Someone very special has a birthday coming up! Do we all know who it is? On April 30th Sam will be turning 35 and those of you who were around last year know what that means….DRAM 4 SAM!!!!!
What’s Dram 4 Sam you ask????
Well, it works like this….On Sam’s birthday many Outlander fan groups work together and in lieu of sending Sam gifts/cards/etc, make a $5 donation (the price of a drink in your local bar or coffee house) to one of his chosen charities…Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research or Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible in the 2+ weeks leading up to his actual birthday and THAT will be our present to Sam. When you make a donation during those two weeks, feel free to write your birthday wishes to Sam in the comments box, as we will provide him the link to read them. Below are the links to the individual Just Giving donation pages. On May 1st (Jamie’s birthday) we will announce the grand totals on Twitter, our website, and this page. We can’t wait to see what great things Outlander fans can accomplish together!
There are those moments that you spend weeks preparing for and then you blink and it’s over. That is exactly what happened last week. All of these thoughts were going through my mind during my descent into Colorado. How could it be over already? Did it really happen? Most of all I felt a loss at how fleeting moments can be even when you are paying attention and appreciating those moments. But let’s start from the beginning.
I arrived in New York scared out of my mind. I have never been to this city and the thought of hailing a cab to the hotel was nerve wracking. But we did it. Seeing the faces of my dearest friends/admins could life be any better? Yes! We laughed and laughed and laughed some more. We stood in the cold and shivered & still laughed. We dined, drank and continued to laugh. Laughing about sums up our trip. We even giggled ourselves to sleep. There was not one moment where the absence of humor took over. To me this is what makes us an awesome team. We know how to have fun and we do it at every opportunity.
Well- why were we in New York freezing our tails off? There is nothing like going to the premiere of anything but Outlander takes the cake. Getting the chance to see Sam, Caitriona, Tobias and everyone else up close is extremely exciting. Watching your favorite show with hundreds of other fans is priceless. And the New York premiere was all that and more. Being asked to be a guest on the Dr. Oz show was shocking and literally had me shaking in my
boots heels. Sitting on the couch and high fiving Sam, well I would have never in a million years dreamt of that being a possibility yet it happened. I’ve seen the pictures. Because at this point that moment flew by so fast that the picture is all I have to remind me that I was not dreaming.
All of the anticipation was over in 15 minutes. And I am truly grateful for the experience. However what has saturated my heart with pride and love is turning and seeing the smiles of nine friends who embraced me with cheers and excitement. Who teasingly asked for my autograph. But that moment also ended. A hop, skip and two jokes later I was at the airport hugging my buddy bye.
Back on the plane the memories penetrating my mind the most were the moments spent with my friends but it was over too quickly. Me and Pocket Jamie were back home. And it hit me, one day this life will have felt that it has flown by that it was over too quickly. That one more laugh should have been shared. That one more, more should have been had. As I jumped in the car to drive home at 2am this song was playing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D5PtyrewSs (A Long December by Counting Crows), which was very representative of my feelings. But the next song that played just so happened to be one that my husband sings to me often. (My Type by Saint Motel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyVPyKrx0Xo) I couldn’t help but be elated.
I have an awesome life with amazing family & friends. Wonderful memories to reflect on.
I can not stop the fleeting moments but I can make sure that when I look back I know that I laughed and immensely enjoyed myself.
peace love happiness
We did it folks! The mid-season premiere of Outlander is tomorrow at 9pm EST. on Starz! The Heughligans raided New York City, walked the red carpet, watched the world premiere, and made an appearance on the Dr. Oz show (along with Sam, of course!). Whew! Catch their episode when it airs on April 17th. In the meantime, grab some whisky and get ready to watch the last 8 episodes of Season 1 of Outlander.
In July of this year, we’ll be celebrating our two year anniversary of Heughan’s Heughligans. In the almost two years since we began, we have grown from a group of roughly a couple hundred, to a Facebook group of 11,600+, and with a Twitter following of nearly 24,000. We have currently raised $29,342 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (Sam’s chosen charity) and $5,841 for Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (for whom, Sam is a patron), and countless other amounts for other charities associated with Sam and Outlander. We recently, in collaboration with Outlander Odysseys, raised over $7,000 (for YTAS) during our gathering at Colonial Williamsburg the weekend of March 6-8…which we anticipate becoming a yearly event.
So, you see we’ve been busy! But, we’re not done yet! We have some more exciting events coming soon. Watch this space for info on our 2nd annual Dram 4 Sam event, taking place on Sam’s birthday, April 30th. Look for pictures of our Colonial Williamsburg gathering, as well as some first hand pics of the 2nd half season premiere of Outlander happening on April 1st in NYC. We also have a few surprises planned for along the way and look forward to sharing those with you soon. In the meantime, Heughligan-on!
Beyond the wonderfully engrossing stories that Diana writes, she has a beautiful captivating way with words and I often find myself turning to some passage or another just to appreciate the artistry. In appreciation of this, I’ve been collecting Outlander Quotes for quite some time.
I’ve also been posting an Outlander Quote of the Day most weekdays on twitter (@chaoscritter), in the Heughligans FaceBook group, and on the Compuserve forum.
I may occasionally post here additional thoughts on the theme of the week.
The admins over in the Heughligans’ Facebook group have decided that we really need to make better use of the blog option of this site. As part of that and just refreshing the content which hadn’t been updated in a while we are going through a major restructuring.
While doing this we will be turning some of the fun random pages that were accessible from the drop-down menus into blog posts, so the content will still be available, just not as prominently. Hopefully this will make it easier to find the more important information.
Let us know if you have any suggestions as we go through this redesign.
Present for Diana
To celebrate the completion of MOBY and show how much we appreciate Diana, her work, her sacrifices, and her interactions with her fans we would like to collaborate and gift her with a Digital Picture frame that includes photos of the following: