Friday, December 28, 2012

Sassy Peach

This past week was the spare bathroom make over. It's still coming along but thought I'd share some pics! We got brand new tile floor, new vanity/sink, light fixtures, toilet, towel racks, and wall color.

I could only find one "before" picture. Can you say hideous??? (Imagine my face seeing this for the first time. YEA.)


I am typically terrified of color. In clothing, decor, fabrics, etc. Hence why 3/4 of our walls are grey. However, I have to admit I love a pop of unexpected color in a bathroom.

We tried to go for a pale peach/orange color but ended up with an INTENSE peach/orange. It's definitely got some sass to it. So, instead of buying new paint and re-doing it, I decided to take on the challenge and try to decorate it so that it was not only bearable, but cute!

Got a toned-down shower curtain with a subtle pattern in the same color pallet to attempt to ground the color.



New vanity and mirror!


Went with art that is textured and has some shine! Love shine and metallics in a bathroom.



No detail is too small right?? Check out the fabulous new tile and the funky vent cover! Love it!!


With the art and the accessories I wanted to show that I wasn't afraid of the Sassy Peach and could embrace the color. So went with some peachy pink accents to pull it together.





It's still a work in progress, and I'm not sure I'll go with the same color in the future. But for an amateur decorator, I think we made it work! Our guests will just get a little JOLT of color upon entrance :)


Now to keep cleaning and planning for the NYE party! Will share pictures next week!


Have a fabulous weekend loves!


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Confessional Friday

A couple things. First, sorry about the hiatus. Work kicked my rear end and I was off the social grid for the past week and a half. Now trying to get back into the swing of things. I thought this week would be super chill and give me plenty of time to blog. Wrong! The follow-up from Convention has been a lot more work than anticipated. BUT, just have to get to Friday at noon and I'm home free until Jan 2!

Secondly, I just decided that we are hosting a NYE party at our house! Which means I need some drinks and decor ideas, stat! I'm thinking shine/sparkle/glamour theme (shocker). Pinterest, here I come. Any ideas?? Comment below or email me (left).

Hopefully I can get back into the twitter world as well:

Finally, if you want to follow my blog, just look to your right and click "Join this Site". Then it will show up in the blogs you subscribe to on Google! Fun times.


On that note, I confess...

~ That I cannot recall when my last hair appointment was. Therefore, my roots are about 3 inches long. I've been lying that I'm trying out the ombre effect, but really, my hair just looks ridic. Getting fixed on Christmas Eve, peeps!

 ~ That I ate an entire 10 inch cheese bread from Papa Johns last night by myself. And finished it off with 2 pieces of dark chocolate.

~ That I haven't worked out since work got crazy and the time changed so it started getting dark at 5pm. Sooo like October? Fully plan to start back up in January! (Says every single person on this planet.)

~ That for some reason I absolutely love wrapping presents. And I love making bows from the left over scraps.

Clearly I was out of double-sided wrapping paper but couldn't resist!


~ That even though I complain about how much Convention is hard work, I love the challenge and the rewarding feeling I get when it is all over.

~ That I'm actually glad Gossip Girl is coming to an end just so Chuck and Blair can finally be together! (At least, it better end up that way!!)

~ That my girl, Amanda, and I have entire text message conversations in all hashtags. #yesimbeingserious #donthatetheplayerhatethegame


Peace out, girl scouts!

Have a good weekend and Merry Christmas!!

~~





Thursday, December 6, 2012

MY Denis the Menace


A few days ago, I read this post from my dear friend, Vegetarian in the Ville. She got her first taste of being a parent when her precious little pit got sick! She had to stay up all night taking care of her, the poor thing. This was an interesting parenting lesson for someone who has chosen to not have kids.

Little did I know, I would be getting my own little parenting lesson just a couple days later. The key detail is, while Ms. Ville has chosen not to go the route of spit up and diapers (at least from a human), I DO plan to have kids. (In the far future.) SO, that makes me much more afraid of this little sneak peak.

Meet: Oliver Senior, aka Ollie, aka Walter, aka (newly) Denis the Menace

Look at that playful little boy

So sweet and innocent!

Pictured here with Oliver Junior

"Wake up, Mom"


I mean who couldn't love this snuggle bug??

Ollie typically spends all day outside, and comes in at night to take all of my space snuggle in bed. Well yesterday, Tim received a letter from the Home Owners Association (HOA) regarding our "yellow tabby kitty". And they continued to refer to him in the letter as "kitty". What grown person uses that word?

Anyway, apparently he's been terrorizing the dogs in the neighborhood. (I've seen him go after them hissing instead of just running away), he's climbing on cars, sleeping on cars, and who knows what else. The letter just said they've "had some complaints" and that they request he stays inside.

Why do I feel like my child just got called to the principle's office?

Now the test of mother-hood. My first reaction: This is my child! How dare you tell me he can't go outside! Just because he's not scared of dogs, he shouldn't be punished for sticking up for himself!

Tad dramatic much? Oh dear, I'm going to be one of those....

Next reaction: Well I wouldn't want someones cat sleeping on my car and potentially scratching it. But Ollie loves being outside. Keeping him inside would be miserable for him and us. He would just cry at the door.

Tim's initial reaction: *BLEEP* *BLEEP*...HOA....*BLEEP*

Oh dear, he's going to be one of those...

