Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Seattle Adventures: Experience Music Project

Last month when our friends Brad and Stephanie came to visit we decided to do something else tourist-y (as if going to the park with the view of the city doesn't fit that category enough). We decided that a museum would be the perfect way to do that, and since we all love music and movies we headed over to the Experience Music Project.

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This museum was so much fun! They have a few permanent pieces, such as the Sound Lab, On Stage Experience, and the restaurants. At the time we went, they were showcasing the perfect exhibit to get Brett's attention, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses. Brett loves this band, and since they are from the Seattle area it was the perfect combination for us to add the exhibit to our Seattle Experience.

Besides the Nirvana exhibit we loved seeing Spectacle (the evolution of music videos), and Block by Block (scaled Lego architecture), but my favorites were the collections of memorabilia from Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror film and television. These were fantastic and totally up my ally. They had so many things that I geeked out over and just wanted to show everyone. Poor Brett probably got so tired of hearing "Oh wow! Honey, look at this!"

the finale of the OK GO music video to This Too Shall Pass, check it out here, its pretty impressive. we spent a long time watching their music videos after we got home





Just to give you a taste here are some of the things found in the Fantasy Exhibit:

  • the coat worn by Sirius Black in Harry Potter
  • the Wicked Witch's hat from the 1939 Wizard of Oz
  • costumes from The Princess Bride worn by Buttercup, Wesley, and Inigo Montoya, along with Inigo's swords
  • several pieces of memorabilia from The Chronicles of Narnia movies including the mask for the Beast of Burden, the crown and scepter of the White Witch, and the bow and quiver used by Susan, along with others
  • and finally, making Brett a happy, happy guy, the costume worn by David Bowie in Labyrinth! 


The Science Fiction section also did not disappoint with pieces including:
  • A collectors edition of Dune (one of my favorite books I am thinking of re-reading)
  • one of Darth Vader's light sabers
  • guns from Men in Black
  • lots of stuff from Star Trek, including one of the captain's chairs from set
  • Ender's Game concepts
  • a model of the ship used in Independence Day


How could we not take a picture of us running at light speed? Even if we didn't quite line ourselves up right.

Of course we needed to finish off with a picture by the tornado of guitars before heading out.




One thing I have loved about getting to know Seattle this summer is how close everything actually in the city. Once we got a knack of how to get around downtown and a few maps we have been able to get a little bite of most of the neighborhoods. Almost everywhere you go you get a view of something else, whether it is the ocean, the Columbia Center Building, or like in this case, the Space Needle.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Listed Tuesdays: Ten Irrational Best Friends, Fiction Edition

A little bit ago I posted about how Brett and I had a legitimate conversation about the celebrities we would be best friends with. As the conversation developed we started moving into fictional characters and realized we needed to make two different lists. So here it is, the fictional people we would love to be friends with.


Jack Ryan-all of them, Baldwin, Ford, Aflec, and Pine. Remember, we are talking about the characters here


Jack Donaghy-the writing for this guy is just amazing, he is extreme in every possible way and it makes a hilarious combination.


Tony Stark-I will admit, we kind of have a soft spot for the lovable jerks, and what better example of that than Tony Stark, although we acknowledge that it may have something to do with the fact that RDJ is also on the first list.


Ron Swanson-see the pyramid of greatness


Alfred from Batman-who couldn't love this guy, he tells it how it is and is able to love Bruce so deeply, I totally cried for Alfred during The Dark Knight Rises.


Bones a.k.a. Dr. McCoy-again, hilarious and yet also able to tell it how it is.



Danny Ocean-I mean the guy is the definition of suave. Ocean's Eleven is always my go-to movie if I am home sick or something.


Tracy Jordan-our favorite part of his character is that it sounds like he is speaking gibberish, and then he busts out something really smart or really wise without meaning to.


Gina from Brooklyn Nine Nine-again with the lovable jerk, but her lines in the show are key


Jerry Seinfeld-we debated about which list Jerry should be on and decided for this one due to the fact that we love the show. We just love how he says all the things that everyone else is too afraid to say.



