It is time we tip our top hats and wrap nice sparkly bows around Purple Day 2012 before we move on to our next chronic illness adventure. Purple Day was March 26, 2012. As it is April 23, 2012, I’d say this chronic illness blog train is chugging right along. If you think this post is tragically late, I’d like to redirect your attention to Chronically Rediscovered Chapter Two, which explains why this post is right on time and why my new motto is, “Spoonies can do it, it just takes us a bit longer.” (Something I’m reminding myself of daily).
Anyway, as “The World” has been banging on our door and flooding our in-boxes with letters begging to know how the Sislers celebrated Purple Day, I am happy to announce to The World that I am about to give you just what you want (except for that solving hunger, ushering in world peace, and avoiding natural disasters thing – Bottled Time Management is still hard at work on those).
How the Sislers Celebrated Purple Day 2012:
Purple get-up was a must as that is the main focus of Purple Day. Once my achy breaky body got itself together enough (mornings are always a bit rough), I donned my first purple outfit of the day. First you say? Oh yes, first. I’d love to write here that I was so over-the-top purple crazy that I had multiple outfits for the different times of the day, like one of those lavish weddings where the gal changes her dress umpteen times. However, my story is much less glamorous. You see, our backyard turns into a scene from Swamp Creatures from the Deep whenever it rains. And rain it had. March was in full lion mode (adding to the majestic flare of Purple Day). I had already taken my pup out a few times in my pajamas and was feeling a bit guilty that they were pink and not purple (even though our back yard is pretty secluded and the chances of anyone seeing me were pretty slim). Still, it was Purple Day! And if some creepy peeper happened to be spying on The First Lady and I, I darn well wanted to be showing my Purple Support. That peeper might have epilepsy and needed to feel loved. Perhaps his feelings of loneliness and isolation were why he became a creepy peeper in the first place! And with my bold purple tee-shirt, I was ready to remind Mr. Peeper that he was not alone.
Eleanor Roosevelt had other plans for my purple tee however. Remember that swamp land I mentioned? In-between dodging alligators, my Schweenie decided to decorate my shirt (and anything else she could reach with her mud-slinging mitts) with a treasure trove of paw prints. As cute as I think her hoof-prints are, they were not what I had in mind for my grand purple outfit. So, before my Dish got home, I swapped myself into Purple Outfit #2.
When Mike arrived from work, he quickly changed from his green flight-suit to his purple shirt (acquired just a few days earlier for this auspicious occasion). I tried to convince Petty Officer Sisler that he should dye his flight-suit purple for the day, but he said something about the military and uniform regulations. I don’t know. I’ve never heard of anything like that before. I think he might have been making it up. Whether he was or wasn’t, at least he happily jumped into his purple gear as soon as he was home. He also helped me dress Detroit (our cat) and Eleanor Roosevelt (our Schweenie pup) in their official Purple Day shirts that I had ordered. Just a few more touches and we were ready for Purple Activity Number One (not to be confused with Activia which helps with bathroom activity number two). A top hat for Mike, collars with purple sparkly bows that I had made for the girls, some purple face paint for moi (known as make-up to the lay person), a Cameo necklace with a hued background to decorate that thing that holds up my head, and some purple streaks in Eleanor’s and my hair. We were jamming! And ready for…
The Great Purple Photo Shoot!
The Purple Prance:
The Great Purple Photo Shoot was followed by a Purple Jaunt through our neighborhood. Oh yeah, I was really working my spoons to show my purple love! I did toss on a jacket however (not purple) as Señor Lion had decided the day would be a little brisk. And I took off Eleanor Roosevelt’s shirt so that it wouldn’t get muddy. My Dish thought I did these things so he’d look like a crazy purple hombre, but they were practical measures. Really.
Monsieur Lion might have flooded our back yard, but he did make the neighborhood flowers gorgeous. After passing several amazing purple displays, it finally occurred to us to take a picture. Eleanor was not interested in this photo shoot unless we let her eat the flowers, which we didn’t think would give Purple Day the positive image we were looking for, so no good shots of her with the petals.
Purple Prizes, Purple Prizes, Purple Prizes!
Purple Activity Number Three actually occupied much more than one day. If you’ve glanced at the blog or viewed the Facebook page, you already know what this exciting piece of purple history is. I am, or course, referring to the Purple Prize Packages! Over four days, the Bottled Time Blog was painted purple and people had the chance to win five amazing packages if they could spot the changes.
