Saturday, December 20, 2008

our Top.

this morning, Derek and i were discussing our top albums and top shows of 2008....thought we'd share...some are more of his favorites, some are more mine - but we compromised...

Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
In Rainbows - Radiohead
Some People Have Real Problems - Sia
She & Him: Volume 1 - She & Him
Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst

Brandi Carlile/A Fine Frenzy
Eisley/Vedera/The Myriad
Mute Math
Wilco/The Fleet Foxes
Built to Spill
Jeremy Enigk/Kris Doty

i am sure there are plenty of albums and shows we are forgetting but no going back now. here are our Top.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Molly Brown Wilson

my parents brown lab....but really mine too. i lived with my folks the first 3 years of Molly's life. she loves me. and i love her. it is amazing how much a dog can comfort you...i remember a few times when i didn't want to speak with anyone - i would go cry on Molly...i'm being completely serious here. and she always knew something was wrong, always. i miss seeing her every day...i even miss waking up to a wet nose in the face in the mornings. one of my favorite things is when she gets realllly excited, she spins around in a circle really fast - anywhere from 4 to 15 times. it is quite hilarious. she has grown up with my neice Addison, they were born a few weeks apart - and they are best buds. Molly has always been so kind to Addie and plays with her often. Molly loves Derek...he always plays with her when we are at my folks.

i guess i am writing this because i spent some quality time at my parents house last night...and got to hang with Molls...and realized how much i love that sweet, cuddly, needy, excited puppy dog.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

the Happy Henbests on their Happiest Day!


we had the priviledge of having our great friend, Josh, take our engagement and wedding pictures. we are thrilled at how they turned out! he truly is incredible to work with...we would (and will) recommend him to anyone! anyway...Josh put some of our pics up on his blog so i thought for those of you who haven't gotten the secret and password to view all 500 (don't cry...ha), you might want to go check a few of them out.

cheers to Josh!

Monday, December 8, 2008


the past few weeks have been interesting for me. i've finally been realizing how much my life has job, new husband (whom i adore), new church, new home. no, my 'change' does not even compare to those who have moved far away from family and friends, or those who have lost someone recently, but still, it's my change (if that makes sense?).

this change has made me really contemplate the meaning of 'home.' often people ask, "where is home for you?" hmmmmm. a few months ago i would have said it was my parents home - the house i have cherished for the past 10 years. this week, i am beginning to realize that home can be anywhere with anyone. some of you are seriously wondering how i just figured this out...but i'm on my own figuring-things-out time line ok? :) my parents house is still and always will be 'home' to me...but these are a few other times/places/happenings that have felt like 'home' recently:

--my best friend from high school flew up from Georgia to surprise me at my wedding - we just hugged and cried. that felt like home.
--my folks prayed with Derek and i at my dad's church, Bethel Naz, a few weeks back. this was an amazing 'home' experience for me. Bethel will always be a home to me.
--first Sundays are like home - every first Sunday of the month my dad's side of the fam gets together for dinner. love these loud, loud gatherings of beloved people.
--spending time with my best friends.
--knocking at my bro and sis's door...crouching down cause i know my lovely neice Addie will run into my arms when the door is opened (or i will have to chase her down...ha).
--grandma's house. other grandma and grandpa's house. always home. always.
--our new hip little apartment is starting to feel a lot like home (and Christmas right now - yippeeee).
--my loving, patient, amazing husband is home (and playing music with him makes it more sweet).

i could go on but you get the idea. i know this is such a simple concept but it has seemed so big to me lately. i'm glad i am finally realizing what home is to makes those wonderful things just that much more wonderful.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Honey Trees.

it is safe to say i have listened to the songs on their myspace more than one person should...and am currently listening. their first ep will be out in early 2009...i couldn't be more thrilled. Becky Filip is not only absolutely lovely, her voice is sweet and smooth. give them a you will be glad you did.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Disneyland could tell we were crafty people, so they asked us to carve this pumpkin on the spot, and we said yes.

truth is my husband and i aren't exactly the best pumpkin carvers in the world - we did get ONE vote in a carving contest this year - we think the person may have been drugged? nonetheless, i wish we were back here for this Halloween day. here's to the happiest place on earth!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

lessons, all sorts.

what i have learned this week.

--to watch the musical i am going to show my drama/theater class (even if i've seen it a hundred times...memory fails too often) before showing it to them. the rated G's made in the 1950's love cuss words and booze.
--sometimes i really do need to find a happy place after day this week it consisted of coloring and listening to Death Cab. sigh.
--1st graders really don't know how to sit and stay.
--every once and a while i will start to write a really great song, and then i realize i am fully ripping Norah Jones off. sorry Norah. no more.
--i deserve a vintage Gibson Hummingbird (Derek :))
--political rants get realllly old after the 540,897th day of hearing them.
--my husband is a gem. i learned that a long time ago, but i believe it more each day.
--change is good, and stinks, and is good.
--i need to have more faith.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

cheers Derek Webb!

i've been listening to Derek Webb's Mockingbird album a lot this week. i have truly enjoyed trying to understand the lyrics of this album since it came out a while back...he expresses so many strong opinions. the song i have enjoyed this week is A King & A Kingdom. although i'm unsure what to think about the lyrics of this song in its entirety, i think the chorus is very well written - and perfect for all that is going on in the world/economy/election....

"my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it's to a king & a kingdom"

Friday, October 17, 2008

Warriner cuts hair.

i wish i had a picture of him to show you. he is one of the most adorable first graders i have ever seen. blonde bowl cut, big blue eyes. he is so quirky, funny, and trouble for sure. you know, one of those children that you can't help but love, but they drive you crazy 80% of the time? well, Warriner was sent to the principal's office a few weeks ago....

