Surprises: The Good, the Bad, and the Unfortunate

Hey there, friends!

*picture me waving frantically* ;)

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! We seem to have run out of summer weather passes over here so I’m hulled up in the house in my robe and fuzzy slippers, possibly with a bit too much coffee, with my fingers flying so fast on this keyboard, I’m sure to start a fire by the end of this post. Ohh, that reminds me…have any of you seen this commercial? Click it. You know you want to. Seriously. Lost. My. Shit.

Caution: Do not watch while drinking water OR with a full bladder.

So, this week went by in a FLASH! Kinda like how I’m typing this post. I watched Over the Hedge for the first time in forever the other night and I’m starting to take over the personality of Hammy. Sorry guys, I’ll try to reel it in. Squirrel!

But anyhoodles, yeah, it really did go by fast. The week. Not the movie. Though I guess the movie did to since I was busy hosting a little impromptu grill out party. Oh warm weather, please come back to me!

Grilling Out & Beer

A beer in one hand while somebody else manages the grill with there other…yep, that’s the life for me. ;) By the way, Blue Moon’s Peach Ale is the SHIT! Definitely on the sweet side, but if you’re prepared for that…so good!

We had a menu of grilled steak kabobs and to-die-for twice-baked potatoes from the local butcher market, asparagus (a grilltime favorite over here), a Mediterranean orzo salad from Publix that honestly was a little weird (of course, I still ate it), and some toasty Cuban bread with garlic butter. Oh and hot dogs for our little one present. Gotta feed the tiny Hitlers you know. Skip to 0:14.

Going in, I knew it was going to be a busy week this week since I bought tickets to not one but TWO concerts and I was so so SO excited for the first one. Also, any trip to Nashville is also an opportunity to try out a new restaurant! Only…things didn’t go as well as hoped.

Desano's Pizza

First, my friends and I tracked down Desano’s Pizza Bakery for dinner after hearing a LOT of good things about them. While the pie photographed quite nicely and the crust was on point (chewy but with that crunch you just have to have with a thin crust), it was just…missing something. Also, not a fan of their marinara sauce which I ordered on the side.

Then it was onto the concert! Anyone heard BORNS play live yet? Well, me neither. I skipped my way up to the door, ticket in hand only to be greeted with a sign that read: “DUE TO SICKNESS, BORNS WILL NOT BE PERFORMING TONIGHT.”

Misterwives at High Watt

But I made the most of it…after pouting, cursing, and making a call to find out my tickets could not be refunded. BORNS was actually the opening act for Misterwives and though prior to that night, I’d only heard one song of theirs, I fell in LOVE with them after only a couple of minutes. Seriously. That little girl has So. Much. Energy. They have a blast on stage and it only trickles out onto the floor. Midway through the first song, I was already shaking my booty!

Misterwives Swag

I couldn’t help but come home with a shirt and some buttons. You HAVE to know they had me with that kitty!

The next concert was a new-to-me band by the name of The Barr Brothers from Montreal, Canada. (Hey to all my Canadian blends out there!) My friends are avid followers so I just figured I’d tag along. I mean, a trip to Nashville (and of course dinner) where I DON’T have to drive and it only cost me ten bucks? Yeah, I’m in!

To avoid any unpleasant surprises, we decided not to gamble with dinner and went back to Five Points Pizza which is still standing as my favorite pizza joint!

Five Points Pizza Garlic Knots

This time we tried and order of the garlic knots that we drooled over on other people’s tables last time and they were TO DIE FOR! Buttery, garlicky, deliciousness!

Five Points Pizza

Then we went with another Zeus pie complimented by a pepperoni, sausage, black olive, and jalapeno pizza….annnnnd I ordered a slice of their special for myself. No WAY I was turning down a chance to try a combo of spinach, bacon, feta, and artichoke. And? It was amazing…every last bit of it…which the five of us did not finish. But the best thing about going out for pizza are the [COLD] leftovers anyway! ;)

The concert ended up being pretty impressive. Though it’s not typically the kind of music that I’m in to, there is NO denying the musical talent of these three guys and their female harpist! A fucking HARPIST! They pulled out all the stops with this show to. Guitars for days, a whopping bass, a bicycle spoke (I shit you not), and the drummer even busted out one of these midway through. Yep, mind = BLOWN.

I’ll leave you guys with a little video to pique your interest…

And with that, I bid you adieu! Off for another weekend of zombie life!

Do you like surprises?

What’s the last thing that surprised you…good or bad?

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Spring a Ding Ding!

What uuuuuuup?

How’s everyone feeling today? Good? Great? Fantastic? If not, you should becaaaaaaaaaaause…

Spring FlowersIT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!! :D

Woo HOO! I thought the day would never get here! And though it’s been raining on and off for most of the week and I hate it because it makes my hair look like an unkempt poodle, but damn, I’ll take rain over snow ANY day!

