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Songs I Would Record on My Album

So, story of my life: I think in song lyrics. I sing them. People say, I don’t recognize that song. Someone else sings it immediately after. Ohhhhh, says the audience.

Yeah. That’s why I’ll NEVER actually record an album. But, it’s fun to dream. And so, here are the songs I would record in this dreamworld where I can carry a tune in a bucket, and clap at the same time too.

1.) Ordinary People by John Legend. Just cuz it’s my fave.

2.) Bartender by TPain. Pretty much, my dear friend and I sang this song, duet style, on the way to the beach every time. And every road trip too.

3.) When the Doves cry by Prince. Because, why not?!

4.) Fancy by Drake. Das ma jam.

5.) California Girls by Katy Perry. I am one, through and through.

6.) If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys. What red blooded American girl HASN’T belted this one at some point driving alone in the car?

7.) I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T by Webbie. This is the song I was singing, spastically, when I met a new roommate. It remains one of her favorites to this day.

8.) Church by TPain. Man, me and TPain. I just like singing this one cuz he says “Ima take your a*& to church!”

Then, there are also a ton of bastardized hip hop songs I’ve manipulated to teach literature lessons with. They are to many to count, certainly to many to “list.”

Best Ways to Show Love

I found myself driving down my old street today. It was on the way to my destination, and I hadn’t driven by in about a month, which really isn’t very long, but sentimentality seemed to compel me onward. I think about this house, and it’s occupants, often. It was my last permanent residence as a single girl. It was the home of my last permanent single roommates, my last first kiss and hand holding, and where Becka and Zac began. Where he brought me oranges when I was sick, and asked me to be his girlfriend. Where I prepared for Lizzy’s wedding day with her, and fought off bugs, and shower fiends with Sarah. It was where I last lived with my best friend, Alicia, and where, for three years, my pooch HermioneFancy first made her home. It was the bedroom I brought her home to at 8 weeks old, and well, I just love that house. And so, I guess I just wanted to check up on it, make sure it was being treated alright, make sure its new occupants, who I’m sure are great, are showing it some love.

Speaking of showing love, I think I’ve learned this the best from all my roommates these last 10-12 years, from college, and on into the single years of my 20’s. There’s nothing like living with someone day in and day out to learn their idiosyncrasies and know their ins and outs. This kind of knowledge best equips you to love them well. And so, thank you to all the ladies I’ve lived with these past 12ish years. Here’s how you’ve shown me to show love.

1.) Always be ready for damage control. Know your roommate well, and know just what will make a poopy day better. For some, it’s a meandering around Target, for others, it’s making a batch of brownies, for yet others it’s a run together, and for me, well, it was when my taco salad bowl got picked up after I threw it across the kitchen, or when I came home late to find a cake I’d made frosted for me.

2.) Be spontaneous. Love each other by adventuring together. If that means putting away your studies, putting on your sweatpants, and driving to the beach at 10pm at night just to find yourself maybe perhaps skinny dipping in October foggy night waves, well so be it. These are the moments we were born for. Love them.

3.) Pray with each other. Some of the ways I’ve best been shown love are those moments sitting on my floor crying, when my roommate drops me a note, sits and cries with me, and prays. Or those blissful days of happiness on a sandy beach on Cancun, sitting, praying for each other watching the night surf bring giant sea tortoises to shore.

4.) Share your day. Take turns talking about the stuff that happened and who’s coworker went bezerk. Everyone’s job is different, and days are not the same, that’s why they’re meant to be shared. Some may engineer landfills and need to talk about the process of putting liners in trash dumps, while others teach small children and need to talk about the kid who only has one pair of pants and they got dirty today, and he is sad. Others are studying to be nurses and they see crazy things and they clear out bedpans, and well, they just need to share their grossness with someone who they don’t have to put a heart monitor on.

5.) Create routines together. Could be “weekend duty,” a house-wide rule to sleep in the buff to celebrate the coming of Friday. Could be ordering Little Green Onions and watching Grey’s Anatomy together. Could be deciding that for once, when you all watch a movie together, no one will have their laptop turned on. Could be just the opposite, and everyone face books each other messages while in the same room, maybe even on the same couch.

Life is hard. Days can get messy. But one thing my single years taught me, is how to love in the good and the bad. I am, now, on the other end of some bad ones, and thankful for the ones who showed me love throughout our college apartments, our first place on our own apartment, our 611swag, and our kat house days. Thank you, girls for showing me so much love. It’s now my turn to take those love lessons, and show love to the man who becomes my permanent roommate in 5 days.

