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Dear May

20 May

Hey! Thank you for indulging me as I write as if we have met for coffee once again. Since the last time I did this, I feel like most of my free time has been pretty split between transcribing files for Rev and reading books for kicks and giggles. I’ll get back to Rev momentarily, but first know that I’ve read the following over the past month before starting Alice by Christina Henry the other day:

  • Bet on My Heart– Sara Shirakawa
  • The Fault in Our Stars– John Green
  • Abby in Wonderland– Sarah Mlynowski
  • Every Day– David Levithan

To be honest, I’m kind of impressed with how much I have managed to read since it feels like Rev keeps me pretty busy. I guess I found a better balance doing this transcription stuff than I was giving myself credit for. Originally I was just picking “decent” files as long as I could make around $30/40 a pop, but now the goal is to make at least $20 a day, choosing interviews only between two people who are both fairly easy to understand. My time feels less wasted and I can usually be done before Logan gets home from school.

Though much of my time has been occupied by the job and my hobbies, May still has had some fun moments for me and the boys, mainly thanks to Gabe’s birthday and Mother’s Day. The first day of festivities (the 6th) included going to the Children’s Zoo in the afternoon and my aunt-in-laws’ in the evening.

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The following weekend Gabe and I went to Frankenmuth on Saturday and then to his parents’ (where Logan was) on Sunday to celebrate both occasions there. If you saw my recent mail call, you know what my presents from my boys were.

You know who also recently celebrated Mother’s Day and a birthday? My mother. Logan and I saw her on the 8th when we saw a special feature of The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island, and then yesterday she and I had a mother/daughter day. Our day started with breakfast with Gabe, then once we ditched him we did some shopping, mainly at Target and Barnes & Noble. Going to her house and getting late lunch at Chipotle also occurred that afternoon. If you know me, you know that the latter was like a cherry on top of a sundae of a day, haha.

Other than those outings, it doesn’t feel like I have done a whole lot, but the same can not be said for the boys. Gabe has been pretty busy with Spring planting–weather permitting, and Logan won’t be done with first grade for like another month yet. Since this is the first year of the balanced calendar, the school schedule is about to get a bit wonky to accommodate the days needed yet. Logan has next week off and in June there will be a few weeks where he just goes Monday through Thursdays, though Thursdays are half days. Yeah, wonky. It’s no wonder that the past few Fridays have been Spirit Days to try and keep the kids still engaged. Here are the pictures of Logan and Bridget from those novelty days:

Well, I think that’s everything going on around here. I hope everything going on with you is going well!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

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Hail the Snail #9

15 May

May 2nd: Like my last mail call, this one is also starting with a letter from Sarah.

May 3rd: Pablo had another letter for me as well as a batch of Little Cards, but Manolo had this set of Boxcar Children books for the Loganator:

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Thanks, Mom!

May 5th: Along with my latest stamp order was a postcard from Krista and a letter from Jody.

May 7th: I got another postcard (from Kristy this time), and Gabe got a birthday card from my dad.

May 9th: Another card came for the birthday boy, and then this unbirthday present from my dad came for me:

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May 10th: A letter from Sarah arrived, plus an ATC order of sorts from a family friend.

May 11th: Along with a letter from Kayla were two postcards from Wonderland.

May 12th: Joining my little reply pile was a letter from Allison.

May 13th: Though not “happy mail,” it’s worth mentioning that for Mother’s Day the boys gave me The Greatest Showman, a teddy bear, and the things the Loganator made at school.

The boys and I have enjoyed having Mother’s Day and Gabe’s birthday to celebrate this past week, and I think we have all enjoyed whatever happy mail the first half of May has had for us, too. As per usual, I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the month has in store for us as well as the mailboxes.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Postcards from Wonderland #16

12 May

I wish I would have had the following five postcards to share on the 5th, but if the White Rabbit can be late, so can this post 😉

Like many a postcard before, these all came to me twice. Prior to having a few of my pen pals send them back to me filled out, I received them blank– the first four via Etsy orders, the fifth from a member of LCOBA.

