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Today’s Family: Fighting in Front of Your Kids.  Okay, in case you didn’t know, this is not a good idea.  You should try not to fight in front of your kids.  If you do, make sure the kids know that you still love each other and it’s okay to argue once in a while–everyone does.  Psychotherapist, Robi Ludwig, from a story out of “Cookie Magazine,” gave advice to “wives and mothers” that your child can really be affected by your fighting.  Excuse me?  Wives and mothers?  Who are they fighting with, themselves?  Why wasn’t this advice geared to both “wives and mothers” and “husbands and fathers?”  In another segment of obvious information, this psychotherapist managed to insult half (if not more of) the audience by putting all the blame on “wives and mothers” for their kids’ psychological problems.  Read more of this if you care to on The Today Show website or “Cookie Magazine,” but I’ve heard enough.

Moving onto Today’s Travel where they featured The Best Island Beaches.  Lizard Island is in Australia and costs about $1,000/night.  A better deal is on The Greek Isles – Shipwreck Island in The Ionian Sea which only costs $380/night.  On to The Bahamas at Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island which costs $600/night.  Then to Jamaica, 7 Mile Beach in Negril which will run you only $365/night.  But a better deal is right here in the U.S. on Ocracoke Island Beach in North Carolina at $200-260/night.  If you care to go to Texas, you can stay at South Padre Island where it only costs $199-289/night.  But don’t go during spring break since it’s legal to have kegs on the beach.

They have this thing going on called Harry Potter and Today’s Mystery Question, with this being the fourth installment.  I’m not a Harry Potter fan, so this means nothing to me.  Not knowing the names of anyone else but the main character (why is he the only one with a normal name?) I can’t even attempt to remember what the question was or who it involved.  I don’t even know why they’re doing this.  Maybe the winner gets some kind of prize.  I’m sure there is more information on their website if you need to know.

Next was a story entitled, Just as Sweet: Fake Cakes at Weddings.  They’re made out of styrofoam and cost much less than their edible competition.  And you can rent them!  With costs in the hundreds to thousands for a real wedding cake, I think it’s a great idea.  Some of them even come with secret compartments where you can stash twinkies.  Who wouldn’t rather have a twinkie than a miniscule piece of overly decorated wedding cake?

Onto Today’s Kitchen: Grilling Around the World: Going Greek.  They roasted some peppers and some kind of meat–probably chicken.  There was an array of other foods for the grill, too. 

Fall Out Boy was their Summer Concert Series musical guest and finished the show with their first hit “Dance Dance.”

Obviously running long on time again and short on content, they ended early at around 9:52 with sappy hightlights of previous shows. 

Maybe they’ll have heavier stuff next week when the regulars come back from vacation. 

Till then.  Have a great weekend!

We started off the day with Today’s Fitness about keeping your kids healthy.  Some people are now hiring personal trainers for their kids.  Whatever happened to sending them outside with some toys and maybe tossing the ball around with them?  Well, obviously everyone can’t afford to hire a guy built like LL Cool J to keep their kids in shape, so they focused on some things parents can do.  Such as the obvious: turn off the TV and computer.  Perhaps so they can go out and play?  Then more obvious: be a role model.  If they see you working out and staying shape, they’re more likely to do so themselves.  And even more obvious: focus on nutrition and have family meals.  Is any of this news to anyone?  If it is, then I’m glad you tuned in (either to the show or to my blog) so you learned how to keep your kids from growing out while growing up.

Next up was a segment on Turning Feet Sultry Soft, or Toe Time: Feet, The New Face–who comes up with these titles?  Anyway, I’m sure that’s at the top of everyone’s to-do list.  Some common problems for feet are blisters, to which they focused on prevention: moisturize, use bandaids, wear properly sized shoes–and it probably doesn’t matter how well they fit if they cram your feet into a shape they weren’t meant to be in, like an arrow.  Another common problem is corns which you can use some kind of Dr. Scholl’s product to put on them–really that’s what they said.  This segment was obviously sponsored by Dr. Scholl.  Moving onto nail discoloration such as yellowing or toenail fungus.  You can put some polish-like substance on to get rid of it.  Ironically, the yellowing is caused by polish, particularly dark colors.  The last problem they discussed was bunions which are hereditary and sometimes require surgery.  But you can try orthotics and/or splints first.

Today’s Health focused on building strong bones.  Here’s more from the book of the obvious: eat 2-3 servings of dairy a day to ensure good calcium intake.  Here is something that you probably didn’t know: chick peas and walnuts are good sources of calcium.  I actually learned something there.

