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12 Days of Giving

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

‘Tis the Season of Giving.

family christmasI love Christmas. Everyone is merry and thinking of others. And I couldn’t think of a better way to usher in the holiday than with 12 Days of Good Deeds.

Who’s with me?!?!

Day 1 – Giving to one of my favorite non-profits: It coincided with #GivingTuesday so it was a perfect way to start off #12DaysOfGiving!donorschoose
Day 2 – Feeding expired meters to help my fellow travelers avoid a ticket.feed the meters

toy collecting crew  Day 3 – Collecting toys for Home For Little Wanderers with a very generous group of friends.

Urban Grape  Day 4 – Dropping off slightly used coat, scarves and gloves at Urban Grape, who’s collecting them for those in need. #BostonWarm

Toy Room  Day 5 – Volunteering with Johnathan in the Toy Room at Home for Little Wanderers.

giving tree   Day 6 – Adding a scarf and hat to the “Giving Trees” at the Boston Common. #GoTerriers

NBGivesBack  Day 7 – Donating my slightly used running shoes to South End’s Heartbreak Hill Running Company. They’ll give them to someone else who needs them more.  Best part, having my good deed matched by New Balance, who’s giving $5 to Good Sports Inc for every “shoe donating” selfie. .

Emmons Christmas  Day 8 – Taking pictures for friends’ Holiday card in exchange for a donation to Shultz’s Guest House.

mcdonald's  Day 9 – Paying the tab for the person behind us at the McDonald’s drive-thru (bonus points, it turned out to be a police officer!!).

bpd d-4  Day 10 – Bringing our neighborhood police station (Boston Police District 4) some holiday treats!

dropping off gifts  Day 11 – Dropping off gifts to Medford family who lost Christmas presents to a fire that swept through their apartment building.  It was a harrowing scene as quick thinking police officers had to rescue the twin 5-month-olds from smokey building. *(Margaret the Dog was a helper, not a gift!)

Happy Holidays  Day 12 – Sending holiday greetings to family and friends in the form of a donation to the Martin Richard Foundation.


Friday, May 20th, 2011

If you watch Channel 7, and hopefully you’re a loyal viewer, you’ve likely noticed there are two Asian female reporters.
I’ve been at 7News for a year now and I work alongside Janet Wu. She’s been with the station for a number of years and is extremely popular. So it’s a huge honor to be mistaken for her. I didn’t see the resemblance, since I thought Janet and I look completely different.  And we worked different shifts.

But then, one day I walked into work and saw it. We both had on red rain coats that day. We both had shoulder length, straight, dark brown hair. We’re relatively the same height and dress size. I could see how from afar, from behind, and to viewers, I could see how I’d be mistaken for her.
It wasn’t a huge deal, but I wanted to be me, so I decided I’d grow out my hair. My hair stylist at Dellaria, Alison, suggested curls. Waves, I could do waves.  So I’ve been doing that for a few weeks.

But my fashion-forward friend Bob, suggested extensions. Hmmm.  Really?  I chatted with Alison and she immediately said the man to do it is Tony at Dellaria. Which brings me to today.

9:30 Arrive at Dellaria Salon in Kenmore Square.

9:32 Tony shows me the packages of hair (12 of them), tells me to sit and relax because it’s going to be a few hours.  (I should mention I had a consultation with Tony before today to talk about what color extensions, how many I might need, and care of said extensions.)

9:35 Tony does a quick blow dry of my (freshly washed at home) hair.

9:40 The extension application and my blogging begins.

9:50 The first half dozen, done.  Tony is a master … and works with alacrity.

10:00 A slight trim of the first row.

10:10 The first package of a dozen extensions are in.

10:12 Tony apologizes for the pulling.  It doesn’t hurt, just feels like someone is constantly tugging at my hair.

10:13 Tony says I’ll likely need a Tylenol or something for later today.  Hmm.

10:20 Another trim and some flat ironing of new hair.

10:25 Trying to get blog going and am not noticing the tugging, clamping, and handling of my hair.

10:37 Tony says package 5 is done.   What?  Almost half way done?  This guy is quick!!!

10:45 I can feel my head getting a bit heavier.  I think I’m imagining things!

10:48 I’m posting a link to this blog onto Facebook so all my friends can judge how crazy, vain, nuts, or silly I am.

