Monthly Archives: November 2011

Things I Love Thursday – Turkey Time

Hi everyone!

Raise your hand if you’re ready for Thanksgiving break!  Since it’s right around the corner, I thought we’d dedicate this week to the greatness that is Thanksgiving.


Here we go!



ONE. Pretty much the only thing on my mind this week has been the fact that I’ll be home next week. Here at TAMU-C, classes aren’t officially cancelled until Wednesday at noon, but all of my Tuesday and Wednesday professors decided to cancel their classes so I get to go home Monday evening! The fact that I get to spend six whole days relaxing at home is overwhelmingly exciting. I’m going to enjoy every second of this break because after next week it’ll be time to get ready for finals week which is going to be awful. Can this week hurry up and be over so my break can start?!


TWO. One of my all time favorite things about Thanksgiving is getting together with all of my crazy family members. It’s one of the only times a year we all just get to sit around laughing, playing games, and eating delicious food surrounded by a spirit of thankfulness. I love my family and love the time we get to spend together this time of year.


THREE. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year because it’s when the weather starts changing. The trees turn color, and the air gets crisp. Everyone starts wearing sweaters, scarves, and pea coats. Seeing everyone walking around campus all bundled up gets me so excited for this colder weather. It’s my favorite.


FOUR. Everyone knows that the main reason people even get together on Thanksgiving is to eat. This time of year is known for people completely pigging out and slipping into tryptophan induced food comas in front of football games on their big screen. My family is jam-packed with amazing cooks, so at every Thanksgiving meal we have, every available surface is covered in dish after dish of delicious foods and desserts. My favorite Thanksgiving foods are baked ham, pumpkin pie, and roasted sweet potatoes. I’m not a huge turkey fan, so I leave that for the others.  What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?



I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy time with your families and remember everything you have to be thankful for!



-Stay Creative




Things I Love Thursday

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of blogs the past few weeks. It’s been madness here at school and I’m just now catching my breath.

On to the greatness!

ONE. My sister, Melody, turned me on to a few weeks ago. She had some really awesome shoes on and said she’d bought them from Go Jane for ridiculously cheap. So I checked it out for myself, and it’s true. Their shoes are amazing, and super cheap! I spent hours scrolling through and drooling over the masses of shoes in their online store. I have yet to purchase shoes from them (poor college kid.) so I can’t tell you how they are as far as shipping goes. Someone should try it out and let me know!

TWO. My best friend, Chaney, came to stay the weekend in Commerce with me last week and after we devoured about a million brownies (that I baked in my toaster oven in my dorm…yeah. That was an adventure.) we ended up painting our nails. She dug (is “dug” even a word?!) through my bag-o-nail polish and found this Revlon gold glitter polish I’d bought a long time ago. It looked great on her nails so I thought I’d share it with you all. Well, not ALL of you. Unless you’re a guy who likes to feel all pretty……*awkward*
Pick some up at your local Wal-Mart and give it a try!

THREE. I have this sneaking feeling that I’ve blogged about Eric Whitacre before, but I can’t find a record of it anywhere so maybe I’m just going crazy (newsflash). Well I’m going to pretend I haven’t and just continue on! Eric Whitacre is one of my favorite composers of all time; his music is incredibly moving and powerful. I’m really into dissonance (go to a piano, play a C, E, and G at the same time. Now play all those notes again but add the black key closest to the E. Boom, dissonance.) and he uses a ton of it. He’s sortof become like the Brad Pitt of the choral community. He’s amazing at what he does, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty stinking handsome. I mean, look at that hair!

Here’s one of his most popular works.

MY hands down favorite piece he’s ever composed. It gives me chills. My favorite part is from 6.00 to 8.15 (seriously. amazing.). But before you listen, take a look at #4 below

FOUR. Now before you listen to this 15 minute long song which, by the way, is WELL worth your time. Seriously. It’s amazing. But before you settle in to listening, you might need a snack. Might I suggest some Peanut M&Ms? I’ve had this strange obsession with them for a few months now, and I don’t know why. I’ve never been the greatest fan of peanuts and chocolate, but there’s something about Peanut M&Ms that has me hooked! Maybe they mix crack in with the chocolate……..Nahhhh. But seriously. Why are they so delicious!?

Stay Creative,


Jason & Teri

A few months ago I got a call from Jennifer Exline, long-time role model of mine and daughter of my church’s worship minister. I grew up hearing her sing in church (this woman has an INCREDIBLE voice) and in the last few years she’s become a successful photographer in the area. When she called me asking if I’d be second shooter at one of her weddings, I was beside myself. As we worked together that day I could tell that this would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The wedding took place at the massive and breathtaking Villa di Felicita in Tyler, Texas. Here’s a few of the pics from that day!

Stay creative!