Monday, July 13, 2009

is this thing on?

Hey, remember me? It’s great to see you. Your hair looks good.

Speaking of hair, did you hear that I was on Rachael Ray late last week with the lovely Whoorl as part of the show’s feature on Hair Thursday? Yeah, it’s true! The filming happened well over a year ago and just aired on Friday. The experience was so much fun, except for one teeny-tiny part.

Let me give you a quick overview of how it all went down. First, Rachael interviewed Sarah on stage. Did you see how articulate and glamorous Sarah was? She’s a stunner, that one. Then, Rachael talked to me from the audience to ask why I participated in Hair Thursday. After that part, I was whisked away into the hair and makeup room to get my hair cut and colored by the awesome Rodney Cutler and his team. Seriously, there could not be a nicer and more talented guy than Rodney. He was amazing.

After my hair was all done and styled, they brought me back out on stage toward the end of the show for the big reveal. Which is where I somewhat mortifyingly flipped my hair and Rachael made me do a little twirl. I’m not usually much of a center-of-attention type, I’ve gotta tell ya. But the studio audience was fun because they clap a lot. Applause! It’s encouraging! Who knew.

All was going well until Rachael had me sit down at the table in front of a big plate of sweet and sour pork that she had made on the show that day. It looked and smelled delicious, but when I saw that the only available utensils were chopsticks, I panicked.

Hello, my name is Rebecca and I SUCK AT EATING WITH CHOPSTICKS.

I always have, and I probably always will, since I’m 35 years old and old dog, new tricks, yadda yadda yadda.

Somehow I successfully manage to transport a couple of bites to my mouth without incident. And it was DELICIOUS, I tell you. So thanks Rachael. THANKS FOR NOTHING.

Because I spent the next year-plus stressing over the fact that my Awkward Chopsticks™ were going to be exposed to America on national television.

The bottom line is that no, they weren’t. My Awkward Chopsticks were masterfully edited out, but now I’m telling you, because... I don’t know why. I’m all about laughing at myself, I guess. And if ever there was an opportunity, this was it.

If you didn’t catch it, visit Rachael’s site for a clip of the reveal. You can see my embarrassing hair flip, but mercifully my chopstick-handling skills are minimized for your viewing pleasure.


Camels & Chocolate said...

HAAAAA. Oh my, I thought I was the only Californian who could not masterfully maneuver a pair of chopsticks, but alas, I have met my soul sister!

a. I didn't even notice your awkwardness.

b. You and Sarah both looked hot. Every time I've been on national TV, I've looked like a frizzy-haired, shiny blob, but you two could have passed for models.

rebcram said...

K - I love the internet for bringing you to me! Awkward Chopsticks(tm) is a lonely disease, is it not? :)

Rhiannon said...

I eat sushi with my fingers because I CANNOT use chopsticks.

Also, I totally would have smacked Rachael for touching my hair.

Kristabella said...

I thought you were FABULOUS! You looked great and totally not awkward at all!

Also, I cannot use chopsticks either. I end up putting the bowl close to my mouth and pushing my food in!

*jcg said...

It was fantastic! And I didn't even see the whole chopstick fiasco.

Susan said...

You know what cracked me up? When Rachel walked behind you and RAN HER FINGERS THROUGH YOUR HAIR.


You were stunning -- articulate and fun and just beautiful.

AnnieM said...

I thought you looked and sounded perfect! Seriously. I know I would've been stuttering and sweating but you were a natural.

PS. My girl Martha Stewart? She says it is completely acceptable to eat sushi with your fingers...just sayin'.

mjb said...

See I just thought that look on your face was you being afraid of getting caught on camera mid-chew!

Angella said...

Since I didn't get to meet you when I was at Sarah's house this winter (ANGRY EYES), it was good to see you in action.

You're all sorts of cute :)

kat said...

you looked stunning! but i was cracking up at rachael at the end forcing you to eat...and then playing with your hair. hello rachael - invasion of space!

otherwise you looked stunning! too fun!

Sassy said...

Hi, I saw the show and WOW - I love your hair!! Beautiful!!

The Urban Cowboy said...

I lived in Japan for 3 years, and I can't use chopsticks either.

Scarletgrey said...

Rebecca, I watched the episode today where you had your hair done. I thought it was really cute, and that is the style I would have picked for you. They did a totally awesome job. I would love to have them do that for me!

About the chopsticks, I used to be a real klutz with them, could never use them. I had resigned myself to not being able to master them. Well a few years ago, I was already a grandmother 4 times, we were at the Newport Beach Marriott where my husband worked at the time. That was when we still lived in California. The sushi chef fashioned some practice chopsticks for me, like they usually give kids. Well it worked. Ever since then I had gotten better and better at using them. I use them all the time now. So you can teach an "old dog" new tricks. If I can do it, you sure can, I promise you!

Now that I found out about the blog and all that cool info from Rachael's show, I will be reading the blogs and getting on the website. Sure glad I saw that episode.

Bev Rush