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>stay toasty! … with a playlist



Bret and I got Nutmeg a new bed last week since her old sheepy bed was completely falling apart.  We both were sick of finding fleecy balls on the backs of our legs and the bottom of our sweaters.  As you can see above, Nutmeg truly hates her new bed.

So, according to weather.com, a huge “crippling ice storm” is expected to hit Pittsburgh sometime tonight/tomorrow.  That’s sweet — exactly what I was looking forward to going into this week.  It probably won’t be as bad as what the meteorologist is saying.

Ok.  Maybe it will be bad.

Anyways, I made a nice playlist (full of a variety of new + old songs) for you all in case you get trapped inside this week!  Get your groceries tonight, prepare yourself this ENTIRE WEEK for the Steelers Super Bowl, and make yourself cozy (much like Nutmeg has this past week).
Doesn’t sound too demanding, does it?
Songs on the playlist include:
Matt Nathanson – Little Victories
Mumford and Sons – Feel the Tide
Timmy Curran – Moving On
Gregory Alan Isakov – That Moon
Matt Costa – Astair
Iron & Wine – Love and Some Verses
Mumford and Sons – White Blank Page
Arcade Fire – Wake Up
Regina Spektor – On The Radio
White Stripes – We’re Going to Be Friends
Blind Pilot – 3 Rounds and a Sound
Avett Brothers – Murder in the City
Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1
Bon Iver – Blindsided
The Veils – Sit Down By the Fire
Spoon – I Summon You
Hey Rosetta! – Yer Spring


>what song/band are you obsessed with right now?



Do you have a song that you are obsessed with right now?  … That song you listen to and then find yourself listening to over and over again?  If you do, I want to know!

I’m going to put together a playlist of all your favorite music.  Now, in order to do this, I’m going to need all of your help.  If you want to suggest a song to be included in the playlist, please post your recommendation either as a comment to this post or as a comment on the Squeaker Box Facebook page.

You can post multiple songs or just one.  I would really like to get a playlist together for all of you by Sunday, so get those recommendations going!

It’s still snowing here in Pittsburgh.  I really would like to go sled riding (not to be confused with sledding) this weekend.  I tried to get a picture of Nutmeg eating snow, but I didn’t do a very good job.

Here are my fave songs to get me in the the weekend mood (playlist at bottom of post):

Wiz Khalifa – “Stoned”
Yelle – “Safari Disco Club”
Lykke Li – “I Follow Rivers”
Lil’ Wayne – “I Run This Flower Shop” (Bret and I have played this non-stop)
Gucci Mane – “My Chain (Jonwayne’s Basement Mix)
Eliza Doolittle – “Skinny Genes” (I’m a sucker for any whistle song)
Natalia Kills – “Mirrors” (She has the potential to get really big)
Lost in the Trees – “Tall Trees”
Edward Sharpe vs. Kid Cudi – “Home is Wherever I’m With You”
Starfucker – “Boy Toy”

I’m still pretty obsessed with Jessie J and can’t get enough of this acoustic version of “Nobody’s Perfect.”  The song starts around 1:00.

And I’m still VERY MUCH obsessed with Little Comets.  Check out this awesome live rendition of “One Night in October.”  Love love love.

>like a pretzel playlist



Bret and I have decided that we’re disappointed with the “snowstorm” that hit Pittsburgh.  Are we spoiled because we got all that snow last year?  Maybe.  Are we jealous because people sitting up in Connecticut (ahem!  my sister) and New England didn’t have to go to work because of a “state of emergency?”  DEFINITELY.

I’ve been putting together my “Like a Pretzel” playlist (at bottom of post) for a day just like today.  These days are meant for curling up on the couch with a cup of cocoa.  When Bret wants to curl up on the couch, he must always include the phrase: “Like a pretzel!”  Our curling up on the couch now includes Nutmeg sitting between us (and our couch isn’t that big), so we most certainly get to the point of pretzel material.

My mantra for today is:  “Never sacrifice your happiness for anything, and always work to get whatever makes you happy.”

