Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Current home: NYC
Apartment Size (shoebox or boot box): Hmm, it’s in-between. Approx. ankle boot box!
10 questions for Meg asked by an old college friend.
Well, not “old” old—just a friend who’s known her a very long time:
1. What would you tell your 20 year-old self if you could go back in time?
Slow the you know what down! Don’t be in such a rush to grow up. It’s not a race; rather it’s a journey that should be savored. One day when my daughters tell me that they wish they were older, I will channel my good ole’mother and tell them that they have plenty of time!
2. What movie has made the biggest impression on you, and why? What book?
Don’t laugh! It’s the story of a young guy who never gives up and keeps trying no matter what the odds. Ah, I bawl like a baby when they start chanting Rudy! Rudy! Ok, I’m weeping now just typing. (Disclaimer: I’m a huge Notre Dame fan!)
BOOK: THE SUN ALSO RISES By: Ernest Hemingway
I’m a hopeless romantic. The quest for true love is timeless especially if you are in a foreign country! Plus, anything by EH is worth reading again and again!
3. What’s was your craziest moment working in TV news?
Back in 2003, I was reporting from the Iraqi border with MTV News right before the United States initiated Operation Iraqi Freedom. I remember looking around while filming and realizing just how young our troops were who were about to go to war. I broke down and cried on the way back to Kuwait because I knew some of those young men and women would not be coming home.
Oh and interviewing Bono and U2. I know, I just swung the news gamut, but hey I’m their number one fan and I could barely speak when we met!
4. What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would literally be to go to the airport and jump on a plane to any international destination. Let’s just say I’ve got ants in my pants. I’d rather be exploring and soaking in the sites around the world versus sitting on a beach. However, I am a mom so sometimes just sitting on a beach reading a juicy novel or trashy magazines is just what the Dr. ordered. Heck, I will go anywhere if you just ask me!
5. What’s your proudest parenting moment? Least proud?
PROUDEST: The day I overheard my eldest daughter telling her younger sister that she was brave and strong for going down the slide. I want them both to grow up knowing that they can do anything and be anything if they try. Oh and I’m super proud when I can get the girls to bed without any tears or yelling. Victory!
LEAST PROUD: When the girls tell me to put my phone down. Enough said!
6. What’s your favorite karaoke song?
Up Where We Belong
By: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Scratching your head? Just watch the movie An Officer and a Gentleman with Richard Gere and Debra Winger. Ring a bell? Done and done! I’ve mastered Cocker’s signature scratchy voice and around 3 minutes in to the song is where I really bring it home! Baby, baby, baby…yeah!
7. What’s your favorite thing about turning 40? Least favorite?
FAVORITE: I can finally say that I am comfortable with who I am. Honestly, I’m confident inside and out. Trust me, I know it sounds cliché. I’ve earned every laugh line, stretch mark and scar and so my motto now is “What you see is what you get and I’m just getting better!”
LEAST FAVORITE: I have to take “care” of my face. For years, I would wash and go. Well, I now have a “regimen” that consists of SPF, Vitamin C, etc. and so on. You get the picture. The sun is my enemy, so I’m told. I don’t know if it all works, but hey I will do anything to protect this freckly face.
8. What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?
Kill them with kindness. Oh, and laugh and tell someone you love them EVERYDAY! She’s a wise woman so it’s hard to pick just one piece of advice.
10. What’s the one food you cannot live without?
Coffee. Wait, that’s not a food. Marshmallows. Hmm, don’t think that’s a food either. Well, then I would say sushi. Come to think of it, I would like some right now as I finish this last question.