Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What Happened On My Last Day "Off"

Today was supposed to be a day "off." With Suzie Humphreys leaving The Broadcast at the end of the week, I'll be taking over daily duties at the host table.  Today was my last day to sleep in on a weekday. Thank goodness I got the call yesterday that a couple of the hosts were going to be out and I needed to fill in.

The show started out with one of my FAVORITE barbecue spots in Dallas - Off the Bone. This cute, family-owned spot is on Lamar Street downtime. The ribs are to die for - they literally fall off the bone. I devoured four of them this morning - two live on the air.

We had some serious star power in the room during our second hour of the show.  You remember Bo Duke (aka John Schneider) from the Dukes of Hazzard right?  He was live, in studio today.  What a fun, personable gent.  We chatted about tonight's season finale of Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots and about John's new studios in Louisiana. He even took the time to pose with some fans that congregated outside. 

And I've mentioned before that I'm a major Twihard! Ali Faulkner from Twilight: Breaking Dawn was in studio. Gotta love a hometown girl who makes it in the big leagues.

My dress today is from Banana Republic at Galleria Dallas - you can find the link here.  And shout out to jeweler Bobby Schandra who hooked me up with a fabulous pair of studs. Food, superstars and jewelry all in one show?  It doesn't get better than that.

Monday, July 28, 2014

I Believe I Can Fly...

Bucket List

Fly on a trapeze - CHECK!!!!

Yesterday was probably the hottest day yet this year in Dallas, but that didn't stop some friends and me from putting on our own circus act in downtown Dallas for my friend Miesha's birthday.  With the Dallas skyline behind us, Donovan and his gang at Skyline Trapeze literally showed us the ropes.  After a quick demonstration, we were flying through the air.

This was by far the most fun I've had in a while.  The trapeze is terrifying and challenging, but the rush you get from flying in the air is so worth it! We'll definitely be trying it again... SOON!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Fashion on The Broadcast

I love, love, love this dress I wore yesterday from Belk.  It's a Julia Jordan dress and was fun and flirty. I paired it with a cute pair of snakeskin sandals.

And today was a rarity - we never coordinate outfits and usually come out in all different colors. Not today - all black and white with a splash of blue. I wore a Kensie dress with a pair of strappy black sandals.

Monday, July 21, 2014

This Week on The Broadcast...

Belk at the Dallas Galleria will be providing my wardrobe on the show all week. Check out this beautiful Tahari dress... and you know I love Tahari!

Coming soon!

A must-not-miss event!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy birthday to me!!!!

Some people dread birthdays. I cherish each and every one of them. Seems like every other day I'm hearing about someone's passing. So I celebrate being blessed with another year!  

While we didn't do much to celebrate, my little sister and big cousin came into town. Good times were had by all!

The big 3-8!

At Mexican Sugar in the Shops at Legacy

Heading to a friend's 40th ON my birthday - July 13th

Monday, June 30, 2014

There is something wrong with me!!!!!

I while back, I sought medical attention for a variety of issues - extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, sleep issues.  Over and over I was told the same thing - you're busy, it's stress.  Then last labor day, I was sitting at my desk in my home office after a weekend trip in Washington D.C. when I looked down and noticed by ankles were swollen.  We'd flown home earlier that day - certainly the enormous ankles must be because of the flight.  But I was worried so I headed to urgent care.

The nice young male nurse was nice and exchanged pleasantries with me while he was hooking me up to all of the intake gadgets.  At one point he said, "Your heart rate is a little high."  My response - "Well, I can feel my heart racing.  It does that.  But my cardiologist says I'm fine.  I did a stress test and an echocardiogram.  I have palpitations, but my heart is totally and completely healthy.  But what's my heart rate?"


My resting heart rate should've been somewhere between 60-100.  It was 147.

My urgent care visit immediately turned emergent... and after a quick EKG to rule out a heart attack, I was sent home after two IV bags and fluid and told my potassium was low.

During the subsequent weeks, my neck became enlarged, my feet were swollen and I started losing weight.  One day, I stood in my office and I reached to get some papers and I realized my hands were shaking.  It was something like MS.  I just knew it.  That afternoon I sat in a doctor's office in tears saying I wasn't leaving until they told me what was wrong with me.  It wasn't stress.

That's my big ol' thyroid bulging in my neck... 

