Turn Up the Volume

So guess what happened . . . I got busted with my music. I was cleaning and working in the kitchen when I decided to turn on some music. I needed to stay focused but I didn’t want to be distracted either so I turned on Jack Johnson. I know what you are all thinking, “don’t go overboard Jenn”, am I right? Well apparently I did and I actually got my upstairs neighbor to come down, knock on my door, introduce herself and tell me to turn it down.


Good night nurse! Someone put some salt on her Cheerios this morning. J

I get it—I live in an apartment and we have to be respectful to everyone around us but I am probably the most silent tenant ever and I got in trouble over Jack Johnson? Good thing it wasn’t Metallica.

So in honor of music and fun. Here are my current top 5 upbeat songs that every one of you should play at loud volumes and I will just listen to in my car.

  1. DNCE: Cake By the Ocean (To avoid some choice words; I choose the live TV version to share)
  2. Rachel Platten: Stand By You
  3. Panic! At The Disco: Victorious
  4. Walk The Moon: Shut Up and Dance
  5. Elle King: Ex’s and Oh’s

Bonus: Here is a couple of fun Irish Pub Songs given that it is March!

  1. The Dubliners: The Sick Note
  2. Makem & Clancy: Mary Mack

And if you hadn’t already thought of it . . . HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!


Bloom Where You Are Planted

I can’t seem to help it; spring is making me very happy this year. I am ready to spend my time looking at beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs. I am ready for the assault of color that spring brings after the dreariness of winter. In fact, I have to share with you some of the best places I have been to in order to see blooms.

  1. The Butchart Gardens located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  2. Woodburn Tulip Festival located in Woodburn, Oregon
  3. International Rose Test Garden located in Portland, Oregon
  4. Ballymaloe Cooking Garden located in Shanagarry, Ireland
  5. Avoca located in Wicklow, Ireland

All the Best of Luck

Last night I was sitting in my car talking to a friend on the phone and staring at the forest in front of me. I am noticing that the grass is seemingly a little greener, the trees have leaves just starting to come in and even the moss seems to be picking up life again. I decided that I like the color green. It is fresh—new and best of all lucky! So this morning when I was driving in to the office, witnessing the most incredible sunrise and rainbow; I realized how lucky I was.

Of course the next thing I thought of . . . St. Patrick’s Day!! Hope everyone is gearing up for some green Irish fun next Thursday. I myself will be wearing a green sweater and my lucky clover necklace from Ireland and looking for something fun to do. So here is a nod to some of the best places to be for St. Patrick’s Day around the world and a few places right in my own backyard!

  1. New York
  2. Chicago
  3. Dublin
  4. Kells Irish Pub
  5. Paddy’s Pub

All the World Abloom

Slowly and ever so quietly, spring has been taking shape in my neck of the woods. The temperature is staying slightly warmer and the days are getting longer but I haven’t noticed it on a daily basis. In fact, I didn’t really notice much until the other morning when I walked out of my house. As I was walking to the car I looked down at the ground and noticed white stuff and that some of it was floating in the air. My gut reaction was: SNOW! (It had me almost running for cover). To my surprise and great delight it was blossoms falling off a tree. In one quick moment my winter gloom was made bright and light because spring had arrived. 🙂

It got me thinking about what blossoms I am most eager to see and so I have compiled a list of my top 5 spring blossoms I can’t wait to have come to life.

  1. Pussy Willow 
  2. Cherry Blossom 
  3. Forsythia 
  4. Tulips 
  5. Lilacs 

What blossoms can’t you wait to see this spring? ENJOY SPRING EVERYONE!!