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March 22, 2010

 
My Mother (and mother-in-law) Put Me to Shame.

My mother-in-law had the family over for dinner last night since my mom, who is visiting from AZ, announced she was craving potato pancakes.... a specialty of my mother-in-laws. While I've tried to steer away from fried foods, I can't resist her potato pancakes.

While inhaling the infamous potato pancakes, my mom and Bert's mom were talking about knitting, baking, getting stains out, etc. Suddenly my potato pancake euphoria simmered. I realized I really had nothing to contribute to their conversation. I put my fork down and thought.... 'is anyone going to squeal with delight when they're invited to MY house for dinner - the way I do when my mother-in-law cooks?'

They told stories of their mothers going to the backyard to catch a chicken, cut its head off and de-feather it before dinner. I go to Jewel to buy the already-baked chicken. During a recent storm that left downed trees in her backyard, my mother-in-law got the chainsaw out and cut up firewood. My only reference to a chainsaw is a horror movie.

They have both made afghans for my children. I bought a Snuggie. My mom cross-stitched my wedding invitation as a keepsake. I can't even sew a hem. Hell, my favorite pair of jeans remain on a closet shelf because the button fell off. Yes, I am capable of that minor repair.....I just haven't done it because I'm lazy.

I can't cut a whole chicken, I can't fold a fitted sheet, I BUY pie crust and I can never remember how many pints are in a quart!

I suddenly feel very insufficient at self-sufficiency. These things were the norm for their generation. And while my generation was not raised learning many of these skills, I wonder how empowered I would feel with that chainsaw in my hand. Or, how I would feel wearing a sweater I knit (or is it knitted?) Perhaps I should just stay on a first name basis with the dry-cleaner and the deli-clerk at Jewel.


Posted by Kathy on March 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM   


March 09, 2010

 
Chips, Dips and a Mexico Trip!

Despite catching the stomach flu hours before our flight, leaving my brand new leather jacket in the overhead bin on the plane, discovering a grease stain on my dress hours before our Welcome Party and my headphones breaking at the start of our broadcast, this was another great trip to Mexico!

I was also a bit panicked because it was cloudy and cool when we arrived. It remained cloudy all day Saturday but thankfully when we woke up Sunday, it was the Mexico we know - beautiful blue sky!!

Everyone was talking about how cool it was at the Welcome Party to hang with Pat and Jimmy from Train and the guys from Lifehouse. After the Welcome Party, our staff was meeting the guys from Train & Lifehouse for dinner at 8:30. As much as I tried to ignore this stomach bug, I had been up every hour the night before and wanted nothing more than my face on a pillow - not to mention I didn't want to pass it on to anyone else. So, back to my room I went, the whole way thinking about the food and margaritas I was missing! Fortunately, as advertised, the bug lasted only 24 hours. The next day I was good as new. Bring on the buffet!!

Our Red Carpet Oscar Party never happened because the bar couldn't find the E! Network. What are we going to do without the red carpet?!?! I knew I had E! in my room so a few of the listeners and I hurried up to my room - just in time to make fun of Charlize Theron (why IS she at the Oscars?) and her 'cinnabon-boob' dress.

The next morning, we were ready for our first broadcast! Train was unbelievable. A lot of our listeners were surprised Pat Monahan has such a goofy sense of humor...and that he sounds so amazing singing live! After the broadcast, Pat had no problem ripping off his shirt to take pictures with the buffest guy on the beach. Clearly, Pat is proud of his efforts in the gym. :)

When the show was over, I decided to chill out a bit and do some yoga and meditation on my balcony. The view was so beautiful, I looked for my camera to take a picture. My camera was MIA. NOT in the room. OMG, where did I leave it?!! First my jacket, now this?! Meditation will have to wait. It was time to pray to St. Anthony (Saint of All Lost Things). After my prayer, and meditating, I walked back into my room and heard the text alert on my phone. It was from the Big Karwowski, telling me that the Apple reps had found my coat! And, he let me know I had left my camera at the broadcast site. Crazy! Thank you, St. Anthony!

