If you've been following on social media, my birth sister Hyun Jung moved in with us in Seattle a couple of months ago. It has been exciting and challenging all at the same time as we try to get her settled back into the states as an immigrant. Wow, so much stuff to do. Plus, we never grew up as sisters, so sometimes that can be new and interesting, too.
As many of you know, Hyun Jung is my biological sister. We did not meet each other until I was 18 years old. It is pretty rare for a Korean sibling to move to America and live with an adoptee. So, recently we worked together to produce a livestream for Holt International.
Everyone was so kind and asked so many thoughtful questions. We appreciate it very much and are encouraged to talk about our story more often.
I found myself getting a little emotional in the first part of the video. My sister said she felt like she found a best friend in me and I wasn't really ready for that answer. I hadn't stopped to think about it.
Anyway, I wanted to put it all in one spot so I could find it again one day. If it helps someone out there, that would be amazing. Thank you for all of your support. I feel like I don't have the brain power to write something more insightful at this time but the links are here. Hope to keep in better touch but my sister keeps me active!
I've been on a renewed kick to try out several meal delivery services. I just canceled my Blue Apron account, even though I loved it so much in the beginning. I also started Hello Fresh but feel like it's very similar to Blue Apron. What turned me off? Too many carbs. I don't want to pay $60 a week on meals that seem to always have pasta, rice or potatoes. That sh*t is dirt cheap at the grocery store and I like to eat those items sparingly.
So, now we're trying Sun Basket.
(Note: If you want to try it and want a referral link, here ya go: sunbasket.com/3free/Michelle641235 I get some a credit, too, but I think you might get some money off)
I liked the options - paleo and gluten-free piqued my interest. I mean, if I'm going to pay $40 to $60 a week on something like this, I want it to be somewhat healthy otherwise I'd spend that money on damn good takeout.
Side note, I've recently tried to cut out a lot of gluten simply because my acupuncturist believes gluten may play a role in fertility issues. For now she says cut it. Anyway, I'll share that story some other time.
For now, I kind of dig Sun Basket. And not just for the food. I really dig the packaging. It's easy to unpack, and they've made it easy to recycle.
Note that the lining is recyclable and Sun Basket provides stickers to help you roll it up and put it in the recycling bin.
I also really like the ice packs. The ones that come in Blue Apron and Hello Fresh are ginormous and annoy the crap out of me because they're a pain to tear down or re-use. I like these from Sun Basket because I could easily re-use them in my picnic cooler!
I also liked how everything I needed for one recipe was in one bag. Hello Fresh does this, too. Blue Apron does a minimal version of this with knick knack bags but I recall moments of fishing for my ingredients.
And another plus for Sun Basket -- the food was something I'd never make on my own. Blue Apron was like that for me at first, but then it all started to look the same. I could have this problem with Sun Basket, too, since this is only my first order.
The first meal I made from Sun Basket was gluten-free, vegetarian and soy free. And amazingly filling and delicious! Plus, it was a quick dish - I literally put in the tomatoes, eggs and pistou and walked away.
In the end, I didn't make a pretty dish but it was pretty good and a nice way to change up the work week. I won't try to speak in favor of it too soon but so far, so good.
And one quick note - we liked the dish so much that I adapted a version of this for our breakfast. I didn't have any leftover pistou so I just used fresh spinach, tomatoes and eggs. It was pretty good!
Krav Maga Seattle teaches self defense and fitness but they've really done a great job emphasizing self defense for women with special classes. They blew me away when they recently made a trip to our studios!
Krav Maga has been taught to law enforcement agencies and is even the official self defense and combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces. It's high intensity and emphasizes instinctive movements.
Chau, Cat, Allie, and Angela put on a demo for us--it was intimidating and empowering at the same time. They had my full attention!
However, one thing we could all do right now to better protect ourselves is as easy as buying a tactical flashlight. I kind of forgot about it until Krav Maga sent us a bunch!
These are Hausbell tactical flashlights and there are a number or reasons why you should consider getting one:
- Scalloped edges make them great for hitting someone
- The bulb is so bright that it could make someone see immediate stars
- They're TSA approved = you can take them on planes
- Great for hiking
- Inexpensive, around $5 or less for the mini lights
I mean, look at what happened when JVB tried to choke me out the other day! She was toast!
