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Hot Seat - 10/10 - 10/16 - freddieflounder101

I can't believe I completely spaced the Hot Seat last week! Sorry about that!

Anyway, freddieflounder101, you are in the Hot Seat!!!!

Where did your user name come from?
Do you have any hobbies?
What is your best physical feature?
What is your best non physical feature?
What is one thing that makes you a great mom?
What is one area of parenting that you could still use some work on?

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Where did your user name come from?
I just made it up one day when I needed an email address to use for registering on various sites, and then stuck with it. I had to have the 101 because freddieflounder was already taken!

Do you have any hobbies?
Sort of...I am an avid reader, a technology nerd, and a music fan. (Are those hobbies? Maybe not.) I don't do crafts or play sports or anything like that.

I am starting up a new business with a partner, we hope to launch our full site by the end of the year. You can see our splash page (and sign up for updates if you like) at www.readitallup.com.

What is your best physical feature?
That is a tough one, I have never been a fan of my physical self. These days after lots of exercise, I think my butt is pretty awesome. (How sad is that?) Oh, I have nice hands.

What is your best non physical feature?
My compassion, and ability to put myself in someone else's shoes.

What is one thing that makes you a great mom?
I remember what it's like to be a kid.

What is one area of parenting that you could still use some work on?
Discipline. I'm okay, but not great. I'm a softy. My husband has to balance things out. Also, I'm not on top of all the "stuff" that happens in & around school.

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Why am I the awesome-est person on PO? j/k Wink

What Star Trek character are you most like and why (I'll let you pick the series)?

Best Star Trek Captin and why?

What characteristic do you like best about each of your kids?

If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you? Who would play your hubby?

If you could go back in time to change one thing, when would it be and what would you change?

what debate on PO has made you the most upset?

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Why am I the awesome-est person on PO? j/k Wink
Because you think I'm awesome.

What Star Trek character are you most like and why (I'll let you pick the series)?
Sadly I am not like any of them. I would LIKE to be like many of them, but I'm a weirdo.

Best Star Trek Captin and why?
Kirk had more fun, Janeway rocked, but we all know Picard is the man you want at the helm if you're on the ship. He's got it all. Smartest one, great instincts, physically strong, and knows how to lead. Best voice in the world doesn't hurt. I actually use him as my role model since I lead a team at work.

What characteristic do you like best about each of your kids?
Nathaniel has an innate goodness and kindness that I have never seen in a boy his age. He's just lovely and thoughtful (although also very much a seven-year-old in the usual ways). We need more men like him.

Juliet has a fiercely strong personality that's a pain in the butt now but will serve her extremely well when she's older. We need more women like her.

If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you? Who would play your hubby?
Can I have Julia Roberts? I guess not. I never see my "type" in celebrities, as much as I admire them. I'll have to think about this one some more, will try to come up with something.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, when would it be and what would you change?
I'd be stronger when I was weaker. I can think of two times in my life when I let specific people walk all over me and the effects lasted for months, even years. I'd stand up for myself in both cases and be strong, I could have saved myself some really bad years.

what debate on PO has made you the most upset?
I get feisty about gay marriage, but it doesn't upset me . . .the immigration debates upset me. I see a fundamental lack of compassion for others and lack of appreciation for the free ride people get by being born here. It gets my emotions going.

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I think you are Guinan, no doubt. Smile

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I know you are a sneaker lover, what pair are you loving right now?

I think that you are one of the few people I've posted with for a long time who I have never seen a photo of, what do you look like?

Skinny jeans, yes or no?

Favorite kind of pie?

Are you close with your inlaws?

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Did you have a favorite subject in school?

What household chore do you enjoy most?

Dislike most?

Are you a keep-your-desk-neat kind of gal?

Did you always feel drawn to your profession?

What's your best childhood memory?

Anything you've not gotten to do with your kids, yet, that you can't wait to share with them?

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I know you are a sneaker lover, what pair are you loving right now?
My all-time favorites are my red sparkly Converse. Dorothy Gale would wear them if she could find them in Kansas. I get compliments constantly and I love 'em.

I think that you are one of the few people I've posted with for a long time who I have never seen a photo of, what do you look like?
I am very very shy about photos. Booo for bad self-esteem! Anyway I am about 5'6 and a half, normal weight (yay!), with brown hair (that I color slightly red or auburn when I have time), brown eyes, and big boobs.

