Articles by " Jessi"
8 Mar

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Yeah, you heard me.

In hon­or of Nation­al Women’s Day, I want­ed to share some super cool cards we just got in that fea­ture badass wom­en. (Well, at least I think they’re cool, I designed them.) It all start­ed with Eliz­a­beth War­ren and what has become a bat­tle cry tak­en up by wom­en all around the globe. The wom­en fea­tured on the­se cards are per­son­al role mod­els of mine, each are strong in their own way.

Princess (and Gen­er­al) Leia Organa. My first role mod­el. I so want­ed to be like her when I grew up, con­fi­dent and take-no-shit atti­tude.

Ellen Rip­ley. Sur­viv­ing xenomorphs   AND mansplain­ing.

Daen­erys Storm­born of House Tar­garyen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt Queen of the… you get the pic­ture.
Also, Moth­er of DRAGONS!

Lady FUCKING Mor­mont!
(I don’t know what her actu­al mid­dle name is, but if it isn’t this, it should be, cause that girl is a stone cold badass.)

Hermione Granger.
There is absolute­ly no way Har­ry Pot­ter would’ve sur­vived with­out her.

Maeve Mil­lay of West­world.
I wish I could be half as smart and cun­ning as this host.


Ladies, I salute you. You have, and always will, per­sist.

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30 Mar

K.U.Tube is Here!

Hey gang, KU now has a YouTube chan­nel, how crazy is that?!?! In this video, Jes­si and Adam tell you what to expect from the chan­nel.

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23 Dec

A Festivus for the Rest of Us!

festivus1Tired of all the con­sumerism of the hol­i­day? Fed up with not being able to find that ONE gift that is out of stock EVERYWHERE? Get the urge to punch any­one with too much hol­i­day cheer? Then Fes­tivus is for you, my friend! Cel­e­brat­ed on the 23rd of Decem­ber, Fes­tivus is indeed a hol­i­day for the rest of us. How did it come about? It all start­ed with Frank Costan­za:

Frank Costan­za: Many Christ­mases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did anoth­er man. As I rained blows upon him, I real­ized there had to be anoth­er way.
Cos­mo Kramer: What hap­pened to the doll?
Frank Costan­za: It was destroyed. But out of that a new hol­i­day was born … a Fes­tivus for the rest of us!

And so, Fes­tivus was born! Want to cel­e­brate Fes­tivus but don’t know how? Here are a few things that you’re gonna want to be aware of:

fullsizeFestivusPoleThe Fes­tivus Pole - This is noth­ing more than an alu­minum pole. Inex­pen­sive, sim­ple, and has a high strength-to-weight ratio. It is com­plete­ly unadorned because “tin­sel is dis­tract­ing”.

4The Air­ing of Griev­ances — This takes place imme­di­ate­ly after Fes­tivus din­ner has been served (Din­ner should con­sist of either meat­loaf or spaghet­ti and no alco­hol, btw). Each par­tic­i­pant tells friends and fam­i­ly of all the instances where they dis­ap­point­ed him or her that year. Make sure to include your guests on how much they dis­ap­point­ed you as well!

The Feats of Strength - This nor­mal­ly fol­lows the Air­ing of Griev­ances. Fes­tivus isn’t offi­cial­ly over until the head of the house­hold is wres­tled to the floor and pinned.Don’t for­get to remove any bulky cloth­ing and shout the phrase “Let’s Rum­ble

The Fes­tivus Mir­a­cle - Any­thing can be a Fes­tivus Mir­a­cle… real­ly. Good or bad, it doesn’t mat­ter. Your friend who you invit­ed to the din­ner and who had rsvped and actu­al­ly showed up when the said they would? A FESTIVUS MIRACLE Your broth­er and his wife are fight­ing for the umpteen­th time about their chil­dren? A FESTIVUS MIRACLE! The toi­let is clogged? A FESTIVUS MIRACLE! (You get the idea)

festivus-7113951Are you tired of buy­ing and giv­ing gifts, only to have peo­ple tell you they made a dona­tion to a char­i­ty in your name? Don’t for­get about The Human Fund! Don’t spend any mon­ey this year, just give peo­ple this card and save your­self the has­sle and stress of shop­ping! Make peo­ple think you care when you actu­al­ly just can’t be both­ered!

