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July 31, 2007

Failure to Blog

Recently I was chatting with a girlfriend from grade school and Marie chastised me for failing to blog. So let me get on the stick here and catch ya’ll up on what is going on in Kats world.

Its summer in Southern California, we’re suffering with balmy temperatures ranging from the mid to high 80s with a few weeks of heat waves bringing us up into the 90s and low triple digits. This means running our AC units and spending as much time in the pool or ocean as we can although summer nights are another story entirely.  The balmy nights are simply awesome for going outdoors, taking a stroll on the beach, enjoying a fire on the back patio while sipping wine and the company of good friends.

Contrary to what one might think it’s NOT the time of year to make a day drip to Disneyland or any other theme park for that matter.  Summer means big crowds, long waiting lines and tourists up the wing wang.  You haven’t lived until your standing in line with tourists saying “YOU TAKE PICTURE OF ME”

NEWS FLASH: Ace, the poster kitten, has officially turned 1 year old.  Let me tell you he’s one handsome cat, as cats go.  A friend told me, Ace is the “Man” cat of this house, which is true, he’s managed to whip Tori, Cera and I into line. So lets all say Happy Birthday to Ace, I’m sure he’ll appreciate it catnip toys and all.

It’s coming up on that time of year where I travel home to Seattle to visit family and friends.

This year I’m especially glad to be going home.  My mom, who’s never been one to do anything half way had major surgery last week, seems that she was busy growing a tumor that put most watermelons to shame.  Doctors removed a 25 pound tumor, her plumbing and a few other odds and ends as well.  I’m happy to report she’s doing well and is as feisty as ever, must be the Irish in her.

My nephew and niece are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Auntie Kat, I’m expecting to be turned into a human jungle gym, shown all about their new play structure in the backyard, play trains with Andrew and dress up with Megan. Good times to be had by all!

My cousin Marlo, having just gotten married will be hosting a reception for family and friends.  I don’t believe I’ve seen anyone since my baby sister had hers a few years back.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up on their lives as well as sharing mine.

So now you have the update on Kat and crew.  I hope ya’ll are enjoying this wonderful summer.

Blog soon!

Kat and the Kids

Filed under: Life by Kat at 11:59 am

May 24, 2007

Adventures In Painting

So I finally did it… I got this wild hair to paint my bedroom a new bright happy color.  I went up to my local home depot and pulled all those little cards, one by one I rejected each color until I found what I thought was the absolutely perfect light yellow color,  Moonlit Yellow.  Now my internal voice is saying to me Kat, this color will lighten up your room, bring a smile to your face when you wake up and the sun is streaming into the room.

Armed with my chosen color, I went to the paint counter, handed my card with its little swatch selection over to the paint guy and had him mix it.  He opened up the can afterwards and it was this innocuous yellow, little did I know what would follow.

I was on the phone with my dear friend John, asking him a gazllion questions, such as what size roller do I need?  Is 3/8 nap what I want or do I want this one that is sponge?  I think he is glad that he’s in Kentucky and I’m here in California so I couldn’t try conning him into painting for me.  All proud of my selections I walked over, paid for it all and walked out.  I should mention I also spent a good bit of time looking for “Just” the right curtain rod.  Yep, I’m all girl when it comes to this shopping stuff.Â

I spent the next two days cleaning out my bedroom.  Now I must say, I moved the bed out and I thought the dust bunnies were going to bite me on the ankles they were that big.  All I could say was DAYMN!  I also found out that Ace the cat is a kleptomaniac; he had a stash of toys, straws, socks, and other things I couldn’t find way in the back dark corner that I never saw before.

So it’s the big day, Saturday, and armed with my roller, paintbrush and plastic drop cloth I was ready to paint.  I started taping off the room with this blue tape that John told me to buy, then picking up the big one gallon paint can, I popped the top, poured out the paint and got going.  Rolling away I managed to drop the paint tray more than once, yes ladies this is why you use a plastic drop cloth or your carpet will match your walls for sure. I rolled and rolled, and when my friend Kevin called, he said “Kat, make sure you make big W’s so the paint will blend nicely” he also told me that while it looked light now, it would dry a touch darker than I might think and I’d see for sure if I missed any spots.  So I painted and painted until it late afternoon when it was so hot I had to quit.Â

Now the fun part… watching paint dry.  Amazing but true paint changes colors as it dries.  It went from this light sunshiny yellow to a color that we as adults all know and associate with one big Sesame Street character “BIG BIRD”.  Yes to my dismay, my charming yellow was BIG BIRD YELLOW. Now imagine I’ve painted 3.5 walls and I even managed to run out of paint and made an emergency run for one more quart, only to see that Sunday just HOW bright my room was.  Good Lord, Moonlit yellow, yes, the moon lights up my room like a candle now.

So it’s now a week later and so far the Yellow has grown on me.  I’ve even managed to hang drapes, add a few homey touches and I’m starting to really like this bright cheery room.  Would I have picked this color out on my own, that’s easy No, but am I happy with how it’s turned out, well I have to say, sometimes a mistake can turn out to be a heck of a cool thing.

Filed under: Life,Pursuit of Happiness by Kat at 11:34 pm

April 13, 2007

Women over 40 – by Andy Rooney (CBS)

As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it’s usually more interesting.

Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress.

Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?,” here’s an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!

Andy Rooney is a really smart guy!!

Filed under: Life,Love by Kat at 2:58 pm
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