Anyway, the person writing the letter wants Tim to call him to discuss. THAT should be interesting. Not sure anything is going to get resolved. If only Ollie wasn't such a menace out there!!! He's so chill and sweet at home! Maybe we'll just keep him in more often or only let him out at night... who knows.

This is only a GLIMPSE of the struggles of parenting. This isn't even technically my cat and I'm pulling the "how dare you speak about my baby like that!" SHEESH

At least I have a LONG time to worry about that issue. I still think cats and dogs are way cuter than babies at this point :)

Except Athena.... but I'm biased :)

>>I will be at our annual Convention for work over the next week and a half! Working full days non-stop and no sleep! Sooo don't expect a new post anytime soon. Back after the craziness! Enjoy your weekend, lovelies!

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Friday, November 30, 2012

It's the Freakin Weekend

Since Feminist Friday came early this week, and since I'm up to my ears in Convention Planning at work, I will leave you with these 2 things...

Carly Rose Sonneclair and 5th Harmony. My two FAV acts from the X-Factor. Carly is totally going to win the entire thing. And 5th Harmony is awesome because they took 5 solo women with incredible voicces and put them together. They sound like angels.

Enjoy! and vote for them!










I hope you have a very relaxing weekend since I won't!!! <3


~~

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

This One Can't Wait Until Friday...


So I had a previous plan for Feminist Friday this week, but then my coworker, (who loves to push my buttons), sent me an article that flipped the script. And it just so happens that the message I want to convey with it is the perfect intro for what was going to be posted. So I will save the original for next time. 

If you so dare, read: 

I literally had to look at the author's name 3 times, and I STILL can't believe a woman wrote this. Excuse my French, but this is the biggest bunch of bullshit I have read in a LONG time. Just when I read a couple sentences that got me fired up and thought it couldn't get worse, it did. I'm so mad right now that I had to start blogging my reaction before I lost it.

I will share some excerpts and my knee-jerk reactions to them...

Venker starts off with some facts:

"Much of the coverage has been in response to the fact that for the first time in history, women have become the majority of the U.S. workforce. They’re also getting most of the college degrees. The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women."

Agreed. The dynamic has obviously changed. From here, she just nose dives. 

"During this time, I’ve spoken with hundreds, if not thousands, of men and women. And in doing so, I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a subculture of men who’ve told me, in no uncertain terms, that they’re never getting married. When I ask them why, the answer is always the same.

Women aren’t women anymore."

Button pushed. Excuse me? Allow me to keep reading to see what you think "women" should be...

"In a nutshell, women are angry. They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly. That’s because they’ve been raised to think of men as the enemy. Armed with this new attitude, women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise) and climbed up to take what they were taught to believe was rightfully theirs.

Now the men have nowhere to go."

I guarantee any men that know me or read this blog immediately thought, "That's Kali!" Sure, I may sound defensive and sound like I hate men, but I don't. (Most of that is just exaggeration for effect - sarcasm people.) But the truth is, men are great. I have many male friends, a boyfriend and father whom I love very much. I was not raised to hate men. I was raised to be a strong woman. There is a difference, Ms. Venker.

And what pedestal did we have that feminists convinced us against? Historically, we had no rights, couldn't vote, couldn't make any decisions in the family, were viewed as possessions who couldn't think for themselves, viewed as objects that were only good for sex, cleaning, and baby raising. Yea, Ms. Venker, that's really a pedestal I want to stand on. 

Here a revolutionary thought: How about we don't want to push men OFF the stage and take their place, we simply want to join them upon it and stand next to them as equals.

"But what if the dearth of good men, and ongoing battle of the sexes, is – hold on to your seats – women’s fault?"

The ongoing battle of the sexes is absolutely women's fault. Agreed! We have been fighting to change gender roles for years and are still fighting! So yes, THAT is our fault. And I'm proud of it! But the dearth of good men? Please. My theory is if a man can't handle a strong, independent women, then they don't fall into the category of "good men", or as Venker puts it "marriageable men". If they were so ready to hop off that "pedestal" and think men and women can't be on the SAME level, then they are cowards in my book and who wants to marry that?

Side note: I know I haven't gotten as many male opinions as Ms. Venker has in all her research about this topic, but I have heard MANY men speak to the fact that they want a woman who is driven, ambitious, and can stand on her own two feet. A woman that doesn't love the man because she needs a roof over her head, but loves him because of WHO he is. 

"Contrary to what feminists like Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, say, the so-called rise of women has not threatened men. It has pissed them off. It has also undermined their ability to become self-sufficient in the hopes of someday supporting a family. Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern women won’t let them."

What a crock of shit. Men: You can still support a family. We will "let" you. We just want to help you do so! What a crime! We don't want to compete, we want to coexist and cooperate.

"So if men today are slackers, and if they’re retreating from marriage en masse, women should look in the mirror and ask themselves what role they’ve played to bring about this transformation."

Again, if a man is a "slacker", he doesn't fall into the category of a "marriageable man", so that point is moot. 

"Fortunately, there is good news: women have the power to turn everything around. All they have to do is surrender to their nature – their femininity – and let men surrender to theirs.

If they do, marriageable men will come out of the woodwork."

WOWWWW. Ms. Venker, are you writing this in your candy cane apron while you whisk pancake batter before you go rub your 300 pound husband's feet while he drinks a beer on the couch?????? 

