Summer Life


Coachella 2012


[Found on Pinterest]

While there are no more tickets left, Coachella is still something we need to discuss. Hopefully, those of you who are die-hard music fans and hippies at heart have already purchased your ticket. For you, this period of time when the wind blows warm, steady waves of dust through your hair, a simple note of a guitar being played in the far-off distance, and the whimsical musings of a regular bohemian bombshell in her natural habitat, is imperative to your health and general well being.

That said, I’ve compiled a few video’s to steady your withdrawals until the big weekend.

First, I have to say, the 2012 lineup is absolutely extraordinary. I mean, every year it is, but I personally can’t wait to see all these beautiful artists in one, small zone in the entire world. Yes, I am a little obsessed with music. And by obsessed I mean “can’t live without it” and by that I mean “I would literally die without it.”  My veins would shrivel up, my lungs would collapse, my brain would fry and my heart would cry its final cry in a pathetic attempt to save itself from this atrocious travesty.

Some artists I can’t wait the 31 days and 6 hours to see: (but who’s counting?)

Bon Iver


Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg

The Shins

The Black Keys



Mazzy Star

Calvin Harris

Florence and the Machine

For those of you who are pining with jealousy and seething in anger—there’s always next year! You snooze you lose!

An iMovie Experiment

I was feeling inspired last week, and began to comprise a bunch of pictures of Kevin and me. I have never used iMovie before or had any interest in making a video, but once I started, I began to love it! I finally finished it yesterday so I guess I should share it with you! It’s a mix of being really cute and really annoying. Even I am on the fence about it. Typically I’m not a huge fan of mushy, over-the-top “we are so in love” gooey icky romantic blubber. But at the same time, I do think it’s cute. I have to go back and edit a lot of it. It’s my first time, so a lot of it is totally wrong and not to the beat the way I anticipated.

Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks”

Music video by Of Monsters and Men performing Little Talks. (C) 2012 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

A fun little indie type band I discovered a couple days ago. (Am I slow in the music industry or what?!) How this amazing, talented, eclectic band has gotten past me is beyond me.

If it was an unrealistic world in which you could do what you pleased, you could put together Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford and Sons, I believe they would sound like this. Enjoy rocking out to this song, because I think this band is on to something. At least, their views on Youtube tell me. I guarantee you’ll rape the repeat button 🙂

Kim K’s Love Life (or lack thereof) and Other Annoyances

You know the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”? And then someone more annoying than the first says, “It’s ALL small stuff.”

Well, I do. I try not to. But I do.

                                                    Annoyance 1.
Those people over at  _______
 Hint: Rhymes with Lockedjar Rivalries. (IF you read blogs, you have probably stumbled upon them. They are really popular for some reason.)
I cannot stand it. 
‘Oh we had the BEST day today! My hubby made us coffee out of our new french press and we sat in the garden and watched “Queensley” (their bulldog) frolic around. It was soooooo great. Then I did 5 (yes, FIVE) D.I.Y. projects, checked on my herbs (they’re so delightful and can’t wait to have all my spring dinner parties) and last but not least read to the blind for a few hours. Not to mention I have a baby and I’m pregnant.  So much JOY in life!’ [This is an exaggerated excerpt I made up entirely myself. But they remind me of this.]
Really? Who says that? 
                                               Annoyance 2. 
Acquiring a class C drivers license doesn’t take much knowledge or common sense, unfortunately. And that presents itself while on the road. The fact that my horn is broken doesn’t help the situation. And no, it wasn’t because I was “over-using” it–ahem! KJ– It went out all by itself. Clearly, I need to acquire a “driver” and sit with a blindfold in the backseat just to keep calm, and get from A to B without a massively inconvenient heart palpitation.  Moving on, there are a few courtesies that should be widely known by all California drivers: 
  • Traffic moves. It is constantly changing. Just like Kim Kardashian’s husbands. {no! what?} Therefore, you have to acclimate your vehicle accordingly.  Speed limit does not matter. If you are going 70 mph and in the fast lane because the speed limit is 65 so you think, technically, I am in the correct lane. WRONG!  If there is traffic going faster, stay to the right. Don’t make everyone pass you on the right.
  • Buckle your children up, for the love of god. It’s 2012. Strap. Your. Child. In. Twice this month I saw children in the car who were wildly raucously gyrating about in the back seat. I uninhibitedly glared at the driver next to me until the light turned green. I’m not sure they even noticed.  They’re just as spastic as their children. *sigh*
  • These Southern CA drivers really irk me during winter…  And I bet this bugs some of you, too.  R A I N. Even though it’s just a sprinkle, people tend to view it as a storm or blizzard of historic proportions.  They slow down by about 30 mph and think it’s perfectly normal to be practically crawling down I5.

