This day is in my top three of best days ever – and I’m not even sure what days I would list as the other two! Holy smokes it was good.
It started out pretty rocky actually – or blustery would be a better way to put it. The wind came blowing in so blustery at 3 am that it blew the top off our beehives! That is blowy! And loud. Needless to say, that woke us up and in my case kept me up. I had my last radio interview to do and had promised them some appetizers and I managed to convince myself the power would be going out any minute. So, by 5, I was up and baking! And by 6:15 I was on the road to Bellevue for my 7:45 appointment. And by 7, having made record-breaking good time getting to Bellevue, I was at Starbucks having a skinny vanilla latte waiting to arrive at a respectable time for my 7:45 appointment.
But what fun I had. It was all worth the hassle and lack of sleep. Rochelle and Pam of Chat with Women were welcoming and supportive and great talkers! I met two of my own kind! What a great job they have. I got to chat away with them for like 15 minutes or so and they even invited me back – win or lose – after the Bake-Off to talk about how the whole experience went. If you haven’t checked out their show yet you really should. It’s just a nice morning gab fest about a wide variety of interesting topics.
At work, the fun continued as you can see from tonight’s photos! My work group made me a fabulous good luck banner and painted me a very stylin’ good luck apron. Don’t I wear it well? : ) And for lunch we had a Pillsbury Potluck with everyone bringing something from the Bake-Off which was great. So many fabulous entries! We tried lasagna cups, pesto wheels, caprese appetizers, asian salad and tropical pizza. And my pecan sweet potato appetizers of course. Everything was delicious – I can’t even imagine being a judge!
Then, maybe the best thing of all, after lunch, Oprah’s producer called me!!!! Woo-hoo! That’s almost bigger then when Pillsbury called me. And, even more fun, it turns out that Oprah’s producer, Scott Rondeau, is from Everett! C’mon, that has to be a sign that I’m destined for that show. : ) He was great and I had a blast talking with him – just a very nice, regular sort of from-Everett guy. Went to Cascade High School and still calls Ivars, Taylors – that’s definitely a local. He had a list of questions just to get some background on everyone so the show has some info no matter who gets selected. Me! Pick me! I want to go!!! : ) No matter what though it’s likely I’ll get to meet him since he says he’ll be spending some time in Orlando. I’m looking forward to it.
So, wow. I mean what can you say but that? Every day lately I think, “well that couldn’t get better” and then well, it does. In the morning we leave for Orlando bright and early for what is sure to be a memory-filled weekend. Win or lose on Monday, I want to be sure you all know how much I appreciate all of your unwavering support. I am such a lucky person. Everyone should have the family and friends and support team that I do.