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20 October 2006

Bloggers Anonymous

Hi, I'm Katie, and I'm a Guest Blogger. I think by now there must be a 12-Step Program out there somewhere for the blog-obsessed. It's one thing that I have my own blog... and then another... and then a Facebook profile to boot, but now I'm guest blogging. I'm not sure where that leaves me. But if that's my only addiction, then maybe I'm doing alright. ;)

So mom's in New York kickin' it up at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival with her righteous east coast buddies, so I thought while she's away on that much-deserved rendez-vous, I'd take the opportunity to follow up on a few things she's mentioned about me recently.

Yep, I have a fantabulous new car, a black Saab 900 Turbo, which is actually quite old. It has a manual transmission and has so far been a blast to toot around in. Most of the time it takes me back and forth to work, which is currently at one of the four or five Starbucks in the area.

It's a fun job and a lot of cool people work there. I've had some opportunities to do some artwork for my store, and I just found out today that I'll be designing a promo poster for several districts in the state of Wisconsin for a toy drive this Christmas. That ought to be fun! But most of the time I just work my hardest at becoming a java slinger extraordinaire!

Living at home again and working has been a nice little break from the craziness of the past three-ish years, which involved a lot of back-and-forth from college, traveling to all corners of the country, a semester abroad in England, and so on... but traveling really is where my heart lies. When I flew in after almost four months of being away from home, I remember thinking, I am so over this travel stuff. but of course three or four months later and the wanderlust has returned! As it inevitably does every time.

Europe was absolutely beyond amazing. I'm still blown away at how much I learned there, not only from the classes that I had to take, but about several other cultures, travel, social skills, and myself. I took more pictures than were absolutely necessary (I think I had over 6000 by the time I returned)...

My favorite place (besides London, granted that I was there the majority of the time) was southwestern Ireland, where four other girls and I all chipped in and spent a four day weekend. We rented a car and learned what it's like driving on the other side of the road on motorways the width of bicycle lanes with no shoulders. We ran around precariously on the Cliffs of Moher in a winter storm. We kissed the Blarney Stone, climbed hills in Killarney National Park, stopped at a pub or two, and stayed in the most brilliant little lakeside lodge in the countryside. It was priceless.

Almost every day I try to devise the necessary means to jump on a plane to my next destination... wheresoever that may be. :)

I'll probably be hitting up Knitorious once or twice more before me mumsy comes home, so I'll try to talk a little bit about my little bit of knitting, and and maybe some of my other crafty/arty endeavors!


Welcome, Katie, glad to meet you! If you kissed the Blarney Stone, does that mean you hung upside down to do it? If so, you are an intrepid young lady.

Welcome, and I just sent you a facebook note! I love the Saab.

Welcome Katie, I'm so pleased you had a blast in Europe, looking forward to hearing about your other arty projects, your new car is very cool.

Hi, Katie! Nice to put a 'voice' to the face. Good of you to 'blogsit' for your mom.

nice to meet you. how wonderful you are to take over for your mom while she is having fun at RHINEBECK! We went to London 13 1/2 years ago, and I loved it. I can't wait to go back someday. Ireland is on our agenda for "someday" too. Maybe when my kids go to college!!

nice to meet you. how wonderful you are to take over for your mom while she is having fun at RHINEBECK! We went to London 13 1/2 years ago, and I loved it. I can't wait to go back someday. Ireland is on our agenda for "someday" too. Maybe when my kids go to college!!

mumsy was doing well when I saw her about 4 hours ago or so. Looking good in Fibonacci!

Hey Katie! Righteous indeed. We're sitting in Ann's den with your mom and we're still having a blast. We laughed so hard - I'm sure your mom will have plenty of stories.

Ann is sending home lots of handspun yarn for you.

Thanks for sharing your sweet mama with us!!! We love her, and that means we love you too!

PS - lock up the aspirin and ask her to tell you why we're referring to her as SuperFreak - it might have something to do with the parking lot attendant at Rhinebeck. But you know, what happens at Rhinebeck, stay at Rhinebeck.

Love, Cara and Ann

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