Thursday, September 17, 2015

Early Grape Harvest

The third story I field produced for CBS 13 was my favorite so far!  Late last month, I got the chance to head up to Amador County to talk to a winery about the early grape harvest and the impact it's having on California's wine country.  Grapes came in about a month early, partially because of the drought and partially because there was an early harvest last year.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Korean Beef Tacos

Asian cuisine of all kinds is one of my favorite things on the planet-- and so is Mexican food.  Put them together, and I am one happy girl.  Back in September, I introduced you to Yum Pow Chicken Tacos, a dish so fantastic I can eat the ENTIRE thing in one sitting.  Today, I want to introduce you to Yum Pow's equally delicious cousin:  The Korean Beef Taco!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Alternative ADHD Treatment

Some stories are just so easy to put together.  All the elements fall into place, the interviews are scheduled early and the writing comes to you like that.  That's how it was when I got to turn my first story since college for my TV Station.  (In case you missed it, my bosses are letting me out of the newsroom to field produce a few stories.  It's been a fun break from my regular job as the 5 O'clock News Producer.)  However, not all stories are easy to turn.  And I certainly struggled with my second story.

It all started when I heard a story on NPR about a tech start up in the Bay Area.  They are working to get a game approved by the FDA with the hope of using it to treat kids with ADHD.  Say what??  I had to talk to them.  And I had to talk to a doctor to find out if there was really a need for something like this.  And so, my story was born.

Getting the idea was easy.  Getting the people I needed to speak with to call me back and agree to speak to me before 5pm on Friday was a completely different story.  I struggled big time with this.  But I eventually got one of the game's creators and a doctor to speak to me.

This piece was much more complicated than my first.  There was so much information, and such a lack of visuals-- but I think we pulled it off:

This story originally aired on August 18th in our 5 and 10 O'clock Newscasts.  I got to work with one of our more experience photographers, Jeff.  It was fun getting to know another of my coworkers, and I got to learn a little more about the reporting process.  You can also find it our our website, by clicking here.

The day the story aired, I had this gnawing feeling in my gut that something was wrong with my story.  There had been a lot of drafts, a lot of graphics and a lot of information-- and I was afraid I had gotten something wrong....

It wasn't until a few days later that I got an email from the doctor I interviewed.  I had spelled his last name wrong in my script.   I was in such a hurry to get everything done, I didn't take the extra time to triple check everything.  I wrote him and apology, and he was very gracious.  But I learned a very valuable lesson about my gut, and how right it could be.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beale Falls

I love many, many things-- and waterfalls just happen to be one of them.  In fact, when I am looking online or in may many hiking books for a new trail to explore-- I will more often than not choose the one with a waterfall.   Unfortunately, the waterfalls here in California are not as impressive at the waterfalls in my homeland of Oregon.

Case in point, the falls pictured above.   It goes by many names: Fairy Falls, Shingle Falls and Beale Falls.  But type "Beale Falls" into Google and it will get you there.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sugar and Stout

Late last month, I was given the opportunity to step out of the newsroom and turn a story for our 5 o'clock newscast.

After trolling the web a little, I found a new food-truck style company in Sacramento that uses locally made beer to create delicious desserts.  It's called "Sugar & Stout"  and the woman behind it is Linda Gooch.  She agreed to make a few desserts for us, and do an interview about her new idea.  I also got to talk to one of the breweries working with her about the idea.  Check out the story below:

The original story aired July 27th on our 5 and 10 o'clock newscasts.  You can read the web article here.

I'll be getting a few more chances to get out of the newsroom and put together stories for our newscasts later this month, which I plan to share with you on my blog as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

We haven't had a chance to get out and support Linda at one of her events yet-- our weekends have been packed with summer fun.  But we are hoping to grab a beer and a sweet treat in the next few weeks. According to her facebook page, Linda looks like she's doing pretty well, and has even expanded to work with even more breweries.

If you're interested in learning more about Sugar & Stout you can check out the website, Facebook and/or Twitter page.  And be sure to head out to one of Linda's events and support her!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Rude Awakening

It's been about 2 years since we've had a working scale in the house.  Well, working for me.  Since that time, our scale has decided to guesstimate just how much I weigh.  During our "Operation: Sweating for Seoul" mission, it was a bit annoying.  But once Jason was off to South Korea, it kind of allowed me to slip back into my bad habits, and be come blissfully unaware of the damage I was doing to my weight loss progress.

I mean sure, I knew I had put on some weight-- because my clothes were a little snug, and my face was a bit more round.  But I didn't really know how many pounds had made their way back onto my thighs...

Flash forward to two weeks ago.

"We need to buy a new scale."  I said out of the blue one day after work, when we had stopped at the Wal-Mart across the street to buy a money order to pay for something or other.

"Why?" Jason asked.  "Our old one works fine for me."

"Well it doesn't flash 'ERROR' every time you step on the damn thing," I said.  Then hustled over to find a scale, grabbed one off the shelf, and hurried to the check out line to make it mine.  We got it home, and it sat in a box for a day or two before we finally opened it, set it up and stood on it.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Lemon Chicken Soup

Spring has sprung!  And to me that means sunshine, flowers, and the beginning of the fresh fruit and vegetable season.  Jason and I are working on starting our own vegetable and herb garden-- more on that later-- and that will soon mean lots of delicious recipes riddled with vegetables, herbs and hopefully fruit.

