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.
26 thoughts on “Baby, I’m a . . . STAR!”
They picked you for your flawless skin and incredible sewing skills. It was a lot of fun! Except for the part where I was a party pooper. But it WAS 10pm.
Congrats, Jennie! I can't wait to see it. And, I'm glad you got a little break, too.
P.S. Love your hair!
That is so incredibly exciting! Hollywood here your come 🙂
I know exactly why they picked you! Good choice, I'd say. Plus, you look gorgeous!
I need to fly to Utah so I can have someone do my hair. I am a MESS!
Dude…I'm NOT a size zero and you are wicked funny. THAT is why they picked you.
I am sad though that I did get invited to dessert. Was it because of my inappropriate shirt? That's it, isn't it? And I'm not Mormon. Sigh.
Kidding. It was awesome to meet you and if you need help with anything bloggy, just give me a holler. firstname.lastname@example.org
And you sewed that shirt? I should be the one hating you. I cannot even thread a needle!
I always knew you would be famous one day! Looks like total fun and of course you look absolutely gorgeous! You have the most perfect skin. Lucky!
I wish I could watch the broadcast, but no BYU tv here. Boo! LMK if it can be watched online.
You look gorgeous, Jenny!
Ah, that's so cool! And you were at BYU! I wish I could have seen you. We were on the same campus AT THE SAME TIME. And you're like a celeb now. We should be bff or something. ^_~
I definitely want to see the show when it airs.
Are you kidding? They could have chosen ANYONE, and they chose you, and I'm so glad they did! I'm still wowed by the shirt. Wish I could whip up missing pieces from my wardrobe, which mostly consists of pjs. Did you notice how much I was fidgeting n real clothes?
Oh and about the set, I have that same bookcase, in black. My realtor made me take it out of the house for showing! That sucker is heavy, maybe the heaviest thing IKEA sells.
Loved meeting you!!
Kadi, I just saw your comment… I wish you could have been in the prep room when J was trying to find something to cover up the boobage. She was all SAFETY PIN! NEEDLE AND THREAD! ANYTHING! I died.
I found your blog through Kacy's, and I think the only two things that just stood out was boob sweat and bowel movements. 😉
Jenny, you look gorgeous, and I think a viewing party will be in order!
Jennie I picked you because you are very funny, as clearly seen by this post.
Kadi, in the real world your shirt was hot, and I liked it, but unfortunately I produce for a platform that only appreciates "super modesty"…sorry about the panic:).
and Mindy fidgety or no in non pj clothes, you looked so great on screen…
You were all FANTASTIC and we were blessed to have you all on the show…so thanks for being willing and give BYUTV a chance:).
How exciting! You may be the first "cool thing" I've been hip to before the crowds…since Duran Duran of course.
hey superstar! good for you.
Jessica, you rocked the whole production. I'm so proud that you were able to pull that off on a regimen that would have me scrabbling for mud pie.
I liked Kadi's shirt too, and thought, uh oh, this is going to be gooood. You were so tactful but I could see the panic. It was awesome.
I can't wait to see it! And they picked you because you are GRRRREAT!
you look so pretty! can't wait to see it!
You are way too modest- (not in the dressing sense- though that too!) you are so so funny and we all love reading your blog!!! Congrats! You looked awesome and I tell you what the Tai Pan is THE BEST STORE- wish I lived by one!
That shirt's fabulous and amazing. Wow.
I think Tai Pan might be like 4 blocks away and I've never had any inclination to go there. Maybe I'll have to check it out.
Va va voom on the hair! wowsa! Did Mister see that?
Can't wait to see you on the small screen! (I'm still squirreling away at the brownies as we speak…)
Holy cow Jennie! First of all you look gorgeous, secondly, I'm so excited to see it!
You really do look incredible Jennie. And of course they picked you! You're awesome, and also have that trio going on- pretty funny and smart. Oh how I wish I could write like you! So excited to see you this weekend.
Oh my gosh, you look just like Marie Osmand in that one picture! (With less gums showing, of course).
I can't wait to see the show. It looks like it was an amazing experience.
Can't wait to see it 🙂