Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rhode Island bound...

This is my friend Abby and I:

We're pretty hilarious together. But that's not the point. The point is, Abby needs help. Your help, more specifically. Most post-grads, like myself, are facing one heck of a brick-wall job market, leaving us with entry level jobs at insurance companies, menial office jobs, or on the front lines of retail; three things no one wants. So now, we're turning to something that seemed like it was only for doctors, junior college professors, and those people on the History Channel with weird titles like "Nautical Science and Etymology Expert": grad school. However, grad school is a huge, expensive commitment and in order to decide if it's something Abby really wants to do, she's decided to take an intensive summer design course at the Rhode Island School of Design, or RISD, for short. While much more inexpensive than actual graduate school, she will still be incurring a huge bill... and this is where you come in.

Abby loves to knit. Not only that, but she's good at it, too! And she wants to do it for you! So, if you're so inclined, check out her blog demonstrating her skills, and drop her a line if you'd like to help her out by buying something. I know she'll appreciate it, and I appreciate it, too!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

yes, this is really happening

I am in love. In love with Clif Bars. And to commemorate this, I'm going to review all of the flavors I've tried so far.


Let's start with where it all began, when I decided to buy a bulk box of 3 varieties from Costco.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Out of the 3 included in the variety pack, this one is, by far, my favorite. Awesome chunks of peanut and over all amazing. A classic. A

Chocolate Chip This may come as a surprise, but this is the worst one! Not really chocolate-chippey and has a weird glyceriny syrup all over. Edible, but kinda gross. D

Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch A nice combo of the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip, but without the weird syrup. Has a mostly PB taste with flecks of chocolate chips. Okay, but nothing special. B

After suffering through 2 variety packs of the Chocolate Chip, I decided to start buying them individually from Trader Joe's. I realized that it's not that much more expensive to buy them that way, plus I can pick out any flavors I want. Here's what I tried...

Chocolate Brownie FANTASTIC. After trying this one, Chocolate Chip is dead to me. Seriously, if you want something chocolatey, Chocolate Brownie is for you. A-

Cool Mint Chocolate ALSO FANTASTIC. Basically the Chocolate Brownie but with the added amazingness of peppermint, which is probably my favorite chocolate combo ever right behind chocolate and coffee. A

Black Cherry Almond Meh. This one's just ok. I like the idea more than the execution. It could probably use a bit more cherry and a bit less almond. I think if I want a good cherry granola bar, I'll stick with Kashi's Cherry Dark Chocolate. C

Blueberry Crisp This is another really good one. When I first tried one, I thought it might be too sweet, but now I think it's just right. It's got almost a creamy texture which is a nice change of pace. B

Carrot Cake I've never been a big carrot cake person, but I decided on a whim to try one, and it turns out it's really good! I love spiced things that make me think of autumn and Halloween and this was just that. Maybe I'll have to try actual carrot cakes now? A

That's all I've tried so far. The rest are: Peanut Toffee Buzz, Chocolate Almond Fudge, Apricot, Oatmeal Walnut Raisin, Banana Nut Bread, Maple Nut, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. Trader Joe's only carries so many different types, so who know's if I'll ever get to try them all. I sure hope so, though. =D

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

off on a tangent...

Ok, I don't ususally write posts like this, but my discovery was too fantastic not to share with the blogosphere.

So I was looking up who did the song "In the Year 2525" (it's Zager and Evans, btw) and I discovered that after 9/11, a group called Clear Channel Communications made a list of songs that they found had "questionable lyrics" and that radio stations were urged not to play following the attacks. And while I feel their concern was valid, I find some of their selections wildly bizarre, and actually more offensive that they singled them out as songs of questionable taste in explicit response to this national emergency.

Anyhow, here are some of my favorites. A few make sense within the context and a few completely surprised me.

In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins

Jumper - Third Eye Blind

She's Not There - The Zombies

Rocket Man - Elton John

Imagine - John Lennon

Sabotage - The Beastie Boys

And my personal favorite: every song by Rage Against The Machine

Oh man there are so many I want to include. It's probably better if you check out the list yourselves. It's pretty amazing.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

things that make me happy


moments during road trips


things you see every day, but in a new way


afterthoughts that turn into something amazing


comfort food


pretty new accessories


and giant blackberries!

p.s. i completely took this idea from color me katie, my favorite feel-good blog
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