GMA Recap and CraftFail Book Giveaway

1 Posted by - January 17, 2015 - Announcements

So, in case you’re not tired of my dumb face, you can check out my second appearance on Good Morning America here:

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

(If you missed my first 30 seconds, you can read about that in my last blog post.)

Fun, right? And you got to see Heather from CraftFail featured prominently, too! (More on that later.)

I’m going to answer some of your frequently asked questions, because I wanna and because being on a morning news show for like 30 seconds (twice) is a weird experience that I bet not too many of you have had.

1. Did you do your own hair and make-up?

HAhahahaha. Hahaha! Did you see me? No. No I did not. There was a literal team.

Photo by robbie_foust

Photo by robbie_foust

And, let me tell you, I am not an easy job, especially my hair. I told you about how the first hairdresser was stymied by my hair oil. I did wash my hair after that, but my second hairdresser (for the other segment on Friday) could not figure out what to do with the giant cowlick right on the hairline of my forehead. (I don’t know either. It’s been there forever and I still can never figure out what to do with it.) Much hairspray was involved and I will never be able to duplicate anything she did.

The noteable exception to this is the package in the first segment where they interview me with the Sears Portrait Studio background. There was no hair and make-up for that and I had just gotten off a flying tube of recirculated fart air (most of you call them “planes”) at 9 pm after finishing most of a day at work and not re-applying any make-up since around 7:30 in the morning. The videographer sort of begged me to put on more make-up, but I didn’t have any in my purse (I know. I am horrible at being a girl.) so we wiped all the “shininess” (read: grease) off my face with a slightly used Kleenex I happened to have in my pocket. Not kidding.

no pro makeup

Also note my greasy hair. This is why they make you go see the hair and make-up people for real TV.

2. Is Melissa Rycroft/Lara Spencer/Sara Haines/Gwyneth Paltrow/Carlton really cool in real life?

Melissa (of The Bachelor fame) is cute as a button and super nice. Lara Spencer is tall and gorgeous and her fashion is “on point” (so says my brother, whose opinion I trust more than mine on women’s fashion, not kidding). Sara Haines is very sweet, but I didn’t get to talk with her hardly at all. And Gwyneth and I are good buds now. (Listen, Gwyn, are we still on for a shoe swap?) Yes, they are all that thin and beautiful in real life.

Carlton was a total diva. I loved it.

3. Did they really fly you out to New York and put you up for 3 nights just for a total of like 1 minute of actual air time and 2 sentences of spoken lines?

Yes. I am as confused as you are, but I shall not complain.

4. Is it scripted?

Yes. Heavily. We rehearsed. Of course, the script went entirely out the window both days because they had to cut time to fit everything in the hour and the Pinterest segment was the first thing to go. I had the answers to three or four questions rehearsed both times, but had to cut it down to one or two sentences on the fly. On the second one, they were considering bumping me out altogether. Eeek! But they managed to make time.

So, imagine rehearsing and memorizing your lines for a 3-act play and then having to figure out a way to squash it all into the first act. Oh, and they tell you this 5 seconds before the curtain goes up. Fun, right? But it totally was fun. I loved every second of it.

5. Did you get a limo and a suite?

Well, not exactly. We got a limo company with a shiny black Cadillac and a dude at the airport with my name on a sign, which was cool beyond belief. I told the producer how thrilled I was by that and she gamely refrained from patting me on the head.

And I got a hotel room, but the hotel was overbooked so they moved me into a suite, so yeah, I got a suite, but I wasn’t really supposed to, heh. It was pretty awesome. I was told it was a $700-a-night room since it had this view of Times Square:

Photo by likness

Photo by likness


Feel free to ask other questions in the comments. I shall answer them. Probably. Unless they make me look bad. Then I’ll lie. And you’ll never know.

So I said I’d talk some more about CraftFail, and it just so happens that I have a copy of Heather’s excellent new CraftFail book (which she mentioned in the GMA segment above) to give away!


And you’ll find an entry from yours truly in there. (Remember water marbling? Yeah, that happened, and it’s now in print for posterity.)

Want to win it? First, make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter. Once that’s done, fill out this short little survey so I’ll know you want to win, and I’ll pick someone at random. Easy peasy.

Thanks so much for tuning in this week and for letting me rave about New York and Good Morning America and revel in my 15 (or 30) seconds of fame. It was fantastic and I loved it. Thanks guys!

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  • mario fernandez January 18, 2015 - 12:22 am Reply

    I love you, but please look at the front were the camera is!! You look if you are contemplating to the abyss. Other than that you are perfect, keep it up.

    • rfoust January 19, 2015 - 8:22 pm Reply

      They actually told her to talk to the co-hosts and to not look at the camera. There’s probably a reason, I guess.

  • Elizabeth Ann Taylor January 18, 2015 - 1:51 am Reply

    You looked beautiful and did so well! You give your loyal following of minions such hope, just by being you, yay you!!

  • Beth Anne Riches January 18, 2015 - 2:21 am Reply

    Sounds like it was a total blast, and you really did great!

  • JAYBES January 18, 2015 - 7:27 am Reply

    I was so hoping you’d somehow get someone to say “Cocknails” on air…oh well. You did great. And at least you got a few days in NY on them!

  • Joanna Likness Pendleton January 18, 2015 - 9:04 am Reply

    All my coworkers enjoyed you too. 🙂 I got lots of comments about how beautiful you looked! (Which I then got to take as a compliment b/c there was also a lot of, “Wow, you two look just alike!”)

  • Donna Gettings Apperson January 18, 2015 - 6:27 pm Reply

    I love that you got a suite! I would have so glommed on to Lara Spencer to absorb some of her energy. Your segments were great; I saw them both and now I’m here following you and waiting for more tests! It sounds like you had a great time; you deserve it.

  • Karen Krumbach January 18, 2015 - 7:04 pm Reply

    Loved both segments. Too bad they had to cut the segment down to fit the time. Your hair looked fabulous on Friday’s segment. Will you attempt to duplicate it? Anyway, you looked great and they don’t know what they missed by cutting your appearance short.

  • Deborah Blake January 18, 2015 - 8:25 pm Reply

    You were great 🙂

  • Leigh Sittenauer January 19, 2015 - 12:55 am Reply

    You were awesome. Way to go! The cameras really picked up the beautiful color of your eyes.

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