I had a 20% off Piperlime coupon and since they have free shipping, they were a total steal. I hope they're comfortable and they fit and I hope they don't look super cheap.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Table from Room and Board. Alas it's $1,300 and the husband says that our current table still serves its purpose well enough and that it doesn't need to be replaced. Isn't he quaint?
Friday, September 5, 2008
Off to the upper right hand side of the screen you can play around with different functions, like the historic track, forecast models, clouds, and ocean buoys. I have a feeling you'll like this especially, Kathy.
Anyway, it's raining now as the outer bands of Hanna are approaching. The driver's side window in my car picked a really good day to stop working. Boo.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
So, this week hasn't exactly been the best week of my life.
Remember how last week I posted about my exciting new Blackberry? Yeah, well it's gone now, along with this purse, my wallet, my iPod, my favorite sunglasses, and everything else that was in my purse, including but not limited to: my debit card, my work credit card, my personal credit card, my driver's license, my Costco card, health insurance cards, and lord knows what else that I haven't even thought of yet.
What happened, you ask?
I got to the gym around 5:40 p.m. on Monday, changed my clothes and hopped on a bike at 5:50 with just enough time for a warm-up prior to our 6:00 session with our trainer. We had a great workout and stopped at about 6:55 which gave us enough time to go out to the car and give our trainer a case of free beer that I had come by. So I went to the locker room to get my car keys and when I got there, I couldn't find my purse and backpack, which I'd locked in a locker with my combination lock. I got one of the girls from the front desk to help me look through the entire locker room (including the trash can--yuck!) and couldn't find anything.
Chris immediately called the police, then called the various credit card companies to cancel the cards. When we called the various credit card companies we found out that by 6:45 p.m., Bitch Face Thief used my various credit cards to purchase $5,500 worth of stuff at Target and Best Buy.
All joking aside, once we had cancelled all the cards, we then realized that the thief had keys to our house and our address from my driver's license, so Chris had to go buy a new set of locks and change the locks on the house. Then we had to disable my Blackberry, filed a police report, etc, etc.
I still don't really know how it happened. Apparently, a guest checked into the gym under a fake name, wrote down a fake address and paid the $15 guest fee (not a bad ROI for her!). Bitch Face Thief (or BFT, as I'll refer to her) either cut the lock or watched me dial in my combination and took my stuff within minutes of me leaving the locker room. I'm pissed because she got my black Hayden-Harnett purse (which I adored and is no longer on their website!), my red Coach wallet that I'd had for like 5 years, my new Blackberry, my iPod, the DVD set I just bought for my nephew, and all the other stuff of various importance that happened to be in my purse.
Looks like I won't file an insurance claim because our deductible is so high that it's hardly going to be worthwhile. The upside is that I'll get to pick out some new stuff (like the cute wallet I just got online marked down from $170 to $42--yay!), but I'd be more excited about the shopping if I had a choice in the matter. I'm still pissed about the Blackberry and the purse. I'll eventually replace the Blackberry, but that purse is no longer available. And that purse was perfect.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
And finally, there were the baby ducks. So. freaking. cute. There were 8 of them and they came around periodically to be fed, so we'd hold some bread over the wall and they'd jump out to get it out of your fingers:
And that, along with a LOT of rain, was our Fourth of July weekend and it was fabulous.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Chris says I need a new mobile phone before I need a mobile. Which may be true. But I hate talking on the phone and I really like this. We shall see.
Oh and in case anyone just wants to go ahead and buy this for me, you can get it at Kiln Enamel for 50% off with the code "mobile".
Monday, June 30, 2008
So, anyway, I recently found these toothbrushes on a blog somewhere in the world wide internets (can't remember where) and they looked cool, so I bought some at Trader Joe's. Amazon has them for $17.93 for six (about $3 a piece--comparable to other toothbrushes, I think) and Trader Joe's also sells them for about $2.50 apiece.
The handles are made out of 100% recycled materials, mostly recycled yogurt cups. And they're totally recyclable when you're done too--you just send them back in a little pre-paid envelope and the company recycles them. The company also makes razors, which I'll have to look into when I'm done with my Costco-sized quantity of razor blades.
