i guess i should write something real. not a prompted post. i love prompted posts, though. they are so easy. and i guess they are "real." just prompted. there is nothing wrong with that.

anyway, so much has been happening. no promises on individual posts for these events, but here is a bulleted list. i love bulleted lists, too.
  • i got to road trip by myself. and i loved it. and i can't wait to do it again. i drove to vegas to visit my parents and then went on to l.a. to visit a friend (you should totally check out her brand new blog...you'll like it).
  • while in l.a., we went to see jay nash. it was an album release show. it was amazing. it was at hotel cafe. my bucket list includes visiting the best music venues in the country. hotel cafe is on that list. check. only 39 left to go.
  • in a matter of 36 hours, i drove from beach to snowy mountains. it was a little bizarre. i want to live at the beach. please. thank you.
  • my nephew turned five. it's crazy to think that he will be in school next year. it seems like just yesterday he was born. i love that kid. even if he is trouble with a capital t. he's just so darn cute, he can't help it.
  • jay nash came to logan and played a show at the logan arthouse and cinema. it was fantastic. super, duper fantastic. nash was having trouble with the amp, so he unplugged his guitar and stepped away from the mic and rocked it...super acoustic style. loved it. i love when i get something different than i was expecting from a show.
  • jay brought joey ryan and kenneth pattengale with him to logan. i'm in love. i mentioned them in a previous post, but just to reiterate, they are fantastic. they will move you. seriously. seriously. go get their free album here. you won't regret it. in fact, i will guarantee that you will love it.
  • this show was an up close and personal experience for me. i got to help jay nash sell his merchandise. i got to have a personal conversation with him prior to the show. and i got to converse with jay, joey and kenneth after the show. it was delightful. i love musicians and music and the whole thing. and i love that i got to share the experience with my fab friends (you know who you are...thanks for showing up).
  • i don't have much else to add to this bulleted list. i just like bulleted lists, so i am going to continue pretending that i have important things to say.
  • speaking of important things to say...my friend, ade, and i have "revived" our team blog. you should check it out here. we are going to be so much better and keeping it alive, too. bookmark it. you will laugh. because we are funny. at least we think so. you should read the comments. that is where our best work is.
  • it is my mother's birthday today. happy birthday, mommy dearest. i love, love, love you. to the moon and beyond and then all the way back. thanks for all you do for me. especially for the sewing machine.
  • did i tell you my mommmy gave me a really cute little sewing machine? it's fancy. almost too fancy to use. she said i have to read all the directions/instructions before i can use it and i haven't done that yet, so i haven't used it. but i'm working on it.
  • it is my adorable friend, teresa's birthday, too. she is fantastic and i'm trying to get her to start a blog so you can enjoy her in all her glory like i get to. it will happen soon. i promise. happy birthday, darling. i love you. and let's craft soon...i'm getting to the end of the instruction book.
  • it's also my friend's daughter's birthday. how fantastic is this day? hope you had a very happy birthday, little girl. you are in great company on this fine day of celebration. (oh, and you should call me...you know who you are.)
okay. i'm done with the list. i'll be back soon with a prompted post. promise.

that's all.


some songs: day twenty-one.

yo, yo...check this out here.

day twenty-one: a song you listen to when you are feeling melancholy.

this was really supposed to be another angry song, but i don't have another angry song. i'm just not that angry of a person. so instead, i picked a song that i am currently obsessed with and i picked an emotion.

i can't say enough about this song and the artist(s)...the song is by joey ryan (on the left)...and that's kenneth pattengale playing with him...they are forming/formed a new duo called the milk carton kids. the official video for this song is fantastic, as well. but i am loving this duo. and lucky me, i got to see the play live in little, old logan thursday night. blessed day, that is for sure. and because i love you all i'll share this with you...you can go here and download their album, retrospect, for free.

what is your melancholy go-to music pick?
any new music finds and/or obsessions?
are you bored of these posts?

that's all.


wee bit wednesdays.

{one} what was your first job? i had the pure pleasure of working for discovery research. it is a local marketing company. i was sixteen, maybe seventeen. my friend wanted to get a job there, so i went with her. we worked there for only a few short weeks. then, one day, we just got up and walked out. apparently, we were over it. it is still very funny to me to think about that. i can't believe i did that. i wouldn't dream of walking out of a job now. i was so stupid. good thing i didn't need the cash.

{two} have you ever seen a stand-up comedian? not live. i want to, though. but let's be honest, i would rather spend my hard earned dollars on tickets to listen to music. one day, though, one day.

{three} when was the last time you played miniature golf? i'm not gonna lie, i literally can not remember. i remember playing once or twice in high school. and that's it. i guess it's not up there on things i like to do. maybe i would, though, if i went more. something to think about.

{four} what was the last picture you took? i can't do the last picture i took justice, so i'm sharing. this is my little friend showing me his unicorn impersonation. hilarious.

{five} burnt food: yes or no? generally, no. but sometimes a little burn makes the food just that much better. but only sometimes.

{six} if you have a pocket full of change, what do you do with it? i very rarely ever have a pocketful of change. i try to always have a pocketful of sunshine, though. jk. but really, i can't stand anything in my pockets, so i usually put change in my wallet or in a jar i have at home.

{seven} can you touch your tongue to your nose? barely, but yes. what does that mean about me? hopefully nothing.

