27 February 2011

how i fell in ♥ with: Tim Urban

 Sometimes I write posts and then forget to post them.
&& then I find them monthes later in my 'drafts' section.
Yep. This is one of those blogs...
I owe it all to Ellen really...
Yep. There. On @TheEllenShow.

Granted she talked about how 'adorable' he was while on Idol
and the few times I watched Idol, I thought he was cute but...meh

But Friday the 23rd {of April} he was on Ellen.
I had recorded it because I am half in love with Chloe Moretz, who was a guest.

Well his interview was like Idol, adorable.
then he sang Hallelujah on Ellen:
and I died 
of swoon overload.


k. I'm back again.

So you can learn more about him here:
&& you can swoon over his music here:

Chipotle burritos this year: 8
Boba smoothies this year: 9

25 February 2011

Sisters Red [11/50]

 One of my favorite books this year!
Sisters Red (Sisters Red #1)
Rating: I'd like Sweetly (the companion) now please. kthxbye.


I read and finished this book a few weeks ago.
And as soon as I finished, I knew--
this would become a vlog:

*favorite quotes*

 I liked what the above quote meant for Rosie.
Plus it just reads cuteness!

  Such a great quote!
It just is!


Comment Questions:
 Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?
Also feel free to leave any book suggestions in the comments!

Chipotle burritos this year: 8
Boba smoothies this year: 9

21 February 2011

My Banned Book List

I hate not being able to finish a book.
Hate is a strong word.
So, yeah--
I hate not being able to finish a book.

I have many friends who are born writers...
I have seen how much work, blood, sweat and tears go into each creation.
So when I cant finish a book, it hurts my heart.
I feel like I am betraying the author--
like I am 'pooh-pooh'ing all their hard work.
Then I get over it at 1am and write this blog.

Kat's Banned Book List:
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    by Stieg Larsson
    • Why it and it's successors are banned: I don't think it translated into English well. Each page dragged on and on. I was interested in the characters but it took pages to learn a micro-fact about them. I tried and tried to get through this book. I didn't finish.

    • hush, hush
      by Becca Fitzpatrick
      • Why it and it's successors are banned: I muscled my way through this book. Although, I was intrigued by a few characters, the book was so slow. So slow. I didn't feel enthralled until Chapter 23. I mean, I shouldn't even remember the chapter. Also it did not help that I wanted to punch the main character's best friend each time she turned up on a page. Not good.

     So, as of now, this list only has 2 series on it.
    That is pretty darn good.
    But that isn't to say that it won't be added to someday.
    For the sake of the author-world,
    I hope it isn't anytime soon.

    Chipotle burritos this year: 7
    Boba smoothies this year: 9

    18 February 2011

    Spring Awakening: ifreakinglovethisshow

    If you have been around my blog for a bit,
    you know I have been a fan of Spring Awakening for a while now.

    But "fan" doesn't really cover my feelings for this show...
    Intense love.
    ...work much better, no doubt.

    So back in October (or something) 
    when the 2nd National Tour was announced,
    I. WAS. IN!
    Spring Awakening returned to the Denver Center this week--
    aaaaaand basically I *DIED* two nights in a row.
    I don't even know if I can find the words..
    This show means so much to me.
    I miss it so much already.

    [photo set by Andy Snow]

    I was lucky enough to go both nights in Denver.
    Below are the photos from Tuesday and Wednesday night.
    Thank goodness for cameras.

    [photo set by M. Flippin, R. Cole and myself ]

    && not gonna lie, my heart is breaking over not knowing
    when I will be able to lose myself in the live atmosphere of this
    beautiful, hypnotic, fantastic, emotional roller-coaster show again...

    What I do know is that next time SA returns to a stage near me,
    I. AM. THERE. At least 3 more times. SRS, FRC & SLS baby!
    As for this tour...
    It still has 42 cities to hit up in the US & Canada.
    So whether or not you have seen Spring Awakening,
    I strongly suggest that you see if your city is listed here.
    I mean then you can brag about it to me on your blog!

