Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
- Did I mention I'm doing an all day "Shootshop" with these photographers next week in Vegas? I'm SOOO excited and just a little nervous! They are the masters of making life look like the best party ever--- so I'm hoping they'll pass on all of their best secrets.
- I was so excited for the girls of American Idol this year, then a bit disappointed with their performances, than even MORE disappointed with the go-homes! I really liked both of them, and definitely could have lost several before them. Bummer. Won't miss the boys. Did you see last night when the long-haired country boy that Kara sexually harasses made that goofy face in the camera? Ross and I rewinded that like 4 times and could NOT stop laughing. I think he's a new fave for me.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Does anyone know how to change the font in your blurb book throughout the WHOLE book, without having to select the text and change the font for every single page? There's GOT to be a way right?
NEVER MIND! Problem Solved... thanks Lizzie. But I thought I'd keep the post up for anyone else who had the same question. Here's the link.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
I decided I'm not documenting it enough since I like to be able to look back and see the phases our home has been through. Every phase stirs up certain memories... like when you see a picture of yourself with different hair and remember a whole set of memories that match it. I have house-phases. I like change... I get stir-crazy... and unfortunately... I am a big fat sucker for a trend.
So here are some photos of my house... a couple of collage projects, a couple of random new nick-knacks that are making me happy, and already a dining-rug change. One before photo is all I could really come up with... so here goes.
Just in case you're curious like I usually am. The curtains and all of the white frames are ikea... the others are random thrift-store and crazy glass-less clearance from homegoods. Mirror, white pillows, and lamp are homegoods. Chair is a reupolstered thrift-store find-- so is the globe ($6!). Coffee table, side tables, and couch are hand-me-downs from my generous sister, Melisa. A new etsy poster that caught my eye. Though I must say, I've been spending a lot more time in Photoshop these days and now I'm thinking.... how hard could that be???
AFTER (but I must admit there were definitely several in-between phases. So maybe I should just say "First six months of moving in" and "Now." Same blue on the walls... scary what bad editing can do. I guess I'm also exposing "editing skills, then and now."
(Still need to fill the little black and bone frame from cost-plus. Yellow... thing... is from homegoods.)
Remember how I JUST showed you my new ikea rug? I really liked it... but for some reason I just wasn't loving it in my house. I'm all about color, but the orange just wasn't working for me or something. I found this one on overstock (well really I saw it on the Little Green Notebook where I was directed to overstock), that reminded me a little of this one.... (different I know... but it reminded me), but for much cheaper... and I did it.
Back to ikea.This is just a little $10 Cost Plus find that I LOVE. I wish they had a big one for my front door. I wish I had a before of this... maybe you remember it in the background of some old photos... but it was a blank wall for a while... then it had 4 frames for a while... I finally got a whole collage up before my family came out for Thanksgiving. Oh what a little time crunch will do. I think the whole thing only took me an hour and a half or so when I finally got around to it. And just a year and a half of not getting around to it before that.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
But I definitely don't want to spend my free time preparing something for myself. After preparing food for kids all day long. Sometimes I love turkey sandwiches and sometimes I don't. What else is there?? When I don't--- then I'm really in a bind and end up eating chocolate peanut butter malt balls all day. (Those deserve a post of their own.)
But when I'm in a turkey phase... I could eat this every day. ("This" meaning many of these of course.) A slice of a multigrain baguette, (or white if I'm feeling more carefree... yes--- I'm one of those... watch my white flour in meals, then chase it with something made of cocoa butter and refined sugar for the rest of the hours of the day... leave me alone...), top with Boar's Head Golden Roasted chicken breast from Henry's (I said turkey... but the only one I really love right now is this chicken, I can barely go back to turkey now.) Slather with avocado. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
Repeat. But don't keep a count.
Chase with Chocolate Peanut Butter Malt Balls sold in bulk from Henrys. And hope you don't get diseases from the bin. (Have you heard those stats/rumors? Yikes.)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Not only did I get my husband home when I expected him to be gone all weekend, but Monday came and I'd forgotten that he had the day OFF. So we had an EXTRA day to play. What should we do? I don't remember the last time he had a day off that wasn't completely accounted for by a trip to San Diego or something. Do we spray paint frames... and take out dining table leafs... and set up garage shelves? Or do we get the hoo-rah out of here and do something different. That one, we said. That one.
