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Crazy, Long-Winded Recap of my Audition Day…

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George Costanza once said "Every instinct I have, in every aspect of life, be it something to wear, something to eat – it’s all been wrong."

I won’t dare compare my self to George as I’m not a neurotic, selfish, self-loathing short man who lives with his parents, but I swear, yesterday, every instinct I had really was wrong. I’m serious, it’s uncanny. A comedy of errors mixed with just bad luck that cracks me up! Well… not at first. At first I was mad but then I got over it.

It all started Sunday night around 8PM when I got back from my parents (3 hour drive mind you). From that moment I was all about getting everything ready for Monday mornings trip to New York City and the audition. Outfit laid out, food and equipment packed for my cooking demo, application printed, etc. I was informed I’d be doing a presentation without a kitchen so I needed to bring everything, utensils, pots, pans, etc. So I prepped, took a break, put the toddler to bed, wrote and posted the weekend quote. Needless to say, it was a busy night but somehow I made it to bed around 11:30PM.

Even though I was exhausted I had to take a swig of NyQuil as I could feel my body warding off my first winter cold. Fabulous! Right? the night before the audition and my nose is running, eyes burning and throat scratchy. Just Fabulous. On top of that, I also (and I can’t believe I’m going to tell you this as I hate to throw it out there but the story wouldn’t be complete without it) my, *cough* *cough* friend came to visit this month as well. Yet another thing for me to worry about.

So I hit the hay and set my alarm for 6AM. I actually slept like a baby (NyQuil does it to my every time). I sprung out of better, hopped in the shower, popped some DayQuil and I was ready to go! I couldn’t believe it! Hair done, makeup on, totally ready. I looked at the clock, 7:00AM. Perfect… the train station is 20 minutes away the train leaves at 7:39. I think to myself… and this is key… I don’t want to leave too early and be stuck waiting in the cold. Mind you it’s BITTER out. Like 20 degrees and I’m carrying a bunch of crap with me.

So I say goodbye to the toddler. Look at my stuff one more time to be sure I have everything and I make some decisions. "Hmmmmm" I think, "Do I really want my iPod? I’ll be on the train playing with my phone. I know I’m not going to be listening to it in NYC when I’m walking about. Ah just leave it, one less thing to worry about."

I pull the ipod out of my bag.

Then I hop in the husbands car and head to the train station. Why the husbands? well, ‘my car’ is easier for the toddler to get in and out of so who ever has child has the wagon. It’s just a family rule. Now, there’s one thing you need to know about the husbands car. It’s a 2000 Civic with 125,000 miles on it. The radio no longer works, it’s a bit on the beat up side but we love it. It was the first new car we bought after we graduated college. It’s paid off and it’s ours and we’re kind of running it into the ground at this point. Once it goes then the husband will get his midlife (in our case 30-Something) crisis car, whatever that may be.

Anyway, I’m off! Heading north to the train station. I’ve never been to this station as there is one closer to my house but Amtrak doesn’t stop there. So I’m a bit on uncharted territory which maybe should have been a red flag to leave early. But remember I didn’t want to be cold… Instinct number 1, I should have ignored.

I underestimated the traffic going north (away from the city) so now I’m rushing. I overshot the exit so I have to go 2 miles out of my way. Do you see where this is all going? I’m now frantic and mad at myself for leaving a little late.

I arrive at the train station. It’s a ghost town. I know I didn’t miss it. It’s only 7:35 and I don’t think it would be that early. So I grab all my stuff and start booking it to the platform. Of course I have to cross the tracks as the train will board on the other side. So as I’m running up the stars I hear it! YAY! the train is there and I’m made it!

Or did I?

I start to descend the stairs on the other side only to discover I’m in no mans land. I’m not sure where I am, but I’m not on the platform and there’s a fence in my way. Now I’m running up one of those handicap platforms, dishes clanging in my bag, hair blowing in the wind and I realize I’m going towards the bridge to cross over the tracks again and I know I don’t want to do that! I feel like a little like Chevy Chase in European Vacation…. "Look kids, Big Ben. I can’t get left. I just can’t get LEFT!"

At this point I hear the train whistle, the doors close and I come to the realization I’m not getting on that train.

DARN IT! I call the husband in hysterics. More mad at myself then anything else. I’ve never missed anything in my life, a train, a bus, a plane, ever! I felt like a idiot.

