Trek Women
July 10, 2008


Img020 I am kind of freaking out right now. This coming Monday, July 14 at 8:30 pm EST, I’ll be making my cable TV debut cooking with Emeril on the premiere night of his new show called Emeril Green on Planet Green, a new channel from the Discovery network! My episode is called “Light for Life.”

Back in April when I did the taping, it seemed like a good idea to help promote women, cycling and healthy living. Now, all I can think about is am I going to look like a big dork and how many fat rolls are showing. (Though I invested heavily in top-to-bottom, suck-it-in Spanx.)

Ah well, who cares. It was a once in a lifetime experience to meet Emeril and spend the day with him. He loves to be teased and joke around. Between segments, he’d give me a wink or throw his arm around my shoulder while we waited for the camera crew. Pretty much, I was either laughing or tasting different foods (and then I’d laugh again and I’m sure food fell out of my mouth.) I wasn’t a bit nervous.

I'm not sure what will end up on the episode and what will end up on the cutting-room floor; but there will definitely be some shots of me riding my bike; riding with Russ, who also got interviewed; a spin class with my Marines; my “big pants” perhaps; and lots of Capitol Hill flavor. Let’s just hope they don’t use the shot when I stumbled down my front steps – that’s what I get for wearing those heels. What I do hope is that my story about how cycling helped me to change my life will inspire others to hop on their bikes and ride too.

The bummer is that I'll be in Rapid City, SD at a work conference, so I'm going to miss it. The channel is not a basic one. The good news is that Discovery replays the heck out of their shows, so I’m sure I’ll see it one of these days.

P.S. Emeril rides a bike, too. I invited to take him for a spin anytime he’s in town. :)
P.P.S. If you watch it, then, yes, that really is my voice.


I'm programming the Tivo now. . . I just know you'll be awesome!
:) Jen

Posted by: Jen | Jul 10, 2008 9:53:46 PM

Jen and I saw you on the TV last night . . . Food Network is running promos for the series and all of a sudden - "that's Laura! - wait! Go back!" And through the magic that is TiVo, there you were, frozen in time on our bedroom wall . . .

We'll be watching Monday night - and only partially hoping to see the scene where you stubmle down the steps :-)

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 11, 2008 12:23:38 PM

It'll be great!
However, when I watched myself on tape when I was a teacher... it was HORRIBLE. I sounded so fake and horrible; how could anybody stand to be in the same room as that? Then I figured that welp, actually, nobody was cringing or hurling...
So if you see yourself and think it's awful... it probably isn't. If I"m back from bike riding in time, I'll check it out :)
Sheesh... your 15 minutes of fame. Wow ;) Emeril :)

Posted by: Sue | Jul 12, 2008 9:24:07 PM

Yah! Congrats! I can't wait to see it!

Posted by: Susan Mele | Jul 14, 2008 8:47:08 AM

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