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Dear March

20 Mar

Since the last time I wrote as if we were meeting for coffee, I completed my 31st trip around the sun. We did a few things to celebrate the occasion over a few days, and though nothing on its own was much of a production, when everything was said and done it certainly felt like one. I appreciate everything our families did for me/us, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel relieved when things went back to normal on the 5th. Heck, I even told a couple pen pals that since my 32nd birthday will be on a Friday, it would be tempting to just get a motel room for myself and have pizza delivered, lol.

Right now, however, I’m thinking less about my birthday(s) and more about this upcoming weekend. Since my mom and I both had such an amazing time on our overnight adventure in Troy, MI last year, we decided to go back. Our itinerary includes seeing some kitties at a cat caf√©, doing some light shopping at the Somerset Collection (home to Build-a-Bear Workshop), and going back down the rabbit hole that is Mad Hatter’s Bistro. Twice. It should be a lot of fun, and in my mom’s case it’s well-deserved. P.S. I’ll tell you how many Change Cards we leave next Wednesday.

Oh, that reminds me. I need to tell you that Logan’s class unfortunately won neither the Box Top contest nor the Penny War, but the latter was really close! The good news, however, is that following the Penny War, Logan’s name was chosen in a drawing so he got to throw a pie at the teacher of his choice, haha! Logan’s newest mission on the school’s behalf has been raising money for Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart per the American Heart Association. Originally we set out to just raise $50 so Logan could earn a t-shirt as well as a couple keychains, but he easily acquired double that so we tackled the requested $250 goal and met that, too.

In other school-related news, March is National Reading Month so Logan’s school has been indulging in some fun novelty days. Yesterday, for example, the kids were encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring in their favorite bedtime story– check out Logan and Bridget:

Murder on the Orient Express, just so you know, is not my favorite bedtime story but the latest book I’ve read. If I wouldn’t have been reading it with my pen pal Kristy, however, I’m not sure I would have finished it. More often than not the novel felt as if it was written in a foreign language then poorly translated into English; to say I was put off by that would be putting it mildly. I found myself wanting to skip ahead to find out whodunit and just watch the movie, but I hung in there because of Kristy. I still don’t think the book was anything special, but that just makes it more rewarding to have it done with. I’ll be reading Untamed by A.G. Howard next; it’s the companion book to the Splintered series I read in January so I’m going to tackle it before moving on to more retellings of Alice in Wonderland.

For the record, I do still plan on watching the newer version of Murder on the Orient Express one of these days. It may be a nice break from Coco and Ferdinand, the latest additions to our Blu-Ray collection, lol. Something that’s not a nice break? Top Chef, This is Us, and How to Get Away with Murder being done until next season ūüėõ At least A) they all wrapped up nicely–though I still wish Carrie won TC, and B) spring premieres are underway like Rise, The 100, and several other shows that will keep me from being too bored when the boys aren’t around.

The boys, by the way, have been good, though I think Gabe would be better if he didn’t still have fish fries to tend to. The end of Lent is coming, though! I’m not sure what exactly we’ll be doing for Easter quite yet, but I do know my in-laws have some big gifts in store for two little boys. It should be a good day; it certainly will be more celebratory than our St. Patrick’s Day was, lol.

I think that’s everything that has been going on around here, but come April 20th I’m sure I’ll have plenty more to tell you over coffee. Until we meet again!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Dear February

20 Feb

Hey! Thanks for meeting with me as if we are meeting for coffee. Right now I’m mainly just awaiting my 31st birthday in a little over a week. Thanks to the fire department’s upcoming fish fries, my Gabe-fixes have been a bit few and far between lately, but we’re making sure to set aside some time to celebrate the anniversary of my birth properly. The evening before, for example, his aunts will be having us over for steak and potatoes, per my request.

