Monday, December 1, 2014

How I spent my Thanksgiving

Working at FOX17 has been an adjustment in more ways than one.  Typically at my old job in radio world we got holidays off.  With the simple click of a button you can record an entire 5 hour show and be on your merry way.

In news, it doesn't exactly work like that.  This Thanksgiving I was live on our morning show and I wanted to do something fun, and outside the box.  That led me to the idea, what if I helped some random family get ready for Thanksgiving.

I put the call on social media and a surprising amount of people wrote in that they would have me at their home.  

After chatting with one woman, Beth Covey, I knew she was the woman who I would be "helping" this turkey day.  I use the word "helping" very loosely because I am an awful cook.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My thoughts on MTV's "Faking It"

It's been a few weeks since the season 2 premier of MTV's "Faking It."  I didn't want to post my feelings about it right away because I wanted to take it all in first and see where the show led.

Now if you are reading this and new to the show you probably are like, "why would you give your thoughts on some show on MTV" 

Well here is why:  One of the characters this season came out to have Androgen Insensitivity Sydrome, which means she is intersex. 

AIS is what I have.  While I have met women who also have AIS, I have never seen a television show or read a book where there was a character I could fully relate to. 

I can remember when I was a teen and would watch shows like "The OC" and I would do my hair like the characters, and dress like the characters, but truly inside I felt like I was never actually like them.  I couldn't be, having AIS makes me "different"

Well I am happy to say that "Faking It" has done a great job so far portraying a young girl with an intersex condition.  Watching it makes me happy, and sad at the same time.  

What progress though!  I was taught to never speak off condition to anyone, they wouldn't understand, just lie to them, it's not anyone's business anyway.  Well I'll tell you what, lying, and pretending is very stressful. I have told so many versions of my condition that I can't even keep track of what people may or may not know about me.  The sad thing is 99% of the versions I have told are not the truth.  Because I was scared to tell.

I am not anymore.  Maybe because I'm older, or maybe because I don't care what anyone else thinks anymore? I don't know but I do know this show helps destigmatize intersex and that is awesome.

And PS- those side effects are pretty accurate...... ;) 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another ArtPrize story...

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- ArtPrize has taken over my life. Once it starts it is like a black hole that sucks in all my time. If you aren't familiar with Grand Rapids annual art competition, let me break it down for you.

ArtPrize happens once a year in Grand Rapids. Basically it's a massive art competition and people come from all over the United States to compete. It quite literally takes over the town. Well being primarily an Arts & Entertainment reporter I cover almost all ArtPrize.

ArtPrize all the time. Last week a story came through our tip line that one piece had been vandalized. Basically it was a piece about loving one another, gay, straight, transgender, intersex, you name it we love you no matter what. Well someone didn't like the piece and splattered red paint all over it.

The thing is the cops were never called, the artist simply got on his hands and knees and scrubbed the paint off the best he could. He was a very nice guy, he talked to me about his thoughts on WHY someone would do that to his piece. He was very level headed about it, he even said he expected something like this to happen.

What was hard about the piece is that it had a whole back side that encouraged people to express their thoughts on it... yet someone STILL felt the need to splatter it with red paint. Anyway I liked this story and wanted to share it again. So here it is, check it out if you haven't already. I think being an intersex individual I resonated with the piece.

The piece is called, "Love Does Not Harm" and can be found in Grand Rapids out front of St. Marks Episcopal Church.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What I'm wearing volume 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Since I started the transition from radio host at WGRD to reporter at FOX17 I have had to do a lot of changes, mainly to my wardrobe.

Before I started at FOX I lived in running clothes.  When I wasn't walking around in running clothes I was either in a hoodie or black jeans and some sort of band t-shirt.  I realized quickly I would have to get my wardrobe updated, fast.

My friend Katie from "Rock Your Runway" gave me a few tips on how to update what I was wearing and I have managed to create some new looks on a very low budge.