It’s Time for…

I want to just live the simple life and say that after waiting many long blue moons for this season in my life, It’s time for ALL THE GOOD STUFF… But, I suppose, in the name of list making, that “All the good stuff” probably doesn’t really qualify. Let me delineate this for you…

It’s time for marrying my best friend (one week from today).

It’s time for celebrating my last few single days with my very best girlfriends in the world, 3 of whom have flown overseas and out of state to be with me.

It’s time for creating a home with my love. There will be lots of antique shopping, yard saling, DIY-ing, and gift card applying for this to happen.

It’s time for watching my good friends have their first babies this year.

It’s time for FINALLY taking that dream honeymoon to France and Italy (being booked as I write).

This means it’s also time for seeing Michaelangelo’s David, eating REAL Italian gelato, riding in trains around Europe like Harry Potter, taking a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower, walking under the ruins of the Coliseum, sunbathing in the south of France, ambling on cobblestone streets with a crepe in my hand, taking a moonlit gondola ride, and viewing the Mona Lisa, in person.

It’s time for kissing the 2014 school year goodbye and kissing summer hello.

It’s time for my husband to teach me how to surf.

It’s time for celebrating my Dad, my Brother, and my chocolate lab Hermione Fancy’s birthday today.

It’s time for riding off into the sunset.

It’s time for singing praises of thanksgiving to the Lord.

It’s time for writing more.

It’s time for dreaming of becoming a book editor, and then one day, a book author.

It might be even time for a new tattoo soon.

It’s time for me to catch up on all the books I have to read because, praise the Lord, wedding planning is over.


This week’s playlist

You would think picking your songs would be one of the easiest parts of planning a wedding, right?


At least, wrong when the groom’s pick of tunes includes hardcore, punk, and Dashboard Confessional, and the bride’s includes soul, R&B, and Usher. The typical compromise is folk music, the likes of Mumford, the Avett Brothers, and the Civil Wars. But, angsty, slow, banjo playing really just isn’t the business for wedding music.

And so, after some blood, sweat, and tears, Zac and I landed on the following songs to be played at our wedding this Sunday, March 30. For those of you in attendance, make your guesses now as to when these jams will make their appearance! They are NOT listed in their ceremonial or receptional order ;).

1.) Ho! Hey!, The Lumineers

2.) Come Thou Fount, old hymn

3.) Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO

4.) Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO

5.) Be Thou My Vision, old hymn

6.) Beautiful Things, Gungor

7.) In My Life, The Beatles

8.) She Is Love, Parachute

9.) Here Comes the Bride, Jonathan Cain’s rendition

10.) All of Me, John Legend

11.) Drop in the Ocean, Ron Pope

12.) In Christ Alone, Owl City

13.) Fancy, Drake

14.) Welcome to the Jungle, Guns N Roses

15.) I’ll Follow You into the Dark, Death Cab for Cutie

16.) Harlem Shake, ????


Of course, there’s also all the requests TextRSVP’d in by guests, but we’ll let this list suffice for now. Weigh in on what song you think we selected for which of the many bridal traditions!

The perfect ________ involves _______

I love mad libs. I suppose this makes sense as I am a logophile. I also like systems, equations, and plugging things. Hence, I was way better at Algebra than Geometry.

All that to say, today’s list prompt makes me extremely happy.

The perfect day involves the beach, iced coffee, and good music.

The perfect coffee involves whipped cream and coffee cake.

The perfect house involves a soft color palette, open windows, old books, and lots of photos.

The perfect classroom involves the classics, artistic projects, lots of student work, and bright colors.

The perfect night involves candles, a luminescent moon, and an outdoor patio.

The perfect book involves mystery, character development, philosophical ideas, and rich vocabulary.

The perfect morning involves anything after 10am.

The perfect list involves the ability to get it all done :).

The perfect man involves integrity, godliness, tenderness, strength, and humilty (Zac).

When I was your age…

This is such a classic list idea for a teacher. I feel like just saying the phrase, “When I was your age” immediately places me in some old krohn category, but well, I am 30 so…

Ok, kids (age 16-17), when I was your age…

I didn’t even carry a cell phone on me, much less own one

Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter were at least 5 years away from existence

Did not yet have my license

Was starting to work my first job, at McDonald’s (yup)

Did not spell personal pronouns as “u” or “ur”

4.0 megapixels on a camera (yes, a real point and shoot) was a big deal

DVD’s were the new thing

911 hadn’t happened yet

The symbol # still stood for pound

If I wanted to record a show, I had to use VHS

I played outside, not a virtual screen

I still got in trouble for chewing gum in class

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were still together

Jim Carey was a big deal

Cars still had cassette players (do you even know what that is?)