There was a bit more drama at dinner that night when Big Karwowski got a text that Jason from Lifehouse was really sick and might not make the broadcast tomorrow. As we were all eating and drinking, he was trying to find Jason a doctor. He texted me that Josh Kelley was on his way. Really? We didn't know whether to believe him so, thanks to a few too many tequila's, I called Josh to ask him if it was true. Yes, I drunk dialed Josh Kelley. I left a message and he was nice enough to text me back a few hours later. :)

Turns out Karwowski was playing a joke. Yes, Jason was sick but he would make it to the broadcast tomorrow.

When he did show up, he looked a bit pale and his lips looked white. His voice was a bit 'quiet' but we were just thrilled he was there. When I was talking to him before we went on the air, he said he was bummed he was sick because he brought his wife on this trip and he spent it in his room, sick.

We could tell he wasn't feeling well when he was signing - in fact he asked if he could skip "Hanging on a Moment". In true rock star fashion, he pulled off the rest of the songs and even stuck around afterward for pictures with the listeners.

The best part of doing these trips, besides hanging with the bands, is watching our listeners meet and become friends. Most of them end up hanging out together and it becomes just a big four-day party! Hope to see you all next time!!!


Posted by Kathy on March 09, 2010 at 9:10 PM   


March 01, 2010

 
How Do They Stay So BLUE?

It's been my New Years Resolution for YEARS to go see Blue Man Group. How sad that I've been back in Chicago since '95 and have never seen Blue Man Group? "We should go see Blue Man Group", is a sentence I've repeated to my husband too many times to count.

When I mentioned on the air a while ago that my only New Years Resolution was to go see BMG, I was surprised how many listeners were in the same boat. They've lived here their entire life and have never seen the show. Then why not throw a BMG party?!

We had dinner before the show at Harry Caray's (LOVE their Buffalo Potato Chips). I was trying, unsuccessfully, to shake off a migraine and figured Harry Caray's food would be just what I needed. I would NOT be denied fulfilling my resolution! Some prefer a dark, quiet room - I chose to go see Blue Man Group! Although I'm still wondering what people thought if they saw me rubbing my 'migra-stick' behind my ear.

What utterly freaked me out was when, just before the show began, they scroll goofy stuff on a sign for the audience to read aloud. Members of the audience are 'featured' including one who had won a Pulitzer, another discovered the human genome (ok...I'm on to you), another had a birthday, and then it said, "KATHY HART IS HERE AND SHE HAS A HEADACHE". Huh?! How the hell did they know? The only people I mentioned it to was the couple at Harry Caray's I politely declined when they wanted to buy me a shot. That was crazy!!

The show was crazy, too. OMG I can't wait to go again. I don't want to talk too much about the it because part of the appeal is not really knowing what to expect. One guy I spoke to said his date left the theatre with mushed banana in her hair. What?!?! While I didn't leave the theatre with mushed banana in my hair, but I did leave with a huge smile. What a frickin' riot.

If you haven't seen Blue Man Group, don't wait until it's a new year's resolution. Find a date and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

February 12, 2010

Goodbye Harley

"Timing is everything" It was 18 years ago when I moved to Phoenix for a job and, with the exception of my parents, didn't know a soul. So, I headed to the pound and got me a mutt! Walking row after row looking into the cages filled with adorable dogs, I felt the pressure to find the perfect dog. It was just like a scene out of a movie. The one that got my attention was some type of terrier with a reddish/brown coat. As soon as I looked into this dogs deep brown eyes, which matched his brown button nose, I knew he was the one for me.

Harley and I went home and became instant best friends. This dog was so full of life and had this happy-go-lucky spirit that was quite infectious. It wasn't long before I got a job in Ohio and was unable to take him with me. My mom GLADLY took him in.

She would call frequently with 'Harley' stories that made me miss him so much. Any time I went back to AZ to visit, the first thing I would do when I walked in my mom's house was drop my bags and go running for Harley. The reunion would get him so excited, he would dance around in circles.

The last time I went to visit, Harley had just turned 18 and was blind, deaf and didn't recognize me or my voice. :( There had been several trips to the vet, who was amazed at Harley's longevity. He survived a coyote attack, getting lost (while blind and deaf) and then there was the time he got friendly with a cactus... that didn't end so well.