Warriner: walks up to the principal - "my teacher told me to give you this."
he was carrying a white piece of paper - on one half of the paper there was a clump of blonde hair taped to the page, labeled Warriner's hair - on the other half of the paper was a clump of brown hair, labeled Heather's hair. my principal, Vicki, said she told Warriner to hold on for just a second while she grabbed something out of her office...but really she went in her office and cried laughing. when Vicki came out she asked Warriner why he had cut his, and Heather's hair. completely calm and casual, Warriner replies, "well, i needed a haircut and Heather needed to be more handsome."

these are a few things Warriner has said to me this week:
Monday: he walks into my class and immediately sings, "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, i smell my music teacher." eh. :)
Tuesday: i was wearing a headband wrap thing. he walks in, looks at me, "hey, you look like an Indian."
Thursday: i'm in the middle of talking about composers - he raises his hand.
W: "isn't there a moderato in music?"
me: "yes, there actually is. how did you know that word?"
W: "well teacher, i'm just a really smart guy."

what a little gem.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

we have a nephew! yes, that's we.

well, i'm glad i was patient enough to wait 8 days for my sissy to blog about baby Rhett before i did. it was hard to wait that long folks. Derek and i are proud proud proud to have a nephew...and one with the coolest name known. we have been voting for the name Rhett all along...partly because there is this cool indie band from Seattle and the drummer's name is Rhett...and well, we fell in love with the name (the drummer is good though).

there are few things in life that beat holding my newborn niece/nephew. this beautiful baby boy - whose mom is my sister, but also my best friend on this planet. what an indescribable feeling! i'm already convincing Rhett that his aunt "TeeTee" is his favorite...he will know in time. :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Maliboomer. or whatever it's called.

well, it's true. i am a married woman! it's like i crossed the threshold from being a child/lady/gal to being a woman - i know that is not the case because legally i have been an adult for a while...but still, it's just how i feel...or i felt, until i went to family tacos last Sunday and sat at the kid table - i will never tire of that beloved kid table! i guess i'm still a kid. yesssssssss. on a more serious note, being married is amazing. some nights i feel like i should probably head home (as in my parent's house) cause it's getting late...and then Derek and i realize i don't have to go! wonderful! i love him more right now than i ever have, with such a deeper love.

we are trying to get cozied into our apartment...for some reason i thought this would only take a few days. nah. we have presents everywhere - my kitchen stuff does not fit into my kitchen so there is 20% counter space right now - we have unpacked boxes (all mine, of course) - and so on. i truly love organizing so at least that is good! we are having fun. :) oh, AND i made my first 7 day menu last night...with the help of Jonzi - thank the Lord for that amazing mother of mine! she is an amazing cook - i hope to follow that example. for our first family meal i am breaking in the crock pot and cooking chicken, potatoes, and carrots (don't tell Derek about the carrots :)). i'm excited to cook!

i guess the title of this blog is about the i'll go there now. Derek and i went to Disneyland, California Adventure, and Universal Studios on our! i love roller coasters, so does Derek. the only ride i don't like...wait, i theme parks, are the rides that shoot you up in the air (into the heavens i am convinced) and drop you to your death. not a slow, gentle that makes your stomach go into your throat. i will not ride these rides. it seems that every time i am at a theme park, i get literally dragged onto one. my honeymoon was not any different. Derek really really wanted to go on the Maliboomer - note: in the picture, it is the tallest ride - sooo, after days of nagging (love you D :)) i agreed to go with him once - ONCE! i hated every second of that minute long ride. i think Derek was expecting me to scream - i didn't - not even a little - i just gripped the bars as hard as i could and had on the most ridiculous mad face of all time i am sure. Derek's observation post-Maliboomer - "wow, you really do hate those rides." yep.

the honeymoon (one minute of the Maliboomer excluded) was incredible. we were two 20 something year old kids running around like 4 year olds, loving every second. cheers to being a happy Henbest!

Friday, September 5, 2008

no favorites.

i've decided i would really like to teach K-4th grade all day long. 5th-8th are too cool for music. well, they are not too cool for banging on any kind of instrument really hard, singing obnoxiously, or randomly falling down? i'm glad i have the opportunity to teach K-8th this year...but i gotta admit, i sure do love the Kindergarten and 1st grade the absolute most!!!

no favorites my booty.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Katie in real life.


5:30 a.m. - wake up
6:30 a.m. - leave house
6:51 a.m. - call Derek to say good morning. i am sure he loves this. most mornings i am a little bitter that he gets to sleep 3-5 hours more than me so why not wake him up to chat for a few minutes you know?
7:40 a.m. - arrive at school
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - teach teach teach
4:00 p.m. - leave school
4:30 p.m. - meet Derek at Starbucks for 15 minutes
5:00 p.m. - meet mom and florist at Valley Shepherd for final meeting and such
6:15 p.m. - leave church
7:45 p.m. - meet Derek and Josh (our photographer, and friend) for final meeting
8:45 p.m. - leave Eagle for home
9:20 p.m. - home!
9:45-10:45 p.m. - look through 20 or so albums to pick pictures for wedding slideshow (apparently my family looooves pictures)
11:20 p.m. - bed!
12:00 a.m. - Derek calls to say goodnight and chat? (note the question mark)
12:03 a.m. - back in bed!

don't be exhausted from reading this (ok, i was a little from writing it even)...BUT...
the good news is:
--God is love.
--i get married 2 weeks from tomorrow!
--i don't have to say good-flippin'-night to Derek anymore (goodnight has become a cuss word)!
--i love my new teaching job!
--i'm not sick!
--i'm going to have a nephew soon!

the good far outweighs the busy. life is lovely. oh, and so is my almost husband :).

Friday, August 22, 2008

writing songs of all sorts.

after i wrote that title i immediately thought of Mary Poppins).

music. songwriting. one of the main reasons i started a blog was to write about these things...and i haven't yet, at least not very much. so i am, ok. i decided to start with writing about 6 of my biggest influences in music - truly i could write about one artist a day for the next year probably. but i'll stick with a few...

