Archive for June, 2010

Thirsty?

June 30, 2010

Now presenting…

New j&k coffee mugs. No joke!

Come get one tomorrow night at the Nashville show!

12th&Porter 7:30pm!

If you can’t come, get your friend to get you one or wait patiently and soon they will be available online!

Woop!

love, peace & coffee…

j&k

M.I.A

June 29, 2010

Dear Fill-In-Your-Name-Here…

You might be thinking where the heck are jillandkate? They’ve been so M.I.A lately…well, we are not Missing In Action and we aren’t collaborating with M.I.A (the singer)…even though that would be cool. Haha. We’ve been working our butts off getting ready for the July 1st show and a two day photo-shoot extravaganza with our talented amigo Todd.

But don’t think we haven’t been thinking of you…cause we have…that’s why we made these sweet new t-shirts…

OK…alright…now stop drooling over our models…which also happen to be the fine gentlemen playing with us on Thursday night….ahhh….Thursday night….

In case you forgot…or don’t know what we are talking about…

So, if you are coming to the show, you can buy one of those nifty new t-shirts…we hear everyone will be wearing them this summer…they are all the rage…oh man we’re lame…haha…but fret not ye who aren’t coming to the show…we will have them up online to order soon 🙂

And just because we think you are great…check back tomorrow and we’ll show you another piece of NEW j&k merch. Ooooh….ahhhhh…..

You’re giddy right? We are…

But only on the inside, cause right now we are freakin’ tired…

Night night.

Love,

-j&k-

Mercy

June 25, 2010

I have been reading this book for SOOOOOOO long. In fact, I carried it all over the world with me on the last tour…and still haven’t finished. Not because it’s a hard read….just because I haven’t been reading a lot lately. AHhhhhh….I’m so lame! So, I’m on page 277 and there are 400 pages…I’ll let you know when I finish. I will finish this book soon. I will finish this book soon. I will finish this book soon.

Cheers 🙂

-k

Song on June 17th…

June 18, 2010

This is straight from the car on a roadtrip from Nashville to Chicago. We wrote and recorded it somewhere between Kentucky and Indiana…fun times!

Rehearsal Pics

June 16, 2010

Here are some pictures of us rehearsing for the July 1st Nashville show. Can’t wait!

DJFORM doing his thing…

Miles, Jill & Jason being super cool.

Sunday Stuff…

June 13, 2010

It’s Sunday afternoon and I am sitting here listening to The Weepies as I simultaneously listen to the rain and thunder outside my window.

The Weepies have this way of making me happy and sad all at the same time and for some reason I always want to listen to them when I’m feeling a little melancholy. They help me balance out my emotions.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong, but do you ever have a day (or couple days) when you just feel like you suck at life? It’s the simplest thing that can make you feel stupid. I made a stupid musical error yesterday and it really set me off. At the end of the day, it was so not a big deal that I should have just been like “oops” and moved past it, but I HATE being wrong…come on…who really likes being wrong?

A friend of mine said to me yesterday: “Humble pie tastes like crap!” (that was slightly censored, but you get the idea.) And it really does…ugh…I hate looking and feeling stupid!

I have the tendency to be a little hard on myself and fortunately I have some good people around to remind me to chill out a little. However, sometimes there’s no one around to remind you to take it easy on yourself.

So, this is ME telling YOU to give yourself a break in case no one else is doing that for you right now. We all screw up—in big and small ways—and at some point you have to suck it up and get on with life.

So, admit you’re wrong, tell yourself it’s okay, and get on with your day. I’m going to. And while you’re at it, turn on “Citywide Rodeo” by The Weepies. Put it on repeat like I do if you want to. Everything’s okay.

-jill

Summer Fun List!

June 10, 2010

Okay–I love reading other people’s blogs. I guess maybe it’s my nosy/curious side appropriately peeking into other people’s lives. For some reason I love reading blogs from moms’ perspectives…maybe because their lives are so drastically different from my life 🙂 So, there is this lady, Meg,  that I’ve never met but I read her blog from time to time. She made a summer list for her kids to have fun things to do/look forward to and that made me wanna do one. Here is what hers looked like:

That’s my goal for today. To make a Summer 2010 fun list o’ things to do. Maybe you should too?

Hee-hee.

-kate & jill too

Pilates = Life Lessons?

June 8, 2010

So a few weeks ago I started taking pilates classes with some friends. For those of you who have no earthly idea what I’m talking about…I don’t either 🙂 Haha. It’s a form of strengthening your muscles, starting with your core muscles…a different way to tone and help your body. If you want to know more, click here. Ok, so anywho…

I think Pilates reminded me of a life lesson that is super important. Here’s how. In my sessions, my super awesome but still makes me work really hard trainer, Erin, stands near me and is constantly reminding me to do these little things: put my shoulders down, suck in my stomach, lower my back, straighten my hips, straighten my arms, breathe, etc. If I weren’t constantly reminded throughout my 60 minute session, I would go about my little business and not even realize I was missing anything and I wouldn’t get as an effective session in. But I’m gonna be honest–Pilates has this tricky way of fooling you–cause sometimes you are doing something and you’re like “they think this is working out? this is awesome! it’s easy! i’m just laying on one of these fun little machines!”

But alas, all of a sudden you are reminded to do the SMALLEST action possible and all of a sudden it’s SO hard. Then you are like, “what the crap–this Pilates thing is ridiculously hard…who does this? and on machines that look like this? what?”

