I often wondered what would happen if someone on the morning news ever overslept for work. Would someone else fill-in for them? Like who? A producer? A writer? For an anchor, there's usually a co-anchor, so I suppose one person would read all of the news. Or a reporter could step in to co-anchor the show. But what about for my position, the meteorologist? Who would do weather and traffic? Thankfully, at my station, we have a few other people who know how to do weather. However, they may not be scheduled to work in the morning, so it could be tricky calling them into work at that hour.
There are many things I pride myself on...straight teeth without ever having braces, my amazing parallel parking skills (thank you, Los Angeles), seeing the good in people, & throwing great parties, to name a few. Never missing a show due to over sleeping was another source of pride for me. But pride comes before a fall...and well...yesterday was that day! I woke up and saw that it was 4:59am. "Huh? What is going on?" That didn't make sense. Then my brain woke up and smacked me, "Girrrrrlll! You're late for work! You need to be on-air in ONE minute!!!" I grabbed my phone & sent a text to my producers and co-anchors. Then the phone rang and it was Lindsay, from the assignment desk. "Renee can be here in 15 minutes." she said. "I can be there in 15 minutes!" I replied. "Well, get on it!" was the response...so I got into 'go-mode' and hustled! 6 minutes. Yup, 6 minutes! That's how long it took me to brush my teeth, slap on some foundation, throw some clothes on, grab a protein bar, and head out the door.
(Let's take a moment to think about how impressive my get-going skills were. They were pretty stinkin' amazing! If only I could get ready that fast all the time!)
I got to work and they had a camera guy shooting me as I arrived...driving up, getting out of my car, and not hustling as I walked into the studio. Of course, the anchors later teased me for just casually strolling in vs. running into the studio like there was a fire. I managed to be on-air at 5:30am. Remember...I woke up at 4:59am. It's about a 15-18 minute drive to work, so I think I did alright! I didn't have time to do my hair, so I just sort of shook it out and went with it. I did some make-up in the car (not recommended!!!), threw on my microphone & IFB (ear piece), put up one of the graphics (current temps, I think), and then..."Good morning! Happy Monday, everyone!" They made fun of me on-air all morning long (and kept showing footage of me slowly getting out of my car & walking into the studio), but I didn't mind at all 'cuz it made the day fun!
It's interesting because Marc, Heather, & I had recently talked about what we would do if we woke up late. Marc had said not to stress out if that were to ever happen. So I remember feeling like they had my back...which allowed me to rush without feeling super stressed. And that made me to feel okay about it..not that I'd ever want it to happen again!
It was a bit of scramble, but I like a good hustle...it keeps me on my toes. On one hand, it stinks that I can no longer say I've never been late to work. But on the other hand, it's as if I attempted something new and adventurous! I just don't plan to make a habit of it. Perhaps it's time to invest in a 4th alarm clock!