Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Knitting is Taxing

We did our taxes last night. UGH. I hate taxes. Ours are not even necessarily difficult, but just annoying to have to do them. HOWEVER, last year we paid someone to do it and they messed up...two times. So this year, we're back to doing it ourselves.

After taxes, Nate popped a bottle of Shiraz and picked up Tiger Woods Golf on the Wii while I started working on my knitted hat. I did not have the correct size needles for this hat yet, but wanted to practice reading a pattern and the new stitches. I was talking to myself while doing this and Nate asked if i was speaking Japanese. Indeed the world of knitting is like a foreign country to me right now. Thankfully our library had some great knitting books so with those and my pattern, I was able to complete a few rows of k1, yo, k3, sk2p, k3 yo. ha ha ha Oh the lucky baby that will get this hat. (read: heavy sarcasm) While knitting is suppossed to be relaxing, I think the wine was doing more to help balance the curse words that escaped my mouth while knitting.

In other news, have you seen this:

I am hoping to win it from the Craft contest!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Update: The non-SNL version

The weekend was fairly low key and relaxing.

Friday night I rented The Other Boleyn Girl while Nate watched basketball. I do not really recommend this movie. We have become Redbox junkies - if you do not use Redbox, I suggest doing so. Movies are $1 to rent and we have rarely actually paid that dollar becuase there are always free codes available on their website.

Saturday we did the tiling and ate 3/4 of this quiche.
Mushroom Asparagus Quiche
Source: Taste of Home
1 tube 8 oz refrigerated crescent rolls*
2 tsp prepared mustard
1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed & cut into 1/2 in pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten**
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp each dried basil, oregano and sage

Separate crescent doug into 8 triangles, place in ungreased 9 in pie pan. Press into bottom and up sides to form a crust; seal perforations.

Spread with mustard, set aside.

In a large skillet saute asparagus, onion and mushrooms in butter until asparagus is crisp-tender. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients; stir in asparagus mixture. Pour into crust.

Bake @ 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until a knit inserted near the edge comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
*We do not use these. We made a pie crust, which is EZ when you have a food processor.
**We actually use 3 eggs.

Saturday night it started snowing/sleeting which caused us to miss a family function, about an hour away. I was bummed so Nate took me out for some sushi, where in addition to some good sushi, we got a free dessert plate of fresh fruit! Score!

Sunday morning my mom joined us for an impromptu breakfast where we finished the aforementioned quiche. We offered to watch Baby Alex for W&H on Sunday afternoon. He was a doll. We didn't even have to change a poopy diaper!

Additionally, I knitted one more dishcloth and started and finished Revolutionary Road. I have not seen the movie but the book is good. Depressing as heck, but good. After Anna Karenina & this one, I am ready to not read about failing marriages, thus, I'm now onto Animal, Vegetable Miracle.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wrapping up March in WI

This was the view from our yard moments ago....keeping in mind that it has been melting all day.

Welcome to March in Wisconsin...where two weeks ago we set a record high of 75 degrees and then last night sleet and snow!

And Moose Makes Three

They say bad things occur in threes. My grandfather passed away late December, followed by my great grandmother earlier this month, and now my family's dog, Moose, was hit by a car last night.

We got Moose when I was a junior in high school - he was the fattest puppy of the bunch. He lived at my mom's house for a while, and then my niece, who was infatuated with him, took him to live at her house.

Moose was a great dog, who loved when you inserted his name into any Abba song and would do just about anything you wanted.

He loved getting a foot bath:


He loved my niece:



And he loved doing Glamour Shots with my sister & I:


We will miss you Moose!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Just what you wanted...MORE TILE!

This morning we woke up and got straight to tiling, finishing off the portion to the left of the sink, and beginning the portion to the right of the sink. "Honey you're a mathematical genius" was uttered by my husband this morning. I just wanted to get that on the record, ha ha ha.

The finished areas:

(notice the cute orla kieley dishtowel hanging on the fridge, courtesy of A Day That is Dessert)


(I love how the new switchplate covers look against the tile!)



Here is the other side with the spacers:


Only one more wall to go! Unfortunately this will be the hardest wall, for several reasons:

1) Our current microwave is centered on the upper cabinets, but not centered over the oven. We are thinking about getting a new microwave and centering it over the oven.

