26 Letters- 100TH Blog Post Edition

5 Feb

I can’t believe this day has finally come– my 100th entry! In honor of the occasion, I decided to do another alpha-blog like I did in October of ’12 and March of ’13. It works like this: each paragraph will be an update of some sort, mainly about my pen pal hobby, but to add a bit of a challenge, I’ll be using the alphabet to orchestrate these paragraphs.

imageedit_2_8225000072Quite some time ago, my pen pal Kära was telling me about Boom Boom Decks and how once you complete the intentional act of kindness on one of the cards, you A) post about it on your BBD profile and then B) send the card onto someone else. The recipient will also do what’s on the card and register the act online and they’ll send it on to the next person so the process can repeat. As this card makes its rounds, you can track its progress and see all the good it’s doing. I was hoping Kära would send me one of hers, and she likely will if/when she gets some free time, but I got too impatient and went ahead and ordered my own family-friendly deck. If the picture is any indication, I have completed this one, and I sent that cards onto my pen pal, Allison, and I Boom Boom’d a few other times, too. (Another blog or two will likely come from this entire endeavor 🙂 )

When I did my 26 Letters post last March I mentioned that I got a coupon from Qdoba for my birthday but the better gift would be getting a Chipotle closer to me. It might not have happened until a few months ago, but I still got my wish. *Throws confetti*

Late last year I experienced some unnecessary drama with a couple pen pals– I no longer write either. The first occurrence was when someone told me I had an attitude when explaining things (for the third time!) to her, and the second was when someone went from writing me weekly to writing me five times in 2013 and didn’t appreciate me saying something. Maybe I did have an attitude, but I didn’t deserve to be chewed out. Or blocked by Drama Queen #2. Oh well!

The above drama aside, pen palling is still my favorite hobby and has been for the past eight and a half years. I currently have 15 pen pals, and 4 of them are international ones.

And while we’re talking numbers, I have 102 followers here on wordpress, hehe.

I had a dream last month where my friend Krista and I went geocaching. Normally I don’t remember my dreams, but we found a Tinkerbell stocking with a parrot ornament inside. Yeah, I have weird dreams. Anyway, I woke up really wanting to go find someone’s buried treasure (with or without Krista). I’d like to leave a package of notecards with a book of stamps in its place.

There’s a blogger here on wordpress, Haiku Andy, who not only writes haikus but sends them randomly via postcard to anyone who’s interested. Here is my haiku, courtesy of his page:

Lunch with expat friends, so many things come and gone the same ocean breeze

Lunch with expat friends, so many things come and gone the same ocean breeze

Kintal nominated me for the Inventive Blogger Award! You may think this is an inconvenient place to accept this award, but I think it’s rather inventive 😉


The Rules:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the The Inventive Blogger Award.
2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.
3. Include in your blog post *FIVE* things that you enjoy about blogging.
4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)
5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The Inventive Blogger Award” via this link: http://DonCharisma.org/2013/12/24/christmas-awards-the-inventive-blogger-award
6. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then proudly display the award on your blog.

My Acceptance Speech:

I’m very grateful to Kintal for nominating me for this award; she found me when someone nominated her for the award I created so she thought I was worthy of this award. The three people I think are also worthy of this award are Nerd in the Brainaliceatwonderland, and Hacker. Ninja. Hooker. Spy. Not only are these the three blogs that I always read, these blogs are all unique from everything else in my reader. NITB encourages writing prompts and other challenges (most notably the zombie survival stem one) and talks about other nerdy yet awesome stuff, Alice does reviews of shows and movies that are hysterical but also incredibly accurate (among other things), and H.H.N.S. takes an extraordinary approach on the ordinary concept of sharing personal experiences. If you’re not following these blogs, I suggest you do so!

By the way, the things I like about blogging are:

1. This gives me an opportunity to write more than letters, and it exposes a wider audience to me and my writing.
2. I like finding ways to talk about pen palling that’s not just me showing pictures of the letters I received.
3. I have written about things I never would have even considered before; I may not post very often, but I put quite a bit of thought and preparation into the things that show up here.
4. Now that I have started Miscellaneous Mondays I get to embrace the more random aspects of my personality.
5. I have found one pen pal through wordpress, but I have made a bunch of other friends, too.

Want to know what I’m usually listening to as I write letters or work on drafts? Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Logan loves this show, so much so that we don’t just watch it daily but several times each day. Jake stuff he got between Christmas and his birthday include a floor puzzle, the Who Shook Hook game, Jake’s treasure chest (complete with a sword, spyglass, and other pirate necessities), a small Jolly Roger, and his light-up Tic Toc Croc.

Not long after I got my Kindle, I started playing The Sims FreePlay. Not long after I started playing that, I posted a blog about my main character, Kate Sincere. Here [were] a few pictures of her and the boys from the past several months:


I found a kindred spirit here on wordpress. There are a bunch of pen pal-friendly blogs out there, but Letters, Postcards & a Cup of Tea is the one that reminds me the most of mine yet is wonderfully different at the same time. Kristiina and I have bonded bunches; not only do we follow each other’s blogs, she has given me ideas for future posts and we decided to become pen pals too!

Here is a list of things I’m looking forward to this month:

  • Chinese food and cupcakes in honor of Valentine’s Day
  • Participating in the Month of Letters Project
  • Doing another project that you’ll read about come the letter P
  • Tackling more Boom Boom Cards
  • Making some gnome-friendly artwork
  • Getting my next dentist appointment over and done with

In one of my very first posts I said that I loved notebooks but rarely used the ones in my possession. I still have a handful of notebooks that haven’t been utilized, but I like to think a few less trees have died in vain. In addition to my “OCD” book, I have three notebooks where I make lists, work on blog drafts, etc., I have another book that’s used as a log, and I also keep a journal.

