Hi Ho Hi Ho, It’s Off To Work I Go

I’ve been alluding to the fact that I have a new job.  I wanted to fill you in on the back story as well.  Because I’ve had to stay SO QUIET about it for so long, it feels a little anticlimactic now, but here goes.

Back in December, I got an e-mail from an agent friend of mine.  “DeeDee, I have an audition for you.”

I haven’t heard those words in many years.  And frankly, my knee jerk reaction was, “forget it.”

I hung up my acting beret many years ago, and have never looked back.

“This isn’t what you’re thinking…”

I read further.  The audition was for a new internet show that MSN was producing, and it was to be sponsored by Microsoft and Kellogg’s.  They were looking for four REAL moms (I emphasize real as opposed to a fake mom, which I have yet to ever meet) from different walks of life.  For example, professional moms, school teacher moms, doctor moms, and homeschooling moms.

And they must have children between the ages of 5 to 11ish.

This internet show would be comprised of a panel of four women, who would discuss topics of interest on the education and health of our children.

My interest was piqued.  I’m a real mom.  I homeschool.  I have kids in that age group.  I would like to get out of the house every so often and have adult conversation.

With other adults.

I drafted my bio and sent it off to my agent friend.  With the least hideous picture I could find of myself.

I was called in for the first audition.

The group of gals I was teamed up with were all professional in nature.  One came in her lab coat.  The others had on suits.  With shoes that didn’t tie.

I wore my blue jeans, sneakers, a t-shirt and sweater.

Because I dress for success.

The interview went fine.  In fact, I even had fun.  Once I muscled my way past the nausea and all.  Oh.  And I may have told the story about Jensen dropping his pants at the circulation desk of the library.

Round two.  I was called back a couple of weeks later.  Out of hundreds of gals, they had narrowed it down to 25.  None of the ladies I had originally auditioned with were there.

I went with my lucky blue jeans again.  But this time I added some rubber soled boots and a purple Wal•Mart sweater.

And I made certain my roots were touched up.

I walked into a conference room with all of these beautiful women.  Some were dressed for a cocktail party.  Lots of Type A personality women.  A couple of actresses I recognized.

I found a seat in the back and listened.  I was fascinated by this unlikely gathering of mothers.  We were eventually paired up into groups and I was able to get to know some of these women.  Women I probably wouldn’t get a chance to sit down with one on one.  And I enjoyed them immensely.

The auditioned consisted of sitting on a couch with 3 other women, and we were given topics to discuss.

After a couple of hours, 2 V-8s, some yogurt, and a protein bar later (I always pack snacks) the time came to narrow the field down.  Names were called.  You did not want your name to be called.

Sort of like on American Idol.  Or Survivor.

My name wasn’t called.  I stayed on with about 12 other gals.

That auditioned ended, and then another week went by.  Another callback was scheduled.  For the 7 women they were considering.

But it was scheduled at the same time I was to speak at a homeschool conference.  I couldn’t cancel, because I would have only been giving two days notice.

And not 30 minutes went by, when I received another e-mail.  The callback was rescheduled for later in the afternoon.

I attended that callback.  It was a blur really.  It had been a long day, and I don’t really recall what transpired.  After we finished, we were told we would be contacted within a week, because shooting was to begin the week after.

A week and a half went by.  No call.  I had completely written it off as a fun experience.

And then I got a call from a someone from the production studio.  They hadn’t selected me as one of the 4, but Microsoft wanted to talk to me about somehow being involved.  They loved my blog, and had something in mind that would involve me working behind the scenes.

Interesting.

Another week went by, and then my agent (that makes me giggle…my agent) told me what they had in mind.

Microsoft wanted to HIRE me to host the message board for the show, Mom’s Homeroom.  I would work about 10 hours a week.  From the sanctity of my lap top.

HOT DOG!  Oh yeah, and they wanted to pay me.

Allrightythen.

So, there you have it.  I’m learning all about moderating a real live message board.  I call it baptism by fire.  But Fiddledaddy has been helping me do my research.   And I LOVE the people that I’m working with at Microsoft.

They don’t mind at all that I let my technically deficient freak flag fly at will.

The 4 gals that were chosen (Victoria, Alba, Claire, and Jillian) all did a FABULOUS job on air.  They have never been in the entertainment business, but you would never know it because they make the show look effortless.

Please check it out here.

The really big launch is on Sunday.  There will be a large advertisement on the MSN homepage.

Can I ask you all a favor?  Click on the “community” section and jump in on any conversations that look interesting.  I told the people at Microsoft that I have the most amazing commenters and I would ask them to help jump start things.

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I’m the gal behind the scenes who tries to keep the conversation going, makes sure everyone plays nice, and mediates the problems.

It is the perfect job for me.

I have to say that I feel so very blessed to have employment right now, during these extremely uncertain times.

And I can work in my stained yoga pants, and torn t-shirts.  With a kleenex stuffed into my bra strap.

Because I’m just classy like that.

My SIL, Trish, told me when I was hired that I needed to go out and buy myself something new to wear to work.

Yes, I could use a new pair of pajamas.

I appreciate y’all and your support so much.  Nothing should change much here at Fiddledeedee.  I just may be a little more sleep deprived.

But that always makes for more interesting posting.  Have a great weekend!

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