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20 August 2012

Meeting Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder

We didn't even know his plane had turned around until he posted it on twitter. The next couple of hours were shot - and we had NO idea when Ian would be arriving.

But Paul got there right on time, and the show went on :)

I was stationed in photo ops for the weekend, so unfortunately, I can't tell you much about what went on in the auditorium. But I bet you've heard all the stories and updates already anyway, right? ;)

The lines were crazy that day. People would start lining up an hour ahead of schedule - I remember someone lined up two hours early for the Ian solo photo ops. Me? As soon as the line inside the room started to dwindle down to about 5,  I'd swing out of my blazer, pull off my volunteer badge and grab my photo op ticket. My turn would be up in seconds.

My first time at a fan convention, everyone would figure out ahead of time what they wanted to say to them. Questions they wanted to ask. How to pose with them ;) Nowadays, I barely have time to think about it. So after this pic, I simply turned back to Paul to thank him for coming out. And...

w/ Paul Wesley ~ 2012 Vampire Diaries Convention ~ San Francisco, CA
w/ Paul Wesley ~ 2012 Vampire Diaries Convention ~ San Francisco, CA

He took my outstretched hand, held it to his chest and covered it with his own. He looked at me and said, "No. Thank YOU for coming out and being here. It really means a lot to me that..."

That did it for me. I couldn't even tell you the rest of what he said. That piercing eye contact of his? That sweet, sincere, intense look on his face? I kinda forgot there were other people in the room. I also kinda forgot to close my mouth. I wasn't gaping or anything, just that slight surprising comment or gesture (or both!) that makes you go, "Oh!"

But still. Pick up your jaw already, girl! Hawt damn. Ladies, all together now. *happy sigh*


The Paul and Ian sammich photo was next. I thought about getting that one, but part of me felt like I'd be killing two birds with one stone and this definitely classified as an event I didn't want to multi-task in. I like having my 10-seconds of one-on-one time with them, and call me selfish, but I didn't want to split it between the two of them.

Ian, Ian, Ian... line was forever, it wrapped through the meeting hallway, down the lobby and around to the other side of the hotel. It took 3 of us to get everyone's ticket's scanned and I still found myself running back to the photo ops room so I could be in place before we got things started.

Again, same drill as before. Line down, jacket, badge, ticket. Quick flick with the hair, hurry girl - no time. Walking up... did I really just say, "Nice to meet you?" Ignoring my outstretched hand, he pulls me in for a hug, making me shake my head and laugh out loud at myself.

I knew he'd gone through hell to get to the convention. That he hadn't slept. That he was probably butt-tired, but didn't show it at all throughout the day. So after Chris (the photographer) snapped our pic, I turned to him just to thank him and tell him how glad we were that he was able to make it in.

w/ Ian Somerhalder ~ 2012 Vampire Diaries Convention ~ San Francisco, CA
w/ Ian Somerhalder ~ 2012 Vampire Diaries Convention ~ San Francisco, CA

Now I'm walking away, heading back to the table to get back to work. I'm cool as a cucumber but my insides are screaming, "OMG. Talk about a high. OMG."

I almost didn't hear Ian calling after me. You know, like you think you hear someone calling you, hollering at you, but you're not quite sure?

He was saying, "Me, too. You just... made my day."

Mind you, my back was still turned. He's supposed to be taking his photo op with the next volunteer, except he's still watching me walk away, talking to me, and my dumbass didn't even realize it.

Except when I heard his words, I was still a little bit (a little bit, HA!) on cloud 9. Remember? So in reality, it felt like someone was reading my mind. Astonished, I quickly turned around to say, "I know, right?!" As if I were talking to one of my girlfriends!

But wait - what did Ian say?? That can't be right. I got out "I-" before I caught myself. Then I cocked my head to the side with a question on my face. And Ian answers with a mysterious half grin, half smirk.

Couldn't I have answered back with a cool, mysterious look myself? Or a knowing laugh?

Noooooo. I turned around and went back to work, glad to have something to keep me busy. I'm just thankful that I didn't say out loud to him, "I know, right?!" in response. Jeez-Louise. Get it together, girl. LOL


I was having a fabulous time. And even though I'd just met frickin' Ian Somerhalder AND Paul Wesley, the fun wasn't over yet ;) We still have the rest of the #TVDsf cast, so be sure to stay tuned!

