Archive for March, 2006

Birds! Eating right in front of me.

Friday, March 31st, 2006

When I was out replacing a couple of the boxwoods along the front of the yard yesterday, it was getting close to sundown and the doves and grackles were getting pretty eager to eat at the feeders that were about 15 feet away from me. There were so many of them in the trees above me - literally hundreds! - I was starting to get nervous about the possibility of attack. But at one point, I stopped digging and sat quietly on the sidewalk in front of the house, and soon enough, they all started coming in to eat.

Most of the doves swooped in to feed on the ground, as is their habit, and most of the grackles stayed back in the trees, which is not their habit except that they’re usually pretty skittish around us. (It’s not uncommon to see upwards of 100 grackles in our front yard at sundown, as long as we’re inside and no one is walking by on the sidewalk.) Anyway, I managed to get a few photos with my Treo of the birds starting to risk flying in for some food, and I made them into a QuickTime slide show (940 KB .mov file behind the link), but they’re blurry and they really don’t capture the magnitude of the experience. Picture many, many times the amount shown in the photos and imagine being just a few yards away the whole time. It was very cool.

At least it’s not Sandra Bullock

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Here’s a new one: a waitress at the Hard Rock Cafe in Indianapolis told me the other day I looked “just like” Laura Prepon from “That ’70s Show.” Never having seen it, I had to do a bit of research to see about this alleged similarity.

Well, I’m here to tell you it’s a bald-faced lie. She’s cute and all, and how nice that someone thought I looked like a cute chick, and I dunno, my hair is sorta this-color-ish right now (or maybe more this-color-ish), and I wasn’t wearing noticeable make-up, which is how she appears in most of these pics, but I still think that’s a pretty flimsy comparison.

Still and all, I guess it’s a nice change.

Vitamin C poisoning?! / No drinking for me tonight

Friday, March 17th, 2006

This sucks.

I asked Karsten to buy me some of that Airborne herbal stuff and I took it yesterday, but I had also taken some Emer-Gen-C supplements, and I guess I ended up consuming over 8,000 mg of vitamin C yesterday. So when I woke up this morning, I had a very upset stomach. Let’s just leave the description there, shall we? I did a little research and found that that’s basically what happens when you consume toxic levels of vitamin C.

And although my cold-like symptoms have almost vanished, I still have one hell of a fever (no thermometer around, so I don’t know how high, but I have that raw nerve sensation all over my skin which is definitely a fever thing for me).

Here it is, Paddy’s Day, and I’m propped up in bed with my laptop, wishing I could be out doing all the gazillions of things there are to do tonight. But at least I’ve got my “Irish Pride” t-shirt on.

If y’all go out tonight, have a drink for your ol’ pal Kate, would you? There’s a friend.

Happy Paddy’s Day!

Friday, March 17th, 2006

I can’t believe after 32 years of life as an Irish-American Princess (IAP? perhaps the sound a small dog makes when you step on his tail?) I don’t have a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” button to wear today. I need to go buy one. Because I’m thinking I need to wear that and then wear my “Kiss Me Twice I’m Bisexual” button right beneath it.

suggested carrying mistletoe, too, to cover all the bases.

Devo fans, brace yourselves

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

But then there’s really just no preparing for this.

Time to get serious about eliminating soda

Monday, March 13th, 2006

When I learned about the connection between carbonation and bone density loss, I cut my soda intake almost completely. I was mostly good about keeping up with that for the past several years, but got a little lazy this past year or so, allowing the occasional Dr. Pepper to sneak into my lunch or ginger ale into my dinner.

Now, after reading about a new-to-me connection between soda and cancer, I’ve decided it’s over. We’re breaking up for good, me and soda.

Admittedly, the highest risk factors involve diet soda and prolonged heat exposure, and I don’t drink diet soda, and the sodas I buy may or may not have been exposed to heat during their distribution process. So I may not be much at risk on this issue.

But you know what? It’s not so much that. It’s all the little things. Like how it likes to make me belch (very unattractive!). Like how the high sugar content skews my sense of taste. And so on. Soda is just plain wrong for me. And I think it’s high time we both accepted that and got on with our lives.

Balloon release! Art event at Image Distillery (at the Shell station)

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Balloon release! Art event at Image Distillery (at the Shell station)
Balloon release! Art event at Image Distillery (at the Shell station),
originally uploaded by Kate O’.

