Friday Favorites: Podcast edition

Friday Favorites: Podcast edition

Do you ever have those moments where you ask yourself “How am I just now hearing about this?” or “Where have I been?” Well, that’s how I feel about podcasts.

Now that’s not to say I didn’t know what a podcast was or had never heard of them. I knew of podcasts, I’ve heard of Serial, and have even listened to many church sermons and lessons via podcast. What I didn’t know was what giant world of podcasts that existed.

Essentially, podcasts are people having conversations about any given topic. There’s something for literally everyone. That’s an oversimplification of podcasts, but you get the idea.

Last summer, a friend of mine told me about a podcast called “Gilmore Guys.” In a nutshell, it’s two guys talking about every episode of Gilmore Girls. One is a long-time fan of the show, the other is new to the show and watching each episode for the first time. They invite writers, comedians, and other people from the entertainment world to talk all things Gilmore Girls. They even have live shows which a friend and I got to go to when they were in Dallas in December. Lots of fun and they are hilarious! Check out their podcast!

Since then, I’ve started listening to other podcasts, trying to find others I like — and with varying degrees of success. There’s so much to wade through, so I’m always open to suggestions from any genre.

In the mean time, here are some that I’ve enjoyed:

Gilmore Guys                                       Best of Friends

Gilmore Guys podcast     Best of Friends Podcast

Pop Culture Happy Hour                  The Nerdist

Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast        nerdistpodcastv2

 

I’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying lately — podcast or otherwise. Let me know in the comments below!

Best performances of the Star-Spangled Banner

It’s Independence Day weekend and that means red, white, and blue; fireworks; and the Star-Spangled Banner. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of awkward (or just bad) performances of the Star-Spangled Banner. So when someone gets it right, it’s magical and should be noted.

There are a lot of great performances of the national anthem including the Cactus Cuties and the US Army Academy Choirs. I started to make a list of my top five favorite performances, but this performance by the Gaither Vocal Band is so brilliant, it needs to stand on it’s own. Five-part harmony, classic performance(no unnecessary frills), and David Phelps hitting some impressive high notes–what’s not to love?

Enjoy.

Hipsters and Cowboys

Hipsters and Cowboys

I’ve only every lived in two cities: Fort Worth and Denton, Texas. I lived in Fort Worth from the time I was born until I moved for College.

Denton is home to two universities: Texas Women’s University and the University of North Texas (go mean green!). The city is filled with quirky people that make living here a lot more fun. Some people describe it as a mini Austin. Hanging out on the square listening to good music(and occasionally bad music played with equal passion) is one of the best parts of Denton. There is so much people-watching material there. After 5 years of living here for school, it’s felt like home.

Fort Worth is a bigger city in the metroplex full of cowboys and pockets of hipsters…occasionally hipster cowboys, if that’s possible. It has such a unique city culture. It kind of has the personality of a smaller town, but in a much bigger city. Never lump us in with Dallas, we’re very passionate about not being Dallas.

I could go on and on about the different things I love about each city, but that would take a long time. Instead, these are a couple things I’ve particularly enjoyed recently about each city.

The Dime Store

Denton, Dime Store, Only In Denton  The best way to describe this shop is that it’s Etsy in building form. The store features different artists, crafters and makers from the Denton area. Denton is all about supporting local businesses and makers. The shop is full of a variety of things for your home, clothing, art, and so many more beautiful items. If you are ever in Denton, you definitely need to check it out.

I’ve made a few different trips there and bought two different things. The most recent item was this illustration from Mandy Cave. I’ve always loved her style and this cute little piece was something I had to buy once I saw it.

Mandy Cave watercolor, Cavely


Fort Worth Cats baseball

For Father’s Day, my family went to a Fort Worth Cats baseball game. It’s an independent minor league team that plays at LaGrave Field just a mile north of Downtown Fort Worth. We had so much fun, we decided to go again for the Fourth of July, because what’s more American than baseball, hot dogs and fireworks?