Today’s Travel was focused on Lucky Seven Getaways.  In case you forgot, Saturday is 7/7/07.  You can get special vacation packages from a $77 hotel room in LA to a $777 spa stay in Las Vegas.  I don’t get it.  It’s just a date.  But if people can make money off it, they’re sure as hell going to try.  I’ll stay home and watch the Live Earth concert.

Today’s Kitchen: Grilling Around The World had BBQ Bon Appetit with blue prongs, watermelon, spicy relish and horseradish.  Grilled watermelon–interesting. 

Till Tomorrow.

Hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July!  We started the 9:00 hour today with a Kid Etiquette class.  Kids need to learn to be polite, and have style and grace.  As well as to be kind, courteous and respectful.  Unfortunately most of them don’t.  They learn from their parents so this segment was geared more to them.  Know what to expect and expect it (rather vague).  Always behave the way you want your kids to behave.  Easier said than done but very true.  Then again, whatever happened to “Do as I say, not as I do?”  Of course, “Practice what you preach,” is an even more widely known cliche. 

Ride to a better life is what the next segment focused on.  Polo For The People.  The work to Ride Program.  (Why must all these segments have so many names when one would get the point across just as well?)  Anyway, it’s a program that gives inner city kids a chance to learn how to play polo.  Getting kids off the street and into the stable is their motto.  Sounds like a good idea.  Something about horses seems to soothe even the harshest of criminals.  But some the kids end up in jail anyway.  Oh well, you can’t save them all.

Today’s Kitchen was again focused on Grilling Around The World with a Fourth of July Feast of chicken and grilled corn on the cob, followed by peanut butter and jelly cupcakes.  Yum.  They were supposed to feature red, white, and blue desserts and I guess they somehow got those cupcakes to become those colors, but they ran out of time to get to any more.

Moving onto a beer segment.  Beer is the new wine.  How to match beer with food.  Serve fried food with hoppy beers such as IPAs (India Pale Ales).  Serve lighter fare with pilsners.  Lager goes better with foods crisp in style.  Potato chips, anyone?  Ale is good with heavier, richer foods.  Such as those peanut butter and jelly cupcakes?  There is also a beer that costs a hundred bucks a bottle.  It’s made by Sam Adams and is 25% alcohol.  No thanks, I’ll stick to something like Twisted Tea if I want to drink something like a beer with more of a kick.  Again, the Today Show hosts were enjoying a little nip on this Fourth of July morning.  I’ve got to get a job on that show.  They’re always having fun, no matter how early.

They signed off early today.  And why not?  None of the regulars were there on a holiday.  Except Ann doing the news.  And drinking beer with her co-hosts.

Till Tomorrow.

We started off the the third hour of Today by welcoming a new third hour co-host, Stacy London.  Then it was onto Spa Dentistry where you can get everything from facials to manicures while you get your teeth worked on.  I’m sure most of the procedures are cosmetic since I would imagine getting a massage during a root canal would kind of ruin the relaxation.  Plus that was all they talked about, whitening and veneers.  In case you hadn’t noticed, this show is dedicated to making yourself look better.  At least this hour.  And I doubt your dental plan will cover pafafin wax even if you get it while having your cavities filled.

Onto Today’s Travel where they showed The Best Boardwalks in America.  Most of them are on the East coast.  Only one on the West coast.  Let’s see, there’s Atlantic City which is about 4 miles of boardwalk.  Then there’s Coney Island which is 2.5 miles long and Ocean City, MD which is 3 miles long.  Santa Cruz, CA is considered the Coney Island of the west.  Fascinating stuff.

Larry King’s interview with Isaiah Washington was the next feature where Isaiah complained about being a victim and blamed the whole gay slur problem on T.R. Knight–you know the one Mr. Washington called a faggot?  He blames T.R. Knight for using it to get more publicity.  Oh yeah, well who’s out there doing talk shows and shooting his mouth off about being unfairly treated?  Quit your whining and grow up.  Obviously he learned nothing in “rehab.”  Please, since when is rehab the answer to everything?  And what kind of things do they teach homophobes in a few days of rehab anyway?

Moving on to How To Lose 10 Pounds Without Really Trying.  Before you get your hopes up, I’ve got some bad news for you:  it’s all done with make-up.  You’re not really going to lose weight, just look like you have.  At least according to make-up artist, Eve Pearl, who uses lots of blush to create a hollowed cheek and what she calls a facelift.  Of course, you have to use concealer under your eyes and around the mouth to camouflage those pesky lines, but if you have the time to spend on all this primping, maybe you’ll shed a few years as well as pounds.  I doubt it.  Especially if you’re not a make-up artist, or should I say an illusionist yourself.

