♫ music ♥

9 May

I’ve had three songs on repeat for the past week and a half.

Give In to Me, Garret Hedlung & Leighton Meester.

Give It to Me Right, Melanie Fiona

Rolling in the Deep, ADELE

Can you tell I’m sorting through a few things? LOL.

What are you listening to?

Hellooo, tax refund.

30 Mar


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

18 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Thought I’d share a little treat I made for work’s pot luck today.

It was my first attempt at homemade whoopee pies & I don’t have a whisk, so let me tell you – best arm work out, ever! Try whisking until fluffy by hand with a .99  whisk from Walmart. Ridiculous. BUT the fact that I actually accomplished that is pretty freaking amazing if you ask me. I did the marshmallow filling all by hand too. Watch out, shake weight!

I used this recipe and dyed the filling with green food coloring. I’d love to see some statistics on how much green food coloring is consumed on St. Patrick’s Day – and just how much/what they use to make those beers green too..

The first few I followed the recipe and made tablespoon sized cakes, but after these came out of the oven I decided they were too big and made half tablespoon sizes and those were perfect. Most everyone at work ended up cutting the bit ones into halves or fourths anyway, so you might want to keep that in mind if you decide to make this recipe.

I had to go to three different stores to track down the marshmallow creme and finally picked it up at Food For Less. The filling was a little too sweet for me, so if I decide to make them again I’ll definitely use a lot less confectioners sugar, but no one else seemed to mind the sweetness.

While I was waiting for the cakes to cool I came across some great free St. Patricks Day printables via Wedding Chick’s twitter feed, so I printed off the banners and glued them to tooth picks to stick in the top of the pies and it was the perfect finishing touch.

I don’t have a super great picture to share, but here’s my finished product.

Did you have any St. Patrick’s Day treats today? Hope you were wearing your green! ♥

The Man Behind the Bunny Ears

15 Mar

I caught a documentary on Hugh Hefner last night on Netflix Instant that I think everyone should check out. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, brought to my attention so many things I had no idea about, and really painted a different picture of Hugh Hefner himself – one that I’m now intrigued by, respect and really want to learn more about.

I never really had any bad feelings  towards him, didn’t really think about him much at all, but when I did think about him a few things came to mind, which I feel come to mind when everyone thinks about him – Playboy, bunnies, blondes, and the infamous Playboy Mansion. All of those things are who he is, to some extent, but I don’t think a lot of people realize all of the ways he’s used/is using those things for good and this documentary brought that to my attention.

I’ve included the official trailer here, but it really doesn’t even begin to do the movie justice. If you have a little bit of free time soon be sure to check it out and let me know what you think. ♥

 

Side note: I kind of want to subscribe to Playboy now – is that weird? Let me know if it leaves you feeling the same way.

RANT

9 Mar

Standard procedure during a hotel check in is to ask a guest how many keys they’d like to their room. I thought this was not only a standard, normal question, but I also thought it was a courteous one. Boy, does it seem I was wrong. Lately, whenever I’ve asked this question the guests have either A. seem offended, or B. looked at me like I’m a complete idiot. Here’s a conversation I had with a guest earlier today:

Me: Would you like 1 king bed or 2 queens?

Guest: Uh (very irritated) it’s just me – 1 king.

Should this guest really be irritated with me for asking how many beds he’d like to the room? How am I supposed to know he’s not with anyone else? Or doesn’t want an extra bed to throw all of his dirty clothes all over? You’d be surprised the things people ask for/expect when they stay in hotels, but that’s a post for another day.

Anyway, later on during the check in…

Me: How many keys would like you, sir?

Guest: I said it’s just me (stares at me like I’m an idiot.) I only need one.

I’d really like your input on this one. Is that question, how many keys would you like, really one that far fetched and off base? I mean, really – there are so many things I don’t know that warrant me asking.

For example..

You might have 17 people staying in that room with you and didn’t want to pay extra for a single one of them, so that group staring at you from the bar waiting for you to finish checking in so they can all sneak upstairs might want a key to get in later and I’m not going to charge you for that, I’m just going to ask if you’d like an extra key.

Or, since the guest before you turned their key in in with coke all over it, you might want an extra one to do a line off of in the bathroom at the club. Who am I to judge?

And that hooker that’s coming up to your room later and most likely going to trick roll your dumb @$$, might you like one for her?

Or are you one of the people that I some how forgot to ask and just assumed you’d only want one and then got offended when I didn’t automatically make two since apparently part of my job description is being a mind reader? You could be, that’s why I’m going to ask, so I don’t make a mistake as uncalled for as that again..

And don’t even get me started on how many times guest have said they just want one key, looked at me like an idiot, and then lost that one key and had to come back to the desk for another! Karma, perhaps?

So why do I ask the question? Because you might want an extra key! Oh, I don’t know – incase you lose one! Or it becomes demagnetized, or you meet a friend

…or because you inevitably leave one in your room, with your wallet and ID and I have to have security escort you to your room and let you in because instead of thinking about my question and realizing I might be asking it out of the goodness of my heart, or asking it because I know what I’m doing and I realize there are tons of reasons why you might need/want or should take an extra key just in case, you decided to look at me like I was an idiot.

The Weekend Shuffle

7 Mar

Over the weekend, the few hours I was actually at home and not at work, I had my iPod playing throughout the apartment on shuffle.

A lot of people don’t like to let their iPods run on shuffle because they’re embarrassing by some of the songs they have on their iPods, or there’s music on their iPods they don’t want other people to know they listen to. Me? I’ve never really listened to my music any other way.

