Thursday, September 30, 2010

jimmy fallon killed it!

now this, this you expect from justin timberlake, but jimmy fallon? now, i've always been a fallon fan (i actually loved it when he would break character on SNL), but i never saw this coming.

soooooo good!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"and i urge you..."

"and i urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'if this isn't nice, i don't know what is.'"
- kurt vonnegut, a man without a country

happy birthday matthew + nana!

happy birthday matthew cline! you are the best big brother in the world. here are a few reasons why:

1. you shared your ketchup on eggs trick with me, and i've used it ever since.
2. you started teaching your high school algebra to me when i was in elementary school.
3. you gave me a really long talking to in middle school about how i would outgrow my awkwardness and get prettier, and how anyone who was cool then would fade in popularity, and how if i was just nice to people, i'd find my own clique and be just fine.
4. you promised me i would get a nice boyfriend in high school.
5. you let me sleep in your room (and you would make my pallet every single night) from when i was in elementary school until you moved out (when i was in 8th grade).
6. you let me tag along when you went to play whiffle ball or whatever else with your neighborhood friends. even when they made fun of me for wearing just a diaper and "talking to animals and playing with mud."
7. you enforced tough love at rather inconvenient moments that i only appreciate now (like when i fell from the fence onto our concrete driveway, breaking my glasses, hurting myself, and cracking my thumbnail in two as a result). remember, you said "well, that's what you get."
8. you made me great start breakfasts and let me watch the simpsons with you.
9. you rightfully told me not to join you while you watched "a clockwork orange," and then you let me "secretly" watch from the stoop on our stairwell anyway. although i really shouldn't have.
10. you gave me my favorite people in the world - owen and sophia! and the little baby french fry in the oven!

AND a HUGE happy birthday to my nana cline!

i love you both oh so much!

america's most expensive zip codes

interesting. when we moved back at the end of july, we moved from the 110th most expensive zip code in america, to the 289th most expensive. cool, except i would love it if my zip code wasn't even on that list.


this song came on my ipod this morning, and i have to tell you, it gets to me.

now, i will never forgive usher for cheating on chilli from tlc (aka the sexy in crazysexycool, and the one on the right in that photo) forever ago (i still hold a grudge, even if she doesn't), but i will praise him when he deserves it. this song is a few years old, and still every time i hear it, i feel like my "heart is obliterated." sidenote: i can't remember ever hearing "obliterated" in another song - well played, ursh. just keep it in your pants, okay? because i'm tired of hearing songs from you about cheating on a woman and then you being upset over it. i mean, hindsight 20/20, but maybe don't cheat on her, and then you won't have to break the news to her that you have a baby lovechild on the side. i don't know, just a thought.

Monday, September 27, 2010

eve's apple

my best friend, eve donegan, has just started up her own blog dedicated to "why relationships suck, why they’re necessary and how to keep one alive." take a peek at eve's apple.

this little lady, whom i love oh so much, has been in a relationship with her boy for a long time now, and i trust her advice to the max. once she and shaner had decided that they loved each other and wanted to be with each other, they maintained the motto that if they were meant to be together, it would work out. and they went for it. something that's been extremely important to the two of them is that they each do their own things - go on their own adventures - and then one day they would adventure together. and that's exactly what they've done. their relationship has seen evie in denver for college with shane back in ouray (6 hours apart), shane in denver with roommates and evie in denver with roommates, shane in france, evie in northern ireland, and evie in new york for over a year while shane was in telluride. they are the masters of long-distance, and i bow down to them. they've been all over the map separately, and for the past year, made their own map together, living together in telluride and now journeying to MARTINIQUE to live together. now do you understand why i said they deserve such an adventure? hats off to these two. i love em!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

a winning combination

two of my favorite things combined: L O S T + weezer

(and by "L O S T," i mean jorge garcia).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

food + fitness blogs

guys, i am obsessed with fitness + food blogs lately. specifically those that really stress the importance of balancing food, fitness, life, AND indulgences. balance is key, and without allowing some treats into your life, i really think that balance that so many people strive for gets out of whack. the key is to know when to STOP eating the cookies, peanut butter, banana bread, whathaveyou.

so, i present to you the blogs i've been stalking like a crazy madwoman:

skinny runner. i love how sarcastic this chicky is! just my type of peeps.

the fitnessista, whose weight training plans i want to start following.

