Hurricane Matthew from TN



So I’ve been a busy lady & it’s after 10 pm, aka after when I normally go to bed, but I’ve got to get these thoughts out…Hurricane Matthew has gotten me feeling super nervous.

Some of you might know that I’m a Tennessee resident & that’s where my sweet hubs & I live. I’ve never lived in Florida, but the idea of a huge storm down there is really getting to me. This is all (pretty much) due to twitter. I count myself as part of the Disney Twittersphere & have quite a few acquaintances & friends who are part of that community who actually live in central Florida.

So, cut to me being glued to the Weather Channel. I’ve been watching last night & tonight as well, crossing my fingers that atleast Orlando and the surrounding areas are spared & I don’t have to see my friends hurt or losing their homes or things with the massive waters.

It always trips me out to see places we have been or that we have atleast driven through going through a crazy event, but it’s started & everytime I hear Orlando, St. Augustine & a few more cities, it makes me just hope for the best & that everyone can stay safe.

Thanks for letting me get this out- I kinda needed it out of my head.





Paring Down: Bye, Chair!

“Uhm, this will fit the car, right…?”

As noted in the last time I wrote, it’s time to downsize- and I started off with a bang. The hand me down chair I inherited four years ago or finally left the premises.

Now the chair was still in pretty good condition, but let’s face it, after a few years, I have a tendency to hit a stage of “I’m tired of looking at that”. So, when I started thinking about downsizing things, the chair was not very far down my list- and the first to go.

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Paring Down Life to Travel


I’ve been thinking and plotting and thinking about how much we could live without in our lives. We’ve got an awesome family and some amazing friends and have gotten to have some fun adventures. When Losson and I think about these things, we realize how much STUFF we have and we truly don’t need.

I’ve read (most of) the Kon Mari method of cleaning from “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo but had let the knowledge go in time.  Flipping through the stories on Instagram, I was reminded of the methods thanks to a rad lady I follow.

Losson and I live in a tiny apartment that is a little less than 500 square feet and we have so much stuff just thrown in. We’ve even got some things that are hanging out in boxes at our parents houses (don’t worry, there’s a section about that in the book!) for when we plan on moving at some time.

After reading more about the travel we are wanting to do, I’ve been seeing people writing and claiming it’s easy to save money for the flights, accommodations, food and all. Easily save up $4k-5k? Sure, let me just blink my eyes and it’ll happen. Then I look around and see all this STUFF. I’m thinking we could find some cash in what’s lying around and we’ll also be a little less stressed and more organized.

So, here it’s going to go…we’re going to try for a Kon Mari method house once again. I figure if we can get a good start on the clothes & then move along from there, so we’ll see…

Anybody else a fan of the Kon Mari method? Did it work for you?



Podcast Review: TDR Now


Let’s just say it: I blame Chris & Patricia for helping convince me a Japan trip needs to happen. I’m in no means upset by this though (as you can probably tell). If it tells you anything, I found Chris & crew from the fantastic Tom Bricker at Disney Tourist Blog in his Japan trip reports & guides as well.

TDR Now is the first English speaking podcast about Tokyo Disney Sea, coming from Japan directly. The podcast, focusing on Tokyo Disney Resort (Tokyo Disney Sea and Tokyo Disneyland), is released biweekly (or sometimes a little more often) and focuses on current events, news and information at TDR and also other areas around Japan.

Along with all of the great, up to date info from the podcast, Chris, Patricia & their crew run TDR Explorer. They have some awesome trip planning information and I’ve already bugged Chris with a question or two with our trip planning process, which he awesomely answered. I highly suggest the guides & they’ve even got a little Shanghai & Hong Kong Disney content as well.

I mean, where else can I get my Gelatoni fix? You better believe it’s from TDR Now & TDR Explorer!

You can find TDR Explorer on Itunes, Google Play Store & also the RSS Feed. Also find TDR Now on Twitter for lots of awesomeness.



#Adulting: It Still Surprises Me

This is what adults look like these days?

I won’t lie, I still get surprised when I have those moments of realization that “Wow, you’re really #adulting now!”. At 29, these moments happen generally when paying a bill for something big that seems pretty stupid, but it’s always still empowering to have that moment of “yea, it’s taken care of & we took care of it”.

