Suddenly I’m Homesick

Every morning in the Englehauer household, the Today Show is playing, giving me the weather, a little bit of news and a lot of gossip.

And when I am home in time for the evening news, Brian Williams is the one who gives it to me. Brilliams in my favorite Robin Hood board member (sorry to everyone else – I can’t lie). I even have a truly remarkable photo of the big man himself from our 2012 benefit hung up at my desk. Other people have pictures of babies and significant others. For me, it is b.wills.

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And anyone who knows me, knows that although I may live in NYC, in my heart I will always be part of the 603. The ‘shire. The granite state. Those who say “live free or die” and truly mean it. That’s right: New Hampshire.

So, when NBC News and by boy speak about the greatness that is NH, my heart melts.

 

“Anyone who has spent time in New Hampshire has an emotional tie to the state … but what I appreciated when I was governor was the people, and I believe they are what made a difference in getting the peace treaty negotiations done. … It’s been the people: their independence, self-reliance and imagination. It’s all possible in New Hampshire.”
— Jeanne Shaheen

So Long Ann

While it is no secret that I am happy with this news, it doesn’t make it any easier for the people involved. So long Ann. No one can say you didn’t give it your all.

Ann Curry Announce New Role at NBC

And so the search begins for a new host to sit with Matt every morning. I hope that NBC doesn’t rush into anything, which I believe is how they got themselves into this mess in the first place.

Shame on You Katie Couric

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All this week Katie Couric is making her return to morning news, only this time she is appearing as the co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America. After hosting NBC’s Today Show for 15 years,  this is certainly a controversial move.

As a loyal Today Show viewer, I find this move almost as disgraceful as when Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees.

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Katie, you know I love you – I am just not sure how you can cheat on Matt Lauer like this? And honestly… with this guy?

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The only thing worse that Katie’s blatant dis-loyalty to the Today Show is the Today Show’s response.

 

Really? ABC makes the first move with Couric and you respond with Palin? Even Matt thinks this idea is ridiculous.

Maybe it is time for me to switch my morning show allegiance.

Hiring Our Heroes

I watch the today show religiously. Every morning from around 8am until 8:45/9:00 I spend my morning with Matt, Ann, Al and Natalie. They provide just the right amount of news, weather and of course, gossip. It is a great way to start my day and is many times, where I get ideas for blog posts. One of my life goals, along with riding on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, is to be on the Today Show.

Back in June, and then again in September, when we (Robin Hood) were hosting the massive 60,000 person Black Eyed Peas concert in Central Park, we was getting a lot of press. I thought for sure that one morning I would turn on the tv and see my friends chatting about the concert and the incredible poverty-fighting work that Robin Hood supports. Sadly it never came.

But the past few weeks, I could feel something brewing…

For the past few weeks, Ann has been highlighting  “Hiring Our Heroes” a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.  By partnering with a network of 1600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes hopes to create a movement across America in hundreds of local communities where veterans and military families return every day.

This morning the show broadcasted aboard New York City’s USS Intrepid, which is hosting a Hiring Our Heroes job fair today. During the broadcast, Ann interviewed both Mayor Bloomberg and Dr. Jill Biden about their involvement in this mission. During the interview, Mayor Bloomberg gave Robin Hood a shout out for all the work we’ve done over the past year, specifically geared toward helping New York City veterans (at 2:45)

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It is pretty incredible to hear the Mayor of New York City mention your work on national television,  especially when you are part of the communications team! Of course, it just so happened to be on the ONE day when I actually didn’t watch the Today Show. Oh well – more fuel to make it happen again.

A PSA on Safe Sex from Dr. Seuss

I am not sure who I love more in this interview – Zack Effron for his good looks (hey – he is 24, I am allowed to say that) or Matt Lauer for his extremely discomfort with the word “condom.” Either way, I am so excited for The Lorax!

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Midas Touch

Everything Martha Stewart touches turns to gold. And I am really starting to get a little sick of it.

 She has, hands down, the best craft room

 

She has her own line of glitter. 

 
She can think of a craft for EVERY holiday

 

She makes donuts look classy

 

And her chicken coop is nicer than my apartment

 

And now, even her dog is deemed perfect. Yesterday, Martha Stewart’s 2-year-old Chow Chow, Ghenghis Khan, won best of breed at the Westminster Dog Show .

So what’s the first stop for an award-winning dog – why, the Today Show of course.

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Honestly, I am not sure how much more of this I can take. Thank goodness there was this little blip on Ms. Stewart’s record… without it I might actually die of jealousy.