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Wordless Wednesday – My Pottermore Sorting (November 2011)
Nov 7th, 2012 by Jessica

My Sorting Hat Results on Pottermore.com

My Sorting Hat Results on Pottermore.com

I was sorted into Slytherin House

I was sorted into Slytherin House

My Wand Selection Criteria on Pottermore.com

My Wand Selection Criteria on Pottermore.com

My very own wand - Redwood with a Dragon Core

My very own wand - Redwood with a Dragon Core

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Wordless Wednesday – Learning to play Dominion
Jun 6th, 2012 by Jessica

Jessica learns how to play Dominion (April 2012)

Jessica learns how to play Dominion

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Sedona ATVs
May 23rd, 2012 by Jessica

Andrew, Amy, Mason and Jessica (December 2006)

Andrew, Amy, Mason and Jessica (December 2006)

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Pool Table Trick
Apr 18th, 2012 by Jessica

I saw this at a Dave & Busters a few years back.  It still impresses me every time I see this picture.

Pool Table Trick

Pool Table Trick

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Happy 4th Anniversary, Rock Band!
Nov 20th, 2011 by Jessica

Drew and Verdana

Drew and Verdana

Verdana

Verdana

Rock Band has been integrated with our lives for four years today, and I still love it!  The Rock Band franchise have released the best video games ever created.  I know I know, that’s just my opinion – but it’s my blog, so there you go.  Rock Band, Rock Band 2, Beatles Rock Band, Lego Rock Band, Rock Band 3…  You name one of their games and I love it.

Our characters in Rock Band are Verdana and Drew.  Drew is Andrew’s alter ego, and Verdana is one of the names we selected as a potential name for a child if we ever had a daughter.  (Yes, it’s a Windows font.  We’re geeks.  I know.)

Verdana

Verdana

Drew and Verdana

Drew and Verdana

Our band’s name is Lucky Briefcase.  How did we come up with that?  Well, I’ll tell you how. Lucky had just joined our family not too long before this game was introduced.  We were prompted to come up with a band name and both started to think hard about what would sound best.  I looked down and noticed Lucky climbing into Andrew’s orange and grey Timbuk2 messenger bag (aka man purse aka laptop bag aka briefcase) and had my AH-HA moment.  Lucky Briefcase it was.

One of my favorite things about the game is customizing the characters with crazy clothes, hair, makeup, tattoos and accessories.  I’ve included a few of our looks captured over the years.

I got an Xbox Live account just to play online with random people in Rock Band. Andrew was never interested in online game play, but I loved it. Since I was “a girl” and also a vocalist who played very well on Expert, I was very popular with the online community.

Ranked 110th on the World Leaderboard as a Vocalist

Ranked 110th on the World Leaderboard as a Vocalist

Ranked 3rd in the world singing Dani California

Ranked 3rd in the world singing Dani California

I held a few records in my heyday as well, such as being ranked 110th in the world for Vocals overall and 3rd in the world for singing Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

I don’t think any other game in my lifetime will come close to competing for the coveted spot of being my favorite game of all time. I absolutely love Rock Band!

You can see more of my posts about Rock Band to take a trip down memory lane.  Like the time I dressed up like Verdana for Halloween in 2010, or when I first confessed my love of the game in 2009, or how excited I was to learn about the introduction of the keyboard coming out in Rock Band 3.

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Water Marbling Nail Technique
Nov 19th, 2011 by Jessica

I went to a group meetup today where I learned some new nail techniques called Water Marbling, Konad Stamping and Newspaper Transfer.

I instantly fell in love with the water marbling technique and used it to “paint” my nails black and red.  In summary, you drop nail polish in a dixie cup filled with water.  Then you swirl it around with a stick (think: cappuccino art) and place your nail through the design.  Clean off the excess and BAM!  AWESOME NAILS!

Water Marbling Nail Art

Water Marbling Nail Art

Add a rhinestone or two and you too can quickly reach your minimum 37 pieces of flare…

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What a difference 81 years can make
Oct 16th, 2011 by Jessica

Ford 1930 Prices

Ford 1930 Prices

I was sifting through some old newspapers last night and came across this nifty little ad for a Ford dealership in Stevens Point, Wisconsin:

1930 PRICES
Pheaton $440
Roadster $435
Sport Roadster (With rumble, seat) $470
Standard Coupe $500
Sport Coupe $530
Tudor Sedan $500
Club Fordor $600
Standard Fordor $625
Cabriolet $645
Town Sedan $670
Deluxe Panel Delivery $350
Roadster Pick-up (Open cab) $430
With closed cab $460
1 1/2 ton Truck chassis with closed cab $610
1 1/2 ton truck, closed cab and stake body $575

(All 1 1/2 ton trucks equipped with 32×6 tires in rear and four speed transmission).