I had to print off directions from Mapquest on the computer

I still saved work on a floppy disk (another probably very foreign term to you)

I knew how to use the library card catalogue system (you should wikipedia that)

The biggest scandal was President Clinton’s lie, “I did not have sex relations with that woman”





Pins I’m Excited To Try…

Bahhhh… Pinterest. Such a paradoxical conundrum for me. Pinterest has single handedly inspired my wedding, and just as single handedly robbed me of sleep. Pinterest gives me the hope to believe I too can become a crafting goddess, and the assurance that I’ll never quite match up. It teaches me of creativity, all the while learning to copy others’ talents and genius.

Nonetheless, for as often as I curse it as a continually unsatisfied trainer, and as often as I run to it like a guiding light in the dark, I have to admit, there are a few pins I’m REALLY excited for once wedding is over and Zac and I can play house.

1.) Reclaimed wood headboard (maybe Chevron style)?

2.) Walls and walls of frame designs

3.) Crafts with maps for decor

4.) 101 things to do with mason jars (I’ll have at least 35 leftover from the wedding)

5.) A window seat for the reading room

6.) Scrapbook ideas for wedding mementos (cards, invitations, card stock, ticket stubs, etc).

7.) All kinds of cookies (healthy and unhealthy)

8.) New vegetarian meals

9.) Old dresser turned bookcase

10.) One day (STILL FAR AWAY) nursery ideas for future Applegate Littles

Places I Take Visitors

Being a Southern California native, I believe I have this list pretty easy. Where do I take guests or friends who are visiting from out of town? Easy…

1.) In-N-Out (This list would be complete if this was the only answer)

2.) The beach (which one? Don’t matter; take your pick of the many iconic ones 30 miles away)

3.) The Rainbows outlet (conveniently located near #s 1 and 2)

4.) The Magic Kingdom (i.e. Disneyland)

5.) Hollywood (with a stop at Diddy Riese’s Ice Cream sandwich shop on the way home)

When I grow up I Want to Be Like…

Ain’t nobody got time to write this post tonight. So, I’m going to keep it simple.

When I grow up, I want to be like…

1.) Jesus. Everyday.

2.) Elizabeth Eliot. Just. Wow.

3.) Jane Eyre (yes, fictional)

4.) My best friends. I admire them.

5.) Diane Fossey (save some animals)

6.) Condoleeza Rice (she’s bad ass) (and I can’t spell her name) ( And I don’t have time to google. So, just stuff it).

7.) Barbara Kingsolver. Homegirl can write.

8.) Mrs. Applegate (13 Days)

This Week’s To Do List…

Well, how convenient is this? I was just about to sit down and stare at this week’s to do list, mentally gear up for the day ahead, and then blog in addition. But, now thanks to Day 16’s prompt (conveniently 14 days away from the wedding), I just can kill two birds with one stone. Grand.

So, here goes (as I take a Xanax) Jk.

1.) Hit the gym and the tanning salon every day (except Sunday)

2.) Write lesson plans for when I’m gone from school for the wedding.

3.) Email the DJ all final “stuff.”

4.) Finish chalkboard decor and the ring bearer’s book (Jane Eyre just transformed into a lovely little house for our wedding rings, complete with ribbon and twine, and of course, our bling).

5.) Package all gifts for the wedding

6.) Resurrect my iphone5 that tragically got drenched in a water bottle downpour this weekend. If it won’t rise from its ashes, errrrrr rice, then file insurance claim and have new iphone5 here by wedding day.

7.) Buy Dad’s birthday card and present

8.) Start moving my earthly possessions into Zac’s house

9.) Prep Zac’s house for the wedding guests to arrive (clean, decorate, arrange, put beds together, etc.)

10.) Catch up on Grey’s Anatomy (probably just wishful thinking)

11.) Catch up on Bible study (this really needs to NOT be wishful thinking)

12.) Blog/List every day

13.) Exercise the dog a few days this week

14.) Add each other to our bank accounts in prep for the big merge.

15.) Continue honeymoon planning with travel agent

16.) Sleep. Yes, note that this comes last.