Friday, July 29th, 2011
I arrived at LaGuardia at 10 a.m. I got to my gate just in time to notice the sky turning black. The board was flashing delay delay delay. I was due in a small Alabama town at 8 a.m. the next morning for a shoot with a mommy blogger, Trisha. It’s part of a contest that is going on now, where three mommy bloggers from across the country designed a nursery for their second baby. We were shooting video on each of them, then asking all of you to vote on which one we like best. I was hired to host the three videos in three very remote parts of the country. We’re not disclosing the exact towns where we shot in, but for the first one I needed to connect in Atlanta.
It’s very rare in television that it takes you longer to get to a shoot than actually shoot the piece itself. But that’s exactly what happened with all of these.
My delay at LaGuardia dragged on for 5 hours. I knew I’d miss my connection in Atlanta. But there were more connections later in the day.
We finally boarded in NY, waited an hour on the tarmac, wheeled out, only to be told a light was blinking in the cockpit. One that wasn’t supposed to. The whole plane collectively groaned.
By the time I got to Atlanta the connections had all left. I crashed at an airport hotel at midnight, up at the crack of dawn on the first flight to Alabama. In all, it took me 24 hours to get there and about 3 hours to shoot the piece. (Which by the way, never happens. But when you have a good crew and a great interviewee, miracles can happen. And I had fun to boot.)
Trisha is an energetic tiny thing—one of those adorable pregnant women—who started blogging for fun. Now it’s her career. Her blog is momdot.com. She is about to have her second baby—a boy—Phoenyx. She has a beautiful 6-year-old daughter Charlotte. You can see her nursery pictures and vote here.