Whirlwind

Saturday it hit me that this amazing experience is almost over.  I have 3 days left at my internship, a visit from my grandparents, a job shadow down in Alabama… then it’s all over.  How could this have happened so fast?  I took my workout outside to soak in every second of this city that I could.

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Sunday morning was spent at Barry’s Bootcamp, I’m really going to miss that place.  It’s truly a workout like no other.  Then it was time to spiff up the apartment before my Mema and Pop arrived!  Once they got here we took a look around downtown and then it was off to bed early for me.

Monday after interning we went to the American Picker’s store, had lunch at The Pharmacy, and then to the country music hall of fame!

American Pickers

American Pickers

Boots, boots, boots

Boots, boots, boots

With another day of interning done, Tuesday I squeezed in another workout at Barry’s then met Mema and Pop for lunch at Demo’s.  Great italian downtown!  Then we walked around again downtown in some of the shops before relaxing at Tootsie’s for a while!

Mema & Pop

Mema & Pop

Our favorite, Nicole Rayne

Our favorite, Nicole Rayne

Wednesday, was my last day at News 2 interning.  I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by! I’ll be sharing my video soon, so be watching my Facebook!  Mema, Pop, and I had lunch at Merchant’s mmmmmm and dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe.  I guess we do a lot of eating!

News 2 This Morning

News 2 This Morning

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Thursday it was time for Mema and Pop to head to their next stop: Branson.  And for me to head to Birmingham!  I enjoyed having them in town so very much.  My drive was about 3 hours long and then it was time to explore!  I had lunch at Dreamland BBQ (ohhhh my goooodnes) did a little shopping, went to the botanical gardens, the Peanut depot, and the Vulcan all before heading downtown to my historic hotel, The Tutwiler. Everything was so gorgeous!

Dreamland BBQ

Dreamland BBQ

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

View from the Vulcan

View from the Vulcan

Downtown Birmingham

Downtown Birmingham

Maybe you’re wondering why I was in Birmingham… a really good reason, I promise.  Friday I job shadowed at ABC 33/40 with James Spann. It was the perfect day.  I arrived around 10:30 and got to meet the morning and the weekend meteorologists.  Watched the 11AM newscast, went out to lunch with one of the interns that was from Georgia, and then James arrived shortly after!  I had such a blast talking with him.  He was very much like my dad, playing pranks on people, cutting up and having a great time the whole evening.  He had some awesome advice for my future, as well as some of the most encouraging comments I have ever received.  I’m so thankful to have him as a reference, and am so looking forward to what the future holds.

The James Spann

The James Spann

From Nashville,
Shelby

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2013 AMS Broadcast Conference

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to attend the 41st American Meteorological Society Broadcast Conference… yeah long name.  My friend Olivia flew out to Nashville to attend with me!  She just got her first job doing weather in Macon, GA!  Big props to her!  But anyways she flew out late Tuesday and I took her down to broadway to hear some music and grab some BBQ.

Wednesday the conference began and we were able to hear James Spann give the opening talk.  For those of you who do not know him, he’s the Chief Meteorologist at the ABC affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama.  And for my Oklahoman’s, he’s the Gary England of this area.  Check him out on twitter @spann he has over 100,000 followers.  His talk was about the lessons learned from the Tuscaloosa tornadoes. And let me tell you… It was motivating.  I had chills through most of his talk. Oh and by the way…. I get to go down to Alabama and do a job shadow with him next week!  We listened to talks and demonstrations all day, it was a fantastic learning opportunity!  I also finally got to meet Carrie Rose.  She was an intern for Gary England back in 2004 and then began working for him.  We’ve kept up with each other over the past few years since I’m sort of following in her foot steps, but it was fantastic to finally get to meet her!

Carrie Rose

Carrie Rose

Olivia and I went out to lunch… I took her to my favorite restaurant here in Nashville, Whiskey Kitchen.  Seriously everything I have tried there is fantastic!  But while we were out to lunch I saw a tweet from Carrie…. Gary England, himself snuck into the conference and was doing a talk during lunch.  I was so sad to think that I had missed him.  Luckily, he came back!  It’s pretty cool to look up to someone for so long… work for them, and still love them!  Getting to see Gary was fantastic, and take a look at this photo!

Shelby Hays, Gary England, Carrie Rose, Gary Lezak

Shelby Hays, Gary England, Carrie Rose, Gary Lezak

Gary’s intern gang!  You all know I interned, well Carrie interned back in 2004 and Gary Lezak in 1988.  Such a fun group of people and I’m so thankful to have them all as mentors now!

Thursday was fantastic as well with many many informational talks. I also got to meet a lot more people, meteorologists from Colorado to Wisconsin. Fantastic people!  And also got to meet Mike Bettes from the weather channel and hear his story about how he got caught in the El Reno tornado.  Quite scary.  So happy the conference just happened to be in Nashville while I was here.  Definitely something I plan to attend in the future!