Edwina Bartholomew is one very busy lady. As if taking on the role of roving weather presenter on popular breakfast show Sunrise earlier this year wasn't enough, the vivacious blonde is now juggling the early morning starts with her Dancing with the Stars co-hosting duties and presenting work for Seven's coverage of the spring racing carnival.
"I came across a Tina Fey quote the other day - 'Say yes, and you'll figure it out afterward' - so that's the one I've gone with," she tells AAA.
What is possibly already the most demanding schedule in live Australian television is about to get more gruelling this week when the 30-year-old, right, flies into Perth to broadcast live for Sunrise on Thursday and Friday, before she joins the star-studded line-up for Telethon on Saturday, when it kicks off at 6.30pm on Seven/GWN7.
"I try not to nap during the day because I figure you get a better sleep at night-time, but that hasn't worked out so well the last few weeks, so I have caved and had quite a number of nanna naps," Bartholomew laughs.
"Although I'm very much looking forward to coming to WA, I'm not looking forward to starting the show at 3am . . . and have a ridiculously early dinner at lunchtime and then go to bed straight away."
This year marks Bartholomew's first Telethon appearance in front of the cameras but she is well-acquainted with the charity event, having visited a decade ago as a young producer with the Sunrise team.
"I was just out of uni, very fresh to TV and coming over to help produce the show. I vividly remember sitting backstage with the fuzzy-haired Guy Sebastian, who was strumming a guitar . . . I cut my foot on some of the staging equipment and still have the scar to this day. But it was an amazing weekend," she recalls.
"Helping bring attention to well-deserved causes like Telethon is the joy of working in the media."
And Bartholomew is bracing herself for one frantic first Tuesday of November at the Melbourne Cup.
"I may have overcommitted myself, just slightly," she laughs. "We're on the racetrack for the Sunrise weather so I will stick around to do a few things and then head off to Dancing with the Stars rehearsals, then make-up and then the show. So definitely tune into DWTS on Melbourne Cup night because it could be really interesting."I could be either asleep, on fire or not knowing what is going to come out of my mouth . . . and I won't be indulging in any champagne that day as that could be the undoing of me."