Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Big Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I was invited to a party tonight in honor of the unReal Housewives of Kansas City. I wasn't going to go at first and then I realized that Mommy needed a night out without kids. Only it didn't quite work out that way.

This morning as I mused over whether I should go or not a crazy idea occurred to me. (If I went it meant working out the logistics of child care and taking girls to and from piano lessons.) Maybe I could interview the housewives! So I made a quick phone call to my friend Jennifer Plas and asked her what she thought of the idea and I got a green light. Party on!

My biggest problem was two fold. First, what camera would I use to interview with and who would hold the camera? I settled on Julia's video camera because it was a real video camera for one thing and I thought it would pick up the sound better than my little camera I usually use. The camera operator was also a huge dilemma. I ultimately picked Julia. She was excited to go and I thought she would be more into it than the boys would.

Later I would really regret one of these decisions.

We drove to the windy state of Kansas, which is now the happening area of Kansas City. It's not that far, about a 30 minute drive and soon we were there. It was show time for Julia and I.

The housewives are on the cover of a local magazine, 435 South, obviously a different one than I was on. The story about them is here. The magazine was hosting the party. We arrived as the party started but the housewives weren't there yet. Finally the housewives made their entrance.

The party was held at a boutique, so while you mingled you could also shop. The housewives didn't get a chance to shop though. They were constantly surrounded by admirers. I waited patiently and I finally got my chance.

A picture of me with Meagan Flynn who plays Kiki.

A picture of Julia and I with Jennifer Plas who plays Marci.

A photo of Marci (Jennifer) and Kiki (Meagan) mingling with guests.

A photo of Aliana (Michelle Davidson Bratcher) and her tv husband/Sprint Daddy (Ari Bavel.)

Four of the five housewives posing with guests.

I was so excited because I got my interviews with all five housewives both all together and individually. Julia and I watched it all on the camera and it was awesome!!! I was so excited I was practically jumping up and down in the driver's seat and I couldn't wait to get home and upload my video.

And that's when I realized my bad decision. The camcorder is a mini tape, not a DVD and the cord I had wouldn't transfer the video. One trip to Best Buy and home again reveled that my lap top doesn't have a Fire port, who knew? Apparently, a fire port was needed. A trip to the basement and a chat with Trace brought him into the equation and he spent the next hour try to reconfigure his computer to make his fire port work and download the appropriate software to make it all work. Only it still didn't.

Grrrr.... (wait until you see the video and that "grr" will have a whole new significance.)

So here it is almost midnight and I don't have my video uploaded and edited. I am so majorly frustrated because it's so awesome, I can't wait to share it with you! But bright and early tomorrow morning a trip to Best Buy is in order to get some little doohickey that will make my USB 2.0 port become a Fire port. That better work or I'm about to work up a fire storm!

15 comments:

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

So frustrating! I can't wait to see the interviews...
Did you have a good night out, at least?

Tammy Howard said...

Technology is great - when it works... The party looked fun!

JD said...

Try buying a really awesome, really good video camera, and finding out it didn't come with software... software that can NOT be obtained anywhere, even on fishy download sites. Oh, the joys...

Anita said...

I hope you get it all to work. How frustrating!

Kristin said...

Oh how frustrating. I hope you get it figured out soon. Well, Trace.

Brandy said...

Hob-nobbing with the rich and famous...sheesh a girl leaves for a few days and misses everything!

Crystal said...

Sounds like you had a blast! Hope your "trusty" friend Best Buy is able to help!!

kodeekins said...

You went back to Best Buy? :-O I would have thought you boycotted them after the dishwasher incident!

I hope you get it figured out!!! I'll be checking your blog all day for it!

Denise said...

Crystal and Cody, it pains me to go to Best Buy, but unless I want wait for some parts to come via the mail, Best Buy is my only option. Comp USA closed and my local Circuit City closed too. But I begrudge my Best Buy time!

Kelly Deneen said...

What a blast for you!! Great pictures. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning!

Michelle said...

Just swinging by from SITS...you were behind me in Roll Call. Love your blog, and what a fun post for today!! It looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

The Johnson 5 said...

I'm so sorry all that happened to you. I have no clue about ports and cables either. Taking that camcorder sounded like the best option.

I hope it all works out today.

And I hope you had a FUN time!!

Sandy Toes said...

Interesting!
sandy toe

Kristy said...

Hi Denise I am sooo sorry that I have not been here in a while, there is so much going on right now and then I started puking with the stomach flu!! So many awesome things have been happening to you. I have missed you so I will get caught up.
Love ya, Kristy

jennifer plas said...

Love the pix! You were FABULOUS!! You are an honorary UNREAL housewife for life!! :)