Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Music: Mako - Our Story

Okay you guys, I have to share some awesome music with you. Full disclaimer...yes I'm probably biased because it is my cousin I am talking about but that doesn't make it any less awesome. I have been listening to his music for years now. He actually wrote two, yes TWO, songs for my wedding and he is pretty much a musical genius.

I am so excited that he finally has a music video for one of my favorite songs and I am sharing it with you. He and his talented DJ friend Logan are Mako and they have a chance at being on MTV so if you like the video then be awesome and go vote on MTV's The Freshman for Mako 'Our Story' (hint: it's the second option down).

At the very least, watch the video because seriously, they are amazing. I'm super proud of him. My cousin, Alex, is the one playing the piano and singing. He graduated from Juilliard and lives in SoCal and I get to see him every November (when he isn't too busy) at our family reunion at his parent's house. Yes, I am a lucky girl. Surrounded by so much talent doesn't at all give me a complex...

It's a good thing I love that guy.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith

Oh J.K. you write such good mystery. Is Snape good or evil? Was Lula Landry's death murder or suicide? And if it was murder, who killed her? I can't wait to find out what happened to Owen Quine.

So if you don't yet know, Robert Galbraith is the nom de plume (a year of college French and that's what I got) of J.K. Rowling. And if you are just now finding this out, then welcome back from the cave you have been living in. Take moment to step away from the computer, get some sun, stretch your legs, then pick up The Cuckoo's Calling and come back and we'll chat. It's about a British veteran PI named Strike who investigates the death of a model while trying to keep his temporary, yet remarkably clever, secretary in the dark about the fact that he is living in his office after his breakup with a woman way out of his league.

Did I mention it is written by J.K. Rowling?

Mine too Jo!

So of course I was going to read it but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading things like:

"Jus' celebratin' my fiancee zengagement," he said, raising his eleventh pint in an unsteady toast. "She shou' never've left'm. Never," he said, loudly and clearly, "have. Left. The Hon'ble. Jago Ross. Who is'n outstanding cunt." -pg 301

It's so adult, so not Harry Potter.

So anyway...I loved the book and I was concerned that my expectations were going to be too high so I think that says a lot. It's funny, every time Strike went to the police and gave them a tip about the murder I was thinking "what are you doing!You never bring the cops back into it." Apparently I have been ruined by TV and movies.

As the mystery unfolded, I was struck by how much I didn't hate the little hints Strike dropped that never went anywhere. It was just enough to let me think I was piecing it together but not enough to make me try so hard that I really thought I knew whodunnit (which was good because I was all over the map). It reminded me of a teacher dropping hints for the students to figure out the answer for themselves but then becoming distracted by something else before actually answering. Then I finally got to the part where it was all being laid out and...I had to go to work... Gah! This is why I shouldn't read during breakfast. But work only lasts so long and I was able to finish it tonight...and I already have the sequel...

**Source: Purchased from a local bookstore with my own sweet loot.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back in California

So, I'm back from Texas and a week into my new job.  Last week, I got my picture taken for my school ID (and yearbook photo EEK!) and I got my staff parking permit so it is all feeling real. I even have a mailbox in the office, which is possibly my favorite part.

I have been going through my pictures from my trip and wanted to share a few. So here is a preview of my time in Texas.

I chased some thunder storms

And fell in love

Drank more sweet tea than should be legal...that is a gallon bucket

And TMNT nerded out

Drank some wine

And still had time to battle zombies. 
Overall it was an amazing trip and it was hard to come back to the real world.

Friday, August 8, 2014

On the Road Again

We are back on the road. Yesterday was...long. 17 hours on the road actually. We pushed on to Lordsburg, NM and that is where we stayed last night. So we got a few extra hours off the trip for today. And off we go.

Time: 9:30am

Location: New Mexico, about 30 min east of Lordsburg. 1,100 miles from home. 

Revelations: there are not enough starbucks in NM but I still love this state. Also, I got a banana from the hotel this morning and they went the extra mile to make guests smile. And the I took a closer look and was like...dang. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Destination Texas

This post is coming to you from the road. 

Time: 12:15pm

Current location: I-5 heading south. Just passing Harris Ranch (delicious steak, if you've never been). 559 miles left until Phoenix (our stopping point tonight). 

Revelations: a big DAMMIT to my rushed, carefree packing job in which I decided since yesterday was my last day at my job and we got off at 11:30pm and then went out for a goodbye beer putting me in bed around 2am after half packing I was going to not stress about what I might forget because I could always buy it when we get there (how do you like that run-on sentence?). Yeah....

Our final destination and I forgot my shorts...idiot. Does that say "feels like 115"!!! No biggie. I got this. 


Time: 5:45pm

Current location: Coachella, CA. 548 miles to Phoenix but we are hoping we might have energy/time to push through to Tucson tonight. 

Revelations: not a fan of SoCal traffic (duh) but I love this view. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Getting Back to "Normal"

Hey there! It's been a while. I was last here on my wedding anniversary...almost two months ago, practically the whole summer. I know that summer is almost over because I know that school is about to start and I know that school is about to start because I will be working for a high school come August 18.

Cupcake and pom poms that I made.

Yes, these past two months have been hectic and stressful and full of many changes (like me going to interviews, getting a new job and telling my boys that I will be leaving). There has been so much I have wanted to share here and just haven't had the time or mental capacity or, at times, both. But most of it is good stuff and it is finally starting to settle down. I have books to review and stories to share and recipes to show you (of food that I was too busy eat in its entirety). I also have a few craft projects to show you.

Swimming spot in Monte Rio

Just to get the ball rolling, I'll tell you about my last few days. To celebrate my best friend's upcoming 30th birthday, we went to a cabin on the river. I got a little bit toasty on the beach and spent some time with people I love.  I also joined Instagram. @msjessicamae

My favorite kid in the world

After a nice mini vacation, I was driving home with my windows down and felt a sharp pain on my lower cheek/jaw. A bee had come shooting into my face with such force then when it stung me it didn't fly away, it was still attached to my face. I had to pull the bee off before pulling the stinger out. It was insane! My face is still sore but I am now wishing I had taken a moment when I stopped freaking out and took a picture of it...oh well.

Guerneville Bridge

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Weekly Refresh

~currently involved with~ sitting in the car so this is a photo edition of Weekly Refresh. The husband and I are taking a quick trip to celebrate our anniversary today.

~taking with me~ 

~moving on from~


~ quote of the week~