Thursday, December 26, 2013

all of the boooooooks

Happy Day-After Christmas (boxing day? I don't get that one)

Sadly, I'm at work. But happy that the office is empty so I'm listening to Joni Mitchell so I can have allll of the feels that come with her music. There is also something Christmas-y about Joni...maybe because of Love Actually and Emma's statement that Joni taught her cold British heart how to feel. Gosh, how heartbreaking is that scene...when she is up in her room, listening to "Both Sides Now"...especially that version of it...crying but wiping away the tears with the heel of her palm. Yikes.

Stupid Alan Rickman. 
One more tangent...remember when Emma was married to Kenneth Branagh, and he cheated on her and left her? For stupid Helen Bonham Carter???? Right. I think of that whenever I watch this scene. That maybe Emma had some practice for it.
But Emma did QUITE alright for herself...marrying the devilishly handsome Mr. Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility. And she got him while filming the movie...get it Emma. You get it.

But we aren't here to talk about that, are we? No. We are here to talk about BOOOOOOKS

Here are the rest of the books that I bought for friends (the ones I got for parents are specifically from their wishlist, so that did not take any cleverness or they won't be mentioned.

For the brother that joined the navy and is bummed that all the cool adventure books are currently being written for girls:

My 19 year old brother Sam has been in San Diego to wrap up his training before being stationed at Norfolk and beginning his travels to Europe. Books are the perfect gift for him with all the flights and time aboard ships. Though he has written Hunger Games and Divergent, there haven't been as many dude books lately. Which is fine. But it can be a bummer. So here is what I got him

also, since he read World War Z and loved it, I thought this would be a good fit

My 15 year old sister that wants to be Katniss
My sister read the Hunger Games and needed another girl strong "girls can kick butt" book series...
so, naturally I went to my personal favorite, 
you might remember that I also gave this to my boss...who is in his 40's. And you will see that this one comes up again. I highly recommend it.

I also got her a fun notebook.

I want her to be reminded of how sweet, amazing and awesome her life really is. So this notebook was a fun fit for that. With it, i gave her the assignment of just writing the fun, amazing, awesome things that happen to her each day. 

For the co-worker that is more of a really close  friend and doesn't know how to cook
That one was pretty specific. I've become really close friends with my co-worker Lindsay. We both talk about the fact that we don't cook. It's not that we don't like it, it's just there isn't time to do it, and it's boring to cook for one person.
So, once i heard of this book, I had to jump on it...buying one for each of us!

it's adorable, the recipes are easy and delicious. Jessica is so funny!

For the 2 best friends that you'd be lost without

I was so proud of these gifts! then something funny happened...

this book is hilarious...all drinks based on classic literature. They all look easy and amazing! It was the PERFECT gift for Shaynah. She loves experimenting with drinks...and loves to read.
THEN something happened...
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YAYYYYYY but you can't give a pregnant woman a book about mixing drinks when she can't enjoy them...
so I threw in Divergent. Again. for the 3rd time. What does that tell you about this book?


this adorable book is exactly what it says...instructions for life skills that would make Jane proud. Though, there are still some scandalous suited Kristie to a T.
But after that...i had to give her something...less proper. Upon opening this gift, and me telling her the next would be less proper...she asked "is it hotties?"



So there you go!
That was the easiest Christmas of my life...

and last person I shopped for...

For the girl who likes unicorns, bob dylan, classic literature, woody allen, and didn't get any of the books she wanted for christmas

YAAAYYY ME! I didn't get a single book for Christmas. So now a girl's gotta do it for herself. Today I decided to buy the books I really REALLY wanted.

Suze Rotolo was Bob Dylan's girlfriend in the 60s, and his muse. She was on the cover of Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. She died a few years ago, but wrote a memoir of Greenwich Village during the time she and Bob were together. I've wanted this one for a while, and decided to go for it!

I've heard amazing things about this book...and wanted a good read for an upcoming long weekend and plane ride

AND last but not least...

My angel-baby, soul mate, future husband and the love of my life, Questlove, wrote this book. That is the only reason i need to buy it. But he talks about music, life, records and his other true love, Soul Train. I CANNOT wait for this book to arrive

Ok all! I hope this was fun and helpful and inspires you to go the easy route next Christmas. I already have a theme lined up for next year...i'll keep you posted!