Speaking of birthdays, I’m pleased to report Logan’s was a happy one. On the day of he not only got things like monster trucks and the Pull My Finger game, but his Papa brought in pizza for his class treat, and two of his friends from school got to come to our family get together that evening. The main highlight for our 7-year-old, though, was going to Monster Jam at Ford Field a week and a half later. Before the main event we attended the Pit Party. Meeting Ryan Anderson of Son Uva Digger was a must for Logan, as was building his own wooden Grave Digger. Come the actual show, Son Uva Digger and Grave Digger did NOT disappoint! The latter even won the overall event after crushing Two-Wheel and Freestyle. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our adventure:

After coming home from Detroit, Logan had fun via Coming Home at his school, haha. Sure, the first day of Spirit Week, Pajama Day, was thwarted by a snow day (oh darn ūüėČ ), but Logan– as well as my Build a Bear buddy Bridget– still enjoyed dressing up the duration of the week, as you can see:

Several other things happened at Logan’s school this month, starting with the annual Box Top contest and Penny War– we should know who won what sometime next week. Come Valentine’s Day Logan and I attended “Muffins with Mom” in the morning, and that afternoon he had his class party where he, unsurprisingly, gave out Monster Jam valentines to his classmates, haha. I know it’s not school related, but it seems worth noting that the boys and I went out to eat at the little restaurant here in town that evening; not only is Logan a big fan, Gabe and I didn’t want to go anywhere too crowded. But back to the little viking! Thanks to the balanced calendar, he has this week off and–dentist appointment this afternoon aside–he is a very happy kid.

With any luck I’ll be able to keep making a dent reading Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle even though I don’t have the house to myself as much right now. For the record, I finished the Splintered series by the end of January, and I read Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot since then. As for my own writing, my resolution withered and died like many that came before it. I still intend to work on my book idea as motivation strikes, but the schedule thing just didn’t work well for me.

Also not working very well for me? Most of my shows being on a brief hiatus due to the Winter Olympics ūüėõ The three episodes of Jane the Virgin between Dear January and now were NOT enough, especially now that “Jafael” is rekindling. But at least I still have Ink Master and Top Chef, right? In case you’re wondering, I’m rooting for Deanna on the former and Carrie on the latter. As for the Olympics, I don’t follow them all that much to root for anyone. #SorryNotSorry.

Much like television in the evenings, I don’t have anything entertaining to offer you anymore, lol. I will leave you with a little request though if you’re the praying type. Gabe’s great aunt passed away suddenly over the weekend, so his dad’s side of the family could use whatever thoughts and prayers you’re willing to send their way. We appreciate them, and I appreciate you reading this monthly update of mine.

Until next time!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Dear January

20 Jan

It’s a “Birthday Month Smorgasbord!”

Though this month has had quite a few things I would change (like Logan’s recent eye junk), compared to how the boys and I rang in 2017? I think so far the new year has been a happy one for us! Before the Loganator came along, January was just a cold-ass month we had to get through, but this month has become something the boys and I look forward to. I mean, we celebrated Logan’s 5th birthday at Disney World! This time around the three of us have plans to go to Monster Jam in a couple of weeks, and our wannabe monster truck driver could not be more psyched!

Originally Gabe and I were hoping that by Logan’s birthday we’d have the basement all set to be his new playroom, but it turns out we were a bit too optimistic. Maybe by Logan’s half birthday in July? ūüėõ At least with some help from some family members, Gabe got the drywall up and the mudding process underway. Though it was no mild heart attack like what he experienced on NYE last year, Gabe had some dental issues come up over the past few weeks and taking care of that became the top priority.

My maternal grandparents, unfortunately, have also had some health issues as of late. Their business is not mine to share, but I will tell you that my grandma is now getting the care that’s best for her, and my grandpa is working towards gaining his strength back. As much of a relief it is to have these updates, I wouldn’t wish either of their experiences on anyone, and hate that they had to go through them. My mother deserves many a kudos for going through this ordeal with them no matter how physically and emotionally straining it became.

