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from nbc news, this is "today," with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybody. welcome to booze day tuesday, november 5th. we're going to do it like nobody else does it on tv. >> exactly. >> we have a big, big show. hoda's favorite. >> the "shahs of sunset." have you guys seen it? >> no. >> reza and asa are here. >> i watched it a little this morning to understand what the hoopla is all about. >> ryan seacrest is on to something with that show. it is fun to watch. but they're downstairs. >> uh-huh. >> giada. >> has a new book out.
>> cooking book. >> the cover is stunning. >> the most beautiful cover, clean and fresh, just like giada. i hate her. >> know who i love? >> who. >> remember cinnamon lee. >> who? >> the little doggy i gave to my friend. that's their little girl reilly on the left, but that's cinnamon. look how tiny that baby was. you got blake. i gave that little dog to our friends. >> right. >> and now i just -- that's riley now with cinnamon lee on halloween. >> that's like a joy fit in reverse. oh, be my gosh. wow. the after is amazing. >> isn't he adorable, though? >> how many months old is -- when did we get the dog? like march? right? >> i don't know. i don't remember. >> april, may, june, july, august, september, october. it's not even a year old. >> thanks to my friend for sending that in. i have a picture of you i want to show. yesterday hoda came to the country with me to my house and got into my little podcast studio. there's bambino.
she did such an awesome job on my podcast, going to start airing tomorrow. you can -- it doesn't air. you go online. >> what you have to do is tonight at midnight, by the way this is one of those things. >> there's our friend louise whose mouth is open. people always look like they're having more fun when their mouth is open. >> look at us. bambino, he sits with me through every one. >> i didn't know what it was going to be like being on your podcast. i wasn't familiar with what it was. i have to tell you, it was so much fun because you -- we covered everything. it's full of humor, full of depth. louise is hysterical. >> she is so funny. >> time goes like that. >> i know. i'm loving it. i am loving it so much. podcast1.com. and my show is called -- o-n-e kathie lee and company. >> jimmy kimmel had something of a halloween tradition and what he's done the last couple years
is, he's asked parents to say to their children this statement, i eight your halloween candy >> all of it. >> and then record their reaction. okay. that's just cruel, but let's take a look and see what people sent in. >> i'm so sorry. >> i hate you! >> well, that's not very kind! >> that's not very kind. >> hey, guys, guess what? >> what. >> we're just kidding. all the candy is in the laundry room. >> for two hours walking around the whole entire neighborhood getting candy. >> i'm kidding. >> mama! why did you do that? every halloween. >> why do you do that every halloween? is that what she said? >> i don't know. i couldn't hear.
>> oh, my god. >> apparently the second time he's done it. he didn't learn last time that people think that's cruel. >> there is a little mix of feeling awful. >> but the kids are so funny. i hate you! >> that wasn't very kind. how about that? >> i wonder what a psychiatrist would say about it. >> not great. i have a feeling -- >> should be awesome. let's ask stacy kaiser. wake her up in california. >> over there drinking wine on our couch. >> yeah. >> on our bed. >> on our bed? >> what are you people doing? >> they're on our bed drinking our wine? >> welcome. >> we're glad you're here. >> thanks for having us. >> there's got to be a story there. >> we'll if figure it out. this is welcome news to some and very unwelcome to others. sears and kmart announced their thanksgiving schedules. used to be the stores were closed on thanksgiving. >> kmart decided to do something interesting. ♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ >> is this you? >> crank it.
