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Booster Seat Bean

1 Jul

She’s called Bean and she’s a booster seat demo queen. Well, maybe not a queen but she did get featured in two Atlanta television news stories about the new booster seat law in Georgia. Our Public Relations team at work needed a child her age to help the news stations spread the word about the new law and we were glad to help. It also meant that Nia would get to spend some time with me in my cube that morning. It was fun for her to meet my work buds and draw a beautiful window scene on my dry erase board. (I can’t wait to see it again when I’m back at work.) She also got to watch a movie on my phone (thanks, Netflix!) while I worked in the chair next to her. She loved sitting in my swivel chair and eating the crackers I have stashed in my drawer.

Before her busy tv/work morning started though, I joked that I hoped she wouldn’t make silly faces or spontaneously scream during the live interview. I mean, you just never know with kids (or many adults for that matter). Of course, she didn’t. She did exactly as they asked her to do and even planned out an answer to the anchor’s question. (The question was supposed to be, “How does riding in a booster seat make you feel?” She told me she was going to answer, “I feel comfortable in it.” If you watch the live interview below though, it didn’t go as planned. I think she still rocked it with that head nod though!)

You can see her in the stories by clicking the links below:

  • FOX 5 Atlanta – She was used as the demo child for the morning live shot and did fabulous, darling.
  • WSB-TV – She was used as b-roll for the story and buckles up beautifully.

I was able to capture a few pictures from her experience. The last one melts my heart. She woke up so early that day and was such a good sport during all the running around and buckling and unbuckling. My sleepy super star.


Getting a Peek of the Newscast on the Air


Posing for the News Tease


The Anchor Arrives


Sleepy Super Star

Thoughts from an Outsider

4 Mar

I truly hope I didn’t anger people as much as television news writers are angering me now.

I don’t really watch the news anymore because usually I just end up screaming at the television – critiquing the newscast story by story – also cartoons are pretty much all I get to see during the day now and night time is reserved for our sacred shows.  The only time I ever watch the news is try to see what Atlanta traffic will be like for Andrew on his way home from work but even then it drives me nuts.

The latest incident that’s causing me to vent involves that peanut butter recall.  I like to think when I wrote a story or approved a reporter’s script – I made sure we didn’t b.s. the viewer and just told them what they needed to know without dramatics or treating them like they were idiotic freaks.  I like to think I did the opposite of what so many news people do – – – – “Now for a story that is sending fear into the hearts of mothers everywhere…”

WHAT?!?! Oh right – they’re absolutely right – as soon as I heard the report I ran to the pantry and threw cans of food out of the way searching for my peanut butter – when I discovered it had the dreaded “2111” code on it I ran screaming from the kitchen, grabbed the children, tossed them into the cars (without putting them in their child safety seats you know because there’s no time to buckle up for safety when that peanut butter is lurking inside them) and sped to the emergency room.

What makes me sick is that they generalize and try to scare people into watching – JUST TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW!

Since that really doesn’t happen anymore – I’m now not even trying to watch tv news.  Instead I look online for what I want to know – but even then I can’t escape the sensationalism – it “sends fear into my heart” every time I click on a story.

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