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Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Good, The Bad, and the Crazy

My big, huge, spectacular, monstrosity of a promotion — Yelp’s Passport to Mosaic — is almost upon us, which means that with each passing day I have somehow become even crazier than I already was. Impossible, I know, but here we are.

Yelp's Passport to Mosaic!

I am SO excited for this thing to kick off, because logically I do know that it’s going to be awesome and that the majority of the work is already done. HOWEVER, I think we all know by now that logic is not exactly my strong-suit, and thus every other hour in the day is peppered with a mini-panic attack over the fact that I’m trying to pull off EIGHT events in SEVEN days because dude, that is a lot. In a good way. But still.

The Good:

RSVP response for all of the events has been really good (I hope some of you in the area are considering coming out for one or two!), and we’re getting some good media promotion out of this! A lot of the logistical stuff is being totally handled, like managing RSVPs, communicating with the business owners, and getting things printed. I also spent three hours yesterday afternoon literally going door to door over at Mosaic just to make sure everything was hunky-dory with participating businesses.

The Bad:

Swag bags, man. Every time I do an event where there are gift bags/swag bags/individual gifts of some kind, I always swear I’ll never do them again. After all, they are painstaking and time-consuming to put together AND incredibly difficult to transport… and yet, here we are! My Elite Event on Sunday is the big kickoff for the entire week, so I wanted to do something to make it feel really special. And since I already had so many awesome businesses interested in participating in the promotion in general, a lot of them also wanted to contribute something! Plus all the awesome Yelp schwag that we’ve got going on to start (can we say Yelp luggage tags? So cute!) So really, it is awesome, because these swag bags are gonna be too legit to quit, but at the same time, it means that tomorrow afternoon, my intern Lendsey and I will be packing swag bags until the end of time. Eep!

The Crazy:

Remember all that awesome media coverage that we’re getting for Passport? Well, included in part of that is the fact that I’M GONNA BE ON TV!! AHHHHHHH!! That is totally the definition of crazy, is it not? Let’s Talk Live DC has asked me to come onto their show and talk about Passport. It’s my first TV spot, so I’m obviously just a liiiittle bit nervous. But it’s that kind of super excited, shaky nervousness that will hopefully translate into me seeming REALLY ENTHUSIASTIC about this promotion. Which, I am. So hopefully that’ll all work itself out.

So make sure you watch me make a fool of myself on live TV — Monday, 3/31 on News Channel 8! (808 in HD.) The show airs from 11 AM to 12 PM. Eeeeeeee!

Though some of the nittier, grittier parts of this promotion still have yet to be completely ironed out, I guess that when I really sit down and take stock of everything I’ve done, and everything I still have to do, things aren’t quite as overwhelming as I thought. So basically, just the simple act of me writing this post has worked wonders on my mental stability. Which is good! Because while I’m sure that my weigh-in on Friday will be totally awesome this week, I’m not sure that being unable to eat from stress is the way to achieve my weight loss goals, hahaha.

And on the plus side, going on TV Monday means I have a legit excuse to get my hair redone! I’m actually going in this afternoon… anyone wanna take guesses on what color I’ll come out with today? Heheheheh.

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Posted on Dec 10, 2012 in Dear Diary | 21 comments

5 Things I Cannot Fracking Wait For

Do forgive the Battlestar Galactica-style swearing in this post title, but there are a few upcoming things that I am pretty gosh-darned-tootin’ dang-nabbit excited for, and you are about to hear all about them. Happy Monday! Hahaha.

1. MY BOOK RELEASE!!

I know, I know, you are probably (definitely?) sick and tired of hearing about book-related stuff here. But rest assured, we can all see the light at the end of that tunnel! The release day of Terra is THIS WEDNESDAY (which happens to be 12/12/12. I actually did not plan this on purpose, but it really worked out nicely, hahaha) and I am SO EXCITED SOMETIMES I JUST SIT AND BOUNCE UP AND DOWN IN MY CHAIR. Or on my feet. Or laying prostrate in my bed. (Have you ever tried bouncing whilst laying down, by the way? Not as easy as one might think.)

Auuuuugh, I’m just so excited and terrified but mostly excited and pipe-dreamily hopeful and… eeep! If you’re one of the sporadic-check-in readers and aren’t too sure what all this book-talk is about, feel free to check out my writing blog, or the book’s Goodreads page. THREE DAYS!

Preggo Jenny!

2. My super preggo sister!

My “big” sister Jenny (I use that term loosely since she is 7 inches shorter than I am) and her husband are coming home for the holidays on the 19th! They moved to Houston over the summer, just when they found out that Jenny was super-dee-duper preggo (for the first time, yayyyy!) and even though I’ve been lucky to see her sporadically since the move, I’m SO excited to get a nice long period of hang-outage with my sissy poo.

I do need to prepare myself though, because every time I see her, she is more and more pregnant (um, duh) and it’s always a little jarring. As in, I pretty much just hone in straight on her belly and start to cry. Luckily, this surprises no one.