Though the designs on these postcards alone are fantastic, I have a fun story about #5. My pen pal Ashley is both a Floridian and Disney fanatic, so she makes it to Disney World several times a year. Knowing she was going to be seeing Alice at Epcot, she asked if I had any postcards she could have Alice sign for me. This was that postcard!

I’m so thrilled with Ashley for doing that for me, and with Allison and Krista for sending the others back to me, too. I said it before and I’ll say it again, I have the most wonderful enablers, hehe.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail #8

1 May

April 18th: My last mail call ended with a letter from Sarah, and this time it’s starting with one… plus her batch of Little Cards.

April 19th: Next to arrive was a letter from Jody. No LCs, lol, but I did get details about her recent vacation 🙂

April 20th: Pablo had a batch of Little Cards as we as a postcard that took 57 days(!) to get here from Poland.

April 21st: The next letter to arrive was one from Kristy.

April 24th: And the next postcard to arrive came for Logan thanks to my dad.

April 25th: Even more postcards arrived, but per an Etsy order of mine.

April 27th: Pablo had another batch of Little Cards while Manolo had these clothes for Bridget:

April 28th: The last official letters in April were from Allison and Jody, though yesterday…

April 30th: Supplementary materials arrived from both Allison and Kristy, along with some Arby’s coupons from my dad, lol.

As usual, I’m grateful for all of the happy mail I have received over the past month, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Manolo and Pablo have in store for me in May. Gabe might even get some happy mail, too, with his birthday happening next Wednesday, hehe.

All the best, Bleaders!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: April Edition

25 Apr

The purpose of this Two Cents series is to have a monthly “show and tell” per ATC the Change—a RAOK cause I cofounded. Each edition will feature some of the Change Cards I’ve made, along with other things I’ve done to make the world better one Change Card at a time. Change. Cents. Get it?

The main highlight since my last show and tell is that our Facebook group reached 100 members! I tried to have some giveaways in honor of the occasion, and though both sets were spoken for, it’s because only two people tried to claim them. Not going to lie, it’s a bit disheartening that we have 100+ members but still only a small amount of people who can “ATC the Change.” I’m at a loss of what I can do to make the movement spread.

And I think it’s because of this loss that I haven’t done a whole lot over the past month or so. Sure, I have left a handful of Change Cards out and about, but I started making an Easter-friendly batch right before April started, and I have yet to get around to finishing them because the motivation to do so just isn’t there.

Anyway, here are the pictures of the ATCs I left, mainly in restaurants, over the past month:

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I think my mom and I are going to have to do something for her birthday next month so May’s Edition will not only be more fun for you to see, but fun for me to put together. April showers bring May flowers, right?

All the best from my screen to yours.
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Dear April

20 Apr

First of all, happy 420 if you’re into that sort of thing, lol. I’m not, though this could be a good segue into Wonderland-friendly things if we take controlled substances such as growth-altering mushrooms into consideration 😉 To talk about things pertaining to Alice in Wonderland, though, we need to also talk about the trip to Troy that happened since the last time I wrote as if we were having coffee…

On the morning of March 23rd, my mom picked me up and after stopping for breakfast, we were off on our overnight adventure near the Detroit area. Before checking into our room for the evening we went to Barnes & Noble, Trader Joe’s, a fabric store, and a place called Catfe Lounge where many a kitty hang out until they find their forever homes. Here are a few cute pictures from the latter:

After (finally) finding our hotel and recharging a bit, we went to dinner followed by the Somerset Collection. You may be wondering what any of this has to do with Alice in Wonderland, so allow me to break it down…

  • I got Alice and Red Queen, both by Christina Henry, at B&N.
  • The fabric store had fabric suited for a Mad Tea Party.
  • I found a mug with Wonderland characters on it at the Disney Store.
  • Dinner was at Mad Hatter Bistro!

Although the birthday party happening near us at Mad Hatter’s was positively obnoxious, mom and I still enjoyed ourselves and all of the yummy things we consumed. While we waited for our fish and chips we had a bit of a tea party, and after our entrees we shared a homemade cream puff. Each item solidified that we wanted to return for brunch the following morning.

