Always be kind.

Yesterday, someone said to me that they believed all people are mean, that no actually good people exist in this world.

I thought about this and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve always believed. All people are not mean. Sure, there are legitimately mean people, but there are good people who do good things and want nothing in return. Even these good people can be mean from time to time (myself included!), but all we can do is be kind when that happens and know they’ll come around.

This world has many terrible things happening in it lately. I choose to be optimistic that there is more good than bad. There are good people! I pray that I can do my best to add to the good in this world, even if it’s only in my little piece of it.

I don’t know this person’s back story. I’m sure what happened  in their past that makes them see the world this way. Or maybe they just watch the news and see all the bad around us. I see it too. But I also see good.

And I will be kind.

Not always…because I’m not perfect. But I’ll try.

And that’s half the battle.

Always

photo from UnSplash.com, graphic created on Canva

D is for Dog

Today is the letter D! I’ve decided to feature my dog, Juice, as today’s post.

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Photograph is by William Wegman

The Good: Juice is a crazy, fun, sweet, annoying, and awesome 7 year old Weimaraner. Weimaraners are funny looking, but have a very sleep profile and great demeanor. You may remember them from ‘back in the day’ on Sesame Street once in awhile or from the beautiful photographs by William Wegman, which feature mostly Weimaraners.

Juice is goofy, just like these Weimaraners, but I definitely don’t have Mr. Wegman’s skills to capture her weird moments as beautifully. They look awkward at best!

278986_1860138875452_4070941_oThe Bad: I’ve been told it’s a “breed trait”, but Juice has a touch of separation anxiety. She is usually sort of OK when we leave in the morning because it’s part of our daily routine. But if one of us forgets something in the house and has to come back in…she freaks out. Howling, scratching the door, and general freaking out commence. I feel bad, but we’ve tried lots of options to get her to feel better, but the only thing that helps is that we are there 24/7. She is also very skittish. She doesn’t want to go outside alone, so I constantly have to remind her I’m just inside the door when she needs to pee. “It’s ok, Juice! Go pee! PLEASE JUST PEE! GOOD GIRL.”

Juice is a great pillow

Juice is a great pillow

The Katy: We’ve had Juice since she was a puppy and she has travelled cross-country with us several times. It would be weird is she wasn’t with us, which I know will happen someday. But not for years!

I like change: C is for Change

Day 3 is the letter C! C is for Change.

The Good: The title is true. I like change! In fact, I like it so much that I changed my blog theme. Again. I think the last time I changed it was maybe 3 months ago? I like the thick navigation bar, although the color may change depending on my mood. Change is a good thing! My blog isn’t the only thing I like changing. I am also a redhead now (with purplish-brown on the underside) vs. blonde. I think it’ll be a little easier to maintain than the glaring contrast of blonde vs. dark brown roots threatening to choke me out every few months. Let’s face it. I cannot afford to get my roots touched up every 6-8 weeks!

10934019_10203119285935269_5875097561453645256_nRedish-brownish-purplish hair We bought a house. It’s pretty awesome and actually not that much more per month than we were paying for rent for a smaller apartment. It is a little farther commute, but I rather like a scenic country drive. We have a cute walkable town a few miles away and a half acre to stretch out in if we want to hang around the house. The kids and dog love it too! They have been much less crabby (the kids that is) and Juice romps from room to room with her chew toys, not sure which one she wants to settle down in for a nap. The house was a flip, so many of the appliances are new along with other additions to the little house. We still have a lot of work to do, but I am so happy with it so far. It has a lot of potential to be the perfect house. And it’s a home. Our apartment was a home because we lived there together, but it was sad and blank and cold. This house is our home and will be for awhile. So, maybe I’ll change my blog theme a few more times or color my hair blue (I can’t…I work in an office), but maybe my love of change will stop at my home. I don’t want to move. And that, my friends, is also a good thing.

The Bad: . . . Hmm. . . What is bad about change? I guess getting the poor kids used to a new home1setting, but we established above that they like it better. I really am having trouble fulfilling my entire theme for this post. I really like change! I like moving the furniture around, painting walls…I guess change can be a lot of work. Work isn’t necessarily bad, but it can be annoying. I hate moving. I hate packing stuff into boxes and trying to sort them by room. Everyone is cranky on moving day and the kids get super confused as to what’s happening. All of that is over for a hopefully LONG time, so we’ll forget about it!