Anyway, if that isn't all tree-huggery enough for you, we've also been using this:
Tom's of Maine Cinnamon-Clove toothpaste. It tastes pretty good, although I actually think I like their Fennel flavor just a bit better. It's very fennel-y. It's a nice change from regular old mint toothpaste.
Okay, off the high horse for now.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The Barcelona bar is milk chocolate with sea salt and roasted almonds. And the Creole bar is dark chocolate with chicory coffee and cocoa nibs. In other words, they were both heaven.
At $7 a piece, they're not the cheapest chocolate bars, but they were totally worth it. I'm dying to try some of the truffles they have listed on their website, especially some of the exotic ones. Mmmmm.....
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
It isn't officially summer yet, but it's been warm and pleasant and that's a good enough reason for me to make homemade ice cream. In fact it's better this time of year because making ice cream requires standing over a hot stove for a little while and that really sucks when it's 90 degrees and 90% humidity.
So anyway, last weekend I made Blackberry and Sage ice cream. Ever since I made Cherry Basil ice cream last summer, I've wanted to try my hand at other fruit/herb combinations. The Blackberry Sage had a wonderful flavor--tart and sweet from the blackberries, but with a subtle herbal/citrusy backdrop.
Here's how I made it (I use The Best Recipe's vanilla ice cream without the vanilla as a base and then make adaptations from there):
1.5 cups heavy cream (heavy cream really does work best, the consistency is off with light cream)
1.5 cups whole milk (I used soy milk in this recipe, since that's all we had around the house)
3/4 cup sugar
About 1 cup pureed blackberries
6 sage leaves
- In a pan over medium heat, heat the cream, milk, and 1/2 cup sugar to about 175 degrees.
- In a separate bowl, combine egg yolks and remaining sugar.
- Once the cream mixture has reached 175, use a large ladle to spoon the cream mixture into the egg mixture and stir constantly. Gently spoon in another ladle-full of the heated cream mixture and stir. Then slowly pour the egg mixture into the cream mixture on the stove, stirring constantly.
- Heat the mixture on the stove to about 180-185 to cook the egg yolks, stirring constantly.
- When the temperature has reached 185, pour the mixture into an ice bath and add the sage leaves. Once cool, place in the refrigerator for several hours.
- After several hours of cooling, remove the sage leaves from the ice cream base and stir in pureed blackberries. (The blackberries should be kept in the fridge too.)
- Add the ice cream base to the ice cream maker and in 20 minutes, the ice cream should be thick.
- Pour the ice cream into a separate container, cover with plastic wrap and leave to set in the freezer for at least two hours.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Pop! My back goes out. It was that sharp, shooting, breath-taking, I'm-not-going-to-work-tomorrow kind of pain. Good times. Really fun.
I managed to grab my stuff and get myself into the car and drove home where Chris got me a heating pad. I popped 5 Advil and a beer, which helped (although I'm sure that can't possibly be good for one's liver). Now I'm on some muscle relaxers. They're doing the job nicely, but they certainly make me feel...slow. And dumb.
Not really not much point to this post. I'm just bored. Daytime tv really sucks, if you have had the misfortune of being at home during a workday. And I'm mad because now I probably won't be able to make it back to the gym for a few days, which means I'm not able to watch "What Not To Wear" on the treadmill because the gym has TLC and we're cheap and we don't. Grrr.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Then we made our way to the State Farmers' Market and had a hell of a time. We bought locally raised beef, chicken, and lamb, some pork barbeque for lunch, and a ton of produce: lettuce, tomatoes, asparagus, peas, beets, and these babies, a quarter of which are being made into ice cream as I type:
Then we came home, read some magazines, made dinner (lamb chops, asparagus, and roasted beets), and watched Lars and the Real Girl, which I highly recommend.
On tap for today: a little cleaning around the house and some gardening. The weather is perfect for working in the yard and the mosquitos aren't out yet. I love this time of year.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
But I really like these:
It's called the "Take Away Bird Feeder" by Eva Solo and it's $60 from Greener Grass Design. I'd buy one if I felt assured that our hyperactive 8 year old nextdoor neighbor wouldn't break it.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I just finished Week 4 of the Apartment Therapy Home Cure and things are moving right along. This week was all about decluttering and cleaning the living room and getting rid of unused books, CDs, and movies.
