September 9, 2016
T.G.I. Friday and T.G.I. Football! Not only does the NFL regular season kick-off in earnest this Sunday, but Heinz Field will really be rockin’ tomorrow when Pitt squares off against PSU in a college football rivalry that’s been dormant for over fifteen years.
My wife is a Penn State grad, whereas I am a University of Pittsburgh alum, so my three-year old son’s loyalties are split down the middle. Will he root for the hometown Panthers, or curry favor with his Mama by cheering on her Nittany Lions?
My prediction is that he’ll sit through about two minutes of the game before yelling for the television channel to be switched over to Nickelodeon. In my son’s eyes, no real-life sporting event can compare with watching The Adventure Bay All-Stars take on the Foggy Bottom Boomers in the Paw Patrol episode “Pups Save a Basketball Game.” Even though he’s seen it 1,273 times, it’s always a nail-biter!!
Alright, enough football (and dog basketball) talk. Let’s get to an all-new, all-different Week in Tweets!
5 – tie) Sweatpants Cher (@House_Feminist)
a fun thing about being a parent is when people ask “where do you see yourself in 5 yrs?” you can confidently answer “folding laundry”
LIMEARITA PAPI (@arealgdtime)
Bought a shirt instead of doing laundry
I’m almost to the point of laziness where I eschew shopping AND laundering and just stop wearing clothes.
4) Lurk @ Home Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom)
Establish dominance over the other moms on Facebook by posting 2nd day of school pictures.
The amount of photos taken of kids by their parents these days is astronomically greater than back when I was a child. Personally, I’m averaging about two-thousand pics of my son a year. From birth to high school graduation, I’m going to estimate the number of polaroids taken of me by my parents to be closer to a hundred…total. Does that mean that my parents’ generation didn’t love their kids as much as we do now? Yes. Yes, it does…
3) Simon Holland (@simoncholland)
*tries to wave goodbye to the genie without spilling my 3 giant milkshakes*
If I ever encounter a magical genie who grants me three wishes, I’m definitely asking for (1) a cure for cancer, (2) world peace, and (3) the ability to eat unlimited breadsticks without ever having to set foot in an Olive Garden.
2) beth loves cake, so (@bourgeoisalien)
If I could have dinner with anybody living or dead I’d pick the dead guy. Then I’d order two dinners and eat both. Fuck that guy. He’s dead
I’m now going to amend my three wishes to include “dinner with dead Abraham Lincoln.” Sorry world peace.
1) Sean’s Ramblings (@seansramblings)
I think that my speed and amount of land covered to prevent my son’s wiffleball from going under a car would rival most MLB outfielders.
There should be a Dad Olympics where fathers can compete in such real-life tests of skill such as:
- preventing balls from rolling under cars
- navigating a packed Target while pushing a shopping cart full of cat litter and carrying a tantrum-throwing toddler who refuses to sit in the child seat
- stepping on Legos and not swearing and/or taking the Lord’s name in vain
Go Pitt! Go Penn State! Go Steelers! Go Sports! Have a wonderful weekend everybody!
September 5, 2016
First Name: Renee
Occupation: Researcher & Future Physician’s Assistant. I do science.
Mixtape Name: Want/Need
1) When You Were Young by The Killers
I could have very easily picked whole albums from The Killers since they are my absolute favorite band since 2004 (I know every lyric to every song they have made & I am fully aware that it’s a sick, sick obsession). When You Were Young, Tidal Wave, and This River is Wild might be my ultimate favorite songs by The Killers.
2) Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
UGHHHHH I love Oingo Boingo. I’m convinced I was born in the wrong era due to my adoration of 80s music. So, the lead singer of Oingo Boingo was Danny Elfman and he’s pretty much composed all of the best soundtracks and TV theme songs known to man. Check them out.
3) Lonely Town by Brandon Flowers
Yeah, had to throw Lonely Town in there. Brandon Flowers is my idol and this song is fantastic. Totally about a stalker but, hey, who hasn’t been in that position before. Ah, unrequited love why doth thou hurt me so. (Someone please punch me in the face after this.) *** link in document ***
4) Something to Believe In by Young The Giant
Young the Giant is another favorite band of mine. They just released a new album called Home of the Strange and I can’t recommend it enough. The lead singer has the voice of an angel.
5) Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones
Beast of Burden, um classic. I will never get sick of this song. I love old rock, too. I wish I could have thrown some Hendrix and Foreigner in this mixtape but there isn’t enough room! I’m also missing a ton of Bowie songs that I love.