What’s a girl to do? I decide to drive, of course. There’s no way I’m missing the audition and I’ve driven to NY before, It’s not that bad. I just wanted to take the train for convenience sake.

So I turn on the GPS on my phone and hop on 95 North.

At this point I realize… CRAP! I’m in the husbands car, I have no sun glasses, I have no music AND I didn’t bring my iPod (instinct 2). So now I’m left with my thoughts and let me tell you, although I know it’s probably good for me now and then, I HATE not doing, watching, listening, reading SOMETHING. I’m the queen of the multitask. I work and watch TV, I read and listen to the radio, it’s just what I do and now I’m stuck in a car with nothing but thoughts. AHHHHH!!

I’m exaggerated a little. It wasn’t that bad. I actually made it to NYC in 2 and half hours. It was a nice trip, no traffic, nothing. I park the car and realize the audition is literally across the street from the parking lot.

Maybe things are looking up? :)

So I grab a cup of tea at a diner and I go to twitter from my phone. Only to realize I left the stupid navigation thingy on the whole drive (didn’t even really need it by the way another instinct I should have ignored) and it’s drained my battery. Not all the way but enough to make me worry. I didn’t want to by stuck by myself in NY without a cell phone. So I realize my plan on walking around, snapping pictures and twittering is just not going to work. I need to be a little conservative with my battery life.

walking to empire stateAt this point it’s about 11:30 and I hit the streets. I checked out Macy’s, walked down to the Empire State Building and even bought some jewelry to wear to the audition that matched my outfit perfectly. I’m feeling pretty good.

By 1:15 I decide to go up. I’m tried of walking with all this junk, it’s cold and there is NO WAY I’m going to be late. So I head up.

I tell the receptionist that I’m super early and asked if I could just read in the waiting room (which I’m not very good at doing – I end up watching every one else). About 5 minutes later this beautiful thin women walks in with two huge bags. I hear her say "I’m here for audition." Her appointment was apparently 1:20.

She starts to walk towards me and I say "Hi! I’m the 2." :) She seemed really nice but we didn’t get a chance to talk much as they whisked her right away.

I try to read….

Two more women enter the waiting area. They say there are here for the audition as well. Their appointment was for 1:40. I strike up a conversation with one while the other is chatting on the phone. The women I’m talking to is the others "Assistant".

Now I’m starting to feel a bit out of my element.

The thin pretty women comes back out and gives us a run down. She is really super nice and says she has hosted a show before (again, REALLY feeling out of my element now). We chat a bit before her elevator comes and the other women go in for the audition.

Again, left with my thoughts. Not good. lol

They finally come out and it’s my turn! YIKES!

I’m greeted by this sweet girl who gives me the run down…

  1. a close up camera shot of me talking about why I’m unique
  2. a 5 minute demo of me "cooking"
  3. a recorded answer and question series

Ok, I can do this.

Everything happens really fast. All of a sudden I’m answering questions! I feel like I ran through everything too fast but she seemed to think I was doing well. I thought I was doing alright. I know I could have made a little better eye contact with the camera (I’m not used to there being some behind it!) and she asked me to repeat her questions in my answers which I kept forgetting to do. Other then those two things I’m pretty happy with my… performance? Is that what I should call it?

So that was it. I asked tons of questions that she didn’t really know all the answers too. Like when we would hear, when the show starts, etc. However, I did find out they are hiring 3 hosts which is super cool!

Now it was time to go home. :(

I simply walk across the street to get my car. Fabulous, right! I pay at the little station, hop in, drive to the exit, roll down the window to enter my ticket into the thingy and then…. CRAP my window won’t close! It’s stuck half way down! WTF?!?

I’m not kidding, I laughed out loud. I’m now driving through the Lincoln tunnel with a window stuck in the down position in the middle of December. Hey… at least it’s not raining! right? (I say to myself trying to feel better about it)

I decide it’s not that bad and crank up the heat. After 25 minutes I can’t take it anymore! I’m freezing, sniffling and just miserable and I have another 2 hours of THIS! Ugh! No way! So I stop at a rest area.

I’m thinking I can tape some bags up, no? So I asked at the travel mart, but they have no tape. The girl was a miserable display of customer service if I ever saw one so when she walked away I gabbed a bunch of bags from next to the register and ran out. Someone at the rest stop had to have tape!

