On February 11, I got the unforgettable experience of seeing AFI perform in Atlanta. By now, if you visit here often, you probably know that AFI is my favorite band based on the frequency of them being mentioned in some way throughout my posts. When tour dates were announced, there were three option that I narrowed it down to based on proximity to Ohio: Chicago, Washington DC, and Atlanta. Beings the dates listed were for late January and February, Chicago was automatically out. I mean, why would I go somewhere colder than Ohio when I knew I would be spending a great deal of time outside? With a lot of the political stuff going on right now, I really didn’t want to venture into DC alone. That left me with Atlanta…slightly further, but a good 15-20 degrees warmer. It seemed like the most logical choice after weighing out the pros and cons.
With the release of the new AFI album on January 20, there has been a lot of mixed thoughts and feelings on it vocalized throughout the fan pages. It seems to be either a love or hate thing with not a whole lot of in-between. There have been a lot of comments on how AFI should go back to how they were in the early 2000’s, and even the 90’s. (Before reading further, let me say that I do understand that everybody has their own opinion and I respect that.)
Dog toys have a reputation of not lasting long in our house. The softer the toy, the shorter their lifespan. Rubber balls get plucked into tiny little pieces within days, and anything with a squeaker gets destroyed until it squeaks no more. Add anything ‘stuffed’ to the mix, and it doesn’t stand a chance…
I’ll be the first to admit that the first time I heard of Black Bean Brownies, my first thought was “Ewww, why would you do that to a perfectly good brownie?” I mean, black beans sound like something meant for soup or stuffed inside of a Chipotle burrito.
A couple of years ago, I decided to try a vegan diet for awhile and found myself limited on food options and recipes. My sweet tooth was calling out for something to satisfy it, and I stumbled across a recipe for Black Bean Brownies from Chocolate Covered Katie. After reading the comments and reviews, 99 percent of which were raving about them, I decided that the worst that could happen was that I would bake them and throw them out if they were not edible. I had all of the ingredients on hand, so I began mixing up the ingredients and popped the concoction in the oven.
Over the weekend, I finished reading the book Silence by Natasha Preston. Although it does feel like it is written for a Young Adult audience, the subject matter is mature and the plot caught my interest when I read a description of the book. Overall, I would give this book 4-stars out of 5. I had it finished in just a few days and had a hard time putting it down, even reading later into the night than I should have and every free moment I had in between jobs. There were some spots that seemed to contradict each other, but it wasn’t offputting and I have already started reading the sequel.
New Years Eve is upon us, and with it will come thousands, if not millions, of parties. There are two celebrations happening tonight because tonight is also the Fiesta Bowl between Ohio State and Clemson…because let’s face it…this is the only game today that truly matters! (Go Bucks!)