So, five months after taking the initial audition test, my episode of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” finally aired last night. I have to say, I am pretty proud of how Jerry and I did. While I would have loved to have won more money, the $50,000 we did win was, as Chris Harrison said at the end of the episode, “Not a bad paycheck for 30 minutes work!”
Looking back, I am happy with the game I played. I used all my lifelines when I needed them, I thought through the questions, and I didn’t take any significant risks. (Of course, getting questions that happened to line up with the storehouse of weird knowledge I keep in my head helped immensely!)
Overall, the entire experience was an amazing adventure! And I have to say, we especially enjoyed meeting and working with the cast and crew of the show. From the folks that hosted the original test, to the producers that I interviewed with, to the production staff that took such good care of us at the studio, they couldn’t have been more supportive or encouraging. A lot of unseen work goes into making sure the final production looks good on the screen, and those folks deserve far more recognition and respect than they typically receive. So, to all of them, I offer my sincerest thanks.
If you ever get the chance to audition, I would highly recommend it! It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I am so very grateful to have been able to experience it.
Back in June, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE held open auditions in Pensacola. David took the test, and we went home. After several skype interviews, and emails back and forth with producers, he finally got the call to go to Las Vegas for the taping of the show in August. We flew out and had a great time. It ended up being over our wedding anniversary, and birthdays (our wedding anniversary is August 20, David’s birthday is August 21, and my birthday is August 22).
To quote my hubby: “I played the game I wanted to play.”
The show airs tonight (November 15) on WEAR-TV abc3 in the Mobile/Pensacola area. Per legal, we can’t say anything until the show airs…so everyone will have to watch to see how David did. But I have to say we met some amazing people from other contantests to staff and producers from the show that will always have a special place in our hearts. It was an amazing experience.
I can now say that I have conquered Algebra! I received my final grade of “C”. I will take it. I so struggled with this.
I knew the material, just really struggled with the tests. Overall, I did well. I am so thankful it is done. The anxiety with the tests was really overwhelming. I tried my oils, medicine, and breathing techniques. I still found myself staring at my test with – uhm – what is this? I LOVED this from Carmen. My family has been incredibly supportive.
I have made it a goal to take six courses (two classes per semester) in 2018 beginning with Statistics (math again), and Nutrition. I am not looking forward to the Statistics course, but I am the Nutrition course. I think if I can get through this next math, I will be okay in school. I know that I will struggle, but just looking forward to learning and growing.
So onward, right? Happy to have a break for a couple of weeks.
Wow…it seems like forever ago that I had my Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Then again, it seems like yesterday. It is much harder to work at maintaining especially now with my gain of eight pounds.
I had my 18 month check up Friday. My doctor was concerned about the gain, as am I. I do not want to go back there.Stephen has this picture hanging up in his room. I thought I looked good at the time. It was a good picture of all of us. I have a fear of this. I know that I can’t get there quickly, but it will creep up on me if I am not careful. I know the gain I have had is directly linked to the lack in my planning of meals, or my exercise. It shows.
So as I said yesterday…resetting my focus. Reclaiming that I can do this, and will with God’s grace. Having the support of my nutritionist in what I want to do with my diet, I plan on beginning after Thanksgiving. I don’t want to start only to set myself up for failure. Planning my meals and exercise will be the key to my daily success.
I have a month to get off 4 pounds, and have my follow up appointment with my nutritionist. (Realistic goal – 4 pounds; would love to have all of the regain gone at 8 pounds!) David and I will be gearing up for the Ho Ho Hustle 5k on December 9. So exercise is a must to beat my time from last year.
Side note: I am continuing to take college courses (YAY), and will be taking Nutrition next semester. It will count as an elective in my AA, but for me personally, something I have had a long desire to learn. I have a want to relearn what is healthy, and how to be healthy in everyday life. I think it will benefit my family as well, well hopefully.
Happy thanksgiving week. Stay safe.
I love Emeril. Always have. We loved dinning at Emeril’s Delmonico in Las Vegas. He now has a restaurant in Miramar Beach – Emeril’s Coastal Italian.
David and I were out in Destin on Saturday, and decided to take a chance and have an early dinner/late lunch.
We had a wonderful time. Robin and Lindsey were our servers, and they were helpful, and attentive. David had the smoked fish dip and flatbread meatball pizza, and I had the coastal board with Bluefin Tuna Tartare, Jumbo lump crab salad, and Grouper cerviche. I also had Emeril’s Chardonnay.
It was wonderful. We ended with desserts; David had the Chocolate Hazelnut pudding, and I had the Olive Oil cake with salted caramel.
We will have to go only every once and a while, but this will be a go-to place for now on. Amazing food, service, and prices were very reasonable.
I have been wanting to revamp or streamline my bucket list especially since my weight loss. To keep myself accountable, I am doing it here. I am not placing order on the items as when I have the opportunity it will happen, right?
Original post in August 2012 – with updates
- Travel (anywhere)– Just travel
- Tandem jump
- Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
- Learn to speak German (take a class)
- Open a store or tea shop
- Write a cookbook/book
- Conquer Algebra (still in process)
- Participate in a Disney 1/2 marathon (walking)
- Fit into a size 10-12
- Crochet or knit a blanket
- Speak in front of a group of people
- Learn how to can vegetables, or make jam and fruit preserves
- Learn more than 6 words in sign language
- Live in Europe
- Own a Corvette
- Go to a Dallas Cowboys Football game
- Attend a gymnastics or ice skating Olympic event
One of my favorite things to do is eat at famous chef’s restaurants. My list so far is below, and really don’t have a bucket list for them until we travel somewhere.
Emeril’s, Delmonico Steak House, Las Vegas
Chef Art Smith – Art and Soul, Washington DC, and Homecoming, Disney Springs
Morimoto’s, Asia, Disney Springs
Cat Cora’s, Kouzzina, now closed, at the Board Walk, Disney World
Wolfgang Puck’s, the Dining Room, Disney Springs
Gordan Ramsey’s, The Savoy, London
Paula Dean’s, Lady and Sons, Savannah, GA
Updated list for now anyway. What is on your list?
On my bucket list, #21 is to see the band U2 in concert. CHECK!
Thursday night in New Orleans (nose bleeds) in the super dome with my concert buddy -Carmen. AWESOME!
With all of the change I will be experiencing in the next month, we decided to drop my summer classes. I wasn’t doing well with the online math class due to losing focus. I need the structure of a classroom. I am too new to this back to school thing, and admitting that I can’t do it right now is good.
I am enough. To say no is okay. I am very emotional about this. Right now really defeated. But Fall is just around the corner. And I will conquer these classes then!
Prayers appreciated. Blessings.