I went "door to door" until a nice young women said.. "sure! here ya go!" Phew… I ran outside and started to do my handy patch work. It took forever and I soon realize regular old scotch tape doesn’t adhere to the plastic inside cars to well. So I had to tape it to the window and then use my keys to jam the baggies in between the window seem and roof. It worked! I gave it a test drive around the parking lot! No more 20 degree wind blasting me in the face!

I park again so I can go return the tape and… I’m not kidding… I almost opened the door peeling away my brand new makeshift window. I caught myself and climbed over to the passenger seat. I grabbed my wallet and phone so I could snap a picture.

Taped up car window

At this point I decide to grab something to eat for the drive home. I return the tape, grab some food and head back the car. Again, almost opening the driver-side like an idiot! Seriously! what is wrong with me!?!? I laugh at myself and climb in through he passenger seat.

FINALLY I’m on my way home.

About 20 minute later I look down and notice my phone is not by my wallet. Why wouldn’t it be by my wallet? I brought it with me when I went back in to the rest area because I snapped the photo.

Now I’m driving down the turnpike frantically looking for my phone. I pull over. It’s NO WHERE to be found! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?

I must have left it when I paid for the food. Unbelievable. I had to go back. HAD to! It’s a brand new phone with all my numbers and… oh God… I don’t even want to think about it.

So I get off at the next exit.

Now, you have to remember I’m not just on a highway. I’m on the New Jersey Turnpike and if you ever been on it you know 2 things… 1. the exits are all like 15 miles apart at least AND 2. the rest areas only service one side. That means I’m going to have to turn around, get back on the turnpike, pass the rest area where I think the phone is, get back off the turnpike and then back on just to get to that rest stop. Oh and it’s all tolled! So I’m paying for this, big time. At least I have an easy pass so I don’t have to stop at the toll booths.

At this point I’m laughing at myself, again, and I can’t even share the story with anyone because I don’t have my phone! LOL

I finally make it back to the exit that would be before (well after – you know what I mean) my rest stop. I get off, go through the toll booth and I’m just about the turn around when…

"Brrrringggg"

"Brrrringggg"

YES ladies and gentleman, that’s my phone. It’s ringing. It’s in the freakin car. It’s been in car the whole time!!! I pull over and try to find it. Even with it ringing I can’t. It’s like jammed between the seat the center column. Apparently it slid in there when I climbed over from the passenger side because I can’t open my car door as the windows stuck half way down and I have shopping bags taped to it so I don’t get frost bite!!! Seriously… I couldn’t make this up if I tried!

I pick up the phone laughing SO HARD I can’t hardly say hello. The husband has NO idea what is going on and here he’s thinking I’m almost home when I’m not even close!

I tell him the whole story while getting BACK on the turnpike in the right direction.

So even though I was sick, missed the train, broke my car window, drove 30 miles out of my way all in a car with no radio, freezing my butt off, I had fun! I did say I was doing this for the experience of it right? LOL Well it sure was an experience!

My plan is to record the same dish I did for the audition today and send it to them in a follow up thank you email. That’s all I can do, right? It’s in their hands. Then again, I guess I could send them this post too. Maybe they’ll feel sorry for me and give me a call back. LOL

As always, I’ll keep you posted!




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Discussion

There are 74 comments so far.

    Laurie

    December 9, 2008

    You crack me up!! I would have been in the car swearing and probably crying and there you are laughing! I need some of your positive thinking!

    WannaBeSkinny

    December 9, 2008

    Oh my goodness! That is quite the story. No matter what you have made some great memories and it’s awesome you are laughing about it so soon!

    Jackie

    December 9, 2008

    LOLOL that made me laugh….Good for you though!!

    Tammy

    December 9, 2008

    Oh Roni! That’s just too funny of a story, but I enjoyed reading it – laughing aloud mind you. You do always look on the bright side of things and I admire you for that! I think I would have gone back home after missing the train. I hope you hear back about your audition, because you deserve a break! Hope you’re feeling better too and that wind didn’t cause your cold to get worse. Too funny. Thanks for making me laugh today.