♪ let your heart be ♪ from now on our troubles >> i could just listen to her all day. and i do. >> download that. >> all right. so kmart announced that they are going to open their doors on thanksgiving day at 6:00 a.m. for 41 straight hours. you know, and, let's see, that means you can shop all the way through black friday until 11:00 p.m. that day. now sears, which happens to be the sister, the sister company of kmart, is going to open at 8:00 p.m. on thanksgiving day, so after you've finished your turkey and such. >> you know how i feel about it. nothing is sacred anymore and thanksgiving is not about families. i guess -- i don't know. i just think that -- >> thanksgiving was the one holiday where it wasn't about gifts and traveling. just being there. >> just being together. it's just one more chink in the armor, honey. >> it's that kind of thing, because there are sales and people are having, you know,
money issues, you're compelled to go. >> they're going to be open the next day. why can't one day be for family? >> because -- >> you hate your family -- >> you want the flat screen on sale. you want to be first in line. >> i get it. it saddens me. it really does. when i think back on my life and i've lived a long time now. >> yes, you have. >> my greatest memories, many of them were holidays with just family. >> yeah. >> i don't know. we don't spend enough time with our children as it is anyway and we can see that in our culture. >> a lot of stores are actually oping on black friday, there's a bunch of them, walmart, macy's, jc penney opening on thanksgiving as well. >> thanksgiving night. >> yeah. >> all right. >> here's a question, does a successful woman damage the ego of her husband or her boyfriend or partner because he feels -- >> if she's more successful than he is? >> can a guy be happy about a woman's success? what do you think? >> it depends on the guy. >> yep. >> you know, i think frank is whatever success i have had,
however you measure it, i think he had so much success of his own, you know, that he's always been, you know, happy and proud, you know, just -- he's grateful. i'm the first wife he ever had that had her own credit card. know what i'm saying? that was funny, actually, people. not sad. that's funny, okay. when i have to point out the difference between you guys, all right. >> sad. >> sad and funny. >> i think it is one of those things that sometimes men don't even realize they are resenting something when it's happening. >> that's what they say. the experts, whoever they are, the university of florida, basically said that men are not even consciously aware of the fact that they're starting to -- they act out on an unconscious level. >> you can see that. >> a guy likes to be in charge and they don't like it when you to pay for things, i don't think. i don't think it's a great thing. i think it makes them feel less then. damages their ego and emasculates them. why did you do that? >> i don't know. >> if you watched "the voice" last night, it could have been maybe one of the most perfect evenings.
>> really? >> know who was there? >> blake. >> him too, but flo rida. >> two favorite guys in the same room. >> flo rida performed with christina. let's just take a listen to that. ♪ ♪ yeah, yeah ♪ ♪ she can get it my hope ♪ >> come on. doesn't it make you want to get up? >> to go out, get up and go out, is what it makes me want to do. ? oh, my god. >> i'm sorry. i will never like that. i will never! >> you love flo rida. >> i love him very much. >> no don't. ♪ >> so team blake had a couple of people who performed for him. here are shelby and cole, these could be standouts. let's take a look.
♪ one chance man so don't let me down ♪ ♪ here's your one chance fancy don't let me down ♪ ♪ forgive me for what i do but if you want out it's up to you ♪ ♪ a fool can be ♪ stole my heart but i love you anyway ♪ ♪ maggie, i wish i never seen your face ♪ >> thank you. >> shelby. >> yeah. >> shelby. that was cool. >> what a voice. >> here's team adam. there are a couple people performing here. james and tess ann. ♪ you're in my blood like only wine it tastes so bitter and so sweet ♪
♪ and i could drink a case of you ♪ ♪ oh, darling, and i would still be on my feet ♪ ♪ yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ i don't know ♪ he didn't say why ♪ i guess i >> tess ann. >> all right. >> tess ann. >> absolutely. >> "the voice" airs tonight at 9:00, 8:00 central and you will be voting to decide who stays and who doesn't. >> this is something that christina aguilera has not been eating lately because she looks so great but we are. >> frito lay has come out with something new. they are chocolate covered potato chips.
it's a test drive. >> apparently from the -- for the people that are in our studio they're going to make it full time. >> yeah. >> i tasted it. it wasn't for me. >> you know what it is, there's a thick layer of chocolate on a thin crispy potato chip. >> yeah. >> and you love it. >> limited time only during the holidays because that's what you need, more calories. you can get it at target and 5 ounce bag is $3.49. >> oh, my gosh. really delicious. >> we have a big show coming up. >> yes. >> is the lack of daylight affecting your mood? that's why they're over there. going to teach us how to snooze a little bit better, i suppose. >> yeah. keep the blues away. >> we've got the "shahs of sunset." we have phil harper from "covert affair." >> one more. ♪ i can taste it save them.
