Archive for July, 2012

The Canary in the Coal Mine

Friday, July 27th, 2012

If we are to gauge our lives and parenting capabilities by how we have influenced our children to be contributing and conscientious members of society, we must also gauge our musical tastes but what our toddler’s favorite non-child songs are.

So, it is with great regret, that I admit that Bjorn’s favorite song is “Call Me Maybe”.  We have watched the video on YouTube…and also the many parodies that the song has provided.  A personal favorite is Share it Maybe by the Cookie Monster.  In any case, a conversation between Lars and I happened wherein we realized this was a silent plea for help from Bjorn (he may not know it, yet, but it totally is!) and we are now determined to improve our music tastes in front of our impressionable little lamb.  Current songs/albums on my rotation include:

  • Scars on 45 (“Hearts on Fire” and “Give Me Something”, the two singles are fantastic melodic brit pop at its best).
  • The new Keane Album, Strangeland.  More brit pop amazingness…(I swear I’m not trying to turn Bjorn into Morrissey).
  • Rediscovering some great old Jimmy Eat World albums.  Bleed American Track 7 in particular (If you don’t, don’t); and the entire album of Futures.  I haven’t been very invested in their recent efforts but these two albums.  So good.
  • Bon Iver is continuously on repeat.  I can’t stop myself.  I need my heart to break.  Oh, Michicant!
  • …speaking of Bon Iver, there is a great cover of Skinny Love by a British artist named Birdy who also covers some other really great songs, including 1901 by Phoenix and The District Sleeps Alone Tonight by the Postal Service.

….also, I am really really  (really) excited about the new Killers album.  It has been a long four years.  I know it has been four years because I remember listening to their last album on our honeymoon in Hawaii, nearly four years ago.  That is too long, Brandon Flowers!  No more solo projects for you, please!

What are you listening to?  Do you have any recommendations to improve our repertoire?

Love from the Mitten.

Backyard Entertainings

Monday, July 16th, 2012

When it hasn’t been hotter than hell in Ann Arbor, we’ve been doing little get togethers in our lovely backyard with family and friends.  It has been a great way to enjoy good company, where out the kids from playing together, and cook for a large group.  Thus far this summer we have entertained with burgers, pesto (using basil leaves from my very own basil plant, thank you very much!), tacos, spaghetti (not really backyard food but it worked), and these amazing chicken kabobs that I found on They were so good delicious and easy–it required a little planning because we marinaded them overnight–but it was worth it.  Honey, soy sauce, garlic (that you don’t even have to dice!) and vegetable oil.  Seriously, it does not get easier.  Serve with rice and a watermelon salad.

When its too hot to even be outside (and this has happened a couple of times this summer) we look for light fare that we can whip up inside.  Recalling my need for something citrusy, I decided to try Giada’s Lemon Spaghetti Recipe.  This was good–because it had lemon–but bad because I could not figure out how to get the Parmesan not to clump up with I mixed the sauce in with the noodles.  I think I must need to have to wait a while to blend the two because there were just big clumps of Parmesan in the pasta and I think it was supposed to be a more subtle tasting.  Truly, cheese makes anything and everything better but not in clumps in my lemon pasta!