peanut butter fingers (or p.b. fingz as i like to refer to her. yes, i "refer to her" often when discussing all of the new creations i've been whipping up in our kitchen. she sometimes throws the most random things together, which is exactly how i like to eat and cook. plus, her blog's name includes peanut butter. COME ON. how could i not love?)

carrots n cake

healthy tipping point bonus points: she lives in charlotte! i'm always partial to my fellow north carolinians.

girl meets health, who i just found today, but already think i'm going to check daily.

the more i read, the more i wonder if i should start incorporating my own daily eats and habits into my blog. it's already such a hodgepodge of my thoughts, ideas, likes, etc. that i figure why not add one more? plus, keeping track of what i'm fueling/destroying my bod with every day would be a great way to hold myself more accountable. if i can see it in print/onscreen, then i can track it and see where i need to make changes. hmm....

Monday, September 20, 2010

oK go - white knuckles

this goes out to my boy, dizzy d! desmond halpert cline, i love you boooooyyyyy!

(also, wassup penelope jane stanley! you know you're my girl, too!)

oh my dear good god

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. PLEASE.

the face of facebook

you know, this project could have easily fallen into the wrong hands, but with aaron sorkin and david fincher on board, i can't deny how excited i am to see the social network.

i came across this article this morning, and though i haven't gotten a chance to read it yet, will definitely be doing so later this evening.

Friday, September 17, 2010

casey in the city is probably written by a female somewhere between 13-17 years old. the writing style is personal and happy most of the time.

ha - i'll take it!

quelqu'un m'a dit

carla bruni came up in conversation recently, and it reminded me of how much i'm in love with this song. i first heard it about 4 years ago and it just makes me feel so warm and happy every time i hear it.

it's actually on the 500 days of summer soundtrack, and thus on the 500 days of summer - lil wayne mash-up album, 500 days of weezy (track #15), which i have been listening to non-stop for the past week. it's so good.

and there you have it. the first lady of france and lil wayne all in one post. is your mind blown?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

love and other drugs

alright. i'm torn. on one hand, this trailer has a few good moments (e.g., at the 1:31 mark), anne hathaway and jake gyllenhaal have undeniable chemistry, and, it's anne hathaway and jake gyllenhaal.

on the other hand, the cheesy song and "this fall" hits around 1:37, then the whole "i need to you*," "i'm going to need you more" exchange happens, and that just makes me feel weird about the whole thing.

truth be told, it looks like they turned this into this meets this, and i'm not sure if i'm buying. buuuuut, i'll stop being a hater and trust my old faithful, jake g. i just hope he doesn't let me down.

*i legit thought he was saying "i need to go" the first few times i watched this. what happens there? you think maybe he had a bubble in his throat?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

people i've seen today

  1. kristin cavallari
  2. daniel franzese
1. don't let the imdb page fool you; she's no actress. althoooough, she is from laguna beach and the hills, so perhaps she's the greatest actor of them all.

2. damian from mean girls! dear lord, his one-liners from that movie are legendary, this one included.

in my opinion, number 2 trumps number 1. by a thousand.

guess =w=hat today is!

today is the release day for weezer's new album, hurley! despite the fact that sometimes i still can't figure out how to embed videos, i'm posting this one anyway, for their new single, "memories." which, guess what! i like!!! woohoo! i just bought the album and will listen to it today and let y'all know what i think. not that i'm a music critic or that you asked or anything.

twenty seven strangers

starbucks has been offering their "pick of the week" free music downloads for a while now, and just last week i picked up one that i'm really excited about. i'd never heard of villagers or this song, "twenty seven strangers," but i'm in love with it. i can't get over the sound of the singer's voice. it's so soothing.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010


let's set aside the template for what the typical childhood star's life turns out to be (rise, fall, crash, burn. sad.) and discuss willow smith. fierce! i hope she doesn't follow lohan's lead.

this chickadee is 9. when i was 9 i was in the 3rd and 4th grades, and my biggest accomplishment was the fact that i was a really fast runner, or maybe that i won the spelling bee in my first grade class. and by class i mean the actual class i was in, not my entire grade.

dannnnnng girl!

ps - spit out the gum!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

high school

inspired by a few pictures from high school that were recently posted on facebook, i've been feeling a little nostalgic for high school lately. and since i'm not one to steer clear of getting emotional, i delved deep into the nostalgia, and have been downloading a lot of the music i listened to back then. granted, i've always listened to the same types of music/bands, but i've been on the hunt for those particular songs that make me feel like i've traveled back in time.