Have you had a chance to meet either of them yet? Would love to hear how it went! I'd heard that when Ian was in the Philippines, he said, "Mahal ko kayo!" to everyone at the Mall of Asia. Dang, Ian. Mahal namin kayo!!

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12 August 2012

Why Echofon is almost perfect. Almost.

Still waiting to receive my photo ops from the TVDcon in San Francisco. I'm told they'll be arriving shortly!!

So while I've been waiting, I've been testing out different twitter apps. Trying to find out which one I like best. In hopes of seeing some new updates *cough* and finding out if you guys have any suggestions, here's what I'm looking for. Holla at me, please - I'm all ears!!

Clean, user-friendly interface. Mute options. Save to Pocket feature. Photo viewer within timeline. Push notifications. Easy access to replies, DMs, lists, trends and saved searches.

I have tested about a dozen different twitter apps and keep coming back to Echofon. But why test the other apps if I'm so happy with this one?

Streamlined multiple accounts.

I want to be able to post to both my twitter accounts - and facebook - simultaneously. I want my timeline to include tweets from all the users I follow from both of my accounts. I want my replies to include responses from both accounts. I want my DMs to include messages from both accounts.

Without having to switch back and forth.

And when I want to respond to to someone else's tweet, I want Echofon to automatically pick the account following that user, and have it automatically select which of my accounts the tweet will come from, while still giving me the option to post from my other twitter account as well.

I want, I want, I want, lol! I know I sound like a brat, but hell - I figure, how will they know what we want if we don't tell them?

I would gladly pay the $5 if Echofon Pro offered all of the above. But sadly, it doesn't look like it's there yet. *sniff, sniff*

In the meantime, I'll keep both Echofon and TweetDeck on my iPhone and wait to see if my wishes come true.

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08 August 2012

Breaking Dawn Convention Photo Ops

Hold up, wait a minute...  ♫

I was just scrolling thru, realized, I didn't even get a chance to tell you about the Breaking Dawn convention last November! But we all know pictures can say a whole lot more, right? Take a looksie, knowing I've saved my favorite for last :D

w/ Charlie Bewley ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention
w/ Charlie Bewley ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention

w/ Mia Maestro ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention
w/ Mia Maestro ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention

w/ BooBoo Stewart ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention
w/ BooBoo Stewart ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention

w/ Christian Camargo ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention
w/ Christian Camargo ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention

w/ Daniel Cudmore ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention
w/ Daniel Cudmore ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention

  Brrr! Warming up in the photo ops room w/ Charlie Bewley! 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention
Brrr! Warming up in the photo ops room w/ Charlie Bewley! 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention
Creation Volunteer (Partial) Staff ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention

and one of my abso faves ever...

w/ Alex Meraz ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention
w/ Alex Meraz ~ 2011 Breaking Dawn Convention

Seeing Alex again was the absolute HIGH of the weekend. We both tried to remember the last time we saw each other - a year ago? Two years ago? So we played a little catch up, talked about the fam and what's new, and before he had to go, he asked me:

"Are you following me on Twitter?"

I raised my brows. "Am I following you on Twitter. Hel-lo?!"

We laughed, and he asked me what my twitter name was. Oh be still my frickin' beating heart.

Do you remember when he DM'd me? I'd changed my avi to the pic of me, him and Chaske. He sent me a direct message on twitter that said: 

❝I like your pic... all three of us make a good couple :)❞

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02 August 2012

She's Alive

Holy shiznit. It's been so long, Blogger's changed the whole dashboard and everything - I feel like I'm a visitor in my own home. Well... it has been at least a year... where did I disappear off to?

Sunny San Diego.

Born and raised in SD, it was almost like a homecoming - except we moved to a completely different area and had to start all over again. New neighborhood, new schools, new grocery stores. New football and baseball and basketball leagues. New jobs.

Okay - somewhat new. I went from working part-time in Central Cali, moved to a new place in San Diego and jumped right back to full-time. Except it was hard. Really. Frickin. Hard.