Now, while I had to throw that jab in there, let me be clear. I don't think there is anything wrong with that! Contrary to what Ms. Venker believes, I am not wearing a bandanna and flexing my bicep. I think women can go bake a cake, but then also shoot some hoops, or have a beer and watch some football. YOU CAN  BE STRONG AND FEMININE. That is my main point in all of this. And I'm not just saying it because I love shoes and also am athletic. My point is you can be a strong, confident woman, believing that you can accomplish whatever you want, while still possessing female qualities (nurturing, compassionate, etc.) 

Ms. Venker seems to think surrendering to our "female nature" means letting men have the career and submitting ourselves to their will. WRONG, sister. WRONG. We can bring home the bacon and still wear a dress. And maybe we'll throw a blazer over it! GASP!

Am I biased? Abso-freaking-lutely. Which is why I wrote this  reaction in the first place. But trust me, I know there are women out there who agree with this article. It just makes my skin crawl. We are so much better than this and don't need people (especially women) trying to fault all the progress we have made.

I have a career. Many of my females friends do. We have professional goals and aspirations  But guess what, Ms. Venker? I also do the laundry. AND, wait for it, Tim does the dishes! (I hope she hasn't collapsed yet.) One of the most fundamental personality trends of women is cooperation and teamwork. So, forgive me for "surrendering" to my femininity and wanting to be part of a team in my relationship. And forgive me for finding a real man who can't only handle it, but appreciates it.


~~


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I am Thankful For...


I will be in the Wild, Wonderful West Virginia this weekend so I'm assuming my posting will be slacking. Since work was so crazy this week, I had limited time for posting.

If I miss Feminist Friday this week, forgive me! I have a good one in store for you next time, no worries.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, though, I will leave you with the things I am thankful for. Please excuse the corniness.



  • I am thankful to be alive. I am grateful for the opportunity to have life and make what I want out of it.
  • I am thankful for my family. No one is perfect but my parents come very close. Knowing I can call them at any time and that they would be there for me at a moment's notice is so comforting, and I know that is something many of us take for granted.
  • I am thankful for UK Basketball. They are so good and I was lucky to be raised a fan and call myself an Alumni! 

    Number 8!

  • I am thankful for my fun and fabulous friends who keep my life exciting. Who will do a victory dance with me on stage after we win a round of beer pong (see below).  I am also grateful for those close, dear friends like Mary, Amanda, Whitney, Jen and others who have stuck by me in the tough year that I recently had and truly helped to pull me through.
True Friendship

  • I am grateful to have a job that I enjoy and that challenges me. I know enjoying your job and getting great experiences is hard to come by, especially right out of college. So I hope to make the most of it while I'm here.
  • I am thankful that my boyfriend is as big of an animal lover as I am.
Muaha payback!

  • I am thankful that I have been fortunate throughout my life. (I don't like when people say they are "blessed" because that makes me think God blessed them with something but chose not to "bless" someone else with good things. I don't think that's the case.) But I am grateful that I have not ever experienced some true hardships in my life that others in less fortunate situations have come to call life.
  • I am grateful that my co-workers gave me the nickname "Kaliwood" for reasons like the photo below. A nickname that inspired a resurrection for my blog.


  • I am thankful that I was raised the way I was. Under other circumstances, I probably wouldn't have known the difference, but I'm glad that I was taught I can achieve anything I set my mind to, and that I shouldn't let anything stand in my way, or ever settle for second best. 


I hope you all have a very fun, filling, family and friend-filled, Thanksgiving!

~~

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's OK, We Know You're Not Perfect

On this "Feminist Friday" we are talking about job interviews. It's been so interesting for me going from the interviewee, to sitting in and interviewing potential interns. Seeing it from both sides has given me some interesting perspectives.




So, today I want to focus on that one dreaded question that is ALWAYS asked. You know the one: "What is your biggest weakness and how do you combat it?"

Why are we discussing this question today you might asked? Because my newest pet peeve is when the interviewee answers: "Well, I'm kind of a perfectionist, so I like to do everything myself and make sure it's perfect. So I guess I need to get better at delegating or working with a team."

What a crock of sh*t. You know what that translates to? "My weakness is that I'm too perfect. Which isn't really a weakness. So I just dodged your question and made myself look good in the process."

WRONG!

And you know why I can rant about this trend?? Because I WAS THAT GIRL! I won't lie to you. I've used that answer before when I was a novice interviewee. And I could tell it tasted like BS coming out of my mouth even then.

So today ladies, we put an end to this. Why? Because we sound like morons!

Before you go into an interview, think long and hard about this question. We all have weaknesses, so be honest with yourself and think of a couple of yours. The trick to this question is admitting a weakness, but then immediately telling the employer how you work hard everyday to combat that weakness.

Note: Stay away from unrelated or extreme weaknesses. Examples: "I always fall in love with assholes" (not related) or "I hate that I have to work to make money I wish I could just marry someone rich" (nothing can combat that attitude).

So once you think of your related weakness, think about a few ways that you try to counter-act that weakness so that it does not affect your professional life. Like I said, the employer doesn't expect you to be perfect. But they do expect a candidate to KNOW their flaws so that they can try to correct them. You can't fix something if you don't know it's broken.

So, I will leave you with my answer to this question so you can see what I'm getting at here. My weakness is that I have a poor memory. If I'm asked to recall details from events in the past, I have a hard time doing so. If it's not something I have done repetively, I probably can't remember how I did it last year. I will forget things people tell me in past conversations.

