Articles by " Jessica Philo"
10 Aug

Resurrect Romance Week

August 10-16 is Resurrect Romance Week. This week is 6 months from Valentine's Day and the point isn't to give gifts and things, but to spend time with and actually pay attention to each other.

Sounds awesome to me!

So. If you're looking to pamper your significant other this week, may I suggest a week of fun activities sans spending tons of money?

You can have your shit together like these two if you play your cards right!

You can have your shit together like these two if you play your cards right!

  • Massages. Feet hurt? Back hurt? Get some body oil or lotion and help each other out with your problem spots.
  • Write a love letter. Get sentimental and write down some stuff for your S/O. No one else will see it, so get personal!
  • Pay them many compliments. I once read that the ideal positive to negative comment ratio is 6 to 1. Meaning for people to feel good you need to say 6 nice things to every 1 negative thing. The negative things stick in the brain. So lay it on em! (Negative comments not required.)
  • Surprise meal! Maybe it's breakfast in bed, or maybe it's having dinner ready and on the table when they get home from work. Whatever will float their boat. Candles won't hurt either. Maybe you can steal some flowers from your garden, too.
Bad coordinating tattoos not recommended. Also, very costly.

Bad coordinating tattoos not recommended. Also, very costly.

  • Draw a bath for them. You could do this just for them or you could enjoy together if your tub will allow it. Baths are relaxing and warm and bubbly and a good time for relaxing. Did I mention they're relaxing?
  • Movie night! Pick something you'll both like, pop some popcorn, and snuggle up.
  • Reminisce. You know those photo albums you have lying around but never look at? Now would be a good time to flip through them together and re-live all of those memories. Ahh, memories.
  • Bake together. Brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cake... Whatever you two want.
  • Take a walk together. To nowhere. For nothing. Just be!
  • Welcome them home with sidewalk chalk. Cute messages recommended.
Roaming around a corn field is free (if not trespassing). Bugs likely included.

Roaming around a corn field is free (if not trespassing). Bugs likely included.

13 Jul

Happy French Fry Day

French fries: they don't count as a vegetable but who gives a shit?


I love french fries.

Fried up, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside french fries. I love to dip 'em in Ranch, mayo, or ketchup.

Are you seeing how golden and delicious these are? ARE YOU SEEING IT?

Cheese fries are even better. Smother those bad boys with a ton of melted cheese, top 'em with bacon and a side of sour cream and you have my eternal gratitude.

Cheese fries

People say I'm hard to shop for, but in my defense, no one ever tried french fries and bacon...

Can we talk about steak fries? Gah. SO GOOD.
steak fries

Can we also talk about how putting ketchup on your french fries like this is A SIN IN MY EYES? THE KETCHUP WILL GET ON YOUR HANDS AND THEN THEY WILL BE STICKY AND THEN AND THEN AND THEN


I can almost feel my arteries clogging each time I eat french fries or cheese fries. But then I think about how DELICIOUS THEY ARE IN MY MOUTH and I push aside the bad feelings and just eat. Because denial is the best way for eating foodz that are so good they're bad.

Now that I'm finished singing french fries' praises I'm going to go um, GET SOME FRIES. Bye.

26 Jun

Dobby, A Free Elf

I don't know about you, but every time a sock goes missing in the laundry, I can't help but think of Dobby. Sweet, well intentioned yet disastrous Dobby.

When The Deathly Hallows was released in 2007 I re-read the entire series before I dug into it. And when *spoiler alert* Dobby dies, I cried. I ugly cried right into my book.

right in the feels

Damn J.K. you sure know how to F a lady up in the feels.

I slowly recovered, but was always adamantly a Dobby enthusiast. When The Deathly Hallows Part 1 film was released in 2010, again, I ugly cried, but this time in  a room full of strangers.

Every time I see a weird little dog with buggy eyes, I secretly name it Dobby. The spindly little Whippet that lives in the Hey Betty store window during the day has only one name to me, and it's Dobby.

And now, for some Dobby quotes which are A+.

Dobby never meant to kill! Dobby only meant to maim, or seriously injure!

Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them five times a day at home.

"Yes, Harry Potter!" said Dobby at once, his great eyes shining with excitement. "And if Dobby does it wrong, Dobby will throw himself off the topmost tower, Harry Potter!"

dobby is free

Happy Birthday, Dobby! <3 U.

18 Jun


If you know us at KU (and me, this is JP speaking, hi) we love dogs. We're pet friendly and we welcome doggies in the store.

But what about bringing your dog to WORK? How friggin awesome would that be? Who has a workplace that would be worse off with dogs present? Probably trash men or like, surgeons on surgery day, but whatever, that's not what we do here. ANYWHO. You're in luck if this is getting you jazzed.

Friday June 20 is take your dog to work day, and provided that no one is allergic to your little friend and your dog is sociable, YOU SHOULD DO EET. Ask your boss, take Feefee for a long walk before work and enjoy the stress relieving companionship your dog provides. Plus, people who don't have a dog but love dogs will be so excited to see a DOGGY! HI DOGGY! CAN I PET HIM? OH MY GOD I LOVE HIM! HE'S SO PRECIOUS! And even better, you'll have someone to talk to all day that will do absolutely 0 talking back. Perf.

