August 18, 2014

A Long Overdue Update...Again.

Hello Internet!

     It's been quite a while since I posted something here on KorK, and I really hate that I've neglected you, my wonderful readers. First and foremost, I apologize for my long absence. Finishing up my undergraduate career of college was definitely a busy time for me, along with working with one of the departments on my alma mater's campus for most of the summer, and relentlessly revamping and editing my resume and cover letters as I continue to search for a job. That last part has been quite a challenge, and my patience is getting a bit weary.

     Anyway, despite my rambling and pile of excuses, I'm finally writing again. Oh how I've missed this.

     There are so many things that I could tell you as well as a few things that I want to share with you. For the ones I want to share with you, they're pretty cool. Here's a little teaser or two of what to expect soon here on KorK!


And, I plan to share my experience from:


So stay tuned KorKers- new stuff is on the way!

Until next time!
-Katie <3

April 21, 2014

Easter 2014 Celebration & Egg Dying Experiments: Ombre, Shaving Cream, and "Dragon Eggs"!

Happy Monday KorKers!

     It’s been a while….again. Between papers, projects, and working at my internships, and my home life, I finally have a moment to breathe and blog again. I’ve missed it.

     This past weekend, I spent some time with my older sister Rachel and brother-in-law to catch up with them and to entertain my sister some since she was on Spring Break (she’s a teacher). What I forgot though was that when she and I planned out when I went to visit is that it was Easter weekend. Needless to say, I spent most of my Easter with them and her wonderful in-law’s side of the family.
 
Some of the new chicks on my Brother-in-law's farm!
     To those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you had a blessed one filled with joy! I definitely did, and to celebrate the holiday, my sister and I had a bit of fun when I stayed over at her house: we dyed eggs- A LOT OF THEM- in multiple ways.

NOTE: SOME OR ALL OF THESE MAY NOT WORK AS WELL AS IT DID FOR US. IT SORT OF DEPENDS ON HOW STRONG YOUR DYE IS, TIME SPENT, ETC.

So, let’s begin!

     Rachel and I did three different dying experiments. We either came up with the idea on the spot or were inspired by various Pinterest posts. They were: ombre eggs, dying eggs with shaving cream, and as I liked to call them, “dragon eggs.”

     Here are the various items that we used: hardboiled eggs, vinegar, dying kits, bowls for the dye, shaving cream, food coloring, paper plates, and a spoon.

     Before we did anything, we hardboiled our eggs.



For ombre eggs:

     Create your dyes and place them into containers (we color-coded ours by mixing the dye first in small cups), making sure that the container is large enough for water to be added into.

     Carefully place a hardboiled egg into each container, and wait for about 5-7 minutes for the dye to set in.


     Add some water in each container, a little higher than the starting point, and let the eggs sit for another 5-7 minutes. As the dye is diluted, the color of the dye will be lighter.


     Continue adding water and letting the eggs soak in the dye; until the egg has been completely covered with the dye water and has sat for the 5-7 minutes.


     Carefully take each egg out and place it onto a drying rack or paper towels on a plate. Wait until the eggs are completely dry before moving them.


Voila! You now have ombre eggs!



For “Dragon Eggs”:

     Rachel and I cracked the shells of a handful of the hardboiled eggs. She cracked them with a spoon, whereas I used my knuckles as if I were knocking on a door.


     Once they were cracked, she and I placed them into the dyes to sit and soak for around 15 minutes or more. (Depends on how strong the dye is)


     Once we took the eggs out of the dye, we set them out to dry on a paper towel. As they dried, they made a pretty crackled pattern, and I couldn’t help but think that they looked like dragon eggs (I blame my binge watching of Game of Thrones).


     Once they were completely dry, Rachel and I carefully peeled each one to reveal a marbled look to the eggs. And VOILA: Dragon Eggs! I was a bit upset when Rachel ate two of them before I realized it. Oh well.



For Shaving Cream Eggs:

     This one was an entertaining experiment for sure! Rachel and I took a few paper plates and spread out a layer of shaving cream over them about ¼ of an inch high.

     Then, with the food coloring, we made small drops of different colors (about 2-3 colors work well) around the top and marbled it together with a toothpick. It’s similar to making swirls in a cheesecake, so to say.


