After a year in the making, and 6 months worth of head-down-bum-up action, Charlie is now officially part of the world.
Yesterday I woke up with butterflies which then turned into full on buzzing bees, which then required a few "prayers" to the porcelain gods as I threw up all my breakfast allowing the tummy insects to escape. I then walked through most of the day in shock at the prospect of months of hard work finally being brought to fruition. It wasn't until the guests started arriving last night that my mojo returned and I was able to feel a sense of excitement and celebration.
With Mum and Derek preparing the nibbles in our family kitchen, the Cheer Chicks getting their hair and makeup done in our bathroom, and Eric (my MC) writing speech notes in the spare bedroom, Dad and I left the house to get the venue set up. Balloons, table cloths, bain maries, bar, signage, poms, and a merchandise table were all set up in record time with very little sweat involved.
The first guests arrived at 5.30pm and from there I don't remember a lot! I recall meeting and greeting people, watching the lovely cheer chicks in their Charlie ambassador roles, clapping as the girls entertained the crowd and blushing as Eric gave his speech. I vaguely recall getting out there and giving my own epic Oscars style speech before my trusty PR rep (and website/graphic designer) then took the floor to officially send the website live.
And it doesn't matter how many times you trial these bloody things IT always has a way of sticking its index finger up at you. Due to a weak internet signal the website did not perform as requested as we did the big 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 ..... countdown. So it was with a bit of creative licence that we quickly had the cheerleaders do some more tumbles and flips while the internet got its act together. And then BINGO the website was live and the champagne was flowing.
So that's it! Charlie is now out there people and she's ready to meet you. I would love for you to check it out. www.CheerChickCharlie.com
In the meantime I have to go and do my hair and make up for the local Canberra media. I've got someone coming to my house in one hour to do a profile piece so I'd better get out of my PJs and Uggs and get something a little more stylish on.
|Some of the launch crowd|
|The Langdown Family - my team|
*This challenge may have already turned into an opportunity. Tahlia made a suggestion which we may be able to carry on through our future books. What was a vomitous moment may in fact be pure inspiration!