Winning!

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So, no big deal but…I won an award! The lovely Ailene over at Incurable Wanderlust (where she posts beautiful photos of her adventures and tips to be a savvy traveler like herself) nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks Ailene!

Forthwith, my duties as an award winner are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award. (Thanks again!)
  2. Include a link to their blog. (see above!)
  3. Nominate 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (Okay, so I only picked 7 blogs to nominate — 7 blogs and 7 things about me just seems more organized to me)
  4. Link your nominees’ blog and tell them 7 things about yourself. (see below!)

Since I’m new in town, everyone below falls into the “recently discovered” category, but y’all are really starting to grow on me!

  1. Awaken and Explore
  2. BennaKim
  3. Dark Roast
  4. My Perceived Reality
  5. Not With Haste
  6. Souls of Wit
  7. Typing and Thinking

7 things about me: 

  1. I’m afraid of moths and butterflies
  2. My favorite german author is Thomas Mann
  3. One of my most prized possessions is a painting of my cat that my boyfriend had commissioned for my birthday last year.
  4. I think Hall and Oates is the perfect cure for any bad day.
  5. I CANNOT WAIT for the new season of Twin Peaks to come out next year
  6. I’m currently plotting my escape from the 9-5 work life
  7. In my limited travels, the one site that has made the greatest impression on me is Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway.

Cheers!

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#36 – January edition: Lia Ices + Seoul

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Last week kind of flew by. I was in DC for three days of staff meetings. My birthday happened to fall on one of those days, and I got to spend it in a day-long meeting. Wee! Luckily I have wonderful co-workers who took me out for whiskey, bocce ball, and Ethiopian food after 8 hours of meeting. So, not a total loss.

Suddenly I’m 27. When did that happen?

J. picked me up from the airport when I returned on Friday night and greeted me with a kiss and a Jimmy Johns sandwich. Swoon. We stopped home for a minute where he presented me with my birthday gift — a gift card to Planet Rock, a local rock climbing gym. Goal #44 here I come! Then we went off to the Lia Ices show.

Like I do, I almost backed out of going to the show. Busy week away from home and all I really wanted was put some jammies on and camp out on the couch all night. Welcome to my life. But this was not just a matter of having a fun Friday night, this was a night to check a Goal off my all important To-Do List. I gave myself a kick in the pants and told myself to get off the damn couch. And I’m very pleased that I did. You saw that coming though, right?

We headed into the venue which is a conglomeration of music venue, bowling alley, and pizza place — a true gem in Detroit. We procured some whiskey from the bar and soon enough the first band was playing. They’re called Seoul. I don’t know about you, but whenever I go to a show with an unknown opening band, I always brace myself for, best case scenario, some pretty solid mediocrity. Maybe that’s just my experience talking or because I tend to form pretty strong snap judgement about bands within the first minute of hearing them. But this band was great. Like I’m-totally-going-to-buy-their album-when-it-comes-out great. Here’s a taste for you:

Then Lia Ices went on. She was really wonderful live – great sound and energy. I think she played the entirety of her new album, Ices. There isn’t a bad song on it. Here’s one of my favorites from her:

We capped off the night with some pizza from Sgt. Pepperoni’s, the pizza place inside the venue. Some people claim this pizza only tastes amazing because you normally eat it at the end of a drunken night. But I strongly believe this pizza holds up brilliantly to sobriety. We each had a slice and then went back for seconds. The end to a beautiful night.

1 year left

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Today is a big day you guys. I officially have 1 year left to complete my list. Lots of my goals are one time projects or events, but I have a few year-long projects that I’ll need to start tackling posthaste. They are:

9. Take a photo of the same place every month for a year and then turn it into a calendar for the next year

I’m planning to photograph the downtown of the little city I live in. Though I dread Michigan’s fierce winters, I love living in this little city. There’s always a lot going on here — festivals, community events, not to mention all the great local shops and restaurants and the wonderful residents that call this place home. I’m also excited for a good excuse to use my film camera (a Canon AE-1 Program) which I don’t take out to play nearly as often as I should.

28. Try a new recipe every month for a year

I have SO many wonderful cookbooks that I severely underutilize. I like cooking and I think I’m pretty good at it if I do say so myself, but I rarely follow recipes. Instead, driven by the need to use that last bit of broccoli before it goes bad, I stare into the depths of my fridge until inspiration hits me and dinner comes out, made out of whatever I have on hand. Grocery store trips for the sake of one meal are completely out of the question. I’m hoping using recipes more often will spur some ideas about flavor combinations and different ingredients to sample during my regular cooking trials. January’s recipe is going to come from a new cookbook I just got for Christmas — The French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier. I’ll be making roasted beet soup with baby spinach and squash seed pesto. Yes please!

29. Eat vegan once a week for a year

This one shouldn’t be too hard as long as I remember to do it. I’ve been happily vegetarian for about 14 years (more than half my life) and I regularly eat vegan purely by accident. Just gotta remember not to grate cheese onto everything for one day a week (okay this might be harder than I thought).

36. See live music at least once a month for a year

I think this one is going to fit nicely with goal #34 Listen to 26 bands I’ve never heard of, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. I don’t really know any bands playing shows this month, so I’ll have to discover a new one. To this end I checked out Zola Jesus (letter Z: check!) but I’m not super into them — sounds like boring moody electronic music to me. Then I tried Pity Sex (letter P: check!), they’re local hailing from Ann Arbor and sound like grungey 90s inspired rock. Pretty good, could be a fun show, but I think I’d get bored of the music pretty quickly. Next try is Lia Ices (letter L: check!). This is the winner. She’s sort of folksy almost new agey, kind of electronic Tori Amos with a tambourine. The show is January 16th. Looking forward!

59. Keep a diary for a year

My obsession with paper products — stationary, journals, sketchbooks, oh my! — began at an early age and I’ve been a sporadic diary-er ever since. Right now I’m working in a classic black, hardcover Moleskine, but my entries often fall months, if not years apart. My plan is to write at least once a week for the next year.

67. Volunteer regularly for a year

If I can handle myself and not take every single cat I see home with me, I want to start volunteering at an animal shelter. I used to volunteer a whole bunch with Planned Parenthood so might try getting back into that as well — it was nice hanging out with like-minded, feministy ladies on the regular. To be determined.

Let me introduce myself

Me in an apple tree

Me in an apple tree

My name is Kate and I’ve lived in beautiful, frigid Michigan my whole life. I’m a full-on crazy cat lady and coffee enthusiast. I can’t resist donuts or cheap used books. Yoga keeps me sane. My one desire in life is to see the world. Like, the whole world. All of it. I hate routine, I never want to have kids, and I’m ready to move away from Michigan as soon as possible.

I’ve worked doing communications for a nonprofit organization for the past 2 years, and I’m in the process of figuring out my next career move. The nonprofit I work for just closed its Michigan office — I’m still doing my same job, but today marks my first day of working from home full time. I love it.

I like making goals and lists and I’ve got lots of different interests but I never seem to devote the time I’d like to them. Which is why I started this 101 things project. I’m making plans, holding myself accountable to them (by opening myself up to public internet shame if I don’t complete them — yikes!), and hoping to gain some insight into myself and what I should be doing with my life along the way.

Pleased to meet ya!