    Josee

    December 9, 2008

    that is the funniest thing I have ever read…. POOR YOU!!!! BUt, while reading it I could not help but think that if you DON’T get a call back, you should TOTALLY send that story in to ABC (a-la-Seinfeld) to pitch it as an episode for some quirky sitcom! ;-p

    Giood luck Roni! Glad to hear you had a memorable day!

    deanna

    December 9, 2008

    What a day!!! Jeeze louise! Glad you surivived, I have a similar situation with my old car and the window – it’s so annoying!! I do think that’s a great idea though – with the thank you/vidoe – I would use the same email exchange and email the video and the TY note to everyone whom was in the room…that’s would tell candidates whom I career coach, cover all basis!!

    I hope you get it!!

    jim

    December 9, 2008

    That’s quite a tale! I hope they let you know soon (and give you a copy of the reel). My fingers are crossed!

    Azad

    December 9, 2008

    WOW!!!!!!!!! That sounds like a heck of a day!!!! Fingers and toes crossed that you hear good news soon :O)

    CZ

    December 9, 2008

    Great narrative… really, the recap could be published in any top notched magazine. You’re a gifted person in more ways than one!

    Gretchen Gonzalez

    December 9, 2008

    You must be my twin!!! I go through the same things!! Nothing ever goes right. I have literally missed the same exit 3 times in a row!! Literally! I hope you get the hosting job!

    Karla

    December 9, 2008

    Roni – I really don’t mean to laugh at you, but this was a hoot to read!! Sometimes, when it rains, it pours. And yesterday you got poured on. You handled it beautifully! I think if you wouldn’t have laughed about it, you probably would have cried. If nothing else comes of it, at least you have the memories!!

    Laura

    December 9, 2008

    WOW – that is quite the story!!!

    I have just started to follow your blog and I am really enjoying it. You are an inspiration to me. I am currently trying to loose weight. I have lost 47 pounds so far through a program at my hospital. I am tranisitoning over to a WW type of program for the last 20-40 pounds.

    I really appreciate your posts and ideas and food preps. I look forward to learning so much and implementing lots of your lessons into my new healthy lifestyle.

    Fingers crossed you get the show!

    Thank you. Seriously. Thank you.

    Maria

    December 9, 2008

    Great writing, laughed out loud, could totally picture the whole thing – step by step – but the best part was your positive attitude the whole time. I hope you get the job!!!

    Shawnda

    December 9, 2008

    Wow, that is quite a day you had! You never know what the producers are looking for. I would definately follow up with them, you would be great for the show:)

    Christine

    December 9, 2008

    too funny. yesterday when I saw the pic of the car I thought you were going to tell us it was someone famous that was trying to hide from photographers! the actual story was not what I was expecting! I’ll keep my fingers crossed over here.

    Patty

    December 9, 2008

    Roni – I’m glad to hear the actual audition part of your adventure went well, it’s like everything else was a test to see how bad you want this. Well keeping with the positive choices and choosing to laugh about it instead of crying/having a pity party, once again shows that you’ve got the right attitude toward life. Good Luck!

    workout mommy

    December 9, 2008

    I can’t help but laugh when I read this! You are such a trooper though, I would have bagged the entire thing upon missing the train!

    I hope you get it!

    Kath

    December 9, 2008

    POOR YOU!!! It was an entertaining story though :)

    Carrie

    December 9, 2008

    At least it was a trip you’ll never forget!! :) Keep us posted!!

    Michele

    December 9, 2008

    Wow what a day. I feel like you could submit that story to something and be posted in a book!!!! I am soo glad you were able to laugh about it because I am pretty sure I would have cried! That is just too funny, and I am glad you ended up having a great time in the long run! At least you got some new jewlery right????

    tnt

    December 9, 2008

    They actually had something on the radio this morning about astrology and how something “in the stars/planet alignment” yesterday was all wrong. The radio announcer was saying everyone he talked to was having a #@% day yesterday. So then they actually had people calling in telling what went wrong yesterday…you should have called in! :) At least it makes for an entertaining story, right? Good luck to you!

    Zoey

    December 9, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    That sounds like an adventure! The thing about stories like that is that they make great memories :) Thank you for sharing it with us, I am crossing my fingers for a quick positive response from your audition.

    Maggie

    December 9, 2008

    Oh my gosh what a story. I almost laughed out loud when the phone started ringing (I’m at work and my boss is 3 feet away – she might be confused). It sounds like you had a great audition – and I wouldn’t worry about other people having more experience. I think you have a great personality and they can teach you anything you’d need to know.

