Looking for joy

Update: I’m on a work deadline and you’ve probably figured out that when I commit to a deadline, I’m obsessed with it. So I’ve been absent from this blog as well as @tbtljen on Twitter. I miss it and I miss all of you and I’m sure I’ll be back soon.

In the meantime, I find myself using the time I have to look for things that make me happy. So here’s my list this week:

**The Parks and Rec finale was as close to perfect as it gets. I would give anything to have been at the Unity Concert!

I made a pork roast using this recipe and it was a triumph!

I rented About Time from Redbox and I loved it. It’s all about all the good things in life, it’s by the same guy who made Love Actually, Four Weddings and A Funeral, and Notting HillĀ and it’s funny and romantic and heartbreaking and ultimately joyful…the stuff that makes me cheer. (Plus, Bill Nighy is a god among men)

And the song, “Birmingham” by Shovels and Rope

(Quick notes about the song and video: a)don’t worry about the dog in the video…he’ll be okay & b) a “nickajack man” is slang for men from the foothills of the Appalachians)

– Jen



5 Responses to “Looking for joy”

  • Kelly Shannon Says:

    Hi Jen,
    Miss you onTBTL! So, did you use a pork tenderloin or a big pork roast for this recipe? It sounds fabulous!

  • Lucybluemoon Says:

    I KNEW you would be a fan of Shovels and Rope!!

    If you need a quick pick me up hit, they do a fantastic 10 minute set on NPR Music “tiny desk concert ” where said dog makes an appearance.

    Good luck and Godspeed.

  • Wes Plate Says:

    I wanted to like About Time, but about halfway thru it lost me. My wife agreed it lost its way. Have you seen Short Term 12? Not at all like About Time, but one of the most powerful films I’ve seen.

    • JenAndrews Says:

      Yes, I loved Short Term 12!, I tell everyone I meet. I actually ranked in in my top 3 of 2013.