Bacon. One Girl’s Obsession.

My boyfriend once told me he liked bacon. So, naturally, I had throw him a bacon-themed surprise party for his 21st birthday.

Everything had to be bacon-related. The food, the decorations, the music, the dress code, the conversation, the entertainment…Β I’m not going to lie, I had a bit of a Ty Pennington moment…

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(just substitute horses with bacon).

Ok, so it may have started off that way, but I reigned it in and the party turned out to be really nice. Mostly due to the fact that there was bacon on bacon on bacon.

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There were roughly 80 pieces all together. In the words of Homer Simpson: “Mmmmm… bacon.”

And don’t you even fret, we put all that bacon to good use. There were BLTs, bacon-wrapped weenies, bacon pancakes, bacon pasta, and just straight up bacon. I even made a bacon cake (that was actually just red velvet and vanilla marble cake with bacon on top).

The decor was extremely sophisticated… Red and white “bacon” streamers and construction paper bacon chains. They were quite the hit.

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To set the bacon ambiance, I even created a Spotify playlist of bacon related songs including:

  • Jim Gaffigan’s Bacon routine
  • Piggies by the Beatles
  • Bacon Is Good For Me by Ringwalla
  • Bacon and Eggs by Beatnik Turtle
  • The Bacon Song by Meekakitty, Jason Munday & Alex
  • Bacon by Weebl Stuff
  • Rub Some Bacon On It by Rhett & Link

All in all, it was a great party. Everyone seemed to enjoy pigging out (*groan). And, being the wonderful (slightly crazy) girlfriend that I am, I presented my boyfriend with this as a gift:

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That’s right. A bacon board game. It’s basically CandyLand, but with meat. Β But hey, you know what they say:

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The only bad part of the game was landing on “Vegan Alley” and having to go back to start. But I ended up winning both times we played, so I guess I’m a regular bacon champ.

Speaking of bacon champs… Can we just take a moment of silence to honor whoever made this portrait of Kevin Bacon out of bacon?

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For the record, Googling “bacon” produces some weird results. People go insane for their bacon. Can’t say I can relate πŸ˜‰

Awkward Encounters with Emily

Here’s the story of an awkward runner
Who was strutting her stuff around the gym
She was on her second mile and really working
And then she face planted

Here’s the story of a handsome athlete
Who was doing cardio on the same track
He watched the runner eat it and went to help her
She got embarrassed and ran

Til the one day when the dude went to Wells Fargo
Where that awkward, clumsy runner held a job
There was silence and suppressed laughter
She had to call her boss

True story.

“Summer’s passed. It’s too late to cut the grass.”

So, fall is officially here. And for a girl who grew up in Minneapolis, that means breaking out the Replacements albums.Β Music is very seasonal for me. It paints a picture in my head that I relate to specific times of year.

Fall means turning up my collar against the cold wind while Paul Westerberg’s words hang in the air. The depression in his voice gives me goosebumps, and I have to pull my jacket a bit tighter.

Ok. So this is sounding sort of emo. But, there is something so real and raw about the Replacements that has always been completely fascinating to me. I can’t pinpoint what it is exactly.

A lot of it has to do with Paul’s lyricism. Paul can say in two minutes what others would take pages to say. I’m not exaggerating. Look up the lyrics to “Nobody” or “Skyway.” You get a guy’s whole life story before you know what hit you. It’s brilliant.

The Replacements also experimented in tons of different genres. They started off as a crazy punk band, so they definitely had a “screw-the-establishment” phase. But as they matured, they turned their amps down and tried more alternative and jazz-centered styles. “Achin’ to Be” even has a little country twang (which I usually hate, but Paul rocks it).

They’re just really relatable. They were just a group of losers that were so ok with themselves that it passed as cool. They laid it all out there and didn’t care at all what the world had to say. When I think of the Replacements, I think of a band of misfits that formed a sort of dysfunctional family. And after listening to them for a while, you sort of get adopted in. Dysfunction and all.

So when someone asks me who my favorite band is, I can’t not say the Replacements. And if you made it this far in my blog/like alternative music you should definitely check them out. I have a playlist of my all time favorites on Spotify. Look me up and check it out! And send me your favorite fall playlists. I’d love to know what you listen to this time of year!

In the meantime here are some favorites:
Can’t Hardly Wait
Skyway
Nightclub Jitters