Reese Speaks on Early Morning TV

Hey Readers!

As I posted on my personal social media pages, I have finally crossed another item off of my Bucket List. For those of you who don’t know this about me, I LOVE television. If I’m not out and about or reading, I have my favourite shows to watch and catch up on. I have also wondered what it would be like to be on television. Sure, there are the fantasies of one day becoming a soap opera actress on my favourite soap, but I have also wanted to know just what it would be like to be on live television, how it all fell into place, and whether I would be able to cut the mustard and not fall to pieces in front of countless people watching me for a change.

My friend and fellow blogger, Vanessa from Turnipseed Travel, gave me this chance a few weeks ago when she, ever so graciously, suggested that I appear on CTV Morning Live to do a segment for Mother’s Day on five apps for busy moms on the go. At first, I was not sure I could do it, well, because I was never a great public speaker. This was the part of the school year I hated withe the fires of a thousand suns. Sharing what I thought or what I was interested in was in front of my teacher and classmates made me really ill, and I was glad when the 3-5 minute torture session was over. Over the years, I have become better with sharing my thoughts and interests (this blog has helped), but I am still a nervous about it, and I was curious about what it would be like to have this experience. After talking it over with one of my gal-pals, JC, I accepted this opportunity (Thanks, Vanessa and JC)!

After ironing out all of the details, I chose five of the apps I wanted to share with CTV Morning Live and busy parents that I thought they would get a kick out of trying. These were my picks for this segment:

  • Keeps users up-to-date with events that are happening in your city and to purchase tickets to attend these events. It also allows for event promoters to post their events to the site to get the word out about what will be happening in their city.

  • Provides users with recipes for any type of meal when they are unsure of what to fix for themselves.

  • Helps users to plan out meals by providing recipes, a place to store planned meals, and a grocery list to pick up items needed to put a meal together.

  • A cloud-based planning calendar to keep events of each family member in one place, as well as chores each person is responsible for in and around the house to minimize confusion.
  • An storage app that allows you to save articles, videos and other web content to view later whenever you like, and to share these items with those you think would enjoy them. It also has Desktop  Browser extensions to use when you are not on a mobile device to further save content you want to view at your leisure.

All of these apps can be used by Android and iPhone users.

Over the next few days, all I could think about was how to get through each of the apps smoothly, without freezing. Having dead air is one of the fears of live television, and I did not want to be the cause of it because I became nervous and could not string two words together to save my life while people at home are watching me, wondering how the show could have picked me for this segment. So I practiced what I would say anytime I could while getting other things done, like cooking, working on other tasks and at the park with my “Bosses” while they “socialized.”

Finally, the big morning arrived. Lucky for me, I did not sleep well the past few nights, so getting up early to gussy myself up was not a problem!  😛  On the way to the CTV Studios, I continued to speak to myself, going over what I was going to share. I went through security, and sat, nervously, waiting to speak to the floor director, the producer who contacted me about my segment and Jeff Hopper, one of the hosts of the show who would be guiding me through this segment, about what would  be happening for my five seconds in the sun. For the few moments I was alone, I was talking to myself again, making sure I got everything down pat. I was so nervous, that I didn’t even take any photos of anything!

All of a sudden, it was showtime! Jeff introduced me (on behalf of Ottawa Mommy Club), and away we went. Then my greatest fear happened: I froze! I like to call it my “Frozen Moment.” It may have been for a few seconds, but it felt as though it was a few minutes. I went blank, and I had so many thoughts running through my head, yet none would come out of my mouth! Finally, I pulled myself together and started talking again. Jeff helped me get through the rest of the the segment so easily, and I went from blank and silent to a Chatty Cathy! the next thing I knew, the segment was over, and the camera was off. I then thanked Jeff and the floor director for the experience, and went on my way home.

It was so such a whirlwind experience, it was over so quickly. No, Readers, there was no limo waiting for me to take me to some extravagant event, or to take me to some important appointment. Life went on, and I went back into “Me Mode” where I take care of my “Bosses” and clack away on my laptop. The best part of returning home after this experience was the reaction from my family. My Other Half was so proud of me, and my Bosses were excited to see me on television. He recorded it on my phone so I could watch it as soon as I got home. I still don’t believe I did it!

