Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I love community news

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are always a little slow around the Johnson house. I have finished up this week's paper and am waiting for assignments for the next week. So Violet and I go walking, take care of doctor and car appointments and generally play with dolls all day.

Today another round of stories was printed in the Silverton Appeal and Stayton Mail.

Mehama girl represents Oregon at NRA national conference (Stayton Mail).

Gordon House celebration at Oregon Garden (Silverton Appeal).

Monday, June 25, 2007

Frank Lloyd Wright

Saturday was a fun day, I got to not only work on two stories for the Silverton Appeal and Stayton Mail, but I also had a quick turnaround for the Statesman Journal.

The 140th celebration for Frank Lloyd Wright at the Gordon House at the Oregon Garden was a cool story, even if there weren't huge crowds. The Statesman Journal wanted first crack at the story, so I had to attend the event and then write it before the end of the day for the Sunday paper. I love doing that.

The only issue becomes how to change the story enough for the Silverton Appeal, and I have never charged extra for the service -- and I probably should.

It's fun, so I don't mind, but don't tell Cindy I do it for free. :)

The other story was about a high school student who won a trip to the National Rifle Association's Youth Education Seminar in Washington D.C. this summer. She is one of 40 students from around the nation and the only student from Oregon to attend. I will link to the story here after I am done writing it.

Now, back to work. Monday's are deadline days here at the Johnson household. I am only updating today because people won't call me back!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Been busy

Well in case you haven't heard, Cindy is pregnant again. We are expecting a late-December C-section to bring Pat-spawn number 2 into the world.

God help us all.

Although, Violet has been a wonderful child so far. Yes, she loves to sing at the top of her lungs, but that's much better than the alternative.

I have been very busy lately with work lately. That's why the blog has taken a back seat. Plus I have no clue how many people read this thing, so I always assume it's just Cindy and maybe my mom.

There have been several stories for the Silverton Appeal and Stayton Mail.

I wrote about a guy who worked with Anna Nicole Smith. Joy!

I wrote another story about a guy making wooden book spines to raise money for the Stayton Library.

I gained 5-pounds at the Silverton Strawberry Festival.

I attended a Great Northern Planes benefit concert for an injured Silverton Teen.

There was the first ever art show for Regis High School students and local artists.

A new baby got a gift from the Marion County Dairy Women, and I took photos of the little guy. Was Violet ever that small?!

Oh and how could I forget my Habitat for Humanity stories?! I wrote about two houses the organization build recently in Mount Angel. One is for a family of five and the other was for a woman who is a Russian immigrant.

I also did two stories for the Family and Locally Owned Business section for the Statesman Journal (they are going backwards in their web presence and not posting special sections now it seems).