QOTD: All my days…


“All my life I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path.” – Sigrid Undset


Today I have for you lovely people 1) a recipe to share, 2) a Top Ten bloggy thing I saw on Life With a Side of Coffee, and 3) I have some very important music news to share…I’m going to start things off with that last one…

Are you ready? Ok then.

The Arctic Monkeys new album, AM, which drops on September 10th (finally!! I’ve listened to the first two tracks–Do I Wanna Know & Are You Mine? every single day for months & months now in anticipation) is currently streaming for FREE on iTunes! Best news, I know. I discovered this late last night thanks to the Free People blog (via Pinterest), and it has already made my work day a million times better. This new album has a little bit of a different sound than what the boys have done in the past, and I’m kind of loving it (currently, I think my favorite song is Arabella and No. 1 Party Anthem. But it’s the Arctic Monkeys, then can pretty  much do whatever they want & I will probably still listen to it. I can’t wait until I can actually purchase this album. September is a great month music-wise, with HAIM’s full length album coming out at the end of the month, and KOL’s new one, Mechanical Bull, releasing on September 24th…it’s looking pretty good, right?!

Now on to that recipe I mentioned. Since it’s Fall now (Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back, therefore, it is now Autumn even if it doesn’t yet feel like it), and I’m getting back on the “get healthy” track, I decided to make myself a little tasty & breakfast/snack that is filling and not terribly bad for me: Apple Pumpkin Muffins! And they are yummy & not horribly unhealthy like many muffins are. I based my recipe off of a vegan recipe that I found on The Minimalist Baker. If I would have had almond milk & non-dairy butter, and flax seeds on hand, I would have went ahead with the vegan recipe, but since I didn’t (because I’m not vegan), I changed it a bit.  The worst part of these health-wise is the 1/2 cup of brown sugar &  the two tablespoons of butter in them (you could always use light margarine or you could leave out the butter all together if you really wanted to). But it’s only 1/2 a cup, most of the flavor comes from the spices, and of course the apples & pumpkin.


Now, I believe that “Top Tens” post I mentioned is up next, which I’m doing in lieu of today’s Blogtember post, because this looked like more fun. (Just a note, I have WAY more than 10 on most of these lists.)


Top Ten Places I Need to Visit (that I haven’t)

  1. Ireland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Paris
  4. Greece
  5. Turkey
  6. Morocco
  7. Washington D.C.
  8. Boston
  9. Romania
  10. Oxford


Top Ten Treats

  1. Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  2. Monkey Bread (a.k.a. Cinnamon-Sugar Pull-Apart Bread)
  3. Beef Jerky
  4. Haagen-Dazs Limoncello Gelato
  5. Apple Pie
  6. Pumpkin Pie
  7. Chips with Salsa & Cheese Dip
  8. Reeses
  9. Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  10. Strawberry Galette


Top Ten Reads (what I could come up with on the fly)

  1. Jane Eyre
  2. The Historian
  3. Dracula
  4. Pride and Prejudice
  5. The Wicked Years
  6. Harry Potter
  7. All Souls Trilogy
  8. To Kill A Mockingbird
  9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  10. In The Woods


Top Ten Drugstore Beauty Buys

  1. L’Oreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Color Care Shampoo
  2. L’Oreal Ever Pure Alcohol-Free Root Spray
  3. Dove Body Wash
  4. Noxzema Face Wash (I use it as a mask)
  5. Organic Coconut Oil
  6. Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Power
  7. CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation
  8. Essie Nail Polish
  9. Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Towelettes
  10. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Mouse & Hairspray


Top Ten Movies (again, what I came up with on the fly)

  1. Gone With The Wind
  2. Good Will Hunting
  3. Legend
  4. The Cornetto Trilogy
  5. Love Actually
  6. The Shining
  7. Casablanca
  8. Bridget Jones’s Diary
  9. The Corpse Bride
  10. The Exorcist


And there you have it! I think I’m done for the day!


Blogtember Day 2 & MYSKW: O

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Before I dive into music & Day #2 of Blogtember, I have to address something else: the premiere of Luther last night on BBC America. I got all caught up on the show less than an hour before I sat down to watch this third series premiere. If you haven’t watched Luther, you should. It’s a great detective show, and this is supposed to be the final series, sadly. (Though I have heard whisperings that a movie is in the works, a prequel to the series.) Series premiere = so good. But I’m currently pissed at DS Ripley! I’m not going to get into spoilers (mostly because I don’t have the time), but ugh! I don’t know how this is all going to turn out, I really don’t. Which I love. And also hate. I swear British television will be the death of me one of these days :).  At least they aren’t dragging out the series.. Instead, it’s a 4-night event. So basically my evenings are going to be a little full this week :).

Now on to Blogtember hosted by Story of My Life.

Day #2: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?


This is actually pretty easy for me. First off, I would go to London & base myself there. And from there, I would go spend at least two weeks in Ireland. And I would go spend a week in Paris. And a week in Greece. And a few days in Turkey. And I would go to Sweden. I’d take an art class – drawing and sculpture. I take cooking lessons in Tuscany. I’d go back to Marseilles. I’d explore Scotland. And I would go see Oxford.


I would listen to all the British music that I love LIVE. I might even take an acting class, just for the heck of it. I would wander around Europe, writing, drawing, taking pictures, drinking coffee & wine, absorbing the history of every single place I set my feet, all the while learning who I am & what I want from my life.  Maybe I would finally be able to discover what it is I want to do with my life. Who knows, I might even find the love of my life :).


It’s seems fantastical and incredible and completely unlikely to happen. It’s my dream, I know this. But I haven’t given up hope on it actually coming true. Not even close. Quite the opposite, actually. My heart is already in London, so maybe will time (but hopefully not too much time), the rest of me will be there, too.

Now for Music You Should Know Wednesday: Omicron!

Today’s featured artist is Andrew Belle. Belle is a singer-songwriter from Illinois (LOOK! A featured artist that isn’t British! :)). His music has been featured on a few “reality” TV shows, and also on shows like Pretty Little Liars, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, etc. So, if you watch any of those show, you might recognize a few of his songs, namely the first two songs on the playlist. Enjoy!


Top Ten Tuesday

One of the guys I work with lost his 22 year-old son last night in a car accident, so I ask that you all keep the Brown family in your thoughts and prayers.

This week’s theme for The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday is books that involve travel in some way:

  1. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls #1) – Oxford, Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region of France, Madison in upstate New York


2. Shadow of Night (All Souls #2) – They timewalk back to Elizabethan England, and Prague/Bohemia. It makes me giddy just thinking about it.

3. Alice in Wonderland – so Wonderland doesn’t actually exist (at least not to our knowledge), it’s still travel.

4. The Harry Potter Series – does this really need an explanation?


5. The Chronicles of Narnia – again, I don’t really think this needs an explanation.

6. The Wicked Years – It OZ!

7. The Southern Vampire Mysteries – hey, they do travel some! Sookie went to Dallas, and to that conference thing up North somewhere, though I can’t remember where. OK, fine. It’s a bit of a cheat, but this more than makes up for it:


8. The Historian – Where do I even begin?! Amsterdam, Istanbul, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, France, Venice, Croatia, Oxford…I’m probably forgetting a few, too.


Top to bottom, left to right – Amsterdam, Istanbul, Romanian countryside, Ljubjana (aka Emona in Slovenia)

Not ten, but my brain has come to a stand still.

Happy Tuesday!