1. Twila Paris - go ahead, laugh. i did as i wrote it. my love for her songs and music started when i was 6 or 7 i think. i wouldn't say she influenced my songwriting, but my desire to be an artist and write songs of hope - absolutely!

2. Fleetwood Mac - wow i loved these guys as a teen. oh ya, i still do. "when the rain washes you clean you'll know, you will know" - Dreams (one of my favorites of theirs) this day when i listen to this song, i immediately go into contemplative what are they really trying to say mode. amazing. cheers to Lindsey Buckingham for being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998...i was proud of you then, still am.

3. Billie Holiday - i remember the first time i sang The Very Thought of You at a talent competition in high school...flirty, playful words, yet lonely chords stole my heart. gosh that Billie, she can sing! i used to try and copy what her voice did in jazz tunes and scatting - never quite got there (surprise surprise)...but oh how i love her. she gave me a love for jazz that would influence my songs ten years later...and still is.

4. Dave Bazan (Pedro the Lion) - i feel like i might need to make disclaimers with this one, but i won't. fell in love with Dave's music in college - started studying his lyrics post college. it is truly fascinating to try and understand the meaning behind his words. his 'story' albums overwhelm many emotions, dark chords, depression, hope, to the unresolved. i met him once...this middle-aged bearded man with a belly...i was really nervous. it was wonderful.

5. Nichole Nordeman - gosh this lady can write. i won't say i'm in love with all she has written, but some of it is, in my opinion, fantastic. take her song Gratitude for instance: "grant us peace Jesus, grant us peace...move our hearts to hear a single beat...between alibies and enemies tonight. but maybe not, not today, maybe You'll proved in other ways and if that's the case...we'll give thanks to You with gratitude for lessons learned in how to thirst for you - how a starry sky offers a better view if no roof is over head...."

6. Leslie Feist - i remember exactly where i was the first time i heard her sing in my ears. One More Cup - March of 2004. a friend of mine said "hey, you'd dig this gal." that was an accurate assumption to say the least. i couldn't get enough of Mushaboom, Now at Last, Gatekeeper (a song i now cover) and Lonely Lonely. so i bought all of her albums up until that point and studied them. i love printing lyrics and reading them over and over...i have notebooks full. Leslie is fascinating to me...truly. from reading her life story i know she has gone through dark times, but she has a way of putting those times into words that make you feel her loneliness...truly feel it. the gorgeous jazz chords of Now at Last take me to a completely different world - one that is very contemplative and in a way, sad. but if i put 1,2,3,4 on immediately following, i'm up and dancing around the room...wishing i was in her music video wearing a neon jump suit. i love this lady. i love that my mom enjoys listening to well as my 3 year old niece. some of her lyrics are so deep...some are so fun. i love both. she has taught me that you can write a fun song - just for fun! wooo! Derek always jokes that he would lose me to the touring life if Leslie ever called and asked me to open for's debatable (kidding love). she is such a good musician and songwriter. now that is inspiration for years. oh, and lastly - Feist recently did a guest appearance on Sesame Street that blessed my soul (partly because i am an elementary music teacher and this would be a dream for me) here:

well, there they are...6 of my biggest influences. i will post more soon - and i promise not to write a book about each one - it's just hard not to ok!

i told my mom last night what i was blogging about - she informed me that my first influence was Elvis Presley. she said i came out of my room when i was 3 and told her i was in love - she asked who - and i replied, "Elvis Presley." so i guess he's in there too. sidenote: i always wanted to marry a musician...always apparently...yessssssssssssss.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

just smart music.

Wilco/The Fleet Foxes last night.

rush hour traffic at 7:00 by the Winery? oh wait, all of these cars are turning into the venue for the show! i couldn't believe it last night as i drove up to Wood River Cellars - so many people and cars everywhere. i guess i was being a music snob by thinking "there will probably only be 500 peeps here - not very many people in Boise know them." wow was i wrong! as i was parking, the parking attendant told me 2300 tickets had been sold by 2:00 p.m. that day - crazzzzyyyy. i don't know if you've ever been to the Cellars out there but it is breathtaking. i had the priviledge of playing for 4000 people out there a few weeks ago...ok, only 500, but still :). it was one of my favorite venues to play at, but this was my first concert experience there and it was fantastic!

The Fleet Foxes - Sub Pop Records...need i say more? this label has put out quite the lineup of fantasticism (?) in it's day. The Album Leaf, Postal Service, The Shins, The Helio Sequence (grrreat live), Band of Horses, and on and on. i have wanted to send Sub Pop a cd for a while's been on my 'to do' list for probably 2 years. problem is, i need one that is good enough to send...someday. back to the show -- if i could sum up their music it would be in 3 words: mountain man music (really it was Marc summing it up in those 3 words...but it was a perfect description, so i'm ripping it off...sorry Marc). indie rock meets folk with gorgeous 3 and 4 part choral harmonies spilling out everywhere. exquisite voices! bells! organs! harmonies and more sweet harmonies! singing of spring to summer and summer to fall - it's almost as if you are in a story book. what a wonderful story book it is! i recommend them to all!

