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Versatile Blogger Award

14 May

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Melissa at Freeing Imperfections! Yay! Thank you!! Can you believe it was two months ago today I started this blog?

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The details are pretty simple: 

1. Add The Versatile Blogger award photo on a blog post. Done

2. Thank the person who presented you with the award and link back to him or her in your post. Done

3. Share seven things about yourself. Getting to it!

4. Pass the award along to 15 other bloggers. Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know about the award. I don’t know why I have such a hard time with this- it is too hard to narrow it down!

Randomness:

  • I sometimes think I will quit my job and become an elementary school teacher. Unfortunately, I have to pay my bills in the meantime. 
  • My mom and dad call me Gertrude when I am being bratty or grumpy. I don’t know how this started!
  • My group of best friends from home and I call ourselves the “goats.” This is a whole other post in itself. You know I love my inside jokes!
  • I used to be afraid of the movie ET. I was scared he would stretch his neck up and get me on the top bunk of my bunk bed.
  • I sigh in my sleep. Apparently it can be a little awkward.
  • I still sleep with the teddy bear my dad gave me in the hospital when I was born. So mature.
  • I never had braces but always wanted them. I was so jealous of kids who got to change the color of their bands depending on the season.

Handing it over to:

Okay, I started getting frustrated because I realized the list was getting to the 15 blog limit and I still had more I wanted to include, so I gave up and updated my Let’s Be Friends page instead. If you’re not listed it doesn’t mean I didn’t want you to be on here. It just means I got annoyed and threw up my hands with the whole thing…so just remind me please!

Bottom line, please take the award and run with it.

And please go “like” my new Facebook page! It would make me SO VERY happy!

My mom is better than your mom

12 May

Mom- Bermuda

I knew I wanted to go to college in Florida, but besides craving sunshine, I didn’t have an idea of where in the state to go. My mom decided a road trip was in order. We flew down to Orlando, rented a convertible and drove around the state for a week looking at different schools. I am sure we had tense moments (I was a teenager after all), but all I remember was spending that special week together.

Once I landed at a school, my mom visited more than other students whose parents lived a three-hour drive away. She lived a three-hour flight from me. Everyone loved her visits.

The other day I received some very sad news while I was away in Charleston. The first thing I did was call my mom. I know, I know. I am 30 years old, was out of town with my boyfriend AND it was fairly late on a Saturday night. But, I needed my mom. I don’t think I’ll ever stop needing her. Sorry, Mom!

My mom is my foundation.

My mom has let be who I am. As frustrating as that might be for her sometimes, she supports my decisions and only rings in if she truly thinks I need to reconsider. She is the voice of reason.

She has supported me through heartache and heartbreak. She has packed up the dishes in my kitchen to help me move more times than I’m sure she wants to remember. She unpacks them, too.

I went through a phase where I did not want to be called Kate. I was Katie. When my mom called me Kate one day, I started calling her Mo. It stuck.

When my mom puts her cool hand on my forehead, everything feels better.

On my birthday every year, I could pick whatever I wanted for dinner. I always asked for roast beef, mashed potatoes and carrots. Every single year. And she did it.

She also makes the best spaghetti sauce.

I always swore that when I could, I would find her a house on the water. She found her own this past year.

I’m pretty sure my mom is the best out there. I might be biased though.

I intended this to be a stream of thoughts to help me decide what memory to share of my mom, but I honestly can’t pick just one. Happy Mother’s Day!

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I know you wanna know- why did I start blogging

7 May

I know you have all been dying to know why I started blogging. I shared a little bit in Another Clean Slate’s first post, however I thought I’d delve deeper into the topic.

Believe it or not, next week it will have been two months since I started this little adventure. I was already lurking on other blogs and I suppose I just needed a push to get my own site started. That push was actually several days/weeks/months of feeling kind of totally in a rut. I was not very happy, even though I had every reason to be happy. I was bored with work. My boyfriend started a new job and was engrossed in that. Family issues prevailed (remember my dad’s girlfriend?). My local good friends’ lives all got a lot busier. My head was spinning more than usual. Basically, I needed something new to distract me. This feeling isn’t new to me, but this time it was worse than usual.

Enter Another Clean Slate.

I’ve actually started a couple of other blogs in the past but only shared them with a handful of people. It only took a couple of weeks each time before I deactivated and deleted them. But the people I shared posts with would ask me for more. I have a lot of friends all over the place and I suppose this is a good way to keep in touch (they need to start their own blogs so I can do the same!). This time I have tried to resist the urge to deactivate and delete. Trust me, I’ve backed slowly away from the computer on more than one occasion. And my best friend has convinced me to keep this going- at least for the time being.

