Monday, November 28, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I was able to make the trek to Youngstown, Ohio with Dave for the holiday. My Sister-in-Law Amy and I made artichoke and mushroom quiche! It was soooooo gooooood! Thank you Amy for making the quiche happen! And if any of my thousands of readers out there would like to make the artichoke and mushroom quiche, I highly reccomend multiplying the green onions 10 fold. :)

As you can see on the right, the family (namely Dave and Michael) set up an internet cafe in the Malkoff family room. One popular usage-- to take picture of family member 'X', distort it with photoshop, post on flickr, show to other family members, commence laughter:

The first 2 pics are of my adorable (they are adorable when not photoshop-warped. hehe) nieces, Cydney and Sawyer. The last pic is of "Panic Dan"! Daniel jumped behind photos all evening making his panic face. Classic! Minutes after posting this picture on the internet, somebody from Greece marked it as one of his favorite pictures. Therefore, Panic Dan has been dubbed "Paniclis" the Greek God of Panic.

Thanksgiving dinner was fabulous! And as you can see in the picture on the right, there was enough coffee creamer for all!

The day after Thanksgiving was Dave's high school reunion! I don't want to embarrass him, but--well, okay, let's embarrass him... The first thing out of nearly everybody's mouth was "Dave! I saw you on the weather channel!" or "I saw you in the hurricane!". It was great fun!

Wow, a certain someone was a chatterbox last night! At 5am Hartman recited the Gettysburg Address!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Not only has Stargate SG-1 been renewed for a 10th season-- but the entire cast has been re-signed! There were rumors of Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson) not re-signing and of Amanda Tapping (Col. Sam Carter) having not been approached to renew. Not true! I know you are all relieved. Plus they have added Claudia Black, who plays Vala, as a full time cast memeber for season 10. Stargate SG-1 is now the longest running sci-fi show in US history! The title used to belong to the X-files which ran 9 seasons.
The second half of season 9 starts Jan 6th on the sci-fi channel!

What?...why are you all shaking your heads?...
Wow, it's a beautiful day here today! It's finally time for our few months of paradise! Sunny, 70s with a slight breeze. I'd say we've earned it after a summer of this:

This is Dave and me in Gulfport, Mississippi with the Miami urban search and rescue team. They were nice enough to let us sleep in a tent with them instead of sleeping in our car. They also fed us well! (not that our military rations aren't mighty tasty).
In the morning we shot them recovering bodies. Then we made our way down to New Orleans.

All that was left of many coastal homes was the foundation.

It was hot out there. I had to edit outside (no room in the car and the sat truck was packed) so I covered the car with blankets and raincoats and ran the a/c to try keep cool.

It didn't cool off much at night so you can imagine sleeping in the car was loads of fun! Not to mention once we made it to New Orleans, gas was precious so we couldn't always run the air.

And to top it off, this dead shark washed up right where we were sleeping. Didn't smell so nice!

I know technically there's a week left in hurricane season. But Gamma fizzled out. I'd say it's over! We have pictures of Dennis, Rita, Katrina, Wilma and almost Gamma on Flikr.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

I know the photo is difficult to see. So you'll probably just have to take my word for what it is.
In this photo is an old man...I'd say in his 60s... the back hatch to his SUV is wide open.. Inside? Bread. In his hands? Bread. On his shoulders, and everywhere else? Pigeons. Tons of pigeons everywhere! So the guy likes to feed pigeons, right? What's the big deal? Well, friends... this man fed pigeons for more hours than I was at that location for work. And I was there from 3pm to 630pm! I imagine he stands there day in and day out covered in pigeons. And I don't think I need to tell you what happens to you when you stand around all day covered in pigeons! I think I found myself a nice photoessay to do! Thank you to my co-worker Tom Steiger for letting me use his camera phone (even though his camera phone is a piece of pigeon poo) :D

Moving on...

