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NSS Book Club: ‘This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today’ by Chrissy Metz

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Here’s another book Jodi picked up and just can’t put down.

When This Is Us debuted in fall 2016, a divided America embraced a show that celebrates human connection. The critically acclaimed series became America’s most watched—and most talked about—network show, even building on its fan base in the drama’s second season. As Kate Pearson, Chrissy Metz presents a character that has never been seen on television, yet viewers see themselves in her, no matter what they look like or where they come from. Considered a role model just for being her authentic self, Chrissy found herself on magazine covers and talk shows, walking red carpets, and as the subject of endless conversations on social media “I don’t know what you’ve been through to play her,” she is often told by fans, “but it was something.”

In This is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave readers both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy’s This is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned fromboth setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments, and leaves the reader feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.

Chrissy Metz grew up in a large family, one that always seemed to be moving, and growing. Her father disappeared one day, leaving her mother to work a series of menial jobs and his children to learn to live with the threat of hunger and the electricity being cut off. When her mother remarried, Chrissy hoped for “normal” but instead experienced a form of mental pain that seemed crafted just for her. The boys who showed her attention did so with strings attached as well, and Chrissy accepted it, because for her, love always came with conditions.

When she set out for Los Angeles, it was the first time she had been away from her family and from Florida. And for years, she got barely an audition. So how does a woman with the deck stacked against her radiate such love, beauty and joy? This too is at the heart of This is Me.

With chapters that alternate from autobiographical to instructional, Chrissy offers practical applications of her hard-won insights in a series of “Bee Mindful” interstitials. There she invites you to embrace gratitude in “Say Thank You” or to be honest with your partner and yourself in “The Shrouded Supreme.” Blending love and experience, Chrissy encourages us all to claim our rightful place in a world that may be trying to knock us down, find our own unique gifts, and pursue our dreams.

Listen to Jodi talk about it in the show podcast at 33:15:

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PODCAST: Jodi in L&D

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Labor & Delivery stories?! Jodi’s got another one that Murphy doesn’t remember – and it’s something he did right before she got her epidural.

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At 5:55 in the show podcast below, Sam talks about the one place his kids don’t want to go for vacation.

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Kate Leaves Hospital Quickly After Giving Birth

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“Of course she gets more rest in the palace!”  -Jodi

Listen to Jodi talk about the royal baby in the Hollywood  Outsider at 13:10 in the show podcast below:


According to Good Housekeeping

Kate Middleton gave birth to a healthy, 8-pound baby boy. Just seven hours later, she and Prince William left the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s for the comforts of home at Kensington Palace.

The quick departure may come from practice — Kate stayed at the hospital for 10 hours after Princess Charlotte’s birth and overnight with Prince George — but she also has more reasons to get a move on than the non-royal mom.

The short stay definitely marked a departure from the typical birth. New moms in the U.K. spend on average a day and a half in the hospital, while American mothers usually rest up for two, according to The Guardian.

 

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RECIPE: Peanut Butter Pie

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It’s the Peanut Butter Pie that almost got Sam’s Dad kicked out of a hospital! Enjoy.

Listen to Sam talk about the pie at 8:30 in the show podcast below:

PEANUT BUTTER PIE

1 chocolate graham cracker crust
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
3 Tbps peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Cool Whip

TOPPING

1 cup Cool Whip
1 cup powdered sugar
M&Ms, chocolate chips or chocolate shavings

Blend cream cheese and peanut butter.  Add powdered sugar and blend well.  Blend in Cool Whip.  Pour into chocolate crust.  Mix Cool Whip and powdered sugar together for topping and spread on pie.  Decorate with M&Ms, chocolate chips or chocolate shavings.  Refrigerate a bit before serving.

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PODCAST: A Presidential Picture and News on Your News Feed

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Murphy’s got good news if you were 1 of the accounts compromised by Facebook recently.

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At 8:30 in the show podcast, Sam gives a recipe for a Peanut Butter Pie.

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A New Prince Video has Appeared!

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Nothing Compares to HIS version of this song! -Sam


Sam talks about Prince’s new video at 26 minutes in the show podcast below:

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Jodi had a very different, special request for Mother’s Day this year.

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LISTEN: Jodi’s Photos

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Jodi had a very different, special request for Mother’s Day this year.

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At 37 minutes in the show podcast below, Sam talks with his kids about testing anxiety.

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PODCAST: An Interview with Paw Paw

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Why Jodi’s got plans to “interview” her grandfather.

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Listen to Jodi talk about the 2018 wedding trends that may annoy you. (@26 minutes)

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No Charges Filed in Prince Case

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“I think he would have hated us all knowing so many of these little details.  He didn’t want anyone to know he was being prescribed anything.   He was so private.”   -Jodi

Listen to it in today’s Hollywood Outsider at 30:50 in the show podcast below:

According to USA Today.

“He thought he was taking Vicodin and not fentanyl,” said Carver County Attorney Mark Metz at a press conference in Prince’s home county.

Metz, the top prosecutor in the suburban Minneapolis county that is home to Prince’s studio/home complex Paisley Park, told reporters the results of a “painstaking and thorough” two-year investigation found that Prince did not know he had become addicted to fentanyl and neither did anyone around him.

“To actively charge a crime requires probable cause and a reasonable likelihood of conviction. The bottom line is that we simply do not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime related to Prince’s death,” Metz said.

Metz said there was no evidence that the counterfeit pills, laced with fentanyl and found at Prince’s home, were prescribed by a doctor.

 

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