     Next, we took the hardboiled eggs and carefully placed them into the shaving cream before rolling them to the other side. As we rolled them, the egg picked up the shaving cream and the food coloring, making it look marbled and fluffy.


     Carefully pick up the egg and place it into a container, lined with paper towels preferably, to dry.


     Continue to do this until the rest of your eggs are done, and let them dry. Once the shaving cream is mostly dry, take a clean paper towel and wipe off any remaining shaving cream. Voila! You have shaving cream dyed eggs!

     The food coloring stays onto the eggshell, giving a tie-dye or marbled effect.

Overall, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter (if you celebrate it), and have a great week ahead!

     Reminder, If you have any suggestions for future posts such as recipes, DIY projects, Pinterest projects (to see if they're true or not), or even what I think of a specific film, music genre, band, YouTuber, whatever- send them my way! Post them in the comments section below or on the fansuggestion page, post them on the Kool or Katastrophy Facebook Page, tweet them to me on Twitter, or email me at koolorkatastrophy@gmail.com!

My Social Media links are HERE.

Until next time!

-Katie <3

March 16, 2014

Whoa! A Wild Favorites Post Appears!

Hi KorKers!
     It's the first post of 2014! WOW! And it took what, almost three whole months to do it? Excuse me while I punch myself figuratively for forgetting. Well, since it's been so long, I figured that I'd share with you all a few of my favorites for the past few months, specifically my favorite movies and favorite book (currently).

     Please keep in mind that this covers a timeframe of around three months. These answers may change in my day to day life after this is posted, as they typically do, but won't be changed on here.

Favorite Movies: 'Frozen' & 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug'
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios and WomenWriteAboutComics.com
Photo Credit: New Line Cinemas et. al.; & lotr.wikia.com
     First off, I know that these came out back in November-December, but honestly, I haven't seen many films since these two in the theaters. (Sad, right?) However, I have to admit, these are two of my favorites for two reasons. One, I'm still a kid at heart and love Disney films, especially their animated works; and two, I'm a huge Tolkien fan, even if the Hollywood versions aren't entirely accurate or have added unnecessary fluff and fillers to make it more entertaining to audiences.

     As I'm sure almost all of the world has heard of Disney's 'Frozen' throughout its past several months being featured on almost all internet or media outlets due to its original music, fan inspired covers of the hit single "Let It Go," or for its various parodies and whatnot for this high-charting film. I willingly admit that I adore singing to "Let It Go," the Idina Menzel version especially, for I can belt it like nobody's business, especially the last phrases (one part I love about being a soprano singer). I was incredibly happy that she was cast as Elsa in 'Frozen,' mainly because Idina Menzel is one of my favorite Broadway actresses for her work in 'Wicked' and 'RENT.'

Video Credit: 
All rights go to their respected and rightful owners; Walt Disney Animation Studios et. al. 

     Jumping off of the Disney train, let's dive head-first into Peter Jackson's second part film interpretation of his 'Hobbit' franchise. I have two opinions about this second part of the franchise, from my geeky, Tolkien fangirl aspect as well as from the viewpoint of those who aren't into the lore.

     As a big Tolkien fan, I, alongside many others, were rather bothered to see the added fluff and stuffing such as having Azog the Defiler chase Thorin & Co. to seek his own revenge and promise of ending the line of Durin. First off, if you read Tolkien's 'The Silmarillion,' you would have known that Azog was actually defeated, in other words, killed in the battle for Moria (in which a small glimpse is seen in the first of the 'Hobbit' film franchise). He wasn't supposed to be in the Hobbit storyline at all. Also, the love triangle between Kili, Legolas, and newcomer and completely fictionalized Tauriel (who was never in the Tolkien universe), should have not existed or should have been in the film- but was, due to Hollywood's and Peter Jackson's call.

I understand that having all of this extra fluff, specifically the thrill of the chase and a love triangle is what gets the masses to the theaters, allows the audience to relate, etc. It's nice and all, but seriously- hasn't it been overplayed a bit? When I saw not only Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy and these first two adaptations of the 'Hobbit' franchise, I can clearly remember the ride back from the theatre or turning off the DVD copy once the film was over and have my mother or one of my sisters ask me some questions about what we saw, from what the differences between the various wizards are to about Aragorn's history and whatnot, even after they might see me twitch in my seat and mumble to myself quietly about something that's inaccurate within the film. To them, it's entertainment based, which is understandable. But for those of us who have been fans for a long time, we all want one thing- accuracy and perfection to that of the book, which I know is an incredibly difficult feat. I'll keep hoping that one day that will happen, but for now, I'll be mum about it.


