Monday, August 31, 2009

You know its a GREAT day when: walk past a coworker and you hear them singing "I like the way you work it, No Diggity, I got to bag it up!"

Friday, August 28, 2009


NEED I say more? They are by far my favorite band! They have those songs that you put on repeat for hours and they never get old. They've got those songs that are catchy and fun but they also have those songs that you can really tell they love to play. It's always exciting when a band you like puts out a new cd, especially your favorite band. I've been waiting a long time for the cd and it finally was released this week. I've already got a few favorites but the entire cd is wonderful. They've changed up their sound a little bit with this cd and have added a full time organ player. To top off the excitement of the cd arrival, they played a show at Peoples in downtown Des Moines on Monday night and it was fanfreakintastic. You better believe we were front row with Bo dancing up a storm on stage right in front of us. The first time I ever saw them was at Peoples and they literally blew me away. They turned off all the sound and just sang. I couldn't even believe how good they were then and they continue to get better. The show this week was filled with old and new songs which pleased everyone. Bear commented on how every time they come back to Des Moines, more and more people continue to show up (i'm kind of selfish and want them all to myself but hey, i guess I'll share them with the world if I have to). I can only hope that they continue to come back to Des Moines. If you haven't checked them out yet, do it. You'll be happy you did.
Joe - Drums

Seth - Bass

Bear - lead vocals and guitar

Bo - Guitar and sweet dance moves

btw. while you're checking out NTB, give a listen to Green River Ordinance. They've got a Parachute type sound..... pretty good if you ask me.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Our State Fair is a Great State Fair.... don't miss it, don't even be late!

Funnel Cakes... yes please!

The Grater Potater that Adam got for us. Wasn't my favorite. See above.

The Butter Cow. What do they do with the butter when the fair is over?

Cindy and I enjoying our GIANT ice cream cones!

I was lucky enough to spend 2 days at the Iowa State Fair this year. As I previously posted, Saturday was Kelly Clarkson and Eric Hutchinson concert day... so fun. Sunday SVictor and I headed out in the afternoon to catch all the great attractions featured at the fair. We spotted the Butter Cow right away, saw the giant bull, and spent the majority of our time in the Birthing Center looking at all the baby animals. Okay, so maybe the majority of our time in the Birthing Center was spent sitting down eating a funnel cake that Adam so graciously got us for free, but I promise we did look around. You see, animals just really aren't my thing. I'm more of a people person which is why our goal of the day was to find people with the best outfits. I think we succeeded. Here are some pictures from my days at the fair. Below: Hooray for Iowans. You continually up our cool factor!

This man brought his 13 year old daughter to the Kelly Clarkson show. He enjoyed it way more than she did. He proved it by continually jumping up and down, pumping his fists in the air, and yelling the lyrics to all her songs.

Grandma brought her cowgirl gear to the fair!

Tie Dye at its finest!

Don't be fooled by the blurriness of this photo. It's true, that's a pirate buccaneer at the fair waiting to watch the Jaci Valesquez show.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Since You've Been Gone

It's Iowa State Fair concert time! Saturday night Cindy and I headed out to the Iowa State Fair for some good eats on a stick, the best place to people watch in the state, and fun outdoor concerts. Eric Hutchinson was first up and he is so talented. He rocked the stage in a suit jacket, tie, and dress pants. That's brave for summer outdoor concerts. Thankfully the temperature was only in the high 70s. Eric did a great job... his interactions with the crowd were so fun.

Then it was time for KC!! Miss Kelly Clarkson took the stage and immediately people started jumping up and down! I don't know what it is with her songs but they make people jump up and down... through the whole song! It was so much fun. The majority of the set was songs from her newest cd but she did bring back a few oldies. Even some Patsy Cline, Janet Jackson, and Rod Stewart made the set list. We had pretty good seats and the guy next to Cindy (mind you he was probably late 30's early 40's) was SO into the show. He was jumping up and down and singing along like a 14 year old. It kind of reminded me of the people on Ellen that sing Since You've Been Gone before her shows. (check it out if you have no idea what I'm talking about. Be prepared to pee your pants). Kelly put on a fan-freakin-tastic show! I had a blast!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Get their new album today!!! It's fanfreakintastic!!! Went to their concert last night.... as always, they were amazing. Will post more about that later.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

These gave me a laugh today

Random Thoughts of the Day:

· More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves me.

· Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

· Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

· I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

· The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase "Regards" again.

· Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

· There is a great need for sarcasm font.

· Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the f*** was going on when I first saw it.

· I think everyone has a movie that they love so much; it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.

· How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

· I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

· I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

· The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

· A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

· Was learning cursive really necessary?

· Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

· I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

· Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

· My brother's Municipal League baseball team is named the Stepdads. Seeing as none of the guys on the team are actual stepdads, I inquired about the name. He explained, "Cuz we beat you, and you hate us." Classy, bro.

· Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

· How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

· I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a idiot from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

· While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

· MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

· Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

· I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.

· I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

· Bad decisions make good stories

· Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

· If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

· Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from; this shouldn't be a problem....

· You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

· Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.

· There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

· I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

· "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

· I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren’t watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

· While watching the Olympics, I find myself cheering equally for China and USA. No, I am not of Chinese descent, but I am fairly certain that when Chinese athletes don’t win, they are executed.

· I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Darnit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

· I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

· When I meet a new girl, I'm terrified of mentioning something she hasn't already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.

· I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

· Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles...

· As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

· Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

· I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

· Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.

· Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I’d bet my a$$ everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...

· My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?" How the hell do I respond to that?

· It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on; and the link takes me to a video instead of text.

· I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

· I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

· I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

· The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimate d that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel like a fat b@st@rd before dinner.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kelli Rolfes, the most interesting, fun, unique, distinctive, matchless person that I know

Anybody who proudly owns a pair of wooden shoes, I'm sure to be friends with…. But anybody who owns 2 pairs, well, that constitutes Friends for Life! When I think of the perfect friend, there's a lot of qualities that I look for but don't necessarily require in a friend. However, when somebody comes along that basically fits the mold of friendship you've envisioned, its hard to not celebrate that awesomeness that they exude. And that person is Kelli Rolfes. It was our friendiversary on Tuesday so this goes out to her!

She's an untapped resource….. Kelli is good at so many things its incredible. The girl is so creative it blows my mind and more people need to take advantage of her! Wait, that came out wrong. Whatever you're doing, Kelli not only makes it better but more fun as well.

Heres a few things that I love about Kelli:
Acts of service -Kelli works in an elementary school and has THE best stories. She works with some of the greatest kiddos and I love getting her daily emails of the happenings going on with her job. She also volunteers with the special olympics which I appreciate so much. What a beautiful heart she has. Kelli is also so willing to serve within the church. Basically, if you haven't figured it out already, you can ask Kelli for help with anything and she selflessly gives her time.

She's a dancing machine - one of my favorite qualities. Ever since I was little, I have never been able to sit still, especially when there's music playing. Kelli and I are kindred spirits in this way. We love just dancing around! We're the first ones on the dance floor and the last ones to leave. We don't mind making a fool of ourselves, at least we know we're having fun... and then people eventually want to join in! Kelli often breaks out the infamous "tornado" on the dance floor and it makes the crowd go wild!!

The Office - we have the same sense of humor! Our love for The Office was one of the first things that brought us together. Kelli eventually introduced me to Arrested Development and I'm so grateful! We sit and watch the episodes of The Office and Arrested Development and just laugh. We understand each others humor and that's very refreshing. I always know Kelli will laugh at my jokes! And her sense of humor.... I love it! I especially love when Kelli finds something really funny and laughs out loud! It's the best.

Her musical talents - Again, another untapped resource. The girl plays the harmonica! If we ever start a string band, she's the first person I'm asking to be in it. Her musical stylings on the harmonica are genius. She can also play some guitar and a little piano when she's feeling super motivated. Who wouldn't want a friend that's so musical. One of my favorite things about her music is that she attaches a story or sets up a scenario for you before you she plays the harmonica. For instance, ask her to play the scene where Bambi's mother dies. Its a real treat.

