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Sunday, August 31, 2008
For the past year, Andrew has been asking me, “Mama, can I do a cooking show with you?” and I’ve kinda resisted, mainly because a 5 year old boy…specifically MY 5 year old boy is quite unpredictable. How do I know that he’s not just going to blurt out my dirty laundry on LIVE TV???
There’s no bleep button on the control board (I’ve checked) and even if there was, how would I signal the producer to bleep out the part when Andrew would spontaneously shout out, “My mama dances naked on the bed to ‘Careless Whisper.’”
Like, totally embarrassing to let the world know that I still, even after the gerbil incident (wait, was that a different dude?) and knowing that he’s so totally gay that I’d fling my naked body at George Michael if he rang my doorbell.
Last Christmas I asked my husband for George Michael concert tickets. But of course, I Believe he got jealous of my Fast Love for George Michael. Husband was furious and told me that I Can’t Make You Love Me, I’m just Waitin’ For The Day that you leave me for G.
I said, “Honey…I just have A Last Request. Try not to Wake Me up Before You Go-Go. Oh, and can you take the trash out first? I’ve had an Amazing…Hard Day.”
That was 10 songs!!! Can you do better?
But Andrew PROMISED he wouldn’t blurt out that, “when my friend at Kindergarten pushed me and hit me, my Mama told me next time he does that to kick his ass and tell him that he has ears like a donkey.”
So I let him come with me. Oh. My. Buddha. He was soooo excited that he skipped around the house all and even did the dishes, laundry and mopping for me that night. Since it was his cooking show, I asked him what would he like to cook.
Come see Andrew’s debut on TV. Just click on the “Featured Video” link.
Weatherdude, John Scalzi,Â said to Andrew, “Come with me! I’ll show you the control room!”
Andrew was mic’d up from the beginning (and was afraid to go to the restroom because he thought, “my teacher will hear me go peepee.” Cute.
Andrew brought a little Beanie Baby frog that his Mimi gave to him.
He said, “SO! MANY! TVs! and BUTTONS!”
I was a bit nervous that he’d be scared of these monsters. There are three of them in the studio, all moving around depending on the shot.
Waking up at 5am was easy…staying awake waiting for our spot to come on was tough.
We went on air for about 4 minutes to do our thing. Then we had another 20 minutes til the end of the news broadcast where we’d come back on to show the final dish and say goodbye (video doesn’t show that part.)
During those 20 minutes, we have to finish the fondue, cut up all the fruit and make a pretty platter for the beauty shot. Here’s Andrew making the fondue.
Stirring the melted chocolate…
But of course chopping fruit doesn’t take long and we had plenty of time left. Without talking, Andrew just stood there on his stool, tired as all hell. He did what any 5 year old would do…
Just started eating the chocolate during the commercial break…
We are very fortunate to have good health, but can you imagine not being able to afford an operation and medication to stay alive?
Blog-friend Srivalli is sponsoring a fundraiser to help 28 year old mother of 2, Anita Lakshmi. Will you please help – even by just donating a few dollars? It could mean the difference between life and death for this young woman who is running out of time and options. My heart goes out to her…big hugs.