Favorite Book: 'Howl's Moving Castle' by Diana Wynne Jones
Photo Credit: Amazon.com
Photo Credit: movies.disney.com
     Well, most of you may know (if you follow me on Tumblr or Twitter) that I am a big fan of the films by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. One of their films is actually based on this wonderful novel by the same name, 'Howl's Moving Castle.' As a bookworm at heart, I was ecstatic to finally get my hands on a copy of Diana Wynne Jones' book when one of my best friends, a literature lover, let me borrow it. I took it with me to the beach over my Spring Break, read it in two days, give and take with travel times, etc., and absolutely adored it. When I reached the last page, I was so saddened that it was over, but was ready to reread it again. After having watched the film numerous times, I only enjoyed reading the book more. However, I really wish that the film had more details like the book did- the story is more diverse and intriguing as you see the characters grow, including Calcifer, Sophie, Howl, and Michael. I highly recommend reading this along with the rest of Diana Wynn Jones' other works, as well as watching the Studio Ghibli film!

     Well, that's all for this post. If you have any suggestions for future posts such as recipes, DIY projects, Pinterest projects (to see if they're true or not), or even what I think of a specific film, music genre, band, YouTuber, whatever- send them my way! Post them in the comments section below or on the fan suggestion page, post them on the Kool or Katastrophy Facebook Page, tweet them to me on Twitter, or email me at koolorkatastrophy@gmail.com!

My Social Media links and handles are HERE.

I can't wait to hear from you! 
Until next time,
-Katie <3

December 26, 2013

KorK 2013 End-of-Semester/ End-of-Year Update!

Hi KorKers!
 Missed me?

     I know that it's been QUITE A WHILE since I've posted last, and I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart that I haven't kept up with Kool or Katastrophy. I could spew out a list of excuses from my side of the story, but that still doesn't give me a reason not to post.

But, if you want to know why there hasn't been a new post in a while, there are THREE reasons why.


1. FINAL EXAMS, PRESENTATIONS, PROJECTS, AND TERM PAPERS: THIS IS WHAT AN EDUCATION IS MADE OF...?
Photo Credit: chroniccurve.tumblr.com
     The wonder, the pride, and the soul of every college education that determines how long you, a college student can either: put off sleep or how little sleep will allow you to function, how much caffeinated beverages and junk foods you can consume, how to cram a semester's worth of information into an all-nighter or worse, one-hour study session before a final, and/or how long you can maintain your sanity throughout finals as well as those of the people (friends and roommates especially) in order to survive.
Photo Credit: memegenerator.net

2. My Internships: From Athletics to the Environment

     For one, I work with my college's Athletic Department [more specifically Sports Information.]
Photo Credit: Catawba College Athletics

     My experiences so far includes working videography and photography, social media, graphic design, video editing, statistics, commentary, and journalism. I've been working with this department for a year now, and with that, I usually help work all, if not almost all games (they vary from lacrosse, basketball, and even swim meets) to earn my hours/experience to gain credit towards my degree. 

     I really enjoy it, the great people, the high-paced energy and craziness that sometimes ensues...let's just say that it keeps me on my toes, and of course, makes it entertaining; especially if technology doesn't want to cooperate. (YAY FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCES!)

     My other internship is involved with another department/organization at my college; the Center for the Environment, one of my favorite places on campus. 
Photo Credit: Center For The Environment at Catawba College
     For them, I work alongside some amazing people as an intern as the head of the Center's various Social Media pages, help maintain their two official websites (checking for broken links, etc.), promote events and speakers, do photography, and so much more!

     This past semester, I put together, organized, and ran a campus-wide photo contest for my college alongside a good friend of mine and fellow intern. Needless to say, it was incredibly successful, and the Executive Director of the Center was superbly pleased with what resulted, especially in terms of the Social Media pages. We're planning to host another contest this Spring for the community as well as for the college campus again. I'm rather excited to get started on it, especially after how well this first one went.


