Monday, May 30, 2016

Motown, Macklemore & MMMMM

Hello Lovelies!

It's been such a crazy May, and my drive to write got away from me as I focused a bit more on my job during our ratings period.  But now I am back, and I hope you're all having a great holiday weekend-- and taking some time to remember the men and women who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

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This is one of my favorite days to cover the lack of news at work-- all the pomp and circumstance, the salutes and tributes, and the amazing stories of heroism that we get to report on.  It's an incredible reminder of how lucky I am to live in this country, and to be grateful for everything life throws my way.

While we're honoring our fallen heros, I think this weekend is also about celebrating our freedoms.  Jason and I decided to celebrate ours with a weekend full of music and food.

Motown


Our celebration started Thursday night, with an incredible show.

Jason actually bought me tickets to "Motown: The Musical" for Christmas.  It was the perfect end to a difficult May ratings period for the station.  It was the perfect way to de-stress from my stressful month of putting together well thought out television broadcasts.



As for the show, it was fantastic.  The music was phenomenal,  the dancing was great and the actors cast to play the Motown legends were on point-- specifically, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.  The story is one you've probably seen time and again-- through Dreamgirls, and many a bio-flick on different Motown legends, so the fact that the dialog and story line were a little lacking didn't bother me much.

This show was much more about the music and the evolution of Motown, than it is about a story.

More than the acting, singing and dancing-- I think my favorite part about the show was the energy from the crowd.  Everyone around us was singing-- though not always on key-- and dancing in their seats.  It was an awesome sight, and not something I've seen since we went and saw Mama Mia on New Year's Day several years ago.  I loved it-- even the woman sitting behind us singing loudly, off-key and after the rest of us sang the lines.

If you get a chance, go see it.  You won't be sorry!


Before the show, we hit Mikuni for some cocktails, sushi and sesame chicken & tonkatsu.  Now, I am not a very big fish fan, so our sushi was veggie style-- but it was delicious none-the-less.  Those of you who live, or have lived in Sacramento know what I am talking about!  Our waiter was even kind enough to keep me from ordering a not-so popular drink off the menu... that in and of itself is worthy of a 20% tip!

Macklemore

On Saturday, we headed into the city for some good old fashioned hip-hop fun!  I happened to see Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were coming to San Francisco thanks to an Instagram post.  It had been so long since Jason and I had been to a concert... Last time was Common and N.E,R.D. at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene in 2009.  That's a long-ass time.  So, when the tickets went on sale, I bought a pair.





Since we were going to have to head into the city for the show, we decided to make an adventure of it. We've had several co-workers tell us about the Capitol Corridor-- which goes from Sacramento to San Francisco and beyond (in both directions).  Since driving into the bay area, and finding parking in the city is such a pain in the ass-- and so painfully expensive-- we booked a pair of tickets and hopped the train.  The ride is beautiful, and takes the same amount of time as driving-- especially if there's traffic.

We dropped out stuff off at the hostel, yes I said hostel.  Listen, before you judge-- there are options to book a private room with your own bathroom-- which is awesome.  Breakfast in the morning is complimentary-- and it costs way less than booking a hotel room.  Plus, we were less than a mile from the venue, which meant we could walk.

And walk we did.  We spent much of the afternoon wandering around the city-- taking in the sights and snacking on some awesome food.


On our way to the show we stopped at this little spot.  I found it while googling restaurants around the area.  Let me just say, the food tasted so much better than it looks, and the wait for dinner wasn't too bad-- about 20 minutes.   I've heard the brunch wait is terrible-- which is part of the reason we chose to go to dinner.

The other reason was the fried chicken and the ribs.  Oh my goodness!  Some of the best I've ever had.  The biscuits were also awesome, and the pepper jelly was delish.  Add this to your list of restaurants to try the next time you're in San Francisco.



If we didn't have a show to go to, I would have said dinner was the highlight of the trip-- but the concert was actually the best part of our 24 hours in the city!  The opening act was great.  The second act was a snooze-- but when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came out it was a fucking party!

That white boy sure knows how to put on an amazing show!  The set was incredible, the songs performed were a mix of meaningful, heartfelt and dance-worthy.  And the mother fucker ended on Downtown, complete with confetti and indoor fireworks-- so what else could we ask for?  By the end of the night we were drenched in sweat, our feet were sore and our throats were hoarse.  In fact, mine still is!

Also, my little audio-file told me it was hands down, the best concert he's been to.  So, that means I scored big in the bad ass fiance column.   If you like Macklemore at all, I suggest you do yourself a favor and buy some tickets to his show, if he happens to be coming to a town near you.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: "In a Dark, Dark Wood"

Oh.  My.  God.  I loved this book!

Where do I start?  I first heard about it while on my morning drive to work, back when I produced the 5 PM show.  Back then I got to listen to the end of  Morning Edition, when they talk to authors.  I've posted the interview below, so you listen to it.



Intrigued yet?

After I heard this interview, I had to go to straight to Amazon and buy the book.  You can buy it here for $16, or $9.69 if you're a prime member.  You won't be sorry, I promise.


This book is set at a bachelorette party at a home in the woods, in the middle of the English country.  From the beginning, I got a very uneasy feeling about what was about to happen.  The main character relieves an invite to a bachelorette party from a friend she had lost touch with over something from their past.  She's not invited to the wedding, but reluctantly goes to the party after being convinced by a mutual friend.

From here, we meet a cast of characters that are each suspicious in their own way.   A series of odd and uneasy things start to happen, and then the protagonist wakes up in a hospital bed-- and is at the center of a murder investigation, as the suspect!  WHAT??!?!?!?!?!?!

