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April 17, 2014
In honor of the blessed Easter season, Buzzfeed put together a hilarious—yet equally terrifying—post about freaky Easter Bunny photos. I’ve never liked rabbit costumes since I saw that messed up rabbit figment, Frank, in Jake Gyllenhaal’s Donnie Darko. Rabbit costumes can be totally creepy. Actually…maybe this movie is also where my dislike of Jake Gyllenhaal stemmed from, too?More proof-of-creepiness here (about the rabbits, not Jake).

In honor of the blessed Easter season, Buzzfeed put together a hilarious—yet equally terrifying—post about freaky Easter Bunny photos.

I’ve never liked rabbit costumes since I saw that messed up rabbit figment, Frank, in Jake Gyllenhaal’s Donnie Darko. Rabbit costumes can be totally creepy. Actually…maybe this movie is also where my dislike of Jake Gyllenhaal stemmed from, too?

More proof-of-creepiness here (about the rabbits, not Jake).

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April 15, 2014
Yep, that sounds about right.More clever graphs here.

Yep, that sounds about right.

More clever graphs here.

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April 9, 2014
I very rarely purchase music anymore thanks to Spotify, but I love to support my favorite artists when they come out with a new album, especially when they are lesser known. I’ve been previewing Ingrid Michaelson's new album, Lights Out, through iTunes (it drops on Tuesday) and I’m LOVING it so far, so I know this will be a purchase for certain. The new tunes are also getting me excited for her upcoming sold out concert at the Lincoln Theatre in late May!

I very rarely purchase music anymore thanks to Spotify, but I love to support my favorite artists when they come out with a new album, especially when they are lesser known. I’ve been previewing Ingrid Michaelson's new album, Lights Out, through iTunes (it drops on Tuesday) and I’m LOVING it so far, so I know this will be a purchase for certain. The new tunes are also getting me excited for her upcoming sold out concert at the Lincoln Theatre in late May!

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Possibly the best gif-worthy shot from this weekend at The Biltmore’s Antler Hill Winery in Asheville, NC.
This is how it went down:
Paul: “Let’s buy a bottle of wine!”Nicole: “Okay!”
After the wine tasting, 50 minutes later…
Paul: “Let’s buy a sixth bottle of wine!”Nicole: “Okay!”

Possibly the best gif-worthy shot from this weekend at The Biltmore’s Antler Hill Winery in Asheville, NC.

This is how it went down:

Paul: “Let’s buy a bottle of wine!”
Nicole: “Okay!”

After the wine tasting, 50 minutes later…

Paul: “Let’s buy a sixth bottle of wine!”
Nicole: “Okay!”

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March 26, 2014

"Back Home" by Andy Grammer

I’m really loving this cheerful new song from Andy Grammer. This song reminds me of a cross between Mumford and Sons (the intro and verses) and fun. (mostly the chorus)…and it works well! He only has one album from 2011 and an EP from 2012, but everything that I’ve heard, I’ve enjoyed, so I’m really looking forward to hearing his new stuff. 

I got into his music a couple years ago when he was an opener for a show that I was late to…and he totally called my friend and I out for walking in late, joking that we were making a scene and drawing attention away from his tunes. Oops, sorry, Andy! At least I caught most of your set and now you can consider me a fan.

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March 25, 2014
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March 20, 2014
Happy Spring!!
And what a beautiful day it is! Feeling blessed beyond belief.

Happy Spring!!

And what a beautiful day it is! Feeling blessed beyond belief.

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75 Awesome “Looking Into The Past” Pictures

What an artsy, brilliant idea. This inspires me to go through some old photos and do the same next time I am home.

File Under: Creative gifts for family

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March 19, 2014
I’m loving the style of this interview…I could watch these all day! But do you think they get the questions ahead of time? I’m not sure I could answer these questions as accurately as I’d like to that quickly…but, I guess fame will force you to do that.

I’m loving the style of this interview…I could watch these all day! But do you think they get the questions ahead of time? I’m not sure I could answer these questions as accurately as I’d like to that quickly…but, I guess fame will force you to do that.

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March 13, 2014
If I could be anywhere today, I’d be in Northeastern Pennsylvania celebrating with one of my very best friends, Michelle. Words can’t even describe what a supportive, funny, loving, thoughtful, constant, strong, and loyal friend she has been to me over the past 17 years of our friendship.Though I met her in 2nd grade, she did not deem me cool enough until 6th (see the cool 6th grade OLV girls in red above for proof of coolness). See, I thought we were actually friends in 5th but I didn’t get invited to her birthday party where they all made Fimo clay mushroom necklaces so then I felt left out in Library class when they were all wearing them and talking about the party. So being the desperate 5th grader I was, I went and bought myself a Fimo clay mushroom necklace at that weird little hippie kiosk in the Nittany Mall. As you can see, it’s a moment that really stuck with me. Ask Michelle and she’ll swear that it didn’t happen, or that there was a miscommunication about the party, etc. Now I realize the only reason I remember it so clearly is because it’s the only time she didn’t treat me as a cherished friend. Ever since then, she’s always made me feel important, loved and blessed.Thank you, Michelle, for being there when I needed you most, from early morning swim team practices to secret late night GOOSA meetings across the street, from long phone calls crying about guys to short chats just to cheer me up, even when you didn’t have the time. Thank you for always carrying my clarinet in 7th grade through the 8th grade hallway so none of the older kids would know that I was in band. Thank you for laughing with me at the most inappropriate times at the most obscure things in band practice and Spanish class, and thank you for making me laugh so hard that no sound even came out, my stomach hurt and my eyes were tearing. Thank you for teaching me that hippie mushroom necklaces were cool in the 5th grade and thank you for pretending that I’m still cool now.

If I could be anywhere today, I’d be in Northeastern Pennsylvania celebrating with one of my very best friends, Michelle. Words can’t even describe what a supportive, funny, loving, thoughtful, constant, strong, and loyal friend she has been to me over the past 17 years of our friendship.

Though I met her in 2nd grade, she did not deem me cool enough until 6th (see the cool 6th grade OLV girls in red above for proof of coolness). See, I thought we were actually friends in 5th but I didn’t get invited to her birthday party where they all made Fimo clay mushroom necklaces so then I felt left out in Library class when they were all wearing them and talking about the party. So being the desperate 5th grader I was, I went and bought myself a Fimo clay mushroom necklace at that weird little hippie kiosk in the Nittany Mall. As you can see, it’s a moment that really stuck with me. Ask Michelle and she’ll swear that it didn’t happen, or that there was a miscommunication about the party, etc. Now I realize the only reason I remember it so clearly is because it’s the only time she didn’t treat me as a cherished friend. Ever since then, she’s always made me feel important, loved and blessed.

Thank you, Michelle, for being there when I needed you most, from early morning swim team practices to secret late night GOOSA meetings across the street, from long phone calls crying about guys to short chats just to cheer me up, even when you didn’t have the time. Thank you for always carrying my clarinet in 7th grade through the 8th grade hallway so none of the older kids would know that I was in band. Thank you for laughing with me at the most inappropriate times at the most obscure things in band practice and Spanish class, and thank you for making me laugh so hard that no sound even came out, my stomach hurt and my eyes were tearing. Thank you for teaching me that hippie mushroom necklaces were cool in the 5th grade and thank you for pretending that I’m still cool now.

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