10:55 I’ve been eavesdropping on the conversations around me.  They include the things we wore in the ’80s.  Why did we don bright blue eye liner and cut off jean shorts with Reebok with Velcro straps?

11:00 We are officially half way done.

11:07 I now realize there is nothing really pretty about the process of getting your hair done.

11:08 Tony has me feel the thickness of my new hair and it has awaken my biggest apprehension about this venture — it’ll take me that much longer to get ready.  (Insert high maintenance joke here!!)

11:12 The woman next to me, who is getting highlights, is knitting.

11:13 I’m thinking about all the time we spend at the hair salon.  I’m a bit concerned!

11:14 A cut and color usually take about 2 hours.  I think most of us get our hair done every 8 weeks? That’s about 6 times a year.  So I spend roughly 12 hours a year at the salon.  That mathematical process took me about 2 minutes.  I think I need to work on my math skills.

11:20 Making little video of process.  Let’s see if I can get it uploaded.

11:22 Here’s the full length.  Very Pocahontas-esk!

11:26 We are now done with package number 9.  Trucking along. My neck is feeling a bit stiff.  I think this what you call Uptown Problems!

11:33 Emailed my video over iPhone but it’s not sending.  I’m wishing I brought my cord.

11:36 Just sent a tweet about what I’m doing.  I’m sure there will be plenty of wisecracks… and they’ll be well deserved.  I feel very vain.

11:44 Tweet from folks at South End Athletic Company… with a supportive commented on my tweet about extensions.  But I somehow feel less athletic now that I’ve exposed myself as “high maintenance.”  At least I’ll have a long ponytail the next time I run into the store.

11:50 Hubby just texted.  Wanted to know how new wife is looking.  We celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary at the end of the year.  I guess he deserves a new wife.

11:51 Oh, conversation next to me  has moved onto Arnold Schwarzenegger.  They’re all so sad for Maria Shriver and the children.

11:59 Got the video off my phone… uploaded onto iMovie… added music so you can not really hear my geeky chatter about being a big tech geek… and hopefully this works.


12:02 Tony wants to know if I feel tired. He’s the one doing all the work… but yes, yes, my neck does kinda feel stiff!!!!

12:05 Just felt my scalp, and I can feel where Tony placed the extensions.  Feels kinda weird.  This will take some getting used to!

12:09 Final package… 12 more… almost done! Woohoo!

12:11 Ok need to watch 7News at Noon online. Standby!

12:19 All extensions are in.  Tony now going in for the cut! Pix to come!

12:45 Need to feed meter as this is taking a bit longer than the 3 hours.

1:00 Final cut and flat iron.

1:15 Done. Here you go!!!


Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

It’s official.  My bio is up on WHDH‘s website, so I’m officially part of the team.  I can’t tell you how super excited I am about being back here in Boston.

To be honest I didn’t think I’d be back.  After the first winter in Charlotte, which was sunny and gorgeous, hubby and I kind of thought we’d never leave the South.  We imagined my next career move could take us to Atlanta or we’d just stay in Charlotte forever; we didn’t contemplate a move back to the Northeast.  I even donated almost all of my winter coats and most of my snow gear.  We were done with snow.

Then came the call to come up for three months.  The station needed some freelance reporters to fill in as two reporters were out on maternity.  I hesitated.  I didn’t want to move back, live with friends and work at a station that was once competition (I’d worked at the Fox affiliate from 2003-2006).  We had dear friends here in Charlotte and while on sabbatical, I had finished my first novel, volunteered a ton, and took improv classes.  I was happy.  But I missed working.  So I took the assignment with this in mind, I’ll hate it and know I’m done with news or I’ll have some new, updated stories for my resume reel.  But it didn’t take long for me to remember why I loved reporting in a big market; stories of national and international significance were constantly happening.  I was covering the police raid of the accused Time Square bomber’s Connecticut home.  I was standing outside the Garden as the Celtics attempted another championship.  I interviewed a concert violinist who left her instrument on a transit trolley, only to have it returned.  Even with all that, I still hesitated when the station offered me a full time position.

I thought I wanted to pursue my news anchoring dreams more.  I thought I wanted to focus on my fiction writing.  I thought I might try something outside of TV news.  But in the end, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else but telling peoples’ stories; using their words,  my words, my photographer’s video.

