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Thursday, March 31, 2011


It's not really springtime until the grass is green and you can lie on it and watch the clouds roll by...

But guess what?

It's officially springtime.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waitin' on a Man 4

I woke up yesterday morning and I just knew.

It was the day that I would catch the Ice Cream Man.

I got all dressed up and sat on the front porch steps an hour ahead of schedule. He wasn't going to slip past me this time.

I got really bored just sitting on the porch. And cement is not exactly comfortable. So I took to pacing the driveway.

I had my money all ready to go.

And then I heard it. The music box melody that signaled the truck was getting close!

Turns out I was never waiting on a man. I was waiting on a woman. She was very nice and only gave me a few "You're crazy" looks when I took pictures of her truck!

I purchased a couple of "Big Sticks" from the Ice Cream Truck. (Which also sold candy and chips and soda. Nice. I have a feeling I'll be catching the Ice Cream Truck a lot more if I can.)

That folks, is the smile of success!

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The caper is complete and I am fully satisfied!

What would YOU buy from the Ice Cream Truck?
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clouds Aren't Always Sad

Have you ever thought that clouds looked more like a painting than real?

This world is beautiful.

I've been thinking lately.

I want an easier way to correspond with all of you!

So I have created a Facebook page for Simply Kate! There we can have discussions and I can interact with all of you easier than I can here on the blog!

There's a button in the sidebar! Come join me on Facebook!

I also just signed up for BlogLovin'! There's a button for that in the sidebar too!
Monday, March 28, 2011

Waitin' On a Man 3

I told you all I had a plan.

After seeing this video, I figured this was a substantial idea. And I decided to implement it in my Ice Cream Man Caper.

The amazing and talented (and hilarious) Bri from Bummer! even wrote me an original rap just for the occasion. (Please go and check her out! She's my hero!)

It didn't work.

I guess I don't have enough street cred. Or awesome gangster dance moves. Or any dance moves at all.

(I look like such a spaz.)

I suppose I really am just too white and nerdy. 


(Read part one and two here.)
Sunday, March 27, 2011

Guest Blogger: Shannon

It is my pleasure to announce our latest guest blogger! The wonderful and funny Shannon from Shanimal's Crackers!

She is stinkin' fun and ever since I found her blog, I've been in love with whatever she writes!

So, first read her post here and go and check out her adorable blog!

1. Tell us about you and your blog. 

I’m Shannon and I’m short, shy, and sharp. Please take note that all of these adjectives start with “sh,” and in conjunction, are supposed to help you remember my shrewd sheepish shining name. If these techniques fail your memory, then maybe my blog’s name, Shanimal’s Crackers, will be easier to remember. That name is a bit more creative and only played a tad on words.

Oh, man. Like, really, I don’t know how to describe my blog. But I will tell you the definition of my name. Shannon means “short and wise.” I’m not even making that up. And I will say this fact to anyone I come in contact with because it makes me feel Shpecial.

Back to the non-question at hand, I guess my blog could be considered a “humor” blog, but don’t quote me on that. Yeah, pretend those quotation marks aren’t even in the previous sentence—I’m too lazy to delete them.

2. What is your favorite book?

You know what series I find absolutely hilarious? Don’t laugh—or, go ahead and laugh…just not at me—but I recently read all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and those books are pure entertainment. Just my type.

Oh, do I come off sounding unintelligent? Let’s rectify that (dang, I knew I set the bar too high by describing myself as “sharp.” Next time I’ll use the word “shabby.”). I also really like serious books, too: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Help.

3. What makes you a nerd?

Well, if loving Diary of a Wimpy Kid doesn’t, then I don’t know what does. Okaaaaaay, fine, I have a list:

-I like lists
-I mainly listen to 90’s music
-I love cats
-I like Michael Jackson jokes
-I like pun jokes
-I am a punctuation/spelling activist
-I am currently listening to “Carol of the Bells, by John Williams, from the Home Alone soundtrack
-I collect board games
-I just downloaded Disneyland’s “Main Street’s Electrical Light Parade” song because it reminds me of the electrical light parade, which makes me happy. I liked all the shiny lights…and Disneyland
-I say “hecka”
-I currently reside in Utah. (Joke. Not the part about me living here, but the part about it making me a nerd. I only said that living in Utah makes me a nerd because I know you, Katie, are from here…you can stop laughing at this hilarious joke now…)
-I hang out with my grandma…and enjoy it

All things good: Disneyland, Grandma.

