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About- Kate Stark

Kate Stark

Kate Stark

Kate has always had a penchant for organization. At Miami University, it manifested in an elaborately color-coded schedule, excel sheets to ensure she had the most efficient course load, and a focus on broadcast journalism. Following a stint as a TV news producer, Kate turned her skills towards project management. She now uses her powers for good, coordinating the schedules of more than 80 staffers to create a framework in which they can shine creatively. Kate gets to express her creative side as a ballet dancer, performing around Cincinnati with Pones Inc.

Posts By Kate Stark

Faking Adulthood | Ordering Wine

October 28, 2013 |

Even the beer snobbiest of beer snobs will likely order a bottle of wine at some point in their adult life. If you’re not accustomed to the process it can seem a little daunting, but it’s simple enough once you know to expect.


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Roundtable Discussion | 2 Truths and a Lie

October 16, 2013 |

It’s high time you all got to know us a little better. We’re playing 2 truths and a lie, so you have to pick out what are factoids about us, and what are totally false statements. And as Justin put it, “Man, either y’all lead the most interesting lives or you guys can BS a BS’er…” Read More

Faking Adulthood | How to be a Plus One

September 30, 2013 |

Weddings, work functions, holidays, oh my! If you’re a “plus one” at any of these kinds of events, here are some tips to keep in mind for a less awkward, if not entirely smooth night.

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Faking Adulthood | Just Stop …

September 16, 2013 | 1

Instead of going through how to fake an adult-like skill this week, I decided to compile a list of things you can stop doing to help cultivate an aura of maturity, intelligence and worldliness. We can all use a little help there. Read More

Roundtable Discussion | Favorite Internet Animals

September 4, 2013 | 3

We’re so excited to have Alex Cadice rounding up the most entertaining online items each week in InterNEAT—so excited in fact, that we decided to do a roundup of our own.

Here are our staffer’s favorite Internet animals! (Click the images to visit the site they came from. We can’t post all the good ones here, but we can link you to them for hours of entertainment.) Read More

Faking Adulthood | Swanky Accessories

September 2, 2013 | 1

Do you watch Sherlock? I’m thinking specifically about the corpse Sherlock examines on the banks to the Thames in “The Great Game”. He’s able to figure out where the man worked based on what he looks like, is wearing, and what’s in his pockets. Although I’m not suggesting there’s an arsenal of Sherlocks running around, try people watching one day. You’ll never know whether you’re right or not, but you’ll probably be able to formulate a story about people based solely on what they’re wearing and what they look like.

If you’re going to fake it til you make it as a big kid, you’ll need to look the part. If you want to dress to impress, there are a few swanky accessories that class-up any outfit, even if you got it from Goodwill.  Read More

Faking Adulthood | Frantic Speed Cleaning

August 5, 2013 |

Crap! People are coming over in 30 minutes and your apartment looks more like a hobbit hole than anything a human could inhabit. It’s bad enough if your friends have it relatively together—maybe they are married but don’t have kids, so their home is all crafty and hasn’t yet turned into a war zone— but if this is a potential love interest… well, there really is nothing like the fear that your crush will discover that you’re actually a horrible slob to make a girl go into a cleaning frenzy.

Regardless, you have a very limited amount of time to clean up and make your place look habitable before your guests arrive and discover your messy little secret. Here are some tips on frantic speed cleaning, from my own personal experience. Read More

Roundtable Discussion | Best Beer for Camping

July 31, 2013 |

Last year, Phil put together an Ultimate 6er for gettin’ off the grid with canned beer.  With the spirit of adventure ever-present in these parts, we reached out to our staffers to see what they’d take along on a woodsy jaunt.

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Faking Adulthood | Buying a Car

July 25, 2013 |

As of July 7, 2013, I have officially been driving the same car for the last 10 years. My parents did me a huge service by making the downpayment on my beloved Toyota Matrix when I was 16, and then passed the monthly lease payments off to me for the next 6 years, until I owned my car outright. By with the realization that I’ve been driving the same car for the last 10 years comes the thought: how long can this last? Read More

Ultimate 6er | Floral Beers

July 10, 2013 |

Flowers may have given you a headache this spring, but now they’re really trying to make it up to you. This summer there are a host of floral beers available, and this Ultimate 6er is just a jumping off point.

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Faking Adulthood | Thank You Notes

July 8, 2013 |

Thank you notes were a big deal in my family growing up. You wrote them to everyone, for everything. Someone took care of your parakeet while you were on vacation? Thank you note. Brother brought you soup when you were sick? Thank you note. Your friends threw you a surprise party? You guessed it– thank you notes for everyone!

