I strongly dislike chain link fences. Not only are they ugly, but they apparently kill rabbits. This is your warning to NOT scroll down unless you can handle the pic of the rabbit.
I tried to give the rabbit some dignity and pull him from the flies and ants... and the fence. But he's stuck in there REALLY GOOD. If I wait, will something grab him? Do I wait until he shrinks a bit? Do I chop him up? It is so gross and sad!
That time I went to the Daytime Emmys...
And the reality is that I (kinda) went because the Daytime Emmys were happening at the hotel where I was staying in Beverly Hills. It's all the way you see things! Keeping it real, Instagram.
Have you had a chance to enjoy this weather? Gary says it will be nice all week basically... so this morning I spent some time outside with my puppies.
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And have you noticed... the bumblebees are still out! I love those little guys.
Also, I want to thank everyone on Facebook for helping me with my ornamental grasses and flowers! They are all coming in nicely... and there was one Saturday I asked for help and you guys came to the rescue!
In case you're wondering, a good present for your loved one on your sixth anniversary is candy.
Six years ago - on a Tuesday - my husband and I were married at the oldest cathedral in the United States, which also happens to be in downtown Honolulu.
We invited a small group of close friends and family members and came back to Missouri to throw a big party. There are so many things I'd do differently now in terms of putting a wedding together, but I was so happy to send our parents to Hawaii.
I've said it before, but Hawaii is really a special place. If you've never been, the idea may seem somewhat generic with hula girls and Elvis impersonators -- a major misconception. I can tell you it's wonderful, insanely diverse and unique in a million ways. We loved it for the Asian influences and kind people... plus we were able to give our parents a gift that wouldn't require them to get a passport or learn a new language.
So, with that, six reasons why I love being married to my husband Jim. Gag if you want, but this is my blog after all... LOL:
1. He's unconditionally loving and supportive -- Jim has allowed me to follow my pursuit of happiness as a journalist. He also is my biggest cheerleader, and it's a nice feeling to have someone in your court always encouraging you to be limitless.
2. He's smart -- I always knew he was intelligent, but I've discovered recently that hes REALLY SMART. He is going back to school full-time and he's actually impressing the heck out of me with his computer skills. That's about as indepth as I go on his learnin'.
3. Jim is charming - Duh, that's why I married him! He has insanely nice eyelashes and he can bat them in a masculine way that makes any woman weak in the knees. I saw them in action in my 20s.
4. He is an honest and loyal person. Did you know that's a Pisces trait? Well, he is committed to our marriage, and I have to say... I dig it. I am equally committed. He is my safe place. And he's my person! (Grey's Anatomy reference)
5. Jim is a good family man. We don't have human kids (only furry ones) but he will be a great people-dad one day. And, he's a nurturing older brother and wants to do right for both of our parents.
6. He's devilishly good looking... at least, to me anyway. I have joked... "It doesn't hurt!"
For real, being married changed me, just like I'm sure it changes EVERYONE. I love Jim because he's a great man, but also because he's agreed to accept me and change with me. We've really grown together. We have gone through a lot of ups and downs, struggles and triumphs. We have been together for 11 years but I've never felt better about being life partners. We have chosen to be a family, and I am excited for the rest of our lives! Sometimes I feel really old (he'll be 40 and I'm a little younger) but we still feel like we have a whole life ahead of us.
Thanks to Hilldale for hosting the Little Black Dress Affair fashion show for Gilda's Club, an organization that offers support to those impacted by cancer. I loved being the emcee and I really loved hanging out with all of you!
Ann Marie from Reve always puts these things together and she does a tremendous job. I love seeing DJ Nick Nice and Leslie from Hilldale. Plus, we just have a great time! It just keeps getting bigger and better.
We got married in downtown Honolulu and had a reception in downtown Springfield, Missouri, a month later. This is a fun pic because my husband and I took ballroom dancing classes in preparation for our first dance...
We splurged and spent hundreds of dollars to look like we knew what we were doing for that first dance. I thought we were going to learn the waltz but somehow we got talked into doing a full-on choreographed number. Jim was on board until two weeks before the reception. He freaked out and refused to go back. Our poor little instructor, Jacque, never got an explanation.
I remember Jim saying, "I can't do this dance! All of my friends will be there! They are going to make fun of me!!"
Looking back, it's really hilarious. All we wanted was to do a few twirls and not look like idiots. At the end of the day, it didn't matter. We ended up drinking enough wine that we couldn't have done that darn dance anyway... but every now and then, we'll bust out the routine in our living room just because we can.
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.