6) Coming Over by James Hersey, Dillon Francis & Kygo Remix
If you don’t follow Dillon Francis on snapchat, then you are sorely missing out. He and his friends that make up the DJ group Phantoms are insanely hilarious and I would give my left arm to hang out with them. Also, I pretty much can fall in love with anyone that quotes Dumb and Dumber, too. And this song is lit.
7) Is this Love (Bob Marley Cover) by Allen Stone
Allen Stone is a beautiful human being. I talked to him after one of his concerts because I showed up late (my nephew was being born so kind of couldn’t miss that) anyways. Nicest man ever, got a picture with him and everything and then we talked about our English bulldogs and how they’re the best dogs in the world. Yes, they are. If you disagree, then I hate you.
8) Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys
Do I Wanna Know; I can do my angry strut to this song. Man, if looks could kill – I would be in jail. Also, Sam Smith does a killer cover of this song- definitely worth a listen.
9) Concrete by Tom Odell
Off his second album, Tom really gets me in the feels with this song. So cute and emotional.
10) Warm On A Cold Night by HONNE
HONNE just released their LP and there are some great tracks on there as well. Warm on a Cold night is one of those songs you can blast on a chilly night with all of the windows down and cruise around, just falling in love with all of the lights of the city.
11) Cry Baby by The Neighbourhood
Love this song and how cool the lead singer’s voice is. It’s like feminine but not and super attractive and sexy. I don’t know I’m weird.
12) Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison
Had to include my favorite karaoke song! I either sing Return of the Mack or Lovers and Friends by Usher, Lil John and Ludacris.
Spotify Playlist Link: Want/Need
August 29, 2016
First Name: sean
Mixtape Name: what i’m on at the moment
1) The Way by Macy Gray
I randomly came across this song while randomly digging through Macy’s discography. It’s so vulnerable and inspirational and redemptive. Everyone goes through tough times, and this song makes you want to cheer for them. Or yourself.
2) The Sweetest Gift by Sade
This reminds me of my daughter, Neon. “Quietly while you were sleeping, the moon and i were talking. i asked that she’d always keep you protected. she promised you her light that you so gracefully carry”.
3) $ by D.R.A.M ft. Donnie Trumpet
Just a dope, relatable song. I first heard it while seeing the video which features vintage footage of D.R.A.M singing in church as a child, which was very nostalgic for me. There’s two versions of this, make sure you play the one with Donnie Trumpet.
4) How Great by Chance the Rapper ft. Jay Electronica & My Cousin Nicole
I grew up on gospel music, and while i loved the choirs, I was never a fan of gospel rappers, no matter how skilled they were. I wish there was a Chance when I was growing up. Chance isn’t a gospel rapper, he just raps his truth, and probably better than anyone else out right now. Him and Jay Elect destroy this. I’m here for 3 minute choir intros too.
5) Hello, Lakisha by Kilo Kish
I love this song’s energy. It’s about some of the things (black) people with different (black) names deal with growing up. Lakisha isn’t different at all to us, in fact it’s super common, which this artist didn’t like – I can relate to that. I didn’t want my daughter to have a common name.
6) Burgundy by Earl Sweatshirt ft. Vince Staples
The Neptunes produced this. It sounds like a band of elephants in tuxedos having a jam session. One of my favorites from Earl.
7) I Love My Music by Wild Cherry
Because I love my music too. I don’t know what it is, but there’s a lot of great songs from this era (late 70s, early 80s) that are dedicated to the love of music.
8) Bad Believer by St. Vincent
Low-key obsessed with Annie Clark. She dropped this as a part of a re-release of her already incredible, future Grammy award winning self-titled album. I love Annie’s ballads but rocker Annie is my favorite, especially when she’s shredding live. I love her + John Congleton.
9) Alive with the Glory of Love by Say Anything
I’m a big fan of sitcoms and one thing about the great ones, is that they always have great music, especially on finales. Songs that play during finales, season or series, always stick with me. Heard this on Scrubs season 6 finale and immediately loved it. It’s also one of the best love songs I’ve ever heard.
10) Maybe by N*E*R*D
I’ll always like Fly or Die more than In Search Of because I witnessed Fly or Die. This song is still top 5 in their and P’s entire catalog. The drums are underrated.
11) III. Zealots of Stockholm [Free Information] by Childish Gambino
One of my favorite songs off one of my favorite albums ever. Gambino showed a ton of versatility on this joint that he co-produced. The change ups are brilliant. The internet sample around 3:15 is one of my favorite musical moments ever. Kilo Kish is on here too.
