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Dear June

20 Jun

If we would have “met for coffee” five days ago, I would have told you that June had been pretty uneventful. Sure, Logan had a field trip to the Detroit Zoo and we went on a couple outings ourselves, but in the grand scheme of things, there wasn’t a whole lot to report.

This past Sunday, though, my maternal grandmother passed away. From when it was decided that they would make her comfortable to when she died, things happened swiftly, but in a lot of ways it did not come as too much of a surprise. My grandma has had more than her share of health problems over the years, and this past year it became evident that she had Alzheimer’s on top of everything else. The silver lining to this situation is that because my mom has coordinated many a funeral, my grandma was able to entrust that with her. That will be happening tomorrow, for the record. If you’re the praying sort, by all means say one for my family. We might have been mentally prepared for this, but that doesn’t make this situation an easy one, and we certainly won’t miss my grandma any less either.

Despite how this past Sunday ended, for the most part Father’s Day was a pretty good day. As per usual, we went to my in-laws’ for a get together, and then the boys spent most of the duration of day connected at the hip. But that’s not the only time they (or we) have spent together! Logan’s gone to work with his dad on several occasions, we went back to the Children’s Zoo, and we went putt putting one Saturday, too. Next Tuesday is Logan’s last day of first grade, so I’m sure more fun outings are around the corner.

Speaking of school, Logan’s definitely ready for summer vacation, but at least they do a good job at keeping the kids engaged. Last week, for example, was Relay Recess so there were spirit days, a picnic– there was even a tank where a lot of the faculty got dunked. Still to come is a water activities day, and there will be a movie and some popcorn on their last day, too.

A movie I recently watched? Iron Man. For a while now I have been wanting to watch all of the Marvel movies in somewhat or a chronological order, and my friend Amanda has been more than happy to indulge me. Originally I was hoping we could get together this week to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, but for obvious reasons I’m going to be in need of a raincheck. Maybe come “Dear July” we will have made a much better dent in Mission Marvel.

In the meantime, TV shows I’ve been watching as of late include Pose, American Woman, and The 100. I’ve read a few books since Dear May, too. When we “last met for coffee,” I wrote that I was reading Alice by Christina Henry, and since then I finished that and its sequel, and then I also read Shout Down the Moon by Lisa Tucker. I am now reading Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin.

I don’t think I have much else to report besides that– like I said, up until recently June had a bit of a “no news is good news” thing going on. While Logan finishes the school year, his dad and I continue to do work in our respective fields. It may not be exciting, but that’s hardly a complaint, you know? For the record, the transcription stuff is still going pretty smoothly for me. It’s hardly a dream job, but I do love being able to help financially a bit.

On that note, I think it’s time to look into a file to transcribe today. Take care, and be sure to tell your loved ones that you love them.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

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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 πŸ˜‰

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 ~!~

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 weekendΒ  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 ~!~

 

Hail the Snail #5

15 Mar

March 1st: The mail I received on my birthday was a birthday card from Gabe’s grandparents, as well as a postcard from a postcrosser from Germany.

March 2nd: I came home from a fun-filled day with my mom to a letter from Sarah and note cards to write letters on from Nicole.

March 3rd: Three(!) more letters arrived, and both of the mailboxes each had a postcard for me.

March 5th: Last week started with a random package for Logan from his Papa Halvorson.

March 6th: Though Ashley’s box and the BABW package were mainly for me, Logan got a couple more things out of those, too.

March 7th: Thanks to Kristy, this unbirthday present arrived next:

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March 8th: Pablo had another two postcards for me as well as a batch of Little Cards.

March 9th: Kayla thought I could use an unbirthday present (a bookmark) as well:

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March 13th: The last of the Little Cards per February’s “Disney Couples” theme arrived– I’ll be showing ’em off a week from now.

