Monday, November 16, 2009
In other news, many of you know that I have a travel blog for when I went to Europe this summer.. However, I have extended that blog to my other travels, as they seem to keep on coming. The url was originally katseuropeantravels.blogspot.com, but I changed it to katsworldtravels.blogspot.com because I realized that Europe is so not it for me, and I want to show you where I go domestically and abroad, all over the world!! So head on over there for regular updates, as apparently I am a rolling stone and I gather no moss. Next trip: Philly!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Don't drink and drive, kids!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
My sister has a new blog up and it's really great if you love modern design and classic ideas for weddings, flowers, decorating, etc. It's super cute and you should check it out at hownicechicago.blogspot.com
Tell her I sent you (c:
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
It FINALLY came in on Friday, and my excuse for not blogging all weekend is because of football and this new device that I can't quiiiite get over.
But I've finally got her up and running (shall I name her?), and so it is back to the blogging world with me! Satirical Sundays weren't as big a hit as I had hoped, so I've been brainstorming other weeklies that I am planning to test drive.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
looooooky at what Mr. Ian gave me for my birthday!!!
I was SO excited- he completely surprised me. I really wanted one, but how often in life does that actually translate to one getting something?
Here's its fantabulous case:
How cute will that be at football games?
I will absolutely write about what I got from my family in another post because this one would be far too fabulous for its own good if I included that!
Now I am off to go play with my new technology...perhaps I will even blog from it!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Ladies, would you just LOOK at all of this fabulous stuff? My favorite is in the upper left hand corner- it's a mini file holder, and it has labels for things like "gift cards", "receipts", "to-do lists", and "coupons"-- all of the stuff that I never have anywhere to put! I LOVE this thing and it's put to use all the time.
I also adore the koozie- on the bottom it says, "I did it!" and Kathie sent it to me for when I graduate in December... this woman is so thoughtful, I tell you! It is so nice getting to know her! I'm already using everything else and it all just brightens my day every time.
Thanks again, Kathie, and thank you, Hopsy, for hosting such a great swap!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I've spent most of my day so far reading tailgate fever, watching Virginia Tech Football highlights:
and listening to Stick It In (after 50 seconds it's lame):
and Enter Sandman. In case you need to be fired up, you might want to watch this video:
If you can feel your heart beating in time with that entrance, my work here is done.
And Jim Weaver, you remind me of Dolores Umbridge...She's a Killer Of All Fun, too!
Friday, August 28, 2009
I feel many different things about my time here, but in the end, it was the right choice. In my very being, I have always been a hokie. To go anywhere else would have been wrong, and I would have ended up transferring here if I had started out elsewhere.
Please keep in your mind/prayers the families of two VT students were found killed in the woods near VT yesterday, as they are no doubt suffering from severe anguish. As far as I know, there is no new news as to what happened, but I do know that the two were found shot in the Jefferson National Forest near our campus. Upon hearing about this yesterday, I felt pretty numb, and I then felt guilty because I don't like being desensitized to terrible things happening here. But then I woke up this morning with an aching in my soul not unlike the one I have felt on 3 occasions since I started here. My heart has broken once again for the young lives lost, this school, and our spirit. That said, please keep the VT community in your mind/prayers, as well. We are reeling from this latest shock, but there is no doubt in my mind that we will, as we have before, prevail. Keep faith, fellow hokies.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I went with Lindsey and Jess to visit Bryant, and we had a fabulous time...
This is the 4 of us outside of Taco Boy, which is where Bryant worked this summer. (Jess-Me-Lindsey-Bryant)
We all bought Taco Boy t-shirts, and we practically lived in them the entire time we were in town. Also, we lived in Taco Boy. I'm embarassed to tell you that we went there once a day. Here is me with Bryant, who is clearly just hoping that the 3 of us crazy girls will leave so his life can regain its normalcy:
In our 2 days in Charleston, we did a lot of fun things, including going to local eateries, spending time with Bryant's brother, sister-in-law, and their 2 adorable kids, going to the beach, and catching up with each other. However, the neatest thing we did was completely unexpected, and Bryant surprised us with it. Behind an old grocery store in Charleston there is a graffiti art gallery.
Here is Jess with a painting that I could never have done, and to make it more incredible, it is, of course, done with spray paint:
This one cracked me up, because it's clearly not supposed to be Harry Potter, but it totally is:
There were a ton more pictures but most of them didn't come out very well. It was a really neat place, and one that I never expected to see!!
So, we're already planning a Christmastime trip back to Charleston, do any of you have suggestions for new places to go and things to see?