So there it is, our list of fictional characters that we love. As far as I am concerned, I could probably write another post just about the characters in literature.


Listed Tuesday
What fictional characters would you love to be friends with?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Carkeek Park, Again

One the way to the Mariners game with a few of my in-laws we stopped to show them one of our favorite places, Carkeek Park! We have been there a few times, including this time, and when Megan asked to see "our Seattle" we thought of this place right away. We took a little more time, skipping rocks and looking around, and it was so fun to feel the peaceful wind on our faces before heading into a crowded baseball stadium.

I just loved watching 3 of the 4 Lee boys trying to skip rocks into the ocean. It was a little windy so it made it more difficult. Naturally, a contest began and they figured out to skip them along the beach, rather than away from it.

I on the other hand, was pretty proud of myself for spotting these two shells. This is a pretty popular and small beach so I love that I was able to find two different ones that were not broken.

The ocean is wonderful. I have always like living in areas that have rivers and lakes, but being so close to the ocean is a different experience. On the cooler days when we drive down, the people are gone and we can just sit on a piece of driftwood, letting our minds wander to the rhythmic sound of the waves breaking. It is sure going to be difficult to leave all this water when we go back to Utah to finish our last year of school. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: The Secret Keeper

Summary From Goodreads:

"During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world."

My Thoughts:

I read this book as part of the Literary Junkies book club and at first was not very excited since I had read another book by this author before and found it a little slow, but this one was much quicker. It also helps that I already have a love of historical fiction books set around WWII. The way that the author set up the whole story for the ending was amazing. I still am not a big fan of books that jump back and forth in time ever chapter, but this one only had a couple different dates so it wasn't as bad. I would recommend this book to people for a nice summer read and am glad I went along with the schedule and decided to read it. Overall I liked it enough to give the author another chance. I guess this teaches me that I probably should do that more from now on anyway.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Seattle Adventures: Mariners Baseball



After we spent Friday, Saturday, Sunday of the Fourth of July weekend in Brett's hometown with his parents and brother, Scott and his wife, Megan, they all came up to Seattle for a Monday of hanging out and a baseball game! I grew up as a baseball fan, both playing and following MLB (although not really in the last few years, I totally admit that), and Scott and Megan are big fans of baseball, even to the point where they have some of the old seats from Yankee Stadium in their house. So when they said they wanted to visit us we knew a game was on the to-do list. It worked out that the Mariners were playing the Minnesota Twins that night, where Megan grew up, so after a late lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant we headed to the field. We all rocked our Mariners gear and they ended up winning 2-0 that night, topping off the evening perfectly.

I love my Mariners cap! Brett got this for me for this last Christmas. I wear it all the time, even in Utah.







It was fun to share this experience with family, and even more fun to remember the last time we were in the stadium almost 3 years ago on our honeymoon. When a specific location is so associated with happy memories, I am always amazed at how quickly those memories and those same feelings of joy come back.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Literary Junkies July Link-Up

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What are you reading? Tell us about it!
I actually just finished reading Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton. Its a historical fiction novel set in 1665 Port Royal in Jamaica. It tells the story of a government sanctioned English privateer (aka "pirate") excursion against a Spanish treasure carrier. It was an easy read that moved quickly and with all the time I spend commuting on the bus I finished in two work days!

I also finished The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton for our book club later tonight! I can't wait to talk about it!

Do you find yourself reading more of a particular genre during the heat of summer?
Not that I have noticed. I usually stay with the same types of books I like, but I am more likely to branch out into related categories since my time is not as limited. During the school year I only have time for something I know I will love, but I like taking a few risks in the summer!

Who are you favorite book villains (either to love or to hate)?
Oh this is a good one. I like the villains who are obviously a villain and it is due to a personal choice or character flaw (like how Maleficent chooses to be offended and hold a grudge). I believe strongly in agency and the ability to make choices, but to take responsibility for your choices so when a character is a villain because of circumstance it turns me off a little. For this same reason, I love it when a villain recognizes their own control of their lives and makes a change for the better (like Severus Snape, or Smeagol/Gollum). These are just a few examples off the top of my head.

