Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Guide

I got this in a forward, and thought it was cute. It reminds myself of me and Abby. She is doing much better running around, but still cannot walk on slippery surfaces as her right side legs are not 100%. And the stairs are scary because her front leg does not quite work. she just waits for me at the top of the stairs to pick her up. It is sad, but I am happy to be her guide, and it makes me feel good to know that she waits for me to help her. She knows I am there for her.

The Horses
Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it

From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing....

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.

This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell.
Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell.

It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends,
you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse,
and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns
to the shelter of the barn each evening,
it stops occasionally and looks back,
making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses,
God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect
or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives
to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse
being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way....

Good friends are like that ... you may not always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Better..and Better

Abby is doing much better. Yesterday was our first day of no cortisone shots. We were to watch her and make sure she didn't seem any worse, and I can proudly say she is as happy as a lark. She is pooping lots now, and very happy.

Her ability to stand is getting better and better. Last night when Matt came home, which is the most exciting part of the day for Abby, she stood right up and tried to take off. This didn't work out too well, but I must say it was her best attempt.

There is a lot going on this weekend, and I am excited to get the Absters out and about. I have a friends with a nice dog bag, so I might see if Abby will fit in this, or else Petco has these dog packs. There look convenient, but I just don't know how cool I would look with that on my chest:) I really shouldn't care, though.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

She Stood Up!

Abby and I went over to my Cousins house last night to look at his yard. He has a 3-year-old, Kyra, who loves Abby. While Kyra was jumping around singing, and being a 3-year-old Abby must have gotten so excited and determined to get up and play that she just suddenly stood up. My Cousin and I were just talking about how sad she must be, and out of the corner of my eye I saw her trying to stand. I just watched and pretty soon after a good struggle she was on all fours. She then tried to move forward and her hind end fell to the side, but my leg was there for her to lean on.

This is very exciting, for all of us! She did it again while we were all laying in our bed. I think the soft ground made it easier for her.

All of your thoughts and prayers are helping.

Oh, and she pooped too!!! Its been about 3 days!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Abby Update

Abby is doing better. She is here at work with me so that I can make sure she gets to her food, and water. I also carry her outside every now and then. I can usually tell when she needs to go potty, because when I ask her she perks right up.
She seems to be balancing very well, and sits up a lot. When I stand her up and flatten out her feet she can stand on her own until she tries to walk, and then she know to sit back on her bottom, where as before she just fell frontwards or to her right side.
She is definitely trying as hard as possible to get better, and I can tell this because she is trying to move a lot more, where as before she didn't at all. This morning when we got to work she got all excited when the car stopped. and when I grabbed her kennel out of the back set she tried to get up. and before I knew it she was rolling around in there. It was really sad, because she had no control, but at the same time it was exciting to see that she is trying.
everyone here at work is very concerned for her, and I have a couple of friends working on some energy work. One lady I recently introduced myself to is helping a lot with message techniques to help with her blood flow, and removing bad energy. I have always had a spiritual side, to me, and I strongly believe in miracles.

Everything will work out...I am very hopeful.

This video brings a smile to my face...she will soon be back to this state!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Prayers for Abby

I know it has been a while since I have blogged, but I now want to ask everyone for their prayers. My little pricess, Abby has suddenly become paraylized. She lost the function on her right side On Saturday night. It happened in a five mintue time span and continued to get worse throughout the night. It is the craziest thing.
We are giving things time, and filling her with love in hope that function will return. She had a bad day on Saturday, but her happy spirit has returned since. The vet thinks it may be something called fibrocatilaginous emolism melapothy. This has something to do with her vertebrae fluids. There is no known cause, but seems to be caused from excersise. She is not in any pain, but just hurt because her little hyper body wants to run around!

Your prayers would be greatly appreciated as we try to heal her back to her active self!

Thank you in advance,

Thursday, March 5, 2009


I was tagged on my friend Linda's page over at Beautiful Mustang. The rule to her tag was that I had to post the 6th picture from the 6th folder on my computer, and then blog about the picture.

I was a bit scared to find out what kind of picture was in store for you all to see. I told my boyfriend what I had to do, and he said, "oh, it doesn't matter, cause you can always just make it up." But that takes the fun out of it, right? Anyways, thats not my style. I must play fair.

My little sister, Sammi Jo, is pictured here closest to you. Her number is hard to see, but it is 35. Number 35 is a one heck of an athlete, and I make it a priority to attend every single game that I am available for. She Is a 3-point shooting guard...who I honestly thing is a stud. She always has a great attitude on the court, and keeps her teammates motivated.

It is funny that I had the chance to post this picture, because my mom and I had dinner together tonight and she was telling me about Sammi's latest sports news, which is not good. She just tried out for her high school softball team and made the JV's . She has always had a bad elbow, and it has lately been bothering her a lot more. One of Sammi's friends' dad is a doctor, so he felt around on it one night and said it didn't look good. He got her into a special doctor right away. After an MRI there was bad news. She has a torn tendon somewhere in her elbow that hasn't had the opportunity to heal correctly because she is so active. The tendon has already caused nerve damage down through Sam's arm. To make things worse the Doc suggests that Sam sit out for this softball season.

