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Kate’s Escapades – Improv Everywhere

Improv Everywhere Have you heard of this group? Because if you haven’t, you’re in for a great treat today. “Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.” ~Improv Everywhere I first discovered Improv Everywhere (IE) when my oldest daughter showed me one of their videos on YouTube. I immediately feel in love with this zany group and spent waaaay too much time the rest of that day watching videos of other missions. Let’s just say we may have had cereal for dinner that night. Take a look at their one of their most popular missions. Words won’t do … https://glenner.org/

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Remember the TV show Three’s Company? Well, in one episode, Larry, the used car salesman, declared that it was, in fact, Wear Something Gaudy Day. It stuck. So in a way, we’re about to get a jump start on Halloween as we celebrate Wear Something Gaudy Day on Oct. 17. Much of the attire from the 1970s – and in retrospect, that show – was pretty gaudy if memory serves. So if you still have your brightly colored bell bottoms or jumpsuits, drag ‘em out of the attic. Add some flashy jewelry and massive curls to your hair and you’ll be good to go. At the grand age of 39 (you LIE!!) I approach our next holiday with a tiny tinge of trepidation, with Evaluate Your Life Day on … Read entire article »

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Look where my Sanuks took me – week four

What are Sanuks anyway? And where did they take me? Go ahead…take a look. … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Silly Walk Friday

I feel it is my moral, civic and whimsical duty to inform you that tomorrow is… Silly Walk Friday What is Silly Walk Friday??? “The Ministry of Silly Walks” is a sketch from the Monty Python comedy troupe’s television show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, episode 14, which is entitled “Face the Press”. The episode first aired in 1970. A shortened version of the sketch was performed for Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. This sketch involves John Cleese as a bowler hatted civil servant in a fictitious British government ministry responsible for developing Silly Walks through grants. Cleese, throughout the sketch, walks in a variety of silly ways (including one that briefly imitates the scissor gait of spastic diplegia), and it is these various silly walks, more than the dialogue, that has … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The fallacy of five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Perhaps you’ve seen the little ditty on Facebook, Twitter, email or other blogs, proclaiming that this October has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays  – and the fact that this oddity occurs only every 823 years. Personally, I’d  heard nothing about it until my daughter mentioned it. She saw it on Facebook and proceeded to tell me that if it’s on Facebook, it must be true. Really? Actually, really NOT! In fact, it wouldn’t take much doing to realize that the only thing you need for this to happen is for the Friday to fall on the first of any month with 31 days. And let’s face it – that’s not such an oddity. In fact, check the month of January in the year … 2010! Moreover, looking forward to next … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 10/10-10/16

Well, here it is – the holiday I’m sure you’ve waited all year for: National Kick Butt Day on Oct. 10. One has to wonder just how much leeway we’re afforded on this holiday. Are we to take it literally? Or figuratively? If someone breaks in front of you at the check-out, can you give ‘em a swift kick, declare the holiday and get away with it? Or are we better served to simply say, “I outta kick your butt…” ? I’ll let you figure this one out for yourself, while keeping of course, to a certain high standard of decorum, please. As if that’s not enough, we celebrate International Moment of Frustration Scream Day on Oct. 12. I feel compelled to point out that this one has not only been … Read entire article »

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Life as We Know It 2010 – movie review by Kate

Life as We Know It 2010 Reel reviews for real people Plot: Holly Berenson (Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Duhamel) is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. However, when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world after she loses her parents, Holly and Eric are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they’ll have to find some common ground while living under one roof. Rating: PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content Genre: Romantic comedy Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Jean Smart, Christina Hendricks, Melissa McCarthy Director: Greg Berlanti Running time: 1:52 Kate says -2 1/2 … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the week – Saucy Roast Beef Hoagies

This week’s recipe is super easy and super scrumptious – Saucy Roast Beef Hoagies. It’s kind of like eating a roast beef au jus sandwich, but without the messy dipping part. The juiciness is already in the meat. Ingredients: 1 can condensed onion soup 2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce 1 lb. thinly sliced deli roast beef 4 slices provolone cheese mild pickled banana pepper rings Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Heat onion soup and Worcestershire sauce in saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Add sliced beef and heat through, stirring occasionally. Divide beef mixture among rolls. Cut cheese slices in half and add to sandwiches. Place sandwiches on baking sheet and bake for 3 minutes, or until roll is toasted and cheese is melted. Add pepper rings and enjoy! Makes 4 servings. If you like this recipe, take a look … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant:Pimento Cheese cheater recipe! (Surprise!)

