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Tomfoolery

15 Dec

Tomfoolery. noun. [tom-foo-luh-ree]
1. foolish or silly behavior; tomfoolishness
2. a silly act, matter, or thing

I gave up on the term “best friend” a while ago, and sure enough it was around that time I connected with one of the best friends I ever had. Nicole and I had known each other for a while thanks to a mutual friend of ours, but the more we began to talk online and via text messages the more we had in common. And when I say “the more we had in common” it’s not just because it turns out we’re both anxiety-ridden, rather accident prone, and generous to a fault, but because she introduced me to Veronica MarsThe Vampire Diaries, and a large repertoire of music, and I got her into Glee, convinced her to try The Big Bang Theory, and got her into writing (even if it’s just to me). Nicole has become one of the people who knows me best regardless of us never meeting simply because our personalities are so similar, and if I had to use the term “best friend” I’d use it for her. Reason #487 I love that girl: she writes me letters just because she knows I love it so much. I’m sure it helps knowing that I’ll always respond, hehe.

Side note: My mom has been teaching in Taiwan for a few years now, and it was near the end of her first year at Ming Chuan University that I discovered I was pregnant. When she came home that summer she brought me several souvenirs including a couple thin notebooks, small enough to fit in my purse. Remember this, it’s kind of important.

At this point Nicole had become my confidant, and I the Kit Kat to her Nic Nac. After Gabe she was the first person I told when I found out I was pregnant and she was (and is!) the one person besides him I felt comfortable telling anything and everything to. I decided I would share one of my souvenirs with Nicole after using the notebook to share the events of my summer. I divulged my pregnancy experiences, vented about the matrimony madness when Gabe and I got married that July, and enclosed a bunch of other tomfoolery since I kept her notebook on me at all times.

A favorite quote of Nicole’s from that first notebook:

I sound like one of those people super-sizing my McDonalds meal and then ordering a diet coke!

Notebooks!Not that I expected her to hate it or anything, but Nicole loved that notebook as much as I enjoyed filling it out for her. With a little help from mother dearest I decided that I would start filling out a notebook for Nicole every summer, but I didn’t stop there; I sent Nicole another notebook for her 23RD birthday and included one in a care package I sent her after she banged up her leg last September. She has quite the collection right about now! (Note: one of the notebooks is not pictured)

More favorite quotes of mine of hers:

Lucky Charms for breakfast and leftover pizza for lunch. I am quite the gourmet chef.

Gabe and Logan are lounging on the floor with a bag of pretzels and Logan started feeding his daddy the pretzel sticks. At first it was just one at a time, but then he started feeding him by the handful.

3 souffles? Holy batter, batman.”

Apparently I write about food a lot, but she likes it and says we’re on the same napkin page. Reason #833 I love that girl: I just received a notebook from her. Reading it clearly makes me believe we have developed a language all our own, and proves to me that she’s just frickin’ awesome. She gave me permission to share some of her quotes as well:

  • “Crocodiles like candy canes so they seem all right to me!”
  • “I shall face the true death if I don’t leave in time to get coffee before work.”
  • “Happy Thanksgiving. I hope other than discussion of goat poop it’s been a good one.”
  • “Vampires shouldn’t sparkle, someone should tell the Cullens.”
  • “Silly 19-year-old, I’ve been playing games longer and better, elol.”
  • “Just as players gonna play, crazy bitches gonna be crazy!”

You may not understand what half of this stuff means, but at least now you know what tomfoolery is, right? Right!

I recently sent Nicole a postcard with this diabolical snowman below on it- he’s from the Pixar short “Knick Knack“… Knick Knack

…and when she got it she found the video and now I have even more reason to forever call her “Nic Nac”. 

Yeah, I may not use the term “best friend” anymore, but I think it’s safe to say I definitely have one anyway. Never underestimate the power of writing! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have another notebook to start working on for Nicole. Ciao!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

The Write Time

5 Nov

If you’re new to this little blog of mine, welcome! If you’re a regular, first of all thank you and second of all, surprise it’s an entry on the 5th, haha! Originally I wasn’t going to start blogging on the 5th, 15th, and 25th of each month until next year, but the waiting between the 10th, 20th, and 30th was getting very old very fast. In honor of this occasion, here’s a day in the life of this obsessive pen pal and blogger.

Note: There is more to my life than just the following list, but this is what a lot of my days have to offer considering I don’t have my own car nor the money to do much even if I did.

