CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's been a whirlwind two weeks for South Charleston resident Jaime Moore, and though she's exhausted, she couldn't be happier.
On the night of Jan. 24, Moore received an email from Toaster Strudel informing her that she was one of their Morning Movers contest winners and that she'd soon be meeting her idol, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on "The Walking Dead."
By the 27th, her flights were confirmed, and by the 29th, she was in New York City. The next day, it was time to meet Reedus.
"Once I knew after last Friday night that this was going to happen, I couldn't sleep at all," she said Tuesday, still on a high from the trip. "Even though it happened so fast, I'm glad it did. At least I didn't have to wait a long time."
Everything started in mid-January, when Moore was scrolling through her Facebook news feed and came across a post from Toaster Strudel for its Morning Movers contest.
"It just had a question: what would get your morning moving?" Moore recalled.
So the 37-year-old mother of two submitted her answer: "Without any doubt or hesitation, what would not only get my morning moving but change my life forever would be to meet Norman Reedus from 'The Walking Dead.'"
"I usually don't do stuff like that," she said. "I never think I'll win anything, but somebody was looking out for me somewhere."
After reading the email from Toaster Strudel that she'd won, Moore said, "My heart just stopped. Everything just stopped."
She called a representative from the company that night. As they were talking, Moore said how much her kids, 17-year-old Kaleb and 8-year-old Kamryn, also liked Reedus and "The Walking Dead." The representative asked her if she'd like to bring her kids along on the trip.
"I was over the moon about that!"
The trio arrived in New York, where they were put up at the Trump Soho Hotel (and saw other celebrities including singer Kelly Rowland and NFL quarterback Eli Manning). They had a day to acclimate before their big meet-and-greet.
The next day started with a professional makeup artist zombiefying her children, while Moore participated in some interviews. Then, at 10 a.m., it was time to meet Reedus.
"I was crying. It was insane," she said. "My hands were shaking so bad. He hugged me four or five times. He was just so sweet, so wonderful.
"He was really only supposed to stay for a half an hour, but he stayed for an hour because he's wonderful like that," she added. "He is really wonderful and genuinely humble."