But back to happier topics! In addition to already reading the first three Captain Underpants books with the Loganator this year, I have read the first two books in A.G. Howard’s Splintered series. Howard has created such a twisted version of Wonderland as well as a worthy suitor for each side of Alyssa, and I’m in a cocoon I don’t want to find my way out of once the books come to an end. As for shows, I’m anxiously anticipating the return of Jane the Virgin in about a week, and am grateful This is Us and How to Get Away With Murder are already back to help tide me over, hehe. Other shows I’m watching this month include the sophomore season of American Crime Story and competition shows like Ink Master, Top Chef, and Hell’s Kitchen. I promise I sound like more of a couch potato than I really am.

For the record, things are going pretty well with my resolutions. Sure, there are things I mentioned before that I haven’t gotten around to for one reason or another, but a year is a marathon not a sprint, right? Anyway, I not only have been reading every day I have the house to myself for a few hours, but have been writing some fiction of my own on those days, too. For the most part I have been using prompts from the book Write the Story to familiarize myself with my characters a bit and have as source material should I need it. The very first short story I wrote, for example, may very well wind up being reworked into the second chapter of my book so I hardly feel like I’ve been doing this in vain. Thankfully!

While we’re on the subject of writing/hobbies, I want you to know I won’t be talking about my incoming mail nor the ATCs I affectionately call Little Cards and Change Cards in this “Dear…” series. Those things are already prominently featured on Sincerely Kate so I want to focus on other aspects of my life when I talk as if we have met up for coffee. Thanks, by the way, for indulging me! Please let me know what you thought of this post, and I’ll touch base with you again– same time, same place– in February!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Q&A with SK

10 Oct

It’s understandable when a stranger doesn’t get why you’d rather write letters than send emails. Sad, but understandable. What’s a bit unnerving though¬†is when your own postal workers don’t get why we like to have a plethora of stamps to choose from, or why we’d prefer they put custom labels on the place reserved for it and not over our mail art. If you’re not into this hobby of mine, I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes that people actually give a damn about such things, but everyone has their own hobbies whether it’s sports, cars, or role-play. Using my mother and her students to my advantage, I will answer some of the questions people have about pen palling so maybe everyone who doesn’t love it can at least understand why there are those of us who do.

Disclaimer: My mom’s students do not speak English as a first language, and seem to be more interested in asking my questions about writing in general¬†than this particular hobby… though I’ll find ways to sneak it in.

Why do you like to write letters and have pen pals?

I think anyone who has written letters for at least a year has been asked this, usually with the addition of “when email is so much faster” at the end. To be honest, I think there is such a thing as too fast. When I’m talking to someone via email, the paragraphs seem to get smaller and smaller as we run out of things to talk about, and then things come to a complete halt. With a letter, not only are you adding a personal touch to your¬†words, you allow the anticipation to build.¬†In the time that passes between letters, you not only will hear what’s new with your pen pal, but have your own stories to share as well, much like when you’re hanging out with a friend you haven’t seen for a while.

Speaking of, I don’t get the opportunity to go out and about much, so writing letters has been a convenient way for me to socialize. Instead of going to hang out with a friend, I can sit down with a pen and some paper and write a friend¬†instead as it’s convenient for me. It actually works out really well because I think I have a much easier time expressing myself when I write compared to when I speak.

Do you have any pen pals in other countries?

For the most part I just write people in the US since A) the postage is significantly cheaper and B) I’ll likely hear from them sooner than if they lived further away, but I am no stranger to exceptions. I even have written a handful of my mom’s students in the past ūüôā

How do you come up with ideas for writing?

The nice thing about having pen pals is that each letter is a continuation of what you talked about before. One of my pals will say something whether it’s about her relationship or about a show she’s interested in and that will give me material to work with. It’s like you’re constantly getting ideas from something that was already an original idea of yours.

