02 July 2012 @ 11:38 am
So I know I posted about Dion before, but I got to go to his show Saturday night and I'm just all about him all over again.

Background before I post about the actual musicCollapse )

Okay, now music. I posted his video for "Daughter," and linked to a few others I liked. But I really highly recommend going to his page and checking out the music for yourself. His new album, "Into the Day," is wonderful and has a goofy cover. Also check out his YouTube channel.

I'm going to see him again Labor Day weekend when he and Tyler are back in NJ, and since he's NYC-based (when he's not on tour), I'm going to try to go to as many of his shows as I can. I also promote these shows to friends who I know are in the towns where they will be. (If I spam you, just let me know and I will stop! In my defense, if you say you are busy or not interested, I never ask again!) I just want to introduce all of you to these fab musicians.

I played "Into the Day" for my dad and he really liked it. He said he likes him "better than that Tyler guy."
Feeling: determineddetermined
28 June 2012 @ 10:34 pm
I skipped the gym two days this week, but I stayed somewhat active. Monday, I had forgotten my water bottle. My original plan was to go home, grab a bottle, fill it up, and leave immediately. Then my plan was to park, then change, walk to the gym, and work out there. But I pulled in and I was late for the class, and I just had no ambition to go there. So I changed into jeans instead of workout clothes, and set out for a walk.

My usual walk is down to the corner, and then down the main street in town to a decent-sized shopping center. (I don't always shop there; I rarely do, but it's a nice destination.) I thought it was about a mile away from my house, but Google Maps tells me it's 2 miles. So that's 2 miles there and 2 miles back. I also rarely stop and take a break in between, usually choosing to make somewhat of a circle in the parking lot to come back.

Tuesday, I ended up staying at work until nearly 6PM, and I just had no desire to go work out. Also, I was hungry. I'd eaten lunch early, so I was hungry at that time that I got out of work. I'd missed the opportunity for working out, because I was too hungry (so I didn't want to work out on an empty stomach and maybe get lightheaded), and I couldn't work out after eating because when I do, it makes me feel like throwing up. So I decided to walk to Panera, get a soup, then go for a nice long walk (because walking after eating is good and isn't so active that it makes me sick). I walked past my corner and continuing down the main street to the shopping center, and then back to my house. I have a pedometer app on my phone, but it's not very accurate. According to WalkDroid, I walked almost 6 miles; according to Google Maps, it was about 4.5. So... make of that what you will.

Anyway, so I had a nice long walk on both those days when I didn't feel like going to the gym. And I got to listen to my podcasts and got a lot listened to. I usually listen to them when I'm in the car, but considering my commute is 10 minutes, it takes a long time to get through the hour+ podcasts.

Oh, podcasts- Winchester Radio, of course, and Grammar Girl were my staples for a while. I've also discovered Making It with Riki Lindhome and the Nerdist Writers Panel ("Ben Blacker talking writing with writers"). I tried the regular Nerdist podcast, but got bored with it quickly.
Feeling: energeticenergetic
26 June 2012 @ 10:47 pm
Anyone reading this who cares about Supernatural knows about the showrunner deal. We had Kripke for 5 glorious years (with several missteps regarding episodes, of course, I'm not saying he was perfect) but overall, especially regarding the arcs, it worked. It was magic. Then he left (which was fine!) and we got Sera Gamble.

I'm going to ramble and possibly not be entirely about SPNCollapse )
Feeling: hopefulhopeful
25 June 2012 @ 10:59 pm
I had a hard time with Music Monday this week. Mostly because I'm still listening to the exact same playlist I was last week at this time, and I wanted to offer some variety on these. I could easily do Dion again (more on that later), but I just did a whole post on him last week. Ditto Tyler and Jason, did them recently.

So I'm going to go in a little different direction. Here are some songs that are on my "workout" playlist that really get me up and going.

Put your hands on hips and let your backbone slip and work out!Collapse )

Those are just a few for sampling. I have a long playlist for working out! If my mp3 player dies on me in the middle of the workout, I lose momentum and have to stop and go home.
Feeling: energeticenergetic
24 June 2012 @ 11:06 am
I only have one dish for you this week, but that's okay--every week can't be a big cooking week. I actually made this earlier in the week and had to hold myself back from sharing it earlier so I would have something to post for Sunday Sweets!