The show wrapped up with another Grilling Around The World segment.  This time grilling Japanese style.  Looks like they used fish again–not sure.  They probably added some veggies.

Till next time, happy Fourth of July!

Good morning.  Hope everyone had a good weekend.  The weekend box office was good for the movie Ratatouille, which apparently nobody on The Today Show can pronounce.  It’s Rat-ah-tooey just in case anyone was wondering.  Anyway, it came in at number one so they should know how to say it right.  Coming in at number two was Live Free or Die Hard followed by Evan Almighty at number three.  They don’t give the rest, sorry. 

Following a news and weather update, we went right into a segment entitled “Mommy Envy,” about moms being jealous of other moms that seem to have everything together–at least more than you do.  I was there a few weeks ago myself while watching my son’s preschool class put on a performance for family members.  While other moms had their toddlers sitting quietly in their laps, mine was squirming, crying, and trying to join her big brother up on the “stage.”  I kept wondering why mine was the only one misbehaving.  Anyway, I certainly understand mommy envy as I wondered how all those other moms kept their sedate toddlers in their laps.  The advice to all moms was to 1) let go of perfection–or the illusion of it because let’s face it, nobody has it, no matter what it looks like on the surface.  2) If you want something for yourself, get it–whatever that means.  I want a new iphone, but it’s not in my budget.  And finally, 3) appreciate yourself and keep things in perspective.  In other words, since you’re probably not appreciated by others–lots of moms aren’t, especially stay-at-home moms–at least know that you’re doing a great service and someday it will pay off.  Being a parent is the toughest but most rewarding job was what I gathered to be the theme of that segment.

Today’s Style:  How not to overpack for a weekend getaway.  They showcased a weekend getaway kit that included a sarong which doubled as a shirt.  I had to laugh at that one.  Looks like you’d have to be an engineer to figure out how to wrap it right so it doesn’t look you’re wearing a shower curtain.  Pack one clutch and one day bag, two pairs of shoes, again one for evening and one for daytime.  Pack a white sundress (white is the new black) and a couple of tank tops and you’re done.  Oh, and don’t forget the shorts and maybe some jeans.  I’d leave the sarong at home–just pack a beach cover-up and a normal shirt.  How much more room is going to take up in your suitcase?

Then there was a big announcement on the show:  they’re doing another Today Show wedding and are going out to find couples to audition to get married on The Today Show.  Who wants to see strangers get married on TV?  I don’t even like going to weddings of people I know.  But at least then you get a meal and and an open bar–if you’re lucky. 

Today’s Home:  How to have a party on a budget with patriotic party ideas.  Some of the suggestions were to use bandanas instead of napkins.  That would probably save money unless your guests decided to toss them out with the paper plates.  Make food the centerpiece with a giant glass box of chips and another of salsa.  Interesting idea but I don’t know where you’d get containers like that.  And does anybody really care what the centerpiece looks like (or if you even have one) when you’re eating outside? They also showed colored soda bottles as centerpieces.  Again, why bother?  And who wants to drink soda at a party?  If you’re serving it to kids–bad idea since it rots their teeth.  And adults probably want something with more of a kick, and I don’t mean from the salsa.  By the way, the patriotic part was because most of the plates and balloons were red white or blue–how original.

Gene Shallot reviewed “Evening,” which opened this weekend.  He said it is a must-see and I’m happy after seeing Richard Roper and his co-host give it two thumbs down last night.  That surprised me because of the all star cast including Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, Miranda Richardson, and Claire Danes to name a few.  The movie got four stars in my local paper, and it’s on my to-see list mostly because of the beautiful ocean-front scenes that were shot right here in my home state of RI.  Newport and Tiverton provided the houses and scenery. 

Moving on to grilling tips where they barbecued shellfish.  Since it’s Fourth of July week, they’ll be throwing anything they can find on the grill.

That wraps up Yesterday on Today for Monday.

Till Tomorrow.

We started off at Kensington Palace–not a bad start for the 9:00 hour even if most of it was just a recap of Matt’s visit and a replay of his earlier interview with Earle Charles Spencer, the late Princess Diana’s brother.  He bares a striking resemblence to both princes William and Harry.  Luckily for them, they don’t look at all like their father.  They really dodged a bullet there.  The Today show execs sure are playing up Matt’s interview with the princes, but who could blame them.  William and Harry are easy on the eyes and are classy, eloquent and charming–everything a prince should be.  Obviously, they both take after their mother.  Paris Hilton could learn a thing or two from them.  Just because you’re born into a life of privilege doesn’t mean you have to act like a spoiled brat.  You could actually do something with your life and make a difference.  Anyway, the princes are promoting “The Concert for Diana,” the musical tribute to their mother which airs on Sunday on NBC.

