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1/28/11

Pluggin'

So. For those that don't know. I MC (emcee?) for a local Improv group called 'And... Go!'. I think they happen to be hilarious - and I know you will too.

So.

Ya know. You should come to our show this Saturday at 7:30 at the Church on 365 E, Murray. It's free and our last show before we move to the Murray Theater!

If you can't make it to the show on Saturday - starting Feb 2nd, you can find us at the Murray Theater at 7:30 every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month - tickets will be 8 dollars, unless you can make it to the show on the 29th - where there will be coupons given away for a discount ticket to one of our Murray Theater shows. :)

Come. You'll laugh. I promise.

Oh also - I wrote a blog on our teams website.

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Happy Friday Internet! :)

1/26/11

High Tech Fish Deserve High Tech Names

I am please to announce to the blogging world that Braedon and I are finally proud fish owners. :)

We've been talking about getting a fish for quite awhile now, and on Monday night Braedon turned to me and said "Let's go get a fish!".

So we went to the pet store, looked around at all the fishy's and until we found the ones we wanted. We then bought all necessary fish items and soon discovered that the tank should be set up with water and the filter running for at least 24 hours before any fish are put in it. So sadly no new fishies yet, but we went home, set up the tank and waited anxiously (at least... I did) to go get our fish the following day.

So then comes Tuesday and we head back over to our friendly neighborhood Pet's Mart and walk up to the tank holding the fish we had seen the day before. A lovely Pet's Mart associate helped us out in getting our new fish and telling us a little bit about proper tank care and the such.

We shortly check out and are officially proud fish owners! Observe:
Fishies!!
Me getting mad a Braedon for pretending to eat the fishies.

The type of fish we got are called GloFish. Which we discovered is a genetically modified version of a flourescent zebrafish. Here is a close up of the three we got:

Pretty, eh!?
So since these fishy's are a little high tech we decided that they deserve high tech names... and what's more high tech then Star Trek*!!!


The Red one is Aurora, the Orange(that looks kinda yellow) one is Sulu, and the Green one is Spock Jr. :)

Why Spock Jr. you ask? Well because we already have a Spock in the family:

Shout Out to Cam for one of the coolest Birthday gifts ever!
We are excited to become better acquainted with Aurora, Sulu, and Spock Jr. and we feel they make a nice edition to the family.


Hopefully they feel at home in the new place we've brought them to. :)

1/20/11

Favorites.

I've decided to do a list of some of my favorites. I'm sure this is very subject to change (seeing as I know as soon as I post this something else will come to mind that I feel needs to be added), but I thought it would be fun to look back on and see what my favorites were in January 2011.

Here we go.

1. Raindrops on roses
2. Whiskers on kittens
3. Blue Satan Sashes...

Oh wait.

I think those are Julie Andrew's Favorite things.

 Let's try this again.


Favorite Genre of Music
1. Jazz - Jamie Cullum, Michael Buble, Miles Davis, etc

This is about as far as I got...After coming to the conclusion that most music is just too hard for me to put into specific genre's... So I kinda gave up on this and went to:

Favorite Music Artists (besides those written under the 'Jazz' section above)
1. Paramore
2. Anberlin
3. Ingrid Michaelson
4. Flogging Molly
5. Muse
6. Postal Service
7. Others 

Favorite Candy
1. Frooties (By Tootsie)
2. Sour Watermelon Straws
3. Trolli Sour Brite Crawler Gummy Eggs
4. Nerds (Preferable the Christmas kind)
5. Hear Shaped Gobstopers
6. Laffy Taffy

Favorite Sounds
1. Thunder
2. Ocean Waves
3. Braedon's giggle
4. When a car drives through a puddle
5. Getting a strike while bowling
6. Rain falling on Window's/Roof's

Favorite Smells
1. Cinnamon Toasted Almonds (Smells like Christmas)
2. Rain (Right before, during, after - take your pick)
3. Braedon
4. Out of the Dryer Clean Laundry
5. The Ocean
6. Fall Leaves

Favorite Author's
1. Brandon Sanderson
2. Jane Austin
3. Robert Jordan (Even though I go back and forth on him all the time)
4. Orson Scott Card
5. Robin Hobb
6. Others

Favorite Video Game's
1. Donkey Kong Country (Super Nintendo)
2. Super Mario Brothers (Super Nintendo)
3. Super Mario Brother 3 (Super Nintendo)
4. Super Mario Bros (Wii)
5. The Zelda's (Any)
6. Mario Party (Any)

1/18/11

Fedora's

So if you haven't been able to tell from the past few posts, I've discovered a love for fedora's. So much so that I've decided to collect them. So far I have 4, not much - but a collection's gotta start somewhere, right? I hope to one day have so many fedora's that when I'm old and bald I'll have enough to wear each day of the year (and rather then be called the 'Cat Lady' I'll be called the 'Fedora Lady', so much cooler).

