I love chatting. At one point in my life (a loooooong time ago) I was actually pretty quiet. Now these days, I love to meet people and entertain on the radio. I'm a big music fan and I've always been interested in learning about artists and their music.
When I'm not on the air, I keep busy by participating in the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. I act, I help to make props, I help out ushering and I help in the steering of the theater by sitting on the Board of Directors. And I'm ever known for making the random comment.
I love to dance and my current favorite exercise class is Zumba. If you don't know what it is...check out this video.
Things to know about me:
Favorite Condiment: Mustard
Favorite Pizza: Black olive and Sausage
Hometown: Frederick, MD
Secret Crush: Lenny Kravitz, Michael McDonald (neither of these is secret-haha)
Do clocks with calming, beach-scape sounds have you dreaming through your scheduled alarm?
Ditch the vacation noise for a cacophony of churning Styrofoam and absurd jingles being played simultaneously by this retro-style blender ($75; beboxx.com). Nothing says "welcome to the real world" better than this.
Kim, the Talking Clock
Are you dreaming that robots are taking over the planet? Nope, that's just Kim, the talking alarm clock ($56; ltmiller.com).
She comes with gold metallic hair, a green speaker mouth, and a humanoid, robotic voice—but not a standard time display. (Press her silver nose and she'll tell you the time.)
When it's time to get up, she'll flash her red eyes at you while crowing like a rooster. Press her nose and she'll be quiet.
If the only thing that will get you out the door in the morning is some serious nagging, Clockman ($85; japantrendshop.com) is for you. This chatty clock refuses to shut up, even after you get out of bed.
He'll greet you at your desired time, sing while you get dressed, and even yell if you anger him.
While Clockman speaks only Japanese for now, his wake-up-and-get-going message isn't lost in translation.
My favorites are the Clocky-
This cute, wheeled timekeeper ($39; nandahome.com) rolls and leaps, from up to 3 feet, off your nightstand after one snooze. What's worse, it does so while beeping random patterns and hides until you hunt it down.
It's safe to say you won't be catching any z's catching this clock.
Sonic Boom With Super Shaker
If the four alarms you scheduled to go off 10 minutes apart wake your neighbors but not you, you might want to try this noisy clock ($34; walmart.com); it has a 113-decibel alarm—about as loud as a jackhammer.
And if the volume alone won't do it, the red flashing lights and accompanying bed-shaker unit (which goes beneath your mattress) should deliver the full sensory message that grave danger awaits unless you get out of bed.
Watch this video of the Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock. I'm sure this would wake the heaviest sleeper. Haha!
7:15 WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? _ Over in England a woman told a TV host that she has a fear of sunflowers. Yep, those big, tall flowers we get a wonderful snack from. After revealing her fear they brought one out. What odd thing creeps you out?
I revealed that I was never fond of hairy spiders. House spiders are one thing but if I can't get it under my shoe, then I'm not interested in seeing it!
I had a caller to tell me that she is NO FAN of dolls. She's never liked that in movies they come alive. Doll faces really freak her out ...and I can't blame her for that. It made me think of the time, my mother brought home a homemade cloth clown. I hadn't seen Poltergeist but I did know that there was something scary about the clown so I made my mom put it in a closet where I couldn't see it.
8:45 Friday Toy Memory: Filmstrips. It was the time when you knew you didn't have to do any work. The static picture on the screen and then the BEEP, to change the picture. So many memories. Now if you had this in the corner of the room, you knew it was going to be an easy work day as well. Here's government preparedness filmstrip. Wow. http://youtu.be/QfIDU3YarvU
Remember these? Were you the one that did the rewind for your teacher?
6:15 When you're texting with your friends, do you dip your head down like this? It could be hurting your spine and back according to new info.
Texting Can Damage Your Spine.Think about all the time you spend texting and looking at your phone. Did you know that you could be putting unnecessary strain on your spine which could lead to "degeneration and possible surgeries"?
EliteDaily.com reports that looking down at your smartphone adds 60 extra pounds of weight to your spine. Your head weighs 10 to 12 pounds, but when you tilt it as little as 15 degrees to, say, send a text, your body is dealing with 27 extra pounds of pressure. Tilt your head 60 degrees to look straight down at your phone and the pressure more than doubles.