While at WHDH during those three temporary months, I gained new perspective, saw a new opportunity, and regained my love of TV news.  Ultimately, what I found was a new place to call home.

Hair Hair

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Hair you have it.

I don’t have much of an explanation or maybe I have too much explaining to do.

Since people usually watch TV news on a regular basis, hair tends to grows longer or lighter, gradually and it’s not all that dramatic.  But when I look back at the years I’ve been on the news (officially 12 now) I am overwhelmed by the variety and sometimes the sheer volume of my hair.

This is me at WKTV in Utica, NY.  The general manager liked short hair on his anchors, so I had short hair.

I even arrived at WFXT in Boston with a short bob.  Fortunately for me, the managers at FOX didn’t have a hair preference.  Unfortunately for my hair, I had a huge variety of styles and colors while I was there for three years.  I would often change my hair to alter my mood.  You can see where that’s going.

By the time I arrived in Charlotte at WSOC, I was pretty confident I wanted to keep my hair long and full.  It turns out the station had an image consultant and she wanted my hair more naturally dark brown and more polished.  That style lasted the longest for about two years until I got sick of it and my agent said I needed a hipper, fresher look.  And my hair stylist gave me this angular bob.

So here I am, back in Boston at WHDH, and my hair above the shoulders again.  Let’s see how long this will last.

The Move

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

In the middle of my sabbatical my agent called.  I crossed my fingers, hoping his voice would connect me to some great gig, in an awesome city, with some serious pay and perks.

As it turns out, one out of four isn’t all that bad, right, especially “in this economy” (which happen to be three words I now loathe).

Apparently, the NBC affiliate in Boston needed some maternity relief.  I used to work for the Fox affiliate in Boston.  The news director at the new station thought I’d be an easy person to just plug in and cover for three months.  My agent thought it would be a great way for me to stay current and it would give him a few more months to find me that “dream” gig.  For me, my concerns were endless.  Where would I stay?  What would hubby do?  What about my girl, Cricket?  What about my friends?  How will I maintain my volunteer commitments in Charlotte?  Parking?  Car? Packing?  Clothes?  Climate?

You know how this ends because as I’m writing this, I’m at Boston’s Logan Airport getting ready to fly back for two events in Charlotte I need  (and am so excited!!) to attend.

As with everything, things ended up falling into place.  I’m staying with two old friends (I’m calling them “My Two Dads”) and the only things missing from the Boston equation were a futon and clothes rack, both of which were rectified at IKEA.


Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Second day on the job, first day on-air, and it was big fun (despite the rain).  I ran into my old Fox Boston friend Flip in the field and did live packages (voiced-over stories with sound bites) for the 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00pm newscasts.

Here’s the behind the scenes look.

Here’s the story that aired at 4:00pm. (I haven’t figured out how to embed the video onto my site – so for now you’ll have to click on the link!)

Side notes:

-The State Police held a press conference at 4:00pm and my station sent another crew.  I didn’t get the update until after my live shot.  Here’s the latest, State Police announced their investigation found there were only 7 total cases, 5 on Friday and 2 today.

-You’ll want to watch the clip just to see how the wind messed with my hair!!! HA!

First Day

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

My first day at WHDH-TV was full of paperwork to fill out and reunions with old Boston friends.  My assistant news director assures me tomorrow will be full of excitement as I’ll be reporting and it is set to rain!

I didn’t have a ton of time to collect video but here are a few pictures.  My roommate, Bob, took this one of me.  We entitled it “first day of work!”

Here’s a picture of the lobby and a shot during a newscast.  The newsroom is part of the set – so everyone always has to be conscientious of being “on TV.”

Here are a few pictures of the newsroom.

I Love Charlotte

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I’m currently in Boston working as a freelance reporter for the NBC affiliate, WHDH-TV.  Boston is one of my favorite cities.  I went to college at Boston University.  I also worked as a reporter at the Fox affiliate, WFXT-TV, before I moved to Charlotte.  My recent return feels a bit like a homecoming.

Everyone here wants to know what I think about Charlotte and I answer honestly, I love Charlotte.  I love the weather, the people, the big city offerings in a manageable smaller city and of course my friends.

Right before I moved here to Boston, I spent a gorgeous ‘Chamber of Commerce’ day Uptown.  I walked around and captured some snippets I wanted to remember about Charlotte during my time away.  I thought you’d enjoy it as well.