Monthly Archives: December 2008


Posted by Katie on December 31, 2008
101 in 1001, Blog, New Year's / 2 Comments

Do you have any resolutions this year?

Last year my sister, Amy, put together a list of 101 things that she would accomplish in 1001 days.  I loved it!  What a great way to work towards all those things in life that you want to do or know that you should do, but often get distracted from as life happens.

Here is the idea:

  • The Mission – Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
  • The Criteria – Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable, or clearly defined.  Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. representing some amount of effort on your part).
  • Why 1001 Days? – Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions.  The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic.  1001 days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing such tasks as overseas travel or outdoor activities.

As my New Year’s resolution this year, I am writing down my own list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.  I have been working on the list for about a week, and am just putting the finishing touches on it today.  I will post it tomorrow and set the 1001 day countdown clock.

Happy New Year everyone!

Wii had fun

Posted by Katie on December 29, 2008
Christmas, Family & Friends, Husband / No Comments

Wii Christmas

Santa Clause didn’t know that Dave had his arm in a sling when he put a Wii under the Christmas tree.  But a sling didn’t stop my husband from playing the Wii left handed.

The day after Christmas, we did finally make it out of town to visit my family in Indiana.  It was a nice, relaxing and quiet trip.  Great presents were exchanged.  My parents loved the wedding album we put together.  And everyone tried their hand at a Wii Sport game.  A few became fierce competitors.  You can see here a picture of Dave and my sister, Morgan, competing in baseball while my brother, Michael, looks on.

Dave’s arm is doing better.  The doctor pronounced it as seriously bruised.   There is no lasting muscle, ligament or bone damage.  It is still very sore, but should start to heal itself within two to three weeks.

Thank God it isn’t broken!

Oh, and Dave surprised me and shaved for the Christmas break.  My Mom’s reaction when we walked in the door on Friday, “Oh, Dave, you look so young!”

I think I am losing the war.

Change of plans

Posted by Katie on December 25, 2008
Christmas, Winter / 3 Comments


Dave and I spent Christmas Eve in the ER.  We had the presents wrapped, the car packed and we were walking out the door to drive to my parent’s house.  Dave fell on the ice.  He heard a crack.  We drove to the hospital.

The good news is that there are no broken bones.  The doctors were worried about a contusion and put Dave’s arm in a full temporary cast.  We are going to an orthopedic doctor tomorrow for a follow up appointment.

The other good news is that we have had a very quiet and very relaxing first Christmas alone together.

Chinese take out anyone?

If I am going to be a real blogger…

Posted by Katie on December 23, 2008
Blog, Chicago, Family & Friends, Husband / 1 Comment


I will confess, if you send me a chain e-mail about how I have to make seven wishes, say seven prayers and send another seven e-mails to seven people within seven minutes so that my seven wishes will come true…I will delete it.  So how will I respond to the blogging equivalent?

Kreativ blogger

Carrie, a friend of mine from college, “tagged” me with a Kreativ Blogger Award.  Carrie is a newlywed herself who just celebrated her first wedding anniversary.  Originally from Ohio, Carrie and her husband, Shawn, now live in the Pacific Northwest.

“What is a Kreativ Blogger Award?” you might ask.  Basically, I blog about six things that make me happy, and then ask six of my favorite bloggers to do the same.  It gives me a reason to share a few things on the blog and gets me in touch with other bloggers.  I think that if I am going to be a real blogger, I should sit down and accomplish the task at hand.

Six things that make me happy:

  • Seeing Dave happy – Not the kind of happy my husband gets from playing hours of video games or from dreaming of going to race car driving school, but the kind of happy I can see in Dave’s eyes and know that he is happy to be married to me…that makes me happier than I anything I can think of.
  • Entertaining – I will cook you something from scratch and I will get you drunk.  It makes me very happy to combine my love of cooking with my love of family and friends.  Anyone want to come over?
  • Accomplishing something big at work –  I work hard and I am proud of the work that I do.  This is not, however, a professional blog.
  • Looking at old pictures – I framed 120 of my favorite old pictures from my family and from Dave’s family and used them as decoration at the wedding.  It makes me happy to remember all the good times we have both had and the family and friends who helped us get here.  You can see above one of my favorite old pictures of me and my Dad.
  • Coming home to a clean apartment – Not that I have a clean apartment at the moment to reference, but it makes me happy when I come home from vacation, from work or even from errands to a clean and clutter free space.
  • Chicago – Yes, we have corrupt politicians.  Sure, the taxes are really high.  Of course, the Cubs did not win this year.  Chicago makes me happy just the same.  The vibrant culture, the good Midwest people and the endless opportunities all come together to make Chicago one of the best cities in our country.

