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Friday, October 05, 2007
blogliferandom
Pink Blog for October

I'm joining the crowd a little bit late and turning this blog Pink for October.

Why pink? And why October? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Websites are turning pink for the month to call attention to and get people talking about the issue.

What can you do?
  • Turn your website or blog pink for the month. Or add a badge.
  • Make a donation towards supporting breast cancer research
  • Learn about and/or help spread the word about breast cancer and how it affects thousands of women each year.
  • Find other unique ways to get involved. (Right now posting a picture on Flickr can get a dollar donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.)
Kelly • 11:12 PM • (0) Comments
Thursday, September 06, 2007
blograndom

I got tagged by Kerry in blog tag. What is it? I have to tell you 8 things that you don't know about me - and then I tag 8 different bloggers and they do the same!!

8 Random things you may not know about me
  1. My first computer was a hand me down TRS-80 when I was like 8 or 9.
  2. I broke my ankle playing softball and my finger playing soccer growing up -- both required screws to put me back together.
  3. My first "design gig" was doing band programs in 6th grade. (Thanks dad.)
  4. I got through an engineering program using macs before macs were cool. (68040 processors anyone?)
  5. My dogs have been in training for over five years and don't know how to shake or rollover (they do however know right and left).
  6. I have worked with my husband (who recently told me he isn't mentioned here enough) at four different companies.
  7. My first cell phone plan was $14.99/month for 15 minutes. I still talk on the phone like it costs me $1/minute. I'm trying to get over that.
  8. I have many irrational fears including public speaking, falling downstairs, and fish.

Now I'm tagging my dad, my mom (yup, you need to update your blog), Kate, Megan, Laura, Tony, Bill, and Jeff. Your turn.

Kelly • 06:53 PM • (1) Comments
Saturday, December 30, 2006
blogliferandomdogs

I think we're back! I managed to get all the old blogger posts moved over. Not sure why I had such difficulty the first time as yesterday it went quite smoothly. I even went through and added tags to all the old posts. I think I may need to get the feeds set up still? And let me know of if you find something that's broken.

Foggy Morning

This morning we woke up to a lot of fog. Great way to end the year. I don't think we'll be seeing any snow before next year.

I guess an update from the last month would be good...

  1. Remember the 12 Week Challenge I did last summer? I'm starting another one 1/8.
  2. My Christmas Present besides being awesome. Will come in handy for the challenge.
  3. Cisco turned 5 on Christmas Eve. We've had him twice as long as we had Dakota.
  4. Life's been busy.
  5. We're looking forward to a quite evening in for New Year's Eve.
Kelly • 10:04 AM • (1) Comments
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
blograndom

Yesterday I was looking at DCSportsChick's blog and she mentioned it was her one year blogging anniversary/birthday. (Happy Bloggiversary DCSC!) It dawned on me that I had started doing this about a year ago too. And while DCSC managed to mention her one year of blogging on the actual date, mine is coming 5 days late.

In honor of one year, here's a few lists I've compiled about this blog:

10 random things about blogging

  1. I'm still not a good writer. Probably never will be.
  2. From DCSC (she's getting a lot of shout outs from me today):

    On a side note, did anyone read the article about bloggers? I wonder if this dude even knows what a blog IS.

    "The average blogger is a 14-year-old girl writing about her cat," said Alexander Halavais, an assistant professor of interactive communications at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

    No, stupid, that's a MySpace page. Did this guy do any research or read any blogs besides his daughter's? Way to go!