This blog kind of operates the same way. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some sort of Q&A on here for a while, and it got to the point where I felt it was something I could involve my mom with. Everything seems to start as a little seed and you just have to decide whether it’s worth planting or not.

What topics to you like to write about?

In the League of Extraordinary Pen Pals, I go by Wonder Katerz and that is (mostly) because of my love of asking questions. Sure, I like talking about books, TV shows, and the like, but what really is fun for me is asking questions based on what I already know about my pen pals. If someone hints around to family drama, for example,¬†I’m going to dig around for a bit of dirt. I’d just like to say that I don’t judge my friends, I’m just a curious person.

Is there something you wrote that you feel is one of your best ever?

Out of everything I’ve written, I’m especially proud of the I-Search papers I did in my Honors English courses. The first one was a mash-up with a personal essay where I explored my feelings for Gabe when we first were reconnecting, and the second was when I was seriously considering donating eggs. I love the fact that I was able to find topics of my own that were worth researching instead of being assigned specific things.

Are you embarrassed when you make mistakes in prepositions or grammar?

I do strive to use the correct usage of there, their, and they’re and whatnot, but mistakes happen. Especially when I have Logan to distract me or something happens on TV that catches my attention. If it’s just a small mistake I will usually scribble it out and write what I originally intended, but bigger blunders call for some white out.

Would you laugh at your friends who make grammar mistakes?

Laugh? No. When I know it’s a common mistake that a friend is making, like how one person says “even know” when she means “even though,” I will let them know, but if it truly was a once-in-a-lifetime mistake I don’t bother pointing it out.

How much do you worry about grammar? Do you try to improve your grammar?

I wouldn’t say I worry about it; it fortunately is something that just comes fairly natural to me. I definitely want to keep improving because I think I have the potential to become an editor. Just because I excel at editing though does not mean it’s something that everyone needs to stress over. If you’re writing for fun it should be exactly that– fun! Editing is something that can happen later once you’ve found a story worth telling.

Do you want to be a writer in the future?

I believe I’m already a writer, I just don’t get paid for it. ūüėČ I would love to write professionally though. The dream is to be a writer &/or editor for a newspaper.

Have you written a novel? Would you like to?

There is always going to be a part of me that would like to write a novel, but there’s a bigger part that doesn’t¬†believe that’s very realistic. Fiction just isn’t my forte, and when I do write it I can usually say what I wanted to say within the confines of a short story. If I were to publish a book, perhaps it would be an anthology of short stories.

How often do you practice?

I find time to write every single day. In a perfect world I’d get a letter every day so when I came in from getting the mail I’d always have something to respond to. On the days I don’t receive any mail I will write out a postcard or two, work on upcoming blog drafts &/or journal a little bit.

Do you consider yourself a good writer?

I do, and I think pen palling only solidifies that. If I were to become an author, I have already gotten really good with having a conversational tone. Sometimes when I’m reading a letter I will laugh-out-loud at something my pen pal has said, and it makes me want to return the favor. I think one of the best lessons any author can learn is to know your audience. If you, for example, want to write a book geared towards teenage girls, using words in every other sentence that will have them looking at a dictionary (or¬†an app equivalent) is asking them to find a different book instead. Having the array of pen pals that I do, I have gotten used to modifying the way I write to each of them. I haven’t personally changed to accommodate them, but I know the sort of subjects they’d rather I talk about with them.

Do you think that writing is difficult?

It certainly can be. Back in high school we had to do a paper where the central theme was “nature” and that’s just not a topic that interests me very much. I decided to find a way to make it Kate-friendly and that way was to bring up the benefits of having vehicles like those in The Flintstones, something I was/am very much familiar with. The show, not driving those vehicles. In this life we’re always going to have things we don’t want to do, and it’s usually in your favor to just make the best of it. I think once you get over the “I don’t want to write this” mentality, you’ll find that writing it wasn’t as difficult as you thought it originally was.

