Friday, July 29, 2011

Who your name is? - Day 5

Day 5: A song to match your mood

Music is probably one of my most favoritest things in the whole-wide-world. It can transform your mood, take you back in time or remind you of a person you haven't thought of in years.

In the instance of today, I have two great friends coming for the weekend. I've known Angie since grade school, but her, Bria and I (along with Becca, Julie and Herres) did the majority of our damage in college...back in the infamous 1709 Laramie days.

Photo shout out to my old roommates!

Yes, when we moved in to the trash-hole that was the cockroach penthouse we adopted this lifestyle.

ANYWAYS!! Angie and Bria are going to be here this weekend and when I think of those girls, I think of pre-parting at 1709 with this song blaring from Angie's computer speakers.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thanks for being mine - Day 4

Day 4: Your parents

I'm convinced that God blessed me with the absolute best parents in the world. Were they perfect? Of course not, how many of you...I are?

Did they make me furious, push my buttons, tell me "not only no, but hell no!" and embarrass me?

On several occasions.

Did they love, support, teach, feed, clothe, encourage, guide, tolerate and build me up?

Again, yes, on several occasions, sometimes while they were making me furious, pushing my buttons, telling me no and embarrassing me.

As a child I looked to them for all of those necessities a child needs from her parents. As a teen, I mainly looked to them for money. As an adult, I found friends – two special people who knew, loved, understood and respected me for the person I was becoming.

They taught me how to live: Granted, I was ten years old before they took me somewhere where I could ride my first escalator, about the same age when I finally learned how to ride a bike without training wheels and at 17 I finally got a job where I didn't take naps during an 8-hour shift...good grief, they're lucky they ever got me to move out of the house! But we always had some sort of family time. There were times to work, but also time for God, traditions, family and friends and making memories.

They taught me how to laugh: Look at these two clowns!

Is there any wonder I turned out the way I did? We are never short for laughter in this family.

And most importantly, they taught me how to love: I never wonder if my parents love me. I'm still convinced I'm the favorite. After all, I had them all to myself during four years of high school and they still claimed me as their own. Hugs, kisses and "I Love You's" were never far away. There wasn't a recital, ballgame, art show, program, banquet, bake sale or CYO fundraiser that they missed. They've listened to me cry on the phone while hundreds of miles away from home and provided the pervertible shoulder to cry on or those perfectly timed words a girl just needs to hear, like, "Wouldn't it feel good if you could just tell those people to go to hell?" "Yes, Dad, that is exactly what I wish I could do."

I've seen their marriage vows lived out – in sickness and in health, for better for worse, until death do us part – and know their relationship with God is what got them through those times.

So I guess to any of you parents out there, just starting out or entering the dreaded teen years: You'll be loved for the things you give them, just as much as you're later loved for the things you didn't give them. Those young eyes and ears are taking in everything you do, because until it seems uncool, they want to be just like you.

Thanks for being mine, Mom and Dad.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

First right of refusal - Day 3

Day 3: Your first love

First love?


What kind of dumbass topic is this?


(I was only planning on giving myself one veto so I really hope there isn't a topic schedule for later on that I dislike.)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Music Monday

We interupt the incredibly productive 30-day blog challenge to do an easy post.

I love this summer song and may or may not have a giant crush on Jake Owen and that million dollar smile of his.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Just add procrastination - Day 2

Wow, three posts in three days. I know I should pace myself, but this re-ignition of blogging has proven useful to my normal procrastination routine. Normally, when procrastinating household chores I waste time on facebook, checking on my fantasy baseball team or catching up on my dvr recordings, but with topics out here just waiting for me to talk about, I'm rejuvenated!

Let's see here...Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name.

I had toyed with the idea of starting a blog prior to the birth of Unfiltered Nonsense for at least three years. I had different friends that were blogging and I thought it'd be fun, but I couldn't land on a name. I refused to write under a name I didn't love.

I wasn't getting married or embarking on a new chapter of my life like so many other friends at the time, so there was no life event to play off of.

This wasn't going to be professional for me like my portfolio blog that I haven't updated for 2 years, so no need to be tied to my name.

Plus, I didn't want it to be uncool. After all, I'm nothing if not super cool.

It had to be fun.


Maybe a little oxymorony.

I love a good oxymoron. I absolutely adore Jessi's blog name, Organized Chaos. It fits her perfectly.

When I thought about what kind of things I would blog about I figured it would just be for fun. Sure, there'd be life updates, but I'd write just for fun...comment on life and pop culture and things that make me laugh or seethe with anger in some cases. There'd be a lot of "nonsense" and if I was going for the laugh factor, I'd have to turn my filter off because well, let's face it...that's when I really shine.

And so, Unfiltered Nonsense was born. The blogspot url was already taken by some greedy woman who hasn't posted since 2004 so I had to add the word "my" to the url, but that's just a little thing.

Friday, July 22, 2011

And we're off! - Day 1

Ok, here I am, going strong on the 30-day blog challenge. Today's topic?

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts.

