And so we start the final week of the 20 Days of Chill.
I thought a bit about this theme and I had several ways I was going to go. Maybe talk about cheese. Maybe talk about my first experience at The Melting Pot and fondue. Maybe, who knows?
But it all came back to one thing.
Working for cheese.
Several years ago, I searched for a writing challenge. I came across the blog “We Work for Cheese,” which was gearing up for a challenge. I tossed my hat in the ring and joined.
What a lot of fun.
After a few years, the challenge took a backseat. One of the two who ran the blog was sick and fighting for her life. That is, honestly, where the idea for the 20 Days of Chill came from. Though I tweaked things a bit, the inspiration behind this challenge was the one run on We Work for Cheese.
That challenge drew a wider group of people and made it so fun. I always enjoyed it.
So every January, when the 20 Days of Chill comes around, I think of that challenge and, specifically, of Nicky, who really was the force behind it.
Last year, Nicky passed away after a battle with cancer. She had blogged about some of it and she tried to keep her wit and humor as she fought. For those that had gotten to know her better (unfortunately, I never met up with her in Montreal as always was the plan). I heard about her death a bit after it happened and blogged some thoughts last March.
Every once in a while, I still go by We Work for Cheese with the hope there will be updated posts and something joyous. And though I know that likely won’t ever be the case again, I still look.
So each January, when I get this challenge going, I think of the We Work for Cheese one and it makes me smile. Of all the good time, of the laughs, of the tears, and of everything in between.
And for the record, I had cheese Sunday night – Wisconsin cheddar – at The Melting Pot. Good stuff! It was my first trip and I can say I like cheese fondue (see photo)!
T-shirt for the challenge
I am not sure if anybody is interested in a t-shirt commemorating the 2017 20 Days of Chill, but I decided to create one via Tee Spring in case people would like one. The options are a long-sleeve t-shirt and a short-sleeve t-shirt. The prices are set up so that as long as a couple are ordered, the shirt will be made. If you’ve never ordered from Tee Spring, it’s basically “crowd funded” and if the goal is hit, the shirt is made and shipped directly to the people who backed it.
You can see it here: https://tspr.ng/c/20-days-of-chill-2017-shirt.
If you want a shirt, go for it. If not, that’s cool, too. I’m going to order as I think it would be near to have the shirt, but can understand if others don’t want one.
This post is part of the 20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge hosted by A ‘lil HooHaa. Please check out the link if you’d like to see others or join in. You don’t have to do every theme if you don’t want! And for those participating, take a moment and check out the other participants! You can see the 2017 themes by clicking here.