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It’s just like the junk drawer in your house! Except, these posts aren’t junk at all. I just couldn’t decide where to put them when I posted them. Hence, the non-junk drawer, junk drawer category. Got it? Good.

#GreatChristmas2013

My Great Christmas Exchange gift is in the mail! I can’t wait for it to get to its destination. Thanks again to the ladies at Oak + Oats and Elah Tree for dreaming up this fun idea!

Here are a few sneak peeks of my gift!

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If you’re participating in the Great Christmas Exchange, be sure to hashtag your photos with #greatchristmas2013 so everyone can see them!

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Can’t wait for this box to get to its destination!

Rockfish: why you should hire me to be your next Social Content Developer

Dear wonderful people at Rockfish Interactive,

I found your job posting for a Social Content Developer on your website this weekend. I read through the job description and I was instantly hooked.

I thought to myself, “This is so me.”

I showed the job post to my friends and they agreed. “That sounds like you!”

I even told one of my professors about it and he said, “Well that’s perfect.”

Bottom line… this is the job for me and I am the employee for you. Let me give you five reasons why.

1) You want a blogger. I am a blogger. And not only that but I love it. I have a unique voice that is engaging and enjoyable. Sometimes I even tell myself I’m persuasive enough to convince the world that my home state of Kansas is not the most boring place on the planet. Maybe I’m not quite there yet, but I’m working on it. The point is, I know how to get a point across and I say it in a way that doesn’t put people to sleep.

2) I’m not just a blogger. I’m a trained writer. I’m double majoring in journalism and photography at John Brown University. I’ve worked for the student newspaper, The Threefold Advocate, for three years. During my tenure, the newspaper was named first place in the state of Arkansas and I wrote an article that received second place in the state in sports writing. I can write. I can proofread and edit. I know my stuff.

3) I know social media and content management. I’ve set up and maintained various social media accounts for The Threefold Advocate and use them to promote our weekly issues and drive traffic to our website. I update and moderate all content that goes on the website and even helped design it. I’m no design aficionado, but I’ve taken enough art classes in college to hold my own.

4) Rockfish is a great company. From what I know of it, y’all don’t do anything halfway. Your dedication to your clients and to your employees is both evident and impressive. I love that Rockfish is intentional about building community within the workplace. From weekly meals together to the “Culture Connection,” I’m all about getting to know my colleagues.

5) I want this job and I know I’d be good at it. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I first found the job posting. Seriously, I can’t pay attention in class because I’m daydreaming about it, I dreamt about it in my sleep one night, I just can’t get it out of my head. I’ve never been in love before, but I imagine this is what it feels like.

 

Hopefully now you know a little bit more about me and my qualifications for the job. If you’d like to contact me, just click on the Contact link at the top of the page and shoot me an email. I’d very much love to hear from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Selection Sunday

I. LOVE. SELECTION. SUNDAY.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about (shame on you!), Selection Sunday is when the NCAA announces the 68 college basketball teams that will play in the greatest sporting event on the planet, otherwise known as March Madness, and where each team is seeded in the tournament bracket.

It’s a big deal.

Ever since I was a little girl, my Momma and I would watch the Selection Show together and fill out our brackets. We always filled out two: one where our beloved KU Jayhawks won it all and the other one with the teams we actually thought would make it.

Sometimes we kept track of our brackets just for fun, sometimes we entered various contests. I even won 40 bucks from the office pool at my job during my senior year of high school for having the best bracket (that was the year KU won the championship haha)!

The last couple years, my brackets haven’t done so well, but that’s just part of the fun and excitement. You never know which team is going to surprise everyone in the tournament and win when no one thought they would. Those teams are called “Bracket Busters.” And as much as people talk about stats and RPI’s and probabilities, the truth of the matter is that the tournament is always unpredictable. That’s why it’s called “March Madness.” And that’s why I love it!

 

This has been up on the whiteboard in my house all week…

 

Over the course of the week it got progressively added to.

