Well, not really. Not even close. But I did get to do a TV show yesterday for BYU TV. It was all about “Mommy Bloggers” (their choice of words, not mine). I represented the semi-dorky, unknown, small-potatoes blogger. While the other guests (Mindy from The Mommy Blog, Daphne from Cool Mom, Kadi from Girly Gazette) represented the saavy Moms who have business-fied their blogs. All three have the trifecta of womenhood: they’re funny, smart and pretty.
BYU flew me up, got me a rental car and hotel room. Even so, I showed up thinking it was just going to be some sort of rinky-dink operation run by goofy college students. How very wrong I was. First of all, they had a lovely gift basket waiting in my hotel room (you know how I am about gifts, remember).
I was very fortunate to get my old hairdresser and friend, Shellie, to do some highlights and give me a little trim that day (very daring, no? Can you imagine what a debacle that could have turned into? But I trust Shellie. I have been loathing my hair lately as it super flat and limp and makes my head look like a coconut. Shellie fixed me right up.) Then Cherise, the make-up/hair lady at the studio got her hands on me and WOW! I magically had sexy hair and fantastic make-up.
That’s not me, by the way. I did not go blonde and suddenly become a size 0. That would be Kadi. Normally when I see a woman with a gorgeous bod like she has I just turn up my nose and think to myself, snottily, “well, let’s see how good she would look if she had six kids like me.” But Kadi has SEVEN kids! Holy Toledo. I would hate her but she’s too funny and normal.
This is me several hours later (some of the magic has been lost, but you get the general idea):
Do you like that shirt? I made it. I needed that color of shirt since it makes my eyes look green (not really, but please humor me). I couldn’t find one that was just right so I was left to sew something. Desperate times call for desperate measures, folks.
Then it was on to more serious things like running several wires and electrical things under my clothes including a microphone wedged into my cleavage. I hope those are disposable because I’m sure mine smelled like boob sweat by the end of the night.
I was most enchanted by the ginormous doors on the soundstage. They were like 20 feet tall.
We had a quick run-through on the set, which was gorgeous. It looked like a super cool family room. I think we should have all gotten to pick our favorite prop to take home as a souvenir. (Notice my blog header on the screen behind me. That kind of freaked me out. Like “who am I and what am I doing here?”)
The host of the show, our very own Oprah, was Rebecca Cressman; Yet another talented, funny woman. I haven’t ever met any other TV hosts, but I can’t imagine anyone nicer or more professional. During our interview she asked me lots of questions but it was all pretty much a blur and I don’t remember much of what I said. Except for one part when Rebecca asked where I like to blog and I said “the toilet”. As the words were coming out of my mouth my mind was screaming “shut up, Jennie!!!”. Rebecca assumed I meant “in the bathroom”, but I really meant I like to blog while I’m going to the bathroom. I tried to pretend that’s not what I meant, but you know the truth (I know some of you are thoroughly grossed out. Sorry. But I have to take advantage of the lock and the fan. Those are a mother’s best friend. And I have very regular bowels. And I like to multitask.)
As part of our interview we talked about why Moms blog and if there really is a true sense of knowing each other even though we don’t actually know each other. (Of course. Duh.) They “surprised” me by bringing on Kacy, one of my blogging friends whom I have never met.
Kacy liked me enough to go out to dessert afterwards. We Mormon girls sure know how to party!
Today I woke up and watched some TV in bed while I ate breakfast. I love to eat in bed at hotels because I don’t have to worry about crumbs. Somebody will change my sheets when I make a mess. So I brought a bowl of Lucky Charms back to my room, but I forgot a spoon. So I ate them with my fingers. It’s really hard to eat cereal and milk with your fingers. Try to avoid it if possible.
Summation: I had a great two/three days. Doing a TV show was a really fun experience, I ate every single meal with someone I loved (except the Lucky Charms), and I hit the Easter decoration jackpot at Tai Pan Trading.
Oh yes, the show will air during the new TV season in September (I’ll be sure to let you know so you can all hear my dumb voice). You’ll be able to watch it if you have BYUTV on your satellite or cable line-up. And the answer to the question everyone has asked me (“why did they pick you?”): I have no idea. Especially since there are so many bloggers out there who are funnier/more interesting/have done it longer. I’m pretty sure they just felt sorry for me.