You now know all you need to know about Fes­tivus! Come cel­e­brate with the rest of us cur­mud­geons! Hap­py Fes­tivus to All and to All a Good­night!


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8 Oct

Hey, Hey, It’s Pierogi Day!



My fam­i­ly is Pol­ish, and if there’s one thing I know, it’s piero­gies. They are the main sta­ple to fam­i­ly hol­i­day meals. We always have a vari­ety of pierogi choic­es on hand, and there isn’t ever any left­overs to be had. We’re pret­ty seri­ous about our piero­gies. Which is why today is a great freak­ing day. It’s Nation­al Pierogi Day! A day in which to cel­e­brate the glo­ri­ous, won­der­ful, scrump­tious pierogi!

For those of you who don’t real­ly know, a pierogi is basi­cal­ly a dumpling stuffed with an end­less vari­ety of fill­ings. Fill­ings can range any­where from sweet to savory, any­thing your lit­tle heart desires. The cur­rent run­ning favorite fill­ings in my fam­i­ly are sauer­kraut and pork, cot­tage cheese, spinach and lamb, and the clas­sic pota­to. You can have them boiled, baked, or fried. My fam­i­ly boils them, then fries them so they get all crispy gold­en in but­ter. YUM!

Look at dem pierogies go!

Look at those piero­gies go!

One thing that I real­ly like about Pitts­burgh is the fact that it loves its piero­gies too! If you’ve ever been to a Pirates base­ball game, you know what I’m talk­ing about. Each game there’s a Pierogi Race. Pitts­burgh loves piero­gies so much that it has 5 cos­tumed mas­cots race around the field… just because! They even have an offi­cial page on the Pirates web­site. They all have names and stats of how many races they’ve won. Crazy! Pitts­burgh even has it’s own Pierogi Food Truck. I’ve had them, and they were del­ish.

So, I’ve just real­ized that I’ve been say­ing ‘piero­gies’ as plu­ral of ‘pierogi’. Here’s a fun fact: the word pierogi is actu­al­ly already plu­ral in the Pol­ish lan­guage. It’s the orig­i­nal ‘betcha can’t eat just one’! Also, there are many MANY dif­fer­ent spelling of the word pierogi:  per­ogi, pier­o­gy, per­o­gy, pierógi, pyro­hy, pirogi, pyro­gie, pyr­o­gy, and even Pierożki. Whoa, where did that ‘Z’ come from? Oh, us sil­ly Polski’s got­ta stick them in every­thing!


I luvz da lit­tle piero­gies. I luvz dem good!

But seri­ous­ly, do you want to know why Octo­ber 8th is Nation­al Pierogi Day?  It was the day in 1952 when Ted Twardzik Sr. found­ed Mrs. T’s Piero­gies and pro­duced the first sam­ples for a local gro­cery store. Mrs. T’s, by the way, is the largest pro­duc­er of pierogi in the US. USAUSA!

Wan­na know some­thing else that’s cool? Piero­gies have their own patron saint! Oh yeah, Saint Hyacinth! There’s a Pol­ish say­ing, “Świę­ty Jacek z pierogami!”, (St. Hyacinth and his pierogi!) which is an old expres­sion of sur­prise, rough­ly equiv­a­lent to the Amer­i­can “good grief” or “holy smokes!” Looks like I just found my new favorite say­ing.

Wan­na know how much I love piero­gies? I real­ly REALLY wish I had writ­ten this Ode to Pierogi.

So today, get out there and track down the near­est pol­ish grand­ma (cause we all know that only gramma’s make them the best) and stuff your face with lit­tle pock­ets of good­ness! You know I will!

