Just Heather

I am pretty much maxed out around here. I feel like my entire life is a credit card and I’m only able to make minimum payments. I have learned to say no when necessary, but there is so much I want to do. Then come the things I need to do. Not to mention things I have to do, but really don’t want to. I feel like Stretch Armstrong (which, by the way, was totally the coolest 80s toy ever—until we broke him and all the stretchable goo fell out).

My weekly schedule:

Monday: Library Toddler Story Hour (Lorelai)
Teach Kids in the Kitchen Class (through October)
Errands (bank, post office, etc)
Girl Scout Leader meetings (once a month)
Tueday: Girl Scouts (Stacia & Brenia—alternating weeks)
Volunteer Work (copies at one school; kindergarten dismissal at another)
PTO Meeting (once a month)
Wednesday: Work at home
Calligraphy Class (Stacia)
Thursday: News Team (Stacia)
Work at home
Grocery Shopping
Friday: Work—News Segment
PTO Meeting (once a month)
Saturday: Pharmacy Shopping
Neighborhood Craft Club (once a month)
Sunday: Work at home

Part of that is having kids at two different schools. Part of that is a need for a little extra money. I’m only teaching the cooking class because I’m getting paid, though I think it is going to be a lot of fun. In addition, I am babysitting a toddler a few days a week. I’m running out of room in the schedule for things like laundry and dishes.

Which would go a long way towards explaining why my family is running out of things like clean socks and forks.

Last Thursday, my mom lectured me about 5 times because I went to the store in cutoff sweats and a t-shirt. She says I’m not allowed to dress like that anymore because I am a “television personality.” I say, this is my personality!

On Friday, I took my oldest to a High School Musical 2 party with 2 of her friends. While they were playing a game, someone came up to me and said, “This is going to sound really weird, but are you on the news?” The girls thought that was really cool. Well, two of them did. My own daughter thought it was “embarrassing,” but I’m pretty used to that.

When I called my mom to tell her I got recognized she asks what I am wearing!

It’s official! I have a 3-4 minute segment every Friday morning on a local television morning show. I was hopeful that it would be a recurring thing, but in television it is all about viewer response. The first week, the anchor said I would be back “on a regular basis” but I didn’t know how that would pan out. The second week, the co-anchor said I would be there “every week” so I’m pretty excited that it worked out as planned.

I am getting a name and a web page on their site which will have details about each week’s segment as well as a link to my business website. They seem pretty pleased with me and the nerves are disappearing. I was visibly nervous the first time, but much more relaxed the next time around. I think it will only get better as we go.

I’m looking forward to the challenge, but not the hour. I have to be up by 6 am to get there on time. I’m a sleep ’til noon kinda girl if left to my own devices.

Yesterday I loaded my 3 girls in the van and headed to the television station. They had asked me to do a run through with the anchor, but it was so last minute that the news director told me to bring the kids knowing I would not have enough time to arrange a sitter.

They were very well behaved (who are these children and why can’t they live at my house?) and enjoyed seeing where Mommy “works” now. The rehearsal was designed to allow me to hear the questions the anchor would ask so I could be prepared. He asked different questions every time we ran it. Then he asked a completely different question today—live on the air.

Never fear, I am an expert in my field (apparently) so I was able to answer everything efficiently. I then shared some of the good buys for this week with a referral to my website for even more deals. I felt good about the segment, but I haven’t it seen it yet. They showed a video clip of my kids and some graphics showing the math on the deals I shared along with the live video we were filming.

Our DVR managed to skip right over it. It recorded the news from 6:00 to 8:25 am and from 8:50 to 9:00 am, but I was live at 8:41. It manages to malfunction about twice a year and just my luck today was the day! The station is sending me a DVD so I’ll be able to see it and share it soon. I have no idea what happened, but I was devastated. My parents are out of range for the station and were counting on me to send them video.

Now, not only do I get paid to be on television, but I get a free DVD too!

On a related note, PayDays now come in a protein bar so when I eat one for lunch I can pretend it is a real and actual meal replacement instead of just candy.