This is a face you'll be seeing here at KU on Friday :) He will be available to be petted and loved in general because that's his MO.

My precious little Yogi

My precious little Yogi

16 May


Pizza parties are one of the best things you can do for others. You might think giving compliments or generally being courteous or even giving people money is important, but nothing is more important than pizza parties.

The announcement of a pizza party will instantly lift the spirits of any group of people. This relatively small gesture of free, warm, cheesy pizza is one of the best ways to get people smiling. This is just science people. Science.

This is literally what will happen.

Before pizza party:



After pizza party:


The Ninja Turtles had the right idea:


If you really want to get sneaky, you can host a secret pizza party, like the racoon main character in the awesome book we sell, entitled Secret Pizza Party. All he ever wants is pizza, but he keeps getting "bonked" in the head with a broom. So he devises a plan to get himself some pizza to have a secret pizza party. It's a wonderful book and a wonderful idea. All pizza parties are a wonderful idea!

May your pizza party be blessed with warm cheesy pizza, good conversation, and good times :)

10 May

National Miniature Golf Day

Anyone that's played a round of golf knows that um, golf isn't easy. You can't just pick up a set of clubs and ride your golf cart into the sunset after scoring under par.

Mini golf isn't a piece of cake either, but it makes for a much less serious time. The spirit of mini golf is upbeat and fun.

There are many stages/feels of mini golf.

When you miss the ball entirely:

lord is testing me


When you overcompensate and hit the shit out of the ball:

too far


When you somehow manage to hit a hole in one:


When it takes you 7 strokes every hole to get the ball in and everyone is waiting for you:


When someone you're with takes a pro golf stance:

gon be good

When you get to the hole with the windmill and time it perfectly so you hit it and miss the opening:


When you hit the ball into the water and everyone has to wait for you to fish it out:pass out

When you purposely hit the ball in the water because you realize it's part of that hole's strategy:


When someone else hits your ball in with their ball:


When you encounter a hole that looks like a giant vagina:

Now that's what I call a questionable hole. (I've been waiting 7 years to find a use for this photo of mine)

Now that's what I call a questionable hole. (I've been waiting 7 years to find a use for this photo of mine)

malfoy scared

When the score is tallied and you lost by a great margin:



When you know just how to fix that problem:



A for Affort

A for Affort

22 Apr

Earth Day, Earthy Earthy Earth Day!

This is an earth appreciation post.

I'm not here to talk about global warming or carbon dioxide in the atmosphere- you can get yelled at about that simply by watching the news.

I'm here to talk about the earth. The tiny spinning full-of-life planet we're all riding through space.

The earth is pretty spectacular when you think about it. I mean, just look at it for a minute.

Majestic, yes?

Okay, now look at this.

Honestly, how are we not just staring at Jupiter all the time? HOW CAN'T WE SEE IT? HOW ISN'T THE SKY JUST JUPITER?

Probably because of how far away it is, but still. The thing is gynorm.

To get marginally off topic, who remembers this?


I still can't say Jupiter out loud without going jupitERRRRRRR.

Okay okay back to the earth. Should I be capitalizing earth? And I call myself a 'writer'. Yeesh.

What I'm trying to say is that the Earth is our home. According to science, there's nowhere else for us homo sapiens to live in space. They keep trying to say we can live on Mars, but let's get real. Living on Mars makes living on Earth look heavenly. Air to breathe, water, agriculture... We may be slowly destroying the earth one pollutant at a time, but I challenge you to think about how you're impacting the Earth. What can you do to help out the frigging planet we live on? Pick up some trash, stop driving places you can walk, use reusable grocery bags, stop buying those godforsaken plastic disposable water bottles, recycle everything you possibly can, plant some clean air friendly plants, or get some energy efficient appliances. Simple changes can make a difference, and I implore you to make just one change in the name of the wonderful planet we call home.

You stay classy, Pittsburgh.

The 'burgh from space

13 Apr

It’s National Library Week!!!

My name is Jess and I'm in love with the idea of libraries.

If you know me you know that the library is one of my absolute favorite places to visit. I tend to get really excited when I talk about them, and here's why.

Libraries represent everything that is right with the world. Want to learn how to knit, or plant a garden? Suddenly interested in a new genre or author? Thinking about getting a dog? Thinking about having a baby? Libraries provide you with an extremely useful amount of free knowledge. Not to mention all of the sessions they hold for things like intermediate French conversation club, teen book clubs, or children's story time. And it doesn't just stop at books. Libraries also offer movies to rent for a small fee, books on tape (or CD), computers, access to the internet, tons of magazines to read, printers, help finding a job or fixing up your resume... Libraries do all of the things that have the power to positively change someone's life. Reading keeps me sane and the endless amount of books the library houses will keep me reading, well, forever. So let's celebrate National Library Week and get to the library!

Arthur had it right all along