  • Around 5 am when the rest of the house is sleeping: Gabe gets up, gets dressed, and gets going to work.
  • Somewhere between 6:00 and 8:00 am: Logan wakes up so therefore I wake up. I tend to him and the furbabies, and use the facilities, of course.
  • Until 9:30ish: Toy Story (1, 2, &/or 3), lol. Why until 9:30? A) it keeps Logan entertained while I take care of whatever I need to take care of and B) our internet rarely works before then. Most mornings consist of cuddling which I don’t mind at all, but should Logan decide he’d rather play on the floor while Andy’s toys play, I often start writing down ideas for upcoming blogs unless I have unfinished letters I could be adding onto. This blog that you’re reading right now started as early morning scribbles in an old notebook late October.
  • 9:30 am: See if anything happened on Facebook, mainly in Sincerely Kate. If it’s Friday this is when I add a question to The Virtual Slam game.
  • 10:00- 1:oo pm: Watch Netflix, feed the Loganator and put him down for a nap (although sometimes that part gets reversed), and wait for the mail to come.
  • 1:00ish: Let my FB group know if I got any of their letters!
  • 1:00ish- ?: WRITE! In the event I don’t get letters I continue to think about future blogs &/or group ideas, and sometimes I get head starts on letters when I know I’ll be hearing from the recipient(s) soon. If Logan left for his grandparents’ I will work around the house in between paragraphs.
  • Whenever Logan wakes up if he’s still home: If the weather is decent we’ll go play outside until he hints he’s ready to go back in. If the weather isn’t favorable we watch Logan friendly shows like Super Why and Chuck and Friends.
  • Around 5:00 pm: Make something for dinner while keeping my fingers crossed that Gabe gets home soon. The husband has been busy thanks to fall harvest so there are some nights where he doesn’t get home until after we’re in bed- not cool!
  • If it’s a Wednesday or Sunday and about 5:30 pm: It’s time for another round of trivia in my FB group for me and my pen pals!
  • Anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30 pm: Bath time for Mr. Logan! Although I’m not sure if it’s really still a bath if someone stands the entire time…
  • Anywhere between 8:30 and 10:00 pm: Bed time for daddy and Mr. Logan!
  • Once Logan’s asleep: Take whatever letters I have ready to send out to the mailbox, and come back inside to check Facebook one last time before calling it a night myself.

I know, it’s an exciting life I lead… That sentence may have been sarcasm, but I actually wouldn’t want to trade my life for a more exciting one. Everyday Logan grows more and more and his vocabulary grows right along with him. He has recently started hiding things under a blanket and going “WHERE GO?” (Where did it go?) and then lifting the blanket up and going “THERESE!” (There it is!”) and it has yet to get old. If I didn’t have these rather uneventful days I’d miss these moments with my son scattered across them and they’re not something I want to sacrifice.

The more I read a high school friend’s blog about the sunshine that is her daughter, the more I wish I would have been blogging about my son since the beginning. At least I’ve been able to document my life with him through letters, Facebook statuses, and text messages to a few favorites. That said, there’s always the right time to write no matter who you are or what the venue, some of us just enjoy it (or obsess about it) more than others, haha.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

And in case you’d like to read about our Halloween…

  • From 6:30 am- 4:00 pm: For the most part you can reference the above list, but we did Skype with my mom in the morning and I heard from my in-laws as well.
  • 4:00ish: After Logan and I ate an early dinner, I messed around with make up and pinned “gumdrop buttons” onto my brown shirt since I decided (and very last minute) to be a Gingerbread Girl for Halloween- not that anyone noticed, lol.
  • A little after 5:00: Gabe got home from work due to the cold and rainy weather. He grabbed a quick bite and then the boys got ready to go.
  • Around 5:40: We were out the door despite trick-or-treating not starting until 6:00 in Fairgrove. We stopped at the Fire Hall for glow-sticks and then stopped at Gabe’s Aunts’ for some goodies.
  • 6:00ish: We went to the houses we knew since the weather was too craptacular for going door-to-door, plus Logan insisted on us carrying him whenever we were out (hence no one seeing my costume).
  • 6:30 pm: We headed to Akron where Logan’s grandparents’ were expecting him. My mother-in-law joined us for a little more trick-or-treating, then we went back to their house to get warm and munch on Kit Kats. Logan stayed there for the duration of the evening.
  • 7:15 pm: Gabe and I got home. I uploaded pictures (and munched on more Kit Kats) while Gabe started watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Around the time the movie got over: Gabe and I called it a night because we’re awesome like that.

It Rhymes with Witch

30 Oct

No, I’m not writing about a b*tch- at least not this time ;-). I am, however, going to vent about my newest pen pal pet peeve.

