Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My favorite Austin reporter has moved on

For those of you who live in Austin and have Time Warner Cable, I would be surprised if the name Amy Hadley didn't ring a bell.

Amy has been for the past 5 years or so one of my favorite news reporters / anchors on News 8 Austin. The channel is usually one of the 2 we watch at home on a regular basis (the other being Comedy Central).

Lately I'm extremely critical of the news media, since I believe they're extremely biased, sensationalistic (is that even a real word?) and inaccurate, but I'll leave the soapbox for a different post.

What made me a big fan of News 8 was their constant focus on community news and even looking for ways to bring stories that showed there's still good people out there. Out of all their anchors, Amy Hadley was probably our favorite. She has the most adorable smile and seemed to be always in a great mood and loving life for all her stories. From her segments on Forever families, making foster kids shine for their inner greatness to the high energy "Fit for Friday" pieces that had her doing everything from boot camp routines to ice skating to rock climbing to even crazier activities.

We will really miss seeing her on News 8 Austin, but are sure that she will do great in her future activities, and hopefully we'll see her lighting up living rooms across the country in the near future.

Good Luck Amy! And we can keep up with her adventures on the following address:


Monday, January 5, 2009

2009 New Year's resolutions

Now that the New Year's eve party is over, and the house has been cleaned up (at least enough to continue living in it...), the damage has been fixed and the year is back into gear. I thought I'd write down a few resolutions for 2009 that I hope to continue to work on.
  1. Work on something I'm passionate about: I started trying to find more meaning in my work last year, and I feel like I have gotten closer. As 2008 came to a wrap I was able to discover more and more what makes me tick. I will continue to search for this during 2009, even in a tough economy I believe I should be able to find something that will excite me in the mornings.
  2. Exercise more / Lose weight: Ok, this is on every year's list, but I still want to keep it as number 2 for me. I'll be signing up tomorrow for a gym that's close to my house to avoid the common (and bad) excuse of "it's too far". While diets provided some weight loss last year, none of it was permanent enough. Besides working out does make me feel better (after the muscle pain goes away!)
  3. Blog at least once a week. I wonder who reads this most of the time, but I mostly write this as a reminder to myself.

I'll start out with these 3 and if I really make them all happen I may add more, but in the meantime I'll have something to run to.

Happy 2009!