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Wednesday, September 23

Does anyone watch One Tree Hill? I'm a junkie. On this week's episode, they featured artist Jack Savoretti, and I really liked his sound. I've never heard of Jack Savoretti before, but a little web research tells me he's a 22-year-old musician from London. He also didn't start playing guitar until he was 16, when his mother suggested he try putting some of his poetry to music.

I am definitely planning to play him on The Rooster's Crow this Sunday:

If you're interested in hearing the show, you can stream it on the web at WUSC. I'm on Sunday 8-10 a.m. EST.

Jack's first full-length album, Between the Minds, is available on iTunes.
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Tuesday, September 22

Mister and I designed our Save the Dates this weekend. Now we only need to have them printed and get them in the mail. I am going to post the final design once they're in the mailbox, but for now, I'll tell you that they involve this photo:

By the way, our photographer has a portofolio of our engagement photos featured on her website. If you would like to see more than what I shared last week, go to and then choose "Engagement" under "Portfolios."
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 Image from WUSC Myspace page

I wound up getting pretty busy last week and never posted my playlist from the weekend show. Here's what I played on The Rooster's Crow on Sunday, Sept. 13:
  1. Sondre Lerche “Good Luck” Heartbeat Radio
  2. The Organ “Let the Bells Ring” Thieves
  3. Fruit Bats “Being on your Own” The Ruminant Band
  4. Howling Bells “Cities Burning Down” Radio Wars
  5. Cougar Florida Logic” Patriot
  6. Circulatory System “This Morning We Remembered Everything” Signal Morning
  7. Flea Market Poets “100% Confused” Dirty Days
  8. The Bronzed Chorus “Hiding in the Woods” I'm the Spring
  9. Wild Beasts “Hooting & Howling” Two Dancers
  10. Lhasa “Rising” Lhasa
  11. Fool's Gold “Surprise Hotel” Fool's Gold
  12. Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson “Search Your Heart” Breakup
  13. Mean Creek “It's Good to be Back Again” The Sky (Or the Underground)
  14. The Inner Banks “Lemon Tree” Songs from Disko Bay
  15. Yo La Tengo “Avalon or Someone Very Similar” Popular Songs
  16. Still Life Still “Neon Blue” Girls Come Too
  17. Orba Squara “All the Colors (Picture Perfect)” The Trouble with Flying
  18. Jay Reatard “I'm Watching You” Watch Me Fall
  19. Mika Miko “Sex Jazz” We Be Xuxa
  20. Jemina Pearl “Band on the Run” Break It Up
  21. Sarah Jarosz “Shankill Butchers” Song Up In Her Head
  22. Amelia Curran “The Furious Curve” War Brides
  23. Allen Thompson “Handmade Highwire” 26 Years
  24. Band of Heathens “Look at Miss Ohio” One Foot in the Ether
  25. John Doe & The Sadies “Stop The World And Let Me Off” Country Club
  26. Elliott Brood “Miss You Now” Mountain Meadows

If you're interested in tuning in for the show, The Rooster's Crow airs on Sundays 8-10 a.m. EST. You can stream the radio station via WUSC's website.
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Wednesday, September 16

Image from Real Simple

This was dinner last night, and it was so yummy and filling (and even better as lunch leftovers today); it's in the October issue of Real Simple:


  • 12 ounces spaghetti (3/4 box)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
  • 1/3 cup ricotta


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1⁄2 cup of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes, 3⁄4 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Add the shallots and rosemary and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Toss the pasta with the potato mixture, Parmesan, and the reserved cooking water. Dollop with the ricotta before serving.
My notes and variations: I cut the recipe in half since I didn't need 4 servings, but still found there were 3 servings easily. Also we were out of rosemary so I sprinkled Italian seasoning on each serving.

This meal has 3-4 powerfoods, depending on whether you use whole-wheat pasta.
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Here are two giveaways for you to check out!
Image from Hammerpress

grace's birdcage is giving away a treasure trove of random items in celebration of her reaching 100 followers. The box of goodies could include the following:
- a thrifting treasure
- some of my favorite French bird postcards
- a present that I'll sew for you. stop laughing.
- a jar of my favorite Kansas City salsa
- a cartoon of my favorite scenes from Tommy Boy. drawn by me.
- some awesome stationary
- something fabulous from Hammerpress
To enter, simply go to her blog and leave a comment. She'll give you a bonus entry if you're a follower. The contest ends Sept. 21.