2) We have to get our new oven/stove. This won't interfere with tiling.

3) We have to decide where we are going to end the tile on the far right side of the picture below (excuse our messy kitchen).


One other resource that we often use for our house projects is This Old House magazine. The current issue features a stunning kitchen that makes use of subway tile. They also have a feature on subway tile on page 40 which explains the difference between high end and low-end tile. Nate had to talk me out of taking this article to the woman at Home Depot who told us that subway tile was not 3x6 white ceramic tile but red tile featured in McDonalds floors. I don't think that This Old House magazine would get it wrong!

For fellow bin pull lovers, the new issue also features several variations of those too. Swoon!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spending Recap...along with some other tidbits

Hang on folks, this is going to be a long one!

A. I mentioned earlier this week that we had to resnake the drain. We pulled a lot of crud out of the drain so we thought that would do the trick. We tried baking soda & vinegar. We tried Draino. The drain kept getting worse. Yesterday we threw our hands up and called a plumber.

The plumber arrived around 6:15 last night and left around 9:30. He had to saw off the cover of our stack (the one that WB tried and tried to get open) and then open up the stack going from our house to the street. I don't know if this will make sense, but basically the stack right underneath our kitchen sink to the stack that goes out to the street was CAKED with crud. GROSS. Our drains have always been a little slow, we just figured that came with having an older house. Apparently both previous owners of our house thought the same thing! The plumber brought down his industrial auger (similar to the one WB came to our house with) and snaked from the kitchen stack all the way out to the street. HOORAY! $250 later and the problem is fixed. Once we realized how bad the problem was, we were happy we called him. Our little $6 snake from Lowe's was not going to resolve that problem.

B. I mentioned that the plumber was here for 3 hours. During that time I was determined to finish up Anna Karenina and I did! Phew. That was a LONG book.

C. Before the plumber came, we had dinner. Basically everything we make out of the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook is stellar. Last night's pot roast was no exception! Here is the recipe:

Slow-Cooker Country-Style Pot Roast
1 5-6 pount boneless beef chuck roast, tied
Salt & Pepper
4 tsp veg oil
3 onions, chopped medium
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup dry red wine
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup beef broth
1 TB minced fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
3 bay leaves
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup minced parsley

1. Dry the roast with paper towels, then season with salt & pepper. Heat 2 tsp of the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Brown the roast on all sides, reducing the heat if the fat begins to smoke, about 10 minutes. Add roast to slow cooker.

2. Add remaining 2 tsp oil to skillet and heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions, carrots, and 1/4 tsp salt. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 15 seconds. Stir in the wine scraping up any browned bits. Simmer until the wine has reduced by half, about 1 minute then pour into slow cooker.

***You can do steps 1 & 2 at night and put in the fridge. Keep meat separate from vegetables if you do. In the morning add both to slow cooker and proceed.******

3. Add tomatoes, broths, thyme, bay leaves and red pepper flakes to slow cooker. Cover and cook until meat is tender: 9-10 hours on low, 6-7 hours on high.

4. Transfer roast to a carving board and tent with foil. Let cooking liquid settle for 5 minutes, then use a wide spoon to skim off fat. Discard the bay leaves. Puree the cooking liquid in a food processor (or an immersion blender right in the slow cooker - seriously, i use mine all the time!). Stir in parsley salt and pepper to taste.

5. Untie roast and slice 1/2 in thick. Arrange meat pour sauce over.

Note: I cut this recipe in half for the two of us and it still made a ton. The recipe as is states that it serves 6-8.

D. It is Friday so I owe you a spending recap.

I went to Target with my sister and bought 1 non-essential item: The Garnier Fructis Curl Creme. It cost $3.29 but I had a $1 coupon. I read about this curl creme on Bryn's blog and figured i would try it. If it works, it is definitely cheaper than the Aveda Confixor + Aveda Elixir potion. I used it yesterday and I LOVE it. Many curl cremes are way too thick for my hair and end up weighing the curl down and making me look like a wet dog. This one is nice and light and I literally did not even have to diffuse it, which is a huge time saver. The AC+AE potion really requires you to diffuse it until almost dry, aka take up a good 20 minutes of your morning.

