FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS WITH SELENA AND NORTHEASTERN JU-JITSU
What would you do if someone attacked you? Ever wish you knew how to escape a forceful advance at a bar? This FREE self-defense class will teach simple moves for these scenarios and more!
For women, ages 13+
There is limited space,
Please RSVP: with Selena…click RSVP below!
include your email; contact phone/cell number, and names & age(“-ish!”) of all participants
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Time: 10am - Noon ***PLEASE ARRIVE BY 9:50 AM TO SIGN IN ***
Where: Northeastern Ju-Jitsu, 1047 Main St. Swoyersville, PA 18704
(intersection of Owen and Main)
Office phone: 714-3839
Attire: comfortable clothes; we'll be barefoot or in socks, your choice!
Click RSVP to reserve your spot in our free class!
This is a FREE class, thanks to instructors Chuck Litchkowski of Northeastern Ju-Jitsu, and all the instructors who are volunteering their time for our safety.
Directions from 81..
Take 81 to exit 170B (Cross Valley)
Take Exit 4 (Forty-Fort/Kingston)
Stay in Right Lane
At Stop Sign Make Left Go One Mile to Wyoming Ave.
Make Right Onto Wyoming and Go 3 Lights
make LEFT onto Owen St.
Go 7/10 of a Mile to Owen & Main St.
Northeastern is on the Left.
Is that actor Ryan Gosling breaking up a fight on the streets of NYC? "Is it....is it?!"
Voyeuristic bystanders tape a fight over a painting, and out of nowhere comes Gosling, strolling home from grocery shopping (nice shirt, man). One of the girls exclaims:
"It's the guy from The Notebook!"
I found this in my national prep this morn, and I thought it sounded familiar after watching WNEP News...
SHOOTING CRAPS ... LITERALLY!
A Pennsylvania man was arrested for a shooting that occurred inside a bar -- and the victim was a perfectly innocent toilet!
Â Police received a report that Leroy Smith shot up the toilet at Shooter's Bar in Wilkes-Barre, causing hundreds of dollars in damages.
After the shooting, Smith walked out of the bar and returned five minutes later.
Cops recovered the gun, which turned out to be stolen, under the seat of a stranger's car.
Smith maintains his innocence in the matter.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Here's the more "serious" report:
Police: Pa. man shot toilet in bar named Shooters
The Associated Press
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Authorities say a man is charged with using a stolen handgun to shoot a toilet in a northeastern Pennsylvania bar named Shooters.
Police say they received a report of a toilet being shot in the men's room at the Wilkes-Barre bar early Tuesday.
Police say 41-year-old Leroy Michael Smith walked out of the bar after the gunshot and returned five minutes later. Investigators believe Smith hid the gun in the seat of a vehicle. Police say they later recovered the weapon.
Smith told investigators he didn't shoot the toilet. He has been released from jail after posting $5,000 bail. It's not clear if he has an attorney.
He's charged with reckless endangerment, receiving stolen property and other counts.
Trio steps out for Scranton Cultural Center fundraiser 'Dancing with the NEPA Stars'
BY CAITLIN HEANEY (STAFF WRITER)
Published: July 28, 2011
Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer From left, Roger Munchak, Rose Broderick, Brian Fulton, Missy Zaroda, Selena and Mike Walton strike a pose at Step By Step Dance Studio as they prepare for "Dancing with the NEPA Stars."
They have rehearsed for hours each week for more than a month, learning step-by-step how to groove across the dance floor like a professional.
And this weekend, The Times-Tribune library manager Brian Fulton, Froggy 101 radio host Selena and Advanced Imaging Specialists executive Rosemary Broderick will show the public how far they have come after weeks of hard work.
The performers will take to the stage at the Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple on Friday night for the second round of "Dancing with the NEPA Stars." The winner will face Justin Brown, the first-round champion, in the Aug. 19 finale.
Based on the television show "Dancing with the Stars," the competition pairs local dancing newcomers with experienced performers to raise money for the Cultural Center through votes, which can be cast in advance online for $1 on the Cultural Center's website, www.scrantonculturalcenter.org, and at the event. The dancer who raises the most money wins the round.
This year's show follows the theme of "A Night at the Movies," but organizers are keeping secret which films they are incorporating into the dances. Ms. Broderick will perform a rumba and West Coast swing with Roger Munchak, while Selena will do a foxtrot and cha-cha-cha with Mike Walton. Mr. Fulton will perform a hustle and swing with Missy Zaroda.
Debbie Koshinski-Urban, owner of Step By Step Dance Studio in Scranton, choreographed the routines and picked them "to kind of go with (the competitors') personalities." She also has trained them over the last several weeks, an experience she described as hectic but fun.
"They're really doing a great job," she said.
Mr. Fulton, whose only formal training before entering the competition was a dance class for gym in college, said his parents and friends watch the television show and are excited for him to participate in the local version. He is looking forward to showing the audience "what we learned (and) what we did in this short amount of time," and added that it also is a fun way to raise money.
"You get the added benefit of exercise and learning how to dance," Mr. Fulton said. "There's a little more to it than (just) having a fundraiser."
Selena has wanted to participate in the show for several years. She loves to dance, but her previous training also was limited to a college ballroom dance class. People have called the radio station to find out if she really was participating in the show, she said, because they thought it was a joke.
"Everyone at work ... thinks I'm a bad dancer," Selena said. "I wanted to do this to prove them wrong."
Learning to dance requires a lot of discipline, Ms. Broderick said, acknowledging her dance partner for being patient. And she laughed when pointing out that she has dropped a clothing size since starting training.
"I have a renewed respect for ballroom dancers," Ms. Broderick said. "When you see it on TV, it looks so easy."
Jack Martin of Dance Craze DJs again will serve as the show's DJ and master of ceremonies. Audience members also can learn some moves themselves from a professional dance instructor while there.
If you go:
What: "Dancing with the NEPA Stars," second round
When: Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Pets can take it just as hard as kids in a breakup. How do you decide who gets the furry buddy?
Christine writes The Wake Up Call:
Dear Eric and Selena,
My boyfriend and I just broke up over the weekend. We’ve been living together for about a year, and now we have to go through the hard part of dividing things up. Our personal items like the tv and furniture are pretty much figured out, but we can’t agree on one big thing: our dog.
We got our pug Chewy when we started living together. It was our first big decision we made together. We both love and take care of the dog equally. I think Chewy should stay in his familiar setting – in the apartment with me (it was my place before we started dating). My ex doesn’t think it’s fair – if he has to move out, he feels he should get the dog.
How do we decide? Are we seriously going to have to have doggy visitation rights?
We recently sashayed our way into a rehearsal at Step by Step Dance Studio in Scranton with Dancing With the NEPA's Stars contestant Selena to catch a glimpse of her routine before the big competition at the Scranton Cultural Center on Friday, July 29. We are sworn to secrecy about the music you'll hear, and why Selena's boa must be pink - really, we haven't a clue - but we can tell you this: after watching Froggy 101's Morning Show host in action, this competition is sure to be fierce. She wants to prove to her co-workers that she really can dance, in spite of what they think, plus she wants to raise lots of money for the Cultural Center. Every vote in the contest costs $1 and all proceeds benefit the SCC. If you love waking up with her on Froggy, and you laughed with her when she was a panelist on The View with a Scranton Attitude: Let's Hear it from the Girls, you won't want to miss her Fox Trot and Cha Cha. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Selena always thought she'd be an English teacher, but (lucky for us) her gift of gab and sparkling personality led her to the 570 for a career on the air waves. She and her husband, Ethan, live in Pittston, where they jam to all kinds of music, from Ella Fitzgerald to Tupac, as well as Selena's country favorites, including Zac Brown Band and Keith Urban. Dancing to a movie night theme at Dancing With the NEPA Stars, it's time to meet the fabulous Selena...
You look fabulous today! Tell us why you're all dressed up.
I always walk around like this! (Laughs) I've always wanted to do this and I finally got a chance. I'm finally taking part in Dancing With the NEPA Stars. It's quite an honor. I didn't realize how much work it is, so I'm in my dress rehearsal costume with the sequins and the gloves now. Wouldn't it be great to be able to walk around like that all the time? (Laughs) I feel like Audrey Hepburn.
What dance will you perform?
I'll be doing Fox Trot, and because they couldn't make it easy, they're throwing the Cha Cha in there, too. Why not? So a little medley of both.
Have you ever done the Fox Trot or Cha Cha before?
In my mind I thought I had. (Laughs) When you're watching Dancing With the Stars on TV, I don't know, you do the couch dancing and I start moving my feet - it's not the same! It's a lot harder than what it looks like on television. It really is. There's a lot of nuances that you have to pick up. I did take ballroom dancing as a gym credit at Penn State, but that was forever ago. It's been a while.
So you're learning a lot about the technical aspect of dance, but have you performed in front of a live audience before?
Fifth grade. I had a unitard that was black with white polka dots. Hmmm ... wow, it's like a flashback almost, sequined belt, so yeah, maybe I am kind of reliving my childhood. That was jazz class. That's why I can't control my "jazz hands" when I'm on the dance floor!
What's the most challenging part of learning these dances?
Not to be tacky.
Yes! You know how if you're on the dance floor at a wedding, and if the guy dips you, what do you do with your foot? Don't you usually put it up in the air, right? That's what I did, and I'm so stuck doing that. But apparently, that's tacky. You don't do that. So I had to learn, keep your foot down and little things like that.
They also added an element to the dancing - props - and this was crazy because I've been practicing without props and now they're throwing that boa prop in, so it's like who would have thought I'd have to add that into my routine?
Then Debbie (Koshinksi-Urban), my instructor, said, "OK, I want you to do your sexy walk." I did it. And she said, "No, I want you to walk sexy." So I said, "That is my sexy walk." That was it! (Laughs) So, if anything else, even if I don't win Dancing With the NEPA Stars, at least I'm hoping I will learn how to be sexy and do a little sexy dance for the husband. That's what I'm thinking.
It sounds like a lot of fun, and all this dancing benefits a good cause, too. Tell us how this works.
All the votes are monetary, and with every dollar, that's a vote towards getting the person you like toward the finals. And 100 percent of that monetary donation, that vote, goes to the Scranton Cultural Center to help with their programs, to help with their building funds, everything.
Are you a competitive person by nature?
Well, I feel like I have something to prove because people think I'm an awful dancer at work.
Why? Was there an office party where you broke into an Elaine dance?
Oh, well, the thumbs go up every now and then and I have a tacky leg kick, you know. (Laughs).
But really, I've been practicing - I've been sick and I'm still here dancing - I just want to make sure I have the steps down, you know, because I want it to be fun. It's a lot of work, but at the finale, I want it to look like this is just a breeze.
Any messages for the competition before the big night?
I'm going to be cha-cha-ing behind you ... look out! (Laughs).
- julie imel
Selena will take on Brian Fulton of The Times-Tribune and Rose Broderick of Advanced Imaging Specialists on Friday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center. Tickets are $16. Vote for your favorite dancer online until noon on July 29. After that, cast your vote at the Dancing with the NEPA Stars event. Each vote costs $1 and all proceeds benefit the Cultural Center. For more information, visit www.scrantonculturalcenter.org.
What do you do when you think you're dating a perfectly nice, sweet person, and then their fangs come out ... while talking to their parents?!! You see their ugly side, and it kind of scares you.
Paul wrote The Wake Up Call:
I met a woman who's great. She's friendly and warm, and we've been getting along really well the past month.
