Top Ten Tuesday: Wedding Songs

hi! There’s not much to say about last night. It was a perfectly calm and relaxed Monday night. Chris and I got to cook together (well, I cook, he entertains by playing guitar) and catch up on our days.

I made new to me Honey Mustard Pretzel Crusted Chicken. It’s a mouthful to say, but a lot of fun to eat and super easy to make.

  • You will need 2 eggs, 4-6 thinly sliced chicken breast tenders (or 2 chicken breasts), one cup of honey mustard and onion pretzel bites, and dijon mustard (optional)
  • Heat the oven to 375
  • First, crack and scramble two eggs in a bowl
  • Next pour the cup of pretzels into a plastic bag, zip it up and crush them finely with a heavy kitchen utensil (I used the back of a large metal spoon, it was quite loud) then pour the crumbs onto a plate
  • Then, dip the chicken tenders in the eggs and transfer to the pretzel crumbs, bread both sides
  • Lay the chicken tenders in a single layer on a foil lined, non-stick sprayed baking sheet
  • Apply an extra layer of Dijon mustard to the chicken tenders if you really like mustard
  • Bake for 20 minutes, flipping once halfway
  • Enjoy!

Served with some roasted broccoli, they were really good. We weren’t sure what to do with them, but we dipped them in ketchup like regular chicken fingers, and that worked pretty nicely.They had a nice crunch and a great honey mustard flavor. They will definitely be making a repeat appearance soon.

The rest of the night was spent relaxing and reading The Night Circus, which I am very quickly getting into.

So, as anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, I’m obsessed with the 90’s Pandora station. I officially stopped listening to any new music (it’s a lot of work to “discover” new bands or “get into” something when you’re an old lady like me) after college, so all my musical favorites were released in the years between 1995 to 2009.  90’s Pandora speaks to my soul. I walk around the house singing it, and it always dredges up some (usually) funny memories.

Last week, I was walking to work jamming out to said Internet radio station when “This I Swear” by the Spice Girls came on. I started laughing right there on the street because I can vividly remember the first time I heard that song. I was in middle school, and my best friend Krystal and I were in her basement when she said, “You have to hear this new Spice Girls tape I got. It’s amazing.” It was amazing. We jammed out to every song on there, and when “This I Swear” came on, Krystal proudly declared, “This is going to be the song I dance my first dance with my husband, Justin Timberlake, to at our wedding.” Not only did I think that was a brilliant idea, I was hella jealous she had thought of it first.

I laughed when it came on because she was actually the first one of my friends to get married, and I went to her beautiful wedding in 2009. And guess what. She totally danced to “This I Swear.” No. She didn’t. I’m totally lying, but that would have been a hoot. She and her husband picked a totally beautiful tear jerker and danced and looked madly in love, but still, I’m sure there was a part of Krystal wishing Spice Girls had been playing.

Immediately after remembering that fun fact about her, I remembered the wedding song I countered with. “Well, when I marry JC (calling all serious N’SYNC fans on this one) we’ll be dancing to ‘God Must Have Spent A Little More Time With You’ seeing as he obviously wrote that one for me.” No part of my thought it would be odd to be sharing your first dance with a song your husband was singing. Here’s the crazy part, immediately after the Spice Girls, can you guess what came on Pandora?

(ignore the fact that I was pretty late for work, it was a Friday!)

My wedding song immediately followed my best friend’s! Oh Pandora, you get me.

I have no idea what song I would want to dance to at my wedding these days. It probably won’t be N’SYNC, but you never know. All I know is that we can’t let Chris decide or we’d be “Jump!”ing to Van Halen. Not a good look.

In case you’re in need of some inspiration here’s a list of the 200 most requested wedding first dance songs.