Now I don’t have a certain playlist with all of my “cool songs” on it that I play though, no, I shuffle through the ENTIRE song library. This is my first and only iPod and I’ve had it since I graduated from high school in 2005, so as you can imagine there’s a very eclectic collection of music to choose from.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you some of the songs that played throughout my apartment this weekend and ask you a few questions..

I feel like to some people, playing your iPod on shuffle is like asking a “real man” to wear a pink shirt. Are you comfortable enough with your sexuality musicality to let it all hang out?

When listening to your iPod on shuffle, do you embrace the songs choices you’ve chosen to upload onto your iPod through its years, or do you skip through some of them?

Is there a song on my list you haven’t heard of?

Is there a song on my list that you really don’t like?

What kind of music have you been listening to lately?

Take a look at my pink shirt – perhaps you’ll come up with a new Manic Monday playlist.

Have a great day! ♫

Magdalena, Brandon Flowers

Love Like Whoa, The Ready Set

Teenage Dream, Katy Perry

Should’ve Said No, Taylor Swift

Money Maker, Ludacris

Paralyzer, Finger 11

Oklahoma Breakdown, Stoney LaRue

Take Me to the Pilot, Elton John

No Strings Attached, N’Sync

Bubbly, Colbie Caillat

Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2

Make Me Better, Fabulous ft. Neyo

Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles

Make Love in this Club, Usher

1901, Phoenix

Fearless, Neurosonic

Hard To Handle, Otis Redding

Gimme More, Britney Spears

Fill in the Blank Friday!

5 Mar

It’s that time again! Head over to Lauren’s blog The Little Things We Do to play along & check out Amy Rene‘s page because she’s playing along too!

The phrase or punctuation I overuse most is Super! Whether or not things are actually super, I feel saying it with that excitement makes things a little easier sometimes. Haha.

Today I am thankful for Getting off at 7 PM & Alex taking me out on a date! He’s not one to suggest going out very often, so when he asks to take me out it’s a special treat :)

My best friend is are Caitlin Meany & Ashley Hankins.

A quirky things about me is I read my magazines backwards.

This weekend I am working 4 – Midnight & 2 – 10 PM.

Something that worries me is my brother.

On my night stand you would find LOTS  of magazines, True Prep, Twitter for Dummies, an amazing apple vanilla candle & my iPod & iPod speakers/docking station.

Typealyzer

4 Mar

My cousin Claire’s husband Jacob brought this site to my attention yesterday. You type your blog address into the site and it analyzes the personality of the blog writer. Weird, right? I didn’t think it would be accurate but I decided to try it out anyway. Here’s what it had to say about me:

ESFP – The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead – they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.

The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation – qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.

While I agree I’m the “entertaining and friendly type”, I do want to be an event planner after all, I wouldn’t say I don’t like planning ahead. Although I have to say, lately I have been wishing I’d live more in the present moment because lately I’ve kind of let like I’m living in limbo waiting for the future to arrive.

I also don’t really agree with the statement that says I  “avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation” because one thing a lot of people don’t like about me is how straight forward I am.

Maybe it knows more about me than I do? Or maybe there’s no way a site could possibly be able to analyze what kind of person you are by scanning through your blog posts.

What do you think? Will you be typing in your blog address to see what it has to say about you?

Pancake Love ♥

2 Mar

Yesterday was National Pancake Day! That being said, last night while I was doing a little blog surfing I came across some very delicious looking and unique pancake recipes I had to share!

I do have a bit of a problem now, though.. I REALLY want some pancakes and I don’t know which recipe I should try out first!

 

Whole Wheat Cherry Vanilla Bean Pancakes via How Sweet It Is

Polenta Pancakes with Honey via BrokeAss Gourmet

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce via Two Peas and Their Pod

What’s your favorite kind of pancake? Do you prefer a more simple pancake, like a stack of buttermilk with butter and syrup? Or do you like a more adventurous pancake like the three featured here?

My favorite? That’s easy – Kerbey Lane Cafe‘s Gingerbread Pancakes = pancake perfection if you ask me :)

Chicken Enchiladas

27 Feb

A few nights ago I was flipping through cook books & really wanted to make Ina Garten’s roast chicken. I felt kind of silly roasting an entire chicken for just Alex & I, though so when I came across Real Simple’s chicken enchiladas with green salsa I knew I had a winner.

I made a few adjustments to the recipe, but nothing drastic. I don’t have a food processor, so I just bought a jar of Trader Joe’s verde salsa to make things a little easier, and it was actually way more delicious than I’d expected. I also added the juice of two limes to the chicken mixture (the recipe only calls for lime juice in the salsa) & not only did I put cheese in the chicken mixture as the recipe calls for, I also saved a little bit & sprinkled it on top of the enchiladas before I put them in the oven.

Once you have all of the chicken shredded, which is by far the most lengthy part of the process, the entire dish comes together in less than 20 minutes! I guarantee you’ll be satisfied – this is a recipe you must check out!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add zucchini, onion, and corn and cook, stirring, until onion begins to soften, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl. Add chicken, Monterey Jack, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Mix to combine.
  4. Wipe out the skillet and heat remaining oil over medium heat. Cook each tortilla until softened, 10 to 15 seconds per side. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate.
  5. Divide chicken mixture among the tortillas, roll them up, and place them in a baking dish, seam-side down. Bake until heated through, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the tomatillos, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and ½ teaspoon salt until finely chopped. Serve the enchiladas with the salsa and sour cream, if using.
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