Friday, September 2, 2011

Up Close and Personal

You might remember that we are going to the Gary Allan concert on September 11. A few days ago, I signed up for a chance to win a Meet and Greet. I have signed up for three previous shows I went to, and have never been chosen.

From the moment I submitted this one, I had this overwhelmingly good feeling about it. I felt with how bad my past days had been, I would be thrown this amazing bone. Once I realized that, fear and anxiety set in. What was I going to wear? What if I was shaking in my boots? What if I said something stupid? All these dumb thoughts were channeling through my mind...

I'm your number one fan.

So, do you just love country music?

Hi, I like your jeans.

You complete me.

I wanna be on you.
*you know, Anchorman style*

You're awesome.

I love you.

Did you know you are at the top of my list?

I think you're cool.

Hi. {crickets}

I must have been thinking all these thoughts as I went to sleep the other night, because I had some crazy dreams. I had won the Meet and Greet, was at the concert, saw him, and thought...don't say something stupid! Don't say something stupid! And then I said it....I put my hand out (in my dream) and said, "Hi, welcome to Reno." WHAT??? Did I just say that???? I dream vividly, and in extreme detail, so it was just a weird night all the way around...

So anyway, I woke up that morning, laughed at my funny brain and all its craziness, and carried on with my day. At about noon, I sat down at the computer, and there staring me in the face was an e-mail confirmation that I had indeed been chosen for the Meet and Greet.! A perfect combination of excitement and fear set in. 

In nine days I will be face to face with one of my very favorite people on earth!! Wish me luck. Luck that I don't trip and fall off my shoes ~or~ say something completely lame ;o) What I fear most is saying all these dumb things, and neglecting to accurately articulate all the things I really want to say, like how much he means to me, what an influence he has been in dealing with his own personal tragedy and most importantly, how much his music has helped to get me through some of my darkest days.

If you are new to our site. You might just find how much I respect and admire this man here, and here, or here, or here, or here, or maybe here, or here, or here, or here, and even here, and here, and here, or here, and here, or here, and once again here, oh and here, and there, and here, and who could forget here, and here, and last but certainly not least, here


  1. That is awesome Jen no one deserves it more than you do:) I think I like the Anchorman style the best!!! Haha have a blast

  2. you crack me up!!!! Have a great time!

  3. Congratulations! Enjoy the concert and take lots of pictures at the Meet and Greet!


  4. Perfect! You deserve it and I bet all of us are smiling for you!


  5. I'm sure you'll do much better than I would. :) I occasionally had celebrity clientele in my past life...and I'd have to ignore who they were to get through the phone call. ;)

  6. Woohoo - that is such great news!! I cannot wait to hear all about it (hopefully from you and not from on the news), and see all the pics (again that you took, not the news) :^)

    Such a great gift in so many ways, based on his life, your life and the meaning surrounding that day (the triumph of the spirit through tragedy) ♥♥

    I am so so happy for you and I KNOW that you will do great - just be yourself, your charming, beautiful, warmhearted, funny, did I say beautiful, self!

  7. This is HUGE! Ok, I have been there. I know exactly what you are saying. I met my guy, Joe, by surprise when I was 14. I couldn't say a word. I couldn't even put out my hand to brush his jacket sleeve. When it was over, I wanted to pull my hair out. But I knew, I just knew that someday I would have a chance to redeem myself and I would be SOOOOO ready. It happened when I was 21 years old standing outside a radio station in Chicago. Oh yeah, I totally redeemed myself. A few years later I had the chance to meet him again. Now I pretend that we are close friends. You have got to nail this girl! No regrets, just go for it. But plan, yes, keep planning your opening, plan like there is no tomorrow! :) Good luck and godspeed my friend. This is big.
    BTW- I really don't know exactly what godspeed means, but they used it in Apollo 13, and this is just as big as space exploration, so it must fit.

  8. I am so damn happy for you!!!! FINALLY, something really good to happen! So so so so glad that you have this. And aren't you glad you got the hot tub for Rainey?

    Love you.

  9. Hmmmm..  Been there and embarrassed myself enough times to feel I can give you advice on this!!  You can do as others say and plan, plan, plan...but in my opinion, all the planning in the world won't help you if you're going to be in the presence of such awesomeness.  There's a gynormous chance that you're going to be so nervous that you forget everything you planned and you just can't get the words out!  My advice to you is to NOT plan, and just go cold turkey!  When you ARE there, all you need to do is try to remember these few things...1.  BREATHE!!! (seriously...when it's almost your turn, take some deep, calming breaths!!), 2. that he's human, 3. try to think before you speak, 4. don't say anything stupid, and 5. TRY to act natural!  If you can just manage those things, everything else will fall into place!  Hopefully HE will ask YOU questions and conversation will follow a natural path.  Once it's going and you realize how down to Earth he is and how you are the luckiest woman in the world, the things you want to tell him will come to mind and you will get to say them if the timing is right! 

    Good Luck, cuz!!  Can't wait to hear all about it!!!

    Love ya lots!!!


    P.S.  Give him a business card and let him know he can email you if he has any other questions for you! works!  He might not contact you directly (or right away), but if you made an impression, one of his people just MIGHT!

  10. I know this is a little late, but Congratulations!

    Try not to worry, in the moment you will have just the right words to day.