Thank you to all of you who have been sending me your warm thoughts, wishes, and prayers. It has been great reading all of my email.
So, today was the big day. Interviews count for 40%. I think mine went pretty well, but it was a tough one. These judges are serious Miss America folk and were not afraid to drill me. I actually went into my interview with a great attitude because...in the car on the way over to the interview location, I received a phone call offering me the job at Google!!!! It's official, I'm a working woman! I am so excited about moving back to Ann Arbor, and I can hardly wait to start. God is good. More on that later.
No crazy tour stories today, but I had a really great talent rehearsal this morning. I'm excited because I am finally allowed to use the runway to perform. Yay! We pretty much sat around the rest of the morning, except for the free massages, and then went to GQ for lunch. After my interview group finished, we headed straight back to Dairy Queen to celebrate the end of interviews and my new found Googledom with blizzards. Then we went to some local spots to use our gift certificates. One of the jewelry stores, Ungar's, gave each of us an Italian charm bracelet with two charms that were personalized to our states or bios. I have a letter "G" which is perfect and the word "Nana" because I talked about my Nana's spaghetti in my bio. Okay, so I didn't get it at first and thought it was a little weird, but the thought was sweet. I then purchased a few more to add to it along with a Hoopeston CORNJERKERS sweatshirt. It's hot. The hoody, not the weather. It has not stopped raining since we got here.
We just got back from a dinner sponsored by Women Who Make a Difference. I'm not sure exactly what they do, but apparently they've done some good. Dinner was a potluck donated by all of the little old ladies. Imagine 50 gramdmas bringing their best recipes. It was tasty.
Before I go to bed, I need to make a quick disclaimer. My sister wrote me an email questioning the genuineness of my enthusiasm for items such as beans, corn, and Pam. As quirky as it may sound, I am truly enjoying myself in this little gem of a rural community. This has been my favorite pageant experience to date, and I can't wait for some of you to get here and see it for yourselves.
Well, that is all for today. I'm going to chisel this makeup off my face and hit the hay. I have talent tomorrow night, and I need to rest these precious hands.
Sweet corn dreams,