Archive | March, 2013

Big News! Big News!

30 Mar

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, do I have some news for you!  

I GOT A NEW JOBBBBBBBB.  AHHHHH.  

Ok, ok, so probably most of you know this (because my mom told you?  Or is that just the major metropolitan area of Houston?), but for those of you who don’t, it’s true, I have new, fancy, lucrative employment!  I am going to become a temporary assistant production editor over at Sage Publications in Thousand Oaks, CA (a city about 45 miles NW of downtown LA).  This means I’ll be working to make sure their journal articles are error free, cited correctly, and looking good throughout the proofing/editing/re-editing process.  Basically it’s the perfect job for someone who is still getting pretty regular emails from friends and loved ones asking for editing help, and, more importantly, for someone who is answering those emails with LONG comments.  The temporary part is because I’ll just be doing this for a little under six months, but I’m getting my foot in one door and out another.

So, all this news comes with something of an explanation that I haven’t really felt comfortable putting on here until now.  The reason I have not posted much in this blog is only partially because I am a fool who can’t seem to keep a blog alive.  The main reason is because every time I sat down to write the only things I could think to say that would be interesting at all were less than positive.  Perhaps due to disposition or a variety of other reasons I have not enjoyed my time as a nanny as much as I expected to.  And I didn’t feel it would be wise or helpful to vent my frustrations on a long-form, public platform.  That sounds like a good way to get fired, right?  Right.  So instead I have spent a lot of time this past year walking around Target venting to my mom and buying nail polish and chocolate I don’t need to make myself feel better.  And sometimes crying in the parking lot.  And sometimes swearing a lot under my breath.  There have been many good days, of course, but those mostly consist of stories like “today I asked some one to turn down the TV and they did” or “today everyone was on time to their activities and we got the homework done.”  Gripping.  Sorry for sparing you that?

But, now I have two weeks left here, tomorrow I’m going apartment hunting with my friend Kim, and a bright new world is on the horizon.  One where I spend time with adults, have a kitchen where I can make my own food whenever I want, and get to wear skirts without feeling a little silly.  

Hopefully this will be a lot more blog worthy than the past ten months have been.

Love,

Kate

A gift of joy?

6 Mar

Though no one who has seen my room or watched me happily throw things on the ground as an “organizational method” would believe it, I am an online organizational goddess (unofficial title).  My chrome bookmarks are meticulously organized and nested.  Blogs have a folder, and in that folder is a fashion folder, and in that folder are unique beauty, hair, and clothing folders.  I regularly spend time placing new bookmarks, and actively make sure that things are where they are supposed to be.  When a girl wants a new recipe the last thing she needs is to sift through ten billion culture blogs until she finds a single cooking one, and sometimes you need to know how to do a smoky eye without looking like you’ve been punched NOW, not after you get distracted by that design blog you forgot to check.

Given this manic level of online organization, it’s no wonder I have, down at the bottom of my bookmarks, under job listings, apartments, GIFs, and gift ideas, a folder simply (and slightly inaccurately  titled, “Read and Smile.”  I go to this folder pretty often and the articles and videos in there never fail me.  So, I thought, as I was reading through them after realizing that LA is seemingly actively opposing my desire to live there while also eating food and maybe buying the occasional electricity of use of water, maybe some of you might like to see them too?  Here they are, peruse at your own rate.

*Note to any family members, friends of family members, or those who find vulgar language, well, vulgar, perhaps ignore this post and pretend it never happened?  But know that I have shown several of these to my own mother and she thinks it’s fine, so, you know, don’t worry too much about my spiritual well-being, or whatever.  Sorry for throwing you under the bus there, Mom.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.

Darci Ratliff | Sour Times (Bye Bye, Fuckface!) | The Nervous Breakdown

Hyperbole and a Half: Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving

Hyperbole and a Half: The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas

Noel Fielding vs Simon Amstell – YouTube

Smell Yo Dick (Official Video) – YouTube

R. Kelly duet with Usher – Same Girl – YouTube

Beyoncé – Countdown – YouTube

Infinite Drunk Ron Swanson

Meet the sloths on Vimeo

Muggle Hustle

If you think I’ve forgotten or missed anything major, lemme know, I’m always looking for something to make me laugh!

Love,

Kate