Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I've always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler

"I've always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler".
you know who said that?
and Amy Poehler.
I love her. I really do. I feel like we are real life friends. She is the funniest woman on earth.

did you know that this was totally her idea?

yea. it was one of the funniest ideas in all of award show history. brilliant. she did something else awesome this year too

though Amy didn't win the Emmy, she totally won the Emmys with that move.
She also said this:
"As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life."

such a good quote.
my new life goal is to get her and her husband Will Arnett back together. I love him too. I felt like my real friends broke up. I thought i was going to cry

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


that was the noise i just made.
this small-time blogger just got published (posted? featured? name-dropped?) on designsponge! BAH
anyway, if you have ever thought about visiting Charlotte, let this help you!

please leave comments on there, and spread the word!

biggest thanks in the whole world to Jessica Paul who took the awesome photos!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

in my ears

i've been thinking about music a lot this week
i think there are a few reasons

1) i got the most amazing pair of headphones for my birthday. i can't even explain how they have changed the way music from my iphone/computer/record player sounds. this sounds quite dramatic, but i'm not kidding.

2) The Voice is back on. man i love that show. it's my new American Idol. Not because of Adam Levine. (that's a lie. it's 90% because of his pretty face)

3) I got some new music for my bday.

anyway, I started thinking about music. and some music i am madly in love with right now. and i wanted to share it with both of you. (i assume 2 people are reading this post). I'm going to include tons of links. Mainly so you can listen, and also so you can buy mp3's.

Elton John- when most people think of Elton, they think of current Elton. Or Candle in the Wind. That's not my Elton. My Elton is the version that you find in his self titled album and on Tumbleweed Connection. (i'm ashamed to say i didn't know about that one until the movie Elizabethtown.) The songs on there are incredible. Some of them even have a bit of a folk-y feel. Dare I say, even southern. Those albums are 2 of my go-to's when I'm home alone. I blare them.
some of my favorite songs of his are "I need you to turn to" "Border Song" "My Father's Gun" and "Where to now St Peter"

Today I've been listening to Dave Van Ronk. One of my friend's said "he's got an awesome smoker's voice". it's true. Bob Dylan ripped off one of his songs. Well, his version of "House of the Rising Sun". It's a really funny story.
Some of my favorites of his are "Gambler's Blues", "He was a friend of mine" and "My Baby's So Sweet"

Cold Specks is someone i fell in love with back in the spring. I usually listen to her twice a week at work. She just always seems to be the perfect fit. There is something surprising about her music. I can't put my finger on it. My favorite songs are "Blank Maps" and "Winter Solstice". you can watch a live performance of a few songs that is amazing.

Odetta  currently has a huge bit of my heart when it comes to music. A friend introduced me to her music while we were in a record store a couple of years ago. All he said is "she was one of Bob Dylan's biggest influences". Sold. Her music is very similar to old spirituals. I wore her record out. I really did. Earlier today a friend and I were talking about her and I said "I just want to sit at her feet, have her brush my hair and sing to me. That sounds very...'The Help'...i don't mean it that way". I can't pick favorites of hers. I just can't. But she did an album of Dylan songs that blew me away. So those are what I'll include. "Blowin in the Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man"

Donny Hathaway is like Stevie Wonder and Jon Legend combined. He is perfect 70's soul with a hint of Motown. I could listen to him for hours. I do actually.
my favorite Donny songs (or versions of songs that he did) are "A Song For You" (seriously, makes my heart melt) and "I'll Love You More Than You'll Ever Know"

so that is it. tons of links. tons of good music. most old, a little new. go bananas!
what are you listening to?

Monday, September 10, 2012

thirty wONEderful

ashley came up with that.
pretty catchy, eh?

31 has been pretty great so far.
i had to work, which was a first in like 4 years.
but in a way it's kinda fun. everyone seems to like you better on your birthday, am i right? i am.

Ashley gave me my gift at lunch. i already colored 1 picture
ryan gosling coloring book from Ashley
 co-worker Jessica sent me this email
Ryan Gosling from Jessica
 And Dan did a #dandrawthis for me. a never nude birthday unicorn

my birthday night was spent watching Aiden. I arrived, taking over for his grandma, and found treats from shaynah. and he was pretty perfect

my awesome funfetti cake from Shay
I received this birthday surprise from a certain Jenny James in Alexandria!

it led to a few texting convos with her and Aly, trying to figure out how to use it. I think i've got the hang out of it now. and it's awesome.

i also celebrated with my first trip to our new whole foods and ordered a pretzel bread sandwich. it was amazing. but in my eyes, anything with pretzel bread is the best. they should start saying "best thing since sliced pretzel bread" instead of sliced bread. i might start doing that.

friday night was girls night. we went to hear a band (meh) and eat pizza...and right when i was about to call it a night...we went to karaoke. here's the thing... i don't sing. but i went. and i watched. and i was in awe
sarah, lissie and misty singing "i've got friends in low places"

misty dedicating "alone" by heart to me. it included a microphone swing (it flew off the cord) and a knee slide.
Ashley and I laughed, cheered, and left with Ashley saying "man that was awesome. But we aren't going back for a looooong time." i replied "And I am never singing, even when we do come back!" *remember these quotes*

the next day was my bday party! YAY
shay and kristie did such an awesome job with these! and ashley was the perfect hostess! 

this is the only picture i took during the entire party. amanda sitting on the floor and dan in a chair. that's it
my party was a blasty blast. so many sweet, wonderful friends, spoiling me, feeding me, and giving me beer. pretty perfect.
towards the end of the night, we were retelling the story of karaoke. people laughed. our friend Heather chimed in "aw man... i want to go"

now...you see where this is going right? If not, go back up and re-read the quotes from me and ashley. cool? ok. lets continue
about 20 minutes later, 4 people leave, headed back to the bar, ashley and i talk it over, and decided that yes, we are going back. 2 nights in a row. and we bring amanda and our friend cody. who is a man. hanging out with 7 girls.

Cody singing 4 non blonds "Whats going on"
the bouncer guy found out it was my bday party "you should sing!" "um no. i don't do that."

cut to 30 minutes and 1 gin and tonic later
Heather, me and Lissie "singing"
Heather and I pow-wowed. We both know all of hte words to Salt N Peppa's "Whatta Man". so, we agreed that we would go up...together. but, since we don't sing...we needed someone to be En Vogue. Lissie handled that part.

I am proud to say i didn't need to look at the prompter once. it's my jam

one final bday note...
this happened and made my day

in case you don't know...that is deangelo williams (#34) and Jonathan Stewart (#28) of the panthers. they are known as Double Trouble. And they wished med a happy bday. NBD.

I lied. LAST last thing.
this is what my bday balloons looked like yesterday morning. how sad is that?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

awesome giveaway

how about this giveaway!
you can win a dress, every month...for a year. 12 dresses. that's pretty rad
click here to sign up