Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cheesy Shrimp Enchilada Bake

Cooking is one of my favorite things to do-I love the creativity in being able to add things that satisfy your tastes and the satisfaction of when something comes out amazing. I also love hanging out with friends-adding these today made making this recipe even more fun and enjoyable.

Cheesy Shrimp Enchilada Bake

(2 servings)

Ingredients:
Sauce:
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Onion and Garlic Mix
  • 4 chipotle chiles, finely diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Enchiladas: Preparation:

Heat oven to 375°F.

Sauce:
Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl.

Enchiladas:
Pour 3/4 cup sauce into the bottom of a 10" baking dish. Press both sides of tortillas into sauce, then place 3 tortilla halves on top of sauce. Add half of Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper Mix, half of Lime Shrimp and half of cheese. Layer on remaining 3 tortilla halves, Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper Mix and Lime Shrimp. Pour remaining 1 1/4 cups sauce and cheese over shrimp. If not eating immediately, cover tightly and freeze. Otherwise, bake 20 minutes, covered with foil. Remove foil; bake until cheese bubbles, 10 minutes more.

To reheat:
Bake, covered with foil, at 400°F for 25 minutes. Remove foil; bake until cheese bubbles, 5 minutes more.


My friend, A, and I decided to add some elements into this recipe. I don't like red peppers, so we nixed them and just put the broccoli in. We also added some black beans (canned) and fresh spinach into the bake. We also used whole wheat tortillas instead of corn tortillas. This recipe came out awesome. It's also great reheated-I ate it for the rest of the week.

A

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Grown Ups [Movie Review]


Most of the reviews that I heard about Grown Ups were not good. Yes, the movie milked the toilet humor and overused the same jokes in various ways over and over again, but I really enjoyed this movie. I thought that it was hilarious but at the same time, a great movie about morals, coming of age, and realizing the important things in life.

I really love the cast that they chose; because these guys are such great friends outside of work, they had great onscreen chemistry too. The banter seemed to come more naturally and I would not have a hard time believing that some of the things that they pick on each other about in the movie were drawn from real life.

Grown Ups is a movie about life, growing older, and realizations. A group of men who were on the same basketball team in high school reunite after their coach passes away. Their coach requested them to scatter his ashes in a place that brought them back to their old days. The men have not seen each other in a while and have since gotten married, had kids, and made lives. Some of them have changed without realizing it and some have lost sight of what they used to live for and what used to be most important.

Most movies like this seem to end in at least one couple breaking up. Yes, the couples did have fights, the guys fought, their kids wondered why their dads were suddenly acting differently and wanted them to do different things, but in the end, instead of ending it, this movie went a different way. This movie showed families coming together and learning-seeing things that they had put aside or left behind, or never even realized and taking those things to enrich their lives and find what they might have been missing.

Now obviously in real life, things like this are not that easy. If they were, maybe my parents would still be together. The thing is, the movie gives hope. If people are willing to work on things, try new things, or improve on things that are already happening..and work together, this all can be possible.

I really liked this movie-I laughed out loud through the entire movie, and I really recommend everyone to see it. It's a great movie for all ages, and you won't feel awkward seeing it with your parents or seeing it with your kids.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Primo's


If you're in uptown Dallas and looking for casual and trendy Mexican restaurants, you will find two in the palm of your hand. One of these is Primo's. My friend T and her sister R introduced me to Primo's on a Tuesday night. Tuesday nights is also their $2 house margaritas all day day. I LOVE Margaritas...and their house margaritas are awesome. In addition to Tuesdays, they have some type of special every day during happy hour. I haven't been on any other day yet, but I definitely need to, and some time soon.

Primo's offers great Tex Mex dishes, fajitas, appetizers, and plenty of other delicious meals for you to enjoy with or without your drinks. The prices are pretty average as far as Mexican restaurants go, and the food is definitely worth it. The only drawback is parking-they only have valet unless you can find a street spot or walk from someone's apartment. Regardless, Primo's is a great place to meet up with friends after work, unwind and have dinner and drinks. It does get pretty busy and loud, but it's a fun atmosphere in a great location.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Music Monday






LAST WEEK

Days Difference released a free mixtape download

Daytrotter released sessions with
Ra Ra Riot, Lower Dens, Earlimart Admiral Radley, and Idiot Glee.

