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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.
4:15ish

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

Inspiring



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. Careful...it 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

Abby


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 Cash4Gold.com."

Did you have a favorite ad??