    Kari

    December 9, 2008

    Oh Roni,
    Can I just say that I was laughing so hard I had to get up to take a potty break. LOL. It’s like something outta a movie. too funny.
    Glad that you were able to laugh about it too! Even though I know I would have completely lost it and screamed a few curse words. lol.

    THinking positive, wishing you the best!

    Carol

    December 9, 2008

    Oh my! I’m glad with so many things going wrong, you still were able to get to the audition and get home again. I had the exact same thing happen with the window on my 2000 Civic. I didn’t handle it quite as gracefully as you. I think I called my dh and let loose with a few choice words (like it was his fault?). Luckily, he was able to talk me through getting the window closed since it was raining the night it happened to me.

    Kelly

    December 9, 2008

    I really don’t even know what to say after reading that. My mouth is hanging completely open. They need to made a movie out of that day, lol.

    gottahavefaith

    December 9, 2008

    Wow, you had quite the day! Good luck! I will be beside myself with glee if you get this job!

    Dee

    December 9, 2008

    Oh my lord girl! What a day! What a day! Hey, at least you will have this story to tell! I was reading and cracking up. I hope that you get the job! That would be fabulous!

    Shannon

    December 9, 2008

    Roni – you’re such a trooper!!

    Super Healthy Kids

    December 9, 2008

    I haven’t read something that captivated me for the entire post for so long! Thanks for entertaining. And I’m praying for you to get called back!

    Annette

    December 9, 2008

    How did you know I needed some funny in my day!?

    alexa

    December 9, 2008

    Love it! Great story – I am inspired by how positive you are – I would have been cussing and crying!! Thanks for sharing

    Shauna

    December 9, 2008

    Oh my freakin goodness Roni, what a day! You tell it so well, too. Hehe :) well done on your audition!

    Jen M

    December 9, 2008

    You laughed after all of that? You are amazing. I would have been crying. I want to be you when I grow up!! What a day.

    Paula

    December 9, 2008

    You are full of patience! My steering wheel would have caught a beat- down.

    I enjoyed reading this.

    Fitness Surfer

    December 9, 2008

    Wow! Long winded and literally winded. I hope all works out for the best, and i hop all that cold air doesn’t make your cold any worse.

    Tiffany

    December 9, 2008

    You should get the gig just because of what you had to go through for the audition.

    Kris

    December 9, 2008

    OH MY WORD! That is the best story I’ve heard in a long time!! And I feel your pain about the window. Mine did the same thing!!

    Laura

    December 9, 2008

    ok i needed a laugh today and reading this definately solved that. I was cracking up out loud at work today. You sure know how to tell a story – if that were me i would be crying.

    Sandi

    December 9, 2008

    So funny! Sounds like stuff that would happen to me. As soon as I read New Jersey turnpike, I knew exactly what you would say next. We were there a year ago, I’m on the west coast, and had a heck of a time getting where we wanted to go on the turnpike. Next trip we will have a GPS. I sure hope you get the hosting job, you certainly deserve it and would do a fabulous job!

    Ericka

    December 9, 2008

    Roni… you are so funny. WOW that was a mission …

    Julie

    December 9, 2008

    wow! you should get it just for going thru all that!

    Melissa M.

    December 9, 2008

    Well, as you said, it was definitely an experience. Look at it this way, at least you’ll never forget it. :)

    Michele

    December 9, 2008

    OMG Roni!

    Too funny!! but know this…that is something similar to a day I had not too long ago. You have a “soul sister” who feels your pain and knows you better laugh at situations like that or you’ll cry yourself into hysteria!!!
    I’ll be thinking positive thoughts about you getting that cooking show. God knows you deserve it! :) Thanks for sharing!!!

    Anna

    December 9, 2008

    OMG i am about to wet my pants from laughing~ we have a 98 Civic and the SAME damn thing has happened to our window TWICE, ours is manual (nothing electric) and the window that you have to hand-crank goes bad and it is a BITCH to fix. geez, what a great story, no matter the outcome, you will always have a great story to tell!

    Amanda

    December 9, 2008

    You have such a great attitude!

    Michele

    December 10, 2008

    LOL that was the best post ever! I laughed so hard I cried. I feel bad for laughing so hard at your misfortune(s) but they were so darn funny and you never let them get you down! OMG, hilarious, truly hilarious!!! You really can’t make that stuff up! They HAVE to give you a show after all that!

