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I'm Katie! I'm an Atlanta transplant by way of Birmingham who is having a ball exploring this city with my new-ish husband, Blake. This is a snapshot of what I'm up to and thinking and wanting.
By day I'm a social media gal in my mid-twenties. As soon as I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up it became obsolete. Instead of writing for a newspaper I get to write here. I love wine, pizza, my English bulldog, Alabama football, Diet Coke, and goals.




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Best first birthday gift for a boy?

I don’t think I have a great grasp on the comprehension level or mobility of a 1 year-old as I am looking at gifts that are either TOO baby-ish or WAY too advanced. Help?

Posted 5 days ago | 12 notes
Appropriate slug life apparel for watching football from the couch tonight.

Appropriate slug life apparel for watching football from the couch tonight.

Posted 1 week ago | 15 notes
Denny wanted some snuggles last night while we watched some football. (And I promise Blake is wearing pants - not sure why it doesn’t look like it.) 

Denny wanted some snuggles last night while we watched some football. (And I promise Blake is wearing pants - not sure why it doesn’t look like it.) 

Posted 1 week ago | 22 notes
Again, in movies they like to portray marriage as like, ‘Oh, the wife and husband are always arguing and bickering’…With me and my wife, the easiest part of my life is my marriage. Like if everything was as smooth and easy and fun as my relationship with my wife then I would have a much easier time getting through the day. We really get along and we like the same stuff.
Seth Rogen in a recent interview - I love this
A CUP OF JO: What’s wrong with marriage in movies
Posted 1 week ago | 54 notes | ©
I am so ashamed.

I’d always been rather meh on the idea of visiting Paris, as I always thought I’d prefer to visit places around Italy and Greece if given the chance to fly across the ocean.

However, seeing some shots of Paris (and Versailles in particular) in an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians earlier made me want to visit more than anyone’s descriptions or photos have before. 

Cool.

Posted 1 week ago | 28 notes
Anonymous asked: Does it ever make you feel a little guilty that you are asking your blog friends to pay for your travel, lodging, and race entry? You (and most people who do team in training or similar programs) haven't been upfront about what YOU get out of this deal. Entry to the race alone is around $175. Travel costs are probably close to $500 for a plane ticket and your half of the hotel room. That adds up to a pretty large chunk of the total amount raised.

Hi, grey-faced friend! This is actually a great point, and one that I put a lot of thought into both times I have participated in a TNT event. 

Team In Training has a couple of different options when you sign up to fundraise (at least they definitely did for my race.) One, yes, you can sign up to have them cover the cost of your race entry, air fare and hotel lodging for 2 -3 nights. This does, of course, mean you raise a significantly higher amount of money to offset the costs of all of this to TNT. I can’t be positive, but I think it was roughly $500 extra if they book your flight and then you raised roughly $3K on top of that to include covering the cost of your hotel stay. (I actually don’t see the option for them to cover your airfare for any upcoming races, so that may have even been removed as part of what they can provide.) These options and fundraising minimums are similar to what I did with TNT last time I participated, as I wasn’t (and still am not) a pro at figuring out travel and hotels near where I need to be and all that jazz. 

The second option, which is the one I went with this time, is to take care of the airfare and hotel yourself and have TNT simply guarantee your entry to the race (in addition to training plans and motivational emails from mentors and all the other great things they provide as you train and fundraise.) Brooke and I booked our flights a few weeks ago and are excited to stay with a friend that weekend! I’ve heard before that the race entries may be comped to charities, but even if that is not so then they are out just the $175 for my entry while I am looking to raise $1,800 (and hopefully more than that!) I definitely am also planning to make a personal donation on top of my fundraising minimum. 

People all have varying opinions on charity runners, mostly for the very issue you raised here of people feeling the charities and runners aren’t totally transparent about how the money raised is used. I myself signed up for Team In Training again because of a very personal connection I feel to raising money for cancer research, particularly blood cancers, because of the loss of a close friend. Because the cause is so close to my heart, I definitely wanted to know that as much of the money fundraised is going towards actual research and services. You can check out CharityNavigator.com and see that TNT spends 73% of its funds on program expenses, which includes funding leading-edge medical research, patient assistance programs, community outreach and education programs and advocacy for legislation addressing patient issues, while LLS reports they spend 77.6% on program expenses.They have raised more than 1.4 BILLION dollars through their fundraising efforts in addition to raising awareness of blood cancers and research, and report that they’ve spent more than a billion of that on research and programs. 

So, yes. In the past I have had a hotel room, airfare and race entry provided to me by TNT, and they are providing my race entry to the marathon, but that is not even close to why I am a part of TNT. I participate to raise money, to raise awareness, to be a part of finding a cure or even just helping families while we research a cure. I’d hate for any of you guys to think I was asking you to “pay for [my] travel, lodging, and race entry,” as it is something bigger than that for me. I would have gladly paid the $175 for a race entry to Chicago, and was even chosen in the lottery to do so (which I found out after I’d already decided to race with TNT,) but felt that raising this money would be a better way to make a difference. To each their own as far as charity/fundraising runners go, but I do it much more to support an organization I believe in than for a free race entry, and I 10000% appreciate every single person who donates to my fundraising, especially given that I haven’t met most of the Tumblr’s that have already donated so far!

