Recipes for Banana Bread and Preserved Children

If I told you I was not one of those people who buy books because I think they would look great on my book shelf, I’d be lying. I went antiquing Sunday afternoon to get some decent FitBit miles in and I bought some books not only because they’d look great on my shelf, but I thought – why the hell not.

Kootenai Kitchen

This is the one I hope makes Huckleberries Online a little jealous. Circa 1981. Kootenai School in Kootenai, Idaho (north of Sandpoint) wrote a recipe book. Some of the recipes include three different kinds of banana bread, jiffy doughnuts and “preserved children”.

“Take one large field, half a dozen children, two or three small dogs, a pinch of brook and some pebbles. Mix the children and dogs well together, put them on the field, stirring constantly. Pour the brook over the pebbles, sprinkle the field with flowers, spread over all a deep blue sky and bake in the sun. When brown, set away to cool in the bathtub.”

What the [censored]?

The Warren Report: The Official Report on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Because why not? This is the one that is going to look fabulous on my edgy bookcase. You can read it in its entirety online at Google Books.

Exploring Journalism With Special Emphasis on Its Social and Vocational Aspects.

How to be a journalist. Circa 1944. Let’s just share a selection from page 193 called “News About Women.”

“Although women read all parts of the newspaper, they appreciate especially the columns and sections devoted to such topics as women’s affairs, fashions, cookery, charm, housekeeping and buying. In the trend to departmentalization of newspapers, news about women is easily segregated.”

Does this still hold true today? Pinterest, Etsy, Outblush, Real Simple, Fine Cooking, etc.


Of Breaking News and Getting Fit

Holy schmoly! There was breaking news down the street from me, but let me talk about something else to preface.

I got my “FitBit” device in the mail. It’s like a pedometer, but fancier. I got it to help out with the KXLY Fit Club, a bunch of teams made up of news, sales, production, etc, to see how much weight we can lose as a group.

It tracks my calories burned, steps taken, level of activity and tracks how well I sleep. The sleep graph also tells me that starting around 7 a.m., the natives become restless and start pawing at my face – or suckling on my ear. Eww.

In an effort to walk more, I took this opportunity after reading @SpokaneFire‘s tweet to see what was up a couple blocks away.

At first I tried to run. After a few steps I gave up and transitioned into power walking. I could see tons of lights flashing down the street. When we got closer, there were no “crashed” vehicles. Just a bunch of neighbors who came outside to see what happened outside their home. One woman said she heard a scream. Another said a guy ran off. There was a lot of speculation, but not a lot of solid information. Spokane Police say it could be a possible assault.

Read More: Police investigating possible South Hill assault

I waited until the scene began to clear so I could talk to an Officer. They didn’t know much. Hopefully a press release will come out. That’s pretty much all we can rely on at this point.

In case you didn’t know, it’s cold outside, so we power walked home. I was stoked to refresh my Fitbit data because I wanted to see how much activity I accomplished for the day with that last minute exercise addition.

Thanks to afternoon antiquing and breaking news, as of 10:37 p.m. I took 7,040 steps, traveled 3.03 miles and burned 2,185 calories.

I only ate 1,412 calories and according to my weight loss plan, I could still eat another 638 calories and be in my okay range. I said to Mike, “This means I can eat more! Yay!”

I don’t think that’s how it works, but a girl can dream, right?

Learning To Say “May I” For Photo Shoots

Front and center is the Parkade parking tower, a well-known image in the Spokane skyline. The Riverfront Park clock tower sticks out along the river. Mt. Spokane is a popular sight for business employees in the Bank of America Financial Center upper floors.

A lot of people ask me how I gain access to unusual places for photography. Whether it’s hospital helicopter pads or missile silos, there’s a common theme behind each location – I ask.

Asking permission sounds scary at first. What if they say no? Is it a stupid request? The individual you’re asking might act a little off at first, but only because this is a rare question sent in their direction. In my experience, they’ve always said yes.

There are conditions. In some situations, you may need to be escorted around. When this happens, I keep my stay short and sweet. I know exactly what I’m doing when I go in. I don’t want to waste any one’s precious time. I’m courteous to those who are willing to show me around because I’m on their turf.