6:45--Imagine a Barbie (or similar doll) with tattoos, acne, stretchmarks, scrapes, dirt, and other things that make her a normal girl? There's a doll called "Lamilly" that's in the works... just in time for Christmas.
7:15 USA Today's Tech Guru Jennifer Jolly. THE BEST TECH FOR UNDER THE TREE THIS YEAR…
HOW TO FIND THE TOP DEALS AND MEET YOUR HOLIDAY BUDGET …
WHICH TECH WILL GIVE YOU (& THE KIDS) THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Emmy award-winning tech journalist JenniferJolly is one of TV's best-known faces when it comes to reviewing and explaining consumer electronics, digital parenting and the days' top tech trends. A 20-year broadcast industry veteran, Jennifer is now a nationally syndicated columnist for USA Today, host of two digital video series, TechNow for USA Today and Tech's Appeal, the girlfriend's guide to gadgets.
7:45- MANY TRAVELERS TIP THEIR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS.... Do you?
A poll found that more than a quarter of people have tipped a flight attendant. Don't worry- etiquette experts say travelers aren't expected to tip, and according to Association of Flight Attendants policy, members aren't even supposed to accept them. But a number of flight attendants say they've seen passengers offer tips, either in the form of cash or gifts. One airline employee says she would normally decline a tip several times, but if the passenger was insistent, she'd eventually accept it. She also said she's witnessed a frequent traveler giving jewelry to flight attendants at Christmas. While flight attendants certainly appreciate tipping, it seems simple politeness goes further than you might think. Don't underestimate the power of "please" and "thank you! Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/10/09/should-tip-flight-attendant/
8:15 This last couple of days has done a number on my emotions. I was so completely blindsided by the cold "January" weather that I just wanted to (as the song says) Eat, Sleep, Rave Repeat. Well in my case it's Eat Sleep Drink Repeat. Anyway, I came across this great list of things you can do to fight Seasonal Affective Disorder from Elite Daily. Great tips that I'm going to try this year. http://elitedaily.com/life/seasonal-affective-disorder/840918/
Fewer turkeys this Thanksgiving means grocers will be paying more for the bird than at any time since the Department of Agriculture began keeping tabs on prices in 1993, according to Bloomberg News.
But the good news for consumers is that while wholesale prices are at their highest, supermarkets and other stores won't likely pass along those increases to John Q. Public. In September, for instance, the retail cost per pound was about $1.16, the lowest since 2010.
During the first nine months of this year, farmers produced 4.239 billion pounds of turkey, a drop of 3.3 percent from the same period in 2013. What's more, inventories of all frozen turkey meat were at a four-year low as of September 30 at 484.5 million pounds.
One factor accounting for the decrease in production is that the cost of feed still hasn't come down much from 2012 record prices caused by a lengthy drought in much of the West.
While all this might sound dire, Butterball isn't fretting like last year when there was "limited availability" prior to Thanksgiving, not to mention smaller turkeys.
This Thanksgiving and through December, the company expects to sell 20 million turkeys, weighing in at 16 pounds each on average.
The National Turkey Federation adds that 22 percent of the 210 million turkeys consumed during 2012 were gobbled up on Thanksgiving Day.
6:45 WILLIAM AND KATE ARE COMING TO THE U.S.:Prince William and Kate Middletonwill be visiting the United States next month. According to USA Today, their trip will bring them to New York City where they will be visiting the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. William is also scheduled to attend the World Bank anti-corruption conference in D.C. There has been no mention whether Prince George will be joining them.
7:15 PICKY PASSENGERS:
No one wants to be sitting next to an oddball for an 11-hour flight. Now there's an app to prevent that. 'Quicket', a travel app for smartphones and tablets which facilitates ticket booking, flight tracking, and provides detailed airport maps, has released an updated version that also … checks out your fellow passengers. The 'social check-in' option allows passengers to view others who have chosen seats on the plane by just clicking on their avatar linked to their social profiles. That means fliers can effectively Facebook-stalk their seat neighbor before boarding the plane. Only users who approve the social feature will be seen. (What's the worst seatmate you've ever been stuck with?)