Sunday, August 23, 2009
On August 21 in Mexico, the government voted to decriminalize the posession and use of small quantities of marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. The official platform for this is that more resources will be available to bring down big-time drug dealers.
My question about this is, and the one I pose to you: if the government has decriminalized the use of these drugs, then how does that incline the drug cartels to stop selling? Those small amounts? Are a part of the big amounts.
But who knows: maybe this new law will boost tourism?
Another situation in which criminals are being decriminalized is in California. Right now, there is legislation going through that hopes to let out between 27-37,000 small-time (non-violent) criminals from state prisons. Ostensibly, this is to free up space due to overcrowding, but also to allow the state of California law-enforcement resources to be used on bigger time (violent) criminals, as well as to save a ton of money (between 524 million and 1.2 billion).
I think that letting out non-violent criminals just because they are non-violent sends out the wrong message. These things are against the law for a reason, and they carry jail time for a reason. It's not like they throw every 14-year old who steals lipstick into juvie. These are bigger law-breakers, they just haven't hurt anyone physically. And to let those people out before their time has been served in order to save the state money kind of makes California a criminal. Would you want to live in a state where law-breakers can say, "well, I didn't hurt anyone" and use that as their get out of jail free card?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
You should definitely watch this video, which explains more about what BDC is working on and hopes to achieve.
The man in the passenger side at the beginning of the video, in the grey tie? That's one of my best friends, Greg Jannaman, who led the team this school year. At 1:37 in the driver's seat, testing out the vehicle, is Kim Wenger, another of my friends, who will continue on with the team during her senior year at Tech. How freaking cool are my friends?
Sunday, August 2, 2009
My hope is that these posts don't offend, and I will always try to be diplomatic. I like to be as objective as I can. I will make fun of things that I find silly, but I also know when to be serious. I'm not trying to lose readers here: I'm trying to educate myself and learn to formulate my own opinions.
This week, let's talk about an event involving that president of ours, Barack Obama. The event was called Beer Summit. Apparently, there were no keg stands, but I can't help but imagine Obama doing one. Obama conducted a gathering between himself, Henry Louis Gates (The Harvard professor who was arrested for trying to break into his own house) and the arresting officer, Sgt. James Crowley.
Leading up to this were Obama's comments during a press conference. Obama responded to a question about the arrest by saying that race played a role, and that African Americans and Lations are stopped "disproportionately" by law enforcement, which got US law enforcement pretty upset. To make amends, Obama decided to use this as a learning experience and get the two together for beers to discuss what went wrong, how it could have gone better, and probably to apologize himself for making comments like that to the press.
A press conference held after the event led to both men saying that race should not be an issue, that Obama is a wise and kind person, and that they hoped this experience would lead to education. On all of these points, I agree. Race is still an important issue, and one which I am glad Obama responded how he did, by using these mistakes as a learning experience for the US.
Many don't appreciate what Obama did. I've been on the fence about how I feel about this event, because on the one hand it was a great learning experience and gave visibility to an important issue and is likely to have a large effect on interracial relations in the long run.
On the other hand, he's the president- shouldn't he be doing big things, like getting the war taken care of, working on that health care project of his, etc.?
But then I realized that he's the president. It's his duty to better the nation so that the United States can benefit from his term in office. And his job is to fix the big problems. And in one single afternoon, he did much more than share a beer with a professor and a cop. It was so simple, but led to so much visibility for a problem that I think has been neglected lately, which is equality for all Americans, regardless of race.
Now, this was the first edition of Satirical Sundays, and I would like to know what you want to hear about- whether it be an event, a social issue, anything. I also want to know if you want more or less of my opinion, or if you just want me to tell the story and present facts, or anything you think of.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Since getting your comments, I have been officially invited (via facebook) to the housewarming party. However, I am moving on Sunday, and it was up in the air as to whether my boyfriend could come down for the weekend to help or not. He has since decided to come, and he's getting here Friday. So, the decision was really made for me. Phew.
However, facebookw has intimated that there will be a large reunion around Christmas, when all of us will, in theory, be around. So now I have a couple of months to consider what I plan to do.
In honor of my sister, I will probably do what she always does, and take the high road. Whether that means going to this reunion and making nice, or just politely stepping away from the situation, I don't know.
But I'm not as worried about it now, mostly because you all said the same things, and they really made me feel better. Thank you so much (c:
Thursday, July 16, 2009
6 best girlfriends, 4 best guy friends. I started dating someone outside of our group, and the group began to avoid me. Um, clique much? But, I continued to date the guy, to the continued deterioration of my friendships. I was so upset, but I'm confident I made the right decision- I am still in the same relationship.
