Christine Buck, news anchor at KPLR-TV, is one of the most familiar faces – not to mention names – on St. Louis television. You know her for her polished presence and news delivery, but we can tell you that despite her high-profile job, she is as down-to-earth as any working mom you might meet.
Take her response when when people stop to tell her, “You look so much thinner… so much younger… so much less wrinkled in person.” “Well, that’s good,” she says with a kind smile, “because I spend more time in person.”
See what we mean?
This working mother started her broadcast career doing the weather. She’d explain the five-day forecast, all the while thinking, “High pressure? High pressure is what’s going on at home with two kids. I’ll show you high pressure.”
Thanks, Christine. Your QuirkOut confession about making the house smell like homemade cookies (without actually baking – by warming cinnamon on the stove) as a working mom guilt-buster warms our hearts more often than our ovens ever do.
Christine’s engaging and funny personality is just one reason we are thrilled to bring QuirkOut segments to KPLR News at Noon. So pour a cup of coffee and tune in as we talk about the crazy things women do to stay sane.
PLAYING DRESS UP
When you’re a news anchor, shopping isn’t a past time; it’s prep time. “Dressing for TV becomes an art,” Christine, who loves to find a good bargain, says. “A trendy $8 necklace makes this week’s outfit look very different from something I wore last week.”
Next stop is a resale shop. “I find items with the tags still on them. They’re brand new,” she marvels. But these fabulous QuirkOut discoveries unearth fears, too.
“I just imagine somebody at home watching and thinking, ‘Hey, I know that jacket, it’s the one I the sold to the resale shop!’”
SPREAD THE LOVE
Whether we’re addicted to watching HGTV or leafing through Architectural Digest, lots of us have a yearn to redecorate.
But Christine’s husband, who used to come home to fully rearranged rooms of furniture, started to get frustrated. “It gives me a lift to change things around, but he comes home and thinks we’ve moved.”
So like most happy marriages, they compromise. He made sure new furniture was too heavy for her to move on her own, and Christine found the perfect QuirkOut scratch for the redecorating itch. Every six months or so, she buys a new bedspread.
The designs change with the newest trend or her latest whim. “One time it’s flowers and then it’s geometric. I go from quiet pastels to bold contemporary stripes.”
It’s the perfect arrangement. Last time we heard, most husbands’ ideas about redoing the bedroom involved bringing in “50 Shades of Gray.”
HIDE AND SEEK
Some days we’re happy to make it out of the house and to the office in one piece, not to mention properly dressed. But keeping clothes clean all day is a whole job itself. At least we just hide in our cubicles when we’re splattered with spaghetti sauce.
Poor Christine, a self-proclaimed “stain magnet,” still has to go in front of the cameras. So she’s become a QuirkOut clothing Houdini.
Skirts get turned around to make coffee stains disappear. Sleeves get pushed up to hide ketchup drips. Tops get worn inside out and backwards. “I just have to remember to cut out the tags or I look like Lady Gaga reading the news.”
And we’re none the wiser, are we? See, she’s that good. If David Copperfield says “nothing up my sleeve;” Christine Buck says “nothing on my sleeve.”