If you could choose one author's writing powers to harness, who would you choose and why?
I would love to be able to be able to write a story without having to do the typical background setup at the beginning. I liked reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas because it just jumped right into the story, even if you didn't realize it, and filled in the background with his extensive knowledge as the story progressed. I do like a background if it is more conversational, like a grandpa telling a story the way that The Princess Bride is set up.

Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?
I am totally a one book kinda girl. However, I usually have a stack ready to go. I will go overhaul the library and I already know what order I will be reading them in, it is just a matter of time.

What are some of your favorite non-fiction books?
I love history books. Especially when they are applicable. I read the book The Change Election  by David Magleby for a class (talking about the different campaign tactics of the Republican and Democratic parties during the 2008 elections in battleground states) and totally was an excited nerd. I also read a book, that I can't remember the name of now, about the Haitian Revolution that I loved. The first half was just a history of what happened with notes leading you to read copies of the original documents in the back if you wanted. Super interesting, and yet also super nerdy. I take ownership of that.

Getting Crafty: DIY Pencil Case

For a while now I have been one of those people who is constantly needing to change between a purse and a backpack. Most of the time it is because I am in school, but I still use my backpack most days this summer since I take the bus to work. By the time I have a book, a lunch, an emergency cardigan in case the weather changes (which this week hasn't happened and it has stayed crazy hot) and all the other little things a girl needs a backpack is just easier. However, when I just go to the store, church, or out with Brett I just want my purse, but hate having to change things over. So I needed to make my life easier by getting some sort of pouch or something. And then I realized that I had an entire day free and craft store a block away, so I made one!
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I found this beauty on Pinterest and decided that it looked super easy and inexpensive. So that is what I did.


I went to the half off scraps section and found this cute fabric and went to work. I took a long time working on it, because again I had the whole day, and quilted in the pattern of the fabric. I really enjoyed spending the time to match the pattern so that now I have something I like. I am a little OCD about things matching, so if I would have just done straight lines over the paisley pattern, I would have regretted it and never used it.


So go make one! It was super easy and is the perfect size to transfer between two bags. And I was so happy to see the easy idea of using felt to add some bulk rather than trying to use a thick (and often more expensive) piece of fabric. Now that I have done it once, this we be my go to pattern for pouches, just adapted for whatever I need.





Friday, July 11, 2014

The Fellowship of the Ring, Read at Last

Fellowship of the Ring-J.R.R. Tolkien


So I finally read this book. Finally. These have been on my list forever, in fact so long that they made it onto my 101 in 1001 list. I will probably write a more detailed review once I have read all three of them (I still need to track down a copy of Two Towers) but reading this first part has made my nerdy love even deeper. All of the characters I loved are even better than before. Aragorn is probably my favorite character to ever be written. He is so powerful, resourceful, talented, noble, and yet humble at the same time. Seeing his relationship with Bilbo added a lot to his dynamic as well, something that is missed in the movie adaptation.

I am so excited to keep reading these and since the holds list at the library is excruciatingly long, I am going to start hitting up used book stores to make sure I can finish this summer.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Seattle Adventures: Kerry Park and Queen Anne

A few weeks ago our friends Brad and Stephanie came to spend a couple days with us and other than eating some fantastic food we also did some touring of the general area. After dinner we drove as fast as we could to Kerry Park, located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. We had heard that it gave an amazing view of the city and figured that the sunset would be a perfect time to find out. (As a disclaimer, the pictures that are grainy come from our inexpensive camera, the high quality ones were taken by Brad with their nice camera, and the houses were looked up on a google image search later. )

First of all, the homes in this neighborhood are just phenomenal. Most of it has been protected as a historical district so this neighborhood is super classy and just minutes from downtown, which is kinda not classy most of the time. Kerry Park is really just one side of the street, so we almost missed it looking at these amazing homes. But maybe there was some foreshadowing of someday making it here, I mean there was a Lee Street, it's destiny.



After we hit the brakes and snagged a quick parking spot we were not disappointed by the view. And our timing was perfect to see some of the sunset and then watch all the lights turn on as it got darker, and  windier, if that is even possible.



