[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 5, 2015]
I walked out of the glass doors onto a large piece of triangle pavement and a sudden wave of the smell of garbage, grime and pollution slammed into me. The smell, however, was accompanied by a view of stories-tall buildings with lights flashing and painted words on the walls.
Unfortunately, my first minute of New York City wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, but that only made the rest of the trip that much more amazing.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: How NYC and Princeton compare to Iowa
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 20, 2015]
Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include:
• the American Civil War ended in 1866,
• NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977,
• in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War,
• in 1992, American singer Demi Lovato was born,
• Hollywood starlet Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries married in 2011,
• it’s World Mosquito Day,
• and it’s my parents’ 32nd anniversary.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 7, 2015]
Last weekend I had the opportunity to see a modern production of “The Lion King” Saturday at the Des Moines Civic Center.
That was probably one of the best productions I’ve ever seen.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Musical, races make for great weekend
Title: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Series: Lord of the Rings #1 and #2
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
From: Barnes and Noble
I love the Lord of the Rings. I’m so much of a nerd that last month at a bar in Des Moines a guy said to me, “One does not simply enter Mordor,” and I responded, “Obviously, one simply does.” He told me he was going to marry me and then I never saw him again.
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first installment of the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien, a British author who died in 1973. It follows the story of Frodo, a hobbit from the Shire, who inherits a ring of immense power and must destroy it so Sauron does not take over Middle Earth.
Continue reading Book Review: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, March 19, 2015]
Recently, the other reporters and I have been working on Progress, a special section in the Creston News Advertiser that will last five days next week.
I have to say, everyone in the newsroom and other news departments have been working so hard for this section to succeed. This is my third Progress here in Creston, and I am glad for it because, despite the long hours in front of a computer screen and tedious transcription, I have met so many interesting people in our five-county coverage area.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Just a few updates
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, January 29, 2015]
On Saturday, I was invited to Des Moines with my friend Shawna Creveling because she needed to get some shopping done and didn’t want to go alone.
I rode along, and we bounced from Jordan Creek Mall, where we stopped at Scheel’s and Lush, to Sports Page Grill in Ankeny to grab lunch where my sister Brianna works.
Toward the end of our escapade, we stopped back at Jordan Creek and hit up the movie theater for “Into the Woods,” a musical-comedy starring Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Disney adds interesting twists to modern movies
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser October 2, 2014]
During the last weekend in September, Centerville hosts a local festival called Pancake Day. It’s similar to Creston’s Balloon Days in that there’s a parade and it focuses on one unique thing. In Centerville’s case, that unique thing is pancakes.
Pancake Day was started in 1949, and since then has grown into something truly spectacular.
Friday night the Centerville square plays host to a band. This year, and in previous years, the band was Standing Hampton, a talented cover band from Des Moines. The band played around a beer garden starting at 8:30 p.m., and the place was packed from the get-go.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Why celebrations are good for local communities
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 29, 2014]
Saturday I will be up before 5 a.m. to hitch a ride on a bus from Valley West Mall to Saylorville Dam for the Dam to Dam half marathon. This is something I am both looking forward to and dreading.
My first half marathon in Olathe, Kan., the Garmin half marathon, was an amazing experience, despite my muscle pain and rainy weather. Dam to Dam’s half marathon, a race starting at Saylorville Dam and ending in downtown Des Moines, should feel less daunting than the Garmin because I’ve experienced a half already, and it’s a more familiar territory.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: More races in my future
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, May 1, 2014]
Rain and hail felt like pinpricks against my skin as I ran, staring at the sidewalk, through Olathe, Kan. Soon after, the rain slowed to the occasional drop and the sun peaked out through the clouds while I ran along an asphalt trail through trees. I kept going, slowly but surely, until I kicked it in gear and raced over the finish line with a big smile on my face.
I finished my first half marathon in three hours, 17 minutes, and I couldn’t be happier.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: My first half marathon finished, second coming up
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 6, 2014]
Over the weekend I took a short vacation in Phoenix, Ariz., a nice break from the snow and bitter Iowa cold. While I was there, I saw Russel Finehout, my boyfriend, and my aunt and uncle, who winter there.
My flight from Des Moines to Chicago was delayed more than an hour, and in Chicago, they delayed my flight half an hour.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: A trip to sunny Phoenix in the dead of winter