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:
Madison Magazine has a great event coming up and I have a couple of tickets to give away!
In case you didn't know, I write the monthly Sip and Savor feature - it's short and sweet and fun. Because of that, I often get a chance to go to some fun events around Madison.
Today, I have two extra tickets to the magazine's Top Shelf Summer Taste event on August 25th.
Read more for details
It's not a formal giveaway, so don't get too technical on me. I just want to see you at the party! I've got two tickets valued at $70, which allows you to sample food and drink from a ton of local folks. It is the summer's best cocktails and treats!
So... what can you do? I'd love it if you tweeted me and Madison Magazine -- tell us the thing you'd like to try! Follow and tweet us at @michellelitv and @Madison_Mag! I'll draw by the end of Thursday and someone can pick up the tickets Friday-Monday here at the station.
Thanks guys! Have fun and see you at the party!
Here are some of the participants:
45th Parallel Distillery
Gluten-Free Beer Handcrafted One Barrel at a Time in Madison
Belaya Rus Vodka
Dashelito's Hot Sauces & Spicy Foods
Artisan Cheese from Wisconsin
Mad Maiden Shrub:
Full Strength Drinking Vinegar from Wisconsin Orchards
Mad Urban Bees
Urban Honey on a Wheat Cracker with Brie Cheese & Raspberry Puree
Mason's on Main
Premiere Hand-Rolled Sushi
Huge Assortment of Delectable Appetizers
NessAlla Kombucha & Old Sugar Distillery
Custom Made Sausages with Gourmet Toppings
True Coffee Roasters
The Wise at HotelRED
Prosciutto and Melon Skewers with Goat Cheese, Mint,
Espelette Pepper and Honey
Yahara Bay Distillers
I loved the Kimchi Chronicles on PBS. Remember?
Well, now Marja Vongerichten is back! She is doing a web series right now via the Awesome Groove Online Magazine.
I love this webisode because she gives us a great tip for making rice. I actually do it a little differently thanks to my sister, but I liked Marja's explanation.
Also, she made umma paste. I have never made this before, but I am definitely going to now! BTW, 'umma' is the word for momma. LOL
We are so lucky to have two new journalists at WISC-TV. First up, Leah Linscheid:
Leah was my roomie in Texas for the Final Four... and as Susan Siman said today, "We're getting the band back together!"
Read more about Leah and Matthew
Also, I love working with Matthew Simon. I feel like we've been just missing each other for years - He worked in Missouri when I worked in Missouri. He worked in North Carolina when I worked in North Carolina. We literally were only a part by a few miles. We also have several mutual friends!
Crazy fact: His mother's name is Susan. So, she's Susan Simon. Our wonderful anchor Susan Siman has a son named Matthew. *Mind blown*
WATCH Matthew's welcome
This is Matthew and I right after my ice bucket challenge! I almost called on him to be the next one since he's a newbie to our newrsoom, but I bit my tongue.
I've been working so hard lately that I actually missed Shark Week... but I thought I'd share some pics anyway from my recent trip to the Keys with my family and my new fishing buddy, Peter Miller.
Obviously, we caught some fish.
I got real close to this goliath grouper... and I caught a lemon shark. I was so freaked out that I could only muster one word when I was trying to pull it to the boat. You'll see it if you catch Bass2Billfish when the episode airs in a few months!
Thanks to Peter Miller, Capt. Rich Smith, and all the Bass2Billfish and REC Media crew. I loved every minute of it!
I may look kind of like a nummy, but I grew up fishing on lakes with my dad and grandpa. I just loved growing up thinking I was one of the guys... my dad really raised me to be a little dirtball -- guess that's his way of dealing with having an only girl-child.
I love Wisconsin. Nothing more American than a Wisconsin summer. And cheese. And beer. And football. And Midwest life. But, I SURE DO miss the ocean!! Spending some time in Florida was just what the doctor ordered. I'm ready to go back!! At least for another fishing trip.
I'm really going to miss our 6 p.m. producer and social media editor, Jen Ayres. She is a Missouri girl, she's a super newsie and she is just a great woman to be around.
She's the thumbs behind our social media accounts - her thumbs cannot be replaced!
Anyway, Jen is a good egg. She's going to spend more time working as a mommy. I hope one day she'll come back into news. It's tough to see someone like her walk out of a newsroom.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Her little boy Carter is totally worth it! He is the cutest little tadpole ever.
And, nice photobomb, Gary! Miss you already, Jen!
Well, it continues. Gary and Eric took the plunge tonight. The best $1.99 I've spent (on ice.)
We do have one more day of call outs. Coach Gary Andersen and Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said they would accept my challenge. YES.
Well, that escalated quickly...
It started when Jenn Hoff (now at KOIN in Portland) called me out on air to do the #IceBucketChallenge.
Anyway, out of sheer laziness, I bailed on my friend Hannah when she asked to tape the challenge in the morning. I was thinking, "Oh, I don't really need to do that..."
But then as I drove to work, I started to think... "I HAVE to do it!"
I started thinking of the people I knew impacted by ALS. And, then I realized, I was one of them. I did several stories on a girl named Haley Stevens, a high schooler who found out she had ALS days before her 16th birthday. Her doctors had never seen someone so young with that diagnosis. She died at age 17.
I never got to see Haley as a bubbly teenager. I met her when she lost her ability to walk and talk. An entire community was heartbroken when she left us, and I don't want to forget her.
Donate to her walk
So, I mentioned Haley before we did the deed. So thankful for our producer Krystal Webb for letting this happen on air! Though I think any producer would get a kick out of dumping ice cold water on their peeps... by the way... I also donated to Haley's team for the ALS walk in September!
WATCH me take on the #IceBucketChallenge
And I'm so thankful that Mary Jo and Adam Schrager took on the challenge during the morning show! Apparently, the Dane County sheriff Dave Mahoney will be taking it on, too... check back! I hear we might have a new challenge on the night beat, too!!!
We just built a doggie doo doo digester... also known as a waste composter. I believe it's more accurate to say "composter", but I think "doggie doo doo digester" has a nice ring to it.
Why? Because we have two 90 lb. rottweilers who go to the bathroom a lot. Here's one culprit eating a stick. You know what sticks turn into? 5-pound turds!
Jim worked so hard digging the composter. It's very easy and cheap. Basically, you saw off the bottom of a trash can, drill some holes in it and stick it in the ground.
You dump the waste inside, and then every now and then you add some septic tank stuff you buy at the store. The greatest thing? Our yard is smell-free! We also have fewer flies. It's so easy, even a caveman can do it!
We found the video very useful... however we will call this guy out on ONE LIE. It took us like 10 times as long to dig the hole. But maybe we're not as strong as "muscles" below:
It is so cool that I got to take my sister to an LGBT event in Madison. There is some thought in Korea that gay people don't exist OR that it's a disease! So even though my sister is NOT like those Koreans, I thought it would still be nice to take her to a PRIDE event.
WATCH this explanation of how the LGBT community lives in Korea via Eat Your Kimchi.
We didn't have a big talk or anything, but earlier in the day I taught her what it means to dress in drag. I think we were both amazed at some of the YouTube videos I found. Great makeup tutorials!
Anyway, there's a lot to say here about Old School Koreans, but I'll save it for a rainy day. My sister and I had a lot of fun just spending some time downtown and hanging out. We said HI to a couple of folks, but overall, we thought it was just nice to be around great peeps!
I think after our recent downtown adventure, we need to get her on a pedal pub.