Panic

  A few weeks ago, Mark Lipinski emailed about interviewing me on his Creative Mojo radio program. He sent me a list of items he needed - which I returned on time (So responsible! So on it!) - and gave me the date and time for my interview. He did a thorough job of explaining how it would work, what we would be discussing, etc. I was invited to talk about my involvement with Art Saves, one of Jenny Doh's most recent extraordinary creations.

I put the interview date and time on every calendar I have, burned it into my brain, and started the day of the interview confident I was ready and excited to talk about Art Saves. The interview was scheduled for Wednesday, November 16 at 4:00pm. ("What time zone?", you ask? Oh don't worry - we'll get to that.)

Fast forward on that day to about, oh, 2:30pm, when I am doing some early holiday shopping. While standing in line to check out, a sudden wave of sheer panic washes over me.

"Holy crap," I thought, "I never double checked the time zone."

So I slowly, hesitantly pull out my cell phone - the secondary number I gave Mark for the call - and sure enough, a call had come through right on time, at 1:00pm PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, which is the same as 4:00pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME, which Mark had clearly specified in the information he sent me. So I did this, because what else could I do?

"No worries!", exclaims Mark the next day, "We'll just move it to next week!" and we both have a good laugh about my space out. I say, "Great! Here's the number for you to call on Wednesday, November 23rd. Talk to you then!"

Fast forward to today, and I am sitting at my computer with the phone, listening to Mark's show. His introduction of me begins - which was all about my time zone space out from the week before - then finishes, and then I hear him say, "Hello? Hello.....? She's not there! Again!"

Let me just stop right here and admit that as I was listening to this, beginning to panic, I actually held up the phone up to my ear - the phone that had not yet rung - and said, "Hello?"

Hilarity then ensues on the radio show about the fact that, once again, I am nowhere to be found, and in the midst of this, I see a message on my phone that the main phone in our house has been unplugged. The main phone in our house is in a room that is now having shelves installed, and the exact thirty-second period of time when our woodworker unplugged the phone was the same thirty-second period of time when Mark was trying to call me.

So I see the message on the phone and I run like a mad woman across the house, race in the room, plug the phone back in while announcing to the woodworker, "I'm supposed to be having a radio interview right noooooooow!" as I race back into the bedroom where the other phone is.

When I ran in, my cell phone was ringing, and so - at long last - I answered! Interview accomplished! Giggles all around!

Who knew a radio interview could inspire such an adrenalin rush? Who knew it could be such a wild and thrilling ride?

* A podcast of today's interview will be available soon, and I'll post a link to it on this page when it's up. In the meantime, I extend my most sincere thanks to Mark Lipinski for his patience, flexibility, and sense of humor! I'll be speaking with him again in January about Desire to Inspire.