Jill

5 Random Things (#jillEdition) (Day #27)

1. Peanut Brittle. What exactly is it? It's addicting, but kind of gross and you only ever hear about it around Christmas. Okay, fine, I really like it. But I also kind of hate it. 2. Went for a run today. I really appreciate the cars who go out and AROUND when you are running. Especially on icy/slushy streets. Leaves a little room for error on either end. It's the little things.

3. Went to see a high school girls basketball game today and I wanted nothing more than to get back out on the court. Did you know I played basketball in college? I did. I miss it. But I'm a little past my baller prime now. Guess I will stick to watching.

4. Hot Pepper Jelly. Another seasonal food that is majorly overlooked the rest of the year. I'm committing to breaking that out more frequently in 2014. Mark my words.

5. Heads Up. I have played this game with my family so much over this holiday that we have actually gone through all of the clues in certain categories. I actually made my own category so that we would have more options. Perhaps we have addictive personalities. We don't care. Cause we can't stop. And we won't stop. This game has captured our hearts and minds.

 

That's it, folks. Take it or leave it. Until tomorrow, be good.

-jill

Adieu, Adieu, To You and You and You. (Day 9)

We must admit that we didn't see the live broadcast of The Sound Of Music the other night on NBC. We actually were out seeing this KICK-A band called the Shadowboxers that night (seriously, really good) and so we missed it. Bummer. However, we have both had the whole entire soundtrack in our heads for weeks because let's face it:

1) It's got unbelievably amazing songs.

2) They advertised that thing so well that you would have had to be living under a rock to not hear about it every single day.

So as we've been singing our little hearts out to all the great Sound of Music tunes, I (Jill) realized that there was a lyric that I always just made up when it got to this part because I had no idea what they said. Now, I am sort of crazy about this movie, so I'm a little embarrassed that I don't know it by heart.

It's the song "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria." So, I just looked up the line I always miss and realized that the reason I miss it is because IT'S RIDICULOUS:

"How do you find a word that means Maria? A flibbertijibbet! A will-o'-the wisp! A clown!"

Haha.....WHAT?

Well that was random, but anyway, there you have it. Oh and by the way, The Sound Of Music is my favorite movie OF ALL TIME. In another life I was a Von Trapp kid. No, scrap that. I WAS MARIA. (In other words, I was a flibbertijibbet, a will-o-the wisp, a clown.)

Okay I'm done now.

So long.

Farewell.

Auf Wiedersehen.

Goodnight.

Okay really I'm done.

-j (and k)

Take A Chill Pill, Jill. (Day #4)

Every once in a while I need to be reminded to calm down. I lose perspective. I think about ME too much and get all caught up in things that don't matter. There's so much going on that I don't stop and reflect at all. I just go, go, go. So I need to tell myself....or be told, to do this:

TAKE A CHILL PILL, JiLL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w41e9C9FEE

I genuinely miss that phrase. I used to wear it out in Junior High. I. Wore. It. Out. Ah, the good old days.

I don't know about you, but I can start getting worked up and stressed out and act all crazy. Ain't nobody got time for that. Chill. Sit down. Close your eyes. Take a minute.

Here are the top 5 chill pill options:

1. Find total silence and sit in it. 

Oh man, this is hard. Hard to find and also hard to actually do once you do find it. But it's amazing how my mind settles down once I find that silence and accept it. Totally worth it.

2. Put on some relaxing, soothing tunes. 

My go-to for this scenario is Rosie Thomas. Or this time of year, Amy Grant's Christmas album.

3. Bake.

This is therapeutic for me. I usually make cookies. Sometimes cupcakes. Sometimes I'll try out a new Pinterest recipe that looks delicious or fun. And the bonus to this one is that you also get to eat whatever you bake. Win, win.

4. Read a book. 

I am reading "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown right now. It's not what you would call LIGHT reading, but it's all about vulnerability...something I sometimes struggle with...and I'm learning a lot. It's a good book for taking some time to reflect.

5. Go for a drive on quiet back roads.

My car is my safe, happy place. Something about the open road, being alone, and having the ability to just go somewhere...even if there's really nowhere to go. I love to drive. It stabilizes my emotions.

 

There ya go....a few things I like to do when I need to calm down.

