Archive | November, 2013

Pen Pal Pet Peeves

30 Nov

In my last blog I shared why I was thankful for my current crop of pen pals, but now it’s time for me to share what makes us pen pals tick! A lot of these pet peeves are my own, but some of my pen pals added to the mix as well and I asked other pen pallers (past and present) I know, too. I mean no offense by this list. If it makes someone out there a better pen pal that’s great, but if not, a handful of pen pals at least got to vent.

Letters that are only a paragraph long.

When a letter could consist of multiple paragraphs yet everything’s crammed into one giant one.

People who spell my name wrong or handwriting I can’t read.

When people spend more time decorating the envelope than they do on writing the letter they enclose in it.

When people only write on shopping list paper all the freaking time.

When I write a long, detailed letter and the response I receive is very short and doesn’t address anything I said. And then they end it with, ” So how are you doing?” And I want to yell, “I just told you how I was doing and you apparently didn’t pay attention to any of it!”

When someone who only lives a couple states away constantly blames me not hearing from them on their letters getting lost in the mail. If I heard this once I’d buy it, but I’ve been fed this more times than I have fingers.

When a pen pal writes me online saying they have an update for me, yet won’t tell me until their next letter. I would just prefer them not saying anything in the meantime at all.

How about when somebody doesn’t write back for a year cause they are too busy with life, but have time to be on facebook all the time…. I don’t understand that at all.

When all the person writes is the same questions over and over again– What’s the gas prices, how’s your family, how’s the weather– and then end it like that. Like why are you supposed to write a letter back when you don’t have anything else to say besides that.

A pet peeve of mine is when someone uses an additional sheet of paper to say goodbye and sign their name. I may use a lot of paper myself, but I don’t like trees dying in vain.

I don’t like it when someone complains about not having any quality pen pals, yet they don’t write letters that are worth their wait.

Having a pal who keeps sending me trash/crap items and expects me to keep sending cute stuff.

When someone from another country immediately asks if they could come stay with me (yes, it totally happened).

Think this list is missing something? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Or you can share regular pet peeves of yours– I’m not picky!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Thank You Notes ’13

25 Nov

Much like last year I thought I’d say a few words about the pen pals I have who I’m very thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving. Once again I won’t use any names in the hopes that I’ve done each current pen pal of mine enough justice that they can find the paragraph that pertains to them. If for some reason, pen pals of mine, you can’t find one keep in mind that those below are all pen pals I’ve heard from within the past five months and more than five times overall.

~ You may be one month younger than me, but you, my friend, are wise beyond our years. I don’t mind writing to you because not only do you respond to all of my thoughts, hopes, and concerns, you’re so insightful about anything and everything. I love your enthusiasm whether it’s for your relationships, your piracy, or my silly little FB games. We’ve been writing for several years and I see us writing each other for many years to come.

~Earlier in the year I got the idea to acquire a postcard pen pal and you were sweet enough to indulge my request– you’re just pretty sweet in general. Not only have I loved writing you all sorts of blurbs about me and reading yours, I had so much fun collecting postcards from each state to send your way, though collecting them and sending them is still a work in progress. Watch your mailbox because I just sent you a postcard from New Hampshire!

~ You and I started writing letters this year thanks to a mutual pen pal of ours. Although I don’t feel incredibly close to you (yet), I have found it really easy to talk to you about my son since you’ve experienced raising two children of your own. Occasionally I will feel like people without kids sort of gloss over what I say about Logan, but you seem to remember all of those things which is a big deal to me.

~ Originally I went to become pen pals with someone you write with, but from the second I saw your last name– a name extremely close to my maiden one– in her friends list, I knew I’d rather be writing you. I may not be the Block-head or Twilighter you are, but I’m still enjoying finding other similarities between us.