3. The Holiday Season: Turkeys, Christmas Presents, and 
Wisdom Teeth Removal, Oh My! Wait...what?

     So, my holidays were fantastic, yet slightly crazy. Alongside my duties and responsibilities involved with my classes and internships, I needed to get my wisdom teeth removed...and I, not realizing on what day I scheduled it for, realized that I planned to get them removed on the day before Thanksgiving. THE DAY BEFORE THE ONE DESIGNATED DAY THAT REQUIRES ONE TO BE FULL OF FEASTING,  MERRIMENT, AND REFLECTIONS.

That was real smart Katie, REAL SMART.  (*Facepalm*)
     So, the day before Thanksgiving, I'm up and moving around 5am, and in surgery before 7am. I'm insanely grateful for the amazing doctor and nurses that helped, for the surgery went well, fantastic even, and I was able to leave about 30 minutes after waking up in the Recovery Room- no bleeding or loopiness from the medications AT ALL. I was only dealing with the numbness around my jaw. WOO!

     My Dad, who was with me, jokingly said that I should call my mom before we left to go home, and I did, just because. She was surprised that she could clearly understand me. Haha! So after being prescribed some medications, I was sent home to recover and heal. Needless to say, I took a lot of naps during that stage...and am almost healed completely as of the end of December. (WOO!)

     I was lucky that my family decided to celebrate Thanksgiving a little late so everyone could get together to celebrate (I have some family that live out-of-state). I was able to eat a big meal of comfort food, and had a great time meeting some new additions to the family, especially my new little cousin who was adopted from the Philippines. (She's such a sweetheart, and silly to boot!) 
YAY!
Photo Credit: memegenerator.com

     As for Christmas, my close family and I (my two sisters, my brother-in-law, and my parents) had a great one filled with love, great gifts, and target practice...we ended up going out into the pastures and shot some guns. (We're Southern, that's for sure.) But overall, it was a cold Christmas, but full of warmth from the amazing people I was able to spend it with. I'm very blessed and thankful. 
     My schedule (thankfully) isn't as hectic as it was, but I'm going to continue posting here on KorK as often as I can. If you, my amazing readers, don't hear from me very often, don't worry- I'm alive and kicking, but probably busy as a bee to get back to you all as I prepare to graduate and find a job out in the world. (Oh the joys of adulthood.) 

     I love you all so much, and I'll see you in the next post! Have a Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! I'll see you in 2014! :)

     Remember to leave your suggestions for future posts (recipes, D.I.Y. projects, Pinterest stuff, etc.) of things that you'd like to see me test or try out in the comments below, on my suggestion page, one of the social media handles (link below) or by email at koolorkatastrophy@gmail.com

     Lastly, make sure you check out the Follow Me section! Here you can 'Like' and follow me and KorK on their respected official pages!

Until Next Time!
-Katie <3


October 13, 2013

September & October 2013 Favorites!


Happy Sunday KorKers!

     I know, I know…it’s been QUITE A WHILE since I’ve posted last, and once again, I’m sorry! My senior year of college has a rather hectic schedule; especially with my two internships involve planning contests, working games (social media, graphics for our live-stream, etc.), as well as my basic priorities regarding my academic courses.

     It’s been especially busy for these last few weeks, and they’re only going to get a little bit worse within the next two weeks as I help put some city-wide contests into place as well as help work the many athletic events before, during, and after Homecoming.

     (I’ll probably end up turning into a Walker from The Walking Dead sooner if not later because of it all. Haha!) Thankfully, I’m now on Fall Break from college (after working athletic events for half of it), which I’ve gladly welcomed with open arms for many reasons, one being SLEEP.

     But since it has been so long since I’ve posted last, I wanted to do something, for you, my amazing readers. I’m going to share with you my favorites from September as well as for this month, October! (Talk about a combo attack!)
     So, here are my various favorites from September as well as for October!

