Sunday, May 31, 2009

Project 365 - Day 4 - May 31, 2009

New TV!
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For May 31, my picture is of my new TV! My parents bought it last night for my birthday present. They rock and I love my new TV!

Project 365 - Day 3 - May 30, 2009

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On May 30, I attended the wedding of one of my childhood friends, Kelley. Seems like everyone I grew up with is getting married these days. The sign outside of the church congratulated the newlyweds.

Project 365 - Day 2 - May 29, 2009

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On May 29, I was greeted with a pile of boxes when I got home... all of them were full of Tupperware! This is a great sign that my business is picking up! That makes me excited :)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Project 365 - Day 1 - May 28, 2009

Tweetup Badge...
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So, I am giving Project 365 another shot. This time, I thought that it would be cool to take a picture every day for a year, starting on my 24th birthday, and ending on my 25th birthday...

So, here is Picture 1.  Matt Long is showing off his Tweetup Badge.

On May 28, 2009, we had a Greenville, NC Tweetup. I had a great time, as always. I was able to give a presentation on how I use Twitter for my Tupperware business and talked about TweetGrid, which is a way that I use Twitter. They even recognized that it was my birthday, and surprised me with a cake!

A more detailed Tweetup post to follow! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Everything I wish I'd said...

For a while now, we've been friends, and I value your friendship more than you'll ever know.  You've been there to listen to me complain about all sorts of things going on in my life, and I've listened to a few of you frustrations as well.  Since we met, I've known that you were going to be different than all the guys that have come in and out of my life in the past few years.  

When we're together, we talk, we laugh, we have a good time.  Although distance now separates us, we still keep in touch and we know what's going on with each other.  I'm thankful for that... distance can often have a negative affect on friendships. 

Over time, my feelings for you have evolved into much more than just friendship.  Its hard to explain the way that I feel about you...  I think about you a lot... wonder how you are doing... I genuinely care about you... Every time we part, I kick myself for not telling you the way I feel.  

You are a great guy... don't let anyone ever tell you differently... You are respectful and honest and the way your eyes light up when you talk about you beautiful daughter makes me swoon every time.  You are an amazing father... and although I've only seen you interact with her once, our conversations lead me to believe that there isn't anything that you wouldn't do to make sure that she has the absolute best life possible. 

I guess what I'm trying to say, is that I wish we could be more than just "friends."  I have no idea how you feel about this... and a HUGE part of me is afraid to find out.  I'm afraid of rejection from you... afraid that if my true feelings were discovered that our current relationship would be negatively affected.

Maybe, one day, I will muster up the courage to finally say all of this to you... 

Monday, May 25, 2009

#TriangleTweetup 2.0 - An "Outsider's" Perspective

Still playing catch up here folks... bare with me.  

If you've been reading for sometime now, you are probably aware of my love of Twitter.  It is becoming a serious addiction for which some people feel I need an intervention.  I have written here before about Tweetups and connecting with the Greenville Community through Twitter.  Lately, Tweetups have become something that I  genuinely look forward to.  Back in March, we had a very successful Tweetup... with about 25 in attendance and media coverage to boot.

When we heard about the TriangleTweetup that was being held in Durham at Bronto, on April 30, a group of us Greenville Tweeple decided to make the trip to see what it was all about.  Six of us met at Starbucks to carpool to the event. It took close to 2 hours to get there and once we got parked and found the place, we were greeted with lots of green dinosaurs (Bronto's Mascot).  When the Greenville crew walked in, we definitely got a few looks, because @derekbrown wore a big yellow cowboy hat that he found in the back of my car on the ride up...


If I had to summarize the event in one word, I would personally say that for me, it was "Overwhelming."  There were so many people there, the whole building was alive with chatter and excitement filled the air.  Upon entering, I knew this was definitely going to be a unique experience.  

