Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Skywalk Scavenger Hunt

A couple bible studies competed in the 2nd Annual Downtown Skywalk Scavenger Hunt. Before we get started I'm going to boast and inform you that my team, Team Muskrat, won! (Even though Trent believes he won because he ran all the way to Vets to take a picture of another dip-n-dots machine, we were smarter and took a picture of one that was closer, thus, making us victorious.)
And now on to our tasks. We were given a packet of clues for each object that we were to find within the skywalk and take a picture of. Each object also had specific instructions for how the picture was to be taken. Below is a recap of all the objectives we completed:

The infamous Joke of the Day machine... which we didn't even realize was actually correct.

The conference/court room scene re-enactment

The gull - notice we are in flight as well

Find the Nun

Spelling out 418

Find a refrigerator in the middle of the skywalk (this was Tyler's fridge!)

Take a picture in front of Mr. Wells & Mr. Fargo's portraits. (Notice my beard)

Timbuktu Coffee Shop

Find the bank sign that's shaped like home plate

The premium services guys!

Take off your shoes in front of Eddie's shoe shine

Salute the Dip n Dots machine!

Take a picture by one of the many barber poles

Fly under the clouded sign

Snap a portrait at Nationwide

Look extremely happy in front of the Ragbrai display by the DM Register

Find Kathy's walking path.... it's like the exact same pose!

Find the School mascot and show your spirit

Friday, March 26, 2010

6 Observations

1) Passive/aggressive notes left in the workplace. How do you feel about them? I would really like to write one for the womans bathroom.
2) Celebrities and Heaven. I'm really curious as to which celebrities I will see in heaven. I hope I'm surprised.
3) Why do girls wear makeup to the gym at 5:15 in the morning? Do they really have that much time to get up and do their makeup? And then when they go home and shower, do they re-do it all over again?
4) People of Walmart... I laugh every time.
5) The first sign of Spring is cause for Iowans to break out their shorts and flip flops... even though the temperature is still in the 40's. It feels like a heat wave
6) What's with all the "natural" disasters? It's almost like they're not natural anymore. They're happening every week!

Monday, March 22, 2010

100 Monkeys

Basically, anything live music or Twilight related, I'm all for. A couple of weeks ago, the band 100 Monkeys came to town and played at Vaudeville Mews downtown. 100 Monkeys, if you don't know, is Jackson Rathbone's band. Jackson plays Jasper in the Twilight movies. Tuesday, in preparation for the show, Jenny sent me some sound clips to listen to. I laughed so hard. Based on the first song I listened to entitled "Keep Awake" (I suggest you go listen to it) we had NO idea what we were getting ourselves in to. However, we knew we'd have a lot of fun.

I can't even tell you what the opening band's name was but they gave me a headache. They screamed so loud you couldn't understand a thing they were saying. When they were talking, I found out that they were a local band but that's about it. 100 Monkeys were introduced by a man in a banana costume who continued to dance with the audience throughout the show. Hilarious... and awkward.

Overall, I was impressed. 100 Monkeys knows how to have fun on stage. They're a bit scary at times and some of their lyrics are questionable but I love their quirkiness. Their biographies on their website captures their unique style and witty humor. Throughout the show, Jackson told many jokes which kept the audience involved. Their unique style and name keeps them relevant. Jackson has a much deeper voice than I would have guessed. They have so much energy and you can really tell that they love playing music.

So excited for the show!

Jackson Rathbone

Don't turn around.... there's a giant banana behind you.

It's a dancing banana!

Mr. Jasper Hale himself!

Friday, March 19, 2010

6 Observations

1) Some people are more delusional than myself. There's a lady who we shall call "L" that threatened to mustache my Rob calendar. I beat her too it and put a mustache on Rob myself. Nobody messes with my stuff!
2) I really love Needtobreathe. Like really. If they lived here, I would probably follow them everywhere.
3) Last Tuesday: outside was like those giant misting machines you see at theme parks. Serious damage control on my hair.
4) I am emotional. More so than I've ever been. I can cry at the drop of a hat. I should have been an actress. Commercials, songs, books, movies, thoughts… I can become a mess. :)
5) My rental car - the little red peanut… I keep looking for the windup because that's what it sounds like when I start it.
6) Plaid pants are never the answer, no matter what anyone tells you?

Thursday, March 18, 2010


That's where I am today. My dear friend Ami from High School made the smart decision to get married in Mexico and I gladly accepted the invitation. The wedding is tomorrow, the 19th, but I decided to take a couple days off work and enjoy the beach and the sun. When we had the winter Iowa did, I will take any excuse to get away for fun in the sun! Congrats Ami and Chris!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Robin!!!

