On Earthquakes, Hurricanes and…Emily Henderson


Posted by Rebecca, August 26th, 2011

I think those 2 words and a name would sum up my week pretty well.

On Earthquakes:

This came first, the first one I have ever experienced. As I’ve mentioned before, it broke one of my beloved Ikea frames…

On Emily Henderson:

Then, last night came meeting Emily Henderson…

Wait, whaaat?!? Yes you read that right. And yes, that is me standing next to her since you probably wouldn’t know that otherwise because I have no pictures of myself on here. I suppose I should rewind a little, eh?

A few weeks ago, I was sent an invite to a meet and greet with Emily. The catch was, I wasn’t allowed to post about it until after it was over. Maybe the other catch was, I had never been to anything like this before I had no clue what to expect. But I figured it would be a fun way to meet people and get to talk about one of my favorite things- this blog.

So I hopped on the train into the city and headed to the restaurant solo. I was a little early (totally strange for me) so I met Emily right away. She’s one of those people that makes you entirely comfortable off the bat. Just so genuine, humble and easy to talk to. I love her so much more now. Not that I didn’t love her, but you know what I mean. What a gem, that Emily 🙂

I had no business cards, as I decided I was going to wing it and go for fun. Turns out, everyone had one and I never realized how long my blog name was until I repeated it a million times at a loud bar.  Also turns out, that no one really knew my blog which made it even harder to explain what I do at this gig. The overachiever and perfectionist in me was kicking myself for not being more prepared. It’s a flaw and a blessing all in one.

All in all, I met some really amazing bloggers, writers and people starting new businesses and I am so thankful for the experience. It was such a nice change from the norm and it was great to feel like I was there to build something I love so much and put my blood, sweat, tears and minimal spare time into. Though I wasn’t sure at times if my lil blogging self belonged there, it was a great learning experience for me to see a whole industry I’ve never been exposed to. I normally sit at a desk, doing math all day, which may explain why I’m awkward. Mike told me I should be proud of myself. Proud that I walked into a room with a bunch of people I didn’t know and managed to not get drunk before talking to anyone. So I guess I’ll be proud and quit kicking myself now 🙂

I’m off to invest in some cards that will fit www.thelilhousethatcould.com….

On Hurricanes:

On Sunday, we’re expected to get hit by Hurricane Irene. I have never experienced hurricane force winds, so now I’m getting an earthquake and a hurricane in one week! We’re planning on moving our beloved patio furniture in to protect it…

We stocked up on food and we are just hoping that none of the giant trees in the backyard find their way through the house. The perks of living in a new house? We have no power lines out front as they are all underground. The downside of living in a new house? They don’t build ’em like they used to! Let’s hope this place can withstand some strong winds. Cross your fingers for us and fellow east coasters, please stay safe. There’s a difference between being paranoid and being prepared.

I think that all explains where I’ve been this week. Okay, maybe it only explains where I was last night. Do you think it would be safe to use a nail gun during a hurricane? Just kidding… sort of… I have molding to finish and if I’m trapped in the house… 🙂

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13 Responses to “On Earthquakes, Hurricanes and…Emily Henderson”

  1. So exciting to meet Emily! Congrats on the invitation. Definitely check out vistaprint.com for your business cards. That’s where I got mine. Inexpensive and great quality!!!

  2. People have business cards for their blog. I’m, obviously, an amateur. 😛

    What a cool opportunity!! And I’m pretty sure all bloggers are akward!!

  3. Lindsay says:

    Wow! Your house is beautiful! It was so nice to meet you and I know exactly how you felt, coming from another person that didn’t know a single person in the room:)

  4. So exciting you to got to meet Emily! I also had no idea that bloggers needed business cards. I guess I should get on that?

    • Rebecca says:

      I’ve actually talked to a few people about this and now I don’t think it was that big of a deal. As long as you keep in touch (assuming you have theirs and can find their blog/twitter!), I don’t think it mattered too much! 🙂

  5. So exciting about meeting Emily Henderson!

    I don’t have business cards for my blog unless you count the Google cards I printed up at home one day.

  6. Elisa says:

    When my blog is my business THEN I’ll have business cards.. hah! Although I do second Vistaprint!

    • Rebecca says:

      Haha yes, I just commented on this above but as my husband said, you can always just look people up on Twitter via smartphone while you’re there 🙂

  7. Linda says:

    Hi Rebecca. I didn’t have cards either! Who knew? It was so nice to meet you, and I am glad you visited my blog….so I could find you. Now you are bookmarked! Your house is beautifu. Cheers!

  8. Beckie says:

    My entire motivation for making my little home-made paint chip “business cards” was so I wouldn’t have to repeat &/or spell my blog name all night long. Zero patience… 🙂 I’ll let you know when that little ditty is up! Hugs great post!

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