    Chipotle burritos this year: 6
    Boba smoothies this year: 8

    14 February 2011

    Happy Valentine's Day

    I may be single {again} this year on Valentine's Day but
    I also have 2 strong women in my life who love me as I am.

    Sending my love to all of you.

    08 February 2011

    must have monday, on tuesday [2]

     So, Alex posted a lil bloggy blog yesterday...
    And it made me want to post again too...

    Well, it is FREAKING COLD here in Colorado!
    So, I am going to take some advice from Ashley,
    when you've got winter blues- swoon over summer dresses!
    Must. Have. Monday Tuesday
    *Mod Cloth dresses edition*

    Price: $30.99 on sale!
    I love the mock umpire-waist band.
    & although it isn't summer colors, I love the print!
    Plus it is on sale :)

    Price: $84.99
    I love the pop of color on top matched with the bottom print.
    Oh, and look. That mock ump-waist band again!

    Price: $97.99
     At that price, tis a good thing this baby is out of stock.
    But geeeeez do I want. 
    I can totally imagine being out in the sun,
    making a spoof 'I'm on a Boat' video! Ha!

    Price: $40.99 on sale!

    Usually people go for ALL BRITE WHITE,
    but I love an off-white summer dress.
    Plus this has side pockets and a hood!

    Price: $129.99
     I had to end with a LBD.
    Nothing says summer luvin like a great LBD.
    This dress totally brings out the naughty side of summer!

    Thank goodness I'm already broke! Heh.
    What is on your "must have" list?

    ps.. Thanks for being awesome, Ms Always Alexandria! 

    Chipotle burritos this year: 6
    Boba smoothies this year: 7

    02 February 2011

    Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict [10/50]

    Empire dresses and timid courtship!
    *wistful sigh*
    Rating: Great bedtime story for Austen-land dreams.

    *spoiler free*

    I read this book before bed over a few nights.
    After finishing it I feel 3 things:
    1- It was an easy read and a fun one,

    as I do love the Austen world and throwing a 21st C mind in the mix-
    well it certainly can take a bit of the romance out
    and make an Austen fangirl think.
    i.e. Life before toilets and TP.
    Life before modern medicine.
    2- Rigler's nose really has clocked some serious Austen-time
    She's much better at referencing Austen than that Fowler woman.
    The quotes and references didn't over power the story.
    3- It was a little like 'Lost in Austen' (which I loved btw)
    but different enough that I liked it.

     aka.*favorite quotes*
    This quote really stuck with me:
    Cray, eh?
    Ladies have come so far since then.
    And then there is that marriage issue.
    {an aside}
      But SRSLY!
    If you haven't watched Lost in Austen,
    DO IT! 

    Comment Questions:
     Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?
    Also feel free to leave any book suggestions in the comments!

    Chipotle burritos this year: 6
    Boba smoothies this year: 6

    01 February 2011

    pay it forward [CLOSED]

    So, Ivy had a truly excellent idea
    that I have decided to participate in via Christina's blog
    She has decided to Pay It Forward (explanation below) 
    and I hope you will join us in keeping this going:

     "Pay It Forward" Pledge

    I promise to send something handmade to the first 3 people who leave a comment here. 

      {Either hand-knit, reconstructed/up-cycled or possibly sewn for my 3 people}
    To be eligible, you must also post this on your blog, 
    offering the same thing to 3 other people.

    The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 3 people *sometime* in 2011. 

    Once you comment to participate, I will hold your spot until you have had time to do your post.  When your post is up, leave a 2nd comment here & I will contact you to discuss your handmade item and your mailing address! 

    Imagine with me please that this were really to be chained on and on...
     people all throughout the country receiving packages containing an amazing handmade item and then in turn, those people mailing out 3 handmade items to 3 other people. 
    Not only is it an excellent way for us all to connect and share a part of ourselves, it's just fun!

    So where are my 3 creative and crafty readers at?
    I hope to be in touch with 3 of you very soon!
    && of course I can't wait to blog about these crafts!
    Chipotle burritos this year: 6
    Boba smoothies this year: 6