All of these things are VERY bad for an event planner. For us, it's all about the details. So, once I admit that to the employer, I then quickly follow it up with saying that I know this about myself. So, to combat this, I take thorough notes in meetings and while on conference calls. I write down processes so that the next year, I remember the steps. I mark dates a year in advance on my calendar so that I remember when to start that project next time. I have reminders pop up in my Outlook to remember tasks. I combat my poor memory with careful organization and scheduling.

Does this completely eliminate my weakness? No. I will always forget things. But, this stops it from affecting my work, and helps me be successful at what I do. And now, in interviews, I am not afraid to be honest.

So ladies, the moral of the story is, be honest in your interviews! We know you aren't perfect. No one is. So tell us the real deal. I think employers will appreciate your honest, thoughtful answer.

And I hope to never hear the dreaded, "Well I'm a perfectionist..." ever again!

~~

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Does That Make Me Weird?... Wednesday


"Does that make me weird" Wednesday! Just some tidbits that I find odd about myself. Good for hump day. (It's seriously only Wednesday????)


  • I dilute Gatorade when I drink it. About 2/3 Gatorade, 1/3 water.

  • Sometimes it's easier to prance in high heels than it is to walk in them. (See: Carrie Bradshaw)

  • I use to write the Advice Column for my high school newspaper. People would write their problems to "Pandora" and I would respond.

  • I call everything that's cute and cuddly, "boo-boo". Like the cats. And Tim.

  • I am strictly right handed, but I am more comfortable driving with my left hand.

  • I refuse to turn a Rascal Flatts song off the radio even if I'm not in the mood to hear it. I mean.. it's Rascal...

  • I prefer to drink room temperature water instead of ice cold water.

  • While I'm trying to fall asleep at night I go through an inventory of my clothes in my mind to try to think of what to wear the next day. Most times I fall asleep before I have the outfit complete.. sometimes I get lucky!

  • My favorite color is yellow but I probably only own 1 yellow item of clothing or accessory.

  • I eat boned chicken wings and pizza with a fork and a knife. I guess I eat almost everything with a fork and a knife...

Feel free to judge. What do you do that's weird?


Side note: When I was in Pittsburgh for a wedding, we went to this old Catholic church that had been converted into a brewery to join the rehersal dinner crew for some drinks. It was awesome. Huge church and the alter had been replaced with the brewing vats. I remember texting my Dad the following picture and saying: "Look we are drinking in an old Catholic church that's been converted to a brewery!" Dad's response: "Are you sure it's not still an active church?"


Haha gotta love the Catholics.

Going home Friday-Saturday this weekend to see the fam. So excited to see little Athena. She's getting so big and crawling! She'll be 1 on Jan 2nd. BAH!

~~

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I forgot to show you....

I just realized I forgot to share with you Tim and I's Halloween costumes! Our Halloween party night ended up being a bust because I got sick OUT OF NO WHERE. No, I wasn't intoxicated. I was getting ready to start the party, and got light-headed all of a sudden. This was followed by waves of nausea. So after 1 beer and trying to feel better, I was just a hot mess, so we left. BUT we did get to debut our costumes and they were a bunch of fun! So, see below my MY Little Pony costume (with my fellow ponies showing off our cutie marks), and Tim's costume: 50 Shades of Grey.





Tehe. I felt like a paint swatch thief taking all of those from Home Depot! But oh well! Have a good day lovelies!

~~

If You're Sick of Political Opinions, Don't Read This

I'm trying to hold my tongue today, I really am. So I'm not Obama-bashing on Facebook or commenting like crazy on political posts. But, this is my blog, this is strictly for my opinion, so I will use it today to just get this off my chest.

There is no doubt that I disagree with BOTH candidates on certain things. Do I think Romney would get into office and fix all of America's problems in 4 years? No. Do I think another 4 years of Obama will move our country in the right direction? No.

So, I will just share my two biggest points of concern with the results of last night. And, as I said, this is more for me to get my thoughts out of my head. So feel free to click out of this blog and not read any further if you don't want to know them. 

1. I am a STRONG believer in working hard to achieve financial success in life. I was raised to be independent and taught that I should always be able to support myself and be proud of my career successes. I also think this is what America was built on. Hard work and dedication is rewarded to those who choose that path. That being said, I don't think it's fair for me to bust my ass at work everyday when a good portion of my paycheck goes to people who are too lazy to look for a job and are just living off the system.

Now, I realize there are cases where people are physically or mentally unable to work or have legitimate reasons for needing welfare and other government help. But, there are MANY people abusing the system and so MY hard earned money is paying for their rent, cars, and probably their drug addiction. I'm not OK with that. I think under Obama this will just get worse. It comes down to our fundamental beliefs of the government's responsibility. Obama has more of a socialist view, thinking it's the government's job to help everyone out no matter what. I believe people should help themselves and shouldn't receive help if they are not deserving.

Also, increasing handouts is not going to incentive people to work. If i was unemployed and kept getting more gov money for sitting on my ass, would I want to go out and get a job? Probably not. 

I want a government who encourages people to get a job and work hard. And one that rewards those who have been working their whole lives to make something for themselves. Like my father has done. And like I plan to do.

2. I'm not well versed on the Obamacare issue. BUT, I do have a concern. If every single person has rights to health care now, apparently it will negatively affect those of us who work to pay for insurance. This is related to the above topic. However, this hits close to home with my grandpa getting older, and my parents now in their 60's. If, heaven forbid, something were to happen to one of my family members and we were unable to get care, I would lose it. I'm not saying my family's lives are more important than someone elses, but, again, if my father has been working his entire life and religiously paying for medical insurance, it's going to really suck if he doesn't get care because there are so many people in front of him taking advantage of the free health care. 

