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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Vacation

I have accomplished next to nothing on break so far.
I have things to do, but I don't have anything that needs to be done now, so I haven't done much at all.

I have done a lot of
  • napping
  • reading blogs
  • going shopping
  • elliptical-ing
  • watching The O.C. (I finished the whole first season.)
  • playing Freecell (on my dad's new iPad!)
  • seeing friends
Oh, and just within the last couple of days, I have spent a lot of time Googling Garrett Hedlund.

I don't even like country music OR action/sci-fi movies, but I want to see Country Strong and Tron just because he is in them.

I suppose there's something to be said for doing nothing — especially if you spend the rest of the year doing too much — but I sort of feel upset with how little I have done.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Josh Groban's voice is a Christmas miracle.

A little Josh for your Christmas.
Would you believe he was only 20 when he recorded this?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dear Seth Cohen,

Why aren't you real?


I've been watching old episodes of The O.C. online, and I just do not understand how they cast Adam Brody as the dorky one. He is too adorable for words.



So much Adam Brody goodness.




via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tyrone Wells, you get me every time.

I am busy studying for my Christian theo final, which I will take Monday morning.

Tyrone Wells has been the soundtrack of my Christian theo studying all semester.
In one three-minute song, he'll get the gist of 16 weeks worth of theology.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


The day before yesterday I turned in a final paper. Yesterday I presented a final project. Tonight I will present a final project. Monday I will take a final exam. Tuesday I will take a final exam. Wednesday I will turn in a final paper.

Tomorrow I will turn in my grad school application?
It's almost almost almost done, but my brain feels shot.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


My apartment-mate Lola went to Panera last night and came home with bags of free bread that they were about to throw away!

This much bread in our kitchen = dangerous + delicious.

Monday, November 15, 2010

For dainties are all Kates

I got a kick out of reading this on Mandy's adorable blog today:
"Kevin asked me what I would name myself if I could, and with a lot of thought I decided on the name Kate. Not Katie or Katherine, just Kate. I think the name Kate is simple and romantic and the last name really takes center stage on a name like Kate, making it timeless."
According to Dale Carnegie, everyone's favorite word is his or her own name. I've always loved my name but have never known if this was because my name was especially pretty or just because it was mine.

The older I get, however, the more I think that my name is especially pretty.

I feel like this is evidenced by the fact that I have never wanted to change it.

Even on days when I have wanted to change my hair, my skin, my height, my weight, my voice, or my nose, I have never wanted to change my name.
And I've always relished the fact that my name lacks that game-changing i.

Katie? People ask.
No, just Kate.

I want to put it on a résumé.

All this reminds me of something I wrote for a class my senior year of high school. Here's an excerpt:
"My name has given me something to live up to. Kate, after all, means pure. But when I think Kate, I think of actresses like Kate Hepburn and authors like Kate Chopin. Kate is the name that provoked Shakespeare to say, “For dainties are all Kates” and Ben Folds to say, quite simply, “I wanna be Kate.” I consider Kate to be such a versatile name. I can wear Kate with heels, and I can wear Kate with sneakers. Kate can be classy, and Kate can be comfy. Kate can multitask. Certainly, in saying that Kate is and does all these things, I do not mean to imply that this Kate is as perfectly capable as her name. But Kate does set a high standard for me."
Perhaps I seem vain for writing a blog devoted entirely to my own name, but I don't mean to take any credit for the name. I did not pick it.

Kate preceded me, really.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Call the ringmaster

'cause I'm putting on a pretty impressive balancing act.

Student, employee, intern, daughter, sister, friend. . .
I'll get back to you one of these days, blog.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Midnight showing, anyone?



By Cynthia Rylant

He washed his feet for the picture,
even his knees,
and wondered about that man
who cared enough to want him to sit there
for a photograph
even though he didn’t have nothing good to hold in his hands,
nor even a dog to sit by his chair.
It gave him, briefly,
some sort of feeling
of just being

I was randomly reminded of this poem today.
I hadn't thought about it in so long, but I love it.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Glee love.

I am more than a little bit in love with the new boy on Glee. 

He and Quinn better get together.
That's all I have to say.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dear Adam Lambert,

I am slightly concerned that you are going to impale someone on one of the spikes with which you so frequently adorn yourself.

I just mean that as, you know, a forewarning.

Also, your new "If I Had You" music video reminds me of that stone table scene from the old BBC version of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. (Which is saying something considering I haven't seen that movie in like 10 years.) They both take place in dark forests and involve disturbing costumes and way too much eye makeup.

See for yourself:

The White Witch = you

her evil minions = your creepy dance posse

floating spirits in Narnia = floating lights in your forest

I mean, your last music video didn't exactly leave me with high expectations.

(Snakes and apples? It's been done. Also, your lyrics remind me of satan.)

But, seriously, you're making Susan and Lucy cry.

Can you please tone it down next time?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dear future husband,

I hope you are nearsighted. If not,

I am buying you some fake glasses.
(Good glasses immediately make boys 10x cuter.)

Okay? Okay.

Love, your future wife.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


In the past week, I have been asked twice if I just went running. 

Here's to hoping it's foreshadowing. 

Friday, September 24, 2010


"I'm trying to be hopeful, but I just can't
because Barack Obama is still the president
and I'm still not engaged."
— an anonymous friend of mine
(Is it bad that we all laughed at this?)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm such a girl!

Some days, I wish I could just turn my girl-o-meter way waaaay down. 
And stop obsessing over things. 
And stop over analyzing everything. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

a mile in my shoes

My fourth and most recent pair of Privos came in the mail last week.

I love love love them.

I've tried on all sorts of comfort brand shoes in a search for shoes that don't further pain my legs.
The majority of them look frumpy and don't really feel that great.

