We don't feed Minnie or Piper "people food" -- but when something falls on the ground, it's OK, though we still make them work for it! I have never dropped an entire salmon filet on the ground before, but I don't think Minnie minded. I have never seen her eyes get that big! She was stoked.
I love being a part of the WISC news team. We have so many wonderful journalists and fantastic people.
If you're watching us on air, you may have noticed a set of new promos... and this is one of the pictures we took for that promo (but w/ a filter.)
These pictures remind me of taking a class picture in school! You don't understand how hard it is to get everyone together in one place!
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One thing that I love about the Junior League of Madison is that they provide meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
The RMH could always use more help! I think this is a great thing for a group of friends to do... or even a group from work. I usually can't prepare the dinners because of my schedule, but I can drop off ingredients for other League members to make the food.
Here's how we do it at the League. Someone coordinates with the volunteers to see if we're bringing food or preparing it. Those of us who bring food usually bring a few ingredients and drop it off at the front desk (usually we spend less than $15 each.)
Those who prepare food usually do it sometime between 4 and 6 p.m. The Ronald McDonald House typically asks for casseroles because they can be put in the freezer to feed families on nights when there aren't volunteers.
Of course the best part is meeting families and hearing their stories... or just knowing that you're helping someone in a really difficult time. Our health is so fragile, and we are all vulnerable to changes. It is comforting to know that families - and children - don't have to endure it alone.
There are lots of volunteer opportunities. If you're interested, contact the Ronald McDonald House at 608-232-4671. If you're interested in the Junior League, send them an email.
We're shooting a new series of promos for work, and I thought I'd share a couple of pics from my time at St. Mary's Hospital.
Thanks to Kim Sveum for taking the pictures! Everyone was a real trooper for sticking to it for so long. I think we had a great time getting a tour around the building and learning about the equipment, too. Dr. Foster, Clare and Melissa were really great 'actors' for our shots!
Also, thanks to our promotions department... really appreciate the work everyone does! Catch us on TV!
One of the things I love about my newsroom is that the people are very accepting of other people, circumstances...and animals.
I had to bring in my dogs one day when I was filling in. My husband had planned for months to be out of town, but I was asked to fill-in on a weekend. What to do?! Bring in my girls, Minnie and Piper, of course.
I was really nervous because, well... they're big dogs. But, as most people found out, they're also big babies. They did bark at my co-worker Helen, but it was really a misunderstanding of her placement in the room. Sorry, Helen.
Other than that, they didn't poop anywhere and they didn't bark during the newscasts. I think that's a win-win! If I could, I'd bring them in everyday, but I think once is enough.
Four years ago one of my dearest friends married another one of my dearest friends. When they got engaged and made a phone call to me, I thought they were going to ask me to be in their wedding.
Instead, my friends Amanda and Eric asked me to officiate their wedding. Pastor Li at your service!
I married them near Los Angeles with their family and a few of our closest friends from college. It was such a beautiful wedding.
That was a really exciting couple of years. Now everyone's got babies and are settling down. I love it and miss these knuckleheads all the time.
Also, for the record, I am still ordained!
I just have to take a moment to say, "Booyah!!!!!"
I have no more student loans. That being said, I am not debt free. Buying 3 homes in six years and traveling around this country for my wonderful journalism escapades have landed me in Dave Ramsey territory. But, let's celebrate the small things for now! (Do I get a bonus point for still using my degree?)
Have you paid off your student loans?!
And just think, I got it paid off before I REALLY look like this >>>> (thanks, Oldify app!)
I had a blast seeing some of you at Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Summer Taste party! It was an event showcasing some of the best food and drinks of the summer season.
The magazine will put out official pics later, but for now, you can see a few informal ones on channel3000.com.
In the meantime, I am ready to try to make one of the winning cocktails from the magazine's dueling mixologist competition! This one is from Kevin Kane and Mera Dorner from Plate and Barrel and it won the tastiest classic cocktail competition:
1/2 gallon Sacramento tomato juice
1 1/2 T worcestershire sauce
1 T Sriracha sauce
2 T fresh squeezed lime juice
1 T celery salt
1/2 T black pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh salsa
1 T chopped horseradish
1 chopped garlic glove
1 oz. sliced jalapenos
1 12 oz. Scorpion Mezcal tequila
Garnish by skewering 1/2 organic boiled egg, 1/2 slice of bacon, and a couple jalapenos
We are becoming quite the weekend warriors. In the last 8 weeks, we've flown from Los Angeles to Miami, Indianapolis and St. Louis. We've had visitors from all over and in a couple of weeks we'll be headed to St. Paul!
But let's recap St. Louis.
We just went to the Show-Me state to help our little niece Parker celebrate her 2nd birthday. It was a cowgirl-themed party with pony rides and everything!
I love the fact that we bought her a toy gun and she nearly shot her eye out. <MAJOR EXAGGERATION> Actually, it was a toy gun that shot little whirly gigs into the air-- they were like circle thingys that shot in the sky and floated down. But after Miss Parker aimed the gun at her head and whacked herself in the cheekbone, she was a little gun-shy. She wasn't hurt at all, just a little stunned.
Anyway, if you're headed to St. Louis with the kiddos, a great to-do is the Saint Louis Science Center. We loved going to the planetarium and seeing the stars. We learned a lot about constellations, space ... and even things like light pollution. Parker would say, "See the shtars!"
One of the most fun pictures you'll ever take will happen at the Science Center. Seriously, it's so fun to stand in front of the green screen, and the pictures are only $5. Actually, the first pic is around $11, but then every other picture is only $5 and you can do as many pics and poses as you'd like.
On a side note, driving through Wisconsin is very pretty - we hit a few storms along the way but it was still picturesque. The one thing that was crazy -- the humidity difference between Missouri and Wisconsin. Holy moly. We love Wisconsin in the summer and we've decided there's pretty much no better place to be! (Remind us that in February.)
Can't wait for next weekend! Where should we go next?
I had to stop at Walgreens on the way into work to grab some cough medicine. And, I spotted the new Lays chips on sale. They had cappuccino and wasabi ginger chips left... so here's what happened: