If you missed the first post in this series you can read it here!
Now fast forward a year. Almost exactly a year after that fateful audition I got an email from wheel saying that they were trying to get in touch with me and would I please call them. I was skeptical, but decided to give them a call.
They informed me that if I was interested they had a film date for me to on the show. I was still skeptical, after all I never got a letter. They told me to take a couple of hours to think about it and talk it over with my family and then call them back. We talked about it and decided, why not!
I received my contestant packet a couple of days later and had less than 10 days to book my flights, my hotel and prepare! My sweet hubby went out and bought the Wheel of Fortune Wii game and played game after game with me so I could be ready! Even my kids got in on the fun and played along with us!
Finally the day was here, I was flying to LA to be on a game show! It was a surreal feeling, even packing my bag for the trip felt like it wasn’t really going to happen. So some background info about me life…my sweet sister-in-law works for a major airline and so she often gets guest passes for friends and family to fly standby. We are a single income family so flying standby is really all we can afford.
What this means is that flying is a lot like gambling for me. I have to weigh the odds of which flight has the best odds of having empty seats and if I don’t make that first flight is there another I can catch. I’m not going to lie, the first few times I flew standby my anxiety levels were through the roof! I was a nervous wreck and I swear the gate employees must have hated me! Now I am a little more relaxed and go with the flow.
So…here I am bags packed and heading to the airport. I live 2 1/2 hours from the airport, so I drive 1 1/2 hours to the park and ride and take to bus to the airport. This means I have no worries about parking, it only cost’s $3.50 and I don’t have to deal with seattle traffic! It’s a total win!
So I make it to the bus with 5 minutes to spare (which when you are waiting outside in 40 degree weather 5 minutes is plenty!) and I am on my way to the airport!
Read about what happens next here!