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hour over the weekend and just like that evening light was gone. >> research shows the time change can affect your mood and sleep patterns. sonstead of turning into gabby the grurmpster, we have advice from the experts. >> dr. carol ash, director of sleep medicine at meridian health and michael bruce, clinical psychologist and sleep specialist. >> hello. >> really? >> really? >> i promise. >> nice to see you both. welcome. >> is this hour really affect us in any way? >> yeah, it really did, hoda. i like everyone else was grateful for the extra one hour, but what we don't realize is it really does disrupt our sleep rhythm and cause us to have difficulty with the quality and duration of our sleep. as we get into fall, the air is crisp and the days are getting shorter and there's less light and that can cause a problem with your mood. >> you would think it would make you sleep better and longer because it gets dark so early and cozied up early. >> it does. but there's something called seasonal affective disorder. >> i have had it forever. >> when we have the change in the weather -- in the time, we
now have the beginning of seasonal affective disorder. the season of seasonal affective disorder. it's very common to hit about now and see a lot of differences like your appetite may change, a little more fatigue, a lot more sleepiness, things of that nature which can really take its toll. >> you were telling us during the break the most traffic accidents happen on the day that -- in spring when we spring forward and lose an hour. >> that's correct. that's correct. >> yeah. >> what i don't understand, why don't they take the daylight saving day, instead of it being on sunday, why can't it be on friday? doesn't it make more sense? give us the weekend. i can't figure that one out. >> geniuses at the helm. >> how do we get in sync, our sleep in sync. >> there's a couple simple things you can do. number one thing is you want to stick to the same wakeup time every single day, even on weekends, believe it or not. >> on weekends? >> yeah. set your clock. it really will. there's lovely things here -- >> of course there are. what's on the table? >> drugs. >> vitamin d. >> vitamin d is a big factor. we know that because people aren't getting as much sunlight, they're not producing as much vitamin d.
we know vitamin d has a lot to do with fatigue and our energy, that feeling of energy, so if somebody wants to supplement with v vitamin d, 1,000 to 2,000 iu each time every day. >> at the same time every day. >> take it in the morning. >> creatures of habit. >> sleep is a creature of habit, right. sleep works on a very circadian rhythm and moves in a particular way. the more consistent we are the better for us. >> what about a glass of wine at the end of the day. >> it will help you to drift to sleep but will disrupt your sleep patterns after you go to sleep. something that i encourage all patients to do, go red before bed. heart cherries are naturally high in melatonin. >> really? >> afraid i'm going to steal the cherries. >> they will improve the quality and duration of your sleep. if you drink tart cherry juice one glass for seven days you would see an increase of 40 minutes of sleep and your ability to stay asleep would increase by 6%. >> we just want to see this.
