What would you try if you had no fear? Dancing in front of a group of people….wait a minute. I guess we’ll see how that goes!
What life experience has strengthened you the most? Becoming a mother – for so many reasons big and small. You have to be strong for your kids. You take care of them no matter what you have going on – if you are sick, sad, tired, etc. You must think before you speak, exercise patience when it is nearly impossible and sometimes just hold your nose and clean up the mess. And yet – it is the best thing EVER.
What's your favorite quotation? Oh – wow. I have many. One I heard recently that I like is: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” I also like this one from Winston Churchill – “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
What was your favorite childhood meal? My mom is a fabulous cook. She made these stuffed chicken breasts that were a family favorite.
What makes you laugh the hardest? Kristin Wiig or Jimmy Fallon doing just about anything. I am a big fan of people laughing on camera or onstage when they are not supposed to. Breaking up into laughter during a show, skit or even the news is highly underrated and extremely contagious.
What would you try if you had no fear? If I could try one thing it would be skydiving. I’m all for a new adventure, but I’m not there quite yet.
What life experience has strengthened you the most? Relocating to 3 different states, not being afraid to go after my dreams and live life to the fullest (former cheerleader for the NFL and NBA).
Which temptation do you try the hardest to resist? Fast food, it’s so hard to resist.
What's your favorite quotation? “The Best Is Yet To Come!” I am excited for the future and the great things that are ahead of me.
What does your perfect day look like? A perfect day is spending time with family and friends.
What was your most memorable meal? Every night my family went to dinner in Mexico, I would secretly tell the server it was one of my children’s birthdays. Every night was a different child, a new restaurant, and a new birthday surprise! They went all out for birthdays; my kids were surprised and embarrassed but were all very good sports about it and had a blast!
When you’re down, what do you do to feel better? I work out, do yoga, and or read an inspirational book. I find ways to boost myself from within.
How would you like to spend your elder years? Spending time with my companion while traveling, cooking and entertaining. My other passion is my children and hopefully spoiling my future grandchildren, if I am blessed to have any.
What song evokes the strongest memories for you? Living on a Prayer, by Bon Jovi. I love this song, and I listen to it frequently while getting ready in the morning.
What is your favorite quotation? Art Buchwald: “The best things in life aren’t things!”
What's your favorite quotation? “You are what you create, and you are always creating.” ~ unknown
I believe that whole-heartedly. We are a product of what we’ve created ourselves to be and that creative process never stops!
What one question would you ask a psychic about the future? When will we have a human teleporter machine and which company is going to invent it? Can you say stock investment?
What was your favorite childhood meal? I used to love peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches! I’ll still sneak one on occasion.
What would you love to find at a yard sale? Every now and again you hear a story about how someone found some lost piece of art from a famous dead artist. I’d love to find an old Salvador Dali painting or drawing mixed in with someone’s old junk!
If you could do something dangerous just once ... with no risk ... what would you do? I went skydiving last year and it was amazing. If I could do anything once, I’d love to skydive from the stratosphere and break the sound barrier like Felix Baumgartner did!
When you're down what do you do to feel better? When I am down I have found that the best way to make me feel better is to do something for someone else. Whatever is bringing me down is usual brought back down to size. When I think of all opportunities I have to give, I realize how blessed I truly am. I consider dancing for the Sunshine Kids an honor!
Which temptation do you try the hardest to resist? Temptation I can’t resist? Chocolate!!!! Sigh…my heart just raced typing the word! I can’t even buy it and have it in my home, in the car or at my office. I used to bring it to work and immediately ask a co-worker to hold it and monitor my intake. Resist? For me, Chocolate is irresistible. But, I hear dancing burns it off?
What's the best way to spend a rainy weekend? Staying home reading an enchanting book. Maybe , “Mobius on Emerging Markets”? Seriously, to know me, one would know my heart is in my work. I can’t cook and I can’t sew, but I find the economy and the markets fascinating!
If you owned a boat what name would you choose for it? Obviously Chocolate’…have I mentioned I like Chocolate?
