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My third week
By Gina Sanford
Monday, August 23, 2010

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This week I am lucky to have my "family". My Army family has been good to me. Sometimes the road gets long and really rocky and the only ones who can really help you through it are the ones who have been there or know what it looks like.

This is an excerpt from my website Blog.  I know that there is a Blog posting place here, and I hope that I haven't over stepped any bounds by posting it as a story.  I am mainly what one would call a "Blogger", but they are never typical blogs.  I have  tendency to write with a message in mind, which is why my blogs eventually became a book and will continue to write my story.  I wanted to share a little bit more about me in hopes that some of the readers here at the "den" would enjoy my craft.  Here is an overview of my third week as an official book selling author:
 
I don't know where to start with this crazy week.  Sadly every week could probably be started with those same words...lol  Those of you new to my Blog welcome to my "crazy life'!  Those of you who have been here all along, it's going to be one of "those blogs" get ready.
 
The beginning of this week was a whorl wind of excitement.  I woke up Monday morning with a busy bee of a "manager/agent' M diligently working on website and PayPal issues.  Yet again, he is proud to announce that he may have fixed the problems once and for all.  He also wrote an amazing Press Release for me and sent it out all over the countryside in hopes to be released by the press.  To my shock and awe it was noticed almost right away.  First by the Temple Daily Telegram (a local newspaper) and then by the Lifetime Channel (yep, that one...on cable..with Wifeswap, Reba, and the all famous Army Wives).
 
When the reporter called from the newspaper I was barely awake stumbling around my kitchen waiting for the coffee to brew and answering far too many questions at 9am from my kiddos.  I saw the number on my caller ID and questioned answering it because it wasn't familiar until I remembered the press release.  Quickly and with a completely moronic sounding voice I answered the call before it switched to voicemail (I hate checking my voicemail).  The kind sounding voice on the  other end of the line explained where she was calling from and that she had received my press release.  That moment was of utter shock and complete annoyance.  Shock because I couldn't believe my story had been picked up so soon and annoyance because my children were still trying to talk to me and interrupt the call.  After making very serious motions with my hands and with a stern look on my face they got the picture that I needed them to shut up so I could focus.  Focus wasn't one of my strong points at that moment to begin with.  She was excited to talk to me and very chipper which made me feel like I seriously needed to snap out of my morning fog and get to business.  We talked briefly and  by the time the call ended I had agreed to an interview on Tuesday!  I hung up the phone and instantly thought "OMG!  I am going to be in the paper!  The book will be mentioned in the paper, yay!  Coffee pot beeped, which was good because it was definitely coffee time.  I am still not sure why she still wants to talk to me....lol  I know at first I sounded like a moron, then some kind of crazy lady when trying to quietly motion to my kids with crazy mom faces to be quiet while I talk...goodness.  I then sat down to go to work for a bit.  Checking my facebook pages first I came across a message from a special guest coordinator for a national, daily morning talk show The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television.  I was still in shock from the newspaper reporters phone call and didn't think the message was real to be honest.  I thought it might be some kind of facebook spam so I moved on to my work emails.  I found the SAME message in my work email.  This was when I put two and two together and realized that the email in my facebook came from my website link.  It was serious and the dude from LIFETIME TV wants to talk to me.  I almost passed out....Then I saw all the emails from PayPal and the website software.  With the good comes the bad I spose.  I forwarded them on while calling M to share the awesome news.  He wasn't available.  He's always available..lol.  I'm not sure how, but he is.  Just not that day.  I started fretting about how to respond to Lifetime and when I realized I was too wigged out that they contacted me I decided to wait until I wasn't so freaked out and could keep my head on straight.
 
