16 Apr 2011

Richmond, Day 8

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Writing this, listening to the thunder and the tornado warnings. Warm from the margarita I just drank.

Just walked into my room thinking it was 8:00PM. It’s only 5:45.

This was a long day. Our crew has been working endless hours, and they don’t even have a bus to go to when they get a chance to sit down. IF they get a chance to sit down.

My voice is simply not holding up. I’m starting to sound a lot like Kathy Griffin. Which isn’t a bad thing.

Woke up at 6:00 AM. Every morning it takes a few minutes to really open my eyes. Good thing I set one alarm on my phone, and one hotel wake-up call. Smart.

In the shower at 6:10. Watched a little TV. G’s favorite movie was on: Ice Age, Dawn of the Dinosaur. Had to watch a few minutes.

Gathered my stuff and had breakfast in the lobby with the gals. I love the people I get to work with. I know I’ve mentioned that.

It was yard sale day. I wasn’t expecting a huge turnout. The weather is weird and Niecy’s not part of the show anymore. Neither are Mark or Trish…. So I thought some people might not come.

Oh my god. I was so wrong.

The crowd was HUGE. I couldn’t believe it.

Before we start shooting, Matt gathers the cast to rile up the crowd. HUNDREDS of them inside and many more outside. We do a chant. One half of the room saying, “CLEAN”, the other house screaming, “HOUSE”!

It’s goes on a few minutes. So great.

Yard sale opens and people come streaming in. The buying is insane, fast, and overwhelming… In a GOOD way.

People are giving more than we’re asking for because it’s for charity.

The Richmond people are LOVELY. There wasn’t one person I met who wasn’t kind, generous, and incredibly patient. They waited up to thirty minutes just to buy one item. Some waited longer for a picture or an autograph.

It was more fun than I had even hoped for. Non stop from 9AM to 2PM. None of us took a break. Too many people, pictures and sales. Best day yet.

Then, when everyone left and there was still stuff to shoot, I got so freaking tired I wanted to collapse.

Instead, I got a tad bitchy. Just a tad.

Then I got a drink and some BBQ, not to mention wonderful conversation. And met more delightful Virginia folks in line for food!! People TALK here. It’s a bit different in L.A.

And now I’m having tea.

I think a shower is in order. Some more tanning goop, and my pj’s and book.

Waiting to hear what time I work tomorrow.

Today was a great day. The people here made it so.

And we made a ton of money for charity.

More thunder.

4 more sleeps.

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Lisa Arch likes being a working actress... but LOVES being a Mom!

11 Responses to “Richmond, Day 8”

  1. Reply Meri / mybelovedrebel says:

    I know we gave up cable for a year, but I didn’t realize that Trish left the show too! It sounds like you are holding up damn well!

  2. Reply Sue says:

    Hi Lisa! We went to the yard sale today. Got in line around 8 a.m. with our rain gear and we had a blast. It was so awesome to meet you, the cast, and some of the crew. (Ok I admit it, love Matt!) Thank you all for coming to the “other coast” – this is so much fun for us but I know how tough travel and being away from home and family are. Just know we appreciate all you do! Keep up the great work. Hope to see you on more Clean House eps too.

    • Reply flawlessmom says:

      That’s so awesome, Sue!! So glad you made it!! We had such a blast, and you all were so sweet!!!

  3. Reply Norma Lamothe says:

    Sorry to hear that Mark is no longer part of the show but I kind of thought that. He will be missed. I love his designs.

    • Reply flawlessmom says:

      I do too, Norma. But he’s got 1000 things going on right now! All of them, amazing. I think you’ll really like the new designer, too.

  4. Reply Milaka says:

    Oooo! Margarita and BBQ – now you’re talking my language. Sounds like a great day. You’re in the home stretch!

  5. Reply Robb says:

    Mark & Trish gone?? Oh NO! Well At least I still have you and Matt!! Was this the worst house you’ve seen??

  6. Reply Michael Gaedeke says:

    Come back soon, neighbor! 😉 you’re missing the first warm days of the season! Saw G&R (and your Mom) – all having fun, but I bet they miss you as much as you them 😉
    Hugs from LALA Land (now an official term!)

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