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There are many versions of songs that I like the cover of better than the original.  Is this sacriligious?  Or does it have something to do with my absolute love of cover songs?  I mean, I could be at any show in the world, and if any band plays any song that is not originally theirs, I will likely go nuts. 

So here’s a list of covers I like better than the original (also note, you must have heard the original in order to like the cover better.  Obvious right?  Well, when I was out at college in Ithaca some loser at the paper wrote an article about how Rusted Root had covered Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” at a concert on campus the night before.  Needless to say, I raged and wrote a strongly worded letter to the editor.  Which I think is still online if you google my name). 


Phish’s “Loving Cup” always beats The Stones version.

Further, Phish’s “Cities” is on my iPod, while the Talking Heads version is not.  Nor will it ever be.

I dig me some John Prine, but “Angel From Montgomery” will always belong to Dave Matthews in my mind.

Now, this might be really bad–I love Joaquin Phoenix’s “Cry, Cry, Cry” way better than J.R. Cash’s.

And some songs whose covers absolutely blow dogs:

“A” for effort Eric Clapton, but “I Shot the Sheriff” belongs not in the hands of a Brit, but in the hands of a black dreadlocked man named Bob Marley

The Counting Crows absolutely ruined Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.”

The Byrd’s “My Back Pages” isn’t really that bad but it’s hard to outdo Bobby D on this one…

Are there any cover songs you like better than the originals?

Pet Peeve of the Day: See paragraph two above.

Quote of the Day: “It took a world of trouble, it took a world of tears, yeah it took a long time to get back here.” –Tom Petty

Bonus quote since we’re talking music: “She comes back to tell me she’s gone,
As if I didn’t know that, as if I didn’t know my own bed, as if I’d never noticed, the way she brushed her hair from her forehead, and she said losing love is like a window in your heart, Everybody sees you’re blown apart, Everybody sees the wind blow.” –Paul Simon

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Let’s see what a dollar can get you these days…

I bought this ugly table at my favorite antique store for a dollar.  That is correct, I dollar.  I figured for that price I would find something to do with it.  I needed a side table on the other side of my bed so I figured this would fit perfectly the long way.  And if it didn’t work out, well, it was only out a dollar.



A can of $.96 black spray paint later…And of course, I distressed the edges a bit with sandpaper because I need to have everything distressed and shabby chic-esque.









 The Dollar Tree is another fave spot of mine.  The items below actually weren’t that bad on their own, but I wanted better:


Fleur de Lis finials?  Yes please.







 A thin layer of turquiose acrylic paint applied with a foam brush gave these a perfect, rusty, patina-ish look.











And the birdies?  I made them look old and springy.

This guy got rubbed with Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze which I have to resist glazing everything in my house with.

And these guys got some spring spray paint.











I covered a dollar store frame with the same turquoise acrylic paint for a simiilar antiquey look.









Finally, I wanted some decorative balls (hahaha) but it was impossible to find cheap forms for them.  So I came across these at the Dollar Tree and decided they would work:








I hotglued strips of sheet music to them and burned all 18 of my fingers in the process.







Pet Peeve of the Day: People who live in Chicago and complain when it snows one day and is 60 degree the next.  MOVE.  Because that is WHY I live here.

Quote of the Day: “We got to roll with the punches, play all of our hunches, make the best of whatever comes your way. Forget that blind ambition, learn to trust your intuition — plowing straight ahead, come what may.” –Jimmy Buffett

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Trivia Tuesdays

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Trivia is just another form of random shit, so you know I love it.  Useless knowledge can help you impress people, or win shots at a bar.  It’s win-win all around.  So try your hand at these questions… NO GOOGLING!!!  I’ll post the answers in the comments section later today…

1) What name is given to half a Byte (4 bits)?

2) Who the fahck is Casimir Pulaski? (Bonus points if you know AND don’t live in Illinois.  Because I live in Illinois and have NO IDEA why yesterday was a holiday)

3) What was the longest movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture?

4) What was the name of Archie and the Gang’s principal?

5) How many times does the word “girl” appear in the Bible?

Things I Love For:Mac McAnally; pencils

Quote of the Day:  “A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.” –Abraham Lincoln

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Jello Shots

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I love Jello shots.  I love them because they’re not something you can get ejello_shotsveryday so that makes them extra special.  Plus, they are delicious!  So I decided to make a batch this weekend to take to the Buffett concert.  It was my first time making Jello shots so I wanted to keep it basic.  But there are many fancy recipes out there on the information superhighway if you are a skilled Jello shot chef.

