Daily Life

Puzzle nerds

Posted by Katie on May 06, 2010
Daily Life, Memories / 4 Comments

I can’t count the number of times that I did this puzzle as a kid.  It was my favorite by far, and has seen a bit of wear and tear over the years.  Note the missing pieces and those which have been glued back together.  I recently found this puzzle when cleaning out boxes in my parents’ basement, and had to bring it back to life.

And I have been very pleasantly surprised to learn that Dave enjoys doing puzzles with me.  As Dave says, “Of course I like doing puzzles with you.  It’s something we can do together without talking all the time.”

Ok, I’ll take it.

St. Francis puzzled

Posted by Katie on March 25, 2010
101 in 1001, Daily Life / 6 Comments

Check out the cool puzzle Dave and I did recently.

This doesn’t count towards my puzzle goal (#33 – Completely assemble a 5,000+ piece puzzle).  It was only 1,000 pieces.

Broke back

Posted by Katie on March 24, 2010
Daily Life, Stress / 6 Comments

My back has been in pain for a while now.

And after my self prescription of ignoring the pain until magic fairies made it disappear wasn’t working, Dave successfully nagged me into going to a chiropractor.

The x-rays show that two of my vertebra go a different direction than up, and the doctor says that the damage is consistent with trauma.  I realize that I’m clumsy and all, but have no recollection of an incident that moved two of the vertebra in my spine.  Probably Dave punches me while we’re asleep.

So, now I’m going to physical therapy three times a week and dreading the next time the chiropractor ties me up in a pretzel and throws all of his body weight into my 7th vertebra.

To cable or not to cable?

Posted by Katie on November 15, 2009
Daily Life / 8 Comments

Dave and I have been throwing around the idea of canceling cable for a couple months now.  Sounds like a fine idea, be we just can’t seem to bring ourselves to actually do it.

We do watch a lot of TV, but then we always end up watching the same things over and over again.  It’s to the point that we can’t just turn on the TV at 2 AM for a healthy dose of Forensic Files any more, because we’ve probably already seen that episode…twice.

And with me being sick for the last couple weeks, I have to be honest and say that I am more than a little burnt out on TV.

Really the motivation for canceling cable is in the money.  Cable is expensive.  And without cable, we can do things like read books and talk to each other.  But then, we have to entertain ourselves by reading books and talking to each other.

I’m curious to know your take on this.  Do you get by without cable?

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 January 31, 2009
Daily Life / No Comments


It was not planned at all, but ever since I started cooking healthier, we have gravitated toward the dinner table to eat our meals instead of the sofa and the flat screen TV.


Wii Fit

Posted by Katie on January 17, 2009
Daily Life, Weight Loss / 4 Comments


We might not be getting ALL of those chores done this weekend, but we have not hesitated to devote hours to our new toy, the Wii Fit.

If you can get past the initial shock of a video game making you just as chubby on the screen as you are in real life, it is actually quite fun.  It does give you a good workout, and there are lots of games for balance, strength and cardiovascular activity.  Just be prepared, the Wii Fit may refer to you as an “amateur” and a “couch potato”.  Oh, and it reminds you to brush your teeth.

Serious cut throat Wii Fit hoola hoop competitions between husband and wife are healhty, right?