Archive | November, 2012

zz ward – til the casket drops album review & favorite lyrics

20 Nov

In lieu of Tuesday Tags this week… I’m focusing on ZZ Ward’s new album Til the Casket Drops. Why, you ask? Because that’s all I’ve been listening to, literally, for over a week straight. I cannot get enough! This chick is like Adele if Adele wore leather and rode around on motorcycles smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey out of a flask and shit. Or if Adele and Amy Winehouse had a baby. Basically, AMAZING.

This album has everything I look for in a song, in every song. The lyrics are pure genius. So instead of actually reviewing each song -since I obviously think they are all the best song in the world- I’m just going to put some of my favorite lyrics from each.. I’m such a lyrics person you guys. Said every preteen girl ever. Anyway, here we go!

1. Til the Casket Drops

The moon was just a sliverLight was fading
The war was on its wayAnd we were waiting
You asked me, how long I’d stay by your side
And so I answeredWith only just one reply
‘Til the casket drops

2. Put the Gun Down

I got ten fingers to the sky,
My back to the wall, my white flag high
Hair, lips, just like a gun,
She’s got silver bullets on her tongue

3. Blue Eyes Blind

All I know is you pull me through, 
I don’t wanna see nothing if I ain’t seeing you, 
You’re the yellow stars up in my silver sky, 
You are a ray, ray, you even make my blue eyes blind, 
All of the lights went down when you came with me, 
Now there’s a million diamonds that I just can’t see

4. Home

I’m crazy, I get mean, 
But baby, you adore me, 
Shut it down, I get mine, 
My soldier right by side, 
My fire, you feed it, 
Give it to me when I need it, 
I’m all yours, so take me, 
Good God, this love’s amazing

5. Cryin’ Wolf (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Breaking my door down when I left the lock open, 
There ain’t much left to be broken, 
Your flies are wet, then you’re soaking, 
It’s like the devil just jumped up in your clothes, 
He put on your shoes and rolled

6. Save My Life

Cut me out from the cold,
This young heart is getting old,
Save my life, set me free,
Yes or no is all I need,
You don’t want me, darling, let me know,
Just say goodbye and I’ll go

7. Last Love Song

Take these roses and this Jameson, oh no,
Find a subway that I can sit in, oh no,
Buy a one-way out of this city,
Everything that I need, got it with me

8. Lil Darlin (ft. The O’Mys)

Oh, please, please, please, 
Quit dragging my heart through them coals, 
Oh, please, please, please, 
Stop trying to fix it ’cause, baby, it’s broke, 
When it’s late at night and you call me, 
‘Cause I’ve got another man fixing my blues, 
You should never, never worry ’bout nothing, baby, 
‘Cause I’ll never love someone new the way I love you

9. Move Like You Stole It

The world ain’t ending, but it might as well be,
I’ll rock you like the sea,
Buildings ain’t crumblin’, but they might as well be,
So let’s not think and just,
Move like you stole it

10. Criminal (ft. Freddie Gibbs)

I toss and turn, got the sheets untucked, 
You broke right in, yeah, you stole, you took, 
With dirty fingerprints, you no-good crook, 
You shatter my heart like a Tiffany glass, 
I knew from the start he was a thief in a mask, 
And now I’m alone, cleaning up his mess, 
There ain’t nothin’ left, 
He’s just a criminal

11. If I Could Be Her

She’s got her daddy’s credit card
I play for dollars down on Diamond Boulevard
If I had her heels on I would never do you wrong
She treats you like a patient
With the lies she’s got you on

12. Charlie Ain’t Home

I dig my fingertips into your back,
Till the pictures break and the floorboards crack,
Oh, my tongue is a silver key,
Swimmin’ deep in a sinner’s sea

13. 365 Days

Drop your keys from six stories, 
Shout out, “It’s raining green,”
Don’t tell lies in heaven or an angel will get mean, 
Diamonds and white gold watches, 
Watch how fast they will soar, 
You always said you wanted to give back to the poor

Now that it’s very obvious that I wasn’t lying about listening to this album on repeat, I suggest you go download it! 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

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easy mexican stir fry tacos (a la leftovers)

14 Nov

Last week, Charlie and I headed down to his mom’s house in Zapata for an engagement party that she threw for us. We got there Wednesday night and were able to spend some good quality time with her before everyone started arriving for the weekend.