I finished this book in about 3 days.  I could not put it down, and I hope you pick it up and enjoy it just as much as I did!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Meal Organization

Organization is an incredibly important part of my healthy lifestyle.  Without it, I spend a lot of extra money on fast food or expensive trips to Nugget Market.  I also tend to partake in the crazy food that shows up in the newsroom.  That means a lot of extra calories.  So, instead I spend my Sunday's grocery shopping and meal prepping for the week.

One of my favorite tools to stay "meal organized" during the week are these lunch box containers from Rubbermaid.  This isn't a paid post, I am not getting anything from Rubbermaid for writing this.  I just really enjoy this product and wanted to pass it along to you, my friends.


You can find these at most stores: Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer for my northwest peeps-- or you can buy them on Amazon.  They cost about $10-$15 depending on the kind you buy.  We own the "Sandwhich Kit" and "Salad Kit."   What I love about both of these kits is that each piece clips onto or inside of the other, so you don't have to worry about loose pieces sliding around your lunch bag.  It also comes with its own ice pack to keep things cool.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Tacos, Adulting & Emmys

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

I know during the week, I've been sharing posts on various subjects-- but on Sundays I wanted to start taking the opportunity to share with you some of what's been going on in my life, outside of my blog posts.


Last Sunday, we did the "Cinco K Fiesta Run" at the Budweiser Plant in Fairfield with my aunt and uncle.  We had such a great time last year, that we couldn't wait for the race to come back around.  You walk 3.2 miles and get tacos and beer at the end, what could be better than that?  This year, they added a 10k, so it was much more crowded.   The walk was still fun, despite the warmer temperatures, and the bigger crowds.  We had some interesting people sightings, too :)

My only real complaint?  The massive sunburn I got on my shoulders.  #PaleIrishAmerican


We also did some straight up adulting last weekend, including the a successful trip to Home Depot in preparation for our yard working extravaganza this weekend between the rain storms.  I don't know what it is, but every time we plan on doing some yard work it rains.  I think the universe is trying to tell me I need to hire someone else to do my yardwork :)

We also bought a new bike, after a group of jerk-faced thieves stole mine.  I am so excited to cruise around the neighborhood on my new set of wheels!


On Thursday, I got nominated for an Emmy!  This is the first Emmy nomination that actually has my name on it since college!  Stations I've worked for in the past have either not participated in the Emmys, or they have done station entries for shows that didn't include producer names.  This time around, I got to be a part of the nomination-- and I am so incredibly excited!!!!

You can watch the show below:


This was an incredibly crazy day!  I was doing the noon and the 4 that day, so I did the best I could to get this show ready in a short period of time, and make it thoughtful and powerful.  I think we put together a great show, and obviously the Northern California Chapter of the Emmys thought so too!  I feel very fortunate to work for such a great team, and I hope we are recognized with a win for our hard work.  Wish us luck!

Other highlights:  Jason bought me tickets to see Blink 182 in the bay area this fall-- so I will be time-traveling back to high school for the night to enjoy some poppy punk rock!  We booked our room/train tickets to San Francisco for the Macklemore concert at the end of this month.  And, we're going to see Motown the Musical the day after sweeps ends!   So, lots of entertainment in our future!

Hope you enjoyed my little update, see you next week for another update!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Our Proposal Story

'Literally, the day before Jason popped the question-- I had a co-worker tell me to pay attention to the subtle cues Jason would be giving me the day he proposed...  Well, I didn't.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Old Sacramento

It might be considered a bit cheesy and a little touristy-- but if you live in Sacramento, or are visiting, you should take the opportunity to go back in time and visit a little place called Old Sacramento.

Photo Source: Trip Advisor

This part of town lines the Sacramento River downtown, but it's a bit hidden behind the modern-day city.  Once you turn on Front Street and round the corner, you're transported back into the Mid-19th Century complete with cobblestone roads and a wooden boardwalk along the river.  You could spend an entire day exploring the shops and museums.

Honestly, this is our go-to place to take people visiting from out of town because there's something for everyone.  So if you're interested, I've put together a list of things to checkout if you find yourself in Old Sacramento.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Chicken-Hummus Power Bowl

I don't know about you, but sharing recipes is my favorite part about blogging.  I love good food, and sharing it with friends and family.  Today's recipe is one of my go-to lunch recipes.  It's delicious, easy to make, and super healthy!

Originally, I ordered something similar at Panera Bread.  It's called their "Power Bowl"-- and it's chock-full of powerful protein.  Plus, it's only about 300 calories!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Starting Over, Yet Again

Welcome to May my lovelies!

It's been such a long time-- but I am ready to get back in it.  Before we dive right back into living healthy and finding alternative ways to destress, I must confess something to you.  I have not been good to myself.  The move to Sacramento 2 years ago was much harder than I would like to admit to anyone.  And having Jason gone in South Korea only added to my hardship.

When I got down here, I felt confident, healthy and happy.  And despite my therapist's suggestion that my first move down here, after finding a place to live, should be to find someone to continue working with on my depression-- I didn't.  And that only led me back down a very dark path.  I let my anti-depressant prescription run out, without getting a new one.  I became withdrawn again.  And I started binge-eating my feelings.  It wasn't good.

And after two years of wandering down a dark and emotional path-- I've decided to get back into it.  It helps that I now have a pretty ring on my finger to motivate me, but that's not the real reason I am choosing to get back into this.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Guess Who's Back!

It's me!  Remember me?  I know it's been a while-- bunt I am excited to return with new goals, ideas for revamping my blog and of course, new recipes.  But today, I am going to use my space to update you on what's been going on in my life.

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.

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:



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