Every dog owner knows the difficulty of deciding when the time is right for that final visit to the vet. When the bladder goes, they stop eating, and spend 23 hours a day sleeping, it may be time.

My mom was struggling for weeks on when to make the call. I was on my way to my son's hockey practice the other day when my sister called asking if I saw mom's email. She said she was calling the vet. After I helped my son get his skates on, I called my mom. My timing.... not so good.

The vet had JUST walked out the door. Mom was sobbing, I started sobbing. We talked briefly and then there I sat, on the bleachers at hockey practice, trying to hold it together. I decided to read email on my phone to help keep me from crying. The first email I saw was from the DJ at our company holiday party. He had finally gotten around to sending pictures of the night. A night I barely remember due to some over-imbibing. I opened the pictures and sat on those hockey bleachers laughing out loud. I replied to the DJ that the pictures had not come late.....they came at the perfect time.

 

 Michael Buble After-Work Party at The Wit

We were lucky enough to be one of the first radio stations in the country to host Michael Buble for an after-work party. Boy, does HE know how to 'work' a party! Now, I finally understand all the craziness from his fans.

I can't remember the last artist who was as charming, adorable, engaging and funny as Michael Buble. And I'm not just saying that because he is so flippin' cute!

When we were doing photo's before the show, a co-workers mom asked me to find out what cologne he was wearing. (I won't feel too cheesy doing that!) When the photo's were done and we were in the service elevator heading to the stage, I had the chance to ask him. Without skipping a beat, Michael answered, "Sex Panther".

Once he was onstage, he really worked the crowd, even handing our microphones to people for them to ask him questions (which resulted in fans merely asking for personal song requests or pictures). The last 'question' was actually the first real question that cleared up a misconception about Michael. He was aksed if he got his start as a wedding singer. He explained he didn't want to 'go there' because it was a tad cheesy however, he did agree to sing at the wedding of a Prime Minister's daughter and that is where he was discovered.

We had some fun with him when we presented him with a personalized Blackhawks sweater (being from Canada, he's a HUGE Canucks fan). He said it was going directly into his closet to which I told him he'd have to get it out when the BLACKHAWKS are in the Stanley Cup. How did he respond? He gave me the finger! Actually, I was okay with that.....he did it with that adorable smile.
 

 

 

 

 Jan 13, 2010

Harrison Ford.....why is he whispering?

Eric & I were fortunate enough to be asked to introduce Harrison Ford at his red-carpet screening of "Extraordinary Measures". He made it through the red carpet interviews much quicker than anyone anticipated...we all know how much he loves to talk to reporters :)..... so when Eric & I walked into the movie theatre's office, he was already there signing a stack of very large movie posters. After signing what seemed to be close to 20 posters, he dropped the sharpie and said, "I'm bored", leaving half the stack unsigned. I want to believe he stopped signing them because he actually felt rude not talking to the people in the room. But, really, what are they going to do with 50 posters!?!?

As we waited for 7 o'clock, we made small talk. And, quiet talk. He talked so quietly we practically had to lean in to hear what he was saying. It was not very Indiana Jones-like! Our small talk included what else..... the weather. We also talked about his working in Chicago, coming back to visit (he comes at least once a year for the conservation project he's involved with), being a pilot and flying himself to Chicago for the day, and skiing in Wyoming. He had to cut his most recent ski trip short for three days because of a shoulder injury. Eric mentioned snowboarding and Harrison said he tried it but got a rotator cuff injury and never did it again.

Still not 7 o'clock yet. Hmmmm. I asked him about vacations. He said he likes flying into the non-tourist areas of Pacific Coast Mexico and is always amazed that the "federali's", welcoming him to the airstrip and carrying automatic weapons, look like they're 14. Then he asked us what kind of radio show we do. All I could think of was Eric playing the clip of Harrison saying 'drinking vodka', which was the ONLY thing we got out of him at a round-table interview years ago.

Showtime! Phew. We get escorted to the theatre, handed microphones, introduced Harrison and watched him whisper into the mic. Not the most media-savy guy but I must say, after seeing his first scene in the movie, he still looks good in a pair of jeans! And he turns 68 this year!

