Throwback Thursday: Honor Society 2/15/09

Headliner: Honor Society
Opener(s): None
Venue: Irving Plaza
Cost: $23.75

Setlist:

Music Monday: Simple Plan Christmas Every Day

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Simple Plan is one of my favorite bands so I was pretty excited when they said they had come out with a song for Christmas! They have a really cool lyric video that is made to look like an ugly sweater which is just amazing. The song is super cute about having no school or work on Christmas and how great it would be to have Christmas every day and get presents every day! Definitely super catchy and sounds just what you would expect a Simple Plan Christmas track to sound like.

Scrapbook Saturday: April

April – 2 Kris Allen Shows and a Javier Colon.  What can I say, I enjoy reality TV singing competition winners!

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Book Review: The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold

santaharoldUp at the North Pole, Santa isn’t so sure he believes in Harold any more.  He thinks Harold’s Mom writes his letter to Santa each year and that Harold’s Dad leaves out the cookies and milk.  And that Harold that sat on his lap at the mall? Doesn’t even look like Harold!

Meanwhile, Harold isn’t so sure he believes in Santa Claus anymore either!  They both want some proof that the other exists.

Harold hides behind a chair in his living room to wait for Santa.  Santa seems to have the same idea… will the two find out that each other are real?  Will they continue to believe in each other?

This is a cute twist on the usual child isn’t sure he/she belongs in Santa anymore story.  Super cute illustrations as well!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Santa has a problem. This kid? Harold? Santa doesn’t think he’s real. He WANTS to believe in Harold–after all, Harold is one of the most magical parts of Christmas. Getting Harold’s letters, eating the cookies he leaves out, feeding his carrots to the reindeer… what would Christmas be without that? But Santa’s just not sure. Some of his friends are telling him they think Harold’s not real. And the Harold that sat on his knee last Christmas looked AWFULLY different. Santa comes up with a plan to find out once and for all if Harold really exists… with hilarious consequences.

 

Throwback Thursday: Matt Wertz 2/3/09

Headliner: Matt Wertz
Opener(s): Alternate Routes
Venue: Webster Underground
Cost:  $21.50

Setlist:

Gilmore Girls : A Year In The Life

I only started watching Gilmore Girls this summer.  I’m not sure why I never really watched it when it was on originally, I guess it clashed with something else I had watched at the time.  After all the hype about it coming back and a few friends talking about how obsessed with the show they are, I decided to give it a watch so from May through July I binged staying up as late as I possibly could to fit in as many episodes as I possibly could each night.  I jumped from Team Dean to Team Jess, but never really was Team Logan.  Then I found myself counting down the days until the 4 super episodes were released on NETFLIX.

The rest of this post will contain spoilers from the A Year In The Life episodes. Stop reading now if you haven’t already watched and don’t want to be spoiled.

Black Friday I headed down to PA to hang out with one of my friends who has been into Gilmore Girls from the start.  We watched Winter and Spring in the afternoon, Summer that evening and Fall the following afternoon.  Before starting we decided we did NOT want to know what the last 4 words were until they were said – which of course prompted her husband to look them up and we had hoped they would provide closure while still leaving things open for more episodes. Her husband told us that it would, but I’m not sure I feel any closure after watching.

I am still Team Jess.  I am still never Team Logan and I think that now I am on team I Hate Rory.  For most of the old series I was blaming Logan for everything but after watching these episodes I came to the conclusion that Rory is just a terrible person.  She has a boyfriend she can’t even remember (wtf was that about?) she is having an affair with an engaged man (and I was surprised Lorelei didn’t seem to care when she flipped out over the whole sleeping with a married Dean situation) and as someone who went to college next door to Yale for journalism (albeit as a minor) she failed at that as well.  If she loves writing and is such a great writer (debatable) why not start a blog? It is 2016. Everyone has a blog. I started mine so I wouldn’t forget how to write.  Rory easily could have made one about anything and see if any ideas she had on the blog could have been expanded upon for a full article at a major publication.  But she is at her core a spoiled white girl  and freaking lazy.  (And when you are trying to write an article on why people wait in line… and find a line that isn’t even a line but people are waiting on it… you don’t ask them why they are standing in a line not even knowing what it is for? HELLO!)

Anyway – the last 4 words were super frustrating and at first we thought that it was totally opening it up for another season but then we started working out what ended up being the “full circle” theory – Logan is the father and Logan is her Christopher.  Rich boy, can’t get him to settle down… and Jess is her Luke.  Will swoop in to make sure that she and the baby are taken care of.  I think that I am ok with whatever happens.  I’m Team Jess so I’ve made myself believe what I just wrote is what happened and I’m happy with that.  If more episodes show up, I’ll watch… but hopefully if that does happen the storyline will be what I want and I kind of doubt that now.

