Saturday, November 30, 2013

surprise, it's a giveaway!

Giving gifts may not be my forte nor my love language, but I do indeed like making people happy, and who doesn't love free stuff?  So let's talk about that.

In celebration of dear lil UO being three whole years old today, I wanted to have a little giveaway.  You lovely people who have made updating this space of mine worth it are so very special to me--I've made true friends and been encouraged by many of you in ways you probably don't even realize.  Major thanks and big hugs to you all, and let's get on with it!

I have for you two things, both of which I got during my travels (from Nashville, I believe) during the summer.  One lucky person will win them both!


One is this darling satiny turquoise clutch (this is pretty much my favorite color, guys).


And the other is a set of three rings (giraffe, rhino, elephant) that wow it is hard for me to give these away because they are so adorable.


So yes look how lovely, I might just enter my own giveaway anonymously, wouldn't that be nice?  Here's how to enter!

mandatory:
> follow UO
and
> comment to tell me your current favorite song
(one entry/comment)

extra optional entries!
> follow me on twitter
> tweet with a link to this post (tag me @jennoelle3341)
> follow me on instagram
> follow me on tumblr
> follow me on bloglovin
> share on facebook with a link to this post
> comment to tell me your favorite kind of posts/things you like seeing on UO
> comment with a link to your favorite poem
(leave a comment for each thing you do)

Wow this feels so narcissistic, I'm actually rather uncomfortable.  Ahem, yes yes, see it's all very selfish, you get free things but I get followers on all my social media--and mostly importantly, lovely poetry and music (because gee whiz I love poetry and music).

And there you are, folks!  The giveaway will close on December 14th, and I shall contact the winner of these two lovely items shortly afterward.  (So make sure I have a way to get a hold of you!  If I can't find your email on your blog, leave that in your initial comment.)  I will ship internationally.  So excited for this already.  Good luck, m'dears!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

on nineteen


I am not what I ought to be.
I am not what I want to be.
I am not what I hope to be.
But still,
I am not what I used to be.
And by the grace of God,
I am what I am.

-John Newton
________

    I've always had a bittersweet relationship with this November birthday of mine.  November is a lonely and grey kind of month, and it lends itself to end-of-the-year and life-landmark-in-general ponderings.  My show closed last weekend, the end of the semester is in sight, and I turned nineteen on a rainy Thursday with no plans that turned into a lovely night with a handful of friends in German Village eating fancy and perusing the most beautiful bookstore I've ever seen.  I had three cups of tea and dessert before dinner and found a massive book of e.e. cummings poetry that I probably could have lived in.
    I've been told that nineteen and twenty will be the most awkward and weird and in-between-ish years of my life (thanks for the encouragement), and even though nineteen itself seems like an inconspicuous and strange and unimportant age, I am glad to leave eighteen behind.  I've never been so unsure what a year will hold, and sometimes I feel like this, but my Jesus is faithful where I am not, and so I'm trusting that there are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind (C.S. Lewis).
    Meanwhile, I've finally had people guessing I'm 20/21/22 versus 14/15/16, so that has to be a good sign of maturity, right?  And I have yet to be home long enough to celebrate with my family, but when that finally does happen--please oh please let there be cheesecake.

Monday, November 18, 2013

london bridge is falling down

London is known for the rain, right?  Not so when we were there.  We had two glorious, blustery, sunshine-filled days with Jess and her parents (and then on our third day there when Jess left--it rained. typical).

I still love telling people the story of how I got to frolic about London for two days with my kiwi blogger friend.  It’s really a lesson in “hey don’t be scared to send that email because you never know it might work out.”  Also a lesson in “be careful because if you make friends through the internet because they might steal your brother for a summer.”  Yeah that happened.

Here’s a little glimpse of just half our time together.  Jessy dear, I still can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since I’ve seen you!  Get back into my life.


Lotsa picture-taking, you better believe.  Even if Jeeves is a Nikon.




Dem skies tho. (Even if we were obviously prepared for rain.)


Cutest open-air market!


We just had to see a show in the West End while we were there, and heck, why not Phantom of the Opera while we’re at it?  It was lovely and this chandelier photo is blurry because it was falling on us.  Kidding calm yourselves, it’s because technically no photos were allowed in there and I was being fast and sneaky. shhh.


Hmm the River Thames.  Actually quite lovely in the sunshine. And dang, Tower Bridge is a sight to see.


Gee look how little we all are hehe.  Also Jess’s hair = beeeautiful. amen.


Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, yes please (Shakespeare has recently been taking over my life and I’m quite okay with it).



We met up for coffee with some of the McGhie's friends.  Let us all take a moment to humble Jess and remind her of that time she actually drank Starbucks.  There's picture proof.


St. Paul’s Cathedral!  So of course we sang Mary Poppins on the steps.


Aaand that's all I have for now, folks.  Go give Jess a hard time about drinking Starbucks for me, please.

As for me, I'm just coming off of one of the most exhausting and beautiful weekends of my life.  We performed Les Misérables on Friday and twice on Saturday and to say that telling this story onstage is a dream come true seems like an understatement.  It's going to take me awhile to process all my emotions from this show...I may or may not have cried myself to sleep last night.  But I can't wait to tell you all about it.

Happy Monday, friends!  What are you up to this week?