A little about a lot

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Finding my groove

I'm in the third week here, and am beginning to find my groove. Yoda told me writing for a bi-weekly takes more discipline because there aren't daily deadlines, and he's right.

I find myself having to MAKE myself write a story that I know isn't going to be due for a couple of days. I have to remember that if I get this story out of the way now, I'll have more time to write other stories later in the week.

I'm learning - and am getting ready to emerse myself in the community so that I can better compete with the local newspaper, which, at the moment, is kicking our butts in coverage.

I don't feel like the challenge is coming at all from my bosses, so it ALL has to come from myself. Good thing I'm competitive. :)

It's been snowing all day today, and it's beautiful. In about 3 and a half hours, I'm gonna head to the gym and then home. I just need to kick in the butt here for the next several hours.

Here I go. :)
Love -

Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Today - and yesterday- I'm just sleepy tired.
I think it's from lack of sleep this weekend, but I should be over it today.
I barely made it out of bed this morning!

TOday is going better - I got a story written and almost have enough information to get three others written Wednesday and Friday - but that only brings me to FIVE, and I really need 8 this week - cuz it's a short week.
One fell throw until Monday, and there's another one I MIGHT be able to get for Saturday, but I dunno.

I'll keep working on it.

My Yoda e-mailed me reminding me what I was able to do at the Journal - and that each month my numbers increased. So I just need to be patient.

I went to my first City Council meeting last night. Supposedly, this is a crazy little city. Their meeting went pretty smoothly last night and I had several people tell me how surprised they were that things ran as normally as they did. Ohhh boy, looks like I'm in for it. :)

I'm contemplating just not going to the gym tonight. I'm so tired, I just don't wanna go! But if I don't - I won't go for the rest of the week either. Whoah.

Well, we'll see. :)
adios for now!

Monday, November 22, 2004

Painted out

This weekend Aunt Sheri and I painted my apartment a total of seven colors. Four of them were various shades of green and the other colors are red, golden yellow and bluish purple. Sounds gross, huh? It's fabulous. It is soo sooooo beautiful. I wish you could all see it.

My friend Ehren came by Friday and stayed the night before making the 10-hour drive to Wisconsin the next day. Ehren just got out of the Army - I think a year after he was originally supposed to, and was headed home to be a normal 21-year-old male. :) I'm excited for the next few years of his life, but really miss him a lot already.

Today the paper is a little nuts. I can't seem to focus on what I need to get done for which edition. It's really weird only publishing twice a week because it really throws off my groove. Instead of saying - this is for tomorrow's paper and this will be for later in the week - it's either Wednesday or Saturday, and I have to be able to forcast a lot earlier than I'm used to. My brain is just confused.

I'm kind of at a stand still for the moment, but hopefully things will get rolling here soon.

Can't wait for Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Hungry hippo

I'm starvin' right now, but thought I'd wrap up my day by getting on my blog. :)
Today was good - I'm working out how to get the two stories a day I want to produce. No one here thinks I can do that, or expects it from me, but I expect it from me, as does my Yoda back in Salina. Can't let him down. :)

It's difficult to come up with stories myself, write them and also hang out at council meetings, etc. It's working though, and the longer I'm at it, the better I'll get and the more story ideas I'll pick up (hopefully!)

Today I wrote about the income demographics and also wrote about the stupid committee meeting I went to last night, in which NOTHING happened for two and a half hours. :) but I still love my job.

I felt like I didn't get much done today, but looking back, I really did - two stories written, and one ready to write - another started - So that's good.

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. My crazy Aunt Sheri is coming up tomorrow night so she can get a hair cut Friday morning. Then, when I get off work Friday, we're gonna paint my apartment!

My buddy Ehren is finally getting out of the Army - hopefully Thursday, but probably not, and is coming through the city on his way home. He means a lot to me, and I'm really excited to see him one more time before he starts his new life as a civilian, and a student. He's going to do great.

Then, Saturday, Jackie and Mark are gonna be in town, so hopefully we can eat lunch and my dad and Anita are also coming on their way to see Anita's mom for Thanksgiving.