So what did you learn today? Advice from Jill: Take A Chill Pill.

Much love.

-j

Laugh It Off.

Jill here. I love to laugh. Like, a lot. It's a little cliché to say that it's the best medicine, but I actually think it's the truth. Laughing always makes me feel better.

So, I often find myself browsing through the Pinterest Humor  section for hours and hours short periods of time looking for things that will make me laugh. There's some HILARIOUS stuff on there, my friends. Well, at least I find it hilarious...some might say I have an odd sense of humor. I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

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To follow my Pinterest account, go here. (Oh and you can follow Kate's and our JillandKate boards too.) Share with me some stuff that you find funny too. Let's laugh together. :)

-j

Apparently, seahorses are real.

The other day we were talking about something or other and somehow the topic of seahorses came up... I was talking about a school field trip as a kid and something about seeing a dead sea horse in a jar & that you could make a wish on them because they weren't real...

Kate was all "A'hem...whaaaaaaaat? No, Jill, No. Unicorns aren't real. Seahorses are real."

I had no idea! Someone told me as a kid that they were fake and for 20-some years, I've believed that. Wow.

It's like the How I Met Your Mother episode where Barney never learned how to use a screwdriver...and Ted never learned how to pronounce "chameleon" and he kept saying "Cha-Ma-Lee-On..."

I guess it's true that everyone has something they missed out on learning earlier in life. I mean, there's a lot of information out there, folks! You can't know it all. (I am totally trying to justify how stupid I feel right now...haha.)

Is there something you realized as an adult that you never learned as a child...and maybe you should have learned much earlier?

For now, I'm going to go celebrate the fact that seahorses are real. And hey, you never know...maybe unicorns are too!? (Jk, jk. Or am I?)

Jill's Birthday Throwback

Hi friends...it's Kate. Newsflash: I  have the best friend in the whole wide world. AND TODAY IS HER BIRTHDAY! PARTTTYYYYYY!!!!!

I am also lucky enough to work with my BFF and that it makes work seem a lot less like "work" sometimes. Which is fun because we "work" a lot so that in turn means that I get to have fun a lot. I like fun. But enough about me...

You all know and love her too...well...cause you can't not. She is funny, talented and has a heart of gold. Seriously. She is so stupid talented and so humble about it sometimes it's annoying. Haha. She's just so ridiculously kind and talented....so being the best friend I am I thought I'd embarrass her and post a pic of us from right around the time we met & started working together...ahhhh....you ready for this....?

 I had a thought to put this picture through a filter on Instagram but then I realized that not even a filter would help me out. Wait, I thought I was supposed to be embarrassing Jill?

Here we are working on recording our very first songs together...not a lot has changed as I remember posting a similar picture from us working on Heart of Stone.

And one last pic of Jill from around the time we started playing together...her hair was so with the times now...highlighted at the ends...you go Jill.

Okay....enough embarrassing photographs.

So thankful for such an awesome BFF.

Show her some love today.

-kate-

30 Things

This is Jill...today I turned 30. YIKES! Actually, I'm excited. I've heard that your 30's are better than your 20's so I guess I'll find out if that's true! Here are a few things I've learned over my 30 years...also they are things I want to remember as I continue on in this crazy world. In no particular order: 1. When things are ridiculous, laugh.

2. You are who you surround yourself with.

3. I always feel better after a workout. But that doesn't always motivate me to actually go do it.

4. I really have never used anything I learned in geometry/trigonometry in real life. Ever. So when I yelled at my math teachers in high school and said it was useless, I was right. I feel satisfaction in knowing that. :)

5. Africa is magical.

6. Hearts can be mended.

7. People will always let me down even if they have every intention not to. God will never let me down even if I have every expectation that He will.

8. Forgiveness is hard. Forgiveness is necessary and life-giving. Usually the necessary, life-giving things are hard.

9. Being around kids brings joy. It keeps you feeling young too.

10. The ocean is my happy place.

11. I'm a major introvert. That's okay.

12. When all else fails, find some chocolate.

13. I have a LOT to learn.

14. Seasons. They exist. Remember and accept that when it's time for a new season. "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1

15. Most people are driven by insecurity. Try not to be one of those people. Learn to recognize those people and don't let them get to you.

