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December 6, 2007

The holidays are upon us.

Silly Deer

There is nothing more exciting than knowing that the holidays are upon us.  I am sitting here typing to you while listening to KOST 103.5, Southern California’s soft rock station.  Through the holidays they play continual Christmas music, and I must say listening to both traditional and obscure holiday tunes songs that I grew up on is most comforting.  I’m sure all three of the kids are wondering why I’m listening to Christmas music, they will understand when they check their stockings and see that Santa has left them all catnip treats, crinkle balls and fun mice to play with.

Norad Tracks Santa

I’m pleased to announce that NORAD has begun its official 2007 Santa tracking!  You too can follow along by visiting their site.  There are lots of things to explore in the North Pole and on Christmas Eve following Santa’s flight, just make sure you dive into bed before Santa lands on your roof top.  *Note: You can click the Norad banner above and be whisked away to the North Pole to check out the going ons up there this time of year.*

I am headed home to Seattle for the holidays and am looking forward to the trip.  My nephew Andrew is such a darling.  The other day I called and spoke with him.  He asked me “Auntie Kat… when is your birfday?” I told him “It’s in August baby.”  Then he asked the one of those questions that men should never ask a lady. “Auntie Kat how old will you be?” When I replied “40”, he stated “I’m four”.  He knows that Christmas means we exchange gifts and he has a little trouble with remembering the difference between birthdays and the holidays.  Then the imp asked me.  “Auntie Kat what would you like for your birfday?”  when I said “Well, I’m not sure.”  he stated with great certainty, “You need a new car because your car has a flat tire.”  I had to smile, the things this little man remembers, I mentioned during the thanksgiving holiday that my car had a flat tire and darn if he didn’t remember that.

During my trip home we girls will be embarking upon one of our family traditions of sitting on Santa’s lap.  My mother can chronicle our lives by those photos.  This year she will have her 40th photo of me on Santa’s lap.  She loves to pull them out and we all enjoy looking at them and remembering when.Â

In the beginning it’s just me, then as the years slowly tick by you see the addition of my two sisters.  There are years my mom swears she wonders if we girls had a mother, due to impart the current styles in the late 70s and 80s and into the 90s.  Then we have those years where one of us looked stunning and the other two, well not so much, and on the odd year when all three of us beauties looked just that simply gorgeous.Â

I suppose if I ever bring home a fellow for the family to meet, instead of whipping out the obligatory Kat, as a baby naked on the bed, she will show them our life story in the holiday pictures.

I received a wonderful card from my moms God daughter Cheryl.  She and I have been pen pals since I was in 3rd grade and begged my mom for someone to write to.  She is the woman I shared all my hopes and dreams with throughout the last 30+ years.  She’s shared the trials and tribulations of my life and I hers.  She knew every time I had a boyfriend, a crush, or just needed to vent about life in general.  There is nothing like having a confidant like she was for me.  Since she lived on the east coast and I live out on the west coast, it was to expensive to call however at the time it cost nearly nothing to send a letter in the mail.  I used to wait for her letters and read them over and over.  To this day I have every childhood letter she sent me, they fill an entire box!  I remember the first time I talked to her on the phone, it was right before I married at the ripe old age of 19 and she called me to confirm that my wedding dress was indeed white due to her dream that I was getting married in an ORANGE dress.Â

In her note she sent along a picture, her three babies are no longer so little, her oldest is now 17, her middle is 15 and her baby is now 12, its amazing how time flies.  I’ve watched all three grow up through pictures, letters and heard about life on the occasional phone call we have now and again.  She to this day remains the one friend I’ve had the longest, with the one exception of my sister Becky.  I’d like to send her family warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years. *note: I’ll be sending a card snail mail too*

On that note it’s now 11:06pm and I’ve been sitting here singing songs along with KOST’s holiday songs and it’s time for me to retire to bed.

Here is wishing you and yours a very Happy, Safe and Wonderful Holiday Season!

Love Kat and the kids.

Jolly Holly
Filed under: Life,Love,Pursuit of Happiness by Kat at 12:24 am

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

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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