Then the other day, I showed up at her house while she was on the phone with her mom. She started yelling and cursing at her mom. Her dad got on the phone and they started screaming at each other too. It was a totally new side I’ve never seen in her. I was shocked she was talking to her parents that way.
She wouldn't tell me what the argument was about. She would only say that she doesn’t get along with anyone in her family, and she hasn’t for a long time. She says she wouldn’t talk to them ever again if it wasn’t for her daughter; she doesn’t want to completely remove her from her grandparents.
That's a lot of heavy baggage to bring into a new relationship.
--Is it a bad idea to get involved with a woman who has a terrible relationship with her family? Seeing her on the phone, screaming and cursing at her parents, may have exposed her true colors. Could she be a vindictive person?
We'll talk to Paul Wednesday morn at 7:45 on The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena .... # 1-800-570-1013
Want to join the infamousÂ FROGGY 101 bumper sticker on NBC's "The Office"?
TODAY (and today only) is your DAY!!
Here's the info to get your business on the show:
The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a "Prop Drop"
on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
for businesses that would like to submit promotional products to appear on the 8th season of the television show "the office".Â
Executives from "the office" have specifically requested desktop items like coffee mugs, ink pens, magnets, take-out menus, etc. and anything stating "Scranton" or representative ofÂ NEPA.Â All items must be submitted in identical triplicate format (and must be clean and undamaged)Â to be considered for the show.Â Products are NOT to be pre-packaged and story ideas are permitted.Â
Company representatives are asked to bring products and two (2) business cards to the Chamber andÂ must complete and sign an NBC/UniversalÂ release form for items to be considered.Â Â No phone calls please.Â
Finally!!! It's here! I'm competing in Dancing with the NEPA Stars at the Scranton Cultural Center. I've been dancing my tush off practicing for the event. I'll finally get a chance to defend my dance skills! No one at FROGGY believes I have rhythm, so I could really use your support in votes!!
I’m getting married in September and I’m stressing out over the guest list. My parents divorced two years ago, and my father wants to invite his girlfriend to my wedding. This is a sore topic for my mom, because she believes my dad cheated on her…with his current girlfriend. My mom calls her “the slutty mistress” and doesn’t want her anywhere near the wedding, let alone near her. My dad insists that she’s not a “mistress,” and he wants her included in our family occasion.
I know it will be awkward for my mom, but I don’t have a problem with my dad’s girlfriend. He doesn’t want her ostracized by the family anymore because he says things are getting serious between the two of them. However, I know my mom will be miserable at my wedding if she’s there, and it’s just going to put a dark cloud over my wedding day.
Help! What do I do? Do I not invite my dad’s girlfriend out of respect to my mom, or do I ask my mom to suck it up, out of respect to my dad? How do I choose?
Hear from Sarah and help her out, Wednesday morning @ 7:45 on The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena ...# 1-800-570-1013.
This is NOT a children's book for your kids....this is for YOU, the parent fed up with your kids' endless torture they create during bedtime.
Samuel L. Jackson narrated a bedtime story called Go the [$#@!] to SleepÂ
Â It's written like a children's book, but from a frustrated parent's perspective....oh, and it's LITTERED with profanity.Â So, no, this is NOT for lil' Susie's bedtime.Â More like for mom and dad after Susie's asleep.
When you are sent on a business trip, usually your company pays for the travel.Â When we go to Nashville, FROGGY 101Â covers the cost of shipping the equipment for our live broadcasts.Â These soldiers shouldn't have to pay out of pocket for their checked baggage/equipment, but I'm surprised the military doesn't cover the expense, let alone the airlines....
Digging in Wednesday's Virtual Mailbag, we help Josh, who writes:
Every year my wife and her friends get together and have a "girls weekend." I never knew what went down at these get-togethers, but my wife always comes back refreshed and happy, so I never cared. Until now.
Last week a ton of pictures popped up on Facebook of my wife getting hammered and partying with these Jersey Shore -looking, shirtless guys. In one picture, two guys are kissing her face.
I know she didn't cheat on me, but it's not cool that I'm finding pictures on Facebook of random guys kissing my wife. She said it was no big deal and I'm acting jealous for no reason. I think she should take the pictures down, don't you?
Would you be upset if your spouse was drunk and partying with the opposite sex...what if you learned about it for the first time by seeing the pics on Facebook?
Should Josh's wife apologize; was it disrespetful to their marriage, or is Josh over reacting?
Join The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena Wednesday at 7:45 for Virtual Mailbag....#1-800-570-1013
I surprised the hubby with an adventure for our 2nd wedding anniversary -- a Segway Tour through Jim Thorpe.Â
So much fun, Ethan didn't even mind the fancy helmet!
Highly recommend it -- we had a lot of fun whizzing through the historic town and up Flagstaff Mountain on the ingenious and effortless standup-scooter.Â It took about a minute to get used to balancing on the Segway, and then we were touring the town like pros!Â Â Nothing like aÂ wonderful breeze on a hot dayÂ as you travel 12 mph.
Here we are at the top of Flagstaff Mountain, about 8 miles from the the start of the Segway tour in Jim Thorpe (behind and below us).
A few hours in Jim Thorpe felt like a perfect vacation.Â Sometimes, just a day trip is all you need to reset your hectic schedule.
I don't know what the heck is going on in this studio after Eric and I are long gone, but it looks like the lil' monkeys got loose again.
I was so (geeky!) excited to get new markers for our studio's planner board.Â Those markers are under lock-n-key; it was a big privilege bestowed upon usÂ to receive such a generous offering.Â We've gone so long with old markers, I was ready to draw blood for ink!
...and now I know why the ink runs out so soon.
I'm thinking the gun-toting crazy lady (Jessie Roberts thinks the item in the left hand is a mailbox, btw!) might be me.Â I was told the one with busted brains on the floor is Eric (he wants an explanation why he looks so rotund!)
And I'm thinking this is Crockett's masterpiece...only he would throw Robbie under the bus by writing, "Robbie did this".
I'm not even upset about the voo-doo doll hair....the gnarly teeth....the angry uni-brow.Â At least I look skinny.Â
Today's Virtual Mailbag comes from Tara, who wrote to the Wake Up Call:
I just started dating someone. We've been together for two weeks, and he just told me that he booked us a hotel for a 3 night romantic getaway this Memorial Day weekend. He paid for the whole thing, and from the sound if it he dropped a TON of cash.
I know I should be more excited, but isn't two weeks of dating too soon to go on an expensive vacation with someone?
Could you do it? A getaway can really make or break a new relationship. Think about it....they'll be together for 72 hours....around the clock....bathroom breaks and all. That's a lot of pressure. I don't even know if these two said "I love you," yet! Too soon?
We'll talk to Tara Wednesday morning at 7:45 on the Wake Up Call with Eric and Selena on Froggy 101.
Give her some advice tomorrow morning.....# 1-800-570-1013
...and now you're annoyed. I know, but you can't fight science.
Personality psychologist Robert Hogan created a 20-question quiz to evaluate just how annoying you actually are, based on your threshold of pickiness, arrogance, and irritation.
It's an easy test to take (can I get an extra point for not being irritated by it?). See where you rank on a scale of 1-5, and tell The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena your score Monday morning at 7:45.....#1-800-570-1013. Who do you think will get the worst score on the show?!
It's rare moments like these that I really enjoy...Â
The Frog staff had an impromptu get together Friday night.Â It started as a surprise for J-Ro's birthday earlier in the night. We decided to head to Brews Brothers for Crockett's Country Night, and lo-'n'-behold, Eric was there waiting for us!Â Crockett was so excited to see the gang, he bought us a 'round of shots (Jack Daniel's American Honey.......smoooooooth!)Â I was pretty excited that Eric and I could manage to stay up past 8pm....Moonlighting Morning Show!!Â
It was great hanging with the crew outside of a regular scheduled station event...and we didn't hide our excitement when we shamelessly hit the dance floor, hair band thrashing, air-guitar playing, all the way!! (those blackmail pics are somewhere...)Â
Â We missed ya, Robbie, but we'll save the next dance for you (EricÂ calls first dibs!)Â
Do you like to hang out with your co-workers outside of the office?Â
8 am with The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena....# 1-800-570-1013
Are you a planner, or do you like to do things last minute?Â I'm the weirdo in the middle.Â I'll drive myself nuts brainstorming for days beforeÂ an event.Â Then, moments before it starts, I'll scrap everything and be completely impromptu!
Maybe it's because my dad always pushed me to finish my book reports the moment they were assigned.Â I would lie and say, "It's done! It's done!"...when really, I barelyÂ even cracked the book open.Â I'll have the report all mapped out in my head...just not down on paper until the night before, pulling an all-nighter.Â It's an insane process that has always worked for me.
On Sunday, I joined Julie and Trish from WNEP forÂ the 3 mile JCC River Run.Â Trish is a marathon runner, but was telling us for weeks that she was just going to jog along with us.Â At the race, literally 30 seconds before the pistol fired the starting shot, Trish turns to us and says, "you know, I think I will try to run for a time placement."
...That last minute decision earned Trish SECOND place in her age division!Â (23:21)Â Julie and I planned for weeks that we were going to jog and reach our goal of finishing the race; we did, at 8th and 9th place in our division.
For some, flying by the seat of your pants earns success.Â Does chalking things up to chance work better for you?Â Maybe it's an excuse to be less disappointed if it doesn't work out...
I can't believe there are parents that think this is okay! And I'm pretty ticked off at the kiddy beauty pageant circuit (more like, "circus"!) that turns the other cheek at these horrific body altering trends for CHILDREN!
The pageants should step up and ban the use of anything cosmetically fake on a child. It's creepy seeing a parade of toddlers that look like midget 20-year-olds! These pageants should be rewarding natural beauty, not how much money a contestant's family has to spend on fake hair, fake tan, fake teeth, and now...FAKE LIPS?!!!
This is how we get a quick escape while on the job:
Jen of Serenity Wellness & Dance Center in Luzerne dropped off a custom-made Hula Hoop (green, yellow and white for FROGGY...thanks, Jen!!!...yup, they have hula hoop exercise classes).Â I just happened to beÂ leaving the building with the thingÂ slung over my arm like a purse (cause it just seems so natural to be walking around an office with a ginormous ring!), when I was stopped by Crockett and his entourage in the lobby.Â He boasted howÂ gifted he is in theÂ Hula craft, so I told him to put his money where his hip is.
I love our Froggy crew.Â I witnessed a gatheringÂ of staff to cheer Crockett on inÂ the random hulahoop hijinx; I must say, he's quite the skilled hip shaker.
Plus, the image of Crock's Hawaii print boxers - hanging on for dear life --Â poetically fitting the impromptu occasion.
We have our fun on the job here at FROGGY ... what do you do to keep your sanity?
Share the stress relief with The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena Friday morn at 6:15....#1-800-570-1013
I heard this story last night about Miss Maine having to make a difficult decision between being at her only sister's wedding, or pursuing her dream of competing in the Miss USA Pageant.Â Â The Pageant was rescheduled, unfortunately, for the same date as the wedding.Â Being an incredibly amazing sister, Miss Maine is giving up her title and prizes so she can be at her sister's dream day.Â
TouchingÂ story; role model,Â sure.Â But there's one thing I found unsettling while watching the story:Â not once did her sister say, "Hey, that'sÂ your dream day, too.Â You should pursue it!"Â Â Â No formalities; not one tinge of guilt.Â I would feelÂ selfishÂ dashing my sister's life-long work for MY one day, even if she insisted on being there.Â I don't think I could fully enjoy my wedding day knowing itÂ would costÂ my sister's dream. Then again...guilt runs deep in my familyÂ :-)
Miss Maine made an altruistic choice...would you be able to sacrifice your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone else's big day?
