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30
May
11

finally.

I never thought it would ACTUALLY end. But it did. Oprah is actually off the air. In the past, I think I may have given the impression that I “hate” her. I don’t. I’m just really bored with her – same show different year. I feel the same way about political commercials during an election year. Boring. Played out. And a little predictable.

What WILL all those faithful, crazed Oprah fans do without her?!?! Maybe they’ll actually think for themselves.

09
Jan
11

Happy 2011!

Narrowing down my goals for the new year is always a fun but daunting task. There is something SO uplifting about a fresh start and I’m really looking forward to 2011. Here is what I’m going to try to accomplish.

Be a good wife. This is a big one and probably the most important now that I’m married. I really want to get our marriage off to a good start. We already have a super solid relationship and things are going great, but I believe that you have to work to grow together and be in-sync. Perhaps it’s the little divorced kid in me, but I’m really paranoid about growing distant, fighting too much and not communicating. If you don’t grow together – then you grow apart.

Stick to our budget. While I’ve put together many o’ budgets in my life, I’m not sure that I’ve ever actually stuck to one more than a month. I’m going to try really hard to make this a priority in 2011. We’ve signed up for Mint.com which is already proving pretty convenient and helpful.

Be grateful. I think this is incredibly important and I’m always trying to be better about it. I’m scared to death of turning into a whiney, ungrateful, miserable person who is blind to the good in their life and is absorbed by the bad. I have so much to be thankful for and it’s important to recognize and celebrate it.

Start trying. This one isn’t entirely up to me, but I’d really like to start trying to get pregnant in 2011. The whole thing is overwhelming and exciting and terrifying at the same time.  There are so many unknowns! How long will it take? Will we even be able to get pregnant? Will the baby be healthy? Can we afford it? Will we be good parents? Are we ready? What do we do about childcare? The only thing that we do know is that we want to be parents. And we certainly aren’t getting any younger. But, it takes two to tango and I need my partner to be fully onboard before we can start trying.

Enjoy Alki. Enjoy our new neighborhood as much as possible. It’s so fun to be in a new place and I want to make sure I take advantage.

Start Canning. My mom and I have decided to start canning. I’m really excited about it. Pickles, green beans, asparagus, jam, you name it! It’s going to be awesome.

Buy a desk. No explanation needed on this one.

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a great 2011!

18
Feb
10

olympics.

I love the Olympics so much. It’s good, clean competition with crazy talented athletes. Everyone supports their country – politics aside.

If you could compete in the Olympics, what sport would you choose? (Note: this is hypothetical,  you don’t have to be good at this sport in real life – it’s a game). For the winter Olympics, I think I would choose ice dancing. Ha – not! I’d pick something cool like snowboarding or speed skating. For summer Olympics, I’d choose beach volleyball or high diving. You?

02
Dec
09

guest blogger: what do you have to share?

I recently came across a study which indicated Seattle ranked #7 out of 273 US cities for online charitable giving in 2008. This made me smile as I love to hear and pass on great things about Seattle. We don’t fare as well in overall, offline generosity/donations, but I prefer to focus on the positive news. This got me thinking about the whole idea of giving and receiving, a timely topic for December. The studies I looked at measured charitable giving in terms of dollars donated to organizations, certainly important and necessary for the many in need right now and something I completely support. The studies didn’t measure the invaluable, individual act of doing. Doing for others may involve money, but more importantly includes the giving of our time, putting thought into it; planning it out, thinking about it, caring. In other words it requires more than writing the check. As a way to offer each other some ideas and share the untold value of an act of kindness, I’m wondering if any of you have a story about a good deed done for you or for someone you know that has stuck with you. Your story may plant an idea that we could do for another person. Think of it as a way to spread the giving. The key may not be the size of the deed, but the amount of care that went into it and the joy it brought to the recipient.

24
Nov
09

guest blogger: the monster of florence

Recommending books to others is a risky business, at least for me. What I enjoy reading gives something away about me and I’m not always sure I’m ready to share. On the flip side of that, I selfishly love to ask others for their favorite read as it gives me a peak into something a bit more personal about them. However, I have a nagging feeling to spread the word about this nonfiction book. The Monster of Florence is a retelling of the on-going investigation of the serial killer that has haunted Florence since 1968. The authors, Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, join forces in an attempt to find the horrific killer(s). This book is the suspenseful retelling of their search, loaded with Italian roadblocks and conflicting evidence. So, why do I recommend it and why now? Amanda Knox. It is not about her, but it gives you an insider’s view into Italian law and order well as the impact of media on the general public. I do not know if Amanda Knox is innocent or guilty and this is not an attempt to sway anyone’s opinion. I am just always amazed how the general public takes the news and media for the actual truth.