12) Valley of Death by Rick Ross
Rick Ross is mostly known for his gangster persona and material flexing but he’s really human and humble on this one. My favorite lines, “I got two kids, and for me to feed them, I’ll get two gigs. I’ll shovel sh*t, I’ll C.O” are probably the most gangster bars he’s ever spit. Toomp killed this ish.
Apple Music Link: what i’m on at the moment
August 22, 2016
First Name: Karen
Age: Around 20’s
Occupation: Post-Bacc Student
Mixtape Name: An Unpredictable Lyrical Miracle
1) More Than a Woman by Gregory Porter
2) I Get Along Without Very Well by John Proulx
3) Julia by The Beatles
4) Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye by Ella Fitzgerald
5) Esperanto by Sean Jones feat. Carolyn Perteete
6) Move Me by Sarah Watkins
7) Sedona by Houndmouth
8) L’illusionniste by Karen Ann
9) Quiet by Rachael Yamagata
10) Tiger Tattoos by Laura Veirs
11) Wayside/Back in Time by Gillian Welch
12) I Don’t Want to Change You by Damien Rice
Hidden Track: Gangsta Walk by SNBRN 😉
Liner Notes: Ahh those lyrics that you just can’t get out of your head: “Half of what I say is meaningless..” “Baby says I can’t come with him and I had read all of this in his eyes..” “Do dreams live in apartments?” “Back baby back in time..” “J’oublie dans la lumiere orange où je tutoye des anges, je suis illusionniste..” “Water races, Water races down the waterfall”
Point out a songwriter and a singer that is masterful at writing lyrics and/or singing them and I will automatically fall in love with them. It doesn’t matter what type of music it is. That’s what this mixed tape entails. Where words fail…lyrics and music come in. Do you know what a miracle your own voice is? Maybe you don’t.
The physics behind each and every person’s voice is complex—relying on a combination of mechanical vibrations and a molecular environment. Seems that science can explain it all, yup everything…well all except, the undefinable and undeniable emotional attachment to the human voice.
Take Gregory Porter. Man o’man..his voice is truly one-of-a-kind and you can hear his soul shine through his singing, in literally every song he sings. Name me another singer that does this so well…I guarantee you they are one of the greats. But hey I’m not saying all of these singers can compare to the greatest lyricists and singers of all time but they are all songs I enjoy…and maybe you will too.
Here’s to more great music. I wish you peace my fellow music lovers.
YouTube Playlist Link: An Unpredictable Lyrical Miracle
Checkout my Ultimate Cooking Playlist on Spotify: Geniusly titled Cooking Playlist by karenwool403
August 15, 2016
It’s been twenty years since the release of Jay-Z’s album Reasonable Doubt. Since that seminal debut, he has put out a total of a dozen studio albums. Showcasing an unparalleled mix of radio hits, vivid storytelling and straight-up ignorant sh*t, his career catalog ends all debate over the question “Who’s the best emcee – Biggie, Jay-Z or Nas?”. It’s Hovi baby!
Below are my picks for the standout tracks from each album, along with some of his more unforgettable lyrics. I’ve also included bonus songs from his two collaborative albums – The Best of Both Worlds w/R. Kelly (2002) and Watch the Throne w/Kanye West (2011).
Mixtape Name: Twelve Hot Albums Every Twenty Year Average
1) Dead Presidents II from Reasonable Doubt (1996)
2) Streets Is Watching from In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)
Look, if I shoot you, I’m brainless
But if you shoot me, then you’re famous – what’s a n*gga to do?
3) Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) from Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (1998)
4) So Ghetto from Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)
You see I live for the love of the street
Rap to the ruggedest beats
Hall closet cluttered with heat
5) I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) from The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)
Both in the club, high, singing off key
“And I wish I never met her at all…”
6) Izzo (H.O.V.A.) from The Blueprint (2001)
7) Excuse Me Miss from The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse (2002)
8) 99 Problems from The Black Album (2003)
Rap critics that say he’s Money, Cash, Hoes
I’m from the hood, stupid! What type of facts are those?