All jokes aside, you can find a bunch of reviews on YouTube. I bet a lot of recent airline passengers wish they had one of these!
Also, I just want to give a special thanks to Chau, Cat, Allie, and Angela for taking the time, money and energy to send us these awesome flashlights. I hope I never have to use them for scary reasons but I am very grateful!
Well, we couldn't take the crown... but we did wear itl!
Our KING5 Rowing Team didn't exactly surprise anyone by coming in fifth place but at least we looked #1! We should've practiced earlier than two days ago. But we don't take ourselves too seriously!
The Windermere Media Cup is a lot of fun -- teams from all of the stations get together and learn enough about racing to do a couple of heats. The winner gets a $500 check to the charity of their choice!
Five must've been the lucky number because Team KOMO won for the fifth year in a row. Those guys are dedicated!
It was such a great event! Big thanks to all the organizers, coaches, and volunteers. I wish I knew how to row! It was a lot of fun to be on the water on such a beautiful day. And it was awesome to see friends from other stations!
I really enjoyed learning rowing terms and trying to work as a team to get our oars in the water at the same time. It is such a great way to meet people and get exercise in at the same time.
The real Windermere Cup is this weekend to celebrate opening day of boating season. More than 800 rowers will compete in the prestigious event on Lake Washington. I hope I can see it in action!
I recently took on a new schedule change at KING and I'm really enjoying it!
I started anchoring weekend mornings with Amity Addrisi. I just admore her (admire + adore) -- she is a smart journalist and a great friend and partner.
I have never been on a lady news squad before so this is exciting! Plus, it gives me a chance to switch up my work week and that keeps things interesting. And, I love the whole weekend AM crew from our producer Mark to our director Andy to our photographer Doug to our editor Keith to our writer Susan and to our meteorologist Ben Dery... and everybody else! LOL
You know all these things happen with a little luck and timing. I am sad we no longer see Natasha Ryan at the desk for now (she's having baby #2!) but our viewers have been so nice to me so far and I am grateful. And who knows, hopefully we can convince Natasha to come back! She has been so fun to watch since I moved to Seattle and our newsroom really misses her!
I'm still kind of stumbling along the weekend mornings but I hope you'll join us -- we start at 6 a.m. on Saturdays and 7 a.m. on Sundays! It's also nice to sleep in a bit on the weekends since my alarm clock goes off at 2 a.m. during the week!
If you're my mom, you might want to know you can always find us here: kng5.tv/WatchKING5
So for now, we'll see you in the AM! If you tweet us in the mornings we'll give you a shoutout. We love seeing you online. :)
I am in AWE of this incredible story. David Cowan says his highest recorded weight was 435 pounds. He says he probably weighed more than that but he didn't track it.
Well... today he's shaved off more than 200 pounds and he's inspiring so many others.
David talked his brother Andre into getting healthy and now he's down 120 pounds. INCREDIBLE!
Now the two are helping others get healthier. We're featuring the brothers Wednesday morning and they'll both be joining us live on Facebook at 7 a.m. PST -- bring your questions!
Can't wait to share their inspirational story!
I just bit the bullet and booked a glamping vacation in Maui. What?!
It's been about 4 years since this body has seen a real sunbeam. We didn't get very many beach opportunities in Wisconsin and now that we live in the PNW, we might as well turn into vampires.
So, this year Jim and I said WE HAVE TO GET LEGIT SUN. And since so many Seattlelites go to Hawaii for vacation, we decided to jump on the bandwagon. It's not that expensive and you're guaranteed sunlight.
But we had a problem. We did everything so late (vacation request, flights, etc.) that we were going to spend $500 a night for a nice hotel or $200 for a no-tell motel or a shady airbnb where you can hang out in some surfer's room. NO spanks.
Then we came across Camp Olawalu.
This is the best I could find to glamping. I wasn't looking for it but I wanted more than a yurt or a VW bus. And I didn't think tent camping sounded relaxing. After all, I do want to work less on this vacation.
