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Lucyisms Vol. 2- From The Mouths of Barfing Babes

Lucy was apprehensive when I posted “Lucyisms Vol. 1,” but she ended up being its biggest fan. I think she felt a little famous when friends approached her at school and quoted their favorite lines, like “You play your OWN bongos!”

She even tried CREATING Lucyisms but thankfully realized they sounded goofy when forced. She would spout off something especially strange, then shake her head and say, “No, that was terrible.”

Despite this, Lucy has unintentionally gifted us with some outstanding bon mots recently and I’ve been dying to share them. Then I discovered the NOTES she’s been leaving on my iPhone. Continue reading →

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Congrats to Nick & Halie!!!

If you weren’t watching the Today show this morning, you missed two local folks getting engaged on live television. Nick Marino got his girlfriend Halie Gibbs in front of cameras by telling her they were part of a “Couples Who Make a Difference” segment, but we back at home knew the truth. See, Nick called me a few weeks ago to tell me about his plan so when the deed went down, I was sitting in front of my TV & crying like a baby.  Nick was too as he got down on one knee & asked Hailey to marry him. Pretty sweet stuff so if you missed it, just click the link below & get ready for the happy tears!

http://www.today.com/health/aww-watch-boyfriends-teary-proposal-today-plaza-2D80482180

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CITY HIKES: CEDAR HILL STATE PARK (With the Dreaded Rattlesnake Alley & Caveman Crossing)

My tour of DFW Hiking Trails took me south of Dallas today to Cedar Hill. The GPS said I had an hour-long drive ahead of me but it was much shorter than that. Cedar Hill State Park is actually only 20 miles from downtown Dallas and 30 miles from downtown Fort Worth (according to their website http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cedar-hill). We made it in about 40 minutes and I say WE because I got to bring a buddy today! Several friends have asked to join me on these hikes (Come on! The more the merrier! Plus I’ll need someone to carry me when I inevitably step on a rattlesnake). Today Shannon made the trip with me. Shannon is tons of fun and a fast-walker (Dang woman, SLOW DOWN!) but she also brought along a weapon, “Just in case.” It was a heavy black stick on a key-chain so I renamed it her “Bitch Stick.” Continue reading →

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How “Poltergeist” Ruined My Life

It wasn’t the movie itself that changed my life forever.

No, it was a Poltergeist teaser-trailer that came out several months before the movie. It featured stills and a few clips from the film that was coming out that summer, but it also showed interviews with supposed “Paranormal Experts.” They explained what a poltergeist actually was and my young mind was BLOWN. I found the first trailer on Youtube but it’s pretty crude. In fact, think it was taped by some dude sitting in front of his TV. Continue reading →

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How I Screwed Up The Easiest Chicken In The World…Twice

If you’re a fan of chicken, this is tastiest and easiest recipe you are ever going to try. It’s from Thomas Keller and I can give you the link but it’s so easy you almost don’t even need it. You just buy a good chicken and truss it, add loads of salt & pepper and then bake it at 450 for about an hour (until it reaches 165 degrees). Don’t check it. Don’t baste the bird. Don’t do ANYTHING. Just back away from the damn oven. You will be left with the juiciest, tastiest, nom nom nom chicken you’ve ever had. You might not even have time to Instagram a picture of it but you will WANT to because it LOOKS incredible too.

There’s almost no way to mess this up…unless you cook the bird upside down. I did this once and couldn’t figure out why there wasn’t any meat on the breast (because it’s the BACK, dumbass). We laughed about that for ages. I remember smirking about it the NEXT time I made roast chicken. I double-checked and laughed thinking, “Surely I won’t make that mistake a second time!” Continue reading →

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A Tribute to My Rock ‘n’ Roll Crush: Benjamin Orr

Benjamin Orr wasn’t my very first Rock ‘n’ Roll crush. That would be Tommy Shaw, whom I saw playing with Styx on the Grand Illusion tour. I was 6-years-old and I don’t know WHY I was at that concert, but I was transfixed by his flowing blonde locks.

Benjamin Orr of “The Cars” was different because I loved his voice long before I saw him. It was the early 1980s and still the golden age of RADIO so I didn’t know what my favorite musicians looked like until I saw them on “American Bandstand” or in my sister’s Teen Beat Magazine. Even then, everyone seemed focused on Ric Ocasek and his giraffe-like neck so I didn’t really SEE Benjamin Orr until The Cars “Drive” video. I had no idea a man could be that pretty. Seriously, even prettier than Paulina Prizkova (who after a fresh viewing, was batshit crazy in that video. Never noticed THAT before either!) Continue reading →

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“Jupiter Ascending” (Warning: They Found a Way to Make Channing Tatum Hotter)

Jupiter Ascending is the latest from the Writing-Directing Wachowski siblings. You loved their work on the Matrix but if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ve been pretty disappointed with what they’ve put out since. Expectations for this one have been high (with it’s 175 million dollar budget) but the release date was continuously delayed and those trailers were pretty freaking confusing.

I honestly didn’t expect to like this movie at all. As the theater lights went down, the critic sitting next to me said, “This movie is gonna be awful,” and I fully agreed with her. Then I spent the next half-hour being totally enthralled. Unfortunately, Jupiter Ascending is just over 2 hours long. Continue reading →

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Red-Hot-For-You Valentine’s Day Cake

I came up with the BEST idea for a Valentine’s Day Treat!

Okay, that’s a total lie. I never come up with anything. I’m about as creative as a…SEE? I’m so uncreative that I can’t even finish that sentence.

The truth is that my husband found this recipe and made it for a Super Bowl party this weekend. The icing is such a gorgeous PINK though that I thought it would be a perfect Valentine’s Day Cake. It’s also ridiculously easy. Continue reading →

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Emily Trube and THE EGYPTIAN

I adored Emily Trube long before we started working together at KRLD.

I would listen to the station for school-closings on snowy mornings and hear poor Emily reporting from the icy roads. She has the voice of a teenager so she sounds like someone’s really smart daughter. Maybe that’s why I always worried so much about her driving on 635 in a snow-storm. I remember laughing out loud when she warned everyone to drive slowly, “like my Meemaw!”

I loved Emily even more after meeting her though because I saw how incredibly REAL she is. People in radio often craft a persona but not Emily Trube. That’s probably why she’s so good at what she does. I offered to take her to lunch and we threw a few ideas around before I said, “Just pick you’re favorite place and we’ll go there.”

It was no contest. She chose Campisi’s but it had to be the ORIGINAL Egyptian Restaurant. Continue reading →