Some of the songs from Punk Goes Pop 3 (Fearless Records) have started to be released-check out Breathe Carolina's cover of Down here and if you like it, download it from iTunes.

The Word Alive is touring A Day to Remember and Underoath later this year- tickets

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Survey Junkie's Secret Santa Gift Exchange




Going through a bloghop today (you know, the awesome one run by Survey Junkie, Little Yaya's, Review Retreat & Boobies,BabiesAndABlog), I came across Survey Junkie's Secret Santa Gift Exchange.

Basically, you fill out a form to register your blog (deadline is October 6), then during the holiday season, you buy a gift ($20 max including shipping) for the author of the blog who is chosen as your Secret Santa. I thought that this was a really cute idea and decided to join up. If this interests you, check out Staycee's post here and register your blog and start getting excited for this holiday season.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Flu Shots..Get it Because You Love Me :)

I do have some bias as to urge everyone to get the flu shot. My company works with companies to get the flu shot to you in time for flu season, so it's something that we have been working hard on oh...we'll say for a while now.

That's not why I recommend getting the flu shot. I recommend it because it will keep you healthy. For those of you who have kids, work around kids, or even around people-germs fly everywhere, and influenza sucks to get. Yes, H1N1 is not nearly as big of an issue as it was last summer, but the virus still exists and can attack weak immune systems. Every single flu vaccine this year includes theH1N1 strain of flu. It's only one shot and it will protect you from the 4 strains of flu that the Centers for Disease Control have researched into and mandated for this year's vaccine.

Scared of shots? Call your county health department and see where you can get Flumist-the vaccine in a sprayable condition that goes up your nose.

In college? Go to your school's health center-they most likely do clinics for free.

Have elderly relatives who you need to help get the shot? Ask about the high dose flu shot made specifically for those over 65.

Otherwise, I'm sure everyone has seen the signs at every retail drug store.. maybe your office is giving you the option. Take the option and just..cover yourself. Getting the flu really sucks.

Even before I worked for this company, or even knew about it, I was getting the flu shot. It definitely helped me with those Syracuse winters and the traveling back and forth from home to there.

Let's face it..being sick sucks, and the winter is a nice time for everyone...who wants to get sick when their whole family is home, or all their friends get together for the first time in a while? I've definitely learned my lesson.

Are you getting your flu shot this year? If not, what's keeping you? I'm open to hearing everything, I love opinions on this stuff :)

this was just not the week for progress

I guess it's time for another goals check up...this past week has been complete hell. Work was stressful, things in my personal life were stressful...it was just a ball of stress-i pretty much could not eat all week because my stomach was in knots..I'm finally able to eat and not get naseous. This week was awful...With that said, let's check out the goals I probably will not reach by the end of this month.

goals for September:

  • 2 days of cardio plus 2 days of training ever week
  • purge the closet
  • get rid of that last box of stuff
  • find 2 workout classes to go to this month
  • 4 or less errors at work this month
  • Find a young Jewish professionals event to go to
  • Pay bills on time
  • keep at least 2 paychecks in my account at all times
  • write at least 3 pieces for musiqtone
  • raise $200 for Komen for the Cure
  • blog at least 2 posts other than music on the public blog
Haven't been to the gym since Monday-been going to work early so I haven't been able to go at all...Slowly SLOWLY getting the closet done...and the box...workout classes I think are out for this month...errors are happening...no YJP but i am going to my friend's engagement party and she is Jewish and has a lot of Jewish friends, so maybe that counts? :D....bills are good so far...bank account..yeahh no...I have a bunch of musiqtone coming up, but I'm not sure if any of them will be posted this month--we will see...Komen and blogging, I have down.

It's funny-all the things that I've been trying to work on are going well, but the goals are just shot to hell at this point..funny, but frustrating...oh well, at least I'm making some progress

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dannon's Give Hope with Every Cup

Many companies use their proceeds to go towards different causes. I saw Dannon's ad in the Sunday paper and wanted to share it and make sure that everyone knew about their campaign. Now, while you eat Dannon and help keep yourself healthy, you can help Dannon donate money to find a cure for breast cancer.

Under each Dannon product lid, you will find a code. Go to Cups of Hope and enter that code and the other information requested. It's that easy-all you have to do is buy what you normally buy, enjoy it, and type in the code. By just doing that, you have helped Dannon donate 10 cents to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help find a cure.