AND an even better reason to find a new product - I just tried to find the Elixir on the Aveda website and found out it is discontinued!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bout of Grout



Nate came home from his business trip last night. After driving six hours, he whipped up a batch of grout and started to grout. The grout only made it halway, but the picture nicely illustrates how grouting really finishes tiling off and makes it look pretty!

Knitting Graduate

I am officially done with the knitting class and my first project: the dishcloth.

You can see that each week, we learned a new stitch so there is no realy pattern, but it is more of a sampler.



My sister came over and taught me how to knit in the round on circular needles so I am now working on a hat.

For all of you knitters, Whip Up has a bunch of great free patterns and other online resources.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How often do you 'poo?

SHAMpoo that is.

NPR had a segment on the anti-poo movement. This site has instructions on using baking soda and vinegar instead of shampoo.

I shampoo my hair every other day. Sometimes I will go three days if it isn't looking too bad. Currently we are using up samples in our house (yes...we have been doing this for over THREE MONTHS now) so I don't have a particular brand I am using, although we try to get one without sulfates. Since I have dry everything (skin, hair, nails) I noticed that my hair was much better when I stopped shampooing every day.

I don't think I could totally switch to baking soda and vinegar. I like the smell of commercial shampoo too much.

Single Lady for a Night

Last night I was driving home from knitting class and I was listening to a CD my friend Ali made me, which of course contains the Beyonce Single Ladies song.

I went through a phase where I was singing this song around the house, which of course drove the hubs insane. "I did like it and I did put a ring on it, so stop singing" was his reply.

I now try to contain my singing of this song to the car. Of course last night I WAS a single lady as the hubs was out of town on businsess so I was singing at the top of my lungs and even doing the hand motions from the video. I think only one guy saw me. I PRAY that only one person saw me. ha ha ha

Video here. Fierce.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Drains, Blogs and Fabric

1. We did not grout last night. Our sink is clogged AGAIN and thus that became the more pressing issue. I think that we are going to need a plumber this time. We snaked the drain several times, got a bunch of gook out and for some reason that made the drain WORSE. ARGH.

2. I have been reading Anna Karenina since the beginning of the month. I am ready to be done reading this book, but have about 200 pages left to go. Instead of reading that, I was reading blogs last night. (Can we say, Addict?) I was whining that I should go read Anna Karenina. Nate thought that Tolstoy perhaps should have had Anna Karenina have a blog and then I would have been done reading it. I think I laughed for a solid minute on that one.

(Thanks to MKD for emailing this to me)
3. I received a bunch of fabric in the mail last night courtesy of the Heintz Clan's birthday gift! My next project is to make a roman shade for our kitchen window out of this fabric:

In addition to that, I also ordered:





AND I received a free 1/2 pound of fun scraps! (Unfortunately Ali, the hunks were not in the scrap bag.)

Photos: Fabric swatches from ReproDepot, Poster by Matt Jones

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tiling Continues

This weekend we continued tiling and my brain still hurts.

Old Md Girl had left a comment asking how we learned to tile. Basically, we usually refer to a book my mom got us as a housewarming gift, or the Internet. The book is the Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement. Depending on the project, we also ask family members or friends who have tiled or the Home Depot/Lowe's people (with mixed results).

The hardest part about tiling is doing math. Lucky for Nate he married the former secretary of the SMS high school math club. ha ha ha. We have split up the tile work by having me figure out what cuts need to be made, and Nate running up and down the basement steps to do the cuts with the wet saw. He spreads the adhesive on and then we usually switch off putting the tiles and spacers up while the other one checks to make sure it is lining up correctly.

Here are some pictures that show the before and after:



Nate spreading the adhesive - note the tiles on the counter all set to go:



Tile on - spacers still on:


We are grouting tonight! It is easiest for us to tackle small sections at a time. That is about all we can handle before we get sick of tiling. We may have House ADHD.

Here is a little trip down memory lane. This is the kitchen on move-in day:


Here it is post - cabinet removal and painting:


And now, with tile (pre-grout):

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Two Kates Bag

Yesterday I referred to a new bag: The Two Kates bag from the blog Needled.

I made this for my mother-in-law. Every knitter needs a bag for her projects.
One fun thing about it is that it's reversible!





