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A Tribute to My Rock ‘n’ Roll Crush: Benjamin Orr

Benjamin Orr wasn’t my very first Rock ‘n’ Roll crush. That would be Tommy Shaw, whom I saw playing with Styx on the Grand Illusion tour. I was 6-years-old and I don’t know WHY I was at that concert, but I was transfixed by his flowing blonde locks.

Benjamin Orr of The Cars was different because I loved his voice long before I saw him. It was the early 1980s and still the golden age of RADIO, so I didn’t know what my favorite musicians looked like until I saw them on “American Bandstand” or in my sister’s Teen Beat Magazine. Even then, everyone seemed focused on Ric Ocasek and his giraffe-like neck so I didn’t really SEE Benjamin Orr until The Cars Drive video. I had no idea a man could be that pretty. Seriously, even prettier than Paulina Prizkova (who after a fresh viewing, was batshit crazy in that video. Never noticed THAT before either!) Continue reading →

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“Jupiter Ascending” (Warning: They Found a Way to Make Channing Tatum Hotter)

Jupiter Ascending is the latest from the Writing-Directing Wachowski siblings. You loved their work on the Matrix but if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ve been pretty disappointed with what they’ve put out since. Expectations for this one have been high (with it’s 175 million dollar budget) but the release date was continuously delayed and those trailers were pretty freaking confusing.

I honestly didn’t expect to like this movie at all. As the theater lights went down, the critic sitting next to me said, “This movie is gonna be awful,” and I fully agreed with her. Then I spent the next half-hour being totally enthralled. Unfortunately, Jupiter Ascending is just over 2 hours long. Continue reading →

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Red-Hot-For-You Valentine’s Day Cake

I came up with the BEST idea for a Valentine’s Day Treat!

Okay, that’s a total lie. I never come up with anything. I’m about as creative as a…SEE? I’m so uncreative that I can’t even finish that sentence.

The truth is that my husband found this recipe and made it for a Super Bowl party this weekend. The icing is such a gorgeous PINK though that I thought it would be a perfect Valentine’s Day Cake. It’s also ridiculously easy. Continue reading →

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Emily Trube and THE EGYPTIAN

I adored Emily Trube long before we started working together at KRLD.

I would listen to the station for school-closings on snowy mornings and hear poor Emily reporting from the icy roads. She has the voice of a teenager so she sounds like someone’s really smart daughter. Maybe that’s why I always worried so much about her driving on 635 in a snow-storm. I remember laughing out loud when she warned everyone to drive slowly, “like my Meemaw!”

I loved Emily even more after meeting her though because I saw how incredibly REAL she is. People in radio often craft a persona but not Emily Trube. That’s probably why she’s so good at what she does. I offered to take her to lunch and we threw a few ideas around before I said, “Just pick you’re favorite place and we’ll go there.”

It was no contest. She chose Campisi’s but it had to be the ORIGINAL Egyptian Restaurant. Continue reading →

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36 Hours of Non-Stop Meows

I’m writing this from the parking lot of an animal hospital. It is the second animal hospital I’ve visited today and the cat in the carrier next to me will not stop meowing. It’s this SAME meowing that brought us here to begin with because she’s been at it nonstop for about 36 hours. Sometimes it will slow down and turn into an “Ooo Ooo Oooo” sound. Then she’ll kick back in and scream MEOW.

Maggie has a multitude of issues (some renal, some relating to the sore teeth in her mouth) and it’s going to cost a shitload of money to deal with it all. I don’t really care as long as it stops the meowing. I’d like to say I’m worried about how scared she is or if she’s in pain but that is all outweighed now by my desperate need for SILENCE. Continue reading →

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Why Am I’m Hiding in the LA Fitness Parking Lot?

I’m writing this from the parking lot of a gym near my house. I’m hiding out here because I don’t want to be home when the woman who cleans our house gets her “Your Services Are No Longer Needed” note. Yes, I am firing her via note and I feel absolutely terrible about it. I LOVE this woman and so do my kids. They got all weepy when I told them we had to part ways with her. That’s not why I’m dodging her though. Continue reading →

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Easiest Posole EVER

I managed to live in New Mexico for 3 whole years and NEVER eat Posole. Everyone else loved it and swore by it’s hangover-healing properties. I, on the other hand, always confused Posole with Menudo, which contains tripe. I avoided them both at all costs because I KNEW I’d somehow end up eating a cow’s stomach lining.

I found a Posole recipe in Southern Living though and it looked incredible.  It seemed simple enough until they started rehydrating chile peppers and pulling out the food processor. That’s when I glazed over. See, I HATE our food processor though I don’t really know why. Maybe because it takes up so much space in the dishwasher or because it’s hard to get down from the high shelf my husband puts it on. I was about to give up on this Posole recipe when I had a thought.

“What if I skipped the rehydrated chiles and just added enchilada sauce instead?” Continue reading →

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Jessie & the Haunted Schnitzel

If you don’t know Jessie Jessup from 102.1 The Edge, you’ve either been living in a cave or you’re an avid country music fan. She has been the Afternoon Drive Queen at the Edge for 15 years now, which is like a lifetime for radio DJs. One of the things that makes Jessie so awesome is that she doesn’t disappoint when you meet her in person. Most radio DJs are pretty boring, average people when you see them in public. I can say that because I was a radio DJ and was told on multiple occasions, “Ew, you don’t look ANYTHING like I imagined. You’re just…YOU.”

Thanks asshole. Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: Cedar Ridge Preserve

One of my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions was to exercise outside more often and one of my FAVORITE outdoor activities is hiking. Unfortunately, living in the city doesn’t afford many hiking options. At least, that’s what I THOUGHT until I searched “Hiking in DFW” and found loads of trails that I’d never even heard of. I decided to try these trails and blog about what I find, at least until it gets too hot to do anything outside. (Honestly, I’m also scouting a location for my daughters birthday because she decided she wants a “Bigfoot Party.” Speaking of which, does anyone have a gorilla suit & a tall man I can borrow?) Continue reading →