I was so happy for the chance to spend time with these guys before they left for North Carolina. Stephanie has been such a great friend and I am sad to not see her so regularly, maybe even not for a couple years. Lucky for me, Brad and Brett grew up near each other and maybe we will be in the same area at Christmas some year while we save up enough to eventually get the tour of their city.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

4th of July in Camas

We spent the weekend of the Fourth at Brett's parent's house in Camas, Washington, with a brother and his wife. It was a great weekend with amazing weather, even better food, and just the right of relaxation that is needed in order for a long weekend to not be exhausting.

We drove down after work on the third, looking at cars on the way (thank goodness we found one later) and made it just in time to hang out for a little bit before heading to bed. The fun started the next morning.

With spending all our free time looking for cars, it had been a couple days since we had been running so we got up, got our running clothes on, and went out for soda. What? Yep. The whole group of us loaded up for fifty cent fountain drinks. Then we went running. Brett grew up with LaCamas Lake just down the street and there is a great running path that he has always wanted to take me to. It was so beautiful and relaxing! I have finally gotten to where I enjoy running, and when the scenery is nice to look at it gets even better.

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Naturally after a run we need to o buy food, so we headed off to the cutest produce stand ever to get some stuff for grilling. From there on out, the rest of the day was pretty much just chilling however we wanted. Sometimes in a hammock, sometimes on the couch, sometimes on the floor, sometimes in the kitchen, and sometimes on the backyard basketball court. Then we grilled. And oh man did we grill. The amount of food we all ate can be seen as apalling, but we did it anyway. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and veggie kabobs, corn, potatoes, watermelon, bottle root beer.

By the time it got dark we were climbing out the dormer window to the roof to watch the fireworks in the neighborhood and even as far as Portland. The best part of being on the roof was that even my mother-in-law climbed up there. It was a little scary and steep at points, put totally worth it for the five of us to be up there together.

Overall, the day was too good to even document well. It was so relaxing and full of family and friends in the way that taking pictures would have ruined. So here we are, left with great memories from a wonderfully relaxing day that was exactly what we needed.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

On Being Forced to Buy a Car

So this one time we had a car. A 2003 Oldsmobile Alero that we loved, known to us as The Silver Surfer. It was the car we had when we got married and we loved it. Most importantly, it was reliable. We had our moment when we had to repair it, but now that those repairs were done we had no reason to think that it wouldn't last forever. Until a couple weeks ago.

This is our beautiful Silver Surfer today.




First off, Brett is fine. He was coming home from work one day, stopped and waiting to turn left when a man driving a Ford Escape came crashing into the back of him. It totaled both cars. The other driver said he had just finished paying off the car, but maybe that is what happens when you are speeding and texting. Weird.

So then the hunt began. I am sure looking for a car is fun when you have a larger budget and you are looking for fun, or an additional car. But since we were looking to replace our only car, we had some anxiety trying to make sure we could get something quick enough that would also be worth purchasing. The other driver's insurance included a rental car for a couple weeks, but driving that stressed me out. Something about it being the nicest car I will ever drive and having it not be mine made me freak out a little each time.

Anyway, after looking for cars for what seems like an eternity we spent a couple days driving around trying to test drive them. We went to Brett's home town for the Fourth and his dad was awesome enough to drive around and spend time helping us look at them all. Not to mention all the phone calls for the week leading up to it. If he didn't love us he probably would have been really sick of us by now.

At the end of a really disappointing day were cars kept getting sold out from under us, Brett's mom and brother saw a car for sale on the side of the road. It was a 2001 Honda Civic that was in pristine condition, and therefore our of our price range. To try and help, Brett's mom called the number to find out some more details and found out that the man selling it was really nice, a softy trying to help out his daughter who used to drive the car. After she talked to him she called us to tell us about the car and that she thinks he would be willing to go lower for the right person.