What have you had to sacrifice for family?
Share your story with The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena.Â You can join in on the topic live Thursday morning at 6:15: #1-800-570-1013
Source: AP PORTLAND, Maine â Miss Maine USA is going to sit out Donald Trumpâs Miss USA Pageant to attend her big sisterâs wedding.
NBC moved the Miss USA Pageant from its traditional slot in April to June. Emily Johnson says the new weekend is the only one in which she had other plans â plans that trump the contest.
Johnson, a Baylor University graduate and accomplished pianist, is allowed to keep her crown, but sheâs giving up the title, prizes and appearances.
Mackenzie Davis, executive director of the Miss Maine USA pageant, says she understands Johnsonâs reasoning, but she says Miss Maine is a serious commitment and that sheâs disappointed Johnson withdrew from her duties.
The stateâs participant in the Miss USA Pageant will be the first runner-up, Ashley Marble, of Cumberland.
Something a lil different for Mother's Day? Forget the kids...this mom wants to reclaim this day for herself. Will it work, and would you consider pulling off something so unorthodox?
Here's the email we got from Michele's husband, John:
My wife Michele and I have 3 young kids, and we don't have a lot of time to ourselves. For Mother's Day, she asked me for an interesting gift: A romantic Mother's day, just the two of us.
We'll do an early Mother's Day brunch with the kids at the house, but after that, the day will be all ours. I'm hiring a babysitter for the rest of the day so we can escape and have a romantic date out, and finish the night at home while the kids are hopefully asleep. It will be an Adults -Only Mother's Day.
Do you think this romantic Mother's Day will work? We'll catch up with John to see if their Adults Only Mom Day was a hit! Join The Wake Up Call on Froggy 101 Monday at 8:15am to find out.
I think Eric is secretly fascinated with the Royal family and the recent wedding of Kate and Prince William.Â Instead of admitting it, though, he has found a way to obsess over Kate's sister instead.Â It's the perfect cover-up:Â he can adore pics of Pippa Middleton and hope Kate is by her side!Â
EricÂ insists Pippa (on the left, 27 years old, Kate, 29, on the right) is hotter ...what do you think?
Hopefully you've been following The Wake Up Call this week with our daily song clues, because Friday morning we are playing the Paisley Montage. You have to name the song...by the daily winning calls!
Thankfully, you also found my blog, so I'm giving you a cheat sheet RIGHT HERE!
Here's a recap of the week's songs:
Monday - "I'm Still a Guy"
Tuesday - "Letter to Me"
Wednesday - ""Mud on the Tires"
Thursday - "Celebrity"
Listen to the The Wake Up Call on Froggy 101 @ 7:15 Friday morning. Three of the four winning calls of the week will play in the Paisley Montage; match them with correct Brad Paisley song (from above) to win FRONT ROW tickets for the July 22nd show!
Brad and Angelina weren't available, but we were able to pulled in the second-stringers: your favorite FROGGY personalities...some with multiple personalities, so you actually are getting more bang for your buck!
At 7:00 Thursday morning, 12th caller will kick off "Celebrity Password". You'll have 30 seconds to guess 3/5 FROGGY DJ's to win 2nd row seats for Brad Paisley's July 22nd concert.
Eric and I will give you the clues, you correctly guess the DJ. But, be careful...you're only allowed one incorrect guess; 2 strikes will disqualify you! You are allowed to pass to take a shot at another DJ.
Since you took the time to hunt down my blog, here are the five possible winning celebrity passwords:
Now do your research on them so you'll be living large, two rows away from Brad Paisley!
There are certain things that you just don't want to get on your car...
a scratch....bird poo...vomit under the seat that you find weeks later. Yeah.
Lovable Jessie Roberts and I hit the town together one infamous night. Way too much fun to be had. Especially for
J-Ro. I was the designated driver to happily transport her back home. Jessie was not feeling well, but she powered through as we headed from Scranton to her town just on the outskirts of Wilkes-Barre.
We pull into her neighborhood with maybe a block to go, and suddenly all her "partying" resurfaces. I come to a swift halt as Jessie opens the car door and unleashes the day's intake right on the street of the cute lil' burb where she proudly resides.
I was quite impressed. She knew enough to open the door and let it out. I was grateful, and she was feeling better. We said good night and didn't think much about it until the next day, when an awful stench hit me in the face when I got back in the car. I cleaned, I Fabreezed, but I didn't see any residual J-Ro Juice. I figured it would eventually air out.
It was weeks later, when Ethan got in on the passenger side, he asked me if I spilled oatmeal under the seat. Eeeech, THAT'S where it went. I'm never on the passenger side of my car, so I never saw the present Jessie left for me.
Brad Paisley sings about getting "Mud on the Tires", but I'm pretty sure he didn't have that story in mind while breaking a car in! What awful thing did you get stuck on (or in) your car? Best story wins 3rd row for Brad Paisley's concert, July 22nd! Call with yours before 7:30 Wednesday morning with Eric and Selena : # 1-800-570-1013.
If the present me could write a letter to the naive high schooler Selena back then, my first advice would be:
Invest in a good sports bra.
The girls are not something to skimp on, especially while running Cross Country.
I was never a brand-name snob, and I really pushed the envelope thinking I could convince myself that "sports bras" are just a marketing scheme. I stubbornly believed that any bra would do. I learned the painful truth during a X-Country meet: not all bras are created equal.
There's a reason why most sports bras don't unhook...and if they do, they still stay in place. Regular bras DO NOT. A third of the way into the race, I became undone, and I still had 2 more miles with my new found freedom. That's more "free" than anyone should ever have to endure.
If you could write a letter now to your young self then, what advice would you give?
Sure, you could say, "don't get hung up on that first love"...."listen to mom and dad"...but what is your "sport bra epiphany" story?! The best tidbit may earn you 4th row for Brad Paisley in concert July 22nd! Call Eric and Selena with your story before 7:30am Tuesday morning for a chance to win! # 1-800-570-1013
Yay! Pour me another celebratory cup of joe.Â And all you fancy schmancy french press drinkers....my "barbaric" drip coffee maker is better than yourÂ extravagant machine (see the proof below)!Â I think the benefits outweigh the cons. Enjoy this article researched right here from University of Scranton:
The Health Benefits and Cons of Coffee
Get the scoop on the perks and pans of your daily cup of java.
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Over 18,000 studies have looked at coffee use in the past few decades. Lately more and more are reporting real health benefits for coffee drinkersâbut they must be balanced against the brew's possible bitter effects, especially in higher, caffeinated doses. An ideal "dose" of java is hard to determine, since peopleâs perceptions of "a cup of coffee" vary as widely as coffee-mug sizes do. But the good news is that many of the benefits are associated with around two to four (8-ounce) cups a dayâ"and thatâs what most Americans drink anyway," notes Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a coffee expert at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Some intriguing findings.
Perk: Brain gains
Moderate coffee drinkingâbetween 1 and 5 cups dailyâmay help reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimerâs disease, as well as Parkinsonâs disease, studies suggest. How? Coffeeâs antioxidants may prevent some damage to brain cells and boost the effects of neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function, say experts. ÂPreliminary studies have noted that as coffee (or tea) intake rises, Âincidence of glioma, a form of brain cancer, tends to drop. Some Âresearchers speculate that compounds in the brews could activate a DNA-repairing protein in cellsâpossibly preventing the DNA damage that can lead to cells becoming cancerous.
Perks: Defeating diabetes
Studies link frequent coffee consumption (4 cups per day or more) with a lowered risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Scientists suspect that antioxidant compounds in coffeeâcholorogenic acid and quinidesâmay boost cellsâ sensitivity to insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar. While most of the research didnât assess whether the brews were caffeinated, decaf may be even better, since other studies have found that caffeine tends to blunt the insulin-sensitivity boost.
Some studies show that moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) have lower rates of stroke than non-coffee-drinkers; coffeeâs antioxidants may help quell inflammationâs damaging effects on arteries. Some researchers speculate that the compounds might boost activation of nitric oxide, a substance that widens blood vessels (lowering blood pressure). More java isnât better: a 5-cup or more daily habit is associated with higher heart disease risks. Researchers Âbelieve excessive caffeine may sabotage the antioxidantsâ effects.
Though the research is limited at best, it appears that the more coffee people drink, the lower their incidence of cirrhosis and other liver diseases. One analysis of nine studies found that every 2-cup increase in daily coffee intake was associated with a 43 percent lower risk of liver cancer. Possible explanation: caffeine and antioxidant chlorogenic and caffeic acids in coffee might prevent liver inflammation and inhibit cancer cells.
Pans: Java jones
If youâre sensitive to caffeine, it can cause irritability or anxiety in high doses (and whatâs "high" varies from person to person). How? Chemically, caffeine looks a lot like adenosine, a "slow-down" brain chemical associated with sleep and relaxation of blood vessels. Caffeine binds to adenosine receptors on nerve cells, leaving no room for adenosine to get inâso nerve cell activity speeds up, blood vessels constrictâand you get a caffeine buzz (or irritable jitters).
Of course, if you caffeinate yourself daily, youâll likely develop tolerance to its effects and the jitters will subside. But that also means that eventually youâll need a regular caffeine fix just to reach your baseline level of alertness. And your body will adapt by producing more adenosine receptors, making you more sensitive to the effects of adenosine. So if you donât have your daily cup, youâll likely develop withdrawal symptoms like extreme fatigue and splitting headaches (caused by constricted blood vessels).
If youâre having trouble sleeping it might help to cut down on caffeinated coffee, or to drink it only early in the day. Generally it takes about 6 hours for the caffeine to clear your system, although it varies from person to person. The sleep-robbing effects may worsen as we age, too, a recent study suggests.
Pans: Cholesterol caution
Boiled or unfiltered coffee (such as that made with a French press, or Turkish-style coffee) contains higher levels of cafestol, a compound that can increase blood levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Choose filtered methods instead, such as a drip coffee maker.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says itâs safe for pregnant women to get a moderate amount of caffeine (no more than 200 mg, equivalent to 2 cups of coffee per day), but warns that itâs still not clear if higher intakes could increase risk of miscarriage. Since Âcaffeine can pass into breast milk, nursing moms should cut down if their babies are restless or irritable.
Nicolas CageÂ apparently had a drunken night in New Orleans...
This is footage from a tattoo parlor in New Orleans. The shop owner at one point has to yell at the allegedly intoxicated actor to get out from behind the desk!
Cage was released from jail Saturday afternoon after being arrested on domestic violence charges in New Orleans. Reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter posted the $11,000 bond. Dog said, "I am a truly dedicated fan of Mr. Cage."
Nic was arrested after getting into a heated argument with his wife, Alice Kim, over the location of the apartment they were renting. Nic was said to be heavily intoxicated. Earlier that evening, he was spotted in a tattoo shop, where he stumbled around and told employees he didn't remember where he lived.
I moved into a new apartment a year ago, and I'm STILL getting mail for the previous residents. I've tried a few times to do the 'Return to Sender' thing, but obviously it hasn't worked.
One of the things I got a couple weeks ago was a birthday card for a 10-year-old, with $50 in it. It was addressed to some family that used to live here, and I've gotten mail for them before. But this time there was no return address. I didn't know what to do, and let's face it: Times are tough. My rent went up, gas is more expensive, and I haven't gotten a raise in a while.
I kept the 50 bucks. Now I feel terrible. But what am I supposed to do? There's no return address! The post office would just keep it for their own pizza party, wouldn't they?
