Posted by Katie on August 28, 2011
Blog, Chicago / 1 Comment

This photo has nothing to do with this blog post.  We went to the Chicago air show last weekend.

So, to keep up a blog.  I read an article recently that described blogging is a dying form of communication.  A bit funny for a form of communication which didn’t even exist not that long ago.  It seems Facebook makes single sentence updates so much easier.  I rather like the idea, however, of keeping the “more traditional” blog alive.

What can I say in the form of an update?  In all honesty, this year has been a bit odd.  Good things happened.  Bad things happened.  We mostly survived it all.  Let’s see what I can do to provide interesting details and not further contribute to the death of blogging.

Should I…

Posted by Katie on August 18, 2011
Blog / 9 Comments
  • Crash the blog and walk away from yet another creative project?
  • Or actually start posting again?

Not the end

Posted by Katie on December 19, 2009
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No, no, I haven’t given up on blogging.  I just lost the password, of course!

Dave INSISTS that I not use passwords such as “12345” for this blog and bank accounts and whatnot, and it’s hard for me to remember the 20 digit randomly generated passwords Dave comes up with.  Heck, I couldn’t even tell you my own home phone number right now without looking it up in my cell phone.

Anyhow, here I am.

Blog writer’s block

Posted by Katie on March 05, 2009
Blog, Daily Life, Family & Friends / 7 Comments

Life is moving along as usual.  “Usual” usually equals crazy, frenetic and hectic in my world.  You would think that with the usual pace of things I would have at least one witty, funny or quirky post for the blog.  It seems that I do not. 

We went to Dave’s grandfather’s funeral last week.  I wish I had had the opportunity to meet him while he was alive, as he certainly set a healthy and holy example of how to live to his family.  Apparently he wrote his own memoirs several years back, and I look forward to reading them. 

It was great to see old pictures from Dave’s family, and hear old stories.  I know a lot of things about my side of the family, and have seen many pictures over the years, but don’t really know much about Dave’s ancestors.  I would love to learn more. 

We visited with family at the funeral and I got to play with my favorite baby pickles.  My niece Miriam asked, “When you get pregnant, will you be happy to quit your job?”  Oh, you kids say the darnedest things!

Dave’s parents visited us for two nights during the last week, as they were traveling back and forth from the funeral.  It was wonderful to visit with them, as we do not often get the chance.  They didn’t even seem to notice the smell of bleach and Windex, as we had frantically cleaned the place and shoved mounds of dirty laundry into closets the day before they came.

Two weeks ago I bragged to Dave about how I had not gotten sick all winter, nagging him to take vitamins and wash his hands more.  The very next day I got a cold.  And then I passed it to Dave.

I have developed an odd spasm in my eyelid, the likes of which I have only had one other time in my life – the entire two months before our wedding.  Weird.

Our previous landlord, the one who still owes us our security deposit, is MIA.

I am deeply enthralled in a Stephen King book I picked up last weekend.  

Dave is practicing the piano a lot, as he is playing for a wedding next week. 

Oh, and I gave up alcohol for Lent.  OH, that’s probably where all my creative blog ideas went! 


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!

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?

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.