Monthly Archives: September 2010

Maintaining the Social Contract

So, the old wallpaper on my Droid looked like this.

I know, I know, this looks like something that belongs to a lady who hoards Persian cats.

But then, those horrible fall rains stopped.  The sun came out.  The 70 degree temperatures returned.

So I had to placate my inner diva. With this.

I feel like you could probably find this at Wet Seal.

And if you’re thinking, Wow Kat, I totally wouldn’t have pinned you as the girl rocking day-glo etch-a-sketch diamonds on your phone.

Well, you’re not alone.

Me too.

But sometimes we have to live on the edge.  And since I’m not one to explore my wild side by dying my hair an unnatural color or shearing an inappropriate amount of it off, cellphone wallpaper is where it’s at.

Okay?

The social contract has not been broken.

And, because I know what we all really care about, there’s the giveaway 🙂  Last night I had to choose between eating dessert + watching t.v. or putting names into a spreadsheet.  I just couldn’t help myself.  The thought of spending more time post-work in Excel just sounded so…unappealing.  But we’re past that now.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!  I finally took the time to rock random.org and this is how we do.

Congratulations Wendy!  E-mail me at tenaciouslyyourskw at gmail dot com so that I can get the goods over to you!

And, if you didn’t win, fear not.  There’s another opportunity for you to win some fun swag coming soon!

 

Mmmm…Normal.

Normal life…What does that even mean?

It means that now that I can run like I could before the half-marathon, I’ve covered 26.5 miles in the past five days.

I feel fantastic.

It means that Marcus, knowing how absolutely pop-culturally illiterate I am, asked me if I ripped-off Jay Leno when I made a joke involving The Real Housewives of D.C. and The Biggest Loser

Harsh.

I may never joke again.

Kidding.

It means copious amounts of chocolate chips for dessert, because that’s just how I roll.  The fact that the bag was practically empty (relatively speaking) had absolutely nothing to do with that domination.

Really, I swear.

It means that I had to bust out of my technological cocoon today and spend all of five minutes joining Skype because Linds, Mads and Brian threatened to boycott my communications if they couldn’t start seeing my lovely face.

Which really means that I’ll probably have to pull a Belinda  Jensen and wear cute tops so that when we video chat, I can maintain the illusion that I don’t totally let myself go when I get done with my post-work run (crewneck RL sweatshirts and leggings, what?).

Mmmm…Normal.

It also means that I finally posted the recipe for Emily’s Chicken Taco Stew , so I hope that you all have the opportunity to enjoy it sooner or later 🙂

Thank you ALL for entering my giveaway for a Coach Mini Skinny!  I’ll do the drawing (read: Random Number Generator) tomorrow and announce a winner tomorrow night.

An Odd Couple

Friends, I absolutely LOVE the book suggestions that are continuing to roll in – I’ll update the list the next time that I update you all with what I’ve been reading, and who knows what else we’ll discover!

I woke up at 3 AM with a migraine.  It was not the most fantastic experience of my life.  Migraines during the day or on the weekend are awful, but when they wake you up in the middle of the night, it’s just heinous.

Honesty counts.

Theme of tonight: glee and craft brews.

Ommegang Abbey Ale

One thing I’m bummed to be missing this year is the Autumn Brew Review.  It’s the day before the 10 Mile and even though I plan on being all-about the carbs, it seems ill-advised to go on an afternoon boozing jag the day before the race.  So, Marcus and I hit up The Four Firkins last weekend and created his and hers six-packs of craft brews.  If you’re in the area and haven’t been yet, I can’t recommend the place enough.  I usually end up spending ~10 minutes just reading all of the labels because how could you possibly know what you want if you don’t even know what’s inside?  Plus, they’re usually offering samples of one beer or another.  And by “offering samples,” I mean every time I’ve been in the store, the guy behind the counter has busted open a bottle of one beer or another and started handing out cups.  We love this.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Britney Spears episode of glee, but it was just fantastic in the way that the Gaga episode couldn’t be (though I did LOVE Rachel Berry’s Beanie Baby outfit).  And the John Stamos add-on made the whole mess that much more delightful.  Even if you’re not an avid watcher of the show, this one is worth going online to watch.

Since lately I’ve been fascinated by what, specifically I was up to last year at this time, feel free to check out 9.28.09 – Meringue Puffs and battling a Sweet Tooth.  Ironically, I finished snacking my way through my latest stash of those lovelies on Sunday and I’ve been meaning to make another batch.  For the recipe, click here.

And last, but not least, don’t forget, the giveaway for a Coach Mini Skinny ends tomorrow!

The Kind of Shenanigans I Aspire To…

As Marcus and I lolled about last night, catching-up on our DVR backlog (Community, The Office and Outsourced…we’re such slaves to NBC), we realized that this week will be a “normal” week for us.  And by that, I mean one in which we don’t have exotic social commitments, Marcus isn’t travelling and we can just do normal couple stuff like cook dinner and enjoy drinks on the deck.  By Friday, I’ll hardly know what to do with myself. 

Not that the word normal means anything (Um, hello?  Relative term.), but what does “normal” life look like for you? 

The recipe for Emily’s Chicken Taco Stew is still in the works, but in the meantime I added recipes for Roasted Squash  and Mozzarella-Pesto Flatbread.  When I made the Flatbread for David and Sue’s Sukkot Party on Sunday, I committed the cardinal sin of actioning party-treats: I brought a dish I had never made before, and therefore had never tasted.  Thankfully, I’m apparently surrounded by pesto fiends, because people snapped it up like they had been starved. 