Fort Worth Cats

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make you smile or just put you in a better mood. So, every other Friday I will be sharing at least two things that have made me smile or have just particularly enjoyed lately.

Gilmore Girls

For the past two years I haven’t had television. That is, television without holding the antenna in just the right spot and maybe standing in a funny position because even the slightest movement would throw off everything in the middle of an important moment on Parenthood or NCIS.

So, as a substitute for the lack of TV (by the way, I kind of miss commercials), I have watched a lot of movies, episodes of Friends and Gilmore Girls

But I’m not complaining because these quirky characters that speak a mile a minute are never disappoint. They seem to know every pop culture and current events references there are.

Czech Stop

Last Saturday I was home in Fort Worth hanging out with my family and we spontaneously decided to make our first ever trip to the Czech Stop and bakery in West, Texas. This bakery and convenience store is located in a town known for its Czech heritage. They serve kolaches and other tasty Czech treats.

Well, all I can say is I’m sad that I had not yet experienced the awesomeness that is their kolaches and breads. I’m not sure you’ve really experienced delicious bakery goods until you’ve experienced this.

These are some pictures my sister took. She got the strawberry kolache and one of their Hot Chubbies with cheese (sausage on the inside). I got the pumpkin kolache and their ham and cheese puff.

Czech Stop, West Texas

So, if you ever find yourself on I-35 near Waco, make a stop. That’s an order. And hey, even if you’re not in the area, you should make a trip.

A New Prince

Image In case you haven’t heard, Prince William and Duchess Kate have finally had their baby. Their son was born Monday afternoon. It was announced today that he has been named George Alexander Luis.

The fact that a birth of a baby can cause so much international excitement is amazing, but I think it’s fantastic. People have been waiting for this day from the moment they were married.

News teams have been camped outside of the hospital for weeks waiting to catch the first images of the new addition to the royal family. I love that people get excited about something as normal as a baby being born. But it’s always exciting when a baby is born. This time, the baby just happens to be part of one of the most famous families in the world. The only other time you see this much international excitement is for a sporting event….or a royal wedding.

People have purchased commemorative mugs, baby shoes, shirts, and the list of commemorative merchandise goes on. In fact, experts say this baby could generate $400 million of economic activity.

Even Americans, who really have don’t have a Imagereason to care about the royal family, have become a part of the hype. For the month of July, Sprinkles Cupcakes is selling special commemorative Prince of Cambridge cupcakes filled with blue icing.

With all the chaos in the world, uncertain economic times, hostile political environments, and everything else, it’s nice to take a break and have something normal to celebrate and enjoy with millions of other people. I see people posting all over Facebook, “Why should I care?” – Because it’s fun.  That’s really all there is to it. It’s fun to celebrate something. It’s fun, in my case, to talk about a real-life princess. It’s fun to get excited about a family that we’re all so fascinated by.

New Music

I always love it when friends, or anyone, share music they’ve discovered, or just what they’re currently enjoying. There’s really something wonderful about hearing a song for the first time that you love immediately. There’s something really special about that first listen. This is different for everyone. What may make me really excited may bore someone else, but that’s okay, and I think that’s what makes music so great. There’s different types of sounds, different styles, and most importantly: different types of people.

Anyway, all that to say there’s a song by husband and wife duo, Jenny & Tyler called “Skyline Hill”. They recently posted the music video for the song, and ever since then, I’ve been listening to the song all the time. It has such a simply beautiful sound that you can’t help but feel the emotion behind it.

I wanted to share it with  you, and I hope you enjoy it too.

 

Happy Fall!!

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”
– You’ve Got Mail!

Happy Fall, everyone! Even though the season doesn’t officially begin until next week, I’d like to say that it is officially here! School has started, college football season has begun, Pumpkin Spice Lates are back at Starbucks, and it’s almost socially appropriate to wear scarves again. I say this about scarves because in Texas, it could easily be well into October before we get any cool weather.  I would have to say that scarves are my favorite part of the changing seasons. I probably have more scarves than the average person. Once it’s cool enough, I wear a scarf most days of the week.

