Sunday, December 28, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
You should send me a card. Then, you, too, could be part of this amazing display and rich holiday tradition.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I should have made this purchase a year ago. I haven't owned a vacuum since I've moved into my house which means my area rugs haven't been cleaned. Ever. Sometimes I would take a lint roller to the one in my bedroom, but something tells me that doesn't really count.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
So, I pledge, in the next six months, to really take action with my home. That way, when the extended family treks to town for Easter, I can offer a tour of my home without a litany of excuses for why things look the way they do. Wish me luck.
Bring it. I pledge to whip my house into shape. (Image source)
The one tricky part about ordering them was measuring my pupillary distance, which is the only necessary figure not considered part of the prescription, and therefore not provided by my eye doctor. So, I had a friend measure the distance between my pupils with a metric ruler about a dozen times until we both agreed that 53 mm did seem to be the correct measurement.
*Although it might sound as though Ashlynn and I are chums, I, in fact, do not know her. I just like to read her blog.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
- A major leak from my shower fixed (Consequently, I'm thankful for running water as well)
- Rotting siding on my garage replaced
- Rotting side door threshold replaced
- Rotting deck boards replaced
- Anti-freeze applied to my deck to circumvent further rot (Noticing a theme yet?)
- Old water heater removed and new one installed
- Handle on toilet fixed so it no longer stays down when flushed
- Stuck garage door quickly tweaked to fully close
- Basement reclaimed with bleach and water following too much summer rain
More than the repairs themselves, I'm thankful for everyone who lent a helping hand (Cue the violins)!
Now, let's eat! Much like I'm doing in this photo from Thanksiving '07.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Classy, sassy and trashy all in one. Could there be better TV? I like Lisa and Nene best! Pic from Bravo.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Just a week earlier, I was set on getting Pottery Barn's Chase Bench. Now that I've laid my eyes on the Lunar table, it's back to square one. I might just wait and purchase the first one to go on sale.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Seven random things about me:
- I don't like it when people (ahem, siblings) touch my collarbone, or spine for that matter. My collarbone may protrude farther than any other collarbone you've seen in your life, but you should still resist touching it. I think my aversion to this is similar to others' dislike of fingernails on a chalkboard.
- More and more, I've discovered I like being at home. If not at my house, then at least in my city.
- Unless you catch me after a workout, which are far and few between these days, you will rarely see me in sweats. I just feel so much more confident in something a little more structured.
- I like a good literary nightcap. Although, I can't decide what I like better - that phrase or the actual act of reading before going to sleep.
- I'm a "psycho magnet." That's what one such "psycho" told me on the bus tonight. Last week, he had turned around and called to me, halfway across the bus, "Yoo-hoo!" This kind of stuff happens with alarming regularity. Must buy mace.
- I took some rocks from Machu Picchu back to the U.S. with me. I sometimes wonder if they are cursed like artifacts from the Egyptian pyramids. I doubt it, but my imagination can be quite vivid.
- I'd rather ask you questions than divulge my own details
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Eleven of us swarmed the streets Friday night decked out in our best bee garb. While we all might have come from the same hive, we each took on our own persona. I went as a spelling bee. H-O-L-L-A. I love Halloween!
Monday, October 20, 2008
I know for a fact Dave likes dessert. So perhaps as a thank you, I should bake him something in my newly re-designed kitchen.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In the end, if I don't like the cover I order, I can just relegate the pillow to the love seat (the land of outcasts) which is where the pillow waiting to be covered currently sits.
Monday, October 13, 2008
A couple weekends ago, I enlisted the help of my mother to make curtains for my kitchen. Really, she did all the work since she is quite the master seamstress. I picked out the fabric and then watched as she did the math, measurements, cutting and sewing.
The curtain is very basic (an idea borrowed from Making it Lovely). It's just a fabric panel with some ribbon looped around it. I put a slip knot in the ribbon so I can raise and lower the curtain by pulling on the ribbon. However, I don't expect to raise (and subsequently lower) the curtain all that much because that window faces the street and I don't want people peeping in as I burn dinner. My only design beef with the curtain is that when it's raised, it doesn't have much shape along its bottom edge. I think a thin wooden dowel inserted into the bottom hem would solve that problem.
After - a new panel curtain courtesy of my mom
Here's the new man. My just-born-last-week-thank-you-very-much nephew Isaac. I was too enamored with him to get much else done over the weekend.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Lately, I've been thinking I need a table with strong lines to complement the geometric pattern on my rug. But, maybe I'm wrong and I really need a slender, tapered leg table. For the sake of this post though, lets just say I'm right about the strong lines. I've found these two tables that could work. Also, I should mention that I'm convinced that using a bench for a coffee table is the way to go. And I don't want a table with a shelf.
The Chase Bench (in antique white)
Pros: It's pretty and I like it.
