Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Band Perry Concert!

Every Spring, our university has one giant concert that is free for students. We get to vote on the music genre, and since my freshman year here, we’ve had All-American Rejects, Wiz Khalifa, and Ellie Goulding.

This year I was stoked to see The Band Perry headlining our spring show! It’s no secret I’m a country-lovin’ girl, through and through. Last year, Ellie Goulding rocked our Skydome stadium and her performance was incredible! But country concerts have a much different atmosphere, noted by the amount of plaid, boots, denim and cowboy hats in the crowds last night.

Also, the two-stepping! Oh my gosh, I just love watching the couples dance on the floor. It’s so sweet and fun :) We were seated in the general admission stands, so no dancing for us this time. But we did get great seats, dead center in about the fourth row. We could read Neil’s t-shirt and see the violinist’s tattoos if that gives any indication of how close we were ;)A blonde, a brunette and a redhead at the Band Perry concert

The opening act was an up & coming female country singer Ruthie Collins with a self-proclaimed love for “vintage.” Her voice was amazing and her songs were cute, but we said she sounded like a Disney princess. I think she said “Oh my goodness!” about 18 times in her 45 minute set. The funniest moment was when she said she grew up on a “Grape Farm”……….you mean a vineyard?

The Band Perry is so full of energy! Kimberly has some crazy dance moves and their set kept everyone on their feet the whole show. Especially when they covered Bruno Mar’s Uptown Funk. Even Queen’s Fat-Bottomed Girls was a crowd favorite.

The Band Perry performs a country concert at NAU |

But the best moment came during the encore. When the band said goodnight and walked off stage, we knew they  there was no way they were ending the show without “If I Die Young.” Sure enough, 3 seconds later they came out and with the first chord of their very first hit the entire audience sang out the chorus. The band didn’t even sing into their microphones, they just stood there and listened to us. It gave me chills!! They said it felt like one big country family, and they should just always play for college campuses like ours :)

The Band Perry Concert school  Stronglikemycoffee.comThe most appropriate song for the performance, though, was “Chainsaw.” Our school mascot is a Lumberjack, and we have a Logging Team. At every home Football and Basketball game, the NAU Chain Gang uses a microphoned-chainsaw to cut into a giant log for every point we score. The same chainsaw sound buzzed throughout the dome stadium when The Band Perry performed this number one hit and it was too perfect!

The five of us had such a blast singing along and dancing in the stands with a couple thousand other students. A good way to kick off the long weekend for sure! :)


What Would You Do…?

Good afternoon! :) How has your week been? Mine is dragging a little, but I have so many fun things on my agenda for the next few days that I think it will turn around! Tomorrow night, The Band Perry is coming to my school (!!!) and my friends and I are excited for one last college concert together.

3 best friends in fall ( of “lasts”……there are only 15 days left of college so I have a feeling everything is going to be a “last” pretty soon.

Last college weekend.

Last night downtown.

Last study session in the library.

Last spontaneous froyo trip (which will likely be followed by “okay now THIS is the last time for real”)

Last drive out to Lake Mary.

Last college sports game as a student (the Spring Football game this weekend, yay!)

Last paper/presentation/lecture/exam/homework/quiz EVER.

Last (hopefully) time I have to coordinate a group project assignment at the midnight hour.

Last opportunity to blame being a “broke college student” for my mismatched dish collection or cheerios-for-dinner nights (which actually has nothing to do with being broke, I just like Cheerios.)

Last time ever living with roommates (my next roommate will be my future husband I hope! haha)

Laaaaaaaaast chance to change my major? Just kidding ;)

SO this brings me to my very important question for you. Right now I am in such a unique situation that leaves such so much opportunity open to take advantage of. I am leaving this town for good. I am moving to another state. I will likely not see 99.73% of my peers from here again. It feels like I just have to do something wild/silly/ridiculous/spontaneous (the fact that I’m asking for help negates the spontaneity here, I understand)/embarrassing/memorable*.

*Fine print: NO tattoos, illegal activities, or permanent alterations to the body please. ;)

So what would you do!? Tell that boy how you’ve been crushing on him for a solid two months? Carve your initials somewhere? Finally stand up to that loud-mouth diva and say what everyone’s been thinking? Wear the outfit you’ve had in your closet for two years but always been too self-conscious to wear?

Hiking Mt. Humphreys // group at summit ( was talking about this with a friend and we struggled to come up with two ideas. One is semi-legitimate and the other is just sad. First, I would sing karaoke downtown. I know this isn’t super embarrassing, but you’ve not heard me sing. Right before I leave town would probably be the most appropriate time for this particular night out ;) And the second is wear ponytails/messy buns in public. Yep, I blow dry, straighten, or curl my hair every single day that I leave my apartment or see people other than my roommates or family. My poor, poor split ends. I just don’t feel comfortable wearing up-do’s (unless I’m working out) so when I have just 15 days left, I am more likely to care less about my appearance. (Not so much less that I’ll consider wearing leggings as pants or slippers to class though…..don’t be ridiculous ;) ) Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

CLEARLY I need some guidance in the “final days of college” department. I mean I already have some pretty spectacular college memories but now it’s time to go out with a BANG :)



The Summer Reading List

The Strong Like My Coffee Summer Reading List  Stronglikemycoffee.comReading lists are not mandatory anymore, they’re very much elective. When I was little, I was completely consumed with the novels I read for fun. Some stand-outs in my mind include Bridge to Terabithia, Ella Enchanted, The Giver, and Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. They were more addicting than reality TV.

I have this paranoia about staring at electronic screens for too long. We are the first generation to grow up with so much screen-time, constant phone interaction plus work and homework on the computer. It can’t be good right? I keep thinking that twenty years down the line, it will have some negative side effect. Like our eye color will fade or our skin tone will change. Call me weird but whatever, limiting screen time can’t be a bad thing!

My post-it note with books to read this summer has been growing growing growing over the last few months. Some of these are books that were recommended in magazines, some had good reviews on blogs I follow and some were referenced by my professors. Since I buy books by the dozens when I go home, I’m definitely not opposed to buying used books. I think a major Amazon purchase is in my future!

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  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: This book appears on my reading list because of its relevance to a 22-year old college graduate without a concrete life plan mapped out yet. It’s timeless! (Or so I’ve heard.)
  • It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell: All of my favorite bloggers have been reading and talking about this memoir, a story of a food blogger and her self-acceptance over body image issues.
  • How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy: Another book I spotted on a blog book review. Apparently this book includes “assignments”, and as someone who would rather be domestic than dramatic, I am intrigued!
  • Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland: Oh if this isn’t appropriate to the introduction paragraph above. A book that encourages us to look up from our mobile devices and have human interaction! One of the greatest disappointments of college was being surrounded by millennials who would rather text than talk. (So the people that need to read books like these won’t, and the people that want others to read it will. Sigh.)
  • How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz: A story about three college BFFs and their lives twenty years post-grad. Cosmo-magazine recommended.
  • Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne: This book has its own trailer…..a best-seller on five continents about competition and strategy, it must have something I can learn from!
  • The Human Brand by Chris Malone & Susan T. Fiske: A man I sat next to on one of my many flights to New York was reading this book. I told him I was a senior marketing student and he highly recommended it. Word of mouth is the best advertising, so I added it to the list!
  • Worth the Wait by Jamie Beck: because sometimes you just need a juicy rom-com summer read too.

Any others that you recommend? I love all varieties…biographies, mysteries, romance, thrillers, educational, historical, classics and currents!

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