~ We might have gone 2+ years without talking, but nothing could ever change the fact that you’re still my very first pen pal! I sent you a letter late last year after our “hiatus” and though we haven’t written a lot since then I’m happy you’ll send me letters when you can as well as Logan friendly things– it reminds me of when we first started writing and you enclosed little letters for the the little girls I watched 🙂

~ What can I say to you that I haven’t said already? I love that you write me so often and that we’ve exchanged extra pieces of stationery. I love that you’ll send me silly little postcards, stickers, and souvenirs. I love how we not only talk about Glee but the Once Upon a Time series now, too. Etc. Etc. Thanks for being the quality pen pal someone we know claimed you weren’t.

~ We started writing each other before you found your significant other (again), and now here we are, both a Mrs.! I always love hearing from you whether you’re carrying on about your relationship, crazy girls, or one of the several shows we have in common. The last time I did a post like this I told you I admired you and that’s just as true as ever.

~ I was really hoping to meet you this past summer, but if anyone knows “life happens” as much as me it’s you! I appreciate you sending me postcards between your long, chatty letters and giving me a bunch of tips when it comes to this site you’re currently on. You may not send me letters very often, but I always find them worth the wait and full of goodies, proverbial or otherwise. I hope the binder I recently decorated for you makes up for everything you’ve given me!

~ You’ve been quite the busy bee so you’re taking a break from pen palling now. However you think so much of lil’ ol’ me that if/when you go on trips you’re still planning to send me blank postcards and little letters to go with them. You sent me postcards and some other odds and ends before and it’s a comfort to know that I haven’t seen the last of them or heard the last from you.

~ You and I are still getting to know each other, and I can’t help but think that as our son’s get older they might get to know each other a bit too. I enjoy hearing about your little guy and the fact that you seem to enjoy asking questions as much as I do.

~ I have been really happy to be hearing from your pretty regularly again, and I’m also happy that our letters now include zentangles! You’re a good friend and in one of these Thank You Notes things I’m hoping to call you a good mother, too! I know with everything you’ve been going through it may be hard to feel all that thankful, but some things you have to be thankful for include (but aren’t limited to) a supportive husband, a big heart, and an awesome taste in TV shows, hehe.

~ You may not officially be my pen pal, but you’re certainly a great friend! Not everyone would write a person just because they know how much they like getting mail. I love that we’ve been sending monthly postcards to each other for the past year and I just flat out love you. After all, I don’t write just anyone notebooks full of randomness, and not just anyone would sit through it if I did. I hope that one day you’ll get to visit us– Tomfoolery needs a sequel!

~ I think it’s as nice to get your letters as your daughter thinks it is to get my extra stationery, hehe. Considering everything your family’s going through as of late I rarely expect to hear from you yet you still find the time to write me– I find that admirable. All the best to you and yours!

~ First of all, thanks again for the save-the-date– it’s the most super one I’ve ever seen 😉 Second of all, thanks for everything else you’ve sent me over the past few years! Your letters and cards are always so upbeat and I hope my mailbox will keep ’em coming!

~ You also might not technically be a pen pal, but you still write me from time to time anyway and I love you for that! It’s kind of crazy knowing we met through a pen pal of mine and wound up writing each other years after the fact. I knew you were amazing when I met you six years ago, and with each passing year I believe it even more. I hope you get to meet the boys I’ve been telling you about one of these days.

Not that my pen pals needed proof, but I hope this post shows them how thankful for each of them I am, While I’m at it, I’d like to thank everyone who has been reading these blogs of mine over the past 14 months– that means you!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

7 Deadly Sins: Sloth

20 Nov

Sloth [slawth] noun
habitual disinclination to exertion; indolence; laziness

Why Kate Sincerely thinks Sloth’s considered a deadly sin:

The expression “Idle hands are the devil’s playthings” comes to mind. I think if/when we’re bored we’re that much more inclined to do something we shouldn’t. Google seems to sincerely think Sloth’s considered a deadly sin because of emotional as well as spiritual apathy, which makes sense. I consider myself agnostic– I believe there’s something somewhere out there, but I don’t believe you need to go to church or push your religion on other people to prove that. I doubt that’s necessarily sloth, though for me it doesn’t seem like too much of a leap sometimes.