Get the whole story here at PA News: http://quicket.to
Can you believe that it's been 30 years since the group of musicians got together as Band Aid and recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas"? Now Bob Geldof has convened a group of today's artists to participate in Band-Aid 30- which will benefit aid for those suffering from and to try and prevent the spread of Ebola.
7:15 New Device Keeps Track Of What You Eat ( Set your calorie counters and apps aside. There's a new invention that aims to help people keep track of their eating habits simply by wearing a special device. The unit is called an Automatic Ingestion Monitor (AIM), and it's a device worn around the ear which monitors jaw movement. It is activated by vibrations caused by chewing, but it is advance enough to be able to rule out movements made by talking or yawning. The AIM is also outfitted with tiny cameras to take images of the food being eaten to determine calorie content and other nutrient information.
Researchers from the University of Alabama say the Monitor is potentially more accurate than apps and devices which require manual entry. It also improves weight loss and helps doctors discover eating patterns in overweight patients.
Read the details here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2723096/How-bites-YOU-day-New-device-helps-track-100-recommended-losing-weight.html
7:45 I noticed that a lot of fast food companies are coming up with apps. Why? If it's FAST food, how much faster are you trying to make it?
TACO BELL LAUNCHES MOBILE ORDERING APP _ Taco Bell has taken delivered a new mobile ordering app. Customers can now customize, place and pay for orders on a smartphone and then pick it up at the drive-through or in store.
**Bill called and told me that you can get free food with the McDonald's app. Ooooh, snap, I'm in!
8:15 Australian anchorman wore the same suit for one year as a experiment. He knew that no one would pay attention to his clothing choices...and he was right! His co-anchor however received (and still receives lots of mail about her choice of clothing, her hair, and her appearance). He was showing just how deep the double standard is. He said "I've worn the same suit on air for a year – except for a couple of times because of circumstance – to make a point", Stefanovic told Fairfax Media.
And the viewers' reaction? "No one has noticed; no one gives a sh*t."
But Stefanovic knows that things are different for his co-hosts: "I'm judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humour – on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they're wearing or how their hair is"
6:15 Have you ever googled someone, then realized later when you were talking to them, that you already knew what they were telling you? The struggle is real in the tech world these days so what you have to do is pretend like you don't know anything about them. Here are the easy 3 ways to pretend you haven't googled someone. From our friends at : http://www.refinery29.com/reductress/12
1.Have Exclamations Ready:
Some other phrases that can help you out:
-you don't say?
-Get out (with surprise)
-repeat what they said as if you've just forgotten it!
2.Frequently Delete Your Search History
3. Make It About You
Limit how much they share about themselves. If they never start talking you won't have to pretend that you don't know about them already! At the end of the day, less is more. The less you say about, the less you give away.
7:15 We all have those things we do that we don't necessarily share with other people. I was driving the other day and singing like a big old rock star—when I looked over and saw someone next to me. Kinda embarrassing but like I said, we all do it. Here are a just a few things we all do that we don't admit to.
Things we've all done that we don't admit to...c'mon what's yours?
BS THINGS WE ALL DO BUT NO-ONE ADMITS TO:
✓ Picture yourself on stage performing the songs you're listening to.
✓ Wonder if people who've disappeared from your life still think about you from time-to-time.
✓ Cringe remembering something you did years ago.
✓ Post something on Instagram or Facebook, then delete it when it only gets 1 like.
✓ Cup your hands against your chest in the shower, let them fill with water and then drop it all at once.
✓ Have full-blown conversations with yourself in your head. Or out loud.
✓ Pick up your underwear from the floor with your toes and then toss it up and grab it.
✓ Pick your nose.
✓ See a text, imagine your reply, and then hours later realize you never actually replied.
✓ Feel really insecure at times.
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com
8:15 Did you know that Al Roker attempted to break a Guinness World Record? That wacky Al Roker- he's trying to set a new Guiness World Record for longest uninterrupted live weather report broadcast. He began on Wednesday and just finished minutes ago. Check out the page and the charity he's hoping to raise money for. Cool! I wonder when he peed?