There were dozens of treats (Which turned me into a snacking fiend…you know how that goes.) and I found some unsuspecting cookies nestled next to the blueberry loaf. 

Minor detail: That cookie was the size of my face. And I dominated it.

 The joke was on me.  

Because you wanted to know, that would be a Chocolate Chip Cookie that’s made of gold.  Apparently, they go for $150 for two dozen at dessert auction, and I have to say, I TOTALLY GET IT.  Most of the time I take a minute while eating something that’s particularly “bad for you,” to determine if it’s actually worth finishing.  In this case, I didn’t even wonder whether or not it was bad for me until I had snarfed it down.  

Oops.  

Those are the types of shenanigans I aspire to. 

But Wendy, I’m calling you out.  I think that your cookies and Justin’s Cookies  are one and the same.  And my world is a better place because of this. 

Friends, take note: If you do not have designated Chocolate Chip Cookie bakers in your life, now is the time to find.those.people. 

AND, only two more wake-ups until I pick a winner for my giveaway, so be sure to enter!

Book Club

Friends, I absolutely LOVED your reading-list suggestions from last time, so please keep them coming!  I still have four more books to power-through before I can start adding to my queue (for sanity’s sake, not because there are actual rules).  Because we all seem to be into that sort of thing, I thought I’d compile the list of your suggestions for all of us to enjoy:

The Girl Who Played With Fire
A Thread of Grace
The Millenium Trilogy,
 by Stieg Larsson
The Glass Castle
Anything by Jodi Picoult
Anything by Chelsea Handler (I’ve read My Horizontal Life – it’s good, but if you loved I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, you’ll find it tame)
The Joy Luck Club (Tawny, I somehow managed to escape reading this one in H.S.!)
Anything by David Sedaris
Water for Elephants (Back in my book-club days I read this one – highly recommend)
Life of Pi
All Creatures Great and Small
The Gun Seller
The Hunger Games Trilogy
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
(series)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (I love this book SO hard.)

In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been reading over the past few weeks…

Audition, by Barbara Walters

 

 

 

 

 

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know I have enough reading suggestions to keep me going until at least January, but if you think of (or happen to read) any other books that really take you some place wonderful, please share them!

And naturally, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a Coach Mini Skinny!

A Header for Ants

Friends, I apologize if you’ve stopped by here tonight and the layout is having a fit-and-a-half on you.  See, I’ve been dying to create a new header (since we all know how captivating mine have been for the past…ever), and Mads gave me the resources to do that.

Fantastic.

Except for the fact that the tutorial is for Blogger (which will let you have a header that’s as big as God) and WordPress is how I roll.  So I’ve been playing with different layouts all night to see if it’s physically possible for me to create a header that doesn’t look like it was meant for ants.

Right now it’s looking like ants-it-is, because the other layouts really don’t totally resolve the problem, and other than the header sizing-issue, I really like the layout I have now.  Even though it’s a bit squint-y, I have to say I am quite a bit pleased with the result and that it’s 100% better than the header I had before.

This morning was the Plymouth Firefighter 5k.  Despite the fact that it was pouring rain up until the race started and the other small detail of it being all of 50 degrees outside, it went surprisingly well.

Uncle Barry and I.

I finished in 29:07, which was a huge improvement over my April time of 33:45.  It was also an improvement over my race pace for the half-marathon which makes me think that I’ll be able to beat my 10 mile goal of 1:43.

And a pleasant surprise to top it all off, was the fact that I won a pair of running shoes from Gear West.  Running is a relatively inexpensive endeavor for me, but given the fact that I don’t spend more than $30 on shoes ever, buying running shoes is always a slightly painful experience.

That being said, if you’re just starting to run, for the love of God, DON’T SCRIMP ON SHOES.  The first pair of shoes I bought last January were a pink pair of Asics.  They fit me fine, and they served me well.  But, the only reason I picked them is because they were pink and on-sale.  Those should NOT be the qualifiers for a shoe purchase when you’re going to be spending ~400 miles in them.  When it was time for a new pair, I listened to Galina (homegirl knows what’s what) and went to get fitted at the Running Room in Uptown.  The shoes I came home with didn’t need to be broken-in, and the change I’ve experienced in my running posture as well as my performance is incredible.  Did I mention that they’ve never, ever given me a blister? Because that would be true as well.

I’m off to bed (despite the fact that I spent the night-in, this evening ended up being far busier than I had anticipated), but while I’m asleep, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a Coach Mini Skinny!

“Acceptable” Breakfast

Kittens, I swear-to-God this is not becoming a “foodie” blog.  But since y’all know that I spend my entire day thinking about food, expect more pictures of things that make my heart sing when I take a bite.

Like this.

Really, the only reason this happened is because I wanted to enjoy my new maple syrup. In the mix: 1 piece TJ's whole grain bread, 1 egg, 1 t granola, some chocolate chips, 1 T peanut butter, drizzle of maple syrup.

Our society tells us that an “acceptable” breakfast would NOT be a bowl of granola, peanut butter, chocolate chips and maple syrup.

Y’all know how I am about following rules.  I’m a rules-follower.

But if you dump that bowl of joy on-top of a piece of whole grain French Toast, in which you made sure it soaked up the entire egg for “protein,” then you’d be in the clear.  And if you ate it under the guise of “fuel” for your 5k, well, that pretty much makes you the Mother Theresa of healthy eats.

Sorry for partying.

And because it’s Saturday, and you know you love free stuff as much as I do, make sure to enter my giveaway!