I'm a native Washingtonian - born in Alexandria and raised in Silver Spring. I hardly attended class at John F. Kennedy High School. Was too busy running the school radio station. (The same one I brought in from my bedroom. My parents got sick of all the loud music.) Anyway, 40+ years later, I'm on the air at my favorite hometown station, 97.1 WASH-FM. I'm blessed to be married to a wonderful New Jersey gurl and have two amazing teenagers that keep me busy and happily frustrated. Thanks for reading AND listening!
Unlike most people who live in the DC area...I'm actually FROM here. I was born in Northwest, DC and raised in Vienna, Virginia. I'm first generation Armenian-American. Shortly after graduating from Mary Washington College (now it's University of Mary Washington), I was lucky enough to land a radio gig back in DC. I've worked on the air in this market since 1996, as a news reporter/anchor, morning show side-kick, afternoon personality and traffic reporter.
A little more about my personal interests... I'm a book worm (I've been known to read at least one novel a week). My favorite book is "To Kill a Mockingbird". I'm addicted to "Grey's Anatomy", "Boardwalk Empire", "Game of Thrones", "The Following", "The Americans" and "Breaking Bad"...don't even think about calling me during those shows! My favorite movie of all-time is "Rocky." One of the highlights of my career was interviewing Sylvester Stallone.
After several heartbreaks, I finally met a guy who actually MEANT it when he said "I want to marry you someday." My husband (Don) and I met in December 2007... and got married on May 22nd, 2011. Like me... Don is also a native Washingtonian.
Also: I don't like walking on grates, I'm SUPER competitive, I have a tendency to "sing speak" when I get excited (you may even hear me do it on the air sometimes...LOL). I've become a HUGE Washington Capitals fan since meeting my husband. Oh...and I'm a pop culture junkie. My guilty pleasures are bad reality TV and celebrity gossip.
Eileen Cosgrove, who teaches 5nd grade at Colin Powell Elementary School in Centreville. She wins a $100 dollar gift card to the Goodstone Inn & Resort in Middleburg. Thanks to Barbara Paris of Centerville who nominated her and wins Sprinkles Cupcakes from their Georgetown location. Here's what Barbara wrote about Eileen:
"My daughter Melissa is currently a grad student working towards her masters in Elementary Education. She was paired up with Ms. Cosgrove to do some field observation. Ms. Cosgrove was fabulous. She made my daughter very comfortable for the moment she walked into the classroom. She is a teacher that gives every student her best. She makes the classroom an enjoyable place to be and a great place to learn."
You too can nominate a teacher. Just CLICK HERE! We'll announce our next WASH-FM TEACHER OF THE WEEK on Monday, December 16th around 6:30AM! - Loo
"CONGRATULATIONS, Chilli - Your precious baby is absolutely beautiful! May your family have the best!!!" - Louise McNairn
"Your little one is so adorable – congrats to your wonderful family. Wish you all the best." - Theresa King
"What a cutie! Congrats!" - Joan Bell"
"Congratulations, Chilli. Little Donato is just beautiful. All the best to you and Don." - Anne Scott
CLICK HERE TO ALSO POST YOUR GOOD WISHES TOO! - Thanks. Loo
The LOO & CHILLI CUPCAKE PRESENTATION PATROL recently made a stop at the Kettler Community of The Fields of Gaithersburg. We dropped off a bunch of SPRINKLES CUPCAKES to Liz Martinez and her boss James. Notice 3 have already been eaten. Hmm.
(photo credit: Loo Katz)
CLICK HERE to sign up for free cupcakes. We could be coming to your workplace soon! - Loo & Chilli
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Our 11-week sonogram (I'm pointing at our baby's head)
I'm pregnant. Two words I didn't think I'd say. Two words that have changed my life. I can't believe I'm going to be a MOM. ME. I'M going to be a Mother. Wow.
I lost my own Mother to ovarian cancer over 3 1/2 years ago. She was only 59. It was a devastating loss. Every birthday, holiday and of course, Mother's Day has been tough without her. I miss her everyday. While most people are making plans with their moms this weekend, I'm trying to find ways to honor her memory. It's never easy.
When Don and I got married almost two years ago, the topic of kids came up...but it was something I wasn't sure about. I used to joke with my friends that my biological clock must be "broken" because I didn't have the overwhelming desire/urge to have kids. I had a "I could take it or leave it" attitude. Then, I met Don. He's such a good man. He DESERVES to be a dad. The thought of having kids didn't scare me as much, because I knew he was going to be with me every step of the way. Suddenly, it made perfect sense...I wanted to start a family. So, here we are, a year-and-a-half later...expecting our first child. Unbelievable.
I'll never forget the first time I met with my OB/GYN to confirm the pregnancy. She walked into the exam room with open arms, yelling "CONGRATS! YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A BABY!" The REALITY of the situation started to sink in. I was immediately overcome with fear, doubt and anxiety. Could I do this? Was I going to be a good Mother? How am I going to do this without my mom's guidance??
Mom and me...4-months before she passed.
My doctor saw the look on my face...and asked "What's wrong?" By now, I had a huge lump in my throat. "I'm scared", I replied. Without hesitating, she looked in my eyes and said: "Oh Chilli, this is going to be so GREAT. For the first time in your life, you're going to understand just HOW MUCH your Mother loved you." And with that...the flood gates opened. I sat there and sobbed for the next five minutes. She was right. I was finally going to feel a connection to my Mother that I had NEVER felt before. In that moment, I realized the BEST way to HONOR her, was to become a Mother myself and pass on all HER lessons and love to MY child.
Our "special delivery" is expected on October 31st. A HALLOWEEN BABY. I'm 15-weeks along, but I'm not "showing" yet...so it doesn't seem REAL. I was nauseous most of my first trimester, but I'm much better now. I'm looking foward to sharing this journey with YOU. I'm sure I'll be seeking your advice along the way. In the meantime, I wish you a very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!