2013 Wrap up and 2014 goals

Happy 2014

I have to say 2013 was a really great year. I feel like ever since I hit 30 things keep to falling  into place year after year. Maybe I just mellowed out. Maybe I’m just wiser.  Whatever the reason, I’m happy. Not perfect, but happy. A co-worker of mine has a sign in her cube that says “Progress. Not Perfection.” It’s a pretty good mantra. On this blog in the past I have created long lists of all the stuff I want to accomplish for the coming year…I’ve never successfully completed ALL of these goals in the 12 short months that I give myself to complete them, but as I have gone back and looked at these goals I have noticed that eventually I do get things accomplished. Progress. Not Perfection. I have goals for this year.  I’m not putting pressure on myself to get it all done and wrapped up in a bow by December 31 2014. Some of these things can and will most likely take time. Not to mention the fact that there is a good chance that my priorities and my interests today might be  will be different in 12 months. I’m ok with that. I’m done with forcing myself to complete a to do list with stuff on it that I don’t want to do anymore. Isn’t that what the year should be about? Growing and changing is part of life. I‘ve learned am learning to let go of things that don’t really matter in the long run. To not focus on being perfect and crazy about every detail (no one will notice but me anyway.) I mean I still think it is important to pay attention to details, but at some point you have to let go and enjoy yourself. During the holiday season I let my self do that a little bit and it was way less stressful for me. It’s something I plan to do more of in the future. The lessons I learned and the experiences I went through  in 2013 have influenced these goals. I’m excited to see what comes to fruition and which ones become obsolete and fall to the way side. I kinda broke them up into categories….cause I am a nerd like that.

Professionally

 Update LinkedIn profile. -I don’t know how useful LinkedIn is I haven’t really used it that much, but I figure it wouldn’t hurt to update it and utilize a little.

 Update resumes (both work and acting)

 Update headshots- My last ones were done like a million years ago.

 At least work on thesis. This has been on my list for years… at this point its a joke, but I gotta put it on my list because I really do want to finish it. Baby steps I guess.

 Work on monologues for auditions.- These days you very rarely need prepared material usually you’re just reading from the script, but I really should have stuff prepared.

 Audition more often. I usually do one or two shows a year. I’d like to try and do at least two maybe even three this year.

House

 Dining room- We need to paint and get an area rug.

 Jimi’s office- We need to paint and hang all his art and Spider-man stuff,

 My office- My office is still filled with boxes and a bunch of crap from when we moved in August 2012. I can’t wait to have it organized and painted and decorated. :)

 Kitchen- I have some plans for the Kitchen… I think this room will be a slow process.

Garden

 Brick borders around the gardens for definition.

 Raised bed in the back yard for vegetables

 Trim the tree in the back yard. It really needs it!

Self

 Get a pedicure and manicure – I always want to but I always change my mind because I don’t want to pay the money. but I think I deserve at least one. Right?

 A massage! I haven’t had one in a while and I really want to get a deep tissue massage for my birthday.

Financial

 52 weeks money challenge- Maybe I can actually save some money this year… that would b nice.

Misc.

 Learn chess

 Bake 12 loaves of bread- I have never really successful made bread. I figured I would expand my culinary skills and bake a loaf once a month.

I have some other things floating around my head, but those are for me :)

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Candy Corn Fall Mix 2013

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So much good music has/is coming out this fall… I knew I wanted to put Applause (Lady Gaga) and Roar (Katy Perry) on a mix (and Patent Pendings new song too)… all of these songs don’t have the typical sound I go for on my fall mixes. So I decided since I had more than enough music I would make two mixes for fall. The first one is the Candy Corn mix. It’s a little bit pop and a lot of awesome. Enjoy!

 Warrior- Ke$ha

♥ Applause- Lady Gaga

 White Teeth Teens- Lorde

 Youth- Foxes

 Roar- Katy Perry

 Foolish Love- Jules Larson

 Boys with Girlfriends- Meiko

 Sick Muse- Metric

 Burn- Ellie Goulding

 We Didn’t Do It- Tegan and Sara

 Oath- Cheryl Lloyd

 Hey Mario- Patent Pending

 Don’t You- I Fight Dragons

 Such Great Heights – Postal Service

 Super Spy- This Good Robot

 Everybody talks- Neon Trees

♥ Chartreuse- Capital Cities

 Out of My League- Fitz and Tantrums

 Bruises- Chairlift

 This To Shall Pass- Ok G

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Summer Mix 2013 Part 2

Summer mix part 2

Click here to hear the playlist on Spotify

 Shut Up and Smile- Patent Pending

 Let’s Find Some Meaning- This Good Robot

 The Summer- Cococnut Records

 Cough Syrup- Young The Giant

 I Summon You- Spoon

 OMYGOD- Kate Nash

 Grow Up- Cher Lloyd

 I Told you So- Karmin

 Dirty Love- Ke$ha

 One More Summer- No Doubt

 One Of Those Days- Joy Williams

 Giving Up- Ingrid Michaelson

 How Lucky We Are- Meiko

 I Love Your More Than Sunshine- Cathy Heller

 Folding Chair- Regina Spektor

 Movie Loves A Screen- April Smith

 Girls and Boys In Love- The Rumble Strips

 Boom Boom Boom- Brandon & Leah

 Chin Up- Amy Stroup

 Sunday Girl- She & Him

 The Quiz- Hello Saferide

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Summer Mix 2013

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You guys… Its hot…. Like really hot…. Like I caught myself wishing for winter today… I know INSANITY!  My point is we are smack in the middle of summer and that means Summer Mix time! I actually had this done like a month ago, but as you can tell I haven’t been blogging here for a couple of months. I have been busy co-directing the 10-10 Festival at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. The show closed last Saturday and now I have more time… too bad it’s so hot I don’t want to do anything but sit in front of a fan.  I digress…I made this mix for the first part of the summer. I usually do two mixes so I will be putting together a new one soon…. it will be hard to beat this one! If someone can recommend  a way I can put the actual playlist on here so you folks can listen to it I would be forever grateful. Please share your thoughts! Click the picture above to listen to the playlist on Spotify!

