Rachel Manek

The Swine Flu.. or just the GOOD ol’ fashioned kind?

September 11th, 2009 at 10:29 am by under Uncategorized

Took firstborn to doctor yesterday to see what’s up. She was home from school all week with a sore throat, then fever, then cough. Doctor checked her out and said “yep, it could be swine flu.”

 So it it?? We’ll never know. We could have gotten a culture taken and sent off to the lab. But the results take 5 to 7 days!! By then I hope to have her BACK IN SCHOOL where she belongs. I talked to another doc who said there is a “rapid” test but it’s not very accurate.belladocfixframe

The vaccine isn’t available around here. And the treatment can give you the same symptoms as the flu itself.
What??!!!

So.. We walked out with advice to get rest and plenty of fluids. I felt so bad for bringing my germ infested daughter to the doctor’s office.

And I feel bad for Bella. She LOVES LOVES LOVES school. And was so excited to start second grade. Her new school outfit has been sitting out all week long. Waiting. I mean she loves school so much that she squealed when I told her I was picking up some homework from her teacher and bringing it home with me.

Bottom line. Lots of questions about the H1N1 and we will hopefully get some answers next week. Dr. Al will join us live on Good Day Wisconsin on Tuesday with some helpful information. Until then.. Wash your hands thoroughly. (I know that’s what he would say)


Too much of a GOOD thing

August 27th, 2009 at 9:27 am by under Uncategorized

Social media, that is. I can’t keep up! I just got “yelled” at for not blogging. Truth is.. I haven’t blogged since I got hooked on Twitter. And.. Just yesterday I created a Facebook page. So with all the blogging, the tweeting, the updating and the posting something has got to give. Not to mention I anchor the news for four hours. And I’m working on a big piece for the MDA telethon that is due next week. (I can’t wait to tell you more about the woman I met who has ALS)

So that’s what happened to my blog.

Have a great weekend!


GOOD wine-ing. No whining.

July 29th, 2009 at 11:16 am by under Uncategorized

Once again I’m needing a vacation from my vacation. I was gone for a glorious four days. Four days of no whining in wine country. California was beautiful, relaxing, delicious. But. the amount of time it took me to plan and get ready for it was crazy. And the time it’s going to take me to unpack and do all the laundry is even crazier. Each one of us had a bag to pack. The girls went to two separate homes while we were away. I have my bag. And my husband has his. I could unpack his bag for him. But I don’t. And I won’t. I do the girls bags and that’s enough. Plus who wants to deal with post vacation funk. You know.. dirty laundry that gets shoved in every corner of the bag.. pretty much “infecting” the clothes you didn’t wear.

Well I need to come clean about one thing. Both girls came home with CLEAN clothes. And.. Clean bodies. How lucky am I. So really no excuses. But if I can’t whine on my blog.. Where can I?

Now for some info you can use if you ever happen to be in the area of Napa.

Vacation Highlights:

Carneros Inn & Spa (Bikes, Bocce & the Boon Fly Cafe.)

Turnbull Winery. (Say hi to C.J. for me.)

Celadon restaurant in Napa (Loved the mussels.)

Horizons Restaurant in Sausalito. (Try the fish tacos!)

Ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco. (great views)

B44 restaurant in San Francisco (Terrific Tapas)


GOOD advice?

July 6th, 2009 at 11:33 am by under Uncategorized

Why do I ask for advice when I’m not really sure I want it?  Here’s a GOOD example. I blogged about my daughter watching “So you think you can dance.” Today I got a hand written letter IN THE MAIL from a a viewer who said I already answered my own question when I said the show was “adult.”  She advises me to NOT let my daughter watch the show.

Well here’s the problem. I don’t plan to stop watching it and my daughter is already hooked.    I sincerely appreciate the fact that someone responded to my dilemna.. however, I think I did figure it out for myself. 

Not that I don’t want YOUR feedback…


GOOD night for dancing!