Something I’ve been experiencing quite a bit as of late is finding a potential new pen pal only to find out they already have dozens. This results in their letters being rather impersonal, usually asking questions I’ve already answered as if they can’t keep everyone straight.

You may be asking yourself, doesn’t Kate have like 20 pen pals? and yes, yes I do. Unlike the offenders I’m addressing though (no pun intended), I can tell you that Kimberly collects owls, snowflakes, and Sleeping Beauty things, that Kära would rather plan a trip to Disney World than her own wedding, and that Allison’s climbing up the Geico ladder and moonlighting as a pirate.

Perhaps these potential new pen pals know more about me than I give them credit for, but it’s frustrating waiting to hear back from someone who has a bunch of other someones waiting to hear back from her, only for her to spread herself thin. If anyone gets loving pen palling, it’s me, but come on!

I once offered a piece of advice to a friend and pen pal when she found herself with more pen pals than she knew what to do with, and now I’ll share it with you: Separate your pen pals into two groups, one being the group you love  corresponding with and the other being more filler if/when you have nothing better to do. Always write the people from the first group first, giving them your undivided attention, and when you’re caught up you can tackle the second group. Perhaps that’s not all that nice, but I believe pen palling should be about quality, not quantity. I’m Sincerely Kate and I approve this message.

And here’s what a couple of my loyal pen pals thought when I asked if they’d be bothered by someone having so many pen pals and therefore responding slowly:

“I wouldnt want to maintain the effort in getting to know someones life story and sharing mine if I knew I would only be hearing from them rarely.” -Nicole

“If their letters are rare, but long and personalized…then its worth it, imo. But, from my experience those with TONS of pals, tend to be less personalized, shorter, form letters, etc… and they confuse pals.” -Kära

It’s a comfort to know that I’m not the only one who would be annoyed by this experience. I recently messaged both of the girls I’ve encountered this problem with only for them both to blame their lack of stamps. I couldn’t help but think, you know you have too many pen pals when you can’t keep your stamps stocked. I’m happy to report that one of the young ladies has written me back since contacting her on Facebook (although she asked me about my kids and if you’re reading this I’m sure you’re aware I only have one), but I’m still waiting for the other to get some stamps.

In the meantime, I hope all my pen pals and followers have a happy Halloween!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Keep an Eye Out!

20 Oct

How do you know if a zombie has a glass eye? It comes out in conversation.

A handful of my pen pals have now received Halloween goodies from yours truly, and some others may be getting theirs soon. It’s nothing special, but I love Halloween as much as I love sending my pen pals random stuff. I just couldn’t resist ordering the eyeball notepads and matching pens when I saw them in an Oriental Trading catalog. To save postage, as well as add a little incentive, I’ve only been sending the knick knacks to those who have been sending me mail this month, enclosing them along with my responses. (Shout out to Gabe’s aunt for making a post office run for me!)

How many witches does it take to change a light bulb? Depends on what you want them to change it into.

Originally our idea was for Gabe and Logan to be Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker for Halloween- LOVE IT! However, between dad being sure he’ll be working (fall harvest) and son being in love with Woody and the Toy Story movies, we decided to have Logan be Sheriff Woody and save our Star Wars idea for another year. Chances are Logan will want to be Woody more than just the once so it’d definitely be worth it! Just think, Logan will go from being a cow to a cowboy, haha!

The calf on his first Halloween

As for me, I’m not planning on dressing up for trick-or-treating, but I am planning on carving myself a jack-o-lantern. There will be all sorts of pictures from Halloween on my Facebook so be sure to keep an eye out for them!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

26 Letters

10 Oct

I have now had some alphabetical fun with at least 5 pen pals. I wish I could take credit for the idea of letters revolving around the alphabet, but it was my awesome friend Nicole who inspired me to do so both in letters and here in SK– this entry is dedicated to her.

I may not enjoy it as much as pen palling but I have been having fun with this blog of mine even if it doesn’t look like it a mere 3 times a month. I’ve already been considering writing more per month, and if you have any topic ideas for me to consider for future blogs be sure to leave ’em in the comments below.

Recently a close friend of mine lost her father and I was unable to go to the funeral; Nicole suggested sending a card only to discover I don’t like sending cards. I don’t have a logical explanation, but between having to get to the store in a timely fashion and then pouring through cards that are either too sappy, too immature, or too expensive considering it’s just ink on card-stock, I just don’t see the appeal. It’s not that I won’t send cards or don’t like getting them, but when it comes to mail I’d rather send and receive letters.

