Sunday, February 28, 2010

Canoe put your shirt back on?

Earlier this week my husband was looking at boats on a local classifieds website. He e-mailed someone about their canoe and asked if they had pictures. These are the images he received.

That's a nice canoe!

She looks very happy in the canoe!

I love that her life jacket is pink!


Hmmm, I wonder why she's taking off her life jacket.

Oh my gosh!

Yeah, I had to censor that photo.

Someone sent my husband a topless picture of his wife in a canoe!!! We're pretty sure it was by accident.

I would have been appalled if I wasn't laughing so hard.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friends with Benefits

Last weekend I went WAY out of my comfort zone and attended a "blogger brunch". I was afraid to go because A) I wouldn't know anyone there; B) I barely started blogging and would feel inadequate next to the "pros"; and C) I was pretty sure I would be the only non-mommy blogger there.

But the host of the brunch, Sue from Navel Gazing, really encouraged me to go and surprizingly, so did Mr. Harker. I thought for sure he would think it was lame, but get this, he actually wants me to embrace my new hobby! He even gives me idea for blog posts! What a guy!

I am so glad I went. I met a ton of awesome women through "blogger speed dating". Turns out it didn't matter I didn't have kids. As soon as I mentioned I work with Studio 5 people were interested. Some of the bloggers had even been on Studio 5 before! It gave us something to bond over.

One blogger in particular, Becca from Blue Cricket Design, is worth mentioning because she was on Studio 5 later in the week. I know we just met, but I went over to see her after her segment and she totally remembered me. She gave me a hug, acted like we were old friends, and even gave me the headband she JUST made on T.V.! I love my new friend and I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new headband!

The headband matched my outfit perfectly!

Watch how Becca made it on Studio 5!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Post for Mom and Dad

Dear Mom and Dad,

We finally spent the money you gave us for Christmas. We bought this beautiful mirror for the front room in our house. If you click on the photo you'll be able to read my message for you. I had to write it backwards so you could read it in the mirror? (Have you ever tried to write backwards? It's not very easy.)

Anyway, thank you for helping to make our house a home. This is now the only room we actually have something on each wall.

We got this picture from my sister-in-law (Ashley) and family. I love it because it reminds me of a forest painting we had in our home growing up. I love getting lost in images like this.

And this picture is right beside our front door. I put it together at Roberts (craft store). I must have spent 45 minutes in the store laying our all the different letters. I wanted to make sure I didn't get all capitol letters, or all lowercase, or all black, or all white. I think I ended up with a good combination. It always makes my day when people comment on it.

P.S. I'm wearing a Canada hat in the first photo because...
A) I'm a proud Canadian during the Vancouver Olympics;
B) My hair was awful;
and C) It was a present from Amanda Butterfield, a reporter at KSL who just came home from covering the Olympics. She bought it for a live shot out of Vancouver, and I guess she figured she couldn't see herself wearing it again so she gave it to me! I love it!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Spotted at Work

Do you see it? Here's a closer look.Who knew there were NINJA'S working at KSL!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mixing Work and Family

I was asked at work to make a 15 sec commercial for a Studio 5 contest. Contestants could win tickets to see The Lion King in Utah if they sent in a video of themselves singing their favorite song from the movie/broadway show.

Easy enough right? The only problem was I needed examples of home videos for the promo.

This is where my wonderful sister comes in. She has very talented kids who love to sing and act. She took several videos of her kids singing in different places in her house. It worked perfectly in the spot! I just wish I had more time to use videos and sound.

Talk about 15 seconds of fame! This spot will be running for two weeks on KSL 5 TV.

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The other girl in the commercial is my friend from church. I wish I could have used her singing in the spot because she's amazing! But I didn't have time so I only showed the part where she holds her cat up like he's Simba from the Lion King. LOL! Great job guys!

Here's another promo I did for sweeps.

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Here's a link to the KSL 5 News Investigates story if you're intrigued.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"Committed to Utah, Committed to You"

The moment you've been waiting for is here. I am allowed to unveil the KSL promos made to air during the Olympics. (Well...unveiled for those outside of Utah, people in Utah have no doubt already seen them on T.V.)