Our weather guy doesn't think Tropical Storm Gamma will be a strong storm when it reaches us. I'm still optimistic about Thanksgiving. Dave is already in Key West. I don't know where I'll be for the storm yet. Who would ever have thought there would be a Storm named Gamma! Until this year, we had never run through all the names for storms. Ever. Now we are 3 storms in to the Greek alphabet! _./

Friday, November 18, 2005

Isn't Hartman adorable! (She actually wasn't so thrilled with the beads).

Here's Dave then and now! We have a lot of pictures on a website called "flikr". I've added a link in the links section if you ever want to see over 50 pictures of our cat and around 500 pictures of our honeymoon. :)

Sona Mobile is going to release a Star Trek Communicator phone!!!

I know I was going to get a camera phone... and I know the phone I have now is so crappy it doesn't even ring half the time and sends you straight to voicemail and then never tells me if you leave a voice mail... but if you can bare with me for a while longer, I could have Commander Worf announce I have an incoming transmission in the middle of a press conference. I don't think I can pass that up!

I found out yesterday that I can have Thanksgiving off!! You see, our November ratings were cancelled because of hurricane Wilma.

So Youngstown, Ohio, here I come! Dave's family always has a million people over for turkey day. I wonder if Amy is bringing Artichoke quiche again? *hint* *hint* :)

One last bit of news: I think it's time to make another movie. Don't worry Vegas friends, I'm not going to ask you to fly out here, dress up as StarTrek characters (or worse) and walk around South Beach... but look out Miami friends! I worked out a basic outline last night and will start writing soon.

Oh, and by the way.. Tropical Depression 27 didn't turn into Gamma. It fizzled out. Unfortunately, they believe another one is getting organized. Hopefully it won't ruin Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

You have got to be kidding me!

They are projecting this to become Hurricane GAMMA. It's still too early for them to know the path... but their best guess is that it will make a turn to the north by Sunday.

Monday, November 14, 2005


Welcome to my blog! The blog to end all--er--no other blogs... but hey, you might just like it. First I would like to thank my creative husband for coming up with the coolest web address possible: I'll never verbally give out my blog address without a confusing conversation. :D _./

As some of you may know... People often mistake me to be a bit younger than I am. Whether it's getting carded to get into a rated 'R' movie, asked if I am an intern while working (with an intern), or asked to show my student hall pass when shooting a story at a highschool (okay, okay, it was a middle school, but let's not embarrass me too much on my first blog entry). All throughout my 20s I believed "well, once I reach my 30s I will miss hearing how young I look".

Yesterday was an awesome day at work. Actually I guess the entire week was, I'm sure, to people who don't work in the biz, not believable. Who actually shows up to work to find themselves standing in Shaquille O'neill's front yard with a couple of live Camels? One of which is drooling snot all over your entertainment reporter's shoulder on live tv? I'm going to have to get a camera phone.

Back to yesterday. I arrive to work at noon and am informed that later in the day I will be covering a book fair. The info is in my box. Whatever, right? So I check out what's in my box. It says: Interview with CBS's Mike Wallace at 630pm. MIKE WALLACE! He's here at the Miami book fair to talk about his new book . Why, why, why don't I own a camera phone? I do, however, own a nice new digital camera. I decided to bring it to the interview and if it felt alright I would ask to get my picture with him. Turns out, Mike is a super cool guy:

So here I am. Standing side by side with Mike Wallace. We're about to get our pictures taken. Mike whispers to me, "How old are you?". "I'm 30.", I reply. "YOU'RE WHAT?!" **snap** goes the camera.
"You look like you're 12!".

Well, when I'm in my 40s I will miss hearing how young I look.

As I was driving back to the station to bring back the Wallace interview, the desk asks me if I "would like to shoot the U2 concert". Uhm, let me check...

Get a load of the gigantic press pass! And who the heck is Frances? The first 30 seconds of the first 3 songs rocked! _./