This campaign goes from now until November 30, 2010, and there are codes in every SINGLE Dannon product. Be sure to enter your code and help raise money for a very worthy cause. In addition to the codes, you can also pass the cup on Facebook. Be sure to check out Cups of Hope for this and more information about Dannon and the National Breast Cancer Foundation's campaign.

Remember, this is for our mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, best friends, teachers....and for the future...we all know someone either personally or mutually who has been affected by this disease. Do it for them.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wolfgang Puck: FiveSixty, Dallas


Going to a Wolfgang Puck restaurant is pretty much surrendering your taste buds to one of the most renown creative collections of recipes. For those who have never heard of anything Wolfgang Puck, I will introduce you now. Wolfgang Puck has several restaurants, both fine and causal dining that introduce delicious and unique recipes according to the cuisine that each individual restaurant serves. Some of the restaurants include a steakhouse, Italian food, pizza, and asian fusion, depending on where you are. Unfortunately Wolfgang Puck only has restaurants in certain cities, but if you find yourself in any of these cities, I definitely recommend splurging for a night and having a great meal.

In Dallas, there is FiveSixty; a Wolfgang Puck Asian Fusion restaurant. In addition to its unique menu, this restaurant is also unique as far as its location. When driving through downtown Dallas, you see a sky needle looking tower lit up in the night sky. This is Reunion Tower; FiveSixty is located at the top of this tower. You actually get to enjoy your meal while looking over downtown Dallas in the slowly revolving tower. The city is gorgeous as the sun sets, adding a relaxing and beautiful aspect to your meal.

To eat at FiveSixty, and most fine dining Wolfgang Puck restaurants, you need to be adventurous in what you eat. The menus usually do not have the most ordinary selections on it, so be ready to try something in a way that you probably have not eaten it before. The food is awesome and so worth being adventurous in trying it.

Wolfgang Puck restaurants may be a little expensive, but they are definitely worth the splurge. They have great ambiance, service, and amazing food. If you're ever in a city with a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, make a night of it and try it.

For more about Wolfgang Puck's restaurants and locations, visit their website.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Komen for the Cure-DFW, October 16



I started a team for the Dallas Komen walk on October 16; if you're in the area on that day, join team Paint the Town Pink..if not, any donations or other support would be so appreciated ♥

If you would like to donate, click here

Much love and much thanks!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Carjacking Trend-Read and Pass This On-NO JOKE

WARNING FROM POLICE

THIS APPLIES TO BOTH WOMEN AND MEN
BEWARE OF PAPER ON THE BACK WINDOW OF YOUR VEHICLE--
NEW WAY TO DO CARJACKINGS (NOT A JOKE)

You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You
start the engine and shift into Reverse.
When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your
parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle
of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your
doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or
whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach
the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out
of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically
mow you down as they speed off in your car.
And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car.
So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your
money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are
now compromised!


BEWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED.
If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just
drive away. Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you
read this e-mail. I hope you will forward this to friends and
family, especially to women. A purse contains all kinds of
personal information and identification documents, and you

certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.


Please tell your friends

Monday, September 20, 2010

Music Monday




On Musiqtone, check out Kassidy's review of The World Alive's new album. Bruno Mars, We the Kings, Guster, and Thriving Ivory are in the Premiere Box with new videos this week.

LAST WEEK

Forever the Sickest Kids released Keep On Bringing Me Down on iTunes

Daytrotter Sessions released sessions from Adam Haworth Stephens, the front man of Two Gallants, Toro Y Moi, White Mystery and Clare and the Reasons.

Check out the new Aim For the Weekend song up now on their myspace.

Stryper has a new song up for download on iTunes.

NoiseTrade has a new 25 song Sampler up for everyone to download and check out.

Aaron Smith has released the video for "Said It All Before" is now on aaronsmithmusic.com and you can download Love Stoned for free



TOUR

Fountains of Wayne announce a tour
Anarbor and VersaEmerge are going on tour





Sunday, September 19, 2010

Arcodoro Pomodoro




If you like trendy, upscale, fine dining, make Arcodoro Pomodoro in Dallas one of your go to restaurants. Arcodoro Pomodoro has a unique selection of meals on their menu that is not for those who do not have a palette for fine Italian food.

