A quick update…

I’m skipping TTT today because I just don’t have time. And to my Cara Box partner, Amber – I got my box and I loved it! And I will posting about it tomorrow…hopefully.

Kirk out.

I got my Goodies box!

Yep, I finally got my first Goodies Co. Tasters box! And while I didn’t like everything, I still really enjoyed the box. If you’ve never heard of this particular monthly subscription, it’s a box of snacks. And it’s only $7/month. There aren’t any other charges–no shipping cost, no handling or processing cost–just $7 for 5 to 8 snacks to try. They even have a kids version of the box. And everything included (plus much more) can be purchased on their website. Most of it, from what I have seen thus far, leans towards natural ingredients and healthier snack option, which I certainly need. And as a picky eater, it’s great to be able to sample things before potentially wasting my very precious money on something I don’t end up liking.

Curious yet?

I admit, as a foodie, I was pretty giddy when I pulled into my driveway on Tuesday and saw the box sitting on my porch.

Here’s what was inside and what I thought of everything:

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  • Glacêau Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Water – Ok, I haven’t actually tried this yet because I stuck it in my freezerright after I opened the box (to get it colder faster), then I kind of forgot about it until today. So hopefully it will be thawed enough to try this evening.
  • Cosmos Creations Salted Caramel Baked Corn – I love salted caramel sauce, so I thought maybe these would be a winner. Sadly they were not. I’m not sure if it was too sweet or what exactly it was that turned me off, but it was a let down.
  • Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Sea Salt Crackers – I actually liked these. They were a wee bit bland at first. But after a couple, the grew on me. I think they would be really good with dip or with soup.
  • The Better Chip Spinach, Kale & Sea Salt Corn Chips – These were far and away my favorite thing in the box. I loved them! I mean really LOVED them. So much so that I’m buying some. I can’t wait to eat them with some salsa, though they were pretty amazing on their own.
  • Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Fruit Chews – (Disclaimer: I’m not a huge cherry flavoring fan, so I may be a bit biased.) I hated these. They come in several flavors, all variations on cherry–cherry cheesecake, cherry daiquiri, wild cherry, etc–but they tasted very artificial and just plain gross to me. The chocolate cherry one was the worst.

Even though I wasn’t crazy about most of the items, I enjoyed the box. And those chips more than made up for everything else. I’m excited for the August box now. I hope it’s a good one. I’m also excited to order these two things: Bare Fruit Fuji Apple Chips and Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Quinoa bar. (I just hope they taste as good as I think they are going to.)

In completely unrelated news, I’m aproximately half way through series 4 of Doctor Who. The last episode I watched was the The Doctor’s Daughter. I wasn’t crazy about Martha being back for two episodes, though. I’m not a fan. But she’s gone now. And I’m like Donna a bit more with each episode. That’s not to say I didn’t like her at first. I did, I just wasn’t sure how much I liked her. Every companion get’s compared to Rose, of course, and she’s probably going to be unbeatable for me. Much like I think know that David Tennant is going to be unbeatable as far as the Doctors go. Granted, I can only say that with certainty until 12 is announced – then I may have to reassess, depending on the content of that announcement. We shall just have to wait and see.

Disc 4 arrives today, so I’ve got another 2.5 to 3 hours of the Doctor to look forward to tonight on top of Project Runway, and whatever else I have set to record. It think that just about covers it for today.

Allons-y!

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Music You Should Know Wednesday: Θ

Welcome to MYSKW: Theta!

I had planned on posting this morning, but it’s been a busy day, so this is going to be quick as I can make it, so I can get back to things.

This week, music is provided by one of my all-time favorites. And, sadly, they no longer make music together. It’s depressing, but the saving grace in this is that they music they did put out while they were together is glorious. Oh, yeah, I’m talking about the phenomenal bluegrass-folk trio Nickel Creek. That is Sara Watkins, her brother Sean Watkins, and mandolin prodigy (seriously, he was a child prodigy on mandolin) Chris Thile (currently of Punch Brothers). Well, I hope you enjoy the poetic, beautiful, and fun songs I’ve included, and I hope you venture out and devour the rest of their respective catalogs.


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Top Ten Tuesday is back!

Yes, my friends. Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is back this week with this: top ten words/topics that make you not want to pick up a book.