Hopefully, this is a non issue for me. I do hope that. But it WILL be an issue. Maybe for your family. Maybe for your friend's family. It breaks my heart thinking about how unfair this could be.


So there you have it. My two biggest fears for the next four years. 

I read an article a while back that wasn't about the election but that I feel is very relevant. It said that my generation (20-25 year olds) have a new feeling of compassion and "all for one, one for all" feeling. It goes along with the green movement and just general acceptance of all people. Kind of "hippie" if you will. This is going to make it really hard for a republican to get elected anytime in the near future. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about gender/race/sexual orientation equality. I like the way that is headed, for sure. But, I'm just not as big on the other parts. But, looks like I may be in the minority on this one. This just makes me wish that we could have a candidate who is somewhere in the middle. Maybe conservative with taxes and government spending, but more liberal with social issues. That would be ideal for me.

Hoping for the best for these next 4 years! No more political posts from me, don't worry! :)

~~


Sunday, November 4, 2012

We (Almost) Adopted a Dog

Meet this adorable little guy:




We named him Arian. But we didn't take him home with us. I shall explain...

Tim and I were out today running some errands. We stopped in PetSmart to get cat food and (of course!) they were doing an adopt event with the Lexington Humane Society. We were browsing all the dogs and came across this Hound Mix. His colors were too cool to ignore. He was a 5 month old sweetie. Tim was being nonchalant about it, saying if you want him, get him. Well, that wasn't going to fly with me considering this was going to be a team effort and it would be at his house! Basically, Tim loves animals and wants a dog eventually, so he was game if I was totally set on it. But I was torn.

So we left and ran another errand to Target across the street. As we are walking through the isles Tim is saying how cute that dog was and how he would name his "Arian" after Arian Foster of the Texans (his favorite team). I literally started tearing up because now that floppy earred, tail-wagging little guy had a name! I was SO stressed going back and forth and being so indecisive. I wanted to rescue this puppy so terribly bad, but was it the right time? Were we prepared?

We started talking about what we would do with him while we were at work and what we would do about traveling. We even went BACK to PetSmart after Target to ask some questions about him before they closed. On the way home, Tim again said it was my decision.

So I've been sitting here trying to make a decision and I finally have. We aren't going to adopt little Arian (Benny is his current name). As much as I love dogs and want to get him out of there, I am a firm believer that pet adoption cannot be an impulse buy. You have to be prepared for it. I know from experience owning a dog and dog sitting for a year, that dogs are a lot harder than you think. Especially puppies. Thinking I could potty train a puppy as winter is approaching and when we are so busy is not realistic. And then, it's not fair to the dog.

I hated when people I knew in college apartments would adopt a dog on a whim and then always have to give it up or pawn it off on a family member. Adopting a dog is a forever thing to me so I want to go in prepared, and knowing that we are ready. Looking back now, I definitely made the right decision. ((Inner logic screaming: "You just moved in together! Pump the breaks, girlfriend!!"))

Anyway, the moral of this story is, if you are an animal lover and want to get a new pet, PLEASE make sure you do you research first and make sure you realistically prepare yourself and your family. Secondly, PLEASE PLEASE rescue an animal! There are AWESOME dogs and cats at your local humane society. Don't pay an outrageous amount for a pure bred dog. Save a life!

I hope Benny/Arian goes to a great home. He's a great dog so I'm sure he will. Our time will come, and when it does, I'll be sure to share with you guys!

~~

After posting this blog, I got a related email from Dad. Please read below for a laugh!


Kali,

From our phone conversation last night, I think you might consider the following points about a dog -

1.       Someone will always have to get home to leave the dog out, and someone will have to pick up the dog logs (something that you have never done except when being paid!)

2.       Someone will always have to walk the dog, even on cold or rainy nights (again, something that you have never done except when being paid!)

3.       When you go on a trip you will have to board the dog in kennel or convince one of your friends to watch the dog (and pick up the dog logs)

4.       Do not think that we would be able to babysit the dog, Levi doesn’t even like us living in the same house, much less another dog.

That being said, if you decide to get a dog, please get one friendly and smarter than Levi, that should not be hard to do!

Call me tonight and let me know what you decide to do.

Dad



He cracks me up. Best. Dad. Ever.

~~

Friday, October 26, 2012

Answer: Thank You

Excuse me why I jump onto this  soapbox for a moment. I think I might have to start making Fridays "Feminist Fridays". As most of you know, I have strong feelings when it comes to this topic!* So here you are...

*Disclaimer: I went to an all girls Catholic high school and have a firecracker for a mother. Feminism is in my blood.


1. When someone compliments you, whether it be a man or a woman. Your answer? Thank you.
Stop deflecting the comment or immediately disagreeing with them. Stop saying they are too nice but obviously lying. Hold your head high and say "thank you" with confidence. Whatever they are commenting on, whether it be your shoes, those 5 pounds you lost, the report you gave in your meeting, the cool Halloween wreath you made for your door, just look them in the eye and say "thank you".

2. Dress for the career you want, not the career you have. I will definitely be posting a "wear this, not that" office post in the near future, but keep in mind you never know who you are going to run into and who is watching. A blazer can be just as comfortable as a sweatshirt. And for goodness sake don't ever let me catch you with rubber flip flops in an office!! They should rename it "Snappy Casual Friday". I will be the first to admit, sometimes I'm so lazy I'm in jeans and a sweatshirt. But, c'mon people, flip flops are not OK.

