Empty Rooms are Honest Places

I like to think I have good taste in music. And so do a lot of my friends. (Not just because they agree with me.) Except for K-Pop. I just can’t do that one, sorry Lyssa.

But even though three people were telling me how amazing Penny & Sparrow are for the past four years, I just couldn’t seem to get into them.


A week ago Sunday, I went down to Indianapolis to see one of my favorite bands perform: The Oh Hellos. I’m slightly obsessed. It’s fine. Also in the building that night were both Switchfoot and Relient K. I will never not find this a funny.

And the friends that went with me were those dang Penny & Sparrow fans.

And guess who was opening for the Oh Hellos?

That’s right.

GUYS. I’ve been listening to Penny & Sparrow (almost) exclusively since.

There was this very nice parent-aged couple we met as we were waiting for the concert to begin that said they were really only there for Penny & Sparrow. The husband told me about how clear Andy Baxter’s voice is and that they’ve been to see them perform several times. This couple also let me and Morgen move in front of them so I could see a little bit better. #faithinhumanity

So my curiosity was peaked.img_2938

And I fell completely in love.

Two guys. One guitar.

Hilarious. Amazing stage presence.

Beautiful humans.

Thoughtful lyrics. There’s more to them than an initial listening will provide.

Hauntingly wonderful vocals

Can I say… soul-stirring? Maybe heart-stirring.

Though the concert was standing room only, I would love a chance to hear Penny & Sparrow in a more relaxed (see: chairs) setting. Because the you have to listen to them. And I think that is why I struggled so much to enjoy them before. I never took the time to understand the music. And I guess, I still don’t really “understand” everything. But I’m listening and not just hearing.

The music moved me folks. And I encourage you to let it do the same to you. Some things I recommend:

A Beginners Guide to Penny & Sparrow  <– Read this!

Serial Doubter
Honest Wage
Patience, First & Patience, Please

Take a listen, for your own good.

Then after the mellow sounds of Penny & Sparrow, yes, I rocked and jumped and danced to The Oh Hellos.


The energy level of this band when they perform is off the charts.

The banjo player acts like he’s rocking out on an electric guitar.

They’re jumping.

They’re dancing.

They’re singing their hearts out.

I don’t know how they keep it up, but I’m ever so glad they do.


I’ve said once, I’d gladly be a groupie for the Oh Hellos and just follow them on the road. And I still would. But if they don’t have an opening, I’d gladly trail behind Penny & Sparrow too.



Friday Favorites #10


This past Thursday Miss Morgen and I went on an adventure in Indianapolis.

We started our day off shopping at the Keystone Mall. It’s a high budget place for two college girls but we enjoyed seeing the fancy stores. David’s Tea was a wonderful store and I made my first M.A.C. purchase. After roaming around that mall, we made a quick trip to Trader Joe’s and the Castleton Mall before heading downtown for dinner at Nine Brother’s Irish Pub. If you’re in the area, I recommend the fish and chips.

THEN came the highlight of the evening. The Oh Hellos concert at the Old National Theatre. I would drive a very long distance to see them live again because they were amazing. LOTS of dancing on stage. It was crazy. 10 people!!! 4 guitarists, 2 drummers, 1 violinist, 1 banjo player, two singers. Tyler Heath, the male vocalist played guitar also and one of the drum players also played accordion. Morgen and I got there 30 minutes before the doors open because I am short and I was not going to be standing in the back! And we didn’t. We were front and center. And it was fabulous.

During the last song, the banjo player came to the edge of the stage and told me and the guy beside me that they were going to bring some of the drums down at the end and where we were standing so we needed to help get people out of the way. So that was cool. Once they were down though, the drummer and the banjo player, their crazy dancing almost got me hit!!! *sigh* I want to go again.

The opening act was also great. It was two pieces of the band The Bikewalk, a local Indianapolis band.

Both bands are on Spotify, so go have a listen! What bands have you been listening to lately?



