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

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!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A fun staycation with the fam and friends!

We spent the weekend at Rustic Creek Ranch, aka Jellystone, in Burleson this weekend.  Our good friends Sammy and Leslie Morris have a family reunion there every year and some of their friends (including us) tag along.  We absolutely love this place - the cabins are super nice with jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces.  It's perfect for those of us who prefer glamping to camping.  The water park was open this year and it's just for guests - NO LINES!  There's a bounce house area, laser tag and paintball, a catch & release lake and so much more!  We spent both nights hanging out in the outdoor theater watching Monster's University and Despicable Me 2.  And yeah... we stayed up until 2:30 a.m. playing games.  Good times.  We love this place and look forward to going back next year!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Me and my big sis circa 1978.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Special Thanks

I want to thank my pageant sponsors for their support.

Mrs. Texas 2014

c. Larry Wright

30+ married women descended on Corsicana, Texas Easter weekend to compete in the Mrs. Texas America pageant.  About a month ago, I actually considered pulling out of the pageant.  I wasn't able to prepare like I had in year's past - health issues and an unbelievably crowded schedule made it difficult to spend time in the gym.  But after some inspirational motivation from Ryan, I showed up ten pounds heavier than usual ready to compete.  And have fun of course, because that's what we do at Mrs. Texas.  Good thing I made the trip - I secured a top-five finish and was there to watch and experience my pageant bestie Whitney Beseda (Mrs. Arlington) take home the crown.

Our girls' weekend started early Thursday afternoon with swimsuit and opening number photos and the must-have group shot above.  We then sat down for orientation - all of the contestants introduce themselves and we get a rundown of the weekend.  Following a quick rehearsal, we got our contestant gifts.  My favorite - the tiara cookie cutter of course!

c. Larry Wright

Some new friends and old packed into a couple cars and went to the new Applebee's in Corsicana - we had to take a selfie and a pic to memorialize the fun.  The best part was watching beauty pageant contestants trying to order meals - more vegetables, no cheese, water, no cocktails. The struggle was real.

After dinner, we had to take advantage of the gorgeous Texas state flower blue bonnets - this is one of my favorite pics from the weekend.

Friday morning, we made our way over to the theater for rehearsal.  Whitney and I raced over so we could mark our territory in the dressing room.  We were the first contestants there (always on time).  Then the work began - we practiced bathing suit and evening gown before breaking for lunch.  

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

I was the designated leader for Group 4.  I must say - I had the best group ever!  The ladies paid attention and rarely made mistakes.  It made my "job" easy.

Group Four! c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

After lunch, it was time to rehearse our opening number! The opening number is always fun - we never know what our choreographer Edrienne is going to come up with, but it's always adorable.  And she didn't disappoint this year.  When she pulled out pom-poms, me and a couple of other girls squealed with excitement and offered up our cheerleading skills.  There were plenty of shenanigans that went down that afternoon.

c. Larry Wright

This happened...
c. Larry Wright

After rehearsal, we got all dressed up for our cocktail reception at the Corsicana Country Club.  After dinner, I had to rush back to the hotel to figure out what evening gown I was going to wear in the competition the following day.  You read that right - the night before the pageant, I wasn't sure what I was going to wear.  It just goes that way sometimes.

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

Saturday was competition day.  We woke up early for last minute rehearsals then raced back to the hotel to get ready for interviews.  The morning-of rehearsal is always stressful - the adrenaline is starting to flow and everyone is beginning to get a little anxious.  But how serious can one be with rollers in her hair playing with pom-poms?

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

Then it was time.  The competition was fierce this year - a lot of young, new girls who nailed it on stage.  But I rocked my curves - and barely squeezed into the dress I borrowed again from Whitney.  I'll spare you my bathing suit pic this year.

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

And at the end of the night, I was thrilled to take home the fourth runner-up award.

c. Larry Wright

But hands down, the happiest moment of the night was watching Whitney win the crown.  This was her year.  She won the interview, swimsuit and evening gown awards.  Some would call that a sweep.  No doubt our friend Rich Robertson who passed away last year was looking down on Whitney smiling.  But this moment... I'm so glad Larry Wright was able to capture this moment on stage.  With tears flowing, I had to give my girl a big ol' hug.

There is no doubt in my mind this girl will bring home the Mrs. America crown in August.

Another highlight from the night - Will and Bryn came to see the pageant for the first time.  They loved it.  Bryn was so excited to see mommy on the stage.

It was a great night and I'm so glad I chose to compete.  Crazy thing is now I'm pumped about next year - maybe lucky number seven will be the year I win.

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright