In The Middle

Life, Family, Yoga, Stuff


Who Am I?


I never really gave them much thought until it came the time to change mine.  Again.

My last name used to be Kukal.  There is NOT a single person in the world named Kirsten Kukal.  Not that I could find anyways.  I got divorced (again) in 2014 and changed my name back to Gardner.  I thought this would be the simplest thing to do.  After all, my daughters’ last name is Gardner.  You know.  So when the school calls, etc. we totally have the same name kind of hook up.

As I began to build my new personal website for yoga I realized I had to change everything.  Again.  Not just my last name.  But my e-mail address.  My bank account.  My car registration.  My car insurance.  My workplace 401-K/paycheck.  All of my credit cards.  My Yoga Alliance registration.  You name it.  It had to be changed.  I realized as I was typing in search engine ideas on my new web site that there are more than a few yoginis with the name Kirsten Gardner.  Bummer.  Kirsten Kukal was SO easy to find.  I was the only one out there and it was a good thing.  So one would guess.

I was born Kirsten Pearson.  My mom got divorced and my stepdad adopted us, so my surname changed to Hampton.  Shortly after high school I got married to the love of my life.  My name would then become Houston.  The universe took that situation away and my surname once again became Hampton.  Five years later I remarried and my last name was Gardner.  The universe took that situation away and I kept my name.  I remarried a third time (I know you can quit reading here if you want) and then my surname became Kukal.  Kukal.  What kind of a name is that?  A Czech name.  An uncommon name.  One that would definitely separate me from all of the other Kirsten’s in the world.  Believe me.  When I got married I actually thought nothing of the name.  It was different and basically nobody could say it correctly.  Kind of like my first name, I got used to it.

So now, my name is back to Kirsten Gardner.  Lots of people have it.  Which I find odd.  When I was young back in the day, there weren’t that many people (that I ran across) named Kirsten.  Today.  There are more than a few.  A lot of them happen to be yoginis.  So I’m trying to figure out how to set my website apart from the rest.  Would it be sacrilegious to tag a Kukal in the site?  I’m thinking not.  After all that was my name and folks have been trying to locate me.

There have been a few times I actually thought I should change my name to a symbol, kind of like Prince did several years back.  Don’t think I’ll go there though.  Tempting none the less.  Will I ever change my name again?  I don’t know.  But if I do, I know exactly what it will be.  And it will be that last, and final time.

P.S.  My first name came from a movie my mom saw when she was pregnant.  Days of Wine & Roses.  The lady in the film was an alcoholic.  Good thing that didn’t transfer over, I think I’m from a long line of heavy drinkers.  My mom almost named me Wendy.  But since I was born on Halloween, they thought everyone would call me “Wendy the Witch.”  I like the name Kirsten, and I’ve never felt like I needed a last time to go along with it.  That is all.

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Almost Famous

Tonight was a rarity.  I watched TV.  Normally, the family runs the set and I’m busy doing “my stuff.”  I don’t have any weekly shows that I must watch, and I’m actually pretty thankful.  But tonight, I watched My Name is Earl.  I’ve always liked Jason Lee, and it is a funny show.  They usually play good music throughout the show as well and tonight, I was reminded of the movie Almost Famous.  Not only because Jason Lee is Earl, but because of the soundtrack tonight. 

Once upon a time, I owned a video store.  It’s a long story, that I won’t get in to.   When Almost Famous first came to the theater, I actually paid money to see it.  Something one does not do when one OWNS a video store.  I not only paid once, but I paid twice.  It pretty much goes down with one of my favorite movies of all time.  Period.  I love Cameron Crowe, I do.  When the movie came out on DVD, we were oh so excited at our store.  The promo stuff was awesome.  We got special posters, prints, soundtracks, t-shirts, you name it.  I kept a bunch of it, cause it was cool.  I also purchased (on ebay) a HUGE canvas banner, (the size of a single car garage), for our store window of Kate Hudson in the classic sunglasses.  This banner also hung in my huge 3-car garage after the hoopla. 

Almost Famous by steviebreech.

When the day came to close the biz, I kissed it and lots of other memorabilia good bye.  After all, how much crap can you keep?  The most important things I kept, were my special edition DVD and my soundtrack of Almost Famous.  I still have some small promo items as well in the way of prints, some are signed.

I think I’m going to stay up late and watch it tonight, it’s been awhile!  The bus scene, was one of my favs.