Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Me, Stylish? Oh Stop.

Thanks to Amanda at Runninghood for this Stylish Blogger Award.  I have recently become completely engrossed in Amanda's blog.  If you don't follow her, you probably should.  No, you definitely should.

In honor of receiving this fabulous award I am supposed to tell you 7 random things about me.

Alright, here goes nothin'.   The LONG and SHORT of Kate :)

#1 - The first time I ever stepped foot on a plane was when I went skydiving at the age of 18.  Since then, I have done plenty of traveling and been aboard many airplanes. 

Pretty in Pink - So glad I found this old picture.
I am on the right of course.

 #2 - I moved to San Diego with only 3 suitcases.  I didn't have money in savings,  or a car, an apartment, a job and I had never even visited San Diego.  I had Angela though, and that was more than enough.

Our belongings at the airport, combined.
Talk about starting fresh....

#3 - I don't own a TV.  We are not poor, we just choose to live TVless. Living without one gives us more time to connect, talk and read.  I love reading and TV distracts me from all the good books out there.  Once you go TV-free for a little while you start to realize how much television can mess with your psyche in terms of the images and advertising you see.  (Confession:  I am human.  There are 3 shows that I watch on Hulu from time to time: Brothers & Sisters, Modern Family and currently The Biggest Loser). 

#4 - This is subject to change, but currently my favorite place in the world is South Africa.  The country is stunning and specifically the people from Khula Village are some of the warmest, most gracious individuals I have ever crossed paths with.  They remind me to appreciate the little things in life and to stop worrying about the trivial junk that we so often do in the U.S. (such as clothing, money, our hair, weight or a job promotion). 
Pristine Beaches Free of Tourists

Andele <3


Beauty Queen

#5 - I am frightened of child twins that are dressed alike.  Don't ask.

#6 - When I sing at work, my co-workers howl like dogs.  I am that good. ;-)

#7 - I am leading a small run group and it kicks off TODAY!  In 10 weeks, a group of my co-workers will run their first 5k (if no injuries arise).  The run group is in conjunction with the 'Biggest Loser' program at work.  I can't wait to see everyone progress over the next 10 weeks. Runners: If you have any ideas, shoot them my way! 

Here is the part where I am supposed to tag someone else for this award...

I tag Abbi at Higher Miles.  She has put together a blogger group of first time marathoners, called Distance Dreamers.  Each week she posts an update on each and every runner and links back to their posts.  I love her for this.  Thanks, Abbi!


  1. I think you're incredibly brave to move like that. South Africa looks amazing! What beautiful children!

  2. I would LOVE to visit South Africa. I've got the travel bug right now!

    Loved learning more about you :-)

  3. this is soooooooooooo awesome!

    Love the picture.
    Love the suitcases.
    Love the TVFREE - sounds awesome.
    Love modern family [I may need to look into hulu ;)]

  4. Wow, #2 is pretty amazing and I would love to go to South Africa. I will answer the questions soon!

  5. I'm so impressed when someone can just pick up and go like that! And South Africa is high on my list of places to go...looks/sounds wonderful. Very, very cool that you go sans TV--it's a big time suck for so many people!

  6. Love learning more about you Kate!! You ar so inspring from your travels, to your TV-less life. wow!

    Thanks for sharing these fun facts!

    Good luck with your group run today!!

  7. My personal favorite is #5! hahahaha scary!!

  8. One of the best lists I've read. I would LOVE to visit S. Africa one day. Always been a dream.

    No TV. Wow. Just wow.

  9. Wow, I thought WE started small in SoCal - R drove with her dad with a car stuffed with our stuff and I flew with my dad, two suitcases and our cats (only 2 then). Three suitcases?!?! Wow! We used FreeCycle to furnish our apartment, except for the treadmill, we've furnished the whole place nearly for free!