Skinny jeans, yes or no?
Totally yes, and have Robin to thank 100%. I was vehemently against them and she convinced me on this very board and I LOVE MY SKINNY JEANS WITH BOOTS! I feel fantastic in 'em.

Favorite kind of pie?
I do not like any fruit pies at all. I love the chocolate pie my grandmother used to make for me at Thanksgiving.

Are you close with your inlaws?
Well I think they're wonderful and they like me too. We're not intimate, but we see them a lot, I'm always happy to have the kids see them, and we're all relaxed and casual. Dave's family isn't like mine, though...we're all up in each other's business and his is more hands-off. They're lovely thoughtful kind easy-to-be-around people, but I wouldn't say intimate.

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Did you have a favorite subject in school?
I loved creative writing. I still want to be a novelist when I grow up.

What household chore do you enjoy most?
Ugh. Hmm....I seriously can't associate the word "enjoy" with a household chore. I get satisfaction out of some, but I don't enjoy anything except the kid stuff, like bath/shower time.

Dislike most?
Cleaning the bathroom.

Are you a keep-your-desk-neat kind of gal?
I'm not TOO bad, but it's not really neat. I go crazy and clean it up periodically, and usually I have some workspace and some piles.

Did you always feel drawn to your profession?
My profession didn't exist when I was a kid! I'm a website director, and I'm 45, so there was no digital anything. I always wanted to be a writer. I do a lot of editorial work, but I was a tv producer for many years before I went digital, and in that case, yes! I always loved television and wanted to make it.

What's your best childhood memory?
Sitting with my grandmother while she told us her made-up stories about the Wickawitch Family. She made up the best games for us to play and I loved the way she read stories too. Anything with her.

Anything you've not gotten to do with your kids, yet, that you can't wait to share with them?
More traveling, for sure. Going up in a hot air balloon.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

I think you are Guinan, no doubt. Smile

I am much, MUCH too selfish to be Guinan. I'm a talker!! Not so good at listening sometimes. Although I do like hats.

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How were your parents' weddings?
Were you or your kids part of either ceremony?
What did you wear?
Favorite holiday & why?
Do you have any winter holiday plans yet?
Do you ever dress up for Halloween? If so, what will you be this year?
What will the kids be for Halloween?

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How were your parents' weddings?
My dad's wedding is later this month, and it will be very small, just the family who is local. (That's me, my 18-year-old sister, and my husband.) There's a lunch afterwards with a bunch of their friends.

My mom's wedding was great. She looked happier than I have ever seen her! And BC was beautiful.

Were you or your kids part of either ceremony?
We were not...wasn't that kind of a wedding. Just two witnesses, my mom's brother and her husband's sister.

What did you wear?
I wore a new dress that I would never have been able to wear six months ago. I was really excited about it.

Favorite holiday & why?
I am The Jew Who Loves Christmas. I love the food, I love having family around -- we get to host -- I love making it special and magical for the kids, I love the Christmas tree, I love doing all the baking. And I love the Christmas movies & specials.

Do you have any winter holiday plans yet?
Nope. Nothing different from the usual, except my dad is going to be out of town this year. Sad

Do you ever dress up for Halloween? If so, what will you be this year?
I don't dress up for Halloween.

What will the kids be for Halloween?
They just decided! Nathaniel is going to be Anakin Skywalker, and Juliet is going to be a pirate.

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What is your favorite way to unwind?
Who is one person that you admire? Why?
Do you believe in ghosts/UFOs/Big Foot/the paranormal?
What is your favorite movie?
Book?
Song?
What's for dinner tonight?

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This is so fun!

What is your favorite way to unwind?
I'm not sure I should actually post that here. Smile

Who is one person that you admire? Why?
I admire a lot of people. To just pick one. . .I guess I'd say my grandmother, who died back in 1991. She was amazing. Smart, devoted to family, great imagination, very loving, very supportive, terrific writer, just someone who was really a rock for me and never stopped moving forward and living her life. Actually my other grandmother is also someone I admire, she's 91 and still golfs daily, sees new movies as they come out, has a very active social life, travels like crazy, etc.

Of course I also admire humanitarians, geniuses, and songwriters.

Do you believe in ghosts/UFOs/Big Foot/the paranormal?
No.