Is Hollywood knocking down my door: Nope. Would I ever do this experience again: In. A. Heartbeat! I wish I could host a morning show! The hours are great (for me), the interesting people and topics you would deal with on a daily basis vary, so there’s no monotony, and it’s so fast-paced, so you are always on your toes to provide some spontaneity!

Click here to view my segment on CTV Morning Live!

Until my next post, Readers!


Encounters of the Young and the Restless Kind: Mission Accomplished!

Hey Readers!

I did it! A few months ago, I said that the next item on my Y&R bucket list would be to meet someone form the cast of Y&R.  Well, Readers, mission accomplished! A few weeks ago, I found out that Melody Thomas Scott, known to many soap fans like myself , as Nikki Newman was going to be doing a session at the Fall Edition of the National Women’s Show in Ottawa.  As soon as I heard that she was going to be in town, I knew I had to be there!

After I found out the details for her session, the next thing I had to do was find a gal pal to go along with me.  I would have happily gone alone, but meeting a soap star that I have been watching since I could remember is much more fun with someone with you who is a huge fan, too.  Luckily, my friend SMS was able to come along for this experience.  I then bought our tickets for the VIP package to the National Women’s Show to meet her and get a signed picture of her. This is when the hard part of this adventure began: waiting to meet Melody Thomas Scott at the Show.




Finally, after sitting on my hands for two weeks to keep my excitement at bay, the day finally came to go to the National Women’s Show to meet Melody Thomas Scott. After about five wardrobe changes, I was ready to go. SMS then picked me up, and away we went to the Show!

We arrived at the Show early, so we checked out what this season’s show had to offer.  There were so many vendors with some amazing items and information they wanted to share with the attendees.  We tried and snacked so many things!

A half hour before Melody Thomas Scott’s session, we decided to head over to the Main Stage where her session was to take place.  We discovered that we should have gone straight there as soon as we arrived as all of the seats at this stage were taken! We were able to grab a great spot close to where Melody Thomas Scott would be standing and interacting with the audience. After chatting with some of the other attendees at the stage, our wait was over! Melody Thomas Scott had arrived! She looked very much like she does on-screen, and she was happy to be back in Ottawa. When answering questions from the audience, Melody Thomas Scott just spoke from the heart, not mincing words, and she was funny, too.


MTS Collage


After the session was over, SMS and I got into the line-up that formed out of nowhere to meet Melody Thomas Scott. To pass the time, we took selfies of ourselves, and chatted to more big fans of Y&R.


YR Lian and Sandra 2


Once we were at the front of the line, I was trying to compose myself enough to speak to Melody Thomas Scott.  When my turn arrived, She was very nice to me. I told her I felt bad because she had to write out three names every single time she signed an autograph on a picture.  I was also kicking myself because I didn’t bring my script for her to sign as well.  SMS was thoughtful enough to get a shot of me speaking to her.  I am so thankful that she got me at a great angle, because I think I looked fabulous! I just wish I would have thought to turn around!


Lian YR


A volunteer at the Show then took a picture of me with Melody Thomas Scott. Let’s just say that I need to learn my angles as I didn’t look so good in any of these pics! Melody Thomas Scott, on the other hand, look fabulous in all of them. I would be off to the left of this pic.  😦




After meeting Melody Thomas Scott, SMS and I took in the rest of the Show and bought a few items we liked. We had an amazing time meeting Melody Thomas Scott and at the National Women’s Show. If another soap start we both like comes to Ottawa, SMS and I will be sure to be in attendance.

Here it is! My autographed pic of Melody Thomas Scott.  This is going to go into my pretend chest of Y&R memorabilia. I will have to put it into a frame so it doesn’t get ruined.




Since meeting a soap star can be crossed off of my Y&R bucket list, the next items would have to be to interview a soap star face-to-face or to travel to sunny L. A. to do a tour of the Y&R set at the CBS Studios. Readers, unless I win the lottery or win some kind of contest, I don’t think I will be accomplishing any of these items for a while.  😦

So here is where this mini feature ends for now…that is until I get to accomplish one of the other items on my list. Hopefully, I will get the chance to have every adventure I have set for myself and have a great time doing it.

Until my next post, Readers!