You have to check out this blog entry. I'm catching up with Maggie on Mighty Girl when in a momversation about spying on nannies (irrelevant to me as I have no kids and am not a nanny but it's still interesting) I see a blogger whose blog I'd like to read. I attempt to visit www.finslippy.com as THAT IS THE SITE LOCATION, but Google Chrome is all (in that sympathetic, female, auto-phone-system voice, tilting her head), "I'm SORRY, i didn't quite get that! Shall I take you to http://www.finslippy.com?" WHY YES, YES YOU SHOULD. Oh goodie...for that is so far off what I attempted to visit.
Anyhoo, Finslippy has a post which mentions READING in the SHOWER...I thought you'd find this witty, unclean blogger's blog a good read.
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It is Friday. Such a good thing. Friday nights have become my chance to unwind from the week at work by getting takeout for dinner, catching up on laundry and watching some DVR'd shows. Tonight's shows will include Project Runway, Models of the Runway, Drop Dead Diva and The Soup. [Did you know The Soup has a blog?! So great.]
More weekend items include seeing The Time Traveler's Wife (as I adored the book and can't wait to see the film), completing at least two 15-minute segments tidying up a cluttered walk-in closet, and cooking two entrees to be eaten as dinners and/or lunches next week.
Perhaps while I'm working in the closet, I'll aim to pretty up the closet and bedroom after being inspired by these photos.
Abigail Ahern introduces some private spaces and then shows her own nook at home she calls her own. I have one of those: a little office/library that has tall, slanted ceilings, a loveseat tucked below the window, a bookcase, and my mom's dressing table which is currently doubling as a desk. Guests gravitate to this tiny room - which has become a favorite of many. But it's mine - the place to watch a thunderstorm, to read a book for hours, to browse magazines and rip out favorite pages...
Until I take the photo of my room, here are two others that are so very pretty:
Bloesem Kids has a line of blog posts that are all house tours. How fun is it to drop in on someone and see their home and read about how they thought through the design, organized their belongings and found the perfect items for their homes?! Wish I could do that in real life! (Watch out, friends, I may just do that!)
Before I subscribe to this set of blog posts, here's an assortment of house tour photos that caught my eye.
I had some fun with photos in the last post..but didn't realize the photos would be like Cinderella and *POOF* would disappear after a few hours. The photos have been replaced..if you'd like to see them in context of the accompanying story!
So the poor guy who was rude to me after our blind date has had a not-so-good week. His car broke down, and here's what he picked up at the rental car agency:
Then he met another blind date at the museum....
Seems everywhere he turned, there I was.
But I wasn't really in any of those places, of course. I was dressed up and on my way to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra for a fun evening!
A happy ending indeed.
I have never heard of Hygge House until today but now I'm in love. with a blog. and a lifestyle. and a beautiful home. On Decor8, I read Alex of Hygge House's favorite things and her thoughts on simple living.
I’m especially glad that Holly only asked for a few things as I actually only have a few things as I live pretty minimally with the idea of buying only what you love or need. It’s a topic that I write a lot about on my blog, Hygge House where living well and living simply encompass the Danish word “hygge.”
hodgepodge of photos
selected a few photos tonight that reflect my thoughts of the moment: a bit darker than usual, jumbled around..(my thoughts, not these images!). Perhaps it's time for some creativity.
My apologies. I do not know where these images are from. If you recognize them, please let me know. Thanks much!
This sneak peek of Nicky Crowley's apartment helped me decide what to do about bedding. I was going to go with all white - but now I will be adding a multi-colored blanket to acquire the look shown here.
As for the photo below, I adore hooks and admire the arrangement shown: the simplicity, the order. Lovely! More photos can be found here.
photo via Amy at sweet sweet life
Love this door! Just after college, I visited a school friend who is quite creative. Tucked behind her bedroom door at home was a cheap full length mirror that she'd written on with black marker. Quite creative! But at the time, I was inwardly SHOCKED and APPALLED that she'd ruin a perfectly good mirror. Then the thought occurred, "It's JUST a mirror and there are millions more like it. How creative is she?!!! Very cool."
This time - with the door - I skipped the APPALLING THOUGHTS and jumped right to..."wow. nice!"
Jeff - Big Brother 11
I never EVER talk about how I watch Big Brother. I'll watch it each summer but not tell anyone I'm watching..then when fall arrives, I forget that I've seen it.
At lunch with my aunt and cousin this weekend, I found out that their friends who were at the lunch with us have WATCHED BIG BROTHER FOR ALL 11 SEASONS! Are you kidding me? So 90 minutes at lunch and we talk Big Brother for the last five minutes. Finding others who also watch stunned me. So now I'm wondering who else is watching....?
My favorites are Jeff, Jordan, Russel and Michelle. Wait, Kevin too. Love his observations about the house. Least favorites are Chima, Natalie and Lydia. HELLO. Jesse didn't die..he was merely evicted from the Big Brother House. All that sniffling and crying... gimme a break.
In other news..I'm battling FRUIT FLIES. Yuk. I'm trying all kinds of fruit traps to get rid of them but am wondering if I should just go for flypaper strips. I've cleaned the kitchen thoroughly, tucked all the fruit into the refrigerator, and am doing dishes quickly so that nothing lingers on the counter. I've put pieces of fruit into ziplock bags and then zipped the bags shut, but that took care of like eight of the 100 fruit flies. Any hints?
What a pretty way to start the day on a Friday! Ill Seen, Ill Said featured this home found via Light Locations and I am pretty much in awe. It's gorgeous. Love that huge art piece in the living room!
Am quite happy that it's Friday. So much is going on this weekend that it'll be difficult to choose just what to attend:
Have a great weekend!
