No Reservations

I recently discovered Spotify (about time, I know) which lead to me rediscover Them Crooked Vultures; a very good rock-and-roll band compiled of artists from other rock superpowers; John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss). After happily listening to their self-titled album on repeat while at work all day, I did a quick Google search of the band and noticed quite a few pictures of Josh Homme with Anthony Bourdain. As described by Wikipedia, Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. His television show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, happens to be one of my favorite things to watch. So, I did a little more digging and found that Josh Homme was actually featured in one of the show’s episodes! And, through the magic of Youtube, I found the video, watched it, and am now sharing it with you!

When Homme talks about his hometown, I can’t help but be reminded of mine. While it wasn’t in the middle of the desert like Homme’s, it was very small and relatively far from many forms of entertainment. As Homme recounts of his hometown, we had to make our own entertainment as well. This probably did wonders for my creativity.

Not Much for Words

“Not much for words.” It’s part of a lyric from the Civil Wars song called “I’ve Got This Friend.” It also happens to be one of the most beautiful ways I’ve ever heard an introverted person described.

{Have a listen to the video below. …The Civil Wars are awesome!}

Also appealing to those “not much for words” {and people who might like to understand them better} is this TED Talks presentation by Susan Cain entitled “The Power of Introverts:”

Dearest Spring,


images via Pinterest: donkey, dresses, necklace, chair; “Dearest Spring” typography by me

Hot pink, searing chartreuse, lime green, and bold turquoise. These colors seem so opposite to the snow-covered and barren winter world outside my window right now. That must be why I’ve been so drawn to them lately. I’m ready for the warmth and brightness of spring!

Even so, today I went outside to fill the bird feeders and, to my surprise, it was pretty warm! I decided to walk around for a bit, then I went all-in and jogged for a while! I haven’t been jogging outside since this fall. I’ve been using an elliptical machine since the cold set in and, believe me, it’s just not the same. Even with the snow crunching beneath my feet and the crisp wind against my face, it felt great to get out and moving!

I listened to The Kills Pandora station for a little jogging motivation. The station is awesome anyway, but it makes for pretty good workout music too!

One of my favorite songs by The Kills is At the Back of the Shell. Have a listen: