Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hello, Ruby Friday...

Yes - it's true... Friday, April 23rd, 2010 was officially RubyTown, USA day in my hometown! She arrived the day before and had a full day scheduled on Friday!

Ruby Gettinger has her own reality TV show on the Style Network and if you have not yet watched it, you are missing out! The idea was hers in the beginning and so she got a camera, and had her friends Jeff and Georgia follow her around in hopes of making a documentary of her weight loss and journey to healing. Somehow Style heard about it and approached her to turn it into a reality TV! Yakima, WA won the online contest to have Ruby come to town and give a sneak peak of her Season Finale which will air on Style on May 2nd! When she started out, Ruby weighed 716lbs... to date she has lost over 400lbs - doing it the hard way... eating right, and exercise!

She is so inspirational and charming... with her southern drawl and the love that spills out of her you can't help but fall for her! She's adorable and we were so 'e'cited' to see her! She made us all oh so 'hacky'!

Soooo... Friday morning I headed out to North Town Coffeehouse and waited for her arrival! Yes, I know - the sacrifices I make so I have a life to blog about for you - the people! So - I got my red leaf cran-apple iced tea and scored a nice chair... and called my friend to let her know I was there and waiting. Before I know it, my friend is calling me from outside the building and she is saying to come out - they are talking with Ruby... so much for getting there early and scoring a chair?! So - I go out and actually manage to get a few minutes 'alone' with her! God is good...

Here she is - with Foxy (of course!) and her nephew Jim (and a Style Network rep):
So Lana, Shana, and I got to visit with her, hug on her, and tell her our stories...

She's such a hugger!

Me, Ruby, & Foxy!

Tellin' her my story...
(80lb loss & then a YEAR long plateau-
& how she inspires me to keep going!)

(Another hug comin' on! Yay me!)

(this is her 'new boyfriend'! LOL!)
...then she was ready to head inside -
but first, she had to film an intro for her show...

After we saw her at North Town, we all headed over to The Lunch Box and grabbed a quick bite then walked over to Gilbert Cellars to see if she was still there. She was - but mostly everyone else had cleared out so we hung out for a bit there and then split up for a few hours.

I reconnected with Shana, Lana, and Grandma (...their friend Ruby Sue showed up as well while we were waiting in line) at The Majestic, where they were giving a Sneak Peak of the Season Finale! I am a fairly new fan - only catching the last several episodes, and catching up via YouTube & Hulu over the past couple of months but there were people there who had literally been with her throughout her entire journey! I won't say anything about the finale other than it will not disappoint!

She is so stunning in person... her charm and joy and the love of God just exude from her and she literally stayed to hug every neck and chat with every person there! She asks questions, and really listens and hears... she does not take this international platform lightly - she knows that this is so much bigger than her!

One of my friends Lana had a pretty funky zipper necklace on and Ruby just loved it... well - the Lord told Lana to go buy her one - so while we split up - the girls all headed OUT of TOWN to buy it and were able to give it to her after the show when we all went to chat with her. She was so blessed - and I am SURE she will be wearing it soon!

Shana had the great idea of giving her an autographed bottle of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter butter spray, too! LOL! She loved that... it just cracked her up!

We said our goodbyes feeling sorry for her because the theater still had a ton of people waiting and we headed out! We decided we NEEDED food so we all went over to Applebee's and ordered a late dinner. We get our food and are almost done eating when who walks in? Ruby! LOL! She came right up to us and started chatting like we were old friends... we joked that she'd have to stop stalking us... every where we went today - there she was! It was sort of freakin' me out a little! LOL! She was like, "Ya'll gotta come to Georgia - we'd have SOOoooo much fun!" Oh... we would!

So - a few behind the scenes things...

We talked with her about Denny... oh we talked to her! LOL! She knows... she completely knows how he is and she gets him... she will always love him and he will always be a part of her life!

She kept joking about her new boyfriend... some local Yakima guy who was hanging around... every time she would say it he would blush a bit! She whispered to me that she was just jokin' - "but look at how cute he gets when I say it..." He told her he was taking off at North Town and she was like, "Now how can this be a date, if ya'll keep leavin'?" Too cute!

Jim was AWESOME... he was the keeper of Foxy and E! recorder among many many other things! He was great to have there!

She told us how the whole thing even got started (which I mentioned above) and she is seriously aware that this is a God thing! She knows it is helping people to change their lives - including herself! She is amazing...

The 'crew' with her all had to wear "Team Ruby" T-shirts at the theater, and apparently the one she calls "Bossy" was a little grumpy about it! LOL! She never did introduce him with a name - just, "Oh this is Bossy... he's SOooo bossy, ya'll!? Do you see how bossy he's bein'?" When she mentioned he didn't like his shirt - we decided it would be a great idea to have her sign it, then we'd all bid on it, and he could take it off! LOL!? (Hey - it was a brilliant idea!?) Ruby LOVED the idea... but Bossy was not goin' for it... unless he got the money - but that just made it seem dirty somehow?!