I started off in such good spirits. It was the type of mood that you want to share with everyone around you. The stress of the week was melting away while I was getting my hair cut. While heading over to the sinks to rinse my hair, I announced in a flirty tone,
“I think I’ll pick the sink next to this fine gentleman....”
Turns out, he was a SHE.
Oh yeah, and she heard me. Whoops…
What makes it worse is I was actually trying to make this person feel good! Boy, did that backfire.
How do you even recover from that? Even saying sorry is insulting. “Oh, sorry (you look like a man)”
I thought my plant caught a disease..what happened to the fuzzy part?!!
Looks like mold, doesn't it?Â Turns out, those yellow things are called stamens; it's budding!Â Not very pretty, but I guess it's like raising a kid -- it's going through its awkward stage.Â My plant must be a preteen!
What?!!!! I thought one of the perks of being married is a tax credit! According to the following article I found on MSN.com, filing jointly costs you more. If you're married, try comparing the costs of filing separately vs jointly. If you're unmarried but living with your honey, congratulations -- you have beat the system.
7 tax reasons not to get married
If shacking up goes against your morals, you can blame Uncle Sam for tempting you to sin. Unmarried couples who live together often benefit under the tax code.
Say two single individuals live together, each with a taxable income of $83,600. They each pay federal income tax of $17,025, for a total of $34,050. If they got married, their total taxable income would be $167,200, with a tax of $34,886, an increase of $836.
This "marriage penalty" is the result of our progressive tax system. As your income increases, additional dollars are taxed at increasingly higher rates. When two people get married and file jointly, the income of the second spouse is taxed at the highest rate of the first spouse. In the example above, the first dollar earned by the second spouse would be taxed at a marginal rate of 25%. The second spouse has no income taxed at the lower 10% and 15% rates.
The hit gets more painful as your income increases. Two single individuals, each with a taxable income of $379,150, pay tax of $110,016.50 apiece, for a total of $220,033. If they marry, the tax cost becomes $235,277, a marriage penalty slam of $15,244 -- each year!
Your medical expense deduction must be reduced by 7.5% of your income (adjusted gross). If your potential spouse earns $100,000, filing jointly would cut your medical expense deduction by $7,500. In the 28% bracket, that would suck an additional $2,800 out of your pockets each year.
That's why it may be better in certain circumstances for even a married couple with large out-of-pocket medical bills to file as married individuals filing separate returns.
Your miscellaneous itemized deductions, such as employee business expenses, job search costs, investment expenses, and tax planning and preparation fees are also subject to a floor before they can be allowed. The total of your miscellaneous itemized deductions has to be reduced by 2% of your income (adjusted gross). If your potential spouse has $100,000 in income, that will slice $2,000 from your total deduction a year.
Social Security Slam
As your income increases, more of your Social Security payments becomes subject to tax. Add a second income to the pot and as much as 85% of your Social Security receipts are potentially taxable. If you're getting $2,000 a month -- or $24,000 a year -- that's an additional $20,400 in taxable income. In a 28% marginal bracket, that's an additional tax of $5,712 gone missing from your bank account.
The Alternative Minimum Tax is the result of an alternative procedure for computing your tax liability. The AMT is based on your income before deductions for personal exemptions, and adds back certain deductions allowed under the normal tax computation but not under the AMT, such as taxes and miscellaneous itemized deductions. Your income plus these "preference items" is reduced by an exemption amount, and the net result is subject to a flat 26% or 28% rate. You pay the higher of your regular tax or the AMT.
Here's where marriage hurts. First, the AMT exclusion for two unmarried individuals is $48,450 each, for a total of $96,900. A married couple gets an exemption of only $74,450, a $22,450 difference. At the lower 26% AMT rate, that's a potential $5,837 increase in tax. At 28%, that's a $6,286 hit.
Prior to 2010, and scheduled to return in 2012, we had reductions in deductions for both a) total itemized deductions and b) personal exemptions, as your total adjusted gross income increases. Marry an individual with substantial income and potentially all of your personal exemptions disappear. In addition, as much as 3% of your income (over a floor amount that changes annually) comes off your total itemized deductions.
Lose two personal exemptions of $3,700 each and your taxable income is up by $7,400. With a marginal tax rate of 28%, that's an additional $2,072 in tax to be paid.
Social Security Slam II
This tax benefit keeps a whole lot of seniors living in sin. Depending on the numbers, in many cases two unmarried individuals receive more in Social Security benefits than they would if they were married. Don't look for logic and reason in governmental regulations. It's like finding an honest politician -- they're out there, but they usually don't last long.
Marriage doesn't always result in higher taxes, but it usually does when both spouses are working and earning substantial dollars. On the other hand, if one spouse doesn't work, there will be a marriage bonus (lower taxes) instead of a marriage penalty.
There are, of course, other tax benefits to being married. For example, there's an unlimited marital deduction under the gift and estate tax for gifts and bequests to a spouse. When I told my wife, Barbara, that I was writing a column on the benefits of living in sin, she suggested that she personally was looking forward to enjoying her unlimited estate-tax deduction . . .
Jeff Schnepper is the author of the best-selling book "How to Pay Zero Taxes," which is in its 28th edition. He is a former professor of taxation, accounting and finance. Schnepper now has a full-time tax planning and legal practice in Cherry Hill, N.J.
The hubby is in charge of throwing a bachelor party for his soon-to-be-wed brother. He started brain-storming how to get the boys together to start the night off, and then a terrible idea was put on the table:
Let's start the bachelor party at the house.
Now, I'm pretty open-minded. I actually look forward to these barbaric men fests when Ethan ventures off with his buddies; it's good not to breathe down each other's necks every single day. I trust my husband. It doesn't mean I have to trust the others.
...and I certainly don't trust strippers in my living room.
I don't even let MYSELF sit on my furniture after working out. What makes you think I want some stranger's bare tushy on my couch. I'm not saying to the hubby that he can't enjoy the show ... just appreciate the girls -- and their body glitter and baby oil -- elsewhere.
My sense of adventure goes as far as Purell can travel.
He called me the afternoon of the Scranton Cultural Center's Fundraising Event: An Evening of Fine Food and Wine, wondering what he had to wear.Â We were hosting the event.Â Not that Eric doesn't look stellar in ripped jeans and a baseball cap (as he reminds me everyday!), I told him we wanted to seeÂ his refined side at this FINE food & wine extravaganza.Â He cleaned up quite nice...almost didn't recognize him when he walked in the door :-) He didn't initially want to get dressed up, but after getting second looks from the ladies, I think he was happy he did!
We talked this morning about dressing for the occasion.Â Justin called, proud to announce that he wears his Stewie (from Family Guy) pj's everywhere he goes...even the bar!Â Â Hot.Â He says his girlfriend HATES it.Â As he puts it, "I'm a grown ass man.Â I'll wear what I want."Â Well, one thing his girlfriend can be secure about:Â no other gal will be hitting on pajama bottom man!
Wonder if Mike will ever see his multi-millionaire co-workers on the job today.Â Would you give Mike some of the winnings anyway?Â How Much?
Meet Mike: He Opted Not to Pay $2 for a Share of $319M Mega Millions Ticket
Seven of His Co-Workers Will Each Get l $19,129,571 After Taxes
By EMILY FRIEDMAN and JEREMY HUBBARD
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. March 31, 2011 Mike went to work today while seven of his co-workers went to the Lottery headquarters to pick up their checks for $19 million each.
"I just wasn't feeling lucky that day," said Mike, who declined to give his last name, during a break from his IT job at the Department of Housing and Community Renewal in Albany, N.Y.
He was so right. He is now considered the biggest loser.
While Mike went to his office today, his seven lucky colleagues were celebrating their new mega wealth -- $19,129,571 each after taxes -- and Mike was delighted for them.
"These seven were the hardest working state employess I've ever come across, go getters," he said. "I'll be sad to see them leave. They were such great people." Mike said none of the five who opted out of the Mega Millions pool are "bitter or angry."
"I don't think they'll cut me in. I don't think they should. I don't deserve it," he said before heading back to work.
While Mike returned to taking care of his agency's computers, Mike Barth, 63, was regaling the world with the close call he had while buying the winning ticket.
"I was at the counter and it was my turn to buy a ticket when I reached down to grab a Snickers bar from the candy display," Barth said. "I like Snickers Dark and I said I just got to have one. And someone reached over me, actually cut in front of me to buy a ticket. I thought about saying something, but let it slide. I bought the next ticket -- the winning ticket. "
Barth went to the lottery headquarters today to collect his winnings along with his six co-millionaires, three other men and three women. Waiting for them, besides their checks, was a large white cake surrounded by Snickers bars.
The other winners include Gabrielle Mahar, 29, John Hilton, 57, John Kutey, 54, Tracy Sussman, 41, Kristin Baldwin, 42, Leon Peck, 63.
The group met with a financial adviser Monday and all agreed they wanted to take the lump sum of $202.9 million. So each will get a check that after taxes will total $19,129,571.
Barth said the group has been playing the "big jackpots" for years and are guided by the maxim that there is a "fickle finger of fate."
They are not fickle about how they do it.
"We are pretty buttoned up," Hilton said. "We keep a check list of who's in and who's out for any particular drawing. You've got to."
They have played the lotteries when they went over $100 million and throw in $2 each.
"We have a list every time you get in and if you're not, you get a line through your name and you're out," Hilton said.
Mahar, the youngest of the group, was the first to find out they were winners.
"I was home watching TV with my boyfriend," she said. After seeing the numbers on the news, "I rechecked and rechecked the ticket." Then she got her winning ticket out of the recycling bin where she had thrown it.
Could you even imagine dating your sister?!Â This one couple went on a blind date...and later realized they were long lost SIBLINGS!!
Sarah Kemp and George Bentley (pictured, below)had to accept not being soul mates when a meeting facilitated by an Internet dating service revealed they are actually brother and sister.
If you could look at your family with an objective (and "un-icky"!) eye, would you think they're hot?
Show off you family with The Wake Up Call Thurs at 8am!Â 1-800-570-1013
After 30 Years Apart, Brother and Sister Reunite on Bizarre Blind Date Steven Hoffer Contributor
You should always be cautious on a blind date, and here's why.
After connecting through an Internet dating service, two anonymous love seekers realized they were in fact estranged siblings when they finally met face to face last week.
Sarah Kemp, a cleaner living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and George Bentley, a London-based builder, began a correspondence through ForgetDinner.co.uk last November. After several months emailing back and forth, the pair -- brother and sister, that is -- eventually chose to "bite the bullet" and unite in person.
"I would never have agreed to go to London on a blind date, but we hit it off from the beginning, and our relationship blossomed as we emailed each other more and more often," Kemp told Scotland's Daily Record.
After about an hour of conversation at the White Horse, Bentley's favorite East Ham pub, the two would-be lovers realized they were actually siblings.
"To meet your long-lost brother, in a bar, after over 30 years would be something by itself," Kemp said. "But to meet him in those circumstances -- on a date, for crying out loud -- really is something else. We obviously had far more in common than first thought."
Kemp, 42, and Bentley, 47, grew up together until their parents, Felicity and David Bentley, divorced in 1975. Kemp moved with her mother to Edinburgh, while Bentley stayed with his father.
To complicate matters further, in 1989 Kemp married, only to divorce a year later. She kept her ex-husband's surname, Kemp, making Bentley's search for a Sarah Bentley futile.
"I had absolutely no idea where she was," he said. "I was also searching for Sarah Bentleys, rather than Sarah Kemps, as I obviously didn't know she married. After a while, I think both Sarah and I gave up looking."
