Musings of a Museum Fanatic: April 2015

4.29.2015

Blog Things I Don't Get

As time goes on and I blog more and more I realize that there are some aspects of blogging that I just plain don't get.

Essential oils .... This isn't just a blog thing anymore. I see it everywhere! Where did this come from? How is everyone into it so much already??

Fashion bloggers photos ... Seriously Kevin and I have been working on his photo skills but it is just not happening. I realize part of it is the camera but our point and shoot is a really nice one. I'm just not sure how they do it?


SEO ... I've been working on reading articles and the pins I've pinned on this subject but alas it's just not clicking. Maybe I need to give myself an incentive or something. 

Why we don't like our heads ... Whenever you see artist photos it's always of people's feet or the lower half of their body. Are bloggers not supposed to like our heads or something? I think I missed that memo because personally I prefer my upper body to my lower. Maybe that goes back to the whole needing to work on my fashion blogger photo skills.


Instagram giveaways ... I keep seeing these everywhere and have been majorly confused by them. Clearly my months of trying to re-post on Instagram have been in vain since you can't actually post with Instagram you have to get a whole other app for that (Thanks Helene!!) Plus who has time for the loop ones. I unfortunately do not.

Weird nicknames ... I get it to a certain extent for privacy and whatnot but when people start referring to people with cutesy pet names I'm out. No I will not sit there and read about your Hubbins. 

Passive aggressive posts ...  Everyone can tell you're writing about a certain something someone tweeted or a post somewhere. Just say where it is so I don't have to google it and try to find out what you're talking about. 

Using every single hashtag under the sun ... I realize the perks of tagging posts so you hopefully get more people to see your stuff but seriously there is a point when it just gets ridiculous. Are 18 hashtags really that necessary?

Are you with me on some of these odd blog things or do you have your own list?


4.28.2015

6 Heavy Metal Songs I Actually Enjoy

The one thing I pride myself on when it comes to my music is the fact that I can find at least one song in every genre that I enjoy. Kevin is always giving my flack that I hate his metal music but that's just not true! I definitely enjoy going to the darker side of rock and getting my metal on.



Dragula by Rob Zombie
This hit by Zombie came out during high school and by some miracle actually managed to be played on regular rock and top 40 stations often. I think because it made it to my everyday stations and I already had a leaning towards harder rock I just really liked this song.


Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson


Symphony of Destruction by Megadeath
This song I'm not so sure about. I have a feeling it came about during my college years when I really started to explore classic rock and branched out my rock genres from just what was being played on the radio.



Du Hast by Rammstein
This love actually goes way back to grade school. I've mentioned before about how I always wanted to be like my older brother, well this definitely translated into music as well. In high school when he was taking German he was introduced to Rammstein at some point or other. Then brought home abulms which I of course borrower without his knowing or approval.


Party Hard by Andrew W.K.

I love this song. It's harder rock but it's so upbeat and you really can't help but move when you hear it. You should really add this to your work out playlist, trust me.


More Human Than Human by White Zombie

Even though Kevin doesn't believe I like heavier metal music I can prove him wrong every now and then! Are you a heavy metal person or is it not your jam?

4.24.2015

What Are we Going to Think About This Friday ...



... the same thing we think about every Friday.

Every Friday rolls around and I some how find myself thinking the same thoughts over and over again. One would think that by now I'd realize how some these thoughts pan out but nope I still have them every week! Almost without fail every Friday my thoughts seem to scatter so today let's spend some time in my Friday brain. There is a lot of crazy thrown in with work.

- Woo it's 8am time to work.

- Man I've been working for forever now it has to be almost break time. 8:45?! what?!

- Oh good Stephanie is finally on Gchat work day can commence.

- Why is the former director asking me how to "Save As" a document again. Seriously this is getting ridiculous. I feel like I should be worried that she can't remember this simple computer task.

- Oooo Pinterest!

- It's finally time to go upstairs and check the mail. What reason do I have to pop into IT and chat with my work friends today?

- Dang I really need a blog post for today. It's Friday though I should just relax. Betsy you didn't post last night you need one for tonight.

- Lunch time! Awesome there are good leftovers from a conference group. Saving part of my lunch for Monday.

- UGH computer come on! All I want to do is edit these 100 huge photo files is that really too much to ask??

