Pat’s in the Windy City, and the women took over!
I was really glad to have Elizabeth Klinge help me out on the anchor desk this morning – it’s not easy reading all that news by myself!
I’m curious what you all think of an all-female news team?? (except for Traffic Man Brad!)
Before I worked here I anchored an all-women newscast in Champaign, Illinois, and viewers seemed to dig it.
Here are a few of our big stories today –
PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE
Hate standing in line? This is expected to be one of the busiest days of the year at the Polk County Treasurer’s office – property taxes are due Monday!
As promised, here’s a link where you can pay your property taxes in Polk county online. THERE IS A SERVICE FEE FOR THIS! It depends on the amount of your taxes.
Also – if you’re a new homeowner, don’t be confused! If you pay your taxes through your mortgage (an esgrow account) you don’t have to do anything at the treasurer’s office! Here’s a link to frequently asked questions – I found this pretty helpful.
POLITICIANS ON PARADE
What is it about Obama, anyway? He’s got CHARISMA with a capital “C” – people go nuts over him! Something about his demeanor is really appealing, and impressive (and his family story is intriguing too)
STRANDED UNDER ATTACK?
Video tape of an attack on a civilian truck convoy in Iraq offers evidence that soldiers protecting the civilians abandoned them during an attack. One of them was an Iowan from Jefferson, who was shot to death. The military says policies have now changed. That’s probably small confort to the victim’s family.
New reason to get rid of your baby weight (besides wanting to fit in your skinny jeans again!) A medical study finds moms who gain as little as 7 pounds between pregnancies, increase their risk of complications in their next pregnancy!
How about you moms out there – was it hard losing the baby weight? I know I’ll invite plenty of hate mail for this, but I actually weigh less now than before getting pregnant (with either of my kids). I really think the breastfeeding helped me lose the weight, but the biggest factor – I’M TOO DARNED BUSY TO EAT!
Who doesn’t want to be rich?? Apparently we women are more likely to make excuses about not taking charge of our finances! This morning I did a live interview with NBC Today Show Financial expert Jean Chatzky (I really like her!)
She has a new book out giving women motivation and help overcoming financial fears, and showing you how to manage your money and build wealth. I was sad to discover I’ve already made some pretty dumb money mistakes – but I feel better knowing she made plenty of her own too! I think she offers some really good, practical, easy-to-understand advice.
Darnit, I knew I’d forget!! Today I mentioned on the air that I’d take a new photo of Brad Ehrlich to put on the blog – someone commented yesterday that our picture of him looks weird, and he agrees – he hates that shot! But I let him leave today without getting the new picture – I’ll have to pin him down next week.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Since lots of you have said you enjoy glimpses behind the scenes here, I thought I’d introduce you to a working Channel 13 mom you never see on the air! Melissa works in our promotions department – the other day she and I went to the East Village to shoot a promotional spot.
Her baby boy Grant is 6 months old, and she says she feels really lucky to work for someone who allows her to fit in parent duties when needed! We had a good time trading baby stories… I think it’s SO helpful to have co-workers in the same boat!
So glad the weekend is here! Jeriann’s going to Wisconsin for a huge Oktoberfest party, Pat is visiting family in the Chicago area, and I’ll be hanging around DM with my kids, looking for ways to keep them busy!
I also have a few things to get ready for Clara’s first birthday on Tuesday. Cal has already been wearing the party hats I got for the tiny party we’re planning for her! I don’t think he’ll care WHOSE birthday it is, as long as there are cupcakes, kids, and party hats!
Have a great weekend – see you all Monday!