I have been getting a few emails with people asking where I have been shopping and where I have been getting all my clothes and I thought why not share on the 'ole blog.  So this is volume one.

First outfit I want to share is a personal favorite.  I love red!  I found this red skirt at Express.  Now they can be a tad pricey but they are constantly doing 40% off everything in the store, and nearly half off of a 60 dollar skirt becomes very affordable.  Just make sure you join their email list and you'll get all of the deals.

Shopping local is also something I like to try to do.  Grand Rapids has tons to offer when it comes to shops and boutiques and my personal favorite is Humanity Boutique.  I found this great striped blouse that works perfect on it's own, or with a jacket, sweater, or even over a long sleeve.  

Jewelry has always been tough for me, I just never got into accessorizing.  I can say since I have been trying to add more jewelry to my wardrobe it has made all my outfits pop.   Love Culture in the River Town Mall actually has a HUGE going out of buisness sale and I got this awesome necklace for 2.00.  That is a price you can't beat!

The finished look turned out like this... that's actually the Plain White T's with me in the photo!  They came to Grand Rapids for the 5/3 Ballpark Summer Concert Series and I landed a quick interview.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Midnight Ride

I'm laying in bed and I realized I never blogged about the "Midnight Ride." It was definitly worth writing about that is for certain.

If you don't know the midnight ride is an annual motorcycle ride.  The ride begins at midnight from Rockford, Michigan and heads up to St. Ignance in the Upper Peninsula.  Every 100 miles or so the trip stops and fills up the tanks grabs coffee.

Did I mention there were upwards of 5000 riders?  My husband Jimmy, our friend Greg and myself bundled up (it was 55 degrees and on a bike that feels MUCH cooler) we packed up our saddle bags and off we went.

After our first stop we were feeling good! Keep in mind my bike is a 650CC but it's also pretty damn small and a big gust of wind takes little ole me and my little ole bike and can send us buzzin! 

We continued the ride stopping in Alma, Grayling, and Gaylord.  Once we got to Gaylord it was about 6:30 in the morning.  We were all tired but it wasn't til the huge pouring of rain that we said "CRAP!" 

Luckily we were right near a hotel in Gaylord and so we convinced the guy at the counter to discount a room and let us crash til check out.  

The next morning we got up- rather stiff and achey and stopped for breakfast.  After stuffing ourselves with eggs and hashbrowns we decided to to finish the ride over the Mackinac bridge.  

When we got to our hotel we stretched out and of course I squeezed in a quick 4 mile run....

I got back showered up and we took a free shuttle to the casino- cheap beers, good pastys and I won 286 dollars on a slot machine! 

There was this great cover band playing so of course I was in the front waving my hands around and belting the songs... We talked to the guitarist later to find that he even attended my alma mater- Ferris State! 

We made it back to the hotel well after 2AM and crashed hard!  We woke up again the next morning packed on a hurry as not to miss check out and jumped on our bikes for the 300 mile ride home.

It was quite the adventurous weekend I must say! I have never gone so long with such little sleep-  next year, Sturis!  I think I'll need to upgrade my bike though to a 1200, it's Harley time ;) 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Training Update 2

Ick ick ick! That sums up training lately.  I keep trying to remind myself that my end goal is Boston and that's not til April and not to fret but man getting used to a new schedule, a new job, new expectations, new hours and everything else has made running very difficult.

I have maintained 30-40 miles a week on average but would like to be considerably higher.  I think the average day is about 5 miles excluding long run days.  I'm to the point where I am just happy to make it out the door for 5 mile runs.

I need to get back on the speed work, better long runs and drinking more water- my hopes is my next training update on can say I was successful.  My knee is still a little achey but doing my excersizes and praying it gets better.

Have you ever gotten a new job or had a huge change in daily schedule? How do you keep up your running? If you have advice please comment! 

