Week #17: One small step


Le Moonpie

“She calls me moonpie because I’m nummy-nummy & she could eat me up!” – Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

My dad used to call me Angelfish. I don’t really know where it came from, but then again, who ever knows where terms of endearment come from? Now, don’t get me wrong, there can be reasons behind these sobriquets, but honestly, common sense just walks right out the door. It’s like on TV’s The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon, a main character, is called ‘Moonpie’ by his grandmother (for the reason above). But seriously, doesn’t equating a grandchild to something you want to take a bite out of seem a little off?

Sociological oddities aside, the real reason I think Sheldon’s grandma is crazy is because Moonpies aren’t nummy-nummy. Until this week, I had never eaten one & rarely encountered one, but then my friend Jessica & I were perusing a QT & came across the little cultural icon. I was a little torn on whether or not I wanted this to be my ‘new thing’, since it seemed a little insignificant, but then I figured, “What the hey? Moonpies deserve love too.”

I was wrong. I should have known, as Jess pointed out the phrase ‘Chocolate flavored’ is rather worrisome. You can see reaction (i.e. yuck faces) live here (sorry, the wind was too loud). Basically I know I’ll never eat moonpies again & that’s OK. My grandkids will just have to put up with nicknames like ‘Bacon’ & ‘Tuna Salad Sandwich’.

Week #16: A little more spice to life

Cancun Fajitas

“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for & don’t always like.” – Lemony Snicket

I’m goofy, most people will attest to that, I’ll start talking like a French person for no reason or dance like a crazy robot just because there’s a fat beat. But regardless of all that, I’m not very spontaneous. I have certain things that I always do, certain  foods that I always order at restaurants (usually ribs or pasta). Which is why my new thing this week was to let a waiter pick for me.

I went into Mi Ranchito on Thursday & told my waiter, Roberto, “Bring me whatever you want.”

“OK,” he said. “I’ll bring you the best.”

He seemed so confident in his choice that I didn’t really have time to be scared or nervous. He even suggested that I have some avocado salsa with my chips (which wasn’t bad). When Roberto brought out the steaming plate & set it before me, I was delighted & relieved to see that it was something called ‘Cancun fajitas’. Which means beans, rice, pico de gallo & bacon-wrapped shrimp. Which means that I loved it. Which means I just might practice this sort of spontaneity a little more often.

Week #15: It’s a happenin’ spot…

“Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.” – Mark Twain

Sandra Bullock speaks German. Seriously, she does. Maybe that doesn’t blow anybody else’s mind, but it sure does mine. To me, people on TV & movies are like teachers were to me when I was young. They don’t really exist outside of the sphere in which you encounter/interact with them. My elementary school teachers didn’t have knees that actually existed (because a teacher never wears shorts), they never sweat (except the P.E. variety) & they didn’t have first names (unless you count Mrs.). People on TV are like that; they’re talking faces, they’re somewhere else, they don’t actually exist. But I exist & this week, I got on TV, for the whole world (or at least KC Metro area) to see.

It’s all due to the contest that the magazine I work for entered. Walmart had over 4,000 entries in their Get on the Shelf contest & we’ve made it to the top 10. The Kansas City Star came out & interviewed us & even put a picture of Becca, our managing editor, & myself in the paper. Then KCTV-5 & Channel 4 also wanted to put our story on the air. This is our 15 minutes & it has been surreal. I’m so glad & thankful that we’re getting the exposure & that people are voting (have you voted today? Do it here). I never thought anything like this would ever happen, but, as is typical, God has other plans for what comes to be in the space of “happening”. His scope, His power, His love & His plans are so much bigger than we can ever conceive & He arranges the days for us. Now, that blows my mind 🙂

Week #12 Update:

I sold my car on Tuesday for about 5 times what I originally thought I would get for it. The buyers are coming to pick it up tomorrow; makes me feel kind of grown up—or it may be the fact that I’ve had to jump through a million paper work hoops. Thanks to my brother for suggesting eBay & to my mom for all her help in making this happen.

Week #14: Almost famous

“As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.” – Bono

I think I know why my coworkers think I’m crazy. I’ve lived by myself too long (even when I had roommates) & my head runs a constant stream of commentary, jokes & theat-ah. I’ve always appreciated my own sense of humor immensely & it’s difficult for me to keep the hilarity inside, so I often break out in giggles & nonsensical comments. Which apparently is crazy. I’m blessed to work in an environment where crazy is accepted.

Working with SUSIE Magazine, the fun comes along with something that really matters. We get to affect the lives of thousands of teen girls throughout the world. I love it, but I never thought it would make me famous. About a month ago, SUSIE entered Walmart’s Get on the Shelf contest. One among 4,000 entrants all trying to get sold in Walmart, it felt like a shot in the dark. But with the support of our awesome readers & several RTs from famous people (TobyMac RT’d us?!?!), we ended up in the top 10 to go on to the second round.

The next thing you know we’re making a video for Walmart to distribute nationally & a reporter from the Kansas City Star is dropping in to interview us. I have never had the potential* to be this famous. What a new thing (& I basically had nothing to do with it)! Don’t worry, I won’t let it go to my head!

* Help me be even more potentially famous—vote in the Final round April 11-23 at http://www.getontheshelf.com/!

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