The location in Dallas attracts young professionals and socialites who enjoy both its bar and its restaurant. The restaurant carries many different Italian wines including Tommasi which comes from Verona, Italy. Arcodoro Pomodoro serves traditional Sardinian cuisine which includes dishes full of fresh seafood that can also be found near the island of Sardinia.

One of their most unique dishes is a fish that is brought out to the table covered in rock salt. The fish is cooked in a woodburning oven and then filleted table side. This is one of the most delicious fish dishes that I have ever tasted. The flavoring is not too strong, and you can choose which fish you would like based on what is available and in season. One fish is enough for three people and perfect with a glass of white wine.

Their salads, appetizers, and pastas are fresh and tasty as well. Every dish served here is made with extreme attention to the true Sardinian recipes, as well as the freshness and quality that is upheld by Arcodoro restaurants and Italian tradition.

There is an Arcodoro in both Houston and Dallas. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Progress? Not so much

I'll admit, I almost didn't post this because I am completely embarrassed about how badly I've done and how much...0 progress I've made since last week...but..here goes nothing...


So here are my goals for September:

  • 2 days of cardio plus 2 days of training ever week
  • purge the closet
  • get rid of that last box of stuff
  • find 2 workout classes to go to this month
  • 4 or less errors at work this month
  • Find a young Jewish professionals event to go to
  • Pay bills on time
  • keep at least 2 paychecks in my account at all times
  • write at least 3 pieces for musiqtone
  • raise $200 for Komen for the Cure
  • blog at least 2 posts other than music on the public blog
I haven't been able to do my cardio because of work scheduling
I'm slowly but surely working on the closet and box issue
I haven't even had time to look at the class schedule this month and it's halfway over
YJP event...riiight...no
I've paid all my bills on time
Don't even want to talk about my bank account right now...not at all
I've got 3 things coming up for musiqtone, but will probably be posted next month. I did have one piece posted this month, but I am WORKING on musiqtone pieces.
I have, thanks to my supporters, raised $200 for Komen
I've got my blogging down on the public one..yay scheduling!

And here are things that I will work on through September
  • turning the computer off by or at midnight every work night
  • doing my dishes every night
  • emptying the dishwasher the day after i run it
  • fold and hang my clothes and sheets the day i do my laundry
  • leave the apartment by 9:25 am every morning for work
  • in bed by 10:30 the latest on work nights
  • read more
Doing well with turning the computer off and being in bed. I've been kind of lax on my dishes and since I went out of town last week, my laundry doing is kind of out of whack too. I've fixed my clocks to be 8 minutes faster than work so that I can't be late anymore-we'll see how it works.

Random Recipe Tip

Here is a random recipe tip that I picked up from my sister after she attended a weight loss camp.

If you're trying be a little more healthy, but love desserts like cakes and cupcakes, try replacing the oil with applesauce. I use unsweetened applesauce so that I don't add extra sugar to the recipe. You don't have to do any calculating to find out how much applesauce to put in; you use the exact same amount of applesauce as you would of oil.

The desserts come out just as good, and no one will be able to tell that you replaced the oil unless you tell them.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Outta Here" Esmee Denters [album review]

Esmee Denters | Outta Here
Timberlake protege crafts solid debut album

A few years ago, what many would call a youtube sensation popped up on the radar of the internet video atmosphere. Esmee Denters was just a teenager from the Netherlands who loved singing, writing, and listening to music. Out of random whim, she decided to post videos of herself to Youtube singing covers of some of her favorite artists' songs. Her talent was noticed by many and she became one of the most subscribed to users on Youtube.

Read more...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Another CSN Stores Giftcode Giveaway *CLOSED*

CSN Stores, as I have raved about before, has everything. It has 200 stores that cover all of your home decoration and accessorizing needs. Including its main store, it also has stores for those with the taste for a modern look, those who like grilling, and those who may need to bump up their cookware collections. In exchange for my review, Sean at CSN Stores has graciously given me one $40 Giftcode to giveaway to one of my readers.

I will choose the winner through Random.org on after the closing of this giveaway on at 11:59 PM CST on October 16-meaning that all entries that are received after that time will not be considered towards the random drawing.

