Archive for January, 2008

Cinderella & Kelly Frey
January 31, 2008

Did you see where we’re getting an AWESOME ballet performance?

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo is performing Cinderella at the Benedum Center February 23 and 24th.
What’s really cool about this show is that it’s an exclusive U.S. performance only to be seen in Pittsburgh this year.

The choreographer, Jean-Christophe Maillot is one of France’s best contemporary choreographers.
Listen to this description:

“Cinderella searches for true love, Prince Charming searches for himself, and they both reject the vain superficiality of everyone around them.
Cinderella is advised to maintain simplicity above all else, and this purity becomes her most recognizable feature as symbolized by her bare foot, which sparkles radiantly when she attends the ball.
Prince Charming kneels before her in awe of this simplistic beauty, which later causes him to abandon his sheltered life in search of worldly knowledge and his own identity.
Even Cinderella’s elegantly simple ball gown exudes purity and exposes her body honestly, thus enlightening the stepsisters and stepmother, whose vanity and bombastic appearances mask their inner selves.”

ahhhhhh…. (sigh)….. sounds beautiful!

Now, we had our own performance of Cinderella in the newsroom this week.
The lovely Kelly Frey had a pair of shoes … that were not as comfortable as she’d like. So she offered to give them to whomever they fit.

So all the fair maidens lined up at her desk (ok… I’m getting carried away, a few of us tried them on).

For some, the shoes were too big, for others too small….. for me, JUST RIGHT!
Oh yeah. I was the proud owner of these gray shoes.
So I proudly hopped in my carriage and waved goodbye.

Then I discovered … THEY HURT MY FEET TOO!

So today, I’m giving them back to Kelly. Oh well.

If you’d like to see the real Cinderella… click here for tickets

Tropical Winds Still no Match
January 30, 2008

This is what the tropical force winds did to the tree across the street from my house overnight:

This is what the tropical force winds did to the two footballs stuck on my roof:

They are still up there!
How is that possible?

Out of State Web Viewers
January 29, 2008

I am hearing from some of our out-of-state internet viewers.

This one is from Ricco:

I am a Pittsburgher that has been working all across southern Virginia
the past three months. I get home on some weekends. Thanks for keeping me
up to date on what is going on back home..I have another 2 months to go
before I get to work back home. I enjoy everyone’s blog’s.

And this one is from Pamela… who is now in Tucson!

Michelle, I do watch the noon newscast via my pc when I am off work on
Thursday’s and Friday’s. I miss Pittsburgh and dream of moving back
eventually. Until then I’ll be watching as often as I can from Tucson, AZ.
(yes it is dry heat)

Again, if you’d like to watch us on your computer every at noon (great for lunch breaks at work) you can get the link here:

Thanks for watching!

Demetrius/Meatloaf Recipe
January 29, 2008

Demetrius Ivory wants a good meatloaf recipe.
Of course, he asked me right before the noon show started.
The more I thought about it… the more my stomach growled!
It was a long 30 minutes sitting on the set thinking about food.
If you have any good recipes…. send them to me and I’ll pass them along.

Watch us on the Web
January 29, 2008

Just a quick add to my post from yesterday.

Chris, the Amazing Webmaster ; ) , reminded me where you have to go to get the link to watch our noon newscast on the web. Here it is: . I have no idea how our guys do it…. but it’s awesome!

It’s great for getting caught up at your work computer over your lunch break…. and great for those who now live out of town but want to stay in touch with what’s happening. It’s always cool to hear from people in other parts of the country who watch us on the web.

Noon Show on the Web
January 28, 2008

I wanted to say a special hello to all of you who watch our noon newscast on your computer at
Not only do many western Pennsylvanians watch it…. but I’ve heard from so many people from all over the country who are using their computers to keep up with Pittsburgh.
If you are one of those people in another state who watch on the web… take a second to email me (you’ll see a place on the right side of this page) and let me know where you are.
Thanks for watching!

Who got the starter bags…..
January 28, 2008

My four friendship bread starter bags were all handed out: Bonnie, Gail, Jim and Mike Clark!
Actually, Mike Clark got one … because I heard through the grapevine that he was teasing Bonnie about me giving one to her…..
Little did he know I still had one bag left (insert evil laugh here).
So when Mike came in to work Friday, there was a big bag of goop on his desk with the 10-day instructions.
Good luck!

I did it!
January 25, 2008

Oh yeah, baby!

All of you who wrote in telling me I couldn’t mess it up…. were right.
Wendy’s friendship bread is YUMMY!

Now…… let’s see which of my friends wants a starter bag……..
….. to be continued

Couldn’t resist
January 23, 2008

My friend sent me this with the warning:


Friendship Bread Update
January 23, 2008

Bridget just wrote in and asked me for an update on my Amish Friendship Bread.
Here is it:

Check out all the air in the bag! For the last couple of nights it’s done this…. I just let the air out and mash it a couple of times.

Tomorrow is Day 10…which means it’s time for me to make the bread… and give the rest away for someone else to try.
I think my friends are avoiding me…. ; )
On another kitchen note, my son found these at the grocery store.
They are apples that taste like grapes.
Not bad.
How did they do that?

