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...?
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     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!

KorK Rating: Kool
Until Next Time!
Love you guys tons! -Katie <3

September 29, 2013

A KorK Original Recipe: How To Make Homemade Butter!


Happy Sunday KorKers!

     I hope you’ve all had a great weekend with this new adjustment to the weather called Fall. I have to admit, I’m rather excited for sweater weather. It allows for you to dress comfortably, which is a plus. Besides the casual change in the weather, all of the fall foods are reemerging, including Pumpkin Spices in various foods, to just continuously remind us that the holidays are slowly approaching.

     With most food, seasonal or not, there is usually a constant ingredient that we all purchase and use: butter. We really do take modern technology for granted; especially with how quickly our foods can be mass-produced, packaged, and dispersed throughout out the nation, especially the basics such as milk, bread, and butter.

     During one of my Communication Arts classes this past week taught by my blogging teacher (who helped me create KorK and is a distinguished blogger herself- [She is the owner and writer of the popular barbecue blog Barbecue Master]); we had a discussion about creating Media/Press Kits and how we would promote a certain company or product.

      Somehow along the way, my professor and I started talking about promoting a blog, which resulted in my telling her of a cool project that my Mom did with my sisters and I as kids- making butter by hand; and she suggested that I talk about it for my blog this week.

     Well, to Professor Cyndi Wittum and my amazing readers- here it is: 
How I Make Homemade Butter.

     What you need: A quart sized Mason jar; a lid from a mayonnaise jar (or one that will screw on the top of it securely); some salt (optional); and one pint of heavy whipping cream (cold or room temperature- either will work).
This is what I mean by a Mayonnaise Jar Lid.
     Open and pour the heavy whipping cream into the quart jar, and securely close it with the lid.


     Once it’s securely sealed- SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE! (Haha!)
     But really, shake it continuously, whether you have to do it like a Shake Weight, rock it back and forth like a see-saw, or even if you have to roll it along the floor between you and another person- SHAKE IT in any way that you can.

     As you continue shaking, small bits of butter will start to form- keep shaking it until there is a slurry mess, and then continue to shake it until there is a large solid piece of butter floating in the remaining cream (which should now be similar to the consistency of water around the mass). This may take about an hour or so to do, varying on how your stamina is.

     Once you have the solid piece of butter in the jar with the remaining “buttermilk”, carefully pour out the “buttermilk” and place your butter into a bowl. Lightly sprinkle some salt over the top of it and stir it in. That’s really all it takes- you now have homemade butter!

     For me though, I love having some Honey Butter to add a little sweetness, especially to one of my favorite things, toasted blueberry bagels. To make your Butter into Honey Butter, just add in some honey and mix. It’s that simple.

     I hope you guys give this one a try- it’s really simple and rather fun to do, especially with kids, not to mention that it’s pretty delicious. If you have any questions or comments about this project, please feel free to leave them in the comment box below! 

     Also, if you have any suggestions for future projects or topics that I should talk about, please leave them in the comments as well, or on my suggestions page, Facebook Fanpage, or Email me at koolorkatastrophy@gmail.com!

KorK Rating: Kool
Until Next Time!
-Katie <3