Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Interview With A Latte {THE REAL PSL!}

All year long we wait for one drink to come out of it's sabbatical and swagger back into the spotlight.  This year the Internet was a flurry with The Pumpkin Spice's {PSL to friends} August return!  Below I interview the drink of the season and find out what it's like to be the HOTTEST drink in the world.

The Nerdy Girlie:  Autumn is your coming out party.  How do you spend rest of the year?
PSL:  Even a latte needs a vacay. I spent this year spicing up the Serengeti and checking out my favorite bands. Like everyone else, I wait patiently for the return of Frappuccino Happy Hour.

The Nerdy Girlie:  This 2014 you came out of vacation extra early.  Why come out in August and how did you prep for your BIG day?
PSL:  Autumn is a state of mind. :) I made sure my whip was in top shape and my spices were mixed juuuust right. I kept looking at photos of me on Instagram from last year and thinking I haven’t aged a bit - gotta keep that up! Plus, I worked hard to make sure my #spotthespice unlock challenge was ready to go.
The Nerdy Girlie:  You know how to promote yourself!  Your Tumblr and Twitter are one of my favorites!  What is your advice for creating great content and promoting your brand?
PSL:  Go where your people are! For me, it really feels like I’m just joining in the celebration with all the PSL drinkers out there. I’m able to express my personality and use Twitter and Tumblr just like everyone else would.  My publicist trusts and encourages me to be able to tweet with lots of people. 

The Nerdy Girlie:  What do the other drinks at Starbucks think of your HUGE popularity?  Is there any hard feelings with all the attention you receive each year?
PSL:  Nah, we’re all family. I heard the salted caramel mocha is a little jealous of my orange sweater though.

The Nerdy Girlie:  Do you have a favorite pumpkin pastry you find yourself spending a lot of time with?
The pumpkin cream cheese muffin is one of my besties. We go on a lot of dates together and cannot WAIT for Gilmore Girls to be on Netflix. Watch party, anyone? 
The Nerdy Girlie:  Thank you so much for the interview, we know you are super busy this time of year.  Can you leave us with your favorite way to spend an Autumn day?

PSL:  I love going slightly out of my way to step on crunchy-looking leaves, then curling up with a good book. Current reading: “Of Spice and Men.”

How fun was that?!  I'm so happy to be able to chat one of my most favorite parts of the season!  Thank you PSL for taking time out of your SUPER busy schedule to answer our questions.  Make sure you check him out on Twitter, Tumblr and at a Starbucks near you NOW!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cutting Cable: The Inbetweeners + Pumpkin Chai Latte

I just bounced from one British show to the next.  When I finished Derek, Netflix suggested The Inbetweeners.  It took one episode for me to realize that, yes this would be my next marathon.  I am not a LOL-er.  It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud.  The Inbetweeners had me doing that through the entire 3 series and the first movie!

A warning for the faint of heart, it can be a bit crude and there is a large amount of naughty language used.  I am usually not a fan of this type of show, but this one had me!  It must be the British accents that make all their crude-ness more cheeky and naughty than disturbing.

Catch all of my Cutting Cable suggestions and let us know what you are watching in the comments below!  Cut the cord!
Here is your pumpkin BONUS of the week, the perfect lil cuppa:  Pumpkin Chia Latte!

*Two chai tea bags
*3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
*1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
*1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
*1 teaspoon vanilla
*Dash of sugar {I could have left out}
*3/4 cup of your choice of creamer {I used Silk non-dairy creamer}
*1/4 cup of almond milk {only added to make more creamer}

First let your water start to boil.  While the water boils, whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl.  It makes a lot so I'm saving the extra in my cute creamer pitcher for the next time!  Add as much as you like to your tea.  I'm usually not a huge cream person, but to get the pumpkin-y flavor I added a lot.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Music Maven's Music Monday #17: U2 Songs of Innocence

