Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Random bits

Sometimes unexplainable things happen at my facility. We’ve had our expected fair share of resident’s die there. Despite the name skilled nursing facility and the excellent care we provide, people tend to die at the end of their life. It happens. Because of the death numbers and these unexplainable things (such as call lights going on when nobody is in the room or phantom call lights as we call them, charts placed appropriately on the shelf at the nursing station with no reason to fall landing on a nurse’s head while she was charting, a phone call being put on speaker when no buttons were pushed, items randomly being moved from one place to another spot that nobody would even think to put it hidden between other stuff, etc.) it is believed by many that we have ghosts. I for one love this idea. It’s fun, although for others it’s more creepy than fun. Today in our office something happened in which we blamed the ghost. I named him Barney. Then my co-worker told me that she was told there’s an application for the iphone that allows you to hear ghosts speak and she downloaded it. Turns out our Ghost’s name was not Barney after all. It was Daniel. Go figure. I guess ghost whisperer isn’t a skill I can include on my resume.

Once again, I quit candy. I feel flabby fat and lazy. Ever since I moved into my apartment my exercise habits went out the window and I’ve been stress eating sugar a whole lot more since the end of October. I put a stop to it today and successfully made it through my first day of sugar de-tox. So far so good, but there’s a good chance I may need to find a 12 step program to help me through it with or without a sponsor.

I don’t know why it is but the creepiest 8 legged critters tend to find their way into my dwelling space. I don’t like it. I hate killing them and I usually try to bargain telling them that if they cooperatively allow me to catch them I’ll release them unharmed outside. My kitchen still smells like RAID thanks to Bobby. He had a free ticket out the front door and the stubborn little bugger refused to come down to it. Perhaps he will now join Moe and Becky the black widow I killed in my living room a few months ago in spider heaven. May he rest in peace in my garbage can.

I am way ready for a hair cut. It’s grown out and has no style anymore and is not cute. I have no idea where to go to get this done. My preferred hair cutting source is an hour and 40 minutes away and works during the same hours I do.

I’m pretty forgetful lately, whether it’s plans I’ve made with someone, the day of the week, or whatever. I don’t recall having memory issues before, but I do remember a friend of mine telling me in highschool I’d forget my head if it wasn’t attached. I didn’t know what she was talking about, but I can see how it applies now. It seems I always forget at least one thing whenever I leave my apartment. I always remember at some point what it was I forgot and I’m not sure if that’s less frustrating than never remembering. Sometimes I remember as I’m locking my door, other times I remember once I buckle up. The stinky times are when I remember as I’m turning onto the on ramp to the free way. Too late now! One day I returned to my apartment from my car for my forgotten cell phone, only to make it back to my car to remember I left my name badge on my table. I felt so retarded walking out to my car, back to my apartment, back to my car BACK to my apartment, then BACK to my car again. I was a few minutes late for work that day. I’m pretty sure dementia is going to be a familiar feeling for me when I get there.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This week in the life of Katie

What I’ve been afraid of:

*expired milk
*my phone going off when I’m not at work, anticipating it will be work with a problem I can’t or won’t know how to solve
*my work phone going off anticipating it will be a disgruntled family member of a patient
*I pretty much just hate the phone

What gets me through the day:

*a desire to prove my capabilities
*a motivation to make my facility the best it can be
*a love for the residents under my overall supervisory care
*an awesome team at work

What I’ve been chilling out with once I’m home:

*Josh Groban
*cranberry juice/ginger ale
*more sugar

I haven’t been getting enough:

*time on the piano

Lowlights of the week:

*Never feeling like I’m ever going to accomplish everything I need to and staying 2 hours late nearly every day
*My GPS sending me to Kaiser Roseville instead of Sutter Roseville this morning on my way to assess a potential new admit. Dang my stupid lack of directional intelligence. I could get lost in a circle.


*Talking with my brother Eric on the phone last night (after first freaking out that it was work calling)

Looking forward to:

*Movie at my place with cousin Courtney tomorrow
*Going home on Friday night for the weekend

Sunday, October 24, 2010

What a week

I took Tuesday off since I worked Saturday and got called in on Monday. It was a wonderfully ignorant day filled with no worries. There’s something magical about a weekday off. It almost makes up for having worked on the weekend. I went shopping for curtain rods at Target, found them and then while looking through the DVD’s saw Ponyo and on a whim decided to buy it and watched it that night. I love Ponyo.