Lastly - what struck me most is how genuine she is... she is so transparent, and really - that is what makes her show work! The only things we don't know are the things SHE doesn't know... and she is on a journey to learn the truth. I know from the people lined up to greet her and the stories I heard yesterday - there are many on their own journey to truth - and Ruby is helping to pave the way!

Here are a few more pix of the night! Enjoy!

Ruby's Arrival at The Majestic

Talkin to a packed house!

Me & Ruby - we're both so hacky!

My friend Shana & Ruby

Ruby Sue (from NC) & Ruby (from GA)...

Lana & Ruby
(see Lana's necklace!? She bought one just like it for Ruby
because Ruby thought it was so Sexy! LOL!)

In the right corner there... yeah, that is "Bossy"!

Here she is with her 'favoritist' autographed bottle of butter spray! LOL!

Scrap Hacky, Ya'll!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wedded Bliss and a Return to Routine...

Hey there... it seems I have fallen out of the Blog Update habit!? Sorry about that! I guess I have really not been crafting too much and so I haven't really had a lot to share here so I just keep pushing it down the list of things to do!

The only 'crafts' I have done lately are the two cards I made for this month for birthdays...

Still... I did want to check in and let you all know I am still here. After my Dental emergency I was just getting back on track with workouts and eating right when I injured one of my knees while running. It was nothing major - but it did cause me to be sidelined from cardio for several days all together. Last week I slowly added about 3 workouts of low impact aerobics and some elliptical work outs. This week I am on track to fit in some longer walks outside, tackling some hills too. I went out yesterday and it was so sunny and nice - it was hard NOT to run - but I stuck with my program and just walked! I was out for over an hour and came home with no knee pain at all, so that was encouraging! I need to head out today too - but I am trying to wait out the rain... it looks like I may just need to put on a hat and jacket and brave the wet anyway!

Last weekend, on the tail end of my restricted workout week - I was out of town for a family wedding where I had little to no control of my food choices. We were actually staying with the bride and groom and her parents graciously provided food all weekend long! It was my nephews' wedding and we LOVE his Bride and her family. They are vegetarians and actually the food choices were not too bad - other than those blasted Costco Poppyseed muffins for breakfast... and, of course, the Wedding cake!? We also got to go to Sweet Tomatoes for the Rehearsal Dinner. OH MY!? I had never been to one and I fell in love! However, just because it is a Salad Buffet doesn't mean it is all healthy! I think I did pretty good though... in fact, the one dish that I fell IN LOVE with, I found the recipe for online and revamped it to be a bit more SparkFriendly... I made it last night and uh-oh if it isn't delish AND EASY!? Rats?! Here it is:

Summer Lemon Tossed Salad with Spiced Pecans
Oh yeah... YUM!!!

The Wedding itself was easily one of -if not THE- most beautiful wedding I have gone to! From the colors (purple - shocker!) to the venue (Lakeside Gardens, in Portland, OR) to the Bride and Groom, the music* and ceremony to the reception and toasts... perfect! Oh - the '*' by the music - yeah... the Bride's Father was not only walking her down the aisle - but also officiating the ceremony and he just thought - "Hey - why not sing too? ...and if I am gonna sing - why not sing "Butterfly Kisses" to my daughter on her wedding day while staring at her at the altar!" Sure... why not?! Wow... powerful! I mean - I used to cry to that song when it was on the radio back when MY daughter was only 3 or 4... Tara - the bride, was in tears before she ever made it to the end of the aisle and onto the arm of her Groom. Then, her Daddy started singing Butterfly Kisses to her. WE were all a mess - not a dry eye in the venue... he made it to the third verse (you know - the part where it says, "She'll change her name today. She'll make a promise and I'll give her away...") before his voice cracked and wavered a bit! The whole ceremony was great... enough laughter and jokes mixed in with Scripture, prayer, and sentiment! Here are a couple of shots from the day:

We came home via White Pass so we could stop and see the Tulip Fields - but somehow they were - um - missing? I'm not sure if we missed them all together or what - but at least the show garden was still in bloom and open...

So - we came home and I weighed in... after my dental issue (which I am still needing to get that crown on sometime soon!) I weighed in at 173... then went up to 175... then went to the wedding and came home and weighed in at 179... those dreaded numbers in the range of that plateau!? Ugh!? However, I weighed in yesterday and am back down to 175... so I am feeling back on track... ready to add back some cardio and track my foods and power my way through to get back to a losing streak!

My Tennis girl is still undefeated so far! She played a GREAT match yesterday - it was a rematch of sorts! Her first ever competitive game was played against this girl at the Tennis Club tourney... that match was a 3+ hour match... they were so evenly matched that they would play Ad in and Ad out back forth forever... and get to tie breakers at the end of each set! Kayelyn lost that one in the third... however, yesterday she won in two straight sets. There was a tie breaker at the end of hte first set - so it was not a blow out at all... but it was great to see her overcome! She has another match today against one of the major local rivals... and then an all day match on Saturday! I need to head out for a walk this morning - in the rain, apparently! Just hoping and praying that the rain passes so it won't interfere with the match this afternoon!

Once again - I am ready for change! Bring it on!!!