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every woman my age is doing it

that's right, i gave myself a face lift. if you're reading this on blogger (and if you're not, you're probably bloody confused), you'll notice that i've started a process of making things a little spiffier and more organised, that i've started to sort my links into something resembling a cohesive whole and that i've generally applied a newer, sleeker (albeit built from a template because i don't have a lot of patience) design.

i've been doing this for five years (as of next month) and this is really the first time that i've paused to clean house. i'll be updating and changing a few more things, but this is basically what you're looking at for the next little while.

for those of you who have read regularly, thank you. if your blog/ site is not listed among my links to the right, it is only a matter of time. for those of you who are wondering who the heck does this kind of thing, please see the "getting to know kate" section on the right. for those of you reading this post on facebook, please understand that i just have it automatically sent to my fb profile from blogger.

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