The instructions can be found here. The bag is really easy and takes about one hour from start to finish.

Fun Web Stuff for a Friday Afternoon

1. Ahh! I won a blog giveaway!

Pretty Little World was giving away these two cute giraffe prints from The Invisible Circus Etsy Shop:


I am a big giraffe fan so of course I was excited! Thanks Pretty.Little.World!

2. Coco & Kelly is offering this print for free on her blog.


3. Whip Up featured the Buttercup Bag Pattern by Made by Rae. Click here to get it!


4. Another quilt in my quilt file...another quilt I will not start out of fear. Anna Maria Horner's zigzag quilt can be found here.


Photo Sources: 1. Pretty.Little.Things blog 2. Coco+Kelley blog 3. Made by Rae Blog 4. Anna Maria Horner Blog (Links are above)

Diet Schmiet

This week was a pricey one.

1. I needed to get my haircut. I think my comment about sending a bottle of shampoo to Scarlett Johansen is coming back to bite me in the butt. I asked my stylist if she had any tips for diffusing my hair to make it curly. Once i had a fabulous haircut by an expensive guy b/c my cheap-o girl was sick. He gave me the secret to wearing my hair curly - mixing both Aveda Confixor and the Elixir leave-in conditioner and diffusing it. 80% of the time this works for me. I should have just been happy with that and let her flat iron my hair. I did not - I tried to increase that 80%. She proceeded to put a LOT of Bumble & Bumble Curl Creme in my hair. Then she twisted these one inch sections all over my head and began to diffuse them. After that she flat-ironed curled sections. It looked ok, but was still a little wet. About 2 hours later my hair did look quite good but I was on my way to bed. I also had visible gobs of the curl creme in the bad of my hair! I'm telling you - it was a LOT of curl creme.

Today i woke up and it looked a little ick. (ok a lot ick). I slept in a bit so was in a hurry and figured I could perform rescue work on it and didn't shampoo it. Rescue work did not work. Thus, I am having a really bad hair day. It sort of reminds me of the time when I tried using coconut oil in my hair post shampoo before I went to work. There are certain people at UofC that will never let me forget this. Ah well - TGIF. ($45)

2. After the haircut, I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics to buy elastic for Schlocks. I should have left there paying 81 cents after my 40% off coupon. I did not. I left there paying $14 because I could not avoid the remnant pile. The remnant pile is a great source of expensive decorator-weight fabrics, which are good for making market bags and a new kind of bag I made last night. (New bag will be updated later after the intended recipient has been given the bag). I found not one, but four remnants and they were 50% off. Anyone need a bag?

3. After Jo-Ann Fabrics, I went to Harry Schwartz Booksellers. Harry Schwartz is a great MKE bookstore that is closing. Sigh. I really hope Amazon and Kindles do not take over the world. I went to Harry Schwartz to scope out their remaining inventory. The crafting and cooking books were pretty much exhausted but I did get a cool book on Paris (which we hopefully will be going to SOON), and some novels. $34 later I left with a free galley copy of a book.

So last night threw the diet out the window. $93 in one night. I could rationalize and say that I still haven't spent all of my birthday money. Oh wait, I just said it. :)

Good thing I am currently leading our NCAA Bracket pool!! I only got one game wrong so far. As my dad said via email to me this morning, "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while". If I win, I am buying a new sewing machine with my earnings.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pecan Toffee Bars: A Good Investment?

I am responsible for bringing a "sweet treat" to my investment club meeting tonight. Investment club?! Que?! Yes, I started attending meetings in January and was officially voted in last month. Tonight is my first "official" meeting. The reason I joined the IC is to learn more about stocks and investing in general. To date, I usually turned over all the of the retirement account/investing decisions to my husband, given that this is his job. I am not able to have meaningful conversations with him about investing so I thought this would be a good way to get involved and "learn". I think I have already annoyed him with all of the questions I have had!

Back to the "sweet treat": Pecan Toffee Bars. These are a family favorite of mine, and indeed they made an appearance at the luncheon post-funeral last weekend. After downing not one, not two but THREE of these, I asked my mom for the recipe. She emailed it me. If the three bars did not give me a heart attack, learning the amount of butter that is in these did. WOWSAS. These are not for the faint of heart.

