Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Day 6 of 30 Day Photo Challenge Gratitude.

Day 6: Inspiration





I'm in love with paper! I find inspiration in the color, texture and patterns of not only paper but origami paper and washi tape. I just like finding fun and unique ways of using beautiful paper.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day 5 of 30 Day Gratitude Photo Challenge

Day 5: Clothing



My daughter is a bit of tomboy and a bit clumsy. She came home from school today with a large hole in her pants.  It didn't seem phase her at all.  I'm grateful that she is always so cheerful and happy and has a lot of clothes thanks to her Nana!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day 4 of 30 Day Photo Challenge - Gratitude

Day 4: Art



I have always loved art.  It was always one of my favorite subjects.  I am so very grateful that I found the art of origami and that people actually pay me to make my art!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Day 3 of 30 Day Photo Challenge - Tradition

Day 3: Tradition



This is my friend Ivy and I at the movie theater tonight (I MADE her take this picture with me... she wanted me to just take a pic of the popcorn bucket).  We have a standing tradition of going to the movies about once a week together.  We've been doing this for well about 5 years now I guess.  We both love movies and popcorn and it's a nice time to catch up during the dumb commercials  before the movie starts.  I'm so very grateful to have Ivy as my friend!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude Day 2: Love

Day 2: Love



My kiddos are my heart and soul.  I can't believe my son is 10 and my daughter will be 6 this month.  They make me laugh and smile on a daily basis and I couldn't be more proud to be their mom.

Friday, November 1, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude 2013 Edition - Day 1: Color


It's that time of year again! It's time for the 30 Day Gratitude Photo Challenge . It is one of my favorite things, so I'm going to try and do it EVERY day this year.

Day 1: Color





Brown the color of my coffee that I desperately need every morning. Today I broke down and stopped at my favorite local coffee house Port City Java and got an iced skim Carmelo Leche (similar to the Starbucks Caramel Macchiato).

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fitness .... OK so I'm doing it

I’ve been meaning to write about this for about a month but just haven’t had a lot of time to do it.  And to be honest it’s hard to share but I feel it’s time. 
I feel like I have struggled with my weight all my life.  Now in reality this is not true.  When I look back at pictures I was perfectly normal until late high school/early college.  Even then I was maybe max 40-50 pounds overweight.  I’m not sure really why I felt at 8 or 9 years old that I was fat and really I’m not here to point fingers and blame (society, family etc…).  But I did.  It didn’t help I was tall … always taller than 99% of the girls, 100% of the boys until high school and most of my teachers.  I liked being tall but I always weighed more because of it and that was embarrassing during those lovely elementary school presidential fitness award thingies.  I played sports up until high school so I think that majorly affected my initial weight gain.  There are other reasons as well …. As there always are.
I sit here debating even now with myself about if I should list them or not. In the spirit of healing and letting go I will.  The reasons I became overweight.
1.       I stopped playing sports.

2.       I never learned moderation.
Unlike almost all the other kids I knew my mom (I love you don’t take this the wrong way please) kept pretty much all junk food out of our house.  We did have desserts a lot but I didn’t have my first Little Debbie snack cake or Twinkie until I was 16 and that’s because my best friend Jennie made me eat one.  We weren’t allowed to buy a cereal unless sugar wasn’t in the 1st 3 ingredients.  Now I KNOW this is what should happen but I will tell you I did not learn moderation around junk food.  When I bought sugar cereal in college when I could finally choose what I wanted, I would eat almost the whole box because it was so good and it was the first time I could choose and do what I wanted.  I now believe in moderation.  I buy my kids a crap cereal every once in a while so they can learn moderation around junk because it is everywhere.

3.       Attention makes me uncomfortable. 
I’m fundamentally shy with people I don’t know.  And I like to just be in the background.  You tend to get a whole lot less attention when you’re overweight.  Fat makes a good insulation layer I’ve found against unwanted attention.  I’m working on this ….

4.       I don’t like to be told what to do/I want society to kiss my ass.
As I got larger I heard more and more noise from my mom* and family about my weight and well during those late teenage years/early 20’s I didn’t want to be told what to do OR how to be especially by my family.  I’ve also always gone against the grain or done things my way.  So when society says be skinny, I say fuck you I shouldn’t have to be.  I honestly still feel this way.  I think its bullshit the pressure on women to be thin.  We are all different and as long as you are healthy then who the fuck cares.  Now I’m not saying I was healthy at my largest weight and not that I am completely healthy now.  I was not/am not but part of me never wants to conform to what society thinks I should be.  I am now striving to get healthy NOT solely to lose weight.

5.        I <3 food="">
I enjoy food and cooking and I especially LOVE sweets.  I have issues with portion control and desserts.

6.       I just got lazy.
That’s the honest truth.  Working out is hard and I didn’t want to do it.  Then as my weight got higher it got even harder to do so it just became a bad catch 22.



Those are the reasons I have identified to date.  I’m working on all of them some with a lot more success than others. 

