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.

Outrageous Laughter

Have you seen this video? It’s called “Don’t Be That Outrageous Laugher”.  My roommate can tell you that when I watched it, I died laughing. I laughed so hard I cried. It hurt so good. Who knows, maybe I’m the only one who thinks it’s funny, but I doubt that.

I think I love this because I’m pretty sure I look absolutely ridiculous when I just belly-laugh, but who doesn’t?

I also thought about those people who’s laugh is funnier than the actual joke. There’s a guy in one of my classes who has one of the loudest laughs I’ve ever heard. Any time he laughs, most of the class laughs. We laugh not because the joke was funny, but because his laugh is so outrageous. Which makes me wonder how this guy isn’t aware of how loud he is.

What are you? The Goose, The Black Lung, The Mute, The Tear Jerker, or The Hiss ‘N Shrug?
My most outrageous laughter definitely resembles The Goose, eventually turning into The Mute. Good stuff. Laughing is so great, and I love it when other people laugh. There’s nothing better than laughter that puts you in tears and makes you feel like you’re about to die.

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.

Friday Favorites!

Today’s Friday favorites is going to have a music theme!

1. Tim Halperin – Unfortunately, my American Idol favorite did not make it into the top 13 on Americana Idol. (super bummed) But, I still love him and his music. He’s had some pretty great stuff for awhile now, and I can’t wait for him to write more music and to have concerts. I know he’ll still be super successful.

2. The Civil Wars – The band itself has only been around for a couple of years. The two members are Joy Williams and John Paul White. I’ve known about them for awhile now, but didn’t seriously start checking out their music until recently. They are awesome.  We really need more bands like them.

Here’s there song, “Barton Hollow”:

3. Hanson – I can’t even begin to describe how much I LOVE Hanson. I am obsessed. That’s really all I can say.

4. Movie Soundtracks – I just love movie soundtracks. I think they can really make a movie, and it’s what I like to listen to for study music!

5. Learning about/Discovering new music –  I just love the feeling of finding a new band/artist and when people share their favorite bands and music.

My Favorite Shows

I really don’t watch that much tv, but I still wanted to share some of my favorites.

1. Gilmore Girls – This is definitely my favorite show ever! I didn’t start watching it until a few years in, but once I did, I was hooked. (Better late than never, right?) The show just makes me smile. I love the hilarious characters in the small town of Stars Hollow, the witty banter, really just everything about it. It’s an intelligent show that I just love.

2. Modern Family – A great comedy that takes a satirical look at three families and their lives. Honestly, when I first heard about this show I thought it was going to be terrible, inappropriate, and just  not funny. Boy was I wrong. When I finally watched it for the first time, I couldn’t stop laughing. Great show.

3. NCIS – Now, there are so many crime fighting/solving shows out there it’s almost ridiculous. But, this one is different. While it of course tells about an NCIS team solving naval crimes, what makes it great are the characters on the show and the relationships they have with each other, and has a good dose of comedy. It’s a weekly event in my house to watch this show. My dad loves this show, and all things come to a halt when 7:00 on Tuesday nights roll around.

4. Parenthood – This is a show that I just recently started watching about a month or so ago. I got  caught up on what I could on Hulu, but they only have so many episodes, so I’m hoping to get a DVD set of the show to catch up from the very beginning. But, from what I’ve seen of it it for the past few weeks, I just love this show. First of all, it has Lauren Graham (of Gilmore girls), which is what initially drew me to the show. I don’t really know how to best describe this show other than that I am absorbed in it every time I watch it. There’s such real emotion and heart in all of the stories and relationships with each character. You must check it out.

5. American Idol – I debated weather or not to put this on the list. I’ve only watched one full season, which was Season 8, with Kris Allen(winner) and Adam Lambert (runner-up). I’ve really been into this season, which is just about to start the live shows. But there’s just something about this show that I really like. I really like following these people who are truly just like you and me and watching them through this journey to hopefully win the title of American Idol. I love that you as a fan and voter get to be a part of it. Win your favorite moves on to the next week, there’s almost a sense of accomplishment and pride that your vote had something to do with it. Plus it’s a “reality” show, which are always addicting for some unknown reason.

6. Wishbone – Ok, so this one is probably very random, but as a kid, this was one of my favorite PBS shows to come home to along with Arthur, The Magic School Bus, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. The show didn’t really last that long, but when your a kid time seems so much longer. Wishbone is a dog, who you get to hear the witty thoughts of, who in every show imagines himself in some classic piece of literature. It’s really a great way for kids to be exposed to literature. Yes, the stories aren’t always accurate, but it’s a short kids show and they always get the point across.  Once in a while reruns of it will play on tv, and if I’m lucky enough to catch it playing, I’ll stop to watch it. It’s really a show that both kids and parents like.

Friday Favorites

Ok, so it’s now Saturday, but only by a few minutes. Here’s my favorite thing for this week. (I’ll try to do better to write posts other than lists of favorite things.)

1. Wing Stop
I absolutely LOVE wing stop!! It’s one of my favorite things to get. I normally get the regular hot wings and sometimes the terrioky. And the fries, ohhhhh the fries. I’m pretty sure they use something illegal to season them they’re so addicting. Well, actually it’s just sugar and salt…but still. awesome.

2. Jimmy Fallon – Friday Night “Thank You notes”
Every Friday night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, he does this thing called Thank You Notes. I always look forward to this. I can’t really explain why, but I just think it’s super funny. (Watch some for yourself here.) Jimmy Fallon is one of my favorite people to watch. I never like his opening monologue, but I love watching his interaction with the guests, audience, and all the crazy games he plays on his show.

3. Board games
I learned a new game tonight called Settlers(I think this is right?). Boy is it fun, but it sure does bring out the competitive side of me.

4. Menchies
In the past couple years or so Frozen Yogurt seems to have really become popular. Maybe it’s been popular before that, but not that I was aware. I first went to a frozen yogurt place in Denton with some friends and I really enjoyed it. But, there’s this place called Menchies that I just really love. Their frozen yogurt is just really good, they have tons of options of toppings, and the places is just very vibrant and fun to be in. It’s great for a summer day like today. Oh wait, it’s February, but it was in the 80s today! Wow! But great for frozen yogurt!

5. Barnes & Noble

I know that there are so many better places than Barnes & Noble. Places that are more homey, less mainstream or whatever, and I know that there’s not anything particularly special about B&N. But nevertheless, it’s still one of my favorite places. I think this is because I’ve made so many good memories of hanging out with a friend(s) talking about anything and everything in the cafe area looking at magazines and roaming the store finding books and movies that seem interesting.

All right, well that’s all for this week. Hopefully I’ll be able to think of something to write about and remember to do it. I’m going to try to write more often!