    Mel

    December 10, 2008

    Oh my Lord, Roni!! I’m glad you made it there, had your audtion, and got home safe and sound. What a day. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say. Good luck.

    Cat in the hat!

    December 10, 2008

    Roni, Truth is that you’ve got a good sense of humour about all this and that’s what matters! If only the producers could see this because that’s what keeps everybody in good spirits and on task, right?

    Best of luck to you!

    Krista S.

    December 10, 2008

    Holy crap that was hilarious. And I thought my partner and I had a crappy Monday! Yours takes the cake.

    Deb

    December 10, 2008

    OMG I just read all that, Chris is like READ READ! Good luck to you!

    Heather

    December 10, 2008

    Yikes, I bet you didn’t need nyquil to go to sleep this night, you poor thing! Oh well, it makes you appreciate the NON_HECTIC days a lot more, ay ;-)

    s

    December 10, 2008

    wow. what an insane day. well, hey, like you said, it was an adventure. certainly one for the books! (or blogs, whatever the case may be!)

    crazylady

    December 10, 2008

    My God Roni! What a day indeed!!! I’m impressed that you stuck with it all and didn’t just go back to bed when you missed the train! I’d probably would have but then you are Roni and that just isn’t you :) plus like you said you were able to see the fun side of it and that’s what’s important.

    Sabrina

    December 10, 2008

    Ok…here’s my take on the situation…blame it on your TOM :) that’s what I’m doing this week!!! I’d laugh BUT I’ve had more days like this than I care to admit!!! Poor girl…

    Janice

    December 10, 2008

    Roni, this is a great story. Life is all about how we react to unexpected situations. It is great that you came out of the day with a positive attitude.

    Cathy

    December 10, 2008

    Oh you poor thing!!!! Don’t you absolutely hate those days?? But at least you can laugh through it! :) Your karma today will probaby be rock star since it was so bad yesterday. The universe owes you. :)

    Maureen

    December 10, 2008

    Oh wow Roni! I was laughing so hard, I’m crying and running my makeup and people are coming into my office thinking I’m crazy!! Good for you not letting it get you down! THat’s the way to handle it. Spin it positive and positive energy will come back to you. Thank you so much for the laugh! I needed that. Good luck, you are super and you give out so much good things will come back to you. There is a higher plan for you that is the highest and best for you and it will come easily. Thank you for all you do.

    Have a great day!

    Maureen

    cookienurse

    December 10, 2008

    Oh Roni, you made my day!! That is a great story, I was laughing and crying. Thanks!

    Bonnie

    December 10, 2008

    Roni, you are hysterically funny! And I agree with everybody else….so wonderful to keep such a positive attitude about a day that went like yours did. You definately deserve to win!

    Becki

    December 10, 2008

    Roni,

    I’m sure this is in the realm of TMI, but I too find myself doing the most inexplicable things when it’s that time of the month. It’s like my brain is no where to be found. I’ve left my purse on top of my car and drove home. I’ve gone to take the dog to the vet… without the dog. I’ve even started driving to a place where I used to live. It’s very bizarre (not to mention embarassing). I wish I knew how to remedy it.

    DB

    December 10, 2008

    Unbelievable!!! Thanks for making me laugh, I needed it. You’re a trooper for being able to laugh at yourself.

    Merry Christmas!

    Liz

    December 10, 2008

    I’m in the middle of finals (which are no fun at all) and this totally made me laugh! Thanks Roni! Its good to know that things like that happen to everyone, just not me!

    Julie

    December 10, 2008

    Hi Roni,
    I just signed up for Blog to Lose this past weekend and I really love it! I wanted to just say that I have really valued both your websites so much over the past year. It was seeing your success and your positive attitude that helped me turn myself around! I’m also a taller girl – 5′ 8 1/2″ – and seeing your progress photos really helped me see where I could go – where I was going…and I did it! My heighest weight was 205, I’m a 42 yr old mom of 2 – and I got down to about 150 and have recently gone up about 8 lbs. The Blog To Lose site has been really encouraging to me these past few days and I’m headed back to my WW meetings in a little bit.

