Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tell the World Tuesday!

Alright, it's Tuesday and you know what that means! Time for this week's edition of Tell the World Tuesday! This week I have KT from KT's Refinishing School answering some questions. Take it away!

1. First things first, tell me where you blog and a small paragraph about your blog.
I am KT and I blog over at KT's Refinishing School. I started blogging in September 2009 as a way to stay in touch with family and friends in California, Illinois, Nebraska, and elsewhere when my then fiance (now husband) J and I moved to St. Louis with our cat Woods. Posting was pretty sporatic until after our wedding in June 2010, when I began posting on a more regular basis. Now I try to post every day, Monday through Friday, although lately I've been posting twice a day as part of my list of 130 goals I want to accomplish before I'm 30 [Goal Number 58: post twice a day, 5 days a week for two months straight)!
My content varies day to day but largely revolves around our lives here in the Lou, whether it's books I'm reading, recipes, I've made, movies I've seen, rooms I've decorated, thrift store finds I've snatched up and anything else that strikes my fancy. Life is a constant learning process, so all of my content reflects that and takes an educational slant to it all--hence my blog's name, KT's Refinishing School.
Two special features around here are Remember When Wednesdays and The BBC: Bloggers Book Club.

Remember When Wednesdays are posts where I share photos and memories from my life over the years. These stories vary widely and have covered everything from my cat's birthday to the time we got to hear President Obama speak. The BBC is a virtual book club I've started where blog friends are able to link up and discuss books together much in the same way we would if we lived in the same city! We've just started our first book and discussion on Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

2. Give me 5 words you use to describe yourself:
Talkative, Nurturing, Driven, Emotional, Inquisitive.

3. Do you use a real alarm clock or your phone? If you use your phone, what tune do you wake up to?
I use my phone and wake up to iPhone's Marimba ring tone. Our phones are on J's side of the bed due to the placement of our outlets in the room, so he is the one that unplugs it and hands it to me to turn off every morning :)

4. What (or who) inspires you most?
My mom's parents. They are some of the most loving, thoughtful, generous, and giving people I know. My grandpa came down with polio when he was sixteen which changed his life forever. Once a football star, he watched his team play from the sidelines. He has been hospitalized and had numerous surgeries over the years, but has never once complained or let it get him down. He continues to fight for the little guy as an attorney every day and comes home to the love of his life, my grandma, every night. My grandparents have been married for over fifty years and have eight children and seventeen grandchildren. I hope J and I are as happy as they are when we are their age!

5. Do you read for fun? If so, what are you reading; or what is a book you would recommend?
I love to read! I didn't get to read as much while I was in school but now that I am working, I read a lot more. Right now I am reading Sense and Sensibility for our book club, which I am enjoying a lot more than I thought I would (I sometimes have difficulty wading through Jane Austen's phrasing!)

6. What is something you've always wanted to do?
Travel the world. I was lucky enough to travel to France when I was in college for ten days and J visited Spain in high school but we hope to do lots of traveling together over the years!
7. What is your favorite part of the day, and why?
Early evening. Usually I am working on blog stuff, reading a novel, or making dinner when I hear the garage door opening. I am happy because it means J is home with me for the night!

8. Where is a place you would like to travel?
I would really love to go to Japan. I love sushi and Japanese food and have heard a lot about it over the years because my dad travels there frequently for business.

9. What's your guilty pleasure (food, tv show, etc.)?
My guilty pleasure would be what J and many others would call "trashy TV" like Teen Mom and Sister Wives on TLC. I can't help it--the drama is addicting :)

10. Give your favorite inspirational quote, photo, or both!
"Hold onto what is good,
Even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold onto what you believe,
Even if it is a tree that stands by itself.
Hold onto what you must do,
Even if it is a long way from here.
Hold onto life,
Even if it is easier to let go.
Hold onto my hand,
Even if I have gone away from you."
-Pueblo Blessing
11. What is one thing you want to Tell the World today?
That you are never too old or too wise to learn, try something new or make a new friend! In life, there are no guidelines or rules, we are all learning and discovering things as we go along!
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions! To all my readers, take a visit over at KT's Refinishing School, maybe join in on her book club! And KT, if you want a Tell the World Tuesday button, you can find it over on my left sidebar!

Do YOU want to be featured on Tell the World Tuesday? Shoot me an e-mail at mbattiestOKU{at}gmail{dot}com, and I'll send you the questions and instructions for being featured. Happy Tuesday friends!


  1. Thanks for featuring me Mallori! I had forgotten that I had listed Japan as one of the places I wanted most to visit which is ironic now that they are facing so much devastation and loss :(

    The Japanese are resilient people and will rebuild with help from all of us!

  2. yay KT! Such a cutie when the sound of a garage door opening makes you happy. Such a lovely feature Mallori, enjoy the rest of your day.

  3. oh i enjoyed this! i would have loved to go to france in high school! bummer! so glad you had a chance---it would be nice to pick up and start traveling again!:)

  4. what a great piece of blog love!!! :)
    thanks for sharing Mal! I'm gonna go check KT out!

  5. mallori - i've missed your photos! but totally understand, recovering is much more important.

    can't wait to see the florida pics!


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