Well, I figured if I am going to be collecting these hats I should probably know a little more about them then the fact that they are comfortable and I like how they look. So I turned to my trusty internet and discovered some fun stuff, including this:
The word fedora comes from the title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou called Fedora. The play was first performed in the U.S. in 1889. Bernhardt played Princess F├ędora, the heroine of the play, and she wore a hat similar to what is now considered a fedora. The fedora became a female fashion which lasted into the early part of the twentieth century. When the fedora became a male fashion item, it was popular in cities for its stylishness, ability to protect the wearer's head from the wind and weather, and the fact that it could be rolled up when not in use.

Yes that's right. It was a women's fashion long before it was a men's fashion. I'm gonna bring it back! Also, my mom has always called me an old soul, so I guess wearing hats that were popular in the 20's suits me (though who knows if she meant that old). :)

Today's hat looks like this:
I wonder what my co-workers think of me while I take all these pictures of myself.


Anyone else collect anything? Or want to collect anything? If you want to, I say do it*! 


Love and hugs internet. :)


*Unless it's something uber creepy like toenails or earwax, then I would suggest not doing it.



1/17/11

Upside Down Frown

I've decided that this Monday I'm going to turn my usual Monday frown upside down.

Sad that my alarm clock went off.  Happy that I get to wake up and live another day.
Sad that it's a Monday.  Happy that I get to start another week fresh that will eventually lead to another weekend!
- Sad that I pushed snooze too many times and ended up not having time to shower.  Happy that due to unwashed hair I get to sport one of my wonderful fedora's.
Braedon got me this one for Christmas. :)
Sad that I leave for work before the Sun is event half way up.  Happy for the chance to see a beautiful sunrise with the soft rainy clouds on my drive to work.
- Sad that I have to work on a day that many others do not.  Happy for the opportunity to earn money on a day that others can't.
- Sad that she can't think of anything else she's sad about...  Happy for being Happy. :)


Happy Monday internet. :)

1/14/11

Delight. Relish. Enjoy.

Some things that make me happy right now are:

- Being fully moved in, unpacked, organized, and settled into our new apartment. We got everything done in one day - literally. Pictures hung up even. A big thanks goes to Braedon's sister for staying with us from Noon till Ten helping us out and keeping us motivated to get it all done. 

- Spell Check. Because I spell motivated wrong every single time I type it.

- The Game Dominion and friends to play it with. Thanks for coming over last night Ali and Morrison!
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- My Kobo (eReader) and the ability I have to have hundreds of books at my fingertips. Wonderful.
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- The fact that it's Friday. Isn't that wonderful? Isn't it awesome that every week we get a Friday? I think it's pretty cool.

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- Ingrid Michaelson. I just love her music so much. Wonderful, wonderful. Especially the song 'Keep Breathing'. Mmmmm,

- Braedon. When is he not making me happy? Especially when he sends me texts like this:
"Psst... guess what?
I love you!!!!"
My Fedora Collection also makes me happy. :)

- My new Earring/Gauges that aren't made of rubber like my last ones so they don't make my ears freak out and rash. :)
They're swirly!

- Life in general. You know... I've heard somewhere that it's to be enjoyed. I try to follow that advice. :)

And I hope you try to follow that advice as well. :)

Happy Friday internet.

Loves and hugs - spread it around. :)

1/12/11

Gauges and the Blue Boutique

I bet most of you can't guess what I did yesterday.

No. Nope. Wrong again. Negative. Guess again. Okay fine, I'll just tell you.

I gauged my ears.

Now now. Before you get too upset (kinda like my mom did when I told her), let me explain.

My ears are retarded. Seriously.

I got my ears pierced at the ripe old age of 8. I remember being so excited about my new little holes in my ears - I even remember getting a lot of cheep-o I mean cute earrings for my birthday from all my other fellow 8 year olds. Well as time went by, putting in my new earrings became a problem... I had a hard time getting anything in my new piercings that I eventually gave up and stopped wearing earrings all together.