Though it’s been over a week since I have gotten any letters (Jody’s latest must have gotten lost), I’m pleased as punch with all of the happy mail I received this month so far. As per usual, I’m looking forward to seeing what the mailboxes will have for me as the month progresses, and I’m also looking forward to the rest of March in general. I’ll tell you why when I post “Dear March” next Tuesday πŸ˜‰

Until next time!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Birthday Snail

5 Mar

In my last mail call, I mentioned a plethora of packages I received for my birthday. However, because I didn’t want to open them before the occasion, I didn’t show and/or tell you what those packages contained. Since I have been posting on the 5th of each month this year, what better day to post about everything I opened on the 1st?

After getting a couple presents from the boys that morning– a Cheshire Cat onesie and a couple other Wonderland characters as figurines– I opened two of the packages before one boy left for work and the other left for school. Continuing the Alice in Wonderland-friendly trend, Sarah sent me a gorgeous “Down the Rabbit Hole” puzzle, and the first Thriftbooks package of the day included a book called “What Would Alice Do?: Advice for the Modern Woman.”

Other books I acquired thanks to my mom and her use of Thriftbooks include Every Day by David Levithan, Bear (x2!) by Marian Engel, and the Splintered series’ companion novel, Untamed. My mom sent me more than just books, though! I also received a set of note cards that has been on my amazon wishlist for a while now, as well as the set of Hell’s Kitchen DVDs that’s been on it since Christmastime. Thank you, Bessie!

The other amazon packages waiting for me were from Sarah. Though one of the books she sent me was something I already owned, I was so excited to find Hatter by Daniel Coleman in one box and a Cheshire Cat plush in the other. I made sure to get a picture of the latter with Bridget who was dressed up like the Mad Hatter at the time (thanks to a previously opened package from my dad):

Bridget, by the way, has a few more things coming from Build-a-Bear Workshop, and some of my pen pals have also told me to expect some goodies, too. Now that my birthday is behind us, I’ll be going back to opening packages as I get them, and showing &/or telling you about their contents in my usual “Hail the Snail” posts.

Though there were things that I’d change about my birthday, thanks to all of the happy mail I have received, it still managed to be a pretty happy occasion. Thanks to everyone who sent me anything, even if it was just birthday wishes. All the best from this 31-year-old to you πŸ™‚

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

 

Hail the Snail #3

15 Feb

February 1st: Thanks to Pablo, February started with a letter from Rose, a postcard from Wonderland, and two batches of Little Cards.

February 2nd: The first thing I received via Manolo this month? A letter from Kayla.

February 3rd: Waiting for Logan when we got home from Monster Jam was a postcard from his Papa Halvorson and a belated birthday card from a pair of great-grandparents.

February 5th: One mailbox had a letter from Sarah while the other had one from Kriston, a potential new pen pal.

February 7th: A box of odds and ends from his Papa Halvorson arrived for the Loganator.

February 8th: Another belated birthday card also arrived for Logan. I, on the other hand, got a letter from Jody.

February 10th: I didn’t receive any letters, but I got my very first order via Legging Army. This worked out quite well because I finished the book Queen of Babble. πŸ˜€

February 12th: Papa Halvorson sent a second box our way, though this one was for me and it contained this wonderful unbirthday present:

February 14th: This mail call started with a couple batches of Little Cards, and now it’s ending with the last batch per the Legendary theme. I’ll post about the set soon!

For now, though, I’ll tell you that besides a rough morning, the boys and I had a pretty good Valentine’s Day. Logan brought home quite the adorable haul from his class party while Gabe enabled yours truly to get the stamps I wanted– they were tucked into this cute little mailbox he found, hehe:

As for the actual mailboxes, they’ve been treating us pretty well this month, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of February has in store for us.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Postcards from Wonderland #15

30 Nov

It took several months to accumulate the several postcards below, but to me they were worth the wait! Heck, sometimes I think it would be worth joining Postcrossing again just to acquire more postcards from Wonderland, hehe. Thankfully I have people like Kayla and my dad to supply some, and people like Othella and Sarah to fill ’em out in the event they’re empty– these people were responsible for these:

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I love how many interpretations of Alice in Wonderland there are, and how well this post proves it. Whether the next trip down the rabbit hole is less varied, or it takes another 8 months, I’m excited for the next five postcards all the same.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~