Next up was a mommy make-over for a mother of six.  That’s right, six kids.  Too bad they couldn’t make over her brain.  She needs a spa vacation, perhaps in a mental health facility.  Six kids?  At least her husband appreciates her hard work and that’s why he set her up with the make-over.  I’m not sure how I would react to my husband saying I needed a make-over.  “Are you saying you don’t like the way I look now?”  No, that wouldn’t go over well.  Her husband might as well have told her she looks fat in those jeans.  And, to tell the truth, I don’t think she looked much better after the make-over–not that she looked so bad to begin with.  They cut her hair into a style a mother of six doesn’t have time to do herself and gave her bangs about two inches above her eyebrows.  It looked like one of the kids took the scissors to it.  The stylist called it a retro 60’s look.  I call it a mistake.

There was a brief mention of the upcoming 7th Harry Potter book, but I didn’t really hear what was newsworthy about it.  Yes, it will hit bookshelves near you soon.

Then there was Rum 101: Things you need to know.  Did you know most rum is made in the Carribean?  And there is a vast selection of flavors and colors.  Spiced is one  of the fastest growing and 10 Cane is one of the newest.  I love to see The Today Show anchors drinking rum in the morning.  Like I said yesterday, good job if you can get it.  They ended that segment drinking rumaritas–you guessed it, rum instead of tequila.  Wonder if it comes with more or less of a hangover. 

Hillary Duff sang another song.  Apparently, she was the summer concert performer today.  She did a song from her new album, appropriately titled, “Coming Clean.”  Paris, Lyndsay and Brittney could learn a thing or two from her as well.  How to be a good role model for young girls.  But they don’t care about stuff like that.  It’s not fun enough.  Not like getting hammered, crashing cars and going into and out of rehab and jail.

The show wrapped up with the author of the book, “The Live Earth Global Warming Surval Handbook.”  I couldn’t remember his name, so I googled it for you: David de Rothschild.  His name is almost as long as his book title.  I don’t usually go to that kind of trouble if I can’t remember a name, but this book is for a good cause.  And the guy is gorgeous.  I’d buy anything he was selling and you should too.  Some pointers from the book: unplug your appliances when you leave for the day–I assume that doesn’t include the refrigerator.  Also, turn down the heat and put a sweater on when it gets cold.  If that’s all it takes, then I am extreme greenie.  You should see how cold my house is in the winter.  Usually around 65 at its warmest, but not because I’m comfortable at that temperature.  Have you seen the prices of oil and electricity?  You have to be a billionaire to have a warm house in the winter.  Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate during the winter.  And, of course, don’t use paper or plastic bags at the supermarket.  Take your own canvas bags.  Who cares what they look like?  This isn’t high school fashion.  Just do it!

And that wraps up this week with Yesterday on Today.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!

They must have been a little short on content and long on time today because they showed a clip of a previous segment from Meredith Viera’s interview with Vince McMahon about wrestler, Chris Benoit’s double murder suicide.  I don’t know when the segment aired but I do know that it wasn’t live today at 9 because Meredith is never there after that second hour wraps up.  A pretty good gig, I must say.  Anyway, it was a very interesting interview.  Meredith asked him some tough questions and did not back down when McMahon denied having said that in no way could steroids have caused this to happen.   Even though they had a tape of him saying those exact words.  I do like Meredith, especially after having to endure years of Katie Couric.  And it’s not just because she’s from my home state of RI where I used to watch her on my local news station.  I also met her in New York while she was on The View.  She was very friendly and genuine–unlike her co-stars, Joy Behar and Starr Jones.  I wish I could see more of her interviews, but as I mentioned in my first post, this blog is only about the last hour because I’m not up for the first two.  At least not in the summer when my son doesn’t go to school.  And as I also said earlier, the first two hours actually seem to focus on newsworthy topics.  That’s probably they why ran a snippet of Meredith’s interview in the third hour.  They must have run out of fluff to take them through to 10:00. 

Moving onto the Larry King interview with Paris Hilton.  Yes, they actually had a Today Show correspondent to comment on the Larry King show.  I guess they felt gilted because they didn’t get the interview.  I actually liked the guy who gave his impression of Paris’s comments about being such a new person.  If she’d really changed, why isn’t she talking about doing charity work–especially for MADD.  Instead she’s dishing about what she loves best, herself.  And apparently when asked about what part of The Bible struck her most, she came up empty.  She complained about how unfair her punishment was since she is “too stupid” (my words, not hers) to know that it was illegal to drive with a suspended lisence–twice!  If they handed out sentences for stupidity, she’d be in for life.

