1. 25 is the year of the Negroni. Celebrate accordingly.

2. I have realized I belong in California. (Or I belong wherever I’m currently not, I’m not sure yet.)

3. It was a glorious few days before my thesis edits came back to me. 

4. Is there a book called, “How to enter adulthood and stop being a wimp”? I need it.

5. Sometimes you need to spend all of your money stocking your new bar. It’s just a fact.

Thx, mllemouse!!! I love these things because I usually remember something cool that I like, this time my favorite song.

Name: Katy
Nickname: recently at work people started calling me Jim because I stole someone named Jim’s embroidered jacket 
Birthday: August 28
Gender: Female
Sexuality: Straight
Height: 5’10
Time Zone: Mountain
What time and date is it there: 5:17 pm on September 14
Average hours of sleep I get each night: (let’s check the FitBit) around 7.5 hours
The last thing I googled was: Where is PBR brewed (I know but I wanted to know if the internet knows. It does.)
My most used phrase(s): awesome
First word that comes to mind: Banana
What I last said to a family member: something as I tripped on the stairs 
One place that makes me happy and why?: Berkeley because it was the best few weeks to say goodbye to california
How many blankets I sleep under: Between one and three
Favorite beverage(s): coffee, beer
The last movie I watched in the cinema: Guardians of the Galaxy (me too Lisa!)
Three things I can’t live without: love, purpose, chocolate
Something I plan on learning: bartending/~mixology~
A piece of advice for all my followers: you were there and now you’re here. Time always passes. 
You all have to listen to this song: Soft Rock Star by Metric. All time top 5.

As always if you do the thing and tag me I will read it because I love learning new things. <3

"May you have all the carbon monoxide detectors you could want and need and your coffee exactly how you like it."

brewingbakasana (via itisallmydoing)

You are my hero!

I was tagged by itisallmydoing! This might be really hard because I always feel the need to post ~really hip things~ as my favorites but actually I’m ~really lame~.

Rules: In a text post, list ten books (but I guess manga and comics are good as well) that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

So here are my ten books:

  1. The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
  2. Beer: the Art and Science of Brewing (Charlie Bamforth, my research mentor and life hero)
  3. Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls, because dogs)
  4. A Song of Ice & Fire series (George RR Martin)
  5. Yoga Bitch (Suzanne Morrison)
  6. Invisible Monsters (Chuck Palahniuk)
  7. When the Wolves Come Home (Carol Rifka Brunt)
  8. El Reino de Este Mundo (Alejo Carpentier)
  9. Tiny Beautiful Things (Cheryl Strayed)
  10. Anything by Davis Sedaris

Do it too! Tag me. I’m always looking for new book recommendations and I already got a ton from the lovely Bethany. 

It may look bright and sunny but I can see my breath. Fall! Is! Coming!!

It’s so amazing to be back home (in New House but New House feels like home because M & Dee & Ryley) after a week in a hotel. I feel invincible to a normal work week after a week of leaving at 7 am, getting back at 9 pm, writing thesis, sleeping, repeat. A normal week of work will be like CAKE but luckily I have a 3 day weekend so that rules a lot. 

My thesis is IN. To my committee at least.  They will come back with edits and then it’s just a lot of formatting and turning it in. THEN I HAVE MY MASTERS. It might actually happen.

I could not find dairy-free milk in Ohio, so it was black coffee all the time. Vanilla almond milk has never tasted so good. 

My family is coming over to grill tonight. I was honestly nervous about being so close to my parents after 2 years of being a plane ride away, but having them close is awesome because a) they buy us carbon monoxide detectors b) they invited M over for dinner last week when I was gone c) they’re my family and I love them.


Happy weekend, may you have all the carbon monoxide detectors you could want and need and your coffee exactly how you like it.

Gimme moar foam, please!

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I’m on my first business trip. It’s my second week of work. I’m so tired, and in ohio. But on the bright side, I like this job more than past job and even though I still lament the loss of grad school life, I’m not a mopey sad sack. Success? I think so.

I’m waiting on food from the hotel and then I will go up to my room and combo yin yoga/eat all the sweet potato fries. Then I will finish my thesis and send it off to my committee….hopefully.

Transitions are hard, man. Being away from M and our house of pets is hard. In doing my best to move through this transition into Adult Life with as much grace as possible and with as many sweet potato fries as I can find.

Business trips.

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An important reminder of job love.

An important reminder of job love.

Ryley is happy in his new home. Dee is coping with jealousy and growls. Ryley is happy in his new home. Dee is coping with jealousy and growls.

Ryley is happy in his new home. Dee is coping with jealousy and growls.

-hellllloooooo Colorado
-snuggling with Dee all the time
-house hunting all the time
-grateful for M and my family for taking us in during house hunt
-finish the thesis!

Life in bullet points: 

  • We are absolutely living it up in Berkeley. I’ve had a lot of moments lately where it has hit me how truly lucky I am for the state of things.  Sometimes, life is just about surviving and sometimes it’s filled with food and love and friends and sights and sounds and I’m really grateful now is one of those times.
  • I went to see a personal trainer this morning. Mostly I’m really sick of my back being a mess and she had a lot of tips on form and stuff and things and I think it will help a lot.
  • Tonight: SAISON. My first Michelin star-rated restaurant, (one of) our last dinners with friends in California, plus my friend has been consulting for them so we get ~special treatment~ or something like that. 
  • Tomorrow: Paul McCartney with M because M loves the Beatles and everything related probably even more than I love chocolate.
  • Weekend: put all of our stuff into pods and ship them off to colorado; say goodbye to everyone at my yoga studio/teach my last class; goodbyes goodbyes goodbyes.
  • Monday-Thursday: road trip to Denver (!!!!!!!!!) pass through sequoias, Vegas, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, the Rockies and then home with my parents while we hunt hunt hunt for houses.

Things are changing, in such big and crazy ways, but towards such good things. I’m really sad to leave California, and I take that as an indication of how incredible the last two years have been. The people I’ve met (hi, M), the things I’ve learned about beer and food and what I really like, the yoga family that took me in and let me grow as a teacher and as a student and who was there for me when things got really shitty. Taking a chance to move away from my family and home was the best thing I ever did, and I’m so excited to return to Colorado, this time with an extra human. <3

  1. Camera: iPhone 5s
  2. Aperture: f/2.2
  3. Exposure: 1/391th
  4. Focal Length: 4mm

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Namaste means “my soul recognizes yours” not “I tripped really hard at a festival once and now I’m filled with the wisdom of the Earth”

My thesis is open. 30 Rock is on. M is doing focusy stuff. All I need to do is write write write and then it will be done.

I think I’ll grab a beer, first. Sometimes you need beer to write beer. And chocolate.