Heading north of Parry Sound today for a Cottage Weekend with my university crew.  We are only spending the day, but a mix is required for the car ride.  I'm into feel good music at the moment and this playlist reflects that for sure!

 1. Real Good Radio - Kira Isabella
 2. Banjo - Rascal Flatts
 3. Mississippi - Dixie Chicks
 4. Music Inferno -Madonna
 5. Party Rock Anthem - LMAFO
 6. Move In the Right Direction - Gossip
 7. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
 8. Forever - Chris Brown
 9. With a Little Luck - Paul McCartney and Wings
10. Marry You - Bruno Mars
11. Don't Tell Me - Madonna
12. Sun is Shining - Bob Marley
13. Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney and Wings
14. The Remedy (I Won't Worry) - Jason Mraz
15. Superbowl XLVI Halftime Show - Madonna

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Posted by Jen B On Saturday, June 30, 2012 No comments
Okay, well I am outdoors again, testing out my blog preferences.  I am using the regular Blogger site (not the App), and with the aid of my Mac Whiz bro, I was able to pair my wireless keyboard to my iPod. I can't say that the mobile Blogger site is perfect, but it does have more features than just the App (my favourite being preview!).  But it is still pretty clunky, so I'm thinking the best way for me to blog outdoors is to type outside and edit inside.  I could use Blogger Mobile, the Blogger App, or even a writing App, and then make all the necessary edits and additions (photos, etc.) from my actual computer. That sounds like a workable plan and I'm looking forward to getting some Vitamin D while I write this summer!

This could be me!  Well, sort of.  My iPod/keyboard combo look a little different!

Posted by Jen B On Friday, June 29, 2012 No comments
I have an iPod Touch and since today is so beautiful out, I thought I would try blogging from outside. I think faster than I can type on the iPod keyboard, so the writing process is delayed a little bit, but being outside is worth it. I tried pairing my Bluetooth keyboard to the iPod but I was having technical difficulties so this one finger keyboard will have to do for now! I just took a photo of what I am surrounded by while typing. Such a beautiful day!

I am using the Blogger App and not sure it has enough features for my blogging style. If there is a preview button, I'm not sure where it is. And I have added a photo, but I'm not sure where it will end up in the published blog. Oh well, it feels great being out here and I can always edit it when I go back inside!! 

UPDATE:  Once back inside, I increased the font size, added a space between the text and the photo, added my labels, added my "share this" button, and wrote this sentence! :)

Posted by Jen B On Friday, June 29, 2012 2 comments
By now you have probably heard about the not-troversy surrounding this Oreo Cookies Gay Pride poster:

In celebration of Pride Week and in appreciation of rainbow cookies everywhere, I picked up a box of Rainbow Chips Ahoy! and will be enjoying an entire tray full!!

Happy Pride Week Everyone!!!

Posted by Jen B On Friday, June 29, 2012 2 comments
So I am still super obsessed with Lego games or "silly games" as my mother calls them.  Do they take up a lot of my time? Yes. Am I getting repetitive eye strain from staring at the screen for hours on end? Probably. Are they part of my balanced lifestyle? Of course.

Back in February I completed Lego Indiana Jones.  I found it the hardest of the Lego games, with too many enemies constantly attacking and causing me to lose all my studs! Getting "True Adventurer" status was pretty much impossible and it took forever to earn enough studs to unlock things that could help.  So I wasn't a huge fan and kept it on the shelf with only 7% completion. At some point I remembered you could enter cheat codes and I decided to enter the cheat code for Invincibility.  And from then on the game was awesome and super fun! Which is great because I love Indiana Jones and I really wanted the game to be fun.
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures - 100%

Over the past few months I have been playing Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7.  I picked it up in May when I realized it had dropped in price to $19.99.  That is my preferred price for video games and it only took six months for HP 5-7 to get there.  It was worth the brief wait.  I completed it last night:

Lego HP: Years 5-7 - 100%

I still have yet to complete Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (91.3% complete) and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (79.9% complete).  Lego Star Wars is all challenge now, as the 8.7% I have left to play is finding 10 hidden Blue Canisters, throughout the entirety of every single level, with only ten minutes per level to do it. So I basically have to play the whole game again and do it super fast.  I was attempting it the other night and the words "Out of Time" popped up on the screen so often that I had to turn it off for a while.  TCS might be incomplete for some time to come.  As for Lego Pirates, it is my least favourite of all the Lego games.  One reason is that I never really got into the Pirates movies (I've watched them all, but must not have paid attention because I don't know who anyone is!).  In order to complete Lego Pirates, I need to collect all the Ships in a Bottle and find all the Compass items.  I wasn't a big fan of the use of the Compass, so not sure when I am heading back to complete this one either!

