My House is a Wreck, but I’m Happy!

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Are YOU living the dream?

Last week I was able to be a part of a small audience of Bloggers on the Anderson Cooper Live Show. What a fun experience!

Poster in Lincoln Square, NYC @me

And it was mostly because of this crazy blogging thing I have been doing since the beginning of this summer. Since I have stepped out of my comfort zone at the urging of many and started a personal blog, I have been able to be a part of a growing community of writers young and old, and I have had the chance to meet some of my favorite celebs in the blogosphere like Ree Drummond-The Pioneer Woman–and The Anderson Cooper folks. I have also met some peeps famous in the blog community that I admire. To say I’m a little starstruck is an understatement.  But what opportunities in the last six months!

So last week I went and had lunch with my gay husband who is moving to New Mexico with his partner this winter. Long time Atlanta residents, they are looking for a change and are excited and jazzed about a new life out west and starting over. I will truly miss him and he is the only one I know that can get me out of a police situation in the city of Atlanta. So no more sneaking in abandoned buildings with our photo gear to shoot graffiti or meeting me in Midtown to shoot DragonCon. Boo hiss. But I am so excited for their new chapter in their life. Living the dream.

My Photo Accomplice…@me

A lovely couple that I sold a house to over 10 years ago have opened the coolest new design and furniture shop in downtown Atlanta called Steve McKenzie’s. Steve used to have the big corporate job and has now opened a store with his own fabrics, art, and a line of the most fabulous French made furniture you will ever lay your eyes on. I walked in last week and said. “Congrats! You are living the dream!” and Steve exclaimed, “Yes! We are!” With a huge twinkle in his eye. Steve and Jill have such an incredible eye for design, their home has been in Traditional Home Magazine among others. And we both share a passion for folk art. They are stepping out and taking a big chance in this economy but I am certain they will be successful. Living the dream.

@Steve McKenzie’s

Sometimes, I make jewelry. When I am in the mood. And I tend to make more during the winter months because I sit at my kitchen table in terrific sunlight and get all inspired and shizz. Makes BC crazy when I crap up his spot at the table. But anyhoo…a new friend I met had raised three kids and then was served with divorce papers. After all was said and done she rehabbed an old cottage in North Georgia and has a very successful art and gift shop called Cool Bees. She brought FUNKY to my part of town and I sell my jewelry there occasionally. Where else can you find a hand painted Grateful Dead stool in Cumming, Georgia? Times sure have changed. And she is living her dream.

I am so proud and inspired by my friends.

Terry’s stool at Cool Bees @Cool Bees

I am still trying to find out what EXACTLY my dream is. I am writing for the first time in years. I am back in the antique market business rehabbing and blinging out vintage handbags. And I am doing my photography.

My house is a wreck, but I am happy.

Are you living your dream?

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I Almost Killed Deborah Norville for her Shoes….

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Photo by Julie DeNeen

Faizul drove me back to La Guardia today.  He is in his second year of physician’s assistant school at St. Johns in Queens and driving a cab to make extra money. We had a great conversation-the guy that picked me up yesterday could barely speak a word of English.  Yet Faizul, born in Bangladesh and living here for most of his 20 plus years, was a pleasure to meet and got me quickly out of NYC before a nor’easter crept in to further paralyze an already hurting tri-state area.  He’s what our country is all about.

I was in Manhattan along with some other fun bloggers I meet through Julie DeNeen to appear on Anderson Cooper Live and tweet about the show.  After I arrived at my hotel, Julie texted me and suggested we meet at Carmines on Broadway for dinner with Kelly of Realhousewife.org and Melanie of melbel.hubpages.com.

Even though I had not personally met these girls except for online as bloggers, it seemed like we had been friends for years-having drinks and calamari at Carmines and laughing about the trials and tribulations of being a writer and blogger.  Maybe one day I will be proposed to by a secret blog admirer, like Melanie…Jealous!