Wilco - i am always impressed when i go to a show and 60 year olds are singing the band's songs, as well as 16 year olds. that is truly impressive, and exactly what it was like last night. i was standing by a 50 year old man who knew almost every word...definetely cool. they played from 8:30 to 10:00...and then came back out for 2 encores and kept playing until 11:00 p.m. my experience with encores is one or two songs...not a half hour for each one! all were so excited. i guess that's what you do when thousands are screaming for you to come back out - sheesh! it is hard for me to describe Wilco's music and my experience last night...but i was amazed multiple times. it's just smart music...not throw 2 chords together make a catchy melody meter changes and chill country feel while the drummer plays heavy (almost metal) drums over the top and the guitars start screaming, while the lead singer is still singing his chill country song and sweet melody - and then in an instant they are all back together with the chill country feel - and the whole transition was flawless?! what?? they are so creative - experimental, but in a good way. some experimental bands are too much, in my opinion...but i think Wilco does it right. from gospel organ intro to blazing rock chorus. i was amazed, still am. they put so many styles and genres together and make it sound good? not overlooking the fact that Jeff Tweedy's vocals are great. i will have to look at his lyrics more closely but a few times i started laughing last night (not laughing in disgust, laughing like, "how fun")...sometimes it's ok to throw in a cheesy lyric or two - especially if you are Wilco.

that is my way too long review of the show last night. it was wonderful. perfect summer weather. listening to great music. fantastic experience.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

oh Addy.

my neice, Addison Grace, is one cute little 3 and 1/2 year old thing. just ask anyone really. i've been wanting to post some of her sayings but wasn't sure if that was too "aw, goo goo gee gee ga" - you know? oh well, posting anyway cause she's too darn cute to not tell the world...

1. "Teets" - yep, that's my nickname. used to be "Tee Tee" and then she shortened it. awesome.
2. "he's my best" - "ya, it's my best" - in reference to her favorite people, things, colors, toys, they are her "best."
3. "Teets, you are taking too late!"
4. spilled her drink the other night...said to her dad, "sorry! i didn't see that one coming." what?! do three year olds say things like that even?
5. "Teets, you are my best friend the whole world...want to know why? you wear all my favorite shirts." funny thing is, she really could care less about clothes...which made this comment even more funny.
6. "Tee Tee, so, when you get married you have to move out of mimi and papa's house?! that is sad. i'm never getting married."
7. "is it time for my dark nap or my light nap?"
8. "probably Friday we will." - everything happens on Friday - everything. :)
9. "why can't Derek have a sleepover with us?" - she always wants him to sleep over...and then i try to explain to her why - and i quit usually a few words in.
10. "Teets, play the compiano! play the compiano!" - i don't know why she calls it this but i love it so i don't correct her...i know, aunt of the year.
well i'm blanking - out of the million things i've heard her say, all i can think of is ten right now. i truly hope you get to meet her someday...and hopefully she'll come up with a fastastic nickname for you, like mine!
(the adorable little boy in the picture with her is Eli of her "bests")

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hembest? Hensbest? Henbestie?

a little exaggeration on the Henbestie. from what i've heard/experienced, Henbest is apparently a difficult name to understand or pronounce correctly? Derek warned me about this but i didn't believe apologies D.

yesterday i was speaking with my soon to be principal boss lady - this is how it went:

lady: "now you will only be Miss Wilson for the first 2 weeks of school and then what will your last name be?"
me: "Henbest."
lady: "Hembest?"
me: "no, Henbest."
lady: "oh, H-E-N-S?"
me: "nope, like Hennnnbest...just an n."
lady: "oh, ok! like Hensbest?"
me: "(still without the s...what i wanted to say) like the hen (baak baak...i did make this sound)."
lady: "oh, got it!"
me (thinking): "i'm sure you do lady, i'm sure you do...can't wait to see my teacher badge."

i have a girl friend who's last name is Mereszczak...she is a star athlete - i always felt sorry for the sports announcers when they came to her name. we always knew because they would be chuggin along and all of a sudden there was awkward silence for a minute or five...and everyone in the stadium would become restless and blame the pause on the dumb announcers and their lack of organization. only us members (is it ok for me to say that even?) of the volleyball/track team would know the real reason why....they were trying to say Laryssa's last name. poor girl. poor announcers.

Shoenig, Glaphl, Schreffler - "excuse me mister, how do you spell that?" is appropriate to ask with last names such as these. but Henbest? i assumed it would be as simple as Wilson. i've never had to spell Wilson, ever...surprise surprise. i loved going places with my friend Candice (whom i call Candy even though it kinda sounds like an exotic dancer) when her last name was Gunstream - apparently she got tired of spelling her last name - so she wouldn't even wait for them to ask: "that's Candice Gunstream like gun as in bang bang and stream like stream of water." every time. and it was amazing every time.

i refuse to be this gal, "that's Henbest - H as in house, E as in elephant, N as in Nancy, B as in boy, E as in elephant again, S as in sassy, and T as in toe." i refuse. sooo, i think i will have to follow Candy's example: "that's Henbest like Hen as in baak baak and Best as in you're the best." i might add a thumbs up in the you're the best part. Derek would love that.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

the best birthday. the best year.

26. hmmmm. 26. i am officially this age now. 4 years older than my darling fiance. a few days ago i was only 3 years older than him, now i'm 4. so be it! 26 - what a lovely number!

i woke up yesterday (the day of my birth) and had oatmeal with my folks. this is a regular morning routine in our house, but yesterday the oatmeal tasted a little better and i appreciated the company more than ever. i am so blessed to have an incredible mom and dad. they truly are incredible. sigh.

i then drove to Meridian (which is also very much routine...but one i don't mind, not one bit) to see my fiance. my loving, fantastic, handsome, wonderful fiance! we then drove to a meeting at the Renaissance apartments - toured them, picked one, put a security deposit down - and we officially have an apartment as of September the 1st! thank you Shane and Kirst for recommending them! we think our apartment is really is.