How can we fall in love with writing?

I think it’s all about venues. I know I like having this blog to spread the word that snail mail is still very much alive, but I have also enjoyed keeping a journal where I’m the only person to ever see its contents. I think just by asking this question, there is already a part of you that loves writing, but you haven’t found your voice yet. I’d suggest writing a quick note to your friend, something a bit more elaborate than what you’d text him or her. Decorate it with stickers or washi tape. Send it in the mail and imagine their reaction when they receive it. Instead of thinking of everything you write as a homework assignment, think of it as something you could use to have fun &/or bring something fun to someone else.

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I think this is a nice note to leave you on, though I’d be happy to answer more questions anyone has about pen palling. If this blog is any indication, I enjoy this subject very much. Gabe is coming around to the idea of getting a P.O. Box in addition to the mailbox we already have, and if/when that happens, I will definitely welcome you sending me questions that way, hehe, but for now, the comment section here will have to suffice.

Take care and happy writing!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

The Diary of a Worm

15 Aug

For reasons I have no intention of sharing on Sincerely Kate,¬†at least for now, I¬†am in¬†a very blah mood. So much so I don’t feel like writing much of a blog post today. I know, I’m¬†as shocked¬†as you¬†are. For the record, I’m still looking forward to getting the mail¬†and responding to someone should I hear from them.

The pictures you¬†are¬†about to see¬†are of the books I recently found when organizing¬†all of the books on Logan’s bookshelf, courtesy of some family members of mine.

I may not have been in the mood to write much of anything on here this time around, but regardless it sure does seem like that hobby was meant to be in my DNA, and maybe Logan will grow to love it, too.

More on Flat Stanley¬†at¬†a later date, but for now I shall leave you with this tidbit: my brother Doug has called me “Worm” since I was¬†a teenager. Well, not so much since I had Logan, though it wouldn’t surprise me to hear I’m still programmed under that name in his phone. My¬†apologies to him¬†and my mother if they came to this post expecting to see something entirely different.

I’ll be much chattier next time, I promise!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Lady Allison’s Tarot Reading

10 Aug

Since not everyone is¬†a psychic or can read tarot cards I’ll give you¬†a bit of¬†a back story. Gabe¬†and I took the Loganator to the Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival back in June since “Pirate Invasion” was the theme one weekend. Between our little swashbuckler climbing¬†aboard “his” pirate ship¬†and finding¬†an¬†array of treasures, I didn’t have the opportunity to have¬†a reading done. I did grab¬†a flyer though because I thought my pen pal¬†Allison would¬†appreciate it.

Here are some excerpts from the letter that followed:

“I¬†actually did¬†a couple psychic faires with¬†a Pagan group back in Iowa. I read tarot for them.”

“I was in Sanctuary¬†and we hosted¬†an event called ‘Tea¬†and Tarot’ every month.”

“It works best in person, but I have occasionally done¬†a reading per request over the phone¬†and over Facebook.”

Know where this is going yet? ūüėČ

10406710_10152749050964180_7516608765359062186_nOn Wednesday morning¬†Allison¬†and I were both online so a tarot reading happened, but no tea. The right side was very family oriented– strong yet happy marriage but stress may try to mess that up. The cards¬†also implied quite the male influence for some reason ūüėČ I found the left side much more interesting (and blog-friendly!) Here¬†are more excerpts, this time from our conversation:

(Allison is the bold print, mine is the print¬†you’re currently reading,¬†and should I have¬†any commentary that will be in italics.)

So first we’re looking at the left side, and I’m seeing you charging headfirst into something that gives you a lot of pleasure.

I’m assuming the LEP meet up coming up– I was just responding to a postcard from Othella where she thanked me for the work I was putting into it.

Leave it to me to assume something pleasurable for me is in regards to pen palling, at least in some form.