- Yes, it clearly was too much to ask. I apologize I'll work on something else for a while while you come off your hissy fit.

- I should read and comment on some blogs. HOLY COW! How did my Bloglovin get up to 298?! Oh hmmm I guess I haven't read the past couple of days have I?

- Man an hour and a half still seriously? Everyone else in my department just got to leave. Maybe some day I'll be salaried and can do that too. Ha.

- Hey look I took care of 1/2 of one of the piles on my desk aaaaaand someone brought in 3 more boxes of donations. Awesome.

- 10 minutes left yesssss. I didn't take my whole break I can pack up early and chat with Brian for a few minutes.

- Weekend!








4.22.2015

Kevin's Everything & the Kitchen Sink Pork Tenderloin


The way Kevin eats is very interesting. He tends to combine everything and eat it. We're having leftovers ... put everything in a bowl and avocado then eat it. Cooking meat ... add a dozen different spices then cook it up. This is how Kevin's Everything & the Kitchen Sink Pork Tenderloin came into being. One time when Kevin took over the cooking he decided to spice the tenderloin with probably different spices and rubs plus lime juice. It actually was pretty amazing. Since then we've tried this method a different way each time and it's been a success!

There is no wrong way to do this method (at least that's what Kevin says) so just have at it. I'm going to share with you today's version of Kevin's Everything & the Kitchen Sink Pork Tenderloin!

Ingredients: 
1lb Pork Tenderloin
Spices (whatever your palate feels like today. I try and pair spices you might find together in different dishes)
Lemon/lime juice

1. Prep your pork. Remove fat and the silver skin.


2. Either in a bowl or in the bag (if you defrosted a frozen tenderloin) add the juice to your tastes. We enjoy the citrus flavor so ours get a little more.


3. Spice your tenderloin. Tonight I used the spices pictured above. I used a little more of the rosemary, garlic and Three Onion Rub since we love those flavors.

4. Cook with your preferred method. I used our Grill Pan since it's still crazy cold here. Outside on the grill is fantastic as well as baked.

5. Let the meat rest for about 5 minutes then enjoy!

4.20.2015

I Turned 30!

So yesterday I turned 30. Whoa! It's really crazy to think I'm now in a whole other decade. I'm in my 30's. WHOA. I feel kinda like Sam from Sixteen Candles ... 


My 20's definitely had their major ups and some pretty major downs. I'm actually kind of excited to embark on this decade of my life. While I thought Kevin and I would start out of thirties a little more settled I'm thinking these first couple of years might actually contain a lot of changes for us. More of the changes you'd expect from your 20's! With us recently moving to a new part of the Chicago area and Kevin looking for a better position that could end with us in a different area of Chicago still who knows what will happen!

Needless to say I am more excited about our prospects in our 30's than they were in our 20's. Even though it doesn't feel so different than 29 I'm still excited. I spent some of this weekend being productive and was doing a little digital organization, in addition to all the other organization going on throughout the apartment, and showed Kevin some of the baby photos. There was one in particular that he thought was appropriate to share since it's probably my very first photo ever! Although I don't really look particularly thrilled to be entering the world. : )


4.17.2015

30 Things That Happened In 1985

1985 was 30 years ago. It's crazy how much that feels like just yesterday. In honor of my big celebration this weekend I wanted to take a look at what happened 30 years ago!

- A joint American-French expedition locates the wreck of the RMS Titanic.

- St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr is released.



- Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. (The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months.)

- Route 66 is officially decommissioned.

- The first movie in the Back to the Future trilogy is released, Back to the Future, and everyone falls in love with Marty McFly and his puffy vest.


- The Nintendo Entertainment System is released in the US.

- Microsoft Corporation releases the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0.

- ThunderCats starts it's four year run. A show about a team of humanoid cats fighting evil in their adopted home world.



- WrestleMania debuts at Madison Square Garden.

- The "hole" in the ozone layer is discovered.

- One of the best computer games ever is released ... Where In The World Is Carmen Sandeigo

- November 18, 1985 Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson debuts for the first time.

- The cult classic Gooniesis released. Thirty years later the world still loves Chunk and his truffle shuffle.

- The cost of a gallon of gas was $1.09.

- Nelson Mandela rejects an offer of freedom from the South African government.