We've always said we should go check out Idyllwild since it's just up the mountain from us. It takes just over an hour, and it's taken us like 7 years of living here to finally make it happen. But it was so charming and so worth it. Just enough left-over snow for Ross to have a snow-ball (eh... more like a snow-crumb) fight with the girls, crystal clear, cool air, and warm sunshine. They have the cutest little candy shops, an old vintage toy and soda-pop shop with all the toys we've forgotten we had as kids, and the greatest little antique shops... I could have hovered in them ALL day long, with the old music and the old books....I wanted to buy everything--- and then remembered I wouldn't like half of it when it created clutter in my house. Thank goodness for photos. You can have a piece of everything and store it all nice and tidy on your hard-drive. :)
But first, you can share it with the WULD! (said like a dramatic English woman... not a child with a speech impediment.)
Shaved ice for the girls... chocolate dipped icecream bars with toasted almonds for us... yum.. We bought the girls harmonicas from the "Remember When" toy shop. Thank goodness those things naturally harmonize... because we've been hearing their sweet music ever since.
And on the drive home... unfortunately the windy roads made the drive home HORRENDOUS for me. Now just looking at this photo makes me sick to my stomach. ugh.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
I keep thinking I'll do the "things I love" post in honor of v-day... but it's getting closer, and I'm getting busier...
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
With all of your threats of rolling around our house in a wheel chair, drooling, asking everyone you roll into to "pull your finger" and using up the phone line all day long (this was in retaliation of me using the phone a lot as a teen... nice try Kirk, you didn't foresee the cell-phone phenom)..... anyway... for these reasons, we're not thrilled at the idea of you getting older. But wanted to wish you a happy birthday anyway.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
I was worried the ER would have a long wait and lots of crazies like it does in the movies, so we decided to do the Urgent Care instead. Unfortunately they didn't open 'till 8, which left Ross throwing up and writhing in pain on the bathroom floor for an hour. Then after waiting at the door to be the first patient in, they took one look at him and his sweaty, ghostly white face and told us to go to the Emergency Room. (It was that or his pajama pant, holey t-shirt and sockless running shoe look.) Either way, bummer.
They took him right in at the ER, and by the time I took the girls to a friend's house and came back, he was lying in a hospital bed calm and peaceful. No moving or wincing or moaning or WRITHING... that really is the only word that describes it. I touched his arm to see if he was awake and he opened his eyes --"they've got me on some wicked good drugs." Oh the miracles of medicine. I was so grateful.
They took him in for a cat scan and then dosed him up a little more when he was still having a bit of pain. Then again--- peace. Ahhh....
The Doctor came in and explained that the biggest one, a 5mm stone had just passed through his something-or-other (the painful part- some tubes below the kidney but before the bladder?) and the worst was over. Phew. There are a few more in his kidneys still but they're little and hopefully won't cause pain like the last one.
So he's had like a dozen glasses of water today and lots of rest and some good drugs and we're CROSSING our fingers that it's over. Cross yours too?
Friday, February 05, 2010
Lame. (Said in the voice of Dwight Shrute on Monsters vs. aliens when he's talking about the omega quadrant. What? Have you not watched it a hundred times like us?)
But seriously, the photo. Doesn't she look like 18? Scary. But she turns my whole heart to butter.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
But CAN YOU IMAGINE having a playhouse like that in your backyard? Ross, need a new hobby? I find handy-men very attractive.
And the upper left--- did you see those on The Little Green Notebook? They're rain gutter book shelves. So it costs, like nothing--- for wall-spanning book shelves. Just a bit more elbow grease than I might be able to muster. She linked this tutorial on her blog.
The bottom left picture--- I'm into those framed boards... whatever you call them. Where you can stick pictures and notes with pushpins? A couple of frames, spray paint, cute fabric, batting, trim, fabric glue, viola! Lost the link--- but same lovely blog. It seemed easy at the time, but I'm already overwhelmed just thinking of what it probably took... oh to be a bit more crafty.
And lastly, the cute poster. All we have to do for that one is hit purchase. And then hang in Sophia's room.
What do you want to guess is the MOST likely to reappear on my blog in MY house?
And while I'm in the mood for link-sharing... Allie, did you see I finally did my horizontal tabs on my photo blog??? Thank you for sharing your tutorial!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Remember this lovely chair I found at Angel View that I vowed to reupholster back in... ummm.... August?
Monday, February 01, 2010
(I should mention that the photos at the top were taken AFTER crazy hair day, which is why she's got four ponies. They were, however taken BEFORE she cut one of the ponies off because "crazy hair day was over"... that's what I get for being too lazy to wash it for a few days. Ross came upstairs to me with a fist full of blonde hair .... "it happened.... " . I think we'll survive it with some clips and the usual french braid in front.... )