Tomorrow I take my very first trip to the Big Apple...more specifically, to a production studio in Manhattan.
Why? Well, it seems that my piece in Woman's Day, about obesity and the emotional issues that have led me to become life-threateningly morbidly obese, caught the attention of a major network and they contacted me about a month ago and told me they'd like to feature me in a major 4-part miniseries they were producing on obesity and health which will air in the early part of 2012 Gareth and I talked about it and I decided that this was something I would definitely like take part in. Tomorrow I begin filming the interviews for the miniseries.
Whilst I'm excited I'm also a nervous wreck! For one, we're driving into New York City. Thankfully the producer I've been working with gave me directions that even my 4 year-old could follow, but if someone is gonna get lost, it will be us. Not only that, but NEW YORK CITY?!?!?! That's really just the tip of the iceberg though.
I found it incredibly easy to talk to the producer I've been working with but who knows if that's going to translate well, or at all, to film? What if I end up not being able to talk at all and I just sit there and stare into space like the proverbial deer caught in the headlights? What if I start to stumble over my words and become incoherent? Yeah, I'm seriously nervous.
Never once, in all my years on-air as a DJ at various stations across the U.S. did I ever find myself nervous to the point of not being able to speak, or not being able to maintain my composure. Not even when I had celebrities or artists in the studio. Granted, we weren't ever on camera, but the opportunity for me to fall all over myself on the air, was still there. However, I kept it together. I know that tomorrow there won't be celebrities or artists to speak of. Just me, the lights, cameras and another person sitting across from me, getting me to open up about my struggles with obesity.
I've been assured that there will be plenty of Kleenex on hand and was told that Gareth and Gaby could come in while I was in hair and make-up. I'm pretty sure letting Gaby anywhere near a filming set might not be the best idea, but we'll see what happens. I was told that once they start filming that Gareth and Gaby would have to leave the set, so Gareth, having worked in Manhattan for the better part of seven months when he first came to the states, is going to take his daughter on a little tour of downtown. New Yorkers...you've been warned!
Early Sunday morning we're going to be leaving for Maine and will be there through Wednesday. This is the final trip there to clean out the house and bring all of what we had in the garage, back to New York. We're grateful for the help of a very dear friend, who's asked to remain anonymous, for the assistance in making this possible for us.
Going back to Maine, since we've been in New York, has always been bittersweet. Whilst I feel wonderful when I'm back "home" I know that it's only for a short time. I've always had the house as an excuse to return. Now, after this trip, it won't be there any more. Yes, Bank of America has halted (for 30 days) the foreclosure process in Maine, however our case was already sitting at the court house and we know that once they get things underway again, an auction date will be set and things will probably move very swiftly from there on out. Or not.
Coincidentally, Monday is our 7th wedding anniversary and we'll be spending it in a home we loved, in a state that means a great deal to us. Luckily for Gareth, it's also National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Being that we'll be staying in the house itself, with no electricity, we'll be spending a romantic evening with cupcakes and candlelight. I don't know about you, but to me, it sounds like a small slice of Heaven. It might be our last anniversary there (we normally spend our anniversary dining at Sea Glass at the Inn by the Sea, and then head to a movie...and I don't really mind that this year, we won't be. We'll be together, in Maine, and that's good enough.), for a while perhaps, but I've no doubt in my mind that we'll be returning to Maine for good in the not too terribly distant future.
I'm not sure if I'm going to have time to pre-load any posts that will hit the blog while we're gone. I may end up just slapping up some amusing stuff that I was sent via email, and calling it good! I can blog from my 'droid, but Lordy, it takes forever and my thumbs go numb!
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I'll definitely try and send some pictures from our day in NYC and maybe a cheesy shot or two of me in the make-up chair! 'Cause I know you're just dying to see that sort of thing. By the way, that was sarcasm in-case my occasional troll needed to have that spelled out.
Here goes...nothing everything!