Fun Times at the Company Holiday Party

It’s not often that I attend parties. It’s not like I’m being a party-pooper. It’s just that my body is in a different time zone. My eyes begin to dim and I’m ready to turn in my midnight. Besides, my kids get up early. So sleeping in would be impossible. Needless to say, I pondered for weeks trying figure out if I should go to the company holiday party. My friend, co-worker, and fellow mama, Carmen, convince me to go.

My shift ended at 10PM. The party was already well under way. I arrived a little before 10:30. Once I walked through those doors, it was on and poppin’. I had some grub and hit the dance floor. The time flew by! When I looked at my phone and saw that it was past midnight, I knew it was time to bounce. I was home before 2AM, and in bed before three.

I had so much fun. But, I paid for it the next day. I don’t drink, and never been drunk. But, why did I feel like I had a hang over? I’m do old for this sh#$. To top this off, I had a bunch of Christmas to-dos on my list for the weekend with the family – including holiday photos and building a ginger bread castle. I don’t know how I made it through the weekend. Whew.

Company Holiday Party

Company Holiday Party

Company Holiday Party

Holiday Party

Company Holiday Party

Company Holiday Party

Did you attend any holiday parties yet? Did you pay for it the following day?

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Not An Ounce of Guilt

Whenever there’s a storm brewing, it’s understood that I’d have to be prepared to work.  If it’s a major storm, like Sandy, I usually don’t make it back home for the night.  This past weekend was no different.  I wouldn’t exactly classify this one as a big winter storm.  But, I was prepared to come in on my day off for coverage.

Lucky for me,  I didn’t have to report for duty.  The bosses decided to throw me a bone!  Normally I’d feel guilty for not being there.  But, I didn’t.  My hubby would clown me for having my nose buried in my laptop tracking the weather.  However, my computer remained in the off position the entire weekend (with the exception of writing this post, of course lol).  There was no Facebook post, no tweeting, no looking at the radar.  As far as I was concerned I was off the clock, and I couldn’t be happier.  I may have had Christmas Day and New Year’s Day off, but I’ve worked every other day in between this year.  It’s time that Mama gets a break.

Being home this past weekend worked to our benefit.  My hubby had work, so the roles were reversed.  I got to spend the entire day with Princess and we had a blast.  We put together some of her Christmas gifts, and opened a couple as well.  We had fun goofing around too.

Most of my time is usually spent working.  Even though we only had raindrops where we live, it was still nice to weather the storm with my little girl.  Now my only hope is to make it home in time to ring in the New Year with my two favorite people.

Weather Anchor Mama 

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My Encounter With an Angry Viewer

I love my job.  Even though things get a bit crazy during severe weather coverage, I get excited.

When boss lady asks me to come in a bit early for cut-ins, I’m happy to oblige.  Forecasting the weather can get tricky.  It’s important to be on top of your game at all times.  People usually are quick to ask, “When is the storm coming?” “How long is it gonna last?”

There are times when I’m crunching (some say crashing, I say crunching), and I’d get a phone call from a colleague- “I’m planning to go hang out with some friends later tonight.  Is it gonna be like really bad?”  I think to myself, “Like dude for real?  You’re really asking me this right now and I’m about to go up live?! Seriously?”  Instead of losing it, I give them the info they need.  From time to time there are those who will say, “I know you’ve been reporting the weather all day.  But, I wasn’t really paying attention.  So, what’s it gonna be like outside?

If you’re reading this and think that I’m being a total beeyotch, you got me all wrong.  I actually think it’s quite comical.  I remember being the one asking the Meteorologist these same questions before making the switch to weather.  It’s like karma coming back to bite be in the a**.  On a serious note, I really do appreciate the questions.  It shows that that they look to me as their weather authority.  Even if I’m swamped, I think it’s important to answer questions.  That’s what I’m here for.

I recall receiving a phone call from one of our interns from the assignment desk.  I remember her telling me about an angry viewer demanding to speak to a weather forecaster.  Normally I don’t take calls from viewers.  But something in me says to take the call.  FYI, we are going up live in less than one hour.