My mom says she doesn't know if she has really accepted the fact that she will not be playing softball this season. If she tried to play it would cause even worse damage, which could keep her aways from her best sports, basketball and Volleyball. I wish Sam luck and happy healing.


Life is like an echo.
We get from it what we put in it, &
Just like an echo,
it often gives us much more.
-Boris Lauer-Leonard

During my frist 2 1/2 days at work I had to read this book called Wizard of Ads. It was an awesome book that was straight to the point and had no problem being a bit rude. After each short story/chapter is a great quote. as I went through I wrote a lot of them down, and now I have a collage of these sticky notes on my new desk:) Some will come in handy to send to family or friends when they need a nudge of encouragment:) Quotes and words of wisdome always make things better and happier!


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Good quote that I wish could be put to use

He who overcomes others is strong,
but he who overcomes himself is mightier

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Characters Welcome

Today is my last day with the Daily News as a "marketing assistant," aka paper pusher. I will start my new job in the sales department for Idavend Braodcasting on Monday. I am a bit terrified, and don't really know what I have gotten myself into.

This brings me to the video posted above. This was my first video project that I did this past summer during my internship as a video reporter. It was my second day, and they sent me out. I was happy with my video, but most of all thrilled to meet such an interesting character.

The variety of characters, is what I will miss from my paper pushing job. I talk to all kinds of different people, and for some reason they tend to spill the stories to the poor old girl handing out free papers. It makes me chuckle inside as I sit there and nod. Most of them are just venting about how the Daily News is changing from afternoon to morning delivery :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Latest Video

Native & Non, New Radio Show Bridges Gaps from Reznet on Vimeo.

I went and did this story a while back, and just now got it done. It is a bit boring in my opinion, but I tried to jazz it up as much as I could. I did a few different things with it that I have never done before. I have always wanted to use graphics with moving parts, and I did it! It took a bit longer than normal, because I am using a new editing program. I am proud of my graphics though. let me know what you think.

Also, sorry about the quality. It looked better before I exported it:) Another thing you may not notice is the audio...its horrible. Since I am graduated, I no longer have access to the nice school equipment that includes a lav mic. I am now using your basic home video camera with no external mic!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Unthinkable Life Saver

Watching the View after Regis and Kelly has become part of my morning routine...after taking Abby out to potty, of course. During the View this morning they showed this video. I died laughing, because it made me think of my friend. Her weave did not save her life at one time, but she does wear one from time to time. I do not know why, because she has beautiful hair. Because of this video, I now have a strong appreciation for the weave, and encourage her to wear one.

(Shout out to Shannon).

Anyways, the things this lady says is sooo funny!

Does anyone have any wig or weave stories to share??

Monday, February 23, 2009

Picture Path of McCall 2/20/09

Approximately 4:00 PM

My sister Sammi and her friend Jacq spent their time in the back seat taking pictures on the way there.

A long steep climb up the Winchester Grade led to Blue Skies. Go Vandals!!

Around 6:00 PST but 7:00 really

Just outside of Riggins, Idaho in a small area called Polluck, I swerved to miss a deer and experienced the scariest moment of my life. It is an intense story, and my car held up well. I do not feel that it represents the severity of it. I think the undercarriage got the worst of it. Everyone came out okay, and I am SO thankful for this. Very scary, very. We had no cell pohone service, and it was 15 degrees outside. After a long wait for the Sherriff, my sister and her friend got a ride into the nearest town to borrow a phone. About two hours later, my mom and her boyfriend, Doug, Who were already in McCal came back to get us. We then had to wait for the Tow-truck to come from Grangeville (about 1 1/2 hours away).
We eventually made it to our McCall vacay home...wish was all worth the trip.

After Arrival

When arriving at the house, I immediately took a self guided tour. It was absolutely amazing. My brother and his family, along with a friend, had snuk past our wreck on the way, so they were there to greet us at the door.
After the tour, what did I do? Well...nothing else but the hot tub to cure my sore body.

Late Night Table Games

All of the "kids" + Doug (my mom's boyfriend) stayed up all night playing card games. It was a lot of fun bringing in Jay's birthday with all of us gathered around this big table.
Day One on the Town

Half of our group went snowmobiling, while the rest of us piled into our cars (not mine) and headed into town. We had high hopes of ice skating. Before this we thought we would grab some coffee and a sandwich.

When we got to the rink, all we were able to do was watch hockey. Our skating dreams were shot down, and I honestly don't think it was meant to be.

After the hockey...

Payette Lake is forzen, and we had a good time observing it. Matt wanted to go down and walk on it, but I just didn't see how we were going to get back up to the walk way. It was slippery. We had fun watching my sister and her friend slip down there.
We then walked around town and looked at the left over ice sculptures.

Last night...

My brother and his friend (Matt Smith) went tubing, while we all stayed home and rested up for dinner. The coolest part of the trip was eating all of our meals together right there at the house. My mom and aunt cooked breakfast each morning, and dinner each night. My mom even had dinner for us when we all very first got there.

Jay and Matt were eating, and I think I was bothering them. If you knew this look on my brother's face, it means that he thinks I am weird:)

Jayden helped him out, because at his old age he wasn't able to handle all the candles.

The next morning...and leaving

Group pictures

One the way out of town...