I had leftover fresh mint from my BBQ dessert of melon soup, so before it went bad, I decided to experiment. We all love Thin Mints and Peppermint Patties, right? So why not toss some mint into brownie batter?

I grabbed a handful of mint (I didn't measure, and while the outcome was good, it could have used more mint) and threw it in my mini-chopper (like a food processor, but only with the chopping blade, and it has about a 1-cup capacity) to chop it up quickly and finely.

Mint Brownies
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsifted flour
1/4 cup oil
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp (or more to taste) chopped fresh mint
1/2 - 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Grease and flour* an 8x8x2 inch baking pan. In medium bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa and salt. Stir in oil and vanilla.

Add eggs one at time, beating well after each addition. Fold in mint. Add nuts and or chocolate chips. Turn into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes. Cut into 2 inch squares while still warm.

*When making a chocolate batter, I always use cocoa instead of flour for the pan.
This recipe can easily be doubled and made in a 9x13 inch pan.

I didn't let them cook the entire 30 minutes (about 25), so mine were nice and gooey! It had a nice hint of mint, but in order to achieve what I was going for, it needed more mint.

Also, I thought of something funny. If I make them again, I'll share them and announce that they are "special" brownies. (In those words.) And then let people's minds reach whatever conclusion they want! Of course the "special" herb will be mint and not... y'know, pot, but that's why it'll be funny!
Feeling: mischievousmischievous
22 June 2012 @ 01:06 pm
    Friday 5: To the Table
  1. Some friends have invited you over to watch the big game. What do you bring for the snack table?
    Something other than a bag of chips! I might make my own dip (maybe something different like the edamame dip), or a loaf of beer bread, or cheese straws... I have a bunch of things on my "snack" list that aren't the typical!

  2. What do you bring for a potluck lunch at work (or school)?
    Some sort of kugel, maybe a vegetable one or non-dairy noodle. Most people wouldn't know what it is or think to bring it, and if I call it a "casserole," people would be more likely to try it.

  3. It’s a regifting party! Everyone brings some gift they never opened or used and leaves with someone else’s. What do you bring?
    Some stuffed animal that still has the tags on it, or a picture frame that I have no use for.

  4. You’re going camping for a long weekend with a bunch of friends. Everybody agrees to bring one thing that others often don’t think to bring. What’s your contribution?
    Old newspaper for helping the fire get started.

  5. Road trip! The car in which you’re going to spend twenty hours with your closest friends only has a CD player. What do you bring?
    This is kind of a cop-out, but I bring homemade CDs of my own Road Trip playlist. All upbeat songs, including some travel ones like "Roam." The only requirement for the songs is that they have to make you want to shout/sing along at the top of your lungs.
Feeling: busybusy
Well, I missed his show tonight because the timezone wasn't clear on the website. And while I'm majorly disappointed (because I could have watched it!), this video makes me laugh. So for Whimsical Wednesday, I present to you: Jason Manns.

Feeling: disappointeddisappointed
19 June 2012 @ 10:26 pm
I had it all planned what show/relationship/moment I was going to talk about here. But then I realized I no longer had the video (it was previously on MegaVideo, which is obviously defunct, and I can't find my original copy to upload somewhere else.) So I will save them for next week.

Today's TV Tuesday is dedicated to another of my favorite shows and relationships.

But before I get into that, I just want to say something about That Awkward Moment When... "That awkward moment when you realize you've been watching too much Guilty Pleasure because you recognize the creator's voice offscreen during a phone call scene." Yeah... Shut up.

So. Anyway. A good show. I've been watching the end of Season 4, and it's been difficult. I can't really explain it, but I just don't really like season 4. And because of what happens at the end, it makes me not want to watch season 5, either, even though there are more moments I enjoy there than in S4.

I was watching the finale on Friday, and...Collapse )

I could go on for days about this and I have. But that's enough for now.
Feeling: aggravatedaggravated
18 June 2012 @ 07:15 pm
Today's Music Monday features a new fave of mine, Dion Roy. I discovered him via his tour with Tyler Hilton, and so my first introduction to his music was live. He's a very talented singer/songwriter, a little folky, not unlike Jason Manns. He's also a really nice guy, which is always a plus.

One of the songs off his new album is called "Daughter," and he wrote it for his little girl. ♥ ♥ ♥ The song is lovely, but his special Father's Day video put it over the top for me.

Some other of his songs I enjoy:
Counting the Days, Hey My Love, and Ocean.