    I just wanted to say I love your humor, I love your enthusiasm for life, I love how you include Ryan in your videos – what a sweetheart of toddler! Everything that you have put into your sites – all the time and energy – has paid off – YOU have made a difference in the world, by encouraging others and sharing your creativity!!!! YOU are a gift to all of us. And you are an excellent role model to us all….so positive, encouraging, creative, pushing yourself to grow….need I say more? LOL okay I’ll say it – sounds lame but YOU ROCK. When I grow up I want to be like you…lol – okay, enough said. LOL

    Happy Holidays….Enjoy!

    Julie

    SarahD

    December 10, 2008

    I read this post yesterday and out of the blue started thinking about you this morning when I was getting ready for work. Anyway, here is the summary:
    I want the best for you. If this TV thing works out – great. If it doesn’t – great. Without the TV you reach many people on a dialy basis – people who look forward to what you are sharing. So, which ever way the chips fall – you have a fan base.

    Biz

    December 10, 2008

    I am glad that you were able to laugh about everything that went wrong!

    Here’s my quick story about how everything went wrong and everything worked out GREAT!

    As you know, I met my husband online and our first meeting was going to be after a weekend I spent at Charlie’s house. On the way to Charlie’s house, Hannah has to go to the bathroom, so we stop at a truck stop. 50 miles later, I look down. NO WALLET! I called, someone turned it in, the agreed to hold it for me on the return trip home.

    Happily Charlie paid my way that weekend! So before I left I had my outfit all laid out. My mom is going to watch Hannah. All is well!

    On our way back home, the wallet is locked up, only one person has the key, and they don’t know when that person is supposed to work next and they don’t have a cell phone. WHAT? Mind you I hadn’t been on a date for EIGHT YEARS!

    So I ask a woman in the car next to me if she’ll loan me enough money to get gas so I can get home and she gladly hands me $20 no questions asked!

    I get home, message from my mom, she can’t watch Hannah, she’s got a business dinner. Great! So I tell Hannah “start calling friends and find somewhere to sleep over!” I jump in the shower. I come out, go to my closet and no outfit. WHAT? That’s right, I live with my twin sister in a two flat and she wanted to borrow some clothes while I was gone and saw the outfit and just took it!

    So I find something else, I drop off Hannah at a friends and I get to the restaurant with no money and the key to my house.

    Okay, sorry that was long winded, but the moral of the story is that we moved in together basically three weeks after that first date, married six months after that first date, and have been HAPPILY married for 8 years this month!

    Some people said “weren’t those warning signs that you shouldn’t meet him?” but I just knew I had to get over those obstacles to get to him!

    I THINK YOU DID GREAT! FINGERS CROSSED

    Ronnie

    December 10, 2008

    It is SOOOOO comforting to know I am not the only one who has days like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be it not many but when they come watch out. Way to stay strong and laugh your way through it, most people probably couldnt have. Good luck!

    Christy

    December 11, 2008

    Wow…Sometimes it is nice to know that I am not the only one who gets $hit on. I am glad to hear you recovered so nicely. I used to be stationed at an Army base in NJ. The turnpike sucks…then I got to Germany and found that the autobahns are worse than the turn pike. It is further if you miss your exit :-(

    Svanhvit

    December 11, 2008

    Hi, Roni!

    I loved this story!! This absolutely sounds like me!! Good for you to keep so cheerful about it. I always try to see the half full side of the cup, too. Besides, when there’s a choice between laughing and crying, laughing wins with me anytime!!

    KK (Running Through Life)

    December 11, 2008

    Yikes! What a day!

    Stacey

    December 11, 2008

    Hi Roni!
    Sounds like a tough day, but you got through it laughing – that’s all that matters! I just got this email, and thought of your day in NY:
    “A Christmas Story for people having a bad day:
    When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
    Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
    When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
    Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
    Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
    Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
    The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’
    And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.”

    At least you handled your day better than Santa!! ;)

    Dawn

    December 12, 2008

    Oh hon, sorry to hear things were nuts for you! But take care of yourself and get better, you don’t wanna mess with colds…especially when you were driving around with the bags over the window!

    Hugs for silver linings, and I bet you nailed your audition! Happy thoughts sent your way!

    Zandria

    December 15, 2008

    That is insane. Those words don’t even begin to describe your day. All I can say is that you handled it with aplomb and I’m mucho impressed. :)

    Laura N

    December 16, 2008

    You persevered, Roni. That’s really great that you did, indeed, make it to the audition. And you know what? Even if you don’t get this gig, think of it as practice for the NEXT audition. But I hope they call you back!