Get more info here: http://www.today.com/news/al-roker-attempt-world-record-longest-live-weather-report-1D80271588
8:45 Friday Toy memory: Pound Puppies. This started in the early 80's and were the thing before there were Beanie Babies. They were plush little dogs and they were flat-ish, kinda like a bean bag. Here's the commercial for it...remember this? I loved them (even though I was getting a little too old to get into them)
6:15 I don't know about you but I'm inconsistently productive. Sometimes I have full on lists to keep me organized. Sometimes I do things like lay my clothes out can't be bothered. At any rate, from The Muse.com, I came across the 6 things to do each morning and night to be more productive. I'm totally going to try these!
Did you see the Concert for Valor last night? I missed it completely. I was surprised that my friends were commenting on Facebook that they were going to have to turn it off after Eminem dropped the F bomb...repeatedly. Um, it's Eminem. What did you think all of a sudden he was going to clean it up for CABLE TV? Naw shawty.
This thing was found on the floor of the studio. What the heck is it? What on earth? This was in the studio on the floor this morning. Is it a hair dryer attachment or a vacuum attachment? Weird.
7:15 If you had to be friends with cartoon characters? Which ones do you think would make great real life friends? I think it'd be neat to hang with The Flintstones. Their house, their pet, I'd just be curious to see how it all shook out.
Here are the others that made it on the list from the website that lists EVERYTHING... List 25
Flinstones Opening Theme:
CARTOON CHARACTERS THAT WOULD MAKE GREAT REAL-LIFE FRIENDS:
✓ 'Homer Simpson' – Some days all you want to do is have a donut. We get that.
✓ 'Boo Boo' – The perfect sidekick from "Yogi Bear" and the voice of reason we all need.
✓ 'Scrooge McDuck' – If you can get on his good side, he'd probably always pick up the tab.
✓ 'Inspector Gadget' – Wouldn't it be nice to activate some go-go-gadget backscratchers every now and then?
✓ 'Garfield' – He's that friend that knows all the best places to eat.
✓ 'Charlie Brown' – Everyone needs a depressed friend in the bunch. It's either him or 'Eeyore'.
✓ 'Fat Albert' – Wouldn't it be cool to have a pal that is always up for dessert?
✓ 'Barney Rubble' – Loyal and apparently really good with the ladies. You don't get a girl like 'Betty' without having some skills.
– Condensed from List25.com (read the whole list here)
8:15 Your gut is right
Follow your gut instinct STUDY: YOUR GUT IS USUALLY RIGHT
A new study proves you really should go with your gut. It found that when it comes to detecting dishonesty, our initial instincts are better than our conscious minds. Researchers had participants watch video interviews with suspects in a mock robbery. All of the suspects said they hadn't committed the crime, although some in fact had. Study participants were then asked to identify which "suspects" were lying and which ones were telling the truth. Based on their conscious answers, participants were right less than half of the time. But when researchers used behavioral reaction time tests to judge participants' automatic, subconscious instincts, they found they were a lot more accurate. Experts believe humans may have an intuitive sense of honesty (and dishonesty) that is handicapped by conscious awareness. Read more about the study here: http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml
6:45 WHAT MILLENNIALS WANT FOR XMAS: DIGITAL GIFT CARDS _ Gift cards have become the can't-go-wrong present, and like everything else, they are are now going digital. And while gift cards are also popular with Millennials, digital gift cards are even more popular with the generation. This article has helpful tips for buying, using, and having gift cards.
7:45 Remember last week when I interviewed Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing) from the Love Boat. I was so excited to talk to him. I think this might be where I discovered my love of old bald dudes. Hmmm.
Check out this fun little interview from the cast when they reunited.
8:15 We all know today is Veterans day. But sometimes, beyond saying "Thank you for your service, we salute you", we are sometimes at a loss for what to do for the 19.6 million veterans in this country. This article from CNN.com gives some really helpful ideas/ways to help veterans the other 364 days of the year. Check it out and do some of these things if you can! http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/10/living/veterans-day-five-ways-to-help/index.html?hpt=hp_c2