July 2nd, 2009 at 7:51 am by under Uncategorized

So you think you can dance? My daughter does. She’s 7 and I caught her in her room the other night dancing “hip hop.” For her, that meant putting on a leopard print top, black pants and some crazy knee high socks. I wish I had my video cam handy. Funniest part is that the music wasn’t hip hop. It was her “sleepy time” music.

But the moves. Oh the moves. I don’t know WHERE they come from. I mean, I’m not sure I can move my body like that. And I KNOW her father can’t! She’s definitely inspired by the FOX show “So you think you can dance.” We watch it together. I love it. She has grown to love it. Probably because she believes she can or will soon be able to dance like them. She’s already asked to take lessons. AGAIN. First time around she hated them. So.. we’ll see.

Anyway.. what I’m wondering is.. the moves seem a little INAPPROPRIATE for a 7 year old.. And.. Do I tell her? I mean she’s SEVEN. Not SEVENTEEN! (and even then..)
She’s just imitating what she sees. And I thought I was watching a family appropriate show. The dancers are amazing, and strong, and beautiful and talented. But some of the choreography is a little “grown up.”

Once.. My daughter was inspired to “put on a show” for my friends. They haven’t stopped talking about it. The other little girls were jumping up and down and twirling like little girls. My daughter’s moves were a little more.. (how should I put this).. “suggestive.”


GOOD day to follow Twitter

June 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am by under Uncategorized

GOOD day for following Twitter

It wasn’t good news. Farrah Fawcett had died. I first learned about it on Twitter. And that was a 1st for me.
I was checking my iphone Twitter account while I was out doing yard work.
I felt so sad. I remembered a cup I took to camp when I was in 3rd or 4th grade — with that famous photo of Farrah in her bathing suit. I know — on a cup. Weird. But she was my idol. I feathered my hair because of her.

And then later I learned about Michael Jackson’s death when I logged onto my computer.
I went back to Twitter to see when the 1st Tweets came out about it.
Ryan Seacrest was all over it.

The TV was the THIRD place I got news of the deaths.

Kind of scary considering I work for TV. But we talk about this all the time in our newsroom. The news business is changing and we have to adapt. We ARE adapting. Pete and I are “old folks” in the newsroom. But we are coming to terms with Facebook and Twitter and our mobile browsers. Slowly — but surely.

Don’t get me wrong — I got most of the news from TV. That’s where I found the best storytelling, best images, clearest picture. Farrah flashing her pearly whites — Michael Jackson skating backwards on stage.

We’ll try to keep up with all of you savvy communicators. So stay in touch. Follow us (Good Day) on Twitter. And stay tuned for our Facebook page. And as always, we can be reached the “old fashioned” way, by email. (goodday@wluk.com)

BTW. That 1st “tweet” I received about Farrah — was from FOX 11 NEWS.


A GOOD finish to the Bellin Run.

June 16th, 2009 at 8:52 am by under Uncategorized

My time wasn’t THAT good. But it always FEELS good to cross the finish line. Never mind the fact that I had a PAINFUL stitch in my side for 3 of the 6 point 2 mile run! Never mind that it was HOT and I was THIRSTY and I can’t drink water when I run. I just had to remind myself that in just one hour, it’ll all be over for another year and I’ll be able to once again say: “I ran the Bellin.”

It’s like a badge of honor. I’m NOT distance runner.
I can handle a 5K.. But a 10K feels like a marathon to me.

But I do it because this 10K is special. 16 thousand others think so, too. People are friendly, even when they are cutting you off. The community is supportive with their banjo playing and water spraying. And there are treats at the end.

This year I ran with a video camera.  I tried to capture the essence of the Bellin. I succeeded in capturing some bad shots of me.. And some of the atmosphere around me. If you can stomach the shaky video.. Click here to see it.

Hope to see you at the START next year! (and, of course, at the FINISH.)


GOOD riddance! We lost more than 100 lbs!