There was a lot on the agenda, but it was hard to hear the speakers, so I moved away and started talking to some people closer to the food and drinks.  They had their event catered and there was free beer and wine tastings.  There were people taking pictures everywhere, and of course, lots and lots of twittering.  The hashtag #TriangleTweetup became a trending topic on twitter that night and lots of people, not in attendance, wondered what it was all about.  

Downstairs, they had other activities going on like Wii games, and a Twitter Twister competition.  We sat and watched that for a little while, and it was definitely entertaining.  

I had a lot of fun at the Tweetup.  It was really interesting to see what the Greenville Twitter Community could possibly turn into.  I can't imagine the amount of planning a preparation that went into making the Triangle Tweetup a huge success.  The event organizers and sponsors did a great job.  We appreciated them having us!

I'm looking forward to Greenville's next tweetup, which will be this Thursday, May 28 from 7-9pm at Joyner Library at ECU.  Click here for all the details.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

2 years ago...

Today marks 2 years since Stephanie and I closed on our townhouse.  In some ways, it doesn't seem like its been that long!  As always, so much has happened over the last 2 years... 

A house that used to be full of people and thing happening all the time now feels empty to me as I sit here alone writing this post.  

I'm in a funk today... 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

April 11 -- 5 years

Please forgive me for this being posted over a month late... The blogging has been slack lately, and I'm trying to play catch up here... This especially has been a difficult post for me to write I've had so many thoughts about this swirling around in my head lately, and its been so hard to sit down and type them all out, but I felt that this was just way too important to let go without a proper post of its own. 

April 11 marked 5 years since my Grandma Nellie passed away.  It seems just like yesterday when we got the call around 3am on Easter Sunday that she had passed away and we needed to go to the hospital.  We all got in Daddy's truck and drove quickly to the hospital, but the drive seemed like forever.  My most distinctive memory of the drive is that Brad Paisley's song "Little Moments" was playing on the radio.  Why I remember these things, I will never know.  That song took on a whole new meaning at that moment... because it was the "Little Moments" that flooded my thoughts.  The small things that my Grandma did to add her flair to things.  She'd cook for us on our birthdays... she wouldn't just put money in a card... she's give us a bouquet of balloons that we had to pop to get the money out... or she would fold up the money in shapes for us... For the longest time after that I could not listen to that song... and even when I hear it now, all of the emotions of that early morning in April come flooding back. 

When I walked into the hospital that morning, my first thought was "I have to play the flute at her funeral..." That terrified me.  Grandma had always said that she wanted Jay Tripp to play "Beulah Land" on the saxophone at her funeral.  Once in church, we played the song together, me on the flute, him on the sax... after that, she told me that she wanted us to play it together at her funeral.  I had no idea that it would be so soon.  Surprisingly, I was able to pull it together to play at the funeral.

Once everyone returned to my Granddaddy's house later that morning, I witnessed something that I had never seen before, and something that to this day still rocks me to the core.  Upon entering the house... the house that he shared with my Grandma for over 45 years... the house in which they raised 2 children and then welcomed 3 grandchildren, my Granddaddy BROKE DOWN.  Seeing a grown man cry always shakes me up... but to see one of the strongest men that you've ever known, a man of little expressed emotions bawling at the loss of his wife is an experience beyond words. 

All of the events surrounding the wake, the funeral, the burial and all of the visitors passed as somewhat of a blur.  I also remember seeing my Daddy cry for the first time that weekend  Again, the experience of seeing him express emotions was something I'll always remember.

Not a day goes by that I don't miss my Grandma.  There are so many things that I miss about her.  She was one of the most selfless people I have ever met.  One of my most treasured possessions is a set of pillows that she made for my freshman dorm room, and she finished them just a few days before she went into the hospital for the final time.  There are so many things that I wish she could have been here for.... so many memories over the last 5 years that have her missing in them.  Hopefully she's looking down and smiling on her girls and the young women that they have become. 