A few of my faves from the playlist include:

Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”
I know this is old — I don’t care.  I feel bad that frontman (Justin Vernon) is in Kanye’s new “Monster” song.  I think he regretted it too since he chose not to be featured in the music video.

Blitzen Trapper – “Furr”
Wolves are my favorite animals, and I’m pretty sure this song is about a shapeshifter.  Regardless, it’s a pretty song.  When I read books, I usually rotate between non-fiction, murder/thriller, chick-lit, and a book about dogs.  Or (like what I’m doing right now), I’m reading a chick-lit and a book about dogs at the same time.  I love dogs.  I’m going to go hug Nutmeg.  And if you haven’t read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and are a dog lover — go buy the book now!

White Stripes – “White Moon”
The White Stripes documentary “Under the Great White Northern Lights” from their 2007 tour was featured over the holidays.  Bret and I happened to catch the last scene of the documentary which featured Jack and Meg sitting at the piano with Jack singing this song.  It really was beautiful and made me want to watch the entire documentary (which we haven’t done yet). Watch the clip here — trust me… It’s great.

Two Door Cinema – “Something Good Can Work”
These lyrics remind me of what Bret tells me every day.  He is so good at keeping a positive head on my shoulders.

“Let’s make this happen, girl.
You gonna show the world that something good can work, and it can work for you.
And you know that it will.
Let’s get this started girl, we’re moving up we’re moving up.

It’s been a lot to change but you will always get what you want.”

Priscilla Ahn – “Find My Way Back Home”
We saw Priscilla a few years ago on the Hotel Cafe tour.  Her voice is so clear, and her songs are always airy and happy.

>toe tappin’ playlist



Since deer season is in full-swing here in PA, Nutmeg finally got something from Santa to wear when we go for our walks in the woods (outside of Pittsburgh) so that she won’t get mistakened for a deer.

It kind of makes her look like a superhero — which is totally ok.  We always say she’s out to fight crime, anyways.

I hope everyone took the time to enjoy the holidays.  Since I went to Bret’s house this year for Christmas, I didn’t have much access to the internet.  Once we were done there, we went skiing which meant double-dosage of no internet access…

… which means I owe you all a playlist!

I wanted to get some upbeat / toe tapping songs together.  It’s been gorgeous outside here in Pittsburgh.  Unfortunately, all the snow has managed to disappear.  However, last year Snowmaggedon didn’t hit until late January/early February, so that doesn’t mean the snow is over (which we all snow it isn’t).

Happy 2011 everyone.  Since #11 is my lucky number, I’m hoping that this year will be a good year.

* crosses fingers *

>party like an animal playlist



Nutmeg and I went for a walk the past two days in the park.  I’m so happy that we still have a dusting of snow on everything.  It makes everything so pretty.  It’s been snowing all morning and is still absolutely gorgeous outside.
Since I love Nutmeg so much (and any animal for that matter), I’ve put together an animal playlist.  Most of these are old, but I still love to play them.  “Oto the Bear” and “Ballad of Moose Bruce” are definitely my favorites.  I included the Fantastic Mr. Fox song in there since it has been on TV (and because I loved the movie).  Yesterday, when Mr. Fox did the *whistle click click,* Nutmeg thought Bret was home… and he wasn’t.  So sad.
I also can’t stop listening to “Sheep, Sheep, Dontcha’ Know the Road?”  Ahh!  I tap my foot along to it the entire time… And sing-along with it.  And repeat over and over again.  Bret says I only like the song because of this video.  This might be true, but it’s still a good song 🙂

>eggplant lasagna + playlist



I was looking through my past blog posts, and the blog post that received the most visits was the one I posted a recipe along with a playlist. Moving forward, I’m going to try to post my baking/cooking playlist that I listen to whenever I’m making something special in the kitchen!

I wanted to try to keep it as healthy as possible.  Plus, this recipe calls for only 6 ingredients!  So, click play on the playlist at the bottom, and enjoy the recipe below.  Keep in mind, 1.)  When I’m baking/cooking, I need all types of music to keep me entertained and 2.) I altered the recipe to meet my taste preferences (you can also do the same):

Eggplant Parmesan
1 large eggplant, sliced thinly (about 1/4″)
2 cups of broccoli (The recipe calls for mushrooms, so you can use them also)
1 cup diced onions
1 cup ricotta cheese (The recipe calls for cottage cheese, but what’s lasagna without ricotta?)
1 bag (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella (I used skim) 
1 jar of spaghetti sauce

    • 1.  Using a 9×13 pan, add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of the pan.