This's was me on today's 5 miler after work- averaged 7:40 pace but was just too darn tired to run any farther :( 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

First week at FOX17

WOW, the last few days have been a little crazy to say the least.  I have made so many new friends at my new office here at FOX17.  I also have been thrown on air basically immediately.

It was basically terrifying.  I haven't covered very much but I wanted to quick share what I have done!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Training Update- Running Sucks

Man running can really suck! So I hurt my knee not so long ago and it's probably all stemming from my spring race schedule where in 4 weeks I ran a marathon, 2 half marathons, a 10 miler and 2 5ks.... 

I have never been injured before and let me tell you I did NOT handle it good at all!  I took a week off, then took 3 weeks running well under 30 miles.  I know that in that time I couldn't have lost much of my fitness but I definitly gained a few pounds and every run certainly feels slow.

I am trying to build back into running 40 plus miles a week right now, if I do a 10 mile long run Saturday and 5 mile recovery Sunday I should get 40 this week.  

Tuesday I wanted to get some speed in so I did a local 5k in Lowell.  I felt completely miserable!  Took off like a bat out of hell and ran the first mile in 6:20 then gradually slowed down to the finish and didn't even break 21! Ugh 21:08 was my finish and I was pissed.

The rest of the week hasn't been good for training mainly because that race I think out that sour taste in my mouth About my fitness.  

I start my new job at Fox 17 Monday which means a whole new schedule!  Anyone out there have advice for runners who need to adapt to change?  I just want to get back on a routine so running doesn't rule my life but also gets the time it deserves.

I snapped a quick selfie after today's 6 miles in my neighborhood.  I am smiling but I felt awful during the run.  When I run from my house I end up running down hill 3 miles but coming back is like climbing a mountain!! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Goodbye WGRD

This has been a crazy week.  As many of you know I have worked at WGRD here in Grand Rapids for over 5 years, and I have been on air full time for the last 4 years.  I love Grand Rapids, I love rock music, concerts and everything that I did at GRD, but the time has come for a change.

Starting Monday August 4th I will begin working as a weekday reporter for Fox 17 News.  My dream since college was to work as an entertainment/feature reporter and I can't believe my dream has finally come true!  
My time slot is still being adjusted but right now it looks like I will be working on the morning news show covering events, concerts, entertainment and fun in Grand Rapids... Fun is my middle name so I think this will be a great fit!

The thought of leaving GRD, leaving radio in general is daunting.  When I began radio it was scary I didn't know what all the buttons did, I couldn't properly edit commercials down, I felt like I was always messing up.  Now all of those things have become second nature for me.  In other words I have became comfortable.

When I saw Fox 17 was looking for a new full time reporter I thought, "what the heck, ya don't know if ya don't try!"  and I threw my demo reel into the mix.  

I was caught off guard when the news director of Fox called and asked to set up an interview, I was even more caught off guard when he called back only a few hours later offering me the full time position! 

I can't wait to share the fun and excitement of Grand Rapids with the rest of the community, I will be covering concerts, events, restaurant openings, and more!  You can bet I already have a mental note to ask about covering ComicCon, (Wonder Woman costume included!)

I hope my listeners will follow me in this journey, I hope you all will go from rock devil listeners to rock devil viewers ;)

I started writing this post last week and have not been able to bring myself to finish.  Leaving GRD is very hard for me.  Anyone who has made a big life change, getting a job, moving, buying a house etc. can vouch that it is not easy starting over.  I have made many close friends over the years here at GRD... 

I guess the real adventure is just beginning, stay tuned...

My GRD brothers who also moved on, JT, and Shaffee If Dahmer were in this pic it would be the 3 men who taught me radio

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Head Shots With DM Photography

I recently hopped on the motorcycle and drove to Kalamazoo to shoot with my fabulous little sister!  I haven't had head shots taken that weren't glamorous pageant girl shots in a VERY long time... dare I say ever?  Dani said if I drove down to her she would take some for me so helmet hair and all I got some new head shots, check em out!  My sister is awesome!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How I Am Feeling Right Now

I've known since I was very little that I would never be able to have children, and that was okay with me.  I went through the surgery they said I needed, I have accepted the life God has given me and I am an honest to goodness happy individual.

