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Goodbye 2012


2012 started as uneventful as any other year.  In February my niece and I started talking about going on a trip. At first we thought about going to Atlanta to see the set of The Vampire Diaries but that was going to be a little too expensive. So then we started talking about going to Comic-Con International in San Diego. Just a short 6 hour drive away. No problem. I said cool lets do it.  From February on our lives were all about Road Trip 2012 and what a road trip it was.



Our first stop when we arrived in San Diego was at the convention center and of course we had to take our pictures with the sign. Who wouldn’t?



Then we drove up to hotel circle and picked up our badges a day early. These are the epic bags you get for free. I think she traded for her Hobbit bag (I can’t remember). I got VERY lucky and got a TVD bag . You don’t get to pick what bag you get. They don’t even show you the front of it when they hand it to you and there are a dozen different bags so I was lucky to get the only bag I wanted.  Ok I would have settled for a Supernatural bag.

The next day started bright and early. We got in the Hall H line at 6am to see the cast of Twilight at 11am. Some people find it a little crazy to get up at the crack of dawn to sit in a line half the day but until you’ve done it and experienced it you will never understand just how much fun it actually is. We met so many cool people and lets face it we’re all a bunch of geeks there for the same reason. Not to mention the fact that if you aren’t in that line by at least 8am you won’t get into the hall.



Hall H line palls.

Here are some other pics from our trip



Saturday at SDCC was freeking AMAZING! We didn’t have badges for Saturday but I’d found out (on Twitter) that the Extra TV show was setting up a stage right near the convention center and was having celebrity panel interviews every day of the convention. It took forever to find out what day which stars would be interviewed. So we got to the Extra TV stage at 7am, we were determined to be in the front row…and we were. Although we sat there all day, it was a lot of fun. We met some really nice people. Talked to the really cool security guards and met the stars from the Extra TV show.  We also watched actor Kevin Bacon’s brother Michael do sound checks with their band.



Also at the Extra TV stage



Sunday was another super early day. We were in the Hall H line at 4am. We had several panels we were going to see that day and once again met some great people.




After Comic-Con I didn’t expect much to happen for the rest of the year.

I’d been a financial supporter of ISF, Ian Somerhalder Foundation, for a while, then I got involved in supporting this amazing little company called Built Of Barnwood. Owned by Ian and his brother.



check them out

I got involved in this little group called the BOBArmy. We are a small group who all work together to support and promote this little company and it’s owners. I’ve made some amazing and lifelong friends. One of my co-volunteers/best friends/sisters and I started a blog for the company which became the only official blog for the company. We’ve done a few fundraisers as well. It’s a labor of love. We love our Somerhalders and we love each other.

Other things that happened in 2012…


Weight loss. I started in February at 265lbs in a size 26/28. Now at the end of December and the end of the year I am down to 188lbs and in a size 18.  33 more to go til my goal. The only problem with losing weight is that it sucks for the pocket book, however, buying new clothes is fun.

So that’s about it. On to 2013


A Blast From The Past


I was 12 years old when I was in 8th grade and I had this teacher for 3 hours ever day. Her name was Ms. Haley. I remember at the end of 7th grade all of the 8th graders saying “I hope you don’t get Haley for basic ed”. Well I got Haley for basic ed. I was scared to death. All I’d heard were horror stories about this teacher. Let me tell ya, they were all true. She was the toughest teacher I’d had in all of my years of school. I spent 9 months of my life scared to death of this woman. Seating charts changed weekly and there was always one seat left open right in front of her for the person who was caught cheating or talking during a test or who she just thought was doing something wrong. She assigned book reports with an approved book list and she knew whether or not you actually read the book or if you used cliffs notes. If you used Cliffs Notes you failed the assignment. She had these sayings like “You’ll never make it on the Mount if you continue to buck the system”. Our high school was Mt. Carmel. Hence ‘the Mount”.

Why am I giving this short background on this very difficult teacher? Read on my friends, read on.

Several years after not only leaving Ms. Haley’s classroom, graduating high school and moving out of the state I was working in Tucson. One day I’m minding my own business and who happens to walk into the store I was working in? Yep you guessed it, Ms. Haley. I freaked out! Ok not really, but I made my co-worker wait on her. I didn’t see her again after that until 4-5 summers ago. Still in Arizona but in a different town, working in a completely different store. So now I see her every summer. I’ve been able to avoid contact until this last summer when I was at work alone.  She came to my register and asked me a question about a discount and said she was from California blah blah blah. So I just had to say it. I told her I knew exactly who she was and where she was from because I was in her 8th grade basic ed class in 1983/84.  Well I think the poor thing about had a heart attack.

So having seen this woman several summers in a row I had began to wonder why on earth she was stalking me through Arizona. She wasn’t really stalking me, but it felt like it. So a couple days after I talked to her at my register one of my regular customers comes to my register and after paying he says “So I heard you ran into an old school teacher the other day” I said “yeah I did..wait how did you know?” He says, “She’s my sister in law” well that explained EVERYTHING! So he and I talked for a little bit about my experience in 8th grade.

My point is..Sometimes teachers come into our lives and they make such an impression on us that they stay with us through our whole lives. I realized a long time ago that, although tough, Ms. Haley was the best teacher I’d ever had.