Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Aug 21, 2013

Getting older

Yesterday was my 28th birthday. Since it was Tuesday, (or what we in the newsroom refer to as hell day, production day and other euphemisms) I tried to celebrate over the weekend.

My wonderful husband Matt took me out for a wonderful dinner at Isis Restaurant in Asheville, and we were lucky enough to hear a folk band from upstate New York, Rabbit in the Rye, perform that night.

And although my baker of a boss did make me a devilish chocolate cake, birthdays just aren’t what they used to be. You may roll your eyes but turning 28 is weird — not as rough as turning 27 but definitely weird. It’s almost 30 but not quite. It’s an age where you feel you should be closer to getting your priorities straight but a part of you wants to hold on to your 20s for as long as you can.

For example — Matt and I are trying to decide whether we want to use the money we’ve saved for the past year (not as much as it should be) to go on an epic vacation this fall or use that money to put a down payment on a house. Adventure or first time home ownership? It’s really a hard decision. Trying to keep your life on schedule or throwing caution (and money) to the wind and going where life takes you — preferably a road trip up the East coast.

I’ll just keep reminding myself how far I’ve come and be appreciative that I am exactly where I want to be in life. No more whining, but I’m still torn on my next move — if you have any advice for me, feel free to email me with words of wisdom.

 

Haywood’s Got Talent

Perhaps if I drag my husband down to the Haywood’s Got Talent auditions this weekend we can have a chance of winning a $1,000 grand prize — then we could have a vacation and a house soon! This is the fourth year HART will hold the countywide talent competition for people of all ages. I love talent shows because someone will always surprise you with their abilities. I can’t wait for a goose bump moment from one of the performers. Even if I don’t end up competing I will be back stage taking photos and talking to the performers. You won’t want to miss this event.

Auditions will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at HART. But if you can’t make the audition, you can still submit a recorded audition by mailing it in or on YouTube. The finalists will go on to perform on Sept. 14 and the first place winner will receive $1,000. For more details, see page #.

 

What not to miss

The Haywood County Fair continues through the weekend with food, live music, rides, shows and much more. There has been some confusion over the music line up and everyone should be aware that Balsam Range will not be performing on Sunday as has been advertised. You can read more about that on page X from our bluegrass correspondent Mary Ann Enloe.

The Main Street Mile fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday one mile south of the courthouse. The one-mile race will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children of Greenville, South Carolina. It’s a great cause and an easy, flat run so there is no reason not to participate.  Runners and spectators can enjoy an after party at United Community Bank with live music, beer from our local brewers and children’s games. Find out how to register on page X.

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