Hubz had a new job that brought us back to SD, except there was a bit of drama on the owner's front - and then all of a sudden he was unemployed. WTH?! There was no going back, house was already sold, already gave notice at the old job, already had a lease on the new house... so we made the move, not even knowing how we'd be able to pay the rent.

I may not have known how, but I knew it would work out. It may have seemed like we were losing everything, but I knew we were just in transition. I knew He had a plan for us, I just didn't know what it was. Hubz, unfortunately, is not as patient as me. But looking back...
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31 August 2011

Breaking Dawn Convention

You knew it was coming.  Summit Entertainment and Creation Entertainment partnered up to host the Eclipse Convention in Los Angeles last June.  With Breaking Dawn: Part 1 around the corner, we've all been waiting to hear dates for the Breaking Dawn Convention.

And here it is - Twihards, mark your calendars for November 4-6, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Tickets aren't available for sale just yet - will keep you posted!! What I want to know is... will you be going??

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The Sunday Box

Here I go again. How many times do I have to tell these boys to pick their stuff up? Arms full of jump ropes, books, dinosaurs... and then it hit me.  I decided to resurrect The Sunday Box.

They won't be very happy when they get home from school today. *mischievous giggle* I can already hear how it's going to play out:
"Mom. Mo-ooom. Do you know where the Xbox controllers are?"

"Of course. They're in the Sunday Box."

"The Sunday Box?" An expressions of confusion is quickly replaced with wide-eyed distress as he realizes he'll have to wait until Sunday (*gasp* Sunday?!) to re-claim his prizes. "No, no, no - you don't understand. Mom! We have to-"
Which is where I'll try to hear him out, but will probably end up cutting him off to remind him, "This is why you want to pick up all your belongings and put them away."

You might want to hang around until Einsten, Mr. Varsity Hip-Hop Senior, comes home from Day 2 of school today to ask me...

"Mom? Have you seen my Beats by Dre headphones?"

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02 August 2011

The Devil's Double

I have a confession to make.  Always on the lookout for deals and with me being a movie fREaK - I try to keep my eyes peeeeeeled for free advance screenings.

Being in San Diego has helped a ton - with so many different theatres, opportunities to win tickets fly by all over the place.  So when I got a chance to see a sneak preview of The Devil's Double - Hubz and I snuck out for a quick date.

If you haven't seen it yet - you'll want to add this one to your list.


Yanked out of the army and hand selected by the devil himself, Latif Yahia has no choice but to serve as the double for the psychotic, evil son of Saddam Hussein - Uday Hussein.

With no regard for anyone but himself and what fancies him at the moment, you never know what, or who, Uday is going to do next. Latif, a brave and honorable man - struggles in his own resolve to stand up for what he believes in, while trying to keep his family safe from this sadistic monster.

Dominic Cooper will almost have you believe that the two characters, Uday and Latif, are played by two different actors. His performance alone is reason enough to see "The Devil's Double" - and all along, when you cringe in your seat from the brutal physical and sexual violence onscreen, you'll remember that this is all based on the true story of Latif Yahia.

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01 August 2011


It's almost unacceptable. Seriously? We're making changes, stat.

Born and raised in America's Finest City, you'd think we'd know all there is to know about San Diego. But it wasn't until after we moved to Visalia that we figured out just how much we had taken for granted.

Over the last five years, there wasn't anywhere to go to for "date" night besides a restaurant or a bar. The beach was a three-hour drive away and if I wanted a late night hit of french fries, I'd better make sure I stopped at Mickey D's before midnight or else I'd be SOL.

So... we learned to do other things while living the small town life.  The boys took to sports - baseball, basketball, football or water polo - and Joe took time out to coach. We became regulars at the library and I finally started to hit up the gym. We went on play dates with friends and I even got started on a running kick.

Which I think Hubz is thankful for, considering I haven't done a convention in over a year ;)

And you know how much kids love routines... Tuesday was movie night, Wednesday was church night, Thursday was date night and Friday was game night.

It didn't always work out perfectly, but hey - it was something to look forward to. Plus, it was a nice incentive to get them to stop arguing with me and get them into their nighttime baths :)

And now that we're back in San Diego, we're itching to tear up the town and check out new things. Our goal? To have a new adventure every weekend and try out something we'd never done before.