Lately though I have felt a little different.  Everyone seems to have babies, everywhere I look are babies, babies babies.  I feel like lying at this point is stupid, I want one and it just plain isn't fair.  I know life isn't always fair but it sometimes leaves me feeling angry.

Things that do not help the situation are women who do NOT understand CAIS who want to say things with good intentions but are so wrong.  I can't count how often I hear, "Why didn't the doctors try to save your eggs."

I don't have eggs!  I don't have a reproductive system, that's how this whole thing works, that is essentially what the disorder is (kind of).  I also love when people say, "you are so lucky you haven't ever had a period"

I don't consider myself lucky when it comes to that.  Not at all, if you ever meet a woman with CAIS please do not tell her that, its incredibly rude.  

Last part of this rant and I am done is the fact that everyone wants to tell me what my options are for babies like I am too stupid to know them myself.  If going to another country and "saving a life" is so incredible then why don't more child bearing women do it?  Don't get me wrong I know plenty of them do but none of the women I personally know have.

Moral of the story is I know there are options for me I know I can someday have a child but I also know that many people do NOT know that for me to adopt I'll have to have agencies do background checks, take thousands of dollars from me, and wait on a waiting list that is very very very long... It's discouraging and makes me sad. 

It's very rare I write or talk about this openly but I saw a damn commercial with some kid who was calling for her dad and it was so effing cute and then I was suddenly angry... 

Alright, thanks to whoever is out there reading this, if there are any...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Photo Shoot With Hite Design

My buddy Jason is a photographer that works closely with StellaFly, a group that is all over Grand Rapids at the hottest events, Stellafly tracks everything and is everywhere!

Well Jason and I decided to have some fun with my new motorcycle and get a couple shots in over by the Kent Trails off Butterworth Street in Grand Rapids.

Check out the photos here-

In other news... My knee is still having some minor pain so the last two weeks have been short 25 mile weeks.  I am really struggling with fear of losing all the speed I have gained, my 3:20 marathon wasn't all that long ago, only 2 months but it feels like an eternity.   I just keep reminding myself that Boston is what my real goal is, and I'm trying to focus on that, I want to do my best there even though EVERYONE keeps telling me it's damn near impossible to PR there... 

Anyone else having issues like me?  Man I had the worst winter with that polar vortex and now here I am with great weather and a bad knee.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's Been A While

I have become distracted and am slowly bringing myself back down to earth.  I have been an awful blogger and I have had complete writers block.

Here's what's going on in my life currently:

I just wrapped, "A Sleeping Beauty: Somewhere In Time" at Magic Circle Theatre.  Which is the local community theatre's children's theatre.   I played Maelstrom, the chaos fairy who curses the young princess.  The show was an incredible experience and it was so fun to be able to get back on stage and to be evil.  It also didn't hurt that my costume was custom made and BAD ASS!

When I wasn't in the rehearsal for the play, or actually performing in the show I was running, running AND running.  I probably should have listened to my former teammate who is an elite runner for the Saucony Hurricanes, and take some time off after Kalamazoo Marathon.  Yet I did not.  I ended up with some lingering knee pain and just wrapped an entire week of no running/no cross training.  I started back up running on Sunday with little/no pain.  I am doing some special stretches and hip exercises and I think I am on a good road now.  

My friend I was talking about, Tina came down to Rockford today and ran with me actually!  Five mile run at about 7:30 pace.  Not bad!  I was a little tired but I think it's just that weirdness of not running for a week.

This is also day 1 of my #100DaysOfHappy!

Other new stuff!  I bought a motorcycle!  Yeah, I'm a biker chick now...  I took the safety course first and got my endorsement so I am riding legal.  I bought a suzuki blvd 650 sport.  It's my baby and I already am googling things like the sturgis bike rally and other crazy adventures I can have with this bad boy.