Favorite Drink:
White Hot Chocolate from Starbucks     
Photo Credit: Starbucks.com
     So my college recently replaced our small sub sandwich shop with a Starbucks knock-off, which serves Starbucks products…and since it’s in the center of campus, guess who goes there every day whether she plans on it or not? Yep, this girl… Since it’s getting colder, I always stop in and get a tea or better yet, my favorite drink- a White Hot Chocolate- before I head to my internship across campus. The White Hot Chocolate is, for a lack of better words, HEAVEN for anyone who loves white chocolate (like me!). It’s like you’re biting into (well, drinking) a white chocolate bar, and is incredibly delicious. It's one of my favorite things from Starbucks, alongside their Cotton Candy Frappuccino (
Vanilla Bean Frap with Raspberry Syrup) and numerous others. If you’re a fan of white chocolate- try it out. You’ll thank me.

Favorite Beauty Product:
Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri ‘Cinna-Snap’ Nail Polish
     I recently wanted to find a great color nail polish for the fall, particularly a plum, wine, or red violet color… (I have my girly moments). So when I went shopping last, I found this little beauty- a gorgeous dark red-violet/cinnamon imperial candy color. After purchasing and trying it out, I can now say that it’s one of my favorite nail polishes currently, especially because of the flat brush applicator which makes it easy to use (even with your less dominant hand!). It’s worth trying out, and after reapplying it on my nails, I realized that it would be great for blood accents for anyone who wanted to make blood splattered nails or if someone wanted a dark red that resembled deoxygenated blood…but I digress. (Sorry for the visual!)

Favorite Accessory:
My homemade TARDIS beanie/toboggan! 
(Made by one of my best friends!)
Photo Credit: Katie Barbee
     ALLONSY! I honestly have some of the best friends a girl could ask for, and I’ll admit that I’m incredibly blessed. One of my best friends, Rebecca, loves to crochet, and made this amazing hat for me with the TARDIS (from Dr. Who) surrounding it about year ago. Needless to say, this is still one of my favorite accessories and has been a constant companion of mine, especially with cold and windy weather. Every time I wear it up to campus to attend classes, I always at least get two compliments on it- which is always a pleasant surprise.

Favorite Album:
“Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die…” by Panic! At The Disco
     Panic!’s new album, as usual, was everything I expected it to be and more. The band has their usual flair for the dramatic and serious concerns, and their tracks definitely reflect it. One of the tracks in particular addresses the racial issue of social acceptance regarding sexual orientation (“Girls/Girls/Boys”). Regardless, it’s one heck of a catchy and addicting album to add to their discography. It’s also one of the top albums that’s on repeat on my iPod currently- it’s worth taking a listen to.

Favorite Song:
“Lost In Stereo” by All Time Low

(All Rights Go To Their Respected Owners!)

     It’s an oldie, but goodie, and I can’t help but replay this song over and over and sing along. I randomly heard it back in mid-September (on Pandora, I believe) and I fell in love with this song all over again after years of it being stuck in the back of my mind. All Time Low is one of my favorite bands alongside so many numerous others, and if I’m ever in a bad mood, I’ll let this track resonate through my headphones once or twice, and I’m all set. In a way, I feel like this song is part of my life’s soundtrack, for I’m always ‘stuck in stereo’ for most of my day. (Haha!)

Favorite YouTube Video: 
“Stay The Night” by Zedd featuring Hayley Williams
Photo Credit: Alternative Press
(All Rights Go To Their Respected Owners! 
You'll have to go to YouTube to view the official video due to 
VEVO's restrictions- they own the video, not me! 
This is the song only!)

     This has to be one of my favorite songs with a video yet that features dance since P!nk’s “Try” video in which she and another perform an interpretive dance discussing a rough relationship. In “Stay The Night”, the dance is between a couple who is struggling as they are apart from one another in the relationship- which is seen between the two as they imagine what the other is doing and picturing them in each other’s bed, etc. With its catchy piano and bass as well as Hayley’s vocals adding into the mix, it’s one song that’ll stick in your head for ages to come. It’s one of my favorite songs to play in my car with the bass and volume up as well as to sing repeatedly. (You'll have watch the official video here- X to see what I mean- I can't share the video here due to their restrictions, which is understandable and respectable- it belongs to them, not me.)

     Well KorKers, that’s my favorites for September and October (so far)! There should be another post coming soon in regards to Halloween, so stay tuned!

     If you have any comments about my favorites, please leave them in the comment section below. If you have any suggestions about what I should discuss next, please post them below in the comment section as well or on my suggestion page, on the official Facebook page, or by email at koolorkatastrophy@gmail.com!

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Until Next Time!
Love you guys tons! -Katie <3