All of this is to say, despite my excitement to see My Morning Jacket in my hometown, Losson & I won’t be attending. We tried really hard to get tickets through the presale release on Thursday, but given the venue is so small, they were gone in a minute or two. Thursday night I got to looking more in depth at hostels in different cities around Japan and realized that the $150 I’d put in savings for the trip & then pulled out to spend on MMJ tickets could cover 3-4 nights on our trip. I’m not the best at it, but I did the math…

3 hours (ish) concert OR 3-4 nights stay on our 2 week long trip

So the hostel stay won out.

I talked to my mom on Friday about the whole thing & she told me what this was an example of: “Delayed Gratification”.

My response? “It really sucks”

But it will be so worth it.

So here’s to an exercise in delayed gratification (Yeah, I’m part of that generation that hates it, I guess) & #adulting. I’m honestly just proud to have something I’m so motivated by, particularly in the money saving arena.



My Morning Jacket’s Playing at My House

All photos are taken by JLBNerdy


Ok, so the title is actually an LCD Soundsystem reference, but My Morning Jacket might as well be playing at my house, I mean, they are playing in Chattanooga in October!

Yes, my dreams have come true & Jim James & the boys are coming to my hometown for a gig in the most sweet spot around- the Tivoli Theater.  The theater opened in 1921 & has been a gorgeous venue for the musicals and speakers that I’ve seen there, but I have a feeling that MMJ is going to take the cake. Oh, and it seats about 1000 people- that is going to be an amazingly intimate show!

In honor of the super exciting show announcement, I went walking down memory lane & have some fun memories to share about the 6 times previous that I have been lucky enough to see my absolute

favorite band live & in concert.

Fall 2007/Nashville/Riverfront Park


The first time I saw MMJ was after I’d heard a few songs by the guys & won tickets from Out the Other (then on WRVU, the Vanderbilt radio station). Thanks to Janet & her great show, I was introduced the pure joy that can be found at a magical show. This one took place on the side of the Cumberland River, in downtown Nashville, across the way from the Titans playing a pre-season football game, complete with fireworks. That’s how you do your first time.


August 2011/Atlanta/Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

This shot is from a disposable camera…pretty sweet for a rail spot.

My friend Kristi & I were front row for the second show in my MMJ outings. Pro Tip: at this venue, if you were a Verizon subscriber, you get in five minutes earlier. This works amazing when you are looking forward to a spot on the rail.


November 2011/Nashville/ Vanderbilt Auditorium


It was a pretty surprising turn of events to get to see MMJ twice in a few month span. I think that this might have been Vandy’s homecoming, but as far as I was concerned, it was an excuse to see my fave band again. The night was kinda crazy & I wound up going with a friend of a friend & making our way to much better seats once the show got started. Good times.


July 2012/Louisville, KY/ Forecastle Festival 2012


MMJ got me to visit Louisville, that is totally true. The Forecastle festival celebrated its 10th anniversary by letting the boys curate the line up & headline their home turf on the Saturday night. I’d been really wanting to check out a hometown show, so this one got me to the festival which has turned into my favorite. The best part of this set? Jim speaking in a British accent & singing as George Michael in a cover of “Careless Whisper”, eventually changing the lyrics to “bananas, bananas” & throwing said bananas into the crowd. That was worth the price of admission alone.


August 2012/Atlanta/ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater


A year later, I returned to the scene of the crime but this time with the love of my life (so not what I was expecting, but so happy that was the case). We also lucked out and saw Band of Horses for the first time this night. I knew a few songs, but as soon as we got home I picked up the BoH albums & we’ve seen them a few times now & have a shared love of the band as well, so thanks for the intro, MMJ.  This was also Loss’ first MMJ show, so it was awesome for us to share in the common love for the music.


June 2013/Nashville/Riverfront Park (but a different spot than previous)


This show was a no brainer, on my birthday, supporting Wilco and BOB DYLAN. That’s all you need to know. (fun fact: Loss & I bonded over some Dylan when we first met & hearing him play “Tangled Up in Blue” right before we left was just perfect & super special, even if we couldn’t understand exactly what he was saying. Love you, Bobby D!).

