Anderson Cooper, You’re Cracking Me Up! (And That’s Never Happened Before)

What’s happened to Anderson Cooper? I mean, recently he let down his carefully-clipped white/blonde hair during a guest appearance on “Joy Behar” (you know, the Turncoat who professed to women fans she’d never get married and, in sneak fashion, went ahead and did it.)

He appears to be undergoing his own metamorphosis.

Now, I have to tell the truth. Pretty much every time I saw Anderson Cooper on TV programs in past years, I listened briefly to lead-in and quickly changed the channel. Why? Watching him, I knew I’d witness a disaster of tsunami, hurricane, or tornado proportions; I’d join imbedded journalists in war-ravaged regions (Iraq, Afghanistan); or I’d know man‘s inhumanity to man (Bosnia, Serbia.)

In other words, if I saw Anderson, I knew the story was going to be tough, and I didn‘t want to “Go there.”

I wasn’t alone in my impression. That association of Cooper with ’all things dire’ prompted The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart (you know, ‘most trusted newsperson in America,’) to lampoon him by saying: “If you look out your window and see Anderson on your lawn, you know it’s bad.”

But recently, I see a different Anderson Cooper. He basically ‘lost it‘ recently by giggling non-stop, on his “Ridiculist” segment of AC 360, where he referenced actor Gerard Depardieu’s unseemly behavior on a recent airplane flight, urinating in a bottle pre-takeoff.

On “Joy Behar,” Anderson admitted a guilty pleasure of tuning in to the “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and offered, too, that he recently went spray-tanning with Snooki (he used that footage on his new show). Apparently, he and Snooki have had ongoing Twitter dialogue for the past many months and he finds her self-deprecation charming. He adds “Not many celebrities poke fun at themselves. She doesn’t take herself too seriously.”

The most interesting aspect of his guest appearance on Behar? His background. Oh, I knew he was son to famous artist, designer, writer and heiress, Gloria Vanderbilt. I mistakenly presumed his privileged upbringing got him where he is.

After all–Just look at his chiseled nose and chin that scream “aristocratic.” Put him on a steed in Ralph Lauren (he actually was a Ralph Lauren model at a very young age) and he’s one of the gentrified set off to the hunt.

I thought he dabbled in real work as means of atonement for all that privilege.

Then I heard his story. Anderson was raised by a mother who suffered significant loss: Her father died when she was young, and her mother lost custody of her to an aunt. Her sad story was chronicled in the movie, “Little Gloria…Happy At Last.”

As a woman, she suffered more losses: Anderson’s father died when Anderson was 11. There were multiple marriages. And then there’s the heartache of his older brother, Carter, who, at 23, committed suicide by throwing himself out of a window of the family’s 14 th .-floor penthouse apartment. She witnessed the awful event.

If Anderson sought international crises to cover, it would appear understandable: He’s grown up against a backdrop of high drama.

In the end, what most of us in the viewing public are not used to, is a more relaxed Anderson Cooper. Oh, sure, he’s had his moments (with Kathy Griffin at the New Year’s Eve parade) or standing in for Regis Philbin, on the Regis and Kelly Show, but a consistently-upbeat Anderson? That never happened.

As viewer, I’m happy to see it. My message to Anderson (I feel we can be on first-name basis now): You’ve spent inordinate time earning serious stripes in the world of serious journalism. But ferrying folks across the River Styx to the Land of the Dead should never be your main focus.

Find the stories that tickle your funny bone and share them with us. That’s what we in the audience really want to hear. Yes, Anderson, giggle more, and we’ll giggle with you.

It’s well-nigh time you enjoy your place in the sun. There’s no one in journalism who deserves it more.

Slim Fast Recall

There was a Slim Fast recall in December of 2009. The voluntary recall affected 10 million ready-to-drink products in cans distributed in the United States. Forget asking yourself, “Does Slim Fast work?” Rather, “Is it safe to drink?”

There was a recall reminder put out by the FDA in February 2010 to help consumers distinguish between the prior recalled unhealthy product and the now safe product. All other products appear to be safe and not part of this recall which was apparently very scary to some consumers.

