Happy Thanksgiving

At almost 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, I suppose Black Friday shopping has fully commenced. But even though that’s happening I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful that you checked out my blog!

Serial.

Serial podcastSerial…My Introduction Into Podcasting

I’ve never listened to a podcast before. Just not something that crossed my mind, really. I enjoy talk radio so I figured I’d try something but I just hadn’t. It’s funny because recently someone asked if we had ever considered podcasting for our business and we just haven’t gotten that far yet.

My SiriusXM app wasn’t working yesterday morning and I really was in the mood to listen to something. Many of my friends asked me if I had listened to the podcast “Serial,” because I have a degree in journalism. Being I wanted to something talk-related, I thought I would give this “Serial” a try.

What Is It? (No Major Spoilers in this blog)

“Serial” is a spin-off podcast from NPR’s This American Life (which I hear I must listen to!) It’s narrated by journalist Sarah Koenig and is comprised of her and her team’s look of a murder case. This case was presented to her to look into by someone who remembered Sarah worked at that local newspaper at the time.

So what’s the case? It’s an investigation into everything around the murder of 17-year-old Hae Min Lee which took place in January 1999. The state convicted her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. Adnan is currently serving a life sentence at Western Maryland Prison. Without giving anything away, obviously something is sketchy with this case hence Sarah and her team’s exploration into it.

Why? Well there are some gaps in the case, which you learn about throughout the podcast. But then you scratch your head over Adnan’s friend at the time, Jay, who basically gave Adnan up to the police. You’ll understand once you hear it and when you think about it, you really question everything. And I think that’s why Sarah wanted to look into this case further.

The Journalism Role

I haven’t done a ton of research on what other journalists think yet of this podcast. It is my hope this is what good journalism is. Although HBO’s “The Newsroom” is one of my favorite shows and many journalists look poorly on it…so I won’t lie, I’m nervous of what others think. But Sarah looks into the story and picks it apart. Things that she wonders about and things her team wonders about. Each podcast is an “episode” and the further you go along, you meet all the “characters” in this story. This story being a true story and this entire thing unfolding in real time.

I have read some complaints that they are manipulating listeners. As someone with a journalism background…journalists have to piece things together. We have to re-tell a story. We have to help the audience understand the situation with an unbiased view.

When I write a story, I keep myself out of it opinion-wise, but obviously it is my take on it in a way. It’s what I view, understand and report. So thinking of that, I don’t think Sarah and her team are trying to manipulate things or make this purely for entertainment because at the end of the day this is about a murder of a young girl. A girl was killed. Someone is in jail for this heinous crime…but is the person in jail the person who committed the crime? This is what Sarah and her team is reviewing. I enjoy hearing Sarah’s interviews, it shows me her interaction with others and how she is able to obtain all this information and piece things together.

Why Should You Care?

You don’t have to care at all. But if you’re into crime stories, journalism or both, you will probably find this intriguing to see if the evidence leads a change or find an answer if Adnan really did this. This is all happening in real time, after all.

It’s been said there will be 12 “episodes” and as of November 19, 2014, we are coming up on “Episode 9.”

For some reason due to my lack of knowledge on this podcast, I was under the impression there were eight episodes, so I’m intrigued to hear more, but other parts of me are so impatient. It’s like binge-watching a show, only it’s a podcast. And, it’s true. It impacts actual lives. Maybe that’s why you should care. Maybe Adnan is a murderer. But maybe he isn’t… and that’s why I’m listening to Serial.

Ranch: Finally, A Good Light Version

weight watchers ranchPinterest is my go to for new recipes and where to keep everything I’ve found. I’ve recently gone back on Weight Watchers and was looking for some good easy recipes for lunch when I stumbled on a ranch that said it was 1 WW+ point! ONE! Per serving.

“Okay, what’s the serving amount?” I wondered. Ah, two tablespoons. Pretty decent but ideally I might want a little more. As I plugged it into my handy dandy points calculator I realized I could have four tablespoons if I wanted for 1 WW+ point!

I am a ranch person and am NOT a fan of light ranch. I think it’s gross, so I was a little worried this might be gross too as it has light ingredients.

Well let me assure you, I’ll be making this for myself from now on, whether I’m on Weight Watchers or not.

The recipe comes from Midlifeboulevard.com. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 1 ounce package of Hidden Valley Ranch Packet salad dressing and seasoning mix

Instructions

Put all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together. I love my little Kitchenaid hand mixer and it mixes it so quickly. Once it’s mixed, put it in a container and let it sit in your refrigerator for at least an hour to thicken up.

If you’re like me the first time you made it, you will say “but AH! I want to try it now!”

To speed up that process, put it in the freezer for 20 minutes. I did that and it thickened up just fine!

The website said the recipe could last two to three weeks depending on the date of the buttermilk.

Servings

The recipe makes 2-1/4 cups and the serving is 2 tbsp. And if you’re like me… you can have up to 4 tbsp and be at 1 WW+ point.

Weight Watchers Info (30 calories for 2 tbsp)

  • 1.8g fat
  • 1g protein
  • 3g carbs
  • 0g fiber

Getting Sick? This Stops It! …For Me

cold remedyGetting sick is the worst. You can’t quite stop what’s going on in your life either with certain types of sicknesses. And people are mad if you don’t go to work because then they have to do your work, but then they’re mad when you come to work sneezing and coughing because you’re spreading your nasty germs all over everything.

Then there is poor you because you can’t help it. You didn’t choose to get sick. You accidentally touched the wrong door handle or some random person sneezed in your presence and you caught the bug.

I hate being sick and this year I discovered something that really has helped me avoid being full blown sick the last two times I thought I was going to be: Zinc.

Duh! We drink Emergen-C and try Airborne, but in August I thought I was getting sick and went to a local drug store (Walgreens) and tried this off brand “Zinc Cold Therapy.”

It’s this dissolvable capsule you take and it’s been a miracle worker for me. It says you can take it every three hours but I have to take it after a meal otherwise it makes me a little queasy, so I just take one three times a day after I eat.

Miracle-worker.

So next time you think you’re getting sick, at least give this a try! Immediately. The moment you realize things might hit the fan, just pick something like this up and get it started. Take it regularly. Drink a lot of water. It might help you out quite a bit. Or maybe not at all. But it’s better than not trying at all and getting sick.