- Michael Jordan wins Rookie of the Year during his first season with the Chicago Bulls

- The plastic table thingy that saves pizza from the top of the box was invented by Carmela Vitale.

- Ronald Reagan is sworn in for his second term as the 40th President of the United States of America.

- Disney releases it's 25th full length feature The Black Cauldron. A pretty scary and definitely under appreciated Disney film it follows Taran, an Assistant Pigkeeper, on his adventures to become a great warrior.

- This week in 1985 "We Are The World" tops the charts.



- VH1 rocked in the new year for 1985 with it's first video of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Marvin Gaye.

- The always creepy Teddy Ruxpin starts to make lonely kids everywhere feel like they have a friend, albeit a creepy one.

- Pictionary enters the picture.

- The 1985 Chicago Bears closed their season 15-1, Super Bowl XX Champions and with a smash hit in the "Super Bowl Shuffle"



- An explosive device sent by the Unabomber injures John Hauser at University of California, Berkeley.

- Rock Hudson becomes the first major American celebrity to die of complications from AIDS.

- Compact discs are introduced to American consumers.

- The Discovery Channel is launched in the United States.

- One of the most iconic 80's movies and brat pack classic, Breakfast Club was released in February of 1985



- On April 19 I was born!!




4.15.2015

Randolph Street Market Giveaway

Spring is the time of year where everything in Chicago just starts to really come alive. Granted during the winter months we still have tons going on but the summer just brings everything and everyone out of the woodwork!

This week I was contacted by someone connected with the Randolph Street Market here in Chicago. Randolph Street Market is a huge once a month indoor (in the cold months) and outdoor (in the warm months) market that has vendors who sell vintage, antique, indie designer goods, global goods, and fancy foods. I'm sure knowing me this can go without saying but I'm going to say it anyways I was excited! I've heard about the Market for a number of years now but have never gotten my act together to actually go on the weekends they're open.

I've been looking at all the different vendors and food vendors it's amazing how many different options there are going to be there. When they say there is something for everyone they definitely mean it. If you're a music person there is a vinyl swap meet, not your cup of tea check out all the different food options or the vintage jewelry.

The ticket prices are really nice too. Plus they have some fun package options. Been talking about getting your girlfriends together? There is package with four discounted tickets plus a Market Bar Mimosa for each of you! Sounds like a fun day with friends to me.

They have been nice enough not only to give me a pair of tickets to the upcoming festival April 25-26 but another pair of passes to give away!!! If you live in the Chicago area or are going to be here the weekend of April 25-26 be sure to enter!


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4.14.2015

Terrible Music Videos

Growing up we didn't have cable ... heck Kevin and I still don't have cable! So I pretty much missed out on the whole MTV and VH1 watching music videos thing. Now that YouTube has every video under the sun it's actually pretty funny when I come across some of these music videos because I'm just sitting at my computer ...


Especially when the song is such a good one and they make a crazy video for it. What were they thinking!?


If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher
I think we all know what Cher was thinking with this video ...


Call On Me by Eric Prydz
I actually really like this song, it is a good work out one. I feel like this is what a prepubescent boy in the 1980's imagines that this is what happened at the gym. Which makes sense with how old Prydz is.


Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65
I'll admit it, I love this song! I actually really enjoy most of this album but the video is out of this world. Another one where you should really expect it but you're just not prepared for it.


Everybody (Backstreet's Back) by Backstreet Boys
At first I didn't quite understand where they were going with the video but then I realized duh they're monsters who were dead but now they're back. Still not that great of a music video decision guys sorry!


Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex
Honestly I guess I shouldn't have expected anything different from a song titled Cotton Eye Joe and a band named the Rednex. 


The Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang
Like Cotton Eye Joe I'm not sure why I was expecting more from this video? I guess it's the whole grown men in monkey but with huge human ears thing that is freaking me out. What is that!?



The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
This video makes absolutely NO sense. I can't even begin to think of how the video connects with the song. I always imagined them being in a futuristic setting for some reason. 


Whatzupwitu by Eddie Murphy ft. Michael Jackson
The video ... the song ... Michael and Eddie .... I just can't. There are no words for this entire thing.


I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness
I'm hoping that the fact they were inspired by 80's hair metal bands is just a spoof and not a tribute. Pretty sure no man should be wearing that tight of a jumpsuit. Such a great song though!