What makes you laugh the hardest? I must admit I have laughed hysterically just watching someone else laugh with sincere intensity. I have been brought to tears over group laughter only to find out that half of us had no idea what was so funny. Having been accused of having a heightened sensitivity to others feelings – in my defense my analytical side would like to remind you, it is a statistical fact that laughter is contagious.
What would you try if you had no fear? Travel the world to learn about other cultures and see all the beautiful places.
What life experience has strengthened you the most? All of them – childhood, education, marriage; health, children, career… without all of them I would not be the person I am today. Im’ in a good place in my life – with a wonderful family and great husband!
What's the best way to spend a rainy weekend? Cooking and sitting by the fireplace watching movies.
What's your favorite quotation? “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” ~ The Dalai Lama; and “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
What makes you laugh the hardest? My husband and my sister. John is a fun and funny guy. My sister Annette and I have the same sense of humor… we think we are funny!
What was your most memorable meal ever? I went to college at Fordham University in the Bronx. I had the most amazing pizza one night, but I never found out what the pizzeria was actually called. To this day, the number of the place is still in my phone as "Good Pizza." I've never had a slice like it.
When you're down what do you do to feel better? Eat ice cream... if things are that bad! But in all seriousness, if I'm stressed, I love to work out. I am huge into CrossFit, and I work out at a CrossFit gym here in Omaha. I also love to run. Not only is pushing my body to the limit a huge stress reliever, but it's also a huge motivator for me & gets my endorphins pumping .. so I automatically feel better!
Which temptation do you try the hardest to resist? Ice cream. I can down a pint in no time, no problem. I am a small girl, but I can eat!
What does your perfect day look like? Anything that involves an eight hour sleep. I wake up at 1am in the morning to get to work by 2am each morning, so needless to say I don't get a lot of shut-eye! I've worked morning news for more than three years now, so I really appreciate a good nights sleep. I wish I had a cooler answer. My perfect day would be to get an eight hour sleep, then spend the day at the beach.
What makes you laugh the hardest? My sisters!! They both live in New Jersey, where I am from, but we are all super close. They are crazy. I love and miss them so much.
What would you try if you had no fear? If I had no fear .. I'd travel more. I have always wanted to explore the Middle East. I would even love to be a reporter over there. But, the images I see on TV and the, albeit rare, stories I've heard about journalists getting hurt or killed covering stories over seas, have pushed me far away from the idea.
What was your most memorable meal ever? After seeing Iron Man, I decided to give up cheeseburgers for three months. In the movie, the main character was held captive and after three months, he was freed. The first thing he wanted to eat was a cheeseburger. I wanted to know what that would feel like. I made it two months. I broke down in Colorado, at my favorite burger place. I will never forget the first bite, the juices running down my arm, and the happiness I felt all over.
What life experience has strengthened you the most? I grew up in a town that was always referred to as a "bubble." So, when it came time for me to go to college, I chose one that was as far away from home, family and friends, as I could get. Surviving, and doing well on my own, showed me what I'm made of and who I am.
When you're down what do you do to feel better? I listen to music. No matter what you're going through, there is a song that you can connect with, that will help pull you out of your funk. However, if I'm really down .. it's time for a tall, cold glass of craft beer with someone who makes me laugh.
Which temptation do you try the hardest to resist? Peanut butter .. I could never give it up for very long! I tried switching to an all raw diet once .. it failed because I caved in to peanut butter.
What is your favorite quotation? My favorite quotation is "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."
What was your favorite childhood meal? As a kid, and even now to some extent, I was a ridiculously picky eater. My absolute favorite meal growing up was Mac and cheese spirals with peas mixed in. I can't eat that now (I'm allergic to wheat and gluten), but it was awesome as a kid.
What was your most memorable meal ever? My most memorable meal was my first date with my now-fiancé. We went to Texas Roadhouse. It wasn't so much the food, as it was the company. He told the waitress it was my birthday (it was not) but I had to sit in a saddle anyway as people sang to me. We had so much fun, and the rest, they say, is history.
What would you try if you had no fear? I like adventure, so very few things actually scare me. However I am clasterphobic, so if I had no fear, I would go caving.