so, please, come along with me on this flashback journey...

phish - farmhouse
this reminds me of sophomore + junior years. i distinctly remember listening to this song while driving, shifting down to 2nd gear in my cavalier, approaching a stoplight on highway 70, on a dewy fall morning. i don't know if this is what the morning was like the first time i listened to it, or maybe one morning when i was playing it on repeat, but this is what i envision every time i hear this.

rolling stones - miss you (dr. dre remix)
this one takes me back to pulling into the west rowan high school parking lot, around 7AM, getting ready to start the day.

our lady peace - innocent
and this reminds me of my junior year when my awesome honors english 2/ap english 4 teacher, mrs. buckner, took us camping with her and her husband. that then reminds me of a journal entry i wrote while on the drive to our campsite - about seeing really dark grey clouds and then all of a sudden this crazy rainbow appeared, and then a HUGE lightning bolt struck in the middle of the rainbow.

speaking of high school journals, i think i made 2. now that i'm thinking about them, i can't wait to get home for christmas so i can reread through them. my best friends, kathryn, laura, meagan and i all made them together and poured our hearts into them. those journals were a creative little mash-up of scrapbooking and diary-keeping. we would get so excited when it was time for one of us to start a new one, and i remember having journal decorating sessions during sleepovers on more than one occasion .

vanessa carlton - white houses
speaking of those ladies, this song takes me back to my freshman year at unc (because that's when it came out), and so i think of two things: first, listening to this song with stacey over and over in 715 hinton james, and second, the summer between freshman and sophomore years of high school, when we had some of the best nights ever just walking around kathryn's neighborhood with our friends evan and cj. there was a white house near kathryn's that was being built, and we'd often grab a few lawn chairs and set them up in a circle in the white house's garage and just talk for hours on end about the meaning of life, and other profound talks that i think everyone probably has in high school.

man, this nostalgia is really pouring out thick. i need to call it a night!


i love the fact that my brother and nana (my dad's mom) have the same birthday - september 28th, and my dad and sophia have the same birthday - TODAY! such a cool and coincidental pattern.

there's lots going on in my family world - my brother and his family are moving to MAINE on saturday, so everyone is busy, and i wish that i could be with them today more than ever. BUT the good news is my mom, dad, desmond, and i are flying up to maine for thanksgiving. i cannot wait.

happy birthday pops & nugget! i love y'all!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

50 cent translated into proper english

i'm not on twitter, but i'm really glad tweets like this are accessible.

i'm DYING over here. laughing. out. loud.

hanging on.

awesome little day lifter.

1. i like uplifting/inspirational/"we're all the same" things every now and then.
2. i love me some poems. the more elementary and rhymed, the better.

well, look what we have here


it's weird

that people (myself included) still get embarrassed whenever they trip or fall, or whenever they choke on whatever they're drinking*, or even their own spit. and furthermore, they always try to play it off**.

*yes, this just happened to me, on a full gulp (not sip, gulp) of water.

**this, too. i was just "coughing" because i have a "cough." not because i almost drowned myself sitting at my desk.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

cute overload

  1. owen looks like a little man now. not really, but you know what i mean. he's not a baby anymore! yet he's still SO FREAKING CUTE. as evie likes to say, he has little boy eyes (synonymous with almond-shaped eyes). he is such a heartbreaker. he's like a little blonde, american bieber. except i'm not sure if he's got the vocals to back that claim up. anyhoot, my heart bursts looking at this pic.
  2. sophia is getting so big. i know that's ridiculous to say because all babies get big. but being away from her while she's changing so much in such a short amount of time - every new photo i see of her shocks me. check out that silly band. and her outfit (priscilla is the best baby dresser ever). she's just so precious.
  3. i spent a good chunk of my labor day installing two towel racks in our bathroom. when we were finished, i checked to make sure they were level with little baby desmond. he wasn't phased at all, and even put his head down like he could take a nap.

he. is. good.

check out jay pharaoh, the 4th new cast member to join SNL's 36th season.

the announcement of his addition coincides with that of jenny slate's departure.

let's pause and thank god for the lineup of amazing hosts. SNL is really kicking off with a bang this season: amy poehler, bryan cranston (y'all know how i feel about my breaking bad!), and jane lynch.

are you ready for this, DVR?

my take: jesus loves porn stars

an intriguing, quick read.

happy 25th birthday, chumba!

happy 25th birthday, caroline! i love you!!!

ps - this picture is from 4th of july 2007 in wilmington - so fun!

pps - wilmington has been tugging at my heart strings a lot lately. interesante, interesante.

stair master

the elevator in our building has been out since last week so many trips were made up and down (including 1 fall on my part - fun!) over the weekend. i just stood up from my desk and wondered for a second why my legs feel so sore, and then i remembered the 10-20 6-flight treks we made yesterday. i'll count that as my cardio for yesterday.