I got back to work on Wednesday and found out that my boss nurse (I’m assistant boss nurse) quit without notice and left around noon on Tuesday. What the heck?! Of course it had to happen the one day I was gone. I had no idea and nobody had called me. I thought they were teasing me when I found out. I walked into our office first thing that morning and was asked if I had spoken to her yet. When I answered no and asked if she was taking the day off, I was told I needed to sit down. Nobody said anything and insisted I sit down again, so I finally sat down. Still nobody offered any information and just looked at me. I could sense some sort of doom, and I asked if she wasn’t coming back. Finally they got it out and told me no she wasn’t. I couldn’t believe it was true. I like boss nurse. It was a hard morning.

As of Wednesday I’ve been temporarily promoted to nursing boss to take her spot until we get a permanent replacement. We’re in our window of survey where the state comes for a few days and picks us apart with a fine tooth comb. If they find enough wrong or if the same things are wrong that they found last year they could shut us down. We’re expecting them any day (they like to keep it a surprise when they’re coming). The nursing boss (now me) is responsible for all the nursing care given in the facility. Whoa. I don’t have the experience level required for this position (by law the DON director of nurses has to have 12 months leadership experience in a SNF- I only have 6. I guess the law doesn’t apply to an interim or “acting” DON, which is what our administrator is having me be in the mean time). Hopefully we find a replacement soon. I was told if the one other nurse most qualified for the position in our facility doesn’t accept the offer (she’s already told me she doesn’t want it) interviews will start this week, but in the mean time I have some awesome nurses and people at work helping me.

It’s been crazy. I’ve had to approve or deny overtime, write up a few nurses for doing something they shouldn’t have (which was hard for me to do considering they were all much older and more experienced that I am), and I’m interviewing a nurse on Monday morning to see if I want to hire her. That blows my mind and that’s not even a quarter of it.

Friday was so busy I stayed 3 hours late trying to finish stuff and still didn’t finish. I didn’t get home from work until after 8. Then I found out a friend from nursing school had passed away earlier that day. That was it. What little energy I had left that night had been wiped out. I’m crushed with this news and it’s still hard to accept.

The highlights of my week were: Watching Ponyo Tuesday night before the rest of the week killed me. Thursday night I was able to go to the temple. Talking to my brother on the phone on Friday. Yesterday my parents and sister came and helped me put up my sheers over my windows with the curtain rods I got on Tuesday. My windows look so much better! My dad gave me a blessing that I requested, which was nice. I’m still exhausted, but I feel like I can conquer my world again.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A talk on a talk

My least favorite place in church is behind the pulpit. Here's what I said behind one today:

I’ve always admired people who could give talks based on a talk that has already been given. I’m impressed by their ability to take something that is already perfect in itself and create their own talk out of it. This takes skill and expertise that I have been grateful I’ve never had to develop...until now. Hopefully the next 15 minutes or so are more painful for me than they are you, because I’m still not sure I’ve developed that skill. The talk I’ve been asked to speak on was given by President Uchtdorf in the Young Women’s broadcast earlier this year titled “Your Happily Ever After” .It’s written so well and is so enjoyable to read that I was debating just reading it word for word and ending it with my testimony of “and I know these things to be true, Amen”. Unfortunately for me and probably you too I was advised against this. I won’t be reading his talk word for word, but many of the thoughts and ideas I’ll be relaying are straight from President Uchtdorf.

Happiness is one of if not my favorite gospel topic and is one I never tire of studying or learning about. Happiness is a short term, long term and eternal goal of mine as I’m sure is yours and is my emotion of choice in all circumstances. I’m a sucker for happy endings. In fact if a story has a crummy ending it completely ruins any good parts of the beginning and middle I may have enjoyed up until that point. I once watched the movie “ Bryan’s Song”. Once. Never again. Titanic? Once. Never again. I hated Romeo and Juliet. On the other hand stories that are entirely depressing throughout but have satisfactory happy endings leaving you feeling good become favorites of mine. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, or Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables for example. For me it has to end on a good note.

