Lots of action happening in Wilmington these days. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis are supposed to be getting ready to film 'We're the Millers'. It's a comedy about a pot dealer (Sudeikis) who creates a fake family to smuggle drugs across the country. Jennifer Aniston is supposed to play his fake wife, who also happens to be a hooker. Wowser!
Anyway, there's a casting call for extras, thanks to Wendy Reavis for letting me know!
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So many people Facebook are buzzing about this pic! Gwyneth Paltrow is in Wilmington and is pictured wtih Angela and Keith Rhodes, the owners of Catch Restaurant.
[Jon Favreau was GP's dinner date]
As the locals know, Ms. Paltrow is here to shoot Iron Man 3. And though people are thrilled to see GP in ILM, many people also get pretty tickled to meet the Rhodes family. Keith Rhodes is a superstar in the reality TV world of cooking. He's been on Bravo's Top Chef and has also been named a James Beard semifinalist.
What's your favorite restaurant?
If you're looking for another one of Rhode's restaurants, check out Phun Seafood Bar. I had such great pho!
I swear I learned this in Journalism school: dog bites man is not nearly as compelling as man bites dog!
And wouldn't you know it... a fairly new K9 cop with the Wilmington Police Department got his ear gnawed on by a convicted felon.
I shared the story on Google Plus when it first happened, and people seem to think it's all a part of the zombie apocalypse. Not so fast says reporter Nadine Maeser. She says the guy told her he's innocent, and if he didn't bite the dog's ear, he would've been dead.
[Read our first report]
Police on the other hand, say if Maxx had a little more experience, like his K9 peers, the guy would have been torn up. Here's our reporter notebook video:
Travis Glaspie is now facing charges for assault on a law enforcement animal. Read Nadine's follow up story.
Hope you guys will watch out for my new co-worker, Sanah Sayani. She just started at WECT and Fox Wilmington this week... and I "volunteered" her to make her on-air debut tonight!
Sanah was ready-to-go at 6:30, but then we had breaking news and blew out the entire rundown. So, she made her first appearance on Fox Wilmington News at 10. Sanah is a pretty darn couponer, and since she's from Atlanta, she's going to need a little help getting acquainted to the Wilmington market. She's never heard of Harris Teeter, y'all! She'll be in for a treat.
Say hi to Sanah!
This week, we spent a little more than $26 for about $108 worth of goods at Target, CVS and Harris Teeter. We got a few freebies and a lot of things less than $1. We like to spend around .50-cents or less on items, but we feel like we got a great deal on all these products! And, thanks to Sanah Sayani for finding all these incredible deals at CVS and Target - I'll introduce you soon!
[See the full breakdown/coupon matchup]
Here's the breakdown by stores - from L to R, Harris Teeter, Target and CVS:
The pickens are a little slim, but I am really excited about the cheap-o eyeliner. I got Revlon eyeliner (the kind I use) for about $2.50 each this week at CVS. They're normally about $8 each at the pharmacies! The Lady Speed stick cost 2.99, but you get $2 back in ECBs and I had a $1 off coupon... so that makes it FREE!
This week is a good time to stock up on pet food - Alpo and Meow Mix are less than .50-cents a can at Harris Teeter. That's a steal!
In all, I am out of pocket about $15 for about $40 worth of items. Hard to believe money can spend that fast, huh? That's why I LOVE couponing.
Alpo, Meow Mix, Chi Chi Salsa, and deodorant were all .50-cents or less. Everything else was at least half off its normal price.
[Read the breakdown of the deal]
My husband always jokes that he's going to move me out to the middle of nowhere and start raising rottweilers.
I love all dogs, but I have really come to love rotties. They are one of the most intelligent breeds, extremely loyal, great around children, easily trainable and fierce protectors if forced.
Tonight, we got a puppy from a woman in Cary, who just had too many rottweilers to care for. Linda Draper is famous for her rottweiler broods - she was recently featured on Purina's Pro Club magazine. She has really been fantastic to us... and you can tell that all of her dogs are loved.
So... here's my adorable little baby, Piper!
Piper is about 7 months old and is very sweet. We're looking for a good, Catholic middle name for her, so if you have any suggestions, join the conversation here. Jon Evans suggested we name her Piper Anne.
Piper joins Minnie Margaret, who so far is being a very good big sister.
[Watch Minnie's antics on her own YouTube channel]
Love being married, with a house, a car and two little doggies... lots of big changes in our house! Oh, and I'm always looking for cute dog pics from viewers or for fun places to take my fur babies. Would love to hear from y'all!
A beautiful, vibrant, young mother has left us. Heather Foster died Saturday night, June 2nd, after a very quick battle with lung cancer.
I first met Heather after she and her husband Brian lost their son, Jake. Jake was a healthy baby, but right before he was supposed to be delivered, he got tangled up in his umbilical cord. I was doing a story on an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, and thanks to volunteer photographer Bill Garmon, we did a beautiful story on the Fosters and this wonderful organization.
[Watch the first story I did with the Fosters on Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep]
About a year later, I was so happy to learn Heather became pregnant again. But I was devastated to find out she also had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She was not a smoker. She never had been.
Heather and Brian agreed to do another story with me. I could tell she was already in a lot of pain.
One thing that stuck with me was the way she was diagnosed. Heather told me she had a cough. And because she was a healthy, young, non-smoker, doctors at first thought she had pneumonia. A spot showed up on her x-ray, but doctors didn't even consider cancer.
Still, her coughing continued. In fact, she ended up coughing up a small piece of her tumor. When she brought it to her doctor, he knew right away.
She asked, "It's cancer...or what?"
Doctors told Heather that lung cancer can go undetected for quite some time. When doctors found Heather's cancer, it was already spreading to other parts of her body.
My second interview with Heather was on Valentine's Day. I remember feeling terrible for crowding in on them, but they wanted to talk because they weren't sure when they'd get to do it again. Brian called their relationship "perfect" that night - saying she was his best friend... and that now they felt they couldn't waste any time together. Though their days were hard, they were finding new hope in fighting together.
During our interview, Heather told me she was having some pain. She actually downplayed it. But what happened was this - after our interview, she and Brian went to the emergency room. And though she wanted to carry her baby for a few more weeks, doctors ended up taking Elizabeth Rae just a few days later.
It was hard to keep up with the Fosters after that. I signed up to bring meals to their homes, thanks to a meal train, but since they were up in Raleigh so much for treatment, my day ended up getting canceled.
I saw the Fosters just two weeks ago at a prayer vigil. Heather was hopeful, but she started crying a bit as she told me how scared she was that God might have a different plan for her than what she had hoped. She was in a lot of pain and was down to 115 pounds or less. I hugged her, told her I loved her, and that I would be praying for her.
In many ways, our prayers were answered. Heather is no longer in pain, and no longer scared. Throughout this ordeal, she never lost faith in God. She kept telling people that God could heal her. She started becoming a beacon of light for so many people who had never met her. Her Facebook prayer group exploded with messages from strangers who told her how much she impacted their lives.
I wish I would have never met Heather under the circumstances in which I did. But yet, her life had purpose and meaning to her loved ones, the community, and me.
The one thing I'll take with me and want to share with you is to be an advocate for your own health. I will carry Heather's experience with me for the rest of my life. And, I will share her story with other people as well.
I don't ask people to pray very often. But if you do pray, please say a few prayers for the Foster family. They will need peace, and not just for today or the next few weeks. I couldn't think of a family more deserving.