Saturday, October 11, 2008

2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate

So I am staff in the building where this debate was held. It seemed like it would never get here and now it is already over. I was charged with helping coordinate volunteers, primarily those in parking lots and those who provided information to others. I pretty much worked for a week straight. It was tiring, but it was also a great experience. My credential allowed me debate hall access so I was able to check things out the day before the debate and saw Tom Brokaw in the flesh.

Tuesday was pretty crazy. To get inside the perimeter I had to go through a metal detector and then to get into the building I had to go through another one. During the morning I was busy dealing with transportation issues, concerning shuttles, volunteers, and airport transports. It rained a lot and while we were prepared, some other groups weren't. I spent some time in the media tent in the afternoon where I met David Axelrod. I had a special assignment that night, since I was the only member of the transportation team with debate hall access I had to escort one of the participants to an alternate form of transportation since he had to get to work immediately after it was over. I was all prepared to sit in a room and watch the debate on TV, but then at the last minute I got a ticket! There were just about 1,000 seats in the arena and they were split between the Republican and Democratic parties and the Commission on Presidential Debates. Belmont ended up getting some tickets from the the CPD and most of them went to students. Some students didn't pick their tickets up and I was a lucky recipient!I would say about 30 staff were able to get in. Lots of celebrities and political big whigs in the house. The debate itself was pretty boring, but it was really cool to see how it was all put together.

If you haven't seen this skit and you watched the debate, it is great. The building in the opening shot is the one I book.

Some pictures:
The Ticket
Debate 08 Ticket

The Program
Debate Program

The Media bag
Media Press Kit

Food from the Media bag. I mean this is a weight loss blog, so of course I have to highlight the food
Snacks from the Media Kit

Detail view of snack. Moon Pies = gross

Hatch Show Picture from the Debate
Debate Poster

Poster Tube

I love posters and LOVR hatch show prints. There is an exhibit at EMP that has just opened that people need to go to if they are in the Seattle area :)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Birthday Recap in Pictures

Dinner on Saturday night with Jenny and Jenn

Trees at Radnor Lake on my morning hike

Roses from my mom, dad, and brother

My birthday "cake"


So I have been getting quite a few hits from this link as of late. I just want to welcome all the new readers! You can find a little bit more about my journey at this post. However, I should probably update as I wrote that almost 4 years ago and quite a lot has changed. I originally had 2 blogs, but I have since combined them into this one. So, you will not only be hearing about my journey on this healthy lifestyle, but you might also get a rant about my job or life or a concert review. FYI, I like music a lot.

So thank for stopping by and I would love to hear from you so leave me a comment. I am always looking for new blogs to read as well!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Huge Update Coming

I am tired.
I am getting sick.

I need to post an update.

And I was in the debate hall last night :)

Monday, October 06, 2008


Yeah so they didn't happen at all. I ate dessert at lunch AND dinner. But I didn't snack as much as the day before. I did talk smack. In fact I snapped at her. I think she was surprised by that. Also, numerous people have said to me "I am not sure how you have handled her" and "Bless your heart" (in this case, Southern speak for you are putting up with some serious crapola).

Just a few more days.

I am leaving early today to go to the Taylor Swift/Def Leppard Crossroads taping tonight. Hopefully I will last the whole taping. It is standing room only and I have been going non stop since Thursday...

No weigh today. I need to get back to normal on Wednesday...

Sunday, October 05, 2008


The debate is in 3 days and I can't wait until it is over.

My goals for today are to not snack, drink more water, not eat dessert with every meal, and the hard one is to not talk smack about one of the ladies who I am working with over the next few days. This lady has to have her nose in EVERYTHING and has to put her 2 cents in all the time as well. Sooooooooo not my style. I usually do a good job of knowing what is going on, and just know what is going on and let others do their job. She makes it difficult for others to do their job. Oh and I have a higher credential level then her. So there! So yeah, hopefully I will make it through this...