2 c flour
1 c br sugar
1/2 c butter

Mix w/mixer until crumbly. Press into 9 x 13 ungreased pan. Sprinkle 1 cup of pecan halves on top.

2/3 c butter
1/2 c br sugar

Melt over medium heat until top boils, then boil 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. pour over crust & bake in 350 oven for 18-22 minutes until the caramel is bubbly and crust is brown.

Immediately sprinkle 1 c choc chips over and let sit for 2-3 minutes, then swirl for marble effect, leaving some whole.

Yes, folks, that is correct: OVER ONE CUP OF BUTTER. No wonder these are so yummy!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Weeks 6 & 7 of the Spending Diet: Catch Up Time

I have not been keeping up with the spending diet recaps - my trip to Atlanta sort of threw me off the Friday track so I will catch up today and then begin on this Friday again.

Birthdays
Birthdays do not count in the spending diet (for me at least). Nate's birthday was on Friday and I bought him two things:
1) The Black & Decker Bathroom Remodeling Book. Thankfully my mom found this on amazon's used book list for $3. Score! Some might say that this is a self-serving gift, but he really wanted this book as his goal is to do as much of the bathroom remodel as he can (with my help).

2) Garmin Nuvi GPS. Nate is a big fan of maps and trying to figure out which is the closest gas station, grocery store, target, etc.

My mom's birthday gifts were using fabric that I already had and we took her out to lunch.


My god-daughter Liz's birthday was earlier this month. I got her a giftcard to Target, one of her favorite places. This has sort of become the standing birthday gift for her. Last year, I even helped her spend it. I have to admit cruising the Barbie aisle at Target is STILL fun.
That wraps up the spending in the birthday category.

Hobbies
Crafting
The only extra money that I spent here is to buy a 2-pack of knitting needle caps for my mother-in-law and I after our first class. She surprised me with some bamboo knitting needles over the weekend and they are really helping me. I was having problems with the aluminum ones and my knitting was a hot mess. Lord knows that you must have perfect stitches in a dishcloth, ha ha ha.

I actually have not bought fabric or any other notions in a while. I really have to finish up some half-done projects before I start tackling anything else.

One thing that I discovered is that our local library has a lot of sewing and pattern books. A great one that I wish I would have found before all of these March babies were born is Amy Butler's Little Stitches. I recently got this book from the library and it has some really cute projects in it!
Running
I paid the entry fee for the Wisconsin half-marathon the first weekend in May. Nate's cousin and I are tackling this first-time race. I think we were lured in by the promise of beer, brats and cheese.
Reading
I paid $1.50 for the a subscription to Glamour magazine in honor of their anniversary. If you are interested, leave a comment and I will send you the link.

Clothing
Despite visiting 3 Targets in 24 hours to try to find the GPS for Nate, I did not purchase any clothes. The 75% off rack did not bear any fruit.

Friday night we did go to the mall to redeem Nate's Aveda birthday coupon. (Sidenote: How is it that HE gets these coupons and I do not? Oh well.) While at the mall, we both realized that we needed underwear. I had a coupon for a free gift from Victoria's Secret PINK collection with purchase. So despite the fact that I normally HATE their underwear, I picked out 5 pairs for $25 to get the free gift. What is wrong with me? The free gift was this stupid bag. I should have just walked away from the counter once they revealed it. The next day I put on a pair of the new underwear and less than 30 minutes later I changed them because they were driving me so bonkers. I will be returning the other 4 pairs. Lesson learned...I think.

One thing that the diet has influenced in terms of clothing is since I have been trying not to buy clothing, I have mixed and matched more of my existing wardrobe to get different outfits using the same materials. I sometimes get into a routine of only wearing Shirt A with Pants B, and then start to get bored with that and think I have "nothing to wear". I have tried to mix Shirt A with Skirt C or Pants D more now and it has been sort of like I have "new" clothes.