Derek took me to lunch and we spent some quality time with his folks. Bob and Sandy, the almost in-laws. the funny thing is, i cannot wait for them to be my in-laws. they are amazing people and i love them dearly. my love grew for them yesterday.

we then drove to Namps and went bowling with my fam! this is the 2nd year i've requested bowling for my birthday, i think it will be an annual event. ok, doesn't Derek know that you are supposed to let the birthday gal win??!!!! for goodness sake! he beat us all...gladly i might add. he claims he was getting back at me cause he can't beat me in ping pong...ha ha ha ha ha ha. no, but seriously, he can't. yessssssss.

after bowling, we went back to my house and had tacos - one of my favorite meals of all time. and cheers to my amazing mother who made me gluten free dairy free brownies and bought dairy free ice cream so i could have dessert!!! she is so sweet. oh, and i opened gifts...yeah for shopping money and fun things! we finished the night with a few rounds of telephone pictionary. phew - what a glorious day!

on my birthday i always think of how blessed i truly am. i don't deserve these amazing blessings God has given me - thank you! i thought i would end this sappy, way-too-long post with a few reasons why this year will be the best year:

1. i become a wife! an actual wife.
2. Derek and i move in together...after we are married of course...but i cannot tell you excited i am to have a boy roommate...oh, and one i love dearly.
3. i start teaching music again at Rolling Hills Public Charter School in Boise - praise be!
4. sissy will have a baby boy - my nephew!!!!! (hopefully not AT my wedding...ha)
5. in-laws!
6. watching my favorite niece grow and say adorable things like, "Tee Tee, why are you taking so late?"
7. my new ep will come out!!!

so many reasons to be thankful! love to all who read mean so much to me.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

everybody! - "haaaaaaaaaaaaavvvveeee patience, have patience..."

...don't be in such a hurry...when you get impatient you only start to worry. remember, remember, that God is patient too, and think of all the times when others stopped to wait for you."

most of us know and love this song. i sang it to a friend a few years back - he needed patience...he was annoyed, but it was worth it (he might have been annoyed mostly because not only did i break out in this song, his parents did as well...serenaded by all). my dear friend Jamie told me this morning that she sang it just the other day! what a wonderful little song that has stuck with me...and many others.

Derek called me a few weeks ago and said, "KATIE! Psalty goes to my church!" trying not to freak out, i asked him a few questions to be sure that this man was truly the voice i had grown to love during my childhood years (oh, and still love). wellll, it really is true! people, the voice of Psalty the song book goes to Capital Christian Center - i saw him with my own eyes! no, he wasn't in a big blue hymnal costume. Derek pointed him out to me at the church's 4th of July picnic - he encouraged me to go meet him. i sat there for quite a while thinking about what i would say...."oh my gosh, i love you...i mean, i grew up loving your voice as Psalty and all your songs and...." you can see why i chose not to meet him. i know i would've acted absolutely ridiculous. but now i regret it. i went on Psalty's (i'm sure he does have a real name) website and it sure is him! wonderful!

this just became one of my goals for the summer: to meet Psalty! i'll probably skip shaking his hand and just give him a big hug.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

on a happy, non-circulation note.

last night:

God and Country Rally.
people - lots of people.
shaved ice - yessssssssssssssss.
dancing with Addy.
being tackled by Addy.
watching fireworks next to my love, with Addy on my lap and my fam around me - seriously, one of my favorite moments in a while. gosh, i love times like these.


circulation smirculation.

it will be 106 degrees today in Namps. currently i am spending some quality time with my space heater at work. "WHAT?!" say? let me explain. the air conditioning at Pioneer Title hates me. it thinks that when the sun peeks through the front windows (ok, sometimes it blazes through...but still) it must be 120 degrees in the building, right? so it turns on full blast - trying to bring the temperature down to freezing level. and it succeeds, every time. and i complain most days. everyone laughs now. "look at the girl with the goosebumps in summer." if they only knew what it was like to have zero circulation.

you know when 100 degree weather has been heating up your car all day and you dread getting into it? well, i can honestly say i enjoy it. in fact i usually don't turn on the AC for at least five minutes (there are exceptions to last 4th of July, when it felt like 150 degrees, ya, that is an exception).

Derek is hot most of the time. i am cold most of the time. great combination. when he isn't looking, i turn off the AC in the car - and not even a minute later he says, "ugh, it's hot in here!" - and realizes i have turned it off... and then it's back on and so are the goosebumps. i think Derek and i need to find a bed with a temperature control on each half...or, better yet follow the example of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball? hmmmmm.

(i don't really know why i wrote this blog...probably because at least 10 people a day ask why i'm using a heater in hottt weather...and it always makes me laugh).


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

free spirit.


lady: "you know what Katie, i never thought you would get married. you have always been such a free spirit i didn't think you would settle down...i'm very excited for you, just surprised you are getting married."
me: "thank you?"

i have played this conversation over in my mind a few too many, i realized i am reading into it. what the lady said is a compliment. i am glad she thinks of me as a free spirit.

to be quite honest, there have been times in my life i didn't think i would get married either...just ask Derek :). even a year ago i wasn't sure about the marriage thing. i mean, seriously, spending the rest of your life with one person?? wow. i've been known to be non-committal (everyone who knows laugh here).

i played a show at Capital Christian Center 2 years ago (on June the 28th...don't ask me why i remember that)...i watched this hot worship rocker dude lead worship before my show. after, he helped me carry my gear out to the car. we are getting married in 3 months and i couldn't be more excited. "he is my best" (statement inspired by Addy).

you know, i can still be a free spirit and a wife. yes, yes i can.

(sappy entry, i know...feel free to roll your eyes while reading) :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

things i learned in Texas (Texy, Texarse).

i flew to Texas last Thursday morning for my friend Reagan's wedding. the wedding, reception, and the bride were gorgeous, amazing, breathtaking. i had a wonderful time. i did learn a few things i would like to share with you...

