3 Day, Jenna, Thanks For The Mammories

Things that only happen at the 3-Day…

All weekend, while in the midst of all our fun, I had a mental list going of things that I did that probably would only happen at the 3-Day and nowhere else, at least in my world…


  • I slept in a tent.  May not seem like an unusual thing to many, but it was my first time sleeping in a tent, outside. I am not an outdoorsy-type girl. I like air-conditioning, a bed, indoor plumbing and electricity. But I had to admit, I was pretty darn comfortable in that little pink tent, on my air mattress, and my favorite fleece blanket from home.






  • I showered in a truck.  I knew I would be doing this, but I had no clue that it would quite possibly be the best shower ever. Jenna had told me that it was quite an experience and she even told me how to pack my shower bag so I had everything altogether and semi-waterproof. By the time Friday night came along, after we had been up since 3:30am that morning and driving all day, I was more than ready for a shower. The shower truck has super hot water and better water pressure than my house. I’ve already told hubby that we need a shower truck in our backyard.




  • I brushed my teeth and washed my face outside.  Just outside the shower truck is a row of sinks – 3 per side, 6 total for each truck. Brushing your teeth outside in a nice cool breeze is not a bad thing.




  • I thought I was going to blow away.  It was a windy weekend, 20-30 MPH winds with even stronger gusts. The first night, I literally thought my tent was going to blow away with me in it. It wasn’t until the second night, after Janet suggested removing the rain cover (is that what it’s called?), that it didn’t seem as noisy. But it still seemed to move around a lot and most of Saturday night I thought of the Blair Witch Project. Thank goodness there was a whole park full of other people there or I would have been freaking out. There was lot of looking up at the top of my tent, wondering if it was possible to blow away with me in it.





  • I ate a sandwich that had American cheese on it.  Yes, for most people this is a normal occurrence. Not this girl, who thinks American cheese is the most disgusting thing ever. But alas, when on the 3-Day, and a nice lunch is provided to you by our wonderful team, Thanks For The Mammories, and Subway, you learn to deal with it and appreciate their kindness in all the goodies they have for you. I didn’t eat the cheese, I had to take it off. I had to suck it up, buttercup, and take it off like it wasn’t grossing me out. And I did it. It’s really a miracle that I ate the sandwich after that, normally I wouldn’t eat anything that previously had American cheese on it. The things you do on on the 3-Day…


  • I kind of felt like a rock star.  It was too much fun when someone wanted to take our picture because we were so fabulous in our fun outfits, blue hair, and fun van. Considering I normally like to fly under the radar and do my best to not be so noticeable, it was pretty fun to be loud and draw so much attention to myself. Who wouldn’t want their picture taken with Boob 1 and Boob 2?!



(Photo courtesy of Carol)

  • I went au naturel.  No make-up for 3 days. Nor did I blow-dry my hair or use my curling iron. The wonderful thing about the 3-Day is that there is no judging. It was kind of nice. Although, the first thing I did when I got home was take a shower and blow dry my hair. That was nice, too.



(Photo courtesy of Carol)




  • I used a port-a-potty in the dark.  I had a nifty light to use but forgot it a couple times and when you gotta go, you gotta go. And like they say in the 3-Day, don’t look down. So I didn’t.


  • I wore white gloves, used pom poms, and a cowbell.  Our sweep van was all about keeping the walkers smiling and entertained. Besides the great decorations on the van and our fun outfits, there was a lot of waving with our white cartoon-like gloves, woo-hooing, cheering with pom poms, and clanging the cowbell. By the time Sunday came around, I was a little squeaky, not able to woo-hoo as loud as on Friday, and I was sure I would have permanent ringing in my right ear from the cowbell.


  • I listened to Dr. Seuss stories.   We had a speaker stand on the van door, a pair of speakers, and Jenna’s iPod which she loaded with Dr. Seuss stories. Who wouldn’t want to hear that when you’re walking 60-miles? We also played The Beatles, Bon Jovi, and more. It was fantastic.


  • I wore pajama pants every day.  I’m telling you, this is the way to go. Fleece pajama pants are super soft and comfy. I wish I could wear them to work, but that might be a little weird when I go meet customers and such.




It was really too much fun, all of it. I wouldn’t change a single thing about the weekend.


  1. Deborah Griswold

    Boob 1 & Boob 2, you were so amazing! Thanks for all that you did to entertain us & deliver us. This is my 5th year & the first one to know Sweep Van drivers.
    We loved seeing you coming!!

  2. I love your outfits! It’s so fun yet supportive and appropriate :)

    The rows of pink tents are SO COOL! I love that you participated in this. What a wonderful cause!

  3. So awesome that you did this. And it looks like you had a blast!

  4. Cindy

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. My sister-in-law was on team: “Thanks for the Mammories” and has done the walk 2 years in a row now. Her stories are nice and funny to hear, but reading your blog put a bit more perspectve on what everyone goes through during this event. Truly inspiring!

  5. What an awesome experience! Thanks for volunteering!

  6. Carol

    Boob 1 and Boob 2 – such an innovative idea! You guys were fantastic and every time I saw you I got to yell “boobies!!!” and stick up my thumbs! It made me laugh. I loved the “Seussism’s” you added to the van – such attention to detail! And … you help us raise 2.5 million for breast cancer research! Woo hoo indeed!

  7. Yes pajama pants are so comfy I like to wear mine at home during the cold days when I don’t have to go out………………..I am not a fan of camping so don’t know I would go sleeping in a tent for 3 days but I guess I could suck it up and do it…………I have never had Americian cheese so don’t know if it is gross or not but I do love cheese……..lol Porta Loos can be so gross and yes you don’t look down if you can avoid it the thought of a porta loo gives me the creeps…………lol

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