3. Did you know that men in the workplace are more likely to accept credit for achievements and vocalize their successes? Women are more likely to distribute credit for work they've done and downplay their achievements. (Frustrating!!) This tendency comes from men being more comfortable working independently and in order of rank, while women gravitate towards working in groups/teams where everyone is on an equal  playing field. This isn't bad. Neither way is successful all the time, but it does make us our own worst enemy sometimes.
I know you don't want to come across as an arrogant B, and yes, there is a thin line because people are quick to judge successful women, BUT please, for the sake of women everywhere, own your achievements! Let your boss praise you for working hard and bite your tongue when you want to say "well it was a group effort".


We still have a long way to go with gender equality in the workforce. Women only make 77.5 cents for every dollar a man makes, and it's even less for those in executive level positions. That's an issue.

However, there is some good news. Read this.

Below is my favorite excerpt. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy :)

"These days, 57 percent of college students are women. Single and childless women are out-earning men in the same situation. And even though men continue to dominate the highest-paying jobs, women now hold their own in a wide variety of lucrative careers. They make up a third of physicians, 54 percent of accountants, 45 percent of law associates, and they have about a half of all banking and insurance jobs.


Those statistics, many of which appeared in The Atlantic in Hanna Rosin's article the "The End of Men" have received a lot of attention -- not just because of their nod to the rise of women, but to the possibility that men are losing their dominance. But the trends also raised a number of provocative questions.
Are women, with their strong communication skills and social savviness, more equipped to thrive in our modern digital age? Are men becoming unnecessary? Or are we just working our way to a new normal, where men and women develop a different set of expectations for themselves and each other? And do we need to start looking for ways to help the groups of men that are struggling to keep up?"


Lessons for the day? 1. Ladies, let's do each other a favor and make us ALL look good! 2. Women are taking over the world. It's about time.

Girl Power!



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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October in the Bluegrass


I don't have much time to post something fancy. Work, moving, and travel are keeping me too busy to do much of anything. So here are some updates in Kaliwood. Welcome to Fall in the Bluegrass! ((Will be rocking my riding boots for the first time this year on Friday.. I can't describe my excitement!))


  • Last weekend was the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5K in downtown Lexington. The family came down to walk in it, and Tim and I ran. Dave, Justine, and Lee also ran! (Dave also came to brunch with my family, just so you know!) I haven't run in that cold of weather before (it was pretty chilly) and it was tough on the throat breathing in that cold air. But I did it! Tim refused to train before hand but was a runner in college so he had no problem running at my pace the entire time. My first ever 5K time was 30:11. My goal was just to beat that. Well my official time was 30:13. I failed by 2 seconds. UGH. I blame the beginning of the race when we were trying to maneuver out of the big bunches of crowd, since the first race had a much smaller group. But, in the end, I pretty much did the same. There's always next time!

Wow, we look rough!

  • The moving process is just that.. a process. Mom and Dad (and Derek and Tim!) were a huge help last weekend moving all the big furniture in the van. Almost eveything is moved. I still have stuff to put in boxes and bring over, but I can do that next week. Even though everything is at Tim's, though, it's mostly in boxes in the dining room. So next week I will have to start going through everything and finding a place to put things. Just looking at that massive pile stresses me out. But I have managed to go through all of my clothes (drawers and closet) and Tim's clothes too. We got rid of a bunch and I packed away my summer items to save room. Now onto the shoes... which may be a bigger task. Sigh.
    Dad and Derek on moving duty

  • Tonight we are leaving for Shittsburgh Pittsburgh. Actually, we are stopping in West Virginia tonight and then heading to PA tomorrow afternoon. Tim's friend is getting married Saturday night and he's going to the bachelor party Thursday night. I will spend Thurs night and Fri morning studying.. yay. But the wedding should be fun and I'm really excited to finally meet all of his friends!

  • Work is crazy because its the AVCA and it's the Fall. Pretty much speaks for itself. Things won't calm down until after Convention in December. But, I can't say I don't love the chaos. Makes it fun.

  • Next Wednesday I am getting Invisalign. I will be wearing them for a year and a half and the adventure starts next week. Wish I could say I was pumped for that! At least you won't be able to hear my lisp when reading my blog.

  • Next weekend: Going to Keeneland! 

  • Weekend after: Halloween Party! A bunch of the girls are going to be My Little Ponies. When researching which one I was going to be I came across "Shady". Hot pink and neon yellow with sunglasses as her cutie mark. Pretty much sums me up!  
"Shady" My Little Pony


 Hope you have a Relaxing Weekend!!

Oliver Senior aka "Ollie"


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Monday, October 1, 2012

Kaliwood Fashion Awards: 2012 Emmy's

I'm a regular "Fashion Police" watcher on E! News, especially when there is a red carpet! (#suckerforawardshows). But since I didn't 100% agree with their choices for the 2012 Emmy's, I thought I'd share my own opinions! And I made up a couple of my own categories :)

They were correct, however, in how many GREAT looks there were. They were spitting out "Best Dressed Nominee" every 5 seconds! But it's true, a LOT of these stars looked fabulous. It's like they all fired their old stylists and got real ones! So, it made it hard to pick my favorites, but I narrowed it down to 3. Check out the Kaliwood Awards below!