Go check him out! He's awesome!
Feeling: relaxedrelaxed
17 June 2012 @ 08:17 pm
This week, "Sunday Sweets" is barbecue sides! My parents came over for a Father's Day BBQ (we were originally going to make it a pool party as well, but it wasn't hot enough.)

I made many dishes. My mom made some as well. I have no pictures (because I forgot) but many links and recipes.

First, for noshing, pretzel sticks and Lean Green Dip. This was amazing. I'd made an edamame dip before, but this time, it was mixed with the peas and the flavor popped! My dad and I ate nearly the entire (half) batch! I threw in some fresh basil and fresh mint.

What would a barbecue be without hamburgers and hot dogs? I had a little mini grill that I bought for $15 at Walgreens and it was quite a buy!

On the side, I made macaroni salad, a standby for our family. I also made chickpea salad, obviously without the parmesan. I discovered that recipe late last summer, and it's been a hit every time I've made it! I tried a new recipe for zucchini slaw, substituting only onion powder for real onion. My dad loved it, but I'm still not a fan of raw vegetables, and it wasn't my taste. (So I sent it home with him!)

My mom made her potato salad, another family standard for burgers, etc. She also made a zucchini with balsamic vinegar, which I don't have a link for because I didn't discover the recipe.

For dessert, we had a minted melon soup (made by me) and marble cake by Mom. (My favorite of her cakes! She made it over chocolate because my dad prefers it.)

Let me know if you've had any of these before, or if you plan to try them!
Feeling: fullfull
15 June 2012 @ 02:39 pm

  1. How easily to do you get lost?
    Very easily! I have a horrible sense of direction.

  2. What subject in school made you feel most lost?
    Math! Especially the higher math, like Geometry and Trig. I did okay in Algebra, but I nearly failed Trig.

  3. What’s something you’ve recently misplaced and have not yet found?
    Hmm... I actually don't think I'm currently missing anything. Though I did let my dad loose in my place for 3 hours yesterday and he decided to "clean up," so I might not have yet needed whatever it is I'm missing, and so I haven't discovered it missing yet.

  4. What’s something you found and were able to return to its owner?
    The back to my friend Liz's cell phone? She left it at my place and I wasn't sure who it belonged to, and then I returned it to her a few months later. I don't know if that counts, though.

  5. When you need some alone time and don’t want anyone to know where you are, where are you most likely to disappear to?
    Well, if I told you, then you'd be able to find me, wouldn't you?
Feeling: workingworking
13 June 2012 @ 08:55 pm
For Whimsical Wednesday, I present to you: Jess and Dean.

I have nothing to add that could possibly make this any better.

Feeling: amusedamused
12 June 2012 @ 10:01 pm
Welcome back to TV Tuesday. Today, I'll be musing a bit on Bunheads. It's a new show starring Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop*, and I honestly would have watched just on that alone (and let's be perfectly frank here: I probably would have watched if either of them had been in it). Then I found out that not only are those two lovely ladies starring in the show, it's an Amy Sherman-Palladino creation.

And it shows. It's very Palladino. It's got little hints of GG, mostly just Palladino trademarks. It's got the fast-talking witty dialogue, it's got the Sam Philips music, and it has Alex Borstein and Rose Abdoo.

It's hard to forget you're watching a Palladino show, and draw some parallels to GG in that vein (how Fanny is a tiny bit Emily, a slightly larger part Miss Patty, and mostly just a character in her own). The characters aren't really similar except they have that ASP flavor. It's set in a small town that doesn't have a movie theater (but has a bar). The idea of the small town is a little Stars Hollow, with people knowing all the big stuff and rumors flying, but it has a slightly different feel to it. No SH magic, I think: there's nothing special about the town. It's a nice little town, but it doesn't have that SH-magic, where you just had that homey feeling. Does that make any sense? I hope so.

Based on the "cliffhanger" ending, which I did not see coming the first time I watched it (sneak peek on the website), I can kind of see the setup for how the series is going to go. I can definitely see how it has potential. It's light, but not trashy. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series progresses past just the pilot.

*I saw KB and SF together in Anything Goes last fall. And oh, it was glorious, especially when you add in Joel Grey!
Feeling: contemplativecontemplative
Listening: "Ain't She Sweet"
11 June 2012 @ 08:48 pm
Sunday night was Tony night! So today's Music Monday is dedicated to Broadway.