Their top ten:

  1. The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)–  I love me some old blue eyes, and this is a beautiful song, but it wouldn’t be my top pick.
  2. Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)– Another classic. Also a beautiful song.
  3. I’m Yours (Jason Mraz)– I would have never thought of this one, but I love the idea of it. It’s modern and fun and the lyrics are adorable.
  4. At Last (Etta James)– This is my granpa’s favorite song. This was my grandparent’s wedding song. I absolutely adore every word of this and Ms. James’ voice will take your breath away.
  5. What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)– Something about this doesn’t quite do it for me. It’s a beautiful song, but I feel like it’s been played in one too many commercials. I hate when great songs get ruined like that. I’m sure it makes for a wonderful first dance though.
  6. Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)– At first, I couldn’t really see why this made the list. Elvis isn’t something you normally associate with non-Vegas weddings, but then I YouTubed it, and this is a seriously sweet song. I could dance to this.
  7. I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)– I don’t mean to offend anyone who chose this as their wedding song. I’m sure it was the right choice for you, but I would be picturing Steven Tyler’s crazy face the whole time.  I couldn’t do it.
  8. Everything (Michael Buble)– I like Buble, but I’m more inclined towards the classics.
  9. Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts)– Um. I am shocked to see this here. I was going to include this in my own list. I’ve never, ever told anyone this before, but the first time I heard this song I thought, “This will be my first dance song.” However, it makes me cry like a baby every single time, and you spend way too much money on makeup to be crying it all off on your wedding day, so I might have to rethink this.
  10. Amazed (Lonestar)– This is a pretty song. I don’t feel really strongly about it either way, but it’s got a wonderful meaning.

Ultimately, I realize it’s a decision bride and groom make together, so I’m hesitant to proclaim what my wedding song must be. I’m sure you can tell I’m leaning quite heavily towards 4. It’s got a history for  me, but I’m not committed and don’t have to decide anything any time soon. Still, it’s fun to think about.

On another website I found “Luna” by The Smashing Pumpkins as a “Something New, Something Different” suggestion and am 95% certain that’s what Chris would pick. The boy loves him some Pumpkins. The lyrics actually are very sweet. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

I was going to include a list of the worst wedding songs of all time, but I decided that’s not a fair list. If you picked it as your wedding song, it meant something to you and probably always will, so it was the right choice for you 1000%.  I shall recommend some songs you’re probably wise to steer clear of on the big day. These ones will just confuse your poor sweet grandmother.

  1. You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
  2. Womanizer (Britney Spears)
  3. Love Is A Battlefield (Pat Benatar)
  4. Gold Digger (Kanye West)
  5. Bad Romance (Lady Gaga)
  6. Single Ladies (Beyonce)
  7. F*ck You (Cee-lo Green)
  8. Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood)
  9. Used to Love Her (Guns ‘n’ Roses)
  10. Polly (Nirvana) *
*No, Chris, I don’t care how great of a band they are. I don’t care that Cobain changed the face of music forever. This song will never, ever be played within 10 miles of any wedding I am a part of.


If you’re married, did your song make the top ten or did you go with something a little less played?

If you’re not married, do you have a wedding song in mind? 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Advertising Slogans

Hi! Last night I came home from my doctor’s appointment later than I expected, so Chris and I headed out for a very dark, very cold, very windy 2 miles. I was glad that was all we had on the schedule yesterday because we had to stop more than once just to brace ourselves against the wind. It was no joke.

After our run we enjoyed a feast of leftovers alongside some steamed green beans with garlic.

Even though the leftovers provided a full meal for both of us, it barely looks like we made a dent. Gotta love grandma’s house.

I set my alarm last night for 5:30 with great intentions of squeezing another workout in this week. I was hoping to spin or do some toning, but when the alarm went off, I knew it wasn’t happening. Sometimes sleep really is the best thing, and today it definitely was.

I fell into a Wikipedia black hole the other day. You know how it goes. You set out to look up one teeny tiny little thing (what is the reason Steve Prefontaine died at such a young age?- I’m a runner and I never knew!).  You find it out (tragic car accident) but along the way you see several more interesting things you’d like to know more about (Bill Bowerman and the founding of Nike), so you click on those too. You can stop whenever you want. Right? Wrong. Next thing I knew I was reading all about the history of Nike, the iconic Swoosh symbol and the famous “Just Do It” slogan.

Luckily for me, I got my learn on. Luckily for you, I found a top ten list to share.

Ad Age put together a list of the top 10 slogans of the 20th century. Would you like to know what they were?

  1. Diamond are forever. Debeers- I was kind of surprised that this took first because while I know the slogan, I don’t think I could have told you the company.
  2. Just do it. Nike- This is a gimme. Universal and kind of the definition of an iconic slogan.
  3. The pause that refreshes. Coca Cola- I have never, ever heard this in my life, but, then again, I missed the first 87 years of the 20th century.
  4. Tastes great, less filling. Miller Lite- again, not sure I would’ve been able to tell you the company on this one.
  5. We try harder. Avis- Hmmm I know it, but I wouldn’t have expected it here.
  6. Good to the last drop. Maxwell House- I know this one!
  7. Breakfast of Champions. Wheaties- You better eat ’em!
  8. Does she… or doesn’t she? Clairol- I suppose this references their hair dyes, but I’ve never heard of it.
  9. When it rains it pours. Morton Salt- You don’t really see ads for salt anymore. I feel like Morton’s is so ubiquitous that anyone who buys brand name salt is already buying it. Can you even name another salt company? Still, I guess the slogan explains the little girl with the umbrella.
  10. Where’s the beef? Wendy’s- This one sounds pretty good to me.

Some surprising absences for me where Think differently. Apple; Got Milk? Um milk producers?; Melts in your mouth, not in your hand. M&M’s; They’re grrrreat! Frosted Flakes; Gimme a break. Kit Kat; Don’t leave home without it. American Express; The best part of waking up; Folgers; and It keeps going and going. Energizer.

Still, it’s a good list, and I guess it’s hard for me to recall slogans older than my lifetime. Any on there surprise you? Any you think they missed??

Top Ten Tuesday: NYC

According to this week’s meal plan last night’s dinner should have been mustard chicken, but I forgot to defrost the meat… again. What is with me these days? No problem though. I swapped it out for Red Wine Olive Risotto instead. I followed We Are Not Martha’s recipe because I’ve done it before and loved it. You have to like olives (duh) to like this dish, and we do, so it was great for us!

served with some simple spinach salads (say that 5 times fast) and we were full and happy.

Last night’s Bachelor was pretty meh, huh? I mean everyone saw that coming right? I’m actually, and I apologize in advance for this, but I’m actually starting to feel kind of bad for Courtney. I mean she was a terrible, nasty, grouch face the whole season

and she said and did a lot of hurtful things to a lot of girls

without much regret

but she seems to feel sorry for it, and she really did seem like she had feelings for idiotfaced Ben

I don’t get it, but she did, and now he’s sorta dragging her through the mud, and I just feel for the girl. I can’t help it!

Anyway, that was our drama for the night. Now on to Top Ten Tuesday!

Maybe it was being away for a little while, absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that


or maybe it was the outstandingly beautiful weather we’ve been having, but I’m loving New York right now and here’s ten reasons- in no particular order- why:

  1. The crowds. Ok so normally the crowds drive me crazy, but I do have to say this is the only city where I can walk the same route every day without an iPod or other distraction and never be bored. There’s just so much to gawk at all the time.
  2. When you can hear the subway announcements through the grates at street level. It’s a cool reminder that there’s a whole other disgusting world going on below your feet.
  3. Vegan Hotdogs, Gluten Free Bakeries and other special diets hotspots. I know other cities have these too, but no other cities offer the sheer variety as New York. I’d have a much more difficult and less delicious time fulfilling my dietary needs anywhere else. In a city known for pizza and hotdogs, it’s these specialties that make the difference for me.
  4. No one cares. New Yorkers are often bullied for this, but it’s nice to know that no one really cares what you’re doing. I can have a heated phone conversation, wander up and down the same block 10 times looking for a place, trip, drop something or otherwise embarrass myself and not a single person even looks twice. Unless he’s a tourist, and that doesn’t count.
  5. Everyone cares. In seemingly direct contradiction to number 4, number 5 means that although no one has the time to worry about what anyone else is doing, everyone is willing to help if you ask. Sometimes you don’t even need to ask. All those things I drop, well someone almost always picks them up and hands them to me. Doors are held open. Pleases and Thank Yous are exchanged and directions are always given when needed.
  6. Starbucks. On every corner. Everywhere.
  7. The smell of roasting nuts in the cold air. This will forever conjure memories of NYC snowfalls and Christmas displays.
  8. Bike Lanes. I’ll admit that the first time Chris took me careening down 2nd Ave I nearly died. He’s much braver on the bike than me, and I was convinced we’d both be pancakes before the day was done, but after some practice, I’ve learned how fun biking through the city (with a helmet of course) can be.
  9. The Central Park Zoo. You’re never too old.
  10. The fact that it’s so close to Jersey City 😉 Let’s face it. I love NY, but I’m a Jersey girl at the end of the day, and some days my favorite part of the city is that I get to leave it for my beloved Jersey at the end of the day.