Who is Kathy Kuo and why am I starting to hate her?

I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve updated.  Do you remember when I use to update every weekday?  Yeah, I don’t either.  Do you know why?

Evil app

This evil beast!  Dammit to Hell!

If you haven’t played this game do not start now.  It will suck you in and bleed you dry and you’ll be forced to decide between paying your electric bill or purchasing a Luxe sofa at $5,400 because it’s a requirement for the room design!  And who the hell is Kathy Kuo anyway?  Am I the only person who doesn’t know?

I downloaded the app a few weeks ago because I knew I was taking a trip to Ohio and I wanted a little game to play on the days the kid had to work.  It started out innocent enough, you pick some furniture from the items in your inventory and you design a room.  I’m a closet interior designer so this game sounded perfect for me.

Unfortunately it goes downhill quick because it becomes apparent quite early that you will never have enough money and unless you borrow items from all of your facebook friends you will need to purchase more diamonds and cash.  I spend 50 bucks in the first week!


I justified my purchases by telling myself that I was building inventory for all of my future designs but then I realized that after only 5 uses, they take your inventory away!  It’s gone.  Kaput.  Fuckers!

There are also the requirements which tend to be pieces that you don’t have in your inventory so you have to buy them.  Granted you get $500 when you complete a design and submit it but you can’t do that if you don’t have the required pieces so you need to buy diamonds and cash.

And then you submit your design and vote on other peoples designs because otherwise, how will you acquire the 25 neccessary keys to build more rooms?  Quickly you realize that no one really follow the design plan, except you.  I mean, I’m no expert but an adirondack chair in the living room of a mid-century modern room design is just fucking wrong!  Wrong!

But no matter, you submit your design and you’re so proud of it and all you can really hope for is that you score over a 4.0 because then you get an additional piece of inventory for your future designs, (that you can only use 5 times of course.)  Herein lies the biggest problem with the game.

Guess who votes?  You do.  And no offense but some of you don’t know anything at all about design.  Also, it seems like they always pit two of the best or two of the worst designs against each other, how can that be fair?

Let me give you an example.  Below are three designs that i did.  I followed the requirements of the room and spent a ton of diamonds and cash on the first two which I was perfectly happy with but they scored below four stars so I didn’t even get a piece of flipppin furniture for my efforts.

home design This next one was a design that I did when I was forced to use what I had because I had no diamonds or cash to buy extra shit and look at the score.


4.48!  Seriously?  Who in the hell uses the same two pieces of art in a room, right beside each other?  Seriously?  I must have been paired against the most God awful ugly room on the planet.  And so much purple…..UGH!  Welcome to the Barney room!

It’s so frustrating that you want to throw your phone against the wall but then you score a 4.86 and the quest for that elusive 5.0, or even better an overall score that beats all of your facebook friends, continues on.   And then you realize that you can make additional cash by going to the offerwall… and thus begins a whole host of other issues.

I won’t go into them all but lets just say that last week I spent every single spare moment that I had completing survey after survey and I was awarded another 5,000 plus diamonds.

Unfortunately I used them all in one design that landed me a score of 3.99.

what the hell

and yet, I continue to play…..

Have you downloaded this app yet?

More importantly, have you scored a 5.0 yet?

WTF Wednesday, be careful popping tags

This morning I went out for my run bright and early.  I was pretty pleased with myself and decided to go a bit further than the five miles I had planned.  Somewhere around the five and a half mark I suddenly felt something slam into the back of my knee.

I was certain I had been hit by a car.

oh my god

I felt myself falling forward and my first thought was wondering how bad my injuries were.  I couldn’t really feel anything at first and then I felt liquid on my face.  It was wet and warm.  For a second I thought it was blood and I was sure I was badly injured.  I could only imagine the hole that was probably in my head.

After a quick second I realized what had happened.

dog licks

My neighbors dogs had gotten out and when they do that if they see me running they will usually try to run with me.  There are four of them, two bloodhounds and two golden retrievers.  One of the golden retrievers had knocked me down and the bloodhounds were licking my face.

At least I didn’t get hit by a car but it did take a 30 minute shower to get all the dirt and spit off of me.

When I was in Ohio I was watching the news one early morning and I saw a story about tornado’s that occurred in North Carolina and then they interview a young boy who saw a roof fly off a home.  The interview was hilarious and as luck would have it, I found it online.

