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Memories of Manon…

Memories of Manon…

To my absolute delight, Manon came to Vancouver

For those of you who do not recognize the name, Manon was one of my very first viewers. We have kept in touch over the years and this year I finally got to give her a hug!

Her amazing smile brightened every moment I spent with her

Manon was everything I had thought she would be and then more. She was so elegant, gracious and thoughtful. She touched my heart and soul.

Perhaps one of the most endearing memories I have of her visit is the way, each time I thanked her for something, this melodious “you’re welcome” would come singing back at me. It was just so darn charming and I will hear it each time I say “thank you” to anyone. It will stay with me for the rest of my life. It also reminded me of the value of such a small response.

I heard about the fact that her local friend had been unable to do some of the sightseeing that Manon had hoped to do so I made a plan to make few things happen for her. We spent one day here in my area of White Rock and then headed into Vancouver to take in some local sights and then Manon took me on a foodie tour of my own city! I am so glad she did.

An incredible pork belly tempura egg at TUCs Craft Kitchen

If you would like to see more of her visit, and some of the sights I took her to see, you will find the playlist here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD5qHqxL7Gc&list=PL5vqmdK8t5s–mKrsxAHf6v4z9UgGdUV7

I would not be honest if I didn’t tell you I will truly miss Manon, her smile and everything she brings to this world. I cried when I met her and I didn’t want to cry when we parted. I worked hard to put us both into our “rational” brains before we went our separate ways. She left me a truly magical note that I couldn’t read until I got home because I didn’t want to drive in tears.

As the tears streamed down my face reading the card I was overcome with the joy and gratitude that she came Vancouver and that I got to be part of her real world, even for a moment. As I closed the thank you card I fought to smile, nod my head and say…

“… you’re welcome”

51. Definitely a week of memories

You have heard me repeat the adage: Life is about memories, not things and this week was full of memories.

 

On the downside (ying and yang): there was the Boston Marathon sadness closely followed by the fertilizer plant explosion and the horrid loss of life in both. These extraordinary memories will be etched in my mind for a lifetime – thanks, in part, to the 24/7 exposure given by the media and leading me to wonder if anyone could receive a “fair” trial in this day and age. Trial by media appears to be the new normal. Today I heard about a 35 year old who lost her fight with cancer. A lot of sadness for one week.

On the upside: I was able to do the “meet and greet” with one of our regulars on the TinyChat group, fondly known as “our Glen” – not to be confused with the other Glen from BlogTV. We all have a fondness for Our Glen. He has made us laugh until we cried, has demonstrated a very keen sense of concern for members of the DearMamaSal community and I was looking forward to meeting him. I was not disappointed! I laughed more in one evening than I have since… since… omg… now that I think of it…. since Christmas Eve!!!

 

For those who missed the broadcasts where we discussed the evening, know that Glen was a delight, beautifully mannered and very much the character we have come to love. As we suspected we would, we talked (non-stop) for 5 hours and didn’t run out of topics, views or debates. Glen called the (take a breathe non-hockey fans) Canucks run into the play-offs to a ‘T’ and now I pray that they make a decent go of it. So it was a fun evening and definitely one of the memories of the week.

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Benji, Judy and Julianna came to visit and the few hours together flew by. It was amazing to think I had not seen them since January. http://youtu.be/XmBD0q6rBUk  Julianna had grown so much since I last held her.

 

To see her initially terrified by Beaner and then watch that fear turn to curiosity and then delight. Then to watch Beaner bring her his favourite toys… priceless. http://youtu.be/UnT-JKUMCA0

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The last major memory of this memorable week is that I have passed 100 days of being smoke-free!

YouTube Upate – Week 34

Subscribers             2476
Views                        60,300 from 131 countries
Blog views               3,691
Non-Smoking Days  100 –   saving of $1,107.65

Lessons learned: Take the chance to laugh – especially in a week full of grieving

 

 

47. How to get to the new DearMamaSal broadcasts

This weekend we will stop using BlogTV and move our broadcasts to TinyChat. BlogTV was sold and we do not like the way that the site they are steering us towards (a) forces you to use your Facebook contacts and (b) makes you vote to keep someone on the air – imagine trying to help someone with a serious issue and suddenly getting booted because we were not trying to create LIKES? No, not the sort of thing we can work with.

 

We looked at a number of different platforms and, at the moment, TinyChat seems to work best for us. We are not beyond making another change – if we find something that is even better for us! We did some testing. Huge thanks to Re97 for the suggestion and to Jen for the hours she spent on line helping to get us comfortable with the new system. Also thanks to Katie, Nana, Em, Becca, AussiePIMP,  Laura and Lori (and anyone else I have, regrettably, possibly forgotten!) for joining in on our first (test) broadcast.

 

This is how it works. First, you go to http://tinychat.com/dearmamasal – it takes you directly to our page.

You will see a form. Here is what to do with it:

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1. Click on GUEST (not Facebook or Twitter)
2. Add the name we know you by or, if you are new, the name you would like to be known by
3. Press GO

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was wonderful to see Lori up on the screen and, gosh, how much fun was it to have 8 vids up at the same time?!! Jen was just in her element taking every question that required any research and, in a heartbeat, coming back with an answer! It became almost comical to watch her eyes react to “a need” and then watch them as she, obviously, multi-tasked to the answer. If ever you wanted to study body language this is the place to go!!

 

Huge congratulations go to Katie and our new friend Re97 (Roseann) who were discussing fibromyalgia, spina bifida, and other chronic pain issues. Being who we are, we could see a magical opportunity here! We challenged them to take their (collective) knowledge – one deals with the pain on meds; the other holistically – and start a page to help others in pain. It took them hours, not days/weeks/years to take that little seed and plant it!!! Here is there link: https://www.facebook.com/ExistingWithPain. Don’t you love what a difference we can make?

YouTube Channel Update – Week 30

Subscribers               2408
Views                        55,532 from 131 countries
Blog views                3,679
Non Smoking Days     70

Lessons learned: Asking for help is not always easy but it is almost always helpful and saves a lot of time!

Inspiration suggestion: Plant seeds in people – if they have a passion they will plant them and nurture them!