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Learning How to Be Better at Sucking

By kate on February 26th, 2015

It’s fun to post about things I’m good at or know a lot about (like trapeze, where I’m working on the double – very exciting). I have a much, much harder time when people see me being bad at something. I get embarrassed, upset, and self conscious and just want to hide. I’d like to […]

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Good Riddance to 2012

By kate on December 31st, 2012

2012 was a strange year. In the pedestrian scale of my own life, things went pretty well. My job, health, and relationships have all been good. But a lot of hardship and tragedy befell my friends, and at the end of the year that’s what stays with me. This year, four friends were killed in […]

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How I Broke Into my Honda Civic

By kate on August 6th, 2010

The other day, I ended up at an outlet mall with my keys locked in my car, a 1992 Honda Civic, and needed a cheap way to get back into my car. Here’s the easy method I discovered. Before I go any further, let me just say please don’t use this method on someone’s car […]

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A Sad Announcement

By kate on November 12th, 2009

[Also cross-posted to Steve’s blog at] Steve and I would like to share some sad news: we are separating. For almost two months, we’ve been doing a trial separation while (mostly) staying in our house, staying in separate rooms and switching off weekends as we figured everything out. At this point, it looks pretty […]

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The pernicious pinkification of little girls

By kate on May 29th, 2009

This vehement guest column from the Times Online UK had me raising my arms and shouting “amen!” “All the Disney princesses are there in a terrifying tableau of simpering, gurning girlishness. Why are all these princesses, the apotheoses of modern girlhood, clasping their hands together in front of them, in an expression of coy submissiveness?” […]

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Simple Gifts

By kate on January 20th, 2009

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be And when we find ourselves in a place just right ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight. ‘Tis the gift to be gentle, ’tis the gift to be fair ‘Tis […]

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Making a habit of being active

By kate on April 15th, 2008

I recently had two related epiphanies that, in retrospect, seem kind of obvious. However, they hadn’t occurred to me clearly before, so I figured it was worth writing about them. Both have to do with raising active (and therefore healthy) kids. 1. Strollers discourage walking: I think most people would agree that it’s healthy to […]

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The marriage lasted longer than the ring

By kate on November 21st, 2007

Steve and I have been married about five and a half years. In that time, our relationship has gotten better and stronger. Unfortunately, I can no longer say the same about my wedding ring! What you see above is the condition of my wedding ring as of this morning, when I noticed an entire chunk […]

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Learning about time

By kate on November 19th, 2007

Click here for a post I wrote on Ruby’s blog about a project I created to teach Ruby about the days of the week.

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Love Letter to my Blackberry

By kate on October 20th, 2007

Yesterday, I had a bad day. One of the main reasons was because I was stuck in awful traffic (related to the Ballard Bridge closure) for at least two hours. I missed playing Ultimate Frisbee and instead spent a furious and frustrated time behind the wheel, with the car at a standstill. My Blackberry kept […]

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For Science!

By kate on August 23rd, 2007

Yesterday, Ruby did her part to contribute to science: we were invited to come to I-LABS to participate in a study. I’m a big fan of I-LABS, a UW lab that studies cognitive development, and have had the opportunity to tour the labs and hear about their research. It was I-LABS who recently pissed off […]

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Keeping the house

By kate on June 19th, 2007

Now that I’m home with Ruby, I see my job as caring for her and taking care of the house. As in, it’s my job, what I’m (sort of) being paid to do. I’m finding, to my surprise, that it’s a pleasure to get the chance to focus on these things instead of stuffing them […]

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Time Management

By kate on May 31st, 2007

Jumping into stay-at-home parenthood has given me the opportunity to set things up from a fresh perspective. I took the time to think about the kinds of things I want to do with my/our time, and figured out some main priorities that I want to make sure get done during the week.   There are […]

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Cool advice site

By kate on March 1st, 2007

The Elder Wisdom Circle: It’s a network of elders who you can anonymously ask for advice on most topics (except medical, legal, and financial). You can get a personal reply from one or two elders in about a day. It helps those seeking advice, and also helps the elders by giving them a way to […]

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A lot to celebrate

By kate on September 15th, 2005

Yesterday was my 31st birthday (making me “thirty-ONEderful” according to one of the Aerialistas). I had a nice dinner out with 20 friends, which was a lot of fun. I felt very loved. And, on top of that, I have Zippy on the way. A good birthday overall. I’m going away for a long weekend […]

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