--don't bother taking a shower, the humidity reverses the affect of one.
--you can judge Billy Bob's Bar and Grill by it's name, but it is a place full of fun (and your judgements would probably be correct).
--bull riding IN a restaurant - check.
--this is the second time i've been to Texy...i have yet to see a man riding a horse down the street...John Wayne is a liar?
--they don't really like my nickname for their beloved state, Texy.
--it is a big, no, it is a huge deal whether you graduated from Texas Tech or Texas A&M University. i cannot count how many jokes i heard about these two colleges. the wedding dj played 3 fight songs (at the reception!) to represent the bride and groom - BSU, Texas Tech, ATM. ATM's fight song was of course played last and the majority (about 90%) of the room got on the dance floor, locked arms, sang the fight song at the top of their lungs, did the fight dance....did i mention it was the longest fight song i have ever heard? i wasn't even a little annoyed - quite entertained actually.
--one woman in Dallas has a bigger wedding ring than all the women in Idaho combined!
--ok, most women have enormous wedding rings. enormous. enormous.
--490 mph winds constantly, bring it on.
--nice, friendly people. yep!
--DFW airport is huge and scary and it is easy to get lost driving there, or around there, or through there.
--there are breathtaking subdivisions in Dallas and Fort Worth!
--although great times were had, i saw lovely things and places and meet fantastic people...Ben Gibbard said it well, "i can't see why you'd want to live here."

Gob Bless Texy!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

it's a.....!

i am mostly writing this blog to tell how cute my sister is...and she is cuttte!

last night i headed over to my bro and sis's house at 8:00 for a baby revealing party - yes, a baby revealing party. to be completely honest i was a bit skeptical about this event...wasn't sure if people were going to be excited or thinking, "this is a little much." my cute sister made cupcakes for everyone. she put baby bottles in the middle of 7 cupcakes - 4 of one color and 3 of another (pink and blue of course). if there were more pink than blue bottles - it was a girl...and vice versa. sis gave the signal to start and the eating began...never before in my adult life have i seen people eat cupcakes so fast. it was loud and hilarious. in a few minutes, 3 pink and 3 blue bottles had been now we were looking for the final, definitive bottle! at this point, my mom was picking up cupcakes and not eating, but tearing them open! Aaron was the one who had the last bottle....and he took his sweet time enjoying his cupcake (knowing very well he had the final bottle...also knowing that we all might kill him soon if he didn't spit it out and show us the color). he did take the bottle out of his mouth - and it was BLUE!!!!! my brother-in-law could not stop smiling...wonderful!

i am going to have a nephew in October! what a fun, new adventure this will be...baseballs, vests, trucks, dirt (oh wait...Addie already looooves dirt), cons, and hopefully NOT getting sprayed in the face while changing diapers. gosh i'm excited!

of course you aren't as excited as me and i don't expect you to be. i simply wanted to share my sister's cute idea and the fantastic outcome!

***Kristin if you read this, you should comment cause i cannot find your blog anywhere and you know i want to put you on my 'people i like who blog' - ! :)

Friday, May 30, 2008

the scrunchie.

you know, Kelly Kapowski (i am more excited now than ever that Kapow is in her last name).

i have seen two people in the last year who can actually pull off the scrunchie. ew, you might say? of course, both were in Seattle. why is it that these two hip gals looked cute with a scrunchie, even fashionable, while yesterday in Namps another lady was rockin the same look and i cringed. hmmmm.

moral: few can, most shouldn't.

sidenote: - this isn't some sick joke people. it is a legit website. they have everything from English tea rose scrunchies to strawberry shortcake. please, please only buy from here if you are one of the few.

last sidenote: the scrunchie pictured here can be found on the scrunchies website i listed...the name, well...Bunches o' Blueberries.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

bare feet and recording.

most of you know how and when i began my recording adventures. for those who don't i will sum it up in a few sentences. went to Festival of the Rockies - competed - met Billy Smiley (he is a producer, not a used car salesman) - spent time co-writing with Billy for first ep - went to Nashville - recorded with amazing studio musicians - came out with my first ep a few months later.

i am glad i had that experience. i would have changed a few things, ok, more than a few....however, i would not be writing songs, playing shows, and recording again if i had not been at the Festival and met dear Billy.

now to the present: a few weeks ago, a second recording began. my fantastic guitar player, Marc, and great, inventive drummer, Ryan, are engineering and producing the record. we have the basics of four songs done...a few more to go...and then on to vocals, tambourine, claps, bells, and fun. Ryan has been blessed (i won't go into how bitter i am) with a beautiful 73' Rhodes. it sounds like magic....real magic. i might steal it.

we are having great fun. i cannot wait for all to hear.

sidenote: i have yet to see Marc or Ryan wear shoes while recording. they run around to and fro with their bare feet tagging along. it is quite hilarious.

also: thank you to Claire (Ryan's lovely wife) for letting Marc and i borrow him for this project!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

to the wind.

if you are going to blow at speeds of 194 miles per hour, i'd like a little magic help here...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Namps, and the Valley.

those who live in Namps think poorly of Caldwell.
Boise folk think Namps is a joke.
Seattle and Portland dwellers religiously bash on the Treasure Valley.
New Yorkers don't even acknowledge the anything important at least.
and the list goes on...

i know i just put everyone in a box. i also know that not everyone thinks this way. the fact is, i simply grow tired of hearing it.... "you live in Nampa? why?" - "honestly, you Treasure Valley people really need to get out." - "please tell me you aren't staying there your whole life."

i will be the first to admit that i love the city. when i visit Portland or Seattle, i itch to move there. it is beautiful. and yes, they do have more to offer. however, i can honestly say that i love the Treasure Valley. i do. a big reason is the people who live here - they are dearest to my heart.

i was at a piano bar a few years back and my friends and i spent a few hours talking with some gents from Scotland. they had been traveling around the U.S. for six months working on airplanes. Boise was one of their last stops before heading home, and it just happened to be their favorite stop. they told us that people in Boise were different than the other places they had been. they said people were so friendly here - so kind and welcoming. they couldn't wait to come back someday.

we are a kind valley, you know? sure, other places have more concerts, events, restaurants, stores, green, etc...but i am glad i live in the Treasure Valley. someday i might move away from here and if that day comes, i will be sad. a piece of my heart will always belong to Namps, and the Valley.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

surgery, a Title company, and making fun.

