Q: How are you feeling about your first foray into retail? Excited? Nervous?
A: Both. I am very excited because it’s been a long time coming but I’m very nervous. We’ve owned this warehouse for a while and we did about a year ago a clear-the-warehouse sale (and took) a bunch of old doors and pieces of wood and just kind of random things and put them on Facebook. That was it and we had a line around the block, people had driven from out of state. So super-exciting if we get anything close to that but also kind of terrifying. We’re worried we’re going to sell out in the first weekend. But we’ll figure it out.
Q: That would be a nice problem to have. It could go the other way.
A: Exactly (laughs).
Q: How has the pregnancy meshed with everything else?
A: I’m a bit of a workaholic, and before we had (oldest son) Jack we had foster custody of my niece for a year and she was little. She was a year and a half, two years old. So having her actually really helped me figure out how to balance time and prioritize and just make things a little bit more functional with me and (husband) Steve as a family. So when we had Jack, we had to make some tweaks and we tried a couple of different things and a couple of different schedules and found what works for both of us.
And we have an amazing nanny that’s like life-saving because neither Steve nor I are stay-at-home parents. We wouldn’t be good parents if we were stay-at-home parents. So the gal that we hired, she’s been with us for a year yesterday actually. And she’s just incredible and having that help really makes it doable.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.