There are infidels living in my house… obviously. But my sweet Momma Dear came to visit for a day this week and added “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” to the array of other nasty words (coughUNCcoughDuke). That’s right, you set ’em straight Momma!

We are now T-minus 10 minutes to Selection Show time and I couldn’t be more pumped!

Enjoy Selection Sunday everyone and feel free to shout out which team you’re going for in the tournament! But if you say Mizzou, or Duke, or UNC, I might have to delete your comments. (Just kidding.)

Wordle goodness

Have any of y’all heard of Wordle?

It’s basically a word cloud generator based on the text you provide or you can enter a URL and it will sample text from the entire website. The bigger the word in the word cloud, the more that word is used on the website.

Wordle.net. Y’all should check it out.

I decided to run kskristy through the word cloud generator and see the extent of my vocabulary.

I found out I use a bunch of short words. I blame that on my journalism training. Write short. Be concise. Put everything in layman’s terms. If Joe-Six-Pack can’t understand your story, you need to rewrite it.

Maybe I should begin expressing myself in more grandiose diction. Would you all be of the same accord?

Yeah right.

Anyway…back to my Wordle. Was that awkward? I kinda feel like it was. Sorry.

I like that you have color, layout and font choices.

Observe my creation.

Obviously the LSAT has consumed my life for the past few months. With the exception of the giant, “even” in the lower right corner (what’s up with that?!) I’m pretty sure it’s the most used word on my list.

Kansas is up there. Of course. Ain’t no greater state out there. Holla.

Spain got a little shout out too. Down there in the corner next to even. (Again… what the heck is that about? Even… really?)

The placement of certain words next to each other in this thing really amuses me. For example… “second iPhone” is up there at the top-right. I don’t think it’s quite time for that yet. I haven’t even had my first iPhone for a whole month. And I have no desire whatsoever to get the iPhone 4S. Although I do have a friend who’s trying to convince me it’s the greatest thing on earth. Sorry ’bout ya. The iPhone 4 is more than enough phone for me.

“Fun homework.” In the middle. Towards the top. I have no idea why those words got put together. There is no such thing. The end.

“Studying problem.” Right side. In the middle. Now that is real and I do have it. A majorly bad, really incapacitating case of it. Somebody help me.

“Tell y’all.” Middle bottom. I tell y’all lots of things. It’s true. Thanks for listening.

“Dirt good.” Middle-right-middle. (Does that make sense?) This is also true though. Dirt is good. Good dirt is good. Kansas dirt is good. Kansas dirt is the best. Let me tell y’all about it.

“Whaaaaat just happened?” Bottom left. Right below Kansas. The whaaaaat is super small, but how perfect is it that all those words got put together? I feel like this might be the anthem of my life.

“Going albino.” Top left. Now what the heck is this all about? I’m already losing the great tan I got in Spain. Sad, sad day. I don’t want to go albino.

“Two scared pencils.” Top-middleish-left. My pencils were very scared going into the LSAT. Only, I took three of them. Hopefully I used the not scared pencil to take the test. Maybe I’ll get a better score.

Speaking of the LSAT, I get my score back in just a little over a week! Up until now, I’ve done a good job of not thinking about it. But I’ve been on fall break for the past three days and have poured myself into completing law school applications. I’m hoping to get the loose ends tied up pretty soon so once I get that LSAT score, I can send out all my applications and begin that waiting game. Joyful, joyful.

And with the complete caveat, I bid you adieu.

Facebook suggestions gone right

Last week while I was home, I helped Momma dear get a Facebook.

She had six friends within about 10 minutes. She’s pretty cool.

Anyway, y’all know how Facebook is when you first set up your account. It likes to show you how every little feature works and gives you “suggestions” on who to add as a friend, whose wall to write on, etc.

I usually ignore those and spend the first few days of the account’s newborn life clicking “X” on a million-and-one suggestions.

However, Facebook surprised me (through Momma dear’s account) with a very nice and totally true and justified suggestion.

Observe.

 

That’s right. My profile is inspiring.

I’m not biased at all. But I do like this Facebook suggestion!

