with Mir Kamin
I'm a freelance writer and mother of two working from home, which theoretically means I can set my own schedule so as to best accommodate my family. In reality, "flexible hours" often equals "working too much." Yes, I'm my own boss; no, that doesn't mean life is easy. It's hard to leave the office when you live there. But I love what I do and feel very lucky. And not just because I get paid to work in my pajamas.
To learn more about Mir, check out her profile on Work It, Mom! or visit her blog at http://www.wouldashoulda.com/
Yesterday I went on an adventure! I got up in the wee hours and flew to New York City so that I could have my 15 seconds of fame, and also because I have always wanted to see if I could apply eyeliner in a cab without puncturing my eyeball.
Do you know what I did? Here’s a hint:
Fellow mombloggers Kristen and Jill and I were all invited to come participate in a taped segment for the Today Show. We were contacted by NBC’s most adorable producer, Rachel, and even though I’m pretty sure I would rather eat my own toenails than have to look at my face on television, she was very persuasive and I was powerless against her charms.
(That’s Rachel with her back to us. Her dress was also adorable. I tried to put her in my pocket and take her home with me, but my iPhone was already in there so there wasn’t quite enough room.)
We three bloggers got to sit down with Janet Shamlian (who is also adorable and pocket-sized; note to self: television people are miniature!) and field various questions about blogging. Specifically, why we do it, when we do it, how it fits in with being a mom, whether it’s a job, whether everyone can do it, and other stuff like that.
Janet was wonderful and I think it’s really neat that blogging is finally being recognized as something that can go beyond a charming little hobby, so I’m really pleased NBC decided to do this piece. On the other hand, there’s a part of me that is starting to feel like the “mommy” part of “blogger” is being overstated; I’m just a person who happens to be a professional blogger and have kids.
Regardless, my understanding is that they take 3 hours of tape and turn it into a 2-minute segment, so who knows what it will be in the end. (I don’t know the air date, yet.)
I’ve never been on television before (gee, I wonder why), and at risk of exposing myself as an even larger dork than you already knew me to be, I have to say that I found the entire experience sort of mind-blowing. It took most of the day. There’s a lot of waiting around, and there you are sitting and chatting while the crew is clearly slaving away over their equipment, and I sort of wanted to offer to help (which would’ve been silly because it’s not as though I would’ve been at all useful). Also it turns out that joking to the sound guy about how he’s “trying to feel you up” when he runs your mic and clips it on your shirt is apparently not funny. (I thought it was funny. He did not. Um, sorry!)
This is not the sort of thing that I ever pictured happening to me when I started my first blog four years ago. And while the piece may or may not end up being anything significant, it was definitely an experience I’ll never forget.
(Left to right: Rachel, Jill, me, Janet, Kristen.)
Little ol’ me, who usually works at home in my jammies—on national television because… I work from home in my jammies. That’s either really cool or really weird.
Either way? I love my job.
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