On the road again.
I haven't posted in MONTHS - I apologize.
But, after working the "Third Shift" for the past 2-years...
I am BACK among the living!!!
Let's rewind for a bit... and go back to the Fall of 2010.
LOTS of changes were happening at my old TV station in Omaha.
LOTS of people lost their jobs... or had to take different positions within the newsroom.
So... I decided to take a "leap of faith" - and head to the Frozen Tundra.
Green Bay, Wisconsin.
My amazing friends and family said "farewell"... and sent me on my way to Titletown for a job as a Morning Anchor at a local TV station. #GoPackGo
Unlike most morning shows, I had to solo produce and anchor the 2-hour show.
Which meant... I had to work "vampire-like" hours.
12:30 AM - 9:30 AM.
Just imagine the toll it can take on you mentally and physically... and on your social life!
But - I learned A LOT!!!
I had the chance to work with some of the most creative, hilarious people on the planet!!!
Need proof of their creativity?
Well... here are two examples:
Like all jobs in TV... they must come to an end... at some point.
This past fall, I decided NOT to re-sign my contract.
(A number of factors went into the decision.)
In the end... it was just a "gut feeling."
I knew it was time to move on.
My last day on the anchor desk in Green Bay was December 5th.
#Replacementweatherguy (who was also my floor director) made sure it was a GREAT day.
Every Friday morning, I'd let him have a "bump shot sign" in the show.
He decided to break out allllll his favorite signs on December 5th.
And, his "Quote of the Day" was pretty fitting too.
I may have left behind some great co-workers... but I also left behind AMAZZZZZZING friends!
(Ladies, break out the tissues.)
Andrea and Dana were the FIRST friends I made... and they were JUST what I needed.
I moved to Green Bay NOT KNOWING A SINGLE SOUL.
No family. No friends.
Just me... and my winter parka.
I knew I'd have to look for friends --- at work.
Luckily, I met Andrea and Dana during my "Military Mom Makeover" segment for the show.
After interviewing both of them... I knew we HAD to be friends :)
They are two of the STRONGEST... funniest... most HONEST... beautiful women I have ever met.
They were my lifelines in Green Bay.
Kept me afloat.
I owe them more than they'll ever know!!!!
Heather was a fellow reporter who worked with me at the station.
Two words to describe Heather: BRUTALLY HONEST.
And that is what I love about her!
She doesn't sugar coat anything... tells you exactly what she's thinking.
Samantha was a co-worker of mine at my part-time job.
WAAAAITTTT a minute!
Yup. You read that right.
Aside from working the "Third Shift" at the TV station, I decided to get a part-time job in Green Bay to make some extra cash and MEET PEOPLE!!!
It was a great decision (even if it meant VERY LITTLE sleep.)
Samantha and the other ladies are HILARIOUS... and became my family.
Mothers, sisters, friends.
I will never forget them.
Then... Courtney came along... and was a breath of FRESH AIR!
Her husband plays for the Packers, and I asked her to do a weekly segment for our morning show.
She was game to do WHATEVER crazy shenanigans I requested... all for the sake of TV.
Courtney is one of the most caring, down-to-earth, loving people I have ever met.
We've shared a lot of laughs, tears... cupcakes... and bottles of wine :)
I was also there when she gave birth to her beautiful baby boy!
A special moment I will never, ever, ever, ever forget.
I know we'll be friends for life.
Luckily - Courtney also introduced me to her friend Kristyn.
Kristyn has a genuine, very nurturing soul... and would do ANYTHING for her friends and family.
She's extremely positive - in good times and in bad!
A perfect friend to have.
So, even though I've left a snowy, cold Lambeau Field in my rear-view mirror...
I'm taking the good memories with me.
Memories filled with the AMAZING friends I made in Green Bay.
Friends who became my "Survival Kit" - whether they realized it or not.
So... that's the short version of the "Unemployed Anchor Woman."
I'm currently looking for a new on-air job... but it has to be the right fit.
In the words of my mom, "Let go... and let God."
For the time being - I am back home - living with my parents through the holidays.
Then, I may venture to Chicago and spend time with my sister and friends.
I know bigger and better things are right around the corner.
But, on the other hand... this means... I have NO EXCUSES for NOT blogging!
Come along for a new journey.
And... if you need a nanny... or a babysitter... let me know :)
I have a LOT of free time --- and need to make some cash for Christmas.
Kids love me!