Nerdy Girlie readers know me as The Music Maven, a name given to me by The Nerdy Girlie, and I don’t know how mavenish I am, but I do enjoy sharing the music I love.  You might not know that I’m a lifelong U2 fan – we’re talking 30 years of U2 fandom.  In the U2 world some people know me as U2mom – my screename for a very longtime in the U2 social media community.  U2 fans have been waiting for five years for a new U2 album and on September 9th we finally got our hands on new U2 tunes – along with a billion other iTunes subscribers.  I’ve been asked a lot about my opinions about the album – not because anyone really cares what I think about it, but people are interested in what longtime fans think about U2’s latest effort considering the hype around the release.  
Here are my track-by-track thoughts on Songs of Innocence:

  • The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) – I love the distorted guitar riff on this track.  This will be a great song live.  The chorus is sing-along friendly.  Joey Ramone was a U2 fan and I think he’d be flattered by this effort.
  • Every Breaking Wave – Diehard U2 fans are already familiar with this song – hearing bits of it awhile back during the 360 tour.  Of all the songs on the album I feel like this is the most cohesive.  It’s the most pop sounding U2 ballad that I can remember.  Ryan Tedder definitely left his mark on this one.
  • California (There Is No End to Love) – The Santa Barbara lyrics/chant at the beginning are annoying – was this a Brian Wilson tribute?  Anyway, once I get past being annoyed, it’s an okay song. It has a very Beautiful Day vibe to it, but not much to get excited about.
  • Song for Someone – I can’t put my finger on what this song reminds me of and it’s bothering me.  It’s bothering me because it reminds me of probably another forgettable song by a forgettable artist.   A pretty acoustic guitar intro and Bono’s vocals are sounding really good – I think this was the first song that I noticed how much stronger Bono sounds on this album than on No Line On The Horizon.
  • Iris (Hold Me Close) – This is the song on first listen that intrigued me most.  The personal nature of Bono’s lyrics always get to me – so many years since Bono’s mother’s passing and she’s still so present in his life.  Solid effort.
  • Volcano – This song is lyrically ridiculous – and by Bono standards that’s saying something.  I mean there’s no “cockatoo” reference, but it’s the weakest track lyrically on this album.  I will be hitting “skip” on this one.
  • Raised by Wolves – Reminiscent of Boy and War.  The build up to the chorus is pretty tame – I can barely manage a toe tap leading up to the chorus, but I actually like it when Bono belts out the “Raised by Wolves” part – it’s got some intensity which the rest of the album is lacking.  It will be interesting to see if this song makes it into the next tour – I’d love to hear Bono sing that chorus. Kudos to Adam for a pretty sick bass line on this one, too.
  • Cedarwood Road – The intro of this song reminds me of Electrical Storm, but then goes in a totally different direction – one I like, and then Bono comes in and the momentum of The Edge’s guitar kinda takes a dive.  
  • Sleep Like a Baby Tonight – This song is another skipper or should I say sleeper for me.  Maybe a bit of a Pop vibe, but not feeling it after several listens.  I do enjoy how dirty Edge’s guitar is on this track.
  • This Is Where You Can Reach Me – This song was inspired by The Clash and I can hear some moments that are in tribute to them – but I wish the song had a little of the bombast that Joe Strummer and Company were known for.
  • The Troubles – Another “skipper” for me.  The guest appearance of Lykke Li was a nice surprise but again just not doing anything for me.

Overall, this isn’t my favorite U2 album – but it’s in keeping with how I felt about their last album No Line On The Horizon – a few hits and a few misses.  Actually, on this album 5 out of the 11 songs are okay for me, nothing too exciting, but I don’t feel the urge to skip to the next song.  I am and always will be a U2 fan – they are truly the soundtrack to my life and I’m hopeful that the next album will be one of those that I can listen to from start to finish in complete bliss.  It’s really not an indictment on the band, but probably more to do with me, in five years I’ve listened to some really great bands and maybe U2 aren’t  my cup o’ tea at the moment.  Only time will tell if Songs Of Innocence grows on me – I hope it does, but there’s lots of bands out there that will keep me blissed out  in the meantime.
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