Posted in October 2012

My CompliKAITed Life: By the Power Vested in Me


By Kaitlin Marie

When one of my close friends asked me to be a part of her wedding last October, I was both thrilled and honored. I had only been a bridesmaid once before, and I was stoked to get the chance to do it again. So I was understandably shocked when the bride-to-be explained that she didn’t want me to be her bridesmaid.

She wanted me to be her MINISTER.

Now, I haven’t been to many weddings in my life, but I usually imagine the wedding officiant as some stuffy dude dressed in black, possibly reading out of a holy book. That’s not always the case, I know, but that’s the typical image that comes to my mind.

It was a little tough to envision myself taking the place of that stuffy man in black, but I told my friend I would be her minister, and I’m so glad I did!

I filled out some information online in order to become an “ordained” minister. It took all of five minutes to do, but it was indeed legal.

The wedding was last Friday and it was an exhilarating and amazing experience. I had the honor of taking part in the most important ceremony in my friends’ lives and celebrating with their friends and family members.

And I got to wear a microphone! Bitchin!

Here I am performing the ceremony, which was short and sweet and beautiful. It’s kind of amazing that I have the power to LEGALLY MARRY PEOPLE just by saying a few short words. It seems so official. And awesome.

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Kate’s Book Club: A Q&A with Kate Hayes of Adventures in Parenting

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this third week of October 2012, I hereby call to order the 9th meeting of the Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed last week’s meeting, here’s what went down.

Club members, this week meet Kate Hayes.

In this month of horrific fun, we give you a literary slant on the trick or treat. This week’s author brings us a topic that makes us all go “EWWW!”  Kate Hayes is the author of All About Poop, a funny yet educational picture book that helps children learn about the digestive system as well as about proper bathroom etiquette and hygiene — even about the sewage system. Kate is also a proud wife and mom, professional writer, mommy blogger, and former TV news journalist. By day, she works as a B2B marketing content developer and social media strategist. By night, she writes about important topics like preschool and potty-training on her personal blog, Adventures in Parenting. In 2011, Kate was named one of the BlogHer Voices of the Year. In 2010, she was a Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine Parent Blogger Award winner. All About Poop was released by Pinwheel Books on September 1.  You can also connect with Kate on Twitter and like the book on Facebook.

Who named you Kate and why?

My mom named me Katherine after her oldest sister, Kathy. Originally, people called me Katherine and I even have baby cards addressed to “Baby Kathy.” But for reasons unknown, my nickname soon switched to Katie. (My guess is because my mom also had about five cousins named Kathy. How many ‘Kathy’s does one family need?)  I was a Katie all my life until I started my career in TV news. Then I decided to go by Kate because I thought it sounded more professional. Everyone who has met me as an adult knows me as Kate. Interestingly, I have known my husband since we were kids, so he often calls me Katie.

How did you become an author?

I have wanted to write children’s books ever since I can remember. I have written dozens of manuscripts over the years, and have even submitted some to publishers, but never with any luck. However in 2011, I connected with Pinwheel Books on Twitter and the publisher asked me to send her a few manuscripts. She immediately loved the poop book and emailed me that very night to say that she wanted to publish it! From there, everything just fell into place – including the fact that the publisher also wanted my friend Brenna Vaughan to illustrate the book. The entire experience has been pretty amazing.

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The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Health And Fitness: On coping with stress

By Kate Richlin-Zack

Recently, I have been very stressed out. It comes from a variety of sources. At the moment, my biggest stressor is Hurricane Sandy — she’ll have torn up the eastern seaboard by the time you read this. Suffice it to say she has been incredibly disruptive to my usual routine and my inner peace over the last few days — as I’m sure has been the same for many others. I braved the supermarket, making my way through a panicked crowd to purchase bottled water, canned goods, and three cases of wine. Hey, a girl needs to be prepared!

But besides the occasional natural disaster of epic proportions, life in general can be stressful. Everything from finances to your job (or lack-there-of) to relationships can literally make you mental. There is nothing fun about not being able to pay your bills or avoiding collection agencies. It feels like you’re 12 years old and have gotten called into the principal’s office. Dealing with unreasonable bosses who don’t have a life outside the office or petty coworkers who just want to gossip about the next round of layoffs is not how anyone wants to spend the majority of their waking hours. And when it comes to love and relationships, no matter how much you adore your significant other, at some point they’re going piss you off and/or hurt your feelings. And if you’re not currently in a relationship but want to be, that too could give you a complex wondering whether or not you’re dateable. Life is full of stress.