Today we gathered at 7am in the ACLive version of the green room for regular peeps. It was kinda green. And no champagne, or red M&M’s. We received our marching orders and signed over our first-born children and were assigned to live tweet during the show, in which our tweets would be on TV and on a huge screen in the studio (filter time lol).  We were going to be asked various questions about how the election was going in our blogging world but because of time restraints and content, they weren’t able to get to us.  Hey, that’s okay-I got my pic with my new BFF Deborah Norville and met the Obama Hugger Dude!

We were given some tips about being on camera:

1. Try not to touch your face or chat too much with your neighbor because the whole freekin place is miked and whatever you are say,everyone can hear

2. Take off coats, extra clothing etc.–the less clothing you have one, the thinner you look.  Except not naked. Not allowed.

3.  TV studios are freezing ass cold.  Hot flash? What hot flash? Hard to tweet when your hands are numb…

4. Deborah Norville had a sweet pair of Louboutins on, I almost tripped her and ran out the door with them.

5.  The young, un-jaded assistants are bright, cheery, helpful and fun.  And they all wear those Old Navy headsets.  I want one.

6. The show was done in real time-and went incredibly fast.  No bathroom breaks. Sooooo glad I only had one cup of coffee before it started…

Looking really interested in the show…thinking of shoes

7. Anderson Cooper is very personable. And in front of us ate some awesome looking cupcake during a commercial break.  And he is still skinny. Life isn’t fair.

8. They asked who would dance for an AC t-shirt, so, of course, I volunteered.  I did the sprinkler and the spastic chicken dance.  The girl who danced like she forgot her pole got the shirt. Bitch.

9.  @OneFunnyMotha can flat out tweet like a mad woman. Shes a mastertweeter…

Because of the weather, I raced to the airport and got out before they cancelled the rest of the flights.  I am still recovering from my whirlwind trip.

So glad the election is over, so sad I had to leave without photo-bombing Hoda and Kathi Lee.

Soon, people, very soon…

We are BFF’s now

Watch Out ‘Merica – The Mermaid’s Gonna Be On TV!

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Oh, the power of twitter. And the power of that addiction.

I joined twitter in its infancy because, as a supposedly high-tech real estate agent, I was told to. I totally did NOT get it. And neither did a lot of other folks.

Since the time of its inception in 2005, millions of people have embraced the power of this little weird social media platform and have made money, met wonderful people and most of all, made cool new friends. I got back on twitter mainly to stalk my teenager a year ago.  Then I started blogging and met people who really engage and wanted to get to know me. Fancy that.

So it was through twitter that one of my peeps asked us if any of us mom bloggers lived near NYC. And of course, sensing an opportunity to meet new cool bloggers, a party, or perhaps, a starring role on One Life to Live, I replied – I live in Atlanta but I can fly for free!

So on Wednesday I am going to be on Anderson Cooper Live talking about the results of the election with an audience of other bloggers. It is in a town hall format. And I will have to bring the biggest filter I have because some of you really know me!

One of the producers sent me a questionnaire on my views (uh, oh) and needed a photo. And since I am an independent I will most likely be outed during this show. Uh oh again. Bring on the Xanax…

And it also got me thinking–I have been relatively quiet politically this election.  Mostly because it is mentally exhausting, dividing our country, and with my latent insecurities and tendency to want to make everybody like me, I just stay quiet.  I refuse to lose friends, customers and readers over who should be our leader.  I was a political science major in college. Mostly because I loved the department and the discussions over coffee and cigarettes that we had in the 80’s.  Prepared me to be a GREAT salesperson.  I even worked on the Carter campaign.  I interned for a Republican Senator my junior year in DC.  I met some really cool people.  But after 6 weeks in DC, I knew that track was NOT what I wanted to do when I grew up.

Shiny objects.  Anyway-if I do get asked a question, don’t hate me for my answer.

To me, this is not a one issue race. To a lot of others it is. And that is fine with me.  The one thing we really need to remember is that we CAN vote.

Signed autographs will be available Thursday.

OH OH I almost forgot-we will be able to post and live tweet during the show in the morning so follow me at @hellomap!