What is your favorite movie?
Annie Hall.

Book?
I don't think I have an absolute favorite, but maybe The World According To Garp, in terms of a book I have read many times and would be happy to read many times again.

Song?
Too many to choose! I have probably 5 favorite musicians and so many songs of theirs that I just can't do without.

What's for dinner tonight?
My husband does all the cooking, so I don't know! He's in charge of such things. He's a great cook.

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I don't usually post questions (cause I have no imagination) but I love reading these!

Just wanted to say that I checked out your site and what a great idea! I signed up and cant wait to see more and get some good ideas!

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I signed up too.

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You guys are awesome, it has been exciting seeing the sign-ups come in. We have TONS of ideas for the site, for events, for products, partnerships, activities, community, etc., and some really talented people helping us get things off the ground. We are bringing our love of books and food together! (I keep joking that if we could just add music and Star Trek, it would be perfect....but being for kids makes it worth having to leave those things out.)

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I think it's a great idea! I love the idea of bringing the stories to life for kids, and making it that much more fun for them. I can't wait to see what you come up with and try them with T. I've been trying to involve him in meals and food (he helps me shop, helps me select the veggies and put them in the bag, et cetera, and helps us cook) so I think this is a great great addition to that. He can help me make the food, and then we can read the book together. I think that's really a great idea and hopefully will help encourage him to love both food and books. Smile

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

I think it's a great idea! I love the idea of bringing the stories to life for kids, and making it that much more fun for them. I can't wait to see what you come up with and try them with T. I've been trying to involve him in meals and food (he helps me shop, helps me select the veggies and put them in the bag, et cetera, and helps us cook) so I think this is a great great addition to that. He can help me make the food, and then we can read the book together. I think that's really a great idea and hopefully will help encourage him to love both food and books. Smile

And that is our goal, totally, that and much more. YAY!!!

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Tell us about your house.
Describe your living room.
Which room needs a makeover & why?
Do you like living where you are, or would you change things if you could?
What was for dinner last night?
Who does the grocery shopping? (I ask because I keep trying to get DH to shop but he doesn't want to because he doesn't do the cooking & thinks he would get the wrong things.)
If you had a million dollars to give away, what would you do with it?

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Tell us about your house.
We have a colonial, I think it's called. We live on a really nice block and we are the smallest house on it, which I think is what you're supposed to buy! We live across the street from our local train station, which is great for me because I commute to Manhattan every day.

Describe your living room.
We have bay windows on one end of it facing our street, two couches, a ginormous flat screen tv, and a reddish rug, plus two tall bookshelves (packed full) and a really nice fireplace that's magnificent in the winter, especially at Christmas. When we moved in, I was so happy to NOT have a tv in there, we had a "tv room", but once the kids came along we needed to use all the rooms for different things. I loved having a living room with no tv in it.

Which room needs a makeover & why?
The downstairs bathroom. It has super ugly tile from the people who owned the place before us, and hideous lights, and we need a fan on the ceiling to keep the mold in check.

Do you like living where you are, or would you change things if you could?
I would move back into Manhattan in a heartbeat, but given the fact that it would make my husband very unhappy and the kids love it here, I think it's a great compromise. I like our town, I like that everything is walkable, and I Like the community and the fact that it's so safe, but I'm a city girl at heart.

What was for dinner last night?
Last night we all had different leftovers, to keep all of Dave's great dinners from going to waste. I had turkey chili.

Who does the grocery shopping? (I ask because I keep trying to get DH to shop but he doesn't want to because he doesn't do the cooking & thinks he would get the wrong things.)
We both do. Dave does most of the "dinner" shopping, but we take turns doing it or sometimes we all go together. There's a small(ish) grocery store just down the street, so we can get daily produce & dinner fixings there, but use the big drive-to-it-store for the big stuff, cleaning products, etc.

If you had a million dollars to give away, what would you do with it?
To donate? I would probably want to fund something myself, the way Bill Gates does, to make sure that the money was being spent properly. I think I would focus on education or AIDS.

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Hey Lana, I figured out who could play Dave in the movie of us. John Krasinski from The Office! He's perfect. Still trying to figure out who would play me.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Hey Lana, I figured out who could play Dave in the movie of us. John Krasinski from The Office! He's perfect. Still trying to figure out who would play me.