Happy Christmas and I hope your new year is filled with the happiest, best, most awesome things that the Lord can pour on you all! And that it's filled with LOTS of good books!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Unicorns and Duke Sucks

My boss travels a lot. Like, he's been in the office less than a week in the past 2 months.
Today he arrived, looking quite sad.
"I have sad news" he said.
I finally stopped clapping and "woooo"-ing (which i do when he shows up after weeks of being gone...gotta make the man feel important and welcome.) and asked what's wrong. I was scared. Super scared.
He paused, slowly pulled off his sunglasses and said
"I got you a unicorn. But it escaped last night. I can't find it anywhere"
He then went on to describe how beautiful it was "it's mane looked like Christmas tree garland...sparkly." as I gasped and "aaawww"ed at it. "What did it's horn look like?" i asked. "A spiral of colors"
"Like this?" and I held up a sticker of the Lisa Frank unicorn that I just happened to have lying around...

"yes *sigh* yes. Exactly like that. I'm so sorry"
at least he tried.
Why do I now get the feeling that I won't actually get a Christmas gift from him.

speaking of, I told you I'd share some of the books I bought.
Since some of the Christmas gifts have been opened, I can shaaaare them!

so, here is the partial list:

For roommates:
Color Me Swoon.

this book is exactly what it looks like...a dreamboat coloring/activity book. It's hilarious. Pictures of cuties from all genres (80's, hip hop, movies, indie bands) along with hilarious games, puzzles and activities. And a rating system. It's amazing

Love Letters of Great Men

this is exactly what it looks like. Love letters from famous and powerful men throughout time. Good for any girl in your life. Unless she is bitter and cynical. Then just get the coloring book

Beatles Poster Book

This is for any Beatles lover in your life. My roommate Ashley adore the Beatles. There are 20 amazing posters in here from their US tours.

Where Chefs Eat

I'm particularly proud of this one. Same roommate as the Beatles posters LOVES to travel. And she plans her trips around where she is going to eat. This book is full of suggestions in many US cities, but also placse all around the world. All different price points. Including a food truck or 2!

The 2 Male Co-workers On Your Team That Are Pretty Impossible To Shop For:
This one was tricky. I work with 2 awesome guys. Here is what I know about them.
1) they both LOVE UNC (bonus points for them)
2) they love college sports
3) one is married and adopting a little boy
4) the other one likes YA fiction....but the cool ones like Hunger Games
5) they both are hilarious and think I AM TOPS!

I'm guessing on that last bit. They've never said it...but i feel it. Oh. And one is my boss.

So, this is what I got them


"ummm"... i hear you saying. "you bought a grown man a book written for teenage girls?" Yes. Yes I did. First off, this book is for all ages. I'm not just saying that because I'm in my 30's and read but, but it seriously is. It's excellent. And he's talked about wanting to read it. So, I went ahead and got it for him. And he's pumped. He said it's going to be his Christmas break reading. BOOM bonus points. He liked it so much, he got me a unicorn! That escaped. But it's the thought that counts

Duke Sucks

the subtitle is really what makes this book amazing. "A complete even-handed, unbiased investigation into the most even team on planet earth"
Each chapter is a charge against Duke. Such as "Duke Causes Cancer". It's hilarious. And the guy LOVES it. He was reading the charges out to anyone who would walk by his desk. I scored big time with this gem.

Ok, that's all for now. More later when the rest are opened!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

books for christmas

Since we are now in the crazy season at Operation Christmas Child, I did something I've never done before...thought ahead.
Late September I decided that I would buy everyone books for Christmas. It thought it might be a fun idea. What I didn't realize is how EASY it would make everything. No more standing in the middle of Target Urban Outfitters or JCrew or anywhere scratching my head. Or softly crying. Or lying on the ground, thrashing about, weeping and screaming. Instead, I walked into bookstores or shopped online. Now I'm not panicked about what color scarf I got so-and-so last year. It also makes shipping SO EASY. And gift wrapping. And i don't have to worry if gifts are equal in size and value. Because most books look about the same price wise.

I have an amazing list I want to post, but since some of the recipients can easily access the blog...I shall not until after Christmas.
I will tell you about the kids books I bought. Just in case you have a small human you are shopping for.

I only really bought 3 kids books. But several copies of them. that is because I adore all 3 of these books.

for the little girls in my life:

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

This books is hilarious and adorable. Pretty much the goat is complaining about the new kid, Unicorn, and how great he thinks he is. Then it turns out that Unicorn is somewhat jealous of the goat. If you know me at all, you understand whyI adore this book. What you don't know, is that there is also a bit about donuts. So yea. It's pretty perfect. I gave it to a friend's daughter for her b-day and she loves it!

