A Song Tag. Again.

This is a song tag I found here, and only slightly altered it.

I like doing these when I have nothing else to write about.¬† ūüôā¬† And, since I’m obnoxious, I am going to TRY to give 3 answers to each category.

And here we go……………….

 A Song You Like With a Color in The Title:

Gold – Sir Sly, Blue Jeans – Lana del Rey, Silver Lining – Rilo Kiley

A Song That Reminds You of Summertime: 

Say Hey – Michael Franti & Spearhead, Woman Woman – AWOLNATION, Little Things – Bush

The first two because of the overall sound of them — upbeat and feel good-ish.¬† The last because it reminds me of the summer of ’96, which was the most epic of my teenage years.

A Song That Reminds You of Someone You Would Rather Forget About:

I can’t think of any song or any person that I would rather forget about.¬† Everyone comes into your life for a reason.

A Song That Needs to Be Played LOUD:

Let’s Go – Trick Daddy featuring Twista & Lil Jon, I Get It – Chevelle, Beat It – Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer

A Song That Makes You Want to Dance:

Best Friend – Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks, & Alise Ueno, Dance Off – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Idris Elba, Bust a Move – Young MC

A Song to Drive to: 

Asleep at the Wheel – Bloodhound Gang, Holding Onto You – Twenty One Pilots, Intergalactic – Beastie Boys

A Song That Makes You Happy:

Stolen Dance – Milky Chance, Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealers Wheel, Something Beautiful – NEEDTOBREATHE

A Song That Makes You Sad:

Vera/Bring the Boys Back Home – Pink Floyd, Brick – Ben Folds Five, The Test – The Classic Crime

A Song That You Never Get Tired of:

Pepper – Butthole Surfers, The Cave – Mumford & Sons, Sail – AWOLNATION

A Song That You Like With A Number In The title:

Seven Bridges Road – Eagles, Acoustic #3 – Goo Goo Dolls, 3 am – Matchbox 20

A song from your preteen years:

Buttermilk Biscuits – Sir Mix-a-Lot, The Devil Came Up to Michigan – KMC KRU, Parents Just Don’t Understand – DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

One of Your Favorite 80’s Songs: 

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These) – Eurythmics, In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins, Batdance – Prince

A Song That is a Cover By Another Artist:

Come Together – Gary Clark, Jr (Beatles), Radioactive – Daughtry (Imagine Dragons), Where Did You Sleep Last Night? – Nirvana (Leadbelly)

One of Your Favorite Classical Songs:

West Texas – Wyman Meinzer, Hedwig’s Theme – John Williams, Wake Me Up – 2Cellos

A Song That Makes You Think About Life:

Praise You in This Storm – Casting Crowns, Believe – Mumford & Sons, Beautiful – Eminem

A Song from Your Birth Year

Another Brick in the Wall, Part Two – Pink Floyd, Another One Bites the Dust – Queen, You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

Another Brick in the Wall, Part II was released in 1979 but was still on the Billboard charts in 1980.¬† So, I’m counting it.¬† So, there….

A song that you think everybody should listen to:

What It’s Like – Everlast, Be As You Are – Mike Posner, Simple Man – Shinedown

A song by an artist no longer living:

Numb – Linkin Park, No Rain – Blind Melon, Ode to My Family – The Cranberries

A Song That Breaks Your Heart:

Skin – Alexz Johnson, Piece by Piece – Kelly Clarkson, Hate Me – Blue October

A song by an artist with a voice that you love:

No Light, No Light – Florence + the Machine, Way Down We Go – Kaleo, Sound of Silence – Disturbed

A song that you remember from your childhood:

El Shaddai – Amy Grant, They’re Coming to Take Me Away – Napoleon XIV, Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

A song that reminds you of yourself:

Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger, Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – The Offspring, Imperfection – Saving Jane

A song that you recognize immediately from the intro:

Otherside – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, One – Metallica

 

Whew!!

 

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That Time I Died

Good morning to all 2 of my readers!¬† How are y’all?¬† I am in a pretty darn good mood.¬† Tomorrow I get to go see my doctor for my 2-week follow-up and hopefully be released from my confinement.¬† I am beyond ready to get back to my normal ol’ life.¬† I am ready to be able to drive.¬† I am ready to be able to get up and do whatever just because I want to.¬† Hell, I’m even ready to be able to do laundry again.

