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So I have this little side project called “Listen To Your Mother”.

It’s not something I would ever want to handle by myself, and in fact, I am not. I just want to take a moment today to express some gratitude for my partner and co-producer, Tracey.

Tracey and I knew each other before we joined forces (Wonder Twin powers, activate!) on LTYM, but only socially. As in, I had seen her dance like Elaine from “Seinfeld” and it’s one of the most entertaining things I’ve ever observed.

As you can imagine, co-producing a behemoth such as LTYM requires more than just dancing.

Even though I knew that Tracey was a nice person with an easygoing personality and was fairly certain that we would work very well together, I quickly learned something about her that concerned me.

She is totally Type B.

Tracey is one of the most laid-back people I have ever met. Ever.

I, on the other hand, am hopelessly Type A. I have the type of personality that is high-strung, anxious, and always worried about something. So naturally I worried that working with Tracey was going to drive me insane.

Luckily, in addition to being a Type A I’m also an optimist, and pretty smart, too. I told myself that my being on one end of the spectrum working with Tracey who is on the other end of the spectrum just might result in…BALANCE.

And you know what? It has. (I love it when I’m right.)

It has been a dream working with Tracey. I’m not sure she’d say the same about me, especially since I call her nearly every day and start the conversation by saying, “Are you sitting down?” (Sorry, Tracey.)

She has truly been a gift to me, and as an anxious Type A, I can’t express in words how great it’s been to have Tracey around to talk me off the ledge and tell me, “Don’t worry hon (<---she's big on terms of endearment), it's all going to be okay." In fact, yesterday I discovered how good Tracey has been for me. I discovered something regarding the show that normally would set my blood pressure skyrocketing, but before I went off full throttle, I paused and thought to myself, "What would Tracey Becker do?" And then it came to me. So I told myself, "Don't worry hon, it's all going to be okay." (Yes, I called myself "hon". Shut up.) You know what? IT WORKED. Tracey is rubbing off on me. Next on my to-do list? Custom order one of these:

Anyone else want one?

Mwah, Tracey. I love you hardcore. I wouldn’t want to do this crazy project with anyone else.

P.S. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that we just made the venue announcement along with ticket information on the LTYM blog this morning! If you’re in the Chicago area, do not pass “Go”, do not collect $200…go buy your tickets NOW!

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  • tracey March 22, 2012, 10:39 am

    Oh my LORD this made me laugh and cry. Thank you, Melisa. I love you. And I will save this post for my husband who may not agree that I am Type B. Especially around the holidays…

  • Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy March 22, 2012, 10:40 am

    Tracey DOES rock, hardcore. I totally could have told you that. Beware though, she WILL take full enjoyment in any phobias you might have. Just sayin’

    • tracey March 22, 2012, 10:53 am

      LISA! You made it so difficult to NOT giggle, though. And, truth be told, I never actually CALLED any of those birds down to us. You just attracted them to you.

  • Dwana March 22, 2012, 10:51 am

    *Group Hug* !!!! The rest of us are so excited we could sing … If we could sing – which I would not reccomend of course …. Because I, for one, can not sing – yay!!!! Great post!!!

  • Stephanie K March 22, 2012, 11:24 am

    Put me down for 2 “WWTBD”, because I’ll loose one…eventually.

  • tracey March 22, 2012, 11:47 am

    I feel like a deity.

  • Ann March 22, 2012, 12:18 pm

    Awwww! Love it.

  • Ally Bean March 22, 2012, 2:10 pm

    As a confirmed Type B here, I am glad that you’re beginning to see the error of your Type A ways! You’re going to look lovely in your new bracelet. Enjoy it and the message that it brings to you!

  • Lisa March 23, 2012, 8:53 am

    This post was way tooo funny. 🙂 And its great working with people who compliment you. 🙂

  • Liz March 23, 2012, 12:20 pm

    What a great post! I feel very lucky to have met Tracey and even gave her lots of room on the dance floor 🙂

  • Patty at A Day in My NYC March 26, 2012, 8:15 am

    I’m totally type A… balance? What’s that? lol

    I’m so glad you are both so well in sync and I’m sure your event will be fabulous!