I have been thinking about this post since November at least, and my idea for Miscellaneous Mondays came along after that. Why am I bringing this up? Because I’m so obsessive I had to figure out what day this entry would land on again (it was originally the 25th), hoping it would land on my regular blog days. I got lucky 😛

I decided to take on a bit of a project for my blog on the 10th. I took a break from sending postcards via postcrossing last month so I could send all 11 at the beginning of February after scanning them all. The point of this endeavor is so I can share why I picked each card for each postcrosser. I thought about doing this all month long, but between not having a working scanner and enduring a Michigan winter, going to my aunt-in-laws’ regularly wasn’t a favorable option.

Mother Dearest is currently making a quilt for yours truly. Here’s the latest picture: p1182547

Speaking of Mother Dearest, she recently requested that I send her some dry ranch because apparently they don’t have that particular dressing in Taiwan. Do you know how much it cost to send two packages of the stuff? $14.50. Here’s a bonus R for you: ridiculous!

I’m pretty over this winter thing. Not only have we experienced some negtive temperatures, a snow plow knocked my beloved mailbox over early January. I feel kind of bad for Gabe– he either had to go out and fix it in the bitter temperatures I mentioned, or listen to his paranoid wife bitch. He didn’t get it back up right away, but he did fix it sooner than I was anticipating 😛

Both Gabe and his aunt deserve some thank yous. Tia Jen not only takes me to the post office but lets me use her scanner and helped me acquire a library card, and all she asks for in return is that I bring that Logan fellow over once in a while.

Come April there’s going to be a new addition to our family who will learn to call me Tia Kate, hehe. Though Gabe and I are technically already an uncle and an aunt, this will be the first we’ll feel like it. We go pottery painting for my birthday every year and I have decided that I’ll be making a piggy bank for the little one 🙂

In just a little over a month there is going to be a Veronica Mars movie– AHH! I may not have discovered the series until it was off the air, but that doesn’t make me any less excited! Since Nicole is the person who introduced me to VM, I have been making her some themed postcards over the past couple months, counting down to this glorious occasion. Below is a picture of her with one and me with the other.

A lot of fellow bloggers have some weird search terms that bring readers to their blog, and the wordpress blog you’re currently reading is no exception…

  • enticingly eccentric gnomes printable
  • halloween cows nicknacks
  • sexy responses to say to trick or treat
  • sktrivia porn
  • xxx con pride sin
  • texting pic of a deformed penis

I mentioned xeroxing About Me sheets in my very first 26 Letters post, and now I’m mentioning it 2x. Am I cheating with this letter? Probably. Do I care? No, because I did get some About Me sheets printed off and I’ve been sending them to pen pals as they write me this year.

I’m pretty happy about getting my library card, even if the library doesn’t have as many young adult books as I would like. I did check out Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos and Through the Zombie Glass so for now I’m content. Feel free to give me your recommendations though I already have several things I want to read right now.

Last summer my mom introduced me to zentangles, and since then I introduced them to my pen pal Kimberly because I realized I like doing these patterned doodles with someone more than doing them on my own. I’d scan our work, but unfortunately it’s not currently in my possession. Zentanlges may still show up here sometime, but for now I think you have had enough! If you made it this far, thank you so much for putting up with me!

Here’s to another 100 blog post posts! *Cheers*
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

19 Responses to “26 Letters- 100TH Blog Post Edition”

  1. The Vanilla Housewife 02/05/2014 at 8:36 am #

    That was a fun read! Congrats on your 100th! 🙂

  2. Deborah 02/05/2014 at 8:54 am #

    I never heard you mention the Boom Boom decks before. It’s always nice when I can learn something new about you by reading your blog posts. 🙂 Nice quilt! haha

  3. nerdinthebrain 02/05/2014 at 8:58 am #

    I enjoyed your alphabet update…looks like you have tons of interesting stuff going on! Thanks again for the award. I’m really honored! 😀

    • Sincerely Kate 02/05/2014 at 9:02 am #

      I’m glad you liked it! I wouldn’t want to make a habit out of these posts, but when they’re few and far between they can be pretty fun 🙂

  4. aliceatwonderland 02/05/2014 at 10:49 am #

    Thanks for the nomination! You get Sims Freeplay on your Kindle? I have a Nook, but it does NOT let me get Sims Free Play, even though I can get other games from Google Play. I suddenly feel the need for a Kindle.

    • aliceatwonderland 02/05/2014 at 10:54 am #

      Oh, hey, just checked my Nook again and I think I can get it now . . . oh I thought I wasted time on the stupid Hay Day app . . .

      • Sincerely Kate 02/05/2014 at 11:59 am #

        There are days where I don’t know what I play more– FreePlay or Candy Crush 😛

  5. doncharisma 02/05/2014 at 1:31 pm #

    Congrats, warm regards DC

  6. Aussa Lorens 02/05/2014 at 5:38 pm #

    Hahaha oh my gosh, do you know why “◦texting pic of a deformed penis” brings people to your blog?! Don’t you just wonder what would ever motivate someone to google such a thing??? A lot of my terms are dirty but I know why 😉 Haha

    Thanks so much for the mention, huzzah! And congrats on the award AND your 100th post. So much fun here.

    • Sincerely Kate 02/05/2014 at 6:38 pm #

      I think this occasion calls for more brownie batter! I have absolutely no idea how that term brought anyone to my blog, but you’re right about the really disturbing part being someone googling that in the first place.

  7. cupitonians 02/06/2014 at 12:48 am #

    That was an amazing post! CONGRATULATIONS on the milestone! A great way to celebrate!


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