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20 Apr 2011

Goodbye, Richmond!

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Must finish packing and put on some makeup.

Leaving for airport in 40 minutes.

I truly thought we were never going to get to go home!

Yesterday was a 10 hour day. We finished everything up.

Did I tell you how GORGEOUS the house looks???

After work, came back to the hotel to pack a little.

Showered and lay down to read.

Was woken at 7:00 by the phone. “Are we going out?”

I rallied. Put on some makeup and comfy clothes. (I’m sick of heels and boots right now!)

A big group of us walked to dinner, then back to the bar across from the hotel.

Everyone was relaxed and happy, knowing there was no work the next day.

Many funny stories and laughs.

Back home and in bed at 12:30.

Woke up at 8:00.

It’s going to be a long day of flying…

But it’ll end in L.A. with my boys waiting for me.

I can’t stress enough how excited I am.

I don’t know how people go away for months… Even years.

It’s only been 12 days. Not very long. But it feels so much longer.

No more sleeps.

Okay… Maybe a cat nap on the plane.

Goodbye, Richmond!

18 Apr 2011

Richmond, Days 9 & 10

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Last night I was far, far too tired to post.

Yesterday was a very long day.

It started out in the lobby for breakfast. There’s a man staying here who’s in his eighties and very, very Southern. He comes down every morning, in the same plaid shirt and tussled gray hair, to eat breakfast and talk to everyone.

I usually love talking to older people. They have such wonderful insights.

This guy, however, can not stop talking. He doesn’t even care if you’re listening. And I like a little peace in the morning. Just some cereal, some coffee, and some peace.

Yesterday was my breaking point. He followed me around as I made my breakfast, asking all sorts of questions and offering up anecdotes which seemed to have little or no connection. I pointed to my throat saying, “I have to preserve my voice because I’m losing it”, to which he replied, “Okay. I’ll talk. You just nod.”

I took my breakfast and practically sprinted to my room.

I then proceeded to work 12 hours.

Then we had a little party for the crew at the bar across the street from the hotel.

I hadn’t eaten in 8 hours so I, once again, stuffed myself with fattening foods:



pulled pork


fried zucchini

about 1/2 a beer

Nice work.

At the party I overheard a few other members of our crew talking about this “Southern Gentleman”. Apparently, he has quite a filthy side. I had only heard of his wife, kids, ministries and that he was writing his memoirs. These others were privy to him talking about sex, homosexuality, and the fact that he found my friend’s breasts to be quite attractive. Dirty old man.

Got about 6 hours sleep last night.

Ate in the lobby with my makeup and wardrobe friends and dashed for the door when we saw Truman Capote coming out of the elevators.

Spent the first 4 hours of work waiting for little things to be taken care of before we could shoot.

Took a peek at the house.


Shot reveal day for about 8 hours.

Wore a purple dress with 6-inch-heels and a very tight belt.

I wasn’t comfortable. But apparently I was cute.

Got back to the hotel and got to see my whole family on FaceTime as they sat down for Passover.

That was bittersweet. Wish I could be there, but was very glad to see them all.

Tomorrow we have a few  things to finish. Then hopefully time for a dinner and one last sleep at the hotel.

Just got my call time for the morning. I’ll be waking up at 5:30AM. That’s a little more than 7 hours from now, and I’ve yet to shower and wash off all my makeup.

Oh, well. I’m getting used to being tired.

So anxious now to go home. And the really good news is, when Garrett wakes up at 6:00AM on Thursday, it’ll feel like 9:00AM to me!

2 more sleeps. ūüôā

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.

15 Apr 2011

Richmond, Day 7

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Worked ten hours today. Not too shabby.

Found out there’s a storm a’coming. Hoping it doesn’t kill the yard sale turn-out.

Had a fitting for the yard sale because what we originally picked out didn’t work. I like what she picked out for me.

Because of the cumulation of lack of sleep, there was no way I was going to dinner after work.

Had a bowl of cereal when I got back to the hotel.

Took a scalding hot shower, because I’m weird.

Slathered (I mean seriously slathered) self-tanner all over my body.

