If you can survive moving with your spouse, I'm pretty sure you can survive anything.
This is the third time we've moved in six years (how is that possible?) In 2010, we moved from Missouri to North Carolina. In 2013, we left North Carolina for Wisconsin. And now, we are getting settled in Washington.
First of all, the drive was amazing and brutal. (Given our self-imposed time challenges.)
We left a little late from Wisconsin because we were trying to get our Madison home ready for closing. We left Tuesday afternoon and wanted to get to Seattle by Thursday. We also added about two hours every day for stops with the dogs.
Jim and I had to caravan -- I was loaded down with our stuff; Jim drove with the dogs.
We stayed the night in Sioux Falls and Billings. It was such a gorgeous drive. Also, if you want hassle-free stays with the dogs, we ended up staying at LaQuinta both nights. No dog restrictions, no pet fees and free breakfast.
Some of my video even made the news in Billings, though it wasn't for anything good. (Turns out everyone was okay.)
We had a difficult time getting through the Snoqualmie Pass -- it was dark and started storming pretty bad. I had to put on my hazards and drive about 30 miles an hour. By the time we made it to our new rental home, we felt exhausted. In fact, we canceled our hotel and camped out on the floor with our only blankets -- the one we had used for dog beds all week. :/
But when we woke up Friday morning, we could see our new place and were totally in love.
Minnie's arthritic body was really sore but both she and Piper needed to catch up on sleep. They love the new house so much -- especially the big backyard! You can't see it all in the pic but there's a side yard from the cement patio on top of a second grassy area behind the wooden fence.
We will be unpacking for quite a while but we do love the area. We are staying about 15 miles north of Seattle and love our house and our landlords, Pete and Patti. They've been great about Minnie and Piper and we couldn't be happier about our living situation.
We can also walk to our grocery store, Starbucks, the pharmacy and the pet supply store. And our grocer carries Wisconsin cheese - so no worries there!
Anyway, it's a little late and there's still so much to share about the new job and the house but for now, we're here! And we're going to be ready for guests soon. :)
It's natural for people to forget about me but I will carry you with me wherever I go. My last day at WISC is June 17th and it is truly bittersweet.
When we moved to Madison three years ago, we thought we would likely make this our home for several years, if not indefinitely. We are from the Midwest and this genuinely felt homey. We drank the Wisco kool-aid, cheering on the Packers and Badgers and eating cheese and cheese and cheese. And beer. And ice cream. And sausage.
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13 pounds later, I found myself immersed in the Sconnie food scene, chatting about the latest restaurant openings, asking questions about sustainability and writing about it in Madison Magazine. I will really miss the food... the pounds not so much.
We became true wannabe Wisconsinites. We embraced the cold. We fell madly in love with the summers. My mom even said I picked up a slight accent.
They say Madison is a place where you can achieve your dreams and we certainly believe it. My husband went back to school full-time (thank you Madison College) and is now working as a developer for a news corporation. He had so many mentors here and I know he will miss the friendships he made working at UW or going to school at MATC.
This community is full of smart, progressive and creative people. Thanks to you I became a more thoughtful journalist and believe I worked smarter as well. I am incredibly proud and humbled of the work we did. I'm indebted to Madison for helping me be more comfortable in my journalistic skin.
Jim and I are leaving with heavy hearts. We have already wondered if we'll ever be able to capture this experience again. That part is scary.
At the same time, we know that life is about moving forward. There are few places that we'd want to live outside of Madison but we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move to one of them.
At the end of June, we'll be moving to Seattle. I have accepted a job at KING-TV.
KING has a reputation for leading the industry in storytelling and news excellence. I am humbled and honored (and sometimes baffled) they picked me to be a member of The Home Team. My new boss even expanded my role to include reporting, anchoring and working on company wide digital projects. It seems there are lots of opportunities to tell meaningful stories on several platforms.
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If you remember, my sister Hyun Jeong and her husband Glenn moved to Wisconsin a year after we did. My sister has graciously volunteered to help us for a while in Seattle while Glenn continues his studies. It makes me giddy.
I also can't wait to see my friend Joanna, who works for KIRO, the CBS affiliate. She is the one who started it all, asking me to come to Seattle for a visit and "even meet my news director." I won't be working with Joanna again but she has helped us make this move work. Thank you, Joanna.
We're very sad to be farther away from our family in Missouri but we know they're happy for us and we can't wait to show them around Seattle. My parents are already planning a trip! Plus we do have some family in the Seattle area so it will be nice to catch up!
Thank you for everything, Madison. You have not heard the last from me but I do hope you'll stay in touch on Facebook. We weren't here long but you certainly left a lasting impact on us. We'll be back!
