I actually wrote this post a while back, but never got up the gumption to finish it off. When I saw that there is a “Friday Favorites” blog link-up, I figured that was the time to finish off the post! So here are a few of my current favorite things:
- Real Butter. I grew up eating/cooking with margarine, so when we got married that’s what I naturally used. I know along the way there have been debates about which is healthier, butter or margarine, but I just stuck with the partly hydrogenated oils and didn’t worry about it. More recently, when I was in a quest to be a little more natural, I gave butter a whirl.Oh. my. goodness. I have no idea if it is healthier, but if butter is wrong, I don’t want to be right. And if regular, plain ol’ butter was not good enough, Land O Lakes came out with a spreadable butter with olive oil and sea salt. I could make bread to just have an excuse to eat this stuff. Get thee to the grocery store and purchase yourself some right now!
- The Cup Song. I became obsessed with “The Cup Song” about a year ago when Josh and I watched Pitch Perfect. (Hey, it takes time to keep up with pop culture. It’s our practice to not see an original movie until there’s a sequel or two.) It just so happened that I was introduced to the song right as I was beginning to plan for teaching my first music theory class, and using rhythm for something so fun piqued my interest. Although I’m sad to say I did not get to use “The Cup Song” with my music class, I DID download it and, thanks to my kids requesting it every time we get in the car, have got to listen to it A LOT. It sort of became our theme song as we were moving and the lyrics apply well to that situation. I totally cranked it up when I was pulling out of my driveway following the UHaul.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmSbXsFE3l8
- HOWEVER, I didn’t actually know how to play the cups. (Or I guess I should say cup.) That’s a part of my youth I somehow missed. (I can’t complain, as I did spend plenty of time as a teenager on youth trips playing Phase 10 and Spoons.) I have spent the past year listening to the song and enjoying it, but not without a bit of sadness that I could not create the rhythm myself.
AND THEN Stacey, who is 13 and of prime age for playing the cup[s], stayed at our house. And I thought it was perfectly sensible to hold her for ransom until she taught me the art. As it turns out, Cynthia can also play the cup[s] and I had no idea – so my lesson could have come much sooner! I’m 30 now and have birthed 4 children so it is harder for me to learn new things, but under the patient tutelage of my peeps, I finally can do it! I would post the video that Bobby made but that would require some kind of technological knowledge; I might be able to play the cup[s] now, but let’s not get too hasty with my abilities.
Edit: I have now discovered that playing the cups works beautifully with the Usher song “Yeah.” Which is very useful information to you, I’m sure!
- Iced Coffee. If you follow me on Instagram, you’re probably like, “I get it, you like iced coffee, enough already!” What can I say? Two years ago, I went through a smoothie phase. Last year was a protein shake phase. This is The Year of the Iced Coffee. (Please do not point out to me that my phases are getting progressively less healthy. Life is hard, man.)
- Turquoise. I’m decorating my house with it and I’ve dyed my hair with it. I think it’s safe to say it’s my current color. I think the fam might be a one more picture frame away from a turquoise intervention.