About Karalene

Karalene stands in front of a stream in the forest

About Karalene

Hello! I am Karalene and I love life, my family & laughing!

The Early Years

I was born in Washington state but spent the majority of my life growing up in Montana. My fathers family lived mostly in Washington so we moved between Washington and Montana a few times. There was even a brief Idaho excursion. Family was important as was the call of wild Montana living. By wild I don’t mean living in a tent, using an outhouse and feasting off of Turkeys and wild berries, although we did spend an entire summer camping out in a camp trailer – that was part of the Idaho adventure. The only vegetable we ate was canned corn and to this day I still have a hard time gagging it down! I guess if I had to put a name to where I am native, I would say I am a Montana girl through and through. There is something about the big open sky, fields of green and mountainous terrain with rivers and the like that gets into your blood and is hard to get out.

My bulk of the Montana years started when I turned 12 years old and lasted through graduation. I then moved onto college where I started out thinking I wanted to study Photography, then moved my major to Literature and Creative Writing and finally settled with a double major on History and Literature, emphasis in Creative Writing. Life happened and I was unable to finish my degree in Montana, but I would like to do that at some point. I feel that education and knowledge are so important. You have to take an active roll in educating yourself – and I am not just talking about going to school. Life is a time for learning from the best books and teachers. I feel that a day isn’t complete unless you have learned something new.

What Craig says about Karalene:

[Ok your Craig turn to say something about me 🙂 ]
Craig: I refuse to be coerced into saying something nice about you. Good thing it just comes naturally! That’s because Karalene is one of the nicest, kindest, most fun people I know. Let me let you in on a little secret – I’m pretty sure if my family had to choose over keeping one of us, it would probably be her. Not that I am so bad, she’s just that great!

What I like

I love so many things it is hard to summarize the highlites – so here are a few things to help you get to know me better.

A book I highly recommend is: Jane Eyre
A movie I watch over and over is: Stardust, Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Groundhog Day – This one is hard to narrow down. I love movies!
A T.V. show I watch regularly is: The Office, How I Met Your Mother
I love to collect: Treasure boxes that hold movie tickets and other memorabilia that Craig and I have done together, picture frames.
My favorite thing to buy is: Chocolate! Althought I am trying to quit. No really – I promise.
A smell that makes me pause is: Lilacs. Rain. Warm grass. Gardenia’s. A baby’s face.
My favorite sport to watch is: Football [but only if it is with Craig – more fun that way], Hockey.
My favorite restaurant is: Cafe Rio. Chic-fil-A. Burgers and Shakes.
A moment when I achieved absolute happiness was: The day I married Craig forever.
The music I listen to most is: I love a variety from all music era’s. I don’t really care for Rap.
My earliest memory is: Eating sawdust with my plastic garden shovel when I was 3. Mom wasn’t happy and neither was my tongue.
My favorite flower is: Lilacs. No, wait … Hydrangeas. Wait, I have to pick just one? I guess I just love flowers. Especially fragrant ones. Love Phlox and Dianthus. Johnny Jump Ups and Pansies. Daisies are fabulous too. I do prefer planted living ones that you can enjoy all summer vs. vase flowers.
A game I like to play is: I love board games. Scrabble and Scattergories are a couple of my favorites.
My favorite hobby is: I love to read mysteries & thrillers & am developing ideas for Children’s books & several novels. I like to design clothing & sew, especially costumes & quilting. No scrap of fabric left behind! Like Craig, I love to spend time with family, in or outdoors. I like theater & have written several plays. I also like some T.V. comedies & crime dramas. I love to laugh! I am fascinated by photography & the art of capturing life in a single image. I like gardening (vegetable & flower) & I love baking!
A singer or band I currently listen to the most is: Erasure
My favorite quote is: “Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
I drive a: Hyundai Elantra Touring/Chevy Prizm
If my house was burning down and I could only rescue three things, they would be: My family went through a flood and everything that was in the range of the flood waters was destroyed so I guess that is kind of like a fire. Stuff is just stuff but there is only one family.
The city I would most like to visit is: Anywhere, Ireland
My favorite meal is: Pot Roast with mashed potatoes, petite peas and gravy or Island Chicken with Coconut Rice.
Someone or something that made me laugh this week was: Craig. He always makes me laugh!
My first paying job was: Babysitting.
The memory that still makes me laugh is: Craig running around our studio apartment with a garbage can trying to catch a mouse that got loose!
A smell that reminds me of my childhood is: Warm grass. The river. Warm bread and butter.
The story behind my name is: I was named after my cousin Karalee who died when she was a baby. My parents were very fond of her.
My favorite color to wear is: Green. Royal blue. Lavender. But especially green.
My favorite dessert is: Rachel’s chocolate cake. Peanut Butter M & M’s microwaved just a little so they pop in your teeth when you bite them. Delicious! Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.
When I exercise, I like to: Watch TV while using the elliptical.
My favorite thing to do on a date is: I am not too picky. Just so long as it is quality time with Craig.
The best vacation I ever had was: Florida to see family. We spent alot of time on the beach. We loved it so much that we went back a year later only this time we went to Disney World with the same family. So fun!
The best thing about being married is: Waking up next to your best friend. Bear Hugs. Sharing your life with someone who brings you joy.


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