Here's what we've been up to the last two weeks or so:
- Replaced some old favorite VHS tapes with DVD versions (sounds odd, but they take up a lot less space and you get to see the special features).
- Recycled a ton of old Real Simple and Elle Decor magazines (I ripped out the articles and pictures I liked and recycled the rest).
- Took to Goodwill: a vase, a mirror, a knife of Chris's, a deep fryer, some old beach towels, and some other odds and ends.
- Reorganized the hallway closet last weekend, purging expired medicines and old/unused linens, candles, and vases.
- Removed half the keys from my keychain (not related to the Home Cure at all, but it felt good to do that).
- Hemmed the curtain in the master bedroom (took all of 5 minutes, not sure why I put it off for 4 years...)
- Repainted the master bedroom.
I'm really happy with the way the master bedroom looks now. I liked the turquoise originally, but lately it just felt like an assault on the eyeballs:
The new paint color just feels a lot more soothing. I eventually want a window above the chair to look out over the wooded backyard, but for now I'm satisfied with it as it is.
Originally I wanted to get a quilt from John Robshaw, but I swung into Home Goods a few weeks ago and found one that was ridiculously close to the JR one and it was only $59, instead of $315. So you can guess which one I went with. Yes, it's made in China and I'm sure the quality isn't the same, but it's really hard to argue with that price difference, so I'm sticking with the Home Goods quilt.
The tasks for this coming week are mostly in the home office: cleaning over, under, and behind stuff; purging files; and organizing.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I have two black purses, but neither of them are quite right. They're either too big or too small, but this may be just right! I have a 15% off coupon for Hayden-Harnett and I'm really tempted. Maybe next month though.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Until the magazine arrived.
I really wish I had a picture to show you. I'm not sure words adequately describe this spread and all its ridiculousness. There is a 3-page spread on organizing your purse. Not just organizing your purse, but "elegantly curating" it so that is "telegraphs both style and put-togetherness." What does this have to do with home decor, you ask? I'm not sure.
Then the article goes on to show "four impossibly chic ways" to organize your purse. Uhhh...okay....but do I care what the inside of my purse looks like? Not really.
Then they named the looks of the different organized-purse-combinations. So your purse can telegraph the image of a "High-End Bohemian," an "Executive Punk" (whaaa?), a "Girl About Town," or an "Art Student." (The introductory image unfortunately doesn't have a name, but the purse and its contents would set you back a mere $4,798, which includes a $3,275 Cartier pen.)
The "Executive Punk" look had me laughing out loud though. The descriptions of the items are particularly great. The makeup bag is "a posh stash for your smokey-eye arsenal--and even black nail polish." And the little pink notebook is "a neon holder for all your subversive musings." Because all the executives I know are super subversive.
I dunno. I just wish they'd move away from this bullshit and get back to what they're good at.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Yesterday I took a huge box of books to the used bookstore and got rid of a bunch of foam leftover from my reupholstery project, a bunch of miscellaneous junk, and my old laptop from college.
Since I had the day off yesterday, I sanded and started to repaint the old kitchen cabinet doors, which will be repurposed in the pantry. Hopefully I'll have those done tomorrow so they'll be ready to hang. It's only taken me like two months to get to it.
This process is helping me realize that I'm the Queen of Unfinished Projects. I have a lot of ambition when it comes to my house and I get a lot done. But I get like 99% of a given project done, then feel satisfied enough, and then stop. So as a result, our house has more than its share of materials for these unfinished projects. I'm hoping these 8 weeks will help me get some of those projects done.
Last weekend I was able to finally finish reupholstering my chair. It's not the greatest job in the world, but I think it looks better than before.
Before (it was a yucky green color and the fabric was scratchy):
After (I'd maybe like to play around with the fabric near the arms to see if I can get it a bit tighter):
Friday, March 14, 2008
I didn't really think our house was in too much need of help, especially since we've remodeled the master bathroom and the kitchen, but when I took photos of the house? Oh. my. god. We have a lot of stuff. I don't know if it's because we've lived here almost 4 years, or because we have pack-rat tendencies, but we've accumulated a lot. Far more than I ever remember purchasing.
