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TGIF after my first week back

January 24, 2015

TGIF!

I survived my first week back to work. While I was only working half days, it was still a pretty exhausting week. It’s difficult going from doing absolutely nothing to working every day. I must say, it is also pretty overwhelming also going from being around just a few people a day to a whole newsroom of people. So, it’s been a big adjustment returning to work.

ICYMI here's my first newscast back:

Also, I’ve taken on a new role with my return to work. We’ve launched the #LiveAlert desk for our 5-6:30 pm newscasts and I’m our #LiveAlert anchor. Basically, this means I work with our executive producer, Heather Setzler, on getting breaking news and developing stories into the newscast as soon as we get them ...

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Big day: January 19

January 16, 2015
The big day is fast approaching. I return to work Monday, January 19.

I’m excited and nervous about my return.

I even had a dream (perhaps a nightmare?) in which I was at my desk and I couldn’t remember how to add graphics to stories or find the AP wires. I guess I could hashtag this #NewsNightmares.

Still, I’m looking forward to going to work. You can probably file that under things I never expected to say!

However, I’ve said a lot of things during my recovery that I never thought would come out of my mouth.

When I was in the hospital: "Could you please pass me the bed pan?”

Or when I said to my parents, "Could you please scoot my walker over to me?”

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Recovery time

January 05, 2015

It’s been two months and 5 days since my surgery. Hard to believe I’ve been out of work for that long!

Many have commented that I must be going crazy being stuck at home this long.

Surprisingly, my time recovering has flown.

I’ve had a few bouts of cabin fever, but getting out of the house for PT has kept me sane.

The first couple weeks are a bit of a blur. At that point, I was in so much pain (and on heavy painkillers) that I slept a lot.

I’m still sleeping between 10 and 12 hours a night. They say your body heals when you’re sleeping. So, I guess it’s good that I’m hibernating.

Meantime, here's how I've been passing the time:

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Good days and bad ones

December 13, 2014

I have to be honest: I’ve had a couple rough days.

I walked into PT the other day and my physical therapist said, “How are you doing?" and I just burst into tears.

I guess I’m a little frustrated. While the pain is subsiding, it’s still painful. I’m sick of the boot. I’m sick of my walker. My wrists hurt from using it. I just want to be better NOW.

It may be a bit of cabin fever too; I think I’ve left the house six times in six weeks.

Also, I think I may need to stay away from social media. On Facebook and Instagram, a lot of people are posting the fabulous parties they’re attending and trips they’re taking for the holidays. No matter how much you try not to compare your life to the lives ...

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Road to recovery

December 03, 2014
It’s been a little more than a month since a fall at home sidelined me. It’s shocking how your life can change in just a split second. I went from being a healthy, active person - to only being able to get around with a walker. For those of you who missed the piece that WECT & FOX Wilmington did on my injury, I slipped and fell at home. I was turning in for the night when I stepped on Archie’s bed and my legs went out from under me. When I came down, I landed in the dog bed (Archie was not in it at the time) and I heard my leg crack. I yelled for my husband, who was sleeping, and he came running into the living room. I’ll never forget the look of shock on his face. This may not be a direct quote, but I told him something like, “Get your (expletive) clothes on and take ...
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WECT – Where News Comes First and Dragon Boating Comes…Last

September 26, 2014
We embarked our our first adventure as dragon boaters this weekend. When I was first approached to assemble a team representing our station for the Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta, I was excited about the prospect of getting us all together outside of the newsroom. Sometimes, it felt like herding cats (“What river are we meeting at?” “What time is the race?” Um, I sent 10 emails about this! And the race was in a yacht basin.). But on game day, all 21 of us were there and ready to go. While a lot can be said about winning (I’m very competitive and LOVE winning), there’s something to be said about losing gracefully.
Watching the video following the race, I see that we got out of sync. Not to place any blame on anyone, but our ...
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A short ride to own movie memorabilia from ‘The Longest Ride’

September 24, 2014
The Bargain Box is a hidden gem in Wilmington. Located on Princess Place Drive, right off of Market Street, this unsuspecting thrift store gets some of the best donations in town. I’ve always been a sucker for thrift stores. There are a few things that make this thrift shop one of my favorites. Half of the profits go to Good Shepherd, a charity addressing homelessness and hunger in our community. I also love the Bargain Box’s little locked room, containing the store’s higher-end goodies. Adding to this store’s charm, it’s the donation spot for Wilmington’s film industry. So, when I got an email that The Longest Ride, the latest Nicholas Sparks movie to film here, dropped a bunch of movie memorabilia off, I had to check it ...
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Stormfest 2014

June 24, 2014

The First Alert Weather Team greeted visitors at this year's Stormfest, held at the Cape Fear Museum. We met several future meteorologists, who forecasted the weather on our green screen, with guidance from Iisha Scott and Eric Davis. It was great to meet some WECT and FOX Wilmington fans!

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Superhero Max Steel comes to life in Wilmington

May 23, 2014
Two young actors with bright futures ahead are starring in Max Steel, filming this month in Wilmington. I got a chance to sit down & talk to Ben Winchell (Disney’s A.N.T. Farm) and Ana Villafane (Los Americans) while the duo filmed scenes inside and outside Hoggard High School. Both were excited about the project and spending time in Wilmington. Winchell, 19, plays the lead character Max McGrath. “He is 16 years old and really he is just this lost kid,” he explained. “He doesn’t know who he is. His dad died when he was really young. He moved a lot with his mother and he doesn’t really have any friends. When I read the script, I felt really close to him. There was a lot that I connected with him on. I’m not super shy when I get to know somebody, ...
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May 17, 2014
Charity fashion shows are all the rage these days, with several dozen a year in Wilmington, raising money for our community’s good causes. One of the most unique occurred this month; the models were fierce and fluffy. I had the pleasure of being the emcee for the Canines and Couture Pup Fashion Show/Strut to Stop Puppy Mills, a show with both bark and bite. Organizers were hoping to raise support and awareness for House Bill 930, which would create a standard of care for dog breeders. The bill was passed by the North Carolina House in 2013 but it has not been heard in the State Senate. There are a lot of politics swirling around the issue and some say it has no chance of passing with powerful groups lobbying against it and a secret recording involving a local lawmaker. However, I ...
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