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TV show looking for families


I am currently looking to find a blended family for a television show.  I
was hoping you might be able to help get the word out on your blog, to your
community or to anyone else you know.  We’re REALLY excited about this
project so hopefully you have some ideas about how to track down the right
people?  Here’s some more information:

Production Company Seeking Multi-Racial, Blended Family For
Reality/Documentary Television Show

New York City-based production company is currently seeking a blended family
for a new reality television show.  We are looking to find a ŒBrady Bunch¹
style group; meaning kids from separate, previous marriages, now living in
together as a whole new family.

We are particularly interested in racially diverse unions (such as
African-American and Asian).  Real families dealing with real issues:
step-sibling adjustments, financial stresses brought on from the current
economy, distribution of labor and any other issues that come up in a modern
American home.

We also would like to ideally find a family that has only lived this new and
blended life for a year or less.

If you and your family are interested in being a part of this timely project
­ please get in touch by sending a letter describing your family as well as
a recent photo of everyone to: castingfamiliesnyc@gmail.com
<mailto:castingfamiliesnyc@gmail.com> .



Meri Haitkin
Senior Producer, Development // Supervising Producer, Ecko Project
Left/Right TV
212.695.2092 x335

Sophie and daffodils

Day 57


Here’s Sophie at the gate this evening. She was watching me as I was messing with the daffodils, so I snapped a few photos of her. I was pretty far from her, so the camera didn’t pull in much light.


It wouldn’t be my blog without another daffodil photo, right? 🙂
I took this photo within minutes of when I took the photo of Sophie. The camera pulled in more light for this one – maybe because the flowers were closer – or maybe because of where I was standing in relation to the front of the house, the remaining sunlight, the flowers and the gate/Sophie. I don’t know. It’s interesting, though. To me, at least.


When I grow up, I want to take photos that are as moving as the photos shown  in the USAToday Day in Pictures section.  Each day, I’m amazed by the stories told in the chosen photos from around the world.


Day 56


Where’s that MOM OF THE YEAR award? I hear that my name is being engraved on it right now!

This morning, I got breakfast for the kids at their favorite place. I haven’t gotten this for them in ages, so I thought today was a good day for clogging their arteries.  There’s nothing like a sausage biscuit to help kids have super-productive brains and good behavior at school.

Just kidding. We don’t do this often. They usually have something simple at home for breakfast, like PB on a bagel with a piece of fruit, a bowl of cereal, waffles or pancakes with fruit.

I did not have anything from their favorite place. None of it fit in my food plan for the day. Actually, I didn’t want breakfast from that place to be the only food I could have for the entire day, so I made a different choice. Water, whole wheat muffin, 1 TBSP PB & a banana. Yum. That’s the breakfast of a champion or rather, the breakfast of the Mom of the Year! 🙂

Mardi Gras

It’s day 55 of 2009.  It seemed like so many days had passed when I typed that.  Then I realized that I have 310 more to go.

I’ve enjoyed posting a photo taken each day this year.  I see things differently when I’m looking to preserve special moments or my view of something beautiful.


Today, I took the fake King Cake and Mardi Gras beads to work for my department.  I was too tired last night to make real King Cake (my recipe takes 2 1/2 hours to prep and another hour to bake) and didn’t feel like tracking down a bakery that makes it… so I made a bundt cake, stuck a little plastic baby in it, frosted it with purple, gold and green icing and called it Mardi Gras!  One of the guys on my team got the baby and was king for the day.  He let me take a picture of him wearing beads and the crown, but since I don’t have his permission to post the photo, I won’t be sharing it with you.

When I got home, I made Shrimp Creole for dinner.  It was excellent.  I will definitely make it again.  During this time of year, I miss the traditions we came to love when living in Louisiana.  The parades, celebrations and traditional foods were so much fun to experience.

Here’s a photo of my Mardi Gras beads:


And a self-portrait, sort of:
See how long my hair has gotten and how fat my fingers are (good grief!)? When it’s curly (aka when I don’t take time to straighten it), it doesn’t look nearly as long and hangs in lose ringlets. I’ll post a photo sometime.  Last year at this time, my hair didn’t even reach the top of my shoulders. Actually, it was above shirt collars, when I wore shirts that had collars. 🙂

The wonders of Biotin, eh? My hairdresser told me last year in May to take Biotin (vitamin) to help my hair grow.  She was right.

The girls think that I should dye my hair darker, a rich chocolate brown with a few highlights mixed in.  I’ve never had hair that dark and feel unsure about it.  Right now, it’s my natural color (darker after having kids) with a few blonde highlights left on the ends.

I didn’t realize that the full length mirrored closet doors in my bedroom were so incredibly dusty/dirty until I looked at these photos. Ick! I guess I’ll have to clean them now that I know they’re dirty.

Ignorance really is bliss. Sometimes.

Yes, that’s a bird house hanging from the ceiling behind me.  It has 2 ostrich beanie babies in it, a big one and a small one.  A friend made that birdhouse for me during Pathways, and I got the ostriches  afterward.  They are symbolic for me and remind me of how I want to live my life and what I need to do to stay true to myself.   That looks a little strange when written out, but it makes sense to me.  In my head.  And I guess that’s really what counts since it’s hanging in my room.

Ok.  Enough rambling.  Good night.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roule!

100 books challenge

Day 54
A crown for tomorrow’s Mardi Gras royalty (the person who gets the piece of King Cake that has the baby in it).

Once again, the photo of the day has nothing to do with the day’s post.  Oh, well.


100 Books Challenge
Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. (Guess it doesn’t count if you saw the movie or watched the series on PBS!)

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.

How many have you read?

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen x
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien x
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte x
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling x
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee x
6 The Bible x
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte x
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell x
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott x
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare **

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier*

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien x
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger **
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell x
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald x
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy **
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh **
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck x
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll x
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame x
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy x
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis x
34 Emma – Jane Austen x
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe x
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini x
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres**
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden x
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne x
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell x
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown x
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez x
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery x
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy **
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood x
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding x
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel x
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen x
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens x
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck x
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold x
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas **
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac *
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding x
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville x
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker x
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett  x
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath x
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Bya
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens x
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker x
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro**
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White x
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn**
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery  x
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole x
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas x
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare x
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl x
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo x

# ofBooks I have read: 46 (I’ve read more of the list than had I expected!)
# of Books on my “To Read” List: *=2, **=9

*  I have these books and plan to read them soon.

**  Books I want to read one day.  Well, maybe I’ll just read them all.  🙂


Day 53


Clearly, I am obsessed with the daffodils blooming in my front yard. 🙂