Lights

3. CHRISTMAS!!!

Poor, unaware readers who have found this job in the time between last Christmas and this one… I’m sorry. You are probably not yet aware of the extreme, dear, obsessive, passionate love I have for this time of year. I. LOVE. CHRISTMAS. And this year is, of course, no exception. Once Jenny & Dan get back into town, there will be much cookie decorating, gingerbread house making, eggnog drinking, and general merriment. Yayyyyyyy!

4. Les Mis

Speaking of Christmas, guess what movie comes out Christmas Day? Yep, Les Miserables! (Well, the musical movie, not to be confused with the non-musical movie that came out in 1998.) I am a die-hard Les Mis fan (I’ve seen the musical like five times, and would gladly see it a dozen times more) and am SO excited about the cast, the director, the everything. Ahhhhhh, it’s gonna be so gooooooood, ermahgerrrrrd.

5. Game of Thrones

I know this is kind of a jump, since the new season of Game of Thrones won’t be starting until March 2013 (whyyyyy?), but I really needed something to round out this list, since 5 Things always sounds better than 4 Things, hahaha. Anyway, if you’re not already a GoT fan, you need to load up on Seasons 1 & 2 ASAP, because it’s flippin’ amazing. Although, fair warning, there is not a small amount of boobage shown, hahahaha. Anyway, this is definitely one of the most highly anticipated shows on my list (y’know, given the fact that Vampire Diaries is already on TV… though this week is the last episode before the winter break, nooooo!) and I just wanted to spread the word. Jon Snow forevs!

Aaaaand, there you have it. Just a little taste of what’s whetting my appetite lately.

What upcoming things are you most excited for right now?

PS: There’s still time to get your entries in for my Blue Diamond Almonds giveaway!

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Posted on Jan 12, 2012 in Dear Diary | 42 comments

Televisionary

I make no secret of the fact that I love TV. Despite all of my attempts to counteract my true nature, I’m really a couch potato through and through. It is for this reason that for the better part of two years living in my house, having a TV took precedence over having a usable desk.

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Here’s a closer shot (from a different, messier occasion) of that whole situation:

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Er, yeah. Now, before you think that this is going to turn into some kind of resolution-y post about cutting TV out of my life, think again. I love TV. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with enjoying both quality programs and a few guilty pleasures. I am never going to be one of those people who just “doesn’t watch a lot of TV”. Pass! But I do think it’s important to make the distinction between how I view TV now, versus how Old Gretchen viewed TV.

I fully admit to being the kind of person who would actively pass up activities to watch TV. Believe me, I know how sad that sounds. I would decline going out to dinner so I could catch one of my favorite shows and nix heading out with friends on the weekend so I could clear out my DVR queue. All that sitting and TV-watching really worked up an appetite too, so I would spend hours literally resting on my laurels while I ate chips and cookies and pizza and… well, you get the general idea. Mindless eating in front of the television is something I still struggle with.


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After we made the decision to cut out cable (and all live TV access) from our household, I did cut down on my hours logged in front of the boob tube. That said, I do still watch a lot of TV. Though I have kicked quite a few shows off of my list, I still vigilantly watch The Vampire Diaries (duh), Glee (not 100% sure why lately), and all the Thursday night NBC sitcoms (Community, come back!) the day after they air. I’ve really gotten into Once Upon a Time this season, and I squee with nerdy hipster delight at Zooey Deschanel in her show, New Girl. Netflix streaming has also proven to be a powerful friend.


Can’t. Handle. So. Much. Pretty. (source)

I guess the biggest difference between the old and, er, current me when it comes to this aspect of my lifestyle is that I am no longer willing to sacrifice other parts of my life for television. Except for the occasional episode of The Vampire Diaries following a particularly gasp-worthy cliffhanger from the week before (IT’S SO GOOD.), I would never pass up meeting a friend for dinner or going out to an event just so I could sit in and clock out in front of the TV. I even finally got a mount (a Christmas gift from my brother!) to put the TV on the wall and give myself a real desk like a real(ish) adult!

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And to use like I’m a real writer. 🙂 Of course, let’s ignore the fact that now my TV is situated perfectly in front of my bed, and focus on the desk-clearing aspect.

In grand scheme of all the changes I’ve made in my life thus far, this one is probably pretty insignificant. Maybe if I had kicked the TV bucket completely it would seem more… monumental. But I do think it’s a nice representation of all the smaller things that get affected when you make one large change. I made my health a priority, and it hasn’t meant giving up the things that I enjoy. It just means being smarter about them. I used to use TV as an excuse to not have to interact with the rest of the world, to hole up in a private place where I could wear stretchy pants all the time and nobody would mind my stomach rolls. I love living my life now. And the lingering bits of television? Well, they’re just gravy.

What is the one TV show (or two, or six) that you just can’t seem to kick?

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