We received an email from a mom who can't believe stores are selling sexy bikinis for 8 yr olds!!
Linda took her daughter for spring clothes shopping at the mall, and her daughter was begging her to buy a bikini that her friend just got. Her daughter grabbed it to model for her mom in the dressing room, and Linda couldn't believe it: the bikini was padded to purposely make her 8yr old daughter look like, well, a 20 yr old lingerie model!
Like many parents, Linda asks, "why are designers pushing cleavage on EIGHT yr olds?!!"
Bloggers on Babble.com were furious with Abercrombie and Fitch new swimsuit line of padded tops for 8-14 yr olds, saying, "The push up bras is, effectively, a sex tool ... how is this OK for a second-grader?"
Apparently a British department store called Primark sold similar bikini tops last year but stopped selling them due to harsh complaints. They donated the money made from sales of the bikinis to charity. Source: Huffington Post
Just Asking ... Would you let your tween buy a "sexy" swimsuit?
Does your tween have a fashion style you don't approve of?
Join the topic live when we talk to Linda on Froggy 101's Wake Up Call Tuesday morning at 6:15.
studio line: 1-800-570-1013.
My hubby Ethan's muffler was hangin' by a thread....kinda like a loose tooth ready to fall out!
Â There was no way to drive it to our mechanic in Scranton, John Fargione, without it dragging the whole way on I-81.Â Â So, I called John to see if there was an easy (and Selena-proof!) way to safely pull the muffler off.
Finally.Â A perk to being small.
Ethan said only my lil pea-head (clearly, he's the big brainy-head that came up with that great nickname) could fit under the car and comfortably maneuver the muffler-ectomy.
I was geared to go!Â Dressed in grease resistant clothes -- we all have them, no?!Â -- I slid under the Cabrio and got to work.Â Yanking and pokingÂ things IÂ couldn't even name, Â I felt accomplished.Â I actually managed to slide the muffler off its doohickey!!Â WOOWHOOO!!Â
It took a lot of will-power to notÂ hold the muffler over my head with a cry of victory.Â Well, it was also kinda filthy.
Ever accomplish something you never thought you could handle?Â Did something once and now you feel like an expert?Â
Victory Bragging Rights with The Wake Up Call -- 1-800-570-1013 - Monday morning @ 7, on FROGGY 101.
Digging into our Virtual Mailbag for Tuesday Morning! Would you be concerned about this:
My boyfriend of two years wants to buy a house three doors down from his ex-wife. He wants to be closer to his kids. I, however, would prefer if he didn’t live so close to his Ex. Things are getting serious between my boyfriend and me, and I think we’ll be living together soon. I don’t hate his ex, but I really think that’s too close for comfort. How can I convince him to find a different house to buy?
Whoa! Kelly, slow down. Ever think maybe the ex-wife doesn’t want to see you either?! I bet she wouldn’t be so comfortable seeing her ex happily and successfully playing house with another woman.
Hmmm…that might be something to connect with her about.
If you truly think it would be dreadful for everyone involved (be honest with yourself…make sure this isn’t a selfish request), maybe be proactive and find other homes on the market close to his kids for your boyfriend to at least consider. Maybe just looking at other options would make you feel better.
However, don’t be devastated if you wind up receiving a welcome basket from his ex down the street; you’ll eventually have to tolerate his ex, no matter how close she lives to you.
Advice for Kelly? Reply, or chime in Tuesday morning at 8am with Eric and Selena: 1-800-570-1013 !
Eric and I had to go to a media lunch banquet at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs yesterday and he was concerned:
"I can't go dressed like this!" Eric said, wearing his sweatshirt, jeans and baseball cap.
Most of the attendees were dressed in suits or business casual at the event.
Â I told Eric don't worry about it....most people expect us to dress like "radio people" --- better off heard and not seen!
Eric's outfit is a typical DJ uniform.Â And, it actually worked to his advantage -- people Â recognized the famous Eric!
....except for WNEP's Sharla McBride, the one he truly was hoping to impress.Â (You'd think dressed down, sports-style, she'd be intrigued, but I digress!)
Were you ever not properly dressed for the occasion?Â Chime in with the Wake Up Call this morning on Froggy 101!
The hubby and I have been casted in a musical! Okay, it may not be Broadway, but we're proud to be a part of this year's production of Temple Hesed's Purim play. Rabbi Swartz always comes up with a creative, pop culture way to portray the ancient story, and this year it's in the theme of Harry Potter. My character's name is a blend of Herminey (from Harry Potter) and Queen Esther...hence, "HerMajesty". Get it?! She's apparently a GREAT cook in this play...clearly making this my most challenging role EVER.
Did you know that Eric and Crockett are quite the thespians, too? The three of us will put our acting skills to the test with "Wake Up Call Theatre" at 8, Wednesday morn on FROGGY 101. No matter how bad it is, you'll have a chance to win tickets for the Scranton Cultural Center's Comedy Show this Saturday night!
Pretty sure Toby Keith was hitting on me at the last concert at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage.Â
...Just let me have this fantasy!
WHERE'S HIS HAND?!!
Mind you, it's all very innocent.Â Every year I meet Toby backstage, he gets friendlier.Â The first time I met him, it was just a "hi", snap a pic, and then I'm shooed off.Â With each year however, he warms up, with a smile...a big hug...a pull of the pony tail...to this unexpected wedgie last year (I don't look too upset about it either, do I?!)!
Who knows WHAT to expect this September when he returns!!Â
I know Toby is just joking around with me, but has a celebrity ever really hit on you?
Share the story, and give The Wake Up Call a pass on the topic Monday morn at 7:45 on FROGGY 101!
I'm dating a girl who fake bakes, a lot. She didn't do it when we started dating, but for some reason she does it all the time now. I liked it at first, but now her skin is starting to look a little shriveled.
Is it wrong that I want to break up with her if she doesn't stop fake baking?
Some people have convinced themselves that they don't look good unless they are tan...year 'round. It just snowed yesterday -- you ain't foolin' anyone!
This girl is addicted to tanning. It makes her feel good about herself. Tanning is this girl's cigarette; it will be hard to stop unless there's something of value to fill its void. The true question here is, what makes her feel better: the tan, or the boyfriend?
Is fake-baking worth breaking up over? Or is this guy looking for an excuse to end it with his orange girlfriend?
What do you think? Reply back, and join The Wake Up Call on Froggy 101, Wednesday @ 7:30, when we expose our tan tyrant!
It doesn't take much to amuse a baby. How many times has your baby received a gift and simply wanted to play with the box or the wrapping paper? Take this laughing baby, for instance. All she needs is some paper and she's set for hours.
My fiance and I have been together for a year and a half. He loves my family and is an all-around great guy, but there's one thing that really upsets me:
He has tons of pictures of his ex-girlfriend that he refuses to part with.
I know he loves me and I know they're just pictures, but some of the pictures are incredibly intimate (they're kissing and such).
I've talked to him about this, but he says he shouldn't have to get rid of them because they are important memories to him and I have no right to ask him to trash his memories.
But I feel like if we're going to get married, then that needs to be a fresh start and he shouldn't be clinging to photos of old girlfriends.
Shouldn't he have to give up the pictures if we're getting married?
Is this guy displaying the pics, or something?!
Look, everyone has a past, and to an extent, I agree with the guy; they're memories. But dude, put the pics in a box, buried in the basement! Those pics should be treated like they're in a time capsule of your life, only to be accidentally discovered years later by your kids cleaning out your basement!
Your thoughts? Reply, or chime in with the Wake Up Call 7a Tuesday morn! 1-800-570-1013.
We revealed the 5th artist to join us on stage for Guitars & Stars 3!
Hope you've been keeping track of each artist this week, because you could win FRONT ROW TICKETS FOR THE SHOW!!Â Little hint:Â you'll be identifying the voices of all five artists!
Justin Moore likes casseroles
Randy Houser has a downloadable laugh
Andy Griggs has a cook book
Steve Holy has played with Randy
Heidi's theÂ Whiskey soaked voice!Â
The lineup this year for Froggy 101's Guitars & Stars is going to be so much fun!Â Between Heidi Newfield's excitement to share her music and stories, Randy Houser's priceless laugh (downloadable for a ringtone, btw!!), Justin Moore's love for acoustic playing, and Andy Griggs and Steve Holy busting each other, it's going to be fantastic.
The show isÂ acoustic and improptu, so you never know what to expect from the artists on stage as they interact with each other, tell stories, and sing their hearts out.Â Definitely a unique and enjoyable night for music lovers!
Friday morning we will reveal the 5th artist to join us on stage for Guitars & Stars 3!
Hope you've been keeping track of each artist this week, because after 7am Friday, you could win FRONT ROW TICKETS FOR THE SHOW!!Â Little hint:Â you'll be identifying the voices of all five artists after the last artist is revealed!
Justin Moore likes casseroles
Randy Houser has a downloadable laugh
Andy Griggs has a cook book
Steve Holy has played with Randy
Heidi's the girl (duh!)
The lineup this year for Froggy 101's Guitars & Stars is going to be so much fun!Â Between Heidi Newfield's excitement to share her music and stories, Randy Houser's priceless laugh (downloadable for a ringtone, btw!!), and Andy Griggs and Steve Holy busting each other, it's gong to be fantastic.Â Â (and don't forget the mysterious 5th artist...which I can't reveal YET, but know you'll love once announced at 7:15am!!)
The show isÂ acoustic and improptu, so you never know what to expect from the artists on stage as they interact with each other, tell stories, and sing their hearts out.Â Definitely a unique and enjoyable night for music lovers!
My son just turned 5 years old. He's had lots of friends in pre-school, both boys and girls, but this year he has pretty much completely stopped playing with the boys and is only interested in playing with his little girl friends.
On top of that, one of the little girls recently left some of her Barbies over at our house and now he plays with them 24 hours a day and doesn't want to give them back. He even told his father that he wished Barbie's clothes were big enough to fit him!
I don't really know if this is a phase or if I should intervene or if I'm even supposed to care at all.
Eric and Crockett were a little taken aback by the boy wanting to dress like Barbie, but if Rusty Fender can do it, why can't this innocent kid?
My cousin did the same thing when he was 5, insisting on wearing his mom's costume jewelry. He would throw a fit whenever his dad would try to take the necklaces off him. His mom would tell the father to let it go; he's just exploring. That cross-dressing lil’ boy is now a well-grounded, respectable 23-year-old man who is in a healthy relationship with his girlfriend.
...and I bet has no trepidation buying nice jewelry for his lovely lady!
Kids are sponges. They want to learn and explore new things. A Barbie is not going to harm a boy; if anything, it will make them more inquisitive about girls.
Just make sure you have that talk eventually with your son that MOST girls don’t grown up to look like her!
Give your son the Barbie. And why stop there? Throw in an Easy Bake Oven. Who says I’m the one that has to be the cook in the relationship?! Girls DO love a man that cooks.
I convinced Eric to join me for Clarks Summit's Festival of Ice.Â Can you tell he was just as thrilled to capture the moment?
Â This was my first time at the illustrious festival, and I enjoyed taking in the sights and sounds of the busy event.Â My first welcome to the festival was the click-clopping of the horse drawn buggy passing my car.Â My initial reaction was to honk out of joy, like when youÂ see a "Just Married" sign on the back of a limo. Good thing my senses (and animal sensitivity!) came to, otherwise there would have been an uglyÂ cleanup on State Street.
