Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Men I Could Love and Devote Myself To For All Eternity









As Valentines Day approaches, I'd like to reflect on my love life. And what a horrible, hillarious, and awesome dramedy it has turned out to be. So, this is an excercise I used to do with Theresa in high school. We would create lists like these with a mixture of celebrities, fictional characters, cartoon crushes, and real high school boys, and pass them around. I wish I could find some of the old ones to show you because they are truly hilarious. And a little bit sad and desperate.

But that's beside the point.

Here's my list of my top crushes:

1. Wolverine as played by Hugh Jackman in X-Men Orgins: Wolverine (2009)












Alright, so Wolvie doesn't really have the best personable skills, or is the easiest to live with, but...oh man look at all those rippling muscles. I mean, the Wolverine that is hardened by his past, but is still a puppy when it comes to love. What a package: he's got sexy lumberjack facial hair, drives a motorcycle, plus he is indestructible, which means he would have my back in a barfight. And even though he's a beast, I'll bet he still likes his tummy rubbed.


2. Joseph Gordon Levitt












This man looks absolutely dashing in anything he wears. Especially a suit. Joey probably was born wearing a three-piece suit because he always looks so fashionable and put together. Aside from his dapper duds, he also has a down-to-earth opinion about his celebrity status, "The whole concept of celebrity pisses me off. While I'm not a celebrity, it's such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors." Now this isn't a total rejection of his popularity (a la Johnny Depp) but I could see myself dating some one who doesn't let his career or success overpower his life. 


3. Demitri from Anastasia (1997)








Although Demitri is a con-man of the lowest caliber (i.e. lying to the Dowager Empress of Russia and Princess Anastasia), he has a very kind heart (i.e. refusing to accept the reward money for finding Anastasia). Plus, he's a sexy Russian with a charming crooked nose, and a voice that sounds exactly like honorable mention John Cusack.


4. Desmond Hume from Lost (2004-2010)








Many people would argue that their Lost-addition to this list would be Jack or Sawyer, whom are both sexy in their own right. But no, my fangirl heart belongs to that sexy Scottish brogue Desmond. He's attractive because of his unattainability. His heart will always belong to Penny and will triumph over anything I would ever do to try and win his heart... But Desmond, YOU ARE MY CONSTANT!



5. Uncle Jesse from Full House (1987-1995)

I don't think there needs to be any explanation for this choice except that I am a product of the 80's and a child of the 90's.


6. Robert Downey Jr.















Dear RDJ, could you be anymore of a BAMF? Being with you forever would satisfy my rebellious nature by being with such a bad boy. We could pop some bottles and drive around in a fast car and then make love on top of a skyscraper in Tokyo. You're wild, RDJ, please don't stop. Love, Jenna.


7. Duckie from Pretty in Pink (1986)







I don't know about you, but I would have picked the devoted and dorky Duckie over stupidface snobby Blaine. Yes, he is a little bit creepy and doesn't understand personal space or normal social behaviors, but I attract the weird ones anyway. I'd live to love him.


8. Ray LaMontange

I want to marry a musician. Ray is a great poet, songwriter and performer. I imagine our summer nights would consist of us drinking wine barefoot on the porch while he wrote songs dedicated to me. I would be his biggest fan.


9. Inman from Cold Mountain (2003)









His awkward nature is a sexy fault. We'd fight wars for each other and journey home to Cold Mountain and our love once again. "She's the place I'm heading. But I hardly know her. I just can't seem to get back to her."


10. Fred and George Weasley from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling







When I informed my brother of this choice, this is what he said: "Oh! So they could 'bludger' you at the same time?"
There's only one condition: I would have to date them as a pair or else they would do that silly twin trick where they would switch places and make me wonder if I was dating the right wizard. I couldn't choose. Also, I would imagine that we would spend all day laying in bed being creative and thinking of wild tricks and games and fun pranks to pull on people.