Thanks to for encouraging me to take a picture at this art event the other night. It gave me something to post in Metroblogging Nashville, and I’ve been a neglectful blogger over the past 10 days.

But anyway, this was a way cool fun night of art happenings.

Springtime in the garden

Saturday, March 11th, 2006
Springtime in the garden
Springtime in the garden,
originally uploaded by Kate O’.

All our hard work last year in the garden is starting to pay off in bright, beautiful color across the yard. The only disappointment so far is that the boxwoods we planted as a beginning hedge are looking pretty sad.

Real-time chat for tech support

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

This is interesting. I’ve known about online chat for technical support for a long time, but I’ve never had occasion to use it until now. Quicken is giving me trouble, so I’m chatting with one of their support folks.

It’s a little impersonal (I usually strike up a good banter with tech support people on the phone), but pretty efficient. I’m kind of digging it. :-)

Honey Bowtie mentioned in a local Podcast, heh

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Johnny Brickhouse, who does the Nashville Music Podcast, included “By Surprise” in episode 16 of his podcast. It shows up about 11:20 in. Check it out!

New Nashville blog, co-starring yours truly!

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

knekkebjoern turned me on to Metroblogging Nashville, as it’s the project of a friend of his.

I applied to be on their team of local bloggers and was accepted. I made my inaugural entry tonight! Check it out.

Barbra enjoying the sunny day

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
Barbra enjoying the sunny day
Barbra enjoying the sunny day,
originally uploaded by Kate O’.

Barbra’s the best on a leash — he’ll actually heel and everything.

My view

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
My view
My view,
originally uploaded by Kate O’.

I’m sitting on the front steps looking out over the garden, writing songs. This is a pretty nice life.

Three years in Nashville!

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

I started this post on Monday but got busy. Whoops!

Sunday and Monday were sort of the conjoined twin anniversaries of our transplant to Nashville three years ago. It’s two days because we left Chicago on the morning of the 26th intending to arrive at our apartment complex, sign our lease, and get our keys that afternoon. It was a cold, miserable, wet, snowy day all through Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, though, and the roads were a total mess, so by the time we reached Kentucky, it was already nearly 4 PM. When I called our landlady to make sure she would still be there when we got there, she informed me in a tone that suggested I was crazy to think otherwise that she was headed out because it was freezing rain and she had to drive clear across town to get home.

So we bunkered down for the night in Franklin, Kentucky, without having prepared to do so. In other words, we had to unload five cats into the hotel room, set up their litterboxes, food, and water — all for one night — and dig through our moving truck to find toiletries and clothes for the night and the next day.

But we arrived safely the next morning, and all was well.

So Sunday, we had brunch at the Pineapple Room at Cheekwood to celebrate the end of our third year in Nashvegas, which means… the beginning of our senior year here! Maybe sometime soon we’ll start figuring out what we’re supposed to be doing.

Happily, we also managed to convince and to join us, and slipped in a little birthday mention for the Tube Dude.

After brunch, we wandered over to the art museum in the old Cheekwood mansion and checked out the 100 Artists See God exhibit. That was wonderful. Very thought-provoking, even for a non-believer who’s basically fed up with near-constant discussions of religion and spirituality. About a third of the pieces were clearly making some sort of statement of belief in divinity, about a third were clearly making some sort of non-belief statement, and another third were too abstract or interpretive to be on one side or the other. Pretty well balanced, I thought.

Well, after I’d gotten through the whole exhibit, I read some of the comments in the guest book, and the vast majority of them were critical, saying things like “Discussions of god should always be positive!” and “These works don’t belong in a museum — they belong in a garbage can.” I was annoyed by the reactionary and anti-intellectual nature of those comments, so I left one saying something like: “I enjoyed it! Usually I find investigations of ‘god’ boring and derivative. This was fresh and intriguing.” (I must say, I really enjoyed putting “god” in quotation marks.)

Anyway, after that, we walked around the sculpture trail, took lots of pictures of each other (here’s pics of Karsten — I didn’t ask anyone else’s permission to share photos), got cold, came back to our house, drank hot cocoa, and sat around making silly music on Karsten’s keyboard. I had a LOT of fun. :-)