7-4-15 Us lounging

Hi there! I’m Kathy Achtenberg…

By day I’m a communications strategist and public information officer for Pure Michigan. I’m also a mom, passionate home cook, workout junkie and wannabe stay-at-home wife. I’m always taking on new projects and finding inspiration in unusual places. I recently married Rich, the love of my life and my best friend. He and I (as well as various kids, family members and friends) spend every weekend during the summer months enjoying beautiful West Michigan at our lake home on Spring Lake. What you’ll find here is a journal of lake life as well as  favorite recipes, gardening and decorating projects, the occasional crafty endeavor, shopping finds, fashion and beauty tidbits, and various musings and observations on things that inspire, please, or intrigue me. I hope they do the same for you!

Some random things about me:

  1. I’m left handed
  2. I studied Spanish from seventh grade to sophomore year in college, but today I can barely remember a word
  3. My husband is establishing a plant in Mexico and is hiring a tutor to come to our house and teach us Spanish
  4. I can drive a stick shift
  5. I’m a complete grammar/spelling perfectionist and have been known to get out my pen to correct menus or signs in public locations
  6. I learned how to knit in college and knitted sweaters for everyone in my family, but haven’t knitted a thing since my children were born
  7. I do not have much of a sweet tooth, but I love salty and cheese-y foods
  8. I love wine, especially dry whites. Most pictures of me include a glass of wine either in my hand or nearby
  9. Cooking is my favorite hobby
  10. I hardly ever watch TV shows, except cooking programs on Food Network
  11. For 10 years I had a sideline business making handbags. It was called “Kathy Fagan Handbags” (Fagan being my former married name)
  12. There is a poetry professor at Ohio State University named Kathy Fagan. We’ve never met but we are Facebook friends. If you Google the name “Kathy Fagan” she comes up 1,000 times more often than me
  13. I had a poem published in the Alma College newspaper when I was 10 years old
  14. I no longer write poems, but I do write press releases for a living
  15. My new married name is Kathleen Dilsworth Achtenberg, which I think makes me sound like I should be a duchess or something
  16. I’m not a neat freak, but can’t stand getting into an unmade bed and have been known to make the bed at 9:00 at night
  17. I also can’t stand wrinkles and am a compulsive ironer
  18. I used to read books on tape for blind students when I was in college
  19. When I was a kid I guessed the exact amount of jelly beans in a jar at a carnival
  20. My favorite workout is Zumba. When I’m taking a class I pretend I’m in a Zumba competition, and I’m winning
  21. I collect serving trays
  22. I was a cheerleader all through high school – my specialty was the splits
  23. I could eat pasta for dinner every single day
  24. I am forever on a quest for the perfect lipstick.

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