We stoppeed at the Shore Lodge Resort on the way out of town just to take a look. I loved the reflections in the lobby piano.

These are my two most favorite men in the world.

The view from this window was
amazing! We were goofing around.

From here we traveled home with my grandparents. Perhaps I was meant to wreck my car, so that I could spend such a lovely day with my grandparents on the way home.
The entire trip was great, and not because we did a lot of fun stuff, because we honestly didnt do anythin, but because we all spent some quality time together in one big house. The funnest part was just being together.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Little Brothers Getting Bigger

There comes a day when ones life sort of changes. It seems to be that special age when maturity sometimes hits. Your legally an adult at the age of 18, but at 21, life...well at least to me became a whole lot more serious. I am only 22, but at 21, your about to graduated from college, and things get real. I am sure there is much more to experience...but it is a good age.

On February 21st my little brother will hit that age. To me he already seems like a big boy. At the age of 17 he had his first child, and after that he started growing up fast. I believe that my little brother is the strongest, kindest man there is. He never has a bad thing to say about anyone, and literally does not judge. He is the Dad that we didn't experience. He is shy, yet, outrageously hilarious.

While driving down the road in a full car of silent people, he is the type to randomly yell at the top of his lungs, just to scare people. Why??? I will never know.

Standing at 6 foot 5 inches tall, I cannot remember when his big sister was truly, bigger.

He has been through a lot in life, and I want to share how much I love him with all of you. I also hope to bring a smile to his face.

My entire family and I are heading to McCall for a snow filled get away weekend. I am so excited, but most of all excited for him to hit this spectacular age in a wonderful place.

When we were young my grandparents owned a Condo in McCall, so it should be interesting going back.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hello Again

I guess that being a new puppy mom has been keeping me busy. Not only have I been trying to keep up with her, but also the job market. I am still selling newspaper subscriptions, and after five days in a row of bothering people. I had almost decide to give up on it. Monday after dealing with rude people outside of Walmart in Moscow, I received a phone call from Idavend Broadcasting (they run all the radio stations in the area). They wanted to interview me for the promotions director position. Today was my interview, and I think it went really well. If I get the job I will be in charge of promotion events for about eight stations. It sounds like a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. We will see how things work out, but they did write me down for a second interview.

I also had a surprising phone call yesterday from the Lewiston Tribune. The reason I am selling Newspapers, is simply to get my foot in the door for my dream job. I want to do web video for the Tribune. I have talked to the newsroom editor, and I am sure they have passed my resume and DVD around, but they honestly probably cannot afford hiring anyone right now, which is sad.

However, to my surprise I did receive a phone call from the Advertising Director around noon yesterday. He wanted me to go down and shoot a quick video for an e-mail they are sending out to local businesses. The video was basically an invitation to a presentation the Tribune is putting on to talk about ad ideas they have. Newspapers are desperate to bring in advertisers. With web, and the bad economy, newspapers have been losing this revenue. I finished shot and edited the video in three hours. I am just so happy about the fact they had me in mind to help them out. Phone calls like this give me hope!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009


I have been watching my old high school girls district basketball games lately, and when I came across this video a few minutes ago I just had to share it. Basketball has always been a major part of my life, especially in high school. This video, by CBS News, tells the story of a special manager on this team that has a strong passion for the game.

He seems to be an amazing kid, and I from the looks of things, he isn't just a waterboy. This movie truly touched me. will draw tears:)

I would also like to tell everyone, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I am off to the Palouse Mall to hunt down some prospective Newspaper subscribers. Wish me luck! If you were out shooping, wouldn't you want to buy your sweetheart a newspaper for every morning. It is the gift that don't stop giving!!...that is only if you follow my instructions and sign up for the year!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Potty Training Abby

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies.

Gene Hill

New Addition

After about two days of secretive calls with his sister, my boyfriend was begining to concern me. I knew it had to do something with Valentine's Day. When it comes to presents, and trying to keep them a secret, he never prospers. I don't know if I am the type that seems eager, becasue I LOVE surprises, but he is like a little kid wanting to open presents early. Although, in his case it is wanting to GIVE them early.

I was sitting on the couch when he came home from work on Thursday looking at dogs on the local shelters web page. He became concerned with me looking at other dogs, and blurted out his plan to buy me a mini schnauzer!

His parents own a schnauzer, and I have fallen in love with his little...well...big personality. I also know that Mat is obsessed with animals, and little Riley boy (his parents Schnauzer) so we had talked about getting one for some time now.

At about 4:00 yesterday we had arrived at the home of five Schnauzers, in Culdesac Idaho. Three were puppies, and one little girl. She was the most precious of them all with a tiny hot pink halter around her shoulders. I looked at her face while I held the little boy I liked, and there was nothing I had ever seen as cute.

We had to have been there for about an hour and a half before I decided to take her home. I wanted to make sure to get the perfect puppy, and give them the right owner. It was important to me that the puppy like me as much I liked them. Who wants to go home with a dong, which despises them from taking it away from it's family? I wouldn't.

