AOL “You’ve Got…” Video

AOL "You've Got..." Video

This has nothing to do with AOL, but J. took me to RenFaire, which is one of the awesomest things ever if you're a geek like me, and I needed an excuse to use this pic because I don't hate it ;)

Agh!  So the AOL “You’ve Got…” interview just went up.  I didn’t know it was going up today, and have not seen it yet.

I promised I’d post here when it went up, so here you go, but unfortunately I’m at work right now and cannot turn up the volume, so you get to see it before I do.  Plus, I really hate hearing my voice/seeing my face on camera, so there’s always this sort of “I can’t bear to look” feeling, so I’ll try to work myself up to it tonight when I get home.

But here you go…(my apologies for the link, I tried using the embed code but it doesn’t seem to work on WordPress): Video – You’ve Got Brianna Karp

Quick mistake I noticed in the description…it says I own my own home.  I don’t.  I have never owned a home yet  ;)  I rent my apartment.  You should get to see quick shots of it in the vid.  It’s a 300 square-foot studio with a small yard for Fez.  I love it and, as I mentioned briefly before, I’ve been doing my best to thrift/Craigslist/FreeCycle furnishings for it over the past 10 months.  I’m very proud that all of my furniture in my apartment, all put together, cost under $1,000 total.  The canopy bed I’m proudest of.  It was in some guy’s garage in the middle of the Mojave Desert (Apple Valley) for $100.  I later found the exact same model of bed online (Laurel Crown Furniture) for over $4K. So I’m extra-proud of that find. My awesome friends Thao and her hubby Steve put together the base for me, and my sweet and patient boyfriend spent about 8 hours helping me put up the canopy.  The bed curtains were Craigslisted Ikea curtains for $5.


So, yeah.  Just gotta brag a teensy-weensy bit.  I’m super proud of my thrifting skills.


Okiez, back to work before they fire me  ;)


  1. Brianna, I have read your book, as well as followed your press announcements on Twitter, etc. I feel very proud of you for all you have been through! What an awesome life you lead! Congratulations on your successes. You deserve a happy life! :) Hugs to you!

  2. Mommy is very proud – very teary watching this honey – I’m so proud watching this and loved the glimpse of the room and Mr.Dog xxxx

    • Brianna says:

      Aw, thank you Vicki! You’re the best! I miss you and Alice – come to Cali for vacation and you’re welcome to crash at my place (it’s tiny, but I’d happily go stay with J. in the meantime).

      Haha, like 1.5 seconds of Fez in there ;) You’d hardly know that they had me crouched next to him for like 8 minutes petting him, while they filmed through this tiny crack in the door! It’s amazing how much footage they film – a couple hours’ worth just to get 2 minutes!

  3. Brianna,

    I met you and listened to you speak at a conference for Educating the Homeless in Harrisburg, PA and I have been following your blog and I just want to say that I give you massive kudos for continuing your advocacy and fight for homeless individuals, kids, families, etc….be very proud of what you have achieved and the obstacles that you have overcome in the last several years. I can say that you are an inspiration to me. I work as a case manager working with a rental assistance program in Carlisle, PA and I never have a dull moment with my job. I work with homeless and near homeless (court evictions) and we strive to keep people housed or to get them housed. Thank you for your inspiration and positive attitude and spirit! Love your place on the video!

    • Brianna says:

      Thank you!!! I had such an awesome time at that conference…everybody was so sweet! :)

      I so appreciate all of your hard work on behalf of the homeless and impoverished. We need more like you and the other amazing people I met in Harrisburg!


  4. Hope you now have had time to watch. You should be proud you are inspiring. I’ve never been homeless *yet and I’m not sure I would have come out of it with my dignity in tact. Kudos. thanks for listening.


    *this economy who knows

  5. Brianna, You looked GREAT in the video. I am so jealous of that bed! Anyway, I’ve been following you for about a year, and I’m still one bad week from being homeless….but hanging in there still. You go, girl!

    • Brianna says:

      You’re very kind! I hate watching myself on film, so the sweet people who soothe my awful self-esteen are my new best friends ;)

      I hope things improve for you soon!!! Sorry to hear you’re having some rough patches :(


  6. So, having read your book off of a ‘recommended’ adult summer reading list at the local library, i must say it is fun to read the actual blog now! Question though…when you went to Scotland, Dummy never found out you were pregnant. Did he ever contact you once the book was written to address that? Does he still have a blog?

    • Brianna says:

      Hi there, thank you for reading!

      He did find out. His best friend (now one of my best friends) notified him. There was no contact/response. I have a feeling that he may have suspected. is no longer up, but much of it can be viewed on (The Wayback Machine). To my knowledge, he no longer has an online presence or blog, at least not in the homeless services sphere.

  7. Rachael says:

    I just finished reading your book! I had tears rolling down my cheeks. I’m happy to hear you live in an apartment, and it looks really cute from what I saw on the video!

    I see a lot of posts from circa July 2012, but are you still blogging as of 2013?



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