January 04, 2010

 
Holiday Highlights/Lowlights

That's a wrap. Another holiday in the books. Another holiday break I DIDN'T get all my photos organized. Another holiday I didn't clean the junk drawer. And, another holiday I didn't do a bit of exercise. I DID spend most of my break in my pajama's! That was awesome.

Favorite gift: I know I SHOULD say the white-gold hoop earrings I asked for from my husband but, I WANT to say the tea sampler from Tea Forte. I found so many yummy new teas. Least favorite gift: a bottle of lotion from a garage sale. And to all my relatives who bought my kids obnoxiously noisy toys.... just wait.

Family 'fun': My sister's dog marking his territory all over our new carpet, my dad falling down the stairs breaking 3 ribs and his scapula, my mom telling me about the night I was conceived. Eeeww.

My 'wish I was back at work moment': taking six kids to see "Alvin & the Chipmunks Squeakquel" including Allen, our 2 year old.

My 'wish I had that back' moment: all the tequila shots on New Year's Eve.

My 'Our Family is Not as Dysfunctional As Yours' story: On Christmas Eve a friend and her family had to kick out her drunken brother who insisted on walking home from Palatine ....to Hinsdale. LMAO

Why I wish I wouldn't have watched so much TV: Seeing the commercial for Beezid.com and becoming addicted!

Why I love my Christmas Vacation and can't wait to do it all over again: PJ's till Noon. Cooking. Not having to drive in the snow. Spending un-rushed time with friends. Movies and dinners out. Waking up every morning with my kids.


Posted by Kathy on January 04, 2010 at 11:35 AM   


December 21, 2009

 
The Making of a Family Holiday Card

It began nine year Christmases ago. Bert & I took our kids to one of those photo places in the strip mall down the street for our holiday card. Xander was almost two years old and Annika was 5 months. There we were... husband, wife, boy, girl. Perfect little family. Not quite. About five minutes into the photo shoot, Xander was done. He wanted no part of it. Annika was in a milk-coma so she just sat on my lap drooling.

The photographer suggested we take a break. I knew my two year old well enough that this tantrum was not going away anytime soon. "Just keep shooting", I told the photographer. "Are you sure?" he replied. "Yes. This is our life. We are SO not the pose-for-the-perfect-picture family." So, while Xander was in a full-blown cry with Bert and I mimicking him, the photographer resumed taking pictures. That is the picture I sent to family and friends.

We received so much feedback on that holiday card, I felt pressure to follow up the next year with something just as unique. And pressure the next year, and the next and the next.

So, there I was, the first weekend in December and I had no idea what I was going to do for our card this year. Xander is now 10, Annika 8 and our newest member of the family, Allen, is almost two. Should I get a picture of them making snow angels? Should I use the picture we took at the Jersey Shore last summer? Should I use the picture we took at the Capitol in D.C.? Crap!!! What am I going to do?

We had planned on putting up decorations later in the day so I decided to go with a 'Deck the Halls' angle. Snap a pic of the kids decorating the tree. Allen, our two year old, had just woken up from a nap and was fed. Perfect. Right? Not exactly.

Allen REFUSED to wear the Santa hat I wanted all the kids to wear. Fine. What about the reindeer antlers? Negative. The kid is smarter than I thought :) Okay.... Annie Liebowitz, look out. I finally had the kids in just the right position, ornaments and lights in hand. Time out. Here comes the dog, getting into every picture. Argh. Bert came and took the dog out of the room. Carry on. Xander moved out of position, Annika kept covering up her face. This is not working. Xander started bossing Annika around, Allen needed a diaper change and somehow the dog got back into the room. NO ONE was having fun.

I refused to give up. I've got to get them laughing and having a good time. I accused the dog of farting and having a stinky butt. That's all it took. They were in hysterics. Click. Click. Click. I got it!!!