Matt's parents came along to visit the puppies, and I could tell it was hard for Barbara to leave empty handed. She has such a passion for Miniature Schnauzer puppies. Besides falling in love with the little girl, I knew her dog, Riley, would find a great companion in my little girl...and make the cutest babies some day. When she whispered this idea in my head I knew for sure that I wanted the little girl. Not only did I fall in love with her petite stature, but I know how happy it would make everyone to have the opportunity to own one of Riley's off spring eventually.

After leaving with my new mini Schnauzer I was grinning from ear to ear. We went to Jim and Barbara's where she cooked us up some dinner, gave me lots of good tips, along with a Mini Schnauzer magazine, and a new kennel for our girl.

From here we were on a mission to show of the newest member of the family, First stop: Matt's friend, Luke; second: my Mom, who was pretty smitten, and didn't want to give my baby up when it was time fo us to move on. Our third and last stop was made at my brother's house where my 3-year-old niece lives. This was what I had been waiting for.

"Who's puppy," Jay said. "Mine! its my Valentine's day present," I replied.
"No way," he said, "wow."

Jayden was hesitant at first, and then eventually came and sat with me on the floor with her eyes open wide. She didn't want to give it kisses because she said it might bite her. I assured her she wouldn't, and she continued stroking her back with her little hand.

After three stops, and lots of new people, our little puppy was tired. This is when we were ready to call her Abigail. Her given name will be Abigail, which Matt came up with, but I like to call her Abby.

She is really good at going potty outside right away, and at the moment she is sleeping on my lap with her chin resting on my forearm. She must like the movement as I type, because she has not moved since I started typing.

We love her so much and look forward to a great journey as puppy parents. She currently has a bad hair cut, so our first big stop this morning is to buy a new puppy sweater, Courtesy of Grandma Barbara. Thank you!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

First Award!! Yay!

I logged into my account today, and started catching up oon some reading to find that my friend Barbara had awarded me with this special award. because I am new to the blogging world I don't know much about awards, except that Barbara is good at getting them. Her page is great, and she has helped me a lot with starting up mine. This is my first and only award, and I am so happy to have received it from her.

Thank you Barbara!

Since I do not have eight blog friends quite yet I would like to send my friends award to these four people and also all the honorary bloggers who read (Mom, Mary Anne, Evan and Ben, Shannon, Margo, grandma, and anyone else who secretively reads:)):

Barbara at the serenity Gate

Linda at the Beatigul Mustang

E. Craigs Ethereal bLog

Southern (in)Sanity

A Needed Visit to Dad on the Hillside

I have been absent for a few days. I usually am so bored that I sit here on the internet all day long, but this week was a bit more hectic for me. The other day I started feeling very sorry for myself...which is NOT necessary. This is when I decided to get out of the house and spend some time with my family.

We had a few really nice days earlier in the week. Lucky me spent most of them cooped up in the house on the couch due to a wicked cough. Finally after My sweetie pie forced Dayquil and vitamins on me, I felt good enough to go for the drive I have been wanting to take.

A few years ago my step-dad passed away. I think that with all the free time I have had lately, and the fact that my little sister who just turned 15 is growing up so fast, I have been thinking about him a lot. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him, and how great it would be if he was here today to share all the great joy we experience daily. I don't like to say this, but it sort of makes me angry.

Matt had gone to the driving range to hit some balls that day, and I was tired of being sick on the couch. This is when I put my big girl pants on and drove up the river to Kendrick where my dad is buried in a mountain side cemetery. My camera battery was dead, so I wasn't able o take many pictures, but I had a nice conversation with my dad, caught some sun and while gaining one more bit of peace for myself.

It was beautiful up on the mountain side. From dad's gave there is an amazing view of the canyon, which the Clearwater River runs through back to Lewiston. The sun was peaking through a light blanket of clouds which pushed the sunshine out in a golden tint. I wish so badly I was able to take more pictures...but I am sure there will be another day.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Superbowl Ad Prices

Don't get me wrong, I love watching the game, but honestly, I get a lot of excitement out of the commercials. This year's batch wasn't the best. I think last years were pretty good. If you think about it, advertisers have to pay a massive price just for the ad spot, AND a pretty penny to make the ad. I believe this is why some of the ads seemed to be of lower quality. Below is a Doritos ad, which I found hilarious and very effective, yet of lower quality than say, one that used special graphics and a large camera crew. In this ad, I bet they used a max of two cameras, if that. This could have been possible with only one.

I know that a Superbowl ad normally costs about $3 million dollars per 30 seconds. I was interested to browse the web this year to see if costs might have gone down due to the economic hardships. This is what Forbes had to say about the ads: "With a price tag of up to $100,000 a second, companies that bought ads in Super Bowl XLIII are banking on buzz. NBC sold spots up until the last minute, convincing marketers that even in a harsh economy, Super Bowl ads can help build a brand and drive sales. The network scored several first-time sponsors, including Mars’ Pedigree dog food, Denny’s and"

Did you have a favorite ad??

Saturday, January 31, 2009

An Aunties Love

I am lucky enough to have my 3-year-old niece, Jayden, tonight. I often think about howdeep my love runs for her. You know how first time mothers talk about this whole different level of love that they experience? I of course do not know anything about this, but If I love this little girl as much as I do, what is going to happen when my time comes to have my own? Boy, oh boy.