It’s because of this we didn’t check out at 4am in the morning. We stayed at a Red Roof Inn and have since decided we’d never stay in one again. We could have dealt with the abrasive air freshener and overactive furnace, but some intoxicated idiot banging on our door at 3am was the last straw. You would have thought the building was on fire the way she carried on. It wasn’t until I opened the door that she finally realized she was knocking on the wrong damn door.

Anyway! Brunch at Mad Hatter Bistro was worth sticking around for. I had the Mad Hatter Breakfast Burger and loved the maple bourbon sauce on it so much I have already decided that I’d have the chicken and waffles the next time we go. From Mad Hatter’s this time around though, we just took a scenic route home since we were too full and too tired to want to make any unnecessary stops.

One last Alice in Wonderland related thing quick before we move on from that. I finished reading Untamed by A.G. Howard and am now working on a book Sarah sent me for Christmas called Bet On My Heart.

The weekend following the Troy Trip was Easter, and though it wasn’t nearly as action-packed for me, Logan sure was one “hoppy” boy. His paternal grandparents got him this go-kart while his parents got him the helmet to use with it:

It’s too bad this April has been more like winter than spring, eh? Just this past weekend  we dealt with an ice storm– yuck. We were prepared to lose power but fortunately we never did. I even got to finish season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events when I got the house to myself.

Speaking of TV shows, I’m both anxiously anticipating and dreading the season finale of Jane the Virgin tonight. The anxious anticipation’s due to their finales always being so well-executed; the dread is due to me just not being ready for it to be over until the fall. This season of Ink Master is also about to come to an end, and with my favorite gone I’m rooting for Juan/ Team Anthony. iZombie and Rise will have some big shoes to fill with some of my favorite shows ending for the season!

However, I actually haven’t been watching as much television as of late. Sure, some of that was due to the Loganator having a bit of a stomach bug this past week, but the main reason things like Shadowhunters and Jessica Jones are going unwatched is because I started doing some transcription work via the website Rev.

A few weeks back my mom told me about the site since she knows of people who are either working for Rev themselves, or at least applied to do so. Mom was like “I hear the test is hard, but you’re not out anything if it doesn’t work out.” Well, not only did I ace said test, I was doing so well during the training, that instead of being promoted from rookie after transcribing 60 minutes worth of audio, I became a revver after just 30 minutes worth. It hasn’t been easy work by any means, and it has only amounted to around $230 so far, but that’s $230 more than I have contributed to our expenses before so ultimately it feels worth it.

On that note, I really must be going since I have a file waiting for me, but know that the boys and I are doing well. All the best from our screen to yours.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Little Cards: Fairies and Friends

17 Apr

In case this hasn’t become obvious over the past two-and-a-half years, I run a Facebook group for monthly ATC swaps, Little Cards on Big Adventures. For March the theme I chose was Fairies and Friends, and this was what I posted when I announced it (the day after my birthday):

Though I didn’t get any gnome-friendly presents for my birthday yesterday, they are something I have gotten quite a bit in the past! I bring this up because once upon a time Arlene suggested “Elves, Dwarves, and Fairies” as a theme, and it seemed like a great fit for both my birthday month and the return of spring to do something with whimsical creatures.

Four people, myself included, chose to participate in this theme, resulting in 16 ATCs all together since we each made four. The reason for this is so not only so we each get one that we made, we get one from each of the other participants, too. These are the four little cards I acquired from this adventure:

Just so you know, I’m responsible for the leprechaun. I may love me some gnomes, but considering St. Patrick’s Day falls in March, it seemed like too good of an idea to ignore.

And Agriculture must have seemed like a good enough theme this month since 6 of us are participating in that. I just finished my ATCs this morning at it has me thinking the set will be as fun to get as Logan thinks spring planting is, lol. I may not be looking forward to seeing so little of my farmers once spring planting starts, but I am looking forward to sharing more Little Cards with you in the not-so-distant future.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~