Uhm, life becomes somewhat of a blur after all of that.  The countdown to school was seriously on and if you don't know that kind of stress, have multiple children and send them to public school.  We marked a few more items off the shopping list thanks to Princess E's help and I ran the gauntlet at the Doctor's office to get medical paperwork done.  Boy that was a treat! (sarcasm)  Honestly it wasn't the doctors office that sucked it was the paperwork and the system that we have to put up with.  The Doctor actually was wonderful.  I love our pediatrician and have had the amazing blessing of keeping her for the last 5 years.  She watched TVT grow up to be the great individuals they are now, and when I mentioned the book she was ecstatic.  She even pulled my website up on her work computer in the office.  I take that as a huge compliment!  Then there was "Meet the Teacher night" which was a disaster.  I took the oldest to his school first because I knew there was a schedule and a coach to contend with.  Which was exactly what I did.  Unfortunately it took longer then I wanted it to.  The Man Thing was supposed to be home to help me, got called back to work; then change of plans number four rolls around and he "might make it" so I leave children numbers 2 and 3 at home to wait for him just in case.  If he makes it, he can take them.  Well, I didn't make it home in time to take them.  The Man Thing was home when I got there for how long I do not know.  I was not a happy "superhero" at the time having failed to make it to three places at once that day.  I needed help.  I didn't get any.  I decided I would take all the laundry to the laundromat instead.  My washer is on the fritz and will only wash 1/2 of a large load of clothes at a time.  Even then, it may or may not spin them out properly so I have to spin the washer more then once on the spin cycle.  I don't have time for that, and the laundry definitely makes me realize that in a hurry.  Anger is a good motivator.  And it never hurts to make yourself busy getting things that need to be done done when a reporter is coming to your house in a few short days.  My lovely neighbor ladies/friends and I had been planning dinner and drinks on Friday for days.  We needed a "out of the house" moment with friends for many reasons.  When I woke up Friday after having beaten myself up at the Laundromat the night before I felt like I needed to be in traction, and I also needed a loan.  That is not a cheap endeavor.  No wonder it took us so long to get a washer and dryer initially.  All of the money that could have gone toward a washer and dryer was spent paying to keep our clothes clean!  I now remember why we spent so many of our early years hanging out at the laundromat.  Anyway, I had to tell my friends I could no longer go due to my laundromat outing and back to school expenses.  They weren't down with that we will just say.  We all went anyway and had a great time.  Thanks Kiki for being such an outstanding server (if you ever read this...she said she would...but I have my doubts...lol)
 
Let me tell you this my friends, I can't have spicy chicken wings for one.  Secondly.."and drinks"..is not a good thing either.  Please don't get the wrong impression.  I am not talking "wild and crazy" women here.  I am talking about three mom's sharing appetizers and having a few cocktails.  Really fun Mom's though!  We are all in a different place as milspouses and totally different type people which is why being in the military can be super cool sometimes.  I am our Caucasian "hick from the sticks" from Montana (with lots of culture however) and my husband is just passed halfway in his career.  N is our clean freak *wink* Career Mom from the Northeast and her husband etsed (got out of the Army when his contract was up) around his halfway mark and is now in the National Guard taking advantage of his GI Bill.  Then there is R who is our Brazilian Beauty who's husband is retired but working abroad.  We commiserate well for several reason and make great buddies, but sure are a melting pot threesome to say the least....lol!  I think the whole picture of the stressors, the overexertion, and medication+"and drinks" (not wasted on drinks, no word twisting here!!), and maybe a bug that is going around right now hit me all at once and I got sick.  Not just normal sick for me, which isn't pleasant, but SICK sick.  I am still sick and it is moving on 48hours of being this way.  Yesterday was terrible sickness and I trudged through it alone.  Well not alone of course, because I have the most amazing children one could ask for at times who made me tea and ramen and helped me through the worst of it.  The bad part was that I was going to take care of some business matters regarding the last minute school shopping on "tax free" hell...uh, I mean week end.  Today I woke feeling a bit less queasy and a lot more stressed.  However,  it ended well because I was yet again rescue by another "superhero".  Another one of "us" who is out there doing what we do was able to give back to me today.  Give back to me the way we all should want to give to each other when they are in a time of need.  Princess E came and took care of us and made sure everything was good to go for the first day of school tomorrow.  She is also another milspouse in yet a different "place" then I.  She is one who isn't one anymore.  Well not on paper anymore, but she knows what this job takes she did it for many years and she knows that it isn't easy to do it alone.  Actually we all know that it can't be done alone.  We need each other. 
 
This week I am lucky to have my "family".  My Army family has been good to me.  Sometimes the road gets long and really rocky and the only ones who can really help you through it are the ones who have been there or know what it looks like. 
 
Next week I have an interview with the Temple Daily Telegram!  She is sending a photographer and everything!  Can you believe it?!   I didn't even tell you about the phone interview with Lifetime Television.  Yep, I did get up the courage to respond the next day and lets just say that the only ones who acted up during that were the dogs.  I will share more details about it at a later date.  All I can even say is LIFETIME TELEVISION!  Whoa....Here we go, onto another week; full of what I have no idea, but I am sure it will be something amazing.

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Reviewed by Donna Chandler 8/27/2010
I wish you tons and tons of success!!! Lifetime television, how exciting!

Donna




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