So, let’s start this post with a great big HOLY CRAP, WHAT A WEEK.
Last week, I mean. You may have noticed I sort of dropped off the planet and failed to post anything other than a completely random story about all of the toys I found in my backyard cleanup project.
I had other posts I meant to share. But then I flew off to Phoenix, AZ to film five (yes, FIVE!) episodes of a TV show and arrogantly assumed I’d have time at the hotel to still finish editing them. And then that didn’t happen and I barely even had time to share a few random mystery photos on Instagram to give you hints at what was going on.
So, yeah – I guess that’s my way of telling you my big news. Coming later this year (November 1st, I’m told), you can catch me on this season’s Homestretch with SheKnowsTV. The premise? Two DIYers, two rooms, and two days to make them over.
I can’t WAIT to share more details with you, but I’ve gotta keep a lot of it under wraps until the premiere episode. There are a few things I feel it’s okay to share, though – starting with my “competition.” Recognize this fellow sawdust lover (hint, hint)?
It’s Sandra from Sawdust Girl! The whole thing came together rather quickly, and I found out that she was the other DIY host (that’s what they called us, even though there’s also a real host of the show who pops in to check on our progress) just a couple of days before my flight out to Arizona. I was just as excited to reconnect with Sandra as I was to do the show (considering that I only get to see blog friends about once a year).
The whole experience was totally crazy. Overwhelming, FUN, and entirely new. Between adapting to my new tools (I never realized how not having my own tools would slow me down), squeezing in an entire room’s worth of shopping into a single day (the same day my flight landed, hello hit-the-ground-running), and learning to delegate a major DIY project while losing large chunks of time due to filming (which, like a doof, I never factored into the planning phase – but the crew was amazing). There were so many funny moments. And frustrating ones (yes, I throw things). And times I felt like a complete moron. And times I was super grateful for the people I was working with.
Every night, I came back to my hotel room completely exhausted and sore. I was adjusting to a three-hour time difference on top. And I worried like crazy that I wouldn’t pull it off, and that I would disappoint the homeowners. Truly, it was one of the most unique experiences of my life. I don’t have a lot of the pictures that were taken during filming (because, ahem, I was a little preoccupied), but I hope to have those soon and will give you the play-by-play when the first episode goes live.
Neat, right? But I did say that there were new things – plural. There’s a good chance you’ll be seeing me in a few other places. First, I’m the new Home Repair Expert for Answers.com. I think the word “expert” is a stretch (I would never pretend to be something I know I’m not), but they were looking for someone to give DIY advice, and who knows? It could be fun, and anything involving more of what I enjoy writing about is right up my alley. And (since this post has turned into a general post about things going on that are related to the blog part of my life), I’m also going to be a contributor for a new magazine called Society South. They’re launching any day now, and you’ll be seeing my mug as an online contributor here and there – sharing tips, talking about trends, and highlighting things that are catching my eye in the home decor world.
Phew. How’s that for a Monday announcement? Nothing from me, and then BAM, a whole list of reasons why. And not only that, but MIDTERMS are starting this week. Sheesh! But you guys know well enough that I can’t go for too long without more DIY projects. This week, I’ll be starting on the upper kitchen cabinets (and have to run out this afternoon just to grab the paint). My aunt and uncle are coming into town in just a few weeks, so the goal is to get the cabinets finished in time to jump right into the counter, sink, faucet, and other DIY projects when they get here. I’ve already picked up the sink, and she’s a beauty!
I think I need another cup of coffee.
P.S. Update: Sandra wrote a recap on her experience too! Check that out here. And I’ll be sure to
nag remind you about the premiere and subsequent episodes when things start heating up next month!