Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ticked Off at Lyme Disease: A Short Documentary

Hi everyone!

Last year, I viewed the Campus MovieFest Finale and thought to myself, "I could do that!"

Of course, I could do that, I just didn't think it would be so difficult. There was no blood, but there was sweat and almost tears...7 days of movie making. But I did it! Although I was extremely anxious to just pick up my equipment, I faced my fears.

The editing was frustrating, the loss of footage was frustrating, finding out that the microphone not working after leaving the venue was frustrating, everything was just frustrating. I almost gave up. But I'm glad I didn't...I am the only video on the Campus MovieFest website on Lyme disease. I hope that just one extra person can learn something from my video.

Here it is!

Ticked Off at Lyme Disease

2nd Annual Polo for Lyme Benefit Event

Like my Maserati?

Hi everyone!!

Sunday, October 13th, I was a Guest of Honor at the Bay Area Lyme Foundation's 2nd Annual Polo for Lyme Benefit Event. The BALF worked closely with the Heart of Silicon Valley to put this amazing event on!
Thank you LymeLight Foundation!



I've known about the Bay Area Lyme Foundation for a little while now, as well as the LymeLight Foundation, an organization that was also present that day. The BALF puts on events such as Polo for Lyme and LymeAid. The LymeLight Foundation has a few events as well. Their regular events are Dart for Art and Ryde for Lyme.

I loved meeting everyone! They know the basketball coach at my school. :)

My directors and I arrived at the event right on time, 11 AM. We were directed to the volunteer booth where they had piles of bright green shirts with the "Bay Area Lyme Foundation" logo embroidered on the left chest. It turns out I wasn't a volunteer, but I made friends along the way anyway. I then registered (I even put my credit card info in to bid on raffle items!) and I got a VIP wristband. I took some pictures, greeted the volunteers, and had a couple interviews before our guests started coming it. It was all so exciting, I met so many wonderful people. I was given the privilege to judge the hat contest with Laure Woods (founder and president of BALF), violinist Carlos Reyes, and Jan Wahl, Emmy winning producer, entertainment reporter, and film critic. It was a really tough decision! But also really fun. I love hats!

Judging the hat contest!

Who will win??

Me and Norma

After judging the contest, I was pretty hungry. I had a delicious lunch with salad, fruit, chicken, and raviolis. The chocolate cake was pretty good, too! By this time, the polo match was starting. I was so excited to see that the teams playing were "The Ticks" and "The Cure". Who do you think won? ;)

Look! The Lyme Times in the VIP Lounge!

Thank you Cheval Polo for the great shirt!

I was also able to model two huge bottles of wine in the raffle. They were so heavy! I was thankful that I lift weights, or else I might have accidentally dropped them. In my free time, I kept going back to the LymeLight Foundation booth to look at the great Lyme items they had. The documentary Under Our Skin, Lyme disease books, LymeLight Foundation socks, wristbands, pens, tick removal kits, bug repellent. Lime green boas! They were so generous to me as I was leaving, and I left with my very own copy of "Under Our Skin" and a pair of LymeLight socks, among other souvenirs. Everyone at the benefit was so welcoming and so kind. My favorite part was telling the people I encountered that my platform was "Get Ticked Off at Lyme Disease!" because they were always so surprised. Although there were many fabulous guests of honor, not too many had first hand experience with Lyme disease.

Me with Laure Woods. Thank you for having me!

Me with Yvonne Wolters. Thank you for all of your help!

Thank you Yvonne Wolters and the whole Bay Area Lyme Foundation team for this great opportunity and experience! I had a blast and I hope to work with you again soon. :)


#polo4lyme :)








Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Miss CA 2013...better late than never ?

I FIRST first wanted to state that I started this in July, but never finished! Here is what I have...I cannot remember all of the details now :(

Hi all! I want to state first, I had a fantastic, wonderful, crazy, exciting, amazing, emotional, and overall enlightening experience at Miss California 2013. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to write this. It felt so right to be there...so normal. I had seen so many pictures from previous years from different titleholders. Pictures alone can never prepare you for this crazy week! It's a whirlwind. 

First, my parents dropped me off at my director's home, as Sarah and Gabino would be taking me, Miss Napa County, and Miss Lake County to Fresno...and dropping us off. I think that was the scariest thing I had to face that day. My ED(s), my crutches, would not be with me this week. When we finally arrived in Fresno, we moved quickly to unpack our car. I was not surprised to find out that I had packed the most out of the three of us. Ten days is a long time, so I had to be prepared...besides, it was my first time. :) I know nothing. After we moved in, we went to my FAVORITE restaurant, Mimi's Cafe. I had my favorite dish, pasta...I even took the leftovers back to the hotel, which didn't have a mini fridge. Just in case. 


I was really excited when my roommate, Miss Sacramento County, finally arrived! We hit it off really fast. Between talking about our personal trainers to discussing pageant webcasts, I knew we'd get along just fine. I knew I could trust her with anything I said and to tell me the truth if I asked if I looked okay haha. She was the perfect roommate!! I ran into one of the hostesses today, Mary Bette, who told me that breakfast would be served the next day in the hostesses' room at 7:30 or so...I can't remember now. I just remember being the only contestant that went! 

