♪ ..."As Simple As It Gets..." ♪

Lots of things going down in PennyLane!
I'm very frazzled lately. I feel as if I have obtained a new level of insanity.
Here are a few updates:
-I've had a lot more traffic over at Songs in my heART blog! Which I love, love, love.

-I had a health scare, which was found to be significantly less worrisome than previously thought.

-I've started a giant scrapbooking project, covering all of my Jimmy Eat World adventures, since 1999. (Mostly how I found them and many, many concerts and travel-up until now)

-I may have a cake order for 200 cupcakes in April (holy wowza)..

-Just found out Jim will be coming back around East Coast in June-looks like I'm heading off to New Jersey for this.

-I found out Anthony Jr. likes to watch sports...

-Finished two amazing novels by Jonathan Safran Foer. He touches my heart every time I pick up his books. Please look him up..you won't regret it ♥

-On reading Hebrew? -I'm halfway there..

-Been filling up my art journal!

-Searched for my lost keys for an hour and a half yesterday, only to find they were in my purse.
-I got one of these, bitches! My life is forever changed.

-Even though I was against it, I actually found a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network that I enjoy watching. It's a documentary series.

Do Ya Love Me?

In honor of Valentines Day I ask you all:
Who/What do you Lve??

Here are a few things that I heart

this guy ♥♥♥

and to go along with above...Super excited about my road trip. I love a musical road trip!

My beauty-ful JA 90.

Teen Mom 2. I SO look forward to you every week...


Extra time playing JA. Set aside time each weekend to spend time with him!

My new art journal! Loving it so far!

My Bud ♥♥♥

Cupcakes orders lately! So much easier than Cakes!

AtC Arts :)

Semi-Charmed Kind of Life...

So I've been M.I.A for awhile. I tried to go back and catch up with all my bloggie buds but I've been missing longer than I originally thought. I'm sorry I have neglected you. It's been hectic in life as of late.

I started taking a class to learn hebrew, had a few cake orders, got about three new/extra duties to do at work, planning an out of state road trip and I am about to begin the process of taking the PRAXIS for special ed teaching certification.

Busy times in Penny Lane. I have managed to read in all of this jumble and I have found that since finishing The Prince of Tides I can not find a decent book to follow up. I have started and stopped more books in the past three weeks than I ever have. Starting to get a little discouraged. Like these:

Lolita-Vladimir Nabokov- (too much of everything)
The Sound and the Fury-William Faulkner (too much repition)
A Thousand Acres-Jane Smiley (too many farming facts, not enough character development)
Mr and Mrs Fitzwilliam Darcy-Sharon Lathan (too much romance)

I can not be pleased right now. I need a book intervention! Please give me words of encouragment/advice bloggie buds!

And now for something completely different:
What do
Slim Jims


and this really radical book have in common?

They all have something to do with my current road trip! Jim has kindly hooked me up with some passes to Allentown, PA on Saturday. I'm driving out with Bud Saturday morning.

I'm pretty excited because if you remember correctly, Bud is from Minersville (about an hour out from Allentown). We are going to visit some family/friends of Bud, she's going to show me around, get a cheese steak and then head over to see the man of the hour!
We are driving back same night because the following day I get to see Jim, again, in DC.
I plan on getting hopped up on Dunkin Donuts for the drive home and am currently planning a Road Trip Playlist. I have to soundtrack every element of my life.
I'm sticking to poppy, fast, upbeat, driving music...I've already added Destiny's Child and NSYNC (haha)
Any ideas??

A Question of Creativity..

Wednesday, 19, January 2011

I have hit a creative stump. I am looking to work on some ATC's. I have some great lyrics in mind but my mind pulls a blank when thinking of how to portray them. I've been craftie shopping, I've listened to music, I've played guitar, Nothing.

I have looked at a few of my readers Art Journals recently. I am always amazed at the random creativity that ends up getting explored in those.
My questions to my Bloggie buds: [if you keep a journal and/or art journal] Do you keep a theme to your art journaling?
How do you get your creativity flowing?
What motivates you to create?

Have You Heard the Good Word??

14, January 2011
For the record, let it be known that on this fourteenth day of January I entered my fav. coffee stop to pick up a fresh Colombian cup and at check out I notice these:

What say you, public??
I say: Holy Wowzers!

A few things I know and don't know:
I know that I don't celebrate Easter. I actually, can't even tell you what day (or month for that matter) Easter falls on/in.
I do know, however, that Easter is NOT in January. I also know that I can not recall a time when I was able to purchase Easter candy in January. I know that this was an amazing breakfast this morning with my Colombian coffee.
I know that this brightened my day....I also know that this may, sort of , negate my treadmill.

Furthermore, I know that even though I don't celebrate the holiday I have no problem partaking in the purchasing of Christian chocolate eggs filled with sugary goodness.
So for this January surprise, I thank you and I say: Bring on the Peeps!!

Pot of Corn!

Firstly, let me just say, I love all animals. I will feed anything. I love, love, love squirrels! I try to keep corn in stock for them year round. It's been rather snowy, rainy and messy in Maryland lately so I filled up a little cauldron (a Halloween decoration) with corn and I leave it on my porch. Each morning I go out and spread some food out for my pals. Yesterday evening, upon returning from work/outings I noticed some corn debris scattered around the porch. I assumed one of the squirrels was coming up on the porch to dig in rather than partake in the foods left out in their feeder.

This morning I was running late to work (always) and I was just about to walk outside when I
saw this guy!! (below) I actually walked onto my porch and he remained. I guess he was really hungry or was excited to hit the mother load of foods!!

This put a smile on my face and I hope he keeps coming back!
Hope all of you had an awesome day!

Just a Little Thing..

4, January 2011
A few ATC's I posted over at songs in my heART! I know some of you are ARTistic..please submit something! I would love to see what you come up with!
When things really get up and running and I get an idea of who is going to be participating I want to give some prompts to help inspire. I was thinking of a little something like this:

Art a song that reminds you of your best friend
Art a song that changed your life
Art a song that summarizes you

Anyone have any other prompt ideas? I'm creating a list and any help is appreciated :)

So without further ado, My ATCs

Everyone here knows I love, love,love Jimmy Eat World. These are two from their new album Invented.

"I'm sorry boy, I'm not cut for this no more"

Little Thing-"..The cab ride you said nothing, just hair all in your face...just a little thing, buried in the other things, burning away from inside, could you be with me tonight?"

songs in my heART....

I just opened a new site called songs in my heART. This is a place for artists to display their artwork inspired by music. ATC's, paintings, photography-all are welcome. New art and inspirations will be posted as recieved. There are no deadlines and perhaps, an occasional prompt, and other than that you are free to be inspired by the songs in your heART!

If anyone here is interested in participating, please do! It would be radical to have you!

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