-I can’t believe I forgot this, but…I love Mario! (Not to be confused with the singer, I’m talking about the Mario who’s the star of this joke: What kind of pants does Mario wear? Denim, denim, denim *say it to the tune of the music from when Mario’s underground*)

4. You have three hours to live. What do you do?


5. Describe the perfect sandwich!

Sharp cheddar cheese and mustard. No joke. I remember being in, like, third grade and my mom had made me a cheese sandwich (mustard is ALWAYS involved, sometimes with chips wedged between the cheese and bread—preferably salt and vinegar…or Fritos…or Doritos…or…Cheetos…or cheddar and sour cream…or…). I was minding my own business, going about taking a bite out of my sandwich, when a classmate asked, “Did your mom forget to melt the cheese?” I was too embarrassed to tell the truth. Well, now I’m not afraid to say it to the entire Internet world: No, the cheese wasn’t ever meant to be melted.

This reminds me: I was at some relatives’ a few years ago. One of my cousins was, like, “I’m hungry. I’m going to have a snack.” Then I saw this:

Melted cheese on a plate

Weird. There’s not even mustard (or chips…or bread) to accompany it.

6. What would be your ideal job?

I have no idea. One that I love, where the cash flows in, while I do the minimal amount of work. Let me know if you’ve heard of it.

7. What is the most important thing in your life?

Probably my family.

8. Would you rather fight two hundred two year olds or two hundred chihuahuas?

Either way, it’s not a fair fight. I’d surely win.

Thank you, Katie, for asking me to be a guest blogger. I had fun answering these questions, and hopefully you’ve come to known a little bit more about me. I just hope what you know now doesn’t scare you away. 

And thank YOU Shannon for such a wonderful, funny post! You're awesome! 

Remember to go and check out her blog!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011


I've been feeling lately like I am not quite reaching my full potential. 

It's like I'm standing on one side of a closed gate and the potential that my future holds is on the other side.

I can see it all there. It's bright. It's shiny. It's what I want.

I just need to be brave enough to open it and step out into the world. 

Thanks to Hannah for the support. Before enrolling in a course, she checked out accounting school rankings online to make sure she knew more about her options. In her free time she enjoys photography and writing.
Friday, March 25, 2011

Bloggy Friends

Thursday was a very special day in deed. For the first time ever, I met a blog friend in real life! It was pretty much exciting!

Clair from The Upside Down Cupcake messaged me just after I moved and informed me that she also lived in Vegas. The friendship was easy sailing after that! And soon enough we had plans to go and get froyo together!

She'd never had frozen yogurt before! Gasp! I had to remedy that and I think it was a success!

After our delicious desert, we both decided that we were still hungry. And she introduced me to something I'd never had.

Smash Burger.

Oh my heavenly goodness!

Such a delicious, messy, eatable burger. I'd been wanting to try Smash Burger since I moved to Vegas. It didn't disappoint. Yum!

Unfortunately I had major camera fail when it came to taking the photos of the two of us. Silly camera. It just doesn't like people pictures. I'm really hoping I get a new camera soon!

But hey! Even fuzzy we look awesome!

Thanks for a great day of good food, blog gossip and giggles. 
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Waitin' On a Man 2

Today I made another attempt at catching the elusive Ice Cream Man.

I failed.

So I took the walk of shame to the super market and bought some pity ice cream.

I was hoping to drown my ice cream-less sorrows in a carton of well... ice cream.

Sadly it only tasted of delicious, cookies and creamy failure.

I am hatching a new plan. I will catch that Ice Cream Man! Just you wait!

(Read part one here!)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011


When I get homesick, I tend to look through old photos that I have. 

I haven't been too homesick, but when I feel it a little bit, it helps to remember the good times.

I stumbled across these photos and really wanted to share them with you.

We found this new butterfly in our yard back in 2008 and had fun letting him climb up our faces and sit in our hair. He was so so pretty!

My niece was a little bit scared of Flutter, but this is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us.

Good memories.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Funny things happen in the 20-Something Blogger's chat room. 

There are always tons of people to talk to, and we're all so witty that it's typically a one-liner zing fest in there.

It's great fun and I am always surprised by the craziness that ensues on any given day.

A few nights ago, I made a new friend. I'd never talked to this guy before, but he sent me a message asking if he could draw me.

"LOL, what?! You want to DRAW me?"

"Yes. I want to draw you."