So for those of you that know me and are close to me you know I started on a journey in August to get healthy.  I decided a few months ago that I was tired of always being tired and feeling uncomfortable in my own skin.  I also knew that if I didn’t start to get healthy that my family wouldn’t either.  So I turned 37 in April and decided that I wanted to be fit and healthy by the time I hit 40 (notice I didn’t say skinny or thin or some other acceptable societal norm bullshit).  My good friend Melissa sent me a link to Fitness Motivation and their Project Weight Loss Wilmington mission.  The first round was over and they were doing a second round.  I took the plunge and applied.  Anita the owner/trainer/task master/friend/motivator being the big hearted person she is took all 19 people who applied!  She is doing this out of the goodness of heart and wanting to help and she’s doing it for us for FREE! So I’ve started on this journey.  I learned some important things in the short time I’ve been doing this.  I still don’t like exercise all that much BUT I love the way I feel after.  I’ve become one of those obnoxious workout posters on Facebook.  I actually kinda like to run/jog.  I will one day do a 5k and I might even like it.   A food diary is a MUST.  You have NO idea what you are really eating until you write it (or in my case scan it or type in to MyFintnessPal) down.  It’s fucking eye opening how many calories I was eating before.

This is only a 12 week commitment on my part and hers but I will continue on with my couch to 5k program, food diary and maybe we can figure out a way to squeeze our already tight financials and continue on with Anita for a while (that’s my hope anyway). 

I have my bad days but I will and that’s important to know and accept. The point is, it’s going to be slow and steady and I’m committed to this.  Maybe if I’m brave enough in the future I will post a before and after or really a ‘this is where I am right now’ photo.  I’m not that brave yet.  But I’ve already lost 14 pounds and who knows how many inches (but my shorts and work pants are starting to fall off!) so that’s progress.  And I’ll take it!
*My mom is not sounding great as I read this but PLEASE know my mom is wonderful and supportive and I know all she ever wanted was the best for me.  I just didn’t want to hear it from her in the past! And how I reacted to her is what got me to where I am because I’m stubborn and rebellious!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Movie Monday - The World's End

Yes, I know I didn't post at all last week.  I managed to get sick.  And I mean pretty sick.  As in I was running a 103 degree fever for over 3 days.  So I pretty much just slept for 3 days.  So sorry I was out of commission. But I did manage to see The World's End the Friday before I got sick with Ivy.



The World's End is about a bunch of old high school friends in England who get back together to attempt an epic pub crawl they did as young men in their hometown.  Gary played by is the aging addict ring leader who rounds up his old school mates who are rather relucant to do this all again.  Gary pretty much cons all his old buddies into heading to their hometown and start their pub crawl.  About 2 or 3 pubs in the old friends along with Sam played by Rosamund Pike (the sister of one of the friends and an old flame of Gary's) discover that their hometown has been take over by alien robots who bleed blue ...... um lube.  Ok anyway they continue on with the pub crawl because if they don't they will be figured out and turned into robots too.  Their mission is to make it to the last pub on the list The World's End.  So as not to spoil the whole movie I will stop there because you don't need to know anymore for this review and it's always good to let the movie actaully tell you the whole story. 

I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it.  I laughed a lot and enjoyed Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Andy.  Once I left I though it seemed more and more silly.  This was way more my kind of movie than Ivy's.  I am a sci fi nerd so this appealed to me more than her and I love Simon Pegg.  It was a fun watch while your in the moment but forgetable.

My rating is 2 1/2 pop corn puckets out of 5.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Movie Monday - The Way Way Back

Did you all notice the cheesy popcorn bucket graphics for my movie ratings last week???  Anyone, anyone?  Oh well if you didn't well it's not earth shattering or anything but it adds a nice visual for the ratings at the end of the review (so stick around and make sure you see it).  Anyway back to the matter at hand The Way Way Back.


The Way Way Back follows a shy, nerdy 14 year old kid named Duncan played by on a summer trip to the beach with his mom and her boyfriend and his daughter.  The boyfriend Trent played by is a smile wearing asshole, so when he's being an asshole it doesn't quite feel as nasty but it actually feels worse later.  Trent is an asshole to Duncan but never really in front of Duncan's mom Pam played by .  Duncan is naturally having issues fitting in with Trent's daughter who is older and all her friends so Duncan stumbles into and unlikely friendship with Owen played by the manager of a aging water park.  That is really the plot right there with some twists thrown in and finally the shy boy comes into his own.  Sam Rockwell makes this movie along with who plays the hysterical drunken neighbor.  I was also impressed at how well Steve Carell plays an asshole, which is against his usual character type.  This movie was funny, sweet and a little sad all at the same time.  Ivy and I both really liked The Way Way Back.  I would even go so far to say it's one of the best movies I've seen this summer.  It's not really typical summer movie fare but I liked the break from the action packed box office stuff that's out.  I am giving The Way Way Back 4 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets!


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Please Vote

My passion is my business Katiemade Crafts.  I love making and selling my origami and origami inspired products.  But I have struggled with how to reach a bigger audience.  So back in the beginning of August I stumbled upon the Martha Stewart American Made Awards.  There are several catagories and craft is one of them.  I took the leap and entered myself in the craft catagory.  Well the voting is now open.  I need your help.  I would be so thrilled to move onto the next round but I need votes.  You can vote up to 5 times a day EVERYDAY.  So please if you can spare a minute click on the button below and cast a vote or 2 or 3 for me please!!!

Martha Stewart - American Made 2013 - Nominee Badge