Top Ten Tuesdays: A Perfect Place

A perfect place for me would be:

1. Somewhere warm the majority of the time, but usually warm places aren't the hub of trendiness.
Read: New York City, Minneapolis, Portland, Toronto, Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver
But I guess there are other warm trend spots.
Read: San Fransisco, Austin, San Antonio, Los Angeles

2. In an apartment in the busy part of town. Within walking/biking/bus riding distance of my work/school. it would also have to be close to some bars, resturaunts, and clubs. also a grocery store, flea market and pharmacy. And chinese takeout. A place where they have public transit. subways, buses, etc is a must.

3. My kitchen will have see though cupboards to store my flatware and glasses.

4. All the artwork in my house will either be done by me, or one of my close friends, framed, and never put on the floor...unless it is an installation peice.

5. I will have built in shelves to put my horde of books, and notebooks. I will color-coordinate them, because it's always awesome when you sort things by color, and not kind, size, or topic.

6. A loft or studio apartment would be acceptable, with a separator for privacy in my budoir.

7. A soft love nest for a bed.

8. Wooden floors, to put shag rugs.

9. A sizable workspace for my art, drafting table, typewriter, computer, printer, etc. I may accumulate by the time i need an apartment such as this.

10. Depending on my lifestyle, I would like to have a puppy. Conditions are that I would have to be home for the majority of the day, which would probably mean I would work at home. Also, it would have to be a Welsh Corgi. Oh puppy. :)

Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Vintage Sesame Street Clips

Whenever I've had a bad week or bad day, nostalgia is always a thing that makes me feel better. One thing in my childhood, as I'm sure a lot of other American children can remember and look fondly upon, is Sesame Street. It was educational, BUT FUN! How did they do that? Help us learn without us catching on? The magic of muppets, celebrity cameos, and a few catchy songs.
So here is a top ten list that will lift your spirits before you have to head into the holiday season, which in many cases, is full of stress, woe, and fruitcake.

1. Sing After Me
Grover hitting on comedic GOD.DESS Madeline Kahn.

2. Cookie For Me?
There's something simply amazing about this video. And hillarious. And creepy when Cookie Monster says, "You come home with me I got closet fulllll of cookies!"

3. Readers of the Open Range
One more reason that reading = awesome. This is my mother's favorite Sesame Street song.

4. The Lowercase N
A haunting and amazing folk song + animation. There's an amazing amount of artist covers of this song on YouTube, which only catapults this song's coolness factor through the roof.

5. Baby's First Honk
"No, no, no, it like this."

6. I Don't Want To Live On The Moon
This video is for anyone who wishes they were somewhere else. There's adventures to be had, but you'd miss all the places and people that you love. So if you go, be sure to come home soon.

7. There's a Bird On Me
On days when I hate everyone I think about this video and be glad I'm not a rhino.

8. Pinball
This one is a classic for any animator/design geek. Gotta love me some Pointer Sisters, sweet funky beats, psychedelic animation, and the number 12.

9. Yip Yips Discover Radio
If you didn't know this, Yip Yips are awesome. Case in point: how they repeat things that they don't understand. Sometimes I do this to myself when I don't like my designs. "Nopenopenopenopenope." And their dancing is amazing.

10. Some and None
I WANT TO BE A MUPPET AND HAVE CRAZY MUPPET PARTIES LIKE THIS. (Sorry for bad video quality...its the only one I could find in English!)

BONUS: Over, Under, Around, and Through
Grover is probably the most dedicated Muppet. Think about it. In most skits, he's always either going crazy with frustration, or falling down from exhaustion. And all in the name of childrens' education. He's the fuzziest monster with the biggest heart. (but may have a stress/heart condition, be kind to that lil guy!)

Make sure to tell me what I missed in the comments! What clips bring back the warm fuzzies for you?

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Things I Wish I Knew How To Do, But Really Have No Urge To Learn How To Do Them

1. French Braid My Own Hair
This is a pretty cool talent. My aunt can do it. She flips her head upside down and does it within 10 minutes. I'm sure its pretty useful while camping and you have to put up your hair, or when you have no friends who know how to french braid and you are jonesin' for a intricate up-do.

Why I Have No Urge To Learn How To Do It
I don't really have long enough hair to french braid. And I have enough friends who can do this for me if I asked them too.

