Me & Gin

I’ve never been all that big on drinking.  I’m certain I’ve posted about this before but I’ve been absent from this space for a while so I don’t mind talking about it again.  In high school I never drank, in college I had a 6 month stint where I partied a lot and kind of hated every anxiety-filled moment of it, and since then I’ve never really been compelled to go out and get really drunk.  It’s just not fun for me.  As a result, I have been very slow to learn what I like and dislike in a drink.  I had the pleasure of working for a restaurant group in Phoenix that employed one of the most knowledgeable and badass beverage directors I’ve ever met.  Thanks to Brent, I learned that there is a whole other side to drinking that doesn’t involve excess, shitty hard liquor smuggled into dorm rooms, and that a good drink can rival a good meal any day.  Through my time with the company and the many, many drinks I was able to sample during my time with the company, I discovered that a well-crafted cocktail is totally my jam.  I also discovered that gin is TOTALLY my jam.  Last week I was working from home and listening to my Etta James Pandora station and this fabulous ode to gin came on.  I couldn’t help but laugh then immediately write a post about my love for gin.  I made it a goal of mine to try my hand at cocktail creation so hopefully the pages of my blog will soon have a bit of gin-influence on them.  Do you have a favorite kind of liquor?  I totally ruined vodka for myself during college and have a hard time drinking it now.  I love cooking with whiskey and bourbon but drinking it is not my style and tequila is fine if I’m in the mood for it.  Rum isn’t something I ever really consider drinking but I used to love it during my party months so maybe I should give it another shot.  Until then, I’m going to soak up this amazing song by Dinah Washington.

Songs to Share

I have some ridiculously talented friends.  How did I get so lucky?!  My facebook feed sometimes feels like an awesome competition between all of the incredibly talented and creative people sharing their love for their crafts.  Ryan has been in my life since I was 10 or 11 and has always had such a love for music.  He posted this song and I loved it too much to resist sharing with you.  Give it a listen with a huge glass of red wine and a fire burning in your fireplace.

R.I.P.

Okay I’m taking my music-sharing in a different direction today. I listen to a ton of rap. Actually, that’s the majority of what I listen to. This song just floated out of my car radio this week and I’m a little bit obesessed. The beat is so fresh–all I want to do is dance when I hear it. Any of you ladies listen to rap? I’m loving 2 Chainz recently. If you have a chance I’d also recommend I’m Different–another great beat.

These past few weeks have been a blur for me.  Work has been busy, freelancing has been busy, and I’ve still managed to find time to see friends and sleep.  The things I haven’t found time for are wearing cute outfits, reading, and cooking crazy meals.  I know that might not seem like a big deal but those are three of my favorite things so I’m trying to find a balance.  As tough as my long commute can be, I really love cranking music like this and just letting loose in my car.  Sometimes it’s the best part of my day.  Adjusting to being a grown-up hasn’t been what I thought it would be.  I’m trying to find the best ways to stay fresh, feel challenged, and seek inspiration without wearing myself too thin.  Life is all about balance.

My New Favorite Song

I’m thinking about making this whole “sharing music” thing a regular feature around here.  My new favorite sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs song for my commute has been Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood.  I went through a serious love affair with their song “Female Robbery” a while ago and recently fell in love with Sweater Weather.  Their singer has this completely dreamy voice that makes you zone out and feel a little suspicious of those around you at the same time.  It’s legit.  This song is totally sexy.  Get your va-va-voom on and sing it out, guys.

Shit I’m Listening to in my Car

I have a pretty substantial commute right now which is full of pros and cons. One of the major pros is the amount of time I now have that I can devote to singing really loud and dancing along to new music. It’s been pretty great. I thought it might be fun to share the songs I’m singing with all of you on occasion. Today’s song comes from Miss. Melanie Lynx. The guy I dated all through college was a musician and had a good friend who was a musician and went to Berklee in Boston. His friend dated Melanie for a while so I’ve been lucky enough to follow her from the beginning. She’s awesome and seriously makes the best “Sing in your car” music ever. So do yourself a favor and download this song. Other people looking in your car window as you drive by might think you’re crazy but it’s totally worth their judgment :).