Some of my Recent Sins:

  • We were without power for slightly over 24 hours a couple days ago, and though I tagged along with Gabe while he helped people get their generators going, I mainly took this as an opportunity to sleep more than I normally would.
  • Prior to the power outage I rewatched my favorite Dawson’s Creek reruns for the third time and have started watching all of Revenge again, too.
  • Most of the time when I take Logan outside, I’ll usually sit down and read while he plays.
  • I spend more time writing to people than I do cleaning the house. With the exception of laundry, dishes, and picking up after Logan, I usually only clean when we’re expecting company… which isn’t very often.
  • I haven’t bothered looking for a job since I’m confident whatever I’d make wouldn’t be worth hiring a sitter or paying for daycare.
Logan and I PRIOR to Trick-or-Treating

Logan and I PRIOR to Trick-or-Treating

I don’t know if it’s because I was working on this blog, but I recently started organizing all of the miscellaneous boxes shoved to the side of our garage. On the first day it barely looked like I did anything, but on the following morning it really looked like I made a dent out there. With any luck this makes me less sloth, but one way we’ll know for sure is if I’m still motivated to go through boxes the rest of this month, haha. All the best, whether you’re struggling with sloth or not.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Introducing The Woman’s Skirt Award

15 Nov

I have been nominated for a handful of blog awards recently and I got to thinking… I want to make an award of my own!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:The Woman's Skirt Award

The point of this award is to acknowledge bloggers who we believe have found a good balance with their posts. Whether they’re long or short, they said what they needed to say yet didn’t go on and on just for the sake of reaching a word count.

Here are the rules: 
1) Post the award on your blog and who nominated you
2) Share 8 things about yourself
3) Nominate 8 people and let them know

The first eight people to win this award are:
The Moody Reader
Fish of Gold
Hacker. Ninja. Hooker. Spy.
Not a Punk Rocker
Thoughts Appear
Container Chronicles
Opi’s Sims
My Postcrossing Adventure

The last two blogs belong to two pen pals of mine, just so you know!

I’m looking forward to seeing this award pop up around WordPress!
Shout out to Rena for bringing my graphic idea to life 🙂

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Pen Pal of the Month- November

10 Nov

This month’s off to a peculiar start! With the end of the year in sight, a lot of my regular pen pals have already won this silly little award, but fortunately I still have a few people I could acknowledge– unfortunately they made acknowledging them a bit of a challenge!retired

I first contacted Katherine since I heard from her at the beginning of November, but she said I could pick someone else and maybe come back to her. I then contacted Angel since I heard from her a couple days later, but she didn’t know if she could answer my questions by the deadline. Dun dun dun…

Good news! Angel was able to answer ’em and she can now expect some silly little prizes from me in return for her services, hehe.

SK: How do you feel about being pen pal of the month?

Angel: I am shocked and excited! Yipeeeeee!

SK: When and why did you get into pen palling?

Angel: I started pen palling when I was about 10 years old when I met some missionaries.

SK: What’s your favorite thing about pen palling?

Angel: Getting to know people from all over the world. Learning how their culture is different than mine. And being able to just be me.

SK: What’s your favorite thing about having me as your pen pal?

Angel: I can always expect a prompt response from you and not have to wait forever!

SK: What’s your favorite thing about November?

Angel: I am not a fan of cold weather but I do enjoy Thanksgiving since I get to see my siblings who I don’t often get to see and taking fall photos..

SK: What three things are you the most thankful for?

Angel: There are so many things to be thankful that we often take for granted. A roof over our head, food to eat and quilts.

SK: Who are three people you’re most thankful for?

Angel: My kids, my parents and my dog Moose. A bit more than 3 but they are the most important people in my life. And my pen pals 🙂

Although finding this month’s PPOTM was a bit of a challenge, in the end I think it was worth it. I’m glad another pen friend of mine, Casey, introduced me and Angel; it’s been nice getting to know her since February of this year. Like her, I’m thankful for my pen pals and you can see just how much in a couple of entries 😉 Only one more month of this particular series, by the way!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Fall Into a(nother) Book

5 Nov

Welcome to what will likely be my last book review for a while. Just because I won’t be writing about books doesn’t mean I’ll stop reading them, rest assured! Between the blog series, upcoming holidays, and me just being me, I have plenty of blogs already in the works for the next few months. This time last month I posted Fall Into a Book and though I haven’t read a ton over the past few weeks, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a follow up.