    2.  Add first layer of eggplant. (

    As you layer all the veggies add any desired spices such as salt and pepper.  I added S&P, red pepper, and basil).

  • 3.  Add first layer of eggplant.  Then, m

    ix diced onions and ricotta cheese together and spread over eggplant. 

  • 4.  Add another layer of sauce, a layer of shredded cheese, and then the second layer of eggplant.

  • 5.  Add a layer of broccoli, cover with a layer of sauce and a layer of shredded cheese.

  • 6.  Add final layer of eggplant, and cover with remaining cheese.

  • 7.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes to brown top.

I let it sit for about 5-8 minutes before cutting it.  I’m always nervous about making vegetarian dishes for dinner because Bret ALWAYS wants to have some kind of protein/meat.  However, Bret loved this dish and wanted seconds (YAY!), but I gave him a salad instead (with the promise of making something for dessert… which I didn’t make).

It really was a yummy dinner, and I highly recommend making the recipe! 🙂

>bretany’s xmas playlist



I called this Bretany’s Xmas Playlist because Bret and I don’t always listen to just the Christmas classics during December.  To keep things interesting and exciting, I create a playlist that combines both old Christmas classics with more non-traditional songs.  Every knows all the best Christmas songs to listent to (Burl Ives, Etta James, Bing Crosby, etc.) but there are other songs that can give you the wonderful Christmas feeling as well.

I’ve put together a playlist that includes some of my “new” favorite Christmas songs below.  A few of my favorites are:

Alec Duffy“Every Day is Christmas”

This has become my staple Christmas song.  I love how the lyrics are applicable to our current lifestyle and love the simplicity of the song as a whole.  Guys — If you need to really tell a lady you love her during this romantic time of the year… Play this song!  It’s so sweet.

Jack Johnson“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Everyone knows I’m a big Jack Johnson fan.  This song isn’t as new as others, but I still play it every year.  The old Rudolph song can get kind of annoying after listening to it a few times (mainly because you feel obliga.  This version, however, can be played over and over again during the Christmas season.

Sufjan Stevens “Put the Lights on the Tree”

I know I just put this song in my previous post, but it has also become one of mine and Bret’s favorite Christmas songs during the season.  It’s so catchy and always puts a smile on my face 🙂

Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson“Winter Song”
This song might sound sad, but don’t be deceived.  When I listen to this song, I think of standing outside — pitch black sky… all the snow is falling… bundled up in my best winter attire — and hearing nothing.  Did you ever notice how calm and quiet it is during the winter?  It’s one of the things I’m looking forward to the most this winter.  So yes, this is my Winter Song.

The Hotel Cafe Medley“Auld Lang Syne”
Listen to this song until January 1 rolls around.  When you play it, think about all that has happened this past year… Good and Bad.  Ups and Downs.  Think about what you want to accomplish in the year 2011.  Then, make sure you play it on New Year’s Eve.  Bret and I go skiing every New Year’s — usually alone — and make sure we play this right before we call everyone to wish them a Happy New Year.  This song makes you feel like you’re with everyone — even when you aren’t.

I also needed to include the Christmas Lights video Bret and I watch every year.  We played this so many times during Freshmen year of college… It never gets old.

>There is more to life than increasing its speed.



First. Play this:

Thank You For Nothing by Elizabeth & The Catapult

Beautiful song…  Sad… But beautiful…

So I’ve been trying to “slow things down” a bit and go back to having fun again.  Bret and I had our first round of Thanksgiving this weeked at his parents’ house.  We were able to see Bret’s little nephew (yay!) who we don’t get to see often since Bret’s brother doesn’t live in Pittsburgh.