The issue for the recall was the possible contamination of the drink products with the Bacillus Cereus bacteria. Sounds cereus, I mean serious, which it was. But really, in all cereusnes. ok enough of that.

The point is that when using these mass produced diet products, not only are they expensive to budget challenged consumers in great need of weight loss solutions, but now you have to wonder just how safe they are to use.

Like any other food and drug product, the FDA has its job to do to keep them safe for consumers. The question you should ask yourself is, “Do I really need another mass produced diet product to fight my weight problem, or should I find a better method that is sustainable and effective for the rest of my life?”

As one person wrote:

“I wouldn’t do slim fast at all, so many people that i know as soon as they quit using it and started eating solid foods for every meal again gained their weight back. It’s not a quick fix at all.”

The Recall

It is just one more symptom of a product and method that is flawed. The product is like any other food replacement diet that tries to pose as a solution to your weight loss yet proves itself time and again that it is a thief, not only of your hard earned dollars but also of your self-esteem.

Your ultimate conquest of your weight will come when you are empowered with a lifestyle method that is honest and becomes a part of yourself and not an external crutch.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just stop with calorie counting and the time consuming methods of keeping track of everything weight loss oriented in your life?

Eating healthy balanced meals with all of the food groups and the right nutrition, and pretty much all of the tasty and joyous foods you love to eat is attainable. Making this a seamless part of your daily lifestyle can be your reality.

The first step to a new reality is to arm yourself with the truth. There are other options other than going on this diet plan. The days of worrying about this recall can be a thing of the past.

Start right now and take the first step to learn how you can stop dieting, start eating, and start living. You deserve it.

How To Get Taller

Do you want to know how to get taller fast? I spent 20 years of my life trying to find a way to gain height….I was obsessed with it. My name is Nick Carver and up until the age of 34 I stood 5 feet 3 inches tall. It was a huge source of embarrassment for me. I felt inadequate and was always trying to find ways to increase my height through get taller pills or stretching exercises…nothing ever worked and I never grew taller. When I turned 30 years old I had practically given up…pretending to accept my lack of height and just move on…the problem was I could not be happy…as a matter of fact I was depressed about it. Every time I left the house or entered a room I was reminded about how short I was. Not to mention the nicknames or how many times I was asked if I was a jockey at the local racetrack…this one really hurt.

Discover How I Changed My Life

A visit to a new doctor changed all this…On this visit he did the normal height (Which I dreaded) and weight check and then a brief physical and then told me everything looked fine. I guess he could see my stress and embarrassment so he asked me “have you ever wondered if there was a way to gain height”. That is all I needed to start pouring my heart out about my 20 year quest to find a way of growing taller. He listened, as every good doctor does, and I feel he really understood why I felt inadequate about my height…but then his response caught me off guard. He had actually seen a program increase height in adults…I almost fell off the examination table. Here was a doctor who was going to show me how to get taller. He started to get into the medical jargon about how this program can actually restart the growing process in adults but to be honest I was so excited I was not really listening…A doctor who was going to increase my height! This was all I could think about.

To Discover This How To Get Taller Program

Finally after 3 anxious days his office finally sent me the program…I was ready to start that minute…and I did! I followed the How Too Get Tall program to the letter as I felt like this was my last kick at the can to gain height. After 1 week I measured and yes I had grown ? of an inch…This only increased my enthusiasm about staying on the program. I decided I was going to wait a full 6 weeks before measuring myself again. After 6 weeks I measured myself and I cried…yes I cried! I was now standing 5 feet 6 inches tall…I had grown 3 inches. I know most men out there may still laugh at 5 feet 6 inches but I can not express the way this has made me feel.

This How To Get Taller program has changed my life…I have more enthusiasm for life, I am more self assured and bottom line…I am much happier! I know I am never going to be 6 feet tall…I can accept that…but the 3 inches I did gain have made me a different person.

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“There are several tall guys that play basketball on my college team. Because I was shorter than most of them I was finding it difficult to be more than just a reserve. My coach told me that I was too short and therefore I would be the weak point of the team in matches. Having nothing to lose I gave your product a try. Within 6 months I grew four inches. Now my teammates looks at me differently, respect me and I play in matches all the time.” DISCOVER MORE CLICK HERE

“I tried many products to grow taller in the past 2 years, but with no luck. When I saw your website for the first time it was easy to notice that this one was different from the rest.
I suddenly started your program and to my surprise I grew 3 inches in less than 2 months. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to add some extra inches to their height! thank you Darwin!

