This month was HUGE for me as a blogger.
HUGE. like if I was Paris Hilton, this month would be my naughty tape.
Don’t worry mom….there is nothing like that of me out there
that I know of.
Seriously though…this month feels like a catalyst to extreme fame. Joking but I do feel really special. It’s like I’m the Bachelor’s Tierra and these are my sparkles 🙂 Let me explain. I have had a great number of wonderful things come from this blog. Things that make me feel validated. Things that make my head spin and my face get flush. Things that literally make me need to lay down on the floor just to recover. Three big deal things happened this month and I still have to fan my face just thinking about them.
First…I’d like to say, I love me those Petersiks. I know a lot of you have met them and gotten a glimpse into the awesome but seriously…the awesome only gets bigger when you know them better. They have the biggest hearts and the best work ethics and the most creative and kind spirits that I have ever met. Jeremy and I always leave them feeling so thankful that we have them as friends. Which leads me to my point…their freaking amazing book.
In the past month I got the chance to celebrate a huge milestone with them…their last signing stop for their first book. I was that friend that told them that it wasn’t good enough to just get them to scribble their names in the book at our house. I wanted the full fledged fan experience…because at the end of the day, I am just that. their biggest fan. (I know some of you may argue that point but I’d like to point out that I was photoshopping my head on their friends bodies before you were born.)
And while I was at the event getting my favorite DIY book with the NEW YORK BEST SELLING AUTHORS to sign my own copy, I met some of the most amazing people. Now let me tell you, I was really taken back. I kinda wanted to pass out afterwards. Half pass out, half perform la maise breathing. It was just so freaking incredible.
(photo via yhl) (photo via Augusta Kirsche)
First of all, over the past five-ish years I think I have met six people who read this blog that aren’t directly related to me. And even those folks sometimes deny knowing me. True fact, my mom once did this to a friend of mine at church. Flat out denied that I was her daughter.
So to meet hundreds of folks that were SO freaking sweet and at least pretended to be a reader?! Unbelievable. I am still reeling from it. Part of me thinks that most of them still probably don’t know who I am…and they probably thought they were standing in line for the photo booth or refreshments or the exit.
And I got to put some faces to names…in this case…the names are Katie and Katie 🙂 and give long awkward hugs to girls that are pregnant. Hi Alie…your baby will be in good arms – I should know 🙂
(photo via Her Split Ends)
Overall, I was shocked and so so overwhelmingly happy. Meeting everyone that night was literally such a big deal for me. So yeah…awesome. And it would have never happened without my gracious friends, John & Sherry – so a really big and public thank you to them. I was embarrassed and overwhelmed and everything in between….but most of all thankful.
Secondly…and I might loose all bowel control saying this outloud….I.am.in.a.magazine. OH EM TO THE GEE TO THE MAX. That’s right. Some folks might think that bloggers are all over magazines…and some are…but not me. I have never even been asked until recently. Good Housekeeping called me up and asked for some more info on our sitting room and foyer. Of course, I died on the floor and had to be carted off in a gurney.
While I was in Pennsylvania, my Mummum and I stopped at the stop to pick up a decadent cake for my Pappap’s 85th birthday and I saw the latest issue of Good Housekeeping came out. It was so very special to me to share that moment with her. She even bragged to the checkout gal that her granddaughter was ‘in the book’ and then she tapped Dr. Oz’s face about five times 🙂
Of course, I am beyond thrilled to have anything written in a magazine. Especially a magazine I actually have a subscription to. It’s just beyond words. Plus, I feel like it is very “me”…the navy and green and turquoise are something I’ve been using for years in my home so it feels very comfortable and happy.
Last but certainly not least, we hosted our first photo shoot this month. I can’t wait to tell you all the nitty gritty about it…but basically, the folks at The Tile Shop wanted to take pics of our kitchen and use them for marketing this summer. It was just the motivation that Jeremy and I needed to get the room done (and I can not wait to tell you all about it….once I find my external harddrive power cord so that I can empty space off my computer so that I can download the pics from the big day off my camera. seriously. I am a mess.)
I was ridiculously nervous. I emailed and texted Dana and Dusty to get the lowdown on how it all happens and I quizzed them to settle my nerves. And when Megan and Brian got here, I got to introduce them to fried okra. Yes…Megan and Brian are models and playing the part of me and Jeremy in this photoshoot.
Kidding. But I would be so up for Megan to be my body/face/hair double 🙂 Oh heck, I’d take Brian to be my double too 🙂
It was amazing to be here to see them shoot. I am so excited about the pictures. I am even more excited to share the rest of the kitchen…it is my absolute favorite room in the world right now. More soon…I promise.
Now can you understand why I need to lay down?! It’s just been one gigantor month of the most flattering and thrilling experiences. I can only liken it to that feeling that you get when you just drank a Mega Gulp of ice slushie. It’s delicious…it takes your breath away…and you have to squeeze your head because the brain freeze…in this case, that’s called shock and awe.