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3 Oct

Time To Get Cookin’, It’s National Cookbook Month

I don’t know about you, but as soon as the weath­er begins to get chilly, I get the urge to cook my lit­tle heart out. It’s the only time of year that I get tired of mak­ing the same old thing over and over again, and I begin to won­der what else I could add to my reper­toire. I’ll admit, cook­books used to fright­en me. I’d read a recipe and think “Yeah, THAT’S nev­er going to hap­pen.” Then one day, I said to hell with it and used a recipe out of a cook­book. The end result didn’t look any­thing like the pic­ture in the book (it nev­er does), but you know what? It was pret­ty damn good! I over­came my fear of screw­ing up a recipe and now have a pret­ty good col­lec­tion of cook­books.

Octo­ber is Nation­al Cook­book Mon­th, and boy, do we have all dif­fer­ent kinds of cook­books here at KU! Our cook­book sec­tion is a bonan­za of mouth­wa­ter­ing treats rang­ing from clas­sic to the obscure. It’s pret­ty great!


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We car­ry authors like Nigel­la Law­son, Jamie Oliv­er, The Bare­foot Con­tes­sa, Martha Stew­art, Racheal Ray, etc.  We love the food, all the food! We have clas­sics like “The Joy of Cook­ing” and the won­der­ful­ly strange like “The Sriracha Cook­book”. We have books for those on a bud­get, books for those who are just start­ing to cook, books for those who want to impress their friends. We have Pitts­burgh cook­books, meat-cen­tric cook­books, and veg­e­tar­i­an cook­books. Any­one else’s tum­my growl­ing?

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Don’t wor­ry, Fifty Shades fans, I didn’t for­get about you. Par­o­dies, I loves them!

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Nor did I for­get about you, Game of Thrones fans. I got your back!

So, this mon­th, pick up your favorite cook­book, or come and get a new one, and get cook­ing! You know I will.


Have I men­tioned that we have cook­books? ‘Cause we do!







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16 Sep

You Can’t Take the Sky from Me

The 20th is the birth­day of that dev­il­ish­ly hand­some rap­scal­lion of a brown­coat, Mal­colm Reynolds!


He’s sexy and he knows it

For those of you who are not aware, allow me to go a lit­tle fan­girl on you. It begins with the show that has a huge cult fol­low­ing, Fire­fly. Mal is the cap­tain of Ser­en­tiy, a trad­ing ship. He’s a rogue out­law with a heart of gold. The show is basi­cal­ly a West­ern… IN SPACE! Mal is Han Solo but bet­ter. Believe me there has been much, much debate on this sub­ject, and I’m going to have to agree with geek­dad.


I’ll be the peanut but­ter in THAT sand­wich

Mal has the ten­den­cy to get into tight spots but is always ready with a well aimed quip or barb, no mat­ter how ridicu­lous the sit­u­a­tion is.


At least you’re hon­est


Busi­ness, he means it


Oh yes, please do

Cap­tain Reynolds is a super badass. A nat­u­ral lead­er, wit­ty, a bit of a scoundrel with a soft heart (although you’ll count your­self lucky if you EVER see it), he’s pret­ty much my dream guy. So Hap­py Birth­day Mal, you adorable hunk, you.






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4 Sep

It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month!





Ah, Bour­bon. The ‘Native Spir­it’ of Amer­i­ca. Rather Bad Ass, don’t ya think?  I real­ly don’t think there is any­thing bet­ter at the end of the day than a glass of good bour­bon. Bour­bon Her­itage Mon­th came into being in 2007 by a Ken­tucky Sen­a­tor (Ken­tucky is known as Bour­bon Coun­try, fyi) ‚ and cel­e­brates the fam­i­ly her­itage, tra­di­tion and deep-root­ed lega­cy that the bour­bon indus­try con­tributes to the Unit­ed States.”  Cel­e­brat­ing respon­si­bly and in mod­er­a­tion, of course.





