Friday, October 17, 2008

Little Steps

I was in that sort of "drifting in and out of sleep, sort of waking up period," half listening to Sarah Kennedy. We always have her programme on. Hubby loves her. I moan that she was "clearly in the right place at the right time", and "what's she got that I haven't got on the broadcasting front?" And that: "Really it should be me doing the Dawn Chorus show on Radio 2." Hubby assures me that she really is indeed very good. His faith in me is inspiring....

Then I heard her talk about her headmistress .... and she mentioned the name... I did a double take. Good gracious. She went to my school. That's MY school! The school that wore a very strange looking brown uniform and was across the road from a racecourse, with a load of nuns present.

Immediately, all negative thoughts about Sarah Kennedy vanished. I decided that I had to "claim kin". I ran downstairs and went straight onto the computer. She did indeed go to my school, but as she is 12 years older than me, we didn't coincide. She would have been just about finishing secondary school, as I started Primary School - then in a different part of the country. Nevertheless, I just thought that I would still claim kin.... and send her an email. I was quite excited really. Little things.....

The BBC website let me down however, and try as I might I couldn't get a link. So, giving up, knowing that really the day had to "begin" anyway, I had a quick look at my emails....

And there it was.

Th opportunity of a lifetime.....

Well, it's all relative....

I had had an email from someone replying to a CV that I had submitted for an acting job. For a webcast company. Not only did they want to look at me, but all the children and Hubby too. How exciting. I told the children. "I'll arrange for a haircut for you for this afternoon ESOS...." I said, before I take some photos to send to them. This caused an uproar from Sensible, who at 14, and seriously in touch with her looks and her acting ability, decided that he didn't need a haircut from a hairdresser and that Hubby could do it with his clippers. Not wanting to look like a Home Ed crew, I made the decision however that ESOS needed a professional cut for the camera.....

Meanwhile.. I had to think about my diet. Would it be possible I thought to lose a stone and a half in four or five days prior to the audition? Probably not... but I decided that less carbs between now and then would definitely be a step in the right direction. They want a normal looking woman. At a stretch, I could probably do "normal." It's normal looks they want, after all.

And then, having caught it successfully for a week, once half an hour earlier indeed for Sensible.... the bus bus went past the house, and of course ESOS and Sensible were still arguing over haircuts....

Hubby got into the car. Got them to the next bus stop. I put the kettle on again.

He came back in: "I'm really excited about this" I said to Hubby....

"Pity it's not a feature film though" said Hubby.

"Yes, well, I'm not sure that Stephen Spielberg's "A list" includes someone who has worked for the Government for 25 years." Small steps Hubby....

Meanwhile, it was time to get Gymnast and Tinks to school. Tinks was coughing like there was no tomorrow. Hubby and I decided that she could have a day off, especially I wasn't working. At this, Gymnast saw red. "Just why exactly should SHE have a day off?" And "I don't want that drink bottle, it tastes mouldy."

My children are in good training to be prima donnas fortunately.....

Let's hope the web cast film comes through, and then maybe I might be able to go to ASDA or somewhere to buy a new drink bottle......

14 comments:

elena jane said...

i'm lol @ the bus going by your house...hope the haircuts worked out. and i'm wondering what kind of acting job requires a photo of the whole family....scary really (to me, but i know the sally clan will pull it off).
ps - i home cut my boys hair...shame on me ;)

ChrisB said...

Hi Sally How exciting. I so hope the audition goes well.

I rarely listen to the dawn chorus now I'm retired. You should send off a CV to fill in for SK whenever she is indisposed!!

Sally said...

EJ - The jury is still out on the haircut front. Esos said he would be happy enough with Hubby's clippers, and Sensible claimed his appointment... I've yet to see the result of Esos's hair. Sensible looks very nice!
Chris - Thank you! The only thing is I must have applied to the BBC about 40 times over the years. Had a few interviews, got more experience doing the various things that they felt that my CV was lacking.... They don't seem to like me for some reason........ Also to be honest, it's possibly not a very practical idea doing the Dawn Chorus. The family may miss me! (Unless I could do it at home of course - which is always possible in these techno ages).....

Akelamalu said...

Oooh how exciting about the audition. You could all end up as the new 'swiss family robinson' or somesuch! :)

swampy said...

Hey Gal...thanks for the visit the other day. I've just now had the opportunity to post your tribute. Please go check it out and let me know if I need to make any changes.

Sally said...

Hi Ak! Yes indeed!
Hi Swampy - Thank you....

Flowerpot said...

good luck wiht it all Sally. Be interested to hear how it goes!

Ignorminious said...

Oooo, sounds like show biz Sally! Be sure to let us know how it goes :-)

Sally said...

Hi Flowerpot and iggy!

Yes indeed.... let's hope so. Will keep you informed....

Alice Band said...

I like old Sarah Kennedy but what are these sw's she goes on about? I could tell you a funny tale about the Tim Burton movie thing!

Debbie said...

I could have told you that Sarah K was one of us. She lived in the same road as Sally W - Sue's friend - and Patrick Moore (of Sky at Night fame) also lived in that road. So, with all those links, we're very nearly famous!

sally's hubby said...

Message to alice band, to answer your question (above) about Sarah Kennedy's "SWs".

If you write in to her show and end it with words along the lines of "love the show", she feels - arguably correctly - that it seems a bit conceited to read it out. On the other hand, if you do the same thing to Steve Wright (SW), he seems to glory in reading them all out.

Hence her saying "SWs", rather than airing her listeners' compliments.

Cheers,
D.

Alice Band said...

Sally's Hubby - Aaah! I get it now. My husband can't stand SW for that very reason!

Sally said...

Tell us more AB!!

Debbie - Well I never knew! If I ahd I may have claimed kin a little sooner! Still - as you say - we're very nearly in "Hello" anyway..