Livin' the Simple Life (previously With This Ring) is celebrating her move to her new blog format and giving away a $25 gift card to Ulta. To enter, go to her blog and tell her what beauty item you can't live without. She's offering an extra entry for being a follower of the new blog and another extra entry if you blog about the giveaway. Hurry, her giveaway ends on Friday!
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Tuesday, September 15

Image from Glamour

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I did a post earlier this month about my fitness goals for the month, and then didn't do anything. Well, on Monday, I drew a line in the sand and started over.

That includes eating healthfully and getting back to working out regularly. Monday I did my yogalates workout for about 30 minutes, and I'm feeling it in my abs.

Today, I went to the gym during my lunch break and ran on their track for 30 minutes....which totaled 2.47 miles. And I'm feeling it in my legs.

I know it's only been two days, but that two days of being more consistent than I have in the last two weeks, so I'm counting it as an accomplishment. Now I've got to keep it up so that I'll be ready for the Pumpkin Road Race in October.
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Dave & Meredith's wedding featured today on (Wedding Cabaret) is awesome!
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This morning on my way to work, I heard that Patrick Swayze passed away yesterday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was only 57 years old (younger than my father), which in my opinion is too young.

I may have to revisit Dirty Dancing this weekend, which I can remember watching for the first time in high school with my best girlfriend. Who can forget the classic dance at the end?

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Monday, September 14

This morning I got the anticipated email from our photographer, and it came a week earlier than expected. Our engagement photos are ready for us to review! Here are some of our faves:

Well, this morning I got the much anticipated email from our photographer, and it came a week earlier than expected. Our engagement photos are ready for us to review! Here are some of our faves.

All photos were taken by the very talented Chi can contact her via her website: or on twitter: @chipritchard.
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Thursday, September 10

Source: USA Today

I had never heard of the White Knot until I read about it last week on Honey My Heart. Since I have learned about the movement, it's definitely something I want to share. The White Knot is a symbol that people are using to show their support of marriage equality, regardless of a person's sexual orientation.
Now I realize that there are many people (and possibly some of my readers) who won't agree with me on the issue of marriage equality. All I can offer is that I have family, friends and neighbors who are gay, and I cannot fathom the idea of denying them the same rights and benefits that I will be allowed in my marriage.

Having become a little more education on the organization and movement, I have found that White Knots are to be found everywhere, from regular citizens to celebrities such as Sex and the City stars Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. (Cynthia recently got engaged to her long-time girlfriend.)

The author of Honey My Heart will be wearing a white knot of her wedding dress in addition to wearing it everyday. This gives her an opportunity to discuss her viewpoints on the issue should one of her guests ask about it, which is something that she can't do outright as part of her wedding since she is having a Catholic ceremony. I believe that her idea is great one.

I was raised to speak up for what I believe in, but I've also learned that simple actions will project a lot further than words or debate. Wearing a white and explaining why I choose to do so is to show support of a cause I believe in. I will be ordering my own white knot, which I will proudly intend to wear...especially on my wedding day.

If you'd like to learn more about the movement, visit

White Knot
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In order to help put money away for the wedding and get a little more caught up on household projects, we've made September a no-spend month. No unnecessary spending beyond groceries, bills and gas. (No eating out, Starbucks, shopping...sigh) We've done pretty good about sticking to the resolution.

Of course, now that we've agreed to this, I am seeing items all the time that I would love to have. Today, I'm lusting after this tote from Gap:

I happen to think that this would be the perfect work tote for my files, planner and lunch bag, etc. Oh well, maybe once this no-spend month is over, I'll run over and pick it up.
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Image taken from HERE

I haven't had time to put together background info on the music I played on my show this weekend like last week. Nonetheless, I still want to share what I did play, so here we are go:

  1. Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 “Up to You Now” White Lies for Dark Times
  2. Other Lives “Don't Let Them” Other Lives
  3. Explode into Colors “Paper” PDX POP NOW! 2009
  4. Matt Krefting “I Hear You Calling” I Couldn't Love You More
  5. Malcolm Middleton “Kiss at the Station” Waxing Gibbous
  6. Throw Me the Statue “Noises” Creaturesque
  7. Portland Cello ProjectPor Una CabezaThe Thao and Justin Power Sessions
  8. Elizabeth & The Catapult “Everybody Knows” Taller Children
  9. Fanfarlo “The Walls are Coming Down” Reservoir
  10. Ohbijou “Wildfires” Beacons
  11. The Antlers “Sylvia” Hospice
  12. Deer Tick “Song About a Man” Born on Flag Day
  13. Black Bottom BiscuitsCampobello Blue” Ain't No Kinda Blue LOCAL BAND
  14. Catie Curtis “Don't Want to Know (No Evil)” Hello, Stranger
  15. Lucinda Williams “Plan to Marry” Little Honey
  16. Pieta BrownWest MonroeRemember the Sun
  17. Hannah Miller “Home” Somewhere in Between LOCAL ARTIST
  18. The Penelopes “Circle of Seasons” Priceless Concrete Echoes
  19. Yppah “Playing with Fireworks” They Know What Ghost Know
  20. Michna “Triple Chrome Dipped” Magic Monday
  21. Anjulie “Love Songs” Anjulie
  22. Discovery “Orange Shirt” LP
  23. Owl City “West Coast Friendship” Maybe I'm Dreaming
  24. Coralie ClémentC'est La Vie” Toystore
  25. Fun “At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used to be)” Aim and Ignite
If you'd like to listen to my show this Sunday, you can stream it over the web at WUSC's website , or you can tune in locally at 90.5 FM and HD1 Columbia.
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Wednesday, September 9

Image from Real Simple. We didn't wait to take pictures.

Yesterday, I made this Real Simple recipe for us for dinner. I've decided to share because it was so quick, easy and tasty. (And it has 3 power foods from the Abs Diet.) Mister took all the leftovers for lunch today and wouldn't share.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 1/4 cups cherry tomato halves
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar


  1. Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound with a mallet to 1/2-inch thickness. Combine cumin with cayenne pepper and rub over chicken.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté chicken for 4 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board.
  3. Return the skillet with pan drippings to medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, and 3 tablespoons water and cook, stirring, 1 or 2 minutes, until ingredients are just heated through.
  4. Remove from heat and toss with the scallions, cilantro, and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Slice chicken and arrange on top of beans.

My variations: I didn't have fresh tomatoes so I used a can of no-salt added diced tomatoes; I also used balsamic vinegar instead of red wine. And I omitted the cilantro since I don't like it.

Hope that you enjoy!
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Photo by Nathalie from Avignon in Photos

While I thoroughly enjoyed having an extra day off over Labor Day, it makes me a little sad that summer is just about over. It's my favorite season of the year. I love the hot hot sun, little tank tops, wearing swimsuits and all the fresh good things from the garden.

Photo taken during our 2006 Labor Day Camping Trip to the Ocoee River, Tenn.

Nonetheless, there are plenty of great things to enjoy about fall: College football, bonfires on crisp evenings, pumpkin and apple pie...yum and Oktoberfest! I'm really hoping that the Mister and I can take a weekend camping trip up to the mountains this fall. Seeing the leaves on the Blue Ridge Parkway is so gorgeous.
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...and I'm loving my new haircut. The nice thing is that I can actually style it about a zillion different ways depending on if I use mousse, gel, wax, straightening iron, etc. And from what people are telling me, the new cut is really showing off the color.

We had a our engagement photos taken over the weekend, and we're both feel really good about how the session went. The photos should be ready for review in a couple weeks! In the meantime, see more of our photographer's work at

For Charleston brides, Chi was really great to work with and very easy going. I would highly recommend her, and her prices are super competitive with other photographers in the area.
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Thursday, September 3

I'm going to see my hair stylist this afternoon to get my hair cut like this:

Here are three more ways to style the cut:

All images from Real Simple

I know it's pretty short, but I've really been itching to chop it all off. If I do it now and don't like it, I still have time to grow it out into a cute bob for the wedding.