5 Reasons to Workout

There are many reasons to workout but here are my five favorite:

Stress release – Exercise helps relieve tension, giving you a natural high through increasing endorphins. Focusing on a situation will only make you more stressed so instead consider working out.

More energy – It is true that when you exercise it gives you more energy. Too tired to get up and do something? It doesn’t take much – go for a walk, do some short burst cardio, or a quick weight lifting routine at home. You will have more energy to get through your day afterwards.

Lose weight – Working out does assist in weight loss for obvious reasons – you are burning some of the calories consumed. Did you know that 70% of your results come from eating and only 30% comes from exercise? Just remember, over exercising is not the answer to losing weight, better food choices are.

Better sleep – Working out helps relieve stress and gives you more energy to accomplish the multitude of things moms have to deal with daily so when it is time to go to sleep you are tired. While you are able to sleep, as much as possible with children in the house, you sleep more soundly.

Confidence – Taking time for yourself is definitely a challenge for most moms. We often feel guilty for leaving our children even if it is just for an hour. Don’t feel guilty for taking that time for you, you deserve it. Working out helps you become stronger physically, have more stamina, and start believing in yourself. You can accomplish your goals, so start today!

These are shockingly obvious but the sooner you start making exercise a habit, the sooner you will reap the benefits.  Why do you workout?

A Place for Everything

My home is full of baskets.  Something about having things put away strategically in a basket, box or bin just makes me feel happy inside.  While in La Conner WA this weekend, Jeremy & I checked out a bunch of antique stores in search of great bins for the studio.  None were perfect for us so the search continues but here are some I love with a vintage feel.  We currently have a vintage metal milk crate holding our design magazines which I love!  The wood version may be perfect for our records.

My friend brought to my attention that Jeremy & I discussed typography for about 45 minutes straight the other night during dinner.  We are the couple sitting at home watching Helvetica on Friday night and Jeremy actually knows some of the people in the movie.  I think that qualifies us for font nerddome.

For others like us, check out these quality screensavers by typenuts.  I have these two on my computers because it appeals to the type/letterpresser in me.  And of course, I love nothing more than a nice ampersand!  (photos by typenuts)

A Big Committment

Getting married means that you have to think about the fact that people will want to purchase presents for you.  I get very shy about telling people what I might like for a gift- especially to the level where I put those items down on paper.  I can see people cringing already like “Jen thinks it is ok to spend that much on some sheets?” Quite frankly, I don’t even know what is the going rate for sheets and bedding because I always buy mine on sale.  Besides, the selection of bedding is no laughing matter- it is a serious committment.  I love the Alexander Girard inspired duvet  from UO (top).  My dream bedding is on the right from Dwell (bottom).  As an extra added bonus, this stripe is called Draper which immediately made me think of Donald Draper from Madmen and I then wanted this bedding even more.  Are you as in love with Don as me?  Madmen is terrific.  We are currently catching up on the first season but I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

Design Crush- DesignSponge*

When I met Jeremy and he frequented DS* and loved their before and after projects, I knew he was more than just a boyfriend.  He was major husband material.  We are currently in the process of purchasing our first home together in Normandy Park WA which is about 15 minutes south of Seattle on the Puget Sound.  Since we’ve been househunting- it is all I can do to spend hours looking at all the archived Sneak Peeks on Designsponge*.  My current favorite is from Kelly Moseley who knows how to use kelly green around the house!

We love DS*!

Art & Copy

Last night Jeremy & I saw Art & Copy at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle.  The film features some of the greats of advertising and just scraps the surface of the amazing work that has happened in advertising in the past 50 years.  From the “Just Do It.” campaign to “Got Milk?” it brings the people who inspired the paramount advertising ideas to the forefront!

I became interested in advertising in college during my introduction to Advertising course.  Now, marrying an art director, he has taught me so much about the inner-workings of an agency (that and a copous amount of watching Madmen).  I really liked the film.  In fact, it made both of us want to know more which is always the sign of a well-executed documentary.