All Prices F. O. B. Detroit

STEVENS POINT
MOTOR CO.

Always Open

309 Strongs Avenue
Phone 82

A little inflation calculator satisfied my curiosity.  The top of the line model listed here, the Ford Town Sedan, had a price tag of a whopping $670 in 1930.  In today’s market, that would cost approximately $9,100.  Now I don’t know about you, but I think it would be really nice to own the top of the line vehicle for just $9,100 in 2011.  The cars I am looking at don’t come with price tags less than FIVE TIMES that amount.

What a difference 81 years can make!  Another cute thing to note about this ad: “Phone 82!”

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More Concerts
Oct 15th, 2011 by Jessica

As an addition to my original post describing the Concerts I had been to, here are all the shows I’ve seen since that time.  I’ve slowed down a bit on my concert-going experiences, but every now and then I still get out there to see one.

  • 5/23/2009    No Doubt / Paramore / The Sounds
  • 10/18/2009    Stone Temple Pilots
  • 8/10/2010    Weird Al Yankovic
  • 9/15/2010    Paramore/Tegan & Sara/New Found Glory/Kadawatha
  • 1/16/2011    Air Supply
  • 3/10/2011    Huey Lewis and the News
  • 7/23/2011    Soundgarden / Marrs Volta
  • 8/3/2011    Katy Perry
  • 10/14/2011    Evanescence / Pretty Wreckless / Rival Sons
  • 10/16/2011    Billy Idol  (scheduled for tomorrow!)

Here is a list of the different artists and bands I have seen perform live over the years – many of them multiple times.

