We have just completed week 3 of our new time slot of 7pm. Time flies, right? 3 weeks! It has been so chaotic launching a new show that I have not had time to write you a personal note….so here goes…
First, thanks so much for watching and for joining us at 7pm. I would not be on OTR at 7pm or any time if it were not for you. Let’s face it, I owe it all to you. I know that. I also know it has been a bit of adjustment for you that we changed hours – you are used to watching OTR at 10pm, and now suddenly it changed to 3 hours earlier to 7pm. Some of you can’t watch it live at 7pm – so I appreciate that you DVR OTR at 7pm and watch later. I know you are loyal — and I really do appreciate it.
What is it like for me? So how do I like the new hour of 7pm? I love it. I can’t believe I am this lucky! I just love it. I enjoyed 10pm (and I enjoyed every show for 11 1/2 years!) but 7pm is just more fun and better for me. I don’t know if I love it because of the newness of it (and that means an adventure) or if it is because my day is now ‘normal.’ I actually get to go home every night and have dinner with my husband on a ceramic plate (no more paper plates and paper bags or pizza boxes at my desk dining alone…or boxes of DOTS!)
Until I got the new hour of 7pm, I had not realized how much I missed having dinner with my husband. Weekends just weren’t enough. Time passes way too fast. I suppose the serious health issues my husband had this year also has contributed to my gratitude to have this earlier hour. As many of you know, I kept it quiet for the first few months as I tried to deal with it and figure out the prognosis. It was pretty difficult the first 6 months of the year in our house but I also know many of you have gone through health hell, too. You know what it is like, right? Families all across American deal with this all the time. We all do. It is difficult.
Many nights I would do OTR until 11pm, and then jump in the car and drive an hour plus to the Baltimore hospital, get there after midnight and park the car, head into the hospital, check on his condition at the nurses’ station, and then fold myself up in a chair in his hospital room and try to sleep. The next day I would get up early, drive home, shower, dress and head into work…and repeat the drill. Sound familiar? Most of you know the drill… you have done it, too, and maybe many times over the years. I was just glad I was able to do it. I didn’t want him alone in the hospital. Those late night drives and sitting in a chair next to a hospital bed do give you a chance to stop and think …think about what matters in life and how you live your life.
And now? Well….I am just feeling really lucky…my husband’s health is great (what a switch!)….I have an earlier time slot…and I have YOU, loyal blogger friends and loyal OTR watchers. You really matter to me. I mean that. You actually helped me through the rough days earlier this year. Your friendship did that. We interact via GretaWire, email, twitter etc. and even though we have never met face to face — I feel like I know you. Yes, some of you may disagree with me or even get mad at me from time to time (or even all the time!) but I consider you my friend. I love our friendship, and our community.
So….thank you….and I look forward to many exciting weeks on ON THE RECORD at 7pm.