In life, just as in stories we have our own adventures, trials, and triumphs. President Uchtdorf says our “once upon a time” is now. That God loves us so much he gave us the gift of life on this earth to experience those adventures, trials and triumphs. We are living our own stories. God wants us to “live happily ever after” with Him in eternal life. Who doesn’t want a “happily ever after” to their story they’re living? I know I do. But just because we want it doesn’t mean we’ll get it. We have to earn it. There are things we need to do to prove ourselves, and make ourselves worthy of a happily ever after ending to our stories.

Elder Uchtdorf reminds us that there is no way to have your “once upon a time” and get straight to a “happily ever after” without first experiencing trials and temptations. No one is exempt. He gives examples of a few fairy tales to show that each heroine (or hero) had to go through “great adversity”. These trials allow us to appreciate and differentiate between sorrow and joy.

2 Nephi 2:11
11. For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first- born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad...
15.And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter.

President Uchtdorf says, “would the marathon runner feel the triumph of finishing the race had she not felt the pain of the hours of pushing against her limits? Would the pianist feel the joy of mastering an intricate sonata without the painstaking hours of practice? ... Adversity teaches us things we cannot learn otherwise...Our heavenly Father has set us in a world filled with challenges and trials so that we, through opposition, can learn wisdom, become stronger, and experience joy.”

For me, things I really want in life never come right away even though I know it’s what I’m supposed to be doing and put my full effort into achieving them. Through this I have been forced to learn patience and perseverance and develop a special gratitude for what I am finally eventually blessed with. For example, I am a nurse. I had no idea when I made my initial decision to become one that my educational progress and attempts to get my first job would be as difficult as it was. I knew education was good, and I knew I should go into nursing. As soon as I figured out that nursing was the right path for me I did all my research into what classes I needed to apply to 2 year programs (as opposed to the 4 year school’s programs) so I could keep a part time job and be able to pay my own way through school without any loans while living at home. When I started, my priority registration date was the last one since I was new to that school and all the classes I needed were full. I had no luck sitting in and trying to add them. It took me over 2 semesters before I was finally able to have a registration date early enough to get the science classes I needed. Once I got an early enough registration date to get the classes I needed, I disregarded counselor’s recommendations of only taking one major science class a semester and I took as many of them at once in order to be able to apply to the nursing program as soon as possible since I already experienced a year delay and that particular program only accepted applicants once a year with the deadline approaching. I didn’t want to wait any more longer.

Once I applied I just knew I’d get in even though it was a lottery system and they had 4 times as many applicants as spaces for because I knew I was doing what I was supposed to be doing and I felt sure I would be blessed in that way. I wasn’t. So the next semester I took other classes required to get into 4 year schools I hadn’t taken yet, completed my AA and applied to American River’s 2 year nursing program that accepts applications spring and fall. Again, I was not selected. I had already taken every class I needed for anything up until that point so the next semester I took 6 PE units, ASL, and another class to keep a full load of 12 units and applied again to both schools as well as Sac State and CSU East Bay that thankfully don’t use the lottery system. I didn’t get into the 2 year programs again, but I did get accepted to both Sac State and CSU East Bay.

I went to Sac State and when it got hard and I wished I didn’t have so much homework, I reminded myself how hard I worked to be there, that it was my choice to be there, and told myself I was going to like it. Sometimes it worked. I decided to take the option being offered of combining my last year into one semester and graduated in 2 and a half years instead of three in December of 2008.

After Christmas started my job hunt. I studied for just under a month to take my boards all the while looking for work. I passed the boards, and then turned my focus to 100% job seeking. I prayed every day for something. Nothing. After 3 months or so I decided I wasn’t being specific enough in my prayers as to when I wanted to find a job and asked to find a job the next day, rather than just finding a job in general. The next day my institute instructor called me with a job opportunity...only it wasn’t using my nursing licence or degree. Looks like I forgot to be complete when I decided to be specific. But I recognized an answer to a prayer, and I took advantage of the opportunity presented to me anyway and began working as an in home support service provider for a blind woman who was in her ward. It was frustrating, yet humbling to me to be earning (per hour) about 1/3 of what a person with my education and qualifications is worth, doing things anybody off the street could do.