we have a prop behind us. >> what about 11:00 in the morning? >> will that affect my nap? >> i think it will. >> it might. >> what about daylight. >> if you don't have your hands on tart cherry juice another fruit that's good, helpful for sleep are kiwi. if you have kiwi at night that can help as well. >> all we've been waiting for is that one thing to happen. the shade to go up and sun light to come in. >> if you get exposed to bright light it will make a difference. >> keep blue lights out of the way and the technology away from the bed. >> blue light suppresses melatonin. it will stop you from going to sleep. >> think of melatonin as the vampire hormone. it only comes out in darkness. >> we love it when you talk like that. >> thank you very much. >> they're flashy and fabulous which must be why the "shahs of sunset" are kicking off their third season tonight. >> they're here and going to have fun with us. >> that's reza. >> and that's asa. ♪ this is my wish ♪ my wish for the world
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>> in the city where image is everything the "shahs of sunset" is a reality show that follows the lives of six iranian-american friend was all believe in one thing, understated is overrated. >> season three kicks off tonight. here toe fill us in on what we can expect the two stars of the show, reza farahan. is that right? >> yes. >> asa. >> god bless you. >> okay. first of all, i'm so excited. >> hoda loves the show. >> i didn't know if i was going to be in, and suddenly you -- we watch how you guys interact. you two play -- you guys are dear friends on the show. tell us about your relationship. >> she's like my sister from another mother. >> yeah. >> i love her like a sister and party with her like a friend. i mean, it's like -- >> the perfect combination. >> it's the perfect combo. >> does she tell you the truth when you need to hear it? >> she's an aries. >> says everything. >> you two are leos and so am i. >> stop it! >> 16th, 9th, 5th.
>> stop it. >> and my boyfriend is from oklahoma. >> no. this is just crazy. >> i love it. >> this is crazy. >> leos -- >> over there. >> i don't -- >> you're all blinged out, asa, but you play kind of a crunchy granola-ish kind of girl on the show. >> no, i don't. >> it's the priestest vibe. >> tell us. >> there's diamond water and wears gold. i have a nice car i drive but i also meditate. >> what about gg? do you not like gg? >> we like gg. >> right now. >> you you don't at all. >> no. >> you don't like gg. >> i -- >> i have to make some trouble here. >> she doesn't know who gg is. >> i watched the show this morning. >> you did. >> is she the blonde there? >> no. she's -- they're all brunettes. >> there's a blonde. >> we don't have blondes. gg is a little blondish. >> tell us for season thee what we can expect.
>> it was like a huge therapy session i took my friends on all summer long. >> what do you need therapy for? >> everything. >> i turned 40. i move in with my man. i'm dealing with a crazy family that's on two coasts. >> yeah. >> i have an og gangster grandmother that walks around with a pistol. >> i bet she's fun. >> she's fun. she's fun. >> we're going to play a little game with you two. >> let's do it. >> the word under stated or overrated. the first picture. >> flashor trashy. >> flashy or trashy. >> trashy. >> trashy. >> slightly trashy. >> next. >> okay. >> flashy. >> flashy. >> good answer. good answer. all right. next, please. >> trashy, sorry. keep it real. >> i like it trashy but real. >> sorry, i won. >> you didn't win. >> was that a on her nose? >> i like reza. >> thank you. >> sorry. >> i'm leaving.
we're back on this tuesday with today's style and how to dress like a celebrity. >> author, jill martin has three affordable looks that anyone can have. >> really, jill, anyone? >> we all want to look like our favorite celebs. this will teach you how to shop in your closet. >> let's start with emma roberts picture. tell us about her look. >> "from we're the millers" this outfit clearly over thousands of
dollars. the couture neck, the necklace, those two pieces alone. we have our look, cammy, come next to her and look how much alike this looks. this total look, $203.80 for the entire situation. >> wow. >> wow. >> and the necklace is $65 from rj graziano. if you a blouse and want to add a statement necklace how great is that going into the holidays. i love this clutch from dara for $79. a lot of people don't think of the clutch as the statement piece but i like it. >> judith lieber taught us that years ago. >> a dog, a cat, whatever you want. >> i love the lieber woman. >> next celeb. this is lauren. >> this is lauren and you see miranda kerr in the picture here. prada flats, gorgeous designer trench coat and a celine bag. thousands of dollars in this picture. now we look at lauren. >> come out lauren. >> step out next to the picture. i love this how they match up next to the picture and the video.
