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Riot and Frolic
Minnesota
Awesome
Interests: ballroom dancing, crafting, sewing, cooking, working out, running, decorating, reading, listening to music
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Maybe you're awesome enough as it is. But maaaayyybe you could use a little pick-me-up in the kicking-ass department. Maybe especially on the dance floor? It's surprisingly easy. Here's my little advice: Fake it until you are it. This amazing TED talk about body language BLEW MY MIND. If you... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Four years ago, I must have been bored and crazy, so I started this damn thing. Here's my most popular 4 posts of all time: 4. Garbage Challenge - Winning, besides my usual witty repartee, I think this ranks highly on search engines for the amazing Charlie Sheen image. 3.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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I have this story which has the potential to be helpful to some people, or at least cathartic to me (#metime). The struggle has been trying to make it a linear, witty narrative of a time in my life that seemed pretty non-linear and non-witty. Aaaaand, since it addresses a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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*WARNING - SPOILER ALERT* [Get it? Huh? Huh? "Spoiler"? Cars? HA!] The 2015 Dodge Challenger. I'm not into cars past knowing I would definitely take an Aston Martin or a 1960s MG if someone offered me one for free. But the Challenger is fairly attainable as sexy cars go and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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I nod and smile a lot. Like, A LOT. I heard people think I'm nice (some people probably think I'm vapid, but they don't tell me that), but maybe they don't know why I'm grinning like an idiot at them. There are seven main reasons I do this action: I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Otherwise known as "TMI with Kate Bratt". Or "Useless Facts". more than coffee, I need to blow my nose to feel like the day is really starting. And by "blow my nose", I mean I need to use at least three Kleenex and feel like there's no mucus left in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
People often mention how they "don't want to practice wrong" and while that is a noble and virtuous and heart-warming idea, it is also insane. To slay the dragon, and learn about your insane behavior choices, click here. To continue on towards the castle, and read my ramble about practice,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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To celebrate the anniversary of my first ballroom dance experience, because I have no shame, and because I had to start writing this blog again somehow, I am sharing a completely terrible video of a not-even-close-to-my-first performance. Note: I hope you're sick as you're watching this, because laughter is the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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There are certain milestones that one expects to experience. You know, those experiences that make writing books, making movies, and maintaining a blog relatively easy. There are two of these experiences that I have been asked a lot about lately: marriage and childbirth. There are many insights, revelations, and memories... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Boys. Men. You have a waist. Wear your pants on it. You might be sexy, or have a nice rear, or killer obliques, or all the above, but wearing your dance pants like you wear your going-to-a-bar pants is going to make you look weird on the dance floor. A)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Yes, I have been "in the family way" often the last couple years, and while I have done some supposedly unconventional things in these precious months, here are the completely normal things I'm looking forward to doing in the near future... stop doing grand plies to pick up anything off... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Things I Dig penmanship - ah hell, and just pens are great, too. I mean, a handwritten note that's legible? That comes in THE MAIL? That's SPECIAL. midi rings - while I like most of my jewelry huge and jingly, I love these goofy, tiny rings that fit onto the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Get it? Advent...ures? I am SO clever. Yes, it's that pre-Christmas season again and I'm mostly prepared. Last year, I clogged up our brains with daily updates; this year I'm going Theme Week route and doing a once-a-week roundup. In case you're also feeling the spirit moving you, here's our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Thanksgiving is pretty exciting around here because you get a day off your regular job and people insist you cook all day. Since I dig my job and I love cooking, I WIN. But The G is also home, so child-wrangling duties are decreased by at least 50% and I'm... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Happy December, y'all (that was for you, Warren)! ROBERT PLANT. I put my "secret track" for Rumba on here. It's soooooooooo inappropriate to play on lessons, but it's SO PERFECT. If you thought I wouldn't put Christmas music on here, YOU WERE WRONG. And if Pentatonix doesn't give you the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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I have accidentally been collecting owl things for a few years. I didn't realize it was a collection until people started buying me gifts with owls on them (mugs, Christmas decorations, notebooks). "Because you love owls!" Let's be real, though, people: owls are super creepy-looking in real life, but cartoon... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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It's winter in Minnesota. Yeah yeah, I know it's not Winter, it's Autumn, but the windchill is below 10°F and there's snow on the ground, so WINTER. Going from inside to outside is not entirely pleasant and you probably want to get to another inside destination as quickly as possible.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Contrary to evidence, I do not enjoy being pregnant. It makes me feel like Chris Farley, and while comparing oneself to a comedy legend seems awsome, I'm talking about the sweaty and out of breath part, which is not awesome. Besides being held back by social restraints, not being to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Number Week was an interesting concept since I'm dealing with people who kind of know how to say numbers in the commonly accepted order and vaguely know what those syllables represent. On the plus side, it was a very easy and "learny" week; on the minus side, crafts were relatively... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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How many times have you been told to "stand up"? More than 10. Probably 100 times. Just. So. Many. Times. And then you finally learn where Newfoundpostureland is and you have to "stand up" a whole different way: with forward poise, leftward lean, separation of Church and State (or ribs... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Most days I'm amazed that I've made it as far as I have. Meaning, I'm amazed I'm still alive AND that my age reflects a number most people relate to "adulthood". Because there are days (let's not mind the percentage here) that I eat cookies for breakfast, or stay up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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I made bad waffles last week. In the grand scheme of things, clearly this is not an issue. In fact, many would hashtag it #firstworldproblems. But in the minutiae of my day, IT IS EVERYTHING. I plan fantastic breakfasts SO I GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING. If I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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My life is in a perpetual and precarious balance between overachieving and total slacking. Over the weekend, I like to plan out my next week, prepare nerdy/artsy/schooly stuff (for the girls' activities or for my own projects), and catch up on stuff that slipped through my to-do list's grasp. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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Sometimes there's 9 ladies in group class and 3 men. Sometimes you want to even out the ratio by switching roles. Here's how, when, and why you should lead as a regular follow: How Should I Lead? confidently Since you were brave enough to cross the gender divide, be brave... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Riot and Frolic
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I could also name this "The Not Great Pumpkin". Maybe you'll disagree but I label this #uninspired. Sunday Pumpkin carving: The Godfamily took the little ghouls (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HA HA HA. Ha ha... [sigh]) for the seemingly annual Pumpkin Carve. For some crazy reason, I didn't take any pictures of their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Riot and Frolic