Archive for October, 2010

Rescuing Missing Children Event
October 29, 2010

If you’re looking for something special to do on Halloween… you may consider this local organization’s event! They do great work going around the world rescuing missing children. Here’s the information:

Costume For A Cause – 5K Race and Kiddy Mile Run – benefiting American Association For Lost Children Missing Child Rescues.

Race Event Registration Forms available at http://www.AAFLC.ORG Events.
Email Request Registration Form at: Info@AAFLC.ORG
Phone Request Registration Form at: (724) 537-6970

Event Day Schedule:
Check-In and Registration begins at 12:15pm
Kiddy Mile Run begins at 1:00pm
5K Race begins at 2:00pm
Award Ceremony begins at 3:00pm.

Race begins and ends at Pavilion #1, Keystone State Park, in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, three miles from the intersection of PA 981 and US 22.




Project Bundle Up Shopping
October 28, 2010

Fun night shopping for Project Bundle Up!  I’m here with Jasmine… a darling 11 year old whose favorite subject is math.

We picked out some new boots, a cool silver coat, and a warm hat and gloves! She will look adorable in school and she’ll stay nice and warm at the bus stop.

My conversation with Rosalynn Carter
October 28, 2010

What an enjoyable interview today with former first lady Rosalynn Carter.  She was so gracious.  She’s in Pittsburgh to speak at an international conference on mental illness.  She took up the cause of mental health 40 years ago… long before it was popular. She says we’ve come a long way in helping those with mental illness but we have a long way to go in terms of getting rid of the stigma. The statistics show that one in four adults will suffer from a mental illness at some point during any given year.

Mrs. Carter told me that Pittsburgh has changed more than any other American city in terms of improving itself.  As she looked out of the window of the Sheraton Station Square where we met on a beautiful, sunny day she kept commenting on how beautiful our city is now. She says she remembers coming here long ago when everything was black from the steel mills. She said she had a brother that lived here until he passed away and she came here campaigning several times on behalf of her husband.  She said she very much enjoyed being in the White House and loved jogging around the property with her husband and sitting out on a balcony with him in the evenings talking about the events of the day.

Also, she pronounces her name Rose-uh-lynn … and not Roz-uh-lynn.  Her secretary reminded me of that several times saying most people pronounce it wrong.

Click here to watch my full report on my conversation with Mrs. Carter.

Sweet Dreams
October 27, 2010

If you’ve followed me on Facebook… you’ve already heard me complain about the brightness of my alarm clock. It was ridiculous. I felt as if I was being interrogated all night! So I was in the market for a new one which I could dim.  I heard about something called a Sony Dash. It was more than a clock… it was also an “internet viewer” and would allow me to keep track of the latest news and weather, included internet radio, and had a lot of other bells and whistles.  BUT the main thing I liked about it was that I would be able to adjust the brightness… and even turn the screen off altogether and still have the alarm set.  SOLD!

I went to a local electronics store to purchase it…. and the employee found only one in stock and it was in a locked glass cabinet. His key didn’t work.  Another employee came over and his key didn’t work. When the third guy came over with his key…. I knew it wasn’t their keys but rather the lock that was the problem. Still employee after employee came over with his key just to try (I told them it was like a scene out of King Arthur pulling a sword out of a stone!) It looked as if I wasn’t getting my new alarm clock. UGH.

Then the youngest/newest employee finally suggested what I’d been thinking. The only way to open it would be to break in! He said, “Bring me a hammer and I’ll get it open.”


But the other workers weren’t so sure that was a good idea.  But the young employee said they’d have to break it eventually and they might as well do it with me there so I could buy the clock.  So someone got a hammer and WHAM! He hit the lock and all of the glass shattered into a million tiny pieces.  It was spectacular. He reached in and with a big smile handed me a new clock which I am now enjoying very much. Sweet dreams!

South Pacific and CPK!
October 25, 2010

The beautiful seven-time 2008 Tony Award winning South Pacific is coming to Pittsburgh next month (November 2-7) and  I can’t wait to see it in person! I’ve only seen the movie and always wanted to see the Broadway show! What a moving story and what beautiful music by Rodgers and Hammerstein! (Many times when my daughter was little I’d sing I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair as I was washing her hair to distract her LOL) Click here for more information and click here to buy tickets.

If you’re planning to go I wanted to make sure you knew about the two local connections in the show. First, CMU graduate Anderson Davis stars as Lt. Joseph Cable in the production. Another Carnegie Mellon grad is a conductor for the show (he’s also an accomplished composer).

Here’s the show description from the press release:

The show is set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples — US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat — and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score’s songs include such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “A Wonderful Guy.”

Critics laud high praise for the National Tour:

– “Electric! This is the South Pacific we’ve been waiting for.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

– “It is a tribute to the sublime beauty of this musical, filled with gorgeous voices and astonishing emotional depth.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

– “One of the theatrical highlights of the year!” (Los Angeles Times)

-“I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love with a wonderful show!” (Toronto Star)


I also wanted to tell you about a hot new restaurant in Ross Park Mall called California Pizza Kitchen.  (The above photo includes my friends, Bonnie and Brandon!) I was invited to a media preview and all I can say is YUMMY!  The pizzas are so unique. After taking forever to decide what to try…. I finally ordered the chicken BBQ pineapple one.  The menu is huge… click here to check it out! And on Tuesday, November 2 100% of all dine in pizza sales will go to support Junior Achievement!