Articles by " Jessica Philo"
8 Jul

JP’s Picks!

Food Rules by Michael Pollan  & Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson

These books will change the way you look at food, grocery shopping, and produce FOREVER, in the best way. Food Rules gives you the reasons behind just exactly how our food is making us sick and fat, and then tells you how to change your shopping and eating habits to cut out preservatives, chemicals, and artificial flavors in your foods. If you've heard of clean eating, this is the bible. Eating on the Wild Side gives you the best advice on how to shop for produce. What variety of every vegetable is nutritionally best for you, how to tell if your carrots are fresh when you buy them, how to tell if that bag of grapes is a million years old or only a few weeks old, and so much more.

The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver


You know how you pick up a book and start reading it in the store to see if you want to buy it and before you know it you've read 20 pages? This happened to me with the first book in this trilogy. I had to get it. I was immediately pulled in by the world Oliver has created. A world where there is no love, because it is the most dangerous disorder on earth, cured only by a procedure in the brain. You'll feel all the feels as you follow Lena from 'Ima-Get-My-Brain-Washed' to 'Now-Wait-Just-A-Damn-Minute'. The second and third books in this un-put-down-able series are Pandemonium and Requiem.

The Circle by Dave Eggers


Have you ever wondered what the world might look like if technology and social media started to infiltrate every aspect of our lives? I hadn't really thought about it. Not until The Circle. As you watch Mae's life go from boring cubicle job in the suburbs, to un-eraseable sex tape and CONSTANT sharing online in LA, you'll find yourself wondering where the Internet will take us. In the words of The Circle, "Secrets are lies. Sharing is caring. Privacy is theft." If that doesn't sound like the most thought-provoking set of sentences, I don't know what does. Pick up this book for an interesting look into a potential future of social media and an interesting storyline to boot.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple


This is the chronological recounting of how Bernadette Fox went missing, and how she was found. Several story lines start separately and end twisted together, and almost all of the story is told through a paper trail of letters, e-mails, confidential FBI files, psychologists notes, handwritten notes, faxes, and IM chats compiled by Bernadette’s daughter Bee, after Bernadette mysteriously goes missing. Much of the book hinges on a promised trip to Antarctica which gets Bernadette into all sorts of trouble before she disappears. Her virtual assistant in India who is actually the Russian mob does not help appearances. This social satire had me turning the pages eagerly to find out where the eff Bernadette went and how she did it.

Redwall by Brian Jacques


This was one of my most favorite books when I was 10. It's a classic tale of good versus evil as the peace-loving mice of Redwall take on the eeeeevil Cluny the Scourge. This book written for children but enjoyable for anyone will have you rooting for the underdog, and pining for Cluny's demise.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

I've NEVER been so mentally effed up by a book. I thought about this book for WEEKS after I was finished with it. It gets into your brain and you just can't get it out. It's the perfect amount of sick, twisted, and yet... totally understandable. The levels of cray cray in this book are unparalleled, and it will make you want to take a shower and then read it all over again.

8 Jul

All of July is AC Appreciation Days!

You know what's awful? Being out, sweating practically to death, and then coming home to your sweltering home. And sweating fully to death.

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Or you know, a lot. Whatever. I've died about a million times in my melodramatic life.

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She's actually outside? So IDK WTF is going on but IT'S FINE, Gil Elvgren.

The point is, ain't nobody got time to be sweating their dick off in summer. Especially when they're trying to sleep.

"The actress recalls having to have the air conditioning angled at her while on the set of Harry Potter." Sort of related.

"The actress recalls having to have the air conditioning angled at her while on the set of Harry Potter." Sort of related. AND YOU GO GURL. Anyway.

Or better yet, has your car's AC ever stopped working in the dead of summer? It's like when you first get into your car after it's been buttoned up, except it never really cools off and you're essentially riding around in a giant, sun powered toaster oven. No thank you.

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*Psh might as well ride my horse everywhere* Cars with no AC. PUH-LEASE.

These are all of the reasons I appreciate AC. These dogs are not enjoying AC but the output from an AC. But THEY ARE STILL SO CUTE.

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As always, here at KUAC 2


30 Jun

July 2015 Calendar of Events

Oh, July, you are the delicious epitome of summer. Hot days, hot dogs, corn on the cob, air conditioning, ice cream, french fries, Independence Day... July makes me nostalgic for those sticky ice pops with the plastic that will cut your lip, the pool, and sunshine. Mmm. Click through to see all of our wonderful reasons to celebrate this month!

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"I drifted into a summer-nap under the hot shade of July, serenaded by a cicadae lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder." Terri Guillemets


22 Jun

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Eric Carle

When I say 'Eric Carle' you probably think instantly of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What you probably don't know about Mr. Carle is that he had a cray cray life before he started writing and illustrating children's literature.  He was born in America in 1929 but his family moved back to Germany when he was 6, and he graduated from the local art school there. When he was 15, the German government drafted him to help dig the Siegfried Line. He saw some horrible shit doing that, he would say later that his wife thought he had PTSD from it, and he didn't like to talk about it. Go figure.

