Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day(time) Tripper, A Tampa tribute

I am back from my jaunt to Tampa where I appeared on the syndicated morning TV show, "Daytime!". I was a big girl and boarded the plane on my own leaving the guys for, egads, 28 hours. It was fun! I read magazines. I jotted down blog ideas. I shuttled from the airport to the The Sheraton Riverwalk hotel. I got the whole deal, plane tix and the room, for 300 bucks via Southwest travel specials online. The hotel was nice. I enjoyed using their workout room and computer center. The bed was cushy plush and I could see the studio where I had to be at the next morning, across the river from my hotel room balcony. That was good for a little peace o' mind; I could swim there if I had to!

I was on the sandy soil of my ancestors (The Braddocks, I am told, were among the first hundred non-Spanish white settlers in Florida). My cousin Carol and her husband Larry live about 45 minutes away, in the same town where my dad grew up, and were kind enough to come meet me. We went to the famed Columbia restaurant in Tampa's old Latin-quarter, Ybor city, The Columbia is famous for Old-World Spanish and New-World Cuban cuisine, and has been there since 1905. Our grandparents actually courted there in the late 1920's and early 1930's- yikes! I had an amazing seafood paella and just one little sangria (yum) and plantains.

We stayed for the flamenco dancer show and had a really nice time.
I went back to the hotel to get to bed early for the show. No insomnia haunted me, thank goodness. After a little room service breakfast I went to the studio and hung out in the green room where the super sweet producer, Maureen, came and met me and explained that it was a 4 1/2 minute interview (live to tape)which would go fast. She told me she really enjoyed the book and I was impressed that she had read it.
I hung out in the greenroom to wait until it was my time to go on. I met the hostess, Cyndi, who would be interviewing me. She was funny, telling me she was liking my book, but that it made her want to keep her legs crossed! (She later repeated that line on camera) For our actual interview, she asked a couple of unexpected questions. She asked me right away about my mother (who I haven't seen since I was 14) and questioned whose issue our infertility was. Wha' is she, Barbara Walters?!
She asked probing questions which I am sure makes for more interesting TV and hopefully I rolled with it ok. I felt like we had a nice rapport and I felt relaxed, so that was all good. And then ... it was over!
It was a fun little adventure, but it is also nice to be home and hear the sweet words "I missed you mommy!"


Helene said...

Sounds like it went really well! How exciting! It also sounds like you got some relaxing down time, which every Mommy needs!

You asked how my book is coming along and it's been slow going. Sometimes I get tons of energy to write and then at other times, I seem to slip away from it. We share similar stories (infertility, IVF) so I'm sure you can relate - I'm finding that writing about everything that happened is still bringing up some raw emotions for me. I have to stop at times and wait for the emotions to pass. But I am finally getting somewhere with it so that is definitely exciting!

I'm actually heading out to Borders this morning to pick up a book for a friend and I'm hoping I can find your book there. I'd love to read it! It sounds like an amazing story.

yonca said...

Awesome! I'm glad you had a great time. It is a great feeling to hear those sweet words, isn't it? Have a great Sunday! said...

Would love to see that interview!

Busy you with these signings and interviews!

blueviolet said...

What a wonderful experience! You're making me want to go back to Tampa. I haven't been there in 20 years.

mudmama said...

Thanks everybody!
Helene, I hear ya on those feelings that come up when writing all this out. That is interesting that you had the whole infertility/IVF situation too. Definitely an emotional landmine! That's wonderful that you are moving forward, best of luck with it all and keep us posted!
Thanks for checking at Borders for my book, but I doubt they have it yet. (Though they could probably order it) Probably the best way to get it now is either through the website or through the publisher (Two Harbors) OR through Amazon. Thank you so much!!! :)

Molly said...

that's nice that the interviewer read your book first, I've always wondered if they do that before interviews. Sounds like a successful trip!

Amy said...

Sounds like it went fantastic. Congratulations!

Sarah said...

I nominated your blog over at The Design House!!

Good luck! I hope you win!!

Naomi de la Torre said...

Congratulations! I just found you on MBC. I'm eager to read your book. I am writing a book too. Sending out to agents now in hopes that someone will pick it up. So happy to hear that your are getting such great press!

Naomi from

Michele said...

Hey Darlin.... Sorry it's been so long since I popped over for a visit ;(
I love this post. What a wonderful experience! Makes me want to go to Tampa again, it's been ages.
And a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!! Holy Crap, you are sooo awsome. So, so very happy for you. You totally deserve it.

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Wow! You're like a real-live famous person! :) How shows, interviews, book signings. But you know what really impressed me?? The 28 hours alone, without kids and husband. Hmmm...heaven. ;)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! To answer your question, I have no idea how I hooked up with Schwartzman. I got on a studio's list somewhere and I've been invited to 4 of these calls. It's been a lot of fun! And doesn't the movie look great?? After seeing the puppets and the sets, I'm just blown away. Can't wait to see it!

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