For now I’ll just spend my time working on Chilton Running Club races and trying to figure out their insane clues before each race.

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Love With Food : October

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We show love for the important people in our lives in a lot of different ways, and sometimes it might come off just a little bit… wicked. Maybe you love to tempt your friends and family with irresistible indulgences like cookies or candy?  Well, we think that’s the best type of wicked. So go ahead, be a little extra wicked this month with your Love with Food box… if you dare!

Sweet Chili & Sour Cream White Bean Chips
By Beanitos
Spicy and cool, salty and creamy – these chips pack in flavor like you wouldn’t believe

Mom tried these and enjoyed.

Garden Fresh Salsa White Bean Chips
By Beanitos
Taste meets genius in these chips with no need for dipping, and all the fresh spicy flavor you know and love built right in

Mom tried these as well but preferred the others.

Presidents Educational Snacks
By Dick + Jane Baking Company
Snacktime and learning all at once. What more could you want from a nut-free whole grain cracker?

I love all of these educational crackers that have come in my boxes. Taste great and you can learn too.

Almond Roca Buttercrunch Toffee
By Brown & Haley
While it’s hard to go wrong with chocolate candy, chocolate combine with almonds and toffee is about as right as candy could possibly be

This was very tasty.

Apple Caramel
By Annie B’s
This rich and buttery treat is the definition of indulgence. Is there any flavor combination more classic than caramel and apple, really?

Ooey, Gooey and delicious!

Original Chai Tea Latte Mix
By Oregon Chai
A warm blanket, Netflix and a cup of this soothing tea. Sounds like a perfect fall afternoon? We think so too.

Still waiting for the perfect afternoon for this but I am looking forward to trying it!

Fig Spread
by Divinia
Fruity and sweet, this Mediterranean treat is perfect to pair with cheese – although it’s really delicious with anything

Mom tried this. She loves fig.

Whole Wheat Snack Crackers
by Westminster Cracker Company
Don’t think getting whole wheat into your diet could be delicious? These poppable, crunchy bites are here to prove you oh-so-wrong.

Definitely yummy snack crackers.

Granola Bar
By AWAKE Energy
As much caffeine as a half a cup of coffee and zero artificial colors. Go ahead, give yourself a little boost

This was good, but I didn’t feel any sort of boost from it.

Music Monday: DNCE

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DNCE
Body Moves
Cake By The Ocean
Doctor You
Toothbrush
Blown
Good Day
Almost
Naked
Truthfully
Be Mean
Zoom
Pay My Rent
Unsweet

A couple weeks ago DNCE released their self titled debut full length album.  On first glance, I was pretty psyched with all the short song titles – so much easier to scrapbook setlists when the song titles are short! I’ll be seeing DNCE in early 2017 so of course I’m already thinking about that! I have to say I think my favorite tracks are Blown, Good Day and Naked. This whole CD is a lot of fun.

Scrapbook Saturday: BTTI etc Pt 3

And the final BTTI post… at least for this year… as I’ll be heading out again in just another couple of months. Some pool pages, some snorkeling pages… the day it rained and there was puddles… and some shots of the room.

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Book Review: Body Contact

bodycontactBody Contact is the 2nd of a 3 part series. I had not read the first part before reading the 2nd. It didn’t seem like I was missing out on anything. In this book Jack is with Danielle and teaching her a thing or two about sex. They are going to be together for 2 weeks and that is it – but it seems like that might not be what happens in the end.

This is a short story – only about 60 pages so it was a pretty quick read.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Body Contact is the second of a three-part erotic series from New York Times and USA best-selling author Cathryn Fox.

Asking pro football player Jack Rider to teach me everything he knows about sex might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I’m not so sure I can handle a guy like him. I thought he’d just straight up do me, ridding me of my pesky virginity sooner rather than later. But no, he had his own ideas about bringing me up to speed on sex. His two weeks of slow seduction might just be the death of me, but since he’s the one in charge, I have to play the game his way. Not that I’m not enjoying it. I am. Who wouldn’t, right? I guess I just can’t help but wonder how I’ll ever let another man touch me after him.

This is the second of a three-part series full of mind-blowing sex, featuring a dirty-mouthed football player who knows the score and an inexperienced therapist who needs to learn it. BODY CONTACT is sure to leave readers begging for more. The next installment comes September 2016.