Covering Snow…

I can’t believe I’m saying this…but this is one for the first snow storms, in a long time, that I haven’t been out in the elements covering it for work.  Today I woke up to a blanket of snow outside and a fiance to take to the airport.  Scott flew out to Germany today (as I type this he is in the air).  I found myself secretly praying that his flight would be delayed or cancelled but it wasn’t.  So we got him all ready and took him to the airport.

I feel ridiculous saying this, but it’s hard to say goodbye to him for a week.  Mostly because he’ll be gone in another country, with a different time zone and unable to reach instantly like here.  Yes, we’ll Skype (at midnight here and 7:00 am there) but it’s still hard. I guess you could say I’m looking forward to next Friday, when he arrives back in US soil!

Anyway, so the snow continued and I decided that even though I wasn’t working, I’d venture out into my neighborhood and shoot some video.  If Scott had been here he would have totally agreed and we’d likely have a movie posted of us sledding, skating or some other adventure. haha.

But here is the video:

I had fun shooting it and it reminded me that even though I’m not working, I can’t seem to escape from my world of capturing video. Truth is I love it…on my own time.

But I also couldn’t help but think of all my fellow TV people who were out and about in the storm today. They woke up early, braved the conditions and brought all of us the latest and most up-to-date information. It’s something I sometimes forget when I’m out covering it myself. Usually I’m focused on how cold I am, how fast I’d like to finish my story and when I’ll be in a warm location.

You see, weather is one of those assignments we’ve all done hundreds of times. We become cynical to the topic. “Lauren, do a story about the weather”, “Lauren let’s preview tomorrow’s storm”, “Lauren do a story on snow prep.” Yes! I’ve heard them all before. And to be honest, I usually roll my eyes. But when I come to my senses I realize that it’s my job to do those stories. Because people are watching to find out what’s happening. Even if, in fact, nothing is really happening. Take last night for example. No snow by 5:00 and 6:00 pm. But my story was about snow prep. That’s how it happens sometime. But when I woke up to snow this morning, I knew it was worth doing the story.

And so I sit behind this computer after a day of not covering the storm, not doing a story and not going LIVE in the elements. But I sit here with a bit of gratitude for those who did. Because I was reminded how important the job we have; tell people what’s happening…even if it’s nothing.

On that note, since I’m not working…I’m off to have an “Oscar nominated movie marathon”.

And please pray for Scott and his travels to Germany and Spain this week. Safe travels, productive work and happy trip home. 🙂

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