Of all days to get a cold sore. The Today Show called this morning and I’m flying to New York tomorrow to be on the show Friday to promote the People magazine I’ll be in, which comes out Friday, too.
Thank god Shari had a cold sore last week. Wait, that didn’t come out right. I’m not glad she had a cold sore, but I am glad she discovered Releev. I went to the drug store and bought a teeny tiny bottle that set me back 20 bucks, but I think Matt, Meredith, Ann and Al are worth it.
I put out an email SOS to my friend, stylist extraordinaire Michael who dressed me for the Oprah show. Listen to me! “Dressed” me, like I’m “somebody.” But that’s what he did. What he really did, aside from the clothes, was give me confidence. And now he’s coaching me through this whole wardrobe thing for Today because they’re letting me wear my own clothes, of which I have none. Well, not “none” none, but nothing Today Show worthy. I tried to go shopping today, but I live in a small town with limited shopping options and the places I went to have lots of dresses in sizes that aren’t mine. There was, however, a skirt I tried on, a lined skirt, mind you (not a stretchy spandexy skirt, but one with no give) and it was a size 4. Fit like a glove. I bought it not because I think I’ll wear it on Today but because of the number on the tag. Yup. I’m vain that way.
I also put in a call to my friend Ashley, who is also my hairstylist, who got me in for a last-minute manicure. As she painted my nails we talked about roasted vegetables and shampoo and short hair and we laughed a little about how insane all this People and Oprah and Today Show and CNN (another story for another blog) feels and I walked out of the shop feeling happy and positive.
Anyway, I’m taking along some pants (leggings and jeans) and boots and dresses and my mini skirt and tights. It’s only a one-night stay yet I have to check a bag. I admit, though, that the best part of this trip will be the limo ride through Manhattan tomorrow evening. All the lights….mmmmm….and I don’t have to pay attention to traffic. I get to just sit back and look out the window.
And then in my hotel, I’ll order some food, turn down the lights, and stare out my window. Kind of dull, I know, but I can’t think of a better way to spend a few hours before bedtime across the street from Rockefeller Plaza. I’ll write and think and maybe read a little. That’s heaven for a Zen bag lady.
I’ll be on the show during their 9 a.m. hour. I’ll be at the studio by 8 to get “camera ready.” This means heavy makeup again. That stuff really creeps out my skin. I’ll certainly be washing my face in a LaGuardia bathroom before my flight takes off.
Ten bucks says they straighten my hair for the segment. What do TV types have against curly hair? I’m going to ask the stylist that on Friday. I’m just curious.
OK, I’m rambling. So much is going on in my head. I have a to-do list a mile long. At the top of my list is Kiss Baby Claire Goodbye. She and her mom will be in Clarion tomorrow so I’ll get to see my girls before I leave. That makes me so happy.
To recap, the People Magazine Half Their Size issue hits the stands on Friday and I’ll be on Today sometime between 9 and 10 in the morning. I’m very excited about it actually. Losing weight isn’t easy. I don’t care if it’s 10 pounds or 300 pounds. It’s not easy. If someone reads this magazine, sees Today, reads my blog or the blogs of the people featured inside, and changes their eating habits, exercises just a little more, then it’s worth all the cold sore medicines, manicures, frantic emails and schlepping of clothes I may never wear on TV to Manhattan. As my friend Kristin would say, “//word.”
I’ll try to blog tomorrow night or early Friday. As always, thanks for reading.