Besides, even with the gray skies and sporadic showers, I’ve been able to enjoy more and more time outside which means…

Green Smoothie

Lounging on the front steps sipping a now socially acceptable green smoothie…

New Shoes

Taking my BRAND NEW kicks for a walk at the park…

American Wife Book

While enjoying a WHOPPER of a romance novel (note to self: books over 400 pages are a little tedious to walk with but can I just say, I really think I’m boosting my inner bookworm’s ego. I may even start reading Game of Thrones next! 8O )…

Annnnnd….

Grilling Out

♫ Grillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool! ♫

Oh yeah, I just busted out some Fresh Prince. Don’t pretend like you don’t know the rest of the song. And if you’re too young to know what I’m talking about, PUHLEASE for the love of all things holy, Google that shit!

So yeah, yesterday I got my grill on with some steaks, asparagus and some amazing red potato salad picked up from the local butcher’s market. Enjoyed with a glass of wine, some music and the best of company, it was the perfect way to ring in the new season!

Well, since I’ve waited until the last-minute to get this post up, I’m afraid I’m gonna have to cut it short since I have to leave for w0rk like riiiiiight NOW! Please, enjoy this song from Marian Hill in my absence. Perhaps you recognize that sick beat in the background?  It’s has been featured on Taco Bell’s new Siracha burrito commercials! Gotta love it when my music sneaks into the minds of the unknowing! Lol

I hope you all have a great weekend, enjoy some good weather, and hum this song for the rest of the night! ;)

What is your favorite springtime flower?

Anyone else on a green smoothie bender right now? 

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The Art of Racing Through the Week

It’s Friday? Already?

How the HELL did that happen?? Now it wouldn’t be too bad if I worked Monday – Friday, but the fact that I’m sitting here only moments before having to jump in the shower and ready myself for the next three nights of zombie walking, has me looking back over the last five days, recognizing the bittersweet ticking of the clock of life. There’s a reason that John Burrough’s famous quote is one of my favorites…

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”

Though I have to say, I did think a lot of thoughts, walk a lot of walks WHILE reading a book, and while I didn’t see many friends, I did spend a few special hours with two of my favorite little family members. And I was also able to indulge my foodie side on more than a few occasions, but don’t let me get ahead of myself. ;)

Gym Selfie

I found it amusing the other day when, while doing laundry, I noticed over half the clothes I was washing were my workout clothes. I have been to the gym nearly every day since Monday…logging in a LOT of hours. No, I’m not on some crazy new diet plan. I’m just flexing my little book-worm muscles…pretty soon, I’m sure I’ll evolve into some sort of creature not of this world and take over New York City…storming the Barnes & Noble for all its newest releases…or something like that. You’ve been warned.

The Art of Racing in the Rain Book - Treadmill - Gym

After finally checking out the book, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, I began reading on Monday in thirty-minute increments while walking on the treadmill at the gym. Well, as of today, I’m up to TWO HOURS and I only have a few chapters left! Ha. Thank you Amanda…from food to cosmetics, to literary recommendations, you’ve never steered me wrong. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this book…from the sarcastic humor to “make you think” life lessons that pop up every few chapters, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! And it also doesn’t hurt that it embraces my alliteration-loving self. :)

Other things that were scattered about my week…

A trip to a new-to-me sushi place in town called Shogun. I’ve been there before for the hibachi grill, but after hearing from more than a few coworkers that their sushi was phenomenal, I had to go check it out for myself!

Sushi - Shogun - Monkey Brain

Behold the Monkey Brain! Crab-stuffed mushrooms battered and deep-fried and then drizzled with an artsy tie-dye mix of lick-the-plate-clean sauces!

Sushi - Shogun - Red Bull RollAnd the Red Bull: A crab and avocado roll, topped with seared beef, BBQ sauce, and scallions. It may not have given me wings, but I do think I got a glimpse of Heaven after the first bite. ;)

Netflix

Midway through the week, I knocked off another of “my list” items on Netflix…Chef! Seriously? So cute. Just a word to the wise…don’t watch it while hungry…you’ll end up ransacking your kitchen! Lol

Foodie Goodies - Salted Caramel JIF Whips Peanut Butter

Yesterday, while traveling out of town to visit family, I stopped in at a Super Target (because well, duh) and finally…excuse me, FINALLY found the salted caramel Jif Whips that I’ve been tracking for months now. I got two just in case…and now I wished I had grabbed twelve!

Foodie Goodies - Big Lots - Strawberry Bread & Root Beer

I also got a chance to run in a Big Lots (know, what foodie luck?!) and had to pat myself on the back for only spending $10! I’m sorry, but after spotting that strawberry bread at TWO other grocery stores this week AND seeing it for only a buck fifty…I had to take it as a sign. And damn, what a tasty sign it was!

PB & Banana Jelly Toast

FYI: Strawberry bread toast + salted caramel Jif whips + banana = Mouthgasm! I’m pretty sure this loaf will barely last me through to next week!

Ok, now seriously…I gotta run! I maybe kinda sorta only have twenty minutes to get my ass in gear and out the door! Sorry again to be flying by the seat of my pants this week, but I guess this month has just got me a little twitterpated! ;)

Later ‘gators!

What have you been up to this week?

Any amazing foodie goodie discoveries?

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