Thursday, March 28, 2013

no promises

i can't promise that i won't rip off this idea (giant wind machine fan and all. Imagine how glorious my hair would look!)

in case you've never seen it...this is what it's taken from (minus the surprise ending)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sam vs Josh

I recently began re-watching The West Wing.
I highly recommend doing that. I think all of us need re-fall in love with all of the characters. But mainly...Josh and Sam.
Now, I tend to go back and forth on who I love the most.
Most of the time, it's Josh's Josh. He is awesome.
But sometimes Sam Seaborn slips in and wins a chunk of my heart again.

So, I decided to make a pro/con Sam/Josh list. That doesn't really make sense, but since it's already been playing around in my head, let me have this.

First off... these


Pro- He is in love with his assistant Donna
Con- It takes him 7 years to act on it

Pro- He is adorable and hilarious

Con- still the Donna thing. It took me a long time to get over that
Pro- this moment, when he is hung over, and Donna brings him strong coffee. As he takes a sip she says "it's from yesterday. it might not be hot anymore"
Pro- He is best friends with Sam. He even goes to get him to bring him on to the Barlet campaign
Pro- He get a crush on a smart, deaf woman. Even wears a special suit on the day he knows he is going to see her, and isn't embarrassed to flirt in front of her translator
Pro- He gave Donna a chance when she snuck in to work on the campaign
Con- when he goes crazy...he goes CRAZY
Con- his hair
Con- again with Donna. 7. Years.
Pro- this scene (there isn't video for it. So here is the actually back-and-forth)

JOSH Hey... You should have seen Toby. 
SAM He was good? 
JOSH He blew the doors off the place. Then I almost got killed. 
DONNA and SAM How? 
JOSH I got hit with a piece of a banana. 
TOBY Let’s go. 
JOSH You know what you are? You are old school, my friend. 
TOBY Stop talking like that. Let’s go. 
JOSH Let me tell you something, though. That was the second time this year I almost got killed and both times I was with you so you’re going to need a new wingman. 
TOBY You were my old wingman? 
JOSH Yeah. 
TOBY Let’s go. 

Con- his hair got progressively worse as the series went on
Pro- newbie Ainsley Hayes was not very popular in the White House. She was republican and she had DESTROYED Sam in a TV debate (though some of them loved her for it.) Sam was not happy when he found out that she was going to be offered a job. Ainsley's first assignment did not go well. And Sam yelled at her the same day. She walked away, clearly upset to her sad sad sad office... Then...this happened.

What you don't see is that when Ainsley meets her new boss, they get in an argument about Gilbert and Sulilvan. That is what Sam was arguing with him about. Ainsley was right.
So, after her terrible day, after Sam handsomly fired the 2 jerks, Ainlsey returns to her sad little office to find this...

Honestly, if that doesn't make your face look like the heart-eyed emojis... i don't know what will (best part... Toby sitting. He'll show up. But he doesn't have to like it)
Con- he slept with a prostitute (on ACCIDENT)
Pro- he befriend's her, keeps it a long standing friendship and then tries to "save" her
Pro- he is forever grateful to Josh for bringing him onto the campaign 
Pro- he stands up for his boss.
Con- Rob Lowe left the show due to salary. And I'll never forgive him
Pro- he gets a huge crush on his bosses daughter. And he is always adorably bumbling around her
(these ends up mainly being about CJ and Danny. Sidenote- CJ is my spirit animal)
Con- he ruins it by not calling her when news of the prostitute friend goes public
Pro- he becomes adorably jealous when he finds out she is dating a hockey player.
Con- he pouts when he doesn't get his way

So... as I caculate the this. my ALL TIME favorite moment in the show

the votes are tallied...and the winner is

LEO. Leo always wins. Everything. Forever.

Friday, March 22, 2013

it's Friday, and I'm a girl

the lyric is actually "and I'm in love" but whatev.

Today I'm featured on my friend Casey's blog as a Girl Friday. We talk about clothes, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chipotle. So you know...just a typical day here. Her blog is fantastic, so i recommend you read it. a lot.

Anyway, Girl Friday got me thinking of one of my favorite movies, His Girl Friday.
I would love to get away with bantering and talking like this. Hildy is my hero.

Happy Friday friends

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


today is a big, grand, happy music day

Justin Timberlake's new album was released today. And I like it. I don't love it yet. It takes a little while to get me there. but I like it.
I still can't get over that "Strawberry Bubble Gum" is the worst title ever for a song, but whatever.
But...more than that...much more than that...
something caught me off guard. All my attention was focused on JT. I was gazing at his freshly relaxed hair, his fancy dance moves, his stint on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. While being distracted, something else happened

First, David Bowie released a new album last week. And it's really amazing.

And then Vampire Weekend released their first single from their album that comes out in May. And I can't stop listening to it. At all. Like, it's on repeat. I've been listening all morning. I'm supposed to focus on JT. But I can't. I'm too entranced with this song

I realize some of you might not be as familair with Vampire Weekend. And that is ok. Nothing to be ashamed of. That is what I am here for.
Shhh...take my hand. Come with me. Let me introduce you to Ezra Koeing. I'd like you to meet Rostam, Chris and Chris too. Any band with 2 Chris' is ok in my book.

lastly, soon...very soon, i'll be featured on my friend Casey's blog. Jessica took some pictures of me the other day, where I did everything I possibly could not to look strange and awkward. it didn't work.
so instead she took pictures of me putting on records. Since that is pretty much what I do.
here i a sneak peek

anyway, happy listening friends!
Also, should that picture be my new blog header? thoughts?