This week's tasks were to:
- make a complete list of repairs and solutions (see below)
- vacuum and mop floors (today's project)
- remove one item from the house and put it outside or donate it (I'm getting rid of my old stereo from high school and college)
- buy fresh flowers (done)
- sit for ten minutes in a part of your home that you never sit in for new perspective (done)
- look into Earth friendly cleaning products (done).
So here's our to-do list. A lot of this is not going to get done in the 8 week cure, but I'm hoping to at least get rid of a lot of junk around the house and fix some things that have been bugging me.
- Add hook to entry-way closet for scarves
- Finish reupholstering living room chair
- Buy a new entertainment center
- Declutter bookshelf in living room
- Refinish and install cabinet doors in pantry
- Sell books to used book store and donate the rest to the library
- Sell some cds and store the rest
- Purchase organizer for gift wrap
- Fix windows in guest room and office so they can be opened.
- Insulate attic pull-down
- Install new showerhead in guest bath
- Install crown molding in guest room and office
- Hem curtain in master bedroom
- Install bamboo blind in kitchen
- Install new screen doors
- Fix crack in wall in master bedroom
- Hang full length mirror
- Get rid of under-the-bed clutter
- Remove most tools and paint supplies from guest room closet
There is just a LOT of stuff to get rid of: old cell phones, books, scraps of paper, cds, half-used candles, etc. Our trash collector is going to hate me for this.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Veggies from the state farmers' market
Cool sign across the street from the Hibernian (I liked the font)
This weekend, however, could not have been more different. I've had the flu and ran out of tissues only to realize we the only toilet paper we had left in the house was single ply, which we still have leftover from a massive Costco-sized mistake. Even though we've since gotten real tissues in the house, I think my nose still might fall off. Fun.
Anyway, despite feeling totally crappy, the light outside our house yesterday evening was spectacular.
Okay, must lay down again. Hope your weekend was better than mine.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
- Easy Lover (Phil Collins)
- Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson)
- Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
- ...and here comes the kicker...Against All Odds (Phil Collins)
Monday, February 25, 2008
Anyway, the one thing that's bugged me about them, aside from being ridiculously over-styled and sensitve-looking, is that I swear I've seen them before. I've put more time into thinking about this than I care to admit.
And then it came to me.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
They're 100% aluminum, so they're recyclable when/if they ever give up. My only complaint is that the screw top seems like it'll be a pain, but I just ordered sports tops for them. Life can go on now.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
- If you don't have much work experience to go on, listing relevant college courses is fine. "Relevant" means that you probably shouldn't include your A+ in Hip Hop Dance.
- Being "proficient with Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and Hotmail" does not qualify you for an IT job.
- Put your name on your resume. It's helpful. Actually, I take that back. If you're dumb enough not to put your name on your resume, then leave it off. That saves me from having to interview you.
- Don't use Comic Sans and your font of choice. Not for a Communications Director position. Or any position, for that matter. Actually, I take that back. See #3 for details.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Chris and I tiled the backsplash this weekend and it was actually a pretty easy. Sooooooo much easier than tiling the bathroom.
Anyway, we did a lot of tiling on Saturday then finally grabbed dinner at Pei Wei and settled down for an evening of watching "Dances With Wolves." Somehow we ended up with the extended director's version. I guess the original is long enough, but did you know that the extended version is about 5 hours long? I didn't. We're halfway done. Good movie, just long. And it's not fast-paced, by any means.
Then today, we got up and started tiling at 8:45 am. I'm not joking. We took a break around noon to eat and then tiled some more and then took another break around 2 to go to the gym. Read that again: we took a break. to go to the gym. Something is wrong with us. Then we tiled some more.
What kind of backsplash did we have prior to the tiled backsplash? None. None at all, unless you count really, really greasy drywall. And I'm pretty sure that doesn't count.
Anyway, to remind you of what this kitchen looked like in October:
Pretty bad, huh?
Here's what it's looking like now (imagine angels start singing here):
After (more singing):
It's still not 100% finished, but it will be this week. Very, very exciting. Then I can have my life back. To celebrate, I made myself a drink: equal parts vodka and pomegranate liquor garnished with some pretty sugar and some pomegranate seeds because I'm feeling extra festive.