For my little Jedi's

Darth's Little Princess

This one is also hilarious. It's shows life for Darth raising Leia. Everything that comes with parenting a little girl, while trying to run the Galactic Empire.

Darth Vader and Son

Same idea, but this one with Luke. My nephew is getting this one, along with a "i'm a jedi like my father before me" shirt. Pretty excited about that.

and lastly, my new favorite book

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

this is possibly one of the sweetest books i've ever read. Amos works at the local zoo and spends time with all of the animals daily. They have a lovely routine. But one day Amos gets sick and the animal are waiting for him. It's precious. I HIGHLY recommend it. And the illustrations are gorgeous. I gave this one to a friend's son for his b-day and they adore it.

So there you go.
These are the books all of the littles in my life are getting.

I'll post the other ones after Christmas. I'm pretty excited for them!

Thursday, November 7, 2013


I have mentioned before that I work at Operation Christmas Child. If you haven't heard of us, we are the shoebox people.

As you know, Christmas is coming at us like a speeding bullet that ever Superman can't stop (though I wouldn't mind if Henry Cavil popped into my office and tried to stop Christmas. I'd watch. For a nice long time. Amirightladies?)

Do you know what else is flying at us? National Collection Week. That's when you drop off your packed shoeboxes at a collection location near you. is a link where you can look up by your zipcode. Or if you are lazy, you can email me at kerjoy at gmail dot com. I'll find out for you. Because i'm kind and loving like that.

To get you in the shoebox packing mood, I will show you one of the cutest pictures on the friend Janet's little girls picking up shoeboxes to pack, as well as 2 videos. One that is cute, one that should make you weep unless you don't have a soul.

ya'll their faces. especially Edy, the little one. I just can't.

Second and Third

Jay/kay check out this one too. this kid is the best ever.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

it's uncanny

did you love My So Called life? Did you plan on marrying Jordan Catalano? I did. He was my dream.
Jared Leto has aged so very well. I love him more today that I did when I first laid eyes on him.

Recently he has grown his hair out and has ombre coloring.

isn't he lovely? So handsome, but also pretty. I just can't handle it. Notice his hair. The curls. The center part. The ombre. I realized...i have the same hairstyle.
So, since I can't really "dress up" for Halloween today...that I would throw on a blazer and black shirt, put on extra mascara so my eyes are big and bright, and make my cheek bones extra prominent. 

a few hours later the Hollywood Reporter released it's cover for the Actors issue. Jared is on the front...wearing the EXACT SAME OUTFIT as me today. I just need to find a ladder to pose on, and I'm set.
So yea. I'd say I nailed this costume.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

track number 8

who dat girl?
dat girl is me.
sorry for the silence. it's just been the craziest of summer.
brief recap, and then music

I got the job i really wanted. It's with Operation Christmas Child. And I adore it here

I went to the beach for a week with my MD friends. I ate, played, tanned, turned a year older, cried at the airport and bounced back to reality.

and i made new playlist.
This one i'm excited about. I talked about the idea with one of my friends at the beach after we listened to this song a few times. (it's my favorite on this album. i don't know if it's the fact that he calls out the writing process, or that the cats are named Monster Fluff, Half Fluff, No Fluff and Samhain
we then agreed that usually the 8th track is the best on a album. So I made a playlist of the 8th tracks on albums I love
and here it is
(there is some old school know...laugage

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


oh hey.
I know, it's been ages
i haven't really felt like writing recently. It's been a crazy season. Not busy, but full. Full of fears, emotions, discouragements, joys, blessing, questions, frustrations...the list goes on

the short version is that my job ended mid-may. I knew it was a temporary position, but it still ended about 3 weeks earlier than expected. In the meantime, I had been applying for jobs left and right. Sending my resume to everyone I could. Even had a few interviews. But I kept hitting a wall.
Once the position was done, i was terrified. I had a couple of interviews lined up, but still. I was shaking in my boots. I didn't know what I was going to do. I wasn't making much anyway, so I wasn't able to save up for this time in case things took longer than expected.
But the Lord already knew. He provided in ways that cant be pointed back to me, other people or circumstances. Only he can get the glory for this.
Soon my weekends were full of pet sitting jobs. I had to time help Mindy with a contest/giveaway, and helped my friend Kati decorated her living room. I've been able to jump in and be a last minute babysitter, and all the time i wanted to watch the new season of Arrested Development, and longer times with the Lord. It's been unexpected.
On top of all that, my car decided to have 2 issues. One took 30 seconds to fix but the other is still a thorn in my side. That's another scary element. Not only am I unemployed, but my car is out of service. I saw that as a big slap in the face. Instead, now I realize it's the Lord's kindness to allow this to happen NOW instead of when I have to be at work. Now, when I can be at home, when I don't have places to be. And he's provided cars to borrow...including a friend's BMW. that was a pretty fun week.
Friends have paid for meals out so that I can tag along, blessed me in creative and sweet ways. I am really overwhelemd with how loved I am. The Lord has really blown me away in this.
I've had to pray like Peter often...that as the waves surround me, I don't give into fear. That I call upon the name of Jesus, knowing that he is there the whole time. He never fails. He won't start now.

