Hi! I’m a thirty something writer, blogger, actress and homemaker living in the DC area with my husband RJ.
We’ve been together for over 12 years and we met working on a play together (no, you’ve never heard of it – believe me it was not a good piece). I been attending a small liberal arts college and when the theater was being torn down I knew I needed to find a new place to continue to my education. I knew that RJ was for me on September 7th, 2001 and that we were meant to be. Life has been a rollercoaster for us since our marriage in 2004. We’ve lived in both East Tennessee and the DC area. We love the DC area for culture, but we’ll always love those dear beautiful mountains where I was raised.
We battled my health problems for a long time and struggled with my infertility. We still have a lot of questions that can’t be answered by doctors and the word “pre cancer” and “pituitary and adrenal tumor” get discussed way too much. It’s a very oversimplified but truthful answer to say that I suffer from several different endocrine disorders that fight against each other and make life very hard for me. It’s scary, exhausting, but in a strange way it’s big blessing because it’s changed the way I live my life. Basically, my life is a gift and a miracle and I’m thankful for being here, for being as healthy as I am. And I planning to enjoy it and make the most of it until my time is up.
This year (2013) brought both our sweetest blessing and our greatest sadness. On August 25th 2013 we found out we were FINALLY pregnant and on September 5th, 2013 our (I believe daughter) baby Taylor Truth Rothstein was born not on this earth, but into the arms of Jesus. People ask me how I stand being chronically (and sometimes precariously) ill and losing a child, it’s simple- my faith in and relationship with God, my RJ and writing this blog.
This blog was born after a crazy series of events.
Summer of 2009- a sick and depressed Kari reads Julie & Julia and wishes that she could do a big project like Julie Powell did
Fall of 2009- Kari connects with friends at homecoming who urged her to get on Facebook where she reconnects with more friends and discovers one doing a project that she feels that she could do. A really intense bucket list called 101 things in 1001 days. It changes her life
Fall of 2010- Kari’s life is changed by the list. She’s now baptized, working on projects all the time and feels bold enough to take a job as reviewer for a local arts blog.
Winter of 2011- Kari loves writing and reviewing the shows. But, she hates that she can’t talk to RJ about the shows until she’s done writing. She also doesn’t like the angle that her reviews are supposed to have. The idea for The He Said She Said Experience was born so that we could work together and get to share our opinions on the entire subject that we love with the world!
So February 19, 2011 a bouncing blog was born to us and we love it! We love the people we’ve met and experiences that we’ve had. Our dream is to travel the world and increase our ability to share our opinions with others!
Here are a few details about me to help you have a better frame for my reviews
I’m a woman, in my early 30s, college educated, married and creative professional (actor/blogger/ writer)
I have a lot of food allergies: shellfish, mushrooms, pumpkin, cranberries, cilantro, coriander, cashews and I’m supposed to restrict soy as much as possible.
Here are some things that I love:
Movies: Mary Poppins, Mona Lisa Smile, Julie and Julia, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Juno, Anything But Love, Picnic, White Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, Once, The Light in the Piazza, Cover Girl, The Long, Long Trailer and too many others to list
Music: Taylor Swift, Otis Redding, Casting Crowns, Celine Dion, Dolly Parton, Lawrence Welk, Alabama, Amy Grant, The Beatles, Chris Tomlin, Lady Antebellum, Rosemary Clooney, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and so many others. I dearly love to listen to bluegrass, big band and Broadway show tunes.
Theater:Musicals: Les Miserables, anything Rodgers and Hammerstein, but most especially Carousel, The Sound of Music and Cinderella, My Fair Lady, Next to Normal and more (I can’t deal with this picking of just favorites- it’s too hard).Plays: Proof, The Heidi Chronicles, The Miracle Worker, A Raisin in the Sun, The Glass Menagerie, The Seagull, Our Town and The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
Food: Fried chicken and macaroni. I love pizza, frozen yogurt, chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, lemon, strawberries, too many chicken dishes to name, and many varieties of nuts. I love many types of bread and cheese. My favorite genres of food are Southern, French, Vietnamese and Chinese. I do not as a rule like Italian or Mexican food. I can’t stand cottage cheese or blue cheese and typically only eat a small bite of fish every few years.
Books: I love to read so much this question is torture. I have to say in very broad strokes that I love Janette Oke and books that help me understand God better especially Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman. I love reading books about people who love or live in France. I still read Beverly Cleary, Ann M. Martin, Judy Blume and American Girl books before bed at night.
Television: I Love Lucy, Road to Avonlea, Top Chef, That Girl, The Cosby Show, Wicked Tuna, Resale Royalty, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Downton Abbey, Hannah Montana, Extra Virgin and I’m probably forgetting twenty things I’ll kick myself for later.
Other things: I love shopping, fashion, cooking and baking. I still follow 101 things in 1001 days list and will for the rest of my life. I love being in a city and seeing museums, eating in restaurants and shopping. I love traveling. I also love resorts. I don’t like being outside because I sunburn very easily and am allergic to many plants and insects. I also love, love, LOVE Disney! I especially love the live action classics of the 60s (Mary Poppins, Pollyanna and The Parent Trap) and I love the princesses! My favorite Disney princesses are Belle, Ariel, Aurora and Cinderella. I also love Disney’s take on Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland while I completely hate the original literary works of both.
Dreams: To have one healthy child. To travel the world, and to Europe especially with RJ.
We really believe that two opinions are better than one. It’s not just our motto, it’s our philosophy, and it is a sentiment that’s even found in one of our favorite passages from the Bible
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
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