From My Perspective
May 20, 2011 8:20 pm
Updated: Jun. 4, 2011 5:08 pm
The weekend of May 14, 2011, found fourteen AR peeps making our way from seven different states to the beautiful home of mauigirl in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are stories to be told and--when we get together again (because we will)--to be recounted. It
is amazing how fearlessly we were willing to enter into each other's lives, for the most part unknown to each other before. It is a tribute to the honesty of the sharing we do on The Buzz! I have to tell you that the cab driver who took me to meet up with
Magnolia Blossom and LadySparkle was worried at first when he overheard me say to Magnolia on my cell, "How will you know me when you see me?" He couldn't believe I would go to meet up with someone I'd never "met" in Las Vegas! How could you ever really
explain to someone that you really did "know" these people?!
I'll skip to the chase and give you my impressions of our cast of characters, starting with the hostess but then going to alphabetical order.
Mauigirl is a most incredible friend, hostess, and cook. Her artistry is only outdone by her total generosity. Not only did she provide all the food in a most beautiful home, but the tables (rented along with chairs) were all professionally
appointed as if by a master, her little flipflop albums serving as centerpieces. You have probably seen the blogs done by Chef Luigi that prove what I have to say. Her genuine, loving personality shows through in all the photos. I thank you, mauigirl, from
the bottom of my heart!
ARElizabeth is our sweet and gentle corporate headquarter envoy. She is our Gwyneth Paltrow look-alike who has the grace of a star. She came laden with gifts from Allrecipes--orange shopping bags filled with aprons, coffee mugs, scrapers,
and bag clips. It was like Christmas in May! She took photos and interviews and spent time acknowledging each one of us individually. A gem!
Baking Nana is like the salt of the earth. The impression you get from her when you read her posts on the buzz is what you get when you meet her in person. She answered mauigirl's call for help earlier in the day (mauigirl knew exactly the
right person to ask), and she was a big help. You just know when you meet her that she is the Real Deal! You will not be surprised to learn that she brought some rolls for the Kalua Pig that we had with dinner.
Cady, xraybarb's teenaged daughter, is an intelligent young woman who is well-grounded in poise. She will be graduating this month from high school, having put four Advanced Placement tests behind her now. She was working on an essay comparing
and contrasting three Robert Frost poems in her "free" time during the weekend, and I can only imagine it was full of insight! She reminds me of Scarlett Johansson.
Candice brought with her goodies she made using Oregon hazelnuts! I was so happy to have those cookies to soak up my coffee on Sunday morning! Candice is a sweet, thoughtful person who is easy to talk to. If I lived closer to her, I'd definitely
join her book club! She is one of those people you really want as a friend!
Cathy Myers was delivered to us by her dashing husband, Randy. When Cathy enters a room, you can't help but smile as she oohs and ahhs over each and every individual (you just have to experience her presence!). She is one of those special
human beings who makes you appreciate everything around you. And Randy's sangria----well, you'll see it soon on AR!
Christine-NICU RN is Candice's daughter, a true testiment to the fact that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. She has recently joined AR, and you'll be seeing more of her as time goes on. Talk about an easy person to talk to! She
was interested in everything anyone had to say! Good job, Candice! Nice to meet you, Christine!
Cooking Up A Storm is a newbie to us, but will we ever be so happy to have her comments and expertise. She's kind of busy right now cutting and chopping as she begins her new life in Las Vegas to attend Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
Since she just moved to Vegas and got "friended" by our own mauigirl, we'll be seeing her! We'll all be better for knowing her!
Keri is our special person to acknowledge because of her upcoming plans for marriage. I think she loved the pots and pans we gave her! We all know Keri from her posts on the buzz--she has shared her life, her hopes, and her dreams for herself
and for every person and little animal. When you meet her, you will know that the person we hear from is exactly the person she is!
LadySparkle is exactly what her name says! She is a sparkle! When you meet her, you know that you have met a real person who totally envelops you with her honesty and straightforwardness. She gives from her heart--and we all have a dishcloth
personally handcrafted by her as a reminder of this! Her sense of humor and open heart will remain with you forever!
Magnolia Blossom is a gem of a person who I found to be a real adventurer! She is a person to depend on, the one to plan, the one to drive, the one to guide! When I first made my plans to visit this group, she held out her hand to me and
offered time and space for me. We made our walk around the Strip on Saturday--totally ignoring all those little "business" cards on the ground offering experiences we don't really want to talk about! :) She "lei'd" us all, too--you'll see the photos!
Mis7up has those gorgeously big eyes that almost twinkle with mischievousness! Her little Southern accent adds to that, too! And man! can she ever take good photos. If you've seen Chef Luigi's photos, you will know that really she is the
one behind that! She is always volunteering for helping someone, and never fear because she will follow through for you! I don't know how she does all that she does.
Rachel U is ARElizabeth's sister who came to help out with everything. She says she is a lurker on The Buzz, but you wish she would opt in a little more! I don't know what Elizabeth would have done without her--if only to carry in all those
AR bags for everyone! She is one of those quiet ones (an observer), and man! does she ever have good clothes! :)
Xraybarb is a rare prize of a gal! Not only is she gorgeous, but is she ever funny! She'll keep a party going forever with her wit and conversation! You will be forever happy when she is around! She brings with her that good quality of
humanity and down-to-earth honesty! Talk about wit! It's easy to see how well she's done over the years when you see her daughter, Cady.
That's it! Aren't I the lucky one to have met these fine people? When you see them on The Buzz, I hope you will know just a tad more about them. They are wonderful people, and I'm better for knowing them.
Kudos go to Trishie (we got to talk to her--she sounded like she was next door!), What's for dinner, mom?, and to Avon---they all sent special gifts to share. Be sure to read all of Chef Luigi's posts!
Thanks for letting me bend your ears for a bit! I hope I didn't leave anything out!