Tuesday, July 29, 2008
We also got two different varieties of shades, neither of which work, unfortunately. BUT the more important thing we realized was that the places we had thought we'd put the lamps were sort of weird. They were on the edges of the room and we need light in the center of the room. But how do you get light into the center of the room without having cords for people to trip over? Tim looked at 60's interiors and saw that running the cords under rugs seemed to be the answer. But I don't really have the budget for rugs right now and I'm not really too eager to cover up my pretty Walnut floors with a bunch of rugs. Anybody have any suggestions? I may try those little sticky strips you can run cords through and attach to the floor, but I'm a bit afraid that they'll mess up the floor or cause people to eat it everytime they walk through our living room. I think in the short term we'll wind up just putting the lamps in their original positions on the edge of the room until we can buy rugs. Who knows.
I still love the lamps, though, and refuse to think of them as mistakes! I just know you can't rush decorating decisions, you have to live with things for a while before you decide how to use them.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I asked Tim to come give his opinion when it was finished, fully expecting him to hate it, (I think he was a little skeptical about the whole idea), but to my surprise and pride, he loved it and suggested I put a little design on the other cabinet to tie them together:
Next up in the crafty department: We'd like to put wallpaper in those cabinets up there that currently have orange construction paper, and put the same wallpaper on the back wall of the bookshelves. Somebody had some very cool orange with white circles wallpaper recently, but it's not on Jen Ski and if it's on Apartment Therapy, I'll never find it again. I also want to paint the walls behind those cabinets on either side of the fireplace an olive green, but Tim's not sold and as we have a backlog of projects, that's not in the short term plan.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Speaking of movies, we did go see Mamma Mia last Friday. It was a blast, even though Pierce Brosnan can't sing to save his life. But everyone seemed to be having a fantastic time making it and we had a great time watching it. It was pure summer fun, we would start giggling everytime we heard the familiar strings of an ABBA song and saw how they were going to use it. There were new songs in it that were god-awful, but you can look past them, trust me. If you're an ABBA fan, check it out!
People keep asking me if I'm sad to see her crib go. I can honestly say, no, not a bit. I find each new milestone Stella leaps over to be exciting and I'm so in love with the little girl she's becoming with each passing day that I never long for her to be a baby again. I might feel differently if Stella was going to be our only kid, but we're planning on having more, so I just enjoy the ride!
Special thanks to Meme and Pappy for the generous gift of the bed, as you can see, it's made Stella extremely happy!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Crazy Like a Person by Austin New Music Workshop: This is my number one suspicion. They are run by a woman, the only other thing I've seen them do was the Pirate Musical at FronteraFest last year and I don't think they're really tied to the theatre scene. Only a rookie wouldn't realize how incestuous this town is and that you never know who you shouldn't be pissing off.
Kidnapped by Craig's List by Shrewd: Also run by women, but they've been at this rodeo long enough to know how to behave and I seriously doubt they would make a stupid mistake like this.
I Google Myself by Capital T: Not run by a woman, although at Hyde Park and Katherine there sends out the emails for Hyde Park. But she's been in this town even longer than Shrewd and I think would have the sense not to make that sort of mistake. The only reason I include her is that she does sometimes send out empty emails, so I've seen email mistakes before.
The rest of the shows are either huge like Zach Scott or Summer Musical or old stalwarts run by men like Different Stages. So they don't fall under suspicion.
Who do you suspect?
*Oh, God, I just noticed I spelled Rumours in the British way. How pretentious!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
So after you watch this video, you may ask yourself, "why is Stella wearing her bikini and dancing around in the kitchen with mushrooms?" Well...
First she mentioned swimming and putting on her "baby suit" while we were on our walk this morning. I told her we could go swimming in the backyard when we got home.
We got home and I took a shower.
Stella came into the bathroom and opened the shower curtain. At first I thought she was holding her stuffed bunny rabbit that wears a robe. Then I realized that she was carrying her towel and her bathing suit. And was buck naked. I have to say I was impressed that she got off her shorts, shirt and diaper. She asked me to put on her "baby suit" and I told her I'd put on her "swimsuit"* when I got out.
I got out of the shower and did not see Stella. I called out and she did not answer me. I put on my robe and went into the hallway where I could see through the window that she was outside with the bottom of her swimsuit only halfway covering her booty and was trying to put her top on. I made a mental note to childproof the doorknobs. I told Stella that after I finished getting ready we'd go outside and swim and that she could not go outside in the future without Tim or I and brought her back in.
I got ready and got Stella and I both all sunscreened up. We went outside and I got her swimming pool. But then I ran into obstacle number one: I could not get the hose unfastened so I could fill up the pool. Tim had put it on too tight. So I struggled with that for a while before deciding to use the front hose. Then I realized that was hooked into Tim's complex sprinkler system. I tried getting it to work but could not. So I went back into the yard and told Stella that unfortunately we couldn't swim today, I was sorry. As I was telling her this, Stella started screaming and crying, "ants, ants!" and I looked down to see a whole bunch all over her foot. I swatted them away while she screamed, "Mommy pick up me", then scooped her up and went inside.
She was crying quite a bit by now so I offered her anti-itch cream and a popsicle, plus the opportunity to stay in her swimsuit for a while longer. The combination of swimsuit, cream and cuddling with mom while eating popsicles got her back into better spirits, as evidenced by her dance.