So I sent him a picture:

 And this is what I got in return.

It's just so cool! I knew the instant he sent it that I had to share it!

Thanks Matthew!

Go and check out his blog HERE! He has some more great sketches in his posts!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Waitin' On a Man

Every day I hear the soft plinky plunky melody that announces the ice cream man is making his rounds in his musical truck.

And every day I rush downstairs to try and catch him on his second round through the neighborhood and each time I miss him. 

That elusive ice cream man.

I sit on the front steps and wait for the music to signal his arrival and he still manages to evade me.

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Mark my words, Ice Cream Man! I will catch you one of these days! Just you wait!
Sunday, March 20, 2011

Best Of Sunday 3

This week I thought I would repost one of my all time favorite posts.

Where I open up and talk about my dislike of spiders and irrational fear of dirigibles.

Yes. I am scared of zeppelins. 

They terrify me.

If you don't understand what I mean, go to YouTube and search "Hindenburg Disaster." I would link you, but I'm not that brave.

And now for the post:

So I'm sure you've all heard the phrase "Spiders are more afraid of you than you are of them" as told by parents who hope that their children will not grow up to be arachnophobes like themselves. But somewhere along the line, a spider dangles from a web right in our faces, and we FREAK out because the thing has FAR too many legs. So spiders are more afraid of us? I know this NOT to be true.

 Last summer, in the wee hours of the morning before going to bed, I decided to 'tidy' up my room a bit. I lifted an object that needed putting away from my floor, when a very large spider scurried over my fingertips, and under a napkin that was strewn on my floor. I squealed and grabbed a shoe, pounding the napkin to a pulp! I then flipped the shredded paper with a pen, and there it was. A spider laying in the fetal position, legs in the air. My napkin was in tatters, so I didn't have anything to pick it up and throw it away with, so I left it there until further notice.

I went about cleaning up my room. And because I'm paranoid, I'd continuously peek over to were the spider carcass lay. Still there. All is well. But on my fifth glance. Wait, what?! Where? Where is it?! Ew! Get of the floor, get off the floor!!

A few hours later, I finally decided that I should sleep, justifying to myself that a severely mangled spider was nothing to worry about. He'd probably crawled off somewhere to die, right? So I went to bed without a worry. Yet the next morning I woke and noticed this small insistant itch on the top of my right foot. I had a spider bite! Are you kidding me? That spider had it in for me. He waited in the shadows until I was asleep and he could sink his teeth into me. Low blow spider, getting a girl while she's sleeping. 

Over the course of the next two months, the spiders were out to get me. I'd see nearly five a day, most of the time in my room. I came to the conclusion that I had killed these spider's mother and they wanted revenge. The only thing is...they were all different species of spider. That's when I realized: I had killed the Angelina Jolie of Spiders. She had an overabundance of children and they were as diverse as could be.

I hate spiders.

But spiders are generally detestable. People don't judge you for hating spiders, because most everyone you meet hates them with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns, just as you do.

People judge you a bit when you tell them you are afraid of dirigibles. You know, those large blimp like things? Zeppelins, airships, whatever you want to call them. They used to fascinate me, but somewhere in my life I developed an irrational fear of the things.

I think on some level I've always been a little terrified by them. When I was little, there was this cheesy anime movie 'Kiki's Delivery Service.' I LOVED that movie. But there is a dirigible crash in that movie, and the giant floating thing above the city always gave me chills. It's just kind of escalated from there.

I'm very glad we live in an age where these things don't fly around anymore. However, they seem to be a popular trend in movies lately. Tonight after class we watched the movie 'UP!' Adorable movie. I have no idea how it ends. Why is that? Because the villain flies around in a dirigible! (Very fitting. He was the most terrifying villain I've seen because of his choice of aircraft.) I tried not to make a big deal out of it, I would simply not watch the screen. Wow, the looks I was getting from people. I don't know WHY my mind is repulsed by the blasted things, it just is! What happened to the concept of not judging people? "Judge not lest ye be judged!" C'mon people! We're in a church class! At least pretend you understand that principle of the religion. I left the room and didn't finish the movie.

It's an irrational fear. I don't understand it. If I did, I would try to explain. I actually quite like this strange quirk in myself. I find it quite funny! However when you are trying to flirt and look adorable, people staring at you like you are a mad woman with a big ol' zit on your forehead doesn't make you feel too flirty.

