Archive for December, 2009

Resolution Solution

No longer on the grocery list.

No longer on the grocery list.

It’s been about a year since I gave up Diet Coke.  I used to drink about three a day.  I would never make a grocery run without buying at least a case of Diet Coke.  Zero calories and a caffeine kick! What harm could it be in a somewhat-balanced diet, right?  And it’s a far cheaper habit that smoking or drinking!

It wasn’t a formal New Year’s resolution.  I don’t make them anymore – perhaps so I won’t fail in keeping them.  But I’ve actually succeeded in giving up Diet Coke.   Last year, a nutritionist convinced me to take a close look at the ingredients.  Then Dr. Oz talked me into staying on course – though he said a Diet Coke here and there wouldn’t hurt.  No matter.  I’ve quit altogether and now I usually just drink water.

There are quite a few people in the news biz who are fueled by Diet Coke.  Some are Pepsi fans but Coke seems to be more popular in the newsroom.  There are often cans behind the anchor set and at workstations throughout the studio.

It doesn’t help that my co-anchor Patrick Elwood drinks a lot of Diet Coke.  A big part of the equation – pop is just 35¢ in the Fox Chicago break room and a bottle of water costs twice as much.  What’s up with that? I need to make a concerted effort to keep a bottle of water on hand at all times.  But I won’t make that a resolution.

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12 2009

Turn Here!

IMG_2227Today’s post, “Merry Christmas, Abnormal Mom” is over at Chicago Moms Blog.  Please unwrap here to check it out.  Thanks and Happy Holidays to all!!!

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12 2009

Santa’s Newsroom Helper

For the past few years, I’ve organized the annual “Good Day Chicago” Secret Santa gift exchange at Fox Chicago.  For awhile, we jokingly said “SANTA” should stand for:  Secret and Non-denominational Transfer of Assets.  It’s politically correct, ‘eh?  Whatever.  It’s our annual opportunity to thank every hardworking member of our staff for all they do all year. It takes quite a team to put on a newscast and most work behind-the-scenes. So I want to share and show off some of these beautiful people.

Sorry for all the blurry pictures – technically difficulties with my digital camera.  (I think Santa is bringing a new one!)

Also, thanks to my pal Mike Pirozzoli of Wing Stop on N. Milwaukee for providing all the yummy food.

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12 2009

Super Cool Assignment

As I left for work this morning, one of our producers texted to make sure I had my ice skates.  No problem!  I love assignments that mix work and fun.  Lucky for me, by the end of “Good Day Chicago” this morning, I became the first person to skate on the new ice rink outside Wrigley Field!

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12 2009

It’s Cold. Back to You in the Studio.

Report fast, return to truck!

Report fast, return to truck!

Reporting on the streets of Chicago during the winter months can get downright painful.  This morning, we had wind chill factors of 21 below so just preparing for work took a lot of pre-planning.  I suppose that’s the case for every Chicagoan who needs to get anywhere on days like this.  But as a reporter, I often have no idea what I’ll be covering until I call into the Fox Chicago assignment desk.  I keep an assortment of hats, gloves and scarves in my work bag and at least two coats in my car.  Just about every reporter and anchor in town agrees that appearance is far less of a concern during the winter.  Dressing properly for the conditions is a matter of survival!

Depending on the story, it can get tough finding anyone to interview about anything.  When it’s this cold, people just want to get where they’re going as quickly as possible.  Those who do stop to talk with me tend to make their points quickly and then go on their merry way.  There are watery eyes and runny noses along with numb extremities.  We get what we need and jump back into the news van.

Cameraman Sean Gibbons under a lot of layers.

Cameraman Sean Gibbons under a lot of layers.

Thank goodness for my blogging pal Duong Sheahan.  The long, down parka I’ve been wearing is hers!  She didn’t care for it since it was so much coat to deal with while running her errands.  Well, it’s perfect for me since I spend much more time out in the cold.

Frozen equipment is another concern.   Sometimes, the mast on the live truck gets frozen into place after we’ve been at a particular scene for a long time.  There’s always suspense when we wrap things up on a cold day.  But it’s not a problem today and I get back to the studio in time to anchor the news at noon.

Actually, the next hurdle – my hat hair!

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12 2009

Turn Here!

UU_0239_B_0001Today’s post “Three Cheers for Cheerleading” is over at Chicago Moms Blog.  Please tumble over and check it out.  Thanks!

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06

12 2009

What Makes You Click

Random photo for no reason.

Random photo for no reason.

Ever since I started this blog, I’ve gotten a lot of advice from a lot of people.  Write about this.  Don’t write about that.  Be sure to include keywords and embed links. Hello, Fox Chicago!  Have you seen my Cool Websites list lately? How about my crazy co-anchor Patrick Elwood?  I’ve learned a lot from other bloggers.  I’ve decided to put some of their advice to a test with this post.

I heard that certain celebrity names can really drive up web traffic since people are always searching those names and clicking on the results.  So, for no reason, let me mention Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Johnny Depp and George Clooney.  I’m going to throw in Rachel Uchitel (Tiger’s alleged mistress) since her name is everywhere this week. Read the rest of this entry →

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04

12 2009

The Dog Speaks Chinese

Chinese tourists/my parents in my home!

"Chinese tourists" in my home!

After dropping off my parents and brother at O’Hare this afternoon, it hit me that time always seems to fly when I’m off from work.  My family arrived just before the Thanksgiving weekend and it’s been a relaxing and productive time together.

Whenever my techie brother is here, he upgrades all of our computer systems and makes sure my family is in top technical form.   He outfitted my daughter in a new system altogether and then declared that she better “operate 25% smarter”!

He’s the reason my parents are so technically savvy.  They are never without their laptops and iPhones.  In fact, they’re the only senior citizens I know who can teach others about the best apps.  Although they communicate best in Chinese.

"I can understand Chinese?"

"I can understand Chinese?"

My mom kept talking to our dog in Chinese and now she insists that he understands.  Nutty is happy to play with anyone.  He’d likely learn some Swahili just to get a treat.

Both of my children study French.  And since my husband and children speak very little Chinese, it’s always a mishmash of two languages whenever my parents visit.  My father’s English is pretty good but his hearing is limited. And my mother’s hearing is great but her English is limited.  Since her English is better than most people’s Chinese, she’s a good sport when we have fun with her often-amusing broken English.

While listening to classical music in the car, my mother asked “What tiffany this one?”  I bet Mozart would understand what she meant.  After I brushed my daughter’s hair, she felt it and declared, “Wow, that as soft as soup!”   Our favorite is something she uttered while we were visiting them in California.  I was about to use one of their laptops when she steered me towards another one and said, “That laptop no juicy.”  Mother knows best.

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12 2009