Last Saturday we had the first day of significantly nice weather since the spring. It felt a little bit like fall, and it was wonderful. I watched You’ve Got Mail, which is one of my favorite movies and always puts me in the mood for fall. If only we had a gorgeous fall here in Texas. I love living Texas, but it makes me really sad that we don’t get the vibrant colored leaves that people in other parts of the country get. Oh well, I’ll just have to settle for my pumpkin desserts and smells, and scarves.

Happy Fall!

Music: Andrew Ripp

A little over a week ago I went to a Dave Barnes concert at the House of Blues in Dallas. I absolutely love Dave Barnes. His music is the kind that I can listen to anytime, anywhere. I have seen a concert of his one other time when he played at a fundraising concert with Matt Wertz. This was the first time I saw him with his full band. He’s so great to hear live. If you don’t know his music, do yourself a favor and listen to it.

Anyways, at the concert, the guy who opened for him was Andrew Ripp. His name was familiar, and I had seen his face before when he was in a couple Dave Barnes videos, but I’d never actually heard any of his music. After he played, I was so mad that I’d never heard of him before. This guy is amazing! That night he didn’t have his band with him. He just played his guitar and a kick drum. If it had been anyone other than Dave Barnes, I might have just demanded that Andrew take over for the rest of the night.

I really don’t know how else to describe him other than amazingly talented.

Here’s a couple of his songs I really like.

 

 

 

It really took a lot of self control to not post every video he has on YouTube, so I didn’t. I don’t want to be that blogger.
So, check him out, buy his music, and be happy.

I’m a bad blogger.

I’m a bad blogger.

Today didn’t start of so great. It was one of those days.  Fortunately it got better after I went to class and after I came home. It’s a 30 minute drive (total of about an hour), so it gave me the chance to relax a bit. Plus, it’s a really pretty day outside. So, I thought I’d come update a little bit. I’m really a bad blogger. I have so many things that I think of during the week to blog about, but it never actually reaches this blog. I currently have 5 saved drafts that I have started and not finished. That’s why I do a lot of lists of my favorite things. I think better in lists and it’s easy to write about things I like. I’m going to try to update about my spring break which was last week. Hopefully I will be able to get some pictures from Michele since I didn’t have my camera with me at all last week. (LAME!) Here’s a sneek peek of my spring break. This picture is from the Thursday night we went to downtown Fort Worth. This was one of the best spring breaks I’ve ever had. I didn’t go on a trip anywhere exciting, but this was one of the best spring breaks I have ever had. More on that later.

Okay so here’s my “Friday Favorites” ….. on Wednesday.

1. A good pair of blue jeans. This is seriously one of my favorite things ever. There’s just something about having a good pair of jeans that makes me feel good. I have this problem of wearing one pair of jeans over and over again (As in every day). It’s just that when I have a pair of jeans I like, why would I want to wear the others. I wish I could clone the one pair I like.  The problem with jeans is that just because you have two pairs of jeans that are the same style/brand/size does NOT mean they fit the same. I really hate shopping for jeans for this reason. I really don’t like shopping for clothes in general. I don’t care for trying on clothes and coming out with nothing. This makes successful shopping trips awesome! Ok, enough of my rant about jeans and clothes.

2. Laughter. I’ve put this on my list before, but laughter is just great. It’s not possible to not feel good when laughing.

3. Zephaniah 3:17

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

4. Encouragement. This could be a whole post in itself. In fact, it’s one of my unfinished drafts. Encouragement in any form is just great, but I especially love it through words. In fact words of affirmation is my love language. I really need to work on encouraging people more.

5. People who blog all the time and always seem to have something great to say. I wish I always had something exciting or interesting to write about.