Wednesday, October 22, 2008

And on the local news!

(Link to me on the news is below; skip to it if you don't feel like reading all this yammerization.)


If ever you need motivation to clean the heck out of your house, I'd recommend setting up something with a photographer of a nationwide newspaper. By midnight on Monday, this place was as neat as a pin—at least, any part of it that a photographer might wander through. Do NOT, for the love of God, open the door to Brian's room.

ChezBez laughed at me when he saw the photo in the paper: After reading all of my Tweets about housecleaning, the Times used an outdoor photo. Sure, rub it in. All was not lost, though. WCIA News asked to interview me yesterday, about similar issues in this community.

As much as I've been on the news for the last 2 years, I still cannot overcome my nerves in front of a camera. Give me a kitchen table, workplace, bar, coffee shop, heck, even an elevator, and I can regale you with any tale. Put a camera in my face, and I turn into a doe in the headlights.

Since I always get cotton mouth when I speak publicly, today I grabbed a tic-tac, to tuck in my cheek and keep me from getting thirsty. Somewhere along the line, I tripped up on a question, and began chewing on that tic-tac. Yes. With a microphone clipped to my collar. Seriously. Imagine someone chomping away on hard candy while you are talking to them on the cell phone.

The reporter smiled at me, and said "Crunch, crunch, crunch." I was so embarrassed! I cracked up and apologized. What in the heck was I thinking?

Prone to long pauses in my speech, I committed that error also, and recovered by saying, "you guys are going to cut that, right?"

I've become increasingly more comfortable with the idea of speaking to reporters; everyone is so polite, and comforting, and...forgiving. So, I say "Ok, I'll do it," all the while wondering how it is I'm not on a local television blacklist.

Ok. I yammer on. I just watched the video online. Erin Maloney did a pretty good job of editing out my long pauses, and killing the crunching Tic-tac after all.

They also did a good job of editing out the only thing that was out of place in my house: I kid you not, I'd tossed my bra onto the sofa the night before, and there it remained through the entire interview.



  1. YEAH!!! You did a great job! You are just getting better and better. Pauses are fine, that's exactly what the editor is for. You speak in well thought out complete sentences which is better than most of the people that I have to edit on these reality shows I work on.

    You looked great, you sounded great and I couldn't tell that you were nervous at all. AND you are talking about a topic that is so important - I am considering going to Mexico to buy my moms drugs...

    Next time just have a bottle of water handy (NO tic tacs!) and when ever the reporter asks a question you can take a sip and then answer the question. Not that you needed it, but I know it will make you feel better.

  2. A bottle of water. To keep from getting thirsty. What a clever idea.

  3. What an incredible advocate you are - for so many different people and causes. Now that the media has finally recognized how interesting and knowledgeable you are, about so many different things, you know they aren't going to go away, right? :-)

    It was fun hearing your voice, Lori, and I think you did great. Public speaking is a toughie, I'm with you there! At least your hands and arms don't fly all over the place like mine do. The CURSE of being an EXPRESSIVE! :-)

  4. Oh, and Ha ha HA about your bra! You quite possibly could have garnered a whole new kind of audience had they left a shot of *that* in! :-)

  5. Melissa McCulloch11:47 AM

    I saw the bit of you on TV and thought they did a masterful job "cleaning" things up for the spot. I work with Shari Grindley and she has turned me on to your blog. I know have it in my favorites!

  6. You did GREAT! You were calm and relaxed and your voice sounded smooooooooooooooove!

    Oh, AND you LOOKED great, too!

    The bra thing seriously made me laugh out loud!! Sounds totally like something I would do...

    So glad the media is talking about the important topic of medication.

  7. Shari G2:20 PM

    It looks like I have now been officially outed as a (long time)lurker to your blog! :)

    I am in awe of everything you have to handle in your life and how well you do it.


  8. Saw you yesterday online and in print. Today saw the news clip. You really get around. :-) You're doing an awesome job! Hugs to you and your mom.

  9. Shari, yayyyy, I'm glad someone de-lurked you (Hi Melissa!)

    You won't believe this, but I was just contemplating a blog, yesterday, involving a story about us as kids. YOU. And now you delurk. It's a sign...

  10. Shari G9:58 PM

    I can't imagine what you could have to say about us as kids. We were such sweet innocent young ladies who never got in any trouble. ;) At least that's the way I tell it......

  11. Girl, I was innocent until I was 28 years old. THEN all hell broke loose. Or rather, all heck.

  12. Look at you, blogger to movie star in only two weeks. You should write a book.

  13. Wow! You are becoming famous and you do appear so at ease. What a great daughter you are.

  14. First of all, you looked like a babe. Second, you didn't seem at all nervous -- just concerned, as was appropriate. Third, the bra thing is just too funny. Finally, I'm still sorry about the horrible medication situation...


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