KODIAK, Alaska - Kodiak resident Theresa Peterson was ambushed while navigating the streets of post-Sandy New York City.
Fortunately, it was a good thing.
Peterson, her mother, and her two daughters traveled to Washington D.C. last week, fulfilling a trip that had been on their to-do list for almost two years. Unfortunately, their arrival coincided with that of Hurricane Sandy.
"We didn't get to see any museums because everything was closed," Peterson said.
Peterson's mother was scheduled to fly out of New York before everyone else. Peterson couldn't change the ticket because Alaska Airlines was shut down, as were the trains and buses, so Peterson rented a car to drive to New York City.
They decided to go to the "Today" show Nov. 1 and arrived at the plaza around 7 a.m.
"I had always wanted to see the 'Today' show and we virtually rolled out of bed and went over there," Peterson said. With most of the city still recovering from hurricane damage, Peterson didn't have much company.
When the show's staff scoured the crowd for someone to use as a makeover subject for a TV feature, there weren't many options. Peterson initially suggested her daughter, but the "Today" staff insisted.
Peterson agreed and did a quick pre-makeover interview with Peterson before they whisked her away into the studio.
They dyed and cut her hair, did her makeup, and had her pick out a new outfit.
"I felt like I was the sacrificial lamb for all of this," Peterson said. "They wouldn't let you see yourself or look in the mirror the whole time. It was one of the more awkward moments of my life walking out there and standing on stage with the cameras."
The segment showed a before picture next to the live shot of Peterson walking on stage after the makeover.
Peterson's daughters waited on stage to see the final result. Peterson said one of her daughters didn't recognize her for a moment.
"I love the haircut and the color, but I will never wear that much makeup again," the longtime commercial fisherwoman said. "I've never worn that many layers of makeup. While it was fun for a day, it was pretty fun to wash off that night."
While she's glad to be rid of the makeup, she didn't mind keeping the dress and shoes.
"The whole experience was so incredibly fun," she said. "It was absolutely hysterical."