this is an investment. this is $129 from l.l. bean but everyone needs a great trench. you can go from inside to outside and it really looks like a very chic, very chic item. and then you see the -- >> classic. >> the flats in the picture, they're prada. these are from american eagle for $34.95. this total look, $250.87 and the designer one clearly thousands. >> nice. >> that's great. >> great. >> you guys should remember at home, too, a lot of this stuff these celebrities get for free. don't feel so bad about it. they get a lot of it for free. >> it's gifted and a lot of these designers at these mass market stores are making the items so exact. i would wear so many of these pieces. it's about mixing and matching high and low. >> jessica alba. >> okay. >> jessica alba, this is daniela. in the picture we have a bag, oliver people sunglasses. thousands of dollars. look at this look, so many
pieces you can mix and match, total look $177. >> you're kidding. >> the jacket from forever 21, $47.80. >> i don't know how they can make them for that. >> amazing. >> these jackets again using the jacket as the statement piece, it sort of accessorizes. you don't need jewelry. the chunky sweater i love because if you're going to do a skinny jean, everything doesn't need to be tight. >> right. >> where does that come from, that chunky sweater? >> h and m. >> awesome. >> great job, jill. >> nice, jill. >> thanks, everybody. >> you're welcome! why are we yelling? >> i don't know. >> i didn't get enough sleep. >> i guess. >> do you feel like you're stuck in a rut? >> find out what one woman did every day that changed her life and maybe change yours too. >> handsome and very smart. "covert affairs" actor hill harper is here with us. >> and guess who's in the kitchen cooking something up for us? >> giada. >> we love her. >> new book out, another one. >> it's so pretty. >> come on. >> love our giada. we'll be back. >> throw it. they say it was during an arm wrestling match that mr. clean realized the way to handle bigger, tougher messes was better leverage.
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you probably know hill hafrp harper best as the eccentric dr. hawks from "csi new york" a role he played nine seasons. now he's taken on something new. >> "covert affairs" calder michael who likes to shake things up a bit. in real life he's a best-selling author. graduated from harvard law school. >> what? >> excuse us. >> wow. >> friends with the president. please. >> wow. >> nice of you to -- >> to join us. >> slumming with us. >> wearing a suit from "covert affairs." let's go back a little bit. so you went to harvard. am i right? >> yes. for grad school. >> for grad school. where did you go before that? >> brown undergrad. >> magna cum laude. >> you're very fancy. >> how did you go from those universities to acting? >> my parents ask they that question all the time. >> both doctors, right. >> when i went to brown i took my first theater class, but i still wanted to go to grad school. i decided to get my joint degree at harvard law school and kennedy school of government.
i got my jd and mpa. i kept acting while in grad school and i joined a company in boston. i come down here to new york and do a lot of theater. over time took over. >> did you take the bar exam? >> no. you only take the bar -- i got my degree but you only take the bar if you're going to practice law. >> well how did your parents feel about all that -- >> no, no, no. they had always reinforced to me -- >> they weren't mad privately mad. they always told me that there was nothing i couldn't do. >> okay. >> nothing i couldn't achieve. whatever is in your heart go for it. >> that's great. >> i followed their advice much to their trepidation. >> did it take you a while to get traction in the acting world? >> you know what, i was really fortunate, spike lee gave me my first break, put me in a movie called "get on the bus" with ozzy davis and charles dutton. >> wow. >> ozzy is amazing, right? >> that started me off. i credit spike lee. he put me in another movie called "he got game" and helped my career at the beginning.
>> now you've been on lots of great shows and you always seem to be some sort of a law officer or some sort of thing. this is a -- >> solving crime. >> solving crime. but this time you get to travel the world. >> yes. >> that's cool. >> you know, wherever the story line goes in "covert affairs" you pick up and go. >> that's what makes "covert affairs" so special. having done "csi" for nine years in a lab the whole time it's nice to be on a show where we go everywhere. the first season we go to colombia, frankfurt, copenhagen, final two episodes are set in hong kong, amazing episodes. three episodes left of the season and couldn't be more excited. >> it seemed like it would be so pricey of course everyone is trying to cut costs but that's not the case when you travel overseas. >> when we go overseas, that's what's amazing, they've been doing it a while, i just joined the show this year, but they have it down to a science and they take a pretty skeleton crew.