MacGyver likes to shop in pawn shops.  He does so quite frequently.  This morning he got a call from an employee at a pawn shop a few hundred miles away.  She was calling to inform him that items he had pawned were about to be sent to the floor to be sold.  The only problem is, MacGyver has never pawned anything in his life.

So, the employee put him on hold and then came back to the phone and said ‘don’t worry about it, apparently an employee of ours used your info for a customer who had the same first name as you but no identification.’    Then MacGyver said, ‘but I am worried because that’s identity theft.’

The employee got rude and told him he wasn’t listening.  Basically the pawn shop is a chain and MacGyver bought something from them and they stored his info in their database.  Someone came into their store to pawn something but did not have any identification so the employee of the pawn store went into the computer and used MacGyver’s info.

Sounds like identity theft to me. When MacGyver said as much the lady who called him got pissed and hung up on him.


I can’t believe how casually the store and the employee handled this situation and based on that I’m pretty sure there gonna be all kinds of upset when a detective shows up to investigate.  Idiots!

WTF, it’s Wednesday.

Hiking Hocking Hills

One of the places the kid often raves about it Hocking Hills.  He’s been there quite a few times since moving to Columbus and he always has a great time.  With more than 10,000 acres of state parks there are a ton of things to see.

I was super excited when he took the day off of work on Friday and we headed there.

Hocking Hills

I didn’t bring trail shoes with me so I just wore a pair of regular running shoes.  It wasn’t too cold that day so a sweatshirt was all I needed.  Luckily I had brought my Columbia backpack on the plane with me and also, luckily, the kid offered to carry it after about 15 minutes.  Bonus!

Hocking Hills State Park has five separate sections: Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, and Rock House.  The only part we didn’t visit is Whispering Caves which is located on the Hemlock Bridge Trail and we didn’t have the time to do that one.

Old Mans Cave Old Man’s Cave is named for a hermit, Richard Rowe, who used to live there.  His family moved to the Ohio River Valley around 1796 from the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.  Richard and his two hound dogs traveled through Ohio along the Scioto River in search of game. On one side trip up Salt Creek, he found the Hocking Region and he lived out his life in the area.  He is buried beneath the ledge of the main recess cave.

Old Man's Cave

We hiked through all of the trails in just over five hours.  In all I believe we walked a little over 12 miles.

hiking hocking hills

Some of the trails were a bit steep and the kid said that people die here almost every year.  We researched the park before heading out and were very careful while hiking and I cannot stress to you how important it is to pay attention.  We were extremely careful and still managed to trip a few times.

Hocking Hills Hocking HIlls

The trail markers were easy to follow and we never got lost which was a big fear of mine because typically I can’t find my way out of a hole.

top of the mountains

hocking hills


It got fairly warm later in the day and I switched into a lighter jacket.  The kid went with short sleeves but I was not that brave.  It’s still Ohio and this Florida girl was cold.

lake at hocking hills

The kid and I hiked around this entire lake, and I am here to tell you it was a lot longer than it said on the marker!  We didn’t mind but I don’t think anyone had hiked around it in a while.  There were some parts that were particularly muddy but we rallied.  The had stocked the lake with over a thousand rainbow trout the week before so there were some guys out fishing.  I was a little jealous when I saw two of them with a stringer of 9 fish!

hocking hills

hocking hills suspension bridge hocking hills gorge

It was so beautiful and I couldn’t help but take a thousand pictures.  Unfortunately, we had to take a break and delete some apps on my phone because I kept running out of space!

waterfall in hocking hills


The water in Hocking Hills State Park is the most beautiful color you’ve ever seen due to the minerals in it.  You can’t swim at the waterfalls but they sure are spectacular to look at.

Hocking HIlls Waterfall


The kid said that he has never gotten his friends to hike the entire thing so he was pretty stoked that I wanted to.  I wish we could have seen the last part but it was already 5:30 in the afternoon and we had to drive back to Columbus.  I told the kid the next time I visit we have to go back so I can cross it off my list.

I know, I know, I’m killing you with all the pictures but I couldn’t help myself.  It was just such an incredible place.

Here’s one last one because I just can’t help myself.

hocking hils water

There is a lot of walking up and down so if you’re not used to that it might be a bit hard to see all of the parks on your first visit.  The kid and I love to hike and we’re in pretty decent shape but we had some very sore calves the next day.

If you’re ever in Southeastern Ohio I highly recommend this place and in case you are a proud owner of a four legged friend, the park is pet friendly.  The next time I come, I’m bringing Hank.

When is the last time you went hiking and where did you go?