Thursday, January 30, 2014

the best song ever

i hope when reading that you got excited and thought "wow, Kendra ACTUALLY found the best song ever, which she is about to share with me. And since I love her music-tastes, i totally trust that this is really the best song ever!"

bad news guys...that's not what's happening here.
sorry.
but i have some funny stuff to show you. and one of those things includes One Direction. and they have a song called "best song ever". which is in fact not the best song ever. not even in the top 10. but since I now kind of love them, i thought i'd give them the honor of having this post named after that song. YOU ARE WELCOME HARRY, NIALL, LIAM, LOUIS and ZANEEEEEEE (yes, i know all their names. it happens)



i'm just going to leave that one right here...feel free to come back to it...forever.

then there was this...one of the best things that ever happened to me this year.


i've watched this probably 15 times. the best best moment is at the end when the blonde whisper-sings the last bit and his spit keeps popping. (do you like how i pretended i didn't know his name? yea. that's Niall. whatever. NO SHAME)



and this...it's exactly what it looks like. a girl gets drunk and films herself trying to cook.


lastly, since i've already confessed my feelings towards One Direction, there is this
(also, please note that my love for them is more of a maternal thing. i want to make sure they are eating well, not dating icky girls and don't get colds. that's all)

Harry's valley accent is my favorite

Monday, January 20, 2014

binge watching is the new black

Yikes guys.
binge watching
am i right?

if you don't know, binge watching is when you find a show in netflix and instead of watching one episode a week with a long break for summer and mid season finales... you watched ALL OF IT in an absurd amount of time.
It's the best/worst.
It's what has taken over my weekends. And sometimes weeknights. BUT, i don't feel the need ot be home on a Tuesday night to watch such-and-such show.

Anyway, it's something we all do. Right? RIGHT?
here are some of the show's i binged watched (including a major confession that I am mortified to admit)...as well as my ratings

Sherlock
Sherlock and John..

Guys, this was one that took me a while to jump on board with. I don't know why. But when I did, i fell in love. Not with Benedict. I don't get why women are madly in love with him. He looks like a praying mantis to me. But he is the best Sherlock I've seen...sorry RDJ.

There are only 3 episodes per season, which is a mean, cruel horrible trick. I'm thankful i binged on this one...so I didn't have to wait 2 years like all the other fans. Yikes. I give this one

Rating: 3.5 Diet Cokes. The only reason it doesn't get 4 is because it's only 9 episodes total. Rude


The Walking Dead:

New THE WALKING DEAD Poster

This show had NO appeal to me. I don't care about zombies. It sounded gross. But then, one day in December while home sick I thought "meh...why not. I'll try it out". Oh. My. Gosh. I became a freak. It was all I wanted to talk about. All I text my friends about. I was furious that they knew things that I didn't. I had to avoid all things TWD on the internet, and still accidentally found out a major spoiler about my favorite character. It's SO good. It's gross. Like, super gross. So many gross zombies. One particular made me almost gag (if you watch...the one in the well at Herschel's farm). But guys. Thankfully, I don't have to wait months and months like everyone else for Feb 9. Just a few weeks. And I'm ready. I am TOTALLY CAUGHT UP. Just so you know, they are halfway through season 4. And since the week before Christmas, I totally caught up. WHAT DOES THAT SAY???? It says that I can 100% survive a zombie apocalypse. I can get the walkers/biters, not prob. Looking around my house I can find 5 things that I could use as weapons. I reassured my roommates of this. I can protect us, fret not.

also, these are things I found that are only funny if you watch the show. I never got them until now. Now, they are my favorites
Norman Reedus - Daryl DixonStuff... Things... Rick lolRick Grimes....stuff and things

Where is Carl? #thewalkingdead

And he comes up with excellent baby names.

Rating: 3 Diet Cokes. The story line got a little absurd in season 4. and I'm still mad about them killing off a certain someone in the mid-season finale. But I do love it. Never mind. 4 Diet Cokes. Sorry guys, I was just bitter there for a second.

Luther:
Luther --- One of the best  damn television shows I've ever watched.  Period.