Hmm that may be all I have as for life updates.  Nothing crazy has happened really but I am ready for a summer that is jam packed with crazy so my writers block won't be around.  

The only other thing I want to mention that I'm kind of just throwing in here pertains to my "About Me" section.   You will notice I consider myself an advocate for people with disorders of sexual development, or DSD's.  There's a lot of talk about whether that's an appropriate term, or if it should be "differences" not "disorders."  I felt like the subject should be covered but I am not really at a place where I wanted to share an entire post about the topic.

I still consider it a disorder.  BUT that is ME not anyone else.  I don't think that means anything is wrong with me, nor do I think I am not right the way I am but I do think that the way by internal reproductive system is (or the lack of a reproductive system due to my CAIS) can be considered a disorder.

I respect both sides and I even agree with both sides.  I just wanted to drop a mention here because I know that some people prefer differences and not disorder, I respect and love you for you different or disordered :)

I think that covers my, "what I have been up to and what I have been thinking about."  portion of the day.  I'll leave you with this.  I am LOVING this commercial going around about what it means to do things, "as a girl"  
If you haven't seen it, watch it here:

I am a feminist and I love this.  "like a girl" can have different meaning to a CAIS person, this is an amazing step to me.  

Anyway, I won't wait to blog so long next time!  Updates soon, I have a hair appointment today and I am going a little crazy I think, we shall see!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I Threw A Taco At My Boss

We've had a lot of changes in the last year at work, one being I got a new boss.  I know he's cool because he didn't freak the eff out when I did this... I threw a taco at him!

Was it a complete waste of taco, or was it a complete brilliant way to get rid of a taco you weren't going to eat anyway?  I don't know you can watch and let me know.

PS- My husbands dorky laugh is in the background... He filmed this haha

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kalamazoo Marathon: Complete!

My second marathon of 2014 is complete!  I posted in January about my New Years Resolutions and one of them was to qualify for Boston.  Last year I qualified by 5 seconds, which was not enough to get me into the race.  It filled up before my turn came to register.  I worked very hard all winter with the plan of qualifying at Kalamazoo.

I had been told Kalamazoo was hilly and to be honest I kind of brushed the rumors aside.  The rumors turned out to be VERY true.  The course boasted some killer hills.  Not to mention the wind we would get stuck in that made it feel as if I was running through jello!

The gun went off at 8:00AM on Sunday May 4th.  We had weather in our favor with it only being about 45 degrees and a beautiful sun shining in the sky.

My running buddy, John was there to help pace me through out the race.  We started the race at a comfortable 7:35 pace, while other people around us seemed to take a different approach.

The first few miles are somewhat sloping down hill and many people took out and decided to bank time and use that in their favor.  We decided that wasn't the best move for me and held a comfortable, conversational pace.

We hit the first set of hills running through Western Michigan Universities campus.  We were at about mile 5, or 6 I'd say.  There were some doozy's and each one we would manage to pass a few more people.

When the race began I was barely even top 10 in the women's division.  By the time we got to mile 22 I had moved to 5th place!

We held our pace at about 7:40 until I reached mile 24; that's when my legs decided they had reached their limit!

I still managed to push out an 8:00 mile and an 8:14 mile to finish the race with an overall time of 3:23:11.  I DID IT!  I managed to qualify for Boston by over 10 minutes!  That means 2015 I WILL be Boston Strong!

My grade for The Kalamazoo Marathon is this: A+ 

The course was filled with people from the community supporting the runners.  Their were plenty of water and GU stops, and the difficulty level was high enough that everyone managed to finish feeling proud of what they had accomplished! 

I ended up with 5th place in the women's division and my former teammate Brian Reynolds WON the mens division with a super quick time of 2:35!  (Brian's an animal!)

I had a whole cheering section at the race as well!  My parents made it out, my husband and even a few of my BRF's (Best Running Friends) from Grand Rapids!