Watched an episode of Two and a Half Men, because Jane Lynch was in it.

Put on PJ’s and walked to the lobby to get hot water for my tea.

Am still hungry but am forcing myself to not eat anymore, because I think I’ve gained three pounds in the six days I’ve been here. ¬†Seriously.

Okay, maybe I’ll have an orange.

Watching Kitchen Nightmares, then getting in bed and reading.

Waking up at 6:00 to get ready for yard sale. (Which I’m looking very forward to. BEST part of shooting the show!)

Just read this back and realized how insanely boring it is. But it’s what happened, damn it!


14 Apr 2011

Richmond, Day 6

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The powers that be were kind enough to let me skip some press events this morning so I could rest my voice.

They also gave me a call time that was two hours later than I expected.

I was able to go back to sleep for a bit, but more importantly I was able to rest my voice.

My throat still hurts when I talk, but it feels much better.

Today is “sorting day”, where we go through all of the stuff that amounted to clutter in the house, and decide what stays and what goes.

I’m going to set now.

Six more sleeps, by the way.


Got back to hotel room about 30 minutes ago, making it a 10 1/2 hour work day. Not too bad.

Didn’t have a ton to do today. Shot the open to the show and some stuff with the family.

Watched them sort through all the stuff they’ve accumulated over the years.

Watching them go through endless boxes was enough to make me not make any purchases for a while. And I’ll be taking more boxes to Goodwill soon.

Getting to know a lot of people on the set. They’re really awesome. I haven’t had the chance to hang out with this crew for eight months, so it’s great to see them.

Did FaceTime with the boys for a about 25 minutes. G took me in his room to find his red shorts, then he and I boxed for a while. I knocked him out three times.

Gotta wake up in six and a half hours to get to set by 8:30.

Gonna go nighty night now.

To summarize: I’m feeling better. I miss the hell outta G and Russ. I’m doing better than I thought I would, in spite of missing them so much. I dig this crew which makes the time less painful. I can’t stop eating. I’m tired. I don’t hate working. And I’m going to Goodwill with some stuff from my house as soon as I get home. And six more sleeps.

14 Apr 2011

Richmond, Day 5

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I got to sleep in yesterday, which was very nice but I was MORE exhausted than I had been the days before.

Got to the house, went through hair and makeup.  Saw the house cleared out.

Oh. My.

You would not believe this beautiful house.

And you wouldn’t believe how hard these movers were working.

And you wouldn’t believe the dust.

Throat hurt. It hurt to talk.

Worked 9 hours. Pretty short day.

Sushi with the girls.

Stopped at Whole Foods to get some healthy snacks.

Did I mention I’ve been eating like a COW????

Oh, wait. Cows eat grass and pretty healthy stuff.

Did I mention I’ve been eating like a… Person who eats a bunch of junk food every ten to twelve minutes?

Did I mention it hurts to talk?

This morning (day 6) I was supposed to do some press but the rest of the cast is doing it without me because I don’t want to lose my voice. (Or use it more than I have to.) We still have six more days of shooting.

I’m not sure if I’m sick or it’s just the pollen and the fact that I haven’t stopped talking for six days.

About to lie down and read a bit. Then it’s back to work.

By the way, I’m pretty sure I haven’t conveyed that I’m very grateful to be working.

Exhausted? Yes. Missing my family? Oh, yes. Sore throat? Yup. Grateful to be here? Absolutely.

12 Apr 2011

Richmond, Day 4

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I am getting cumulatively more and more tired. I think I’m somewhere around zombie right now.

Woke up at 5:00 again. Breakfast in lobby again. This time surrounded by about 25 business men in polo shirts.

Shot a lot of emotional scenes.

Snacked way to much in between. On things I don’t ever eat.

Got a little mouthy on set.


Got out 2 hours earlier than last night.

Dinner  with the girls.

Fitting at the hotel.


Skype with the boys. Frustrating tonight because they were very pixilated and Garrett was all over the place. So he was pixilated and blurry! And he didn’t really want to talk. But when Russ and I tried to talk on the phone, G wouldn’t let that happen either. Booooo!

