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October 25, 2007

Online Life

Through my travels online, I’ve met some wonderful people. I’ve met some ladies who have gracefully touched my life. Through the wonderment of the internet I maintained my friendship with my oldest friend in the world Dianne, while she was in Africa. She’s a missionary and while in the bush sometimes the only way to contact her or hear from her was through emails, on the rare occasions she did manage to get online. I’ve met and fostered friendships with several women in southern California. Ladies who are all special in their own way, Blondie who I met through an AOL chat years ago. She’s tall, blonde and the epitome of California beautiful, without the stuck up attitude that you might find in a person with her beautiful looks.

Miriam, who is tall, beautiful and Latina, a lovely bright lady who I have been lucky to share a wonderful friendship with; she recently had a darling baby boy, and I wish her luck with her new adventure. Both mother and son are doing well.

Marie, my partner in crime, who has energy and is another beautiful individual; she brings a light to our friendship that I treasure. Not to mention she’s been the steadiest date I’ve had in my lifetime, our running joke is we’ve dated each other longer than we’ve dated most men, I know I can count on her for a movie and dinner date, or just a quickie run to our favorite Chinese buffet for a late night supper.

This doesn’t count the numerous group of women I’ve yet to have the pleasure of meeting but I seem to talk to them every time I’m online. I hope to rectify that at some point when we are able to meet up.

I’ve met and dated a few men over the years. Gentlemen who where comfortable with who they were, but for whatever reasons in their lives didn’t have the time to do the whole bar social scene, but were able to pop on and offline at the same odd hours I have kept.

For you who are wondering, yes I met a wonderful man back in January, he’s touched my life, loves to makes me smile, and yes we are an ocean apart. He’s an Englishman and I have to say there is something to be said for a fellow with a Geordie accent. Every time I hear the song by Brian Adams – I Will Be Right Here Waiting For You, I break out in a smile because it fits the feelings he and I share. So for all my English readers, if you could manage to take yourself up to the Newcastle area, please package him up and send him to California. I will be good and ask Santa for him too, a girl can never be too careful with her wish.

One of the things the internet manages to do is make our world a much smaller place. It’s amazing to me how thoughts and ideas can flit across the globe in microseconds. We can’t travel as fast as our voice can over the cable/dsl wires.

On the lighter side of my ramblings online, I had to chuckle when I heard Brad Paisley’s song. The song called “ONLINE”, has lyrics that take me back to my first days on the net. Back in those days, well over a decade ago, you could be anyone you wanted to be. Wait that’s right you still can, though with the advent of web cams, it does make it a touch harder.

The song starts out with a young man describing himself…

I work down at the Pizza Pit and I drive an old Hyundai. I still live with my mom and dad, I’m 5 foot 3 and overweight, I’m a scifi fanatic, a mild asthmatic, and I’ve never been to second base.

I had to chuckle at just how many people I met online who turned out to match this description. Then he goes onto sing about his ‘Alter Ego’,

‘Cause online I’m out in Hollywood. I’m 6 foot 5 and I look damn good, I drive a Maserati, I’m a black-belt in karate, and I love a good glass of wine. It turns girls on that I’m mysterious; I tell them I don’t want nothing serious, ’cause even on a slow day, I could have a three way. Chat with two women at one time. I’m so much cooler online, so much cooler online.

I think it’s interesting that in our normal lives we can’t hide behind the mask of annominity, we are who we are; we can’t hide our looks from the world. It’s nearly impossible to walk around town with a brown paper sack over your head, however online we can hide behind the mask of being our own creation. The person we wish we could be.

I’ve always felt that people come online for a 3 reasons. 1.) To escape from a life that they are unhappy with so they come online to find a way out of their humdrum lives. 2.) Seeking something that they are unable to find in their everyday lives. It may be something as little as going onto an auction site or something more expressive such as a sexual interest that they are unable or unwilling to explore in their hometown, and the last reason 3.) Because they find more and more the ease of the net allows them do to mundane tasks such as bank, shop and seek daily information.

I do wish that we as a whole could and would be comfortable with whom we are. Take a moment to see the real you through another’s eyes and you might just find that you are a pretty special person without having to throw up walls to block out those whom you would call a friend or loved one.

Kat kisses,

Kat and the kids.

For those of you who are following the Aero Garden story, below are a few pictures of the garden taken today to give you an idea just how it’s going crazy.

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Filed under: Life,Love by Kat at 11:22 pm

October 16, 2007

Aero Garden

I finally broke down and purchased my very own Aero Garden. After seeing it on QVC numerous times, watching those late night infomercials and reading the Aero Garden website hawking their product, I decided I’d give this nifty looking device a whirl.

Spotting it on sale, in my local J.C. Penney, I just couldn’t resist. I lugged the box home and began to unpack it. Failing to read the instructions I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put together.

It came with the Herb Garden seed kit, but having purchased a few other kits, I settled on trying the Salad Garden. The box and seed pods said I’d have germination in 1 to 3 days. I learned that 1 day germination did not mean I’d see green plants that fast; it actually took 2 days to see leaves, not bad for my need of instant gratification.

I’m actually surprised at how well it’s doing. I started these seeds on 10/6/07 and 10 days later it’s starting to look pretty good. I’m excited to see how big the plants will be in another couple of weeks, by then I should starting to harvest red and green leaf lettuce for a nice long growing season. Fresh salad here I come!!!

For all of you who are rolling your eyes at the fact that I’m growing a garden smack dab in the middle of my kitchen, I’m posting a couple of pictures taken tonight to show off my tiny apartment sized garden.

Aero Garden Red and Green Salad Plants

I’m enjoying it so much that I am contemplating buying another one just for the fresh herbs that I could grow, however I think the kids might get all excited and start eating the plants, so for now I’ll refrain.

Filed under: Life by Kat at 9:06 pm

October 9, 2007

Time Flies

My mom says over and over, the older you get the faster your life flies by you. I have to admit, as I’ve gotten older, she’s right. It seems like yesterday, I was packing to head to Seattle for some rest, relaxation and fishing, now I am looking at the local pumpkin patches going up for Halloween. Hard to believe yet another summer is gone. Blink it was a New Years, blink it was Easter, blink it’s Summer and now we’re in October and I am left wondering where this year went, did I miss it?

Mom’s birthday is on the 13th which is right around the corner, she’s a spry 64 this year, all recovered from her bout with that pumpkin sized tumor and planning a trip to Southern California to visit her oldest child aka Me. My nephew Andrew and niece Megan have their birthdays this month too, Andrew will be a big boy at four years old and Ms. Megan will be a precocious two.

This year has pretty much gone off without a hitch in its stride with a few notable exceptions, my sister having the colonoscopy issue, my mom with her tumor and me… with well get this, my bank was closed by the Feds (that’s for another blog this week and yes I have another bank to fall back on)

I’m looking forward to the upcoming holidays, we have Halloween around the corner, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, then we do it all again only to look back and say where did *insert year here* go.

Filed under: Life by Kat at 1:54 pm
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