We have been watching her latest favorite animated movie by Dr. Seuss, "Horton Hears a Who." She sits on the couch with her eyes glued to the TV only until the time comes to repeat one of Horton's lines--which she does very often. About every other minute she will turn to me with her eye brows raised high and that cute little smirk across her face, and says, "Oh my gosh, Horton said...." or she giggles and just talks to herself about what is going on. She is an only child, so talking to herself is a normal occurrence. I find it pretty darn cute. I Do believe that I find everything she does adorable...unless it deals with her bringing food anywhere near my new couch:)

Anyways, "Horton Hears a Who" is a great animated movie. Children's cartoons are so amazing these days. The creators really know how to cater to the adults that may get stuck watching them also. The Dr. Seuss flick is about an elephant to finds a speck of dust. On this speck of dust sits an entire other world. It is Horton's destiny to keep this dust speck's residents safe. This is the type of thing I think about all the time! We CANNOT be the only world here. I am sure there is tons of little worlds out there, or maybe WE are a speck of dust floating around some other giant world. Ooohhhh the possibilities. I could go on forever, and this chilrdren's cartoon sparked it all. HAHH!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Five Minutes of Fame/ Shout Out to Idaho

This is a video of my family and I watching My aunt, Jolee's five minutes of on Leno last night. If you missed it her is your chance to watch from my perspective. Every now and then I pan to the lef to get a reaction shot. The girl in the corner of the screen is the hog caller's daughter, Jacey Bacon. She had to stay home.

I hope everyone enjoyed watching Leno last night. I know that my family and I had a good time. My little sister turned a whopping 15 yesterday, so we all got together at my Aunt Shirley's house and ate my mom's famous spaghetti before sitting down to watch Jay Leno during the East coast showing. I also posted a photo of my sister with the gift I got her. I made the scarf around her neck to match the Ed Hardy shirt she is showing off.

I have a huge family, and we all sat around an over sized sectional couch in the shape of a U. Some sat on the floor, and when my aunt walked on screen we all got a kick out of it. She wore an Arizona Cardinals Jersey because this was the purpose of the competition (to predict who would win the Super Bowl). The jersey was not flattering at all, and of course, Leno made a crack at her weight, which I didn't find very nice. I suppose he could have said worse.

My family resides on a small Indian Reservation here in Idaho, which about 1,000 people populate. This morning I sat my newspaper table up at the local grocery store in hope to sell some subscriptions. I had a successful day, and sold seven, but the most exciting part of my day was hearing everyone's reaction to watching my aunt on TV. Because it is such a small town, everyone new that she was going to be on TV, and they all tuned in to get a good laugh.

My aunt should be home tomorrow, and I am sure she will have some stories to tell!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Aunt to be on Leno's "Tonight Show" Tonight 11:30!

'Tonight Show' comes calling for hog caller
By Eric Barker of the Tribune
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jolee Bacon is snorting and hollering her way to 15 minutes of fame.

The Lapwai woman is set to appear in a hog-calling sketch on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" tonight.

"I'm really excited. It's kind of a once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal," she said Wednesday while en route to Southern California.

Bacon was crowned champion hog caller at the Nez Perce County Fair in September and featured in a Tribune article about the event. The Associated Press picked up a shorter version of the story that was published in newspapers around the world. Bacon also landed on several Web sites after the Tribune posted a YouTube video of Bacon's winning call in the blog section of

Four months and 18,000 hits on YouTube later, Bacon was invited to appear on the venerable late night variety and talk show. She was told she will compete with another hog caller to lure a live pig. The contest will be designed to predict the winner of Sunday's Super Bowl.

"We are going to each wear football jerseys and do the pig call and see who the pig goes to," she said.

At least that is her understanding of what will happen. Bacon said the invitation came via a phone call from a "Tonight Show" representative Monday while she was extremely busy working at the Clearwater River Casino. Bacon is a greeter there and the call came while people where lining up for a casino promotion that gives customers free gambling money.

"I just about peed my pants when he was telling me," she said. "I'm having (to deal with) a line all the way out the door and this guy is trying to tell me what I'm going to be doing. I didn't know what to do with myself."

When she had a few minutes of break time she frantically tried to reach family members by cell phone to tell them the news. But none of her family were answering their phones. Finally she reached one of her sisters.

"I say 'holy moly I need somebody to come down here right now I have some news.' "

The show is paying her airfare and hotel expenses and will pick her up in a limo to take her to the show's taping. She is traveling with her husband, Jeff. The couple will return Saturday after taking in the sites around Los Angeles.

Bacon's 9-year-old daughter Jacey, who convinced her to sign up for the hog calling contest at the fair, isn't going.

"From the get-go my daughter is the one who said 'get up there and do that, mom.' She is kind feeling like she should be doing it."

Bacon has lots of hog calling experience. She raised several pigs for 4-H projects growing up. Her daughter now does the same thing. So twice a day she would snort and holler "sooey" before feeding the hog. But Jacey sold her pig at the fair last fall and Bacon fears her pig calling skills may be a bit rusty.

"I thought maybe at the bathrooms at these airports I would practice."