  1. .38 Special
  2. 3 Doors Down
  3. Abandoned Pools
  4. Aerosmith (2x)
  5. Air Supply (2x)
  6. Akon
  7. Alanis Morrisette
  8. Alter Bridge
  9. Annie Lennox
  10. Beach Boys (3x)
  11. Billy Gibbons (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  12. Billy Idol
  13. Billy Joel
  14. Black Eyed Peas
  15. Blue Man Group (Complex Tour & Megastar 2.0)
  16. Cheap Trick
  17. Cher
  18. Chevelle
  19. Chicago (2x)
  20. Choke 66
  21. Chris Isaak
  22. Cirque du Soleil Delirium
  23. Counting Crows
  24. Cyndi Lauper (2x)
  25. Daughtry
  26. Def Leppard
  27. Depeche Mode
  28. Dogs Eye View
  29. Earth Wind & Fire
  30. Elton John (2x)
  31. Eric Clapton
  32. Evanescence
  33. Faith No More
  34. Fergie
  35. Genesis
  36. George Michael (3x)
  37. Godsmack
  38. Go-Go’s
  39. Gwen Stefani (4x)
  40. Heart
  41. Huey Lewis & The News (3x)
  42. Janet Jackson (2x)
  43. Joe Myers
  44. John Mellencamp
  45. Joss Stone
  46. Kadawatha
  47. Katy Perry
  48. Kenny G
  49. Kevin Eubanks & The Tonight Show Band (x2)
  50. Kid Rock (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  51. KISS
  52. Korn
  53. Lacuna Coil
  54. Lady Sovereign
  55. Lenny Kravitz
  56. Live
  57. Ludacris (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  58. Luscious Jackson
  59. Madonna (2x)
  60. Marrs Volta
  61. Mary J. Blige (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  62. Mase (on The Tonight Show, 2004)
  63. Melissa Etheridge
  64. Metallica
  65. Michael Bolton (on The Tonight Show, 2006)
  66. Motley Crew
  67. New Found Glory
  68. Nickelback (2x)
  69. Nitza
  70. No Doubt
  71. Paramore (2x)
  72. Pearl Jam
  73. Pharrell (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  74. Phil Collins
  75. Pink
  76. Pretty Wreckless
  77. Puddle of Mudd
  78. R. E. M.
  79. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  80. Rival Sons
  81. Rob Thomas
  82. Rob Zombie (2x)
  83. Robert Plant
  84. Robyn
  85. Rod Stewart
  86. Sarah McLachlan
  87. Shinedown (2x)
  88. Smashing Pumpkins
  89. Soundgarden
  90. Stabbing Westward
  91. Stone Temple Pilots (2x)
  92. Tegan & Sara
  93. The Fray (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
  94. The Sounds
  95. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  96. Toni Braxton
  97. Tori Amos
  98. Trapt
  99. Video Games Live
  100. Wallflowers
  101. Weird Al Yankovic (2x)
  102. White Stripes
  103. Young Jeezy (2006 Billboard Music Awards)
.38 Special
3 Doors Down
Abandoned Pools
Aerosmith (2x)
Air Supply (2x)
Akon
Alanis Morrisette
Alter Bridge
Annie Lennox
Beach Boys (3x)
Billy Idol
Billy Joel
Black Eyed Peas
Blue Man Group (Complex Tour & Megastar 2.0)
Cheap Trick
Cher
Chevelle
Chicago (2x)
Chris Isaak
Cirque du Soleil Delirium
Counting Crows
Cyndi Lauper (2x)
Daughtry
Def Leppard
Depeche Mode
Dogs Eye View
Earth Wind & Fire
Elton John (2x)
Eric Clapton
Evanescence
Faith No More
Fergie
Genesis
George Michael (3x)
Godsmack
Go-Go’s
Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani (3x)
Heart
Huey Lewis & The News (3x)
Janet Jackson
Joe Myers
John Mellencamp
Joss Stone
Kadawatha
Katy Perry
Kenny G
KISS
Korn
Lacuna Coil
Lady Sovereign
Lenny Kravitz
Live
Luscious Jackson
Madonna (2x)
Marrs Volta
Melissa Etheridge
Metallica
Motley Crew
New Found Glory
Nickelback (2x)
Nitza
No Doubt
Paramore (2x)
Pearl Jam
Phil Collins
Pink
Pretty Wreckless
Puddle of Mudd
R. E. M.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rival Sons
Rob Thomas
Rob Zombie (2x)
Robert Plant
Rod Stewart
Sarah McLachlan
Shinedown (2x)
Smashing Pumpkins
Soundgarden
Stabbing Westward
Stone Temple Pilots (2x)
Tegan & Sara
The Fray
The Sounds
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Toni Braxton
Tori Amos
Trapt
Video Games Live
Wallflowers
Weird Al Yankovic (2x)
White Stripes
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Meet Roger, the Pirate Bear
Sep 23rd, 2011 by Jessica

Roger the Pirate Bear

Roger the Pirate Bear

This is Roger. He might look like any other Pirate Bear to you, but he’s special to me.

Roger is officially my 500th Ty Beanie Baby.

Roger is a German Vedes exclusive.  I think he’s absolutely adorable with his little bandana and tiny black eye patch.  I bought him to display with my Halloween Ty collection because of his cute little Pirate costume.

You can see all of Roger’s 499+ siblings in my Ty Collection set on Flickr.

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Shooter’s World
Sep 18th, 2011 by Jessica

Learning how to shoot a .22 pistol

Learning how to shoot a .22 pistol

I don’t like guns.  Let’s just get that out of the way first, shall we?  I think Andrew was very surprised when I told him I wanted to go to Shooter’s World.

Those who know me best will recognize that I like to learn about things.  I have a curious nature, and I like to understand how everything works.  If you ask my DaD, he’ll tell you that I used to follow him around the house trying to help me fix stuff all the time when I was a toddler.  The drawer faces in the kitchen, the furnace and stove pilots, the washing machine cylinders… Those were all fair game for me to tinker with.

Loading a .22 pistol

Loading a .22 pistol

I wanted to learn how to shoot a gun because it’s not something I am familiar with at all.  I’ve never held a real gun before.  I was (and still am) afraid of them.  In an effort to face the fear and to get some point of reference (pun intended), I went to Shooter’s World for some instruction on Friday for Ladies’ Night.

The staff members were very friendly and walked me through the entire process, from how to safely load the firearm, handle it, aim it, shoot it and safely unload it.  The range time and the gun rental were free for the first hour.  All I had to buy was a box of ammunition and a target.

It only took an hour, and now I have a much greater appreciation for the contestants on Top Shot!  I can officially cross this experience off my list of things to try before I die.

What’s on your list of things to try?  What is preventing you from doing it?

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