Me:”________.  How can I help you?”
Caller: “That’s how you answer the phone?  With an attitude?
You don’t have to have an attitude!  That’s how you treat people?”
Me: “I’m sorry if you think I’m being rude.  It’s just that we’re in the middle of storm coverage and there is a sense of urgency.  How can I help you?”
Caller: “When I call ______, they are nice and they’re not rude!  I don’t know none of these people here.  The only one I know is Stacy-Ann.  I don’t know no body else.”

This person continues to ramble on- obviously not knowing it’s me on the phone.  I don’t bother telling the caller my name), and I am hoping not to get dissed.  Thank goodness, I’m not!  Whew!

Me:  ”Is there something I can help you with?”
Caller: “Well, I want to know about the weather. Ya’ll keep saying the same things over and over again.  You’re supposed to be a 24 hour channel.  Every time I turn on the TV, ya’ll are not telling me exactly where it’s raining.”
Me:  ”Well, we are tracking storms and they won’t be arriving until later this evening.  We air live newscasts that repeat throughout the evening.  Where exactly are you?”
Caller:  ”I’m in ______.  What I wanna know is when it’s supposed to hail.  Is it gonna mess up my house? Is it gonna mess up my car?”

This caller is clearly very irate and I wonder if I’d ever be able to calm this person down.  I give a quick synopsis of the forecast.  I mention that we’ve been tracking some severe thunderstorms out west, and that those storms are accompanied my hail, lightning, gusty winds, and flooding.  I reassure this person that we’ll be updating our forecast throughout the evening, and will inform viewers when to expect the rain to arrive.  I also provide a timeline.

By the end of the conversation this caller does a complete 180.  This person even starts cracking jokes.  The caller goes from being upset to happy in a matter of 20 minutes.  I couldn’t believe we’ve been talking for that long.  But, I don’t mind.  It’s important that this person hangs up the phone with peace of mind.  That’s what I would want for myself.

What would you have done, if you were in my shoes?

Weather Anchor Mama

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Addicted to That Creamy Crack

I’m an addict!  There…I said it.  I’ll even shout it from the mountain top!  But, does my addiction mean that I’m a bad person?  Does it mean I have no self love?  No.  It just makes my life easier.  In my line of work appearance is extremely important.  Just turn on your T.V, and flip through magazine pages.  How many women are rockin’ their natural locks?  Okay, maybe there are a few actresses out there.  However, anchors and reporters sporting natural do’s are pretty rare.

I can see it now.  I walk into the newsroom with my beautiful natural kinky mane.  It wouldn’t take long for my boss to call me in the office.  Some women choose to wear a wig to conform to what T.V. heads consider to be “acceptable.”  Sometimes I ask myself, “why isn’t natural hair common in the news biz?”  I’ve seen people not get hired because of their kinky locks.  It’s pretty sad.  If I decide to get off the creamy crack, do I put my career in jeopardy?

Since becoming a mom, I’ve noticed a big change in my hair.  When I was pregnant, it grew like weeds.  Now almost two years after giving birth, it’s been shedding like crazy.  I’ve been researching ways to go back to my roots, but I’m a little apprehensive.  It’ll be a long process that I’m not quite sure I can manage.  I’m mostly concerned about the in between process.  My hair is already falling out.  Would it get worse?  Would it be difficult to style?  If I wasn’t on-air, I wouldn’t have to worry about how it looked.  I’d just put it in a ponytail and bounce.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do that for work.  I don’t think the bosses would go for that.

I have a lot to think about.  For now, I’ll continue to deep condition and take vitamins to prevent more breakage from happening.  I’m not ruling out going back to my natural roots.  I just have to figure out how I’ll be able to balance working out and styling my hair for work everyday.  So, I’ll keep getting my creamy crack fix until I can figure out how to make the transition back to my natural roots.

Do you rock a natural do?  Have you gone from perm to natural?  Please share your story!

Weather Anchor Mama

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