Could be. I’m seeing one particular female and one particular male influence on this thing. Not sure if that still makes sense for the LEP thing.

One of the people coming is male, so maybe? Or maybe it’s Gabe?

I really doubt¬†Andronic would should up in a tarot reading of mine. It’d just be¬†awkward if he did ūüėõ¬†

Is Gabe helping you out with it, perhaps? But I’m getting a ton of excitement and expectations. I was originally thinking maybe this was more writing-related, like maybe with your blogging and wanting to do more career-wise with writing, which could have Gabe there backing you up.¬†It just seems like it’s bigger than a one-time thing.

That’s a possibility. If not Gabe maybe my brother– Doug surprised me with a computer and kept hinting around to maybe trying online classes. So maybe he and my mom are up to something?¬†She knew about the computer but didn’t say a word– they’ve known my POS was my main reason for not trying online classes already.

That actually really fits, because the Queen of Pentacles card you see in the left spread usually would denote a woman who is older than you, or in an authority position to you in some way.¬†Here’s where it’s going, though: There are a million different dreams and possibilities, and not all of them can be realized, as is the nature of life.¬†So you might have something coming up, like something plotted between your mom and brother, or something you have to start on your own that they will support, but it won’t go exactly where you are hoping. That is not to say it won’t go anywhere, though. I’m not reading any dead ends in this, just that the reality doesn’t wind up matching the dream when all is said and done.

Speaking of "when all's said and done"

Speaking of “when all’s said and done”

With the fall semester quickly¬†approaching, I doubt I’ll be enrolling in¬†any classes this time¬†around¬†as my school still knows me by my maiden name¬†and I haven’t even looked into financial¬†aid. I may not be working towards¬†a degree¬†at the moment, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for me to dive into… I just don’t know what that is yet. Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing what the cards have in store for me,¬†and receiving more letters from¬†Allison, too.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

…And In With the New

5 Jan

Happy New Year, Bleaders! I thought I’d share some of my resolutions for this year this time around. Hopefully as you read¬†Sincerely Kate¬†throughout 2014 you’ll see these things as they’re resolved– in addition to the resolutions themselves, I’ll share just how you might find these things as the year progresses.

1. Be a better wife and mother. I will definitely be posting blogs about both of the guys in my life as their respective birthdays approach and I’ll acknowledge them again on my wedding anniversary. They’ll likely be featured here more than that, I just don’t know any other specifics just yet.

2. Continue to try new recipes. This is far from a foodie blog, but I know I’ll be making an exception towards the end of the summer for something my mom and I are calling The Great Breakfast Challenge (provided she gets to visit!) so who knows if there will be other exceptions.

3. Try to meet K√§ra¬†since we weren’t successful last fall. Obviously meeting a pen pal warrants a blog all on its own.

4. Conquer at least one thing from my bucket list. Most of the things on my bucket list may also warrant their own posts, but solving a rubiks cube will probably wind up a footnote elsewhere.

5. Get and use a library card. I’ve mostly been using my Kindle to read as of late, but when I do make it to the library to check something out I’ll mention that fact when I post that something’s book review.

6. Work on a short story anthology that fell by the wayside early last year. Although this project is under wraps until completion (whenever the heck that is), another short story is to be shared here come either March or April in something I’m calling KaShoStoMo.

7. Be a good judge this month ūüėČ . On the 10TH, 15TH, 25TH, and 30TH of this month I’ll be posting the results from said judging here so stay tuned!

8. Strive to do my best with the other writing opportunities I (may have) recently acquired (that pay!). The writing opportunity is still a bit of a mystery to me, though as I begin to work on it &/or upon its completion I may have many a reason to bring it up. If it’s not worthy of its own post it may at least tie into another.

9. Do an intense clean on the house, even if it’s just one room per month (garage included), and then keep it clean. I highly doubt I’ll specifically write about this, but an update may occur as I talk about either of the boys.