I'm pumped! All these people all at once! I hope it's not an all or nothing type of thing though.

K- that's it for me. I'm off the the gym. With night meetings for the last two nights, I haven't been able to work out. Have to admit, I don't feel like going, but I'll enjoy it once I get there.


Monday, November 15, 2004

Movin' Monday

Today has been MUCH better. I have about five stories I'm working on, but only think I'll have one ready to write, but the others I should be able to write tomorrow. It's taking some time to get used to the issue and to know who to call, etc. Plus, people just seem to be more busy here - but I have lots of calls out and am just waiting - which has to be my LEAST favorite part of being a journalist.

The weekend was good. I almost went home Friday night, but decided to stay and go to the coffee house I like. It's called Homer's and it's Christian-based. It's supposed to be for people my age, and they were having a live band Friday night. So, I showed up and it was all people more like my parents' age. The band was not so young either - so maybe they dictated the crowd.

I only stayed long enough to read a little and do about three pages of stream of consciousness writing, and then left. Saturday I woke up sick and after taking care of the banks stuff, I just slept. :)

Sunday I went to church at Great Plains Community church, which is non-denominational. I liked it, but the pastor was toooo loud and had a nasally voice. He had a good message, but hurt my ears. I'm gonna go back sometime to see if it's better, but otherwise, I can't be in pain every sunday morning. :)

Tonight, I have a meeting, which is going to make this a long day - which is awesome! I've been CRAVING a long day. :)

THat's it for now, gotta go meet a city administrator.


Friday, November 12, 2004


Well, today has been a bit more productive. I got a story done this morning - so that's good, but now I'm waiting on call backs and NO ONE is calling back. :( Bleah.

I found out we can wear jeans pretty much whenever - as long as we're not supposed to be at a meeting or something, so that's very very cool. ;)

I wish I could get another story done - I could if people would call me back - but it's just a waiting game and I seriously have three stories up in the air - just waitin' around.

I went for a swim last night and over did it. I was supposed to take it easy to ease those sore muscles, and I didn't, so the muscles are more, instead of less, sore today. So - not going to work out after work, but I do think I'll go to this coffee house tonight. It's called Homer's - and it's Christian-based. Tonight they have a band playing, so I thought I might check it out. :)

Tomorrow I have to go and figure out some bank stuff - but that's pretty much it. I wish I knew some more people so I could go and dooo something. :) Sunday I'm going to church, and then I'm treating that day as a Sabbath - the way it should be treated... No working out - no working period- day of REST - rest in the Lord.

OK - that's it for today. :)

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Reaching for the Stars

Today is my first day at my new job. I haven't really been able to get anything done because it also happens to be Veteran's Day, and everyone I need to talk to has the day off. I have about five stories I tried to get started on today, and they all fell through, but I think I'll be able to get going on them tomorrow.
I like my co-workers. They are all helpful so far.

I'm bored at the moment with not a thing to do...which sucks since i have about an hour an a half left to be here, but tomorrow will be more eventful.

My editor, Loren, seems like a cool guy. Knew Scott from the Journal, but didn't say much about him, so I'm not sure if our impressions of him were the same or not. :) He took me on a tour of my coverage area. Small world - he grew up in Abilene! Even went to AHS. It's nice to have someone who understands what I'm talking about when I talk about home. So - so far there are two Harris people here - Kris, who worked with Tom Bell and Dwayne Shraug in Chanute, and Loren, who worked at Hays with Scott - and then, me, of course.

My legs and arms are killing me today from getting back into the work out scene. I'm going to the gym tonight, but I'm gonna take it easy. I might just swim, or just do cardio and no weights. Not sure.

I'm really excited for tomorrow. I'd like to show these guys what I'm made of. From what I've figured out today, they are expecting less of me than I am - as far as quantity goes. I think I can do more as far as finding cool angles on story ideas than they'll expect, but I might be lacking a little in the day-to-day beat coverage stuff. I don't know what issues are important yet, etc.

K - More later :)