That brings me to my reason for this post.  I love sharing the delicious recipes I've found all over the internet, and this one certainly evokes the feeling of spring whenever I eat it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

48 Hours in San Francisco

I've only been to San Francisco a time or two-- and only for a day.  It was never really a destination I HAD to see.  Sure, if given the chance I would vacation there-- but we had never made specific plans to go.  So when Jason got home, we decided to take a long weekend-- and see San Francisco!  (He'd never, ever been-- by the way)

Before Jason got home from South Korea, I'd done a bunch of research about the city, and found several blogs about things to do when you visit, listed below:

There's a lot of good information in these posts-- and our bucket list was long after I read through them all.  When Jason got home, we narrowed things down, writing the "Must See" things down on the back of an old receipt, and sticking it in my wallet. 

There was so much to see and do, we didn't get to it all.  But we managed to pack quite a bit in our 3-Day "Weekend."

Monday, March 23, 2015

Positive Body Image

As many of you who have been following my weight loss journey know-- there is a point where I get discouraged, start binge eating and gain back the weight I worked so hard to lose.  Usually that point comes hand in hand with a big life event.  The passing of my grandfather, Jason losing his job, moving to Portland, the death of my grandmother, my other grandmother's battle with cancer, my move to Sacramento, Jason's move to S. Korea, and my Grandmother moving in to a retirement home and selling her house.  It's definitely a pattern of mine to eat my feelings when I'm down and out.

Over the past five years, I've begun to notice another pattern of mine.  I like to make goals for what I'm "going to do" if I ever lose the weight.   At first glace, this may seem like no big deal.  Just goals.  But after thinking about it-- I realized making these goals doesn't push me any harder.  In fact, I usually wind up shrugging and saying to myself: "Oh well."  And upon further inspection of these habits, I'm starting to realize that a lot of this comes from my complete lack of self confidence when it comes to my body.

Oh sure, I'm confident in my personality, my smarts, and my abilities.  But do not underestimate how little confidence I have in my body.  I've never really been all that confident in my body, to be quite honest.  I've always been on the bigger side.  Both in height and weight.  And for some reason, people have always managed to point that out to me.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Getting to Know Sacramento

Now that Jason is back home, I wanted to show him our new hometown.  We moved to Sacramento right before he left for South Korea-- so we didn't get much time to explore the area.  I saved a lot of things for Jason, and I did a little exploring myself while was gone.  So after all the hugging, kissing and ... when Jason first arrived home, we spent a day getting to know Sacramento.

Rooting on the Sacramento Kings

My friend and coworker Maria managed to get us some pretty awesome seats to the Sacramento Kings game versus the Boston Celtics.  I'm not a huge sports fan, but I'm also not one to turn down and opportunity to got to a game for free.

We got to sit in the mid-lower level, with a pretty nice view of the court.  But I''ll tell you one thing-- seats in an old basketball arena are not spaced well enough for anyone more than 5'7" tall.  Jason and I were crammed in those seats and I felt bad for the people whose backs we were kneeing.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Surprise, Surprise!

So, Jason came home a week early from South Korea-- completely surprised me at work, in front of all of my Coworkers.  The timing was particularly lovely, since I was having a pretty crappy day.  To make matters even more special, one of our photogs was rolling on the whole things (the dangers of working in a television newsroom).  Take a look, the good part starts about 1:30 in:

He got me, I must admit!  The funny thing about all of this is that I was pretty sure I had figured out when he was coming home, but the bastard was lying to me the whole time!  In fact all of my family, friends and even some of my coworkers knew when he was coming home-- so everyone lied to me!  But in the end, the surprise outweighed the lies.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What I've Been Up To...

Hello strangers!

It's been quite a while since I updated you on my life.  I've missed my little corner of the internet, and I hope you haven't felt neglected.  Based on my Pintrest feed, a few of you have been getting some good use out of my Yumm Sauce recipe!  That shit is delicious-- I need to make myself some, and a Yumm Bowl to go with it.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving is Alright for Fighting

I haven't spent a lot of time posting to this blog.  Mostly, I've been filling my time trying to figure out what it was I did to entertain myself before I met Jason.  I've been binge watching a lot of TV, which doesn't feel right-- but hell, I only have three more months before he comes home from Korea.  Who knew another human being could occupy so much of your time?  I was blissfully unaware, until the bastard got on a plane and flew halfway across the world to get away from me for a year.

When I'm not trying to remember what I did when I was single--  I'm on the phone listening to the ever-unfolding family saga.  Fuck!  I'd rather sit in dead silence... which actually isn't true, because despite the fact that the news frustrates me, or makes me cry, or makes me want to drive 12 hours, bang on some doors, and shake some sense into people-- it's the kind of thing I'll look back on and laugh about.

Anyway...  Let's get to the drama.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yum Pow Chicken Tacos

Prepare to have your world rocked!!  This is my all-time favorite recipe, and it's incredibly simple and fast.  I like to pull it out when I have guests coming over-- because they're always so impressed I made it all by myself!

So delicious!  That's plate above contains Kung Pao Chicken Tacos and Coconut chicken tacos.  They're so delicious.  The right hint of spice, and cooling coconut.  Plus, you make anything into a taco and it's delicious!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Guide to Vitamins

I've heard mixed reviews on vitamin taking.  Some people swear by it, others say it makes them throw up.  I've been experimenting with it for the past few months now-- and I've got to say I like it.

It all started when I still lived in Portland, and my OBGYN suggested that I start taking a daily Vitamin D supplement, because Oregon doesn't see much sunshine in the winter.  I added it along with a good multivitamin to my routine, and started noticing that I had more energy.

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