So, if for any reason I ask to move from a restaurant booth (there was a picture of a dirigible hanging on the wall once) or change the channel quickly, or merely start screaming for no apparent's probably something to do with a gigantic, helium filled thing.
Saturday, March 19, 2011

Two Hundredth Post!

I've hit another milestone! I have written a total of 200 posts on this blog!

And so to celebrate, I have posted a picture for each and every post!

And surprise! If you click on a picture you find interesting, it will take you to that post!

So take a few minutes and click a few pictures!


(The silly pictures become uncoded if I get rid of those gaps. Anyone have a way to fix it?)

Karaoke, Baby!
Happy Birthday?
Time Travel Tuesday
Simply Kate
Two Hundred!
Best Of!
5 Reasons:
Just, me, alone with my thoughts
Day of Love
Creative Valentine Ideas!
A Few Notes:
Looking Back on 2009!
Six Degrees of Katie's Brain
Viva Las Vegas
To Me:
About Kate

And I'm Feelin' Good!
February 2011
The Swamp
Time Travel Tuesdays
I Spy: Unpacking Edition Answers
Family Home Evening
January 2010
Ha ha ha!
Lazy Tuesday
Game Night
Time Travel Tuesdays
July 2010
This Crazy Week of Mine...
I'm Back!
Sunday of Awesome
Blog Love!
High School Body
Alone Time
To and Fro

This and That
Da Notes
St. Patty's Day
April 2010
Oh Well
I've Never...
Friday Night
Cheesy Dialogue but Solid Advice
How to Dig a Hole and How to Get Out of It Again
Question Monday
Guest Blogger: Rasha
Catch Up
Happy Birthday!
Synopsis Sunday
Bad Memories
...Random Notes...
Happy Birthday

Christmas Presents
June 2010
Accent Meme
Guest Blogger: Lauren
Easter Eggs
Time Travel Tuesdays
Email Me!
I Spy: Unpacking Edition
Goals 2
I guess it's gonna have to hurt...
November 2010
Black Licorice
Tape is the Devil
New Adventures
October 2010
A Kiss?
A Bit About Kate
I'm It!
May 2010
You're Not Sorry
Someone Loves Me!

2010 in Review!
Synopsis Sunday
Crazy Day
Die Fly!
A Good Day Letter
Giveaway Thursday
Hide and Seek
Oh Boy(s)...
February 2010
Boxers or Briefs?
I'm It!
One Month Left
Happy Day
Itty Bitty

August 2010
Best of Sunday 2
My Morning Walk
On The Road Again...
Yard Sale?
Notes and a Giveaway!
It's A New Day!
March 2010
Horoscopes and Spider-Man
Notes to Things
Frost Bite
You2be Anniversary
Determined Good Day
Happy Easter!
Question Monday
Up All Night
Life Was Simpler
Synopsis Sunday
Chanters of Tremaris
Dear Today,

Happy Things...
Guest Blogger: KG
Just Dance
Giveaway Thursday
Twenty-One and Four Days!
Tis the Season to be Jolly?
Goals 1
Messaging Rampage
Some Notes
Guest Blogger: Kevin
September 2010
A Few Notes
Goals 3
Look Alike?
Turn Around!
Star Gazing
Question Monday
Giveaway Thursday
Hard Hats Needed
A Few Things to Mention:
Christmas Lights

One Hundredth Post!
Pet Peeves
Winner Thursday
Social Butterfly
Hittin' The Road
How To:
Define Love!
The Past Decade!
Twas the Night Before Christmas...
Time Travel Tuesdays
I'm Awesome
Guest Blogger: Vic
Longest. Post Ever.
Book Review
Today's Letter is C
Two Hundredth Post!
Friday, March 18, 2011

St. Patty's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Er... yesterday!

It was a great day filled with lovely green things. 

I have so many green clothes in my closet and it saddened me when I realized that I don't wear it often as I should. Green looks good on me!

I got all dressed up in green and hopped on over to get my favorite treat!

Yogurtland New York Cheesecake Yogurt with Kiwi! Perfect for the holiday!

They even had green spoons!

And as a treat for my sister and I, I stopped by Retro Bakery. We'd both heard really great things about the cupcakes and it's so close to where we live!

I got us each a mint chocolate chip cupcake in honor of St. Patty's Day!

They were scrumptious! Mint buttercreme icing is yummeh!

Hope you had a great St. Patty's Day! I sure did!

Also, I'm featured over at The Sunset Won't today. Go and check out my post!