Go Team! 

Posted 1 week ago | 35 notes
Things that would make me this excited - reaching my Team in Training fundraising minimum before my deadline in two weeks! 
I am just $385 short - can you help? Every amount, even $5, helps! Donate here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/chicago14/kkmundy

Things that would make me this excited - reaching my Team in Training fundraising minimum before my deadline in two weeks! 

I am just $385 short - can you help? Every amount, even $5, helps! Donate here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/chicago14/kkmundy

I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.

Jonathan Carroll 

A bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain

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monday

what’s your favorite pick me up purchase that’s under $10?

my list includes NYX lipsticks, nail polish, a large french fry, fun colored pens or fine tipped Sharpies, hand lotion, cheap sunglasses from Amazon, on sale pajama shorts or pants on sale from Target, a Kindle book, or a combo of chips, a candy snack and a Diet Coke. You?

Posted 1 week ago | 25 notes
Look what just showed up at the front door! A new Keurig 2.0 that can brew both a single cup and full carafe! #HelloKeurig                       (I received this product for free from Influenster for review purposes.)

Look what just showed up at the front door! A new Keurig 2.0 that can brew both a single cup and full carafe! #HelloKeurig (I received this product for free from Influenster for review purposes.)

Posted 2 weeks ago | 40 notes
tuesday-that-feels-like-monday-fun

would you rather go one one huge vacation every five years (say, a 2 week European vacation) or one smaller trip every year or two, which would you choose? (Bonus points - where would you go?)

AND for those who don’t travel as much right now, would your rather buy a home (or a car, for a smaller commitment) or travel often and on a grand scale for 5 - 10 years?

Posted 2 weeks ago | 28 notes
Dearest citizen who stole my purse last night,

Thank you for immediately using my debit card at multiple gas stations (I’m guessing you bought $100+ worth of beer?) before I could call and cancel all of the cards in my wallet. Additionally, I want to request that you get good use out of the $50 worth of MAC lipsticks that were inside (including my Russian Red that was going to get a lot of action this football season) and pass on the 12 days of birth control left in my pack for this month to anyone you know who needs it. It was also super helpful that my house key was in said purse so we had to wait for 2 hours for a locksmith late last night. Most of all, I am psyched you chose to steal my things on a Saturday night of a holiday weekend so I can’t access any of my money until Tuesday (a blessing in disguise, perhaps.) The whole situation has been super fun.

Posted 2 weeks ago | 52 notes
roaring-softly:

Happy back to school time to all my still-in-school tumblr pals!!  
To celebrate this wonderful/stressful time of freshly sharpened pencils and freshman orientation weeks, I will be having (1) a SALE and (2) a GIVEAWAY!
The sale:
You can get 15% off of any size order at my etsy shop until September 6th with the coupon code BACK2SCHOOL!  This coupon code is valid on the new Hot Mess Surprise Pack listing, which includes 5 slightly-imperfect prints for the price of 1!  You can decorate the heck out of your dorm room for very little money. :)
The giveaway:
I am giving away a custom 3 favorite things illustration (a $35 value) to one lucky tumblr pal!  To enter, just REBLOG this post (likes do not count) and please be following me!  On September 6th at 10 PM, I will choose a winner and notify them via ask box.  If that person does not respond within 48 hours, I will choose someone new.
Hooray!

roaring-softly:

Happy back to school time to all my still-in-school tumblr pals!!  

To celebrate this wonderful/stressful time of freshly sharpened pencils and freshman orientation weeks, I will be having (1) a SALE and (2) a GIVEAWAY!

The sale:

You can get 15% off of any size order at my etsy shop until September 6th with the coupon code BACK2SCHOOL!  This coupon code is valid on the new Hot Mess Surprise Pack listing, which includes 5 slightly-imperfect prints for the price of 1!  You can decorate the heck out of your dorm room for very little money. :)

The giveaway:

I am giving away a custom 3 favorite things illustration (a $35 value) to one lucky tumblr pal!  To enter, just REBLOG this post (likes do not count) and please be following me!  On September 6th at 10 PM, I will choose a winner and notify them via ask box.  If that person does not respond within 48 hours, I will choose someone new.

Hooray!

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Today’s version of loving life right involved eating 1,065 different tapas at dinner with 12 friends from college (topped off with churros dipped in dark chocolate sauce,) dancing ridiculously at a Buckhead bar we would never otherwise go to, and singing along to the Wicked soundtrack at the top of our lungs on the way home. Today was a very good day.

Posted 3 weeks ago | 26 notes

Drag your cursor (on a computer) or swipe your finger (on a phone or tablet) across each photo below. The 2005 Hurricane Katrina photo will dissolve into a picture from the identical vantage point nine years later. 

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