Any­one else’s mouth water­ing while look­ing at this pic, or is it just me?


Here’s the thing about me, I love bour­bon, don’t care for whiskey. Which is real­ly strange because all bour­bons are con­sid­ered whiskeys, but not all whiskeys are con­sid­ered bour­bons. But I swear, I can taste the dif­fer­ence. So what’s the dif­fer­ence between bour­bon and whiskey? Short expla­na­tion is how it’s aged. Whiskey can be aged in re-used bar­rels, but bour­bon must be aged in NEW charred AMERICAN white oak bar­rels. ‘Muri­ca! After the bar­rels have been used once, many oth­er spir­its (like tequi­la, scotch, etc) are aged in them to help impart the bour­bon fla­vor to those spir­its. Hey, why waste a bar­rel, am I right?






Hel­lo, Gor­geous!


Also, here’s a pret­ty cool info­graph about bour­bon. I LOVE INFOGRAPHS! Espe­cial­ly ones about alco­hol!

So, this mon­th, get out there and cel­e­brate Bour­bon Her­itage Mon­th by get­tin’ yer bour­bon on! I raise my glass to you!





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20 Aug

Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury!



The 22nd is the birth­day of the man, the myth, the leg­end that is Ray Brad­bury. Brad­bury is in my list of Top 5 Favorite Authors EVER. That’s say­ing a lot. My copy of Dan­de­lion Wine is dog-eared and tear stained… in oth­er words, it is very well loved. The man knew how to write, he wrote every sin­gle day.  Through­out his life, he tried to write at least 1,000 words a day. “Write a short sto­ry every week. It’s not pos­si­ble to write 52 bad short sto­ries in a row.” How true.


You prob­a­bly best know Ray Brad­bury for his dystopi­an nov­el Fahren­heit 451 and for his sci­ence fic­tion nov­el The Mar­tian Chron­i­cles. But did you know that in addi­tion to his many nov­els (The Illus­trat­ed Man, Dan­de­lion Wine, Some­thing Wicked This Way Comes, etc.) he also wrote many, MANY short sto­ries? His short sto­ry col­lec­tions are some­thing to behold. While I enjoy his nov­els to no end, I do prefer his short sto­ries. I have yet to come across anoth­er writer who touch­es my heart the way Brad­bury does. His writ­ing is pret­ty tran­scen­dent and extra­or­di­nary. “Hold sum­mer in your hand, pour sum­mer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the small­est tin­gling sip for chil­dren; change the sea­son in your veins by rais­ing glass to lip and tilt­ing sum­mer in.” Some­thing so sim­ple, yet so pow­er­ful.


I hear you, Ray. I hear you.

Much of his work has been adapt­ed for comics, radio, the­atre, tv, and film. A hand­ful of his short sto­ries were adapt­ed into episodes of The Twi­light Zone (I Sing the Body Elec­tric is a per­son­al favorite), and there was even a tele­vi­sion series host­ed by Ray called The Ray Brad­bury The­ater. Fahren­heit 451 and The Won­der­ful Ice Cream Suit have been made into movies. The movie The But­ter­fly Effect takes inspi­ra­tion from Bradbury’s A Sound of Thun­der. There was some con­tro­ver­sy a few years back with Michael Moore. Ray was NOT hap­py that Michael appro­pri­at­ed Bradbury’s title for Moore’s Fahren­heit 9/11. Ray also has many lit­er­ary awards and even has a moon crater and an aster­oid named in his hon­or. That’s pret­ty freak­ing spec­tac­u­lar.

There is one quote of Ray Bradbury’s that I love most of all, and that I think says a lot about the man. “I have nev­er lis­tened to any­one who crit­i­cized my taste in space trav­el, sideshows, or goril­las. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.” Words to live by, my friend. Words to live by.

Hap­py Birth­day, Ray, you won­der­ful, mag­nif­i­cent man.



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