Pinterest and New Goals

I have joined the masses and became a member of the time-suck known as Pinterest. You can follow my boards if you so desire.

I’ll admit, it is fun, I found a recipe for Carrot Cake muffins that I am going to make for my Dad’s birthday. I hate carrot cake and the sound good even to me!

Since, I’ve been wasting so much time on Pinterest I’ve decided that i will find one recipe a week, whether it’s baking or cooking and I will blog about my success or failure when it came to that recipe.

I feel like I kind of have this stay at home mom thing down, maybe, and I can get back in the kitchen for some real cooking and baking.

Today’s Question: Do you use interest? What are some of your favorite recipes? (Maybe I’ll use them)

have you ever been alone in a crowded room

I promised this review to a few of my friends, and late is better than never right?

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I recently say one of my favorite bands, Jack’s Mannequin, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in CT last week. Jack’s Mannequin is one of my all time favorite bands, I was excited to see what this addition of the orchestra would sound like.

For a little background, Andrew McMahon is the front man for Jack’s Mannequin. His previous band, Something Corporate, also one of my favorites, released albums 2000 – 2003, but Andrew left the group to start a new project, he thought the sound he was developing was too different from the sound of his current band, this band would be known as Jack’s Mannequin, named for Andrew’s childhood friend who overcame cancer.

Andrew penned songs that were more intimate and heartfelt with a different message than SoCo’s songs. Three months before the release of Jack’s Mannequin first album, Andrew was diagnosed leukemia. Many of the songs written after his diagnosis deals with the emotions he had with dealing with this disease and songs about those who helped him through this tough time.

I find Andrew’s story inspirational, and his music has always affected me. The sound fills up my body and makes me feel. Not many musicians can do this. If you haven’t heard any of his music I cannot recommend enough for you to go buy all his albums right now.

Now onto the concert. I must admit I had high hopes. I felt like there were so many Jack’s Mannequin songs that could benefit from an orchestra.

First the set list:
My Racing Thoughts
Annie Use Your Telescope
Release Me (No Orchestra)
Me and the Moon – Something Corporate song
Amelia Jean
Holiday from Real
Platform Fire
Hey Hey Hey
Swim (Acoustic)
Restless Dream
The Mixed Tape
Amy, I
Casting Lines
Dark Blue (No Orchestra)


I loved the show. However, I think they could have utilized the orchestra better. The best use by far was during Caves. I know that this type of collaboration takes time, probably something the band didn’t have a lot of. It felt like in a lot of the songs that the orchestra, as one of my friends put it, was like another instrument: drums, piano, guitar, orchestra.

I wish more of the concert had been like Caves, but I loved the show regardless. I will see Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate whenever I can.

Here is a video of Caves, I have my one but this is by far better quality.

I have more videos, if you want to see them.

Today’s Question: Have you heard of Jack’s Mannequin or Something Corporate? Do you like them?

Wordless Wednesday: 3 Months Old

I can’t believe my baby is 3 months old. Well 3 months and 9 days, but who’s counting?

He already looks so much different to me.



He is very alert. He loves spending time on his playmate and talks to his “friends” while in his swing. He smiles and laughs on his own.

We are moving him into his own room soon… that will be a sad day for me.