16. Happiness is a choice.

17. I'd like to think I'm more creative than this, but I could wear jeans, a black hoodie and flip-flops or converse every day of my life and be content. Heck, I pretty much do that. Who am I kidding?

18. The Sound of Music never goes out of style. It was my favorite movie as a child and it still is now.

19. Family is the most important. Your real family and the family you choose. Treat them well.

20. Don't take yourself too seriously.

21. Trust your instincts. They are usually right.

22. Write notes to people. I learned that from my mom.

23. Be generous. I learned that from my Dad.

24. Pray. Talk with God. Listen to God. Communicate with Him however it is that you communicate. I learned that from both of my parents.

25. Don't be easily offended. (This is hard for me.)

26. Appreciate other people. Don't just put up with them or be indifferent. Learn to genuinely appreciate them.

27. Time FLIES. Be here now. Enjoy the moments.

28. Drink a lot of water.

29. Have a go-to karaoke song and own it.

30. Always be thankful.

 

Thank you for all of your birthday messages, tweets, etc. I had the best birthday! Here's to my 30's! :)

-j

Well well well...

If it isn't Monday again. The weeks go by rather fast these days don't they? For me they have been flying. I can't believe it's already March. Want to know what's weird? As I was typing that, the Ellen show was on in the background and she said "I can't believe it's March..." It's so crazy when stuff like that happens. I love it. So I have these incredible friends back in Nashville who gave me the most awesome Christmas present ever. It's a day planner with little notes/cards for every week that I am out on the road so that whenever I need a little pick-me-up from back home, I can open it up and read one of their cards. Seriously, best friends ever award. I'm so lucky.

Anyway, today's card had a quote in it and you know how much I love quotes. So here it is:

"Rudeness is the weak person's imitation of strength."

I've never heard that one before, but it hit me pretty hard just now. It is pretty easy to get annoyed with little things and be rude especially out here on the road. It's easy to lose perspective and for everything to become a much bigger deal than it actually is. It's easy to become completely self-focused. Sometimes I just want to be complain and be rude and act like a two year old who needs a nap. But I have to remember to suck it up, be strong and act appropriately.

So there ya go. Jill's thoughts for the day. Keep on truckin.

-j-

Hallie Day

Hi. Jill here. So, I haven't been able to watch American Idol too much this year because of our tour schedule, but I'm excited for this season and here's why:

Hallie Day (who is in the Top 24 and performing tonight) is married to my cousin Ryan! You might have seen him featured in her audition video. My cousin Ryan and I are the same age and grew up down the street from each other. Here we are with my other cousin Caitlin when we were little. Check out all of our sweet hair.

Ryan and Hallie live in Baltimore now and I haven't gotten to meet Hallie yet since they've gotten married, but I'm proud to have the family representing on AI this season!

Check her out tonight and vote for Hallie Day!

-jill-

Things I Like (February 23)

"F-R-I-E-N-D-S." It's now on Nick@Nite...what's not to love about that? Flip-Flops. We have been in Florida for the past week and I've been able to wear flip-flops daily. It's like a dream. If I could wear flip-flops every day for the rest of my life, I would. They are far superior to shoes...in my opinion.

The show "An Idiot Abroad." It's our favorite show to watch on the bus on this tour. It is AWESOME. If you need a new show to watch, check it out. I think you'll be glad you did.

Pinterest. Why was I so late to the party on this? It's brilliant and addicting and inspiring. What's not to like?

This hilarious skit from SNL last week: 

http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1386283

Those are the things I like this week.

Peace!

-j-

One Last Thing...

So again...we are borrowing the idea from PEOPLE magazine & their "One Last Thing" fun. Joe Jonas...you and your perfectly manicured eyebrows are just precious...now we will take a stab at your survey. Here it goes.

Last Celebrity Crush....

Jill: Ben Affleck. He's a Boston boy...need I say more?

Kate: I had a momentary SNL crush on Andy Samberg. All those SNL boys are so nice &  funny. But it would never work out...I think I'd want to one-up him with my jokes...cause I'm very funny. Haha. See?

Last Album I Bought...

Jill: Jack's Mannequin...I bought a bunch of their older albums on an iTunes shopping spree.