9) Trouble from Kingdom Come (2006)
10) Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)… from American Gangster (2007)
11) D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) from The Blueprint 3 (2009)
12) Picasso Baby from Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013)
It ain’t hard to tell, I’m the new Jean-Michel
Surrounded by Warhols, my whole team ball
Apple Music Link: Twelve Hot Albums Every Twenty Year Average
August 8, 2016
First Name: Forrest
Gender Identity: Female
Occupation: Vendor Operations Associate
Mixtape Name: Stay Up, Go Out, Get Heavy
1) Don’t Sing by Data
2) All Tomorrow’s Children by The Spits
3) The Anthem by Onra
4) When It Rain by Danny Brown
5) Just As The Day Was Dawning by Big Business
6) When Christine Comes Around by Grudge
7) Poppycock by Rudimentary Peni
8) Wriggle by Clipping
9) Vacant Moan by O’Death
10) Self Destruction by Radium Girls
(only available on Bandcamp, I used You Better Not Stay Sick by Robot Has Werewolf Hands in the Youtube playlist)
11) Seamstress by Dessa
12) Torture by Running For Cover
Liner Notes: I chose songs with darker subject matter that you can also shake (or pogo or mosh) a butt to. This is music that reminds me that it’s okay to be a hateful little ball of stress and rage, just do your best to channel it into something constructive.
YouTube Playlist Link: Stay Up, Go Out, Get Heavy
August 5, 2016
Hooray for Friday! Here’s my itinerary for the weekend:
Friday – beer and pizza
Saturday – pizza and beer
Sunday – leftover pizza and whatever’s left of the beer
Now that’s my kinda weekend! But before we get to that, let’s run through an all-new, all-different Week in Tweets!!
6 – tie) Hand Solo™ (@RdrJay47)
You can’t claim to be a pizza lover until you eat the box cheese.
Nope Jessie (@jessienope)
omg i tried to dip mcnuggets while driving & almost died, i couldve ended up like that cyclist i clipped
Remember three years ago when Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car crash when he took his hands off the wheel to save a pizza from sliding off of his passenger seat. Stories like that put everything into perspective. I mean, imagine if he wasn’t able stop the pizza? How horrible would that have been? #NeverForget
5) Beulah Maud Devaney (@TheNotoriousBMD)
*writes “move location from bed to sofa” on to-do list*
*marks it as done*
*pats self on back*
Number one on my to-do list every day is *wake-up*. Number two is *number two*.
4) aly (@WElRDAL)
I need potatoes in my life
I believe that it was the great Leonardo da Vinci who said “A life without potatoes is no life at all.”
3) cash hew (@CashewSpell)
I am farting all over this target I’M SORRY TARGET
Though farting while shopping is frowned upon in Target, it’s actually mandated at Walmart.
2) Nope Jessie (@jessienope)
my yard brings all the boys to the yard & they’re like “thats a really nice yard” damn right thats a really nice yard i could mow it but nah
Mowing the lawn really sucks. At least that’s what I assume since I pay someone to mow mine for me…
1) leahbron james (@wellthatblowes)
when all else fails, buy a block of muenster and hope for the best
Muenster is not only one of my most favorite cheeses to eat, but I also love the name because it reminds me of the Munsters television show. Below is a list of my other top-ranked cheese names, along with the ones I think are the worst.
Best Cheese Names
Affineur Walo Le Gruyère
Moot-zah-rell (or mozzarella for you non-pisans.)
Brimstone (this cheese sounds tasty as hell!)
Cameo (word up!)
Baronerosso di Capra (sounds like the name of female mafia boss.)
Worst Cheese Names
Brick (how f*cking noncreative is this name?!)
Sonoma Jack (I think I once ate at a crappy restaurant named Sonoma Jack during a layover at LAX.)
Baron Bigod (this sounds like the name of some lame-ass DC Comics supervillain.)
Lemon Fetish (do not Google this one at work.)
Goat Log (sounds like a euphemism for a seriously large piece of poop; used here in an example tweet “sh*t for the 1st time all week and stuffed the toilet with the biggest turd ever! #GOATLOG”)
Below is a picture of Rachel and Oscar settling down for their 14th nap of the day. Have a wonderful weekend everybody!
August 3, 2016
Restaurant: Dive Bar & Grille
Location: The lower part of Upper Lawrenceville where Alchemy N’Ale used to be.
Atmosphere: The exposed brick, tin ceiling tiles and esoteric light fixtures added a nice touch of gastropub coolness to the otherwise casual “classic American diner” vibe.
Menu: Wings, quesadillas, tacos, sliders, salad bowls, sandwiches, burgers and just about anything else you might need*.
* Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at “tacos.”
