About 13 years ago (oy!) I was a little baby broadcast news intern at WSLS in Roanoke. Tamara Durika Johnson was an evening news producer, and she was nice enough to let me write horrible :15 second readers and :30 second VOs for her newscast. Then, she moved onto a bigger market, and I got hired for my very first job! So, I have always been thankful for her.
I hadn't seen her since like 2000 or 2001, but recently we've been back in touch over the last year or so thanks to Facebook!
In addition to being an intern-friendly producer, Tamara is an amazing author! You have to read her book, "31 Dates in 31 Days." It's the real-life story of Tamara going on 31 dates in 31 days, and spending only $31.00 on each date. It's more than a dating book, though. Tamara brings you along on her journey of self discovery, and trust me - you will laugh - and cry - right along with her, and probably learn a little about yourself too. Buy it. Read it. Love it.
It was so neat to see her the other day after so long. She treated us to a cupcake from Buzz Bakery (yum!) and since I have the Kindle version of her book, she autographed a bookmark for me. :)
Michael and I both enjoyed talking with her and her husband, Evan. It was great to meet him, after reading about him in the book!
After the book signing/meet and greet, we were inspired to go on a little date night of our own!
Michael and I walked across the street and ate at Rustico for the first time, and wow!
It was the best, most unique dining experience we've had in a while! My swordfish was A.MAZING.
My date was pretty delicious, too.