Now that you have said that, I can better picture your husband, lol. Does that mean you are a Pam?

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Now that you have said that, I can better picture your husband, lol. Does that mean you are a Pam?

Not really. I love her but we are different types.

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Duh!!! I know EXACTLY who would play me. I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner, it's a no-brainer. Tina Fey.

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What cities/countries have you traveled to outside your own? Did any make an impression on you and why?

Cat lover or dog lover?

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What cities/countries have you traveled to outside your own? Did any make an impression on you and why?
Oh, let me make a list!
I was born in Canada, then moved to the U.S.
Have visited:
France
Italy
Belgium
Holland
Malaysia
Turkey
England
Switzerland
Denmark
Spain
Germany

I'd say my favorites were Holland and France, I have been to both places multiple times. I love Amsterdam and Paris, but I loved the south of France as well. I just admire the way people live, I love how pretty everything is, it inspires me. And the Dutch are so friendly and nice. The French need to warm up a little but when they do it's wonderful.

I spent 4 months in Malaysia for a job, that was the place I have visited for the longest. And that was definitely the best food.

Cat lover or dog lover?
Meh....I used to like cats a lot, I had a cat I loved for many years, and after she died, I sort of stopped liking cats. I like dogs okay, but I don't love either one. I like playing with dogs for a few minutes and then I'm ready to move on.

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What was your favorite debate?

Do you participate on a birth board?

How did you get to PO originally?

Have you changed your mind on any issues due to the debate board?

Glass or paper? Wink

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1. What is one article of clothing you own but will probably never wear again?

2. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

3. What do you like to do on a rainy day?

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Oooo, Melis those are good ones. I would love to know how everyone came to PO.

Tina Fey. Smile

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What is one food you would be okay eating everyday if you had to?

Do you like massages?

Did you get a flu shot?

Have you met any celebrities? If so, who?

Is there a particular scent that reminds you of your childhood?

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What was your favorite debate?
Of all time? There was a classic one many years ago that ended up with someone having her gay friend "Rod" chime in to prove she wasn't homophobic. A real favorite.

Do you participate on a birth board?
I used to, that's how I got started here. They JUST closed our board within the last month and my son is 8, so we lasted a long time. I have met 3 of the women from there, and thought they were all terrific. I also still post on my daughter's birth board, but not on this site.

How did you get to PO originally?
Searches! I was pregnant and none of my friends were so I went looking. Found a fantastic group of women. SO helpful!!! And funny.

Have you changed your mind on any issues due to the debate board?
I think on three issues:
1. Skinny jeans!
2. Harnesses for kids! (I was totally against them and was made to understand why they are not awful leashes.)
3. Guns, sort of....I came to understand that lots of people who aren't criminals or weirdos actually own guns. This was completely outside of my personal experience.

Glass or paper? Wink
Glass or paper?????

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1. What is one article of clothing you own but will probably never wear again?
Oh lord I have tons. I lost 30 pounds this year so I have a bounty of oversized shapeless clothing that I will never wear again. As God is my witness.... Smile

In terms of fashion offenders, my "half-shoes"...those stupid ones that have no heel but look like a whole shoe in the front. Wtf?

2. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
Must I choose? I love both. If I HAD to go with just one, I'd probably pick milk, but it would make me sad.

3. What do you like to do on a rainy day?
Take the kids outside and go splash in the puddles.

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What is one food you would be okay eating everyday if you had to?
If health/diet wasn't an issue: french fries.
If it is: grapes.

Do you like massages?
Love 'em.

Did you get a flu shot?
Nope. Never will.

Have you met any celebrities? If so, who?
I used to be a tv producer and I still work in the industry so I have met tons, from ones I loved to ones I hated and ones I didn't care about in the least. Let me know if you want me to list some, but it's a very long list. Also living in NYC I have had an encounter or two separate from work.

Is there a particular scent that reminds you of your childhood?
Mothballs, oddly enough. I didn't know what that smell was but there were drawers and closets at my grandparents' house with that smell, and years later I found out what it was.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Have you met any celebrities? If so, who?
I used to be a tv producer and I still work in the industry so I have met tons, from ones I loved to ones I hated and ones I didn't care about in the least. Let me know if you want me to list some, but it's a very long list. Also living in NYC I have had an encounter or two separate from work.

