Cab dropped me off tonight right on Saint Charles. Was as far as we could get to Camille’s house. Arms full of luggage, I walked right into Bacchus. Like walking into a different world. Looked up at the elaborate floats with awe like I did as a kid.
It’s hardly the most romantic sound, but it’s loud and raw yet still amazingly calming. I’ll be anchoring weekends for a while. It’s a very different schedule. I’ve anchored early mornings and weekends, but this is a weekend split shift. Meaning – work friday – then both AM & PM newscasts on saturday and the early news on Sunday. So, there’s very little sleep over the weekend. I’m the first to say. I NEED sleep. Without it I wake up with crazy red dragon eyes. It all hinges on the drive to work in the morning darkness. Soothing tunes don’t help – loud does, and with it being Valentines Day weekend – My Bloody Valentine was appropriate.
While the host of Twin Cities Live is on maternity leave, some of the reporters and anchors from the KSTP-TV news department have been filling in for her. I’m not used to talking about food, fashion and fun on TV. News, by nature, is so serious. Anytime I get too far into leisure topics I start to feel like I’m about to get in trouble. Since I needed some natural topics to talk about, the sweet TCL crew did an entire segment on wedding dress trends with the editor of Minnesota Bride magazine. This is one of the publications I’ve been using lately for inspiration. The pictures and landscapes used for bridal photos are just stunning. This dress pictures is actually a two piece. The picture is Steve asking me if I would wear a crop top dress for my ceremony. What came from me was a resounding no!
This isn’t my dress, but I showed viewers a picture of my long search process.
Oh, I also included a pic of my favorite segment – ever – Valentines cocktails with sparking rose. I think the picture says it all. The 4:30 pm broadcast after TCL was fantastic this day.
TCL is such a well done show. It is detailed and full of fun information for men and women and lots of different ages. I’d love to do it again! Especially if there are more pink drinks.
I can’t help but laugh. Our floor crew – folks who run cameras, audio, teleprompter – had this stash of snacks across their desk.
Lots of sweets and hot sauce?
We can all be in such a hurry in this business that at times I feel like snacking on a ton of junk (especially the combos-I’ll take pizza flavor), but not the hot sauce.
I just walked back into my apartment.
My face is splotchy red from the cold but I’m sweating. It’s such a good feeling to drop all the wet winter clothes off at the doorstep. I love looking through the fresh – inspiring pictures on instagram. However, apparently I’m following a bunch of Australian creatives on there because they are posting tons of swimsuit photos. Looking at those made me long for warmth, but fat chance for this new Minnesotan. It’s clearly not coming any time soon. That’s fine. I decided to embrace the winter instead. I put on all my hardest wearing winter clothes and once I looked enough like a rolley-polley, headed out to walk around in the glistening sunset after a day of fresh snow. I do find it so pretty up here in the winter. Normally I’m working and can’t enjoy the snow for its beauty. Tonight I just enjoyed it. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one. The river paths were full of other people out running and biking. How strange to see the Mississippi frozen!! Once I got far enough from downtown, I could see the winter weather had made the prettiest purple reflection on the city.
The snow on the ground was fresh and dry. The squeaking sound it makes when you walk is so neat. Remember, I grew up on the beach, so this is all incredibly novel for me. Now I’m back in my apartment and watching the people on the street maneuver the slick sidewalks. Glad to be inside warming back home and drying off. So much to discover up here.
I filled in on KSTP’s live talk show today. I think I was confused the whole time! It’s all good. New experiences are fun. It’s called Twin Cities Live. We had segments about cooking with steamers, thePantone color of the year and organizing our closets. Lots of moving around and ad libbing. The host – Steve – made it easy.