The next morning, we were up bright and early to go to the Mayor's reception. Everyone was dressed in business style dresses or outfits, either red, white, blue, or any combination of those colors. There's a lot of waiting involved...the main thing we wait for is the bus to be ready or other contestants to come down. But, you're in good company so it's not that bad. :) I'm not a huge picture taker, it is a trait I didn't pick up during the MySpace era. I tried to take as many pictures as I could and sometimes, it was the only thing to do. We had a short drive to our destination to meet the mayor. We took many group pictures that came out great, thanks to Dirk Wunderlich! He is a fantastic photographer and I'm so thankful that he volunteered his time and photographed us all week. And although the mayor could not make it this year, we were greeted by other council members who were very kind and gracious. We each came up to the front of the room and presented our gift, saying a few words about our community and what the gift was. We were then given a goodie bag, which included my favorite, dark chocolate covered almonds. They were gone by the end of the week haha. 


After the reception, we drove on over to the Habit Burger Grill, where I had a delicious chicken burger with avocado. Their grilled chicken is out of this world! I felt bad for the other guests there, as we filled up the entire restaurant and their outdoor seating area. Thank you, Habit Burger! We love you ;) 

When we returned to the Radisson, I prepared for my interview. I was Delta #6, so my interview was Saturday afternoon. I didn't really have anything to do, so I went down to the interview room when I thought we were supposed to. My preliminary group was a little different than the others. There were 61 contestants total, so my group had 16 contestants while the other groups had 15. Before the first interview, 5 girls go into the interview room at a time and introduce themselves. Then, all leave except for the first contestant. In our case, the first 6 got to go into the interview room and introduce ourselves. So, Vera and Chelle were happy to have me. The weirdest part about being last in the group, was to be the last contestant left in the room. After each interview ended, I watched another contestant leave the room I was in and go into the interview room. Then it was my turn. 

This interview was not my best. By far. I had never been in a state interview so maybe I didn't know what to expect. The questions were not what I expected. They almost weren't as hard as I thought they would be...and it threw me off. "Am I funny?" If only I could have showed them how I was with my fellow contestants each day. I learned a lot at Miss California. It was a good trial run. 


It's still Saturday. This day will be long for Deltas! It was then time to go to the Lester's mansion. You know, the one with the swing? It is GORGEOUS! They have this little private driveway that couldn't fit the bus, so three SUVs came and chauffeured a few contestants at a time until we were all at the party. There was music, karaoke, and great food cooked by the Kiwanis of Fresno. Yum! We even had ice cream. If there was one thing I regret, it would be not participating in karaoke. I have trouble with karaoke because I'm always scared of messing up. Especially since my talent is singing...there are so many great singers, it's easy to feel intimidated. Also, I wish I got a picture at the treehouse! Darn!:)



Sunday evening, we all got gussied up to go the Rotary dinner. This was after the Delta/Gamma rehearsal, which was if I recall, 3-4 hours long. The Alpha/Beta rehearsal was during interviews yesterday. The Rotary dinner isn't really a "dinner"...they have appetizers but there's a lot of them! It was still pretty filling. We had fun meeting Rotarians, hearing our beautiful Miss California 2012, Leah, perform on the harp, and hearing about the fun different Rotarians have had while supporting our organization. Then we got to dance. It was a blast! :)


Monday we had the opportunity to meet with the Fresno Rotary club at their lunch meeting. We even got girl scout cookies! Full boxes. This was our last event before preliminaries.




Here is Angela speaking on October 8th, 2013. The first night of preliminaries is crazy, every night is crazy. Tuesday you rehearse allllll day and then do the same thing that night. Same with Wednesday, Thursday, Friday...I swear, I felt like I was going to walk up the stairs to "I'm Every Woman" every single day, multiple times a day, for the rest of my life. I felt like it was my job. It was fun haha but we got a little delirious.

Note to future Miss CA contestants...don't pick the Friday talent slot! You have to wake up early Friday and you will be the most tired Saturday. The realization is that you are most tired the day after your talent. You will be a bear Saturday. Also, find someone strong to take your stuff from out of the dressing rooms, not your poor mom. That also adds fuel to the fire of being tired!


Miss California was SO MUCH FUN! Also, learn how to do your own hair and makeup before you go...I LOVE the hair and makeup artists downstairs, but it's always beneficial to have that skill. :)

if any potential contestants have any questions, please message me! :)

Feeling guilty..

Hi all. It's been a while since I've posted!

I started a draft on my experiences at Miss California...months ago. I never got around to finishing it. I will post what I have...Miss California was so much fun. Stressful. I was as prepared as possible but not prepared enough. Well, we'll see what I wrote about so many months ago. :)

I recently finished a Lyme disease documentary for my school's Campus Moviefest competition. Let's just say I won't be thanking the Academy just yet...but I'm happy that I made it. I am disappointed that the equipment I used was sometimes faulty and therefore could not use a few interviews that I conducted. That makes me really sad. But, it was a frustrating and rewarding experience overall. I will post what I have ASAP.

Also, I would like to put in a little plug for the Bay Area Lyme Foundation's event, the 2013 Polo for Lyme event! It's going to be really fun! :)

find out more @ bayarealyme.org

xx Miss Solano 2013