A little upgrade snafu

I wish I knew more about web design.

While I’m fairly satisfied with the layout for my website, there are days I’m tempted to scrap the whole thing and venture out into the world of coding and designing on my own.

But it wouldn’t be pretty.

Earlier this week I discovered that the creator of my layout template did some major overhauling so I installed the updated design.

After half a day of reformatting colors and fonts, I had everything like I wanted it. Or so I thought.

You see, everything looked great on my computer. The colors matched my pre-upgraded website, the pictures looked great on my post-upgraded website. I thought I had it made.

Until I looked at my website on another computer.

This is a screenshot of my upgraded website design on my computer.

And this is a screenshot of kskristy on my mom’s computer.

I don’t understand. The font on my mom’s computer is horrendous and the green definitely has more yellow in it than it does on my computer. It’s especially noticeable when you hover your mouse over a picture.

I use Google Chrome and Momma-dearest uses Firefox. Could that be the problem? I have no idea.

I’m just wondering what y’all are seeing. Does my website look nice and pretty in your browser? Or are you getting the nasty yellow-green, italic version that makes me want to throw up?

Let me know. I’m going to keep working on this puzzling predicament. If any of y’all have any ideas, I’ll take all the help I can get!

Much love,

kskristy

My 4th of July… without America

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, second only to Thanksgiving.

I love everything about the 4th: summer, red, white and blue everywhere, classic car shows, small town parades, barbecues, friends, family, homemade ice cream, sweet tea. Oh yes, I love it all.

Yesterday was my first time to be out of America on Independence Day. It was a strange and sad feeling.

We had a party here at the center with a lot of people and a lot of food (for real… I’ve hardly eaten today because I’m still so full), but still it wasn’t the same as celebrating America’s independence in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

I found some pictures on my computer of the fireworks show my hometown put on last year. I loved looking at them and reminiscing.

Out town actually wasn’t even allowed to have a fireworks show this year because we’re under a burn ban. Maybe I’m selfish, but it made me feel a little better knowing I wasn’t missing out on as much of the fun 4th festivities all my friends and family were getting to partake in.

Here are a few of my favorite fireworks photos. Enjoy.

(I’ll be back to Spain photos later this week. Moorish castles, cityscape panoramas and flamenco dancers are yet to come!)

 


Much love and God bless America,

kskristy

Fungo

Hey y’all, it’s been a while!

In the past week I have tackled planning a youth event at my church, finding a summer job, putting the finishing touches on my semester-long senior photography project and somehow also found time to sleep (a little bit).

Life is busy.

But I’m sure y’all knew that already.

So now… because it’s Wednesday and I am dead tired and just trying to make it through the rest of this week, I have a short story for you.

Tonight as I was working on the afore mentioned senior project, I came into the need of a thesaurus. I couldn’t think of another word for “stick.” Not stick like a branch, stick like you stick something onto something else.

So, being a Mac user like I am, I tapped my handy-dandy F12 button and up popped my dashboard. I clicked on my dictionary widget and thought I changed the reference setting to thesaurus. I actually didn’t but that’s neither here nor there in this story.

I clicked on the text box and typed in stick.

And this is what came up.

 

Someone tell me what’s wrong with this picture.

Let me give you a hint.

 

I laughed so hard when this came up.

In case you missed it… stick and fungo are not equal.

First of all, I don’t even know what a “fungo” is.

Second of all, how does my dictionary/thesaurus give me fungo when I ask for stick?

I’m still laughing. (It’s the little things in life).

But hey, at least I learned something new today!

Much love,

kskristy

Houston, we have a problem

I’m still here! I promise!

I have a fun post planned that I can’t wait for y’all to see! (It’s adds a whole new level of embarrassment to my life.)

I have been trying to update kskristy with said embarrassing post for the past three days but my WordPress has a glitch somewhere and as a result I can’t post images.

And trust me… this post needs images!

I’ll keep trying to find a solution to this problem and I hope y’all will hang in there with me until everything’s fixed.

Much love. Y’all are the greatest,

kskristy

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