Weekend in Photos

A little belated, but I figured Monday night was a better time than never at all to share pictures from my weekend!

Between coming back to work after the holiday for a hectic week at the office last week, and a busy day today that involved 6 hours of meetings, I made sure to cherish every moment of this past weekend, and took it relatively easy.

IMG_9582The weekend kicked off with the Kings game on Friday night. Shannon’s parents have season tickets and were kind enough to let us use them for the night! We played the Pacers and though we had the lead the entire game, it ended up going into overtime and we won by 1 point (!!!) Continue reading


Four Things

So I’ve been seeing this survey floating around the blogosphere lately, and in the name of laziness and a full week of no posts (and a love of surveys) I am filling it out today. Enjoy!

1. Four names that people call me, other than my real name: (I cheated- my real name is Katherine!)

  • Katie
  • MKG (Mary Katherine Gallagher)
  • Katie Rose
  • Stinky (I’m lookin at you, Russell ;) )

2. Four jobs I have had:

  • Tour guide/Freshman Orientation Staff at UCSB
  • Intern x 3 (in a legislative office, at a weekly newspaper, and at my current office prior to being hired full-time)
  • YMCA Day Camp Counselor
  • Account Coordinator (current role!)

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Giving Thanks

This year, more than most years, I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for.

I remember looking back on 2013, feeling pretty lost, and thinking, “I began this year in a relationship and employed, and I am ending it single and without a job.” Of course, this was a little pessimistic of me, being that I had been hired just before Christmas and scheduled to start my new job mid-January.

I’ve mentioned my feelings about this before, but having hard times really makes you appreciate when things start to go your way. That, plus recent family illness, make it pretty easy for me to identify what I am thankful for this year. Continue reading


Spaghetti Squash Boats with Sausage Ragu

Attention everyone: I made a new recipe!

Not only did I make a new recipe, but it even turned out amazing enough that I am sharing it with you today.

Not only did I make a recipe amazing enough to share with you today, but it is also healthy, veggie-heavy, AND carnivore-pleasing.

In the words of Queen Ina, “How bad can that be?”

For the past several autumn/winter seasons, I have been pretty much obsessed with spaghetti squash. I even taught y’all how to make it almost 2 years ago.

One medium-sized squash will run about $3 a pop at Safeway, can feed me for 2-3 meals, and they are much easier to prepare than acorn or butternut squash. There’s no peeling of a strange looking gourd involved, AKA fewer flesh wounds for Katie ;) Continue reading


Weekend in Photos

Funny story about how I forgot to post this yesterday. Let’s just pretend like Monday didn’t happen (I have a feeling no one will have any complaints about skipping a Monday!) and get on to pictures of my fabulous weekend. K? K.

Most of my weekend was spent in sunny San Diego, which you may know if you follow me on Instagram.


I was there for work, and our only goal when arriving on Thursday night was MEXICAN FOOD. After 4 years in Southern California for college, one of the things I miss the most (besides the ocean, of course) is good Mexican food. We went to Old Town Mexican Cafe in Old Town SD and it was super good, albeit a little touristy. Continue reading


Life Lately

Hello and welcome to this month’s installment of “Katie is a Horrible Blogger”.

Last we left off, I was fresh off a tough, yet fun, half marathon in San Francisco. After that race, I was sore for a good 3 days before I even attempted to exercise (with the exception of a couple of games of Ultimate Frisbee, which are nothing to sneeze at!). I’m not gonna lie, guys…I used the “but I just ran a half marathon!” excuse to avoid exercise for a while. We’re talkin’ maybe one short run and one gym trip per week for the 2 weeks that followed.

With the start of the new month (which SERIOUSLY came out of nowhere, amirite?) I’ve been trying to get myself back into the swing of things, with regular gym trips, apartment cleaning, and cooking lunches and dinner. I guess while I’m at it, I can probably fit blogging in there too, eh?

Enjoy this collection of photos from the month of October. If I realized one thing while putting together this post, it was that if I’m too busy to blog, it probably means I’m having a great time doing other fun stuff ;)

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Nike Womens Half Marathon SF — Recap

I did it, guys.

I survived another half marathon!


Aaaand there were firefighters in suits at the end. #notcomplaining

Before I forget everything, I wanted to go through my day before/morning of prep, the race itself, and thoughts afterward. For the record, my thoughts after my first half marathon and before this one were that I would probably aim to run 2 per year going forward. Before I had even gotten more than halfway through my training for this race, I decided that was probably unsustainable. I will definitely run more half marathons, but 2 per year might be a bit excessive ;) Continue reading


Treat Yourself Tuesday

I am suuuuper excited to be linking up for Treat Yourself Tuesday today with my lady Becky, who recently moved to Florida!! Around this time last year, we were getting ready to visit her in Chicago…can’t wait for our next Blend trip to sunny Florida ;) Preferably during the winter months! #justsayin

Anyway, every Tuesday in this little blogosphere we ladies (and fellas) come together to share how we have treated ourselves lately. I love reading through Becky’s post to see what fabulous things people have been doing. She puts it best:

“Do whatever feels best for you. Do something that will make you feel relaxed and loved and happy. Treat yourself well and treat yourself often so that you will become the best you possible and in turn be your best for others in your life!”


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Birthday Week in Photos

Thank you for all your birthday wishes on my last post! I enjoyed putting it together and hope my eternal optimism and “YAY LIFE” musings weren’t too obnoxious to read ;)

Rather than posting a “Weekend in Photos” post, it seemed more appropriate to highlight my whole birthday week…because I seriously did celebrate all week long! I also need to give a specific shout out to my kick-ass boyfriend Russell, who deserves about 12 million high fives for being a champ and making sure I had the best week ever. And for making me stay up on Tuesday night to drink wine right at midnight even when I just wanted to lay on the couch and watch TV. ;) I’m a lucky girl!

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