Things That Are Cool

A collection of things I think are really neat that I would like to share with everyone.
Paddle boats are cool.
I love paddle boats because they provide a leisurely activity that is also good exercise. They should have a machine like paddle boating at the gym. I’m not the biggest fan of straight working out. I like to be distracted so it’s like my body isn’t entirely aware of what’s happening, like  when I watch TV on the elliptical, so paddle boating is perfect. I can see the sights, be outside, sit down and still get in some nice leg action. Paddle boating needs to make a big comeback because I haven’t seen it around a lot lately, but it’s still pretty cool.

Paddle boats are cool.

I love paddle boats because they provide a leisurely activity that is also good exercise. They should have a machine like paddle boating at the gym. I’m not the biggest fan of straight working out. I like to be distracted so it’s like my body isn’t entirely aware of what’s happening, like when I watch TV on the elliptical, so paddle boating is perfect. I can see the sights, be outside, sit down and still get in some nice leg action. Paddle boating needs to make a big comeback because I haven’t seen it around a lot lately, but it’s still pretty cool.

These iPhone cases by Cath Kidston are cool.
I found these cases courtesy of Pinterest, an amazingly addictive website, and I fell in love instantly. I constantly drop my phone and luckily my purple Speck cover has done the job of keeping my phone safe for some time, but I have recently been wanting a more attractive option. I love the vintage patterns and colors! It almost makes something so technologically advanced seem nostalgic and that is something I can really go for. I went on the website and I didn’t see the exact case (just iPhone 4 cases) but I’ve seen some on ebay and I’m going to keep searching until I can find the perfect one for my phone and my style. 

These iPhone cases by Cath Kidston are cool.

I found these cases courtesy of Pinterest, an amazingly addictive website, and I fell in love instantly. I constantly drop my phone and luckily my purple Speck cover has done the job of keeping my phone safe for some time, but I have recently been wanting a more attractive option. I love the vintage patterns and colors! It almost makes something so technologically advanced seem nostalgic and that is something I can really go for. I went on the website and I didn’t see the exact case (just iPhone 4 cases) but I’ve seen some on ebay and I’m going to keep searching until I can find the perfect one for my phone and my style. 

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway is cool.
This was the first Hemingway book I read (besides The Old Man and the Sea, but I was not a fan) and I fell in love instantly. This book had the perfect amount of love, wistfulness and realism that I love about Hemingway. He personifies masculinity in his writing and his characters are always so interesting and alive, especially in this book. I’m so intrigued by his distinct writing style and all the details of his life. I started reading Running With the Bulls by Valerie Hemingway which is basically her account of traveling around with the Hemingways and helping sort out his affairs in Cuba before and after his death. It’s extremely interesting. He is a great writer and A Farewell to Arms is definitely a book worth reading. 

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway is cool.

This was the first Hemingway book I read (besides The Old Man and the Sea, but I was not a fan) and I fell in love instantly. This book had the perfect amount of love, wistfulness and realism that I love about Hemingway. He personifies masculinity in his writing and his characters are always so interesting and alive, especially in this book. I’m so intrigued by his distinct writing style and all the details of his life. I started reading Running With the Bulls by Valerie Hemingway which is basically her account of traveling around with the Hemingways and helping sort out his affairs in Cuba before and after his death. It’s extremely interesting. He is a great writer and A Farewell to Arms is definitely a book worth reading. 

Jaymay is cool.
I first heard her music in Happythankyoumoreplease (she does most of the music for the film), and she is amazing! Her voice is incredible and her songs are the perfect touch of simple and melodic. I could listen to her for hours. Even the menu of the movie, which loops “Long Walk to Never” is addicting. Apparently she recorded all the music for the soundtrack on her laptop, and you can kind of tell because it’s that raw sound, but it’s still incredible. Definitely check her out! 

Jaymay is cool.

I first heard her music in Happythankyoumoreplease (she does most of the music for the film), and she is amazing! Her voice is incredible and her songs are the perfect touch of simple and melodic. I could listen to her for hours. Even the menu of the movie, which loops “Long Walk to Never” is addicting. Apparently she recorded all the music for the soundtrack on her laptop, and you can kind of tell because it’s that raw sound, but it’s still incredible. Definitely check her out! 

French is cool.
It is such a pretty language and I wish I could speak it better (mainly so I could pass my summer school class). I like watching French movies so I can hear them speaking so quickly. I wouldn’t even mind being cursed at in French because it would still probably sound nice. 

French is cool.

It is such a pretty language and I wish I could speak it better (mainly so I could pass my summer school class). I like watching French movies so I can hear them speaking so quickly. I wouldn’t even mind being cursed at in French because it would still probably sound nice. 