It's hard to say goodbye
Her picture in my mind
Will always be of times I'll cherish
And I won't cry 'cause

She flew up to Heaven on the wings of angels
By the clouds and stars and passed where no one sees
And she walks with jesus and her loved ones waiting
And I know she's smiling saying
Don't worry 'bout me

(Alan Jackson -- "Sissy's Song")

Thursday, May 7, 2009

March and April Rewinds...

So, we are already 7 days into May (when did that happen?!?) and I haven't done a Rewind post for March or April... so here goes... I'll have to try and be concise, but you know that I can get long winded!

If I had to sum up March with just one word, it would be WATER! Why water? Cause it was everywhere! First of all, March seemed like a very rainy month... I don't think that we had a weekend that it didn't rain. We needed rain some kinda bad though as we had been in drought conditions. After a lot of rain, the river here in Greenville was at flood stage.

Another place there was water... my house! If you have been following my Twitter updates, you may have seen tweets about the water in my house.  On the Tuesday of my Spring Break, I woke up and went downstairs to find standing water in my living room.  I freaked out!  Of course, my first instinct was to call my dad.  Once he didn't answer, I called my mom at work.  I had no idea what to do, other than try to get it up with towels.  My first thought is that the water must have been coming from my hot water heater.  When I lived with my parents, the hot water heater went out several times, and each time it was a mess.  Sure enough, when I went into the laundry room (where the water heater is located) there was standing water... and also in the kitchen (which is connected). 

But after further investigation, and after the Utilities company came out to turn off the water, we discovered that the water was actually coming from my neighbor's house!!  I live in a townhouse, so I share walls with neighbors.  These particular neighbors had been out of town since the beginning of February.  (They work as traveling nurses in CA).    Since no one was home, we had to get special permission to cut off their water, so that the leak would even stop.  Thank God they gave me their cell phone number before they left this time, so that I was able to get in touch with them to let them know what was happening.   However, when I called them, they didn't seem too concerned.  

Anyway... to make a long story short, I had to be out of my house for 3 weeks, (I lived with my parents... joy!)  while the repair guys pulled up everything, cleaned up everything, dried everything out, made sure there was no mold, and put everything back together again.  The restoration company that I worked with was awesome... and they did a great job keeping me up to speed.  I got new flooring everywhere downstairs.  I didn't get laminite like I had thought about... just a better carpet.  I got new vinyl in the kitchen, laundry room and dining room.  No more big nasty spots! 

So, I was finally back into my house and things were getting back to normal I guess.  That is until this massive work project took over my life. I had to work on 2 scrapbooks for NACUFS submissions.  Each book was about 80 pages, and had a deadline of April 17.  I pulled a couple of all nighters, but I got them done and submitted a day before the deadline.  We later found out that they didn't win, but they looked good at least :)

Another very tragic thing that happened in April, was the death of Lenoir County Sherrif's Detective Allen Pearson.  This was a story that hit very close to home for me.  My brother in law, worked with Pearson, and was on the scene the night everything happened.  My sister was staying with me, and got the call from her husband around 3am that officers had been shot.  She was understandably very shaken by the news.  The events of that fateful night shocked an entire community.   The outpouring of love and respect for the families involved and the entire law enforecement community was overwhelming.  RIP LC-105.

In the middle of April, I attended Tupperware's Super Saturday Spring Training Day event in Newport News, VA.  It was a full day of new products, training and networking with other consultants.  I loved it!  I got some free stuff as well as a lot of inspiration to build my business.  Things like that always get me excited! 

I had a date in April too... but more about that later... 

This post is getting HUGE, so I guess I will wrap it up for now.  There are a couple of other things that I wanted to highlight, but I feel they deserve their own post... so stay tuned for those. 

Now on to something productive?!

Be on the lookout...

For lots of posts! I'm in a posting mood, and I need to catch y'all up. I apologize for my bad blogging behavior over the last couple of months... I'll try to be more consistent:)

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