Incidentals
We rented Vicki Christina Barcelona on Friday night for $1.50. A couple of thoughts on this movie:
1) It is amazing what a good haircut can do for Javier Bardem. Getting rid of that bowlcut from No Country for Old Men turned him into a sexy Spanish bohemian painter. Yowsas.
2) You may feel the need to send Scarlett Johansen a bottle of shampoo while watching this movie.
3) I am a bad wife. One would think I would have let Nate pick the movie because it was his birthday. I did not. I gave him a choice between this or The Duchess. I think by the end he was wishing that he had picked The Duchess. I don't think he is a big Woody Allen fan.
I enjoyed the movie. Perhaps #1 influenced me.

Phew. That was a long one. I think that sums up the past two-three weeks of the spending diet!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Signs of Spring in WI

Daffodils peaking out of the ground!


The first use of the grill in several months!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Today, Friday the 13th, marks two important birthdays: Nate's and my Mom's. I find it funny that they share the same birthday. I also find it funny that Nate & I are both Pisces.

Keeping with my pledge to make the majority of my birthday gifts this year, I made my mom an ipod holder:



This was REALLY EASY to make, except for sewing the button on. I am really terrible at buttons. The tutorial I used is from the Sew Mama Sew blog and can be found here.

I have one more thing in the works for her, but unfortunately did not complete it on time. Oh well...it's always fun to drag your birthday out as long as possible, in my opinion!

Nate-O's present will have to be divulged at a later date...since I don't want him to read this at work!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Grout Done!

Yes...we waited almost 2 weeks to grout after applying the tile. Slow and Steady wins the race people!

Here is a before grout picture:


Roughly 15 minutes later, here is the after:


And that concludes the tiling tester for our "sample area". I must say that once we finally got all of the correct supplies and tiles, it was EASY. Definitely a great DIY project!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rough Day



My great-grandmother Hazel passed away last night. I'm pretty bummed as I was lucky enough to have a relationship with her that started when I was very young. She used to watch my siblings and I after elementary school. She was 94 years old. Although her goal these past few years was to make it to 100, I still hope that I can have such a long life! We will miss her and the fantastic, albeit crazy, stories she would tell us.

In more uplifting news, I started a knitting class with my mother-in-law last night! The class is 3, 2-hour sessions and we are starting with a simple project - a dishcloth. I have started my dishcloth 4 different times now because i always seem to add on a stitch somehow. The shop where we are taking the classes has lots of great projects on display, so I am hoping those will motivate me to continue!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?


So it's been awhile...

Last week I took off for the ATL for a workshop and conference. I love when work related events take me to where my friends are. And I love when work takes me to where it is in the 70s and sunny when it is raining and sleeting back home.

The workshop and conference were long but productive. I got to visit some old ATL favorites (Flying Biscuit and Ru-Sans) and try a new place (Floataway Cafe - highly recommended) with coworkers before joining Ali to meet the newest member of the DeSantis Family! It was so so exciting to see such a brand new baby. Between Baby D and hanging with Mee-layz (pictured in all of his cute glory above), I thought I just might come back to WI pregnant. I kid, I kid. (pun intended..get it - "kid") ha ha ha. I crack myself up.

Ali has some great pics posted on her blog - it was also fun to have MKD in the house while staying with the Heintz Clan. I finished out my visit with MB & Dave, who happens to make some great pancakes. MB & I caught some sun in Piedmont Park before I had to face reality: Sleet, Fog and COLD back home. I still look at the my sunburn acquired on my right arm during Saturday's Lunch with fondness...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lemme Lemme Upgrade You

I'm not sure if where you live you have the Beyonce Comcast commercial featuring this song. Here, it is always on and unfortunately the song gets in your head and stays there.

Over the weekend I made my sister the market bag she requested. She picked out and bought the material so I couldn't really refuse. Her one request was that she wanted a pocket on the outside.

So there, she got a pocket (a trimmed pocket, even) and the market bag got an upgrade:

Monday, March 2, 2009

Switching the Switches

I mentioned yesterday that we bought new switches and outlets for the kitchen over the weekend. While we are going to wait to install them once we get the tile done, Nate did install two of them just to show me how it would look, which is fantastic.
The before pictures:
One outlet in our kitchen had this lovely wood plate on it:

The remaining outlets are a dirty cream color:

A Hint of the After Pictures:

We will be switching all the outlets and switches to be white, will brushed nickel plate covers. As BK said, "You wouldn't think something so small would make such a difference".
Eventually we would like to replace these throughout our house.