Kate: Ben Howard's album "Every Kingdom." He has such a cool voice. "Gracious" and "Promise" are some of my favorites so far.

Last Gift I Gave...

Jill: A massage. No...I didn't actually "give" someone a massage...I gave my friend a gift certificate "for" a massage.

Kate: My brother's birthday present...an Xbox game. Some game where I'm sure there is violence and blowing things up...therefore I'm participating in the general chaos of the pre-teen generation.

Last Time I Apologized...

Jill: Two minutes ago. Don't ask.

Kate: Two minutes ago. Really...don't ask :)

(We bicker like sisters, okay? Deal with it.)

Last Coupon I Used...

Jill: A coupon for a free oil change. Boo-yeah!

Kate: Hmmm....coupon...I don't think I've used a coupon since 1998. Haha. I probably have I just can't remember it. Hahahahha.

Well wasn't that fun!!!

-j&k-

5 Things To Do...

If you feel so inclined... 1. Drink More Coffee (try this new creamer our friend Jenny told us about "Natural Bliss"...yum)

2. Watch Revenge (my favorite show on TV right now...if you haven't seen it, go download all the episodes! It really gets you thinking about revenge, retaliation, forgiveness, etc.)

3. Listen to this song and tell me it's not awesome:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVrSChJPfhw

4. Read The Hunger Games. (Give into the masses. It's good. I just read the first book in 2 days and am onto the second.)

5. Forgive someone you're holding a grudge against. ("It's hard to give, it's hard to get, but everybody needs a little forgiveness." -Patty Griffin)

This is all optional. I'm not trying to tell you what to do! Haha. As always, returned suggestions are welcomed. What should we do?

-jill-

Hipstamatic, David Schwimmer & Ricola

I've been sick. Well, since you asked....I have had this nasty little thing representing flu-like symptoms the last couple of days and it is no fun at all. Okay, well a little fun cause I've laid in bed or on the couch for 48 hours doing nothing but watching movies & TV & eating frozen yogurt...and besides feeling the knives in my throat and not being able to talk, it's been a real hoot. But during this sickness I realized again my deep love affair with Ricola's. They are herbal cough suppressant throat drops...aka...heaven to your throat when it's hurting. With the seasons changing, these little drops are always good to have around :)

I had this dream last night that I was dating David Schwimmer. Now, what was my subconscious trying to tell me? Too many cold pills, too many romantic comedies leaving me lonely, too many FRIENDS episodes?? I don't know...it's weird...we were out on a lake with lots of people...then we were eating dinner...hmmm...I don't think I've ever had a "thing" for David (yes, we are on a first name basis now)...but I distinctly remember waking up knowing that moments ago in dreamland David and I were happily dating...aren't dreams SO WEIRD? Weird, weird, weird. Ey yi yi.

And finally I wanted to share that hipstamatic is still the coolest iPhone photo application in my book...check out this rad pic of Jill I took the other day:

You can thank me later for all of these gems.

Haha.

-k

Souls wearing skin...(via Lee Ann Lambert)

Hello. Jill here. Long time no blog from this kid. Sorry about that. So, as I was surfing the web the other day, I found this blog: www.livingintroverted.com --- it's a blog by a woman named Lee Ann Lambert. I stumbled upon it and find a lot of it pretty interesting...particularly because I myself am an introvert. Ok. So...

I really liked this entry she wrote called "Souls Wearing Skin." I have included parts of the entry here for your reading enjoyment.  I couldn't have written it better so I just copied and pasted some of her thoughts. Let me know what you think.

-j

Here it is: We are all, every one of us, just souls wearing skin.

The soul is the spark that comes from who knows where. We all have our own personal suspicions of how that spark occurs and where it comes from – that’s cool. That spark is what makes us human.

Souls wearing skin.

We (humans, me and you, all of us, except those who are incredibly enlightened) spend a huge amount of energy forgetting that we’re all the same. Introverts and extroverts. Jews and Muslims. Canadians and South Africans. Republicans and Democrats and Libertarians. Gays and straights. Pretties and uglies. All the differences are things we’re making a big deal about. And maybe we think all the hoopla is warranted, but if we could get past it, we’d probably all get along better.