Now I've got to upload it ASAP and find a cute card to attach it to. The card reader is not working. Hmmm. The card appears worn. Fine. I'll just plug the camera into the laptop. Where's the cord?! MIA. 30 minutes later, we find the cord. Upload successful. Next, I'm on the website and found the perfect card. It says "Oh What Fun...." The website crashed. REALLY?!! By this point it was time to change another diaper. Fortunately, by the time I got back to the computer, the website was back up. Another Hart Family Holiday Photo complete.

 

 

November 11, 2009

 
Twilight Light

Two of the co-stars of \"Twilight Saga: New Moon\" were on the show today. I\'m almost embarrassed to admit neither Eric or I have read the Twilight books or have seen the movie so when we found out Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz were going to be on the show, we had to ask who they were.

In the meantime, we were bombarded by email, tweets and FB messages about their appearance. There were fans waiting in the lobby of our building to get a peek. One fan actually got a picture which, we heard, was strictly off-limits. However, Kellan was really cool about it and told his handlers it was fine. In fact, Kellan was reportedly very accommodating and friendly. Ashley must\'ve been saving herself for the interview....she came into the lobby listening to her iPod.

We also heard that only one picture was allowed during their in-studio appearance and the photo should be from the waist up. And this was Twilight \'light\'...the CO-stars of the movie. Imagine what it would\'ve been like if it was Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart showing up?!?! While I understand it, the mania that surrounds this movie is mind-boggling.

When they arrived in the studio, I was a bit taken aback by two things. One, Kellan actually LOOKS like a frickin\' vampire! Whoa. Two, Ashley has the cutest nose I have ever seen. I couldn\'t stop staring at her nose! I also noticed how they totally acted like a \'couple\'. I don\'t want to start rumors...it wasn\'t anything like that. It was the fact that Kellan would always let Ashley talk and he would only talk when we asked him a question directly or when Ashley nodded for him to reply. Guys.....you know what I\'m talking about, right? :) But then again, Ashley is so hot, you almost forget HOW to speak when you\'re around her!
 

October 27, 2009

Miley was Smiley?

Her real name is Destiny Hope Cyrus but in March 2008 when she was 15, she filed papers in the to have her name legally changed to Miley Ray Cyrus. Since she always smiled everyone called her "Smiley" and then shortened it to Miley. She had Ray as her middle name because her father's middle name was Ray, because she is so much like her father.

That was just one thing I didn't know about Miley until tonight. When I was asked if I wanted to interview Miley before her show at the United Center, I couldn't pass it up. After all, I have an 8 year old daughter. Now...how do I make this interview fun for Miley? I'm sure she's been asked the same questions a gabillion times.

When Eric & I have a big-name guest who does 50 interviews in a day, we like to change it up for them with "10 Questions You've Never Been Asked". Since I was taking my daughter, I thought Miley would rather be interviewed by her. Miley loved it! (Look for it on the Eric & Kathy Facebook page) We asked everything from her favorite cell phone games to the comeback of the mullet to 'would you rather'. Instead of just answering the questions and moving on, she was having an actual conversation with the girls, asking them questions as well.

When the interview was over, she told a story about getting stuck in the playhouse at McDonald's when she was a child. One of the guys backstage (a manager?) teased her for calling it MAC Donald's. She was a bit perplexed by this. "What do ya'll call it in Chicago"? "Mick-Donald's", we said. "Really?" She then went on to talk about Chicago being her favorite city outside of Nashville. But as soon as she brought up shopping for Christian Louboutin's, I covered my daughter's ears and got outta there.

We were off to the soundcheck where the band does shorter versions of a few songs just to test the sound. There were about a hundred girls bursting with excitement lucky enough to be there to watch. Miley came out, was talking to the guys in her band and back-up singers about nothing in particular.... going 'solo' this trip, someone's luggage being over the weight limit, a song she does in concert that wears her out...just typical conversation. It was a nice peek inside the behind-the-scenes stuff. I have to say, though, I thought Miley would have at least said HELLO to the fans sitting there watching. It's like they weren't even there. I understand Miley was 'working' and we were fortunate to witness it, but to check your Blackberry WHILE singing instead of a friendly wave to the fans? It may be just another day, another fan, but these girls will remember this day the rest of their lives..... how 'bout one of those smiles, Smiley?

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