I have to say, I had a difficult time coming up with this list – in the end, I had to go look at other people’s lists, and only came up with nine. But, in that process, I found out that many people out there basically hate the types of books that I love to read the most, namely fantasy, science fiction, history, murder/crime, and horror. Interesting…

That aside, here we go:

  1. Memoir/Autobiography  – it’s just not my thing, really. There are a few exceptions, though I can only think of one right now (I would like to read Tina Fey’s Bossypants).
  2. Romance – I’m talking straight romance novels here. I don’t want anything to do with them.
  3. Chick-lit – I hate that term with a passion. And anything labeled as such is an immediate turn off.
  4. Slow-paced – just ugh.
  5. Self-help – hate them. Genuinely hate self-help books, I personally think they are a load of crap.
  6. Erotica – a.k.a 50 Shades of Grey, which I tried to read–I was curious what all the fuss was about–as it turns out, it was the most horribly written book I have ever attempted to read. I got about a third of the way into it and gave up because the whole time I was reading it, I was editing it. If it hadn’t been on my Kindle, I would have taken a red pen to it.
  7. Animal books – I am a huge animal lover, thus I cannot read animal books like Marley and Me. I saw the movie. And it was horrible. And I saw War Horse – HUGE mistake because it’s a million times worse. My poor little heart and overactive emotions can’t take it, even if it fiction.
  8. Fan fiction – because most of the time, it sucks (I’m looking at you, E.L. James).
  9. Feminist/Feminism – I do not consider myself a feminist, and I don’t really like the feminist agenda, so anything tied to that I try to steer clear of.

I’m pretty sure that all I’ve got for you today. See you tomorrow for MYSKW!

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“No Rest.”

That’s the title of the song I am listening to as I start writing this post, and it pretty much describes my weekend: restless. Starting Friday afternoon, I had one of the worst migraines I have had in a long time, that lasted all through my weekend and is still with me today, though, thankfully, not nearly as bad as it was. I slept some, sure, but it wasn’t restful sleep. And most of my time was spent going back and forth between ice packs and the heating pad wrapped around my head – though it was all pretty much in vain. It didn’t do much good.

So basically I spent the whole weekend laying down on my couch, because every time I sat up thinking it was getting better, it would come back full-force. Sadly it took a few times of getting up and moving around for me to actually put that together.

There is one good things about spending the weekend on the couch – catching up on unwatched movies & TV shows. Friday that didn’t happen, the TV was on but turned down extremely low and I had the eyes covered the whole night. But Saturday, I could I actually watch and listen to the TV without feeling like my head was going to explode, so I took advantage and watched Stoker which I loved – it was weird and creepy in the best way. I watched some of series 4 of Doctor Who, and the whole Rose tease in the Adipose episode gave me heart palpitations. Then I declared Sunday “British Day,” because when I woke up at the unholy hour of 6:30, Gosford Park was on and it was raining. It just felt like a good day to spend only watching British things. So, after Gosford Park, I watched both Bridget Jones movies, some more Doctor Who, and I know there was more, but I’m blanking right now.

While that was all well and good, I didn’t get much of anything done that I actually needed to, namely mowing and vacuuming and bathing the kiddos. So, guess what’s on my agenda for this weekend?!

This past week was Comic Con (you should already have know this), and I wasn’t there. It’s a bit depressing, but there’s (hopefully) always next year, right? Anyway, in honor of SDCC, I leave you with these (be forewarned – Kick Ass 2 and Riddick are the red-band trailers):

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Music You Should Know Wednesday: H

Welcome to MYSNW: Eta!

I have to say, I’m pretty excited about this week’s band, then again, I think I say that just about every week :). What can I say?

The band gracing my post today is pretty new, at least to mainstream radio play. They’re debut full-length studio album comes out this fall. As has been the pattern lately, I have to credit BBC Radio for bring these guys to my attention.

And now, without further ado: The 1975.

Here’s a quick blurb about them:

The 1975 are an English, Manchester-based alt-rock band consisting of Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel, and Ross MacDonald. They have released four EPs and their debut album is set to drop September 3rd, here in the Colonies.

Enjoy!

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Technically, it’s Top Ten Tuesday…

But I’m skipping it this week because I couldn’t come up with a good enough list. Instead, I have recipes, as promised!

First up is quite possibly, the most amazing thing I have ever made in my entire life – the pumpkin cinnamon rolls I posted about earlier this week:

And now, for the balsamic pan-seared salmon (though you can use any other kind of fish or even chicken):

That’s all for today. By the way, here a testament to how damn good those cinnamon rolls are – I’m going to risk making my house even hotter than it already is on a normal summer day (anywhere from 78-81 in the evenings, because my A/C doesn’t keep up very well), just so I can eat some more of these suckers and have them for breakfast the rest of the week. I think they are my kryptonite. Even more so than pumpkin pie or apple pie or pumpkin lattes.

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