If all goes well, you'll be seeing pictures of me with the cute little cut this evening. (Likely, eating chili, drinking beer and watching football. The Gamecocks first games of the season starts tonight!)
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Wednesday, September 2

After we finished The Beer Run a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that we had picked the next race. Right now, we're planning to run The Great Pumpkin Run in October in Rock Hill. This is another 5K that is held in and around Winthrop University (where one of my best girlfriends got a photography degree and just started work on her Masters this fall).

It was my intent to begin training the following week, but between hurricane season afternoon thunderstorms, laziness and a nasty case of shin splints. I went for my first run yesterday in about 2 weeks. Taking even just 2 weeks off is not a good idea when you're not in shape yet. Rather than walking/running 3-4 miles like I had when training before, I was only able to do about half that.

However, I'm just glad to be running again. Yesterday evening, I was in much better spirits than I had been in a while. And it may all be mental, but I feel thinner when I'm exercising regularly.

Anyway, the purpose of this post was to re-visit my August running goals now that the month is over. There were my goals last month:
  1. Log 10 runs by 8/31. That didn't happen--I got 7; Nike allowed me to extend the goal by another 4 weeks. At this point, I'm at 8 of 10 runs so I'm pretty sure I won't be missing it. I then want to set a goal of 12 runs in 4 weeks...or running 3 days a week.
  2. Run 30km in 4 weeks (ending 8/31). I met this goal on 8/24. So I've set a new goal to run 25 miles by 9/22. I can meet this goal, but I better get moving!
I want to set two more fitness goals for this month. These have nothing to do with running but do have to do with fitness & exercise in general.
  1. Strength training 2-3 days a week. This is really important because it's going to help me lose those extra few pound I need for my wedding dress but also because one of my complaints about my body right now is not my actual size. It's that I want to be more toned. Running will help my legs & butt, but it's not going to do it for my arms/shoulders/back/etc.
  2. Yoga or Pilates 2-3 days a week. Again, this is important for my overall fitness. It's going to help keep me limber and flexible for the running and strength training. Also, I've been saying that I've wanted to learn these for a while. Well enough talk, more action. Finally, I think it would just help me be calmer and more peaceful in general.
Now if I can meet these goals, all four of them, I'm rewarding myself to a mani/pedi at the end of the month. And I'm using the blog to hold me accountable. If anyone has a recommendation of a sidebar or such to help track them, please let me a comment or send me an email!
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The fall semester has started at the University of South Carolina, which means that I have resumed my radio show at WUSC, the University radio station. I have been deejaying off and on since I was a freshman in Fall 2000.