So there it is…a fun little walk down memory lane to get the excitement going for my hometown visit from the My Morning Jacket guys. I know it might seem a little repetitive, but they put on such a great show, I can’t help but get stoked for the next one…so here’s to some dancing and singing along October 26th!



PS  Can’t let this post go without sharing this picture from Forecastle 2014 when Spanish Gold played & Patrick, the drummer from Spanish Gold & also a little band called MMJ, did some meet & greet time. Thanks for letting me share!


Currently Nerding Out Over

Hi friends, how’s it going? Long time, no write, I know. I read about someone calling themselves a “lapsed blogger” and I totally can relate to that term.

But here we are and I just paid for another year of, so I figured we might as well put it to use. Since it’s been a while since I’ve written, it’s a good time to share what I’ve been nerding out over lately, especially over this long Labor Day weekend.



tokyo map small

I’ve mentioned it before on the blog & am excited to say we have started prepping and planning for the big trek in 2018.  Saving has not been a strong suit in the past year or so since getting married, but we recently started putting some money away with the motivation to make the bucket list trip happen before too long.  I’m still not honestly sure how we’re going to make the $4000 in airfare, but it’ll happen as long as we stay motivated.

After watching so many vlogs on youtube lately, I’m more  motivated than ever to see the big city of Tokyo and trek out to Osaka and Kyoto as well. As we look more into the adventure and planning, I’ll keep the blog updated. I’ve found lots of great information online and would love to make a series of posts on Japan to add my voice & experiences to the conversation.



Belle mug

Call me nerdy if it’s linked to my Japanese research, but lately tea is back in.  I’ve recently rediscovered the decaf lemon lift and it has been hitting the spot for that the comfortable feeling. It might be a subconscious longing for fall and that comfy feeling, but tea is good for you, so I’ll take it. Lots of it.



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I didn’t mean to get hooked on the Travel Channel show, Expedition Unknown, but after catching a few episodes of the show at the in-laws house, I was so on board. Losson is convinced it’s solely because of host Josh Gates’ Chris Pratt like looks (yeah, he’s handsome, I won’t front) and his snarky comments that are intermittently thrown in, but the adventure also has pulled me in. I wouldn’t consider myself very interested in that world, but it’s just good. While looking for various legendary places and items, Josh makes me super nervous as he seemingly jumps into any random hole or pit in the ground that is on the path to (hopefully) find what he is looking for. I also have an immense respect for the crew that goes on the treks as well. I can’t even fathom it. But I love watching it. And you can too on Netflix & also a new season starting up soon on Travel Channel. If you have on demand included with your cable package, such as with Comcast, episodes from season two are currently available to be watched.

Take an adventure with Josh & crew while sitting on your couch- I highly suggest it!



The State of JLB Nerdy


Recently, my Orlando expert friend Ken gave a “State of Things” on his podcast, the Orlando Tourism Report– he looked at what’s working? What’s not? What could be tweaked?  Ken’s analysis, findings & changes he shared made me take a step back & try to do the same thing for myself.  I’ve been doing this writing thing a lot shorter time than OTR has been on the air/podcast apps, but it was an important reminder to continually assess & realign, so here we are.

I’ve been running the JLBNerdy blog since October of 2015 and only have a handful of posts- and that signals that it’s time to get on it. In all the marketing advice I’ve seen on pinterest (hard research- that’s how I roll), it’s all about scheduling. Knowing that, Sunday is now going to be post day. Instead of over scheduling and stressing, it’s going to be one post a week unless something awesome & extra & random shows up. My goal is to keep it nerdy, keep it real & keep it me, so rest easy on that end.

As previously mentioned, I’ve been writing via Fiverr, freelancing for individuals directly and looking at some larger projects in the near future as well. The amount of writing I’ve done lately is awesome & I’m aiming for a day in which I do only that for work. There’s big goals & little goals sprinkled down the road ahead for me- & I’m simply excited to have an audience to help make that journey possible.

Feel free to comment or shoot me a note if you’ve got anything you’d like to throw out there- I’d love any feedback you’ve got to share.



PS Like I said, Ken is THE authority on Orlando and Central Florida. If you’re interested in that, check out the Orlando Tourism Report to hear from some of my favorite nerds around.


