Monday, September 22, 2008

The Giveaway I Won... Louisiana Part 1

A few weeks ago I came across a wonderful blog My Brown Bag Studio by Kimberly. She was having a giveaway of her Greensleeves java jackets. I'll be honest I had no idea what they were until I read her blog. They are sleeves to go around your coffee cup to keep you from burning your hand. They are fabulous and such a great idea too. Well, I just happened to be on her blog while she was having a giveaway. I thought it was too late to enter her Halloween giveaway, but imagine my surprise when she told me I had won. I NEVER win anything. Skip ahead Thursday Sept. 18 the day I arrived home from Louisiana to find this package in my mailbox...

I was so excited... I love getting packages...



Aren't these just awesome??? They are meticulously made. Each detail... WOW!!!!



And a wonderful hand written note too...



Thank you so much Kimberly... You couldn't have timed it any better!!!!

Now on to the boring stuff (don't worry I'm not going to bore you all at once just a little at a time so that way it is agonizing for a long period of time hehe)...

My trip to Louisiana...

My partner (Cale) and I had to be in Cincinnati by 6am 9/11 so that meant we decided it would be best to leave around 12:30 am to get there and maybe take a little nap before everyone got there to leave for LA. It is approximately a 4 - 4 1/2 hour drive down. We got there no problem... but there were already people there so we decided we would talk to them and get to know them first. Before we knew it it was 6am. Everyone, all 15 ambulances, from all over the state of Ohio had arrived. We were checked in and given our assignments. To be in LA by 11pm that night. Everyone understood we got in our trucks and drove a few hours before stopping for fuel.

Here are a few pics of the ambulances... I must warn you I don't take a lot of pictures I just feel funny about it. But everyone has promised me they would send me copies of theirs so that I can have them. It might take awhile to get them so I may show you pics come Christmas LOL. Anyway... it is hard for me to explain to you in words how awesome the chance to be able to be apart of this was. I love my job as a paramedic and was truly excited to get this chance of a life time. The site of these ambulances was just awesome going down the road. All 15 of them in a row all the colors of the rainbow is just beautiful to me. For some of you I know this is boring so bear with me. We were going to represent the state of Ohio in another state that I have never been to. We were going to help those who were in need after a terrible catastrophe. I didn't know what to expect...what I would see... who I would meet... could I handle it... do I have the skills... what if I see a dead body floating in the water... are the men going to accept me as a woman... will my kids be ok... will my hubby be able to handle things while I'm gone... will I be safe... will my ambulance make it (that's another part of the story LOL)... and much more went through my head. If you couldn't tell I am a worry wart and get excited about things beyond my control. Let's back up a little though... by 6am on 9/11 I had maybe 8 hours of sleep since 9/9 Tuesday night. All of Wednesday we had packed and prepared our ambulance to go and didn't get off work until 6pm 9/10. I then came home to do laundry and finish packing my personal stuff to be ready to be picked up by 12:30am. Keep this in mind for further stories coming soon.

Here are some of the pics I have...













And the story will continue at a later date...
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16 comments:

CozyCoops Corner said...

What a neat picture with all those ambulance's driving together. I look forward to reading more about your time there. Have a great day !

Jill said...

Welcome home Mary!
Jill

This simple Life said...

I feels so weird about taking pictures myself, but then I always regret that I didn't.

The Greensleeves are so cute!

Shay said...

Good morning Mary!
Oh wow! What a wonderful story, I can't wait to read more! Those pictures are just wonderful! I love the one seeing all of them driving down the road. So awesome all that you guys do!

Oh what wonderful goodies you got! They are awesome! Congrats on winning! Have a wonderful day and again, I'm so glad you are home!
Blessings & hugs,
Shay

plain*worker*primitives said...

Great pictures! Congrats on your win, you deserve it..... and they are soo cute!!

xo
melissa

Renna said...

It's such a rewarding thing to use our skills and talents to help those in need. God bless you for it!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

That last pic is really special! I think what you do is awesome! Not everyone can do your job. So thak you for being you.

Kimberly said...

Mary, I, like everyone else, think your last pic is awsome. I'm glad to hear you're home safe and sound.
Glad you like the sleeves...couldn't have gone to a sweeter gal!

Blessings, Kimberly

Leslie said...

Mary,

I can't imagine what you were thinking entering into this situation. I mean, you don't know what to expect and you're going somewhere you have never been to be there in the event of terrible devastation. How strange that must feel....I can't wait to hear more about it.

What a wonderful thing to arrive home to! I just found Kimberly's blog last week and also checked out the Java Jackets and they are too cute! I like your Halloween ones! :)

Have a great day. Hope you get caught up on things!

Leslie

Sandy said...

Congratulations on your win...they are both so cute and looks like alot of detail was put into them. Also what great ideas but I am not sure if I would want to use them or not because they are just to cute.

sandy

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Wow Mary,
What a great post on all the ambulances...Great photos and story too!
I love the little coffee mug collars-Super cute!
Happy First Day of Fall,
Robin~♥

This Country Girl said...

Congratulations on your win!

That is pretty awesome to see all those ambulances traveling in a row and knowing what they're going to do!
Glad you're back, though!

Tammy

Char said...

congrats on your win! thanks for sharing your story with us!

Linda said...

Congrats on winning! The description of all the trucks lined up down the raod gave me goosebumps! I can't wait to read more about it. I am proud to be able to say I know you Mary!!

basketsnprims said...

Congrats on winning such a great giveaway, I love those sleeves. Those pics are awesome, Mary. Glad you are home. Happy Fall.

Pam

Kindra said...

Congrats on your win! What a fun prize!

And thanks for sharing with us your trip. What an awesome thing you and your co-workers have done!