Mostly, it's dedicated to Newsies: the Musical. Because as fun as the movie was, there were a lot of problems with it. And the show fixed a lot of those problems and made it awesome. I saw it in May and might see it again.

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Feeling: soresore
10 June 2012 @ 11:33 pm
I had a pretty full day today, and I will chronicle the food.

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Feeling: fullfull
Listening: Seize the Day!
08 June 2012 @ 08:41 am
I skipped a few days this weekend by accident, so I'm going to try to catch up by backdating.

Welcome to Friday: Five!

  1. Besides on a sandwich, what’s your favorite use of peanut butter?
    Sprinkling chocolate chips in it and grabbing a spoon!

  2. What are your feelings about pudding?
    I can't say anything here except "Crazy works!"

  3. What’s the best use for peas?
    I've discovered the joys of peas lately (especially fresh), so I've been putting them in a lot of dishes. The best? Pair it with lemon or lime, especially in risotto.

  4. Where can you go for a really good dish of mashed potatoes?
    Chain restaurants: Houlihan's, Applebee's, TGI Friday's.*

  5. Besides gum (that’s too easy!), what’s the worst food you’ve ever had stuck in your hair?
    Honestly, I don't think I've had any bad foods stuck in my hair. Can't say I've never had any food in my hair if I was particularly overzealous in eating, but nothing like gum or anything.

*I checked and all three restaurants have apostrophes.
Feeling: workingworking
06 June 2012 @ 09:11 pm
I had promised "wait-for-it Wednesday," but I think I'm changing it to "Whimsical Wednesday." This way, I can post something far-out there and have it be a game if I want, but there doesn't have to be a specific "answer" the following week.

Today, I thought I'd muse on When Fandoms Collide. I've come up with a few in my day--some I've posted here, some I haven't. I remember connecting Maddie's Walter Bishop to Heroes' Elle Bishop. I also remember connecting Chris Pierce (who used to hang around Philly in '65-'66) to Jess Mariano. One time, and I don't think I posted this here, I decided that Will Pryor could have been friends with Kevin Arnold.

So you see, sometimes it's based on character names and sometimes it's based on actors playing multiple roles. I refuse to have Sam Winchester meet Dean Forester, though. Just... no. However, as I've said before, a crossover/WFC I'd love to see is Declan Dunn (Mysterious Ways) teaming up with the Winchesters (just for a MOTW).

Yesterday, I started musing... what if Dr. Scott of Rocky Horror is related to the Tree Hill Scott family? How crazy that would be!

How about you? What's your wacky thoughts on When Fandoms Collide? Nothing is off-limits, as you can see.
Feeling: sillysilly
05 June 2012 @ 10:39 pm
I'm on a roll! I really like this new format I set up. It makes it much easier to have a built-in topic.

So, welcome to TV Tuesday! What is Adina watching?

I ramble. You know this.Collapse )
Feeling: soresore
Listening: Workout mix
04 June 2012 @ 09:19 pm
Welcome to the first weekly Music Monday post!

The last time I posted about music, I named 5 original songs each of Jason Manns and Tyler Hilton. (Keep in mind that was before Tyler's new album dropped, so songs that were released on the album only were not taken into consideration.) These two are still on my daily playlist, so go back to that entry and "take a wisten," as Buckwheat once said.

I had in mind I was going to post about Dion Roy today, but I think I'll save him for another time--maybe next week.

So, I think we all know by now what my Guilty Pleasure is. I'm guilty about the fact that I get pleasure out of watching it. However, what I'm not guilty about? Liking some of the musical artists that were featured on the show, especially those who were true characters (see above, Tyler, for one example).

Today, I've been obsessed with the song "Halo" by Bethany Joy. (Interjection: she was Bethany Joy Lenz at the time of the song, Galeotti later, and now Lenz again. I play it safe by just saying Bethany Joy! How many can there be!?) I don't know what it is about it today--I'm sure I've heard it before--but I just can't stop listening to it!

Happy listening!
Feeling: calmcalm
Listening: Halo - HJS
03 June 2012 @ 10:38 pm
Welcome to the first week of my new format for this journal. Sunday, as I said before, is food day.

Today, I have three recipes for you. I think I shared one previously, but good recipes can always bear repeating.

Went to a bridal shower for my cousin today, and part of the thing was to bring two recipes. Then I came home and made a ricotta dish that I've been meaning to make for a while.

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Feeling: tiredtired
Listening: Friday Night Lights