I was flattered that Modern Mom asked me to represent them on Anderson Cooper Live, as the shows featured blogger. As much as I love Modern Mom, and the folks that run the site, I agreed to go because it meant having my hair and make-up done. Let’s face it, having someone glam and primp you is super sweet, especially since I hadn’t washed my hair in days, and make-up for me is lip gloss.
I was picked up by Romantique Care Service; a lovely Lincoln Town Car, as Limo’s are so 95′, and Mike was my driver. It was 500 degrees below remotely acceptable degrees and I was thrilled that I didn’t have to walk anywhere or take the subway.
I decided to wear my new Athleta boots. Side note. Athleta is my new favorite store, not only for workout gear (sorry LuLu but yes, I am cheating on you), but they also have ski pants and shoes! When Lululemon gets with the program, we can talk.
CBS Studios here I come. (10 minutes later) Anderson Live here I am.
I love promptness. Organization. Efficiency. And the crew over at Anderson Live did not disappoint. Before Mike had come to a full stop, H (protecting the innocent) was waiting out in the frigid cold, ready to open my door, greet me, and whisk me inside. When shit like that happens, it’s almost not to feel a little Diva-like.
I was shown to my dressing room and I’m not going to lie. It was a bit cold and the lamp didn’t work, so it was cold and dark. There was plenty of water and a television, so I drank and put on some CBS show. It’s not usually my chosen network but I figured, when in Rome.
A perky and friendly producer came in and we went over the show. She explained what was expected of me, and I was relieved to hear that it wasn’t much. And then, my favorite part of show business, HAIR & MAKE-UP. If you don’t think B, the make-up artist, didn’t use every one of those pieces in this picture, on my face, you would be wrong. I’m not getting any younger and my freckles cannot hide as much as they used to. The result, however, was a person that I hardly recognized. If it were possible, and I’d like to think that it is, I looked older!
Hair was a different story. The stylist was amazed that my hair had retained its bounce and curl from my five days ago blowout. She merely threw on some hair spray. I was hoping for soap opera hair; shiny and poofy. Oh, well.
I was miked and then escorted to the stage. I had no idea that the studio audience was already in their seats. I walked smack dab in the middle of the stage to my assigned, VIP seat. I made up the VIP part. It was just reserved seat. A crew member taped over the Apple sign on my computer and smacked on a Modern Mom logo.
I was ready! The warm up comedienne was One Funny Mother, Dena Blizzard. And she was. Funny that is.
Anderson came out to rousing applause and let me say, he is so cute, funny, and not very tall. He acts like someone who you want to hang out with and play board games with. His Co-host for the day was Deborah Tillman, America’s Supernanny.
It wasn’t the most exciting episode but there were some interesting moments. In no particular order; Anderson thought that anyone could tap dance, and does a ridiculous demonstration. Gregory Hines rolls over in his grave just a bit. There was a video of a seeming drunk woman who got trapped in her child’s high chair, and then there was a chat about a new gadget on the market called the iPotty. Because where should our children spend more time? That’s right, on the crapper. Hello hemorrhoids.
Ms. Tillman shared her secrets on how to make kids less selfish, but first she asked, “Are the parents selfish?” Ooh, you go Tillman. She talked about modeling behavior and that your kids are watching you. So true.
A real live blended family joined Anderson and Ms. Tillman to get advice on how this couple can improve their home life and undisciplined children. What I found interesting was the mother said that it was easier for her to discipline her stepchild. Hmm. Deborah talked about the importance of the parents needing to be on the same page when it came to house rules. She said that loose and relaxed rules doesn’t work and that kids don’t need to know what’s expected of them. This was all great information but I wonder how this is new information. I don’t have my own children and even I know this.
When the show was over, I was ushered into a photo booth with Anderson, and this is where I touched him. I thought nothing of putting my arm around his back. I’m super glad that Anderson snapped two pictures, because when I saw the first one, back in my dressing room, I looked like I had just woken up after a night of drinking. No, this is not the picture. And no, you will not see the first picture posted here or anywhere.