I had another strange dream last night.¬†¬†Bizarre dreams are the¬†norm, but I can’t always remember them.¬† I remember this one because it is a recurring dream.¬† I’ve had it at least twice before.¬† I and a few friends and family are at a combination fair/flea market type place.¬† Instead of shopping, you are handed a scavenger hunt list.¬† The fair/flea market is in one extremely long rectangular shaped building that just goes from one room to the next to the next to the next to the next……each room being a different shop owned by a different person and selling different wares.¬† You must maneuver from room to room marking objects off of your list.¬† And not all are physical objects.¬† One item from my list last night was to get the lady who sells umbrellas to tell you a story.¬† The recurring part is that one list item is to find your own headstone.¬† Yes, there is a shop that contains headstones.¬† They don’t sell them.¬† It’s more like a library or an index.¬† If you have a headstone in there with your name on it, you have died at some point in your life.¬† And, I knew from previous¬†visits to the shop¬†that I had a headstone in there….you know….from that time I died when I was 16.¬† Last night, a friend and I were making our way through our lists, and I started digging in the piles for my headstone.¬† She looked at me like I was crazy, but I knew it was there.¬† When I found my stone and showed it to her, she asked me if I was okay.¬† I shrugged and told her that I didn’t guess I was since I had died.¬† This all seemed very logical.¬† I marked the item off of my list, and we continued on our way.

Well, I guess I’ll get this day started.¬† Bad TV, eye roll-inducing political Facebook posts, my Kindle, the dishes, and a nap or two.¬† I simply cannot contain my excitement.¬† Y’all have a blessed day!

Peace and tombstone grease.

Song of the day:

Holding On To You by twenty one pilots.¬† This is the song that turned me on to twenty one pilots.¬† They friggin’ rock.¬† I love their quirky, yet thoughtful lyrics and their¬†beats that make you want to shake it.¬† This is no longer my favorite song of theirs, but I will always love it.

Recipe of the day:

Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp in Coconut Milk with Fried Plantains via http://www.halfbakedharvest.com

I came across this recipe one day when I was craving something with coconut milk.¬† It is insane.¬† It is probably one of the best recipes I have ever tried.¬† I had zero experience with plantains when I made it and was fortunate enough to get ones that weren’t very ripe.¬† The second time I made this recipe, I got ones that were very ripe and soft and sweet, and it just wasn’t the same.¬† I highly recommend getting not-so-ripe plantains.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw tail on shrimp
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded + chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped + more fore serving
  • kosher salt + pepper
  • steamed white rice + black beans + sliced avocado, for serving

Fried Plantains

  • 4 yellow plantains, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • oil, for frying
  • flaky sea salt

Instructions

Add the shrimp to a gallon size Ziplock bag or medium size bowl. Add the olive oil, honey, garlic, ginger, jalape√Īos, cayenne, cumin and cilantro. Toss well to combine, seal the bag or cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 15-30 minutes or up 24 hours.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot use a slotted spoon to scoop the shrimp out of the marinade and into the hot skillet, season with salt and pepper. Make sure to scoop up all the garlic as well. Cook the shrimp until pink, about 2-3 minutes per side. Add the butter and 1 teaspoon pepper (or more or less to your taste) to the skillet. Continue to cook the shrimp in the butter until the garlic begins to caramelize and turn LIGHT golden brown, about another minute or two. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk and basil.

Serve shrimp alongside rice, black beans, fried plantains, avocado and lime wedges. Garnish with freshly chopped basil.

Fried Plantains

Heat an inch or so of oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the plantains and fry for 2-3 minutes per side or until just lightly golden. Remove and drain on paper towels. Now transfer the plantains to a cutting board and, using the back of a wooden spoon, smash them down into round flat disks.

Return the plantains to the hot oil and fry another 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are golden and crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt. Chips are best eaten right after frying, but any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Book(s) of the Day:

I am listing three books today.  All three are set in bookstores, which is awesome, and which I love.  All three are very different and very compelling stories.  How great would it be to work in a bookstore?  Or better yet, live in one?

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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All three books earned 5 stars on Goodreads and a warm fuzzy place in my heart.