Three (Kinda-sorta) Favorites

Summer is flying by and I seem to be busy every minute of every day! I hope your summers are going fabulously as well. 🙂

Instead of 6 Friday Favorites, today, I just have three kinda-sorta-favorites. (Or things that I think are interesting, hilarious, and need-to-get-in-my-closet.

And yes, they’re in that order.



27 Stars You Totally Forgot Were On ‘Gilmore Girls’

I love to guest star spot. So I loved this list and realized I never knew a lot of these people were ever on Gilmore Girls. The ones I was most interested in learning about were Jon Hamm (Don Draper from Mad Men and Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Max Greenfield (Schmidt from New Girl), and Chauncey Leopardi (Squints from The Sandlot).


Beautiful Muncie Tourist Videos

Since I’ve been spending my summer in Muncie, Indiana… I thought I’d share with you these wonderful tourist videos of this fine city**

Andy Warhol Chuck Taylors

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 8.58.27 AMAnd since I’m in Muncie pursuing an art degree, here are a pair of fabulous Chuck Taylor All Stars emblazoned with Andy Warhol’s artwork. Some people don’t like Andy Warhol… but I love Pop Art. I love Warhol and Lichtenstein and the many others. I think they’re work is art.  If you want my personal drawn-out views, let’s go for coffee 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone! I’m taking some friends back home to good ‘ol Goshen for a buggy ride, soft pretzels, and the Elkhart County 4H fair.



**It’s really not that bad! And I try not to poke fun at it. People call this their home, not just college kids who move in for four years before leaving.

Friday Favorites #9


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Did you miss me? (Insert Moriarty clip) I took two weeks off from my Friday posts (one step at a time to regularity amiright? ) while I went home for vacation. That seems odd to say, “going home for vacation” in the summer. This summer has been a learning experience of what the “real world” is going to be like. I’m working full time and while I’m not looking forward to school starting again and dealing with the pressures of my senior year, I will have much more free time.

1. To wear glasses, or no?

I can get kind of feisty about movies in which the girl goes through a makeover and has to ditch her glasses. (Princess Diaries, She’s All That, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, etc.) I have worn glasses since I was in first grade and I can’t wear contacts. So until I can afford Lasik surgery, if I am a candidate, glasses I must wear. And yes, they suck. And while this video isn’t a major game changer, it does show that you can wear glasses. It’s ok. It doesn’t make you untouchable. Or maybe… you just have to be Justin Timberlake. I’ll stop now.

2. 50 reasons not to date a graphic designer

This is just a hilarious list of things that are very, very, true. Although I view them as reasons to date a graphic designer. 😉

3. Lilac Wine

Lilac is my favorite scent in the whole wide world. Followed closely by many others, but this always remains on top. (not lavendar!) It’s so fresh and springy and clean. And it’s such a short season, which makes me sad. So when I found that you can make lilac wine, I was intrigued. I will probably never make it, but if I ever find some, I will definitely be making a purchase to see what my favorite scent tastes like.

4. Dear People Who Live in Tiny Fancy Houses

So many good (and hilarious) questions about an interesting trend.

5. Modern Calligraphy Tips and Nibs

I’m always looking for recommendations for new calligraphy nibs and this blog post has quite a few listed and wonderful descriptions for each one. I only have two of the nibs she has listed (Nikko G and Gillot 1068A) so I’m excited to track down the others and give them a whirl. Also, her labeling system is amazing. It’s so hard to read the nibs sometimes and if I had enough holders, I would definitely do this.

6. N.C.I.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service

It’s on Netflix guys!!!!! And I’m thrilled to pieces and have watched wayyyy too many episodes. I used to watch this in high school, but fell out of sync when I went to college so now I’m starting from the beginning. Also. Mark Harmon as Special Agent Gibbs.

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Friday Favorites #8



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1. An Open Letter to Steph

A stranger writes a touching letter to another stranger about what a father would want to say to his daughter. People aren’t always terrible.

