It certainly was a busy Wednesday in Studio Big.  Here's our show wrap up for the day: Our topic was 'annoying habits you got from your mother.'

Leona from Littleton told us she got her 'short fused temper' from her Mom.  She says when someone makes her mad, she yells at them and cuts them out of her life.  I guess it makes for a short Christmas gift list.

If you've ever wondered what bad habit Mark got from him Mom, well, he spilled the beans this morning and told us he picked up the inability to cook. I can tell you it's 100% true!

You DON"T want this man to make you an omelet!

Mt. Vernon native Alex Preston is a top 4 finalist on American Idol.  We chatted with him this morning. Go Alex!  Trivia Question...Who is Alex's famous cousin?  Scroll down to find the answer!

Wingate Wednesday

We love when our friends from the Wingate Salon and Spa visit Studio Big.  They're always so kind to Mark and me.  This time, Mark got a Bacon Mani/Pedi!  It smells sooo dang good that I might have to leave work and grab breakfast.

Congrats to:
Abby M.
Whitney C.
Megan R.
Jessica R. of a Spa Pedicure, courtesy of The Wingate Salon and Spa. Ladies, our Promotions Department will get in touch with you.

Mark getting a bacon infused pedicure!
And...Mark's manicure, thanks to Wingate Salon and Spa


Rob Carolan is calling for a mostly sunny day with a high of 68.  A partly sunny day in the North Country with a high of 60.

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Stupid News

Earlier this week, the NSA tweeted a message or actually a job posting.  I got a headache just looking at it.

Joke du Jour

Yesterday, Don told Mark that he wasn't getting any better looking as he gets older. Mark asked for an example and Don reminded him at last year's Halloween party, Frankenstein came dressed as Mark Ericson!

Coming Up Thursday

We're gonna have a visit from our buddies at Cocheco Valley Humane Society. It's time once again for the 'Tails to Trails' fundraiser. I look forward to this event every year.  (So does 'Brandy, the Morning Waking Pooch!)

Answer to Trivia Question:  Alex Preston's cousin is none other than country music star and New England native, Jo Dee Messina!

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