BEST DRESSED: GOLD

Julie Bowen in Monique Lhuillier


BEST DRESSED: SILVER


Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier 


BEST DRESSED: BRONZE


January Jones in Zac Posen


MOST POTENTIAL

This dress could have been FABulous.. on someone taller.She's too short, sorry! And needed a little less fabric.


Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa


MOST IMPROVED

Tina Fey usually looks like a hot mess! Way to go this time, giiirl.

Tina Fey in Vivienne Westwood


WORST DRESSED

There were a handful of bad ones to pick from but had to go with my girl Ashley.
This is only because I LOVE HER and know she can do better than this tacky number!

Ashley Judd in Carolina Herrera



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Photos courtesy of www.eonline.com

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Love Language


Check out this interesting article my friend Justine sent to me. It talks about the 5 different ways people show love and affection to their significant other. Just because your man doesn't whisper sweet nothings into your ear all day, doesn't mean he doesn't show he cares for you. Taking out your trash? Washing your car? Wanting to spend a lazy Sunday watching TV with you? He cares!

I mainly was writing this post to remind myself that there are other ways to show you care besides the physical hand holding, kissing, etc. I guess I can cut Tim some slack sometimes :) Just because you might show it in different ways, doesn't mean one way is better than the other. BUT it does say in the article that you should be aware which method resonates best with your partner so that you can make an effort to do that more often.

I think I respond to all of them. I love spending quality time, but I definitely need the physical touch and words of affirmation every now and then. Not and overload, but on occasion makes it special! (Also... I don't mind a gift here and there as well...)

What are the ways you like to receive affection? What ways does your significant other prefer? Think about it! Talk about it!

In related news, another big change is happening in Kaliwood! Christina, my roommate of 2+ years, is moving to NKY/Cinci for a new job opportunity. (Excited for her!) Which means I needed to find a new living situation, stat. I've decided to move in with Tim! Eek!

Yes, this was not part of my plan just yet, and yes it's only been about 8 months so call me crazy. Also, Tim's house is under constant renovation so I will be moving in during that craziness. BUT we pretty much live together now and I just can't pass up the convenience this would create! I know it won't be all rainbows and butterflies, but I'm confident we can make it work! I'm excited! :)

So, hopefully, my current crazy work load, trying to move my life to a new location, studying for my CMP, and training for my upcoming 5K doesn't snowball into a full on panic attack!  Here goes!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's Really the Little Things...

Over the summer I got addicted.. and I mean ADDICTED... to Panera's Wild Berry Smoothie (low fat!?). So, you can imagine my dismay when they discontinued it a month or so ago. I had to switch over to the Superfruit smoothie, which was good, but just not the same.

Well b*tches, it's back!! I saw it on the menu and practically screamed! I might just get one everyday this week! :). I just need to learn to substitute it as a meal and not make it a supplement to a meal and I'll be fine!

IT'S SO YUMMY! And great since I can't eat hard food right now (more on that later). I don't know how long it will be here so I'm going to take advantage! Try one!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Guys Nag Too



He is on me all the time about turning off a light when I leave the room.

I am on him about folding his clean clothes that are sprawled all over the bedroom floor.

I'm nagging, but he's not?

He gets on me about my alarm going off multiple times because I enjoy the snooze button.

I get on him about keeping the kitchen counter clean of renovation tools so we can cook on it.

I'm nagging, but he's not?

He's constantly telling me to keep up with sweeping the cat hair off the new laminate floors.

I'm always telling him to empty the cat litter so it doesn't smell like piss in the spare bedroom.

I'm nagging, but he's not?

Double standard? You decide.

No, this isn't a boyfriend-bashing post. I was just having an interesting conversation with my friend Justine about how women always turn into these nagging girlfriends. But I think that's unfair. Why is it called nagging when we do it, but not when the guys do it?

The ancient perception that women take care of the house is old news. Now 20-something men are focusing on their careers and living alone, so they are doing their own laundry, cleaning, and cooking. Some of them actually are domestically responsible! Therefore, let's not let them off the hook from falling into the "nagging" category just because they have historically been lazy couch potatoes without a care in the world. Sorry, Charlie, you nag too!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Just Thought I'd Share...


Just thought I would share with you ladies the fab shoes I wore today. LOVE!! I saw them at DSW a while back and almost took the plunge. But glad I waited, because went back a couple weeks ago and they were on sale! Just in time for fall :) 

Wearing with cigarette khaki pants, leopard blouse and plum cardigan, belted with gold skinny belt. On the "To-Do" list tonight: Go through current boot inventory, donate old ones and see what category needs additions!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

See If It Sticks

So I am that typical use-to-be-high-school-athlete-and-weigh-120-pounds. Then, of course, college hit, the 2 hour workouts everyday stopped, and well, we all know how that goes.

So for the past 6 years or so I've been trying everything. Not that I want to lose a drastic amount of weight (I would be happy with 10-15 pounds), but I wanted to find something that I could adopt as a lifestyle and stop fighting this fight everyday!

I THINK I might have finally found that. Running outside. Why has it taken me this long you ask? Because whenever I tried it in the past I would run for half a mile and my legs would quit. I could not understand how people were running out there for MILES. So I chalked it up as a loss.

Well then, one drunken night at our favorite spot, Drake's, my good friend Amanda got me to agree to sign up for a 5K. (That lil trickster.) So we started my "training" one day and went for a run together. I took off running and this is how it went down:
Amanda: "What are you doing?!?!"
Me: "What? Running..."
Amanda: You are running WAY too fast!!