12
Nov
09

gadgets.

Normally I’m not obsessed with new gadgets and electronics – and especially cell phones. I don’t really care if I have the best, it just doesn’t matter to me. However, last week Derek brought home a new cell phone…and I want it. He got the new Motorola – Droid phone (google operating system).  It’s so intuitive and it does EVERYTHING. I’m so jealous.

23
Aug
09

updates.

1)    It’s been several weeks since Derek and I have cooked together. Tonight we joined forces to make dinner – and it sure was fun. The most notable part of the meal was Derek’s cauliflower mashers (instead of mashed potatoes). They were really good!  Different – but good. We both decided we’d be making these again so we can perfect them.

2)    We went to Trader Joe’s today to grocery shop – and MAN I forgot what a great place it is to buy wine. HELLO?! We stocked up. 6 bottles.

3)    The other day, Derek brought home the book Columbine by Dave Cullen. He’s been on the library waiting list for 4 months to get the book. This morning I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down. I read 100 pages earlier and as soon as I’m done with this post I’m going to hit it again. It’s a different angle of the story, different from what I’ve heard before. And I’m really enjoying Cullen’s writing.  READ IT.

4)    Even though I think it’s completely superfluous I really love our subscription to Sirius radio.

5)    Saturday we went to the jeweler to look at ring settings (my diamond is currently in a temporary setting). At first I was really overwhelmed with all the options, but then I settled down and it was really fun! I found a few settings that I liked, but I think we’re going to design our own setting because I want to make a few modifications.

18
Aug
09

3.86 million users.

Considering my last post, this feels really weird to write about, but I’m so appalled I have to. Have you heard of AshleyMadison.com? I had heard about it, but last week while I was traveling in Alaska I actually saw a commercial. You can view it herehere’s another one.

Essentially this company has capitalized on infidelity. AshleyMadison is a website that connects married people if they want to have an affair anonymously.  It’s a match.com for married people and they have 3.86 million users. This concept bothers me on so many levels.

I find it disgusting that someone is making money off this – although I have to say, I place more blame on the users than the website owner himself. These people would be having affairs regardless if this site existed. That being said, I’m not sure how this guy (the owner) lives with himself. He claims to have a healthy marriage. I hope his wife is an active member of his site – anonymously.

The whole thing is so premeditated. For some reason, I always assume affairs are accidents. Someone grows apart in their marriage and falls in love with someone else. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning it when it happens that way; it just seems more realistic to me. But with Ashleymadison 3.86 million people sign-up. Login. Seek out others. And then meet them.  Unreal.

I guess the part that mystifies me the most is why these people don’t get a divorce. If you are SO unhappy in your relationship, just end it. And then you can date and sleep around as much as you want.  Ashleymadison’s tagline is “Life is short. Have an affair.” How about, “Life is short. Take control of your life and stop being such a coward.” The whole thing makes my skin crawl.

12
Aug
09

guest blog: intriguing book list

Being a lover of books, I’m forever searching for book blogs and book recommendations. Yesterday I came across Newsweek’s most recent book lists.  Now, I realize some of you will stop reading this immediately at the mention of Newsweek, but, if you want to broaden your view of the world we live in through books, read on. Last month they published two lists: 50 Books for Our Times http://www.newsweek.com/id/204300 and Top 100 Books: The Meta-List.

The list of 50 is a collection meant to help us expand our understanding of the world today. This fascinated me as it’s a departure from the typical book lists I encounter. It appears to be a mixture of fiction, history, religion, science, politics, and so on. I am embarrassed to admit, that of this list, I have only read ONE, #44!  I can say that #31 has been on my list to read, but that’s it for me and this list. Honestly, I have never even come across most of them before.  I plan to read at least a handful of these and I would love it if any of you could recommend ones you have read.  

P.S. The list of 100 is much more predictable as it is the result of a compilation of top books lists.  I have actually read many of these and, at least, have heard of them.

29
Jul
09

Ingenuity at its best.