Duh by Corey Feldman
Pretty sure Corey should not be wearing those pants. I also think he just wanted a legitimate reason to run around with girls in lingerie.  


Hooked on a Feeling by David Hasselhoff
The Hoff actually sounds pretty good in the video but the crazy green screen antics that are going down are just terrible. 


Chinese Food by Alison Gold
All around awful. This video popped up soon after the whole Friday debacle. There is nothing right about this video. Also wtf is with the panda at the sleepover with underage girls and a black man just pops out. Pretty sure whoever made this should have given that a second thought beforehand. Nope nope nope. 

Well now that we've gotten all the way through that terribleness! Did I miss any really "good" ones? I'm sure there are more out there that take the cake!

4.09.2015

We Moved!

I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago when I shared 9 Things That Have Been Happening but I just had to share now since it finally actually really did happen! We moved!!! It's still crazy to think that what we've been talking about for forever has actually happened. This past week we packed up everything in our current place and at Kevin's parent's house and moved it all. Saturday was a very tiring day let me tell you.

I thought I'd share some new photos of our place. Sorry it's a little messy we're still unpacking and figuring out what all goes where. Plus there is definitely some stuff that isn't staying!


This is probably my second favorite part of the apartment. The whirlpool tub!! I have already used it once and we haven't even been moved in for an entire week yet. Pretty sure I need to get some fancy bubble bath ... or just dish washer soap ... anything that makes bubbles will work right?




We have a washer and dryer!!! No more having to save quarters and having the issue of when we run out deciding which clothes items are more important to wash. My dress pants always win in that fight.


Kevin is really excited about the kitchen too. He keeps saying we can cook together or when you kick me out of the kitchen you can at least talk to me still. I will miss not having a designated larger pantry cabinet. That has made deciding how to set up the kitchen a little tricky. 

We are so excited to be able to spread out and actually have space. There have been times when I've been in the bedroom listening to a movie and Kevin can't even hear me in the living room ... it's awesome. 


Last but not least we've learned that we really don't need everything that we have so we started a garage sale bin already. Pretty sure I need to expand to a second one now! 

There will definitely be more to come once we've gotten everything organized and unpacked. I have some fun ideas for our walls that I can't wait to share soon. 

4.07.2015

Boy Band Madness Champion

There is finally an answer to the age old question of who is the best boy band ever. Over the past month hair gel was spilled, matching outfits stained and perfectly coifed hair messed up. Out of all the insanity one band was able come out on top ...

The Backstreet Boys!

LFO was on an unprecedented winning streak but was unable to keep up with the dominating force that is BSB. Until next Boy Band Madness at least!

4.06.2015

Summer Fun with Swagbucks

Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated with Swagbucks.  I have not received any compensation for this post, but I may receive Swagbucks if you use my affiliate link.


Pay for Your Summer Fun with Swagbucks!!
With most of the country still under a blanket of snow, it’s comforting to think of warm summer days. Now is the best time to start saving for your summer plans, whether it’s traveling, buying something new to enjoy at home or even if it’s just grabbing an iced coffee concoction to cool you down.  One way to have extra spending money this summer is to use Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is a rewards site where you get points called “Swag Bucks” for things like searching, watching videos and discovering deals. The you redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal and Starbucks. I've been able to use my Target gift cards to stock up on essentials, and with my coupon stacking the $100 gift cards have gone a long way! Don't worry though I wasn't all serious, there might have been a Disney movie or other splurge tucked in the cart too. 
Here’s a plan for using Swagbucks to earn $25 in gift cards each month. It’s easy, and if you keep at it, you’ll have at least $75 by June to spend on summer fun without having to dip into your wallet or spend a ton of your precious time!
Swagbucks discounts your first $25 gift card of the month to 2,200 SB. That’s like getting $25 for $3 less! Here are a few things you can do that will add up to 2,200 SB each month:
1) Knock out the quick stuff - all of these activities can be found on the left-hand side of the homepage (1-2 mins a day):
  • Answer the Daily Poll everyday - also available on the SB mobile app, so you can earn your daily SB wherever you are: 30 SB
  • Do the NOSO everyday - Browse through No Obligation Special Offers for 2 SB everyday: 60 SB
  • Get your daily SwagButton SB - our popular browser add-on gives you the ability to earn SB from anywhere on the web. It also alerts you to Swag Codes AND you get 1 SB each day just for having it installed and active: 30 SB (Bonus: if you don’t have it yet, you get a one-time bonus of 50 SB for downloading the SwagButton!)
  • Do the Daily Crave - discover new content and websites to earn 1 SB everyday: 30 SB
2) Search online to earn SB everyday (no extra time needed!):
  • Use the Swagbucks Search engine - People who use Swagbucks search to find what they want online can earn 10 SB per day! Plus, members who make Swagbucks the default search engine on their browser typically earn even more: 300 SB
3) Earn BIG SB payouts (5 min - 20+ min depending on survey opportunities available):
  • Take the Daily Survey every weekday - SB amounts vary from survey to survey, but it’s very possible to earn about 35 SB per weekday: 700 SB
  • SBTV app on Android (all countries) & iOS (US only) - earn a maximum of 36 SB per day on this app: 1,080 SB
Whether you’re catching the latest blockbuster, enjoying a weekend road trip, or stocking up for your next outdoor BBQ, Swagbucks can help. It doesn’t end there, though. Keep going and you can save for the holidays, back to school, or just a rainy day. If you’re already on Swagbucks, share your own tips for earning Swag Bucks and saving up for summer in the comments!