Wow! I sure hope someone has the smelling salts close – especially for Kate, who’s probably laying on the floor about now – passed out from shock. Nevertheless, I was in the kitchen last night, and came up with what I consider a really good cheater recipe. For me that’s saying something. Primarily that I’m very stressed out. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be in the kitchen. At least not to really cook or something crazy like that… Anywho, without further ado, here’s the recipe: Cheater Pimento Cheese Ingredients: 4 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 c. shredded sharp cheese 1 c. shredded Colby Jack or Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 c. mayonnaise 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. garlic powder 3 T. pimentos, diced Directions: 1. Beat cheeses with hand mixer (or mix thoroughly with a fork – which is what I did because … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The numbers game

I realize that as you read this, blood may very well shoot out of your eyes. But in the interest of getting the word out on what I’ve come to refer to as “bubble math,” I can’t help it. At this point, I can’t even muster a “sorry about the bloody eye thing.” It started innocently enough last week, during a routine homework assignment. But as I would learn, things were about to take a spiral into the abyss I will simply refer to as the numbers game. They call it mental math. I call it insane. This new mental math takes, for example, this scenario: 93-42. (It always starts so innocently, doesn’t it?) First you subtract the numbers in the 10s spot, leaving you with 5,  then you subtract the number in … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 10/3-10/9

Remember years ago when CB radios were all the rage? I begged my parents to get one – to no avail. Yep, I’m probably scarred for life over this one, especially on Oct. 4, the date deemed 10-4 Day. I did have a Nextel push-to-talk at one point. It was the preferred method of communication at one of the newspapers I worked for. We 10-4’d and 10-20’d each other a lot back then. “What’s your 20?” was probably my favorite line. I have to admit, though, that the little beeping noise got really old, really fast. Obviously, this holiday is getting really old, really fast, too.  And to tell you the truth, I have no idea why 10-4 is a holiday. But it is. Let’s move on. National Frappe  Day is Oct. 4 … Read entire article »

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Look where my Sanuks took me – part 3

What are Sanuks anyway? And where did they take me? Go ahead. Give it a click and see. … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the week – Super Easy and Yummy Chicken and Dumplings

Today, dear overworked I-don’t-even-have-time-to-think-so-how-am-I-supposed-to-find-time-to-cook readers, I present to you another Practically Painless Recipe…Super easy and Yummy Chicken and Dumplings. Super Easy and Yummy Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients 1 whole store-bought roasted chicken (about 2 pounds) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2   onion chopped 6 cans (14 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 10 baby carrot sticks, chopped 2 celery sticks, chopped 1 tube  golden buttermilk biscuit dough 1 can (10.5 ounces) condensed chicken gravy Directions Remove skin from chicken and shred meat into large pieces. Set aside. In a small frying pan, add vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. When oil is hot, add chopped onions and saute until soft. In a large pot, add broth, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, carrots, celery, and sauteed onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: The World Equestrian Games are here

There’s big doin’s here in the Bluegrass right now. After a multi-year countdown, evidenced by electronic countdown clocks splattered all over the county, the World Equestrian Games are under way. The games have never been held in the United States, so I guess the fact that little ol’ Lexington, KY was chosen to host this year is a pretty big deal. So when there’s a big event like this, people are prone to do other big things to celebrate. Take the life-size horse cake, for example. That’s right. Someone’s building a cake in the shape of a full-size horse. This info is from the Shops at Lexington Center: As a part of the exciting Equestrian Festival, renown cake artists Geraldine Kidwell and Leigh Sipe, native born Kentuckians, are … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Just enjoy…you have my permission

Kate’s Escapades – Just enjoy…you have my permission

In the chaos of everyday that we call life, we sometimes forget to slow down for a moment and just enjoy the beauty of the world around us and the company of those we love. Last night, I decided to leave behind the routine of a typical Monday night and head up to the mountains with my husband and a couple of the kids for a few hours of relaxation. Why?  Just because we could. I … Read entire article »

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