The party was on Saturday night, so we had a good three days to relax and prepare. Wouldn’t you know that I woke up at 5:00 am Saturday morning with the most intense stomach virus I’ve ever had in all of my 26 years. I literally threw up all day! My parents came to get me and took me to their hotel room so I wouldn’t be in the way (see: infecting everyone I came in contact with), and I slept until 4:00 pm. When I woke up, I was able to stand and walk (huge improvement) so I mustered up every bit of strength that I had left and got ready for our party. I don’t know how I did it, but I managed to stay from 6:30-11:30!! Pretty impressive. Did I eat? No. Did I drink? No. Did I stand for 5 hours without passing out or throwing up? Hell yes I did! I was so so thankful to Charlie’s mom for everything she did for us and I just wouldn’t have been able to stand it if I had to miss out. The set up was gorgeous and her backyard was the perfect backdrop!

Party Set Up (pre-guests)

 

With my sister and brother 🙂 Don’t I look awesome? Not pale at all!

The party was a success and I’m so glad I was able to be there! Wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

I ended up staying home from work on Monday as I was still feeling pretty crappy, but by Tuesday I was feeling a bit better. Better…but not well enough to make a meal from scratch. Plus, we’d been out of town for five days and had almost nothing in our refrigerator. Luckily, God bless her, Charlie’s mom had sent us home with a TON of leftover fajita meat from the party. Charlie and I brainstormed for about 15 seconds and then decided to just throw some shit in a pan and see how it turned out. I didn’t take many pictures, because I really had extremely low hopes for this one….TOO BAD IT TURNED OUT AMAZING!!

Easy Mexican Stir Fry Tacos (a la leftovers)

Makes about 5 Stir Fry Tacos

2 cups prepared white rice

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup diced beef fajita (already cooked)

1/2 cup diced chicken fajita (already cooked)

1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 cup oaxaca cheese, crumbled

Elvis Cayenne Hot Sauce (you can use any hot sauce, but this is our FAVORITE! You can get it here)

Adobo seasoning

lime juice

1 avocado

tortillas

In a pan, add the olive oil. Heat over medium temp until warm. Add the onion and sautee until golden. Add beef and chicken fajita, and sprinkle with Adobo seasoning. Add the Elvis Hot Sauce & oaxaca cheese crumbles. Stir until warmed through. Add the rice and stir until warm. Slice your avocado and place in a tortilla, fill with stir fry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add more hot sauce to taste. Add some lime juice and ka-chow! You’re ready to eat.

It doesn’t look like much… but we cleaned the pan with a fork. It was awesome! You can add a bunch of different ingredients to this and I think it will always turn out pretty good. You can’t really go wrong with meat, cheese, rice and hot sauce! Enjoy!

tuesday tags & mozilla firefox

6 Nov

Holy mother, can you believe it’s already November?! It feels like just yesterday that Charlie and I were falling (literally) all over the dance floor and having the time of our lives on New Year’s Eve…and now…November. It just doesn’t seem right! Probably because it’s still 80 degrees outside. But what can ya do? The holidays are upon us!

Last week, my company held our annual costume contest. We are a software development company, and the costumes are usually pretty funny and right on theme with the work that we do. This year, I chose to dress up as Mozilla Firefox (as in the web browser).

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Hehehe…While my costume may have been lost on strangers during trick or treating with my godson and his big brother, my coworkers got it! 🙂 Unfortunately… I lost to an oompa loompa. Is there no justice in this world? After work, I went to my best friend’s house to go trick or treating with her little ninja turtles!

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…Seriously? How cute are they??? They kill me! Okay, on to the Tuesday Tags!

“I’m Amazed” –My Morning Jacket

“Three Marlenas” –The Wallflowers (throwback ya’ll!)

“Norwegian Wood” –The Beatles (what what? throwback x2!)

“Queen of California” –John Mayer

“Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” –Counting Crows

“The Pretender” –Jackson Browne

“Work Around It” –Them Swoops

“Land of Hope and Dreams” –Bruce Springsteen (I have a special place in my heart for Bruce. His voice just screams “America” to me.)

“Follow Me” -Muse

“This Ladder is Ours” –The Joy Formidable

I will leave you guys with a very sweet picture of Bella.

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Awww, cuddle bug 🙂