Not too long ago I found Anastasia in a $5 bin at Wally World and now some of my pen pals have found me saying “Dasvidania” as I bid farewell. Why do I say this? Because it’s “goodbye” in Russian. And while I’m at it, “Konnichiwa” is “hello” in Japanese. You’re welcome 😉

In my very first entry (The Birth of a Pen Pal) I implied I was rather good when it comes to English and that’s why pen palling has been such a good fit for me… if only I could get paid for it! Before having my son, Logan, I was confident I wanted to be a play therapist, but that just seems too unrealistic now considering how much time and energy it requires. I already spend a lot of my time writing so I think it’s time for me to seriously consider a career in the English field.

Speaking of fields, in April the boys and I moved to Fairgrove, a town that’s more farmland than anything. I thought my hometown was so small that you’d miss it if you blinked, but in comparison Reese was a metropolis. I have appreciated pen palling so much more since moving here, that’s for sure.

In my Facebook group, also known as Sincerely Kate, I just introduced 3 new games for my pen pals and I to play. The first game’s all about movie quotes, the second revolves around pet peeves, and in the third game it’s up to the players to decide which statement out of 2 is a lie. They haven’t really taken off so far, but I think they might after a little while 🙂

It’s not a game in SK but I do have an idea for a drinking game for my pen pals if they’re interested. I seem to use variations of the word “hope” a lot- “I hope you and yours are doing well”/ “Hopefully we’ll find out sooner rather than later”/ “I’m hoping season 4 of Glee isn’t a disappointment” -You get the idea.  The game: sit down with one of my letters and the adult beverage of your choice and anytime you see me use any version of the word “hope” take a shot. Hopefully you’ll get a buzz in no time 😉

A few letters ago (alphabetically speaking) I asked if there were future blog topics you’d like to see. Well, here are some ideas of my own. First of all I’ll be addressing the Halloween goodies I’ve already started sending out, and closer to Thanksgiving I’ll be letting my current pen pals know how much they’re each appreciated. I’ll be writing about my very first pen pal as well as goals for the upcoming year.

By now almost all my pen pals should have this picture from our John Deere photo shoot, taken by Katelyn Revill, a former pen pal of mine.

Me and the Boys

The holidays are right around the corner which means I’ll be sending my loyal pen pals some random knick knacks soon via Oriental Trading- muahaha! Knick knacks from packages past include stationery, stickers, syringe pens, rockstar notebooks, little toys, and a variety of candy. I even had a pen pal who I sent festive socks to every holiday before.

I recently had a lost-in-the-mail scare. I usually hear from a certain pen pal of mine within days of sending her mail, but over a week went by since when she told me (via FB) her letter was on its way… from Ohio. On a Friday I decided I’d just start fresh with a new letter for her, but that following Monday was the day her letter finally showed up, the zip code misspelled. Let this be a lesson to you: always make sure you got the address right!

For as long as I can remember pen palling, “~!~” has always followed my name in my signature. I don’t really know where the mark came from, only that it was something I doodled in high school that stuck with me. When I first contemplated getting a tattoo, I thought of ~!~ but I was talked into my musical one. It may not be on my body, but it’s definitely a part of me anyway- my trademark, if you will.

*Throws confetti* We made it half way through the alphabet! Here’s what’s new with me and my family: We don’t see much of Gabe these days because fall harvest is among us, but Gabe likes what he does, especially since his job takes care of us. Following in his dad’s footsteps, Logan plays with tractors and trucks for a good portion of the day, too. He has taken a liking to the Toy Story movies, Woo-y (Woody) and Buh (Buzz) being the newest additions to his vocabulary. As for me, when not taking care of the guys in my life I’m usually picking up after them, and pen palling, of course.

My dad came to visit us in September and he brought me some leftover postcards he had. Well, on his way back to the Golden State he found a handful of postcards from Kansas, Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma and sent those to me as well. Thanks, dad!

Coming soon: A blog about a new pet peeve of mine. Lately I’ve had some bumps in the road when it comes to finding new pen pals that has been getting rather annoying. That’s all you get for now 😉

There are some questions I like asking pen pals, both new and old, but I think my favorite one is this: If your life was a movie, what would it be called and who would you want to play you? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments below!

Here are some more pictures of me and the leading men in my life, all taken by the amazing Katelyn Revill once upon a time:

I couldn’t ask for a better family- Gabe and Logan mean the world to me. Prior to getting pregnant I never saw myself as the stay-at-home-mom type, but now it’s hard seeing myself doing anything else. For those of you who are curious, my game plan is to go back to school once Logan’s going too. In the meantime I’ll keep writing blogs and letters to A) keep my skills in tact and B) give me a mommy outlet!

