Monday, February 23, 2009

Benefit Weekend Wrap-Up

Currently listening to: "Sleep" by Azure Ray

I had another great weekend. Life has been pretty damn good here lately. I owe 99% of that to the new group of girls I've been spending time with. Jen, Emily, Lauren (we missed you), and Hillary thanks for welcoming me into your little group. You girls are really great and tons of fun to hang out with. I've never gotten along very well with girls (except my kattledette), but you guys are so laid-back I think it'd be hard for anyone to not get along with you. Ok, enough sappy friend loving.

Friday night I just stayed in and caught up on some rest. Thank goodness I did because Saturday was one of the longest nights I've had in a long time. I was having a Murphy's Law kinda day on Saturday (everything that could have gone wrong did) but that night totally made up for it. We all met up at Emily's house for appetizers before the Relay for Life Grilled Lincolns Benefit in C-ville. Jen made cookies (including her new orange zest oatmeal cookies I'm in love with) and I made spinach dip. Everyone then headed to the firehall. Yes, if someone told me I would one day be drinking and dancing in a firehall I would say hell no, but I loved every second of it. The Grilled Lincolns were awesome! I haven't danced that much in a long time. We stayed until the end of the show, then someone had the bright idea of going to Doc's (which was of course closing). I was walking with Jen and I'm not sure how many times we fell on the way there, but I had grass stains on my knees the next morning and a righteous bump on the side of my head. Two drunk people trying to help each other walk = both of them falling more. On our way walking back to Emily's a car pulls up with some guys we went to high school with in it. I blame the next sequence of events on the two pitchers of shots Emily made (they were definitely doubles) and the fact that I had just watched "Yes Man" with Jim Carrey earlier that day.

The guys told us to get in, and we did. We are sketchballs, I know. Jen knew the guys very well, but I on the other hand had never hung out with any of them. A couple stops later we were back at one of their houses watching movies. Jen passed out, but I stayed up with two of the guys and watched 3 whole movies back-to-back, giggling like a schoolgirl at their ridiculous commentary the whole time. I had fun to say the least. I paid for it the next day when I waltzed through my mom's door looking like complete hell and running on about 45 minutes of sleep. But, nevertheless it was worth it. Sometimes saying yes to things you wouldn't normally can have great results :)

Ok, links for today:
  • Ben Stiller as Joaquin Phoenix at the Oscars. Amazing impression.
  • An 80's video teaching guys how to seduce women. The best is the guy that says, "Detroit you need a dollar, a twelve-pack of beer, gram of coke, and a whip." Yeah buddy, I'm sure that's really worked out for you thus far. Basically this video tells people to perform sex acts in public.
  • This is ridiculous. It means your partner isn't attracted to you, you idiot.
  • My new obsession: online videos of kids singing songs they really shouldn't know the words to. They crack me up. Like this one. I have no idea what this girl is singing but it's quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen. I'd kidnap her ass in a second. And this video. And kids dancing. Ok, sorry I'll stop now.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Currently Listening to: Coldplay "Fix You"

"When you try your best, but you don't succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down on your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below
When you're too in love to let it go
If you never try you'll never know
Just what you're worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you"

Love that song by the way. I'm kind of in a trance today due to lack of sleep so listening to songs like that is probably not the best idea. Before you know it I'll be hunched over in my cubicle. Last night I stayed up watching COPS at a friend's house and didn't get home until 2am (definitely worth it tho, no complaints here). I'm just really going to have to get to bed early tonight.

Here's my interesting links for the day:
  • Ummm.....a slavery amusement park? Built by the Jackson Five? This is just strange.
  • The kind of E-cards nobody wants to receive.
  • Last night I was watching Family Guy and was reminded of my favorite episode: when Stewie and Brian get wasted.
  • Dear Mel Gibson, Please don't ever go out in public like this again. Thank You.
  • This dog hates when people sing Happy Birthday. Also strange.
  • Men have a biological clock also according to this article.
  • One of the best FML postings I've seen yet. This soo sounds like something that would happen to me.

The links are weak sauce today, I know. The Internet world just seems to be taking a day off for some reason. But, this photo caught my eye today. It sums up my racing thoughts I have at night (big part of my insomnia) really well. Jen, you'll probably like this too.


Monday, February 16, 2009

I miss the still of the silence. As you breathe out and I breathe in.

I have off work today so I'm still back on the shore just relaxing, doing laundry, and enjoying the quiet of an empty house. Justin sent me this Web site last night and it's great. A lot of really interesting photos and some good music and quotes too (at times a little sappy/emo-ish, but interesting nonetheless). My favorite photo thus far, though its simple, is this one. What can I say I'm a sucker for rain. Running in it, watching it, hearing it, all of it. This really makes me want summer and the rainstorms that come with it to be here now.

One quote I really enjoyed from the site was:

"Fall in love or fall in hate. Get inspired or be depressed. Ace a test or flunk a class. Make babies or make art. Speak the truth or lie and cheat. Dance on tables or sit in the corner. Life is divine chaos. Embrace it. Forgive yourself. Breathe. And enjoy the ride."