I’m a prime example. I get so aggravated with people. People who don’t agree with me or think or act like me. What the hell is wrong with them?

Then sometimes I stop, and it hits me that they’re all struggling  just like I am. And they’re all flawed, just like I am.

The rich movies stars? You bet. The people who hate Americans? Struggling and flawed – just like me. The homeless people who live on the streets of Detroit? Yup. People who don’t recycle their plastics? Uh huh.

Some of us live charmed lives in comparison to others. Some of us can’t understand why certain others of us are so weird. Some of us are hurt by that lack of understanding. Some of us are destined to live painful, frightening lives. Some of us are angry at those who don’t think like us.

It’s us.

So. As an exercise in something – compassion, maybe – I’m going to try to keep this concept in mind as I go about my days and my interactions with other members of the human race.

Will I be successful? I think I have the ability to remind myself of this truth: that we’re all just trying to get through life and we’re all lost to varying degrees, and we’re all trying to put on faces to make ourselves look like we’ve got it handled, and all of us worry about things in the middle of the night when it’s dark.

We all get a suit of skin to wear (not in the Silence of the Lambs way). And we all get a set of circumstances to make do with. Maybe we need to give each other a break once in a while.

There are surely going to be naysayers out there who complain that people are still going to be crappy to others. People are still going to fight about things. People will still take advantage of the system. People are stupid. People are going to rip each other off and take advantage of each other.

And it’s true that the world will probably always have bad people in it, who won’t look inside because they’re just too frightened of what they’ll find, or what the consequences of doing so will be. I get that.

But I’ve noticed that when I remember that others are as fragile, tired, hopeful, and scared as I am, or maybe more than I am, it makes me a better person. Regardless of what the rest of the almost 7 billion do.

J&K Back in the Day...

So we thought we'd share something special with you guys (still feeling bad that we have yet to post last months SOT17th...)

The last time we were both home at our respective houses we both went digging through old family photos...

Here are some of the highlights...

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Here is Jill as a wee little babe...rockin' an awesome red hat.

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Yup...that's Kate.  Look at those CHEEKS!?!

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Jill learning some tunes.

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While Jill was learning some tunes...Kate was hitting the slopes.

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Supporting the Celtics and a favorite past-time.

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That's me, Kate, driving a watercraft of some sort. Look at how bitchin' my fashion sense was back then? Heart shaped blue glasses?  I rock.

Hope you guys got a little chuckle out of these.  We did.

More pics from the various travels coming soon.

-j&k-

KiLA. Adventureland. Farkle. Drumming dreams...

"Kila" is my Hawaiian name. If you ask me, that's a pretty cool name...sometimes i go by Kila instead of Jill...way cooler. Go find your Hawaiian name at: http://hawaiiannames.hisurf.com/ Has anyone seen "Adventureland" yet? I'm wondering if it's worth going to the theater for or if it's more of a DVD'er. Any input will be gladly accepted.

I'm really into Farkle right now. It's a crazy dice game that my friends have gotten me addicted to. What's worse? I bought the Farkle Deluxe Application on my iPhone and i think i need Farkle Rehab.  093514069113Have i ever mentioned that i wish i could be a drummer? I really am awful at it. No, really...ask around. But i LOVE it. It's so fun to just hit things really hard.

Well, that's about it from me. I know you're sad that this wonderful blog is over.

Oh. And...GO SOX! ...obviously.

-j-

Jill's Birthday Bowling Extravaganza...

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So this past Wednesday, March 18th, we were in Chicago and decided to celebrate Jill's birthday with some bowling & impromptu karaoke. It was a grand occasion...we saw fine forms of bowling and...what birthday is complete without pink Hannah Montana cupcakes???

Yet, I (kate) had an interesting thing happen on this festive evening. The injury happened right in between these two pictures....take a look at the "before" and "after" pictures.
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Someone (not naming names...) thought it would be funny to smash a cupcake in my face...yet along with the  cupcake in my face went the candle and plastic Hannah Montana star RIGHT in my eye.
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This, however could not stop the amazingness of the evening...so we partied on and sang our hearts out at a dive karaoke bar. But, the next day I did see a Dr. and he told me I had a hemorrhage in my eye. Stupid cupcakes...and I even picked them out.  Good times.

-kate