After eating our Thanksgiving feast last night, Bret and I went and played in our first round of Turkey Bowls this year.  Our team came in second place, unfortunately, but it was a lot of fun and crazy gorgeous outside.

I was sitting here on the couch after the Steelers game (GO STEELERS) and tried to take a picture of the sunset  outside.  Anytime the sky is pink/red, Bret and I chime in together:  “Red at night, sailor’s delight!”  Since my phone is so old/stupid/crappy, the above picture was the best I could take.

Regardless, tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day.

The sunset inspired me to put together a “laying on the couch” playlist.  I wanted to collect a few new and old chill songs that you can listen to while you relax tonight and/or tomorrow.  Once Thanksgiving is over, I will be updating this blog like a champ with all kinds of new Christmas songs.

Until then, get in your PJs, and relax.  Think. 


Some of the new ones that I will be listening to… a lot:
– Adele “Someone Like You”
– Gorillaz “Crystalised” (this song isn’t new, but this cover is)
– Darren Hanlon “All These Things” (LOVE this…)
– Matthew and the Atlas “I Will Remain” (Sounds a little like Ray LaMontagne.. With a bit of Amos Lee <3)
– Stornoway “Zorbing”
– Johnny Flynn “Lost and Found” (This isn’t the actual video… but I love this song and couldn’t find an MP3 to stream.

>you better bundle up



… With all these covers!

*crickets chirp*

I thought it’d be a good day to post some of my favorite cover songs.  Normally, I really don’t like to listen to covers, but there are a few that put a smile on my face.  I’m even going to post the original songs, so consider this a double playlist!

“Addicted to Love” by Florence + the Machine (orig. Robert Palmer found here)
I love what Florence has done to this song.  It’s smooth and dreamy and brings a whole new light to this 80’s classic song.

“Your Song” by Ellie Goulding (orig. Elton John found here)
Ellie’s voice is so beautiful.  I love watching the music video for this because it’s so simple and pretty much like herself.  Being a Moulin Rouge fan, I could have put Ewan McGregor’s version on here, but I also have respect for my friends and opted out.  This version came out a few weeks ago, and I really can’t stop playing it.

“Exit Music (For a Film)” by Vampire Weekend (orig. Radiohead found here)

I’m not a huge Radiohead fan, and there are only a few songs that I’ll actually listen to (mainly the ones that Bret wants to listen to).  I know this cover doesn’t do the band “justice,” but I really enjoy listening to it!  This song is completely transformed from a slow, trippy song to one with some toe-tapping beats.

“Bad Romance” by Lissie (orig. Lady Gaga found here)
I’ve included this song because: 1).  It’s a Lady Gaga cover and 2.) It’s the song that brought Lissie to the blogosphere last year.  For some reason, people couldn’t stop talking about this cover for a few months.  While I really enjoy it, it’s not the greatest thing I’ve ever heard, but it’s fun.  I mainly like the parts where she sings that Rah-Rahs.

“You Really Got A Hold On Me” by She & Him (orig. Smokey Robinson found here)
I think Zooey Deschanel is great, and this cover makes me want to sway back and forth in Bret’s arms.  It’s so dreamy and romantic. 

“Time to Pretend” by Jonsi (orig. MGMT found here)
Somehow, two MGMT songs have made it to this playlist.  “Time to Pretend” is the first.  By not including those first notes of the original song, Jonsi has managed to make over this song into a floating and whimsical song.

“A-Punk” by Rockapella (orig. Vampire Weekend found here)
This song just cracks me up.  A few months ago, this song kept popping up everywhere.  I think with the hype of “Glee” going around, it seemed appropiate to also include this in the list.  Obviously, in my opinion, the original is better.

“Hey Ya” by Sarah Blasko (orig. Outkast found here)
Sometimes, “Hey Ya” pops up when I shuffle Bret’s iPod.  It is one of those songs that when it comes on, you can’t help but listen to it.  With this cover, I can listen to the original song without feeling like a need to pick up a picture or SOMETHING and shake it.