The show airs at 11:30 p.m. on NBC. A video of Bacon's winning hog call at the fair can be viewed at


Barker may be contacted at or at (208) 848-2273.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Breaking News 12:33 p.m.: Local hog caller to appear on the 'Tonight Show'

Lapwai resident and Nez Perce County Fair champion hog caller Jolee Bacon is scheduled to appear on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday.

Bacon is en route to Southern California with her husband, Jeff Bacon, for the taping of the show. Bacon and another hog caller will compete in a segment known as “You Make the Call” to see who can better lure a live pig. She said the competition is being used to determine which NFL team will win the Super Bowl.

Bacon won the adult category of the Nez Perce County Fair hog calling contest in September. A video of her call is posted under the blog section of the Tribune Web site at

Missin' My Buddies

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I am back from my little sister's basketball game, which she won. I was very proud of her because as she has grown up I have tried and tried to give her some tips for the court only to hear her say, "I know Tileena, just leave me alone. I know what I am suppose to do."

I think that she has now matured, and isn't too cool to listen to her big sis every once and awhile, after all I was a good ball player once upon a time. After her game last night I told her some things that I thought she should work on, and tonight I definitely saw her incorporate them into her game tonight.

I said I would come back and explain some the pictures I put in my collage. I have been a bit down lately because I have waited my whole life to graduate, and get this great job after college. well...I am now in the real world, and this is just not how it works...but try telling Tileena that:)

I was sitting here on my couch, where I do my blogging, and was thinking about how much I love my couch, then I think about how I need to pay for it. To get my mind of of this fact I thought of other things that I have that put a smile on my face.

Keys to my happiness:

1.) My boyfriend, and best friend: Matty, whom I call my sweetie pie.
2.) My new couch, which we have wanted for a long time.
3.) My new fishy, and his home that I made out of a flower vase and a start off another plant I have.
4.) My new fruit bowl that I bought today because I am tired of having loose apples rolling around on my table.
5.) My family. They are not all on here, but I want to specifically point out my niece, Jayden, who I love more than anything in the world. She is my world.

I woke up today with a job on my mind. I called the Tribune editor up and told him I would be down to meet him. I know that I will not be hired there right away, and maybe not at all. After all the excitement I came home to be bored. As I sat on my couch to do my daily job search I decided to make a collage of all the things that have made me happy lately. It helped a little as I sat jobless (besides being a paper pusher).

This is a quick post b/c I am late for my sister's basketball game. I'll explain these pictures soon. For now it is something for you to think about:)
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Family Hog Caller

Back in September my aunt entered the hog calling contest at the Nez Perce County Fair. We camp out at the fair every year because every member of the family is involved (I took a pig for 9 years). This year, my aunt Jolee, who's last name happens to be bacon, thought she would do a little entertaining.

Jolee is the one in the family that you dread introducing to your new boyfriend (at least this is how I feel) because she will do anything to embarrass you or them.

The video above speaks for its self. The "pig" that she is calling is played by her daughter, Jacey.

Jolee won the contest, hands down.

The Lewiston Morning Tribune covered the contest and interviewed her after the big performance. Some how they also managed to get a video of it and posted it on their blog.

This is where the story gets amazing: every morning news show, including Good Morning America, shared the video on their show. After the word was out her phone began ringing off the hook. Tons and tons of talk show hosts wanted her to be on their show. None of them ever worked out, BUT...yesterday she got a phone call from Jay Leno himself. He is putting her on a plane to California tomorrow. My aunt will be competing in Jay Leno's hog calling contest...this time it is a live hog. There is one other contestant, I believe from Louisiana?

Make sure and watch my aunt on Leno this Thursday (two days away). You will not want to miss this one. She is truly fearless, and thrives on attention!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Paper Pusher

150 newspapers + 4 hours = 2 subscription sales, grouchy Tileena with $24 for her day of work. Woo hoo!!!

I have now been the paper pusher for almost two weeks now. I don't completely hate it...but most definitely do not like it.

"Would you like a free Tribune...Free paper." I say as store goers enter the doors of what ever store I am lucky enough to be sitting in front of that day.

You know how in the movies they always have some guy standing on the busy city street corner yelling out the latest headlines, trying to sell the daily news? I feel like this guy.

I was at the Moscow Safeway today and the manager was nice enough to let me set up in the foyer area where they keep the carts. It wasn't completely inside the store, but I was excited about the fact that I would not have snow falling on me all day. I set my table up in between the two automatic sliding doors. One door leads to the outside winter wonderland, and the other into the store. About 10 minutes into my day I could feel my thighs burning from the cold weather blowing through the passageway. I then came to my attention that the outside door, which is supposed to close, was broke!

To make a long story short, left my designated area to stand between the Starbucks kiosk and the soup island. during my four hours there I only sold two subscriptions...and I was giving away $10 Safeway gift cards! One month only costs $12.50, and I told them that I didn't care if they canceled it after the first month. Do these people not understand that I need money and it would only cost them 2.50 out of pocket? To answer my own question, they do!I include this in my convincing strategy. Well...I leave the desperate for money idea out, but they should understand that part. Right?

On the plus side of things, I did get a free sample of a pumpkin cream muffin from the nice Starbucks man. Amazing!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Photo of the Day

A northbound South Lake Union Streetcar travels along Westlake Avenue North, near Denny Way, in Seattle on a rainy evening.

