Thursday, March 27, 2008

Totally 80's!!!






My dearest Eener threw herself an 80's Prom Theme Party to celebrate her 26th year. Costume parties can be difficult, basically if you're going to one you have to commit to that one event for that evening OR be OK with going somewhere else in your themed costume. For instance, last year I went to a bar in my toga after Renee's party to meet a boy I had been dating for .5 seconds (Jenner) Every one was in high spirits though as we danced the night away to Madonna, Cheap Trick and A-Ha. The highlight? Jenner and I won Prom Queen and King. As you can see from the photo above, it really met a lot to me :)







Thursday, March 20, 2008

My name is Katie and I'm a Scrabulous Addict.

Since my dear pung-you felt compelled to write a comment about how I have turned my back on my new baby blog for Scrabulous, I felt I should address this issue.

Yes. It's true. I have turned my back on quite a few things in my life for this online, interactive game of language. But don't worry, it is my productivity at work that is suffering more than this blog (obviously if I am taking the time away for a....wait, it's my play. BRB!) Good thing things are on the slow side right now.

For those of you who I have not played a game of Scrabulous with yet...first off....I apologize because IT IS THE BEST THING EVER and you should IMMEDIATELY sign on to www.scrabulous.com and invite me to play. For those of you who are playing against me, well then you are aware of how much my game improves on a daily basis and I will soon be THE ULTIMATE SCRABBLE QUEEN.

An update? St. Patty's Day was this week. We did it up right at Brenden's, an Irish pub inside The Orleans. Took down some shots of Jameson. Did a jig. Ate a chicken sandwich. Success.

Tomorrow is a very special day for two reasons. One, it is The Gizzle's 25th Birthday but I'm pretending it's not since she's not coming in to town until Sunday. Two, it is my one year anniversary with the boyfriend. That makes me feel all warm, fuzzy and REALLY REALLY giddy. Saturday, is Eener's birthday party with an '80s Prom Theme. Pictures will be taken and posted, have no worries. The mustache is gone. Sunday is Easter a.k.a. the day I still make my mother hide eggs and give me clues on where to find them. I plan on having a pretty serious tummy ache from over consumption of Cadbury Mini Eggs from the hours of 10 a.m. until midnight. This blog was actually almost named after those little guys but somehow Heart Shaped Cut-Outs of Cadbury Mini Eggs just didn't work.

P.S. I just kicked Pep's ASS in Scrabulous.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"If You Can't Achieve It, Weave It"

On my way into the building today I ran into a co-worker who has a cute sassy new hair-do. I complimented and she went on to tell me how much she loves my long, luxurious locks (for those of you who do not know, I was part of a magazine make-over feature in December and got free extensions out of it.) I thanked her, explaining that my own hair would never be this flowy, thick or sex-kitten like. She then said "Hey gurl, if you can't achieve it, weave it."

At that moment, my Tuesday was officially MADE. And all before 9 a.m.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Google Alert: Katie Knoch

Lauren and I got to talking about "Googling" this a.m. When you Google her name, a short bio from her semester abroad comes up with photo attached. It's unfortunate that something she wrote at age 16 is the first thing that comes up when potential employers, people to date or stalkers Google her. But hey, at least it's a conversation starter.

For work, I receive daily Google alerts for clients at the agency. I decided to add my own name to that list and there is this Katie Knoch of Chico, CA that is such a SUPERSTAR. 3-4 times a week I get emailed an announcement that she's won another swim meet (she's like a fish.) And she can write. Check out today's alert.

Katie Knoch of Marigold Elementary School is this month’s winning essayist, nominating her teacher for Teacher of the Month: "I would like to nominate Steve Andes, my 4th Grade teacher, because he is a great teacher, and he is funny and patient when kids ask questions. He always makes everything fair. He is nice to all the kids, and it is the best school year ever."

Katie Knoch of Marigold Elementary should probably start her own blog.

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Diving Bell, The Butterfly and The Giz



Looking for inspiration for my Monday morning post, I visited my friend Chloe's blog and she had blogged about a movie we went to see together last week called the Diving Bell and the Butterfly. I'm going to do the same.

Chloe and I are part of the SK+G Double-D's book-club. I can't remember what exactly the Double-D's stand for but I think it's something along the lines of Daring Divas. Dashing Dames. I digress. In book club, we read books that are being adapted into movies. When the movie is released, we go see it and compare and contrast over a drink or four afterwards. The release of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was so limited that it snuck up on us and I was unable to read the book. After seeing the movie though, I am definitely going to pick it up.

I see a lot of movies but this was one of the best ones I have seen in the past year. The film is based on the true story of the editor of French Elle magazine, Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffered a massive stroke at age 43 and woke up completely paralyzed except for his left eye. In the movie, you experience his "locked-in syndrome" defined on Wikipedia as "a condition in which a patient is aware and awake, but cannot move or communicate due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body. The condition has been described as "the closest thing to being buried alive". His speech therapist devises a method for him to communicate by blinking his eye by creating an alphabet that is in order from most commonly used letter in the French alphabet to the least commonly used letter. Jean-Do then wrote an entire memoir based on this method. The movie was beautifully done with a majority of it being based on Jean-Do's one-eye perspective which really made it more of an experience then anything else. The movie was nominated for 4 Academy Awards but unfortunately, didn't take home any golden statues. I'm not sure if this movie is still playing in a theatre near you, but I highly recommend at least adding it to your Netflix Queue.

Another perk of my weekend was having my B.F.F. for a surprise visit in town. Her name is Linzi G a.k.a. The Giz and she left me a few months ago to move to Denver, CO. It's where her heart has always been and she is incredibly happy out there although everyone back here misses her terribly. Her sister, who is like my own, got married this weekend which was cause for celebration. So celebrate we did. All over town. We visited McMullens Irish Pub over on Trop on Friday night and Saturday we visited The Havana Cigar and Wine Bar before hitting up The Griffin. The Griffin has really become one of our favorite spots to go. It's located in the new 'Freemont East' District and stands out among the rest with it's feeling of a cozy basement complete with fireplaces, leather couches and brick walls. It can get pretty hipster in there which makes for great people watching. My only warning to you would be that the drinks come strong. However, Freemont is always a good place to walk off a few if you need to afterwards.

Sunday, Lauren, Jenner and I went to my nephew's 5th birthday party that was held at Mini Grand Prix. With go-cart racing, photobooths and skee-ball, Jenner re-capped our afternoon perfectly when he said, "I would rather get a table here than at a nightclub."

I sure hope Jesse enjoyed his party as much as we did.