>> right. >> they hire a lot of local crew. >> which is great for the local economy. >> awesome. and it's good. it's great. >> we mentioned at the top you're a "new york times" best-selling author. what kind of books do you write? >> nonfiction motivational books. today my fifth and final book is coming out. >> final? >> why do you say final? >> this is it. this is it. no. >> never say never, nothing you can't do. >> just like jay z i'm dropping the mic and walking off. that's it. >> you are not. >> i put everything i have. this is a motivational book for the incarcerated individuals and their family and any people in type of a prison whether it be a job that's got them stuck, death that's got them stuck, and i couldn't be more proud of this book. by far the best book i've written and that's it. this is it. >> i don't think so. >> you're going to come back in five years with a book. >> no, i'm not. i'm coming in right now with a book. i have two book for the guests. this is for both of you. >> that's a great cover. that's great "letters to an incarcerated brother". >> thank you so much. >> great to meet you. >> she got it right. terrific. thank you so much.
give our love to piper. we're crazy about her. >> she's the best. >> i love her. >> she's a doll. >> okay. >> "covert affairs" thursday at 10:00, 9:00 on usa. >> the woman who wanted to recharge her life, so she made herself a dare. did she go through with it? >> i think so. giada is helping satisfy our dessert craving. she's got a new book and healthy treats. look at her. what is she doing? >> i don't know. what is she drinking? >> i don't know.
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it's time for today's kitchen and we're indulging in desserts that taste so good you would never know they're also healthy. >> "today" contributor giada de laurentiis is here with her favorite go to sweet treat straight from her brand new book. >> look at this cover. >> called "giada's feel good food: my healthy recipes and secrets." >> and we're happy to have you back, sweetheart. >> we love when you have new books out.
>> one a week. >> one a week. what? no. no, no. >> yeah. >> thank you. >> what are you making today. >> the whole idea here is i want people to understand, this isn't a diet book, but having said that, this is the way i like to eat. very light, healthy foods. >> okay. >> but it doesn't mean you have to skip dessert which happens to be one of my favorites. >> okay. >> okay. we're going to start with my chocolate fig bites. i have about a pound of dried figs that i've quartered and put in here. >> okay. >> do you want to add a little bit of water and almond butter. >> okay. >> and mix it altogether and end up with this paste. the whole idea here is dairy-free. >> i know you're dairy-free right now. >> she's dairy-free for life. >> by the way, a lot of people are. people are vegan and they're gluten-free and i wanted to give -- >> we love everybody. >> yes we do. >> i do too. there's a lot of different dietary needs out there these days and you can make fun, really good dishes for -- >> can i ask, those -- oh, lord. those figs are dried? >> they're dried figs.
>> have you had a dried fig? >> try it. she looks at it like it's -- they look weird but they're super sweet. >> i like figs. >> super sweet. >> with the al month butter, mix this altogether. something you can make very easily. it all combines together into this paste like that. okay. then i take a little ice cream scoop so i can make all the balls the same size. >> hoda. >> that's not what it's supposed to be. looks like something else. >> you asked me to help and i did. >> that may be your dog. >> careful. >> oh, blake. >> having said that, you make these little balls like meatballs and they're kind of sticky. melt some chocolate. this is dark chocolate. you can use vegan chips. little bit of dairy, maybe a trace, not much. i drop them in the chocolate like that. >> look what's happening? >> look at that, hoda. >> i like it already. >> i put them here and i like to top them with a little bit of salt. >> okay. >> because i think the salt
bring out the chocolate. plus it makes them look so pretty. >> sea salt. >> you can do sea salt. i do these flakes because they look prettier. i put them in the fridge about 30 minutes. i think these are great on a holiday table. so surprising how good they are. >> salty sweet. >> like a bon bon, but a healthy bon bon. no dairy, no gluten. vegan. they're all those things. i think they're fabulous. >> really great. >> you could do that with dates if you want to. >> okay. >> then i have fruit spring rolls, rice paper and then fruit, almonds and rice noodle. >> what's the dip stuff? >> just honey and mint. and then here we have a peach and blueberry crumble which is gluten-free. >> okay. >> maple syrup, no sugar. >> what's the drink? >> spinach. i'm going to give you this one. i didn't drink out of that one. spinach, apple ginger and a little extra treat for you. can you taste it? >> uh-huh. >> there's a little gin which works really well with a green drink looking for a pick me up. >> it's delicious.