Despite understanding why it is important to thank people for their small (or large) acts of kindness, I was horrible at writing them. I’m still not great at remembering to write them, but over the years I developed a system for composing them so that I stopped blankly staring at the paper once I got down to it.  Read More

Left Hand Brewing | Nitro Milk Stout

June 25, 2013 | 1

This post originally appeared as one of the first posts on PorchDrinking when we launched FOUR Years Ago. We wanted to share this again, because Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout is a phenomenal Colorado beer and because many of you all have joined us since we first launched. For those who have followed us since the beginning thanks for your support and we hope you’ve enjoyed the ride.

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Faking Adulthood | Basic Sewing

June 24, 2013 |

It’s really the little things in life that make a difference in your day-to-day, right? Small things that you don’t let become big things, or tiny gestures than make you smile. Or, feeling accomplished when you complete a simple adult-type task like some basic sewing. In a world where most jobs don’t require that we don’t use our hands too much, being able to replace a button or hem some pants makes me feel strangely self-sufficient (even if I’m not actually).

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Roundtable Discussion | Dad Stories

June 20, 2013 |

We honored the moms last month, and now it’s the dads’ turn. The PorchDrinking staff shares some dad stories, thoughts, and memories. Plus, two staffers find out their dads have a lot more in common than they thought.  Read More

Faking Adulthood | Cocktail Recipes

June 10, 2013 | 3

I don’t know what’s so impressive about being able to mix up anything more than a Cape Codder (cranberry juice + vodka), but there’s something about it that says — in a very cool, collected and understated way — that you’ve got it together. For non-beer drinkers, being able to mix up a legitimate cocktail, is akin to bringing the perfect six pack. Here are a few simple cocktail recipes to get you started.

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Faking Adulthood | Time Management

May 27, 2013 |

One of the biggest differences we experience in the transition from childhood to adulthood is having more stuff to keep track of. When we were young, everything we “had” to do that day included running around the woods, playing foursquare, and maybe cleaning our rooms. Now it seems like everyone is rushing around to do as much as possible. Not only can that make you frazzled, it can also make you forget to do things. Here are some time management tips and tools to help keep you on track at work and in your personal life.

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Roundtable Discussion: Mom Stories

May 15, 2013 |

Sunday you learned something and you probably didn’t even realize it. You now know what all your facebook friends’ moms look like. In our own version of honoring of those women who helped us survive to adulthood, we asked the PorchDrinking staffers for their favorite mom stories for this week’s roundtable discussion. The results ranged from hilarious to heartfelt.  Read More

Faking Adulthood | Moving Tips

April 30, 2013 |

It’s that time of year again. The weather is nice and everyone is eager to get out. Out of their apartments, I mean. I don’t understand what it is about the stir-craziness that makes people want to leave their current dwelling for something new, but I always find myself near obsessively searching Craigslist around this time each year. As a result, I’ve just finished moving for the fifth time in four years.

The build up to any move is great: new hopes, plans, the promise of a (somewhat) blank slate at your new place. Then you start boxing up things, and reality sets in. I have too much stuff. I have so many places to call. So many errands to run. How on Earth am I going to get my couch up three flights of narrow stairs?

Maybe you won’t move as much as I have, but chances are if you get a new job, a raise, or a significant other that you want to co-habitate with, you’ll move at some point in your adult life. Hopefully, my extreme organization (or OCD, depending on who you ask) can help make your move a little easier.

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Faking Adulthood | Filling Your Fridge

April 8, 2013 |

A prime example of the many differences between adults and children is that adults know how to feed themselves. Do you, man/lady-child?

Last time in this series I wrote about fiscal responsibility. One (less boring) way that adults take care of themselves financially is by eating out less, and cooking more. This does not require you to know a ton about cooking, but it does require some grocery shopping to be able to blunder your way through it. Added bonus: if a functioning adult-type person looks in your fridge, they’ll see some recognizable staples, not ketchup, a couple take-out boxes, and beer. Although, to be clear, beer is definitely a staple.

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Faking Adulthood | Interest Rates

March 18, 2013 |

Along with being “an adult” comes an expectation that you suddenly, magically  know how to do things. That you understand how your finances work—or rather, should work. If you took an economics class somewhere along your path to wherever you are today or excelled in math, congrats. If you didn’t, here’s a basic breakdown of one of the most common concepts that can bite you in the ass: interest rates.
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