Seattle Times- unquestionably my favorite city in the entire world

Seattle– a city that I never could get sick of exploring.  I never thought I could fall in love so quickly.

I hadn’t really followed the Seattle Times until.. (music please), I saw the Rock N’ Roll Marathon pictures on the front of the Sunday Seattle Times.  I ran that Marathon and although I didn’t see any pictures of myself (I’d be too lucky), it was a newspaper I would always keep.  Now, if I could only find it.

Right smack dab on the front of the website, Seattle Times has a Blog link.  Click that.

You are led to eight different kinds of blogs all divided into Business and Technology, Opinion, Entertainment, Living, Local, Nation/World, Sport, and Travel.  After reviewing each, it looks as if these are beats assigned to Seattle Times reporters whom report weekly on their given topic.

On the right side of the Blogs page, there is a forum link.  Click that and you are led to community discussions that are started by commentators.  Of course, you can comment on the blogs in this part of the website.  Wow, there is so much to explore on this website.  No offense to Annarbor.com but this website makes them seem like a wash.

I’m constantly interested.

On the bottom right hand side of the page, you can see most read, most commented, and most emailed.  It weeds out the less-important that you might not want to read about.  I like this filter system.

I like the forum discussion part of this website.  It gives the readers a chance to bring up any questions or debates about the area just in case it’s a topic that hasn’t been covered yet.  On the other side of that comment, it’s a way for news to come to the reporter.. instead of the reporter racking their brain looking for it.  Maybe?

Looks like it’s working.

Click here for the blog portion of the Seattle times.

New dietary guidelines urge Americans to change lifestyles

I’ll be the first to admit, my parents didn’t feed me well.  I’m sure others don’t recognize my problem, I think about what I put in my mouth each and every day.  I’ve almost become obsessive about it.  And even with that, I still struggle with the problem of losing weight.

When I was younger, my parents didn’t hesitate to push me into every sport I enjoyed, every curricular activity that was offered and in high school, especially my senior year, I averaged 4 hours of sleep a night.  Ok, enough complaining.

Each night, they probably made the choice to eat Chinese Food, Taco Bell, the all-American favorite Pizza, and maybe they would cook once every two weeks.  Goodness, how I loved my parents in those days.

However, it wasn’t until my senior year when my oldest step-sister came over for Thanksgiving and her and my Mother got into an argument because all-of-a-sudden, my Mother couldn’t cook for her anymore.  Erin had become a Pescetarian (Vegetarian who eats fish).

Constantly interested in the vegan movement to be more precise, I finally met my new friend Alison, who was a Vegan.  After six-months of knowing Alison, I made the decision to go Vegan, cold turkey and all.  Over the last two-years, I’ve drifted back and forth from Vegetarian and Vegan but for the most part, I have never felt so healthy in my life.

Which is why I’m excited to report that new guidelines will be released by the federal government to urge American’s to clean up their diets.

Our diets are filled with sugars, salts, junk-food, fast food and un-fulfilled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

For the full report on dietary guidelines, click here:

It is sad to say that two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese and one-third of children are on the same track.

“We are saying to Americans: You really need to think about your diet because you want to live a good, healthy life and you want your children and grandchildren to have that same opportunity.  You need to be conscious of what you eat,”  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told USA TODAY.

23 recommendations will be made today when the guidelines are released, to name a few:

  • Consume fewer calories from solid fats and added sugar.
  • Obviously, eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Increase whole-grain intake by replacing refined grains with whole grains.
  • Use oils to replace solid fats where possible.
  • Reduce daily sodium intake.

And of course, incorporating a little exercise into this change is necessary.  For advice on exercising in the winter, click here.

And now if only I could get my parents to hop on the band wagon and nutritionists became more affordable, everyone would be a bit more healthier.

For the full story from USA TODAY, click here:

 

The aspiration of belonging

25 years old… and I still feel like I haven’t made a mark. Deep, I know.  That’s what’s currently on my mind.  Happy reading!

I’m Anna.  I work full-time for Caribou Coffee as an Assistant Store Manager.  So, it is quite possible I’m awake at 4a getting my day started with coffee.  My job is not a job.  I am one of those lucky people that getting up at 4a is more of an inconvenience because I want to sleep but not that I actually have to work.  Which is great!

I have been on and off from school since I was 17-years-old.  Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve been on my own since since just about then so sticking with school full-time, all the time is been quite difficult.  However, I’m content with moving forward constantly as best I can.

I think it was about 12-years-old, I knew I wanted to be in the Journalism industry.  I had always wanted to be a broadcaster and since I’ve taken more classes and advanced my skills, I’ve realized I’ve wanted to be an international Journalist for news organizations like Fox, AP, CNN.. etc.  I can’t wait for the day I’m stuck in the middle of chaos and be able to genuinely write about who, what, when, where, and how.

I also am double majoring in Aviation Flight Technology and Journalism at EMU.  So, I know how to fly an aircraft.  And that’s another part of my life that has been getting done as much as money will allow.  Ahh, money.. I hate that life is centered all around that.

With one class under my belt, I was sought out for an internship.  I posted my Washtenaw Voice articles at my job which is in the center of Ann Arbor.  We serve a lot of writers from the Ann Arbor Journal and AnnArbor.com.  Jessica Sendra from AnnArbor.com recommended me to Stefanie Murray.  I covered the Central Ann Arbor area so anything that in the context of neighborhood news in the 48104 area code was my beat.  The internship was completed in the end of August and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I enjoyed my time there immensely.  After the fact, I have aided other writes at AnnArbor.com in their research while I took a semester off of school again, due to money issues.

I’m looking forward to this semester a lot.  I am paying for it on my own with no assistance from anyone and so I take a lot of pride in doing a good job this semester.

Cheers!

AB (Anna Banana) 🙂  Get it?  You can call me that if you wish.. it’s cute and catchy and short.. 🙂