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lazy Sunday

As the title reads I am having a glorious lazy Sunday back on the shore. Though Valentine's Day wasn't what I had planned (Jen was sick), I had a great day. I did a lot of baking, which I am finishing up today, and then came back to the shore later last night and hung out with a friend :)

Because I'm at my mom's house alone (which is eerily quiet like all other houses on the shore by the way) I'm bored and thought I'd do an interesting links post. Plus in the past few days I've come across some amazing Web sites I thought I should share.

  • First off, this Web site is perfect for anyone who feels like everything in life is going wrong. Or if you just enjoy listening to other people's worst days me. Some are super funny.
  • Second, this Web site has provided me with a ridiculous number of laughs over the past few days. Thanks to Justin for finding this gem. (WARNING: some of the photo content under photos of the day is definitely NSFW and mostly just boobs honestly). This is one of the greater lists I found on that site. The #1 is hilarious "Vaginas are like your roommates Pringles; meant to be shared, but never opened unless you ask first."
  • Though Valentine's Day is over now, I still love this list too. If they had "I already roofied myself" as a t-shirt I'd buy it.

UPDATE ON THE SEX MUFFINS: BAD CHOICE (those things couldn't get anybody action, they taste like crap)


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Kinda wishing I could just skip this weekend...........

As lame as it is to admit it, I'm dreading this weekend...the evil Valentine's Day. I feel like reminders that I don't have a Valentine are being force-fed to me by the media (television commercials, radio commercials, billboards, etc.). A telemarketer even wished me a Happy Valentine's Day yesterday over the phone. Since when did this holiday become so popular and why am I just noticing this? The answer's obvious....I'm single. Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying being single and have never been one of those can't be alone girls. Even the news has recognized that men and women just vary so much when it comes to thoughts on holidays like this. I'm sure this post will probably make no sense to anyone reading it either. I won't be the only one sitting here with a dazed look on my face at least.

But, since I don't have superpowers and can't just skip a weekend I'm trying to keep myself somewhat busy, leaving time for a few tricks I've got up my sleeve. Just because my v-day is most likely to be uneventful doesn't mean I can't try and make someone else's day:). Friday I work half-day now so no sleeping in or gym probably but I plan on at least cleaning the apartment, last minute changes to secret v-day plans, making those muffins i previously posted a link to, then prob just a movie night in with Rex. Saturday: sleep in, gym, back to the shore for a wine night with Jen (and most probably The Notebook and a righteous pity party lol). Thank god for her that's all I've gotta say.

Then on Sunday I'm gonna sleep in (surprise), run/pilates, and just hang out because I have off work on Monday (4 day weekend!! I know!!!). And Monday I'm kind of hoping to have a movie night with a friend.

OK. Now onto my interesting links of the day:


Monday, February 9, 2009

Links of the Day

Happy Monday! Here's my interesting links of the day.....

  • Bum Fight....but they're cats. Funny, but the music is super annoying.
  • Sex Muffins....heard about it on the radio this morning. People were calling in swearing these things are like life-altering (all agreed that they enhance your experience by ten-fold at least...crazy). Needless to say I will be making these later this week.
  • Strip clubs are starting to offer other amenities than just the dancers. This totally reminds me of a conversation I had yesterday morning. Me and strip clubs have a rocky past.
  • Great chart for guys to understand what they should do for a girl on Valentine's Day. I think I fall somewhere between Olive Garden and a movie, card and laundered sheets, and flowers and fajitas (although I'm more of a bottle of wine and movie rental kinda gal). This chart can be hard to read until you zoom in on it. Definitely amusing though and pretty accurate I think (which is why it's in bold).
  • Strange techno-esque song made up entirely of noises from Windows 98 and XP. Don't bother listening past 1:35. Some people have waaaaay too much time on their hands.
  • List of best and worst jobs in regards to how much sex they have. Technically I'm a call center worker so I guess this is good news for me.


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Amazing Weekend

I had the most amazing weekend. If I could go back in time I wouldn't change a second of it, not one.

Friday I went and saw "He's just not that into you" with Jen. Great movie, mildly depressing and made me slightly feel like im crazy (not as crazy as "Gigi" in the film, shes a nutcase). But, the overall message took a little while to sink in with me. After two days I've decided what my personal take-away from it was. Don't waste time wondering about what will happen with the whole guys and relationship thing.....because then you aren't living in the moment and truly enjoying yourself. Take each moment for what it is at face value and as the movie stressed "don't look for signs" (I'm still working on that last part). Then later that night I "rescued" a friend from the bar and actually had a fun time hanging out with his drunk ass the rest of the night lol (usually I get annoyed when I'm sober and around drunk people, but he's great to be around in any state).

Saturday me and the girls went out to celebrate Lauren, R.N., B.S.N. (woohoo and congrats!!). We met up with some other friends at the bar and it turned into a really fun evening. Full of drunk dudes singing Ice Ice Baby, dancing with the girls, breast punches, awkward hit-ons, and the usual debauchery. The ride home was quite possibly my favorite part of the night. I took three guy friends home since they were drinking a lot more than I was. Ice cubes were flying and many laughs were had. Then for some reason when we finally got "home" I decided to make popcorn and clean my friend's kitchen (when I drink sometimes I like to clean, it's a weird habit though not the worst one to have I guess).