We just came across another problem -- all the tentalows were RESERVED. OY!!!
Well, being the persistent reporter I am, I called every week and asked if we could be on the waiting list. Come to find out, they were building new tentalows this year, too. So... after several weeks of calling, we finally got approved!
You get your own sink and shower plus two twin beds that can make a king.
Glamping here we come! Stay tuned!
I came to the Instant Pot by accident but now I don't know how I survived without one.
It was over the summer and I was covering Amazon Prime Day. I popped into a Facebook livestream and my friend Sierra told me I HAD TO GET ONE. So, I put it in my cart. Hours later when my husband was Prime Day shopping, he purchased what I had left in the cart. What he didn't know was that I had been on the fence about it.
Then it came in the mail and I was all... "um, well, let's keep it, thanks!"
I didn't even touch it for another two or three months. But long story short, here's why I love it.
It can cook frozen chicken breasts in about 30 mintues or less -- gets them to the perfect consistency for shredding. That takes several hours in a crock pot.
It makes soups. My friend Michelle told me that it has a saute mode which I always overlooked! So, it really is a one-pot-stop. For our cold mornings on the road, I saute some beef and veggies, then I add stock and tomatoes! EASY! And done in about 25 minutes.
You can cook rice or make yogurt... there's not a lot this little thing can't do.
Just saying - it's a great gift for the kitchen gadget lover ... even if you buy it by mistake!
My run in Wisconsin has finally come to its end. Last night we earned a regional EMMY in Chicago for interactivity. It was the ninth EMMY for me and the fifth consecutive for interactivity (in Chicago and Nashville.) I can't put into words how grateful and humbled I feel.
Jim and I didn't get to go back to Chicago for the weekend. We wanted to see all of our pals but we just couldn't swing it. Instead we hung out with some friends and then came home just in time to turn on the livestream. We were pretty lowkey, we didn't mention it to anyone in Seattle because frankly, who would care. But it is an incredible feeling to have found a niche and give new-ish meaning to what we do as journalists each day.
The blessing is that I'm just getting started at KING 5, moving towards something similar to what I've done for the last five or six years. It's really been great to start talking with viewers again on social and trying to be relevant in their lives. AND the coolest thing is that everyone is working together to make it happen. I'm just a small part of it.
You know, we've got all this fancy equipment - which is incredible - but it costs nothing to actually have a genuine conversation with the people we're supposed to be serving. That's always been my philosophy and that will always be my motivation. I could get on my soapbox about relevant social media but I'll just sit tight.
I think in this day and age, it's so important for journalists to be genuine and transparent. I have enjoyed watching and learning from some great, intelligent people (ahem, Amy Wood, Stephen Clark, Sarah Hill, Maria Quiban, Melissa Carlson, Stefanie Cruz, Shelly Leslie...) and I think it's really important to mention journalists are all still learning from each other. I could never do what I do without the incredible support from my peers and mentors! Plus, the competition keeps getting tougher and tougher out there, so we are all helping each other get better and better.
Thank you for another incredible year. It saddens me that I'm no longer in Wisconsin (or North Carolina or Missouri) but we are all still as connected as we let ourselves be.
On a personal note, thank you for following me and supporting my dreams. I hardly ever write about the difficult times, the struggles, the challenges... because I don't want to bog anyone down. But it has been a long journey and there have (and still are) times when Jim and I don't know what the hell we're doing with our lives. But we carry on and we thank our family and friends for their support.
What we do is not about awards and it never has been. But it is nice to be recognized for work that we believe is relevant and important.
Does this look good to you? What if I told you this whole dish is less than 200 calories? I never thought I could get behind spiralized zucchini and cashew cream sauce but it is legit. It really tastes creamy... hard to believe when you find out it's just nuts and water.
It is super easy to make -- I go back and forth between zucchini and sweet potatoes.
I got my spiralizer from the Hip Foodie Mom -- she now uses a Kitchen Aid attachment so she has no need for one she gave me! Yahoo!
When I make these, I roll out four or five zucchinis for the week.
I really like the recipe from a Pinch of Yum but I add a little pinch of pesto or Parmesan cheese to mine. Whatever I feel like!