  On The Ground- Sleigh Bells

 A Bar In Amsterdam- Katzenjammer

 Acapella- Karmin

 The Ghost Inside- Broken Bells

 Royals- Lorde

 This Is What Makes Us Girls- Lana Del Rey

 Take A Walk- Passion Pit

 Safe and Sound- Capital Cities

 The Start Of Something- Voxtrot

 Rich Girls- The Virgins

 Crooked Teeth- Death Cab For Cutie

 Waste- Foster The People

 Love Is Like A Sunset Part 2- Phoenix

 With You- I Fight Dragons

 On Top Of The World- Imagine Dragons

 Tax Cab- Vampire Weekend

 Lovely Cup- Grouplove

 Someday- The Strokes

 5 Years Time- Noah & The Whale

 Go Outside- Cults

 Home- Edward Sharpe  & The Magnetic Zeros

Do you have a summer mix? Please share! I’m always looking for some good tunes :)

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Spring Mix 2013

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 Pompeii- Bastille

 Sail Into The Sun-Gentlemen Hall

 Shine- Wild Belle

 Sight of The Sun- fun.

 First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes

 Soil, Soil- Teagan & Sara

 Flowers in Your Hair- The Lumineers

 In My Mind- Amanda Palmer

 Everybody- Ingrid Michaelson

 Everything’s Okay-Lenka

 Pony (it’s okay)- Erin McCarly

 Fairy Tales- Sara Bareilles

 Never Wanted Your Love- She & Him

♥ Love- Matt White

 You Don’t Know Me- Ben Fold featuring Regina Spektor

 3am- Kate Nash

 Two Bird- Regina Spektor

 Does He Love You- Rilo Kiley

 Past Lives- Ke$ha

 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot part 1-Flaming Lips

A Wintery Mix I Can Actually Enjoy

Winter Mix

Usually you hear ” Wintery Mix” and you think freezing rain, snow, sleet, hail and all around yuckiness…but this Wintery Mix is of the musical kind. It took me a while, but I finally completed it. I am in love :) I put hearts next to my absolute faves, but honestly I just love the whole mix. It has a good flow and good mixture of sounds. It almost makes me glad its winter… almost.

Winter 2012 Mix

  1. C’mon- Ke$ha
  2. Love Song- Featuring Holly Colan Golden State
  3. Do Do Do-Fire Through The Window 
  4. Maybe- Ingrid Michaelson
  5. Winter Song – Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
  6. Queen of Everything- Haley Bonar 
  7. You Make the Cold Disappear- Amy Stroup 
  8. Without The One I Love- Bellflower
  9. Shoes laces- The Submarines 
  10. Sparkle- No Doubt
  11. Every Little Thing- Soft Swells
  12. Lisztomania- Phoenix
  13. Call the Police- This Good Robot 
  14. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark- Fall Out Boy
  15. Kinda Outta Luck- Lana Del Ray 
  16. Glorious- The Pierces 
  17. Bones- Ms Mr
  18. Alibi- The Stranger Familiar
  19. Waking Dream- Natalie Walker
  20. Roll with the Punches-Lenka 
  21. Easy to Love- The Jezabels
  22. The Funeral- Band of Horses

2012 in pictures

January- I got dolled up in my best 1920′s look and headed over to the Beachland Ballroom for the Pretty Things Peepshow.

Beachland Ballroom

February- I made these rings for the Cleveland Craft Coalition Valentine’s craft show… it was the last one I did this year… I might get back into it… I have not decided yet.

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March- In February I changed jobs. Same company, but different job.  I put up this cute “cubicle bunting” in my new cube and took this picture in March. This job changed proved to be a fantastic decision.

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April- Spring began. I made this awesome felt flower crown. This is the month we started the process for buying a house. We got pre-approved for a loan… it proved to be a huge under taking that took up all my time.019

May- Lindsay, the hub and I went to the Bal Ingenieux. The 1st annual mascaraed ball/ fundraiser for Ingenuity Fest. It was a throw back to Cleveland’s Kokoon Arts Club from the 1920′s. Jimi went as the Mask of the Red Death from the Edgar Allan Poe story and I used it as an excuse to make these awesome bunny ears :)

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June- Another Parade the Circle success. I was Paul Klee’s Error on Green

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July- At the end of July we left Apt 103 and moved in with my mom for a month while paperwork was going through on the house… It was actually kind of nice to  stay with my mom for a while.

Apt 103

August- In August we signed the papers and moved in to our brand new house. It was a hard process. Lots of looking, lots of phone calls, lots of stress, two moving days ( We had to put our stuff in storage for a month), last night moving… but it was ALL worth it. I love my little house.

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September – This might be my favorite picture from this year. My two kitties soaking up some rays on the couch. :)

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October- Jimi was asked to read Poetry at the Cleveland Museum of Art first Mix Event. The Mix events are a monthly party on the first Friday of the month. Can’t wait to attend more of these. So proud of the hub!

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November- A couple days after Thanksgiving we headed downtown for the lightening ceremony and I snapped this picture of the Terminal Tower. Another favorite :)

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December- First Christmas in our new house. It was great! My dad, step mom, sister and my mom came over and had dinner. My mom helped me prepare dinner and we made a fire in our fire place. It was great.

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2012 was a great year for us. Here’s to hoping 2013 is even better.

xoxoxox,

Kat