I Still Get Jealous, 10 Years Later.

I love this man, I swear I do. And to all of you bandwagon fans: it’s okay, I welcome you aboard–I mean, I do understand after all. 

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Nick Jonas, God’s wonderful blessing to us all, has returned to the music scene, once again, with a full-on solo career. As most of you know, he was previously in the band Jonas Brothers, with his brothers Kevin and Joe, and briefly entertained a side project, also known as Nick Jonas & the Administration. The three also starred in a few Disney films, like Camp Rock, and had their own television show, Jonas L.A–which occasionally featured their little brother, Frankie. Now little Nicky isn’t so little anymore, and I must say, both Hollywood and social media are losing their shxt!

Things seemed to pick up a bit when Nick released his song Jealous, which, surprisingly, has an awesome R&B vibe. I remember first hearing the song on the radio and not recognizing that it was him–and then obviously freaking out when I realized it was! Personally, I find the music video a bit silly and ridiculous, but it takes nothing away from the song–and it doesn’t hurt that the man behind the voice is basically an angel.

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People later went crazy because…well, you saw the pics! Like I said, Nick grew up and he let the world know it! After first posting some personal pictures showing a bit of bare chest, and later posing shirtless for a few other magazines, my boy took home the prize by doing a shoot for Flaunt Magazine that was nearly identical to the 1992 Calvin Klein shoot of the beautiful Mark Wahlberg–check out his accent in the video below! #throwbackthursday for sure!

I won’t post any more of the pictures because you can search for those yourselves–and my mother happens to read this blog! But you get the drift; times, they are a changin’.

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Nick just released a new album entitled, Nick Jonas; he’s one of the stars in the drama television series, Kingdom, which airs on Audience TV; he just told the world on the Wendy Williams’s talk show that he’s no longer a virgin–this really only matters to you if you cared about them back then and were aware that he and his brothers wore purity rings; and he’s even dating Miss Universe. Miss freaking Universe people! Recently, he released a super awesome gospel version of his song Jealous, which is all of the buzz and surpassed 3 million views today. Check it out below!

I remember when people would laugh at me for liking the Jonas Brothers and even more so for loving Nick. Granted, he is a bit younger than me, and I did continue to like them well into my adulthood–you know, when they were a bit played out. But what did that matter? Don’t believe me? Check this:

When I was 18, my then boyfriend got me several lovely gifts for Valentines Day: A singing stuffed animal–classic; the new India Arie album at the time–because I love her of course; and dinner and a movie– you know, the norm. Oh wait! I forgot to mention that he also gifted me with two very large posters of both The Jonas Brothers posing for Rolling Stone and one of Nick posing alone. Yes people, it was something serious! I still have them and I will never regret bringing them to college and hanging them up in my dorm room.

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(Yes, that really is me & I was super hot, I know…let’s move on! Here is my dorm room freshman year, 2009. Tinkerbell was for my roommate.)

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But as they say, “haters gonna hate & ainters gonna aint,” people! (Shoutout to the new Seth Rogan and James Franco movie, The Interview! It’ll be released on Christmas Day.) No matter what, I will always be a Nick Jonas fan. I’ve been down since day one and that is never gonna change. And since I know he’ll never see this, we can totes still get married and have the cutest babies! Ha! If you want to see the actual posters, they’ll be on my instagram. Be sure to check out Nick’s new album on iTunes, follow him on twitter, instagram, and subscribe to his Vevo YouTube Channel. Until then folks, try not to get too jealous, eh?

xoxo

Lynella!

 

"Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering."- Steve Maraboli

Wildfire & Waves.

Hey guys! As you know, I like to do musical posts every so often. Nothing too deep really, just sharing some of the music that I have been enjoying and replaying literally nonstop.

The first song is Wildfire by SBTRKT, pronounced subtract, who’s actually guy named Aaron Jerome.

I first heard Wildfire on our work playlist a few months ago, but forgot about it. Later, I heard the song again in one of Joe Sugg’s vlogs of Bestival–which took place in the heart of the Isle of Wight (UK)–and I was going mad because I couldn’t understand the lyrics on his video and there was no one linking to or mentioning the song. But, a few days ago it started playing again at work, and I demanded that my manager tell me what the song was. The beat is so catchy and the lyrics are clear enough for you to figure out most of what she’s saying, but vague enough to make you second guess yourself. It’s also quite smooth and mesmerizing and, obviously, full of electronic and dubstep elements. Check it out!

The second favorite is Waves by Mr. Probz, the Robin Schulz Remix. The original song is quite slow but was transformed into an upbeat, electronic hit by Robin Schulz. I heard this song on the radio and loved it immediately, but I could never remember it by the time I got home. Yesterday, I heard it again and quickly whipped out my phone to type in some key lyrics. More than anything, this guy’s voice is quite memorable. Sure, there’s some auto-tune or something thrown in there, but that raspiness is surely his own. Again, the beat is catchy and easily a club hit, but also mellow enough to relax to.

As always, be sure to check out all the links and if you listen to any of the songs, do let me know if you enjoyed them–or hated them, whichever!

-Lynella

Veterans Day: My Biggest Hero.

In honor of Veterans Day, I’d just like to say thank you to all of those that serve on behalf of our country. Sure, everyone may not agree with our reasons to go to war, but they surely wouldn’t object to the daily protection that they receive. Regardless of international affairs and political parties, thank you! I appreciate all that you do for me and my family, for you and your family, and for the families that you may never meet. I pray that you all are safe and protected in the arms of God.

I’d also like to show some appreciation to my dad.