Cons: Antique white finish could clash with creamy beige pattern on rug and white bookshelf.
The Startford Slat Bench
Pros: Strong lines and I like it.
Cons: Not sure how I feel about slats. Could look too rustic.
Here's my rug again:
Someone with Photoshop should merge all these images for me so I can get a real feel for the room. That would be so kind.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Hear it for yourself:
Turn up your volume. Tell me, does that not sound like a primate to you?
I thought I'd imagined it, but when Brian said he'd heard it too (and that he wasn't joking), I got a little panicked. Because, really, why on earth would a monkey be outside of our bedroom windows...or worse *gulp*, in my basement?! So, we each grabbed a weapon (I, a hammer, Brian, a crowbar) and proceeded to do a clean sweep of the house. We scoured every nook and cranny of the basement and went outside to survey the perimeter.
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, our search turned up nothing. While this little drama unfolded, I couldn't help but wonder, what really made that sound? An actual monkey? The neighbor's dog? Some prankster teenagers? A burglar? Ahh! To help me sleep I pulled barricades (trash cans, chairs, American flags) in front of several of my doors.
Monday, September 8, 2008
I'd only worn this pair a day or two ago and already a spider has claimed it as its own. I killed the spider after I took this picture. I guess that makes me a religious terrorist and the spider a martyr.
I plan on stashing the apples in my basement until they are called into action. Hopefully, they'll keep. That's what cellars are all about, right?
Monday, August 25, 2008
A few days prior to the installation, and three hours away, my dad took care of buying the right pipes and other piping miscellany. I just took a few measurements and a few photos and e-mailed them to him. Then, he worked his magic and showed up with the correct pipes and tools in hand.
Day of Installation
Once we drained the old water heater, it was out of the basement in minutes. When my dad and brother went to carry my new water heater into the basement, I made the unpleasant discovery that it was dented. In multiple spots. At that point, my mind locked down and I could not figure out how I should proceed, suggesting I may be completely hopeless in a real crisis.
Someone told me to call Lowe's to remedy the situation, so that is exactly what I did. And thank goodness too. I was able to get half my money back without even so much as one little argument!
After that minor crisis, the water heater went in no sweat (we did have to make one quick run to Ace, but it was no biggie). To top it all off, my parents hauled my old water heater back with them to dump at a local junk pile. So, no haul away charges for me! I owe my parents big time.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Give up? It's a poinsettia! As in that quintessential Christmastime plant. While my humble poinsettia finally kicked the bucket after a valiant attempt at a post-holiday life, this one, which belongs to my brother's fiance, has flourished. I was in charge of watching it for a week while they went out of town. I think it died a little under my care.
Friday, August 15, 2008
My, what a sweet little home that is. As viewed from the Google person's car, from the street, from my computer.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Really, I'd rather get a coffee table or headboard, but instead, I'm buying a Whirlpool 50-gallon natural gas water heater from Lowes. My current one has just got to go. It's at least as old as I am and is sporting a scorched, ready-to-rust-out, ready-to-burn-someone look.
Since I'm not keen on paying the $255 for delivery and installation, plus the unspecified amount the plumber is likely to charge for "updates," my dad has agreed to help me install it. I did an initial consultation with him over the phone, and now he's running the show - figuring out what pipes I need, what kind of flex tubing will work best, etc. Thanks, Dad!
Now, I just need to actually go purchase the darn thing.
It is a lot of fun though, and it does support something worthwhile. And - bonus - it makes me feel just a little bit like the Olympian I know I am inside (hehehe).
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Brian and I spent Monday morning and evening in the dark. We played Connect Four to pass the time.
Lola came up with the "dots" theme for the shower, and I went berserk creating centerpieces (from How About Orange) and a 23-yard garland. Poor Brian got roped into assembling large sections of the garland because I was too busy scouring Microsoft Office Online for the best clip art.
The clip art was for our onesie-burp-towel-sock decorating station (inspired by Say Yes to Hoboken). We had buttons, paints and iron-on transfers at the ready for guests to personalize items for the baby. Since I couldn't find any iron-on transfers in stores that met my discerning taste, I set about creating my own. I spent hours (HOURS!) first finding the "cool" clip art and then arranging them in Publisher to fit the most items on one piece of paper (I'd only bought seven sheets of ink jet printer iron-on transfer paper). Once they were printed, I roped poor Ben into helping me carefully cut out every single image. Hand cramps abounded.
In the end, all the prep work paid off. We had a festive atmosphere, great food, and fun activities. What more could you ask for in a shower?
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Here's a shot where I'm actually practicing safety first.
My before and after shots are kind of lousy, but here they are regardless.
Instead of laying one solid board on top of the deck posts, the previous owner cut the top railing to angle around the posts so that the tops were flush. The wood was rotting all over the place.