****BONUS DOWNLOAD*** Light Locations has wallpapers and screensavers for your computer - such as this one:
Somehow I missed this June Apartment Therapy post about an orange loft and kitchen. It shows me once again how taking on a color scheme unifies rooms and party decorations. I have yet to try this trick... hmm..perhaps soon.
I'm so happy to tell you all about Organic Bikes - a new line of bikes my brother has created with his employer. To find out more, Organic Bikes has a blog and is on twitter. The website will soon be live as well.
I asked James to tell me more about Organic Bikes.
The bikes are made from natural bamboo tubing and recycled aluminum. The “Dylan”, our first bike, is designed for bike paths and commuting...a very quick and agile bike. Our next bike, the “Hudson” , should be released early next year. We will be shipping out our first round of “Dylan” bikes in October- custom building each one to the customer’s specifications for color and style!
For more information, you can email James.
images: organic bikes
Dos Family has visited another beautiful home! It's airy, spacious and well-edited. They've chosen what to focus on and display and edited out unnecessary things. Not that it's uncluttered. It's a friendly, homey jumble of items that are pleasing to the eye. I quite like it.
And then because I can't resist photos of adorable little children or fluffy bunnies....here's one more:
More photos at Dos Family
The Photo in question
how do I start this?
A friend pulled me aside at a party last month and asked if I was dating anyone. I said I wasn't, and she said "You should!!" We figured out that many happily married couples we knew met online, so we thought the plan should be that I try e-harmony. Good idea but my budget doesn't allow for that. So I tried one that brags about having a lot of members.
I sign up then browse the profiles of the men in my age range and quickly realize there's no one "my type" there.
Within a day, a nice guy has written me and is the first to receive a reply from me. We correspond on the site for two weeks, talk on the phone once for four hours, then exchange personal emails for a couple days. We meet for one date and both recognize there's no chemistry. After our mini golf game, he asked if I wanted to get some wine. He drove, and before I got in the car, I said, "YOU'RE NOT A PSYCHO KILLER, ARE YOU??"
In the car, he turned to me and said, "You know, you REALLY SHOULDN'T ASK SOMEONE THAT." And still, I thought nothing of it. (Now..your mind may jump ahead and think that he turned out to be a killer. He wasn't. I'm alive. But he's got somethin' missing.)
He wrote to me a day or so later and said that I needed to change my photo on the dating site because I look nothing like that photo. (He's dead wrong. Oops..I don't mean dead. I mean he's wrong. It was taken of me a few months ago and is me - with fabulously straight hair that I can't recreate unless I'm in my stylist's chair by which I mean SHE gives me the straight hair that's amazing.)
Thus begins the Week of Critical Emails. By today, I realized that the guy (ahem, man, as he's in his mid-forties) had a fixation on my straight-hair-photo and had criticized everything about me from my cell phone provider to my sunglasses. Nice guy, eh? Wait, there's MORE!
His criticisms of me included the following:
There's so much more but it's too tiring to list.
The kicker (email) arrived moments ago. His final words to me were this.....in all caps exactly as I'll show you:
It's Saturday morning. Last night was one of those kind of nights..where I didn't want to be home alone reading or watching TV, but I didn't want to be around the noise that being around people brings. Nothing online appealed to me (are you kidding me? the entire INTERNET did not appeal?)
So I throughoughly tidied and cleaned the kitchen, finished reading my book and went to bed by 9:30. A good night indeed!
Am heading to a water class at the gym - followed by a breakfast of Swedish pancakes with family who are in town. Will follow that up by popping in to see the Julia/Julie film this afternoon.
What are you doing this weekend?
Worked intensely all day to meet a deadline..then thankfully as the Dreaded Hour arrived, the client called to postpone until tomorrow - granting me the ability to breathe fully and slow down in order to prepare the documents accurately without rushing.
Arrived home to make dinner but decided to rearrange both the dining room and the bedroom - which led to vacuuming where the bed used to be - then grabbing a second, smaller vacuum to do the baseboards. Then figuring out how to change the big vacuum's bag.
The end result is clean flooors, a tidy dining room, and a pleasant new bedroom where all feels fresh merely because some furniture was moved around.
Now to enjoy some berries and a salad on the deck on this pleasant summer night.
sorry. funky paragraph formatting. no clue how to fix it in typepad.
Since adding color this year to my wardrobe and accessories,
I've seen bright splashes of color everywhere!
Color Me Blogg, has my complete attention.
I've intended for months to pick up a pair of red shoes but then forgot about it.
Seeing these photos has me adding red shoes! to a shopping list as well as a yellow wrap.
I've been smitten with french chic since reading the book by the same name by Susan Sommers when I was in high school. I've never been to France but took French in college and love to find French blogs. Here is my top favorite French blog: Olivelse. It's the perfect combination of french chic + beautiful colors. Visiting Olivelse this morning reminded me that I need to visit her blogroll friends to see what other goodness is out there!
I was drawn to her blog the moment I saw the following set of photos after she had her second child in 2007. After all, when do you see such colorful clothing/blankets in the U.S. when a child is in the hospital??? Heck, I'd love a sweater that cute along with bedding in those colors!
wishing for... an IKEA Expedit bookcase as in the first photo. Time to buy one!
reading...Dune Road (by Jane Green)
surviving...blind date on Saturday night. How the HECK do people do this whole dating scene? My married friends all sigh and say they're happy they're not dating. Saturday Night's Date (SND) was a nice guy but there was no chemistry. Add to that our small age difference of five years seemed magnified because he looked older than his years and I look about 10 years younger than my age. We agreed to go our separate ways...and I may be happy single! Mentioned the whole dating thing on facebook and got a myriad of responses from "prayer!" to "lots of drinks" to specific online dating sites recommended.
sunday...was a nice relaxing day with a refreshing lack of drama