    I'm with you on the no TV! It's remarkable how much more quality time we have. We watch select shows on Hulu (Modern Family, House, and Biggest Loser) and we have a friend's streaming Netflix that we use for movies. When we watch something it's because we want to, not because "it's on." I love it. And we do save a ton of money that is funneled directly into our food and book budget.

  10. Congrats on the award! Love your 7 things-and the pics!!!!

  11. I can't believe you moved to San Diego like that. I am REALLY impressed!! That is so amazing, and bold, and daring, and I seriously can't believe it. You're freaking awesome girl!!!
    ummmmmm...have you seen a show more funny than modern family? I think not. Who is your favorite? I love Cam and Phil.
    Also, Africa? You are like the ultimate in amazing.

    Good luck with the running group. I really can't wait to hear how this goes. They are going to love it, and love you for helping them change their lives!!

  12. Hey, I've heard you sing at work. They are howls of appreciation. Ah-rooo roooo roooo.

  13. I can't believe that you fit all of your stuff in 3 suitcases and flew to San Diego. That is so brave. Love, love, love your S. Africa pictures, what an incredible place to visit.

  14. LOVEEEEE this! I could live without t.v. we don't watch much. Life is so much better without it. So true about traveling to other countries like that...makes you so much more aware of what the world is all about and how much we as Americans waste, consume, and the priorities we have out of order. I kind of met my husband by just up and moving like that. And there he was. :) Thanks for doing this!!!

  15. I love your decision to live without a TV. It's such a timesuck! I think everyone could benefit from watching less.

  16. wow, so jealous of your time in south africa, it's definitely on my list of places to visit. i went TVless for a while in college and really didn't mind. even now when i do have a TV i don't watch it much, and when i do it's for a specific show, not just something random to pass the time. i will confess, however, that I can watch endless reruns of "Friends" on dvd : )

  17. WIN WIN WIN is RIGHT! I'll start packing my bags. We could run all over san diego in the dark and nobody could touch us. I love it. Oh, and we could eat PB all day together, cause I think it's mans best creation. Aside from frozen yogurt. Do you like frozen yogurt? Cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter? Are you kidding me. I think I'd just take a spoon to it and eat THAT like frozen yogurt.

    I'm SO glad you're running group went well. I knew it would!

    Also...I just read your story on Amanda's blog and I was laughing so hard. Amazing. You da best! :)

  18. Those pink (literally) jump suits are pretty awesome!

  19. yay! i love reading amanda's blog and your blog, too! you both really inspiring and fun. i cannot wait to go to south africa some day. my mom and her husband went for a couple of weeks during the world cup and said it was amazing. aaaand my college roommate and best buddy actually lives there right now and is getting married there in early march! i want to go SO badly but with the baby coming we just aren't going to be able to swing it. i hope we can go in the next year or two. anyway i think amanda was smart to tag you and i'm excited to read about abbi's 7 things!!

  20. Cool post! I enjoyed reading more about you.
    You are very brave to move to San Diego the way you did! I'm envious of your adventurous spirit.
    We also live TV-less by choice. The only thing I really miss is the news. I listen to NPR in the car, but my car ride to work is really short. I'm pretty clueless about current events due to this.

  21. This is the best random list of all random lists in the history of ever.

    I love your values, your spunk, your love for life...

    I think I may love you a little bit.

  22. I love that you don't own a TV, our TV is on way too much. I'm thinking that we need to cut back on cable, it's so expensive and we could totally watch our favorite shows on Hulu instead.

    Those pink jumpsuits are awesome, what a great pic!

  23. @ Chanda - I also listen to NPR but I download the podcasts and listen to them in the morning as I get ready. :)

    Thanks for the nice comments, everyone! Talk about an ego boost ;-)

  24. ahah twins with the same clothing freaks me out too! one time i was on a roller coaster and turned around to find to identical twins with the SAME OUTFIT- i was already freaking out becuz of the coaster.. so it was NOT a good moment!


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