I just...i can't. I can't even begin to tell you. Guys...it's beyond. Sorry. Ok. So, Luther is another BBC show about a detective that doesn't play by the rules. If you imagine all of that being said in a rom-com voice-over voice, you'd hate it. But IT IS SO GOOD. Since again, the BBC is cruel, there are only 6 episodes in season 1 and 4 in season 2. RIGHT? Rude. I have like 1 episode left in Season 2. And I started last weekend. IT IS SO GOOD.
Here is a crazy thing about this show. If after episode 1 you made a love/hate list of characters, by the finale more than half of them would trade sides. It's bananas. I can't even describe it. There are characters you hate to love and ones you really don't want to hate.
I know you haven't even heard of this show most likely and don't care. BUT PLEASE TRUST ME ON IT. My friend Lindsay got me and Ashley hooked, I got my friend Kati hooked who is getting her husband hooked. IT IS SO GOOOOOOOD

and mainly...Idris Elba, which you REALLY don't understand until you watch. I was all "meh"...but then. Yikes


Rating: 4 Diet Cokes. It would get 5 (impossible score) but again, not enough episodes. It's mean and cruel and I hate/love the BBC.






and lastly...way down here...ugh. I hate myself for this. My guilty pleasure

Pretty Little Liars:Pretty Little Liars ...

i know I KNOW. I know I hate myself for this. I watched it on a whim. Actually, there is more to it than that. A certain friend who shall remain nameless and I were watching another absurd show. It finished. We decided we needed another. I suggested this one, just because i had heard it was crazy. She started first and text me "OH MY GOSH PLEASE CATCH UP". So I did. And I got 2 other people hooked.
Guys, it's Desperate Housewives meets Gossip Girl. IT IS SO GOOD. It's trash. It's stupid, but it's good.
Rating: 2.5 Diet Cokes. But really 3.5 Diet Cokes, i'm just too ashamed to admit it.


So there you go guys.
Happy Binge Watching.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

BB

I just love these guys...
the Bones Brigade had my favorite skaters.
Today I discovered that my very very favorite one, Rodney Mullen, did a couple of Ted Talks.
one is gross (talking about breaking down the scar tissue that had built up from all his injuries. Just trust me on it)
The other is wonderful


as I'm sure you know...youtube can lead to quite the rabbit trail. As does pintrest, tumblr and most of all, buzzfeed.
But was a happy path for me to go down...interviews from my favorite skaters
even if you don't care one bit about skating, I suggest you watch a few.
(i'm including a favorite...with Lance Mountain cries because he still feels he was never good enough to be part of the Bones Brigade. I cry Every. Single. Time. i watch that part of the film...




Here is Lance crying. So sweet



Cab will forever be one of my favorites. I just adore him.


and the man that made it all possible...Stacy Peralta. I love him.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

yikes

yall...
this happened.


yay for the Bachelor coming back. Yay for the crazies being in full force. Yay for me swearing I wasn't going to watch...and lo and behold.

Monday, January 6, 2014

dis year

I never make resolutions because...i just don't. Normally the ones I make either don't stick, or they are ones that aren't really measurable.

But this year i have some GOALS. I like that better. Less pressure

1) Start cooking again. I used to cook. And I was good at it. But somewhere in the last 7 or so years I stopped. I'd cook here and there. but I just wasn't into it. Part of it is that cooking for 1 person is a challenge. And sad. So this year, I am going to cook again. I bought this cookbook for a friend and decided to get one for myself too. It's amazing. It's not just for people who don't know how to cook, but also those who hate cooking, who think they are bad cooks...it's for everyone. Jessica Seinfield (wife of Jerry) is brilliant. She put together some amazing recipes. Last night I kicked it off with roasted eggplant. It was incredible. This week I'm planning on making Lemon Thyme Salmon, Sweet Cherry Tomato Pasta and Huevos Rancheros. I'm pretty excited

2) Make it to level 2 of the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. This is one of the best workouts ever. But I do it sporadically and have yet to make it to level 2. I need to do that. So, my hope is to get there. Which means I need to dominate level 1. We will see.

3) Become Michonne
Michonne, S4
Michonne!
Walking dead funny moment michonne Carl
I watch walking dead now. I did it fast too. Blame it on being sick over Christmas. Michonne is my hero. She is tough, kills the zombies with this insane sword, but also looks out for the group. I adore her. I want to be her. I'm just going to start carrying a sword around. It'll be great.

4) read more again. I was on a roll. Guys, I read so many books. And then I just stopped. Like, in the middle of a book. Just stopped.
I've started back up again. Here are the ones I've started, and the ones I've ordered and plan on reading

Life After Life- this is one i borrowed for my beach trip and never got around to finishing. It jumps around a lot. It takes a bit to figure out the pattern, but it's fascinating! It's about a girl named Ursula Todd. She is born in 1910 in England, but dies during child birth. Then it starts over. Like, after 3 pages. She is born, this time lives, but dies soon after. The entire book is pretty much her life starting over every time she dies. She doesn't remember her "past lives" but gets inklings about something possibly going bad, and tries to change it. For example, at one point she dies because she gets sick from their housekeeper, who gets sick after going to London for the day. So the next "life", she feels the need prevent the housekeeper from leaving, even tackling her and knocking her down the stairs so she breaks her leg and can't go. It shows all the different directions her life goes. It's fascinating!