a friend of mine was in medical school. he was excited to be a surgeon, until he had a chance to work in the surgery room. let me preface this story by saying that not all doctors and surgeons are like these men. anyway, the surgeons my friend was assigned to work with were awful. granted, they were good surgeons in one sense of the word - the sense that keeps you alive...but in the areas of respect and honor, they failed miserably. my friend could not believe how fake these doctors were - so sweet and caring to the patients' face, yet so cruel when they were away from the room or unconscious. i will never forget what he said - "Katie, you would not believe the kind of things i heard during surgery...from doctors making fun of a patients' personality, to making fun of body parts, and so on." ask me if i EVER want to go in for surgery? the answer is obvious really. needless to say, my friend quit medical school. he is now a hair dresser, and a good one at that.

i was thinking of this story today. i work at a Title Company. for those of you who do not know what the title business entails, don't worry about it....(only grown ups have to know, you know, big kids who buy houses for keeps). an Escrow officer was getting out of a closing today at our office...she was very sweet to her clients as she walked them out. i don't know what inside our human minds tells us that it is ok to be kind to someone and the minute they are out of earshot, rip them to shreds. and that is what she did. i've heard it more than a few times in this business.

sadly, i am guilty of this too. we all know that some people are asking to be made fun of (the lady who tried to flush her underwear down the toilet so that we would give her husband's plumbing business, some business...or the bro who comes in to be helped and says, "how you doin'?" - you know, that phrase that everyone jokes about, except he is serious, very serious - and after laughing really hard in his face for a minute straight, you realize he is not joking at all...).

i guess the real question is, where do we draw the line? the surgeon who is poking fun at a woman's body while he is operating on it? the escrow officer who is talking about how ridiculous a client is? or a visor-clad bro?

Monday, May 5, 2008

similarities of a 3-year old and a 25-year old.

my neice is 3.
i am 25.
how is it that a 3-year old girl and a 25-year old woman can enjoy the same activities so incredibly much?
it is a beautiful thing.

i have lunch with my neice on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. i cherish these times.

a lunch in the life of Tee Tee ("Teets" more popularly as of late) and Addie:
--come home to, "Teets is home!"
--a running hug.
--argue whether my bathroom is really hers or mine.
--Addie hates when we argue (I of course find it rather funny)...she looks up at me, "Teets, stop! you are my aunt and i love you." and the argument over the bathroom is lost forever.
--play in the sandbox and make castles.
--listen to the Juno soundtrack (it's her favorite...well, mostly just the first and last songs). i play my piano horn and she plays a tin whistle. we dance and play and sing.
--have lunch.
--time to go back to work.
--"bye Addie, your my fav."
--"bye Teets, you're my fav too."

Friday, May 2, 2008

a dear hymn.

a wise woman once told me, "the secret to loving is living loved." i am now beginning to believe that statement to be true. is it possible to grasp the love of God? how rich and pure; how measureless; how deep and how wide; how strong? what does it mean that God IS love? oh, how we are reminded daily of His love, yet so often we miss it. is it possible that there would be less insecurity, less hurt, etcetera, if we would live IN God's love at all times? i believe so. God delights in showing us His love...He sings over us! how wonderful!

many people are currently reading The Shack, as am i. what an encouragement it has been to me! one of my favorite lines in the book so far is when God is talking with Mack, and he states, "I don't deal in shame and guilt, only in love." a statement i have been reminded of for years, yet i easily forget...when guilt from past mistakes comes pouring back. God only deals in love. those words bring me to tears.

and hear is a verse from a hymn that is oh, so dear to my heart:

"Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky."

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

beginnings of a new one.

oh what little faith i have to try and try
staying here
and the distant trumpet sounds within me cry
please be near

courage is of willing heart and humble state
wanting more
and the distant pathway winds toward the gate
what's in store?

running down into the sea to wash away
all the fear
arms held open toward the sky, round they sway
falling tears

Monday, April 28, 2008

car of my dreams?

the truth is, i don't have one. everyone has a dream car, it seems.

in high school i wanted a 69' Mustang...that was high school. it would be fun to drive a VW golf...or a mini coop. but there isn't a car i dream of having.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Artghost is 2 independent designers, Eric Adler and Liz Wong, working out of Seattle. they handcraft everything on their site. their retro 50's paintings and greeting cards are great...hope you see this and laugh like i did.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tire Swing.

"Joey never met a bike that he didn't want to ride.
And I never met a Toby that I didn't like.
Scotty liked all of the books that I recommended.
Even if he didn't I wouldn't be offended."

love this chorus...good job Kimya Dawson.

Monday, April 21, 2008


in 2003, this short film came out. Most is a Czech film with English subtitles. i saw it last weekend for the first time. i wish i would have seen it sooner. it is incredible. truly.

at times, i become numb to the idea of the cross...being that i have been constantly reminded of it and it's significance in my life since i was little. i take it for granted. the concept of sacrificial love was renewed in my mind and heart this weekend after watching this short film.

i ordered 2 copies today. if you haven't already watched Most and would like to, i would love to let you borrow it.

Friday, April 18, 2008

sweet Jo.

i realize it can be awkward to blog about your friends when they are an actual 'blog friend.' i just have to. i have a friend, and many of you know her...her name is Jolleen - also known as Jo Jo (not to be confused with Jodeling).

it is hard to write in words how sweet Jo truly is. there are few friends in life who give, encourage, and love you at all times. Jo is that friend to me. she is always steadfast. always trustworthy. always loving.

last night, i had a show at Flying M. Jo brought me a card and the most adorable vase you have ever laid eyes on with flowers in it...just to say good luck. she also brought me a card for my first (bigger) show a few years ago - and i still have it in my guitar case.

all this to say, i am so grateful to have her in my life. everyone needs a Jo Jo.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

watching houses.

we went on many road trips growing up. as we drove through city or countryside, i would always watch the different houses we passed (as much as you can watch driving 60 mph by a house). i usually didn't notice what each house looked like - i was looking for signs of life in or around the playing in the yard, the soft glow of a lamp in the front window, people watching television, etcetera. what kind of family life do they have? do their parents treat them well? are the kids slobs? i wonder if they have traditions? these are the kind of questions i would ask. i always hoped for the best.

i drive by many houses each day now...except i am the driver. and i usually notice what the houses look like....the color, style, yard.

i want to be a watcher again.