To enter is simple-just complete the mandatory entry. If you would like more chances to win, consider completing as many of the extra entries as you would like. Please do not lie about those entries that you have and have not completed; I am doing this all on the honor system if verification is not asked for. Please leave your email address in the comments if it is not visible in your profile.


Due to frustrations with international fees, I do have to make this giveaway US only.

Mandatory entry:

Visit CSN stores and let me know what you were thinking of putting the gift certificate towards if you win this giveaway.

Extra Entries: [if an entry says +2 or etc, please leave that number of comments so that you get the correct amount of entries]

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  • Tweet “Enter to win a $40 GC from @CSNStores-Go Get Smashed http://awe.sm/5ArRS ends 10/16/10” once a day OR click the green retweet button on the left sidebar +1 per tweet per day (please leave tweet URL)
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This giveaway ends on OCTOBER 16, 2010

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me or leave it in a comment; good luck!!


**Disclosure** In exchange for a review, I was given this $40 giftcode to host this giveaway. This review is my honest opinion of CSN Stores and its offerings.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Vegetable and Chickpea Ragout

The second recipe that I made was a Vegetable and Chickpea Ragout. I love vegetarian recipes, and I love pasta with a twist. This recipe just sounded really good; like something that I would really enjoy. It's from Self Magazine and was also posted on Becoming the You.

Vegetable and Chickpea Ragout

(2 Servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup Onion and Garlic Mix
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper Mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 artichoke hearts in water, drained and quartered
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat penne, cooked
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Preparation:

Simmer tomatoes, chickpeas, Onion and Garlic Mix, Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper Mix, salt, oregano, pepper, pepper flakes and ½ cup water in a medium pot until liquid reduces by half, about 20 minutes. Add artichokes, peas and olives; cook 10 minutes more.

Quick tip:

If not eating immediately, pour into an airtight container and freeze. Otherwise, toss with penne and basil and serve.

To reheat:
Microwave on high 2 minutes; stir; microwave 2 minutes more. Mix with penne and basil.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lose-A-Palooza

Weight Watchers is one of my absolute favorite things. It's supportive, it has great recipes, and it's been pretty much the only way that I've been able to really lose weight (I need to get back on this obviously).

Today, Weight Watchers is having Lose-A-Palooza. All you have to do is tweet with the hashtag #loseforgood, post a blog about Lose-A-Palooza and Lose for Good, or do any other of these things. For every one of these things that you do, Weight Watchers will donate $1 to end world hunger. In addition to this, those of you who belong to Weight Watchers, every pound lost means more money donated to this cause.

For more information and even more things you can do to help this cause, check out Weight Watchers.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Adobo Glazed Turkey Loaves

I absolutely love to cook. Since now I have my own kitchen and pretty much only cook for myself, I have the freedom to cook whatever I want and really experiment through that. I've loved to cook for a while, my mom got me into it and I just realized that it's fun for me-I love to tweak recipes and add my own thing and I also love to find different recipes for foods that I love to eat.

The first recipe that I made in my own apartment was a recipe for Adobo Turkey Loaves. It was posted up on Becoming the You, but was originally from Self Magazine.


Adobo-Glazed Mini Turkey Loaves

(7 loaves, 2 per serving, 3 for shepherd's pie)

Ingredients:

Loaves:
  • 1 slice light wheat bread, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey (dark meat)
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup Onion and Garlic Mix
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli and and Red Bell Pepper Mix
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Glaze:
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preparation:

Heat oven to 350&Deg;F.

Loaves
Soak bread and milk in a bowl for 10 minutes. Combine remaining loaf ingredients in another bowl; add bread and milk; mix well. Scoop 1/3 cup of mixture into each of 7 nonstick muffin tin cups. Bake 10 minutes.

Quick tip:
While loaves bake, prepare glaze by combining all glaze ingredients in a bowl; also make sauce for enchilada bake.

Spread 1 tablespoon glaze on each loaf. Continue to bake until internal temperature reaches 160°F, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Remove loaves from oven; let cool. Set aside 3 loaves for the shepherd's pie. If not serving immediately, cover remaining loaves and freeze. To reheat Microwave on high 3 minutes or bake at 375°F for 30 minutes.



Saturday, September 11, 2010

Twisted Root


Dallas does not go for lacking for good burger places. When I first moved here, I noticed a car outside my apartment every day with a Twisted Root logo. After finding out that Twisted Root was a burger joint, I wanted to try it and see what it was all about.

