Tonight’s cuppa: peppermint tea

I’ll be busy at the Twitter-ific 140 Character Conference the next couple of days here in Los Angeles (along with my second visit to the set of NBC’s “Community”), so to tide you over, here’s a Q&A with two of the most popular people to ever appear on this blog, businessman Bill Klein and pediatrician Dr. Jen Arnold.

The recently marrieds are the stars of TLC’s hit reality series “The Little Couple,” which returns for a second season on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Unless otherwise indicated, all answers are considered to be from both Klein and Arnold (and as you can tell from the pictures, they did squeeze in some angling time):

Little_Couple_Bill_Klein_Fishing.jpgQ: Are you
surprised at the success of the show?


A: It’s a
success? Actually, it’s been a surprise and a pleasant one at that. Most of the
feedback we have received has been positive and who could complain about that?!

Q: Two times I’ve posted stories on “The Little Couple” on my blog — click here and here — and the second post (which came out after the series had premiered) generated many comments from readers, all very positive. What
about the show and yourselves do you think appeals to viewers?


A: If we
had to guess, it’s that people see a lot of themselves in us. We are two
down-to-earth folks, who happen to be madly in love, that are trying to make
the best of our situation…and hopefully that is what resonates with the

Q: What challenges are you facing during this season?


A: Time!
Time is a commodity that is in high demand in our home. Work for both of us as
picked up in pace and the demands we must meet to make things work with the
show and our careers is tough enough.

Insert the want and need to continue to
have some private time between just the two of us and all of a sudden, we are
looking for Funday, that elusive eighth day of the week! Also, we have a
lot of big things coming up. Baby stuff, house stuff, work stuff…it will be
hard to get it all into one season…but it keeps us busy!

Q: How has your life changed since the show has been on the air?


A: It takes
a lot longer to go to the grocery store; we have actually been seated a little
quicker at a restaurant or two! And we have met so many great fans all over the

Q: Do you feel like you’re educating viewers about the medical causes for your
stature? WhatLittle_Couple_Jen_Arnold_fishing.jpg feedback are you getting?


A: We do
think we are educating our viewers about the medical issues surrounding
skeletal dysplasias.  Jen
: “I
have had many emails from families who have kids with dwarfism asking for
advice. Of course I can’t give them exact medical advice since I am not
their physician, but I have been able to guide them to specialists and even
speak with their physicians as needed. It’s a very rewarding opportunity.
If and when we have a child with skeletal dysplasia I think the education
will really increase as many of the medical and orthopedic challenges of
dwarfism occur in childhood.”

Q: What’s been the most fun about shooting the show?


Q; Getting
to know the crew, they have all been great to work with! Bill:
l get to test out my jokes with a captive (truly captive…the crew is
obligated to listen) audience!

Q: Any regrets?


A: The only
regret is time management. With our busy schedules, we wish we had
planned some things a little better so that we were ahead of the game instead
of always feeling like we are trying to catch up.  Also, we wish we kept
up better with our fan mail, email, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. We
love to reach out, but find it often hard to keep up.

Q: Any favorite celebrities you’ve now had a chance to meet?


A: Oprah.

Posted by:Kate O'Hare