"You know what? Yeah, maybe 99 out of 100 people will disappoint you. But I don't know....I think you find the magic of the world in the margin of error." --Hart of Dixie

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 was a long year.......

I had my heart officially "broken," I got a puppy, I quit my job, I started my own business, I moved 3 times, I slept on an air mattress for 6 weeks straight, I dated a 35 year old, I fired a 45 year old, I became a professional Bachelor tweeter, I lost my best friend, I gained a new one, I reconnected with my high school best friend, I started a relationship with my brother, I felt other people's pain, I spoke at a convention, I realized there's more than meets the eye, I realized this minute is all we have, I got a tattoo, I shot a gun, I rediscovered ME, I found a passion, I started my hobbies, I stood up for myself, I learned how to say 'sorry,' I watched my high school become state champions, I got up early to workout, I finally switched my license, I bought my first Husker shirt, I kept in touch with old teammates, I became obsessed with Bloody Mary's, I started drinking vodka tonic, I developed a political opinion, I got my first spray tan, I started being a real friend, I filled empty holes in my heart, I made a dog sweater out of a hat, I missed my mom's love, I grew in my relationship with God, I figured out how to use an Apple TV, I almost ruined a Thanksgiving turkey, I decided I love Nebraska, I became a regular at a coffee shop, I gained the best 'second' family on the face of the earth, I literally ran my car out of gas, I found people who would die for me, I found people who I would do the same, I learned to love the sound of my own laugh, I learned it's okay to cry, I learned a night to yourself is always good, I learned that getting off your ass when you don't want to is always good, too, I saw what $4,000 worth of drycleaning looks like, I bought my first washer and dryer, I went camping with my friends, I got a financial advisor, I learned awkward situations are everywhere, I learned to get over them sooner rather than later, I stopped caring what other people think (mostly), and, the big one........I learned how to forgive myself. For big mistakes, for little mistakes, for falling in love, for trusting too much, for things that weren't my fault, for things that were my fault, and for everything else in between. 

Yes, 2015 was a long, hard year, but 2016 is right around the corner.

Happy New Year ya'll :)  --JS

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Tunes Tuesday (Election Style!)

IT'S ELECTION DAY!!! Get up off your keister and VOTE! NOW!

In honor of Election Day, I have decided to write a poem about presidents. Actually no I haven't. But maybe you wish I did. ANYWAY.....today's post features a band I found last week on iTunes. From what I've been able to find, they aren't too well know yet, which makes them just PERFECT for New Tunes Tuesday! The name of the band is Striking Matches. It's made up of a guy and a girl (weird) and apparently they never even knew each other until college when a professor picked them at random to get up and perform a song in front of the class. And what do ya know? BFFs ever since (or at least I think so). Anyway, I really like their sound. There's a lot of male and female duos coming out these days, but a lot of them are more alternative and indie. These guys are the country version. I dig it. And you will, too!



Striking Matches--"Tell Me So"

Striking Matches--"Not the One"

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Tunes Tuesday (On A Wednesday!)

It's Wednesday! (Yes, I know, it's supposed to be Tuesday.) But since today is HALLOWEEN and freaky stuff always happens, I figured I could still post this week's New Tunes Tuesday and everyone would survive. Well....maybe not everyone.

This week's blog goes out to a miraculous little man I have never heard of before (and I don't really think he's little). His name is Brent Anderson, born and raised in the hills of Mississippi (does Mississippi even have hills? For today, it does.) Anyway, I found him last week on iTunes when he released his debut album titled, "8 Track." It's very fitting considering there's only 8 songs. I listened to the first one, liked it, listened to the next one, liked it, and then, well, needless to say, I bought the whole album. And you should, too! Because it's wonderful. Really.

So enough with the fluff, I know you want the tunes. Today I picked 2 of my favorite songs out of his grand total of 8 (It was a very difficult choice. Don't you dare think for one second it wasn't!). The two songs for today are called, "Jesus in Japanese'" and "Amy." "Amy" is actually taken from part of the old song, "Aime" from Pure Prairie League. And in fact, two of the original members of Pure Prairie League are actually singing background vocals on this song for Brent. Pret-ty cool, huh? You'll dig it. Trust me. Also, ya'll should listen to, "I Could Use You," and "When She's Cryin.'" I would've posted videos, but I couldn't find them :( Sadness.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween! BOO!


Brent Anderson--"Jesus in Japanese"

Brent Anderson--"Amy's Song"

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nashville Shananigans

JENAE!!! No Forest. Not Jennay. JENAE! CHERRY!

Last week I spent my wonderful fall break from law school down in Nashville, Tennessee. I know. You're jealous. But since I love you all so much, I brought the country back with me. And now, I shall share.

As it turns out, one of my lover boy's teammates was down visiting his brother at the exact. same. time. WHOA. Their OTHER brother and his lady friend came down and joined them as well. Needless to say, shit got crazy.

(The boys)

While the boys were hanging out, I was rocking out. To who you say? The lovely Miss Jenae Cherry! That's who! Another twist to this wonderful little story, my boyfriend's teammate's brother is actually DATING a girl who lives in Nashville and is trying to make it big. And boy oh boy oh boy, does girlfriend got it goin' on! (If you're confused, I made you a nice little storyline to help you out.)

Me (super cool, musically obsessed, law student) > Justin (my boy toy, super cute but super pain in my rear baseball player) > CLEVELAND INDIANS (don't get me started) > Brett (enemy turned friend, red-haired baseball player who, ironically, is dating a lawyer himself) > Brad (Brett's major league pitcher brother) > NASHVILLE (duh) > Jenae Cherry (super adorable, super AMAZING singer/songwriter from Wonder Lake, Illinois)

 (Aren't we cute?!)