Conquering the Fear: Freelance Writing


Friends, I’ve finally done it.

I started freelance writing. I sucked it up and decided to not be afraid anymore and move forward. Besides, a smart man named Kevin Smith said  that if something is scary, do it. Forget that fear and just dive in (more on the Q&A session with Kevin that we attended later in a possible review of Atlanta stop, if only so I have an excuse to share the selfies Losson & I got with him)

I decided that April was the time to start, so I did what I had been considering for a while & signed up for a Fiverr account. The website is an awesome website where you can buy and sell services starting at $5 a pop. After fees, as a seller, you bring in 80% of those sales, so you don’t start off being a billionaire- that comes later. The increments of what you offer/how much/the cost can vary based on your offerings and what folks are wanting to buy as well. For example, a base 500 word blog post/article from me is $5 for a 3 day delivery, but for an extra $5 you can get 1000 words instead or pay extra to get it a day earlier- it’s very flexible and I like that.

So Fiverr is my start. I figure once I get a little more experience I’ll look at some bigger, meatier freelance jobs but this is a good side hustle for the moment. My biggest goal is to get $200 in sales so I can buy a new laptop (it’d cover about half the cost), then I’ll really be making it in my mind. Thus far, I’m about 1/4 of the way there, so it’ll happen before too long, hopefully.

I lied..I had to go ahead & post the selfie with Kevin Smith here. #Fave

I’m still surprised every time I get an order that people want to pay for my words. Even though it’s their assignments, the fact they want me to put their expressions together is pretty awesome. I haven’t really advertised a whole lot either, so the buyers I have gotten are pretty random and so appreciated, too.

I’ve done a lot of scary things in my life-quit my job of 5 years, get married (hey, it can be scary to say ‘forever’!), etc., but this journey of becoming a freelance writer is one that I am super proud of already, not just in hindsight. I could have thought about starting for a lot longer before I did, but I decided to just jump in and see what happened. Within three hours  of having an account, I had an order for an blog post in my inbox.

So here’s to conquering any fears that might be a hindrance to what you dream of doing- that fear is more than likely just a figment of your imagination- take that chance and just see what happens!



PS If you’re looking for some writing, I’d love to write an article or press release or even some tweets for you! Check out the Gigs I’ve got posted on Fiverr.

Writing: Always in Flux…

I’ve absent some lately & I must explain myself. I blame Kevin Smith.

I’ve written before about Kevin, my enjoyment of his films & my love for what he stands for- not just the inappropriate sayings I’ll spare you from here. Kevin is a man on a mission to inspire. He took a leap of faith to begin his career in 1992 & create “Clerks” by maxing out some credit cards. His gamble paid off  & the film found a deal with Miramax. Kev was able to pay off those credit cards & also start down a creative path that led to many more films & a cult following.

I say all of that to tell you that Kevin Smith has inspired me to find my thing. He is forever talking about how people need to find their passion, follow it & make their life what they want it to be. That being said, I want to be a writer.

You’re probably thinking “well duh, she writes” by the simple fact I’ve got a blog in the first place, but there’s more to it than that- I’m admittedly scared with this writing realization.

Writing is hard & eventually being a freelancer is something that I dream about but makes me nervous. There’s 3 big reasons that I’m not so certain about writing- my mindset, my laziness & my need/want for new equipment.

My mindset is full of “but who would pay for my words?”.  This questioning also informs my subconscious self-sabatoging that I have a tendency to do. If I didn’t self sabotage, I would have graduated college a semester sooner, I’d probably weigh a few less pounds & I imagine I’d honestly be a little less stressed out in life. It has gotten much better but I still have my moments & areas that I’m not so certain about. With some positive performances & feedback, I know it’ll get better, but I’ve got to make it to that point.

My laptop fan is shot, so I kind of feel in order to get much work done, I need a new laptop. That’s not the most crucial thing though. I’ve got Losson’s computer to use &  can save for a new laptop- as long as I have paper & pen I can write, right? Right, just gotta keep reminding myself.

So there it is, all laid out. My fears are pretty much all in my head & I need to continue to move away from that. If you have any advice on freelancing, writing or generally being a positive, confident person, I’ll take any & all pointers!