Insanity Defense- this book is by my darling Woody Allen. It's a collection of all of his prose, including his 3 other books. I've just started it, but already love it. It's a good coffee shop read.

I ordered some other books that I mentioned here...and they get in TODAY. I cannnnnnot wait.
Any other book suggestions?


Thursday, January 2, 2014

peace out 2013


Dear 2013,
You were something. I can't quite put my finger on it. You were a challenge most of the time. But you also produced some of the sweetest moments of my life.
You definitely left your mark.
You brought some of the biggest hot tears as well as the loudest, happiest laughs.
You brought sweet new babies and birthdays. You gave us weddings and engagements. Friendships ended, new ones began.
You gave me the best (and most needed) vacation of my life.
You ended jobs, closed doors and brought bigger and better things. With valleys in between.

Since the blog hasn't been very picture heavy of late, here are some of the highlights of 2013 in pictures:
Started the year out the way I always do...with a BFF selfie
Rosie, my favorite chicken and answer to prayer, was born
more quality time and snuggles with Aiden
lots of face time, texts and phone calls with these 2 gangsta's (Andrew and Ammi)

Roomie's bday

the summer was filled with so much...everything. Getting an awesome job, music video shoot, new babies, cars breaking down, seeing one of my all time favorite bands, starting said job, baby brother graduating highschool and leaving for Navy boot camp...
 

and it didn't stop there...
many work trips to Boone

seeing her Royal Highness, the Queen Bey herself. 
we had no idea that Beyonce was about to change our lives
I hopped on a plane to fly to DC to then drive back down to NC...it was worth it

sweet time with my sweet jo-jo

Jeremy serving us probably the best sausage ever
i took a turn serving the masses in the food truck. All i did was take this picture
then it was off to the beach for the best vacation ever



my birthday came during the beach trip. This was made for me!







baby brother graduated boot camp

Aiden and I caught up on snuggles
Rosie got bigger
I celebrated my birthday again at home
we're 3 best friends that anyone could have

my sweet work friend Lindsay was introduced to all my friends. And it went well

my coffee drinking experience got better

we celebrated Christmas in October with a shoebox packing party
this big girl turned 5 and continues to grow, change, improve. We get more glimpses of her daily!
Aiden had some news to share with me...he's going to be a big brother!


 and based on the pictures in my phone, i apparently take pictures of things I'm not sure about and send them to friends. These were headbands and dark lipstick... yes to the lipstick.

we celebrated Isaac turning 2

my little tonto

and i was Woody Allen for Halloween

in Nov work took over my life. But it was happy work. Despite what this picture says

friends shared Shoebox pictures with my and my heart burst on the regular

Isaac saluted the Panthers
because for the first time in ages, it looked like we had a chance for the playoffs

I was mom to these 4 for a couple of days. We had a blast


we got the warehouse ready for the masses

and i hid.

this buddy came for a visit and we rang in his bday with midnight milkshakes at the scariest Cookout in town

my shoeboxes were ready to process (and went to Ukraine and Philippines) 

Waffles was my baby for a few days. 

Thanksgiving Face Time 

My Aussie came to town...and left again

but she brought me her sweet baby and i fell in love

so did Kristie

I became an official Clark family member and helped them decorate
Then December showed up far too quickly
I started cross stitching again

worked with these 2 gems

we got our tree


celebrated the last day of processing

the last shoebox processed in Charlotte (totally stole this off Instagram. Don't care.)

enjoyed my first Saturday off/full 2 day weekend in months

cut my hair off. and colored it (and got a new iphone)

got sick the last day of processing and stayed sick through Christmas
introduced the internet to maw-maw (Easter is when you met her. Thanksgiving you fell in love, by Christmas you were obsessed)

got myself a Christmas present to represent

road trip to Charleston for a wedding (this sums the 3 of us up so well)
Jen and Nathan's wedding

Nathan and Jen Milhous

last selfie of 2013...in a mirror on NYE in Charleston

last picture of 2013


and just accidentally did this thanks to Picasa. No idea how. It just did it. And it's weird. Just let it happen


Well, there you go!
I'm not too sad to see 2013 go. I have high hopes for 2014.
Perhaps I'll blog more! HAHAHAHAHAHA. Ahhh...that was rich.
I'll leave you with a playlist.
since all the fun parts of the winter are over, it's not just winter and it sucks. These songs express that