Twisted Root is a casual burger joint with inventive, made from scratch burgers. In addition to homemade burgers, they also make their own condiments, sides, milkshakes, floats, and ice cream. You order at a counter and then pick up your order when your "name" is called. When you order, they give you a laminated card with a celebrity's name on it; they call that when your food is ready. When I first heard this before I ordered, I just thought that people were giving them fake names because It was funny to hear over the speaker. Once I ordered, I realized that the names were there way of calling out orders.

When you go, be sure you know exactly what you want to order before it's your turn. The employees who work the register and take the orders are not trained to be super patient. You can get different types of meat for the burgers, but be sure to specify that as your order, not as an afterthought. Their condiments and sides are so good, and they also boast great deals on beer buckets.

Twisted Root is a great place to go for a casual dinner with friends. Sit outside on their porch, have some beers, enjoy a dinner and the company of your friends. It's a great restaurant with great food. If you're in Dallas, check out one of their locations.

Check out Twisted Root's website here for more information.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sex and the City 2


I'm not really into super girly shows all the time, but I really like Sex and the City. I love the concept of the empowered female, living a functioning by herself at an age where most would be married. I love that although they look for someone to be with, that they still hold their heads high when they are single. The show is fun, bold, and hilarious, and definitely pushes the boundaries of what women are usually portrayed as.

The first Sex and the City movie was alright. I thought that it was a little long, but overall, I enjoyed it. The second one; however, was awful in my opinion. It did have some funny parts, but it was completely overshadowed by everything being so completely overdone. This movie did not really reflect the sentiment of the show as much as it could have. I feel that it concentrated more on making Dubai trendy and getting tourism over there, which is fine, but it seemed like that was the central point of the whole movie. Also, since when do you get rewarded with jewelry when you cheat on someone? Every time one of the guys in the episodes cheated on one of the four women, they got shut out or punished in some other way. A black diamond is not a punishment, and this just did not seem realistic. I know it's a movie, but this is supposed to be relatively related to real life, and in real life, that does not happen. It takes a lot longer for trust to be rebuilt.

I just did not like this movie; it was too girly, too long and too...over the top annoying. Glad I had a free ticket to get in with; it was not something that I would have spent money on.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Alice in Wonderland


Growing up, I was introduced to 5 versions of Alice in Wonderland. First obviously was Disney's animated version, which up until recently, everyone thought was so tripped out. I always loved this movie; it had such a pull to me and I had no idea why. I was too young to understand the meanings behind the movie, or even understand what psychedelic drugs were and why everyone associated them with this movie.



In middle school, my friend lent me Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. This went beyond the Disney-ified version of this story in both depth and continuation. To this day, this is still one of the best books that I have ever read. The story actually came alive more through reading the book. Though of course I used the movie as a base for the characters, there is so much more to the book that the movie does not go into. I began to realize that this was not just a fairy tale like story about a little girl with her head in the clouds, but more a view on society and their initial reaction to dreamers, creativity, and uniqueness.



In college, my friend Jess and I netflix'd a "people" version of Alice in Wonderland that had aired on tv a while back. This version was alright, but I don't feel like it quite captured the story as well as Disney did, or Carroll wrote. Although it went along with the story, it didn't have the imagination or whimsical quality that was the essence of the story.




A year or so later, my mom gave me another Alice in Wonderland based books: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. This put a whole different spin on Lewis Carroll's books. In this one, Alice is actually from Wonderland but was sent into our world when Queen Redd took over the kingdom. The characters from Carroll's novel are all there, but are seen in a different way. There are two more books in this series: Seeing Redd and Arch-Enemy. This series is definitely worth reading if you like different points of views and twists on classics.



Earlier this year, I finally saw Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland. I was wowed and absolutely blown away. I really believe that Tim Burton's spin on this movie took it to the level that Lewis Carroll had written. His casting was genius and his vision and their delivery of the movie was fantastic. I heard that a lot of people were disappointed in the way this movie came out, comparing it to the Disney version. I don't think that Burton wanted this movie to be that exact story. In paying attention to the movie, I realized that this was actually Alice's second time to Wonderland, and that it was actually Underland, not Wonderland. Burton's adaptation of the film is that of Alice's second visit, though she cannot remember things from her first visit, she begins to piece everything together.