My crew from Grand Rapids, before the race!  From Left to right, Annete, Molly, Gretchen, Me, David, Sarah, Kevn
Brian and me before the race! Teammates for life! Go FSU Bulldogs!
John and I kicking in at the finish!
After the race with my "bike crew"  These guys kept me supported by riding their bikes along side the last 4 miles!
Finishing photo!  
My husband woke up at the crack of dawn to drive me out to the start line, and he and my parents were out on the course supporting the entire race!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Going To Be A 'Super' Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day!  It's once a year and it's the highlight of many peoples months!  Especially you comic book nerdys.  I have had a project I have wanted to work on for a while and I am really excited to announce that it is happening!

I got the idea from a group out of Las Vegas called, Critical Care Comics.  A very caring group of people cosplay it up and visit a local children's hospital and deliver comics to the kids.

This year I teamed up with Vault of Midnight comic book store to do that exact thing.  I'll be sporting my personal favorite, Wonder Woman and with the help of Vault of Midnight I'll be delivering comics to the children at Helen Devos Children's Hospital.

When I learned about Critical Care Comics and saw the images of what they strive to do I knew I wanted to involve myself in a similar project. 

I had surgery when I was only 14 years old at Mott Children's Hospital at the University Of Michigan.  14 seems a little old for a children's hospital to some but let me tell you, being a scared 14 year old that you are anything but old, you are still just a kid.

I was undergoing a life changing surgery due to a condition I was born with called CAIS (Read more about CAIS on my About Me section.)  

I've never been a huge sports fan other than the obvious, cross country and track.  Well while I spent my time in the hospital players from the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings came in and visited the kids, myself included.  I can't explain why this is something I remember so well, especially because I wasn't a sports fan, but that day is engrained in my memory.

I not only felt special that someone who didn't know me cared enough to come in and say hi, they brought me candy, and autographed baseballs (that I could care less about) but I remember telling everyone in my family that a player from the Tigers came in and said hi to me.  

Having that memory helps me to want to give a sunny day to another kid in the hospital who just wants a fun day, a memorable day.

It has been 15 years since I had my surgery and to be honest the only thing I remember about my week long stay in the hospital was that one day that wasn't like the rest, the day I had a visitor. 

Most of these kids have to stay much longer than one week, so hopefully Vault of Midnight and myself can bring some fun this May!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gross Things Men And Women Do (VIDEO)

Earlier today I asked our audience what gross things the guys do that women don't know about, listen to their responses here!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What's Going On?!

The award for worst blogger goes to... JACKIE GREEN! 

Sorry folks I have been awful at blogging, I have been busy but really it's that I'm lazy... A lot has happened since my last post in February though.  I wrapped up Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, I auditioned at Circle Theatre and scored a part as Maelstrom in "Sleeping Beauty: Lost In Time." 

I have been a bad runner as well.  The last two weeks I have gotten back to where I should be but my mileage has drastically fallen off course, My typical 45-55 miles a week has dropped down to about 30 or less some weeks.  Last week though I made sure to get back up to 52 and I am hoping to do that again this week.  My marathon is 6 weeks away!  All I want is a PR in that damn thing!

One of my resolutions was to get my concealed weapons license and I started up on that!  Taking classes over at Barracks 616 and I'll be registering to take my test soon!  

The one thing I am NOT proud of that I have done is this... I'm back on pop.  I know, I went like 5 weeks and didn't even have a sip of soda, well one day I decided to have a pop weekend and it's been down hill ever since.  So April 1st I am back off pop!  HAHA I plan to try another pop-free month.  I did it once I can do it again, right?

Alright, so that's what's going on, I'll blog a real blog about training, radio or something cooler, this was just a "Hey I'm alive!" post ;)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Feeling Reminiscent

TIt's Thursday which is normally known in the social media world as "Throwback Thursday" simply put people like to share old photos with the hashtag #TBT or #ThrowbackThursday.

