My First U2 Concert

August 15, 2011 | 8 Comments | Email | Print

I have yet to meet anyone who lived out their teenage years in the 1990′s that doesn’t have a little soft spot in their heart for U2 music. It was a soundtrack to life, love and heartbreak. It was a staple at school dances. What teenage girl didn’t feel her heart in her throat while watching Friends, seeing Rachel stare out a rainy window while With or Without You was swirling out of the radio, courtesy of a Ross request? As the teenage years turned into college, then my 20′s, and now my 30′s, the music still resonates with me.

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I hope that everyone enjoyed Freedom by Jonathan Franzen over the last two months! It’s time for a new book selection and since it worked so well last time, I’ve decided that I’m going to let the random generator pick books from now on. One less thing to make a decision about! This time spit out #26, which is Food Matters by Mark Bittman.

I have had this book on my reading list since I watched Food Inc. back in December. To say that the documentary was eye-opening would be the understatement of the century and I have made significant changes to my grocery shopping and eating habits as a result. This book by Mark Bittman talks about how the food we are eating is not only unhealthy, but also damaging to the environment, and describes how we can work to make changes.

I am definitely looking forward to this one, and can’t wait to discuss it! Who else will be reading along this month?


Although this was my book selection for March, I extended it into April as well because I couldn’t quite get it finished in one month’s time. While it took a little longer to read than I initially anticipated, it was absolutely worth it. It’s been a long time since I’ve become so wrapped up in a book and it felt great! Each day I found myself anxiously awaiting some down time in the evening when I would be able to pick it up and continue reading. So there aren’t any spoilers for those still reading, the discussion will start after the jump…

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I am a child of the ’80s. I had a banana hair clip. I wore layered, neon-colored socks. I wore jelly shoes. I had a Gameboy. I loved the show “You Can’t Do That on Television”. Later, I would peg my jeans*.

And I owned a Pocket Rocker. Which, to me, was just about the coolest thing ever. You could listen to your favorite songs over and over, on a little portable player. I haven’t thought about those things in years, but I was in the car today listening to 80′s on 8 on XM and the song “Dance Like an Egyptian” came on. And the first thing that popped into my head was the Pocket Rocker – The Bangles tape was one of my favorites (it had Walk Like an Egyptian and Manic Monday)! Amazing how a song can bring back such specific memories from so long ago! And then I started remembering all of the songs I had that I loved…

Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer”
Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven is a Place on Earth”
Jan Hammer & Glenn Frey – “The Miami Vice Theme” & “The Heat is On”
Huey Lewis & the News – “Doing It All For My Baby” & “The Power of Love” (it helped that I also loved Back to the Future)

I think Fisher-Price had a step on Apple for a brief moment.

Did you have a Pocket Rocker? Do you remember your favorite songs?

*A guy my boyfriend works with is in his early to mid-20′s and had never heard of pegging jeans and had no idea what it meant. Wow, did I feel old!

How I Spent My Spring Break Vacation

April 6, 2011 | 5 Comments | Email | Print
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First of all, can it still be considered spring break when you are 10 years removed from college? I’m voting yes. There’s nothing better than escaping the cold weather and heading south for warm air and sunny skies. The downside to that, of course, is coming back home to snow flurries. And that makes me [...]

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Update on March Book Selection

April 1, 2011 | 2 Comments | Email | Print

I am still trucking through Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, and am about half-way finished. I am absolutely loving it, but it’s taking a bit longer than I anticipated to get through it. I think I am going to leave Freedom as the active selection for April so we can finish it up and discuss at [...]

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Book Selection for March: Freedom

March 1, 2011 | 6 Comments | Email | Print
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First of all, apologies for letting Unplugged slack the last month or so, but it’s back! Back when I first put this site together I included a list of 100 books that I had on my wish list to read and was hoping to knock out about one a month. Well, it appears I need [...]

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My Latest Addiction

January 19, 2011 | 10 Comments | Email | Print
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Welch’s Fruit Snacks. Fruity. Gummy. Delicious. Addicting. I first found these quite a few years ago in a checkout line at Bed Bath & Beyond. Whenever I would happen to be at the store, I would treat myself to a bag. Then I didn’t seem them for a long time. Now I see them everywhere. [...]

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How I Rang in the New Year

January 4, 2011 | 3 Comments | Email | Print
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The holidays in Pittsburgh this year was pretty much all hockey, all the time. The city played host to the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day and it was hockey fever leading up to the game. The Winter Classic is in its 4th year and is the annual outdoor hockey game played on New Year’s [...]

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My New Camera

December 15, 2010 | 56 Comments | Email | Print
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After almost 4 years of food blogging, I now have a dSLR camera. As if waiting four years wasn’t long enough, Amazon decided to ship my camera and lens separately. So while I received my camera on Friday, all I could do was stare at it and read the instruction manual until the lens showed [...]

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