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Saturday, February 18, 2023

DITL - 2023

Every year I do a DITL (I skipped 2018 and 2019 but I've been back on track for a couple years now). Through the years, I photograph an entire day, usually around Valentine's Day, simply because that happened to be the day that I started it all in 2011 or so. It's cool to look back on how the days have changed.

Morning starts at 6 a.m. now that the girls have to make an earlier bus.

Wake up for everyone.

Breakfast ready.

Lunch ready.

Blood pressure medication keeps my body from stroking out, so that's good.

Fletch is ready for his walk, but not quite yet.

Breakfast time!

And I get ready for work.

Girls missed the bus, so we get to drive in morning school traffic.

Almost there.

And off they go, Bobcats.

Get to the office.

First thing I do is replenish the coffee for the office.

I check my email and make my to-do list for the day.

Morning rounds with my production staff, Elena and Gator.

Then I visit the reporters, since I've just come off a stint of being acting news director and I miss them.

My production manager comes in to ask if he can go home yet, and the answer, of course, is always no.

This is the system where I enter the promos. Each video segment gets a code, a time code, a title and description. That code goes into the system, digitally connected to the video which I upload to a different system under those numbers for Elena to fill the log with and for master control to hit the button when it's time to play it.

I check in with Ryann, our digital reporter, before heading to lunch.

I go home, throw in some laundry and get my lunch ready. I'm hungry bc I forgot to bring any cereal for breakfast.

Leftover beef stew, biscuit and some reading. Borrowed this book from my daughter.

Just because I'm on lunch doesn't mean Carlos or Fletchie are. Hard at work, these two.

I then start making dinner. It's a two-part process.

Grab a quick hug from my husband before going back to work.

I approve the community planner which airs throughout the week on our channels, after I pick three events and Elena writes a script off those descriptions, gets a voice over for it, then puts all the graphics and text together.

This is a PSA. I go through what they send us, and choose which ones we will air. I download the video.

Then I give the videos a code and put them in the system.

Here are the back satellites, where we transmit and receive information.

I color in between tasks to chill out.

End of the day and I've done only part of the list.

Time to go home.

I change up and go to body combat right away. I get out a little after 5 and this class starts at 5:45.

Afterward, a couple of us talk for a few minutes.

Back home for part two of the dinner.

This is tomato crab bisque. Audrey taught me the recipe years ago. 

It's the perfect complement to the sausage bread. My mother's recipe.

We all eat up.

Fletch helps me fold the clothes.

Then it's good night for everyone.

And that is a typical day in 2023. I've now had this job for 15 months, the longest I've ever had a job where I go to the office every day.

To see the other years, here are the links!


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