Aside from telling Alice's story, this movie really brought home the feeling that I believe Carroll was trying to get across. There is nothing wrong with dreaming, inventing, and looking to the future. Standing out, being unique, and staying your own person brings your more happiness then doing things and being a certain way just because someone else wants you to or tells you to. Questioning things that seem impossible and looking for different ways to do and approach things are all part of being human, growing, and learning. Sometimes, it's good to be a little mad, a little crazy, and a little out of the ordinary-sometimes that is when you get the best ideas and are most inspired.

One Week into September..Progress?

Since it's the Jewish New Year, which i observe, I am really going to try hard to get these goals and improve myself...I'm so motivated right now, even though things are going kind of slowly. I need to keep this motivation and really do things. I've got to change a lot of things and make this year the start of many awesome years to come. Happy 5771, or Happy September to everyone else!


So here are my goals for September:

  • 2 days of cardio plus 2 days of training ever week
  • purge the closet
  • get rid of that last box of stuff
  • find 2 workout classes to go to this month
  • 4 or less errors at work this month
  • Find a young Jewish professionals event to go to
  • Pay bills on time
  • keep at least 2 paychecks in my account at all times
  • write at least 3 pieces for musiqtone
  • raise $200 for Komen for the Cure
  • blog at least 2 posts other than music on the public blog
I've got the gym down so far, all of my bills are on time. I've written one review for musiqtone already this month, and I've been good about the blogging..scheduling is a friend of mine :D

And here are things that I will work on through September
  • turning the computer off by or at midnight every work night
  • doing my dishes every night
  • emptying the dishwasher the day after i run it
  • fold and hang my clothes and sheets the day i do my laundry
  • leave the apartment by 9:25 am every morning for work
  • in bed by 10:30 the latest on work nights
  • read more
I've made progress on all of this so far except for the reading more...need to work on that, and I definitely will be adding to this list as well.

Anyone else made any progress on things that you're working on this month?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Formalities"-The Spill Canvas [Album Review]

The Spill Canvas- Formalities

Band returns to acoustic roots in grand fashion on sophomore effort

The Spill Canvas is a four piece band that started as just one. Nick Thomas started the band alone when he was fifteen. A few years later, Dan Ludeman, Landon Heil, and Joe Beck joined him to create what we now know as The Spill Canvas. They released their first album, No Really, I'm Fine, back in 2007. Formalities, the band's second full length album is both a look back to the band's original acoustic roots, and a show of evolution to their eclectic rock sound

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Because Who Doesn't Love Saving Money?

Okay, I don't let myself go shopping that much...not because I can't afford myself, but because I get the WORST shoppers remorse of life-sometimes even when I am buying things that I know I need. I also HATE clothes shopping. Being short and chubby, it's hard to find stuff that fits me right, and usually I get frustrated and end up having a "screw you guys, I'm going home" moment. Basically I do a lot of at home trying on and a LOT of returning..but hey, at least I'm not wasting money on things that I won't wear or don't fit. Now that I'm on my own, I'm getting a lot better about this and trying to spend less money on things that I either could get cheaper for the same quality. I love coupons (the sunday paper is a dream!), sales, and stores like Target, Old Navy Marshalls, Ross, and TJ Maxx. Not that I don't love other stores, but for every day wear, these are perfect for me.

The other day, I went to Marshalls, thinking I could resist its magical prices and sales. That was a joke. I ended up buying 3 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of pants, a purse, and an earring holder, all for under $200-craziness! But...no shopper's remorse! It probably helped that I actually needed everything that I bought, but this is a step for me. I'm trying to kind of restyle myself to dress my age, so slowly but surely, I buy a new piece for my wardrobe.

Anyway, after that, I went to Target...had to do some errands and still ended up spending less than $200 there. What I really loved about this was that for every reusable bag that you use instead of their plastic bags, you get $.05 off of your purchase..may not seem like a lot, but it adds up over all those times I go to Target...which is a lot.

Happy shopping to me, and happy shopping to you!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Music Monday




This week on Musiqtone, check out the Premiere Box for Taylor Swift's new video for Mine, David Archuleta's video for Somethin' About Love, Jennette McCurdy's video for Not That Far Away, The Early Strike's video for The Real Man Show, MGMT's video for Congratulations, and Anarbor's video for Gypsy Woman. Be sure to vote for your favorite video on The Count after watching them! Check out Stephanie's interview with Pierce the Veil in the Hot Seat. I also got the review Katy Perry's new album, Teenage Dream, which i loved! Check my review out here.