“Girls Just want to Have Fun” by Greg Laswell (orig. Cyndi Lauper found here)
The song that started it all — Greg’s rise to fame… My obsession with Greg… My obsession leading to us actually meeting Greg… Leading to the best.  night.  of.  my.  life.   It also brings me back to Freshman year and driving home from college with Bret.  Greg’s version is the complete opposite of Cyndi’s original version.  In fact, his version of “… Have Fun” doesn’t sound fun at all.  You can take your pick.

“Pursuit of Happiness” by Barbara (orig. Kid Cudi found here)
I love both these version.  Kid Cudi’s original version will always be my favorite (I mean, c’mon… KC + Ratatat?? = ), but I love how these Barbara guys decided one night while hanging out to create this song “as a joke.”  Now, people know their name. 

“Kids” by Dr. Fox’s Old Timey String Band (orig. MGMT found here)
I included this one because I love singing along to it.  The original song got really old for me… Really fast.  Plus, the music video for this is scary 😦   The folky spin on it makes the song happier!

>everything’s going to be ok



First and foremost, I want to apologize to you guys for not updating this blog for almost a month now.  This past month has been more or less a nightmare that I’m trying to get out of.  I tried to take a few minutes in my day today to put things in perspective, and I finally feel like everything’s going to be ok.

I went for a nice evening run (Yay for getting one more extra hour of sleep Saturday night! Boooo for it being pitch black at 5:30 PM) with Nutmeg tonight.  I had a solid playlist going full songs that definitely got me motivated for this week.  I’ve also included my new favorite songs for this week:

Only Girl in the World – Rihanna
This song is my “Please Don’t Stop the Music.”  When that song came out, I played it non-stop.  This is my girl anthem for right now.

Know Your Name – Wiz Khalifa
It’s nice to hear a “chill” song from Wiz.  I’m glad that we have a rap artist representing Pittsburgh… Even though he’s having a rough week this week with getting caught with drugs and everything…

Scott Mescudi VS the World – Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi’s sophomore album drops today (EEEK!)  It’s not like I’ve been waiting for the past year for it or anything…  I really don’t want to be disappointed with it, and after reading all the reviews coming in, it looks like I should be pretty satisfied.

Booty Bounce – Dev
I’m so happy I found this song.  “Like a G6” is a fun song to dance and workout to.  HOWEVER, it’s only successful because of this song.  Listen to around the 2:25 mark, and it’ll make sense.

Pass Out – Chris Brown
I don’t like Chris Brown.  I mean, I’m ashamed to even put his name on the same playlist as Rihanna…  But I do like this song.  The song is sung around Eric Prydz’ “Call On Me,” which makes the song hard not to like.

What’s Wrong With Them Lil’ Wayne ft. Nicki Minaj
Free Weezy — wait… he is free!  For some reason, I feel like this song is applicable to my life right now.  Nicki puts it best when she sings: “Baby, what the f-ck wrong, wrong with them?”  I was ecstatic when this came on my shuffle.  I felt like I could step on any stick/stone/crack while I was running and nothing could bring me down.    

Mean Planes and Taylor Gangs – Brendan Duvall 
I don’t really enjoy Taylor Swift at all, but this mashup done by Brendan Duvall is great.  Of course, it features Wiz (FREE WIZ).  It’s inevitable that a mashup will be included in every one of my playlists.

All Along – Kid Cudi
I love when Kid Cudi shows his softer side, and in this song, Kid Cudi isn’t the tough guy with a dark side that he is in every song.  It’s a nice change of pace.  Plus, I’m a sucker for a rap song with violins.

What’s My NameRihanna ft. Drake
Love this duet. I don’t know why they had to break up.  Rihanna + Drake = SUCH A GOOD COUPLE.  Ugh.  You can’t help but sway your head back and forth to this beat… Oh whoaaa oh.

Roman’s Revenge – Nicki Minaj ft. Eminem
This… song… is… RIDICULOUS.  I mean, it’s so weird — but I can’t stop listening to it.  Nicki Minaj is the best female rapper out there right now, and for her new album “Pink Friday,” what does she decide to do?  SHE GETS EMINEM!  And she also sings “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story.  After you’re done listening to it, you kind of have to sit for a few seconds and think, “Really?”  And then you’ll click play again.