I spent the rest of 2009 working for her and still couldn’t find work as a new graduate RN. It was embarrassing for me considering most people associate nursing with jobs that are in demand, when the reality is, with this economy it is experienced nurses who are in demand. With hospitals undergoing budget cuts, inexperienced new grads are unaffordable and many of the new graduate nursing programs were eliminated creating a higher applicant pool in the few programs that weren’t cut. In addition to this, because the economy is so bad, many nurses who would normally be retiring are putting off retirement, and experienced nurses who left work to have families are coming back to help their families earn enough to live on taking the job openings that otherwise would have gone to a new graduate nurse in better economic times.

2009 was the hardest year of my life. I wondered why I had bothered going through the trouble and stress of combining my last two semesters to be done a semester early if I wasn’t even able to be working until well after my originally planned graduation date. In my worst moments, I wondered why I even bothered becoming a nurse. I decided that my job hunt needed to be drastically changed since it kept yielding the same negative results. (I have over 200 emails in an especially depressing folder in my inbox illustrating my bad luck- and those aren’t counting the rejections I received in person, through snail mail or over the phone). I gave my blind lady until the end of January this year and then quit to once again put my entire focus into finding my career job. I re-vamped my motivation and job seeking energies and kept a positive outlook. I felt really good about 2010 and was certain things were going to turn around. I decided to apply to skilled nursing facilities and received good feelings about that choice. More positive feelings than I had in applying anywhere else. I was certain I was going to find a job in a SNF, even though I had friends that had already applied to several snf’s without any luck. I applied to 2 convalescent homes in Antioch, and every single skilled nursing facility in Sacramento, Woodland, West Sacramento, Carmichael, Elk Grove, and Roseville that I could find listed on the web. It took a few weeks to hit them all and I’d go to about 5 or so facilities a day. The next week I would go back to the places I had applied to the last week to follow up and continued applying to new places.

Every place I went to gave me the response that they didn’t want anybody with less than 3 years experience or didn’t have any openings. I felt so let down and wondered why I had felt so good about applying to all those SNF’s. I really felt something would come of it. I was ready to work for free in exchange for experience, but nobody would take me. My last day out took me out to Roseville and I applied to every SNF I had found online again without much hope given me from those I spoke with at each facility. I went back home to Antioch not quite sure what to do and I began contemplating other career options.

The first counselor in my bishopric had given me a contact who had a registry type service for health care professionals and I was in the process of registering with them, but they had told me they didn’t have much available for an RN without any experience either but to call them when I did.

Finally in April I got a call back from one of the last SNFs I had applied to in Roseville that wanted to set up an interview. I had applied to so many I was embarrassed that I had to get their address from them and couldn’t remember which one it was when they gave me their name. I interviewed, and was offered the job right then and started working 4 days later as the Assistant Director of Nursing. I can’t be happier with the work I’ve been doing, the position I’ve been given and the people I work with. It was a hard, really hard, long wait but my nursing degree, licence and skills are finally being put to use in a way that is satisfying for me.

Those 16 months post graduation were really hard, however, I know if I had gotten a job right off the bat I wouldn’t have the same appreciation or joy that I do now in working. I will never feel like I wish I didn’t have to go to work and will always be happy even when it gets stressful because I know what I felt like without it. I’m not saying that’s how I’d choose to do it again, but I can see the positive that came from the negative and the truthfulness of the scripture “there must needs be opposition in all things”.

My favorite quote from President Uchtdorf’s talk is: “It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop...Enduring adversity is not the only thing you must do to experience a happy life. Let me repeat: how you react to adversity and temptation is a critical factor in whether or not you arrive at your own happily ever after.”

We all have trials. We all have temptations. What we do with them will determine whether our story has a happily ever after or not. Our decisions here and now will effect our happiness in the short term, long term and eternally.

We should remember that happiness is possible now. It’s not something to just to look forward to at the very end. “Happily ever after” is the ultimate goal, but there’s no rule that says there’s no happiness allowed in the mean time.