The basic recipe to make any vodka/Jello flavor shot you want is this:

  • 1 Packet of Jello
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of vodka

You follow the basic Jello directions– Boil the water, mix the Jello in, dissolve Jello for 2 minutes, then stir in the cup of vodka.  I doubled the recipe– I used a big box of Jello and 2 cups of water/vodka, which made about 30 shots.

I used Watermelon Smirnoff Twist Vodka mixed with Strawberry Jello.  I wanted watermelon Jello but they didn’t have it.  These were yummy nonetheless, and quite strong.

Also, so you don’t have to trek all over the city looking for portion cups because you are not lucky enough to still work in a restaurant, head to Party City or any other party store for the disposable cups.  They literally sell them as “Gelatin Shot Glasses.”  They are not cheap though… $6.99 for 40! 

The website I found listed awesome shot ideas— everything from a Mimosa to a Jagerbomb Jello shot. 

What I did NOT find was a Jello shot using my fave, Goldschlagger.  Probably because cinnamon doesn’t mix with fruity Jello.  I was thinking about it and you could technically make a Schlagger Jello shot using the clear basic gelatin that is used for baking.  It would look cool cuz you could see the flecks of gold… but it would taste like cinnamon gelatin.  Probably not that tasty…  Do they make apple Jello?  That would be good, a cinnamon apple shot!  Apple Jello doesn’t sound familiar though…

I’m gonna make another batch for Phish on Tuesday… maybe I’ll give those Schlagger shots a whirl after all.  Those hippies won’t even know what hit ’em!

Pet Peeve of the Day: When people don’t thank me for holding the door for them.  That’s ok, I will loudly humiliate you by saying “you’re welcome.”

Quote of the Day: “Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life all the way.”  –Jimmy Buffett

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I love flags.  Whenever I travel, I do my best to find the local flag to bring back.  Likewise when family and friends visit places, they know the only souvenir I want is a flag.  Some I have acquired by purchasing here in the States, i.e. my Jordan flag.  I was at a festival and this man had a whole display of various flags for sale.  I wanted a flag from the Middle East and was looking for Iraq.  He did not have it so I settled on Jordan.  (This is likely the only way I will obtain Middle Eastern flags as it is not on my list of desired destinations…)

chiflagOne of my favorite flags is obviously the flag for the City of Chicago.  A large one hangs a wall in my house.  While I enjoy large flags, they are not as easy to display as the little handheld ones, thus I prefer those.  But for Chicago, you know I would glady make an exception.

Another favorite is my Amsterdam flag.  The reason this is a fave are twofold.  One, I love the colors and design.  Two, obtaining this flag almost did not happen.  I had amsterdamflaglooked low and high (holla!) while in Amsterdam for this flag.  I saw it flying everywhere, and on t-shirts– but no flags for purchase.  Finally, when Biggie and I finally found our tour bus after frantically trying to locate it (the time we almost missed the bus Part 1) there was a shop right there that had flags galore.  I dashed in, tossed the lady some euros, got on the bus, and happily fell asleep.

I don’t stop at flags from actual places.  For example, I have 2 sets of banner style flags that I proudly fly: Tibetan Prayer flags and Jolly Roger Pirate flags.  Obviously tibetanflagsI fly the pirate flags to warn landlubbers what they are in for.  The Tibetan Prayer flags have set meanings which I love: “Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to ‘gods,’ a common misconception, rather the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.

The flags I fly to let people know how I roll (i.e. my heritage) are the American flag and the flags of Germany and the U.K.: germany


I particularly cherish my U.K. flag because it is from my late grandmother who came over to the States from Wales.

Other flags I own that round out my collection are: Turkey (a gift from my parents), Spain, and U.S. Virgin Islands:







vi flag

I enjoy all the flags I own because of their history (which I won’t go into here since you have access to Wikipedia as well), their design, and what they mean to me, whether it is a time I had visiting that place or another reason I love it (sometimes just the design!) 

Flags on my wish-list are: Australia, the State of California, Conch Republic, France and Greece.  Why I don’t have the latter 2 is curious to me, as I as well as friends and family have spent time there.  I guess that is what the internet is for!  (Note: I am not picky about my flags– they do not have to come directly from the place they represent!)  So the next time you’re on a trip (or the internet) and you need a present for me… think flags! 

Do you have a favorite flag????

Pet Peeve of the Day: Wind

Quote of the Day: “There ought to be a law against you comin’ around — you should be made to wear earphones.” –Bob Dylan

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