In the midst of all of this, my parents decided to move 45 minutes away from my town so my mother could take care of her ailing father. So, we sold our house and left. I figured it would be more or less the same. Get together sometimes while we're on breaks, etc. It wasn't. They get together frequently. I am not called. On the other hand, not a break has gone by without me trying to get in touch.
The last 3 years have been tumultuous, to say the least. And I could have used the help. Not one of them offered support when I was in the midst of my school's biggest crisis, or said anything at all when my grandfather, with whom I have always been close, passed away.
At this point, you're likely thinking, "wow, they must have hated you" (which is what my insecurities say), or "why are you worried about this? Screw them, they suck, move on."
And normally, I pretty much have moved on. Except for one of them recently found a movie we made in HS that I had forgotten about. So he sent a facebook message to everyone involved in it saying, "the next time we're all home, we should get together and watch this." One of my girlfriends responded, "we're having a housewarming party, and you are all invited, we can watch it then."
This feels like two things: A) when you have an ex-boyfriend and all of a sudden he tries to get back into your life, or, B) when you happen to be included, you feel like you were only invited because you were privy to the message. Or maybe both.
I've decided that having 9 ex-friends do this is way worse than if 9 ex-boyfriends did it.
So, what do you think I should do? Forget about them and move on? Go to the housewarming party and mention how I feel? Go and pretend everything is perfect?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Because my digi died in March and my only camera is a big one that I use mostly for professional and school work, I didn't take it with me...so sadly there are no pictures of me flying 15 feet into the air after hitting a larger wave than I bargained for on a tube. Nor are there pictures of the bruising from said adventure. I'll just let you imagine that!
But we did have a great time, especially because it was supposed to rain all weekend and didn't! We grilled out, made tacos, drank beer, and just had a great time. There was no TV there, no internet access, and barely a cell phone signal. So we just got to enjoy our time together.
I am in the process of picking out a new camera, does anyone have any ideas? I need one for my upcoming trips to Jacksonville, Boston, Charleston, and Nashville!!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
So that gives us until October 2010- 15 months. That's long enough to healthily lose a lot of weight. I've always been concerned with my ever-expanding waistline, because in high school I was pretty thin. Then, in college, factor in the booze, the food, the stress, etc., and I gained a lot.
When I went to Europe, I was eating whatever I wanted (and we ate a LOT), but walking a ton every day, so I ended up losing about 6 pounds-- a little more than a pound a week, without even trying. I would like to lose a pound a week until my sister's wedding. 60 pounds, you may shriek-- but 60 pounds would do me a world of good.
It's really awkward to talk about dieting in a blog and not giving a number! Maybe once I start to lose I'll be more willing to dish... probably really excited, actually. Just know that I'm not at risk, health-wise, or anything...Just really unhappy that I've let this happen.
I am 21- If it's not easy now, then what on earth makes me think it will be easy when I'm 40 and weigh 300 pounds? Enough is enough.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
And now.... Rules: 1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted it to you, 2) pass the award onto 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. This award is passed on to:
California Born and Virginia Raised
Preppy Paper Girl
Pink Martinis and Pearls
Living Life in the Lowcountry
This Minneapolis Life
I love your blogs!! and you're all in my google reader now (c:
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I hope that you also take a minute to remember what it cost this nation to have an Independence and how much of a fight it took to be able to call ourselves an independent nation. Please also keep in mind those who are still fighting to keep us free today. To all of the men and women of our military, thank you!
I. Love. This. Stationary. Thank you so much, MLG and Erin!!
First, I promised I would give an updated review on my Kindle, as well as my LUSH solid shampoo and conditioners. Well, there's good and bad news.
The good news is that the Kindle is a joy to travel with. The wireless doesn't work internationally, however, if you bring along your USB cord, uploading new books from amazon.com is a cinch, and the battery lasts for. ev. er. I literally read almost 10 books during the 5 weeks I was gone; I charged the Kindle 3 times. And that was when I was listening to MP3's on it sometimes, too!! Literally, the best gift ever.
The only problem is the twitching that I get when it's out of my sight on trains, planes, and busses. However, I have to look at the Kindle like it's an iPod. Yeah, someone might want to steal it- but they probably won't. And, once I got over my fears, I fully enjoyed it.
The other slight issue was connectivity to the computers in Europe. I have to assume it was something to do with the interface of the Kindle, but the danged thing would not connect to:
1) the computer @ a bed and breakfast we stayed at in Rome,
2) the computer @ a hostel we stayed at in Florence.