Monday, March 18, 2013

you are faithful

standing on this mountain top
looking just how far we've come
knowing that for ever step
you were with us
kneeling on this battle ground
seeing just how much you've done
knowing every victory was your power in us
Scars and struggles on the way
but with joy our hearts can say
yes our hearts can say...
never once did we ever walk alone.
never once did you leave us on our own.
You are faithful
GOD you are faithful!

-matt redman

for the past 3 weeks i've been tearing up matt's album 10,000 Reasons and hillsong united's new album Zion

there is a moment in this song when Matt loudly sings "Never we never walk alone"
it's my favorite part of the song. It's like he's declaring it. Either in reflection, or a reminder while in the midst.

Often Psalms is for my own heart. For looking back. For checking the review mirror and taking a deep breath, relieved that it's over. And for a few brief moments you get to catch your breath. reading about David's troubles and battles, and God's faithfulness is for me like looking back, saying "yup. that just happened. moving on" But lately, it's been more for refreshment and reminders DURING.

sometimes i don't notice when a trial is over. It might take a few days. Sometimes a few weeks. and I look back and think "oh wow. Yea. that's done. phew"
Then there are the ones where the moment it's done, you feel it. The second it's over, this flood of relief, peace and comfort rushes over you.

these past few weeks have been hard. Not just on me. On several friends. Walking through a trial hand in hand with other's is one of the best sources of encouragement. Your hearts knit together. You know exactly what the other one is struggling with. You can speak into each other's lives in beautiful ways. Sometimes it's just the comfort of knowing that though you can't give each other answers, you can share honestly what you are feeling in that moment, and get a "yup. me too" back. Then you know you aren't crazy. There is something so soothing about that. it doesn't fix the problem. it doesn't make it go away. but you know that someone else is walking through this too.
The Lord has been sweet. The verses, encouragement, love and verses that had been thrown back and forth have brought us all to a stunning awareness of grace in our own lives. Have you ever cried with someone over text? it's pretty crazy.

All this to say, I can't wait for the moment when we are kneeling on the battle ground. Seeing how much God has done. Knowing that it's over. That he has the victory. And we can catch our breath.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
(Psalm 84 ESV)

Friday, March 8, 2013

March 9th

tomorrow is March 9th.
I'm sure you knew that, since any human here in America over the age of 6 should have basic
 knowledge of how to read a calendar.

At 3 o'clock today though, it will be a special anniversary.
It will be the 1 year anniversary of a text message from Michael asking if he can call me.
to which i responded
"why? You're weird. What do you want?"
that is because I am a sweet, kind and gentle lady.
His response was a picture. 
A picture of his wife, and my best friend Shaynah. She was wearing a hospital gown, lying in a hospital bed, giving me a weird, awkward smile. 
She was in labor, a week early, with my soon to be nephew Aiden.
So, the rest of my day was shot. I just stared into space, grinning. Also, I had just come off of the Master Cleanse, and it was the first day I was allowed to eat real, solid food after 10 days. And I was going to Chipotle. So it was probably the best day of my life.

texts were exchanged. I bought a onesie for Aiden that said "i love my auntie". it was for a 6-9 month old...and we figured he'd be huge, so he'd probably wear it at 3 months (side note: he only just now can wear it)

the big moment didn't come until after 3am the next morning.
Aiden James Jerrell came into the world.
I had no idea that I could love a child that isn't my own,  so much.
Michael sent me this video a few hours after Aiden was born. I had gone back to bed to sleep, planning on heading over to the hospital later that morning.

I can't lie, this video made me leave the house earlier than planned. 
I remember everything about that morning.
The speed limits I broke on my way there. The phone calls with Michael where I could hear a baby in the background. Walking into the room and seeing Shaynah, who had always been scared of holding newborns, holding her own son, the first moment I picked him up. The noises he made. 
His eyes when he finally opened them.
our first (OF MANY) pictures together.
But guys...I love that video. There are so many things that make it amazing. It was the first video Michael ever sent me of Aiden (there were MANY more to come), so obviously that was huge. He waves ALL THE TIME. Like, started doing it at 6 months. He sucked on his hand...still does. And Michael knew what the future would look like. My Wednesday's with Aiden have been my favorite. Every Wednesday I go over there. We hang out. I feed him dinner, we play, he takes a bath and then momma comes home. It's been the most special. He's working on saying my name (Nenni) and i taught him to blink HILARIOUSLY.
there is no better kid. I'm so happy that I get to be part of his life. That I'm familiar. That to him, I'm family. That he grins when he sees me. That he'll crawl over to me in a room full of people. 
I love him with so much of my heart. I say that Aiden is my favorite person in the world. It's 100% true in every way.

Anyway, that's all the sap I have for you. I'm going to go listen to "Hey Jude" and cry under my desk for the next 30 minutes. And then re-watch that video 100 times. Since that is what I did the day he was born. Even after holding him.
Happy (almost) Birthday Aiden. 

Monday, March 4, 2013


I'm going to the beach
not anytime soon. but i'm going.
Like...1st week in September. That is no where near close.
But I read this last week, and decided I liked the 1st point...relish in the anticipation. The article said some people get more excited in the planning of the trip.
Initially when I read that, I thought "HAH! NOT me!" and realized that I was pinning items on pinterest that i want for the beach. Whoops.


beach by kendrasands on Polyvore

1) beachmat from Roxy. I love beach mats. You don't have to worry about them blowing away as much as towels. and they are much easier to get sand off of
2) perfect oversized beach blanket from Roxy. These are amazing.
3) knockaround sunglasses. cheap, cute, durable. I wouldn't cry if i lost them, like i would my raybans.
4) this coverup looks perfect

i've been listening to the new Hillsong United. It's just so good guys. So so so good.
at one point today on Rdio, all my friends were listening to it. I think that is the sign of a good album.