Wednesday, January 19, 2011

To Do.

To Do:
1. Get colorful tights
2. Wear minidresses.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CHAIR: Before & After

This was like, the biggest accomplishment of my life, basically. There are two of these babies:



You can't really tell too much from the photos, but I did a WHOLE lot of scrubbing with Barkeeper's Friend (miracle cleaner!!!) to shine up the rusty chrome. We also added padding to the seat & back, which previously had very little to none. This was definitely a 2 person job, so my mom gets credit for at least half of this project. I picked the fabric, shined the chrome, cut a new board for the seat (using a scroll saw? I can't remember the name of the machine), picked and pounded the tacks, and worked the staple gun. Mom had the know-how to get the job done, and she held the fabric taut for me while I stapled. We both tore apart the previous upholstery and weird fluffy padding. They look so darn good, and match my table! I can't wait to take some Barkeeper's Friend to the table legs! Worked wonders on my stained-when-we-moved-in kitchen sink, too.

Monday, January 17, 2011

On the Home Front.

Last night Kaden's folks came over for the afternoon & for dinner. It was so nice to be able to share our home & food with others! I would love to have more people over. Sometimes it seems like we eat too "weird" for most of the people we know.

Kaden made an amazing beef stew with brown mustard & dark beer & crimini mushrooms. We had it with a really fabulous wheat & seed loaf from Trader Joe's and a neat salad (my contribution was balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and washing the lettuce). I finally went ahead & purchased 4 matching dinner plates, 4 matching salad plates, & 4 matching napkins from Target, deciding I will not be able to afford Fiesta Ware in the next decade. They match our table so I'm pretty thrilled.

In other food news, we tried Little Roni's Sandwich Shop finally on Friday, and BOY OH BOY, it did NOT disappoint! I got the apple, butternut squash, and havarti sandwich, it was like dessert. Amazing!

I have been working on a big project of re-vamping some excellently-framed poorly-upholstered mid-century chairs, with a lot of help from my mom. THEY TURNED OUT SO FABULOUS. I will post before & after pictures tomorrow. I would like to do a big home post. Maybe I'll get some pictures taken this week; the place is spic & span since we prepared for Kaden's folks' visit!

ps. also got this shower curtain from Target last week, immediately after seeing it on Apartment Therapy. It really spruces up the bathroom!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I want to blog.

I think about things all the time and I'm like, oh, I can't blog that, I don't know enough about it or whatever. How silly; it's not like I'm trying to make money on this endeavor. I can write about anything I want!

I'll be a little behind on writing about my "New Years Resolutions." I did a lot of work on this type of thing in the past week or so. I did a Year End Review per The Personal Excellence Blog. I studied How To Set Amazing Goals per Gala Darling. I made a list of ANTI-Resolutions per Free Will Astrology. Then I worked on creating a morning ritual along with The 10 o'clock Rule (it's 8 o'clock, for me). And I ALSO registered & paid for a
Financial Planning class, which is one of the steps I am taking towards my goals this year.

Taking that first step was seriously, truthfully, a BIG THRILL. It made me feel like I could do anything.

The notebook I wrote all this shit down in is not present, but here are the most important parts:
This year I intend to maintain a loving, peaceful, & sexy relationship with my man.
I intend to increase my confidence by taking First Aid & Financial Planning classes.
I intend to create a creative outlet by taking art classes.
I intend to help my parents clean their house & property.
I intend to spend more one-on-one time with my sister.
I intend to improve my wardrobe and MAYBE EVEN learn how to wear makeup (I am 27 and have never worn makeup for more than one isolated night at a time, usually years apart).
I intend to improve my motivation for learning new things at work.

And here is the big scary good one: I intend to learn how to play electric guitar & play in a band (even if the "band" turns out to be just me & my husband), because that is pretty much the ONLY thing I have EVER wanted to do, and even though I am 27, I will NOT use the excuse that I am "too old" because that is absurd. I'm in my god damn prime.

Am I not? I am.