Sunday, September 21

Day 21 of 30: Cover Affairs

Day 21 of 30: A show you are currently obsessed with.

After many years of watching Law & Order:SVU on late-night reruns, I can no longer do scary and bloody shows and movies. It just doesn't sit well with my spirit. However maybe it's my slight rebellious streak but I love a great suspense show: guns, secret service, government scandals and kick-butt high heels and I'm totally down.

I am absolutely in love with the USA Network original series "Covert Affairs". Covert Affairs is about a young CIA trainee, Annie Walker, who works for the DPD (Domestic Protection Division) as a field agent. The show is about thrill, government scandals, homeland security, romance and the thrill of the hunt- it definitely leaves you on the edge of your seat each week. The character of Annie Walker is so complex and just when you think you have her pinned down, there's a completely new component to her that makes her that much more intense, hard core and just cool as ever.

Plus besides her absolute kick-butt-take-no-prisoners attitude, her wardrobe and shoes are absolutely ahhh-mazing. Annie Walker holds it down for the the whole protecting the United States from imminent threats, no big deal.

Saturday, September 20

Day 20 of 30: Oh the Places You Will Go

Day 20 of 30: 10 Places You'd Like to Visit

1. Paris, France

2. Berlin, Germany

3. Stockholm, Sweden

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

5. Budapest, Hungary

6. Oslo, Norway

7. Florence, Italy

8. Dubrovnik, Croatia

9. Gaza, Egypt 

10. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Friday, September 19

Day 19 of 30: Love Your Parents

Day 19 of 30: How do you feel about disrespecting your parents.

I was blessed with such wonderful parents and I genuinely love them. It's one of the closest earthly examples of Christ-like love I will ever experience, the sacrificial and unconditional love of my mom and dad. I seek their wisdom and guidance. I know that they will love me, no matter what my decisions, and that they continually think and pray for me; it's a wonderful kind of love. 

That being said, I think it's so important for a guy to have a relationship with his family. Every family has the crazies, the drama and the black sheep of the family however, how a guy interacts with his family shows a lot of his character and what his future family could be. There is nothing worse than a guy disrespecting his parents and talking crap about his family, it immediately turns me off and I no longer respect that guy. I want to see a guy have a relationship with his family, value them, love them and continually seek to build that relationship.

I see TV shows where teens continually disrespect their parents, talk crap about their mom, scream and yell at their father, and then storm out of the house and peel off in their mom's car: it kills me. Our parents were created by God to train us, inform us, and provide us with tools to be successful, loving, and responsible people for the Kingdom. It's their responsibility for the at least 18-years they have with us to teach us how to survive on our own and prosper. So teens, think twice before you get pissed that your mom won't let you go to the mall by yourself: she's protecting you from situations that could be compromising. Don't get angry that your dad won't  let you go to the football game alone: he's protecting you from having a tempting situation. 

God commands us to honor and respect our parents, and it's one that shouldn't be forgotten. 

Thursday, September 18

Day 18 of 30: The Traveling Cupcake: Unwrapped

Day 18 of 30: What is the Meaning of your Blog Name?

The Traveling Cupcake: I'm a 20-something writer with a day job. I love earl gray tea, cupcakes, all things British, traveling everywhere and anywhere, my puppy and curling up with a good book. 

The Traveling Cupcake name came about when I was moving to England. I knew I wanted to keep a blog of all my adventures while living abroad but I couldn't think of "the name". It's one of those things in which you don't want to make a rash decision like when you were 13-years-old and were making an AIM name and end up with "soccer_chix_xoxo99"…never a wise decision.

In the end the name just came to me and it fit perfectly, The Traveling Cupcake. I absolutely love traveling, eating amazing food, getting lost, finding my way, trying ridiculous things and having stories to tell my grandchildren one day.

So that is how the Traveling Cupcake came to be: a blonde girl, who loves to bake, traveling the world and looking for an adventure.

