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!

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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.'

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     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
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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!

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