What a crazy and exciting day!  Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to visit our website and vote for your favorite story.  We are giving away a Six Flags Over Georgia season pass to two lucky peeps (through 9 a.m. tomorrow).  ((:  It’s been a roller coaster so far of emotions, but fundraising always is.  We will be doing this for 17 days, with a new giveaway at 9 a.m. every morning.  Most things can be taken advantage of no matter where you live!  We also have some fun media stuff coming up that I’m excited to share with you guys.  First thing is schedule for Monday!  I will announce that morning so you can stay tuned.

Last night after I got home from work, I got a package in the mail.  It was from New Jersey, so I had no idea what it could be.  Turns out it was a gift from James, an elephant bracelet, for good luck.  He is home in Cincinnati this week/weekend, so he is many miles away.  Little gifts like that can really make a difference in your day.  Every time I start to worry, I just look at my little elephant for confidence.

Yesterday was the first Birmingham Tastebuddies event, a Facebook group headed up by Vero.  Sherri Ross orchestrated the inaugural gathering at Ollie Irene for about nine of us…. and of course it was delicious.  It was nice to get my mind off of the launch today and just be with friends (and enjoy some Prosecco)!  You should join this group if you live in town and love food, and if you don’t live here, then you should consider starting one for your own community.  The premise is simple: an open forum for people to organize food meet-ups, make new friends and support local restaurants.  Sounds good to me.

This weekend I am looking forward to a little lake time with friends, as well as a story event called Arc Light.  I almost submitted myself as a candidate to tell a story, but I completely chickened out.  🙂  However, I look forward to being inspired by other local storytellers and possibly learning a public speaking technique or two.  I am always fascinated by people who can perform dialog in front of an audience in an effective way.  They are able to detach from their egos and are completely saturated with the story they are communicating.  Hero status in my book.

The first Birmingham Tastebuddies at Ollie Irene!

The first Birmingham Tastebuddies at Ollie Irene!

A gift from James for good luck.

A gift from James for good luck.