If you could do something dangerous just once with no risk what would you do? I would go cliff jumping into the ocean.
How would you like to spend your elder years?
I would love to spend my elder years in AZ playing golf and drinking wine.
What's the best way to spend a rainy weekend? I would love to play twister and drink beer and do shots of tequila.
What's your favorite quotation? “Oh you KNOW”.
What does your perfect day look like? Eating an entire roll of Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough, making snow angels, and snuggling.
What song evokes the strongest memories for you? I touch myself Dvinyls.
What's the best way to spend a rainy weekend? Playing outside with my boys and umbrella.
What song evokes the strongest memories for you? The “Tunnel Walk”. When that song plays a flood of memories of all the hard work that was poured into the University and the relationships that were forged during the playing days for the Cornhuskers.
If you owned a boat what name would you choose for it? “Jewel of the Sea” Jewel is my wife’s middle name and of course a boat needs a female name.
What was your favorite childhood meal? Chicken Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes with Gravy. This is still my favorite meal but as I become older I eat it less frequently.
If you were to own a fabulously impractical car... what car would it be? James Bond’s old car from Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5.
What would you try if you had no fear? Dancing with the Omaha Stars
When you're down what do you do to feel better? I thought this was a family show?
What would you love to find at a yard sale? A Honus Wagner rookie baseball card
If you owned a boat what name would you choose for it? The "Why Did I Do This?"
If you were to own a fabulously impractical car... what car would it be? An Aston Martin—cuz there is a little James Bond in every guy.
What would you try if you had no fear? I would love to sail around the world…in an old fashioned sail boat. There is something so amazing about the idea of circumnavigating the globe on wind power – completely impractical and dangerous, but amazing.
When you're down what do you do to feel better? Anytime that I am feeling down, I play with my kids. There is nothing more refreshing and energizing than the innocence and joy that my 2 little guys bring to me! Besides, it is always fun to put away the responsibilities of being an “adult” and just play like a “kid” for a little while.
What's your favorite quotation? “The true gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self‑control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.” -John Wayland
If you could do something dangerous just once ... with no risk ... what would you do? What little boy didn’t dream of growing up to be James Bond?!?! I would love to be 007, if there were no risks!
If you owned a boat what name would you choose for it? Miss Behavin’
When you're down what do you do to feel better? I order crisp meat burritos from Amigos (my new found love since moving to Nebraska in 2011) and curl up to whatever is on Animal Planet. There’s one show that literally just plays clips of puppies and kittens. That and anything about coral reefs are the best pick-me-ups.
What song evokes the strongest memories for you? Anytime I hear “As long as you love me” by the Backstreet Boys I’m like shot back to my first concert. I was in sixth grade, and I literally cried when Nick Carter sang the second verse. So embarrassing.
What one question would you ask a psychic about the future? Will there ever be a movie based on the TV show LOST?!?! I wouldn’t want a Psychic to tell me anything too life-changing, but it still needs to be exciting. I was obsessed when the show came out, and knowing that there could one day be a movie would complete my life.
What was your favorite childhood meal? My dad used to make macaroni ‘n cheese with tuna. It sounds disgusting and I get so much flak for it, but I swear, something about the fake cheese and canned fish is amazing. Just one of the many reasons stay-at-home dads reign supreme.
What makes you laugh the hardest? My boyfriend and I foster kittens from the Humane Society, and any time we get a really fat one I just crack up. They try so hard to support themselves or maneuver around, but they’re so pudgy and rolly. It’s hilarious!
What life experience has strengthened you the most? When my father passed away. It was the first real close relative to do so and made it tough to get by but also strengthens you and your current relationships.
How would you like to spend your elder years? On a Beach, drink in hand, no cell phone with Rhonda. Not necessarily in that order
What do you miss about childhood? No stress. Not a worry in the world and beating up my brother.
If you could do something dangerous just once... with no risk... what would you do? Dancing with the Stars. When you see me dance you’ll know why!!
What makes you laugh the hardest? My Brother (the one I beat up). I totally lose control at the stupidest jokes. He’s a funny guy.