I just called to say I Love You.

on March 26, 2015 in Nash-livin', Ze Bloggy Goodness with no comments by

That is legitimately my favorite song on the planet. It makes me tear up every time I hear it. I don’t really know why, but it does.

It is not, however, my karaoke song of choice. That is “Islands in the Stream.” Obviously. Because Dolly Parton has a sweet place in my heart. Have I ever told you the story of being in a carseat (so maybe I was three or four?) and singing “Workin’ 9 to 5″ outloud while listening to it in my headphones. I didn’t realize everyone couldn’t hear it, so I was just belting it.

Anyways. All that to say.

I just called to say I Love You is my way of saying I AM HERE AND YOU ARE THERE AND I AM SO SORRY I HAVEN’T BLOGGED THIS WEEK.

About twice a year, I get a two week stretch that is so stressful to me and my calendar is so jam packed that it kinda makes me feel like passing out and eating all the chocolate in the world and staying in my bed all at the same time. But I don’t get to do any of that, I just get to keep writing and attempting to meet deadlines and traveling and speaking and WORKING ON MY NEXT BOOK SQUEAL! and making videos and the like.


I’m in the smack middle of that.

(And yes. Soon I will tell you about the next book because I’m gonna need your help and want your input.)

I have 30 minutes free this afternoon, so I thought I’d catch up with you a bit, in bullet form fashion.

–> I’m addicted to this Harney & Sons Paris Tea right now. Like. ADDICTED.

–> Like many of you, I have been enjoying watching an episode or six of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. Tina Fey’s comedy writing style is so so funny to me, and this series is fascinating and hilarious. It’s relatively clean, which I appreciate, and I laugh out loud every episode at some point. It is 30Rock-esque, if you enjoyed that. There is a great article by Elizabeth Esther on the show. I’d highly suggest reading it.

–> Y’all. I have had TWO pretty major allergic reactions to milk in the last week. For starters, a soup I was given, that I was PROMISED was dairy-free, was actually cream-based. (Which is why I kept saying, “Are y’all sure this is dairy free? It’s white. Wow. Amazing. Delicious!”) Yes, the restaurant apologized and yes I got a gift card and yes I survived, so huzzah. But then the second one is all on me because I used WHEY protein powder in a smoothie. Whey? Like curds and whey? Like milk? Yes, Annie. Milk. My entire head gets itchy and I get a migraine and it’s horrible. So. There’s that.

–> I cannot quit the Bethel Church podcasts. If you are looking for a good sermon to add to your weekly commute or walk around the neighborhood, I’d suggest this.

–> I’ve always been a soccer fan. You probably know that. But I’ve finally gotten on board with an EPL team this season and man do I love Liverpool FC. I have friends trying to get me to switch for next season, but for now? GO REDS.

So there’s a quick Annie update.

How are you?

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Brave On The Road

on March 19, 2015 in AnnieSpeaks, video blogs with 4 comments by

Annie F. Downs: Brave On The Road

So here’s a fun thing.

I have a video intern this semester. I know, I feel like the luckiest human in the ever. Her name is Kristen and she is SUPER TALENTED and fun to be around and she fits around the dining room table / office like she has always been here. Sarah and I totally love her.

Well a few weeks ago, we thought it would be fun for Kristen to video what a whole speaking event day was like for me. I mean, if I go speak somewhere, all those people see is the two hours I’m there, but there is lots before and after that make for a pretty funny life.

My friend Amanda and my friend Caroline went with us to this event too, so that’s extra cool.

So here is a behind-the-scenes look at the insanity that is traveling with moi. :) Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

(The video is embedded below subscribers, so you may have to click over. Or you can just watch it on YouTube!)

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That Sounds Fun Episode 7: Connor Harrell!

on March 17, 2015 in Dude Stuff, That Sounds Fun Podcast with 1 comment by

That Sounds Fun Episode 7 with Connor Harrell

You just cannot know how much I like the dude who is on the podcast today.

Like, Connor is the kind of friend that I think I’m gonna have forever. I call him my brother. His family feels like my family. I want to keep them. For always. That’s my plan. I tend to force people into lifelong friendship. It’s going great so far.

Here’s my two favorite posts about him that already exist on the blog (just so you can get to know him a bit):

A sweet circle. (This also includes a video of Connor hitting a grand slam, which is incredible.)

Looking forward. (Still makes me cry.)

(I won’t embarrass him by linking to the post where he is wearing the I Am A Girl of Grace tshirt.)

So before Connor headed to spring training with the Tigers, I sat down with him and we chatted about what life is like for a professional baseball player. And talking to my friends who become family who become professional athletes? That Sounds Fun to me. :)

(You can listen right here on the blog or you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast and new episodes will come to you!)

Here are the links to things we discuss on the podcast:

 Connor Harrell

— Ellie Holcomb’s song My Portion and My Strength

My favorite Bible verse

the CT Tigers shirt I wanted

Matt Stafford (GO DAWGS)

our friend Tyler Beede

A bunch of Bible reading plans

52 Weeks With Jesus by James Merritt

 Review/rate this podcast (please please please?)


Here’s the video of that first NCAA College World Series homerun in TD Ameritrade Park.

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Here is the real question that Connor and I sadly still do not know the answer to for ourselves or each other. We ran out of time to push ourselves to the limit before he went to Florida. Whah whah.

How many hot Krispy Kreme donuts could you eat in one sitting?

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