Talk about being resourceful; this cracks me up! According to citizenrain.com, these Tacoma guys created this mobile pool. And the best part is that they used pvc pipe and an air compressor to create jets.  HA! This reminds me of something my step-dad would do.

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27
Jul
09

hot angries.

Tonight, I was planning on posting some nice photos from my trip, sharing a few funny stories and providing updates on the last week. But all of that is going to have to wait because I have a mean case of the hot-angries.

It is SO hot in my west-facing apartment (that gets 12 hours of direct sunlight). I’m sweating. It’s gross. I’m so hot I’ve gotten frustrated unnecessarily at least 6 times and have had to fight back tears twice. Two hours ago I stripped off all my clothes and took a cold shower. I was happy for about 15 minutes, but now I’m hot again. In an effort to get a good night sleep, I’ve put all my pillowcases in the freezer – I actually think it’s brilliant (I’ll let you know how it goes). I really want to open my doors to get a nice cool cross-breeze going…but I made that mistake last night and now not only am I hot…but I’m covered head to toe with mosquito bites. Hot. Swollen. Itchy. Puffy. That’s me.

30
Jun
09

legacy.

All this talk about Michael Jackson has got me thinking. He was an undisputed musical genius, an icon. He revolutionized pop and his music was the soundtrack of my childhood. However, there is no doubt in my mind that he liked little boys and had inappropriate relationships with a few. And yet nobody really ever talks about it; his contributions to society seem to overshadow his offenses. Why do some people get this luxury while others don’t?  If the pope was charged with child molestation, would the public be so quick to absolve him? What about Obama? Both have made sizable contributions to society, but somehow I suspect they would be condemned. And OJ Simpson was found innocent of murder, and yet the public has not been quick to forgive him. Can someone’s legacy outshine their alleged faults?

In my opinion, part of it was because Michael Jackson became so pathetic; he was obviously a lost soul and everyone felt bad for him.  He had so much talent and he let his craziness get in the way of a long and prosperous career. Similar to Whitney Huston.  Bobbbeeeey!!! 🙂

11
Jun
09

segway scandal.

I don’t normally rant and rave about government, politicians, etc. While I do try to stay informed of the issues, I usually get bored and generally I feel apathetic about all of it.

However, there is nothing that angers me more than Seattle Parking Enforcement riding around on Segways. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? My tax dollars are paying for SEGWAYS for the fat, lazy parking enforcement team?  At $5,000 a piece, I’m livid. The city should be ashamed of this frivolous expense, but instead they brag about. In a recent press release they boast, “Seattle Police Department now operates one of the largest fleet of Segways in the nation for parking enforcement…By being openly mobile, our PEOs on Segways have observed they are easily approached by people and engaged in positive conversations.” Give me a freakin’ break. When is the last time you were happy to see a parking enforcement agent at your car – regardless of how they arrived there. This is a complete outrage!

What happened to bicycles? Or feet? Heaven forbid a parking enforcement officer should have to WALK.  I can’t believe that the city is supporting this crap. I swear, next time I see one I’m going to push it over and run.

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04
May
09

all in a name.

I don’t mean to make light of a global epidemic, but I think that half the hype surrounding swine flu is a result of the name. The name conjures up images of humans growing snouts and sprouting wiry pig tails. Remember in Pinocchio when he’s at Pleasure Island and the kids start turning into donkeys? That is the image I get in my head when I hear “swine flu” (on a side note, that part of the movie was really creepy now that I think about it).

Had this same virus been called “influenza type 19” or “blue sky flu” nobody would have cared. But because it’s called “swine flu” people are freaking out and Egypt has unnecessarily slaughtered 300,000 pigs. Think about it. Mono can be a pretty bad virus, but I practically want to get it because it’s called “The Kissing Disease”.  Sounds kind of nice. Maple Syrup Urine Disease – YES PLEASE!

Yellow Fever. Pink Eye. Ringworm. Small pox. Mad Cow Disease. I rest my case.

27
Apr
09

tulip pics.

Here are a few pics from the tulip festival.

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24
Mar
09

best flight attendant ever.

You may have already seen this, but it just cracks me up. I love this guy. I would be SO happy if I boarded my plane and he was my flight attendant. So creative!

FYI – you need your volume on for this video.

22
Mar
09

groupthink.

