I was doing so well.
I woke up, ate my breakfast of pills and oatmeal, and drank my water full of who knows what that is helping me get skinny. I filled up two bottles of water and headed off to work, feeling proud of myself that I made it to day two without a hiccup! YAY ME!
Then I get a bbm msg from Lindsay (@causticchick) that she had an extra ticket to the YVR Twestival. For those of you who don't know about Twestival, well let me tell you - it's where a bunch of people from Twitter get together and raise money and drink wine and take silly pictures in awesome photobooths (@threesixtyphoto)!
I had never been to a tweet up before, so I was super excited (and admittedly nervous) to see what it was all about. There were going to be a lot of people there that I have been corresponding with over the last 2 years, and after 4 hours and a last minute, failed and desperate shopping attempt - we arrived at The Lookout, and got in line with our new friend Tess (@tessmccann) - I could feel the excitement already and I'd only met one person so far! Immediately we ran into Dennis (@DennisPang), one of my longtime Twidols (haha) due to the fact that he is very well-known on Twitter, works in social media, and still takes the time to interact on a human level. We got in the elevator and made our way up to The Lookout where everyone, except me, was drinking free wine. I gave my wine ticket to Lindsay because she was being a detox cheater - and I instead held onto my poorly charged Blackberry for dear life. We got up to the top, where Tess won a beautiful (lol) watch, and I won 2 tickets to Bard on the Beach -- and cue my look of confusion. It's apparently a Shakespearian Festival they perform on the beach, and it's pretty well-known around town to everyone but me, I guess. I was hoping it would involve food, but if it involves The Merchant of Venice I'm equally pleased.
the view from The Lookout on a nice, clear Vancouver day
They were giving out lavender donuts and pork sliders and other delicious snacks - NONE OF WHICH I PARTOOK IN. Not one - I was on a mission to stay on track for Day 2 of my detox, and NOTHING was going to deter me from said mission.
The night was amazing. I seriously can't even list how many amazing people I met - some who came up to me and picked me out of the crowd. I never paid attention to how many followers I have, but I always try to communicate with anyone who let's me know they are out there. Last night, it blew my mind how many people said they were glad to meet me, and all I did all night was stare at other peoples chests (nametags, pervs) to see if it was someone I knew! It was like meeting old friends for the first time - I know you, but I don't really know you, but I do know you - and you know me! What the! I was so overwhelmed by the number of people I recognized, I forgot that we were there for any other reason then to meet amazing people. I turned to Lindsay and asked her, quote:
loveyourcake Vancouver candice
Her answer was "The Mayor is about to speak" and then burst out laughing. I turned around and saw this:
@MayorGregor - The Mayor of Vancouver
OOPS!! My bad!! HA!
I had to tweet it, and as the Mayor proceeded to give his speech about how awesome we all are - my tweet was being played on a giant screen behind the Mayors head. Then it was retweeted a few times, and remained on the screen during his entire speech. We were howling. It was our claim to fame for the evening. I wanted the Mayor to add me to Twitter, but he was busy telling people to vote for him at the next election.
We proceeded to walk in circles and meet lots of new faces - all the while me staring at everyones glass of wine in their hands, and in Lauren's (@niftynotcool) case, a glass of wine in each hand. Lucky Lady! I got to meet Mel (@TheSassyFiles) - my longest twitter friend since back in 2009, and she was just as amazing in real life as I imagined her to be! She was with an equally awesome group of local ladies, who were far better dressed them myself (@BurrowsGirl, @missvitamindee, @Canadian_Kelli). The sweetest compliment of the night was from Kemp (@kempedmonds) who said that I was "funny and engaging" on Twitter. So nice! I was happy that people think of me that way, rather then "the bitch who tweets too much". There was Colene (@colene), junior member of #teamskinnybitch, who took one for the team - or should I say took TWO for the team, in the form of donuts. Thank you for eating my donut! The @GoPopcorn crew was out in full effect, and we caught up with Amy (@VanCityAmy) Nick (@Phanyxx) and Dennis (@DennisPang) around the photobooth (@threesixtyphoto), and talked Twitter.
|@GoPopcorn in the photobooth!!!|
There were, however, a few things I would do differently the next time around:
#1. I will charge my blackberry because it's reedonkulous to think that I would not want to take out my phone for the entire evening and tweet everything I see/touch/bump into/do.
#2. I will not be on a detox. I will eat donuts to the full extent, and I will do it proudly, with 3 glasses of wine.
#3. I will bring a pen and paper and write down everyones name that I meet. I hope I connected with everyone, but I feel like there were so many more that I wasn't able to find them when I searched for their names and now they're somewhere out there in the Twitterverse. I'm reminded of Fifel, in and American Tale, or whatever it was called.
#4. I will dress fancier. I didn't know it was going to be all 'la dee da' and I felt like a schlub.
#5. I will give a speech. (about what, I'm not sure, but a speech none the less...)
#6. I will wear shoes that are comfortable, and not insulated with those pads used to prevent furniture from scratching the floor (i was in a hurry and had to improvise)
After the Twestival, we went out with a whole group of my Twidols (I can't help it) and I watched them eat and drink and be merry. I was merry, I just skipped the eating and drinking part. We talked about muff cleansers, and looked at our silly photo booth pictures. They taught me that there is a way to change my setting so I don't have to see every conversation everyone has on Twitter (the sick part tho...I like seeing it, and evesdropping, and then adding my own two cents). It was very informative, and made me OH SO HUNGRY for more....more food, that is.
Overall, it was an incredible night of new/old faces. I say faces because I only knew these people through an avatar on Twitter. It's so strange how you can walk up to a complete stranger, and feel instantly comfortable - but that's the magic of it all. You never know what you'll get if you don't put yourself out there for the world to meet. So next time you hear about a tweet up, get yourself a ticket and see what it's all about. Maybe I'll see you there, and we will stand beside each other, on our phones, and tweet about how awesome everything is.
Day Three of detox is another story altogether....coming soon.
Thanks to everyone that I met - and those I missed, I'll get you next time :)