Ok, well, I pretty much feel like yesterday's blog was an adequate introduction to this bit. so....CHECK!

(see i told you they should have given me credit for Day 0)

ok, what's next? Recent picture of yourself. well, this is about as recent as you can get.

I just got done playing softball and drinking celebratory beers. No, we didn't win, in fact, this was our worse season since we started back in '05, but tonight's game was a lot of fun.

ok, recent picture? CHECK!

15 interesting facts.

about me?

ugh. That's pushing it, I'm not sure I can handle that. Let's go half and half. Tonight I'll share credit with
this site on fun facts.

Ok, in no particular order.
  1. I used to be afraid of trains. Afraid as in I was convinced that a train was going to deliver my ultimate demise. We lived less than a block away from the train tracks and my super sonic hearing could hear a train whistle at least 8 miles away. My fear was cured when they taught me about the caboose. Why don't trains have cabooses anymore?
  2. Hippo milk is pink. I adore hippos.
  3. Just before the US started bombing Baghdad, nearly $1 billion dollars was stolen from the Central Bank of Iraq and is now the largest bank robbery in history. Also, right before the US started bombing Baghdad, I was in Las Vegas getting ready to board a Southwest Airlines flight back to KC with my friends Alison and Cindy. United Airlines canceled our original flight and I haven't flown them since.
  4. I made my national tv debut on January 2, 2004 during K-State's loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. This is also the same weekend that I figured out how to ask for the beer garden in Spanish, “Donde esta jardin de cerveza?”
  5. Scientists aren't sure what color dinosaurs were.
  6. Up until about 2nd grade when I had my tonsils taken out, I was convinced onions gave me strep throat. If I ever have children there’s a high likelihood half of them will be mini-hypochondriacs.
  7. I love daydreaming.
  8. Back in 2004/5 I invented a game called "Yassar or a Cow." It's wildly unpopular, but I love it. Basically, you ask people who they would rather be in a situation with......Yassar Arafat or a cow. At Katie and Todd's wedding, Kristin's husband Matt asked me who I would have liked to brought as a date. I said, "Oh, I wasn't given plus guest." (like that was my only deterrent...taking dates to weddings is like a babysitting job you don't get paid for). To which Matt replied, "Yeah, but if you could, would you have brought Yassar?" "Yes, absolutely." Kristin, being the dark cloud that rains on my parade said, "Yeah, his dead moldy corpse would have been a lot of fun." me: "Uhhh, yeah, Weekend at Bernie's 1 and Weekend at Bernie's 2."
  9. More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.
  10. I'm a sucker for tv shows that let you download music from each episode. FOX and NBC saw me coming from a mile away.
  11. The zip code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, New York.
  12. I dressed as Steven Q. Eurkle for Halloween in the 2nd or 3rd grade. Now-a-days it probably would have been racially insensitve for a little white girl to do that, but my impression of his laugh and signature phrase “Did I do that?” was so spot on I think it made it ok. I won first place in the costume contest at school.
  13. There are more plastic flamingos in the US than real ones. 40 of them are in my brother Brian's shed.
  14. The oldest patented company logo is the red triangle of Bass beers.
  15. The KC star linked to my blog in an article that talked about Betty White. I'm credible if nothing else, right?
Well, I don't know about you readers, but I feel informed and entertained now. You're welcome.

15 interesting facts...CHECK!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

30-day blog challenge

It seems that my becoming an absentee blogger has not gone unnoticed. Let's just act like my blatant disregard for updating never happen, ok?


Now, hold on loosely readers, because in an attempt to remind you all why you love this blog, and subsequently, me, I'm embarking on the 30-day blog challenge. If I don't lose interest in the next 5-6 weeks** here's what you have to look forward to.

Day 0: The 30 Day Challenge Explanation and Description
Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts
Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3: Your first love
Day 4: Your parents
Day 5: A song to match your mood
Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7: Favorite movies
Day 8: A place you've traveled to
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend
Day 10: Something you're afraid of
Day 11: Favorite tv shows
Day 12: Something you don't leave the house without
Day 13: Goals
Day 14: Celebrity crush
Day 15: Bible verse
Day 16: Dream house
Day 17: Something you're looking forward to
Day 18: Favorite Place to Eat
Day 19: Something you miss
Day 20: Nicknames
Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME Why?
Day 22: What's in your purse?
Day 23: A picture of someone you want to switch lives with for a day and why
Day 24: Something you've learned
Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26: Your Dream Wedding
Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in
Day 28: Something that stresses you out
Day 29: 3 Wishes
Day 30: a picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge

I wish whoever invented this list had given me credit for Day 0. Oh well, let's do this. I'm excited!

**let's be realistic, I'm not going to go from blogging 4 times in 60 days to blogging every day for 30 days.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Music Monday

I went to one of the free summer country concerts at the P&L last week to see the Randy Rogers Band. They might be a new favorite due to this song and the fact that the fiddle player's name is Brady Black. Hello!? That's a Days of Our Lives character...or at least it was when I watched 7 years ago.