PS, I Love You– Cecelia Ahern. Knowing that he was going to die, Gerry left his wife several notes with instructions to get Holly through “without him” until the end of the year. This, obviously, was a bittersweet book. If you’re the sentimental sort, you might want to have some tissues handy, but if you’re like me you’re going to be wishing your husband was thoughtful enough to do such a thing for you… not that you’d want him to die, of course. I thought that it was strange that the book ended without Sharon having her baby since she was so close to popping, but I was so glad that Holly didn’t wind up with Daniel since it seemed like Ahern really wanted the readers to think that she would. I haven’t seen the movie so I may have to change that, and I may have to read another book of hers I currently have in my possession– Love Rosie… eventually.

Seven Deadly Sins Volume 3– Robin Wasserman. You can read about my thoughts on the first two volumes in my original “Fall Into a Book” blog, and what I’m about to say might make a bit more sense if you did. I got what I wanted most: Adam and Harper got back together after the dust settled. Adam pissed me off a lot in the meantime since he kept helping Beth when he should have been helping himself, but that’s what kept me turning the pages more than anything (I may have even skimmed ahead on more than one occasion– shh!) Both Beth and Miranda never grew on me, though it was nice to see Miranda finally move on from her obsession with Kane; she went from being Harper’s sidekick to someone who didn’t need to be close to someone else to feel like she was just as valuable. And then there’s Kane… Although he’s no longer the object of the redhead’s affections, it was endearing to see the transformation he made, mainly because of her. All in all, Seven Deadly Sins was a very good series that could hold its own against the popular high school dramas you see on TV. Wasserman really seemed to capture each of the characters whether they were the Prom Queen and Queen Bee or a wannabe musician who never performed without taking a hit first. I may reread this series someday or at least see what other characters Wasserman created.

Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. My dear friend Nicole sent me this book as a surprise when I was organizing Christmas in July for my pen pals. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now, but considering how I have yet to get sucked into The Mortal Instruments series I wasn’t quite ready to dive into another supernatural story. Until now that is. I was a bit taken aback at first– this is the first book out of everything I’ve read this year that’s been narrated by a boy. I got past the cooties rather quickly; Ethan’s hardly just a jock who thinks about sex every six seconds, though he does have his moments. For being a sophomore Ethan handled his complicated relationship with Lena, a witch caster, with more care and bravery than adults twice his age can even muster. Part of me finds his devotion admirable but the other part finds it unrealistic, and this is a book with a siren and incubi, haha. In general it was a nice story with everything and everyone serving their purposes, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I’m glad Nicole sent me the book and that we have one more thing we can talk about, though I likely won’t talk about the next installment anytime soon.

Grave Appeal– Kassandra Lea. This e-book was written by a friend of a pen pal of mine; I finished Beautiful Creatures just in time to indulge in this Halloween short story, hehe. I wasn’t anticipating the erotica, especially considering both characters were men, but Lea wrote about the man’s night out with a handsome gargoyle in a way that didn’t make me feel uncomfortable. I do feel like the story could have been fleshed out more (e.g. Why was Aiden on the outs with his boyfriend (who, by the way, was not the gargoyle 😉 ) but I’m still impressed that someone I know knows someone who wrote such a thing.

And there you have it! The last few books I read. And now for a bit of writing of my own… My mom participated in this trifecta thingamabobber the other day where after the prompt It was up to her to write the next 33 words of the story however she saw fit.  I decided to do the same below. *insert drumroll here*

It was the first day of November and so, today, someone must die.

As Peyton washed the clothes for the third time she remembered why they smelled like gasoline in the first place. It was that lingering odor that forced them in her possession, after all.

Dasvidania, Bleaders!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~