My Awesomely Random Life (and Everything in Between)

Hey guys!

I hope you all had a splendiferous holiday weekend!

Mine began bright and early Saturday morning when I flew my way down and over to Georgia. Technically, I rode while the pilot flew, but you get the idea. My mom came and picked me up from the airport and we booked ourselves (pun intended) to the Decatur Book Festival.

And then this happened.

Oh my goodness gracious, this happened.

I attended the book talk/signing of Emily Giffin’s newest book, The One and Only and it was all of the awesome. Not only did she talk about her book and those previous, but she talked about what it really is like to be a writer, to become a writer. At moments, it felt like she was speaking directly to me, offering sage advice on how to not give up, to keep trying, writing and creating. One of the biggest reasons why I love Emily Giffin so much, besides her writing prowess, is because she is so honest, so humble, and so funny!

And then this happened.

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I. Die.

I had a total fangirl moment (I seriously thought I was going to start hyperventilating right then and there) when I got to meet her!!!! We got to chat a bit (we’re, like, total BFF’s now); I told her that I recently published my first book and how much of an inspiration she was for me before, during and after that long and sometimes frustrating (but very rewarding and amazing) process. She even plugged my book to the audience and told me how much I should be proud of myself. And then we hugged.

I hugged Emily Giffin!

And she smelled like daisies and freshly-baked chocolate-chip cookies and a Hawaiian sunrise.

I’m telling you.

Total fangirled out.

If that wasn’t enough to brag about this weekend, the next day the fam and I took a three-hour tour canoe trip on Lake Alatoona. I can’t remember the last time I was in a canoe (I’m more of a kayak fan (atic)) so I was bit rusty to say the least, especially when it came to steering the darn thing. But after a while, I got into a kind of groove and by the end of the trip, I was the master of disaster.

Which, thankfully we didn’t have any of (except for the fact that we didn’t pack nearly enough potato chips for the ride).

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My sister Lindsay and I post-canoeing doing our best Miley Cyrus impressions.

Monday I drove up to Layfeyette, GA to meet up with one of my best friends from college to do some epic rock climbing and adventuring. My friend Alex is part monkey so he naturally took to the rocks like stink on poo, but I surprised myself with how much monkeydom I had in me as well. It was an absolute blast and even though my arms are still feeling the effects of the past couple of days, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Great friends, great conversation, and great laughs. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

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Tornadoes? HA! We laugh in the face of tornadoes! Actually, we climb them.

So I’ve got some potentially big news.

Or at least I am hoping it will be potentially big news.

Yesterday I had a second interview for a library position at a private school here in the Denver area and it went really, really well. So well in fact, that they called me not an hour after I was done to invite me in for a final, four-hour in-person interview on the campus.

Tomorrow morning.

I KNOW!!!!

I get to tour the campus, meet with the rest of the library staff, speak with the school principal and they are even treating me to lunch.

I KNOW!!!!

I’m super nervous but super excited at the same time.

It sounds like such an incredible opportunity, something I have been dreaming about since, well, since I can remember actually. To be able to work with kids, to inspire them to become readers and life-long learners, doers and thinkers? To be surrounded by books everday? To be a part of something bigger than myself, to make a difference and to positively impact the lives of these students?

Well that, my dear friends, is what I call a dream come true.

And I am hoping that that dream starts tomorrow.

Wish me luck!!

 

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Comments on: "Fangirl Moment, Canoes and Nervous Nelly" (10)

  1. This post is filled with a bunch of awesome! That’s so cool you got to meet Emily Giffin. She sounds really sweet. I love her book, Love the One You’re With.

    That is such good news about the possible position. Them wanting you to come in for a four hour interview is a very good sign. Good luck!

    • I LOVED that one too!! I actually had Emily sign my copy of Love the One You’re With. I have all of her books, but only three of them are in book form (the other four are on my Nook).

      And thank you!!! I’m a ball of nerves lol. But I think you’re right; I’ve never been on an interview that long before which is a good indication they are interested.

      I hope 😉

      Will definitely let you know what happens!!!

      • Yep, the four hour thing is such a good sign. I’m sure they are busy and wouldn’t waste that much time on someone they weren’t interested in. Definitely let me know how it goes. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you! 🙂

      • That’s what I was thinking too, but I didn’t want to get too excited haha. I will for surely let you know how it goes! And thanks so much for keeping your fingers crossed for me. I can use all the help and luck and prayers I can get. Ahhhh!

  2. Courtney Taylor said:

    It was soo good to see you Wen! I miss having you here! I am soo totally hoping you get this library position. I was telling Lindsay it sounds like the most perfect job for you! I can’t wait to hear all about the interview so don’t forget to keep me posted! I love you and I’m soo happy/proud of you and all the amazing things your doing out there! Keep it up! ♡♡

    • Awwweee Courtney!!! You are seriously going to make me cry! Thanks so much, girl! I can’t tell you how good it was to see you this weekend! I miss you oh so much! You seriously have to come out here and visit me ASAP! Think of all the trouble and high-jinx we can get into 😉

      I’m so flipping nervous about my interview tomorrow! It really does sound like the most perfect position for me. I will for surely let you know how it goes and when or if I hear anything (I’m hoping they tell me right after the interview one way or another). Love you mucho, hun and am so proud of you! Have an absolute blast on your trip and we’ll talk tomorrow babe! ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Hope the interview went well – I think you’ll have had it by now as I’m sending my best wishes from the UK and I’m easily confused by time zones!

    • Thanks so much, girl! The interview went amazing!! The school was awesome and the library staff was really supportive and friendly. I instantly fell in love and could definitely see myself as one of the librarians there. I still haven’t heard anything back yet (I’m on pins and needles!!) but hopefully today!! 🙂

  4. Lots of good stuff here!
    Hope all went well with the interview.

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