Since he was born an American, he was always eager to get back to the states. He came back over with $40 when he was 23. He started working at The New York Times as a graphic designer. Then he got drafted into the US Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany (WTF REALLY?!) as a mail clerk. He went back to The New York Times after that, and then went on to be an art director at an advertising agency.

It wasn't until the age of 38 that he started doing his forreal thang. He collaborated with Bill Martin. Jr. on a book called Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? From there it was ENTIRELY DOWNHILL! He wrote over 70 books. SEVENTY! The book that stands out from my childhood is The Grouchy Ladybug, because well, children with an at-ee-tood can relate.




Now that you've been schooled on Eric Carle, I suggest you get to buying all of these books for every child you know because OH MY HEAVENS are they perfect. Adorable, meaningful, and have I freaking mentioned adorable? Happy birthday, Eric Carle!

18 Jun

Take Your Dog to Work Day: June 20!

One of the few things cooler than actually owning a dog is being able to take it places. Ya know, you can't just walk into the grocery store or the pharmacy with your dog. So you have to leave Fido at home while you run errands and go to work and you know that he's secretly mad at you when you do this and then you feel bad but what can you do? Luckily, Shadyside is pretty darn accommodating when it comes to bringing your dog out and about. We are one of the many awesome businesses that has no problem-o with your bringing your dog in with you.

Yogi comes to work!

Yogi comes to work!

Enter Take Your Dog to Work Day. Problem solved! You get to bring your dog with you instead of leaving him home to stare at the wall for the entire day, just so he has as much energy as possible stored up when you get home so he can drive you absolutely nuts with all of his energy. This is the one day of the year where you say, "To hell with that!" and you bring your doggy along. And by the time you get home at the end of the day he is joyously worn out from being *awake* all day. What a strange sensation for the both of you!

I hope you have an enjoyable day at work hanging out with your dog! Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!

16 Jun

Happy Fudge Day! Except I Didn’t Say, Fudge.’

Oh fudge

Did you know that fudge is "made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk, heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240 °F, and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency?" That's not what I would have guessed 'the soft-ball stage' is if you asked me, but hey! You learn something new every day.

This is not particularly relevant, but yes it is. You shut your mouth.

This is not particularly relevant, but yes it is. You shut your mouth. 

he's back

Tangent: when we went to see this movie in the theater, at this part my dad yelled, "Duh!" People loled.


Anyway. Fudge is one of those things that you really could not just eat forever and ever. Because it's so flippity-fracking rich. Which is the point of it, so you really can't hold that against it. My favorite fudge is packed with nuts because I am a nut for nuts. Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pecans... Yes please.


I'm also fairly certain I can thank Little Debbie for this obsession.


Little Debbie

These were my FAVORITE thing to buy with my lunch money. See also: Zebra Cakes. Apparently Little Debbie owned my 10 year old soul.

It's been rumored that individuals have been known to add fruit to fudge, and I for one find that completely repulsive.


I just threw up in my mouth a little.


Why would you go and ruin perfectly good chocolate with fruit? The people that like fruity fudge probably like vanilla ice cream too.


Judging you.

Back to the real fudge *hair flip*





Did you know that a person who packages fudge is a fudge packer? Apparently South Park made Tom Cruise a fudge packer in an episode. ...I can see that.


I will conclude this Fudge Day post with instructions to get yoself so delicious fudge today.


30 May

June 2015 Calendar of Events

Welcome summer! June is an exciting twelfth of the year. It’s full of things we love – gay pride, iced tea, Richard Scarry, gay pride, doughnuts, juggling, sunshine, gay pride… Do we have your attention? I thought we might. Click through to see all of the reasons you should be celebrating this fine June!

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These are the June KU Cards you can get to send to your awesome friends :)


25 May

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial day is a two pronged holiday. You've got your patriotic-honor-those-who-have-died-for-our-country side, and the IT'S-FINALLY-SUMMER side. While the spirit of each is quite different, Memorial Day serves as an important day for America.

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It does a body and mind good to take a moment to be thankful for the people who have given their lives for this country. That's huge.

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It takes a lot of courage to serve for your country and do it selflessly, and for that, I'm ever thankful.

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Memorial Day is a great day to get together with your family and friends to appreciate your freedom. Can't hurt to have some delicious food and drink, either.

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No, these are not french fries, THEY ARE FREEDOM FRIES. 

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Burgers and dogs COMIN' RIGHT UP.

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Inserting into facehole in 3... 2... 1...

No BBQ is complete without patriotic punch!

No BBQ is complete without patriotic punch!

Here's a complimentary Hulk Hogan being American gif:

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