I had blood work done - my thyroid levels were elevated.  They sent me to an internal medicine doc.  His diagnosis was almost instantaneous after listing off symptoms - hyperthyroidism.  I was at an endocrinologist's office the following day.

After swallowing a radioactive pill and having an ultrasound, I was told my thyroid was fine (no cancer), just overactive.  So I've been on medication since September.

These meds... I'm experiencing hair loss and weight gain.  I'm still tired all of the time.  I want to go to the gym but I just don't have the energy.  When I do go to the gym, I have to make sure I take blood pressure medication.  It's just a mess.

Hopefully I'll get some better results at my next appointment in July.  I will keep you posted.  But if you're experiencing any of these symptoms and your doctor tells you its just stress, have him check your thyroid!!!

Last week though....

Back at my old firm in 2010, I started working on a case.  Here we are halfway into 2014 and that case is finally being considered by the Texas Supreme Court.  You may be asking - "But Dawn, you left your firm in March - I thought you were taking a break from practicing law...."  Well, not this case.  It's way too important to me.  We won at the trial court level and were overturned on appeal.  I spent most of last week working on the brief that is due this Wednesday.  I need another vacation.

I did have some time last week to emcee the Hand in Hand luncheon benefiting Helping Restore Ability.  The highlight of the luncheon was meeting and interviewing the wonderful Marlee Matlin.  The Academy-Award winner was incredibly inspiring.  It was such a pleasure hosting this event and hearing her motivational words.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Playing catch up... again! But I've got an excuse!

I've been on vacation.  I'll update y'all this week on the past couple weeks. But tonight's post - you've got to check out this adorable dress from Banana Republic that I wore on The Broadcast today.  The pockets were my favorite part!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Great way to wrap up the week!!!

We had a very special guest on The Broadcast this morning - comedian Rob Schneider!  This guy had us in stitches - no doubt the folks who head to the Addison Improv to see him tonight will be rollin'!  Better yet, he dropped some knowledge on some not-so-funny topics - I was thoroughly impressed with his stance on pharmaceuticals (overuse) and vaccines.  Check out clips at www.thebroadcasttv.com.

c. Paul Stofer

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Neufeld, Party of 9

I got the call Friday afternoon - we'd put in an application to adopt the most adorable kitten a couple of weeks ago and he was ready to come home.  Now there are four humans, one dog, three cats and a fish in this house.  Introducing Frisco the cat!

Star Power on The Broadcast

What can I say?  My job has some definite perks.  Like when actor, writer, director extraordinaire Marc Menchaca stopped by the show...

But the absolute highlight of the week... interviewing one of my favorite country music groups Parmalee.  These guys are the real deal - super nice and unbelievably talented.  I hope my mic was closed while I was singing along to "Carolina."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Special Olympics

Will competed in the games today in Little Elm - he's our champ!

It's been an eventful couple of weeks...

I've always wondered what it would be like to be involved in something that went viral.  Well, it happened last week.  On one of my day's off (thank God), my co-hosts got into a bit of an argument about Michael Sam's gay draft day kiss.  Over 1,000,000 views later, let's just say last week was quite eventful.  I'm going to refrain from commenting on the situation except to say that I will always support gay rights and marriage equality.  If you missed what happened, click on this link:

On the flip side, it's been a great couple weeks on the show.  We've had some really incredible guests.  I'm glad things are finally getting back to normal.

US Paralympian Taylor Lipsett

The one and only Lionel Richie

Candy Spelling

The Fault in our Stars actors Shailene Woodley
and Nat Wolff and book author John Green

It's the Old Spice Guy!!!!  Isaiah Mustafa

Manu Bennett (Arrow, Spartacus) and
Steven Michael Quezada (Breaking Bad)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Prom Night 2014!!!

A couple weeks ago, my good friend Jayne introduced me to Mr. Jordan Paul.  Jordan is a senior at Royse City High and was looking for a prom date.  This intelligent, funny, handsome young man just happens to have autism.  But I could tell last night that he's the popular kid in school.  And after we showed up last night in my friend James's Ferrari, I think he's going to be even more popular!  I surprised him with the sweet ride - JP was thrilled!  I've got to send a special shout out to my buddy for loaning me the car.  Heck, I didn't want to give it back today!

It was such a fun night - certainly memorable for us both!