Hey Robin, it's your birthday. Are you going to party like it's your birthday? btw... Happy St. Patrick's Day as well!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sarah & Jed's Engagement Party

My good friends Heather and Seth hosted an engagement party for Sarah & Jed. Good food, good fellowship, and GREAT games. Everyone brought a side dish to share and we all sat around and chatted for a bit. Then the games began putting the girls against the guys. We each had to write down 3 words that had to do with Sarah, Jed, or their wedding. Then all of the words were placed into a bucket and basically the game became a twisted version of Catchphrase. It was pretty hilarious and the GIRLS were the WINNERS!!! of course.

We also played a game on the Wii called "Just Dance." It's a dance competition to some popular songs and it was hilarious. We saw dance competitions to the Cotton Eyed Joe, Womanizer, The Right Stuff, I Like to Move It, and many others.

The evening ended with some gift opening. It was so much fun to celebrate Sarah and Jed and I can't wait for their wedding to actually be here! The dance party is going to be amazing!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ipod Ipods Ipods

I know Ipods are smart and when I put my songs on shuffle, it usually plays songs that I frequently listen to. I wanted to change things up a bit so I decided to pick a letter of the alphabet and listen to all of the songs that start with M. WOW, what a wide variety of music. Here's just a few examples of the songs on the M list.

Machine - josh groban
Made - jamie scott
Made to Worship - chris tomlin
Madly - tristan prettyman
Make out kids - motion city soundtrack
Make you feel my love - adele
Man for life - mark broussard
Man in the mirror - michael j
Manhattan - kings of leon
Many the miles - sara bareilles
Marianne - matt wertz
Matchbox - jonny lang
Maybe I'm amazed - paul mccartney
Maybe misery - quiet drive
Meaning - gavin degraw
Meet me on the equinox - Death cab
Meg white - ray lamontagne
Mercy - duffy
Mercy Reigns - shane & Shane
Mess I made - Parachute
Miami - Will Smith (HA!)
And the list goes on and on and on and on with the M's. Lots of Paramore songs with M's and even MMMBop!

Whoops… found some Nsync Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays on there.

Today, I chose the letter O. I never knew I had so many songs that started with O. Its also a good way for me to go through my ipod and remove songs I no longer want on there. You'd think its time to get rid of Oh Holy Night right?! My ipod is one of my favorite things that I own. I've been an Apple product user since birth basically and think they're genius. As Celine Dion says, music is the language of love and I take my ipod everywhere so I always have music on hand. I once had to fast from itunes.... it was owning my life. Since, I've learned a healthy balance between paying for food and music. :) So I guess this little post is just a thank you to Apple for it's contribution to my life. :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 Oscar Party

My BS girls gathered in our formal attire (aka old bridesmaid dresses) to watch the Oscars. Everyone filled out a ballot on who they thought would win each category and we followed along all night. We ate snacks, laughed at awkward moments, took pictures, and enjoyed watching the show. Oscar Night 2010 was so much fun! I can't wait until next year! Here are my thoughts on the show: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin did a great job hosting. They were appropriately funny. :) NPH opened the show with a great little number and I really enjoyed the dancing to the original scores from the movies. I spotted a lot of SYTYCD alums, probably thanks to the producer of the Oscars Adam Shankman (since he's a judge on the show). Loved watching the hijacked speech during the acceptance of Music by Prudence, I find it terribly awkward when they turn off the mikes and cut to music but it's bound to happen at every award show, and I love watching reactions of the non-winners. I loved Helen Mirran and Meryl Streep. They are such classy ladies. I was most proud of Sandra Bullock.. I even cried a little during her acceptance speech and I thought she looked beautiful. She accepted her award with humility, grace, and love. She's wonderful.
And now on to fashion, to which I must say, J.Lo, you're done. Your dress outdid you. I've listed my top 5 favorite dresses and top 5 least favorite.

Oscars Best
1) Miley Cyrus : Seriously, my favorite of the night. Thought it was beautiful
2) Demi Moore: loved EVERYTHING about this. The color, the style.. Can I please look like that someday?!
3) Rachel McAdams: different, elegant, young, and fresh. Loved it!
4) Kristen Stewart: Seriously. To quote Lainey, she brought the steeze!
5) Vera Farmiga: Masterful and the color was brilliant.