{eight} do you scrapbook? i dabble in digital scrapbooking. i don't like messes, so i can't do paper scrapping. and i like to be able to change my mind about how i want something to look and not feel like i'm wasting product. digital is magic when it comes to being able to start over.

{nine} do you buy lottery tickets? i don't. i live in a lottery free state, but i'm only 30 minutes from the border of a lottery state. i wouldn't have the first clue what to do when trying to purchase tickets. so i don't do it. i have friends that do it, though. maybe i should take a run with them and learn the ways of the lottery ticket. something else to think about.

{ten} do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind it? definitely behind it. but i do like a good self-portrait every now and again...especially with my niece. like this one.

now your turn.
tell us a wee bit about you.

that's all.

some songs: day twenty.

a little more of this here.

day twenty: a song that you listen to when you are angry.

just like every other girl in 1996, i fell in love with gavin rossdale of bush. he was on the mtv spring break something or other singing this song here. he was hot, it was raining, he played the guitar. i mean, how were we expected not to fall in love? we (my friend and i) immediately went out and bought the album. turns out, he plays real rock music. i'm not sure what we were expecting, i don't think we knew. it obviously wasn't what we got. but i continued to listen to that album and i fell in love with it and with bush. and it subsequently became my anger album. whenever i was upset or ticked off or just needed to vent a little, i always played this album. especially this song.

what do you listen to when you are angry?
did you fall in love with gavin rossdale in 1996, too?

that's all.

as an aside to this, not to long ago i was listening to something with a friend of mine and at almost the exact same time, we both commented that it sounded like bush. we are besties now. hahaha.

some songs: day nineteen.

obviously, this music challenge is proving to be a bit difficult. or maybe blogging, in general, has been difficult for me this month. either way, i'm finishing this challenge. and i'm gonna double time it so i can get it done before the end of this month. or something like that.

you can see how far behind i am here.

day nineteen: a song from your favorite album.

just like every other subject of this challenge, this was a hard one. strictly because i don't think i have a single favorite album. i have many, many. i decided to turn this into a flashback and i am choosing my favorite song off of the very first album that i purchased with my own money. i rode my bike to the local kmart and purchased this album on cassette tape. i was in eighth grade. i have since purchased it digitally. it maybe so much isn't a favorite album anymore, but it is an original with great memories attached. the album of which is speak is wish by the cure.

i have three favorite songs from that album. they are a letter to elise, apart and obviously, friday i'm in love. because friday i'm in love is the most recognizable, i'll share it here.

do you have a favorite album?
is it a recent album or an old album?
what is your favorite song from that album?

that's all.



this is my seven-year-old nephew.
he is hilarious.


some songs: day eighteen.

uh...so remember how i was doing this here...guess i forgot.

day eighteen: a song that you wish you heard on the radio.

i mostly listen to independent artists that generally are not played on the radio, especially around these parts. and, for the most part, i never listen to the radio. well, almost never. but there isn't a real good chance that i would hear any of my favorite artists on my local radio stations. it just isn't going to happen. so, in general, i wish i would and/or could heard any song i listen to on the radio. this is a favorite of mine by jay nash. he's a favorite of mine. just sayin'.

what songs do you wish you heard on the radio?
do you just like to hear justin bieber?

that's all.

fill in the blank.

check this out here.

uhmmm...please excuse that this is happening on a saturday. you'll get over it, i'm sure...seeing as how i haven't posted one of these for awhile. i haven't posted anything, to be precise. oh well. enjoy. and happy weekend. i'll be back at ya next week with an update from my trip to vegas/cali. don't be jealous.

1. the phrase or punctuation i overuse most is   not a phrase or punctuation...it is just a word and the word is clearly. i maybe don't use it so much in my writing, but definitely in my speaking. it might be annoying, but i like it. so get over it...those that have to listen to me.  

2. today i am thankful for   everything. my family. my friends. my job. my health. my hearing (cause i get to listen to great, great live music this week). vacation days. the ability to drive a few hours and be out of the miserable cold. seasons. sunshine. literally everything.  

3. my best friend is   ...well, my best friends are probably my sisters. i have three. they are the greatest people alive. even if we do get snippy with each other. i love that we can get snippy and snotty and opinionated and we can still love each other...even if we do ignore each other for a few hours/days.  

4. a quirky thing about me is   i can't sleep with my feet covered. maybe it's not the quirky, but it is the thing that came mind first. i also count my steps. all of them. in my head...obviously. always counting. but i can navigate my house in the dark cause i know how many steps from here to there. maybe it's quirky, but i think it's also smart. i'm a real thinker. hahaha.  

5. this weekend   i am working and then i am driving to vegas on sunday. i get to spend some time with my parents and then i am off to visit a friend in so-cal. and we are going to listen to live music and probably eat good food and we'll probably laugh a lot. can't wait.  

6. something that worries me is   work won't get better. it's okay, but it's not great. don't get me wrong, i love-love-love what i do but sometimes i don't really like the people i work with. it's been a long hard road, this last year, and i'm starting to worry that it won't ever get better.  

7. on my nightstand you would find   blistex, a cup of water, my ipod, lotion, an alarm clock, books and some hair products. i need some shelves in my bathroom. i'm working on it.  

hope you have a great weekend!
that's all.