did you ever think about zip lining across a crocodile infested lake? >> every day. >> eating a scorpion or taking a polar plunge in freezing water? >> just yesterday. neither did lu ann caan until she found herself feeling in a rut and looking for a change. she decided to do something about it. boy did she. >> she sure did. he shares her experiences in a book called "i dare me, how i rebooted and recharged my life by doing something new every day." >> every day. >> hi. >> great to have you here. >> so nice to be here. >> i think a lot of women can relate to where you found yourself. you had a big career going, children, you were -- >> loving husband. >> but you felt -- >> i hit a wall and i think at some point, we all do for one reason or another. i did because my job was
changing, the economy was tanking, friends were losing jobs, and on top of that, there was all this new technology coming at me and social media and i did not want to adapt or adopt any of it. >> your daughter kind of ignited this change. >> gave you a kick in the you know what. >> she happens to be here. >> anyway, what did she do that changed things for you? >> she came home from l.a., she was living in l.a. and she came home and said, what the heck is wrong with you? >> right. >> i know you, mom, and this is not you. >> yeah. >> she said you've got to do something. i'm like, what am i going to do? she said, you know, you need some kind of creative outlet. why don't you blog. at that time i'm like, what's a blog? >> yeah, right. >> she said, just write about something. and she really pestered me about it. finally i said, all right. what if i do something new once a week. she said oh, that's a fabulous idea if you do it every day. >> for a solid year. >> for a year. >> we mentioned some of the things you did which are crazy, the zip lining, the scorpion, the plunge. tell us about some of the things
you enjoyed. >> well the polar bear plunge was really big and symbolic. oh, this is zip lining. that was the first time i ever zip lined. >> were you terrified, by the way is it? >> i was but at this point of the year i was used to jumping in and going. >> you had survived a lot at that point? >> right. that's the thing, when you start doing things like this. >> did you ever regret any of the things you did? >> i regretted my eat dessert all day day. >> oh. >> i thought that was going to be fabulous. >> and -- >> unfortunate bathing suit he just had on. >> i don't know that guy. >> not anymore, you don't. >> honey, you took the plunge with him, if you know what i'm saying. >> he pulled me out of the water. i thank you. >> what was the takeaway from this kind of thing? for you? >> i realized you really do have to dare yourself. you have to push yourself out of your normal box. and -- >> your comfort zone. >> yes. when you're stuck you start saying no to a lot of things and go inside. >> yeah.
>> when you start doing new things, your whole life starts opening up again to possibilities. >> so how did it change you going forward? i know you don't do something new every day anymore. >> i still do new things. the other day i know this -- oh, that's the mud run there. >> yeah. >> i don't do that every day. >> yeah. >> but the other day i did a power -- my first power point presentation. >> oh. >> i know that doesn't sound huge but for me that was big to talk and click at the same time. >> yeah. >> right. >> you also have been to the point where you why could probably say to yourself, if i can do that, then i can do this. >> what else. >> that is exactly what happens. and one first leads to another and you gain confidence so you do the big things. i went back to school. i started teaching. >> did you start tweeting? >> i started tweeting. >> of course you did. >> stop it. >> i'm going to be tweeting about you guys. >> well, we -- >> congratulations. >> we're happy for you. the book is terrific. really inspirational. >> all the best to you. >> el divo performs for us.