Turns out, all this stress is really bad for your health. BIG SURPRISE! But here are some of the gory details anyway so that you can stress out about how your current stress level is potentially ruining your life. Continue reading

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Trivia: Kate Morgan, the haunting of the Hotel del Coronado

Kate Morgan, the ghost of Hotel del CoronadoBy Kate E. Stephenson

As All Hallows Eve approaches, it seems only fitting that this week’s trivia be a howl of a story.

On November 24, 1892, Kate Morgan checked into the Hotel del Coronado on the sandy beach of California and never checked out. Five days later she was found dead. The gunshot wound to her head was thought to be self-inflicted. But the matter is of some mystery. The bullet in her head did not match her gun. But that is not the only evidence of foul play.

Although consistently occupied before her short residence, Room 302 remained empty for many weeks after Kate’s untimely death. The subsequent inhabitants of the room observed unexplainable happenings—the unwarranted flickering of lights, the sound of footsteps that belonged to know one, and the soft scent of perfume in an empty room.

Kate Morgan’s unsettled spirit has walked the halls of Hotel del Coronado since 1892, searching but never finding the answers that would set her soul free.

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Adventures in Greening: Going green in Salt Lake City. A guest post!

This week I asked one of my green inspirations to guest write a post for Adventures in Greening. While not a Kate in name, she is a Kate at heart. Thank you, Sara Howard, for sharing your green experiences with us! —Catherine Moran

Going Green in Salt Lake City

By Sara Howard

Two months ago, after living in the New York-Connecticut area for almost my entire life, I moved to Utah. This move was a rather unexpected result of career choice, love life, and personal risk.I worked toward this move for almost a year, but nothing can fully prepare someone for such a big change. Boxes, goodbyes, and a million tedious chores disappear into a frenzied whirlwind. The hardest part about moving is adjusting routines and habits to fit the new environment. Green routines are no exception. Luckily, two things were easy to pick right back up after my move.Transportation

A large part of my New York City transportation routine involved my bicycle, and I loved it. Salt Lake City has an extensive network of bicycle paths, bicycle parking, and bicycle-friendly public transit. Cyclists are everywhere here!

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Natural disasters by the name of Kate

By Kate Torgovnick

As Hurricane Sandy begins to slam the East Coast of the United States, one question keeps popping into my mind (in addition to, obviously, how bad will this storm be?): why the name Sandy?

According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricanes were once named for the Catholic saint whose day the storm originated on. Hence, Hurricane Santa Ana in 1825 and Hurricane San Felipe in 1876 and 1928. Apparently, in the 19th century an Austaralian meteorologist by the name of Clement Wragge began the practice of naming hurricanes after women. It caught on in the United States, but was discontinued in 1978 when storm names began to alternate between male and female.

So … has there been a hurricane named Kate?

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The Week in Kate: Kate Spade launches cooler, cheaper line and Mary-Kate opens up about her older boyfriend

By Kate Torgovnick

As per usual, it looks like the Kates, Katies, Catherines, and Katys of the world have been mighty busy this week. Here, your weekly roundup of name-specific news.

  • YES! Kate Spade is launching a less-expensive line. It’s called Kate Spade Saturday and it’ll cost 50% of the usual line, while also promising to be younger and trendier.  [FashionEtc]
  • Katie Holmes made an appearance on “Project Runway All Stars” this week. [E! Online]
  • And talks about her return to Broadway. [Huffington Post]
  • Dr. Kathleen Pryer of Duke University has named a genus of ferns after Lay Gaga. []
  • Kate Winslet is back in the UK, living with her boyfriend, Ned Rocknroll. [Perez Hilton]
  • How can you spot the difference between Mary-Kate Olsen and her sister Ashley? Duh. Mary-Kate is the one in the block fur coat, while her sis opts for color. [PopSugar]
  • Meanwhile, Olsen has spoken out about her older boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy, though mainly to say nothing. “Everyone has an opinion,” says Olsen. “I find it’s better to focus on what’s in front of you and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.” [Business Insider]
  • Kate Bosworth loves a belly shirt, and her fiance. [Perez Hilton]
  • Kate Middleton is taking riding lessons. Or at least that is what she told an equestrian Paralympian at a ceremony to honor Britain’s medalists held this week. [People]
  • This is what Middleton and Prince William look like in cake form. []
  • Speaking of Middleton, she has been voted the lady that British men most want to see as a Bond Girl. []
  • And Middleton has also been crowned the most “naturally beautiful” woman in the UK. [Oh No They Didn't]
  • Pippa Middleton recalls Halloweens with sister Kate in her new book. [Us Weekly]
  • A love letter to author Kate Zambreno. [The Paris Review]
  • Kate Moss apparently forgot that a shirt is supposed to be pulled over one’s head in this shoot for Love magazine. Guess that’s what happens when you pose as a topless nun. [The Sun]
  • Meanwhile, Moss gives an ode to Yayoi Kusama on the cover of Jalouse magazine. [Stylite]
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Kate’s Television Musings: “American Horror Story” Is More Horror Than Story