On the job front, I'm waiting to hear back on one that I want pretty bad. Praying that this works out. It's  been a month. I'm ready to get back out there.
But more than that, I'm praying that my faith continues to grow in this. That I'm not fearful, looking at the circumstances. But in those moments of fear, I remind myself of what I know to be true.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

that one time i turned the corner and ran into the prez of the company i used to work at and screamed and grabbed his arms

So one time I was turning a corner at my old job and the president of our company was turning from the other way and he was kind of a scary dude and I was startled and screamed and grabbed his arms and stood there for a minute before walking away.

I guess that was pretty self explanatory in the subject. Sorry 'bout that.

so, i'm trying to find a job. Here is the issue. I ADORE my job. I love the company, the people i work with, what i do...all of it. Love love love love.
but it's a temporary position. and my dept can't hire me due to budget issues. and they are super bummed to lose me. they actually told me that. I'm not just making it up.
so I have to find another job. I've been looking since February. I have till the end of this month. And no bites. Well, some bites, but never leading to job offers. It's kinda hella scary. But i know that the Lord isn't blind to this. He isn't laughing, watching me have mild panic attacks every time I look at a calendar, or get another "thanks but no thanks" email from someone I applied with.

I'm trying to have peace, to remember that the Lord already knows what's going to happen. I don't have to panic. I don't have to be fearful.

so that's happening

also, last night I broke my favorite mug
it just happened kinda fast. and when it happened i was SO sad. then a moment later i noticed the trail of BLOOD DOWN MY HAND AND ARM. It looked someone was murdered. Someone who doesn't have much blood. Like a vampire before they go through all the leftover blood in their system or something.
the point hurts. SO BAD. it is in a weird spot...the crease between my thumb and hand.
but what hurt MORE than that...was that the mug was my I heart Jim mug. With a picture of Jim Halpert from the office. and I do love him.
I feel it's quite poetic that as the show is ending, so is the token of our love for eachother
so, i felt he needed to know. Not Jim Halpert, because he is just a character on a TV show...but John Krasinski. If only there were a way where a normal girl in NC could get a hold of him...
so i did

this is the picture in included.

 I felt he didn't fully grasp the severity of it all. So i added this

and included this picture

it doesn't look bad there. but when it was bleeding, and now that it's kinda scabbed (i just said "scabbed" on my blog. I apologize) it looks gnarly.

I hoped that he would either find me delightful and charming, or feel bad for me and maybe send me a new mug. maybe he'd autograph it. i don't know what i was thinking. Blame the loss of blood.
so John Krasinski might have seen that. I hope not. but he might've.
Speaking of John...

have I told you guys about Sun Kil Moon before? I love love love love him. Perfect rainy day music. Or driving around at night with the windows down music
Anyway, Mark Kozelek has a new project (same guy...)
and I can't stop listening
here you go

Friday, May 3, 2013

pre-summer music

now that's it's finally getting warmer... i'm jumping ahead and dreaming of summer.
why do i do that.
spring is fantastic. i should soak it all in. but i'm dreaming of hot days, pool afternoons, sun tans, cherry limeades and cook-outs.

to appease the longing for summer, i made a playlist.

these are all cool, hip songs. but they are good ones in my book.

(my current favorite is the Lana Del Ray song, which is part of the Great Gatsby soundtrack. It's pretty amazing)


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


just a couple of things (probably a lie. since a couple is 2. and it will probably be like 15 things)

1) my friend Dan and I have been collaborating on instagram for about a while now with a series called "Draw this Dan". It was just a random thing we started. I'd come up with an idea and he'd draw it. we finally made a tumblr for it
please check it out and spread the word!

2) Do you watch the show Nashville. I totally do, but just for one reason...