So here I am three weeks later and when my trainer corrects me to do that small, seemingly insignificant action, it’s not as hard and I feel stronger! WOOHOO! It’s the small things people, the small things 🙂 And so that’s how Pilates reminded me that it’s the small things in life that will eventually make the biggest difference. Taking 5 minutes before work to listen to your favorite “pump you up” song or picking up a piece of trash that isn’t yours or drinking an extra glass of water in a day, or calling someone that you don’t particularly enjoy conversing with but you know could really use a chat (even if they are a chatty cathy!) or going to bed that half an hour earlier to get a bit more shut eye…

Whatever you do, do not think that only large grand gestures count. It’s all of the small ones that add up to making the big, influential ones. I’ll even use singing as an example: if I never took time to sing in the weeks/months before a show and just got up to perform an hour long set it probably wouldn’t be that great. Why? (I know you are shocked that I just don’t naturally exude pure excellence…HA ha ha!) Because I didn’t spend the little moments leading up to the big moments.

So, why did I write this epically long blog? I’m not sure. Just know that tomorrow morning in my class I may be doing this:

HA! YEAH RIGHT! I can’t do that 🙂  I’ll be more like this awesome lady (also I’ll be in the same outfit + hair-do):

Alright, night night blog land.

-kate

Souls wearing skin…(via Lee Ann Lambert)

June 7, 2010

Hello. Jill here. Long time no blog from this kid. Sorry about that.

So, as I was surfing the web the other day, I found this blog: www.livingintroverted.com — it’s a blog by a woman named Lee Ann Lambert. I stumbled upon it and find a lot of it pretty interesting…particularly because I myself am an introvert. Ok. So…

I really liked this entry she wrote called “Souls Wearing Skin.” I have included parts of the entry here for your reading enjoyment.  I couldn’t have written it better so I just copied and pasted some of her thoughts. Let me know what you think.

-j


Here it is: We are all, every one of us, just souls wearing skin.

The soul is the spark that comes from who knows where. We all have our own personal suspicions of how that spark occurs and where it comes from – that’s cool. That spark is what makes us human.

Souls wearing skin.

We (humans, me and you, all of us, except those who are incredibly enlightened) spend a huge amount of energy forgetting that we’re all the same. Introverts and extroverts. Jews and Muslims. Canadians and South Africans. Republicans and Democrats and Libertarians. Gays and straights. Pretties and uglies. All the differences are things we’re making a big deal about. And maybe we think all the hoopla is warranted, but if we could get past it, we’d probably all get along better.

I’m a prime example. I get so aggravated with people. People who don’t agree with me or think or act like me. What the hell is wrong with them?

Then sometimes I stop, and it hits me that they’re all struggling  just like I am. And they’re all flawed, just like I am.

The rich movies stars? You bet. The people who hate Americans? Struggling and flawed – just like me. The homeless people who live on the streets of Detroit? Yup. People who don’t recycle their plastics? Uh huh.

Some of us live charmed lives in comparison to others. Some of us can’t understand why certain others of us are so weird. Some of us are hurt by that lack of understanding. Some of us are destined to live painful, frightening lives. Some of us are angry at those who don’t think like us.

It’s us.

So. As an exercise in something – compassion, maybe – I’m going to try to keep this concept in mind as I go about my days and my interactions with other members of the human race.

Will I be successful? I think I have the ability to remind myself of this truth: that we’re all just trying to get through life and we’re all lost to varying degrees, and we’re all trying to put on faces to make ourselves look like we’ve got it handled, and all of us worry about things in the middle of the night when it’s dark.

We all get a suit of skin to wear (not in the Silence of the Lambs way). And we all get a set of circumstances to make do with. Maybe we need to give each other a break once in a while.

There are surely going to be naysayers out there who complain that people are still going to be crappy to others. People are still going to fight about things. People will still take advantage of the system. People are stupid. People are going to rip each other off and take advantage of each other.

And it’s true that the world will probably always have bad people in it, who won’t look inside because they’re just too frightened of what they’ll find, or what the consequences of doing so will be. I get that.

But I’ve noticed that when I remember that others are as fragile, tired, hopeful, and scared as I am, or maybe more than I am, it makes me a better person. Regardless of what the rest of the almost 7 billion do.


Clean Out Your Closet!

June 6, 2010

So, we all have those days when we stand in front of our piles of clothes on the floor closets and don’t know what to wear. If you’re anything like me, while you look for a shirt or pants you pass about 6 items and have a perfect excuse about why you cant wear that today…”it’s too tight”, “i can only wear that color when I’m tanner”, “that only fits if I’ve had E Coli for two weeks”…you get the picture. Then you go back to your favorite comfy pants/pair of jeans or worn in t-shirt that you wear at least 3 times a week and call it a day. And in a few days you’ll do the same thing over again…and those 6 or more items that sit in your closet, forever unworn, just sit and collect dust and take up precious space in your closet.

So–go get a plastic trash bag, go through your pile on floor closet and with no abandon grab the items you never wear and give them away! There are people who could actually make good use of your excess that you won’t even miss. You can donate used items at local Salvation Army drop-off points, or at Goodwill Store & Donation centers.

A friend of mine just went through her closet and it has inspired me 🙂 So I’m off to tear through my closet on this lovely Sunday afternoon and see what damage I can do (in a good way)!

Cheers to getting organized & helping others too!

-kate