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He joined the army at the age of 18, I believe, all because he needed and wanted to provide for his family. It’s funny, because my younger sister and I always tell people that my dad may have very well become one of the greatest basketball players in the world–seriously guys, playing with Jordan himself. But, he and my mom had my oldest sister quite young, so my dad joined the army instead. & no worries, he’s not one of those guys that talks about how he would have been famous all the time, lol. In fact, if it weren’t for the documentation of his high school basketball career and my mom reaffirming that he was indeed quite good, my sisters and I wouldn’t know anything about it.

He joined in 1979 and my older sister was born in 1980; he was officially honorably discharged in 1991 as an E6 Sergeant. He likes to say that: “I went in for your sister and I came out for you.”

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(Dad’s second to last on the first row & the close up is below.)

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(Can you spot him? He’s the fifth guy from the left on the first row.)

So, thanks dad! I love that you were honorable enough to join the army for mom and Shay, but thanks for coming home for me! :)

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Love you,

Lynn

Happy 45th Sesame Street!

Happy 45th Sesame Street!

I don’t remember much about Sesame Street except a few of the main characters:

Big Bird (1993-2003)

Elmo

Grover

Count von Count

Oscar the Grouch

Bert & Ernie

Cookie Monster

Mr. Snuffleupagus

It’s funny to think that although this show is intended for children, it’s full of monsters! Nevertheless, those very “monsters” taught me so much and Sesame Street will forever be a classic show. It’s also great to watch those younger than myself grow to love it. My oldest niece introduced me to a few new characters and one in particular sticks out–Abby Cadabby. I say that because for the longest time, I thought that the character’s name was “Freca Freca”–turns out that she has freckles and on a particular episode they kept using that phrase. I guess that’s what stuck with my niece!

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks Sesame Street. You meant a lot to me during my childhood and I’m sure you’ll mean that much and more to the children 45 years to come. Happy 45th my dear! & RIP Jerry Nelson, the original and beloved Count von Count.

In celebration, here are a few of my favorite Elmo videos featuring musical artists. As we know, any celebrity that has made an appearance on the Street has definitely made it! ;)

& let’s face it, Destiny’s Child had nothing on these ladies!

Quote (43): A Reminder.

For those of you who are feeling a little down and somewhat doubtful today, this post is for you–just a little reminder!

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -Christopher Robin, Winnie The Pooh, A. A. Milne

God will never put more on you than you can bear, so no worries. You can do it! There is no one around that can do what you do, quite the way that you do it. :)

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Even when you may not believe in yourself, remember: I believe in you! I am rooting for all of you!

WARNING: This video will bring happiness, joy, smiles, and all around good feelings. You have been warned ;)

xoxo,

Lynella!

 

McDonald’s, Hire Better People! :Racist Lady.

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McDonald’s, McDonald’s, you have to do better. I mean, you guys should just do better in general because your food isn’t nutritious, or real for that matter, but that’s not the topic at hand here. I chose to eat your fake food and that’s on me, but I would prefer not deal with your rude, racist employees and their commentary.

Funny thing is, most people will assume that this is about a White person– it’s not. It’s actually about a young Black woman who, I guess, decided it was okay to share her grievances with me because she assumed I’d relate? Negative, lady.

Now, for a quick recap of the night:

McDonald’s Employee: Hi, what would you like to order?

Me: Can I get a 20 piece Chicken McNugget Meal? (don’t judge me, I hadn’t eaten all day!)

McDonald’s Employee: What sauce?

Me: Sweet & Sour and BBQ

McDonald’s Employee: (insert random total) please drive to the first window.

Me: oh, I asked for the meal ma’am…

McDonald’s Employee: The 20 piece doesn’t come with a meal, only two medium drinks and two medium fries.

Me: ummm okay, well I’ll just add a medium drink and a medium fry to that please.

McDonald’s Employee: (with attitude): You’ll have to tell them to add it in at the next window because I already put your order in and saved it before you said that.

Me: (thinks to myself) are you freaking kidding me? You’re ridiculous and you can keep your ‘tude, booboo because you messed up the order, not me! (actually says aloud): Um, okay…thank you.

So, I drive up to the first window and of course I’m annoyed; but, I immediately realize that the woman who’s taking my money isn’t the same lady who took my order. I kindly ask her to add my items, pay and drive to the next window. Here, I meet homegirl. The conversation went like this:

Me: Hello.

McDonald’s Employee: ughhhh I can’t stand White people.

Me: …

McDonald’s Employee: I know that had to be a White man, couldnda been nobody but a White man.

Me: …

McDonald’s Employee: (hands me my food) Enjoy your night.

Me: Thank you.

(drives away)

Um, I’m sorry what? What just happened ma’am?

From what I gathered, this lovely McDonald’s employee greeted the customer behind me with the same outstanding customer service that she gave me. But, unlike myself, that customer probably gave her a hard time for possibly getting his order wrong. But, what do I know; this is total speculation. That guy could have been a super rude a-hole and she had every right to be upset. What she didn’t have the right to do was 1. Assume that he was White 2. Blame his attitude or response on his “Whiteness” and 3. Group all White people together due to his behavior. FYI lady, that makes you a racist.

I’m going to assume that she’s either not very good at her job or she was having a really off night because my service was terrible. When I asked for a 20 McNugget meal, your job was to tell me that you didn’t have one before not after I ordered. You’re also supposed to check with me to make sure that my order is correct before submitting it. Duh. Also, telling me that you hate White people really isn’t something that I need to know or care to hear. And just because I’m Black doesn’t mean you get to assume that I agree– I don’t.

I never know what people have experienced in their lives, and I try not to completely judge people on their ignorance. But, regardless of anything else racism is never okay. I always say: if someone of a different race said the same thing to you about your own race, would that be okay? No. You’d be quick to call them a racist and accuse them of reinforcing negative stereotypes. So, don’t so the same thing. Don’t be that guy. –or woman in this case.

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