Ooh, tell about the outside of work ones!

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I'd love the list of actors/actresses and what they were like, too Smile

And by the way, so glad to hear you changed your mind about harnesses for kids.:) I never imagined I would use one on mine, always thought they were too much like a leash, too, then lo and behold Hannah-lets-see-how-fast-I-can-get-away-from-mama came along, and I was running to buy one of those half monkey/half bear-backpack-thats-not-really-a-backpack-things (I mean c'mon, what are you going to put in there?) with a leash, a.k.a., "tail," attached. :roll: I got one of only TWO reactions from people: they either thought it was the cutest thing ever, or thought I was the world's worst mother ever (which they never said, of course, but the look said it all :)).

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The harness thing, it was Emily who convinced me that the alternative -- having your kid sit in a stroller -- was no more or no less beneficial!

We never used a harness, but I don't judge people about it at all anymore. Completely get it.

Here is a list of some celebs who come to mind, but lots are musicians since I worked in music tv a lot. Oy! I feel like such a nameless namedropper! No real A-listers, though.

first ones are for Lana:
Jonathan Frakes
William Shatner
Levar Burton
Whoopi Goldberg
Michael Stipe
Ben Stiller
Janeane Garofalo
Alicia Keys
Snoop Dogg
Jon Stewart
Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray)
My Chemical Romance
No Doubt
Ringo Starr
Dave Matthews (sigh....)
Ed McMahon
Bret Michaels
Johnny Rzeznik
Jewel
Tommy Lee
Jerry O'Connell
Laura Prepon (That 70's Show)

and lots & lots of less famous ones, and other ones...tried to pick people I spent more than a few minutes with, and got to work with or interview one on one.

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What were the following like (personality-wise). Just curious:

William Shatner
Alicia Keys
Whoopi Goldberg
Ed McMahon
Tommy Lee

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"FLSunshineMom" wrote:

What were the following like (personality-wise). Just curious:

William Shatner
-- super nice to me! I met him twice, he was lovely. Not so nice to everybody, though, I have heard bad stories. But sooo nice to me.

Alicia Keys
-- lovely to work with, was really nice, but then later that same day she did a shoot with a friend of mine at another network and by then she was a nightmare!

Whoopi Goldberg
-- high and friendly Smile and really, really talented.

Ed McMahon
-- so nice! I worked with his daughter and then she introduced me to him when he was a guest on a show I was working on later. . .he even did a little sort of fun dance with me when he was waiting backstage to go on.

Tommy Lee
-- a big indulged celebrity who was still a kid. Spent the day at his house for an MTV shoot and he was bouncing around, so excited to show us cool things in his house, talked about being a dad, but was mostly just impulsively and happily going from one room to the next. Exclusively focused on himself the way many celebrities are, but in a reasonably benevolent way, if that makes sense.

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Very interesting, Laurie! Thanks for indulging me.

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Lauri, I love your descriptions! They gave a good picture in my mind, especially Tommy Lee. Smile

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Ooo oooo please tell me about Levar Burton. He is my favorite of all time and if I could meet anyone it would be him. Roots changed my core, Reading Rainbow was my favorite above Sesame Street (only second to Mr. Wizard), and of course Geordi is my love. I even watch Captin Planet because he voiced it.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Ooo oooo please tell me about Levar Burton. He is my favorite of all time and if I could meet anyone it would be him. Roots changed my core, Reading Rainbow was my favorite above Sesame Street (only second to Mr. Wizard), and of course Geordi is my love. I even watch Captin Planet because he voiced it.

It's sort of a funny story. A friend of mine in Toronto called me because Levar was directing an animated Christmas movie and they were going to be recording Whoopi Goldberg's parts in NY and needed it to be shot with 2 cameras so the animators could work off of it. (I think she was playing a reindeer!) I took the day off, got a friend with a camera kit who knew how to light, and I operated the 2nd camera. I let my friend keep the money since he was setting up the whole thing and all I had to do was shoot, plus I was just excited to do it.

I did this again a few months later, and Levar recognized me the second time.

He was absolutely gracious, professional, and down to earth. Look, I have worked with a ton of sh*thead celebrities, trust me, they are not all nice. Most are not. But the ones you guys are asking me about are the good ones. He hung out with the crew, asked them lots of questions about their work, totally knew what he was talking about. Was so friendly and kind, he told me secrets about the then-upcoming Star Trek movie, and just seemed like an unusually REAL person for someone who has spent so much of his life in show business. (Lord, that's like the way my grandfather used to talk. Show business!)