We hung out for a bit by the Saturday Evening Post Ice Sculpture outside Abington Travel.Â It took a lil pleading, but Eric was eventually a sport and stuck his head in the ice sculpture portal to join me in this picture.Â
Even the Endless Harmony Quartet stopped by to do the same.Â I convinced them to warm up inside Abington Travel, and they were nice enough to serenade us!
I am reclaiming my broken, white trash kitchen drawer.Â Let's now just say it has a neat see-thru feature.
Â The face of the drawer broke right off (stupid plywood), and it hasn't been fixed since the hubbyÂ broke it on Thanksgiving!Â Yup, I've been airing out my drawers for almost three months.
I've been to Home Depot twice, and have come back with the tools to fix the darn thing, but somehow the second I enter the kitchen, my confidence dries up as fast as the Gorilla Glue I bought.
I was pretty decent in woodshop.Â I can make a kick-ass jigsaw puzzle.Â But, this isn't a woodshop classroom.Â If I screw this up, we're talking about having to potentially replace a whole cabinet.Â Somehow, getting an "A" on that tic-tac-toe board I made in 8th grade isn't helping me here.
After IBM's supercomputer crushed it's champion competition on Jeopardy this week, another computer has emerged.Â Are they taking over the earth?!Â You may have a head start over this new one...it was programmed by Crockett.
Keep in mind, though, he WILL destroy you on any questions regarding 80's pop culture, 80'sÂ hair metalÂ bands, and wrestling.
Take Crockettron 3.0 on to win Jack Ingram tix during Friday's 7am hour with The Wake Up Call!
I was expecting a lot from my boyfriend for Valentine's Day weekend, but maybe my hopes were a little too high.
My boyfriend is very successful. He has a great job and makes a very good living. And yet, for our Valentine's dinner he took me to . . . a [“Lobster Chain”]
I’m trying to figure out if my boyfriend is just lazy, cheap, or uninterested. Honestly, he could have done better. Do you think he’s purposely not putting any effort into our relationship?
This email initially surprised me; since when isn't lobster good enough?! But them I thought, "hmmm, I wouldn't be thrilled if a guy took me through a fast through drive thru for Valentine's Day..." It's a stretch, but maybe for this well-off couple, a restaurant chain is like a drive thru dinner date to them.
What do you think? We'll be talking with Rachel on The Wake Up Call at 6am!
Congratulations to our Wake Up Call Newly Engaged Game winners!
Amanda and Martin of Wapwallopen knew each other the best, beating out the other two couples with 70 points (Breanna & Thomas had 40 points; Kerry & Michael had 30 points).
Amanda and Martin won a wedding band set from Rainbow Jewelers.
Things get interesting on the topic of "whoopie"!! Check out how the fiancee's reply:
Our couples range from being together for 11 months to 4 years.
Get to know our finalists:
Amanda and Martin of Wapwallopen have been together for a year. They met on Myspace! Martin proposed to Amanda on a cruise by hiring a magician to make a ring appear!
Kerry and Michael of West Pittston have been together for 11 months. Both are baseball fans, but as Kerry says, “unfortunately,” Michael is a Red Sox fan and she is a Phillies Phanatic. Still, they make it work!
Breanna and Thomas of Luzerne have been together for 4 years. When they retire, they have a dream of opening a bunny farm! (Eric mistook that for the Playboy Ranch)
Today is The Wake Up Call's Newly Engaged Game! Our couples range from being together for 11 months to 4 years. I think we'll be surprised to see who knows each other better.
Get to know our finalists:
Amanda and Martin of Wapwallopen have been together for a year. They met on Myspace! Martin proposed to Amanda on a cruise by hiring a magician to make a ring appear!
Kerry and Michael of West Pittston have been together for 11 months. Both are baseball fans, but as Kerry says, "unfortunately," Michael is a Red Sox fan and she is a Phillies Phanatic. Still, they make it work!
Breanna and Thomas of Luzerne have been together for 4 years. When they retire, they have a dream of opening a bunny farm! (Eric mistook that for the Playboy Ranch)
Good Luck to our finalists!! The winning couple will win a wedding band ring set from Rainbow Jewelers. Cheer the couples on when they compete at 7am this morning with The Wake Up Call on Froggy101!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Crockett did the taste-testing for you!
Crockett was actually eager to try for this week’s Awful Entrée the Edible Underwear (it was actually his suggestion!) He ventured off for the Men’s (?!!) undies in the flavor of passion fruit. Turns out they wear better than they taste.
Crockett claims it tasted like baby powder. Must have eaten the absorbent underwear brand.
Two Houston chefs took their expertise to the next level and did their own edible gift taste test. Here’s how they ranked them from WORST to BEST:
WORST: Edible strawberry undies: “…worst cotton-candy ever.” I guess Crockett’s palate isn’t too far off from these chefs.
BAD: Edible body paint: “taste like the barium shake you drink before a medical test”
BETTER: Edible candy bra: “They do get stale if they sit on the shelf for a while”
BEST: Lovers body pen set: Lets you write in chocolate. “Taste like Nestle’s strawberry milk”
"A mess my father who only had sons never had to unclog."
He lives in a home withÂ 3 women (his wife and two teenage daughters) with beautiful looooong hair. (He also has a son, but I don't think he's the culprit here!)Â
I'm so used to this, it neverÂ occurred to me that a household (even one of just men) WOULDN'T have hairball clogged drains!Â It's practically a ritual in our house to Draino the tub every two months.Â I guess it's all my hair.Â How am I not bald!
Ever get the advice: "make a career out of what you love doing" ?
...only if you can risk resenting it later.
My friend is a fabulous cook. He was the one that would effortlessly whip up a delectable meal, with passion. We would always tell him as we’re stuffing our faces with his creations, “you should make a living doing this!! You’d be SO good at it!”
He followed his dream and quit his office job to start his own restaurant. And it is damn good. Except for one thing: his passion is now a job.
We forgot the cardinal rule, “don’t mix business with pleasure.” This tidbit applies to more than racy office romances. My friend considered cooking a pleasure. Cooking was his happy place to escape the mundane 9-5 grind. He tells me that now, when he gets home from his “dream job,” he doesn’t even want to look at his kitchen. Instead of happily whipping up a tasty dinner, he’s resorted to a fast food drive-thru on the way home.
Maybe we all go through stages like this. I have a passion for my career, but I’ve had moments in my car when all I want to listen to is silence. I need time to reset, for sanity’s sake, before my job consumes my passion. Once refreshed, (ie, I’m done talking to myself in the car. Out loud.) the radio is back on.
Do you have a career that has turned something you love into a job? Are "dream jobs" overrated? Froggy 101’s Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena will be discussing this Tuesday morning at 7am.
It's supposed to snow AGAIN this Saturday...and Wednesday...and...
Before you throw your shovel down in a fit of rage, try this mantra: ATÂ LEAST WE'RE NOTÂ IN NEW YORK
Â - we side-stepped that vortex of weather doom by mere miles.
NYC is buried under 19 inches of snow.Â They don't know where and howÂ to move their Mt Snowmore.Â The city is attempting to declare a state of emergency to get additional help from FEMA because they well surpassed theirÂ snow removal budget:
NEW YORK (CBS 2 / WCBS 880) â New York City sets aside $38 million a year for snow removal, but the Bloomberg Administration admits they spent more than that digging out of the post-Christmas blizzard alone. They went into the red just five days into winter.
New Yorkers are resorting to sprayingÂ pickle juice to melt the snow.
At least New Yorker and ABC World News Anchor, Diane Sawyer,Â is lightheartedÂ while being interrupted during a live shot -- by a cross-country skier:
....No really, get out of my way!Â I'm on a time constraint, here!
I'm not talking a romantic walk, hand-in-hand, on the beach. Save the fantasy for date #93. I mean, what is a decent, REALISTIC thing to do on a date?
A recent Yahoo Shine/Maxim survey about dating showed that women prefer dates that centered around an activity like bowling, going to a movie, or even going on a walk. This differed from men, who tended to prefer a date that was more straightforward, like drinks and dinner.
Hmmm. And here I always picked an activity (like bowling...or skeet shooting...yup) because I thought that's what the GUY would prefer to do! (Probably the only reason I suggested skeet shooting.) I thought we'd both be more comfortable if there was an activity to break the ice. Guys bond with each other by playing sports; who knew they'd prefer to bond with us ladies by staring at appetizers stuck in our teeth!
...sooooo, suggesting a board game date-night is out of the question then, guys?
Feel free to blog back! Wednesday morning at 7am on Froggy 101's The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena, we'll be asking...
What's your perfect date? Why do you think this gender difference exists?
We love your calls too! # 1-800-570-1013
It was just one of those days where I had to cave.
Ethan’s car wouldn’t start. When we tried to jump it with my car, the latch to pop the hood of Doris the Taurus broke in Ethan’s hand. Ugh. What a lousy end to a cold, miserable day. The look of defeat on Ethan’s face killed me. The only thing I could do was take a deep breath, and make a rare suggestion I never thought I’d utter from my own lips:
“ **** it. Let’s get some Whoppers and Whiskey and call it a day.”
This day’s revival brought to you by the letter W.
The aggravation on Ethan’s face melted into bliss, and partial shock. Who knew my moment of fast-food weakness would make such a difference. We rarely eat that stuff, which may be why sinking our teeth into that greasy processed delight tasted sooo good. Instead of going to bed mad at the world, we were happy little gluttons. Sometimes you just have to make concessions for the sake of sanity.
Come out for some fun tonight at the Scranton Cultural Center's, "The View with a Scranton Attitude".Â I'll be on the panel of ladies dishing out answers to your hard-pressed questions.Â Plus, any event with a cocktail hour is sure to be a good time!Â Bring the friends, and come say "hi" after the show!
The View with a Scranton Attitude:Â Letâs Hear It From the Girls!
Â WHO: Panelists include:Â Brenda Bistocchi of Angelo Bistocchi's Restaurant, Laurie LaMaster of WNEP TV-16, Mary Ann Moran Savakinas of the Lackawanna County Historical Society, Selena from Froggy 101's 'Wake Up Call', and Patrice Wilding from the Scranton Times-Tribune
WHEN: January 21, 2011, Show 7 PM, Cocktail Hour 6 PM
WHERE: The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
Â 420 N. Washington Avenue
Â Scranton, PA 18503
TICKET PRICE: $6
Scranton, PA â December 22, 2010 â Theyâre six of the most outspoken and wittiest ladies in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and they will convene to share their views on issues important to women of all ages. Come see them January 21st, at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple in Entercomâs âThe Viewâ with a Scranton Attitude, Letâs Hear It From the Girls! This year's panelists include: Brenda Bistocchi of Angelo Bistocchi's Restaurant, Laurie LaMaster of WNEP TV-16, Mary Ann Moran Savakinas of the Lackawanna Historical Society, Selena from Froggy 101's 'Wake Up Call', and Patrice Wilding from The Times-Tribune.
Doors open at 6 PM for cocktails and the show will begin at 7 PM.Â Delicious refreshments and a cash bar will be offered throughout the event.
A fun night out! I'm on the panel for this event at the Scranton Cultural Center Friday, Jan 21st.
Let’s Hear It From the Girls! Come say "HI" after the show!
WHAT: Entercom Communications “The View” with a Scranton Attitude, Let’s Hear It from the Girls!
