Naked Girl/Pretty Boy

by Sarah on October 27, 2010 · 3 comments

I realize as I type this that the title of this blog post will more than likely result in a lot of people finding The Smart Kitchen and expecting an entirely different website, but nonetheless, my morning was marked by the slight absurdity of driving along, enjoying the first listen of Jeremy Fisher’s Flood, a follow-up to one of my favorite folkpop albums of all time–Goodbye Blue Monday–when all of a sudden, I realized what he is singing:

“Everybody wants to see a naked girl
Break a pretty shell, just to find a pearl
Fly up to the moon to understand the world

Oh the things that we will do, just to see a naked girl”
[Cue gaping-mouthed amusement as I nearly drive off the road.]

The CD is actually quite good, and he’s probably right when you think about it. Guys’ll do a lot for a little “naked time.”*

*If you’ve never seen Dana Carvey’s Comedy Central stand-up routine from approximately 10 years ago, I recommend you find it. Now.

Breakfast was equally as exciting: my first attempt at pumpkin-yogurt! (OK, this sounds a lot more exciting than it really is. It’s just yogurt….mixed with pumpkin….)
It actually ended up being a lot more orange than this. I don’t know what this is a picture of, but it is not exactly what I ate this morning.

I will say that, should you try this at home, go heavy handed on the pumpkin pie spice and definitely add a wee droplet of vanilla extract. It makes ALL the difference.

Something else new and different? This cereal in my cereal jar!Nature’s Path Crunchy Maple Sunrise! After falling head over heels for the Vanilla version, I had been eager to sample this kind, but for whatever reason I refused to eat maple cereal in the summer. It screams “FALL!”

No, literally.

When you open the bag, the cereal buds yell “HARVEST TIME!” as the intoxicating smell of maple syrup flows up out of the box. I’m not exaggerating.OK, so it didn’t actually yell. But the thing about the maple syrup. Totally true. I thought I was at a breakfast diner for a minute, about to be served a heaping pile of banana nut pancakes.

Pumpkin reappeared at lunch, as I took the leftover roasted pumpkin chunks from the Pumploitation Dinner and put them on a green salad with some chopped mushrooms and red bell peppers.
That would also be a whole lot of dried thyme sprinkled on everything. Thyme makes pumpkin POP!

On the side? I took another crack at the Boulder Canyon Sundried Tomato with Basil rice chips, and they are still OK, but just not as good as the HEB brand ones.
Also some cottage cheese (of course, right?)
…and hummus! (Big shock, I know. I’m pretty sure I could rename this blog The Hummus Kitchen and no one would even bat an eyelash.*)
*Except obviously they would. If they weren’t blinking they would be catatonic. Or dead. Neither of which I would like to happen.
This Sonny & Joe’s hummus is actually phenomenal. One of the best plain hummi I’ve ever had. I’d never had it before, but Amanda brought it to the Pumploitation Dinner, and I fell in love! Happily, she left me what remained upon her departure.

At some point I ate these grapes.

I also ate half of this Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar. This is best one I have tried thus far. Most likely because it contains the words “peanut butter” in the title. “Cookie” helps, too. Perhaps I should make date-flavored Nutty Butter next?


So, you might be thinking, “Hey, Sarah, where do the pretty boys of the post title come in?” Well, Zac Efron, you better watch out…there’s a new tweeny-bopper star trying to steal my heart…Now, I never really watched the American Idol season when Kris Allen was on, and, although I do admit to rockin’ out to his single “Live Like We’re Dying”* far more than is probably normal for a 26-year-old, I never really loved him until I heard my new favorite song: “Alright With Me.”
*Not to be confused with Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” I know. It’s highly befuddling.

Seriously, I knew I occasionally have questionable musical taste, but I dare you not to listen to this song and feel happy and/or like performing a Lindy Hop in the middle of your kitchen. I don’t recommend listening to it while trying to lift weights at the gym, however, as I kept losing track of my reps in favor of planning intense choreographed dances in my head…and then, there is a point about two minutes into the song when Kris breaks it down, and my tendency towards shoulder rolls nearly caused me to fall off the leg press machine. But, at least I felt all bubbly inside while doing it.

Thank you, Kris Allen, because although I almost died in a weights-related gym accident this afternoon (and received some odd stares from drivers while stopped at stoplights on my way home) I always appreciate a truly uplifting song. [Even though technically I think it’s about a girl not giving him the time of day….but whatever.]

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Joslyn October 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Ok seriously. This is my first time visiting your blog and you're stinkin' hilarious. I totally know that feeling of listening to a song that you love almost TOO much while in the gym!

I almost threw my back out bouncing to JayZ and trying to do an advanced yoga pose yesterday.


Anonymous October 29, 2010 at 2:35 am

Loved ur kris Allen post, u r right alright with me is freaking awesome..and u r hilarious..loved ur style of writing :)


Aiden October 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Totally got your post about the 'pretty boy'. Kris Allen won me over his first 10 seconds of "Live Like We're Dying" (which, I also admit, is sometimes on a constant loop in my iPod). Then now, he provides "Alright With Me"? So infectious and bouncy that it literally makes me smile when I sing.

By the way, sweet blog.


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