4.03.2015

On the Go with Walmart Family Mobile

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDataMyWay #CollectiveBias

One of the biggest traits Kevin and I can't seem to get under control is our planning ahead in our day to day life. We are seriously terrible about it most days. I tell myself I'm going to plan ahead and make to clip all the right coupons or meal prep for the week or I keep telling myself this is the week I'm finally going to buckle down and work out our budget or write blog posts ahead of time. Yeah that never seems to happen with how busy our weeks seem to get. With the new  Walmart Family Mobile and T-Mobile I've been able to combat not being able to plan so much with being able to take care of more on the go!




I was super excited to try out the Walmart Family Mobile. Kevin and I have been working on saving money in 2015 and our phone bill is the top of the list to get some big cuts.  With the Walmart Family Mobile service starting $29.88/month(for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan including up to 500MB of 4G LTE data you can find something that will totally fit your budget or chop your current phone bill down to peanuts ... well almost peanuts! It was really simple to set up my phone at home but they will also help you in the store as well. 



Being on the go so many nights a week with sorority alumnae get togethers, Pampered Chef meetings, parties and other appointments I love how using the Alcatel Fierce 2 and the Walmart Family Mobile service make it super easy for me to get some of those small tasks done on the go. Half the time I'm standing in the store aisles checking to see if there are coupons or better deals somewhere else. Plus now that I've really started uping my Weight Watchers game this time around being able to check points quickly is a life saver.  


When I actually find time on the go to get tasks done like blogging or tweeting I absolutely love using the larger screen of the Alcatel Fierce 2. Writing a post on the go has never been so simple with it!! Sometimes with my older and smaller phone I would share tweets or posts that weren't ready yet so I would freak out. No more! Everything gets posted when it's supposed to.


The Walmart Family Mobile and the Alcatel Fierce 2 are perfect for our budget and helps me to save money on the go as well as take care of life on the go.

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to Walmart.com or your local Walmart for current pricing.

4.02.2015

Choose Your Own Adventure

Not Entirely Perfect

How did you do this past month on your "relationship" goals? I'm glad I set the bar lower in March because with everything going on I definitely would not have been able to get any more done. 

1. Schedule (hopefully have) lunch out with my friend, Britta
2. Have a girls night with my mom and Bethany
3. Figure out a movie day with Kevin
I wasn't able to do any of the tasks that involved actually doing something but I was able to get all of the dates scheduled. So I feel good about making sure all three are down in my calendar the next month. 

Finances in one area I know I need to really work on! I feel like I should go for broke and do really big goals in April because I know we need to do things like develop a whole budget but I feel like going so big just wouldn't get done. Since I'm still in the middle of packing to move this weekend and my brain keeps saying stay smaller I think I'll do just that. 

1. Go through financial drop files (once their unpacked) and get rid of old papers we don't need.
2. Meal plan for one whole week according to the sale flyer
3. Deposit change jar in the bank