Bierocks rock! Bierocks are essentially cabbage buns. And they are delish!
I fell in love with these thanks to my friend, fellow Jayhawk and former roommate Megahn. Megahn and I went to Kansas together and eventually she worked as a news producer with me in Missouri.
There were about three things she loved: Rolling Rocks, cheesecake and bierocks.
Bierocks consist of bread, cabbage, onions and beef. They are little pockets of goodness and I'm pretty sure they are historically German. I don't care because this Korean gal likes them a lot.
I'm sure you can get real uppity about the dough but Meghan and I always used dough from a can. Sometimes we used pizza dough. And sometimes she would make the dough.
BTW, I never measure for this recipe. I just take a pack of lean beef, an onion and a maybe half a cabbage... but I just eyeball it.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
I love this recipe with all my heart... when Megahn got married, she gave us all a small book comprised of her family's recipes. I kept it for years because I loved her bierocks that much. I have since lost the book but I will always remember the good ole days with Megahn and the bierocks she'd make for me! I don't ask very many people to make me something but Megahn's bierocks were an exception!
Thank you so much for racing or walking with us over the weekend. It's hard to describe how emotional the day is unless you've experienced it for yourself.
This is the second year we've broadcast the race in a 90-minute special. Last year it was a complete monsoon (but great memories)... this year the rain held off for most of the morning.
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If you ever go, watch for those wearing pink shirts - they are breast cancer survivors. I met a 90+ year old woman who was also a 40+ year survivor. It was and is truly inspiring.
One of my favorite moments was seeing Sarah Ripp -- she was only 28 years old when she was diagnosed and she let me follow her throughout her surgery and treatment. This weekend she crossed the finish line, which also marked the one year anniversary of learning her diagnosis.
There are so many people I wish I could have spent time with on Saturday but for now, thank you so much for helping the cause all year long. Our local Komen chapter helps so many families dealing with breast cancer. 75-percent of money raised stays local with the rest going to research. And good news - often much of the research money comes back to UW.
Great to see everyone and don't forget about our Buddy Check 3 project! We've got to keep up the work all year long.
Sometimes I think I love cookbooks more than the actual act of cooking.
If you write a cookbook without pictures, then forget about it. I need to see artificial food styling before I can even consider cooking the recipe. I used to have about 50 pounds of cookbooks in my house but over time, I've donated several of the ones I don't use. Like... have I cooked anything out of this? NO...okay, it hits the donation pile.
Right now I'm really into utilizing the Madison Public Library -- you know it was recently one of 10 libraries honored by the White House, right?
Well, here's how I hack the public library system. It's actually not a hack at all but because I have so few friends who utilize our libraries, it might seem like one. First thing, though, you will need your library card.
1. Go to NYT Best Seller list and search for cookbooks
2. Go to the Madison Public Library website, sign in
3. Search for the book in LINKcat
4. Place a hold on the book. (Or as I like to do, post several holds on several books.)
5. Wait for a notification that your book is ready to be picked up!
I love, love, love libraries. If you want, you can also check out books electronically but there is always something special about physically going to a library and picking up a book. I come from a generation of readers who like to feel the pages.
I also do this for new CDs coming out (I have a hold on Beyonce's Lemonade) or audio books on self help, bestsellers or language programs. I know I could go out and buy everything I wanted, but I actually enjoy waiting and getting the call that my materials are ready for pickup.
When was the last time you went to the library? Do you have any library pointers? I would love to hear how the library is part of your life! I just loved going to the library as a kid and can't imagine it not being a part of our lives today.
Starbucks has a pretty cool app that can do some amazingly awesome things, like let you order your food and drink, skip the line and go.
I've noticed the stores have recently been pushing the app (by giving you extra "stars" or a free drink by signing up.) I was in Target over the weekend and gave it a whirl. It's ahh-mazing.
First, here are all things you get with the app - free refills on certain drinks, ordering through the app, birthday surprises and rewards. They had me at free refills.
I asked someone at the East Wash store how long they've been allowing orders through the app and she said only a couple of months. If you get 300 stars, you receive gold status but until then, the majority of the best perks are available for everyone.
Also, on a side note, the app has great customer service. I wrote them because I didn't get credited for promotional stars and they took care of it within an hour. It seems like such a first world problem but I really appreciated the great care in customer service.
How to use the app:
Bottom line: I love the app. In less than a week, it has made me more excited to get coffee. If I'm going to spend my money at Starbucks anyway, I might as well maximize the perks available!
Also, I still love and frequent local coffee shops and businesses (Just to name a few in Madison: Barriques, Moka, Johnson Public House, Cadence Cold Brew, A OK) but Starbucks