2. Solve Difficult Math Problems In My Head
Like hard algebra or long division. Hell, I can't really do double digit addition in my head. I either have to get a pencil and paper, calculator, or do the hand-paper thing.

Why I Have No Urge To Learn How To Do It
I'm not Jeff Goldblum. I don't really have the fate of the world depending on whether or not I can figure out when Train A will meet Train B in Brussels in my head in the matter of seconds. And I think math is a subject in which many people struggle, and they won't really scoff at you if you have to grab for a calculator. Usually when I face problems like this I just cock my head and move my lips to make it seem like I'm working it out in my head when really I'm just waiting for the other person to spit out a formulated answer.

4. Play Rockband/Guitar Hero On Expert

This would be so nuts. I would totally shred all over your face. And you would cry blood tears.

Why I Have No Urge To Learn How To Do It
I'd rather learn how to shred a real guitar. In my all-girl chick cover band called The Girl Scout Dropouts.*

5. Learn How To Load And Shoot A Firearm
Ever wonder how regular joes in zombie movies automatically know how to shoot an AK-47? And they can actually lift it and shoot without proper safety training or ear protection? And they actually kill zombies? Well, I always have. And in case of a zombie attack, I would want to be one of those who knows how to shoot a bazooka and wield a know...just in case.

Why I Have No Urge To Learn How To Do It
Yes, NRA, I agree that this would be a very useful thing to know how to do incase of a zombie emergency. But, The Second Amendment was mostly written for Patriots during the Revolutionary War which ended in 1783. Honestly, you probably don't need a militia in your home. Plus guns scare the crap out of me.

6. Sew
Since I'm a DIY kind of girl, you would think I knew how to sew, or use a sewing machine. Well, I don't. When it comes to making my own clothes, I usually go the no-sew route and use a little hand-stitching and God's gift of safety pins. Although, it would be awesome to be able to sew baby blankets for mommies, or purses, or little things for gifts. It would make things so much easier.

Why I Have No Urge To Learn How To Do It
Meh. I've gotten along fine so far with not being able to sew, and safety pinning my clothes together. And plus, it gives grandmas and sweet old ladies who KNOW how to sew something constructive do while stretching their finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination. No one likes a dull G-Ma.

7. Walk Like A Model

The winter of 2006 I underwent a surgery that kept me housebound for a week. Bored out of my mind, and unaware of the invention of StumbleUpon, I had to bide my time by watching basic cable. Thank god for television and the distraction it provided me. I'm not one for petty reality shows, but that week is when I discovered the magic of America's Next Top Model. It was amazing. I just watched about every season that was playing as a marathon on VH1 and decided then and there that I would be a graceful woman. I would be able to strut down the street and make heads turn with my delicate and poised swagger. And I would have the freakish inability to turn left.

Why I Have No Urge To Learn How To Do It
Um, have you ever met me? I understand this is an online blog, but in real life, I am not as practiced in the art of walking, talking, or the motor skills it requires to swallow my own spit. Shortly after overcoming my ANTM-induced coma, I realized that I will forever be awkward, and I'm okay with that.

8. Change My Oil
Imagine me, dressed in a grease monkey onesie sliding under my 1988 Dodge Ram pick-em-up truck and changing the oil with grease on my face and wearing a red trucker hat. Doesn't that sound kind of steamy and also impressively awesome?

Why I Have No Urge To Learn How To Do It
Um, it's something called an auto-body shop. Or a dad.

9. Open A Beer Bottle With My Breast

Why I Have No Urge To Learn How To Do It
The only perk of this skill is that you will never need to purchase another bottle opener ever in your life. I wouldn't necessarily want to get that kind of attention anyway. (Plus, you think it would ruin all of your swimsuits and bras?)

10. Acrobatics
Gymnastics is my favorite event to watch during the Summer Olympics. I just love how people can move their bodies like that and throw themselves over things, and balance on 4-inch wide planks of wood and rubber. It would be so cool to be able to do half those things, or even a simple backflip or some parkour vault over a bench.

Why I Have No Urge To Learn How To Do It

*This is a fictional band from my preteen imagination. If you play an instrument and want to start a band where we drink wine and play Foo Fighters in peoples' basements, email me.