But there are more games on the horizon!  Lego Batman 2: DC Superheros was just released, and it has gotten some pretty stellar reviews.  I am saving my pennies for that one.  And coming this fall will be Lego Lord of the Rings!  I am super excited about that one because I love the Lord of the Rings.  The trilogy is our go-to set of movies for when there is nothing on; it always satisfies.

In the mean time, I just realized there is another Lego Star Wars game about the Clone Wars.  I never watched that series, but it is only $19.99 so I'll probably get it to fill the void until Lego Batman 2 comes down in price.  Super Lego Fun!

Posted by Jen B On Thursday, June 28, 2012 4 comments
This little dude spent some time on the window after some rain.  I think he ate some bugs too!

Posted by Jen B On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1 comment
I couldn't let today go by without posting to celebrate Paul McCartney's 70th birthday!  He was my first love (I think I must be the 100,315,927th girl to ever say that!) and though many musicians have come and gone from my life, I will always have Paul.  So Happy 70th Birthday, Paul!!!

I wasn't sure what song to post, so I asked my iTunes to shuffle and it landed on Tug of War, a classic ballad from 1982.  Enjoy!!

Posted by Jen B On Monday, June 18, 2012 No comments
Sometimes you just gotta have it...

Posted by Jen B On Monday, June 18, 2012 No comments
Tag! I'm it.  Skwishee over at Just a Mum? tagged me in a random questions/random facts game.  I have been bad at answering the call of being tagged (I completely missed Awards Season this year!), so I am jumping on this opportunity before too much time goes by.  TashaB over at Awesomesauce & Other Experiments already responded with her answers and facts and now it's my turn! 

Ten Questions from Skwishee at Just a Mum?

1. Name a book that somehow changed you. How?

I guess it would be Lightning by Dean Koontz because it was the first adult book I remember reading. It had time travel, a female lead, and a character who met Paul McCartney.  It had everything my tween heart would love and it got me interested in reading books. 

2. If someone were to cook you the perfect meal, what would it be?

It would be the Ultimate Feast from Red Lobster, so I would need a chef from Red Lobster to come to my house please! 

3. Who do you want to be when you grow up?

This girl *points at self*, but older.

4. You find a wallet containing $20,000 on the ground, containing no identification. What do you do?

I would have to do as TashaB described and turn it in to the police.  If it was $20, however, I would be eating take out for dinner.

5. Name one completely irrational fear that you've got.

Just one? But I experience at least ten a day! I'll go with Monsters murdering me in the night.

6. Give me three songs that you're embarrassed to admit you like.

Banjo - Rascal Flatts
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
I'd Really Love To See You Tonight - England Dan and John Ford Coley 

7. What is one thing you absolutely love about yourself?

I love that I don't give a shit what I wear around the house/in the backyard.  The teen boys that live next store are getting a real life glimpse about what thirty-something girls are like! The colours never match, there are socks AND sandals, and of course oodles of track pants.  I told John yesterday that I am glad I am not a celebrity, because every week I would appear on the "Trash Your Stylist" list!

8. If you could be doing ANYTHING right now, what would it be?

Except for writing on my blog at the moment, I would love to be catching up on episodes of the BBC's Sherlock.  I think Martin Freeman is dreamy and funny.

9. What's the best thing that happened to you this week?

I went on an 11km bike ride today and it was amazing!

10. If you could perfect one skill overnight, what would it be?

I would really love to play guitar.  I have tried to learn a few times but I have gotten frustrated because I can't move my fingers fast enough to make chords.  I even suck at Rock Band guitar.  If I could learn overnight, that would be great! 

11. Tea or coffee?

I have to go with Coffee because I will always have a strong love for a Timmy's double double. I gave up drinking coffee in January and switched to Green tea, which I also love, but I could never forget my first love.  Coffee is now a treat, and incidentally a treat I have been indulging in all week!

Part two of the game is listing 11 random facts about myself, but I can't get it together to do that at the moment.  I will save the list for another day!  Stay tuned! :)

Posted by Jen B On Thursday, June 14, 2012 3 comments
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