Farewell, 2012!

Happy last day of 2012, everybody!  I hope it's been a good year for you!  The best part for me was that it involved absolutely ZERO road trips to visit my family and boyfriend.  Everyone's now in one place- within a few miles, even.  And for that, I am very, very thankful!

As far as work goes, it's been a year of some really great highs.  I've been so happy to tell the Tri-State about some of the amazing people who live right in our own community.  Like the breast cancer survivor who started a water aerobics class for other women dealing with the disease.  Like the local teachers who let kids shave their heads as a reward for their good deeds.  Like the young man on Iowa Street who,  with his mom and sister, bought and passed out cold water for runners training for the half marathon.  These are the stories I absolutely love, the people who make it all worth it. :)

There are a lot of days when this job, being a reporter, isn't that fun.  We try to hide that on tv, but it's the truth sometimes.  There are moments when you are traipsing through multiple inches of snow while carrying your gear with the wind whipping in your face (try last week!) … times when you are forced to try to interview people who don't want to talk to you… times when you are up against the clock rushing, rushing, rushing to beat the clock.  But hopefully, before too long, another one of those great stories comes along :)

This year, I was fortunate enough to travel to Indianapolis because of the Super Bowl, I reported on Hot Browns and crazy hats in Louisville ahead of the Kentucky Derby and I drove 14 hours in one day to meet some of the amazing people from the Tri-State who gave of their time to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.

It may be pretty dang hard at times, but I haven't been able to come up with another job yet that lets me do all of that.  I can only hope 2013 brings with it more wonderful, positive stories worth sharing!

To all of you who watch our news and read this blog, whether it's every day or just now and then, thank you!  I hope at least some of what you've seen-- or read-- has made you smile.  There's a lot of bad stuff out there, but there's good, too.  We all need to remember that!

Well, enjoy ringing in the New Year, everyone!  I'll be lucky if I make it to midnight.  This reporter is gearing up for a nice night in, most likely watching some reality cooking show or Law & Order reruns.  Either way is fine by me:)

Until next time (and next year),