telling people about the Operation Beautiful movement and selling the book was so fun.
And the event was a smashing success â€“ FABO was PACKED with supporters of NEDA and Melissaâ€™s Voice. A very powerful evening, indeed.
Not sure of the final number, but thousands were raised for the foundation by supportive Charlotte residents. Iâ€™m so proud of Lynnâ€¦ she turned something so horrible and crushing into something positive and uplifting. That, my friends, takes serious heart. And dedication to the cause.
I dog tired by the time I left. Happy, but beat.
For dinner, I had a refried bean and zucchini enchilada, prepared per these general directions. Other snacks included a sunflower butter sandwich and a big bowl of cereal <â€” after the triathlon, I was craving carbs!
The zucchini were special â€“ BABY zucchini! So much crispier and fresh than the big boys.
Have you ever seen a cuter vegetable? Me neither!
Time for bed â€“ Iâ€™ve got another tri in the morning!