Friday, April 11, 2008


Cliff is a computer technician. he works with companies all over the state, ours being one of them. he is a quiet man...stands 6 feet 6 inches tall...has wiry black/gray shoulder-length hair and wears old school glasses (that are pretty awesome)...i would guess he is 55. i think Cliff is misunderstood by people...mostly because he doesn't say much...and when he does it is not always in a warm tone. however, his smile is warm and kind.

yesterday, my work computer was infected by a nasty virus so Cliff and i spent some quality time together - 2 and a half hours to be exact. and i learned that he is wonderful. in every sense of the word. i would even say that Cliff is hip. this is what started our 2 and a half our conversation...

*Melissa, a girl from work, walked up as Cliff was starting to look at my computer...she informed us that she was going to a concert that night...Cliff seemed interested and asked who she was going to see, which in turn she replied, "Three Doors Down." and Cliff said, "why are they allowed to make music still?" i tried not to burst into laughter, but i did...and Cliff and i had a friend moment."

i didn't tell that story to rip on anyone who enjoys that band....i told it to say, the ways you connect with people are interesting to me. so Cliff and i spent almost the entire time talking about music. he knows more about Robert Plant than anyone i know. he has seen Pink Floyd numerous times. he takes his daughter to shows...and great ones at that. talk of music led us to talk about life and God and politics and so on...

2 of my favorite hours were spent with Cliff this week. he is a gem. i hope everyone can meet him someday...maybe at a show?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tom Petty, well said.

"Rock 'n' roll was one thing, and then they chopped off the roll and called it rock, which became a sort of umbrella term for anything with a guitar in it. Like hair bands. How could we possibly believe that? It's just gotten downright silly, to the point where now it's sort of become like professional wrestling. The fans know it's phony, but they don't care."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

sad. very sad.

never before have i hit an animal while driving (not even a squirrel), until last night. it was sad, so sad. a raccoon (and a huge one at that) ran out in front of my car...there was no time to swerve. i screamed (into the phone, which Derek was on the other end of...and he thought i was in a wreck or dying). it felt like i ran over two huge speed bumps. in other words, i hit the poor thing hard. Derek tried to tell me it was ok and at least i didn't swerve and get in a wreck...but i felt so bad. and when i got home, i cried. i just cried and cried. you might think this to be ridiculous. and i would understand.

i remember once when i was a little girl, my family was driving back from a trip and i found a ladybug in the car. i named it and played with it all the way home. and when i had to let it go, i cried and cried. apparently a sensitivity toward animals (and even bugs...with the exception of spiders) has stuck with me.

this morning my dad (being the wonderful dad that he is) cleaned up what was left of the raccoon on the road. i am still sad. i really hope there are animals in heaven.

Friday, April 4, 2008

give a little whistle

those of you who know me well, know that i learned how to whistle a few years back....

i remember....i was sitting on a couch in the cutest brick house you ever did see (lived in by 3 of my friends and myself)....i was talking to Marc and Jamie about my inability to whistle. as i was expressing my concern to them, they broke into a beautiful whistling chorus!...and not only melody, but harmony as well! hmph! and i was determined to learn...

so, i would whistle on the way to work every morning...and whistle on the way home. and somewhere along the way, I GOT IT! and i can honestly say that i love whistling much. there is never a day that goes by when i don't whistle for at least a bit.

i wrote this blog for 2 reasons: one - to encourage anyone who can't whistle that with practice and some hard work, you can. and two - to justify my every day whistling...sometimes it can be a i'll blame it on the fact that i was a young whistling bloomer.

(and one time, my and dearest Jo made a whole song out of whistling on her mac...ok, mostly laughing, but we tried to whistle...maybe it will be on the radio one day...hey, you never know).

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

i thought she was a joke.

honestly. there was a lady who came into my work today and i think she was made up. i have never witnessed someone so (i don't even know how to describe her). ever. i won't bore you with all the details, but i do think you might want to hear a few. it was quite hilarious.

let's call her Ruby...she looked like a Ruby. she is 57 years old. she looks straight out of the 1930's (huge feather hat and everything). so Ruby walks up to the counter, tells me her and her husband have a closing at 10:00 (in a very snooooty voice), and then proceeds to empty the candy dish into her purse. MOST people take a piece or maybe two...but apparently it was ok for her to empty it. she said "that's what it is there for anyway." directly after the candy jar emptying, she takes off her glasses, holds them out to me and says, "could you clean these for me?"....but it wasn't really a question. at this point i'm trying not to growl at her. so i cleaned them for her...i know, i know, i shouldn't have.

things happened between the glasses and when her and her husband were leaving, but it would take me an hour and 3 pages later to write everything. but i do want to share the most amazing act of Ruby. she gave some people at my work her business cards...she owns Big Dog plumbing...she told us, "if you ever have any plumbing problems or need a plumber, give us a call." (keep in mind that she had used the restroom before handing us these cards). not ten minutes later, my boss went to the restroom to find a pair of ladies underwear shoved down the toilet.....clever, clever Ruby. what we really want to do is mail them back to her in a baggy - with a note that says, "you left these."

so, that's my story. i didn't think people like Ruby really existed....with the exception of the ACTORS on Smile, You're on Candid Camera.