I love the Seattle P-I. They know how to bring in the online readers with a great variety of content. While going through a photo gallery filled with the P-I' favorite pictures of 2008, I ran across this one.

For each photo the photographer tells the secret behind the picture. I thought it might be interesting for some to see how a picture like this is created. I have always loved how photographers play with light. Its like science! The head of the train is in focus. It makes it seem as if the background is flying by rather thn the train. Don't stare too long, it might give you a headache:)

Heres what he says:
DeLong: Through panning and a quarter-second exposure, I photographed the shiny new streetcar as it glided over rain-drenched streets in a recently developed block of South Lake Union at twilight.
(January 18, 2008)
Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My final day at the St. Cloud Times this summer was spent with mixed emotions. Home, of course, sounds spectacular after about nine weeks away from everything familiar. Yet, my adventure was ending.
On normal days I had entered the newsroom with a story lined up. This day was different, and nothing was on tap right away, so my next and last Video piece at the Times was heavy on my mind. I wanted to go out with a bang. Around noon I was told to cover the New citizens ceremony at the city hall.
It was nothing like I had ever experienced, and more than I had expected. The new citizens were so happy to become a part of our country.
What some may take advantage of, "a gift from god to them" one man said.

I had no idea how much it means to be an American until I spoke with a few adoptees.

I enjoyed piecing this together, and hope that I caught the joyful emotions in the colorfully filled Minnesota courtroom.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This week has been odd an odd one for Tileena. At this time last year I was buying a new notebook, and printing out my schedule for the first day of the Spring semester. No Spring semester this year, but I did have the opportunity to ask, "Free newspaper for ya today?" out front of the UI Bookstore as hundreds of students poured in to buy their texts.

friends and old classmates passed by wondering what the hell I was doing. "Well...I graduated. I now have a job selling newspapers."

I have an odd sense of humor so most of my friends didn't know what to think. Is she really selling papers? I am the type of person who would just try to screw with my buddies by telling them that this is my new job. I think they still think I am pullin' their leg.

I am a hard worker, and my mom said I was over qualified to sell newspapers on college campuses and outside Walmart. A job is a job right? This is the way I see it right now, but for the first time, I can see myself getting tired of this job. Sure, I get to talk to people all the time and it could lead to a reporting job in the long run, but I feel ridiculous trying to convince these people into buying a paper.

Here is my dilemma: I have to work all week, but I want to stop in and check on a couple of resumes turned in. My "for now job" is getting in the way of my career search. Is this little part time job worth my time? None of the other "marketing assistants" aka newspaper pushers have college educations. I feel awful for thinking this, and it is odd that I do...but I sort of feel too good to do this job. Is my head getting big...oh no! I just feel like I did not go to school for 4 1/2 years to sell newspapers only for commission. I am going to need an hourly wage on top of everything in order for me to continue. I suppose that is the bottom line.

They continue to say how good I am doing, and how hard it is to find good workers like me, well...maybe they might want to keep me around then? Hmmm...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Goes Up For Sale

SEATTLE, WA (January 9, 2008) – The Seattle Post-Intelligencer went up for sale today, but most of the people in and around Seattle who were watching TV news knew about it last night – long before Hearst bothered to tell P-I employees today.

Thursday afternoon KING-TV 5, the Seattle NBC affiliate owned by Belo Corp., started reporting that Hearst was going to sell or close the Post-Intelligencer.

"They stuck with that story and topped the 6 o'clock news with it, they didn't back off," a Seattle photojournalist told News Photographer magagzine today, "even though no one at either newspaper seemed to know anything about it. They said they had 'an unnamed source close to the deal,' which made everyone think maybe Belo had something to do with it."

Which apparently wasn't the case, because around noon today Pacific time the newspaper's staff was summoned to a closed meeting with publisher Roger Oglesby and Hearst Newspaper president Steve Swartz, the Seattle Times reports, where they were told that the company has started a 60-day process of finding a buyer.

If no buyer is found, Hearst's options include going Web-only with a greatly reduced staff, or shutting the doors completely, employees learned.

Swartz told the gathering that under no circumstances would the Post-Intelligencer continue "in printed form" under their ownership.

"The way this all came about is only part of the theater of the absurd surrounding the P-I," the Seattle photojournalist said today. "Hearst didn't even bother to tell their own people first that the newspaper was dead. They told someone else first, and it was on television."

The newspaper has been published daily since 1863, and is the state's oldest. Hearst has owned the newspaper since 1921. It's been losing money since 2000.

Several reporters reporters and editors who were at the meeting told the Associated Press that both Oglesby and Swartz, along with Post-Intelligencer executives, refused to take questions about the announcement. Lincoln Millstein, Hearst's senior vice president for digital media, accompanied Oglesby and Swartz.

The Post-Intelligencer has been published in a joint operating agreement with The Seattle Times for 25 years, and the Times reports that their executives were not aware of the P-I's plans before today's announcement. In addition to the Post-Intelligencer, Hearst's interest in the joint operating agreement is also for sale. The JOA was modified in 1999 to allow the Times to start publishing a morning paper.

"I'm stunned," Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen said when the news broke.

"The JOA structure is inefficient and has been a significant part of the deep losses experienced at both papers," Blethen said in a company statement later in the day.