It’s nice to know that trials and tribulations aren’t a permanent experience. We all must go through it, but we have such a wonderful promise if we make good choices in the face of them and endure it well as found in Doctrine and Covenants 121: 7-8

"My son, peace be unto thy soul; thy adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes."

Even in hard times, through the atonement of Christ, a good attitude, and maybe some chocolate and a good nap, happiness is within our reach. We shouldn’t let life pass by waiting for the happiness to find us. We should be actively involved in finding joy in our every day lives. President Monson gave a conference talk in October of 2008 titled “finding Joy in the Journey” where he says “Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family.”

President Uchtdorf urges us to find our happily ever after through living the gospel of Jesus Christ. He says, “Learn to love your Heavenly Father with all your heart, might and mind. Fill your souls with virtue, and love goodness. Always strive to bring out the best in yourself and others”

He counsels us live the standards in "For the Strength of Youth", as our own Stake presidency has recently reinforced and urged us to do. There is wisdom in following those guidelines presented in that pamphlet. Happiness will come to us now and later if we do so.

I know that life is hard sometimes. But I know that those hard times are necessary so that we may have a greater appreciation and understanding of the joy in the good times that follow. I know that happiness is possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ and in living His gospel. I know we have the capability of ensuring our own happily ever after to our own adventurous stories if we do.

I would like to end by bearing testimony that these things are true, in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Books I’m reading:

Anna Karenina by Tolstoy - I started reading this while in nursing school, probably 2007 or 08. Didn't have much time to give it. Still going. Someday I’ll finish it.

Notes on Nursing by Flo Nightengale- a book I've recently acquired, but wanted to read since nursing school

Another Country, Exploring the Emotional Terrain of our Elders by Mary Pipher, PhD- a book I acquired in nursing school, and hadn't bothered reading until now

TV shows I catch on Hulu:


Movies I’ve watched Recently:

Woman of the Year (with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy)
I Me Wed (some lame hallmark or lifetime movie)
Adam’s Rib (with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy)


Right now: Jason Mraz, I’m Yours is on the radio
Sunday I listened to a “Best of EFY” CD, and a Hilary Weeks Cd “If I only had today”
Yesterday I listened to an Eve 6 CD (or the music from that CD off my computer)
In the car I usually bounce around 6 different stations. If it’s not Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Uncle Cracker, Miley Cyrus, or a few others I don’t tolerate well it stays, but I have to check each of my 6 to make sure I have the best possible option going- then I’ll let it stay there until objectionable content (talking or one of those few songs I don’t like) arrives.

Things I’ve recently purchased:

A table and 4 chairs (40 bucks at a garage sale! Woo!)
More Gas

Things I haven’t done lately that I miss and need to do soon:
go jogging
play the piano
make and eat air popped popcorn (ok so I had some on Saturday, but that was 3 days ago already)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love and Beauty

A few days ago somebody on facebook posted his favorite lovey dovey quote to celebrate Valentine’s Day: “You don’t love a woman because she is beautiful; she is beautiful because you love her.” As soon as I read it, it rubbed me the wrong way. I know it was probably supposed to be saying something deep and meaningful and referring to inner beauty rather than outer beauty but I have yet to interpret this quote in a way that makes me like it unless it’s talking about how people appear to be more attractive once you get to see the goodness that is in them rather than just liking the outer appearance.

I don’t like this quote because it gives men credit for the beauty of women. Maybe that wasn’t the intent of the quote and maybe I do not understand it in the way it was meant, but in reading it I feel like it’s saying a woman isn’t beautiful unless a man loves her. “She is beautiful because you love her”. Does that mean she wasn’t beautiful before he loved her? That isn’t right. To me this is either saying that she’s ugly to everyone else but beautiful to the person who loves her, or she’s beautiful to everyone because you love her (like Johnny Lingo’s 8 cow wife, Muhanna). No matter how I interpret it I can’t agree.

A beautiful woman is not beautiful because YOU love her. She is beautiful because SHE loves HERSELF. She loves herself because God loves her. She proves her love to God through keeping His commandments and treating her body and herself with respect. Through this love between God and his daughters we become beautiful. It’s the same process for men. This is what makes a person beautiful. For that I have to believe that you DO (or should) love a woman because she is beautiful and by saying a woman is only beautiful because you love her is not giving credit where credit is due.

