GMA Is In the House

Thing 1 and Abbie chatting about fashion

Thing 1 and Abbie chatting about fashion

Aggh!!! TV camera on me right now! I’m totally going to have to blog about this. Hmmm … maybe I’ll turn this into a blog post. Yes, That’s what I’ll do.

Remember when I told you Good Morning America was coming over? You know, just a typical Monday for this girl. You see … I wrote this thing about Victoria’s Secret on The Stir … and people liked it. Of course I’m sure some people didn’t, but you can’t please everyone.

So the film crew is here, and I’m supposed to be looking like I’m actually, you know, writing something, so I thought, why not write a blog post about them being here?

Jeff and Becky are the camera peeps, and they are super duper nice. Plus they like my kids — and anyone that likes my kids can stay. The reporter and producer are on the way, but they had to stop at the mall first, because they wanted an Orange Julius.

Haha! Just kidding. They went for shots of VS. I’m guessing. You know, because this story is on VS. I’m bright like that.

Leif got called away for some urgent something rather-or-other, so my saintly mama dropped everything and came over to help. She. Is. Awesome. Seriously, thank you Mom!


~~~ Approximately five hours later ~~~

Wowza that was a lot of filming! Had so much fun though. The girls were awesome. I think my favorite line was when ABC correspondent Abbie Boudreau asked Thing 1 whom she looked to for fashion advice … like what movie star?

My sweet girl said that she looked to her mom and gramma for fashion advice. Abbie asked her what kind of advice she got from Gramma, and she replied, “Not to wear socks with sandals.”

Amen, Sistah.

Abbie and her producer Derrick were so fun to work with, and I hope I get to do so again some time. Plus — like Jeff and Becky, they seemed to adore my kids. Seriously people, if you want to get on my good side, tell me how awesome my kids are. I greatly enjoy people that can recognize the truth right in front of them. *wink*


~~~ Approximately one day later ~~~

Soooooo … I totally didn’t post this last night. I know there was more I wanted to add, but at this point, I think I’ll post as-is and save more tell-all until after the segment airs.

Tune into Good Morning America on Thursday, y’all! The segment is scheduled to air in the 8-9 o’clock hour.

Good Morning America Emailed Me & Asked Me to Come Talk About Underwear — No Joke!

*Tap tap tap*

Is this thing on? I know it’s been awhile — a long while. Like I said in my last post OVER A MONTH AGO, I haven’t had much to say. I’ve been staying in touch with my bff the Internet on Facebook and Twitter, and of course writing very in-depth stories about celebrity pregnancies and babies over at The Stir.

Hey, it’s a living and I’m a capitalist. Besides, I also get to write about things that actually interest me, like how I don’t think kids should be used for political gain, a sweet couple that’s been married 80 years, and how the Canadian Parliament is preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

One of the things I wrote this week was about Victoria’s Secret and how they seem to be targeting teens. Appropriate? Inappropriate? My take on it was essentially — so? What’s your point?

I mean really. I’ve been wearing a bra since I was 11, and filling one out since I was 14. Where do you think they came from? Thing 1 is nine, so bra-shopping time will be here in the next two blinks, if I’m calculating her childhood correctly. A trip to Vickie’s will be in order.

Anyway, I had fun writing it, especially because I love writing things that show that not all of us Republicans are stuffy old prudes. I love fun and life and my kids and even pretty underthings. I want my girls to feel good about themselves, and if that means pretty panties and bras from a classy Big Girl store — then so be it.

Fast forward to this afternoon when I got an email with “ABC NEWS” in the subject line. I clicked it because it was Sunday afternoon and email is slow and I was bored-ish, so why not? Figured it was spam. Then I read it four times.

It was freaking Good Morning America. Well, a producer from GMA. She liked my article about teen lingerie, thought I had a reasoned approach, and would I mind giving her a call?

Um, ok. I still kinda thought it was someone pulling a prank or something. It wasn’t.

So here’s the plan — GMA is supposed to send a film crew to my house tomorrow afternoon to tape a segment that should air this week. Of course, the whole thing could be canceled, or they could cut it, or a million other things and I probably shouldn’t be telling you all this until it’s in the can, but dang it feels good to write something on here, and besides, if the whole thing falls through, at least I’ll have had something actually interesting to tell you. So … yeah.

Also, my friends know me well … “Good MORNING America…? Um, what time is this all taking place?” When I tell them they’re prerecording in the afternoon, the respond with some variation of, “Phew! Because you’re totally not a morning person.”

It’s true. I’m not.

See y’all on a major broadcasting network.

*Happy Dance*

Someone Put Me on Television. In China.

I did my first real TV appearance. I got interviewed for a local Los Angeles station a year or two ago for speaking at a Tea Party rally, and I’ve done Ustream. I’ve been on the really real radio a few times too. But this was the first time I got invited to be on a television panel as part of a discussion as an “expert” in my field.

The topic was the Trayvon Martin shooting, and the venue was CNTV – an English-speaking Chinese news station, on a program called The Heat. Yes, I said Chinese news station.

I got contacted by their booker over a week ago, because I wrote a very controversial piece in which I suggested that shooter George Zimmerman might not be a racist. I said yes to CNTV, because why not? I don’t have a problem backing up what I write on screen. I wish I had the opportunity to do it more frequently.

CNTV is based out of DC, but they patched me in from the NBC studio in San Diego. I went in without a clue as to how the whole thing was going to work. Were they going to do make up? Was there going to be a set? Would I get to wear one of those cool clippy microphone thingies?

The answers to those questions were no, no, and yes. I was glad I had slapped some makeup on my face before heading in. Unfortunately, I didn’t use enough blush, because WOW I look washed out in the video. The ‘set’ was the middle of a crowded cubicle farm newsroom, with a bright light shining in my face. I couldn’t see the host or my fellow panelist; I could only hear them through the CIA-like microphone in my ear. I did get to wear the microphone clippy thing though. That was pretty cool.

Ok, so we got to talking about the case. They could see each other, and they could see me even though I couldn’t seem them, which was a bit disconcerting. I was in the middle of newsroom, where a dozen or so people could hear every word I was saying without hearing what they other people were saying. I was super nervous. Knees-knocking-together nervous.

All things considered, I think it went pretty well.

Side note: I had to stop myself from saying fact-tah about eight gajillion times, especially when we started talking about Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. No, you can’t shoot people who make you nervous. That’s a fact-tah!

Thank you so much to The Heat for inviting me on, to host Mike Walter, to the other panelist Jennifer Butler, and to everyone that watched!

Click here to watch until someone with more technical know-how in their little finger than in my entire body can embed it for me…