Wednesday, September 17

Day 17 of 30: Fluffy Buddy

Day 17 of 30: What kind of pet would you keep as a pet if you could?

Little known fact about Katlin, I absolutely love animals. When little girls were watching the Disney princess movies, I wanted to watch the Lion King and 101 Dalmations. My favorite place to go, to this day still, is the zoo. If it has horses involved I'm in. And don't get me started about a cute puppy on a walk- I'm all over it. 

My baby girl, Abby, is by far the best member of my family. I could never replace her, but if I had to get her a playmate I'd have to pick… a penguin! I love penguins, they're so cute and that little waddle is adorable. How could you not just want to go and give one a hug? 

The pros of having a penguin as a pet:
1) You have an excuse to always keep your house cold
2) You could wear scarves and sweaters every day inside your home
3) Train it to serve you, and it's like having your own personal butler
4) They can wobble baby, wobble baby, wobble baby wobble
5) You'd have a faithful companion to waddle after you all day

Tuesday, September 16

Day 16 of 30: Mainstream

Day 16 of 30: Your views on mainstream music.

Mainstream music. Hmm. I'm going to interpret 'mainstream' as music on the Top 40 chart. I have an eclectic taste in music, my iPod has a mix of Christian, latin, classic, french, trending top 40s, soundtracks, movie tracks, and country. I love music and depending on my mood just depends on what I'm listening to! 

I think music can determine your mood and set a tone for the day. A bright sunshiny day, driving down the highway and nothing is better that a great country song playing. A gray rainy day calls for Norah Jones and a cup of tea. Friday night heading to salsa dancing, then latin music is definitely in order. I've always loved music and enjoy listening to (almost) all music.

Mainstream Top 40 music is quite interesting, there is a mix of things I like and things I don't like. As a Christian, songs laden with curse words and crude language towards women just really doesn't do it for me. Some of the songs that come on my radio while I'm driving are so inappropriate that I have to change the channel. There's nothing worse than driving in the car with my youngest brother and having one of these raunchy songs come on the radio. Eek! However I really do enjoy Taylor Swift's new "Shake It Off" single, Philip Phillips songs, Norah Jones sad tunes, One Direction's ode to love and of course Blake Shelton's tribute to his horrible baking skills. Music is fun but it can definitely affect your spirit. It's important to realize these are just songs, and not to take them to heart and let them affect you and your spirit. Enjoy the song for its artistic nature but don't take on that lifestyle.

Monday, September 15

Day 15 of 30: Follow Along

Day 15 of 30: Your favorite blogs.

I have a few blogs that I love to follow and read, you should check them out:

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.

Coco Rose Diaries - which reminds me living in England.

Danielle Walker, Against All Grain - make her GF chocolate chip cookies, they're absolutely delicious!!

Proverbs 31 Ministry - gain a little inspiration in your day.

Sunday, September 14

Day 14 of 30: Memory Lane

Day 14 of 30: Your earliest memory

I grew up in Minnesota and at that point in time, we lived in a cute little house in a suburb of Minneapolis. I was probably around 3 or 4 and it was just myself, mom and dad (the brothers hadn't graced us with their presence yet). My parents worked so hard back then to keep the family afloat, my dad working 2 if not 3 jobs. In the winter months my dad would work incredibly late (or at least what seemed late to a 4-year-old) and on those nights mom and I would be alone. Mom always cooked dinner for the family but on those nights, the two of us would do something special that we never got to do- we got to eat in the family room! She would pull up my little Crayola craft table into the family room and we always ate Ramen Noodles. She would put in one of my favorite movies of all times, Father of the Bride, and we would sit in the family room at my little craft table and eat Ramen until dad got home. Dad would get home and he would be covered in snow and frost and the best part was that his mustache still had ice formations on it, ha. 

Those nights when mom and I got to eat Ramen Noodles in the family room and watch Father of the Bride were always a highlight in my childhood. Dad would come home, almost frostbitten and ate Ramen too and it was just a fun, silly memory that I'll always cherish.