I decided to partake in some throwback this week and going through my old photos I started to feel a tad sad. 

So much has changed in the last 7 years- for one thing 7 years really freaking flys by! 

I went from running on Ferris's cross country and track team, partying with friends and the only new clothes I bought were from Forever 21 becuase we all know they have the best, cheapest "going out clothes."  To now where I am working full time, and I'm married... Let me repeat that, IM MARRIED!  

I love my current life don't get me wrong, and I have made an abundance of new friends that I wouldn't trade for the world but I do sometimes miss my college days.

The picture above was summer 2006- that was me and my teammate/roommate Leanna.  It feels like yesterday that Leanna and I were going to parties, running together and hanging with her crowd of friends (she was older and wiser than I with a slew of friends!) 

A few years ago Leanna passed away from cancer.  The first friend I have had to pass away at such a terrible young age.

On another note spring '07 came and track season was one of my best I had in college.  This group of girls were known as the "fearsome foursome" we were a small group of distance girls who did not one but two events in one meet! I did the 3,000 meter run and the 10,000.  The other three girls did the 5,000 and 10,000.  

We had such a good time and I can remember the elated feeling I had in my gut knowing coach thought I was good enough at conference to not run one but two major distance events. 

Now the girls are scattered all over the US.  Julia in Colorado, Kristen I believe is West Virginia and Ashley is married with a baby girl here in Grand Rapids! 

Now this picture above is one of my favorites! It was 2007/2008? I can barely remember haha, this group of crazy kids road tripped to Soaring Eagle Casino to watch Godsmack live in concert.  We got there to discover Timmy (far left) had got the date wrong and it was actually Disney's Ally and AJ performing! We stuck around and had some beers and it's still one of the best memories I have from college! 

I am positive Nikki hates this picture above but I always liked this one! It was 2008 my final season of cross country.  I remember it so well because it was my last Bulldog Invite! This was Nikki's sophomore year my 5th year (I redshirted one season) we still remain best friends and she was the maid of honor in my wedding! 

Whew! Anyway I'm all flustered and teary eyed! Hah! I'm done being nostolgic for now- last week of performances for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson! Then I'll be auditioning for Jesus Christ Superstar and Carrie The Musical at Circle Theatre. 

Lets not forget my crazy training that starts Monday for Kalamazoo marathon! Ahhhhh! I'm not ready! :p

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pageant Talk- National Miss Captivating Photo Shoot Take 2

I currently have kept myself super busy, between the performances in the play, my current running schedule, working at the radio station, and making appearances as the current National Miss Captivating.  I haven't done as good a job as I should updating about Captivating Pageants so I thought I would do a quick Captivating re-cap, and share two new photos from our recent photo shoot!

The National Captivating Pageant was developed by Rick Martinez owner and operator of Studio RM LLC.  Rick is not only a photographer (he captured my wedding!) He also directs numerous pageants including two different preliminary pageants to the Miss Michigan and Miss Ohio USA pageant.

National Miss Captivating is a pageant developed solely by Rick.  It began in 2011 when Sarah Gerberding was crowned on live television!  That's right Captivating Pageants have been captured on national networks like MTV!

Captivating is a glamorous pageant that consists of interview, swim wear, fashion wear, and evening wear. The top 3 contestants in every age group also will answer an on stage question.

As you can tell from previous blogs this year I won!  Now that the background on captivating is out here are two more photos from our last photo shoot!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wedding Photos!

They are here!  I completely forgot to share my wedding photos.  Everything went by so fast it makes me sad to even think about.  I got the disc back a little less than a month ago so I have shared a few photos but I haven't shared a whole bunch on here yet.

Here are just a few of my favorite shots taken by Studio RM LLC!

My favorite photo is that last one!  That is a dance that Jimmy and the boys came up with the day of the wedding to the Austin Powers theme song!  They actually learned the opening number to the movie for the garter toss!  It was incredible!  I wish we had got that on video!