By Kate Emswiler

Halloween is upon us, spooky readers, and with it the season of scary programming. Something about this time of year turns our thoughts to the macabre and we naturally seek out movies and TV shows that will satiate the desire to be scared silly.  Not being a huge fan of the horror genre myself, I like to see these things in small doses and mainly during this one season.  During the rest of the year, I just don’t feel the need to be routinely horrified by TV shows — “Jersey Shore” notwithstanding.

That’s why I find “American Horror Story” peculiar.  Surely there are some people who love horror so much that they want to see scary, awful things on a weekly basis.  But it seems exhausting to have an entire TV series that’s basically one long horror movie.  And unless I’m watching it during the month of October, it just feels like a tiresome series of sickening episodes.

“American Horror Story” comes to us from Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee”, and it has gruesome elements of “Nip/Tuck” along with “Glee”’s signature “hot mess” quality of schizophrenic storylines leading viewers down paths to nowhere.  But “American Horror Story” also has a laziness to it that seems to be a direct result of being a TV show in the horror genre.  This is to say, if some plot development seems to be too odd or not working well, they can just chalk it up to the fact that the character is hallucinating, or seeing ghosts, or is in an insane asylum so nobody can tell what’s real and what’s imaginary/drug induced.  No need to explain anything, ever.

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Music Break: The White Stripes just don’t know what to do with themselves

Oh how I miss The White Stripes, who disbanded almost two years ago. (For those who missed it, ‘debanded’ was a pun. Get it?) In this video from 2007, Jack and Meg White commissioned friend Kate Moss to do what she does best—sprawl about in next to no clothing, looking waifish, sexy and completely disinterested in the world at the same time. I thought I’d show this Sofia Coppola-directed video this week in an ode to Moss.

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Kate’s Dates: What guys really want

By Kate Richlin-Zack

Ok, ladies. The mystery is solved. Over a dinner meeting last week, I discovered what men are looking for in a woman and based on my statistically significant sample size of one, survey says: confidence.

How can one guy’s opinion possibly carry so much weight?

Because he’s right.

Insecurity is the one quality that will end your relationship faster than your droopy boobs, your inability to do simple math, your student loan debt, blah blah blah i.e. any of the things that you’re self conscious about. Why? Because doubting yourself will make you do crazy things like only get naked when it’s pitch black, rummage through your boyfriend’s personal belongings looking for “evidence,” or dump a guy for being “too perfect.” All of which, I’ve done, though not proudly, which is precisely why I’m going to talk about them here in a public forum.

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Must see exhibit: Katharine Hepburn dressed for stage and screen

By Kate Torgovnick

Katharine Hepburn was apparently a pack-rat. Over the course of her career, she kept nearly all her costumes, from “Little Women” to “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” to 1981′s “On Golden Pond.” Many of the exquisite pieces are on view starting tomorrow at the New York Library for the Performing Arts in the exhibit “Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage or Screen.”

In addition to her more well-known costumes, one of the main attractions is the wedding gown Hepburn wore for her first major Broadway role, in “The Lake” in 1933, a total flop. And while the dresses are beautiful, there are of course also pants on display, as Hepburn is almost single-handedly responsible for co-opting them into women’s wardrobes. She famously said, “Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, ‘Try one. Try a skirt.’”

Also on display: Hepburn’s false eyelashes, reports the Associated Press.

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Fabri-Kate: Candy corn without the calories or the cavities!

By Kathleen Neafsey

That’s right — I said it — candy corn without the calories.  October means: Halloween, ghosts, goblins, witches, and most importantly, candy!  Although I know that candy corn is available year-round, I really only indulge during the month of October.  Like Buddy the Elf, I too am convinced that it’s one of the four food groups.  Now I’ve found a way to enjoy it — or the idea of it, anyway — without the sugar rush.

Truth be told, this project should also be called Plan B — it wasn’t the original craft I’d set out to make.  Sometimes I have really great ideas in my head, but by the time they reach my hands, they don’t turn out the way I’d hoped.  So instead, we end up with an embarrassingly quick and easy craft.  Live and learn.

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