A Weekend DaVenture. Stay tuned - we can't wait to take you with us on all of our little trips!
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02 November 2010

My First 5K - Spooky Sprint 2010

Are we friends on Facebook? FB has made it waaaaaay too easy for me to post lil' family tidbits that I'd normally blog about on here.

Like when my friend, Tiffany, and I decided to do a practice run? On the actual path for the 5K?  And ended up finishing an 8K run instead, accidentally?

Yeah. Um... I've only ever ran on the treadmill at the gym. Had NO idea how much distance 3.1 miles would cover, but we had a copy of the map and just kept a lookout for "Aviation Rd" so we'd know when to turn around.

Of course, it's too much to ask for a street sign here in Podunk. So... we kept on running. And running. And finally, after about 2.5 miles, we decided to turn around.  Only reason I figured out how far we ran is coz I looked it up on Google Maps when I finally got home!


This was on a Thursday, two days before the race.  When Saturday morning rolls around, it brings along a 70% chance of rain. Greeeeaaaaaat.  But I've come way too far to back out now.  It may be a race, but I had NO ambitions of winning or even finishing in the top half.  All I wanted to do was cross the finish line.

And hopefully, not be last. But hey - I'll take what I can get.  I've never been a runner and after 3 weeks of training, one can't be too picky.

So... here we are, standing under an umbrella before the race starts:

Dette, Jamie and Tiffany

Counting down

Home stretch - Mama and Numbnuts running beside us!

Me, trippin' out that I actually did it :)

After a quarter of a mile, I got a little surprise. Hubz piled all three boys in the car with him and Mama and drove down a quarter of the way to cheer us on. The police told him he couldn't park there, but changed their minds when he told them what he was up to.

I wish you could've seen the Little Shit. He had his hands in the air and hollered, exasperated, "Go FASTER!" *lol* Cracked me up :)

In the end, I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest and I was praying, "Please, please, please don't let me fall over. Please let me just get to the finish line."

And I did. Never mind my goal of finishing in under 35 minutes. I finished my first ever 5K in less than 33.


I wonder if I'll be able to get under 30 minutes for my next one... Guess we'll see!
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01 November 2010

Gonna Huff and Puff and Go for a Run

Four weeks ago, the idea of running a 5K just didn't seem likely.  I don't even walk from my front door to the mailbox - I'm the one who stops by on my way home, driving on the wrong side of the road, to pick up that lovely stack of junk mail and bills.

So when my friend, Jamie, brought it up one Kinder morning - I literally laughed out loud.

But then... the idea hung around wispily before it finally started to dig into my head. I've been frustrated with my workouts - or more so, with my lack of results.  I'd work out 4-5 times a week - each workout beginning with a half hour of strength training, followed up with 45-60 minutes of cardio.  Then I'd come home to top it all off with crunches or push-ups.

After 3 months of this rigorous schedule, how much weight have I lost? A whopping FIVE pounds.

"It's your calorie intake," you suggest. I purchased a kitchen scale to weigh my food, counted my calories even if I went out to eat. (The MyFitnessPal app on the Droid X makes counting calories SO easy!)  I averaged about 1,300 calories a day.


So, I figured now's a good time as any to change things up a bit. I stopped going to my RIPPED and Zumba classes and started hitting the treadmill.  On the first day - I was lucky to finish 3.1 miles in under 45 minutes.  But I kept going, and finally gave myself a goal:  To finish my first 5K in under 35 minutes.

I wasted a week mulling over the idea, which left me three weeks to train.  How did I do?

(To be continued...)
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19 March 2010

2010 Los Angeles Twi-Tour

I could tell you how much fun I had at the latest Twilight Convention... but how about some pictures instead? ;)

Dette and Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz and Kiowa Gordon at 
the 2010 Los Angeles Twilight Convention
~ Dette and the guys - Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz and Kiowa Gordon ~

Dette and Chaske Spencer, 2010 Los Angeles Twilight Convention
~ Dette and Chaske Spencer ~

Dette and Alex Meraz, 2010 Los Angeles Twilight Convention
~ Dette and Alex Meraz ~

Dette and Charlie Bewley, 2010 Los Angeles Twilight Convention
~ Dette and Charlie Bewley ~

Dette and Tinsel Korey, 2010 Los Angeles Twilight Convention
~ Dette and Tinsel Korey ~

Dette and Kiowa Gordon, 2010 Los Angeles Twilight Convention
~ Dette and Kiowa Gordon ~


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23 February 2010

Not Your Average Vampire Fan

He thinks I'm off my rocker.

