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What a wonderful week this has been!

This past Saturday I had an absolutely fabulous Chinese-themed party for a wide assortment of friends. There were paper lanterns, delicious dumplings, Tsingtao beer, Chinese straw hats, and of course lots of good people. I am continually amazed by how many wonderful friends I have. Thank you all for coming and making that such a wonderful evening.

Since then, I've been to speak at the local school again. I've had lunch with several friends. I've been to a few long-postponed doctor's appointments, worked a few shifts (I have a part-time job as a wine tasting representative), and started in on my Juice Plus business. I've also been interviewed by a couple reporters, and have been corresponding with several people about other publicity events. Next week I even go to the White House with the rest of the Olympic and Paralympic Teams for a couple of days. See what I mean, when I say things have been crazy? :)

If you can believe it, yesterday the City Council of Lago Vista declared October 2nd, 2008 to be Lindsey Carmichael Appreciation Day. I won't type up the framed proclamation they gave me, but it was a huge surprise and an honor to be picked for such a thing. I couldn't stop beaming like an idiot after the mayor handed me the proclamation.

Our elderly neighbors, Kitty and Delbert, threw a big party for me as well, and such an event probably hasn't been seen since Jackie O left the White House. What a welcome! What a spread! More guests than any of us knew what to do with, incredible champagne, lots of toasting, more food than I've seen at most Thanksgiving Dinners, not to mention each bite more delicious than the last! She even baked a special Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with the pineapple slices in a design of the Olympic Rings! All I can say is wow. Goodness knows I have plenty of family already, each of whom I love seeing and visiting, but I've always felt as if Kitty and Delbert were like local grandparents. Always smiling and dropping off fresh cut flowers from their garden, or a few extra cookies from a big day of baking. They were always quick to loan me their golf cart so I could train on my own without having to walk back and forth from 70m all the time. It's amazing how the smallest of favors can contribute so much to other people's lives.

This weekend, I'll be dropping by the Austin JOAD Club to meet up with my old coaches. (JOAD stands for Junior Olympic Archery Development) They have graciously invited me to shoot in their Family Fun Tournament, but I have another party scheduled for later that afternoon, so I will only be able to come by and give a quick talk for the kids and their parents. Considering this is the same group that gave me my first shot at archery, I feel very indebted to them. Who knows? Maybe one of the other kids will take a look at my bronze medal and want one of his or her own. That would be so amazing.

For those in the area who are interested, here's the information on events this weekend.

3rd Quarterly Family Shooting Party
hosted by Austin JOAD Archers

2pm on Saturday, October 4th
4407 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin, 78748
(Click link for registration and more info!)

Lago Vista Bronze Celebration Party
hosted by Bam's Roadhouse Grill, Home of the Stuffed Burger

5-8pm on Saturday, October 4th
6115 Lohman's Ford Road, Lago Vista TX
(Very casual event, drop by anytime to say hi!)


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Oct. 3rd, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
It's funny, my boss lives in Lago Vista. He saw the signs they put up when you made your homecoming, but he didn't make the connection with me until he saw the post on my blog. Then he sent me the link from the Statesman story that I posed up on Facebook. He told me to offer you his heartiest congrats on your performance.

Was good to see you again. Hopefully not another 6 months or more until I see you again. :-)
Oct. 4th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Aw that's cute! Congrats!
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