This was the situation for visiting the Bank of America Financial Center Wednesday morning. With permission from the property owners of the building, a security guard escorted me to the rooftop where I proceeded to take some shots of the surrounding downtown area. It took fifteen minutes max.

Read More: Photo Gallery: Great Views of Spokane

There was paper work involved. With locations like this, sometimes they may supply you with a liability waiver. This is for worst case scenarios. A lot of things could go wrong twenty floors high. They have a yellow line marking the boundary from the rooftop ledge for a reason.

Share: I’m interested to know your experience for photography on private property. How did you gain access or were you rejected?

From Dawn to Dusk, What Apps Do I Use?

People sometimes ask me what apps I use throughout the day on my iPhone. Every person has their own needs and uses for apps. Since I work in news, mine are geared toward news gathering and production.

Let’s start with an imaginary morning and talk about what apps I use starting bright and early when my alarm goes off.

7:01 a.m. – Clock – It comes with your phone and it tells you to wake up. I have specific alarms for different events. You can name them too. My 7:01 a.m. alarm says, “Wake yo a$$ up!”. That’s a little embarrassing.

7:20 a.m. – Flipboard After hitting snooze a few times, I start flipping through my Twitter Flipboard to read the tweets in a visual manner that really gets the gears going in the brain. It’s a chance to see the visual elements in a tweet without having to click on it first. I can go through and retweet in a hazy mess and favorite tweets I want to revisit later for possible story ideas.

9:00 a.m. – Pandora Call me old fashioned, but I like the surprises I get on my “Electric Light Orchestra” station mixed with Elton John and Queen. There was a week where every morning when I dropped off Mike, the song “Time of My Life” played every single time. Weird.

9:05 a.m. – 5-0 Radio Once I drop off Mike, I dive into my guilty pleasure, an online app that allows you to listen to the scanners for multiple law enforcement agencies anywhere that allow public access to their frequency. Sometimes it’s nice to know what I’m getting into as I get into the work.

10:45 a.m. – Tweetbot What’s this? A moose on the loose on the Palouse!? Only in television news people. I jump in a news vehicle and let the world know there’s a critter wandering their hood.

I used the official Twitter app for awhile, but after the recent update it was truly a pain especially for those who have multiple accounts. It became worse during live-tweeting when I needed as much patience as possible. It would simply waste my time with crashing and terribly slow loading. I have better things to do than waste my time like… quoting George McGrath during city council meetings.

11:15 a.m. – Camera+ I’m a sucker for photo apps with filters. Unlike Instagram, this one has tons with the ability to adjust the white balance, rotate, crop and add borders. You can save right to your phone or upload straight to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, SMS or email. I tend to get a little fancy with my pictures. In some newsrooms, they would frown upon the “cross process” filter. As I said, I’m a sucker for photo apps with filters. MOVING ALONG.

Fish and Wildlife officers are walking through the tall grass. Might as well shoot a photo for Twitter purposes. Upload straight to Twitter after minor adjustments. Must be careful to not trip on rocks while fiddling with phone.

11:30 a.m. – Voice Memos – A voice recorder comes with your phone. Neat, right? I catch up with Fish and Wildlife officers to talk about the moose we didn’t end up seeing. They tell me all about the procedural steps behind the scenes on how they deal with moose. I have it all on a recording that I can go back to later in the newsroom. I throw on a pair of headphones and transcribe.

12:30 p.m. – Foursquare Time to grab the $8 grilled cheese sandwich and potato salad at The Viking. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. One day I will telecommute from the fire place because it’s so much warmer than the newsroom.

6:30 p.m. – Untappd Oh, look at the time. It’s beer o’clock. I don’t update this one as much as I should. I don’t have many friends on it either. Partly because I’m ashamed that I really love Trader Joe’s Simpler Times and… I drink it a lot. This app lets all my beer buddies know what brewskie I’m crackin’ open and what I think of it.