Even the nice ones are very rarely 'real', but he was completely there and present and not just thinking he was a celebrity and everyone else was "other", which is the case even with the nice ones. It was a rare and special experience. Also his directing was fantastic, and Whoopi, the first time, was insanely good. (The second time she had a cold, was high as a kite, and kept complaining...she was really pushing it with him, and they are good friends.)

I was wowed by him.

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Laurie - love the celeb descriptions!

Why are you not a television producer any longer? Kids? Career change?

Do you have any house plants? What are they?

What is the sweetest thing your DH has ever done for you?

Sorry if I repeated anything - I tried to read through all of it as quickly as I could.

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I knew it. Smile

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Why are you not a television producer any longer? Kids? Career change?
Kids. When I had Nathaniel I realized that I wasn't comfortable not knowing when I was coming home at night, having to be gone for too much of the day, being in edits that never ended, etc. I knew I wanted to be home at night to put my son (and now the kids) to bed and all that. Now that I work on a website, anything that has to be done late at night or early in the morning can be done from home if necessary.

I loved being a producer, though. I miss it. But I wouldn't trade it, the kids are worth it all.

Do you have any house plants? What are they?
We do not. We are barely functioning as is, I can't imagine adding plants or pets to the mix right now!

What is the sweetest thing your DH has ever done for you?
He is just extremely sweet and wonderful. So many things come to mind. Here's a good one...I love the Oscars. Love 'em. Make a big plan to be home, watch them live (as opposed to delayed on dvr like everything else I watch), plan snacks, it's a big big deal to me. A few years ago when we still had Cablevision, they were having fights with ABC and said they wouldn't have it resolved in time for the show. I was SO upset -- as upset as you can be about a tv show I guess -- and Dave went to five different stores until he found an antenna (because other people were buying them) and spent half a day on the roof installing it and making sure it worked, and he HATES the Oscars.

15 minutes in, ABC and Cablevision made up, but it didn't matter, I was already watching, thanks to my ever-loving husband.

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What is you and your DH's love story? How did you meet and how long did you date?

What did you like most and least about being a producer?

What celebrities did you have the most difficult times working with, who no one would suspect to be difficult?

What do you like most and least about living in NYC?

What is the best and worst thing you've witnessed while living in NYC?

Is there anything you wish you could just do over that happened in your life?

What do you like most about being a parent?

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

How have your relationships with your extended family been affected since there appears to be quite the physical distance between everyone. Has it made you closer to them or more distant?

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What is you and your DH's love story? How did you meet and how long did you date?
We met online! Matchmaker.com, back in the day. On our first date, he broke my "only for coffee" rule because he was only free for dinner, and we had a great time. At the end, I walked him to the subway (I lived in NYC, he didn't) and as he was about to walk down the steps he said, "We should do this again sometime," and I said, "Definitely" and then saw him do a little SKIP down the steps. So cute. Within a few months we were serious and moved in together about 8 months later. We've been married for ten years, we just spent our anniversary in Amsterdam. We're stupid-happy together. He changed my whole life.

What did you like most and least about being a producer?
I loved the adrenaline, the teamwork, and the instant gratification of shooting and editing. And I loved interviewing people, and being creative and collaborative. I least liked the artificial importance of it all, the crazy people at the top who thought they were as important as doctors, and the creepy businessy side of it.

What celebrities did you have the most difficult times working with, who no one would suspect to be difficult?
The absolute worst nightmare I ever dealt with was Chris Isaak. To this day I hope he gets hideous pustules on his face or some other ugly painful thing. He was purposefully mean to me for hours.

Penn Jillette wasn't nice to me, which made me sad because I think he's great.

Craig Kilborne was a pig. No surprise there, really.

What do you like most and least about living in NYC?
I wish I still lived in NYC but sadly we moved outside of it because my husband wasn't happy there. I love EVERYTHING about it. I love the energy, the food, the availability of everything, the arts that abound, the strangers on the street who fascinate me, and the opportunities that come up just by sitting in the park. The only thing I didn't love about living there was that apartments just get more expensive and smaller as you keep going.