Well God answers prayers and we were able to get the car for a price we could afford. We called him and went to go look at it. Turns out that his daughter went to the same high school as Brett, graduating in the year between him and his younger brother. After spending some time looking at the car and getting to know each other he asked us our budget and told us that he would rather sell to someone who he knew and thought needed the car than some random Craigslist person. He knocked it down for us and we were able to get a car that we could afford, and that will last us for hopefully the next few years. When we went to sign the papers later he told us that as soon as we left someone came by offering him full price, but that "it just felt right" to work with us.

So we are the proud owners of a new (to us) car! We love the way it drives (even more so than our fancy rental car) and love that it is a car that can last us for the next several years.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Halfway There and Living on a Prayer



I can't believe that it is the beginning of July already. That means that our summer break is halfway over. We are now getting closer to the end of our Seattle adventure than the beginning. Looking at how fast the time is going can be overwhelming but its nice to look back at all the amazing experiences we have had so far.

  • We partied it up Lee style at the family reunion where I got serious road rash from trying indoor surfing.
  • We made it to Seattle for our chance to go out and do our own thing and find out what it is like to live in a city and away from Utah.
  • We drove to my hometown for a surprise Mother's Day visit to my mom and to watch my sister's soccer tournament.
  • We made sure to list out our 2014 Summer Movies, even though we probably are not going to get to all of them.
  • We calmed some anxiousness with an evening date night to the Seattle Temple.
  • Memorial Day weekend we got a visit from Brett's parents and a trip to the downtown waterfront.
  • We spent a couple weekends checking out the parks in the area, making sure that we found places we could run along the way at St. Edwards State Park, Green Lake, and Carkeek Park.
  • We continued our love of food ad friends in downtown diner spots.

With all those amazing things, it is exciting to look at July and realize that we have even more fun coming. This summer is working out to be exactly what we need and what we had hoped!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thinking About Independence and the American Dream


Happy Fourth of July! This has always been one of my favorite holidays spent with family and being outside. I love the food, the fun, and spending time with friends, although a big firework show with lots of people is not really my thing. I always like the nights around the fire in our own backyard the best.

I have been thinking about this post for the last month or so and decided that it would be perfect for today since I want to talk about the great examples I have around me of what American Independence and the American Dream can mean in a life.

I'm working for the summer as a housekeeper (more info on that process here) and since it is in Seattle, there is lots of diversity within the employees. About half of us are college students looking for a summer job, and the rest are established immigrants. Two things show up right off the bat. First, all of us college students working to put themselves through school, building towards a future where they can provide for themselves and their families. Second, so many immigrants from lots of different places all here legally and grateful for all the little things that I sometimes take for granted.

I offer two examples.

Cynthia is from the Philippines and still has lots of her family living there. She is a widow with two adult children, one of whom is married and living with her along with her elderly father-in-law who can't live on his own. Her son is a lawyer contracted out to Microsoft, her daughter has a master's degree in education, and her son-in-law just entered law school which is why they live with her. She works as a housekeeper/custodian for the University of Washington and has been at the same job for 30 years. With this job she has helped put both of her kids through school while taking care of her father-in-law, and owning a home. When she left the Philippines she still had a few acres there that she kept in case the USA didn't work out for her. Now she grows rice and employees people to work for her since she doesn't make it back often. She doesn't make any profit, but keeps people employed while often donating to her church here in Seattle.

Teke is from Eritrea and has several kids and grandkids. He does the same job and has also helped raise his kids so that they are now independent and established. When he found out that I have been married for almost 3 years he started to ask me about if I want to have kids. He then talked all about how lucky his family has been with medical advances here and how there is so much help to have children and experience the joy of having a large family, something he is sad to not see often. He talks about how the hard work he did in the past is now paying off as he gets old and his children are now able to help him for the last few years until he can retire. Oh, and he also owns his own home.

These are just two of the dozen people from the additional countries of Ethiopia, Western Sahara, South Africa, India, China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Some of them don't speak English super well so I don't know as many details about their specific stories, but they have these same undertones.