All in all it was, as I said, an amazing weekend. I woke up this morning with a smile on my face and have basically been wearing it all day. And, I didn't do too horrible with the dieting and cutting back on drinking either. I ate great all weekend, no cheating there. And I even ran two days in a row!!! Alcohol intake was moderate and limited to just one night, so that was good also. Sleep was beautiful both nights and lasted well into the following days.

I guess I would just say I'm really content right now. :)


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thirsty Thursday...I'm sticking to water

So this has been a weird week for me. It all kind of kicked off with starting this blog actually. It got me looking back through some of my old journals and really sort of evaluating my life right now. It made me decide on a few things (and yes I am serious about working on these, this is not just a phase thing). I've talked these over with Jen and she has decided to help me stick to these and motivate me when I need it (which I will so be ready Jen).

  1. I am committing to a diet. Nothing strict per se, just eating better and a lot smaller portions. I would love to lose anywhere from 20-30 lbs. Although, it's really not as much about the number (weight-wise) for me. I'd just like to feel more fit and capable (you never know when ninjas may strike).
  2. I'm also going to SERIOUSLY cut back on my alcohol intake. Not only will this help with the whole dieting thing, but I just feel like it's time. Don't get me wrong, I'll still go out and get silly drunk probably a couple times a year (it's inevitable during the holiday season, no promises then). But, I just want to start remembering my weekends more and not wasting the whole next day moping around clutching a Gatorade bottle. This weekend will be my first time implementing this so I think I'm gonna stick to my 3 beer (or one glass of wine) rule and see how it goes.
  3. I'm going to TRY and work out more. There are no promises on this one. I am the laziest person I know and am not scared to admit it. But, I do always feel better when I exercise regularly. So, I'm joining the YMCA near my apartment next week (most of the classes are free and I do better in a class environment). I'll keep everyone posted on how this process goes.

On a sort of related note....I'm sleeping better than I have in a long time! This is super exciting to me because my insomnia has been horrible since before the holidays. I feel like things in my life are sort of reaching some form of homeostasis now, and it's great.

And now onto my useless Internet links for the day (don't worry I'll indicate if they are ever NSFW):

  • This poor kid had me laughing so hard earlier this week. He's like a super-high person. My favorite is when he asks if its gonna last forever lol.
  • The Hamburglar actually exists.
  • My new absolute favorite phenomenon to talk about: Sexting. I find it hilarious. And thank god I'm of age because kids are getting charge with child porn for doing it now.
  • I know this video is old but I could seriously watch it every day. All the live long day. It's my absolute favorite internet video ever. I'm a sucker for funny cat videos.
  • I'm not sure how I came across this or why. But, it is truly one of the scariest things I've ever seen. And the even scarier part, he like has a following.

Back to pretending I'm working.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Current Obsession

Thanks to Lisa, my friend at work, I will get no actual work done today as I am waaay too busy watching this.

I want one really bad.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hello and Welcome!!

So, first off welcome to my blog and I guess I'll begin by saying a little bit about myself. Jeeze, I'm never very good at this. My name is Jamie Lynn and I am a recent graduate of the University of Maryland (woohoo!). I earned my bachelor's in Psychology and am currently taking a few years off before attending graduate school (a social work program most likely). I want gain some work experience and save some money before committing my life to school again.

I recently moved to Baltimore and have a love/hate relationship with city living. I haven't been there long enough to decide which emotion is stronger yet. I'm not a great writer, but thought that creating a blog would give me something to do and provide a way for friends to stay updated on my life. Therefore, I apologize if my entries aren't poetic or flow very well. I like to just vent sometimes (even to the point of free association so look out!). Also, I've kept journals for years and love to go back and read entries from years past. Self-reflection is always interesting to me (there's the psych student coming out).

A lot has changed in my life in the past year. I've graduated college, began living alone for the first time in my life, and became single for the first time since before I started college. Needless to say right now I'm just taking in all that life has to offer and though it's cliche, am truly down for the ride.

My friends and family are super important to me, especially my mom. She drives me bonkers, but I adore her. She says the cutest damn things sometimes. I've always wanted to start a book of funny things she's said. I can count my best friends on one hand and prefer it that way. I may not speak to them every day, but with just a phone call we pick right back up where we left off. They are the most dependable people I know, which is why I like them so much (Katie this is you). I've also made some amazing new friends in the past year who I truly cherish spending time with (Jen this is you).

Ok, so this blog is gonna be comprised of some random stuff. People with ADD or short attention spans rejoice! I'll write about what's going on in my life of course, but also plan on posting humorous links I find each day (as I currently work at a software company and am immensely bored most of the time), reviews of movies i watch (huge movie nerd), good recipes i find (also love to cook) and lord knows what else. Oh yeah, and comments are always welcome!! So, here we go......................

The name of this blog isn't set in stone yet, so don't be surprised if it changes anytime soon :)