WHEN: January 21, 2011, Show 7 PM, Cocktail Hour 6 PM
WHERE: The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
420 N. Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
TICKET PRICE: $6
Scranton, PA – December 22, 2010 – They’re six of the most outspoken and wittiest ladies in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and they will convene to share their views on issues important to women of all ages. Come see them January 21st, at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple in Entercom’s “The View” with a Scranton Attitude, Let’s Hear It From the Girls! This year's panelists include: Brenda Bistocchi of Angelo Bistocchi's Restaurant, Laurie LaMaster of WNEP TV-16, Mary Ann Moran Savakinas of the Lackawanna Historical Society, Selena from Froggy 101's 'Wake Up Call', and Patrice Wilding from The Times-Tribune.
Doors open at 6 PM for cocktails and the show will begin at 7 PM. Delicious refreshments and a cash bar will be offered throughout the event.
My husband is boycotting a particular big-box store after watching an expose movie on the company. As his wife, I would like to support his cause. To an extent, I agree with him, and try to shop at locally-owned stores when I can. But, I'm not rich, nor a "Real Housewife" of NEPA. I don't have the money nor the time to drive all over creation for household shopping.
Then again, I also don't have the patience to argue over where I buy detergent.
Occasionally, I break down and shop at this forbidden consumer mecca. Maybe it's the fact that I know I'm doing something dishonest that makes me go wild in this store. I hit every aisle: groceries, cards, sports gear, automotive ... and pull things off the shelf like I'm entered in a shopping spree! The grand prize is secretly knowing Ethan is going to happily lick his fingers after a satisfying meal that I got at a great price.
Still, no matter how much I try to convince Ethan the necessity of my "mega shopping," I'm always crushed by his look of disappointment. Instead of giving up, I got creative.
...cue the prop bags. (My single friends call it: Pathetic Marital Creativity.)
If I want to buy a sports bra and a gallon of milk from the same store because it will save me time AND money, so be it. I have found a way to make us both happy. I transfer my mega mecca goodness into different grocery bags. Is it cheating? Maybe. Is it avoiding an unnecessary argument? Absolutely.
Ahhh! It's snowing and I'm walking around in flip flops because Miss Thang just needed that pedicure. Stupid things we do for beauty.
I thought I looked crazy, but turns out we in NEPA have NO problem lookin like loonies in lousy weather.
I flip-flopped in the snow because I had no choice (can't allow the dreaded sock to stick to the wet toe art, right ladies?!). But plenty NEPA-ers chimed in with their reckless abandonment in the snow. People told me they usually SHOVEL snow in flip-flops and shorts! You can fantasize all you want that you're on a beach, but that will never feel like sand squishing through my toes!
This year was the first Christmas I spent with my boyfriend, and I know he tried really hard to find nice presents. But, one of the gifts he got me was a shirt that is absolutely hideous, and it was the gift he was the most excited to give me.
He said he can't wait to see me wear the shirt around, but honestly, it looks so horrible on me that I don't want to.
Can I return the shirt, or would it hurt my boyfriend's feelings? Will he understand if I tell him the shirt doesn’t look good on me?
I’ve learned such worthless things in school. I was really good at worthless, too. Calculus, chemistry, diagramming a sentence. Straight A’s. And I used to get mad at those people that would argue, “You don’t need that in the real world.” Well, my GPA thought I did.
So, now in my thirties, I’m deep in the “real world”, wondering how calculus is going to reinforce my marriage. How is memorizing the Periodic Table going to help me start a family? How is diagramming a sentence going to improve my way of life? If the real world were to hand me my mid-term grades, I would probably earn a “C-”. Hopefully there’s a chance for extra credit.
I need to take some real world remedial courses. Why do I stare and fuss about everything that needs to be remedied, then plop myself down in front of the TV and stew over it? For MONTHS. I never did this in school. I used to jump right into class assignments. Failing wasn’t an option, because I believed teachers wouldn’t assign something impossible. I was provided the necessary tools and trained to reach a specific goal. Now, I’m scared of failure. I don’t know what I’m doing, so I don’t do anything at all. I stick with a routine, and pray nothing breaks. Although, this method is breaking me.
I thought earning comments on your report card like, “focused; has initiative,” stays with you for life.
Did I use it all up?
I love what one caller suggested: HOT is someone you don't think you have a chance with. CUTE has more possibilities.
Is cute less attractive, or just more innocent?
Eric says you have the potential to be one or the other; you can't be both.
But I think women have the ability to be both. I have an adorable friend, aka, CUTE. She wears cute lil' outfits, has a slender figure, and an attractive face. When you dress this lady up for a night on the town, she transforms into a major HOTTIE.
I could go through several stages in one day. Ugly in the morn (no makeup? Hot FAIL); Cute in the afternoon (love how a blemish disappears with a lil' cover-up!); Hot at night (finally styled the frizz outta the hair and put a sexy little number on).
Isn't it great how we ladies can change things up? I don't think guys have as much of a privilege in this category.
I love this guy, and the fact that he's still driving around in a 16 year old truck makes him even sexier. Maybe I could convince him that Big White and Doris the Taurus need to meet. Any excuse to hang with Dierks!
I'll be following his adventures in "Big White" through his new webisodes, will you?
I had the learn the hard way that the MR. YUK sticker means "DON'T eat".
Maybe it was the cartoonish tongue sticking out that beckoned me to taste the Mop 'n' Glow it was clinging to; maybe it was the sticker itself geared towards kids.Â Either way, it's simple purpose failed on me at the age of four.Â
I'll never forget sitting on the steps holding the poisonous bottle, staring at Mr.Â Yuk while my mom mopped the kitchen.Â I thought I was supposed to mimic Mr. Yuk. I thought he was funny, and I wanted to be like him.Â So, I held up the spigot of the floor cleaner bottle to my mouth, and I kept licking away until I could make the face just like good ol' Mr. Yuk.Â
It tasted awful, and I must have known IÂ was being bad because I remember trying to hide my actions from my mom.
I just adored that Mr. Yuk so much.Â I love how the Poison Center calls the sticker, "an excellent tool for teaching children about poisons."Â Â They obviously did not take into consideration my budding relationship with Mr. Yuk, my sticky, funny, cartoon companion.
(Join Froggy 101's The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena on Wed @ 8am to share the weirdest thing you ever ate...)
Today's front page Times Leader article, "Older drivers may have to hang up keys," had me thinking about all the bad drivers we get stuck behind in our hurry to get to work, school, or any destination you deem more important than staring at that slow, boat-of-a-car in front of you.
Interviewed in the article were 87 yr old Martin of Pittston, and 91 --YES, NINETY-ONE -- yr old Jim of Wyoming, who both agree they don't want to give up their licenses and stop driving. I'm pretty sure I've been stuck behind Jim going 20 mph on River St.
My husband Ethan is convinced Martin and Jim are secret members of The Coalition of Senior Citizens Bent on Destroying Any Chance of Reaching My Destination on Time. It's a secret society any driver over the age of 65 may pledge, but never admit to the fraternity's existence. Usually they give away their affiliation with their perpetual blinking left turn signal.
PennDOT lists signs it may be time to limit/stop driving:
*Unexplainable dents, scratches or scrapes on your car
*Unexplainable damamge to fences, garage doors or mailboxes
*Repeatedly getting lost
*Experiencing regular close calls or almost crashing ...oh no. I'm going to stop here. Yes, Yes, Yes, and ummm, Yes.
According to this list, I'M a Senior driver trapped in a 30-something year old body.
So, maybe the problem isn't so much age, as it is ability. Maybe the answer isn't get off the road, but rather, take a refresher course.
Many organizations like PennDOT, AAA and AARP offer driver improvement courses for seniors (like PennDOT's Mature Driver Task Force). Maybe even I should take the course. I bet I couldn't pass a written driver's test if I walked into the DMV right now.
As much as you considered payback for losing driving privileges when you were a teen, think about those programs before you take away the car from your elderly parents. Or suddenly, YOU'LL be carpooling them to mall walking and early bird specials with their friends.
Latkes are potato pancakes fried up in oil; a Hanukkah tradition!Â
I only fry once a year, because it feels like it takes that long to get that fried smell out of everything!Â Â I've opened windows, turned on fans... By the way, that "exhaust" vent over the stove is a joke.Â That's as real as the office thermostat noÂ one can seem to control.Â
It's rather ironic how I clean up the house and try making the place smell nice with scented candles (or fabreeze!!), only to smoke out our guests with my cooking!Â
I got out of the shower this morning, only to dry off with a towel that smells like last night's dinner.Â That fried potato smell is even in my folded, clean laundry UPSTAIRS!Â Oh Downy...take me away!!!
So, if you run into me in the next few months, enjoy the subtleÂ hint of fried Hannukah goodness!
Tix to the EAGLES vs Giants game, November 21st at Lincoln Financial Field!Â
It was the first NFL game for the both of us!Â
...although, I gotta say, how am I supposed to follow the game when there are no tv-produced arrows on the field?! (lol!)Â
You don't know how spoiled you are watching a game on tv.Â We take for granted theÂ extensive tv replays and animated cheat-sheets; there are no yellow-circled players while watching it in living color. When Hobbs was injured, spectators couldn't get updates in the stands as extensive as what you hear from the network commentators.Â In fact, if there's a bad play executed by the home team, don't expect to see the replay on the Jumbotron.Â It's bad Karma.Â
I'm obviously a novice NFL viewer.Â But, watching the excitment on Ethan's face as we entered the stadium was priceless.Â A friend was very generous in surprising Ethan further for his birthdayÂ with field passes, which had us speechless...
...until I screamed out, "DeeeeeeeeeeSeeeeeeeeeeeeeeean" when Desean Jackson headed onto the field to warm up! He was only a few feet away from us, and started dancing to my shouts!!!Â How cool!!Â
By the way, he dances like me!Â :-)Â
(Joe Thomas says revealing that tidbit officially took away Jackson's street cred)
Come see our Crockett decked out for Thanksgiving!! Don't buy into his crabby face...he loves it!
You can see Crockett shake his tail-feathers ALL day during our Thanks4Giving Food Drive.
The Wake Up Call will be at the Wal-Mart in Dickson City THIS Friday (Nov 19th) collecting non-perishable food items.
aaaaaaaand.....bring cans to register to win Bon Jovi tix for his Feb 9th show at The Bryce Jordan Center! (air-guitaring also helps!!)
Plenty of treats to win, so we hope to see you on Friday for our Thanks4Giving food drive at the Dickson City Wal-Mart, 5Am-7Pm. If you give, you shall receive!
Should this cheerleader really have been suspended over a picture from her sister's wedding?
Little confession on my part....
My Senior year, my science teacher confiscated pictures I took while on a weekend visit to Penn State.
He blew up one picture in particular and taped it to the board: my friends and I posing with bottles of Zima (how dated is that malt liquor reference?!!)
During the entire period, he called me "Zelena", and made any other "Zomething Different" references he could. That was it. I wasn't sent to the principle's office; NO suspension because a beer was in my presence in the picture. The world, and my school, moved on.
...if anything, posting the picture to embarrass me backfired. I think my classmates were surprised to see this dork did more than study on the weekends.
Remember the things you used to get away with on the school bus? Man, my friends and I almost killed ourselves sitting in the last row, trying to get airborn everytime we hit a bump (Something about those last rows past the wheel well that send you flying!!).
Well, this poor kid's digestive track got him kicked off his bus! It's gotta be hard to discipline a kid when even his father thinks it's funny...check out the story below:
Have a Halloween Hangover and you're sick of the candy already?! You can put that candy to good use!
This morning on The Wake Up Call with Eric & Selena we mentioned trading your candy for cash, and it will be shipped out to share with the troops!
Here's the scoop from the Times Leader
(Thanks, Joan L., for tagging me) :
Children can sell their extra Halloween candy at Pettinato Dental Care, 821 Oak St., Scranton, on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 1 and 2, from 3 to 5 p.m., and on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Candy will be bought back for $1 a pound and sent to local troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For details, call (570) 558-9900.
