Monthly Archives: January 2012

Man Crush of the Week

This week’s man crush is another fictional character.  He is a complete doofus, yet super cute and lovable.  You may know him as Burt Maclan, FBI, but his real name is Andy Dwyer (from Parks and Recreation).

I love a man who loves cheese.

Andy is probably one of the most ridiculously clueless characters on television, but that makes us love him all the more. His naivety and especially his unapologetic love for the super sarcastic April also make him one of the most adorable characters.

He is a manly man, a lover of flannel, a rock star.  He would do anything for his friends and doesn’t know what health insurance is.  He fell into a pit…twice.

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Separated at Birth?

Ever year Alyssa and I have been friends (and it is a wonder we even became friends because there was a debacle involving football tickets and misinformation) we seem to grown more and more alike. At first it was the occasional skirt or dress we had in common, book we had both read, or movie we both loved but it soon grew into much more. One of the girls in our hall sophomore year even thought we were cousins because of our similar voices and general likeness (this girl was also a doofus, so take that lightly). No, dummy, we aren’t related but we are creepily similar in many ways. Often times we will buy the same clothes unintentionally (re: Spring Break, Miami 2011) and Alyssa even said once that I was an easy person to shop for because she would just think of things she would like and buy them for me. Even when we don’t own the same things, sharing is often on option although I definitely have the better side of that deal. On me, Alyssa’s shirts become dresses, whereas my shirts become crop tops on her. The only thing that sets us apart are our heights and shoe size. Senior year of college, we were even able to create a “wall of same” because we had dressed similarly so many times (most not on purpose).

However, now our likeness has grown into a health hazard. OVer the summer while Alyssa was battling her chronic headaches, my body, not to be outdown, had to succumb to a severe sinus infection and bronchitis. It almost became a contest of who would be hospitalized first (I think I won that one, although Alyssa has me beat many times over in the time of illness). Now, 6 months later, we both find ourselves with a sore threat, fever, congestion, and fatigue. Now you may be thinking, “It’s cold season, that’s not unusual!” But given our track record, I think it’s some sort of paranormal phenomenon. What is wrong with us? Will we ever know? I think this is a case for Mulder and Scully to investigate.

Man Crush of the Week

Because Alyssa has so graciously started off our regular column “Platonic Lady Crush of the Week,” I feel that it is only fitting that I start off our other installment: Man Crush of the Week (because it really can’t be ladies night EVERY night). Although in my case it would probably be better to call this installment, Fictional Man Crush of the Week because in the coming weeks my crushes will probably largely come from the land of tv and books, including, but not limited to: Matthew Crawley, Peeta, Coach Taylor and Matt Saracen, the list is endless. However, our first Man Crush of the week is the ultimate Man Crush: Special Agent Fox Mulder.

the truth is out there

Now, I realize that this first choice may not resonate with most girls (or guys) in their early 20s, but if you are not a fan of the X-Files you are seriously SERIOUSLY missing out. I recently rediscovered the X-Files while I was home for the holidays and cannot imagine why I stayed away from it for so long. As a teenager, I was OBSESSED with the X-Files and used to watch it religiously everyday after school on SCI-FI (if anyone was under the impression that I was cool in high school, I think I’m slowly changing your opinion). Obviously, it is a great television show, but I think perhaps the biggest draw is FBI Agent Fox Mulder, who is a fox in more ways than one.

Fox Mulder is really the ideal man. He is handsome, smart (an Oxford educated criminal profiler), extremely good-looking, relentless in his mission to find the truth, AND he believes in aliens and government conspiracies. Mulder also is a very conflicted person, his sister having been abducted by aliens when he was younger; however, this only makes him more appealing. While he may be serious and consumed by his work, Mulder also has a light side and sense of humor, plus his relationship with his partner, Dana Scully, is simply the best. In fact, they may be the best duo ever to grace our televisions (look forward to a future platonic lady crush segment about Scully).  Some people may find Mulder’s persistence in seeking answers to unexplainable cases irritating, but I will never tire of watching him and Scully investigate the paranormal.

John Doggett, you were a lousy replacement.

Platonic Lady Crush of the Week

Welcome to a (hopefully!) regular installment here at at LNEN (I luv abbrevs).  We all admire different special ladies, whether famous, fictional, or close to us.  This column will give us the opportunity to share our platonic love with the world and get these ladies some of the recognition they undoubtedly deserve.  I personally have many lady crushes that will be covered (by me or probably snatched by one of the other ladies) in the coming weeks; including: Leslie Knope, Tami Taylor, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Mindy Kalin, KATY PERRY (this will be an epic post, she is my platonic lady crush of my life), Emmy the Great, Luna Lovegood, The Young Victoria, etc. etc.

For our first official lady crush of the week, I have chosen (drum roll please):

taken from Last.FM

Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club!

I was listening to Slow Club this morning and was inspired to write about Rebecca.  She has a beautiful voice, she’s British, she has awesome hair (PURPLE STREAKS in their most recent video), is an all around blonde beauty, and she just seems like someone I’d get along with really well.  I did some research/stalking on her and found out that she writes a blog for the band!  AND she has a weekly post about her current crush (where I found out she also has an affinity for gingers, like me).  Hopefully one day I will get to see Rebecca perform live and actually get to meet her, but until then, I will start practicing the dance moves she displays in the video for “Where I’m Waking”.  And consider fuschia lipstick.

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Oh hey guys! and gals (ok, only gals)


For my first post, I’m going to go back. back to 2011. back to the year of blizzards, burning Christmas trees, graduations, new jobs, new cities, and new lives! 2011 was the year of many things, but I’m going to head and just list some of my favorite (mostly musical) things of 2011.



Great Albums:

1. Wye Oak- Civilian

2. St Vincent- Strange Mercy

3. North Highlands- Wild Ones

4. Cults- Cults

Cults – You Know What I Mean

5. Pj Harvey- Let England Shake

PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose

6. Drake- Take Care

Drake – Make Me Proud

7. The Throne

Jay Z – That’s My Bitch

8. Lykke Li- Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li – I Know Places

9. Los Campesinos- Hello Sadness

Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness

10. Laura Marling- A Creature I don’t Know

Laura Marling – I Was Just A Card


More great songs:

Tune-Yards – Powa

Slow Club – Beginners

The Kills – Baby Says

The Elected – Look At Me Now

Eleanor Friedberger – My Mistakes

Little Dragon – Ritual Union

Okkervil River – Your Past Life as a Blast

Beirut – Goshen

The Drums – Money

EMA – California

Florence + The Machine – What The Water Gave Me

The Raveonettes – Forget That You’re Young

Dum Dum Girls – Wasted Away

Nicki Minaj – Super Bass

The Joy Formidable – I Don’t Want To See You Like This

Feist – The Circle Married The Line


Other great things-

This picture:


Coach Taylor.

FNL on Netflix

Parks and Rec


Trader Joe’s

The Royal Wedding

Robyn (still)



Harry Potter