It is something that I really enjoy and a great way to learn about underground music. If you are interested in listening, my show (The Rooster's Crow) is on Sunday mornings from 8-10 EST. You can stream it via the web at, or if you're local to me, tune in at 90.5 Columbia. Here is what I played this weekend:
  1. Joseph Arthur ,"Big City Secrets," Live at the Gypsy Room 6.19.2000. If you don't know who Joseph Arthur is, please check out his website or his Myspace. I played this cd my first show in 2000, and it is still one of my favorite cds to play now. Unfortunately, this particular cd no longer appears to be available for sale, so you'll have to tune into my show to hear it.
  2. Rainbow Arabia, "Haunted Hall," Kaukimono. I don't know much about Rainbow Arabia. Their Myspace page tells me that they are from California and signed by Manimal Vinyl Records. The song "Haunted Hall" is featured on the music player, so if you're interested, go check it out. They apparently also have a twitter, blog and facebook.
  3. Choir of Young Believers, "She Walks," This is for the White of Your Eyes. This is Choir's first cd released in the United States, and they already have a RollingStone mention. You can learn more about the HERE and HERE. Their music is available for purchase on iTunes.
  4. The Dodos, "Fables," Time to Die. This cd (their second) is actually not released yet in the U.S-the release date is Sept. 15. It was released in the UK on August 31. It can be preordered via their website, or if you buy it via iTunes, you can receive a special bonus track. The Dodos' first cd, The Visiter (released in March 2008), was also quite enjoyable. Preview their music on their Myspace.
  5. The Very Best "Julia" Warm Heart of Africa. The Very Best is actually a collaboration of Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit. This mixtape cd is another that is not yet released; though it can be preordered at Green Owl Records; there is also a digital download available.
  6. Os Mutantes "Nada Mudou" Haih...or Amortecedor. Os Mutantes is a Brazilian rock band from the 1960s and 70s. They recently reunited to tour in 2006. This cd is their first full-length studio album in 35 years, it will be released on Sept. 8. They will be touring in North America to promote the records. Learn more HERE.
  7. Helado Negro "I Wish" Awe Owe. This is actually a single artist named Roberto Carlos Lange, who is from South Florida. His work is actually described as sound art, a documenting of sounds together as he creates them and then compiled as cds.
  8. The Horrors "Horrors' Theme" Strange House. This British band promoted their debut cd Strange House in 2006 with two tours, a world tour and a US tour. They also released earlier this year called Primary Colors. *Played by request*
  9. Chris Knight "I'll Be There" Trailer II. Trailer II (to be released Sept. 15) is a sequel to Chris' previous cd, Trailer Tapes (released in 2007). The songs from both cds were recorded in the summer of 1996, when he was unknown and living in a single-wide in a small town, population 238. Trailer Tapes was a collection of songs that has never appeared on any of his other albums. Trailer II includes many of the original recordings of singles released off his other 5 full-length albums.
  10. Tom Russell "Santa Ana Wind" Blood and Candle Smoke. Yet another cd that will be released this month on Sept. 15. This is Tom's 25th cd; his songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Ramblin´ Jack Elliott and many more artists. He's appeared on Letterman four times, appeared in movies and on tv, published 3 books and he's an accomplished artist (Yard Dog Folk Art and Rainbow Man). The man has talent.
  11. Ben Bullington "To the Line" White Sulphur Springs. This is Ben's debut cd that was released in November 2008. The Montana-based songwriter also released Two Lane Highway in April 2009. He's currently unsigned.
  12. Michael Troy "Feather" Mill Town Boy. Michael has been a player on the music scene in Massachusetts for more than 20 years, but he's really focused on his own music in the last 8 years. This is his third full-length release. He also has 4 daughters who all play music so we should expect to see more great music from him and his family in the coming years.
  13. Initial State "Pagan Prayer" Abort the Soul. Initial State was a local Columbia punk band, formerly known as Antischism. This cd from 1994 was their only release. *Played by request*
  14. Patrick Wolf "Hard Times" The Bachelor. Patrick is singer-songwriter from the UK. He's known for combining electronic samples with classic instruments such as the ukulele, piano and viola. He currently has 4 albums out with a 5th scheduled for release next year.
  15. Hannah Miller "Diana" Somewhere in Between. Hannah is a local artist from right here in Columbia. She's been touring all the Southeast for the last 4 years and has three releases: Storms of Summer EP (2006), Into the Black LP (2008) and Somewhere in Between EP (2009), which is an acoustic work. Her current single "The City and the Salt" is available on iTunes.
  16. The Pines "Skipper and his Wife" Tremolo. The Pines are signed with one of my favorite record labels, Red House Records. The members David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, both from Iowa, began playing together after meeting in Mexico. This is their third album. Their previous album Sparrows in the Bell as named one of the tops roots releases by Q Magazine in 2007.
  17. Delbert McClinton, "She's Not There Anymore," Acquired Taste. Delbert has been active in the music industry since 1962 and is a 3-time Grammy award-winning singer-song writer.
  18. Joe Pug, "Hymn #101," Nation of Heat. Joe was originally a theater major at the University of North Carolina; he moved to Chicago right before his senior year to pursue music. The Nation of Heat EP was released last summer. This summer he played at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and the Newport Folk Festival, and he expected to release his first full-length cd this fall. He's also touring with Steve Earle.
  19. The Wailin' Jennys, "Deeper Wells," Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House. The Wailin' Jennys are comprised of Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse. This live cd is the first album recorded since Heather joined the group. "Deeper Wells" is an Emmylou Harris cover; they also cover Jane Siberry's "Calling All Angels."
  20. Owl City, "Swimming in Miami," Maybe I'm Dreaming. A friend turned me onto Owl City (Adam Young) over the summer because of the similar sound to The Postal Service. I was quite happy to see that we had 2 cds in rotation at the station: Maybe I'm Dreaming (2008) and Of June (2007).
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