It's all clear as mud now, right? Right. Anywho, enough with the shananigans. I know you're all waiting for some super cool new tunes because let's be honest, that's what New Tunes Tuesday is all about! So here it is folks.....some amazing original music from the lovely Jenae Cherry! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! (And Brett likes it, too. Don't let him lie to you like that.) If you want to hear some more of her songs, she has an EP available on iTunes and ya'll should probably go check it out! Also, feel free to stalk her on Twitter (@jenaecherry). I know I do.

(Me and Jenae)



Jenae Cherry--"Around"

Jenae Cherry--"Not Today"

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Don't Act Like You Didn't Miss This

It's Tuesday Tunes Day! And although you may have thought I fell off the face of the earth, unfortunately for you, I did not.

Today's lovely artist that I have chosen is Tristan Prettyman. She's been on the scene for quite some time now (dating back to my high school days), singing with the likes of Jason Mraz and G. Love, but I wanted to pick her for today because her new album came out and it is just BREATHTAKING. Classy and timeless. I think it's fantastic. For those of you who don't know who she is, you should be ashamed of yourselves. I've included one of her older songs that made me fall (Madly) in love with her music (pun intended) AND one of her new songs (Deepest Ocean Blue). So, after this, be prepared: you WILL be a fan!

Have a WONDERFUL day my dears! :)


"Madly" by Tristan Prettyman

"Deepest Ocean Blue" by Tristan Prettyman

Monday, July 2, 2012

Turn Your Party Lights On

It's NOT Tuesdayyyyyy!!!!! But I need to share some songs. Sorry I fell off the face of the earth. Then again, sorry I'm not sorry.

I made the most BOMB playlist last week for my travels back to the homeland, and I figured I should just give you a list so you can get your little heart started on making the SAME bomb playlist. No worries. You can thank me later (:



Kristen Kelly--Ex-Old Man
(Seriously, any song that tells me there's a "damn good reason for this drink in my hand" is fine. by. me.)

Kelleigh Bannen--Sorry On the Rocks
(This chick literally JUST sent this song to radio! You should be hearing it soon! None of her music is for sale, though, yet, so calm your horses. I will obviously be the first one who knows when it does. Obvi.)

Katie Armiger--Better In A Black Dress
(I've loved her for a long time. She's not very well known on the radio, but maybe this will be her ticket to the big stage! P.S. This song is like, WAY badass.)

Florida Georgia Line--Cruise
(Literally can NOT stop singing this song!)

Chase Rice--Whoa
(I've just been told this is the best walkout song EVER. Apparently you need to start it at 31 seconds. Justin......you're welcome.)

Andy Gibson--Summer Back
(It's just cute. You'll like it. Trust me.)

Florida Georgia Line--Get Your Shine On
(And I quote: "You know I love it when you get your shineeeee onnnnnnnnn.....Summer sky drippin' rhinestones, turn your party lights on....." Obviously I ALWAYS have my party pants on. So why not turn my party lights on as well?)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday Tunes Day

Jason Reeves has a new album out! So naturally this Tuesday Tunes Day goes to him. What a champ.

This song has been out on YouTube for awhile, but Jason's new album came out today and I like the studio version much better than the live piano version (sorry Jason). For those of you wondering who this guy is, he's awesome. And if you're from the IC area and STILL wondering, you need to get a life. And you should be very, very ashamed of yourself. No but really.

Jason Reeves is fantastic. One of my favorite acoustic boys. He's been on the music scene since my highschool days (god that seems SO long ago--seriously.). He's an Iowa City boy. Home grown and all. He sings with Colbie Caillat (now I KNOW you know who that is. If not, find a cliff--jump off it.) Anyway, Jason is out on the L.A. scene now and he's kickin' a$$ and takin' names. So of course, us IC girls gotta represent. The song I picked for you today is called, "You're My Best Friend," and it goes out to........my best friend. Naturally :) There's something so special about finding that person who knows you inside and out. Better than anyone else. Someone who will always be there for you no matter how much time has passed. Someone who always holds your heart.

And now I'm going to throw in my little disclaimer for the week, because really......what would a post be if I didn't get a little teary-eyed and sentimental? :)

A Few Fantabulous Rules To Live By:

1. Don't get so caught up in yourself that you forget to appreciate the ones you love the most. The people who can come into your life and truly change it for the better are few and far between, so don't ever take them for granted.
2. Never have too much pride to say 'I'm sorry.'
3. Never get too old to giggle like a little girl.
4. Never be afraid to stand up for what (or who) you believe in.
And 5. Don't spend your life waiting for the "perfect" moment. Always remember: Time waits for no one.

And a cute little quote to sum it all up:

"Life isn't perfect. But love doesn't care."

I hope you get to spend this wonderful week with some of the ones you love the most :) Until next time......


P.S. You should also check out "Nobody Else Could Be You."

Jason Reeves--"You're My Best Friend"

People wait all their lives to finally feel this way
It’s only once in a lifetime you give yourself away
‘Cause you’re my best friend
You’re my dream that came alive
You’re my reason
You’re my faith and you’re my fire
You’re my lover
You’re my angel in the night
You’re my sunrise
You’re the stars and I’m the sky
You’re my best friend
You’re my only love until the end
You’re my best friend
Words won’t say what you are so
I won’t even try
Suddenly I know I’ll love you ‘til the day I die

‘Cause you’re my best friend
You’re my dream that came alive
You’re my reason
You’re my faith and you’re my fire
You’re my lover
You’re my angel in the night
You’re my sunrise
You’re the stars and I’m the sky
You’re my best friend
You’re my only love until the end
You’re my best friend
You’re my best friend
You’re my best friend