Tuesday, July 30

Music Spotlight: Bastille

Case of the Mondays anyone?  With this week being the last week of summer research on campus, it's difficult to get through each day.  I'm excited to get out of Williamsburg and return back to my family, good food, and my cozy, if not cluttered bedroom.  The sterile-ness that is my current room is starting to take its toll on me.

To help us all along, why not listen to a new band?  Bastille!  Listen and enjoy!

"Pompeii" Bastille

"These Streets" Bastille

"Overjoyed" Bastille

Ack, I probably should've posted about Bastille on the 18th.  I missed the perfect opportunity for a corny Bastille Day joke.  :)

Currently listening to: "These Streets" Bastille

Tuesday, July 23

Downtown Norfolk and Bean There Cafe

This past Sunday, a friend and I decided to make a trip to the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk.  When we got there, we discovered that it was closed.  At least for the time being.  As to not waste our drive out to Norfolk, we decided to walk around and discover downtown Norfolk.  The highlights were definitely the architecture throughout the city and this wonderful coffeeshop that we found, called Bean There Cafe.

The city symbol of Norfolk; you'll find mermaids everywhere: painted, bedazzled, the whole works.

Beautiful front of an apartment in the historic district.


One of the many churches.

Yes, you read correctly.  It's an abbey restaurant.


Bean There Cafe!

I got a Little Red Corvette; a white chocolate and raspberry iced mocha.  Refreshingly perfect.

Moral of the story: sometimes closed art museums can lead to finding the real works of art in a city.

Currently listening to: "In a World Like This" The Backstreet Boys (what can I say?  Their new album comes out next Tuesday)

Monday, July 15

Music Monday

Happy Monday, everyone!

Just a simple post today, showcasing Daughter.  Voices like angels and the perfect group for introspection, relaxation, or just music exploration.  Enjoy!



Listening to: "Still" Daughter

Monday, July 8

An Untraditional Fourth and the Songs of Summer

I was fortunate enough to have a long weekend back at home for the holiday.  I spent some well-needed time with my family, saw some friends, and ate a lot of good food.  I've always enjoyed helping my mother in the kitchen, but I don't think it was until my recent health kick that I've really enjoyed cooking my own food.  It's the only way to know exactly what you're putting into your food and body.

Our Fourth of July meal was pretty different than the typical holiday fare.  My mom made a black sweet rice dish with coconut, peanuts, and sugar.  For dinner, we made gỏi cuốn, Vietnamese spring rolls.  It was light, refreshing, and perfect for the hot weather.  For dessert, I made a double layer cake, with pineapple, coconut, and a pudding filling.  It was my first time making a double layer cake and I think it turned out pretty well.  It was my mom's recipe, but I really wanted to bake something.  It's also a family favorite, so it was a winning situation for all.

The next morning, I made my own granola, with cranberries and almonds.  This might be my new favorite snack to make.  It's so easy to make, healthy and delicious.  :)

I think it was too relaxing of a holiday at home...it was definitely hard to come back to school.

The second part of this post is a music post.  Here are some songs for summer.

"Ooh La La" Britney Spears

"Chocolate" The 1975

Currently listening to: "Chocolate" The 1975