However, I attached the Kindle to computers at internet cafes, the airport, and all of our other hotels, with literally no issue. Maybe it was due to slow internet and or obsolete equipment (the computers @ the hostel were overused and kind of old).
Anyway, all in all, I would say a solid 95% for the Kindle.
And now, for the bad news. Let me preface this by saying that I hate to give bad reviews. However, if something is deserving of a bad review, then I feel honor-bound to tell you guys about it.
The LUSH products? Suck. I truly want to apologize if you purchased them and they are as bad on your hair as they were on mine. These products worked alright with my city water here in Blacksburg, however, once I got to Ireland, something about the water there and the way it interacted with these products caused my hair to do massively horrible things that it has never done before. My sister, who has the same hair type as me, said that nothing was the matter with her hair, and she was using her normal product. So I know it wasn't just the water. I threw the shampoo and conditioner away. I went to a convenience store once I hit Switzerland, got my normal Pantene, and all was well with the world after a few days- I have to assume that the shampoo and conditioner were working overtime to compensate for the atrocious mess atop my head due to this product.
The grade? A 40%. Something that is made for traveling but then only works when you're not traveling doesn't really get a passing grade in my book. Extra points off for giving me dry, unruly hair during the biggest photo op of my life!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Does anyone know how to get in touch with her so I can get an invite?
Monday, May 18, 2009
I'm FINALLY leaving for Europe today! So, it's likely that I'll be on a posting hiatus here until I get back...but be sure and check out my travel blog (Kat's Travels) for regular updates on Ireland, Switzerland, and Italy!
I hope everyone is having a great summer!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Angela at Sweet Tea Diaries is our winner!
Just so you know, I love your blog (c: shoot me an e-mail to let me know which design you would like, and whether you would like your name, a monogram, or a phrase! If you want close-ups or screen shots of any of the designs, let me know (some are so hard to see but they are so cute up-close)
I would like to take a minute to thank my sister, Carolyn, who provided me with all of these super preppy and adorable designs (c:
Isn't this stationary just beautiful, everyone? I am so excited! Thanks again Prep-E girl and MLG!!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
In order to win, leave a comment on this blog!
In order to get extra entries:
Post about this giveaway on your blog
Post a picture of your favorite of the below stationary on the blog entry
become a follower of this blog
become a follower of me on twitter: http://twitter.com/preppypolitico
You get an extra entry for each thing above that you do. Ya'll that is 6 chances to win! Just let me know about it in your comments! Good luck!!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The conditioner is called Junglemania, and it smells soooo good! It was 9.95 for 3.5 oz, but again, is supposed to last as long as 3 bottles of shampoo.
Seriously, you should try these things. They are just one of many things that you can buy in order to avoid those pesky 3 oz. rules on planes (especially for long trips where you don't want to check bags). Go to lushUSA.com to order yours! They have tons of other products, too, depending on your fancy.
Once I've figured out the longer term effects of these products, I'll let ya'll know, but so far, they work like a dream!
I work for a dining hall here on campus, and when it closes for the summer it sends everyone willing over to another dining hall to work. So, I'll be doing that for 25 hours a week. Plus, I just interviewed for an internship with the department of rec sports marketing department. They seemed to like me, and I REALLY would love to gain the experience, so keep 'em crossed!
That's 2 jobs at 40 hours a week. THEN there's the job that I took for 40 hours for one week transferring a company here in town from their old operating system to the new one.
I'm gonna have my work cut out for me! On the plus side, looks like I won't really have to work that much during the school year.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Because I've spent this entire year saving every penny for Europe and never once going outside of a strict monthly budget, spending the money gave me INCREDIBLE buyer's remorse, even though I've given myself a shopping budget for summer clothes. Luckily, whenever I look at this picture, I get all thrilled and happy! I hope hope HOPE that it fits well and that my first piece of Lilly turns me into a lifetime lover of it!
When I go to Europe this summer, I'm doing a blog about my travels!
Be sure and check it out here. I'll be posting about everywhere I go!
Be appropriate when commenting, my parents are reading! I don't need them knowing about my alter ego, preppy politico
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I just want a good halter top in cute summery colors. American Eagle has like, one, but it doesn't come in great colors, and yes, it's all flowy! I don't know who decided that the female form should be camoflaged like that.
For all of ya'll who look adorable in these fashions, I am jealous because I can't buy a damn thing without looking like a freakin Ringling Brother's circus tent.
If you know where to find this ellusive fashion, please let me know!!
