Thank you Phyllo.com and Athens Foods for your products that inspired my Itty Bitty Brown Betty!
What a week it has been.
My friend Dawn said something to me today that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
She said, “Shauna, I wish I could show you to your ten-year-old self”.
She was telling me that ten year old girl would be pretty proud. How cool is that to hear from someone who’s known you all your life?
She and Chad both told me that there’s a reason I’ve had to go through tough things in my life. Those things have made me a fighter. I’m not just determined, I’m hell bent, and I walk through most of my days that way. I’ve always been a big dreamer. To see some of those dreams come to fruition this week makes me want to work all the harder.
It all started last Saturday when I was putting the final touches on my Halloween party (which I realize I have yet to post about). I was just about to begin the frenzy of attempting to get all the food out of the oven and onto the table in one piece for my guests, when I heard my phone vibrate against the top of the microwave.
I picked it up to see that someone from New York, New York was calling me. I answered to a lovely lady who told me she was from NBC.
You know THE one!
I made all kinds of karate chops in the air and put my finger violently to my lips to tell everyone to be QUIET. I tried to mouth the words, “The Today Show”, but they just stared at me like I was nuts, so I ran upstairs and locked myself in Mason’s room so I could attempt to hear what they were telling me.
I actually won one of the final three spots in Joy Bauer’s Too Good to Be Healthy Competition and they were flying me to the Big Apple on Tuesday to show off my Itty Bitty Brown Betty! I think I literally died in that moment and came back to life.
The Betty also won the monthly contest on Phyllo.com.
Thank you again Athens Foods, your products are amazing…wait until you see what I made with your phyllo sheets this week!
Let’s just say I had an absolute blast in New York. I was flown in on a lovely not-to-be-taken-for-granted, non-stop flight. I was put up in the gorgeous Club Quarters Hotel right on 51st Street in Manhattan across from the Radio City Music Hall. Here is the view from the hotel lobby door.
Excuse the crummy photo, it was getting dark and all I had was the i phone. I just had to try and capture a little bit of the excitement.
I was literally a half a block from Rockefeller center and the NBC studio.
I sat on 5th Avenue last Tuesday night in the unseasonably balmy October night and just watched people-took it all in. What a beautiful city. I had some Halal food from a street cart and headed back to my hotel to work on the blog and prepare for the next day.
As I sat in the green room at NBC Studios Wednesday morning, I felt a woman brush by my knees. I looked up and she smiled at me. Such a pretty lady…wait…THAT WAS PAULA ABDUL. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I was just in the same room with Paula Abdul. Straight up, I’m telling you
It’s a funny thing to go on live TV. It’s kind of an out of body experience. You sit on a director’s style chair in front of one of those big mirrors with all the lights around it and they buff you up. They give you the run down in about three minutes, tell you that you’re going to be fabulous, and push you right on out there like you know what in the heck you are doing. It is terrifying. But then something takes over and you kind of float through it and you’re done.
I was actually INSIDE the Today Show studio looking out at those screaming crowds of people. It was unreal.
I can’t believe that I met Willie Geist and Tamron Hall in person. Let me tell you, they are beautiful people and so nice. Joy Bauer was amazing. She treated us like gold. After the segment, she wouldn’t let us leave until we got our picture with her even though we had to try about five different rooms to find one empty. It was good to know there are really nice celebrities out there.
I floated home on a cloud.
You know, there is something that happens when you are doing things that you love in your life, when you’re having fun, when you make room to do what is important and you find bits of success on the way. You become bold. Ballsy. Daring.
In that 24 hours in New York I made up my mind, like I do everyday with this blog, to make it all I can make it. I emailed a local TV show called Good Things Utah and let them know why I’d be an amazing guest.
And guess what?
This morning I appeared on the show to talk about the success I’ve had with cooking contests and to give some blogging tips. It was so wonderful to be able to share something I love with the community I live in. I have watched that show forever, so to be able to be there was a real treat. Thanks so much for having me Good Things Utah!
I had such a great time and was again treated like gold. The hosts, producers, and crew were true professionals and again, gorgeous people. These TV people are just flawless, yet so down to earth. I just loved the experience.
When I look back at the last week, I no longer wonder why I am almost too exhausted to write this post. I threw a Halloween party, I’ve been to New York and back, appeared on the Today Show ,worked a full time job, cooked five dishes yesterday for cooking contests and the blog, cleaned my house, and prepped and appeared on Good Things Utah. What a whirlwind, and complaining, I’m not. Who wouldn’t want such an adventure?
I am so blessed and thankful for the opportunities I’ve had and whatever happens, I’m so smitten with the experiences that blogging and doing what I love to do has brought me.
Thanks to those that support Have Yourself A Time.
It means the world to me.