And the heaven's opened up and the light started shining down on me and the angels did their "AHHHH" song. Epiphany! This whole time I was running way too fast for distance. Who freakin' knew?? So I started running at Amanda's pace and before I knew it, we had run 2 miles. And I haven't turned back since.

For my first 5k I just planned to run at my pace (which is really slow!) and my goal was to finish without stopping. I finished in 30 minutes and 11 seconds without stopping! So I achieved my goal and blew my normal 11-12 minute/mile out of the water!

So, the point is, I think I found what works for me. I can't say that I'm totally converted and out running everyday. I still get lazy/tired or want to go to Happy Hour instead, but this is the one workout that I actually look forward to doing and don't hate it the entire time. I like the fresh air and the time to think and clear my mind. And the endorphins afterwards rock! I always get home wanting to clean, cook, do laundry, just be productive!

I've started to add in some weight training as well. Run for a couple miles then hit the gym for some arms and legs. I want to lose weight but tone up, so hopefully this will get me where I want to be.

This definitely isn't a "running" blog because I am certainly not qualified for that type of thing. But if these fitness reads interest you, check out my friend Rennay, the Vegetarian in the Ville! Her triathlon experience is sure to inspire you!

Also, if you haven't heard of the website/app MAP MY RUN, you need to check it out! You can have it running on your phone and it GPS maps your entire run. So at the end you have all the statistics you need: Distance, time, pace, elevation, calories burned, etc. And the website allows you to map out routes before you run them to see if it's one you would like to do. Check it out!

Besides the trying to stay fit factor, I've found that running helps me in other ways. Like I said it clears my mind, it de-stresses me, and gives me energy to do other things. So I looked up the not-so-obvious benefits and here are some awesome things running can do for you!


Running Benefits

  • weight loss
  • produces endorphins
  • healthy for your bones
  • reduces the risk of breast cancer and risk of having a stroke or heart attack
  • boosts your immune system
  • combats depression
  • lowers your stress level
  • can boost your self-confidence
  • improves mental alertness

See you on the pavement! 

K

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Shoe Du Jour!






So I have this shoe calender that highlights shoes from past and present in a month format. Love!











I ALSO have this nifty calendar that I like to call my Shoe Du Jour. Hello!

From looking at these nearly everyday, I always find myself thinking WOW those are amaze! And without fail, they are always one of the following three designers. Now, these shoes retail anywhere from $800 to upwards of $1,200. So, as Kaliwood as I am, you won't see me rocking these anytime soon. But a girl can look, can't she?!?!



Giuseppe Zanotti







Diego Dolcini








Jerome Rousseau





Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer & Fall Fashion Trends

2012 Summer Trends

I know summer is coming to a close but I just wanted to briefly talk about the fashion trends this year. I typically don't enjoy summer looks but this year I dove in head first and found some classics I will certainly revisit next year!

1) Neon colors/Color blocking - I incorporated using accessories: belts, shoes, bags. I don't like all over color, so I wear my typical tone-downed main pieces with the pop of neon in the accessories.


Neon sandals. Here are some awesome ones that I found online. But, tip for you, you can get almost the same ones at Target for 1/2 the price! I got your back :)


2) Maxi Dresses - Just because it's a dress doesn't mean you're dressed up! This I why I love these. If you go for a cotton or jersey knit, with a casual print, you can wear these anywhere! You have the fun feel of a floor-length dress even when you are running to the grocery store! It's an easy piece to just grab and go! Great for when you aren't in the mood to show your legs in some shorts! (Happens often with me!) Also, you wear these with flats, so super comfy! I got this fab one (left) from JCP. Tip: JCP has some great finds and prices with dresses. You may have to dig a while and try on a bunch, but I typically find a diamond in the rough there!




3) Hi-Lo Hemlines - This is my favorite of the summer trends because it's new and works great with my body. I'm not crazy about the back of my thighs, but still want to show a little leg! So Voila - here you go! Again the one on the right is from JCP. I bought another one with more fall colors in a graphic print that I can't wait to wear. I think these will carry over to fall depending on the fabric/color so invest in one! Only downfall: I think they work best with a good size heel, so maybe not for the flats lovers out there.





Fall 2012 Trends

Why am I SO excited for fall? Because fall is my favorite fashion season! My favorite wardrobe palate is neutrals, creams, and saturated colors - hence, fall! Also, I could wear skinny jeans/tights/leggings tucked into boots all year round! Love! So let's explore what's going to be hot this season so we can all be on trend!

Click here for the Fall 2012 Runway Report.  Looks like this season is all about the bulk. Tweed, shawls, chunky sweaters/capes, fur (faux please!) are in! Mixed with retro lace, plaid, and white to balance it out. I like to scan through the pictures to see what the new trends will be and then envision how I would translate them into my wardrobe. Here's an example of MY interpretation. I don't claim to have a trained fashion eye.. this is just what I like!



Runway Look - Fall 2012
Wearable: Macy's Outfit



Look for chunky sweaters or shawls/capes. I will most likely use my thick infinity scarf to add to a look. There are also some military-looking jackets that I'm digging. If you find anything with a strong shoulder, maybe in an unexpected red or blue, grab it! I love them with gold or detailed buttons!

Finally, this is my new favorite DIY idea from Pinterest for this fall! Cut a sleeve from an old sweater to use as your boot sock without having the extra thickness in your boot! Genius!



Happy Fall Shopping, dolls!