That's Connie Britton as Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights. To me, she will only ever be Tami Taylor. No one else. I don't care how many shows, interviews, movies that i see her in. Tami Freakin' Taylor.
I just searched youtube for a TT clip, but all I could find was tribute videos of her and coach. I scoffed, and tried another seach...then when right back to them where I got stuck for 15 minutes watching them. They are all absurd. but amazing. If you want to go down that path, here , here and here
anyway, i didn't find a clip, but i found this supercut of Tami and her signature phrase

anyway...that was a crazy long rabbit trail. but that is what FNL does to me.
what I was trying to get to is...on Nashville, Rayna (Tami) has 2 daughters. The acresses are sisters in real life, and adorable and talented musicians!
I adore this scene from the show, when Rayna (whos is a major country star) lets them have the stage for sound check

and then this is a clip of the girls honoring Johnny Cash on his bday

guys, if you've never watched Friday Night Lights...please please please please please do it. please

3) (told ya). I started drinking smoothies a lot. like, green ones. the kind that is just fruit and veggies. I throw in a little kefir to make it smooth, but other than that, only fruits and veggies. let me tel's been a lot more amazing that I expected. I'm thinking about posting the basic easy recipes i used, along with the schedule. doing smoothies... you poop like a dream! I promise!

happy Wednesday

Oh, and while we are on the subject (worst sound quality ever)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

drunk diane

i have made it very clear my love for Annie Hall.
Diane Keaton is adorable in it.

I love her in everything she's in.
have you seen Family Stone? She is amazing in it. Just incredible.

She is in a new movie and is currently doing the talk show circuits.
She was recently on Ellen...and apparently Di gets a little nervous before hitting the she likes to partake of some liquid courage.
I watched this live on Tuesday and was crying laughing. She is so adorable.
She is very Annie Hall in this scene.
Perhaps the cutest part is when she talks getting married.
How is it possible that no one ever asked her. Just look at her
(brace yourself. the conversation starts out a bit awkward. I love that Ellen can't stop laughing at her)
When she says "i enjoy the kissing of the men"... amazing

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

shouting matches

i've been waiting a few weeks to share this one with you guys!
I really love Bon Iver. Justin Vernon, the main dude, has released a new project.
The Shouting Matches is like if Ryan Adams and Tom Petty and Neil Young had a music baby.
it was finally released yesterday.
NPR streamed it a couple of weeks ago and I fell madly in love.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

3000 miles

this video is a story of a family that is very dear to me
and an exciting adventure that is about to commence!
please follow along, help as you are able, and most of all, pray for sweet Jenny Mulligan

Drive Across America - Pilot from 3000milestoacure on Vimeo.

you can learn more about 3000 miles to a cure here  here and here

say hello to your mother for me

a few years back Shaynah and I decided to plan a trip. The year before we went to San Diego, my hometown. She fell in love with it. We decided to go somewhere neither of us had ever been. We made a short list and decided on Boston.
We had both always wanted to go to this seemed perfect. We went in early spring, and it was a LOT colder than we expected. But we both instantly fell in love with the city

the news of the explosions yesterday were heart breaking. Slowly throughout the day I'd remember more people that I knew who lived in Boston, or nearby. There was a flood of relief with each one when we'd get word that they were ok. (including Jordan Knight. I'm not going to lie...i was relieved when he tweeted he and the rest of NKOTB was ok. No shame.)
The temptation is to start pointing fingers, deciding someone is attacking our nation, or even make up conspiracy theories. 
But this is know. we are a fallen people living in a fallen world. the sin and ugliness that enables someone to do something like this lives in all of our hearts. Apart from Christ, there is no good. But God is good. This did not surprise Him. This did not slip between his fingers and out of his grasp. 
For my work I train volunteers to have online chats with people visiting our ministry website asking questions about God and Jesus. I prepare them for the type of questions that will come their way. "If God is so loving, why do bad things happen?" is a common one. And we cannot answer why this happened. But we do know that God is good. His loving kindness endures forever. He comforts His people. He promises to give them a hope and a future. And He promises that sorrow lasts only for the night, but joy comes in the morrow
praying for brothers and sisters in the great city of Boston.
I just went back through these pictures, which made me smile. 2 young girls, no idea what God had in store for both of us. No idea that a stupid boy name Michael would come and mess everything up (j/k) and that soon the coolest kid on the block would make an appearance. 
at Harvard. Felt smarter just being there

doing what we do best on trips...eating. This was at a Salvedorian hole-in-the-wall place that we fell in love with. It's not closed, which is a crime to the good people of Jamician Plain, Boston

Boston Commons

Louisa May Alcott's church

from the top of the Prudential Building