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You know, sometimes when you begin writing a blog you have these delusions of grandeur, thinking soon I’m going to be making six figures and have a book endorsement, all from the comfort of my couch!
And then you hit publish, and no one notices. Heh.
When I started blogging three years ago (where’s this blog I speak of? I accidentally killed it with my lack of tech savvy, it’s a work in progress. But I digress.) I admittedly had those passing thoughts, but quickly recovered from my hilarious misconception of blogging. After the initial realization that I wasn’t going to become Blog Famous, I fell into a happy groove of being pleasantly surprised when I got offered a product review here and there, and being downright shocked when a random stranger recognized me from my blog. Hello, totally lame over here.
Ramble ramble ramble. Wasn’t this supposed to be about some man-child?
I’m getting there, buttercup.
So imagine my surprise when, after taking a blog-break-that-was-only-meant-to-be-temporary-but-lasted-a-year, I received an email with the subject “Reaching out from The Meredith Vieira Show” from someone with NBCUniversal in their email address.
The email went on to explain that this associate producer of The Meredith Vieira Show saw this post (originally published on my former blog), and thought we’d be a great couple for an upcoming man-child makeover segment.
After some furious googling, I confirmed that there was, in fact, a producer by the name of the person emailing me, which reduced the catfishing level a few notches. Next problem: I may or may not have ever told my charming husband that I had ever posted anything ever about him ever ever. I anxiously awaited Hunter’s return from work, knowing this could go one of two ways:
- He’d be supremely perturbed that I had ever depicted him as such, much less got him noticed by a nationally syndicated television show.
- He’d be psyched and totally on board to ham it up.
Luckily I married a winner, because after he recovered from uncontrollable laughter and confirmed that we could potentially get a free trip out of it, he was ready to play the man-childiest man-child that ever was. Half a dozen emails and a phone interview later, Hunter and I were ready to jet off to NYC in three days for an all-inclusive trip to film with The Meredith Vieira Show.
And then we got a call that they had to change the filming date, and my silly little man-child was too grown up and mature to ditch work and begin what was sure to be his lengthy reality television career.
Whaaaaaaat a terribly anticlimactic end to the story, Beth! I know! I know. But you know what? The whole ordeal was a truly hilarious testament to the strange world of blogging and the dang internet. Here was little old me, writing a tiny blog that got us noticed by a celebrity talk show a year later. And if nothing else, we had a thrilling couple of days laughing at the funny scenario my silly little not-Blog-Famous blog had landed us in.
But just to appease you, here’s a little snippet of the most ridiculous phone interview I will ever partake in:
Producer: So just so I have enough material to give to Meredith, what are some of the things your husband does that makes him a man-child?
Beth: Hmm well, there’s the fact he owns two Ninja Turtles shirts, one Mighty Mouse tee, and one Cookie Monsters tee. Oh, and a Power Rangers shirt I think.
Producer: Oh… huh… cute. *audible eyeroll*
Beth: Then there was the time he stapled our blackout curtains to the wall when we moved because we hadn’t yet unpacked the curtain rods. Oh and then there’s his collection of sharp objects… I think he’s got some ninja stars, he definitely has a spear and a sword, and I think somewhere in there are some throwing knives. Oh and one time he almost caught our backyard on fire by creating a massive fire in our grill… on purpose. Oh and he had this comic book phase where we made twice-weekly trips to the comic book store. I just went along cause they have a cute cat there. Ummm… do you need more? I can keep going.
Producer: No! No, I’m pretty sure that’s plenty of material. We’re good. *audible-r eyeroll*
So here’s a cheers to my sweet man-child, who turns the big 3-0 tomorrow! I wouldn’t want to go through life with anyone else, man-child or otherwise.