Hell - maybe I am. Doesn't get my thing with "Twilight," never mind that I've always been into vampires and werewolves, even before the world was introduced to Edward Cullen.  What about Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac... remember "Interview with the Vampire?" Or more recently, Lucian and Sonya in "UnderWorld: Rise of the Lycans."

Bill Nighy delivers an incredible performance as both Viktor in "Underworld" and Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean.  Loved POTC, and the Harry Potter series as well! Hubz skips out on those movies, or takes a $10 nap in the theatre. *scoffs*

He can't understand how I can be so enthralled with something, anything, that's "not real."  He just doesn't get it. This is a constant debate in our house.

But... a few nights ago, I tweeted that I'd be introducing him to Sookie and Bill in the "True Blood" series... Rented the first two episodes from Blockbuster, put the monsters to bed and pressed play.

*holds breath*

~ Image courtesy of True Blood Wiki ~

Normally, he falls asleep in the recliner once he's settled.  But not this time. *grins* I ended up getting the next DVD, and then the next one...

The last one was epi's 5-7, but my tired ass fell asleep. So guess who watched all 3 episodes by himself? In one sitting?


Thank you, TrueBloodHBO, for helping bring Hubz into the light! Or should I say... into the darkness?? ;)

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29 January 2010

Cougar Town Meets Farm Show

How'd you like to find this parked in front of your house?





They only make 28 of these every ten years.  The stereo is loud enough for everyone in the next neighborhood to hear. And those wheels are nicer than any I'll ever own. *lol* I wish you guys could see this ridiculous boat - we're going to have a pizza party "Bobby" style later tonight with the boys. ;)

So if you have an extra $120K just laying around somewhere, maybe you can come by and pick this up from our neighbors. *grins*

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31 December 2009

Seasons Greetings!

Ever wonder what it's like with three rambunctious boys running around all the time?  On a good day - this says it all (*chuckles*):

~ Einstein (15), Numbnuts (8) and Little Shit (4) ~

It's New Year's Eve and our Christmas lights are still up.  With all the work Hubz and Einstein put into it, I'd be surprised if they took it down before the first of the year.  But it's worth it, though - the kids and the neighbors and even their visitors always stop out front to enjoy the view:

All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all.
~Cecil Alexander

Wishing all of you a blessed holiday season
and a joyous and prosperous New Year!!

*** Psst!! To help celebrate the New Year, stay tuned for a special giveaway. More details to follow! ***

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24 December 2009

New Sheriff in Town

Let me set it straight from the get-go:  It was Skinny Ass' idea to get a new kitty for the kids for Christmas.

In fact, both Hubz and Numbnuts had been canvassing the local SPCA for the last week.  The very same day we got back from San Francisco, he piled up the whole family into the car - again - to hit up the extension at the mall.

Turns out the SPCA also has animals available for adoption at PetSmart.

Where we spent no less than two hours meeting all the cats, seeing how well they play with each other (or not), seeing how they react to a dog.  Observing how they behave with the kids, and if they still enjoy socializing with all five of us packed in that little room.

If it were up to me, we might've brought home THREE cats that night.  But seeing as Hubz always knows how to put his foot down (*wink*), we only brought home two. *giggles*

Say hello to family pet members #4 and #5 - the new rugrats:

~ Nico (AKA Houdini), 7 months old ~

~ Zoe, 7 months old ~

Of course, I'm the biatch that won't let 'em up in the kitchen. So when I start hollering at them to get off my counters or the house plants, guess who comes over to back me up?

~ Samson at 42, recently promoted to Sheriff ~

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15 December 2009

Naughty Secrets

Makes a mother wonder...

"Hmnnn... what could she be whispering into his ear? And WHERE is that hand going?"

But most importantly... "Which one of the ruddy monsters posed 'em like this?!"
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