This quote bothered me so much, and when I saw a girl “like” it I really thought she was not thinking it through. I don’t want to be beautiful because a man loves me. That is not a compliment. I want a man to love me because I am beautiful in the way that I understand beautiful to mean.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Operation: be happy

1. Keep a clean bedroom
2. Pray on my knees twice a day and keep a prayer in my heart in between
3. spend quality time with the scriptures every day
4. go to bed by 11
5. wake up by 7
6. take a multi vitamin
7. eat nutrient dense foods and avoid unnecessary calories
8. get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week
9. spend time with other happy people
10. avoid spiritually damaging or otherwise depressing forms of entertainment and people

2009 had left me feeling a little less than peppy, and I got to a point where I was determined to feel better. Just over a week ago Tuesday night I created this list of 10 basic things I’ve discovered throughout my life that I need to do on a regular basis to feel good spiritually, physically and emotionally (minus # 5. I’ve never felt good waking up before 9 no matter how early I went to bed. #’s 4 and 5 are personal goals I’m failing at right now, but making progress. I’m hoping for some truthfulness in the saying “Early to bed, early to rise…” However, based on actual experience I do feel better when I get enough sleep in general).

Since implementing my “operation: be happy” plan I have improved in the areas I was slacking on and I’m starting to feel more like my cheerful self. It feels good.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What's on your mind?

I know I’m in a cranky mood when I start wishing for a “this is DUMB” button while looking through people’s status updates, things they become a fan of, and groups joined on facebook. My negative feelings for stupid things on facebook are kind of like my road rage. I don’t usually have it. I’m a pretty calm driver. Some lady almost ran into me on the way to work today as she speedily backed out of her driveway without looking, but I avoided smashing into her and we waved at each other like friends and drove away. However there are days when some things will irritate me on the road.

It’s the same with facebook. Usually things don’t bug me and I “like” everything and calmly hide, reject or ignore the stuff I prefer not to see but today was a bit different. When I saw people become a fan of (insert silly facebook application here that I won’t name specifically to avoid hurt feelings) I cringed and tried to remember my Sunday school and relief society lessons on not being judgmental.

“That’s dumb”, “why in the name of all that is good would you post THAT!?” “ I… do… not… care…[hide]” “I’m sure this group is a scam, I can’t believe I have friends joining it and I can’t believe they asked me to join it too [reject]…again! I should only have to reject a group invite once [reject]”…“stop sending me fan page suggestions [ignore][ignore][ignore][ignore]”… were some of the things running through my head as a navigated through my homepage and invites/suggestions. I had no idea I was cranky today, but apparently I am, otherwise I’m sure these things wouldn’t have bothered me to the point of writing this dumb blog…which fits nicely into my theme of “about nothing”.

Whether I’m cranky or in a fantastic mood, I am always surprised at the level of personal TMI-ness I come across in what some people choose to post. Many of those posts are from people I haven’t seen in who knows how long, and whom I will probably never speak to or care if I ever spoke to again. It’s not that I’m being mean or not caring about friends I once had, but some of these people I was never great friends with to start. I’ve been debating lately about whether or not I should wipe out a significantly sized chunk of my facebook friends. Is it rude or mean to de-friend people? Would it make me a facebook snob if I did? Just because we were acquaintances once upon a time, does it justify being facebook friends now?

Cyber friendships are a way to make us feel like we have more friends than we really do. I have 330 facebook friends, but when I count the number of people I choose to spend my free time with I can count them on my two hands (not including family because then I’d have to take off my socks and maybe borrow someone else’s fingers and toes). Granted some friends that would be included on my fingers are too far away to be counted, and that’s what facebook is for. Right? Who are all these other people?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


The longer I look at my name and say it in my head the more I like it and I loved it to start with. The only thing that would make it better would be pairing it with a new last name of Wadie or Beatty. I’ve never even heard of Wadie as a last name, so I might have more of a chance meeting and marrying a Beatty, but I don’t think you could beat Katie Wadie. I would laugh every day of my life by just saying my name.

On my blog soundtrack I’ve included a few of my favorite “Katie” songs.


...Plus or minus. I tried counting my white hairs the other day and I gave up.