"Today's surprise announcement that Hearst Corporation has put the Seattle P-I up for sale and will close it in 60 days if there is no buyer is a reflection of two realities: that structural changes, which began as far back as 2000, have made it impossible for cities to profitably support two newspapers; and, that the devastating recession in which we are mired has made it very hard for even a single metro paper to be profitable," Blethen said.

"If the P-I does close and the JOA ends, it will enhance the chances that The Seattle Times can survive the recession even though our continued operation will require additional sacrifices by its employees and owners."

"Absent the Blethen’s six generation commitment to journalism and the community, we would have given up long ago, Seattle Times COO and president Carolyn S. Kelly said.

"Even if the JOA ends, there’s no guarantee we’ll be successful, but it’s more likely this market can support one newspaper; it clearly couldn’t support two."

In a statement released today, Hearst said that it has no interest in buying The Seattle Times and that no such acquisition is underway.

To add insult to injury for Post-Intelligencer employees today, some who openly cried during the meeting as they heard the news, The Virginian-Pilot reports that Hearst is among an handful of companies and millionaires who are donating huge sums to pay for the commissioning of the new aircraft carrier, the George H.W. Bush.

Hearst Communications Inc. has given $100,000 of the $4 million raised by The Navy League of the United States of Hampton Roads, VA, for the new ship. The money will be used to pay for enhancements to such features as the ship's chapel, library, ceremonial quarter deck, and a "tribute room" that's in honor of the ship's namesake. While the carrier itself was built with taxpayer money, the commissioning ceremony along with certain amenities are traditionally funded by private donations such as the one from Hearst.

Other donors include AT&T, Northrop Grumman Corp., PMX Industries, Faircount Media, and several wealthy individuals.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pig Popularity Growing Among Nez Perce Reservation Youth from Reznet on Vimeo.

This was the second video I produced for, which is a Native American news site based out of Montana.

about five years ago I was a member of the Future Farmers of America organization while attending Lapwai High School. Back in my FFA days we only have about five members, and all of them were my cousins. This is because I come from a large farm family.

This year while I was watching my sister show her pig at the Nez Perce County Fair I couldn't I was amazed at the great abundance of Native American FFA members with pigs. This came as a surprise to me and the other fair goers. This is when the light bulb clicked on...I need to do a story on these Native American FFA students.

Each one of the students is an althlete and the fact that they take the time to train and work with their animals is amazing. I can relate to and appreciate all the hard work and time they had to put into these projects, because I did it for nin years. They were great interviewees. Very professional, talkative, and everything they said in the interview touched me tremendously. FFA has taught them so much responsibility, and this show in the video.

Watch it and listen carefully to what the judge says to them.


I am new to this blog deal, but I have been told that I have to have one. So here it goes. I would first like to share a bit about myself. I recently graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. I feel like I blinked and everything was over. Now I am sitting here on my new couch that I need to pay for and I have no job. YES! Welcome to the real world, Tileena.

I have always dreamed of becoming a big time TV reporter, but this past summer I was introduced to the world of multimedia journalism. I love holding a video camera in my hands and being able to capture a story and soley relying on my subject to tell the story. If I do not ask the right question in the correct way, I may miss the most important part of the event. If my subject/source doesn't answer my question in a complete sentence then I am put to the test to make it work. I tend to ramble on about this sort of thing, and no one ever seems to understand. I do want to make it clear that I have a passion for video journalism that is bigger than the sky. I have the staff at the American Indian Journalism Institution to thank for introducing me to this world.

I love talking to random people because everyone has a story. When I hold that video camera in my hand it gives me this power. I could walk up to anyone...and I mean anyone, and ask them about their deepest darkest secrets. I have been told that I am fearless, which is only true when I hold the empowering camera. I think that this power transfers to my interviewees also, because when I talk to people they seem at ease. Of course it takes a bit to make them comfortable with a camera in their face, but after the warm up questions everything seems to flow. I LOVE IT!

Anyways, enough of the rambling again.

Now I would like to share with everyone the work that I have done since July of '08. I am not going to go in any special order, but this is my most recent story that I did for the Web site I am currently working for (

Eel: Missing Piece to Salmon Recovery? from Reznet on Vimeo.

About four years ago the Nez Perce Tribe’s fisheries department started the translocation of the Pacific Lamprey Eel in hopes to assist in the recovery of the Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon.

“We had thousands of eel in here [Snake River], maybe even in the millions,” Nez Perce Tribal member and eel project coordinator,” Elmer Crow said. “For the past five to six years all that’s come over Lower Granite Dam is double digits. So, we’ve got a problem.”

The Pacific Lamprey Eel is a nutritious source of food for other fish. “One of the questions we’ve always asked,” Crow said, “is is this a part of Salmon recovery that’s missing?”

The 15 Fish were picked up from John Day Dam, which is located on the Snake River on the border of Idaho and Oregon, and relocated to the Tribe’s Big Canyon Fall Chinook Acclimation Facility in Juliaetta, Idaho. They will live in a large tank until they are released into area creeks.

“The biology, and the restoration, and keeping these things alive is very important,” Crow said, “but it’s just as important or more important to me personally because of the cultural, spiritual values of the Nez Perce people.”