LAST WEEK

Backseat Goodbye released The Good Years
Switchfoot released an iTunes Session
The Dangerous Summer released Good Times on iTunes
Chiodos streamed a new song, Modern Wolf Hair
The Acacia Strain release “The Hills Have Eyes” music video

THIS WEEK

Amely releases Hello World
Aerosmith releases The Lowdown
Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village releases Rhythm of Life
Anberlin releases Dark is the way. Light is the Place
Fred Anderson Quartet releases Dark Day+Live in Verona (1977)
Janine Angelbath releases Gypsy Woman
Angelfire releases Angelfire
Apartment 213/Nothing Is Over releases Split
Atlantean Kodex releases The Pankotic Demos
Bachman-Turner release Bachman-Turner
Sara Bareilles releases Kaleidoscope Heart
Bascom Hill releases Bascom Hill
Black Uhuru with Sly & Robbie release Chicago 84
Blackout Brigade release Death and Dishonesty
Paul Booth release No Looking Back
Glenn Branca releases Symphony #8& #10 The Mysteries
Brendan James releases Brendan James
Eden Brent release Ain’t Got No Troubles
Buggirl releases Dirt in the Skirt
Dec Burke releases Destroy All Monsters
Care Bears on Fire releases Get Over It!
Coulourphonics releases The Colourphonics
Crack the Sky releases Machine
Cramps releases The Cramps’ Jukebox
Dick Dale releases Guitar Legend: The Very Best of Dick Dale
Darkness release Defenders of Justice and Conclusion and Revival
David Broza releases Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt
De Van releases Planet Botox
Death In Custody releases Infected With Rage
Deftones release The Lowdown
Devil Rides Out releases The Heart & The Crown
Divination releases Ace of Man
Dorrough releases Get Big
Diane Birch releases Bible Belt
Eric Cheneaux releases Warm Weather with Ryan Driver
Factory releases S/T
Fingerprints releases Dream Life
Fan Death releases A Coin for the Well
Freakangel releases The Faults of Humanity
George Jones releases Sacred Songs
Hytest releases Dishing Out The Good Times
Iain Ballamy’s Anorak releases Anorak More Jazz
Interpol releases Interpol
Interspheres releases Intersphere
Julien Jacob releases Sel
Jay Street releases Tasty
Jerry Lee Lewis releases Mean Old Man
Kant Kino releases We Are Kant Kino You Are Not and We Are Kant Kino You Are Too
Ben E. King releases Heart and Soul
Lady Saw releases My Way
Tim Lapthorn releases Seventh Sense
Chris Laurence releases New View
Leather Strip releases Mental Slavery
Lil Flip releases We Got Next: The Mixtape
Little Jackie releases The Stoop
Lord Green releases Higher Than God
Ludo releases Prepare the Preparations
Mark Sultan releases $
Pedro Luis Martinez releases Con Estrellas De Cuba: Havana Jam
Megadeth releases Rust in Peace
Mr. B’s Joybox Express Quartet releases Live
Naevus releases Silent Life and Relatively Close to the Sea
Nate Dogg releases G-Funk Mix
Neon release Here to There
Psyche releases Re-Membering Dwayne
Rayvon releases Rayvon
Rehab release Welcome Home
Riley releases Grandma’s Roadhouse
Robyn releases Body Talk 2
Seinking Ships releases Museum Quality Capture
Siskiyou releases Siskiyou
Smokey Robinson releases The Solo Albums 1
Stone Sour releases Audio Secrecy
Suicidal Tendencies releases No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family
Superbees release Top of the Rocks
Swamp Dogg release Give ‘Em As Little As You Can, As Often As You Have To
The Belles release Time Flies When You’re Losing Your Mind
The Steel Drivers release Reckless
Jess Thomas releases Hazel EP
Tinted Windows releases Tinted Windows
Tom Jones releases 24 Hours and Praise&Blame
Vandermark 5 releases Burn the Incline and Acoustic Machine
Willie Gonzalez releases Los Clasicos
Young Joshua releases Thinking Out Loud

TOUR
Alkaline Trio announces a mini tour