These healthy banana cookies are cool. 
I found the recipe on Allrecipes.com when I was looking for a cookie recipe to use with bananas, but I realized I didn’t have any flour or eggs, so this recipe was perfect! It only calls for bananas, vegetable oil (but you can substitute with apple sauce), vanilla and rolled oats (I only had steel cut oats, so I used those). It also calls for dates, but I don’t like those. I was skeptical about these turning out well, but they were actually really good! I added two spoonfuls of sugar and some cinnamon apple oatmeal for a little more of a kick, and I was pleasantly surprised. My roommate didn’t like the texture (they’re not the same consistency of a cookie because they have no flour or eggs), but my boyfriend loved them. I really liked the texture and I didn’t feel guilty eating them! Reviewers said you can add chocolate chips or dried fruits to change it up. These were so easy, I’m going to make a ton more!

These healthy banana cookies are cool. 

I found the recipe on Allrecipes.com when I was looking for a cookie recipe to use with bananas, but I realized I didn’t have any flour or eggs, so this recipe was perfect! It only calls for bananas, vegetable oil (but you can substitute with apple sauce), vanilla and rolled oats (I only had steel cut oats, so I used those). It also calls for dates, but I don’t like those. I was skeptical about these turning out well, but they were actually really good! I added two spoonfuls of sugar and some cinnamon apple oatmeal for a little more of a kick, and I was pleasantly surprised. My roommate didn’t like the texture (they’re not the same consistency of a cookie because they have no flour or eggs), but my boyfriend loved them. I really liked the texture and I didn’t feel guilty eating them! Reviewers said you can add chocolate chips or dried fruits to change it up. These were so easy, I’m going to make a ton more!

Jason Schwartzman is cool.
The movies he chooses are always clever, funny and have great plots and his show is funny, too. He makes a movie with his clever humor and honest delivery, and his presence in Wes Anderson movies make them that much more appealing to me. He’s such a believable actor and his music is great. After drumming for Phantom Planet, he started the band Coconut Records, a solo project. The music is upbeat and perfect for summer. I feel like he would just be a cool guy, and he can pull off facial hair really well. 

Jason Schwartzman is cool.

The movies he chooses are always clever, funny and have great plots and his show is funny, too. He makes a movie with his clever humor and honest delivery, and his presence in Wes Anderson movies make them that much more appealing to me. He’s such a believable actor and his music is great. After drumming for Phantom Planet, he started the band Coconut Records, a solo project. The music is upbeat and perfect for summer. I feel like he would just be a cool guy, and he can pull off facial hair really well. 

Typewriters are cool.
I want one badly. They remind me of a better time. Before computers and impersonal happy birthday’s on Facebook when people had to send a letter and wait for a reply. I love the little click-click sound typewriters make. It’s like you know you’re doing something important. I also love the clean strokes and cute colors they come in. I imagine myself writing on my typewriter with the writers of the Lost Generation in a Parisian cafe. I want to look for a baby blue one. 

Typewriters are cool.

I want one badly. They remind me of a better time. Before computers and impersonal happy birthday’s on Facebook when people had to send a letter and wait for a reply. I love the little click-click sound typewriters make. It’s like you know you’re doing something important. I also love the clean strokes and cute colors they come in. I imagine myself writing on my typewriter with the writers of the Lost Generation in a Parisian cafe. I want to look for a baby blue one. 

This live acoustic version of Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” is cool.

I was sitting in what felt like eight hours of traffic ready to give up on mankind from all the fingers and honks going on when this gem came on the radio. I was previously obsessed with the entire Foster the People album so seeing “Pumped Up Kicks” on the radio any time was thrilling, but I immediately heard that this was an acoustic version. I was skeptical about hearing this song in an acoustic version because it’s so upbeat and poppy I didn’t know if it would convey the same upbeat tone, but I was so wrong. First of all, the live version is flawless. The voice, the instruments, the whistle break that sounds like a kazoo, all were perfect. The lyrics are still a little on the sad side, but I can easily say this is my summer anthem. It’s everything I love about acoustic versions: not too slow, not too sappy, and maintains the original quality of the song. 

Kashi’s oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookies are cool.
First of all, they’re delicious. Second of all, they’re not even bad for you! They have natural ingredients, oats, and other things that are good for you. I could eat a million of them, they are that good! 

Kashi’s oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookies are cool.

First of all, they’re delicious. Second of all, they’re not even bad for you! They have natural ingredients, oats, and other things that are good for you. I could eat a million of them, they are that good!