At the beginning of September I decided to add rounds of trivia to my Facebook group. Every Wednesday and Sunday evening I leave a question for my pen pals to answer (like “What does my mom teach?”) and the first person to guess correctly will win easy-to-send goodies like stickers, postcards, and Friendship Books. I started SK trivia on a whim and it ended up becoming a group favorite. Heads up, pen pals! My favorite fast food restaurant is Chipotle, Glee and The Big Bang Theory are my favorite shows, and I have three brothers unless you count my brother-in-law. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle!

It’s unbelievable that it’s October already; this year has just been flying by. It doesn’t seem like it’s been almost 7 months since Logan took his first steps or that we’ve been living in Fairgrove for half a year already. I’m sure next year is going to come and go just as fast…

There is one thing in 2013 I am really excited for. In March, this blog’s dedicatee is planning to visit me, Gabe, and Logan for at least 4 days- *throws confetti*. Despite knowing Nicole for 5+ years we haven’t met yet so I’m psyched that I get to meet her and that she’ll be meeting the guys I’ve been writing her about for years. It’s going to be amazing, maybe even blog worthy 😉

I may have a potential writing project. It’s nothing but scribbles in a notebook right now, but at least I have an idea for a novel, right? Does anyone know a mortician I can use as a reference?

I have yet to decide if I’m going to do this when the new year rolls around, but I’m thinking about xeroxing “About Me” sheets for each of my pen pals to fill out. As much as I love my OCD book, I think it could be a cute, fun way to keep track of addresses, favorite things, significant others, and who knows what else. I suppose I have a little while to decide.

If you’re still reading this, that’s really awesome of you. You know what else would be really awesome? If everyone knew the difference between your & you’re. “Your” implies ownership- your rock, your paper, your scissors. “You’re” are the words “you” and are” combined as in you’re invited and you’re welcome. And if you’re still confused, here is a visual aid for you to call your own. Pass it on. 

I hope you liked this blog as much as I like mail, gnomes, zebra print, and my friend Nicole.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

September Sweeps

30 Sep

Sincerely Kate is more than just the name my blog, but it’s also the name of a Facebook group I created for me and my pen pals. To boost activity in the other SK I decided to have a raffle; all September long my pen pals earned entries in the drawing by participating in an assortment of games such as “Would You Rather” and for all you Whose Line is it Anyway fans, “Questions Only,” and of course by sending me letters. Well, the time for the drawing is among us!

But first, for those of you who are curious, I kept track of the entries via a color-coded calendar, and then this morning I filled out cards for each person however many times they showed up on the calendar and threw ’em into a jug.

And the name on the card I drew is…

retired

Congratulations, Allison! You will be getting the set of gel pens (shown below) in the mail as soon as I get around to ordering it for you via The Lakeside Collection. I expect you to use ’em when you write me next, haha. I guess those 16 entries came in handy, eh?

52-Pc. Gel Pens with Case.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered the drawing one way or another. Who knows, maybe I’ll have another raffle in the not so distant future 🙂

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

The Birth of a Pen Pal

10 Sep

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a blog for a while now, but much like with my idea to write a best-selling novel, I’m not all that sure what I should write about. We’ve all heard the expression “write what you know” and anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with pen palling.

In high school I was always praised for my writing. My senior year was full of papers for English IV, Advanced Writing, Advanced Communications, and Forensics/Drama. While most students would grumble, I wrote my heart out, finding the silver lining in every assignment (and finding myself with the English award- WOOT!). I made a simple rice krispie treat tutorial snap, crackle, and pop; I got an A on a paper a page shy of the required length because what I did write did Henry VIII justice; I even wrote a short story where someone was nailed with a frying pan long before Tangled made it cool. I didn’t have any immediate plans for college when I graduated so come August I was really missing writing- I’m not ashamed to admit it.

At the time Myspace was the place to be so I decided to search for pen pal groups so the writing assignments would come to me. Once I found a couple groups I began looking for 50 pen pals, one from every state. While I might not have ever found 50 people to write to, I did find a bunch and from that moment on pen palling has been my favorite hobby. A perfect fit for the girl who has always excelled in writing.

I’m hoping writing this blog will become a treasured pastime as well and I’ll strive to post on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of every month. More than anything though, I hope my readers (like you!) enjoy this blog.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~