I LOVE when I get together with the #NorthIowaBloggers! Everytime we get together, attend a function, or plan something it’s always a different conglomeration of people and it’s always a good time! This past Monday was no different. Thanks to Val of Corn, Beans, Pigs, & Kids (even though she ended up not being able to make it) a group of us gathered at the Mason City, Iowa Applebee’s location for a #BeesMeetup. We warned Applebees via social media that we were coming for them and boy were they ready for us. They were ready not only on their social media platforms, but also the staff at the restaurant was ready for us! Thankfully (not sure if it was for us or them) we had an inside hook-up with Loni of Lifestyles of the Pantsless. Loni is a part-time waitress at Applebees and
warned prepped the staff for our arrival. The manager of the Mason City location was also kind enough to treat us to 9
The bloggers doing what they do best…being on our phones! Photo Credit to the Applbees hostess!
different types of appetizers from their menu! (Yes, there is only a few more and by ordering we ended up tasting every single one of them!) The staff was attentive, efficient, courteous, and very tolerable of our group with our chit chat, Tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming, and requests for pictures!
8 months ago I attended my first North Iowa Blogger get-together. It was a chip tasting party for Lay’s Do Us A Flavor challenge and met this amazing group of woman. (Read about that experience HERE) Last week we got together for a Pizza Taste Off party! It all started with Beth Ann of It’s Just Life mentioning that she had never had Casey’s General Store’s pizza. Between Twitter and our thoughts…well, the rest is now history!
Disclosure: I’m sorry this is a bit delayed getting going, but as you read on, I think you will understand why.
Before stepping into this month’s Cause, let’s recap February! February was Library Lover’s Month. As I’ve gotten to know more about the Sheffield Public Library I was excited to show my appreciation for libraries in general, but especially to the ladies at this library for (what I think) is a fantastic job they do with their programming considering the size of their library and town! I’m happy to report that due to your commenting, I have presented the library with a check for $23.00 (50 cents for each comment made). They will be using this to go towards their Summer Reading Program!
Presenting library director Jill, her check!
This month, my cause is the Amy Elizabeth Hild Memorial Fund and to be honest, I can’t believe I’m typing that! On February 25th, the fellow #NorthIowaBlogger was killed in a tragic car accident. She is greatly missed, but was such an amazing person that a Memorial Fund has been set up in her memory to do amazing things with. (You can read more about her HERE) For every comment that is made on my blog this month, I will donate 50 cents to the Amy’s Memorial Fund. So, please comment like you’ve never commented before!
Amy Elizabeth Hild, 1987-2015
On a day such as this a lot of thoughts go through my head and while the following post doesn’t have a strong theme or story, it is what is in my head and my heart today.
9AM – I’m supposed to be working today. I mean I’m at work and trying to be productive, but I’m not being very successful at it. My heart hurts, my heal is full of thoughts and feels like it’s full of cotton balls. My eyes actually hurt just looking at the computer screen. Yesterday, the #NorthIowaBloggers and many others lost a good friend. Amy of Modern Rural Living epitomized positivity, happiness, and living life to the fullest. Amy’s life was cut short as the result of a tragic car accident yesterday. I don’t even know where to go with this post after writing that. My fingers seem frozen over the keyboard. As hard as I try to focus, it isn’t happening or at least not coming easy. As I told fellow #NorthIowaBlogger, Beth Ann, this morning…being an adult sucks sometimes. Dealing with adult issues and then having to do the “adult thing”, which for me is coming to work this morning when all I really want to do is curl up in my jammies and be sad and cry and sleep.
Last week were great questions from Cee of Cee’s Photography and this week doesn’t disappoint either!
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? This is so hard! I wouldn’t even know where to begin to decide who, but I do know that I would want it to be someone out of the ordinary…a war vet, someone who survived the Holocaust….something like that!