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Unconditional Love

Please indulge me as I pay tribute to the best dog that ever lived. Shortly after Bert & I got engaged, we went to Kay's Animal Shelter in Arlington Heights to get a dog. As I was talking that obnoxious 'baby talk' to the dogs, like any woman does when she sees something adorably cute, Bert noticed a dog just laying down in the back of the cage.

He wasn't like all the other dogs...jumping up and down, barking, trying desperately to get our attention as if to be saying, "Pick me! Pick me!" This dog was totally laid back. Like he was looking at the other dogs making idiots of themselves. Bert pointed to him and said, "I want that dog". As it turns out, that was a brilliant choice.

We took 'Keiko' home and fell in love. He was part black lab/part greyhound. After months of working with him (I even got a ticket for not having him on a leash while I was training him to 'heel') he was the most loyal, disciplined dog I've ever had. Any time I went for a run, Keiko HAD to join me. It got to the point he would follow me into the closet to see if I was putting on my running shoes. If I did, he'd jump up and down until we were out of the house and on our way. I never put him on a leash because he was trained to stay by my side. And he did.

If we passed other dogs out for a walk or from the confinement of their dog fence, Keiko would calmly walk past as the other dogs would spaz out. One time a dog went after him and almost bit him. Other than his dander going up, he remained calm.

Speaking of jumping, Keiko could easily jump 6 feet in the air for a treat. It amazed anyone who witnessed it. He was OBSESSED with chasing light, whether from a flashlight on the carpet or a reflection of someone's watch in the sun.

He loved chewing toilet paper/paper towel rolls. He would follow us into the bathroom and look into the garbage for a used roll. He thought he was a lap dog...all 75lbs of him.

He was amazing with the kids. When I brought Xander home from the hospital, he would constantly sniff at his crib. He was a trooper as the kids grew up, jumping on him, pulling his tail, even discovering "where his #2 comes out"!! (Sorry for that part)

One day I was suffering a temperature/infection from breast-feeding and passed out on my bedroom floor. Bert heard a 'thud' from downstairs and before he could make it upstairs, Keiko was at my side licking my face. From that day on, for more than 9 years, he never left my side if I was in the bedroom.

Everyone that was blessed with the opportunity of knowing Keiko would agree, there was not another dog like him. R.I.P. Keiko

 

 


 
The Revolving Studio Door

I love the new TV season for so many reasons! I know, sad, but at least I'll admit it. No more looking through the 'guide' wondering, "what's on TV tonight"?

But the main reason is because so many celebs do interviews to promote their new shows, including Nate Berkus. He is such a cutie! And has a smile that just lights up the room. Plus he was so charming. When we were taking our picture after the interview he said, "You all look so good! Since this is radio I didn't think you would have any makeup on." (And then he winked at us when he walked out...yes, kinda cheesy, but HE can pull it off!) Although I'm still a little upset I didn't get that 'trademark' Nate Berkus smile when we took our picture. :(

Hunter Hillenmayer was in the day before it was announced he was OUT FOR THE SEASON! We have to go a whole season not looking at him in that Bears uniform?!? In person he was just adorable...the southern charm worked. :)

Juliette Lewis came by to promote the movie "Conviction". I've always admired her as an actress. She plays such juicy parts. I'm almost embarrassed to admit this but I thought she might smell like an ashtray when she came in the studio. I was so wrong. She had the most adorable outfit on, smelled fantastic and was SO polite. As my mom would say, "She was a delight".

Bruno Mars came in the day his song hit #1! I was so excited to have him sing "Just the Way You Are" mere feet from me. Say what you will, the man knows how to write a song that ladies will eat up! When he talked, I couldn't help but think how much he sounded like Michael Jackson. Come to find out, he used to do Michael Jackson impressions early in his career. When he and his backup singers were done performing, off the air Bruno was giving one of them a hard time for 'moaning' during the song. I guess he was SO into singing the song, he added a moan. (Similar to what the ladies were doing while listening to the song!)

More celebs to come!!!!!

 

Finding our JOY

We were talking on the air recently about crying and how often women do it on average. (Turns out I was below average.) However, I did not include 'happy' cries in my count. Crying while watching TV doesn't count as 'official' crying in my book. Although I wonder why it is so much easier for me to cry at a sappy commercial than it is over something cry-worthy.

For example, not long ago, I got the news that someone who had a tremendous impact on my life passed away. Her death was completely unexpected. I met her a few years ago when my co-workers (Eric & Melissa) suggested I begin meditating as my New Year's Resolution. She became affectionately known on-the-air as my "Chakra Lady".

