Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Before she gets to saying goodbye...

My goodness, Cambria has been on the ball with updating! She's putting me to shame!
So, how about a list?
Here goes!

Top 10 Things Jessica Adores.

1. When friends become like family...

The girls...Kileen, Caitlin, Cambria, and I...
We become more and more like sisters each day! Oh, the joys of living together! The support and love from these ladies is unbelievable and I can't wait to know them in 60 years... :)
Note: I could never put up pictures of all my lovely friends... Perhaps someday I will post a collage of them. Seriously though, I love getting to know people one on one and having "intentional" conversations with them....I love my frieeennnnds!!

2. Theater Arts.
According to my parents, I was born dramatically...and the rest is history. I have never known a time without theater...and I don't plan to. There is something so wonderful and special about the whole process of putting together a show, that is very near and dear to my heart. I love musicals for their dance numbers, singing, cheese ball factor, and their happy endings...Past musical credits include: Oklahoma (2x), Footloose (2x), West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat, Seussical, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, to name a few...
As much as I enjoy musicals, I also adore a good straight play... Was recently in the one acts, Fools and The Camberley Triangle....
The first picture is from the musical Oklahoma that I performed in last summer...gotta love that hat and dress, right?
The second is from the one act, Fools.

3. Antique books and luggage

I love, love, love, walking around antique shops and finding old and interesting things. I always get caught up in the stories that these old items have to tell, so much better than anything from IKEA or Target!

4. Grand ave

This is one of my favorite hang out spots... It's this avenue downtown that has a ton of adorable old houses, shops, cafes, restaurants, etc, etc. It's a prime people watching spot because it attracts everybody and anybody...not to mention the interesting fashion one will encounter!
One day, I will have an apartment and be able to ride a darling bike (with a basket!) up and down and thoroughly enjoy life... :)

5. beautiful things in nature (sunsets,stars,lakes,trees)
pretttty self explanatory.

I could sit outside, by a lake, or watching a sunset, or stargazing, or underneath a tree...for hours. I am in awe of my Creator and His beauty! I could go on, and on, and on... but, I will refrain. :)

6. Children
I want to be an elementary school teacher when I grow kinda comes with the job. :)
I love how sweet, innocent, curious, loving, mischievous, adventurous, and darling children are...mmm. So great. :)
Oh, and also...I love swinging.

7.swing dancing

You've heard me go on and on about this before...I love swing dancing. Well, really any kind of dancing, but swing dancing in particular. The couple dance clubs we have in the area are so much fun! One place in particular has live jazz music, an awesome venue, and it makes one feel as though they have hopped in a time machine and ended up in the Roaring 20s. I love it... :)

8. music
Yup. I love it. My iTunes has the craziest variety and I am constantly on the lookout for new stuff... :)

9.Trying out new coffee shops.

Kileen and I both work for Caribou Coffee and one day we decided we were really of sick of going to hang out at the same place we worked.Lucky for us we live in an area that is STOCK full of coffee shops. Hidden gems just waiting for us to stumble upon them. So, we created an extensive and ongoing list of new shops for us to try out, and once we tried one out, we log it in a journal along with a critique, and decide whether it is worth a repeat visit. We started this last year and have had a blast so far! I have a feeling we will be doing this for a looong time...which makes it even more fun! :)

10. Thrifting!

I know, I know...EVERYONE loves thrifting these days! Or, so it seems. Yet, I still enjoy finding that "perfect condition" Banana Republic skirt hidden in a pile of less than desirable clothing... or what have you. It's the thrill of finding something so great, for such a small price! It's addicting!

Anyways... whew! That was fun! Thanks again Jen!


  1. Aww, I'm so glad you posted 10 things you like too! I had such a fun time reading through them.

    I also love plays/musicals and I think it's so cool that you have been in some! You look lovely!

    Grand Ave. sounds spectacular!

    Ohh, I love beautiful things, children and music too!

    Going to Thrift stores sounds fun but I would never want to go by myself. Is it often that you find name brands?

  2. Hey Jen! Glad you enjoyed the list! I had fun with it! :)
    I can't believe you don't go thrifting! It's a blast! :)
    It's something you kind of have to be willing to devote some time into...because most of the time you don't find anything really great. But! That's where the "treasure hunt" part comes in... Because, when you find that...Banana Republic or J Crew know that it was all worth it. ;)
    Good luck! :)

  3. I relly cute blog you have here! :)

  4. Aw, this is such a lovely post! And you look so adorable in the shows. I'm kind of ridiculously envious of your hair, just so you know. :)
    I've never been thrifting either, but it's something I've wanted to try ever since I started reading blogs and found out that everybody seems to find such amazing stuff in thrift shops. I love the idea of finding something rather one-of-a-kind and really knowing you worked hard to discover it...does that make any sense?
    And I've never been swing dancing - I imagine that's a good thing for the rest of the world - but it seems like such fun and who wouldn't want to go back to the Roaring 20s? Lovely!

  5. {This is Cambria!} You haven't been SWING DANCING??? Oh my word you definitely need to try!!! It takes a couple times to really get into your groove and start feeling comfortable, but it's definitely worth the effort. The music is outstanding, the rhythm is contagious, and the outfits are classic--amazing :)

    Even the swing culture is fun, since people are generally friendly and artistic and love the "good ol times." It's like transporting back to the 30s and 40s America :) Which incidentally gives you the opportunity to dress up...can't go wrong there!