Furniture Redux

My family went a little DIY this week.  We took an old dresser that had been staking out a dark corner in the basement for the last, oh, half decade and repainted it for what is now its fourth reincarnation.

The before and after pic shows it: we swapped out our mirror for our TV. Now that’s a good deal.

Here’s the highlights:

Step 1: Dig out old dresser.
Step 2: Um, find that missing drawer.

Step 3: Clean drawers.
Step 4: Take a lunch break.
Step 5: Take the dog out for a walk.
Step 6: Paint drawers.

We repainted the white frame, and went with a warm beige color on the drawers to go with that white.
Step 7: Move in drawers and enjoy!

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this week.


This week started with cake.


And watching a water polo tournament, for the first time.


(Chocolate cake.)


Then! Snow in Hot-lanta. Two inches. And classes canceled.


(Chocolate birthday cake.)



The best part? Old friends. New friends. All together for my one-year-older celebration. 🙂

And! Delicious, soft, chocolate birthday cake with supah-delicious, gooey, chocolate birthday icing.

It’s been a good week.


🙂

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2009 Wrapped Up

Red and Gold Christmas Ornament Display
 

My Christmas decorations linger.


Maybe ’cause I like to savor the holidays.  The music, the weather, the ol’ Christmas spirit… maybe I like to revel in it all just a bit longer.


Or maybe I’m just a bit lazy.


But. It’s probably some kinda combination of both.


Some people are awesome. They get their decorations up early, and back down again within a reasonable amount of time.

Probably the same impressive people as update their blog regularly.
 
I am not one of those people.
 
(Yet.)
 
2009 wrapped up fast, and before I had time to say “Happy New Year!” … well, y’know.
 
Fall semester highlights:
 
John Stossel at Emory
 
John Stossel spoke at Emory!


He’s a great speaker, and I scored a signed copy of one of his books. I’ll read it… eventually.
Jimmy Carter at Emory













Pres. Jimmy Carter came, too, to talk about creativity.
 
“You gotta have a dream… and confidence in yourself that you will succeed.”
 
Pretty good advice!
 
One of the great things about college is all the cool lectures and guest speakers.  And whether or not we agree about different issues, it always awesome to see these famous people up close.


New semester, new year, new decade. Can’t wait to see what happens.
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Crazy



Last week was crazy.
 
And I don’t mean crazy-fun-so-many-random-things-happened. I mean, so many tests, midterms, projects, and papers piled into five days, it made me feel crazy.
 
Let me tell you, I wasn’t too crazy about it.
 
Anyway.
 
Went to the High Museum on Saturday because general admission for college students is only $5 this month (and this month only! promotion/good hype/plug). We were headin’ there to see the Da Vinci exhibition (a no-photo exhibit).

High Museum Atlanta
 
The artwork was amazing. Included were tons of da Vinci’s pieces and journal pages, as well as artwork by his teachers and some sculptures by one of his students, Giovanni Francesco Rustici. My favorite display was The Battle of Anghiari.


Back on campus, noticed that while my head had been buried in books and papers all week, something had changed. Something was different about the place.
 
Emory Fall Leaves
 
The leaves were beginning to change colors for autumn.
 
Now there’s something worth going crazy for.
 
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” –Leonardo da Vinci
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Heart of Dixie



Current location: Atlanta, GA

When you think of the South, you probably think of down-home cookin’, country music, and that distinct Southern style of speech that only makes sense to other Southerners.

And when I say that, I ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie.

And yet, a true telltale mark of the South is… weather. For most of the year, it’s hot here. I mean fry an egg on the sidewalk, flies drop in mid-flight hot. And humid. Seriously – they don’t call it ‘Hotlanta’ for nothin’.

But not so this past week. It happened to be cold. People were unprepared.
 
Me: Dude, it’s freezing. You need some gloves.
Southerner: Nah, it won’t last long. Where’re my flip-flops?
Me: Bless your heart.
 
But they’re right. It doesn’t last long. Cold and hot, it goes back and forth and back and forth and… you get the idea.

So maybe one telltale mark of the South isn’t really the weather, after all. Maybe it’s the way we leave our flip-flops and sandals by the door, right beside our winter boots.

Because hey, this here is the Deep South we’re talkin’ ‘bout. The cold ain’t gon’ last.


Flip Flops and Warm BootsToday, high of 55°.


Now where did I leave my flip-flops?

 

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Yellow

One of the not so great things about being at a college downtown is the parking. And by ‘parking’ I mean ‘the complete lack of parking.’ Let’s be real. Atlanta is great, but there’s barely enough space to drive down the road, let alone leave your car immobile anywhere. Emory, however, does offer a few parking lots in the name of student convenience… for a price. And that price is a decal worth more than the car I’d stick it on.
 
So I don’t have a car.
 
So I guess parking isn’t really a big problem, after all.

For me, that is.
 
Anyway. Fall break started today, and I’ll be going back home for the first time in a few weeks. It’s a good feeling; I can’t WAIT to watch some TV on a real screen instead of on my laptop for a change.
 
Oh, and I’m also looking forward to seeing some very special people.
 
Doctors.
 
I meant my family, of course, by ‘very special people.’
 
But doctors are on the agenda, too. Downside to being away at college? On any return trip home, you get scheduled for an appointment with every dentist, doctor, dermatologist, etc. you ever met in your life. It starts with Tuesday morning — rise and shine, I’ve got a 8:00 am dental appointment. Oh well. Teeth: gotta have ‘em.


Lastly. Got some new sunglasses at Urban Outfitters. They’re yellow. Serious yellow. And they make me smile.


Yellow Sunglasses Urban Outfitters



: )


See?

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Opa! At the Atlanta Greek Festival

A friend and I headed to the Atlanta Greek Festival on Saturday. One of the great things about being at a college downtown is the ease with which you can get places! (I mean… once you get the hang of jaywalking, the sky’s the limit). 

Anyway.  Pretty awesome!  Some dancers came out, from little kids to pro-level people, and did some of the traditional Greek dances from different regions of Greece.  The pro-group even did a more modern Greek dance. And the music was great – the same sort of stuff as you still hear playing in cafés in Greece today.
 

Atlanta Greek Festival

 

Atlanta Greek Festival
Atlanta Greek Festival
 
The main attractions of the festival were some self-tours and lectures in the Greek Orthodox church.
 

Atlanta Greek Festival

There was also this massive, really cool Greek map in the church, and I just had to take a close up of Athens. What can I say? Athena always was my fave Greek goddess.
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20.5

I want to update my old site. I want to bust out some new wallpapers, a music-vid, screenshots, the whole shebang. But. There’s this time issue. There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of it these days. I’ve always been the sort of person to rush whole-heartedly into things, to throw myself into projects. You know how it is.  Something captures your fancy, and all of sudden it becomes your A-number-one priority. This happens to me… often.

 

Some Past Kate Fads:

Weather: that old rainfall collector is probably still measuring precipitation out there somewhere.

Vocabulary: that one time when I tried to memorize the dictionary.

Beading: bracelet-orama

Many Others: most… better left unmentioned. 


Anyway. I had my “half-birthday” last month.  The big, universally celebrated, milestone two-oh-point-five. And I figure it’s about time I left the stop-and-go obsessions behind me. 

Time for some moderation, nothing to excess. I’m going to pace myself.


I know I know….


It’s like you don’t even know me anymore. 


Oh! And that pic at the top? That’s Pete Duel as Andy Rice in Cannon for Cordoba, one of my favorite Duel characters. ;D And no, I don’t think all of my blog pics will be of Pete… but then again, who’d complain?

“Remember, hombre, it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” –Cannon for Cordoba

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