Congratulations to Stephanie! On the first day she spotted this Bottled Time Logo tinted purple, scoring herself the Purple Notes of Passion Prize Package!
On day two of the contest, Anne’s keen eye noticed the cover image was purple and nabbed herself the Hair I Am and I’m Fabulous Prize Package!
Prize day three found Cary discovering purple chevrons on the background of the Bottled Time site. Cary will now be finding The Practically Purple Prize Package bottled and on his doorstep. Aren’t these chevrons stylin’? Thanks to Sage and Berries Friday Freebie I was able to share them with you!
Our final prize day had what I consider to be the best purple painting. The Purple Support Gallery was launched! This is a gallery of purple pictures submitted by readers and myself (although I suppose I could be lumped in with “readers” since I do read what I write!) to show those with epilepsy and seizures that they are not alone. The gallery extends the Purple Day support to year-round and more submissions are welcome at anytime.
Annie showed her love of the Purple Gallery and now the Peculiarly Purple Prize Package will be loving her. Rachel also submitted a picture to the Purple Gallery which won her the Bonus Fifth Prize Package Primped and Purple and Ready to Party!
Congratulations again to all the Purple Day Prize Package winners! And thank you to all who participated. Together we are raising awareness for epilepsy and helping to diminish the loneliness felt by those with seizures. I hope you enjoyed the contest as much as I enjoyed hosting it.
*Want to know the meaning of Pawesome Sauce? Who wouldn’t? Click on that handy link.
And what was the rest of the world doing for Purple Day? Here are a few of my favorites:
Timmins, Ontario had a Purple Pet Contest! Check out the studly winner, Elvis.
Karena Dixon Photography had a photo shoot with Abbie, a young girl in Dixon’s daughter’s class with epilepsy. Dixon’s goal was to help share Abbie’s story and raise awareness for epilepsy and Purple Day. These photos are stunning! I dream of being able to take photographs like this. Have a look and read Abbie’s story in her own words.
Galveston Island, Texas had a Purple Day Bike Rally. Combining bicycles and support. Two of my great loves! *Sigh*
The Epilepsy Association of Utah (which looks like an amazing organization!) had a Purple Balloon Launch followed by a rock concert by Caroline’s Spine.
On March 25th, in Vancouver, African Kung Fu Kids hosted a Flash mob for Purple Day, epilepsy, and seizures. I love Flash Mobs! I’m hoping some day to see one live. Or better yet to be in one! This particular one was organized by Alison Richards. check out her blog The Big Picture, The Fine Print.
One of my favorite Purple Day celebrations actually occurred a few days after Purple Day. I received an e-card from my dear friend Deanna reminding me that she cared very much for me and notifying me that she had donated to the Epilepsy Foundation in my honor. As I stressed in Paint the World Purple, Purple Day isn’t really about the money, it’s about making those with epilepsy and seizures know that they are not alone, but obviously money is needed to advance treatment options. And I must say, receiving that e-card, entirely unexpectedly, made me feel very loved and cared for. Thank you Deanna! I hope you, and the other Bottled Time readers, also feel loved!
*I have scoured the internet and have not been able to find any videos of the above events. If you have any, I would really, really love to see them. Please share a link in the comments or email them to BottledTimeBlog@gmail.com.
Other Bottled Time Posts You Might Enjoy:
- Learn more about my epilepsy diagnosis in My Hair-owing Halloween with an Ambulatory EEG.
- Why are advancements in epilepsy and seizure medications needed? Read about my kooky seizure meds in Keppra- Grape Flavored Brain Drain and Mood Swings in a Bottle.
- Of course you should check out the original Purple Day post to learn more about epilepsy and feelings of loneliness. Paint the World Purple on March 26th & Help those with Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Move from Cool Isolation to Warm Support.
- Have you looked at the Purple Support Gallery yet? Here’s the link again. It’s pretty cool, I wouldn’t want you to miss it. Who loves ya baby?!
- Do you feel more aware of the needs of those with epilepsy and seizures? Those aren’t the only chronic conditions that need support. Keep the awareness going! Let’s Caca!: Raising Awareness about Crohn’s & Colitis, IBD Symptoms, and Medical Care.
- Spoon!: What Is Chronic Illness, How Do The Symptoms Affect Daily Activities, And How Can We Explain It To Others who Aren’t Sick?
- Did you read why I’m chronically late? Check out Chronically Rediscovered Chapter Two: I’m Late! I’m Late! For a Very Important Fort War!, which is a little bit about chronic illness and a lot about living. Because living is what life’s about. (Chapters can be read individually).