...the things you endure to play along!Â That was one ITCHY spider on my head!
My friend Jess always throws a kick-ass Halloween party. Grown adults showÂ off their childish sideÂ and go all out in their amazing costumes.Â Â In the past, my hubby and I rented costumes, but I decided to get a little adventurous this year...
While brainstorming our costumes at a Halloween shop, I kept stumbling on little critters, and it bit me:Â Bed Bug Epidemic!!!Â
I'm no Martha Stewart, but I was definitely a crazy lady with a glue gun this weekend!Â I bought every bug and critter I could find, and I gluedÂ them to me and Ethan!Â
Ethan was a sleepless bed bug victim, and I was his hotel pillow.Â
I recently had to pick up a baby shower gift at "BabasRWe" (you get my drift!). There is something about that store that makes my head spin and my heart want to go into cardiac arrest. It is sensory OVERLOAD.
Picking up a baby gift is like prepping for the big game. I familiarized myself with the plays by printing up the registry......all 26 PAGES of it. Sheesh. Even diagrammed by circling the 3 items I wanted to take off the list. Ethan coached me not to be blindsided by other shiny objects at the store. He pat me on the tush and sent me off on my trek, game face on. I was ready to tackle the behemoth Baby Giant.
The second I get to the store, all that practice goes out the window.
How many dang styles of bottles does one baby need?!! What do you mean this COMPLETE gift set only feeds the baby until he's 6 months?! Nipple Wipes....WHAAAAAAT?!!
PULL ME OUT, COACH!!
Ethan had to talk me off the ledge. What should have been an easy 10-minute in & out experience, turned into an hour long miniature hell.
Me to Ethan:...and it doesn't end with a baby shower! Parents are here picking up potty chairs and training wheels...this store is an 18 year commitment!
Ethan to Me:...I don't think we'll be picking up diapers there for a 17 year old.
Thanks for relating via email and FB ("selenajanko")
As Molli R commented:
"90%of all the stuff in the store is a marketing ploy..."
Thanks, Coach Molli! That will be my new mantra next time I'm sent in to tackle the undefeated Baby Store!
Looking for the "healthier" candy to steal out of your kids' trick-or-treat bag?
Surprisingly, Snickers is not a bad choice ... compared to others! Test your candy skill and see where your favorite candy falls in the "better for you" category: Candy Test (courtesy of Real Simple magazine)
I always say when in doubt, 3 Musketeers is the way to go.
Ooooo, speaking of which, have you tried the 3 Musketeers Dark Chocolate Mint fun size! Ohhhhh joy!!!
Less calories than most of the candies...unless you eat the whole bag, which is not hard to do because it feels like eating air!
...Then grab your friends tonight and help others that can't.
SCOLA Volunteers for Literacy "Office" Pub Crawl Benefit tonight, 5-8pm with crazy fun "Office" crawl trivia contest!
Start anywhere at participating bars:
Backyard Alehouse, Banshee, Bog, Kildares, Merts, Hilton, and Trax.
Join me at Trax in the Scranton Radisson by 7:30 for cash prizes! $100 CASH for the winner of "The Office" trivia contest, and more prizes for best dressed "Office" costume!
$20 donation to SCOLA Volunteers for Literacy. That's what she said.
We don't normally dress like a dance team.
My husband Ethan and I are part of his sis' bridal party (aka "Bridal Mafia"!).Â Pink is the bride's favorite color.Â When Ethan found out he would have have to wear pink, he wasn't too thrilled.Â But, I think he may want to reconsider.Â He wears pink quite well, don'tcha think?!Â
Â I don't know why pink got such a bad rap on a man....guys should wear it more often.
I received a surprising call from an angry mom this morning on The Wake Up Call, the day after Froggy's Strike Out Breast Cancer Benefit. Her North Pocono daughter was suspended for going to school with pink hair after spraying it in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Sorry her Pink Support didn't match your khaki pants color scheme, North Pocono. What a way to snuff out a kid's excitement in supporting a cause.
If it was THAT much of a distraction, couldn't she just go home to wash it out and return? A Suspension seems over the top. Many of you reacted to her phone call, and I thought the best suggestion came from Lori M.:
"I know the schools are strict on dress code and appearance, however these kids COULD be promoting WAY WORSE things than supporting Breast Cancer--She should NOT have been suspended she should have been encouraged to get the whole school involved and have a week dedicated to "awareness" what message are they sending??? uhh, but we don't want them into other stuff i.e. drugs, bullying, etc.. you (the school) had the chance to push in the right direction..WAY TO DROP THE BALL"
"I think schools should find out why a student may have changed their hair color or wore a specfic tie or shoes or whatever else before assuming that kids are doing something that doesn't follow the rules of the school!! Maybe if they would... have asked her they could have incorporated the pink into the school to show support!! Maybe even have the kids involved by having them bring whatever they could afford 1.00 or whatever to wear somthing pink to show support the month of October for Breast Cancer!!"
RIGHT. The one not focusing is the school. NOT the student.
My favorite thing to do at a wedding, honestly, is dance. It may not be YOUR favorite thing to watch me groove! Still, dancing is a staple at most wedding receptions.
On that note, you may be against having alcohol at your wedding, but it doesn't mean everyone has to like your decision. Most guests expect drinks at a wedding.
A recent CNN poll shows that 38% of wedding guests don't mind if the bar isn't fully stocked, but they'd be upset if there weren't at least free beer and wine. 5% won't even go if there isn't an open bar.
A listener called The Wake Up Call this morning and said that when they discovered the wedding they were attending was a cash bar, they withdrew cash from the wedding present to use towards their drinks! The whole guest table did it!
Dancing at weddings is MY alcohol; that's how I have a good time. If there wasn't music or dancing, I'd be disappointed. That's why I prefer the open bar -- and not to get hammered, but to get others on the dance floor! For some, dancing requires a little liquid courage. Let's admit, a little Chivas Regal on the rocks helps to break the ice. I'm not saying get sloshed - I don't want you to kill yourself while attempting The Worm.
On a final note: my dancing can be quite sobering, so keep that in mind if I'm ever invited to your dry wedding!
In lieu of gifts, the happy canine couple is asking for donations towards the One Life to Live Pet Rescue Group in Scranton and the Hillside Animal Shelter.Â No need for gift wrap; Fiona and Jake are accepting $2 donations at the party, or new/gently used pet supply.Â BringÂ your dog for the celebration and great cause!Â
Fiona and Jake's Wedding Fundraiser
Where: Nay Aug Park
When: Sunday, 9/19
The Wake Up Call had a blast talking to Fiona and Jake's wedding coordinator (and Jake's Future mother in law!), Kristen Burton.Â She says Fiona can't wait to woof down their puppy wedding cake.Â Everyone's invited for the ceremony andÂ the howling-good-time reception!
It's amazing what a bad wig and sunglasses can tranform!
Â Kellie was a great sport at the recent Rascal Flatts concert when she went undercover as Froggy's new intern, fooling a lot of tailgating fans she talked to!Â Our "intern" didn't mind signing autographs once exposed.
A Frisky.com poll asked: "Which young celeb would you trade places with, despite her current situation and reputation?"
Lindsay Lohan: She does have two movies in the pipeline -- cha-ching! -- 8.23 percent
Bristol Palin: She comes with a baby and a loser, on-again, off-again fiance, but her mom could end up being president. -- 5.69 percent
Heidi Montag: Her face (and body) will never be the same, but she's at least dropped Spencer. -- 5.52 percent
Snooki: The backlash is imminent, but for now she's on good behavior, well-liked, and kind of adorable...and she gets away with a LOT -- 25.03 percent
Vienna Girardi: She won the war of words against Jake Pavelka, plus that alleged Playboy shoot could pay well, right? -- 17.31 percent
Britney Spears: All that money more than makes up for her heinous weave. -- 38.28 percent
Eric and I attempt to learn the official dance routine for National Dance Day! Wanna dance?! Join us Sat July 31st on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, 2p-5p for a dance CELEBRATION!! Live music and plenty of dancin'...and it's FREE!
Got what it takes to compete? Register for the Dance Off at Downtown Arts, 47 N Franklin St, W-B, 6-9pm. Free to watch, $10 to enter competition...Top CASH Prizes! More Details at facebook.com/dancedaywb
Trying to eat organic without breaking the bank? Rest assure, not EVERYTHING you buy has to be organic. There are some fruits and veggies that don't maintain a high level of pesticides.
Here's the low-down on what you can get away with, and what you should toss for an organic alternative:
(memorize the list and quiz me later!)
'The Environmental Working Group (EWG) calculated that you can reduce your pesticide exposure nearly 80 percent simply by choosing organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables shown in their tests to contain the highest levels of pesticides.
They call them "The Dirty Dozen," and (starting with the worst) they are celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries (domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, kale/collard greens, cherries, potatoes and grapes (imported).
And you can feel good about buying the following 15 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that the EWG dubbed "The Clean Fifteen," because they were shown to have little pesticide residue: onions, avocado, sweet corn (frozen), pineapples, mango, sweet peas (frozen), asparagus, kiwi fruit, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe (domestic), watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes and honeydew melon.'
The popularity of buttermilk pie has risen since the pastry was rumored to be one of the goodies served at Carrie Underwood's July 10th wedding to Mike Fisher. Chris Bragg, the owner of Greensboro, Georgia's Yesterday Cafe will neither confirm not deny that he baked pies for the event, but according to Canada's National Post, he has been filling requests for the confections from "all over North America." --Tammy Ragusa
LANITA FRANKLIN'S BUTTERMILK PIE
(chef at Yesterday Cafe)
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- Unbaked nine-inch (23-centimetre) pie shell
1. Combine sugar and flour and whisk until flour is completely mixed into the sugar. Add vanilla and whisk until evenly mixed in with sugar and flour.
2. Beat the eggs well, then add them. Whisk well. Whisk in the melted butter and then add buttermilk and whip well before pouring into the unbaked pie shell.
3. Bake in a commercial convection oven for 45 minutes at about 350 F (170 C). (The temperature could be as low as 325 F (160 C) or as high as 400 F (200 C), depending on your oven.) Shake the pie a little to make sure it is not undercooked. It should barely shake in the middle. Crust should be golden brown and slightly flaky.
4. When you cut the pie, make sure you do not have a separation with a cakey layer near the top. The pie should have a custard consistency throughout. Buttermilk pies should be refrigerated after cooling, but remain fresh-tasting for at least a week.
I made this for 4th of July parties, and I truly think the hardest part of this recipe is justÂ unwrapping the ice cream sandwiches!!Â ENJOY!
24 (3.5-ounce) ice-cream sandwiches, unwrapped
6 medium bananas, peeled and thinly sliced
1 (12.25-ounce) jar hot-fudge sauce
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
1 (8-ounce) package milk chocolate covered toffee bits, divided
1 (12.25-ounce) jar butterscotch ice-cream topping
1 (8-ounce) container frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed
Line a 13 by 9-inch baking pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Place half of ice-cream sandwiches evenly over bottom of pan, completely covering bottom, cutting sandwiches to fit, if necessary. Top evenly with banana slices. Pour hot fudge sauce over bananas. Top with cherries and 1/2 of the toffee bits and pour butterscotch evenly on top. Layer with remaining ice cream sandwiches and spread whipped topping over sandwiches; sprinkle with remaining toffee bits.
Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours. Remove from pan, using foil handles. Cut into squares and serve.
Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 min