Friday, September 03, 2010

well, let the drum beat drop

lindsay, caroline, amy and i had our first outing as a foursome last night, and we did it up big roomie style at the marina & the diamonds concert at webster hall. the space was small and intimate, and marina was awesome. we sang and danced our little hearts out all night. below are the 4 songs that gave me chills hearing live. especially "i am not a robot." i love this song, and last night definitely secured it a spot on my top 10 favorite songs list.

"i am not a robot"


"mowgli's road"


ps - what is it about cute + quirky british girl singers (kate nash, marina, lily allen, etc.) that gets me so much? i LOVE them. i kind of wish i was one myself. ahh grass is greener. i really wish it were acceptable to move to london and naturally adopt a british accent (by the way, madonna, it's not).

Thursday, September 02, 2010

i'll put this in my back pocket

for whenever i'm having one of my "what the f am i doing here?" days.


Wednesday, September 01, 2010

god bless you, wendy's

if you have 2 minutes, 39 seconds to spare today, take a little looky at this. it will really lift you out of that mid-day slump.

skitchety sketch

i'm officially enrolled in sketch 201! a spot opened up today and i just happened to check the site this morning and catch it. this is a huge relief considering the sketch program requires that you take 201 within 2 years of completing 101, or else you lose the 101 credit. after taking 101 and 201, i'll become eligible to audition for the house sketch teams (meaning the teams that get weekly shows and are featured on the ucb website). sketch 101 was the first class i took at ucb back in january of 2009, so i cut it pretty close (considering sketch 201 isn't offered a ton throughout the year). phew!

more martinique

okay. i just did a little tidbit of martinique research and yes, i can surf in martinique (the ocean gave it away). oh, and i'm going to add horseback riding somewhere cool to my list of adventures. that "somewhere cool" may also be martinique because they have beach horseback riding. guess who has NEVER ridden on a horse, despite the ample amounts around me in ole north cackalack, and the fact that my sister-in-law's family has horses.

i have ridden on an elephant before, though, so that's gotta count for something right?

fantasy adventure list

a certain redheaded texan (no, not you, amy stan) and i have been daydreaming a lot lately and i decided to put my dreams to paper and come up with a list. i achieve and feel best about my to do lists when i can physically highlight/scribble/cross them out, so that's what i plan to do: i'm turning this bad boy from a fantasy adventure list into a to do list. now, unless either of us wins the lottery (which we are also planning on in the near future) these obviously won't happen all at once, but i intend to mark them all off, no matter how long it takes. call me a dreamer if you must, cause i won't deny it.
  1. climb mt. kilamanjaro
  2. skydive (not sure where)
  3. surf in chile
  4. bungee jump in new zealand
  5. scuba dive in fiji
  6. trek argentina/chile
  7. backpack alaska

now that i think about it, i need to add this entire list to my bucket list. sublists are the best. thank god for lists and organization. and sharpies. and pretty notepads. DIGRESSION!

okay. big news guys. i've decided that for my 25th birthday in february, i'm going to slap down my credit card and spend some big bucks to go visit my best friend, evie, in martinique. oh, which reminds me, my best friend evie is moving to martinique. her boyfriend, shane, is going to be teaching english down there to all the frenchies, and evie's going to run, wear her bathing suit, and write a lot. sweet life! (let me take a second to give her due credit: she and shaner have put in a lot, a lot, a lot of time apart, and a lot of individual hard work to get to this joint adventure in their lives, and i can't say anything other than they absolutely deserve it 100%). i'm so excited for them! and i'm so excited to use them as an excuse to splurge on a big trip. woohoo! so, that being said, i might make a few changes to the list above - i bet i could surf in martinique, right? let's find out.

well that took a turn

well done, editors. this trailer has me full on intrigued now. at first i was expecting an indie-love-documentary, and now i just don't know what to expect! what is going on here?!