As a result, most days I stick with ol' faithful, my Brooks. I think I'm on my twelfth pair of the same style.

But Privo never lets me down when I need something cute and comfy!
(Trust me; I know comfy. My Brooks + my orthotics = $600 worth of comfy.)

I have already gotten so many complements on my new sandals. 
I can't recommend this brand enough. (Or this one, for that matter.)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

She's All That

I'm watching this movie and designing a poster.

Freddie Prinze Jr. is the most adorable boy ever ever ever. He was in 1999, and he. still. is.

Also, that Sixpence None The Richer song that plays at the end. . .

gets me every time.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

KATELYN, my love.

Following the trend of birthdays of late. . .
Picture definitions for Katelyn's 22nd!

groov·y /ˈgro͞ovē/
Adjective: Fashionable and exciting.

Geor·gian /ˈjôrjən/
Adjective: of or relating to the state of Georgia in the U.S.

lus·trous /ˈləstrəs/
Adjective: having luster, shining.

fan·cy /ˈfansē/
Adjective: Designed to impress.

Adjective: (of a person) Wearing eyeglasses.

chum·my /ˈCHəmē/
Adjective: On friendly terms

Katelyn, my froomie and my friend! I hope your 22nd was delicious.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Amazon, I love you so!

Listed 11 books on Amazon on Wednesday.
Sold six of them by Thursday.
Sold three more since then. 

I highly, highly recommend selling old textbooks on Amazon. 
You will make bank.

The six books I shipped off on Thursday!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Happy Anniversary

to my adorable parents, who celebrate 30 years of marriage today!

M&D on their honeymoon in 1980

Aren't they the classiest couple you've ever seen?
Seriously, that pic doesn't even look that dated.

M&D this summer

I love them so much!
I have been so blessed to have them as parents.

p.s. Haven't they aged so well? Hooray for the best genes ever.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Let's get down to business to defeat the Huns!

We watched Mulan on Thursday night.
And sang along with every song.
And I might have thought it was funny enough to record.

I love college.

p.s. Sorry for the sloppy recording. I was using Photo Booth.
p.p.s. Don't you love when the boys walk in? They wish they were as fun as the girls!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

According to Parkinson's Law,

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." via
This is especially true with me.
I've only had one day of class, but somehow I feel booked solid.

Some people procrastinate so that they only have an hour to work, and, as a result, their work only takes an hour.

But I can't function that way. So I end up starting way in advance and spending six hours on a task that should take half an hour.

I'm already overwhelmed by what isn't done.
Why is my new apartment still a mess!?
Why haven't I studied for the GRE more?
Why does my brain feel like applesauce?

It's like I only know how to get stuff done when I'm stressing about it. This is a problem.

In other news, 
I am happy to be back at college. I missed everybody a lot. I don't ever want to graduate.
(I would just be happy never to do schoolwork again.)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Dear Blogger,

I'm sorry to tell you this in such a public manner, but I've been seeing someone else.
Someone named tumblr.

I know; I know. Liking tumblr is almost hipster of me, and I apologize for that.
(Remind me to write an entire blog soon on how ridiculous I find all of hipster culture.)

But it's just so easy to keep clicking and clicking from tumblr to tumblr, looking at all the pictures of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Grace Kelly and reading quotes from Dorothy Parker.

Seriously. It's like the crack of web sites.

So here are a few things I would have tumbled if I had had a tumblr.

 It takes patience to become the best runner you can be. Top athletes realize that running is a long-term sport. It is set up for people who value delayed gratification and who like hard-earned success.
Anthony Famiglietti, two-time Olympian and six-time national champion

I know, right?
I think I'm starting one soon.
Don't hate me.

p.s. This blog is dedicated to lovely Lauren.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Affirm me!

I just got rid of four garbage bags full of clothing from my closet.

A couple items dated back to elementary school.
I know, right? It's crazy that I still have stuff that old, but somehow it hurt my a heart a little to get rid of it.

But. . . it's all part of my attempt not to end up like this.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Happy birthdays to Anna and DJ!

Continuing the tradition started by Liz's birthday,
I did picture-definitions for your joint birthday post. 

But. . . I put them in a slideshow!

This is the first time I've used Picasa to make a picture slideshow.
I hope it works for you all!

LOVE you both! Can't believe how old we all are!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Another birthday

Liz, you are twenty-one, alright,
but I fear my birthday poems are sounding quite trite,
because after this one, this one, and this one, my heavens,
and a fourth, and a fifth, and a sixth, and a seventh,

they're all starting to sound the same.

So I have decided to go a new route:
one that is less poetry and more vocab.

This new route is called,

A Series of Photos 
Each With a Vocab Word Describing Not Only That Photo But Also Our Relationship

comely |ˈkəmlē|adjective ( -lier -liest )(typically of a womanpleasant to look at; attractive.• agreeable; suitable.

outlandish |outˈlandi sh |adjectivelooking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar outlandish brightly colored clothes the most outlandish ideas.archaic foreign; alien.

saucy |ˈsôsē|adjective ( -cier -ciest ) informalimpudent; flippant a saucy remark.bold and lively; smart-looking a hat with a saucy brim.3 suggestive, typically in a way intended to be lighthearted saucy songs.

snug |snəg|adjective ( snugger snuggest )comfortablewarmand cozy; well protected from the weather or cold she was safe and snug in Ruth's arms a snug cottage.

mellifluous |məˈlifloōəs|adjective(of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear the voice was mellifluous and smooth.

gauche |gō sh |adjectivelacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward.

wondrous |ˈwəndrəs|adjective poetic/literaryinspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvelous this wondrous city.

Happy birthday, Liz. I love you.

Oh, also, this ad came up on my Facebook today, and I screen-captured it specifically for you. 

I know, right!? Even the Facebook ad people were celebrating your birthday.
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