I produced (and directed) the first two promos. The only difference between them is the radio talent involved. They are meant to highlight the power of KSL 5 TV, KSL Newsradio, and KSL.com, and how we DOMINATE in Utah.
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These next two were produced my by boss, Alvin.
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And last, but not least, the spot produced by my co-worker, Mutt.
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We played these spots for everyone at KSL on the first day at the Olympics and blew everyone away! We even handed out T-shirts that say "KSL News, Committed to Utah, Committed to You." And of course, with the campaign comes jokes that the promotions department is "committed" in a different way. :-S

We've been working on these promos for months, so let me know what you think.

P.S. Is anyone else obsessed with watching the Olympics?? I know I'm not the only one in Utah. For the past two nights in a row, KSL has been #1 in the country with the most number of people watching the Olympics on our station. Yay!! That means thousands of people are seeing our promos!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Babies and ROOK

This week was jam-packed with events. There was Tom's Birthday, a Wedding (Tom's Cousin), a baby blessing (our niece), and Valentine's Day!

To make this blog post a little easier I'm going to sum the week up in two words: Babies and Rook.
For his birthday, I gave my baby a couple bobbleheads from the show Dexter. He asked for them for Christmas but I tricked him and gave them to him for his birthday instead.

The day after Tom's birthday, his cousin got married. All of Tom's siblings, his parents, and extended family were in town for the wedding. Every night this weekend we took advantage of the family time by playing game after game of ROOK!We also took advantage of the opportunity to hold BABIES!

VALENTINE'S DAY!Tom made breakfast and gave me a huge box of chocolates!

I made white and pink fortune cookies. The white ones were actually a little orange and had orange flavoring in them. I got the recipe from Studio 5.
While playing ROOK, again, we drank some Martinelli's to celebrate the romantic holiday. Trust me, it's non-alcoholic, even though my father-in-law looks a little tipsy.

For more pictures, check out my Facebook album.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February Sweeps

We're in yet another ratings period. We already know we'll have this one in the bag thanks to the Olympics, but we're not about to slack off.

Here's my first promo this sweeps. The story runs Monday night at 10.
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*Updated: Here is a link to the Caveman Diet story by John Hollenhorst.*

And here's a promo for Studio 5. It's a little more creative than usual so I thought I would post it. This spot will run all next week! :-)

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Let me know what you think of my latest work! (Or if you have any questions about the spots.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Sad Day in the Harker Home

A horrible thing happened the other day. It was so horrible, it's hard for me to talk about. Remember the famous Olympic mittens from this blog post? I wear them EVERY day! They are one of my most-prized possessions! Well...the other day I fell asleep on the bus (as I do every day). I woke up when we were ALREADY at my stop, so I jumped up and hurried down the aisle. I even dropped my cell phone and the battery fell off. I had to hurry and pick up all the pieces. Everyone was waiting for me to get off the bus. It was very embarrassing.

When I got off the bus, I only had ONE MITTEN.

I was in shock. I ALMOST started crying, but I figured Mr. Harker would be there soon to pick me up and we could catch up to the bus. I called Mr. Harker, only to find he had been held up at work and hadn't even left yet. That's when the tears started. I was sure my mitten was gone forever.

What would I tell my Dad who worked so hard to find them for me? How would I show my Canadian pride during the Olympics? What would Stephen Harper think of me?!

Note to all the men out there: telling your wife "It's just a mitten", or "It's just a gray hair", or "It's just T.V.", is NEVER going to make the situation better.

To make matters worse, I tried calling my parents AND my sister to vent my frustration and no one answered. (Vicki, this is why I left you that angry voicemail. Tee Hee....Sorry about that.)

I'm happy to report a happy ending. I called the Lost and Found the next day and sure enough, they had my mitten. Mr. Harker picked it up for me the next day. My mittens have been reunited and I, too, am whole again.

A good thing too because my mittens have a big day ahead of them. They are about to make their television debut. Our Olympic reporter at KSL asked to borrow them for a guest appearance she's making on Studio 5 this Thursday. I hope she doesn't mind their pretty worn out with tear stains of joy.