You might think some athletes are just born to be Green Bay Packers. But, LeRoy Butler will tell you... it's just not true.
LeRoy grew up using a wheelchair. He says he was picked on and even bullied.
Of course, we now know the NFL star as the inventor of the Lambeau Leap. And today, he's working on a documentary to showcase bullying and perhaps put Wisconsin in the throes of a national discussion on the topic.
Watch Susan Siman's interview with LeRoy
WISC-TV, the Dean Clinic and St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church all worked together to bring LeRoy to Madison and hear his inspirational story. He can really move a crowd! And he had a packed house.
We asked folks to sign a no-bullying pledge... and honestly, I was so surprised to see so many adults get involved! It was a great way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon. And, it was very nice meeting new people!
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You know, I've been here for a week, but today was my first day on air... and that is always more stressful than your 'other' first day.
It started with an intro from Susan Siman and Eric Franke for Live at 5 (scroll to about 27:00.) And then, the first 6 p.m. newscast.
I was hoping it would feel good because my day started at 4 a.m. when I woke up with burning hives from a food allergy. I drove from downtown Madison all the way to Middleton in search of a 24-hour pharmacy. In desperation, I tweeted for help! I got it, but it was too late. Around 5:30 a.m., I came home defeated. I went to sleep and woke up with fewer itches. I kind of felt like I had hickeys all over my body - I debated even wearing a turtleneck to work... but I digress.
Then, I hit major construction on Mineral Point Road on the way to work. I was so afraid I was going to be late.
When I made it to work, I noticed some major, gooey, sticky stuff on my passenger car door. Kind of looked like sap or coffee.
Still, DAY 1 ON AIR HAS ACTUALLY BEEN VERY GOOD... LOTS of fun. I'm coming back tomorrow! Thanks to Billy Stanley for clipping this!
I'm living in an interesting situation this summer... staying in downtown Madison in a graduate-level studio. It's cool because I can walk to the capitol and discover some really awesome things. At the same time, I'm re-living those college years I never really wanted.
At times, I also feel like I'm camping.
I have a french press maker, which makes a heck-of-a good cup of coffee. However, I am used to my electric coffee maker, which currently resides in North Carolina. I didn't want to pack our 4-cup spare because it's too small.
I also don't have a pot to boil water in, since the girl before me only had two skillets. So, here's my morning ritual:
1. I make fire! Not really. But there is fire involved.
2. I place my carafe in a pan of water. If you don't use a water bath, then stuff is likely going to get weird. I tried a few other bad ideas first, like putting the carafe directly on the stove and placing it in the pan without the water. No bueno.
3. I put the coffee in the french press and put on the lid. If I do 8 cups, I use 8 spoonfuls. It's not rocket science. I just add coffee until it looks okay.
4. And press down.
5. Wait a few minutes so that it can steep... then voila! My french press is getting a workout everyday and I love it. I only had one batch of bad coffee when I made it too light.
I started my day at the new job (at WISC) and ended it with a new friend (at Hubbard.) Totally worth the calories I had squirreled away earlier in the day... though I am truthfully a savory kind of gal.
From what I can gather, this is the place you want to go for darn good pie. My choice today? Key lime.
This was such a delicious treat... which begs the question... where is your favorite place to go for dessert in the Madison area?
Say it isn't so... no more cheese curds??
If you visit Madison, the farmers' market has to be on your to-do list...even when cheese curds sell out! My new co-workers recommended it, especially since I could walk there from my summer sublet.
This is the largest producer-only farmer's market in the country. That means all items are produced locally.
More cool things -
1. You can get warm, soft, yummy cheese bread. People will stand in line for this and pay $8 for it. It is really selfish of Wisconsin for withholding this mound of goodness from the rest of the country. (Thanks to WISC's Jen Audetat for the tip.)
2. You can taste all the funky cheese you want. This is where cheese basks in its own glory. If you're from Missouri, the Osceola Cheese Factory ain't got nuthin' on this... sorry, Mom.
3. It can get kind of trippy with all of these mushrooms and such. I didn't even know Wisconsin was known for 'shrooms, but apparently, there are a lot of farmers who produce them. It's interesting for the eye, though my favorite all-time mushroom is the elusive morel.
And, don't forget:
1. Wear walking shoes.
2. Bring cash. At least $20 if you plan on buying cheese bread.
3. Don't bring a bag that will kill you when the straps start digging into your shoulder.
4. Bring a drink. I swear I only saw bubble tea and smoothies -- not a thirst quencher.
5. Remember you're basically on the capitol lawn, so no dogs... though I certainly saw some rule breakers.
For more info, go to the Dane County Farmers' Market
I just love you all so much. And, when something final happens like this, it's tremendously bittersweet. All of my coworkers have been great teachers and amazing friends. I just can't emphasize enough how much I admire them and this community.
What should I do with these? I can't believe my mom let me have these as a kid. Now I'm too afraid to let them go.
What a surprise! The good folks from the United Way came to the newsroom to give me a framed picture, balloons, and a thank you... just for helping with one of the best events in Wilmington - The United Way Pajama Party!
Since I've been here, I've been able to take part in the fashion show... meet some awesome people... and help raise money to end chronic homelessness. Thanks so much to Julia Steffen, Leanne Strawn, Tommy Taylor, Emily Watkins and everyone else who make such a huge impact in the community!
Check out the party pictures
I just love the United Way so much! And, really, I am undeserving of a such a nice send-off, but it just shows how kind people are here. Oh, I'm going to miss YOU!
And, here's a plug - donate to the United Way! You know... you can also have a lot of fun if you go to the pajama jam! (I'm looking for another person to volunteer to take my place, hint hint. Email me if you're interested!)
Will talk more about this someday... but I had a lot of fun werkin' in Shallotte this week. Curlers and all. My last pic before my phone died and the humidity got to my hair.
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I just discovered this app and I wanted to share. The clerk at the WilcoHess by my work suggested I get the app after a recent purchase.
All summer long anyone can get 42 oz. soda fountain drinks for 99-cents. HOWEVER, if you download the WilcoHess app, you get them for 25-cents. Duh!
And - the best? If you hit up the deal section, you can get free stuff. The first time I used my app was today... so I got a 42 oz. drink for free. You can also get free cookies and free Kit Kats this month.
Is it junk food? Yes. But I really do enjoy getting a Diet Dr. Pepper at McDonald's a couple of times a week... and those things are nearly $2.