Alternatively titled: That One Time The Today Show Came To My House
The question I’ve gotten the most lately is “How did you get to be on The Today Show?” and the answer to that question is a very professional “I have no idea.” Late Friday night I was lying in bed facebooking on my phone because I have a very busy social life, obviously, when up popped an email titled “Hello From The Today Show!” And I was all “What is this? This is a creative new way for someone to try to sell me something!”
Then I read the email and it was from a producer who said they were doing a story on the Mom 2.0 conference, which I attended this past weekend, and they wanted to interview a local blogger from Atlanta and that someone had given them my name. I do not know who that someone was but I love them truly, madly, deeply, always and forever. (Unless that person is a creeper, in which case I am politely but reservedly grateful. First rule of internet safety and all.)
She asked if I could hop on a quick phone call and then she asked me a bunch of questions about blogging and Scarlette and Y’ALL. I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE INTERVIEW. I thought to myself “Self! This is so fun! Maybe I’ll get to see my name and website scroll across one of those little banners on the bottom of the screen when they do the segment!”
And then the producer said “So what we’d like to do is send a film crew out to your house on Thursday and do the interview and get some footage of you blogging and of your daughter. Are you free to do that?”
And I was all
I actually had three different meetings set up in the city on Thursday with a few brands prior to the conference but I was all “MY CALENDAR IS TOTALLY CLEAR FOR YOU, TODAY SHOW.” Everyone was very kind and accommodating about rescheduling with me when I explained to them my reasoning for needing to cancel so then I set about cleaning my house like crazy.
I have made no secret that I am a terrible housekeeper. My mantra has always been “What’s a little dust? IT’S NOT LIKE A FILM CREW IS GOING TO RANDOMLY SHOW UP AT MY HOUSE OR SOMETHING.”
Y’all. You have no idea how dirty your house is until The Today Show wants to film in it. I single handed supported the cleaning supplies industry this past weekend. I went through more Magic Erasers in one day than I have ever used in my entire life. I employed child labor and made my three year old clean baseboards. She kept asking me if she could “cwean wike Mommy,” possibly because she sees it so rarely that it felt like a novelty, but I fully gave her a wet washcloth and instructions on how to clean trim as I sang “Cinderelly Cinderelly” while we worked. Train up a child in the way she should go and all that.
My house has never been so shiny. Granted I had about three Monica Closets when all was said and done but still.
And The Today Show came in, looked at my living room and said “We’re going to need to move the couch.”
Do you know how long it’s been since I cleaned under my couch? Me either, but I’m assuming the answer is never on account of how our couch is super heavy and I can not move it with my tiny little t-rex arms. This is also the reason I can not take a proper selfie. And because, let’s be honest, even if I could move the couch on my own I would still probably never clean under there.
I kind of started to hyperventilate a little bit and then it happened. They moved the couch. And this is what was left under the glaring studio lights of The Today Show in the middle of my living room.
(Also, my child, she steals my craft supplies and hides them under the couch, apparently.)
Tomorrow I’ll share some fun stories about the actual filming process and a #stuffscarlettesays, Today Show edition because oh, she had a LOT to say about all the going-ons in our house. Thanks for all your kind words and support over the last couple of days! It really was a wonderful experience that I am excited to share some stories about!