Food: I’m a sucker for po’boys. Lobster po’boys, shrimp po’boys, oyster po’boys, hell, I even like the song “Po’Boy” by Bob Dylan. So when I saw that Dive had a shrimp po’boy with chipotle aioli*, which you could also add a crab cake to for an additional $2**, it quickly moved ahead of all the other mouthwatering options. #MalacostracaDoubleDown
The sandwich turned out to be a real winner. Big ol’ chunks of moist crab cake covered the bottom of the sizable roll, which along with the cornmeal-crusted shrimp provided an ocean’s worth of seafood goodness. The side of fries was a little lackluster, but I still ate every one so who am I to complain.
I paired my food with a Jibe Session IPA (American IPA, 4% ABV) from Green Flash Brewing. Its crisp texture and light-citrus taste made for a perfectly refreshing lunchtime libation. The beer rounded out a delicious meal of crustacean goodness that even Squidward Tentacles couldn’t complain about.
* Chip Aioli would make a great name for a contestant on The Next Food Network Star…
** Can you believe that!?? Only 2$?!?! I wish that everything came with the option of adding a crab cake for two bucks. And not just food either. Oil changes, haircuts, lap dances…what wouldn’t be improved with the addition of a two dollar crab cake?
Final Call: The fact that Dive has a location in the North Hills suburbs and not the South hills suburbs near my house makes me angry. Other than that, everything’s awesome!
August 1, 2016
First Name: Teylor
Gender Identity: Female
Occupation: ICU Nurse
Mixtape Name: Time-hopping
1) Jump by Kris Kross (1992)
2) Mr. Jones by Counting Crows (1993)
3) Pony by Ginuwine (1996)
4) Show Me Love by Robyn (1997)
5) Stop by Spice Girls (1997)
I actually WAS a Spice Girl when I was little; they are probably my all time favorite group ever. PLEASE have a reunion, Spice Girls.
6) No Scrubs by TLC (1999)
7) All For You by Janet Jackson (2001)
Janet Jackson was my first concert ever when I was 10 years old, only because Michael Jackson wasn’t on tour.
8) Señorita by Justin Timberlake (2002)
Justin Timberlake was my second concert ever which my Dad so graciously endured for me.
9) Dirt Off Your Shoulders by Jay Z (2003)
10) We Are Never Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift (2012)
11) Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson (2014)
Speaking of Michael Jackson, my favorite songs unfortunately were all released before 1992 so I chose this song from his album of unreleased songs, Xscape.
12) Roses by The Chainsmokers (2015)
I am Chainsmokers obsessed and if you haven’t heard their music you need to check them out right now!
Liner Notes: Making this playlist was WAY harder than I thought. I’m a nurse so I only work (maybe) half of the Mondays in a year, but for everyone else who sadly has to go to work every Monday – here is the perfect uplifting playlist for your work day. And since I was born in 1992, I decided to pick songs that I love from then up until now. J
Apple Music Link: Time-hopping
July 29, 2016
It’s Friday! Let’s get on to an all-new Week in Tweets before we blink ours eyes and it’s time to go back to work!
5) courtney (@CourtneySanto)
Could someone please tell me why the Thong Song is in my head????
Maybe it’s because you like to dance on the hip-hop spots and cruise to the groove like connect the dots?
4) Untastic Mr. Fitz (@UnFitz)
If I say “I’m pretty,” it’s not narcissism. I just haven’t quite finished a sentence that will eventually end with “tired.”
3 – tie) katrina (@ohhkatrina)
there have got to be more alternate spellings of “Caitlyn” than any other name in the world. I can’t keep up.
Real American Dadass (@R_A_Dadass)
You can tell a lot about a person by the name they choose for their baby.
My wife is expecting a baby girl in November and we’ve narrowed it down to four choices – Rose, Dorothy, Sophia or Blanche…
2) WendyDarling (@wendchymes)
I’m gonna open a gym in my home for millennials and charge them to do fitness challenges like-
Swiffer the stairs or empty the dishwasher.
You should also make them pay you to wax your car and paint your house and call it a karate class!
2) Damien Owens (@OwensDamien)
I hear you, Sanders supporters who plan to vote Trump. One time I asked for Coke but they only had Pepsi, so I set fire to my head.
I think that’s what happened to Michael Jackson back in ’84…
1) Hitmonjake (@jake_likes_naps)
*describes my ideal pizza on my dating profiles About Me section*
I also wrote “large pepperoni” in my Match.com About Section but I wasn’t talking ‘bout pizza!!
Below is a Prisma-filtered pic of Oscar and Rachel snuggling. Have a wonderful weekend everybody!
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