These are true examples of what it means to appreciate the freedom and opportunity that can be found in the United States of America, the belief that through hard work, perseverance, and planning for the future a person can make their life better than they had, and better for their children. Too often we get caught up on how life should be "easier" because of where we live and the opportunities we have, but it is good to get these reminders that opportunities are simply the chance to make a choice about what your priorities are and what you are willing to do to achieve them, giving you the opportunity for success and joy. I am so grateful for the chances that I have by living here in this amazing country.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June Goal Recap-Halfway Through 2014

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  • Physical:
    • Exercising is continuing to go well. I am finally to the point where I actually miss running. This last week was crazy and made it difficult to go running often, but I am loving doing it this week and look forward to a long run this weekend. Working towards that half marathon!
    • On another good note, I had a checkup and my cholesterol is going down! It still isn't as low as we had hoped, but dropping from 247 to 224 is at least moving in the right direction. My goal (and the doctor's) is to get it below 200, but I don't know how long that will take, seeing as I already don't eat red meat, dairy, or eggs. We will see how it keeps going.
  • Spiritual:
    • My spiritual study has also improved lately. I had a lot of time on my own when our job schedules didn't line up very well, and I started reading The Book of Mormon again from the beginning following the breakdown in the student study manual found here. It has been good to read a more significant amount each time and actually think more deeply about what I read. If you are searching for some motivation, it also helps to be able to check off the lessons as you go. I do get satisfaction from that. :)
  • Social:
    • Well it is about as hard to make friends here as I expected it to be. I have lots of people that I can talk to, so that is nice. Honestly, I am kind of enjoying having this summer be more about Brett and myself and our families. We had a couple friends come visit us too, and that was one of the highlights of the summer so far.
  • Financial:
    • I was finally able to get my full time job going, and have been working there for about a month now. Its nice to see those paychecks coming in and to have a little savings building up now when we talk about our money each week.
    • On the down side, we are going to need to buy a new car here in the next week or so. Brett was waiting at an intersection to turn left when someone hit him from behind. Luckily, Brett was able to walk away without injuries other than some soreness from whip lash, but our car is totaled. We will find out tomorrow how much the other driver's insurance will give us for our old car and hopefully we can get things settled soon. We will have to see how many of my paychecks this summer go towards that!
  • Intellectual:
    • I am reading so many books, and I love it! I spend about two hours on the bus each day, and reading during my lunch break brings me up to almost 3 hours a day that I just get to read. I am in heaven. So far I have been able to knock out The Hobbit, The Secret Keeper, and the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo. I should also be finishing The Fellowship of the Ring within the next couple days and then its time for another massive trip to the library.
So there we are. Halfway through the year and I think I am doing pretty well. These last six months have been exactly what they needed to be. I have accomplished a lot by making sure to focus on goals that are easily broken down into smaller tasks, and things I want to do, not just want to want to do. I am excited to see where I end up six months from now when its time to look back on an entire year.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Listed Tuesdays: Ten Irrational Best Friends

So since this blog documents the life and thoughts of the two of us, I decided to give another peek into the kinds of conversations we have. I have done this before when I shared some of the lengths we go to in order to entertain ourselves. Then of course there are the numberless times I admitted to our book/movie/superhero kicks we get on. I have decided that it is time for another one of these admissions.

So we were sitting around one night talking about basketball (again) which naturally includes a conversation about Bill Simmons (again) and Brett mentions that he seriously believes he would be best friends with Bill Simmons (again). So this starts us on the conversation of who we think we could be best friends with, but know that it would never really happen. It had to be someone that is more of a public figure/celebrity. This continued until the list included real people and fictional characters, necessitating two different lists.

So with out further ado, this is the first half of what we came up with together. In no particular order, just ten people we love and think we could be friends with, or that we want to be friends with.


  1. Bill Simmons
  2. Paul Allen
  3. JJ Abrams
  4. Paul Rudd
  5. Kristen Wigg OR Elizabeth Banks (we were realizing that we were running out of space on our list and needed to consolidate)
  6. Stanley Tucci
  7. Emily Blunt and Jim K.... (we love both, and since they are married we get to lump them together to save space!)
  8. Marky-Mark Whalburg
  9. Brandon Flowers
  10. Robert Downy Junior
So there it is. Our list of people we think we either could be friends with, or would want to be friends with. Who would you include on your list?