We went to New York.
And most of you saw this one coming….I was there to tape a very short segment for The Nate Berkus Show. (AHH!)
Okay – let’s start over. Forget that you know the punchline, mmkay?!
So back in November, the producers of The Nate Berkus Show contacted me to see if they could show off our nursery. Of course, I played it cool and said something along the lines of letmethinkaboutitYESPLEASEHOWMUCHDOINEEDTOPAYYOU?!?
And there were plans. In fact, we even delayed getting our christmas decor up because they changed their minds and said they wanted to feature the entire house. Of course, I was thrilled. You see…I still consider Bower Power a dwarf in the land of Goliaths. In fact, I even prided myself on the fact that ABP has NEVER had any press from any publications, large websites, etc….the entire reason we are even this fun community of awesomeness is because of you! The growth here is 100% organic and due to the simple fact that we all are just being ourselves and found a quirky homeschool girl to make fun of….
no but seriously…the reason ABP has had almost 500K visits in the last month is because word of mouth. it’s because all you special gals and guys have found something to laugh about here. something that makes you smile. something that makes you cry or cringe or come back for more. for some of you – that something is someone else. readers have connected to other readers. friends have been made. bonds forged. and yes, there has been a decent amount of eye candy and how-to’s so that you can prettify your homes. So when the itty bittiness known as ABP was contacted by THE Nate Berkus, I was 1. over the moon & 2. star struck & 3. scrambling to finish all the last minute projects.
Then the plans changed. again. Apparently they were already over booked for certain segments and told us that we would have to wait till 2011. It was a little disappointing. A week passed and then we found our dream house and got distracted. About halfway through December, I started feeling like the opportunity was probably not going to pan out. I mean…we are moving. And Oprah’s interior designer wouldn’t feature a home filled with moving boxes, right? Unless bubble wrap is making a move in the design world, the answer is no. So I chocked it up as “the most flattering thing for my blog that never happened”.
Christmas passed. New Year’s passed. And then on January 14th, I got a call. It was Nate. Actually it was one of Nate’s producers…but whatever. They wanted to feature our home in their segment called House Proud. (I was thrilled because I had seen other bloggers do this segment and LOVED it!)
they wanted me to come to New York and tape a segment with the man himself! IN FIVE DAYS!
So after a ton of frantic cleaning, decorating, video taping, picture taking, clothing planning, and baby-coat-shopping, we were ready. They flew Jeremy, Will and I to the Big Apple and put us up at the lovely Lucerne Hotel. And on Thursday, January 20th, I taped THE NATE BERKUS SHOW with NATE BERKUS!
He was very nice. I don’t have any photos. Sorry. He did kiss me on the cheek though. He may have felt sorry for me.
Why would a perfectly nice celebrity feel sorry for me?
Well…I tend to ramble when I’m nervous. Ramble, make really bad jokes and self-depreciate. I remember saying that we were rednecks (which is true only if you look under our shed), that we are ignorant & clueless (also true but only when it comes to being savvy) and that the library is where they keep the free books. Um duh!
the entire segment….
with a southern accent.
I have no clue why.
it just came out. it was like word vomit except with a twang worse than Paula Deen’s. And I even forgot to mention writing this little blog while we taped to give you guys credit for all the support and encouragement and great inspiration and ideas that you provide – because honestly you are a major reason our home is the way it is! DOh! Imagine me with the open palm to the head right now.
You probably are thinking – well katie, you really choked on this one. You didn’t mention Bower Power. You made a complete fool of yourself and you didn’t give credit where credit was due. And YOU FAILED TO EVEN DOCUMENT THE EXPERIENCE WITH PHOTOS OF THE MAN with the FAMOUS HAIR!
I know. I failed. I’m sorry. And I hope you forgive me.
But can I tell you something…I’ll whisper it so that Nate doesn’t hear me….honestly the highlight of the trip wasn’t the show. GASP! It’s true. Sure it was exciting. Sure it was flattering. Sure it was my fifteen seconds of fame. But to me, I was thrilled to just be in New York with my family. That was my highlight. And I did get pictures of that 🙂
Now you may be wondering when you can see the hot-mess-that-is-Katie-Bower on the show.
It will also be available online so if you miss it, I’ll try to link up to it so that ya’ll can see me in all my redneck glory.