    Hmmm double the age, add a little, and substitute dogs for cat and that could be me
  3. I'm not obsessed with my blog. I've read a lot of people's blogs where they've had to "take a break" from blogging because they had become obsessed with it. Every once in a while I think oh I haven't updated my blog in a while, but I don't do anything about it unless I have something to say. Sorry loyal followers, I may go weeks without an update.
  4. I've changed the look of this blog three times. First it was some standard template, then it was the blue thing (yeah, not sure where I was going with that), and the eyes have been around since January. Time for an update?
  5. This blog has moved addresses once. It used to be at ekota.blogspot.com (which is not a link because now it redirects you to some article on car insurance -- who knew people were cyber-squatting on blog URLs).
  6. I recently removed the blogger toolbar from the top of this blog (did anyone notice?)
  7. Not everyone updates their blog regularly which is fine. Some people seem to forget they have blogs (hint, hint to some of my friends with blogs).
  8. I have 3 other blogs besides this one. None of them are as interesting or updated as often as this one (and this one isn't all that entertaining). No I'm not going to share the URLs with you.
  9. There is a fine line between sharing your life with family and friends and having too much personal information on the internet.
  10. I LOVE comments! I never get enough comments. I'm like a little kid on Christmas when I see an increase in the number of comments. I know people are looking as some days I have almost 30 people or more look at this blog (and they can't all be me checking for comments, can they?)

10 Highlights from this past year

  1. Our Patio! It was the whole reason this blog was started. We still love the patio, it needs to get used more than it does.
  2. Three weddings and a funeral. This year we witnessed the union of three wonderful couples and mourned the loss of one great man.
  3. Our first cruise. Yeah, we're hooked. We can't wait to go again.
  4. My new car. There is only a rare occasion where we miss the space of the SUV. Having to make two trips to the nursery to get the plants and supplies we bought, or our upcoming trip to Maine, or hauling things that are dirty. The XC90 was a tad more comfortable for long rides and there was a bit more space. But even for agility trials, I kinda miss it, but not really
  5. Agility updates! Cisco got two novice titles and we brought home ribbons from both dogs.
  6. We shared some of the agony of buying a new home.
  7. Some steps were taken in moving forward with Ekota Design.
  8. I shared my "she's no Martha Stewart" baking skills.
  9. Our trip to the Cincinnati Zoo. I will freely admit the only reason this made the list is because I'm an attnetion whore and wanted to call attention to the pictures I took again. And incase you haven't seen enough, all 146 pictures can be seen on Flickr.
  10. I began the 12 week challenge.

10 things I hope to blog about next year

  1. More home improvement projects. We've been in our house for over a year now and most of the walls are still white and most of our pictures are still on the floor in the living room.
  2. Going to a National's Game. We're coming down the home stretch of the second season there has been baseball in DC and I've yet to go to game. Maybe it's some sort of silent protest that the stadium isn't being built in Northern Virginia. Nah.
  3. Cisco competing in Excellent. First he has to get his two Open titles of which we have one leg towards our jumpers title. And let's not forget about Berkley getting a title.
  4. Visiting Washington, DC. We live so close to DC and we've yet to go to the Spy Museum, the american indian museum, the WWII Memorial, etc.
  5. An Alaskan Cruise. hint, hint
  6. More successes and progress of Ekota Design.
  7. The birth of my friend Kathy's baby girl (coming up soon).
  8. A mini trip. I'd love to get away for a long weekend. There is some talk of skiing over new years, but if that falls through, we have to plan a short getaway.
  9. More weddings!
  10. Me doing a 5K. Yup, you read that right. Me of all people doing a 5K. Notice I didn't say running. Ideally I'd like to run, but I'll be happy just having the courage to sign up for and making it through a 5K.
Kelly • 08:40 AM • (3) Comments
Friday, June 16, 2006
blogfriendsrandom

Not a lot of updates recently. My excuse is that I haven't had anything to take pictures of lately and I prefer picture posts to written posts. This might have something to do that my writing skills come no where close to those of the fabulous MzMannerz or DC Sport Chick.

We did a bit of landscaping last weekend. I guess I could take pictures of that. We still need to mulch this weekend, so maybe I'll take pictures after that.

Chris is planning on renting a ladder and handing the new chandilier in our entry way. It's only been sitting on the floor for 4 or 5 months.

Lots of my free time has been taken up by the 12 week challenge. Especially this week. Berkley hasn't been sleeping well so in turn I haven't been sleeping well and I haven't been getting up in time to exercise in the morning, so I've been having to do it after work.

The exercising after work is going to have to change here soon 'cause I have quite a few possible side things about to happen. That's exciting, but I'm going to be short on time in the all come through.

Kelly • 01:32 PM • (2) Comments