My vacation time has to be put in the first week of January of every year. So by the 7th I have to have all of my trips and vacations for the entire year figured out. The first week I chose just happened to be this week. it was picked randoomly and on a whim. The other week I chose is coming in October and was the week that I was supposed to be getting married to “Liam Allen”. Obviously, that’s not happening, but I didn’t retract the week off. It’s the week of Columbus Day and it’s a gorgeous time of year, right before the leaves peak, so maybe me and the kids will rent a cabin up in the mountains or do something really fun that week. So thanks to some clever scheduling, my week off actually turned into 11 days off but in reality I only missed 3 days of work. These are the perks of being an RN who works three 12 hour shifts a week. So what has my week been comprised of? Ok, well last Monday it was a court day. Dateline NBC was there to filming the arraignment and I purposely sat behind William Jordan so that I wouldn’t have to see his horrible face. My friend, Donna Andersen, did capture a photo as a member of the media and she also wrote an article on it which can be read here at LoveFraud.com.
That is Jordan on the left and his public defender, Karen Thek to the right of him and I am seated immediately behind them both. Any body language experts out there? What do you extrapolate from this? I wonder if Jordan was putting on a show for cameras. In this snap shot he looks contrite but from those who were able to see his face said he looked really angry. His attorney with her pursed lips and creating a barrier between her and her client. Hmmmm…..
By happenstance there was a reporter from my local newspaper, the Burlington County Times, at the courthouse on Monday and after a phone call interview, I was surprised to find the article on the front page of the paper on Tuesday morning! It came along with the sad news of Robin Williams. It goes to show that you can truly never judge a book by it’s cover. Even the happiest people on the outside can be the saddest on the inside. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and that they’re granted privacy during a difficult time.
After that I vowed to leave Will Jordan behind for the rest of the week and I did. I am at the tail end of filming for my Dateline NBC special that may be airing as soon as THIS FRIDAY (whaaaaat???) but will have final confirmation of this tomorrow and will absolutely keep everyone updated! So we did some filming on Tuesday, skipped Wednesday due to weather and then again on Thursday during the day. Thursday I took my daughter to see the One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. This was a last minute decision after I saw some of my Facebook friends post their One Direction tickets for sale. So I went to a popular online ticket retailer and was able to get seats about mid-field, 11 rows off the field for $30 less than face value each! To me it was a way to right a wrong that Will Jordan had done to my daughter last year by promising her tickets to One Direction twice last year: once in Hershey, PA and the other in Texas at the Toyota Center. Neither panned out and the disappointment she experienced was horrific. She had been lamenting for weeks about all of the friends who were going and she wasn’t. It was like kismet when I came across the tickets and purchased them. She had the night of her life and I got pretty much spent the whole concert (with ear plugs – smart parenting move!) recording songs, taking photos and memorializing the whole experience for my daughter to share and recall for years and years. Today’s kids have it so great that there is digital media to record their life experiences that can be shared, backed up to the cloud and saved forever to be viewed to infinity. I have a bunch of polaroid and 35 mm photos that are aging in color taking on a somewhat sepia tone to them. Some were lost in a basement flood I had several years ago and some have ripped. Those are moments I can’t ever get back but my kids will have hundreds, if not thousands of photos of their childhood to have and reflect upon. So here are a couple pics I took from that moment:
Friday was just a veg day, since we didn’t to sleep until after 3am by the time we wound down from the night. Saturday (yesterday) we did what I believe will be the last of the Dateline NBC filming. It was a little emotional because I took them out to the arrest scene and I haven’t driven that route since the day of the arrest. A lot of old scenes and memories kind of flooded back. I could feel my eyes welling up but I was able to keep it at bay. I didn’t want to lose it in front of the NBC people and I didn’t want to give Jordan another emotion that belongs to me. Then we came back to the house and did the ALS Ice Water challenge which can be seen here:
The entire Dateline experience has been absolutely amazing. All of the staff, producers and crew have been absolutely amazing, so respectful of my time, my story and wanting to keep the integrity of the story without shaming the victim. There have been a lot of people who have replied to the print media that me and the other Jordan victims were desperate, gullible, blind to red flags, stupid and a variety of other adjectives that really do not suit the big picture of what truly happened. They knew I was worried about being portrayed like that and are vowing to make sure that isn’t how it comes off. They have been wonderful and I thank my lucky stars I chose them over ABC’s 20/20 who wanted to clump my story with other stories and were kind of not-passionate about the story, half the time didn’t reply to my replies to them. Again, perhaps it’s another example of kismet in my life. Perhaps I wasn’t supposed to do 20/20 for reasons that are unknown to me now but may be clear later on. I try not to question why things happen a certain way but kind of ride the tide of life and not worry so much about the why’s and what if’s of life. Live more in the moment of today and go with the flow. Make memories that last a lifetime, try to stress less and be the best mom, nurse, friend that I can be. Until next time!