Last night we watched the documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of the People’s Temple. For those of you who don’t know, this is the true story of Jim Jones and the largest single loss of American life in a non-natural disaster (until the incidents of September 11th). More than 900 people died by drinking cyanide-laced kool-aid. The story is completely insane – and it baffles my mind.

The film led to a discussion about groupthink – and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it all day. It gives me chills to think about the atrocities that can (and have) occurred because of it. I can’t begin to understand it. How can people so fully lose their sense of self and surrender their lives to someone or something?

It’s easy to condemn and judge others for their lack of character and strength in these situations, but to a certain extent, we all fall victim to groupthink at one point or another. Groups are very powerful and have been proven to have huge influences on individuals (mob rule, social conformity, band wagon effect, group polarization, etc.). Of course, the People’s Temple suicide/murder is a very extreme example of groupthink, but lesser examples exist all around us: peer pressure, religion, politics, gangs, etc. Did you ever sit idle while someone else was being unfairly harassed or teased? Have you ever withheld your opinion because you knew it was different from everyone else’s in the room? Do you believe in every doctrine your church preaches? Do you emulate popular fashions?  Are you obsessed with Oprah? All forms of groupthink.

Groupthink – it’s a freaky thing. Why are some people more susceptible than others? How can some of us distinguish relatively harmless groupthink versus damning and destructive groupthink? Or maybe there is no such thing as harmless groupthink.  I’m not sure.

If you haven’t seen the documentary, it’s pretty good. That Jim Jones was a nut case!

10
Mar
09

a buyer’s market.

Graduate high school. <check>

Move out. <check>

Graduate college. <check>

Get a job. <check x3>

Meet the man of your dreams. <check>

Get engaged and married. <anxiously waiting>

Buy a house. <eeeek>

For so many years, I was discouraged by the Seattle housing market. Values were increasing like crazy and bidding wars were the norm. There was this sense of urgency to “break into the market”. If you could just get in, then your home value would increase and you’d be able to sell two years later for a decent profit. It was completely outside of my reach.

Fast forward to today. Values are decreasing and many homes are sitting on the market for months. It’s FINALLY a buyer’s market. I obsessively check redfin to monitor prices and new listings. The problem is…that I’m not quite ready for it! I need to save some money first, but I’m scared that I’m going to miss the window. Practical Kindra is telling me to be patient, save my money and wait until I’m absolutely ready. Risk-taker Kindra is telling me that we are “in it to win it” and that the early bird gets the worm. There will never be a perfect time; act now. As you can see, I’ve got a heated internal battle going on inside me!

Drama queen? I think so. Ok, so I’ve overdramatized this a tad, but you get the point. I can’t help but think about these things and I don’t want to miss my opportunity. I work hard and eventually I deserve to own a home. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. Unfortunately, patience is not my strong suit.

On a side note, typing out that list at the top of the post made me sick to my stomach. Can you say predictable and boring?! Of course, context is everything and I was trying to make a point. I could also write a list of all the fun, amazing and unconventional things I’ve done. Even so, I’m still feeling a little nauseous. I think I’ll go shave my head or take up the cello or something.

02
Feb
09

9/80

My company has just implemented an alternative work schedule called 9/80. It compresses 80 hours of work into nine days instead of the traditional ten. In exchanged for working 9-hour days, we get every other Friday off. Yes, you heard me…a three day weekend every other week!!

I recognize that it’s not feasible for everyone (especially with young kids), and those people still have the option to work the traditional work week. But for those of us who can put in 9-hours a day, it’s awesome! Yes, the days are long, but it’s essentially equivalent to 26 extra vacation days a year. I had my first day off on Friday, it was wonderful!

22
Jan
09

Light at the end of the tunnel? Or the beginning of the end?

I am very concerned and troubled after this week’s announcement of Washington State’s unemployment rate (7.1%) and the recent news regarding Microsoft layoffs (1,400 today and 5,000 over the next 18 months). It feels like the situation is spiraling out of control and I’m fearful that our state’s job market will not be able to absorb all of those people for a very long time. This impacts everyone; although some more directly than others. While I am optimistic about my job, I have friends who are out of work – trying to support children and keep their homes. My thoughts are with them. I wish I could do more.

I can’t help but wonder if we’ll look back on this time 20 years from now and be thankful that we were able to turn things around quickly; or if we’ll remember it as the beginning of a long, painful haul. I’m cautiously optimistic.




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