My drive to work
January 22, 2008

Dear Joannie,
This is what it’s like in Pittsburgh today.
How’s everything in south Florida?
Wish you were here,

Dinosaur Trip
January 21, 2008

In continuing my mission to get the most out of the Carnegie Museum membership Santa brought us…. we bundled up Saturday and took our friends (who got in free with our membership!) to the Carnegie in Oakland.
In the middle of the wonder ….. I don’t forget what’s really important: shoes!
Play this video my son took of his sister and her friends in the Bonehunters Quarry.. and listen to what I say. You think I’d have learned by now that when a camera is rolling nearby to try and say something intelligent. ARGH!

Despite my quick shoe distraction …. the newly remodeled museum is amazing. We all loved it.
Click here to get more information.

This is the first time we’ve been there since all the construction.
They did an awesome job. It is beautiful. Zach took a ton of pictures, as always (what did moms do before digital cameras?) …….. and here you get a better view of the cool shoes ; )

Here are the girls in the Bonehunters Quarry on a fossil dig excavating a dinosaur.

I have no idea what I’m doing in this picture. Am I making a dinosaur face?
Maybe my face was the subconscious thinking of looking at dinosaur bones on a ridiculously cold day.
Dinosaur = Fossil Fuel = Oil = High Heat Bill.

Special note: the T-Rex won’t be ready until the Spring. We’ll be back!
Here’s how the Carnegie’s website talks about the new exhibit hall:
The new exhibit will illustrate the incredible diversity of Mesozoic life, placing the dinosaurs in dramatic new, scientifically accurate poses amidst the hundreds of plant and animal species that shared their environments.”

Fun time!
The Andy Warhol museum also comes with my membership and so does the Carnegie Sportsworks.
That’s next on our list.
This is the longest blog yet, I think. That’s what happens when it’s too cold to do anything else! I’m seriously scared to see what my heat bill is going to be.

Yeah, It’s Friday!
January 18, 2008

Bundle up this weekend! I am not ready for the single digits.
Did you hear the strange story about a bar owner challenging County Executive Dan Onorato to a boxing match?
The owner is upset over the drink tax and wants to box Onorato.
If Onorato wins, the drink tax stays and so does the smoking ban…. if the bar owner wins, the drink tax goes away. I’m sure we’ll have more on our news tonight.

I just found this local blog.
Very funny.
Click on the sibling cutlery post and watch the funny video. We all watched it in the newsroom and laughed. The more we laughed the more people came over to watch it. I think I watched it six times.

I’m always looking for other local blogs to read.
Here are a couple I read that make me laugh…
But the language is not always clean… so that’s a warning.
The Burgh Blog and Tunesmith and Anthony.

I’ve always wanted to join in on the Gallery Crawl and I just got word another one is coming up.
It’s January 25th. It’s free and it starts at 5:30. Did you just see the part where I wrote FREE!
The deal is all of the downtown art galleries are open …. there is music and dancing and cool artwork…. and then there is a night-crawlers party which costs $5.00 to wrap up the evening.
Click here for more information.
I’m going to try to join in this time….. the next one is not coming up until April.
Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Wendy’s Gift to Me
January 17, 2008

I hesitate to even write about this because I’m sure I’m going to mess it up and then be embarrassed. But since I have nothing else going on… here goes:
Yesterday Wendy gave this to me.
It’s a starter bag for Amish Friendship Bread.
I’d never heard of it before.
Apparently, I’m suppose to leave the bag out on my counter for 10 days…. before making the bread. On day 6 I have to add a few things… and everyday I have to mash the bag a little bit and get the air out. Then on day 10 I add some more ingredients and divide it up into 4 baggies to hand out to other people… then take the remaining goo and make some bread.
It’s really yummy. She brought some to the newsroom and we all loved it. It has cinnamon and sugar!
So I’ll try to keep you posted on how it’s going. I just hope I can keep track of the days.

In the meantime…. two other blogs you should check out on our website: Melanie Taylor’s little superstar. and a picture of Andrew Stockey playing high school football.

Out of Milk Again
January 16, 2008

I can’t believe how much milk we go through every week.
I remember my dad calling on his way home from work to see if we needed anything and it seemed like every night my mother always said we needed milk and bread. I guess my three brothers and I went through a lot of the stuff.
My kids are doing the same.
Also, can someone explain why that organic milk lasts a couple of months…. and the regular stuff only about a week? The expiration date on one of the organic brands I just ran out of says it would have stayed good through February 28th!

I was thinking this morning how nice it would be to have milk delivered to the house…. especially in weather like this.

But do you see the smile on this guy’s face? That might be tough to deal with early in the morning… because it looks like he’d always have a cow joke that I’d have to pretend was funny.
*** Why does a milking stool have only three legs? Because the cow has the udder.

*** What kind of milk comes from a forgetful cow? Milk of Amnesia

*** Where do cows go when they want a night out? To the moo-vies!

*** What was the bull doing in the pasture with his eyes closed? Bull-dozin’

*** Do you know why the cow jumped over the moon? The farmer had cold hands.

*** What did the bored cow say when she got up in the morning? “It’s just an udder day”

*** How does a farmer count a herd of cows? With a Cowculator

***Where do Russians get their milk? From Mos-cows

*** What do call a cow that has just had a calf? Decalfenated

Ok. I’m done now.