Another interview followed.  This one with people who actually have talent and work for a living, actors Jeffrey Donovan and Sharon Gless who star in a new show on the USA network called “Burn Notice.”  It’s about an ex-CIA agent who turns his talents to private detecting after being fired from his previous “job.”  Sounds interesting, even if it is about yet another PI.  This one has a bit of a twist.

Remembering John Lennon followed in an interview with author, Larry Cane, who wrote “Beatles Behind the Scenes.”  My kids were screaming and the phone was ringing while he was on so I missed most of that segment.  I’m guessing he probably talked about John Lennon and The Beatles.  Is there really anything new to read about there?  I guess if you want to know, you can buy the book. 

They continued on with Red, White and Green, about how to have an environmentally friendly Fourth of July picnic.  Here are some of the topics: gas grills are better than charcoal.  Soy candles are better than petroleum.  No kidding, soy is more eco friendly than oil?  Bison burgers are better than beef.  That I can understand, but what if you don’t happen to live in a great plains state?  I prefer the potato and pasta salads anyway.  And no animals lose their life for those.  The highlight of this story–at least for me–was the organic wine, Frog’s Leap.  I think I’ll order a case.

Today’s Kitchen featured grilled fish.  Hey, you can throw some of that on the barbecue if you live on the coast instead of the midwest.  Sure beats bison burgers.

Till Tomorrow.

Okay, we started the last hour with “Dating Over 50.”  Nothing new here that I could see.  I guess the message is just because you’re over 50 doesn’t mean you shouldn’t date.  Don’t give up even after having 3 bad dates.  Don’t travel to meet someone you met online.  In other words, use common sense.  The same advice could be given to a seventeen year-old too.  It’s just a way to say that it’s all right to date well after your midlife crisis.  Like you really needed someone’s permission to do so.

Onto Today’s Travel: Fashion do’s and don’t’s on the road.  Don’t wear sweats & pj’s–does that mean you can’t even wear them while your’re lounging around in your hotel room?  And was anyone seriously considering wearing them out to dinner anyway?  If so, hope they watched this segment to spare them the embarrassment.  Do wear a little white dress.  Do add a neatly tailored jacket.  But what if you’re in the Bahamas?  Do wear comfortable but fashionable shoes.  I guess that means to leave the slippers and sneakers at home.  And again, those of you considering wearing your pj’s out on the town, it’s good you now have this advice so you can leave the slippers in your suitcase–or better yet, don’t even pack them.

Moving onto Today’s Family which covered the topic of when children are old enough to be left home alone.  You’ll be shocked at the response: whenever they’re mature enough and you can trust them.  Wow!  That’s news to me.  Now I know I shouldn’t leave my five year-old home alone for at least another five years, most likely more.  Hopefully you found it helpful too.

Let’s get to Today’s Fitness: Staying Fit in the Summertime.  The gyst of this story is keep hydrated.  In order to do that you must drink lots of water.  And if you don’t really like it, drink fitness water which adds a little flavor and only ten calories.  Now there’s some news you can use.  But here’s the best part, this fitness guru (sorry don’t know his name but he wrote a book–imagine that) says to do your cardio first thing in the morning before breakfast to burn the most fat calories.  And that’s not all, after you eat breakfast, it’s time to hit the weights.  I know it sounds like a lot, but you only need to do 20-30 minutes of cardio before breakfast.  That should leave you plenty of time to do your strength training when you finish that stack of pancakes and blueberry muffin.  I’m guessing that most of these segments are geared to people who don’t have to work for a living–and that includes work-at-home moms.  Yes, I say work-at-home because if you’re a mom at home with young kids, you’re working almost constantly.  I can only imagine how my kids would respond to my saying, “Sorry,  but Mommy has to do her cardio before you guys get your breakfast.  And you’ll probably be late for school since I need to hit the weights–you clean up the dishes.”  So all you people with loads of time on your hands and no responsibilities, hope this was helpful to you.

And the fitness segment was followed by Today’s Kitchen which focused on dessert.  There go all those early morning wokouts.  “How To Eat Like A Royal” was the name of the segment and possibly the book by the chef making the recipe.  He was British and made stuff with berries.  I guess the queen likes his food.

So there you have another fascinating day on Today. 

Till tomorrow.

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