Now I have to “tag” six of my favorite bloggers to answer the same question.  Since I don’t actually know six bloggers that well, I am just going to pick two who actually know that I read their blogs.

  • My sister, Amy, who is a blogger and photographer extraordinaire.
  • My sister-in-law, Mrs. Pickles, who blogs about her baby pickles.

What other blogs should I know about?

I am the grinch

Posted by Katie on December 21, 2008
Christmas, Marriage, Moxie / 7 Comments

Christmas Tree

My thoughts on getting a Christmas tree – We don’t really need one.  We live in an apartment.  We are not even going to be in the apartment on Christmas day.  This sounds like a lot of work.  We should spend our time and energy on unpacking all those boxes in the hallway, and the living room, and the office.  The cat will knock it over.  We would have to buy lights.  We would have to buy ornaments.  We would have to buy a tree stand.  This sounds expensive.  This sounds like a fire hazard.

Dave’s thoughts on getting a Christmas tree – Santa Clause will not come if we do not have a real live Christmas tree.  We might as well just not even celebrate Christmas this year.

Yes, I know, I am the grinch.

I woke up early on Saturday morning to go out Christmas shopping before the shopping rush.  I came back with a tree stand, a couple strands of lights and a real live Christmas tree.  It’s a little tree.  At five feet, or so, I was able to slide it into the back of the car without any trouble, and just a little mess.

Dave’s reaction, “I love you a little bit more.”

Moxie and I both love the tree too.  It turns out that a little extra Christmas spirit and a little extra marital harmony are both well worth the trouble.

Hello world

Posted by Katie on December 20, 2008
Blog / 1 Comment

I have wanted to write a blog for you to read for a while now.  I see it as a creative outlet and a place to share my thoughts, pictures and stories with my family, friends and the world.  I also like the idea of having a journal of my life, especially as Dave and I start our married life.

As with many things in life, however, the hardest part of creating a blog was actually starting.  Finally I did.  I have been “practicing” blogging for a couple weeks now without sharing the blog with very many people.  Hey, I wanted to see if I actually had enough material.  Turns out I do.  And I have enjoyed the experience of putting my thoughts and pictures together.

Now I invite everyone to take a look.  Come back and visit.  And let me know if you have a blog I can check out.

Help me out here

Posted by Katie on December 20, 2008
Honeymoon, Husband / 7 Comments

I would be horribly remiss if after all these honeymoon posts I did not share a picture of Dave (almost) clean-shaven.  Dave and I have known each other for some ten plus years.  We were friends in college and kept in touch over the years, only to start dating in 2006.  I have always known him to have facial hair.  He says that a goatee makes him look “older” and “well distinguished”.  And although Dave swears that he was clean-shaven for a short period of time in college, I don’t remember what he looked like back then.

I wanted him to shave.

As the story goes, he promised to shave for our wedding if I watched every single episode of Star Wars.  As you can see from the previous wedding post, I did not complete this task.  Actually this epic quest for a clean-shaven groom came to an end right as the Episode 4 original VHS tape came to an end.

I married him anyway.  He married me anyway!  And he shaved for the honeymoon…and only the honeymoon.

Surely I can get enough support from the new readers of this blog to convince Dave to do it one more time?

Don’t litter

Posted by Katie on December 18, 2008
Honeymoon, Signs / 3 Comments

Sign - Litter and it will hurt

If you plan on visiting Washington State, you should be on your very greenest behavior.  I am scared of what would happen otherwise.

Lazy days

Posted by Katie on December 14, 2008
Honeymoon, Relaxation / No Comments

Washington Beach

We spent our two week honeymoon in Washington State.  We highly recommend the views.  And the people.  And the food.  And the wine.  It was a great time for us to unwind from the wedding, spend quality time together and just relax.  It is a miracle that when you turn off your cell phone, do not set your alarm and forget about internet access you start doing things like talking to each other about nothing, reading novels for fun, doing puzzles, taking leisurely hikes, making new friends and driving just to see where you end up.

When is the next flight out?

Ice ice baby

Posted by Katie on December 14, 2008
Chicago, Honeymoon, Winter / No Comments

Mount Rainier Glacier

Dave and I checked out the mountain views on our honeymoon.  This is what a glacier on top of Mount Rainier looks like…in June.  Very similar, actually, to what my walk to the train in Chicago looks like…in December.