2. Peerless Watercolor Sheets

I love trying new art supplies and these sheets remind me of the paint-with-water coloring books I used to have. You know the ones… with the circles of color at the bottom of the page. I used to use q-tips to paint with those!!

3. Every State Flag is Wrong, and Here’s Why

Sarcasm + design. It’s great.

“Every state flag is wrong. If you don’t believe me, look at them. Here are the 50 worst.”
“Nevada was not told the correct size for the file it was supposed to upload. When asked if it wanted to change what it had sent, Nevada said, ‘Nah.'”

4. Peach Margarita

I had my first margarita last night! That’s all. Peach with salt. And I could only drink half

5. Interstellar

I’m months behind, but I finally watched Interstellar last night. It was good and I’d like to watch it again, although I asked a lot of questions. What did you think of it?

6. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch

I’m almost finished reading this book and it is very interesting!! If you were ever a fan of Little House on the Prairie, you should read this book!

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Did you have any favorites this week?

Friday Favorites #7


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1. Inside Out

I went to see Inside Out last night and it was fabulous. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I highly recommend it. It’s thoughtful and everything you’ve come to expect from Pixar movies. I connected with Sadness a lot. My favorite line from the movie (somewhat paraphrased)


“Four years of piano lessons. Let’s get rid of everything except for ‘Chopsticks’ and ‘Heart and Soul’.”


2. Messy Bun tutorial

The longer my hair is, the hard it is to know what to do with it. A lot of hair tutorials require skills I don’t have, or my hair is 7 inches too long. (Seriously.) I also struggle with messy buns. I excited to try this tutorial when my hair is straightened. (I tried it this morning with curly hair and it didn’t work so well.)

3. Dad Bod (Bad Blood Parody)

I love parodies. I think the Dad Bod is ridiculous. It’s like a double parody.

4. Bath and Body brings back…

Bath and Body has brought back a few classic scents from the 90s. Cucumber Melon, anyone? BuzzFeed had some guys give reviews on the flash back scents and they proved what we knew all along. Cucumber Melon is the best.

5. Pixar’s Lava short

Once again, Pixar didn’t disappoint. It’s wonderfully punny and sweet.

6. You’re just my type t-shirt

I really love puns, guys. And typography. I need this shirt in my life.

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Friday Favorites #6


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1. Spotify Choral Playlist

I love listening to choral music. I find it beautiful and inspiring. I’ve compiled 3 (!!!) hours of some of my favorite choral songs into a Spotify playlist and I’ve been listening to all week. I love to listen to it when I’m working on projects. It’s appropriately named “Choir Nerd”

2. Any Way You Slice It – Kate Spade Pineapple Studs

I love pineapples. I love to eat pineapples. I love the look of pineapples. I love pineapples. And I really want these pineapple studs from Kate Spade.

3. Superstay 24 Color Lipstick in All Day Cherry

I rediscovered this lipstick in my collection and remembered why I loved it in the first place. It’s a wonderful long lasting lipstick in a great blue-toned red.

4. Peppermint Essential Oil

We just turned on our air in my apartment. (as in last night) We’ve been relying on ceiling fans, open windows, and floor fans since April. Last night, it was very humid and we decided enough was enough. But before that decision came, I diluted some peppermint essential oil in some 100% aloe vera gel and cool myself down.

5. Brackets Code Editor

I’ve been using Brackets a lot this week. I’ve used both Sublime Text and Dreamweaver in the past, but I love a lot of features of Brackets. I love how I can split the screen between my HTML and CSS. The live preview is a game changer. No more constant refreshing! Woo! (Although the live preview does stop working if you inspect an element in the browser.)

6. Leah #SheReadsTruth

My roommate sent me this article the other day. There’s a lot of good in this post.

Friends, hear this truth from God’s Word today: You are God’s masterpiece, created for a purpose (For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them Ephesians 2:10)”