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April 2013

No photo sums up our weekend trip to New York City better than this one:



Loved our first weekend away with just the two of us since the kiddos were born.

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While we’re off gallivanting in New York City, I thought I would introduce you to the Katy from nearly a decade ago. This post was written on Tuesday, April 13, 2004, on “Postcards from Leeds,” a blog I kept during my year abroad as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in Leeds, England. Any comments in brackets are made in present tense to clarify for my Katy in a Corner readers. Warning:  I ate an obscene amount of scones while I lived in England. So, that accounts for the 50 additional pounds I’m toting in these photos.

Hair cut

Big Girls Don’t Cry…They Get a Refund
Originally Published:  April 13, 2004

I have a great idea for a new movie. Picture this:  The Sound of Music meets Edward Scissorhands. Except, rather than taking place in Salzburg, it’s set in Leeds, England. The plot goes something like this…

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New York City

Start spreading the news.
We’re leaving today. (Actually, tomorrow.)
We want to be a part of it.
New York, New York.

Sorry, I can’t help myself. I’ve been singing this song ever since Brian gifted me (on Valentine’s Day) with a trip to New York City. Actually he gifted me with a trip anywhere I wanted to go, and I chose New York City.

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Prior to my incredibly lucrative career as a professional blogger (ahem), I was a motivational speaker.

I live in a van down by a river

You can laugh. It’s funny to me too.

[This is the same girl whose signature photo features her in a laundry basket eating Pringles, right?]

The Great Motivator

Most of the motivational speaking I did was business-related.

[That’s rich! Did they let you wear those pink, fuzzy slippers while you “motivated” others?]

I conducted seminars on topics like “Conflict Management Skills for Women.”

Okay, you can stop laughing now.

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I see it as no coincidence that tornadoes are expected in Kansas around the same time as my parents in the middle of this week. Let the cyclone of gift-giving, hugging, kissing, missed bedtimes, doting, running, playing, splashing, reading, snack times, and squealing commence!

No one does fun like a grandparent. No one.

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Update as of April 10:  Congrats to the winner, Dusti!

“Ireland. i have always wanted to go there!

but in reality, maybe an hour long trip to the coffee shop with my laptop? that sounds like a great vacation to me!

p.s. Im new, and really liking your blog! i am also a stay at home momma, to 3 and 2 year old boys.”


It’s that time again, friends. The time when I take something that is just sitting idly in our house and give it to one of my wonderful readers who will actually use it.

Truthfully, I’m a bit torn about this item. Not because I don’t think one of you will give it a good home but because I have lots of memories attached to this bag. It went with me all over the world.


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This week was an exciting one by my standards. I’m pretty sure I put on actual pants at least 3 or 4 times. I wore makeup on more than one occasion. And I even ventured outside the few times the temperatures reached above the 50 degree mark.

And I got to feed a llama. Or maybe it was an alpaca. I’m still not sure.


Regardless, it was pretty exciting.

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If you’re one of my lovely gentleman readers who is squeamish about “female things,” now would be a good time for you to find something a bit less unsettling to read. Like 2,000 pages of ObamaCare legislation.

Take care, and we’ll see you tomorrow. Or after the next election.

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When the afternoon begins with a professional hair and makeup artist and a photographer at the front door, you know it’s going to be a fun day.

It all began yesterday at noon when über talented hair and makeup artist Mandy McKenna showed up with her 100 pound magic kit.

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