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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 ~!~

 

Highlights from the Hiatus

7 Apr

In another week I’m planning to resume my Hail the Snail posts where I log my incoming mail, but for now I thought I’d log some of my happiest mail from during the hiatus, along with some of my happiest times, too.

February 8th: This was the 3rd day in a row Logan got books from my mom, and I got to listen to him almost read ’em by himself, hehe.

February 12th: For a little Valentine-friendly outing, Gabe and I took Logan pottery painting for the first time. Here he is painting his “calico cat.”

February 21st: Manolo had two packages for me. One had a rather belated letter from Allison, and the other had early birthday presents from Sarah.

February 24th: The weekend before my 30th birthday, my mom and I went to the Troy area for a bit of a pre-party where the main objections were to go to the charming Mad Hatter Bistro, and make a celebratory stuffed animal at Build-a-Bear Workshop. Not only did those endeavors not disappoint, my mom made sure the rest of the weekend was awesome, too. The quilt included in the pictures was just one of many surprises!

March 1st: My first letter as a 30-year-old was from Jody, and my first postcard was from Sarah.

March 3rd: Today was the day I got my new journal from Wonderland 😉

March 6th: Not only did I get some fun birthday presents from Nicole, both the Inchies and Boy Bands sets of Little Cards came from Jenn along with her Hearts batch per my February theme.

March 15th: I should preface this chunk by saying that having to have a tooth pulled was not a happy experience. What made me happy, though, was 1) saying goodbye to a month of agonizing mouth pain and 2) no longer stressing over the procedure and taking valium for the first time. In fact, I quite liked my sole valium experience since it made me feel nothing but content. I feel like it “calmed the waters” more that day than the weeks I tried Prozac and Zoloft years ago. I don’t know; I guess I was just thankful for the temporary peace of mind.

March 16th: Sarah went to Florida for a large chunk of March, and though I got postcards from her while she was gone, I was so excited to get a letter from her upon her return!

March 18th: Though Gabe had presents for me back on March 1st, he knew what I really wanted for my birthday was to see Beauty and the Beast. Though the movie was not without its faults, overall I was so incredibly pleased with it. I’ve been telling my pen pals how I believe the movie was not made for kids, but rather people like us who grew up with the animated classic. I feel as though that is why they stayed so loyal to the original, mainly only fixing what was broken and giving the characters more depth.

March 28th: For reasons irrelevant to this blog, a young lady from Sweden was visiting my mom. And when I say young, I mean she’s a young adult into things like Glee and Disney movies like me. It’s because of this my mom had the brilliant idea for us to go back to Mad Hatter’s– the bistro in Troy we liked, this time for afternoon tea. Though the tea party is not something I’d do again, I am glad for the memories and for the fact I found a tea I actually enjoy (hot cinnamon spice). And icing on the cake? I came home to leggings in the mail, hehe. Here’s a group picture, by the way, though those leggings are a more older pair 😉

March 31st: The last thing I got in the mail last March? This adorable ATC! Fitting, since this is the last ATC I will get via private trades.

More happy mail to be posted about next Saturday, and maybe some more happy times, too. Thanks for reading this if you are, in fact, still reading this, and for tuning in this week at all.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~