Annoyance 3.

Close your mouth when you’re eating. It’s the most disheartening, foul, shameful habit ever. I do not need to see what you’re {so loudly} chewing. Yuck.

Annoyance 4.

Don’t be so paranoid. Some people pick up their yapper while walking past my dog.  Like he’s going to jump up and eat you?  I have him on a leash, for one. And two, he’s not a cannibal. Besides, even if he was, I would give MORE power to him. Because yappers/floor mops are no good to me anyway.

Annoyance 5.

Mormons and Polygamy. They are gross and I don’t even want to talk about it anymore.

Annoyance 6.

Cell phone providers.  They are corrupt and obnoxious as a whole.  I like to deal with them as little as possible.

Annoyance 7.

The bread from Trader Joe’s.  It goes bad in like 3 days. What am I supposed to do about that?

Annoyance 8.

Politics on social media sites like Facebook. I learned my lesson when I said “I stand with Planned Parenthood.”

Annoyance 9.

Overly pompous people. Cool. You live well. You’re successful. I can tell by your FB check-ins and updates. Good for you. Annoying for us. Look up “humble” in the dictionary, bro. I’m sure you’ve never heard of it.

Annoyance 10.

The asshole in the Porsche today with smog coming out of his pipes.  For miles.  Hey, let’s just move backwards in life & time & money & research and forget about the detrimental effects cars & polution have on our environment & the dolphins & wales & fish in the sea & birds & plants & animals that are dying because assholes like him, who make our air THAT MUCH WORSE. Who knows how long he’s been driving like that.  Should be illegal.  Go get a smog check, douche bag. Or have one of your 9 assistants do it.

To leave on a good note, back to Pinterest, my latest obsession.

Namaste ☮



I stole that title ↑ from Andy Cohen…

who I am also obsessed with.

So today I’ve been glued to my computer doing Excel spreadsheets all day. The only thing that’s making me not want to run away and take 9 shots of whiskey are these three musicians/bands/artists I’ve discovered.  They’re all taking at shot at winning the popularity contest with me, being that they’ve all consecutively remained on repeat for the past few days. What do you think?

Gotye: “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Lana del Rey: “Off To The Races” Amazing lyrics and such a fun beat!

Lana del Rey: “Blue Jeans” (She deserves two videos) V-Day music? 😉

Nico Vega: “Medicine Man” Acoustic Version (fun little band)

Have a good weekend y’all! (I’m getting ready for my Seth clan reunion next year in South Carolaaaaana.)

All my friends are teachers… and I <3 it

It used to be “nurses” instead of “teachers.”

I’m glad it’s changed.

Mr. Bodwell… Mrs. Tremblay…Mr. Green… annnd that’s about it. Those are the names of the teachers I remember from school. And that’s quite pathetic, really. I blame 40% of my memory lapse on just not paying much attention in school, and the other 60% on my TEACHERS NOT MAKING ME WANT to pay attention.

There IS a way to effectively communicate to children without them wanting to rip their eyeballs out. If you figure that out, you’re golden. I’m not going to pretend I know how to do that. After all, I don’t want to be a teacher. BUT, I know there is a way.

I came across this Youtube video on my friend Lauren’s Pinterest page. She’s one of my friends who is selfless and motivated and kind enough to want to become a school teacher. And it makes me so proud to know that there are more people out there who are wanting to make a difference in children’s lives, because as I have said in the past, children are our future. The next generations ruler’s of the world. And if you watch this video, you’ll see that if all teachers were like this, we would be on our way to the most successful country in the world.

“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” -Chinese Proverb

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