June 12th, 2009 at 9:50 am by under Uncategorized

It’s been 20 weeks since my coworkers and I began the Good Day Wisconsin Great Weight Loss Challenge.    There were some good weeks and some bad weeks.  For me it was a good 3 days and then a bad 4 days.  Bad in terms of eating whatever I wanted over the weekend.  I was really good in the beginning at keeping track of my calories and every little bite that I ate.

As I got used to eating less, I stopped logging my meals but I never stopped working out.  I tried to get to the gym or do some sort of exercise every day.   I average about 4 or 5 times a week. 

HERE ARE MY RESULTS.  I came in 3rd.  Not too bad!  There were about 14 of us taking part and we ALL lost weight.  One of our news directors came in 1st place losing 33 pounds or 14.3%   Way to go Lee!  He gave up a lot and started working out a lot!  For him the weight loss effort was daily.  No room for slacking!   I lost 13.7 lbs.  My goal was 20.  Not great.  But not horrible.  I definitely feel better.  And like Lee said today during the final results — “it’s a lot of hard work.”   But the payoff was great.  

So set a goal.  Grab a buddy.  And “just do it.”

See you at the Bellin!


I need GOOD running music!

June 10th, 2009 at 8:42 am by under Uncategorized

3 days to the Bellin! Time to get organized. What will you wear? Figure it out now and go for a run in it. You don’t want your pants to fall down. You don’t want the tag in your shirt to rub your skin raw. Even your sports bra can cause some serious issues. Seriously, weird things will happen if you haven’t already gone for a run in the clothes you plan to wear for what could be a very sweaty 6 point 2 miles.

And if you are going to listen to music — practice that, too. Don’t borrow a person’s ipod the night before and expect everything to go smoothly. Get it now. Program it. And go for a run. Practice your music listening plan. I spent the first 5 minutes of my first Bellin run trying to get my music started. Ended up the batteries were dead. Had to run with this bulky CD player the whole way with no music.

Good thing there were a lot of spectators playing music. Horns were blaring. Drums were banging. Fiddlers were fiddling.

But I need my music. My FOOTLOOSE. My CLARKSON. My BLACK EYED PEAS.

What do you listen to??

See you at the start!


GOOD thing we stocked up on laundry soap.

June 5th, 2009 at 6:38 am by under Uncategorized

Subtitle: Why do men and women seem to suffer the flu differently?

My family got the flu this week. Bella woke up at 2:30. Sick. 3 times. All over her pajamas. And OUR bed that she had crawled into an hour earlier.

Got her all cleaned up. Re-made the bed. And then my alarm went off. Ugh. Of course all of this woke the baby.

So I shower and go off to work. On the way.. And it only takes me 7 minutes to get there.. My phone rings. It’s my husband. The baby had just “gotten sick” all over him.

Poor baby. Poor hubby.

Work was understanding. They let me go home and Angela filled in for me. I held the baby all day. She didn’t know what was happening to her. And that leads me to the POINT of this blog. People handle sickness differently. I think Zoe is going to be like me. Avoid getting sick at all costs. I have an IRON stomach. And when it fails — use mind over matter so nothing comes up. We just don’t like that whole stomach ick.

Bella is more like her dad. She’s a champ. She lets it out when it needs to get out. (I’m trying to avoid the words in case you’re eating your breakfast while reading this)

Now let’s talk about my husband. He wasn’t too bad this time. Perhaps it was because we had joked about it two days earlier. But he has a tendency to MOAN the entire time he is sick. LOUDLY. I find it to be very annoying and I don’t know why I can’t be more MOTHERLY to him like I am to the children. They can throw up all over me and I don’t mind (that much). But he moans and asks for aspirin and it’s a little annoying to me. Is it because he’s the man?  And I want him to take it like a man??

I on the other hand, and others may disagree, suffer the flu in silence. I’m moaning on the inside. To myself.

I’ve talked to my girlfriends about this. Lot of them say the same thing. Their husbands turn into needy babies when they get sick. Why is that???

I thought I had missed getting bitten by this flu bug but as I write this things are just not right inside.  I just hope my husband doesn’t read this until AFTER he runs out for meds, gatorade, etc.