My first visit to Shahnaz's office was amazing. Not only did she teach me about meditation, but she educated me on my "chakra's". (I didn't even know what chakra's were but she convinced me they needed balancing.) I still don't fully understand what she did to balance my chakra's, all I do know is that it made me feel more relaxed than I've ever been!!

Just walking into Dr. Shahnaz's quaint storefront office put my entire body at ease. I'll never forget her infectious smile and big grandma-like bear hug that greeted me. Before she would balance my chakra's, we would always chat about what was going on in my life. She always left me with some profound life-lesson, an 'a-ha' moment that I pondered on my drive home.

But the one thing she taught me that had the most impact was the difference between happiness and joy. I'll never do her story justice but the gist of it was that many of us stop at happiness and don't experience true joy. She used the analogy of the happiness we feel when we buy something, whether it be a new purse or a new car. That new car makes us happy.....temporarily. After a while, the shiny paint will fade, the tires are worn, there's a stain on the seat and it needs costly repairs. You're not so 'happy' with that car anymore. But think about where that car took you, the places you traveled, the memories created.

Dr. Shahnaz taught me to recognize the things you have in your life that give you joy. And if you can't find joy in those things, then do what you can to find it. We all deserve joy in our lives.

Joy -noun. A source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or
someone greatly valued or appreciated.

I will never forget you, Shahnaz. Thank you for helping me find my joy.
 

 

August 18, 2010

 
She named it 'Bob'

For the last couple of years, I have changed my eating habits on the advice of Jin & Tonic, my acupuncturist. "No sugar! No dairy!", she always tells me. As difficult and ridiculous as it was, I did a fairly good job of keeping sugar and dairy from touching my lips.....until this summer.

Call it rebelling, call it temporary insanity (or sanity, in this case) but I decided I was not going to obsess over everything I ate. Maybe it was my "Summer BFF", Rebecca, who unknowingly inspired me. Since Memorial Day, I have been eating and drinking whatever I want!

It has been a very busy summer, one in which the gym has not been a priority. I think I've kind of rebelled there, too! It's my diet & exercise vacation of 2010. Margarita's, mojito's, cheese-fries and pie. And no guilt!!

It was near the end of June that I noticed my fun was starting to 'show'. Hello muffin-top! Every time I got into the car, or sat down anywhere for that matter, I had to pull the waist of my pants up past my gut so it wouldn't hang over. Ahhh, that feels much better. Couple kickboxing classes and that should be gone. Problem is, the kickboxing classes never happened. I now jiggle when I walk.

I hope it's not around for long, but for the time being, I will embrace my summer addition. I will accept my husband's teasing of my granny arms and even my daughter naming it 'Bob' (big ole belly). When my summer officially ends after Labor Day, it will be back to the no sugar-no dairy-no booze routine. Perhaps my triceps and abs will come back, I just hope 'Happy Kathy' stays! And maybe a mojito or two.

 

 OMG He Touched Me

When I mentioned to a friend who was involved in the 'Transformers 3' filming that I had about 3 hours to kill in the city on Saturday, he offered a pass for me to visit the set. Cool, I thought....having no idea what it would actually mean.

I met up with my buddy who was explaining how the Michigan Avenue scene took four months to prepare. The broken concrete was actually painted foam, the cars were donated by GM because they were in floods and couldn't be sold, Ferrari donated a car to be destroyed (ouch), and the 'rocket' cars cost half a million each.

I saw Shia LeBeouf sitting on a chair, alone, inside a bus stop cover listening to his iPod. Apparently he takes his chair with him everywhere he goes.

I also had a chance to talk to one of the stunt drivers and felt like a total groupie. I've ALWAYS wanted to be a stunt driver!! I must've asked him a hundred questions. Suddenly, my friend says, "There's that Josh guy". Josh Duhamel had just walked by me in SWAT gear. He was headed to the food tent.

I, as nonchalantly as possible, sauntered over to the food tent with my 8 year old daughter as if I were looking for something for her to drink. I pretended that I didn't realize it was HIM until I saw him face-to-face. "Oh... Hi, Josh"! After that I have no idea what I said. As I stood in a trance, mesmerized by his beauty, my daughter saved me by asking if the blood on his face was real. He told her it was fake and that it actually tasted sweet. I bet it does.

As embarrassed as I was, I HAD to ask for a picture. He obliged and, unfortunately for him, it started a mini photo session. While I felt bad for him, I got my picture and couldn't get it on Facebook soon enough. Although how crazy is it that I was disappointed he didn't give me that famous smile in the picture? I mean that big, gorgeous, I'm the hottest-man-alive smile. Okay, that IS crazy....I got a picture of him in SWAT gear. Who cares if his teeth are showing?!?!

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