September Music, ’90s Music, Chicago Pizza, and Pushing Daisies

I know, I know — I’ve been a terrible blogger lately! Things at work have been crazy, blah, blah, blah. Regardless, I owe you a post, so here goes.

A few (very disconnected — apologies in advance) things that have been on my mind over the last few weeks while I’ve been busy not blogging:

  • If you ever find yourself in Chicago (which I hope happens for you very soon, as it’s a magical place), you should definitely check out the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. It’s tucked away in Lincoln Park (just look for the line that’s sure to be outside) and neither the building nor the recipes have been updated since the place opened in 1972 — and that’s a wonderful thing. Founded by a Chicago attorney, the restaurant is known especially for their pizza pot pies, which taste a bit like a combination of Chicago-style pizza and homemade lasagna.

  • September 2012 has the potential to be the month of some really awesome new music. Three of my favorites — The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, and Mumford and Sons — are all coming out with new albums this month. (Avetts on 9.11, BOH on 9.18, and Mumford on 9.25. Not that I have them on my calendar or anything.)
  • Speaking of good music, The Wallflowers are just as great today as they were in the ’90s. Seriously — have you listened to any of the tracks from Bringing Down the Horse lately? (Side note: Kevin got really sad when I corrected him on the lyrics to “One Headlight.” He thought the line “It smells of cheap wine, cigarettes / This place is always such a mess” was “It smells like Cheerwine, cigarettes.” Sorry, Kev!)

  • Kevin and I started watching (re-watching, for me) Pushing Daisies tonight. I’ve been dying for him to see it, because it’s a show I felt certain he’d really like. We’re one episode in, and he’s a fan so far! I love this show for its quirky humor, lovable characters, and bright, beautiful colors and imagery. Too bad it got cancelled so abruptly back in 2009!

  • I’m officially a Kindle convert. Kevin got me one for our anniversary back in July (get it — a paperless gift for our paper anniversary?) and I love it. Now I just need the Kindle cover I ordered this week from Etsy to arrive, and I’ll be all set! (Currently reading: Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.)

Any new discoveries I should know about? Music or book recommendations? Please pass them along!

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