Almost: Elizabeth Banks & Amanda Seyfried: I could only pick 5 and I thought these 2 were stunning as well.

Oscars Worst
1) Charlize Theron : Um cupcakes anyone?!
2) Mariah Carey: I could reiterate the J.Lo comment. You're done honey. And please make note, less is not more!
3) Nichole Richie: Wouldn't call it worst dressed, just not my style
4) Tina Fey: Didn't like anything about it from the hair to the dress
5) Diane Kruger: I actually loved the top but it just got worse as it went down. Too much try.

Almost: SJP and Zoe Saldana (I appreciate creativity and a time to be BOLD at the Oscars, but these just fell short.

And now on to our fashion show!!










Tuesday, March 09, 2010


3D movies are all about the experience. I can't imagine not watching Avatar in 3D. That movie was made for 3D. This past weekend some friends and I went to see Alice in Wonderland in the new XD 3D theater. It was so good. Visually, you feel like things are floating all around you. I love it! The movie was great and Johnny Depp is ridiculous. Seriously, best actor of all time. :) Everything from the costumes, the make up, the set, the characters, I loved it all. Fantastical movies aren't so much about the story anymore. They're about the entire experience!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

6 Observations

This past week, I've noticed a few things. I felt compelled to write them down.

1) This mid-morning/afternoon multiple fighter jets flew over my house. Aside from the noise and the fact that I thought something was falling out of the sky... yeah, that's pretty much it.

2) My rental car smells like a gym locker. Seriously. I gag every time I get into the car. I'm about to attack it with an entire bottle of Febreze! You're supposed to return the car in the exact condition you received it. Do you think they'll charge me extra when I return it because it smells better?

3) Yesterday I saw a rather large man driving a Toyota Yaris. How I would describe it: the car was so small, it was like he was wearing the car.

4) A man was walking and I'm on the 4th floor of the building and he had just come from the 1st floor up the stairs. As he reached the elevator he said "I need to rest in the elevators because my muscles need more wind." WHAT?!?

5) West Des Moines is in the process of removing the unmelted snow from the curbs in preparation for flood season. They're literally mowing the space between the sidewalk and the curb with a skid loader. It's a muddy mess.

6) A little kid in Target was convinced he was Spiderman. He ran up and down the aisles yelling "go web go" while his mom continued to ignore him and read cards. When he jumped onto the cart, his mother turned and said "That's enough." He followed with "I'm invisible and I can control this (cart) with my mind" His mom went back to reading cards.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Scarves Scarves Scarves

Scarves: Another one of my favorite things. My mom recently asked me why I have so much black in my closet and why I don't wear color. First of all, every girl should have black in her closet. Its a MUST. But as I went rummaging through my closet to prove her wrong, I was struck by how many colorful scarves I have. I realized that with most of the black I wear, I couple it with a great scarf!

This past fall when I was in Italy, we came across a market with (this is my rough estimation) over a million scarves just waiting to be purchased by me! It was like I was floating. haha. Okay so maybe I wasn't floating but I was very excited to see SO many different scarves just waiting for me. I brought a few back for myself and also as gifts.

What's not to love about a scarf? It's both functional and fashionable! My most recent scarf purchase (thanks to Jennifer K) is a black cashmere scarf with pockets from Martin & Osa. Love love love it! (whoops, did I mention it was black?! there goes that color debate with my mom). And thanks to this lovely winter that we're having, a scarf has become a staple in my wardrobe. I'm freezing without one! Thankfully, I have a lot of different colored scarves.... and a lot of black to mix them with!

And for the record Mom, I have a lot of color in my closet besides scarves.... :)

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

We Are The World

My coworker and I decided to test our musical knowledge (one LONG afternoon) and listen to the updated version of We Are The World and guess which musician were singing each part. I must say, between the 2 of us, we did a really good job. And it was a great way to pass the time. It's funny to compare the old version to the new "updated" version. While I'm glad some of my favorites were a part of the collaboration, I can't help but laugh every time T-Pain's part comes on. Really? Synthesized voices? The first time I heard the remake, I thought the beginning sounded like it was from the Little Mermaid. As I listened to it some more, I didn't know what was going on! Was that the sound of a bomb or a jet taking off in the background? Is that Tony Bennett followed by Mary J. Blige? Even Enrique Ingelsias came out of hiding to lend a hand. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the effort and support for Haiti and I think it should continue, but I found a lot of humor in this. So good luck with your guesses on the singers... And for the record, Celine did the BEST job... as always. :)

If you need some hints, you can watch the video. (thanks mtv)