It’s not a very interesting story, but now you know. I was feeling blue and needed an upper. Wine wasn’t helping. Wait, booze isn’t an upper anyways, right?

Thanks for the distractions, friends!

So, why did you start?

Hooah and Hiccups
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Sunday sipping at the airport bar

5 May

It’s Sunday! I am in the airport in Charleston after an amazing, but too short weekend. I’m linking up with Neely and Ashley for Sunday Social and then heading to the airport bar for some final vacation libations before it is back to reality. Since today the Sunday Social is all about the number four, I might just have to have four drinks for good luck!

4 favorite things to do on a weekend

Weekends are my favorite part of the week. You too? Crazy! They tend to either be extremely busy or extremely lazy. I need a mix of the two. When they are busy it is usually because I am traveling or attending some sports event or concert (favorite things one and two). When they are lazy I can usually be found snuggled up on the couch cleaning out my DVR or having a long dinner with plenty of wine (favorite things three and four).

4 favorite things about your best friend

You all got to hear the story of how I met my best friend. She is so special because she is one of the only people I can truly be myself around and sometimes I think she can even read my mind. She and I will drop anything to be there for the other and we can have fun doing anything from a big night out to playing Scrabble in our pajamas.

4 things you would do with $100,000

If I had $100,000, I’d put half in the bank and use the other half to pay off my debts, put a hefty down payment on a condo, hand some over to my family and take everyone I love on vacation. It really isn’t that much money when I think about it that way. The bank might get less than half!

4 favorite books you’ve ever read

There is no way I could pick just four favorites. I’ll recommend four recent reads instead: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, Defending Jacob by William Landay, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and for old time’s sake Summer Sisters by Judy Blume.

4 favorite snack foods

I love Cape Cod Potato Chips, especially the Jalapeño flavor. Potato skins and mozzarella sticks make me happy. And once I eat one clementine I have a hard time stopping- those big bags go fast!

4 things that you must do daily

Every morning, I wake up and make my bed. I hate coming home and having my room a mess and feel like a made bed makes a difference. I always put on my watch and the ring I got for Christmas- feel naked without those two things. I usually crack open a Diet Coke for breakfast (so bad, I know!!). And, of course, check all my E-mails, Gchat, etc. I would have a hard time with a screen-free day!

So honored to have been called out by Jess at Blogging on the Brink in her A-Z reflections post. Seriously flattered! Check out her great blog! I learned so much about music and the industry reading her posts. 

Thanks to Jules at A Dose of Jules for calling me out in her reflections post. This lovely lady managed to write a poem for every day of the challenge. I’m not kidding. AND they were great poems. She is talented!

Also, a big thanks to Creative Mysteries for my latest Liebster Award!

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If I became a parent today…

2 May

The prompt for this week’s Theme Thursday was “…non-traditional parenting choices. What do you do that’s “unusual”? Do you co-sleep? Do you let your eight-year-old cook dinner? Tell us all about it!”

This made me sad.

I have no children. I have nothing to contribute.

But then I thought, maybe these ladies think they can block me out of their sharing shenanigans, but they are SO WRONG. I will just share what would happen if I became a parent today.

  • If I became a parent today, it would probably make things awkward with my boyfriend. We’ve only been dating 10 months so it would have meant we got pregnant by immaculate conception. I don’t know if he’d be open to helping me raise our miracle baby so I might be searching for a barn to sleep in.
  • If I became a parent today, my  boss might not appreciate my shoving a pack and play into the corner next to my cubicle. Luckily, people are already burning popcorn and cooking fish in the microwave so a few stinky diapers here and there wouldn’t make things any worse for the wear.
  • If I became a parent today, I would finally get the people upstairs back for having loud sex by drowning them out with the sounds of a crying child.
  • If I became a parent today, it would mean I always got a seat on the bus and people would move to get out of my way.
  • If I became a parent today, it would be just in time to have the whole summer off for maternity leave. Perfect timing.
  • If I became a parent today, I bet my mom would stop considering a move to Florida (don’t leave me, Mom!!).
  • If I became a parent today, my trip to Charleston tomorrow would likely have to be cancelled, and that is NOT going to happen.

See y’all when I get back!!

I linked up for Theme Thursday:

Guess what?! I won Kate’s (from Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine) Caption That last week! Woohoo! See what you can come up with for this week’s photo!

Plus, I was featured in The Life I Live’s first newsletter! Check it out and let me know what you think!

AND The Insomniac’s Dream, creator of the ABC’s of Swearing challenge nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks biatch!

Whew! I am leaving town on a high note…

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