Welcome to my morning. Coffee first. Always. My brain and personality depend on it first thing.
My girls know the drill: Never leave without goodbye kisses and hugs. I think that's a pretty good rule for living.
How much do I love these girls!!!!
I thought this picture captured the morning rush pretty well!
That's Michael leaving for work. He wakes up all business ....
... but always makes me breakfast first. Lo-chol egg, turkey bacon and fat-free cheese on whole wheat. And best of all, I didn't have to make it!
Where there is food, there is dog. This is Becker and Taz, my best boys.
That's me in the morning news meeting. While my team is in the conference room at the Broward HQ, I call in from Miami-Dade. (They can't see when I'm still in my bathrobe!)
When we divvy up the news assignments, they are posted on this highly-technical, state-of-the-art dry erase board.
I sometimes take my own car to assignments to save time. That station ID on the dash either gets me out of tickets or makes me a big target for them.
You never know when you'll have to be at the airport at a moment's notice. This time, Bill and I weren't flying out....
... we were catching a candidate for an interview before he got on a plane. Hey, whatever it takes...
Some days, we'll cover news conferences where someone feels their announcement is the Big News of the Day...
... and sometimes, it really is!
This is generally my "office"... truck on the outside ...
... high-tech editing studio and live transmission palace on the inside. (OK, maybe "palace" isn't quite accurate...)
Just like the mailman, we work in rain or shine, sleet or hail. Plus hurricanes and other REALLY bad hair days.
Lights, camera action! This is a noon-time live shot in front of the courthouse. At that time of day, extra lights make both prettier TV and seared corneas!
Now, THIS is star treatment! Thanks O'Riley!
Miami-Dade County Hall or "2001: A Space Odyssey?" I'm here a lot. And everyone here is ALWAYS happy to see me. I know it!
Marcel and I were there covering the budget hearing. "Budget" is one of those words that make TV producers' eyes glaze over, but this was no doubt the BIGGEST story of the day.
The security officers at County Hall take good care of me always! (For the record, that is not a backrub -- just a photo pose)
Lunch is usually on the run. That's the salad lady...
... and that's the salad.
Producer Michelle on the phone: "You want me to keep to 1:30? Quick wrap? Tight tag?? Suuurrrreee I will, anything you say!"
There are days I work out of the station. On this day, I arrived to see my face on the big screen. Eleven-year anniversary at Local 10!
What I mostly do when I'm at the station is bonding time with my team I never see! This is Sandy and Robert piloting the assignment desk.....
... that's web diva Barb (hiding the velvet whip she carries)
Friends in the feed room! They are the ones who juggle our video and live shots feeding in from the field.
That's senior political reporter Michael Putney stopping by my desk, probably for some sage advice (or a few laughs)...
Laurie and Calvin are always camera-ready....
.... and always ready to delve into the news of the day with me.
Uh-oh. Assignment planner Kerry Weston is coming to deliver my fate.
Here, I'm cutting track for a Local 10 sales production. Glen Eklund is the genius behind those. He once called my voice "buttery." I'm OK with that.
This is the edit bay where the magic happens... where our video, sound and interviews become carefully woven TV news stories for broadcast.
Multi-tasking ability is a plus ...
And this is that same process in the field. The edit bay is in the live truck. Mobile magic!
The afternoon coffee stop. Caffeine and adrenaline -- my drugs of choice.
Showtime! Live and lively with the crowds at the budget hearing....
... or wherever the news takes us.
Parent night at school! As usual, I was the last parent there after the news....
Back home, dinner is on! That's Michael, my master chef, and his able-bodied assistant.
Dinner and a show! Courtesy of the Milberg girls.
We all juggle commitments some evenings, and make it a point to eat dinner as a family as often as possible.
My other drug of choice: Endorphins! My stair-climber is my stress-buster, and good reading time, too!
Late-night alone time with the cabernet and keyboard. The results are sometimes pretty creative!
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