Do some of these surprise you? By no means am I revolutionary in my app routine. As I progress through this normal routine, I find myself accessing the Facebook app less and less. I check it out through Facebook, but the re-sharing opportunity is not as grand. Instagram lost its appeal to me because it was not playing nice with Storify. So I kind of gave up. I want to work it back into my life, but it’s hard to find the right moment.

Some of the “apps” on my home screen are not apps at all, but instead bookmarks. I have one folder dedicated to KXLY’s community sites and others dedicated to some of my favorite blogs in the region. I read The Slice daily – usually when I’m drinking my coffee in the morning.

Share: What apps help you during your day?

William Shatner Wants @SpoCats to Be Healthy

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I came home to a pile of mail in the mailbox. Now that I think about it – there was a lot of mail including two issues of Fine Cooking. Isn’t it interesting that there was mail?

Moving along – I realized somebody wants Mishe to be healthy and awesome. It even had her name on the cover.

I wondered who would want Mishe to be healthy and awesome? I flipped to the next page and squealed with delight. Obviously it was William Shatner all along. His smiling face totally says Mishe to be healthy and awesome in the latest issue of “Healthy Pet”.

I asked Mishe for her thoughts, but she simply stared at me with amazement.

Apparently VCA Manito Animal Hospital sends this out to all their clients. Inge did not receive a copy. I asked her if she was upset, but she declined to comment.

Follow @Cat_eBooks for a Good Cat

I love the smell of bots in the morning. It’s unknown if @cat_ebooks, an obvious play on @horse_ebooks, is actually a bot or not. For all we know, it’s really a cat. One thing’s for sure – they speak the words every cat lover wants to hear. “Every cat a king”, or simply: “Sandwich comes alive.”

I even learned the origin of the twitter avatar. It’s art by Karen Hull, an Australian artist. She even has tutorials you can print out for creating “realistic” artwork.

For anyone that’s curious, the domain for expires in May of 2012.




Twitter: Follow @Cat_eBooks for Cat Tree News

Not Your Average Moose on the Loose

Fish and Wildlife officers walk through the tall grass toward the forested area beyond the Glennaire neighborhood on Tuesday morning in search of a possibly injured moose.

Is it too late in the year to create a new year resolution? If so, tough. I’m making my own rules tonight. After watching the documentary, One Page, I felt a little inspired because I could see the innards of a news organization that focuses around writing instead of video. I was like, “Hey! That’s what I do! I write! And write! And write!”

The next thing I know, I’m tweeting:

“Watching Page One documentary – makes me want to try harder to pay attention to more obscure sources to find better stories.”

That’s it! That’s my resolution. I want to write better stories. Next step – find a better story.

This means sitting at my desk for a while and digging around in my head for the greatest idea ever. I was not very successful on my very first day in that super motivated attempt.

Well – kind of. I wrote a story about a moose. It was not your average moose on the loose in the Inland Northwest. It’s not like there was a twist ending either.

It was what came up out of conversation in the middle of the woods with a bunch of fish and wildlife officers talking about what happens to moose after they’re tranquilized and re-located.

Sometimes they die.

Tranquilizing a moose for relocation is only a last resort for fish and wildlife. Rahn says sometimes the moose don’t deal with it very well – and it’s even worse during the harsh winter months of January and February.

“When you tranquilize, the moose is released and a lot of times, they get stressed out or they aspirate, vomit and it gets stuck in their lungs. They die of infection a few days later,” Rahn explained.

Read More: Search for Moose Brings Fish and Wildlife To Glennaire Drive

Television loves moose stories. Sometimes – if they’re lucky – they produce great video. With that said, I never saw the moose, but I still wrote about the experience.

The story went from moose patrol to the procedural behind the scenes methods to keep wildlife and people safe.

Mike read the story and immediately commented with the following: “LOL PAINTBALLS REALLY”. That’s literally what he wrote.

Even my executive producer was all sad about the fate of some moose because media always portrays the re-locations as happy endings, but now we’ve learned that’s not always case.

I realized that I made a hum drum story into something awesome. Or at least I thought it was awesome. After work, all I could talk about was this moose story. This is the first step.

Next step: Fill an entire wall with story ideas written on post-it notes. That way if I ever whine that I have nothing to write about, I can see that I’m full of crap.

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