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Getting 'Wild & Crazy' With Melissa Peterman


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On May 14th, Child Saving Institute’s “Wild & Crazy” Cabaret will feature Melissa Peterman, the bubbly and hilarious actress and comedienne best known for her character “Barbara Jean” on the popular sitcom “Reba.” Ms. Peterman is also the host of “The Singing Bee” and is now starring on the new CMT sitcom, “Working Class” with Ed Asner.

Honorary Chairmen are Suzanne & Walter Scott and Dian & Jim Warren; General Chairmen are Wendy & S. Scott Moore and Stephanie & Nick Vondrak. KETV Channel 7 is the media sponsor and metroMagazine is the print sponsor.

Money raised from the evening will support CSI’s emergency shelters for children and youth, intensive family preservation, adoption, therapeutic foster care and developmental childcare.

We had the occasion to spend a few minutes with Melissa. Following are some of her answers to a few of the questions we posed.

Q. What life experience has strengthened you most?.
I think being a mom has been the life experience to strengthen me the most. It does change you. It’s not about me anymore, things that you would worry and obsess over just don’t matter once you have a child. Who cares if you didn’t get that job or your pants feel tight today. You made a 5-year-old laugh and that’s the most important thing.

Q.     What was your most memorable meal ever?
   It was the Gramercy Tavern in New York City. We did the spring tasting menu with four other couples.
It was expensive, extravagant, and absolutely delicious and worth every penny. There was even a cheese plate after dessert. A Cheese Plate! As a midwestern girl married to a Wisconsin boy that was the best part.

Q. If you owned a boat what name would you choose for it?
I would name it the “Never Capsize” or “Walter Scott Bought Me This.”

Q. If you could be brilliant in one subject which would you choose?
Math...is this question 4 or 5?

Q. If you were cremated where would you like to have your ashes spread?
A. At the table where we ate dinner at The Gramercy Tavern in New York City… we paid enough for that dinner I should be able to have my ashes spread there.

Q. What’s one thing you’ve done that you would like to erase?
A. I would like to get back all the time I wasted worrying about silly things.

Q. What does your perfect day look like?
A. Sleep in, have no where to go, spend the whole day at home with my boys, maybe a new book and only wear pants with a drawstring.

Q. Which temptation do you try the hardest to resist?
A. Pizza… and snacking!!!

Q. Which of your personality traits would you most like to change?
A. My impatience… dang this questionnaire is taking FOREVER!

Q. Who is the most unusual member of your family?
My Grandma Bev who just turned 90 (and by unusual I mean Awesome!) I love her! But let’s just say not everyone would want to do a road trip with her. She definitely has a lot of opinions which is one of the reasons she’s awesome.

Q. If you could do something dangerous just once with no risk, what would you do?
Eat as many carbs as possible for a year!

Q.What’s your favorite quotation?
“I love you Mommy” ~ Riley Brady

Q. When you’re feeling down what do you do to feel better?
Buy hardcover books that aren’t on sale.

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