She owns a beach cruiser and rides it around. She's so California! She's been a lot of places and seen a lot of places which just adds to her character. I love when I get to ride around on the beach cruiser! No matter where Kelli goes, she makes it a fun place. She has an infections nature, people like to be around her. I love how excited she gets when she's about to tell a really funny story. (ie ask her about a can of tuna in her friends car). She also has the longest wing span of anyone I've ever met or known. Its like go go gadget! She's always someone I can always call if I want to take an adventure or try something new. We once tried to diffuse my hair... hmm... I'll just leave it at that. We're like Tom and Huck on our adventures never knowing what's around the next corner.

Our friendship began when we decided to walk down to the DTC for prayer. Little did we know that we'd become best friends. On that fateful walk, we both ended up saving each others lives. She saved me from getting attacked by a rabid dog and I saved her from getting hit by a speeding car. We knew right then that we'd be BFF. SO, here's to one of my favorite people on the planet. The Rolfinator!

btw: this is only a small list of the reasons why Kelli is so awesome.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The end of my day

I'm loving the end of my work days!! Not for the obvious reason of work being over but for the people who are filing out of the building when I am. A couple of days ago was the lady that got stuck in the revolving door. Still hilarious when I imagine it in my head. Today, I'm walking behind a man who's pace is comparable to that of a snail. (he's probably one of those guys who drives negative 2 miles an hour over speed bumps). Anyways, because of his pace, I'm forced to walk slowly behind him because he's taking up the majority of the stairs. As I'm looking down at the stairs making sure I don't fall, I notice in this guys back pocket about 20 magic markers. Yeah, seriously?! I thought about asking him what he needed them for but figured that's too personal of a question. Who has 1 magic marker in their pocket let alone 20? Should I be worried?

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Last night after watching the amazing talents of the Yonder Mountain String Band and celebrating Jmeyer's birthday bash; Kelli, Robin, and I made our way to the Drake waterfall to watch the meteor shower. We all agreed that Space is quite fascinating, unbelievable really, but I'm still not sure what the point of it is. But anyways, we saw lots of meteors shooting across the sky and it was really fun to just lay there looking up at the stars. Robin and I even spotted one that was quite close to Earth! That's about when things started to get strange. Right away we noticed a lot of airplanes flying through the sky and didn’t really think much about it. However, the more we sat there, the same ones kept circling around us going at a speed that most planes don't seem to fly. At one point it was like the flashing lights were chasing each other. We came to the conclusion that they were UFO's taking pictures of us sitting there waiting to snatch us up into their spaceship. Robin, Kelli, and I are big fans of scary movies so you can imagine our minds going crazy thinking up plot lines for the next alien movie. After a while, they just disappeared… Was it UFO's or just satelites flying around? We'll never know. :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I'm officially free from Swine Flu. Test results came in today and they were a big fat negative. Probably a good thing since I've been back to work for a week now and went to the Iowa Cubs baseball game this afternoon.... I could have singlehandedly destroyed Des Moines!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Finding redemption at the end of the day...

Today... all day... I wanted to punch somebody in the face. All day I was completely frustrated with people. And then, when I was walking out of work, someone got caught in the revolving door. Literally, smashed in between the doors. And I laughed so hard, I almost peed my pants. I probably should have held in my laughter because that person was probably really embarrassed. But you know what, if you were there, you would have laughed just as hard too!

Monday, August 03, 2009


What do you do when you've been quarantined to your room while waiting for the test results of your swine flu test?!!!

Here's a couple things I've done so far:
Watched the entire 3rd season of Arrested Development
logged many hours of Shark Week
Read.... read.... read....
Re-watched Twilight for the 329th time
Reorganized my closet

Any suggestions, pass them my way. Nothing like coming back from vacation bringing some sort of virus with you. Watch those airports, they'll get you every time. Hopefully this is only temporary. I'm praying for the best.