10. Add Miscellaneous Mondays into my blog rotation. Considering this is an addition to my blog, obviously you can see these posts on here! They’ll occur on most Mondays, starting tomorrow. I will still be posting pen pal-friendly things on the same days I did last year (5TH, 10TH, etc.); these additional posts are more for the “bandwagons” that pop up around WordPress like Daily Prompts, Challenges, and then the Music Themes I recently started participating in. I will likely start posting book reviews on these days one day in the near future, and I also plan to start accepting whatever awards I’m nominated for on them, too.

1518131_10202577225972845_1763627824_nI have more than 10 resolutions (like getting Logan potty trained and getting myself to the dentist), but this looks like a pretty good list to me. Hopefully 2014 is a good year for me and the boys and for all of you, too. All the best, now and always.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Nature vs Nurture

20 Apr

I have loved writing for as long s I can remember. I wrote silly poems as a kid, kept journals as a teenager, and I have been pen palling my entire adult life. I relished the papers I wrote in school from the young author books written and illustrated in grade school to the essays in high school to the I-search papers in college.

I think it’s safe to say my parents love writing just as much as I do, and that if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t take so much pride in the craft. My mom has journaled, blogged, and has conquered mountains of scholarly work, and my dad has been writing scripts and things for years, though he says his favorite thing to write are one-liners and finding ways to string ’em together. My parents may be separated, but they certainly are united when it comes to writing and they’re both always encouraging me to do it, too. My mom has been my proofreader and a bit of a creative consultant, and my dad is constantly sending me postcards, he has even sent me stamps recently.

On April 12th I received my most recent postcard contribution from my father: CAM00042

I was so overwhelmed I was practically in tears. I knew he would be sending me postcards my late grandmother (AKA Golden Granny) collected along with the ones he found on his trip from North Hollywood to Seattle, but I had no idea there would be so many- 50 easily. In addition to the scenic views of Japan and paintings from Switzerland, there were postcards from Washington, the state where I was born and that I visited multiple times as an adolescent. The view of the Space Needle reminded me of the few times I got to go there with my brother, dad, and Golden Granny, and when I saw Mt. Rainier my head flooded with memories of her constantly looking at it from the window as if it belonged to her. These postcards of hers made me miss her terribly, and they made me wish I would have written her more often than I did.

My writing may be different from my dad’s, just like his was different from his mom’s, but to know it’s something we all share(d) is very special to me.

Also special: the package I received from my mom who resides in Taiwan during the school year. I knew to anticipate some postcards and a few notebooks, but I wasn’t expecting all this:¬†CAM00065

Let’s see, there are 20 postcards, 8 notebooks, 4 packages of lined stationery, an additional package of paper, 2 pencil cases, an envelope thing, and a little cow charm that now resides on my keys.

Do I intend to personally use it all? No. Do I still appreciate every single thing? You bet! I intend to use the stationery myself, enclose the Taiwan-shaped postcards in my pen pals’ letters, and use the pencil cases and whatever notebooks I don’t fill out for Nicole as prizes when rounds of SK trivia resume. Thank you, Bessie!

I don’t know whether it was nature or nurture that destined me to become a writer, chances are it was and is both; all I know is that I love my parents for their encouragement in every shape and form.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~ CAM00046

March Madness

30 Mar

If you came to this blog expecting anything pertaining to basketball I’m sorry to disappoint you. Well, kind of.

I have a Facebook group for my pen pals and I’ve had it for about 8 months now. There’s some silly games, weekly trivia, and mail updates from yours truly. I know, it sounds positively enthralling.