Long shower.

Brushed teeth so I’d stop snacking.

Sore throat.

Later call time tomorrow so I can sleep until 9:00!!! That’s pretty awesome.

I don’t think I can be upright anymore.


8 more sleeps.

11 Apr 2011

Richmond, Day 3

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Drove to work 14 hours ago.

Just got back to my hotel room and skyped with the boys for 15 minutes.

I’m too tired to think.

Imagine how the guy holding the camera on his shoulder for 14 hours feels.

At least he doesn’t have to be witty or smart on camera.

Not that I am.

Now I have to wash off my makeup, pull off my fake lashes, brush and floss and get in bed.

I’ll wake up in 5 and a half hours and start again.

Good thing the boys didn’t come with me. I wouldn’t have seen them for a second.

9 more sleeps.


10 Apr 2011

Richmond, Day 2

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Woke up at 5AM, giving me a total of 5 hours sleep.

Immediately wondered what the hell I was doing in Richmond, VA and how I could get home before anyone noticed I was gone.

Looked at myself in the mirror and wondered how makeup could make me look human.

Took a shower and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was!

Spent too long picking out a pair of sweats to wear to set. Did I mention I packed every single pair of sweats I own?

Packed up my magazines and book, my jacket and laptop and headed to the lobby.

Ate some eggs, toast, fruit and oatmeal in the breakfast area. I love a free breakfast! Took my coffee to go.

Drove with my makeup artist (and friend) to set. The freaking Virginia roads are CONFUSING! Thanks to the GPS and my friend, we made it to set in about 25 minutes.

Got to go into the AWESOME bus they have for me to get ready in and chill in when I’m not shooting. It’s pretty amazing. I’ll try to remember to take pics tomorrow.

Sat down as vast amounts of makeup were applied to my face, my hair was pulled back in a ponytail, and coffee was consumed. We also chatted. A lot.

And the makeup did make me look human.

Put on my wardrobe and headed out to set, very happy to see my co-hosts.

Started to remember why I like working.

Shot the open to the show and chatted with my fellow cast, and the crew that I haven’t seen in 8 months, between takes.

Shot some more. Stopped for lunch.

Makeup fixed. Hair sprayed. More shooting.

Oh my god, this house we’re shooting in is FILTHY!!

More shooting.

There’s no water on my bus (just today) so I’m grateful for the hundreds of hand wipes I have in my purse. I mentioned how filthy the house is, right?

More shooting.


A little more shooting.

I wrapped 11-and-a-half hours after getting to set.  Not too shabby.

20 minutes back to hotel.

Talked to Russ for 20 minutes. Got some nonfat milk from lobby and poured myself a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch and had some decaf.

Going to have one more small bowl of cereal, shower, Skype with my family, and get in bed with my book.

It’ll be an early day again tomorrow, and probably a much longer one.

This was a very enjoyable day.

10 sleeps until I get to see my boys.

09 Apr 2011

Richmond, Day 1

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Left my house at 4:45 AM after kissing a sleeping boy and an awake husband goodbye.

Wiped away tears in the car. Decided to be a big girl.

Got on a flight at 6:30 and, after a connection, landed in VA seven-and-a-half hours later.

Rented car. Ford Edge. Me likey. No one paid me to say that. Damn it.

Drove with makeup artist (and new friend) to hotel.

Grabbed some Mexican-(ish) food with new friend.

Stopped at Walgreens for some necessities:

Pump soap

Peppermint Patties

Possibly one Twix bar

Sparkling water

Flat water

Allergy medication

Possibly some small bottles of pinot grigio

Back to room. Read outline for show. Skyped for a half hour with my boys. I miss them terribly already. 11 sleeps before I go home. Put on some self-tanner. Yes I did.

Daunting task of a show ahead of me, starting in eight hours. Which means I need to be up in six-and-a-half hours, after only getting three-and-a-half last night. Which means my makeup artist (and new friend) will have some major dark circles to cover.

And now, to bed. After texting Russ to say goodnight. And reading a chapter of my book.

Day one. Glamorous, no?