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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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I was so not impressed by Spotify, which I tried out for June's Mixed Tape. My new format? YouTube. Bless you, YouTube. July Mixed Tape Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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This title will confuse you, because you most likely got to this post by clicking a link... on Facebook. No, I didn't delete my account. I didn't change my privacy settings. I didn't even edit my friends list. But I did take the app off my phone and I changed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Why aren't more people outraged at toilet paper companies? This is the "bath tissue" aisle at a certain superstore: This aisle of pretentiously-dubbed "bath tissue" (are they afraid to use the word "TOILET" [I'm not: toilet toilet toilet toilet toilet]) takes up about 650 square feet of store space and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Those mirrors. They are all over those damn dance studios. Taunting you. Telling you you're not the fairest in the land. But that's just your brain talking. Sometimes you need to ignore your brain and use your EYES. Your eyes will tell you mirrors are helpful. It's almost like someone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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There was this mysterious concept I heard of several years ago (probably in my last few years at college, in hindsight) called a "beer shower". I could not fathom what this term referred to at the time, which is really a shame. I now know that a beer shower is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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I was trying to think of something amazing to call these first set of badges, a name that would elude to 46 levels of GAWAL-y yet to come, but I exhausted my naming skills on the club name. And those kids I have. So, there it is. RULES AND REGULATIONS... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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A year ago, I had this idea for "Women Scouts" where one could earn badges (like, literal badges, not the ever-popular virtual ones you can earn in an app) for doing adulty things like hosting a sleepover for your kid and their friends, cooking a mysterious and intimidating dish, fixing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Ballroom dancing is not for everyone. It is for a select group of people. Is ballroom dancing right for you? Let's find out... It is for the engineer. The nerd. The guys with protractors and possibly a pocket protector. Ballroom dancing is for you. There are manuals, WRITTEN MANUALS, for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Annie (1982) was my favorite movie when I was growing up. I wanted to swim in that indoor swimming pool. And meet Punjab. And belt out a line like Little Orphan Cindy who sang "Rover, why not think it over." But most of all, I wanted to be Miss Hannigan.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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Big surprise, Grooveshark (the provider of the previous months' installments of R'n'F's Mixed Tapes) was shut down due to copyright infringement. I've given in to Spotify and am hosting the la nouveau playlists là. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. French. June Mixed Tape I started out with a couple hilarious songs by my favorite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
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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