VIDEO Diary Day 5: Bloopers & Reuniting With Old Friends

I have been so excited for this day.  We drove from DC to Richmond, where  we are staying  for a bit with a very good friend of mine that I met at my first television station in Sherman, TX.  Back then, it was the only station in the country to be three affiliates; ABC, NBC & FOX.  I’m not even sure how that’s possible, but that was the case.  Now, it’s simply the NBC affiliate.  Tracy and I had so many good times together.  I saw her through several boyfriends, was in her wedding  five years land several moves later, and now we both have families.  In 1998, when Tracy and I met, I was the only one of my friends married, so my husband and I would often “host” the holidays at our house. Rather, it was an apartment that my husband and I shared with a roommate because we were so broke.  She, too, has become a life-long friend and the memories of those days in the sweltering Texas heat, I will forever cherish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOj21ulLPo8

VIDEO Diary Day 4 (Relaxing DC Style)

Today was a wonderful day.  Relaxing…and just what the doctor ordered!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZONGXOMwbQ8

VIDEO Diary Day 3: My Baby Locked Herself in the Running Car!

DRAMA.  What would a road trip be without a screaming toddler locking herself in your running car?  That’s right, I get the mom of the year award for this one.  As if tensions weren’t already at an all time high, this pretty much sealed it and truly made for a lovely NINE hour car ride to DC. ; )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVCaKhBvSg8

VIDEO Diary Day 2: Road Trip With a Toddler (Doing Dino Place)

What a day!  Way longer than we had anticipated–thanks to hitting traffic in New York, way more complicated–thanks to my curious toddler (just WAIT until tomorrow’s vlog where I explain why we had to call police), and way more stressful–thanks to the massive amounts of stuff we brought!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4Y5cSsEKtM

 

 

Video Diary Day 1 (Leaving Rhode Island)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZS6Oo8SZ30

Why You Should Never Let a Friend Stay With You

As many of you know, I’m leaving the beautiful state of Rhode Island.  Actually, I’ve already left.  Maybe it’s for good, maybe not.  I only know that four years ago, I never would have guessed I’d even visit Little Rhody, much less live there.  But, my friend and former News Director in Cleveland asked me to come…and so I did.  As with almost any new project I take on, or job I start, I was looking forward to all the possibilities… the new station, the new people, the rich Providence history, the ocean.  It would be a lie though if I didn’t tell you that it was also with a bit of trepidation. What if I didn’t make new friends?  What if the people were snotty? I have moved SO. MANY. TIMES. Every time I say the same thing to my husband.  I’ll never make friends like my old friends. And I don’t.  I make different friends.

You know how they say your heart just opens up to allow yourself to love ALL your children as much as you loved the first?  THAT’S how I feel about my friends, but I digress.  I lived in Rhode Island for a solid year…a very lonely year before it happened.  My husband worked out of state and I felt isolated.  Admittedly, I worked a tough schedule to go out and socialize (anchoring evenings), and I’m not really a bar girl, but I finally decided to pull on my big girl panties and stop feeling sorry for myself and go out and make some darn friends.  It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen and these women are amazing.

Heart Ball at Newport Mansions

Leaving for the Heart Ball

Newport Mansions

How could you not feel like a princess here?

My last week in Rhode Island has been one of my best yet.  Maybe it had something to do with my last minute invite to the exclusive  Heart Ball set at one of the majestic Newport mansions.  I should note, when I told my pals I couldn’t possibly go because all my formal attire was packed up, they said they’d find something for me to wear.  And they did.

Great gift baskets

Or maybe it was the fabulous luncheon the aMomKnowsBest contributors held for me the day before, where they put together a much appreciated gift basket for my big road trip.  Notice the gas gift card, wine, and scented lotion.  Let’s face it, when you are piling in the car with your husband, dog, and toddler, for a road trip that includes logging thousands of miles– with no real destination in sight–  gas money, wine, and smelling good are all necessities.  Did I mention how I have the best contributors and friends EVER?  While I didn’t get to connect with everyone in my final week in RI, I did get to spend some quality time with a few close friends.

girls having fun

Now, when I say I got to spend quality time with my friends…I really mean quality time. We had to be out of our house last week, so my friend Elizabeth invited us to stay with her family.  For those of you keeping track, that’s four adults, five kids and two dogs in ONE house.

I cannot explain how grateful I am to Elizabeth’s family and how much we enjoyed our time there. She may never invite us back (watch this short clip to see why) but knowing the kind of friend Elizabeth is, I think she will.

 

 

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