What is the best and worst thing you've witnessed while living in NYC?
I have seen so many acts of kindness from total strangers, people surrounding people who were hurt and helping them, things like that. New Yorkers are always there when you need them. I've also seen terrible, awful poverty, people living in the street, filthy, helpless, crazy.

Is there anything you wish you could just do over that happened in your life?
Many, many things. Keeps me up at night sometimes. Sad sigh...

What do you like most about being a parent?
The joy & strength it gives me. The love I have for the kids has made me a better person. And they are so funny and fascinating! Holidays have more meaning and are more fun, and I never feel like I am wasting my time here on earth.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Baking at Christmas. I make a ton of stuff, the kids love it, and my 18-year-old sister started a tradition a few years ago of joining me for a day, it's the only time we really get to spend all day together. It will be even more special this year since she is now at Oberlin college so I don't see her as much.

How have your relationships with your extended family been affected since there appears to be quite the physical distance between everyone. Has it made you closer to them or more distant?
I think we have all become closer. We keep in regular contact, and when we visit, we stay at each other's houses, so we really get close. My dad is here in NY but my mom's in British Columbia, I have two brothers in Toronto, a sister in Bangkok, a brother in NY and a sister at Oberlin. My grandmother splits her time between Toronto & Florida. I think we all stay very close, very in touch, and always tell each other how much we love each other. Thank god for technology!

Also, being in NY makes it fun for visitors. My two nieces came by themselves last year, they were 9 and 11 at the time, and they stayed with us. If we lived in the same city I would never have had the chance to have them all to myself (or ourselves, with my family) for a few days. It was magnificent.

My older brother's wife is also pretty much like a sister to me....I do wish they lived closer. My brother is someone I really look up to, his kids are amazing, his wife is one of my best friends. We were roommates back in the day.

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Just realized I have two good New Yorker "acts of kindness" stories about me.

1. Years ago, I was helping my dad carry a bookshelf to my apartment that he'd just bought for me, it was tall but not heavy. I tripped and fell in the street while crossing 6th Avenue. Complete strangers picked me up, picked up the shelf, got us to the curb, and called over a police officer too! Turned out I had a sprained ankle and my dad was there to help, but still....my dad was with me, and they ran out and got the shelf for us.

2. After I had Juliet, I started having gallstone attacks, although I had no idea what they were. It was terrifying and painful. I was with a friend (and 7 week-old Juliet) at Buy Buy Baby, of all places, when an attack hit. The pain was intense and I started having trouble breathing, no doubt due to the anxiety. The store staff rushed to me, pulled bottles of water off the shelves to give to me, and called 911. A customer came up to us and announced herself as a nurse as they made room for me to sit. She sat with me, rubbing my back, helping me calm down and breathe, reassuring me. As I was being taken away in the ambulance, someone who worked at the store handed me a few bottles of formula and said, "in case you can't nurse and she gets hungry."

I will never forget it. I have lots of other stories; those two stand out.

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Laurie, those stories are great, and I also love your descriptions of the celebrities you've worked with. I'm sad that Penn Jillette wasn't nice to you because I think he's awesome too.

What are 5 things that you want to do before your next birthday?
Who is your best friend? How did you meet that person? How long have you known him/her?
If money were no object, what is one luxury you would love to pamper yourself with?
What did you study in school?
How long have you lived in the US?

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My dad just gave me Penn Jillette's book and said it's magnificent, so I will give him a free pass...maybe he was having a bad day.

What are 5 things that you want to do before your next birthday?
1. get control of our finances
2. launch the full Read It All Up site
3. lose more pounds
4. get a haircut (and my birthday's not until March, but oy)
I think I only have 4.

Who is your best friend? How did you meet that person? How long have you known him/her?
My best friend, other than Dave, is my friend Shara, who I call Scratchy. We met at work on my very first production assistant job, and when the show was over and I was leaving to start another job, I gave her a card that said I was planning to be friends with her forever. We have known each other since the summer of 1991.

My other best friend is my sister-in-law. Her name is Caroline but we all call her Linus. We're big on nicknames.

If money were no object, what is one luxury you would love to pamper yourself with?
Clothes! I want all new clothes!

What did you study in school?
I was a Dramatic Writing major at NYU. Screenwriting & playwriting.

How long have you lived in the US?
23 years! Eek!

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