Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt

Statues that guarded temple


What does that mean?  Amazing.  Impressive.  Beautiful.  A perfect description of the new Cleopatra exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

I think you'd agree it takes a lot to impress us these days, but I promise this exhibit will astound you.  You'll see 150 incredible artifacts that had been lost at sea for nearly 2,000 years!  And you’ll learn about them from Cleopatra herself, as she takes you on an audio tour, telling her story and walking you through the ruins of ancient Alexandria, Canopus and Heracleion.

What's nearly as impressive as the artifacts themselves is expedition to bring them to you.  You’ll feel like one of the explorers as they describe their search for these hidden treasures of ancient Egypt and Cleopatra’s tomb.  You’ll see the massive operation to recover them from their burial ground beneath the ocean floor.

Cleopatra's necklace and earrings

My favorite part of the exhibit was the two 17 foot tall statues that stood guard outside an Egyptian temple that only Cleopatra was allowed in.  Standing before these granite masterpieces will take you back in time.  I also was impressed with the jewelry.  The tiered and beaded dangle earrings I have today are incredibly similar to the ones worn by Cleopatra 2,000 years ago, except mine aren't made of pure gold and precious stones:)

This exhibit truly is a must-see.  Cincinnati is one of only 6 stops for it in the United States.  It's here until September, so don't miss your chance to get personal with one of the most powerful and seductive women to ever live!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Calling all Frizzy Haired Ladies!

This is painful, but I thought
you might need proof. :)
You might not be able to tell, but I have naturally curly hair. I straighten it every day because it works better on TV and now I'm just used to it this way. If you catch me standing out in the rain or humidity watch out, the curls start to magically reappear.

A majority of women do have naturally tasseled tresses. Lorraine Massey, author of Curly Girl: The Handbook told me that 65 percent have wavy or curly hair. Massey, a curly haired girl herself, owns five salons in New York City and LA that only work on clients with waves. Her advice: embrace your natural hair; it saves time and money. Lorraine encourages us to try the Curly Girl Method. No blow dryer needed, just sulfate-free cleanser, botanical conditioner, and hair gel.

She also whipped up a homemade recipe to treat and nourish dry ends. It's called Wrapunzel and she shared the recipe:

In studio with Lorraine Massey,
author of Curly Girl:  The Handbook.

1 ripe avocado, peeled and cored
3 to 4 teaspoons honey or agave syrup
8 to 10 drops olive oil or jojoba oil

1. Put the avocado, honey and oil in a blender and combine.
2. Apply mixture to your wet hair especially the ends.
3. Wrap your hair in plastic or a towel and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Rinse your hair, cleanse and condition then style.

I haven't tried Wrapunzel yet but I plan to soon. If it works, maybe I'll go curly more... but only on the weekend. :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Broadcasting live from Dayton... I love my new job!

Hello everyone.  It's been a while!  I hope you've been able to keep up with me on Facebook at least! :)

As you probably know, I started my new morning anchor job with Dayton's News Source, ABC 22/FOX 45 at the beginning of December.  It was really hard leaving all the friends I had made at FOX19, and I still miss seeing Rob, Frank, and Sheila each morning.  I also miss the viewers and the people I interacted with on a daily basis as a reporter.

I love my new job though.  My co-anchor, Pete Scalia, is hilarious and every day he comes up with something crazy that makes me laugh.  We are on air from 5-7 AM on the ABC station and then from 7-9 on FOX.  There's a nice blend of hard news and softer entertainment, like cooking segments, pets up for adoption, and makeovers, and I enjoy the variety.

The production crew has been great to work with and I love that they are open to suggestions from anyone on the team.  I really feel a sense of ownership for the product we put on the air each day.

The rock of our on-air team is veteran meteorologist Mike Terwilleger, who is also possibly the nicest guy I have met in all my years in this business.  Kristen Keogh is our morning reporter and I can truly empathize when she gets sent out to report on how the latest snow storm is wreaking havoc on the roadways!  Her energy, enthusiasm, and eagerness to grow make her a true joy to work with, even in those pre-dawn hours when we first get to the station.

Whenever there is change, there are things that you miss about the past.  I definitely miss FOX19, Cincinnati, and the viewers there.  However, I couldn't have asked for a better first two months in Dayton.  I love it!