Back in September I had a contest to boost participation. Entries in a raffle would be rewarded for specific activities and then at the end of “September Sweeps” I drew a winner. March Madness is no different. Here is what my pen pals could have done this time around to earn entries in this month’s drawing:

  • Send me letters
  • Participated in The Alliteration Game, Question’s Only, and Would You Rather
  • Send me “Sincerely Kate” artwork, either homemade or a computer graphic
  • Been the first to answer SK trivia correctly

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for participating, whether they participated in the group or just continued doing what I love most- writing letters. For every time someone did any of the above their initials were put on a calendar, and for every time  their initials showed up on the calendar I wrote their name on old business cards. The business cards were then put into a jug, only for one to be pulled back out.

And the winner is…

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Congratulations Kayla! You have won these super cute year-round address labels (shown below) that I will be ordering from Current Catalog in the not so distant future! Once you get this set of 144 labels I expect you to use them whenever you write me, hehe. Not too shabby for 3 entries, eh?

CC Address LabelsAgain, thanks to everyone who participated and to those of you who checked out this blog, false advertising or otherwise.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Introductions

5 Jan

Sincerely Kate

You may be wondering why I’m posting a blog called “Introductions” when I’ve been blogging since September, but it’s a new year and this is among the lines of what I’d write to new pen pals, give or take a couple words &/or sentences and the random questions I usually add like “If you could have 50 pounds of anything, besides money, what would you choose?” The length may surprise you considering how I prefer long letters, but I usually don’t write¬†too much in case things fall through with the potential pen pal. Stories about how I met Gabe and how I spend my days with Logan come later if they stick around long enough to hear ’em. So, without any further delay, here is my first blog of 2013! Happy New Year, by the way ūüėČ

Dear potential new pen pal,

Greetings from a small little town in Michigan. I live here with my husband Gabe and our son, Logan. I am a stay-at-home mom so I have really taken a liking to pen palling over the past two years, but I’ve been writing letters since August of 2005. If you take me and my letters on you can expect long, chatty letters and a short turnaround- I usually respond to mail within a day or two of getting it.

So allow me to tell you more about myself. My name’s Kate (short for Kathleen) and until March 1st I’m 25-years-old. Not only am I the youngest of four but I’m the only girl, too. I like to think my brothers and I each have our fortes- Doug (34. Tampa, FL) is the history buff, Erik (33. Clearwater, FL) is the tech-savvy one, Tom (27. Ann Arbor, MI) is a human calculator, and I’m the girl who loves the fine arts, hence my love of writing. I have only recently decided I want a career in the English field so now I have to figure out what exactly that career is…

In the meantime, let me tell you about some favorite things of mine! Despite hating it until I was in high school my favorite color is pink and for some reason I am a fan of cows yet I eat more chicken than anything.

My favorite television shows are Glee and The Big Bang Theory, but I’m also a fan of Once Upon a Time,¬†Revenge, The Vampire Diaries, and American Horror Story. Oh, and anything with Gordon Ramsay. As far as music is concerned, if the cast of¬†Glee counts, I choose them as my favorite musicians since I listen to the soundtracks more than anything. If it doesn’t count, Kelly Clarkson is incredible and Lady Antebellum is pretty amazing, too- I’ve seen them both in concert.

I don’t read as much as I should. The last book I read was a gripping page-turner by the name of “ABC Look at Me”. If I had to pick a favorite book, it would be “He’s Just Not That Into You” by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. The movie’s not too bad either, but I prefer “Alice in Wonderland” (both the animated classic and the Tim Burton film), the Star Wars movies, and movie musicals like “Phantom of the Opera”, “Rent”, and “Moulin Rouge”. Ewan McGregor has been my favorite actor (and celebrity crush) ever since I saw him in the latter… over a decade ago.

I hope your Christmas was a merry one. My son got more toys than he’ll ever know what to do with, but he was excited to get them all nonetheless. ¬†Prior to having Logan I would have said my favorite holiday is Halloween, and though I still love it, Christmas has reclaimed the thrown it once held when I was a child. My son’s birthday is also in the winter (January 23rd) so it’s a fun time of year for me and my family.¬†

If there’s anything you want to know about me don’t hesitate to ask. Hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~