The Katy: One of my favorite things to change is hobbies. I love trying new things, even when I don’t have much time. With a new house to play around in, there are plenty of new projects to keep me busy!

B is for Books

Day 2 is here of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. If you remember, my theme is “The Good, the Bad, and the Katy.”
If you have followed me for the past few months, you might have noticed that I like to read. I added a reviews page to my site and everything! I think I may eventually review other things besides books (I could write a book on how different sippy cups fare against babies/toddlers), but for now my free time is filled with venturing to other worlds and times. I love it!

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The Good: One of my favorite things about books lately is an awesome book group I was added to on Facebook by Shannon of It Starts at Midnight called Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans (or BOD). BOD is a group that comes together to share their love of books and especially of the dystopian genre. Authors share their books, the group organizers hold contests, and the entire community (nay….family!) comes together as friends for lively discussions. I honestly do not know how I lived without BOD. It’s a wonderful group and you should join! One of my favorite games is a weekly writing prompt. I feel that since I started participating in the prompt, I have gotten much better as a writer. My entry was even featured on BOD’s blog one week! Plus, I have won quite a few “caption this” contests where I have received prizes of BOD swag and signed paperbacks of featured authors. If you want to know more, you’ll have to join! Check out some of my recent reviews, here. You can also find me on Goodreads (my recent reads are the right side of the page)! 

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The Bad: The worst part of reading is when I don’t like a book. I always finish books I start. But sometimes I take a break. Once in awhile, a book just sits on my kindle at 30% done for months, but I always return to it eventually. Recently authors have asked me to write reviews for their books and sometimes I just can’t…I’m too nice. If a book was mostly good, but had some issues, I will review it, but try to bury the bad things I didn’t like under the good things I loved. Maybe this is a bad habit, but I am still learning how best to review books I think. Any tips are welcome! How do you review books? I will say that if a book was just too not for me, then I just won’t leave a review.

The Katy: I am writing a book (still). It’s coming along, but still has a long way to go. Now that we’ve moved into our house, I definitely have space to set up a writing area for myself. Time is still an issue, but I am currently moving my priorities around so I have more time to get this book written. There are a lot of complicated sections I need to simplify a little (a lot). When I get closer, I will reveal plot, world, characters, and cover here on my blog! Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans was a huge influence in my decision to try NaNoWriMo this past November and now I’m hooked on writing.

A is for Architecture

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Mitchell Building

I love architecture, which is why I chose that topic for day 1 of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year. In high school, I had many many eclectic varieties of career choices. In fact, my school counselor was stumped on what direction to point me in when I had to meet with him senior year. My list included: Marine Biologist, Architect, FBI Agent, person who builds giant lego structures at Lego Land (Lego Architect maybe?), Broadway Actress, interior designer, graphic designer….and it went on for awhile like that. So, while I didn’t get to pursue ALL of the choices I wanted, I still remain interested in them to this day.

I love beautifully designed buildings reaching to the heavens, thus the topic for the letter ‘A’.

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Milwaukee Art Museum

 

The Good: I live in the Milwaukee area (born and raised woo!), which is home to some gorgeous architecture. Not only does Milwaukee have an amazing art museum (pictured, the Calatrava), but it also sports hundreds of historical churches and homes, especially along Lake Michigan. Sigh. So pretty.

20150327_192110The Bad: Not all homes and public buildings are pretty. Even less so when someone takes a badly angled photo. So, while this site is sad in that people actually take such horrible photos, it is hilarious. You can also follow them on Twitter @BadRealtyPhotos.

I also took this creepy photo in downtown Milwaukee recently that I figured would fit here.

The Katy: My current job doesn’t need me to design buildings or have anything at all to do with architecture (good thing too…I am pretty terrible at math), so I’ll show you one of my design projects from college. We had to choose an architect and create a print piece that reflected their design style. I chose Zaha Hadid, who is an amazing modern architect. Visit her website here to see more of her gorgeous buildings/art pieces. I could certainly improve my design assignment now that I’ve had several years of experience, but I think it’s important to remember where/what we have created in the past. It’s a nice reminder of where I’ve come from and where I want to be in the future. Or I’m just too lazy/my computer from college is dead so I’d have to start from scratch…cough cough. Let’s go with the first, more inspirational, option.

(Photos all from google image searches, except for the creepy building, which I take credit for capturing)