We then jump to 18 year old Katie. 18 year old Katie wanted to try wearing earrings again - maybe something got screwed up when she was 8? Or maybe she was just a dumb 8 year old that didn't know how to put earrings in? So I went and got my ears re-pierced - right in the same place as the old piercings. Well some time past by and I ran into the same problem that I had when I was 8 - I would go 2 maybe 3 days with out wearing a pair of earrings and they would be completely closed. Having spent more money on earrings then when I was 8 I wasn't ready to give up so easily - I would re-poke the holes over and over again, causeing much frustration and blood in the bathroom. I would try keeping earrings in for 2 weeks at a time and still if I went one day with no earrings the next day was another episode of poking and frustration.

Eventually (about a year ago) I gave up again. I would still have random moments when I really wanted to wear earrings (i.e. my wedding) and I would go through the process of re-poking holes, but by the end of the day my ears would be so sore that I'd take them out and not try again for another 3 weeks or so.

Well this past week in the process of moving and seeing all the cute earrings I've collected over the years - some that I haven't even tried to wear... I thought again, I really want to make my ears work. Then enters co-worker with recently gauged ears (hi Grace!) - she just went up a size from the regular ear piercing to start the processes for her future bigger holes. After talking to her about my problem I concluded that maybe I would try stretching my holes out a bit and then they wouldn't close so easy (or at all, please?).

So yesterday Braedon and I moseyed over to our local Blue Boutique (recommended by said Co-Worker) to look into gauging my ears (and also to pick up some fun items for the wonderful Stanfields that got married that day - Hi Ben and Kelci!).

As we started to explain my story and situation to the Piercing guy (piercing Artist?) he had this "Ya ya, whatever, I'm sure it's not that bad - I'll be able to get earrings in those ears - CAKE" look. He then asked to see my ears, I pulled back my hair and he gave them a look and felt around the lobe for the hole - this is when his "Ya ya, whatever, I'm sure it's not that bad - I'll be able to get earrings in those ears - CAKE" look turned into a "uhhh... what the heck is wrong with yours ears - I can't believe what I'm seeing/feeling" look. He then said that he believed that gauging them would help with the problem and that we could try to stretch them out, but he wasn't sure if he would be able to do it so we might need to pierce them.

Now - anytime I hear the word 'Pierce' in the same sentence with the word 'Gauge' I get this picture of a giant hole punch for human flesh - which is something I never want close to me. So I told him, let's just try to stretch them.

So I get in the special chair - we had decided that we would go to a 14 (normal piercings are a 18, so just two sizes up). He procedures to caution that it will be a series of pinches and pressure and that he can go as slow or as fast as I feel comfortable with. I get a little nervous, but then remember I've gone through multiple kidney stones before and it can't even come close to that bad.

He then starts to massage my ear lobe and puts some type of cleaning goop on it as he confirms that face I saw him pull while he looked at my ears earlier. He has never seen ears like mine before - not in his 12 years of piercing and gauging. He has had people come in that haven't worn earrings for 30 years and he knew it would be no problem to get earrings back in them - but my wonderful ears he was worried about. Awesome. Apparently they were closed - but did't have any scar tissue, which I suppose is unusual? But he continued to say that he always likes a challenge, and it looks like I would be the greatest challenge he's ever had. Again. Awesome.

Side Note: What the freak is wrong with my ears? I would like to say that I have super healing powers... but the rest of my body doesn't seem to follow that suit.

So he starts the process - not near as bad as I thought it would be. It was painful, and there was plenty of 'pinching and pressure', but nothing horrible. We get the right ear completed and he looks pretty pleased with himself and says "that wasn't quite as bad as I thought it might be". So we start with the left ear - which I'm shortly informed is worse then the right ear.

At this point an image of me with lopsided holes in my ears popped into my head as he tries to get his little tool through my ear.

But with much coaxing and pushing and massaging he was able to stretch out the left ear and get the plug in. (Yay for matching holes in my ears).

Honestly all in all it wasn't a bad experience. The piercing guy was really calm and very gentle and since he had about 7 gauges in his ears, I felt pretty comfortable in his hands.

Now I know some of you may still need some mollifying - I know when I hear the word 'gauge' I think of this:

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So to sooth any worries I have taken a couple of shots via my crappy cell phone camera. Observe:


See. Little.
The hole is as big as the metal part, not the clear plastic part. Nothing too crazy big.

So we'll see if this works and makes it so I'm able to wear normal earrings with out so much distress.

If not - I'm giving up the whole institution of wearing earrings forever.