Wednesday, November 14, 2012

#LookinForPaula

Yall.  I saw on twitter about a week ago that Paula Deen was coming to Greenville.  If you know me at all, you know that my life goal is to be Paula Deen.  Seriously, she rocks and I love her.  And who wouldn't want to see this smiling face on TV?!  So naturally, I made a point to plan on going.  Despite my effort to get someone to go with me, I ended up by myself heading up the road this morning looking for this BiLo she was going to be at.  I had my cookbook in the front seat with me, ready for her to sign.  So I rolled up to BiLo and saw the big white tent and 18 wheelers and knew I was at the right place.  After finding a parking spot, I grabbed my cookbook and headed into the flock of middle-aged women and moms.  I wasn't too sure if I should chat it up with these people or if I should just stand there awkwardly, cookbook tightly in hand.  I chose the second.  Inside the tent was a stage and microphone.  We waited and waited.  Finally someone from BiLo came up and introduced her.  She was precious, as I expected.  However, I couldn't believe these crazies in the crowd.  They kept on hollering and interrupting her to ask her questions, which I know she was not looking to answer.  One lady said she got a $268 speeding ticket on the way up and asked Paula to sign it.  From someone who has gotten a speeding ticket, or two, or... anways, I know that you must have been doing something wild to get a ticket for that much.  Paula, being the precious woman she is, gave this lady the money to pay for her ticket!  So after Paula talking, and being interrupted, and talking some more, 15 minutes later she said she couldn't take any pictures or sign autographs.  With that, she was off the stage and into a car.  Still holding my cookbook, I sat there very weirded out by what just happened.  How was Paula going to recognize my gifts for Food Network if she didn't even stick around to meet me?!  So I walked back to my car, put my cookbook down, and went shopping.
The good news is that I saw Paula Deen in person!  I mean, it was definitely exciting, and she is every bit as precious as she is on TV.  The bad news is that I stood in the cold for awhile waiting to meet my hero only to be shut down.  And I skipped 2 classes.  Yikes.
Maybe one day I'll get to meet her.  I'll be on the lookout for that next opportunity.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Catching Up


Hey there peeps!
I was doing so well on keeping up with blogging.  Then school started picking up, recruitment came, and things just got crazy I suppose.
So, to give you the brief update, my life has been wonderful since I last blogged.  Hectic, but wonderful.  I had a great fall break, baking and hanging out with my fam.  School has been wild.  I've been pulling some all nighters this semester, which is dumb I know.  I cannot handle them like I used to be able to freshmen year.  I'm enjoying my classes, though, so that's good.  We just finished recruitment and BID DAY! Woohoooo!!!  I would like to make the announcement that I enjoyed recruitment this year.  I know, that's very uncharacteristic of me, but I had a lovely time.  Our bid day this year was America themed, so that just rocked a lot.  

Here's some exciting news: This May I will be going with a group from PC to Kenya for 2 weeks!  I'm so excited!  It was such a weird thing, I wasn't at all looking for a Maymester to go on since I went to Israel last year.  I knew this trip was happening, but I didn't really look into it.  One of my friends is going and she was telling me about it one day after class (to be specific, the pilates class I had just taught... yeah, I've made big strides, but that's another story) and it sounded absolutely amazing!  But, I felt bad asking my parents to go on another trip that I don't really need for credit.  She then told me how affordable it was going to be.  I almost started crying.  I mean, when will I ever be able to go to Kenya again?  So I called my dad and, to which he responded with a text saying he was in a meeting and to text him (professional).  He was all for it.  I knew my mom would be harder to convince.  I had this whole speech planned out.  I called her, told her about half of what I had to say, and she responded with, "Yeah! That sounds good! If that's what you want to do!" ....What?! Seriously? I had more to say! So with this sweeping approval from my parents, I signed up to go to Kenya!  Our group will be working at a women's refugee center as well as a medical clinic.  So incredibly excited!!  If this were a recap of the past few weeks camp-style, this whole situation would be my God moment #1 of the week.

God moment #2 came yesterday.  As some of you may know, I'm working on lots of applications.  Seminary and global mission are at the top of my list right now.  When I went home Monday night to vote Tuesday, my parents asked me how the applications were coming, and I told them I was a little hung up on the pastor recommendation.  My current pastor came when I was a senior in high school, and with school and camp, I really haven't been around him as much as I'd like.  While I know he would be more than happy to write me a recommendation, I feel bad asking someone who I do not know as well as I'd like to.  So with this pickle, I asked my parents if it would be ok for me to ask my youth leader from high school to write a rec for me.  They said that would be fine, so I was going to put it on my to do list to get his email and see if we couldn't arrange a time to talk.  Well, yesterday I was at the mall with my mom and we were running out to make it to my haircut on time, and who do we run into but Jason (my youth director)!  He is a pastor at a different church now, so we got to catch up and I got to tell him about what all I'm thinking about.  Talk about crazy!  I still can't get over it.

All of these stories to say that my semester is going so well and I couldn't be more excited about the opportunities God is opening up in my life!