One thing I was worried about was what happens to the "romance" of reading a book? Getting lost in its pages? And the cover completely rectifies that- after my first chapter of my first book, it felt exactly the same as reading an actual book.
Another thing was, I like to read in the tub (my family mocks me incessantly, so consider myself mocked sufficiently), and I was wondering how I would do this with an expensive piece of technology. My boyfriend's mom and I did some research to see what other Kindle users do, and they just put the thing in a plastic bag. I take it out of its case for this purpose. Works like a dream!
The last thing I was concerned about was the whole wireless transfer of books in Europe situation. The wireless doesn't work in countries outside of the US and our territories, but you can buy the books on amazon.com, hook the kindle up to the computer, and transfer them to the device that way.
All in all, the BEST present ever- especially since I didn't have any idea it was coming! I can't wait to use this on the train from Florence to Rome!
housekeeping: When I'm in Europe, this will become a travel blog. I will try to update regularly, but I'm not sure of internet access and I won't have my computer, so I will do my best. I leave May 18 and return June 22. I might make a blog that is accessible to family/friends, so if I decide to do that, I will update ya'll on the address.
Secondly, Lauren over at Lauren Nicole Gifts is hosting an incredible giveaway. This Lilly Pulitzer bag is so cute and, of course, I would love to have it but decided to share the info! Just go on over to her site for info on how to win!
To keep this short I'm just going to post my other blogs separately.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
If you go over to Whitey Caroline Designs, you can sign up until the end of today to win one of these absolutley adorable message boards! I love the ribbon in the corner, don't you? I would love to have one of these hanging on my door at school!
Be sure to head on over there and check out the other things she has available, too!! (you won't regret it!)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
First, does anyone know of a good blog designer? I want something preppy (duh) and perhaps Lilly-inspired, definitely something springy/summery. Maybe something that combines two of my favorites: Jackie O and Lilly? I think that that would be one heck of a combination, yes? Let me know if you know of anyone who can do that sort of thing.
Second, I realized while perusing other blogs like Lilly P. Wannabe, Preppy Pink Crocodile, and Nautical By Nature (to name a few!) that the blogging community is constantly helping other bloggers find items (clothes, gifts, swap items, etc. etc.) for important events, and I want to be in on that! I have a knack for picking out the perfect thing. Unfortunately, only for other people. I don't like to shop for myself because I am constantly questioning how good this, that, and the other look on me, so I can use some help myself! And who else to take inspiration from than my blogger friends, who seem to have infinite wisdom concerning these things!
My sister and I have started a small stationary design company, too, and I would LOVE to get some of that on here for swaps and give-aways! Everything is Made to order, and your vision for a design is always our priority! Yes, you can have personalized stationary, but where else can you get your very own design, one-of-a-kind, for the lowest fees you will find anywhere?
We're still working on a name. We're not sure, but we like cCk, which stands for C (my sister) K (me) and Custom in the middle, like a monogram, get it?
Anyway, be on the look-out for pictures and a date for the give-away!
And let me know about that blog designer, yes? (c:
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I'm back in Black(sburg) and it's been an incredibly relaxing break. I went to Miami, New York, and Baltimore, and had just a really great break in general. I spent the majority of my break, as you may know, working for my dad and earning money for my summer study abroad. It was worth it, and I learned a bunch from the Hardware Man himself (politics not included).
Tomorrow, it's back to the grind, and I start work again at the best dining hall ever. Don't hate: working in on-campus dining has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my working life. It's rough, and long, but it pays well, my bosses are incredible, I've made solid friends, and I've financed all of the above trips. Not to mention I've got managerial experience under my belt now.
But before I get into that, can I just mention how incredible the Orange Bowl, and the trip in general, was? I know I promised pictures if the weather was good...but I will have to steal those from Twin in order to do that because I failed at taking pictures a-tall. So more on that later. But man oh man, our seats were incredible (right next to the band on the lower section in the 15th row!)
Classes start on Tuesday (inauguration day!!), and despite the fact that my course load has FINALLY fallen from 18 hours a semester to 12 (phew!), it is proving already to be an intense semester. Should be fun.
Re: inauguration. Does anyone know what the Television coverage is going to be for the event? I'm going to be in class/work all day and night but hope to catch the "highlight reel" when I get home...and perhaps some of the inaugural ball (where Beyonce is singing...what?).
At the end of it all, I'm quite glad to be back in Blacksburg. Teeny Town, where my parents transplated me after I graduated high school, just doesn't cut it for me. I can't wait for all of my friends to get back into town and revel this semester, seeing as it is most everyone's last (not me! I've got one more left!).