Poor thing. I promised her I'd get her Daddy to show me how to operate the water tonight so this wouldn't happen again.
In the other cute things department, she said the word "plenty." We went to feed Punky and she saw Lucy's bowl and pointed and said, "Plenty. Lucy have plenty of food." Oh, and while we were at my parents' house, I walked out of the bathroom to hear my mother laughing so hard she could barely breathe. I asked her what was so funny and once she could finally speak again she said Stella had said, "Poop come out of my booty." Ha!
*Tim taught her to say bathing suit rather than swimsuit. I'm working on changing it because I think it's a ridiculous name for the item of clothing you wear while SWIMMING not BATHING, but Stella's really stuck on it. Except when she says it it sounds like "baby suit".
Monday, July 07, 2008
Tim's already sad and freaked out that she's starting school. So cute!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
1.What is in the back of your car? empty JC Penney reusable bag and empty World Market reusable wine 4 pack bag
2.What color is your toothbrush? green
3.Name one person who made you smile today. Stella
4.What were you doing at 8:00 AM? trying to ignore Stella kicking me in the ribs and go back to sleep. Wishing Tim would take her out already so I could make up for the fact we got no sleep last night because people were doing fireworks until 5am
5. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? getting stella ready for bed
6. What is your favorite candy? Dark Chocolate Ghiradelli or Dove
7. What is the last thing you said aloud? "What did you have to do?" to tim after he came back from trying to get Stella to really go to sleep.
8. What is the best ice cream flavor? Amy's Dark chocolate with either strawberries or reese's peanut butter cups crushed in.
9. What is the last thing you had to drink? water
10 What are you wearing right now? jean capris and shiny long black top with fake crystals at the top and silver, pink and teal on it. It's more attractive than it sounds, I swear. Black ballet flats that make my feet sweat.
11. What is the last thing you ate? a Dove Dark Chocolate with almonds
12. Have you bought any new clothes this week? no.
13. When was the last time you ran? March 07 probably, before my feet started hurting like hell and I discovered I had high arches that made running really painful.
14. What was the last sporting event you watched? hmmm.... can't even think of what it would be it's been so long. Tim liked to watch football for a few minutes at a time when we first got our flat-screen HDTV because it "looked so awesome" so probably January?
15. Ever go camping? Yep, loved it when I was a kid. I've only gone once as an adult, but if my husband didn't hate it so much, I'd do it more often. I'm sure we'll go when Stella's older.
16. Do you have a tan? yes. tim says it makes me look "exotic". Ha!
17. Do you take vitamins daily? Yes.
18. Do you go to church? Not anymore!
19. Do you like Chinese food more than pizza? No. I LOVE pizza. I could eat it practically every day. I really LIKE Chinese food.
20. Do you drink your soda with a straw? no, that's really weird outside of a Diet Coke commercial.
21. Are you someone’s best friend? yes.
22. What are you doing tomorrow? Maybe going to go see Mr. Johnny at Ruta Maya with Stella and Tim in the morning. Having dinner and playing games with Tim's parents.
23. Where is your dad? In Hassi (sp?), Algeria
24. Can you say the alphabet backwards? Yeah, although I haven't attempted it in a while!
25. Do you have a maid service clean your home? are you kidding?! No.
26. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? Not favorite, but just all I really have for summer and easy. my brown or black flip flops that I got for $4.88 from Walmart. I have been looking for cute shoes for months now.
27. What color is your car? purplish blue
28. How do you like your popcorn? I'm not a big fan of popcorn, but I do like parmesan cheese on it. I also LOVE the cheddar and caramel flavor you would get in those big tins the boy scouts sold when we were kids.
29. How did you get your worst scar? chicken pox in 4th grade. It's a "hole in my forehead." (in high school a preschooler i was caring for for my child ed class asked how i got a hole in my forehead.)
30. Look to your left. What do you see? the corner. and a big adorable picture of lucy that we need to get a frame for that my best friend Diane took and gave to us over 4 years ago.
31. What color is your watch? I don't wear one.
32. What do you think of when you think of Australia? Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Nicole Kidman (I was reading an article about her Thursday)
33. Do you use chap stick? yes. At bedtime and under my lipstick because my lips are really dry and otherwise lipstick will just cake up.
34. Do you have a dog? Yes. sweet sweet Lucy
35. Last person you talked to on the phone? Tim. On Thursday. I don't talk on the phone much!
36. Have you met anyone famous? yes. Douglas Coupland, Margaret Cho, Jack and Cary from Jackopierce, Bruce Campbell. the guitarist from the Happy Bullets (don't know if that counts!) Probably some more, just can't think of them right now.
37. Any plans today? we're waiting for folks to come over and play Rock Band with us.
38. How many states have you lived in? two. TX and OK
39. Do you dye your hair? yes. Some shade of red since I was 15, except for one disastrous try at black when I was 20.
40. Do you like cats? not particularly. I used to love them, but I have a rather nasty cat, Punky, that requires daily pills and scratches us and likes to try and sleep on my head. Oh, and sprays our entire bathroom with kitty litter. So i would say I only want dogs from now on.
Who are you in an alternate universe? Your answer is not a reflection of your current life. If you are married and a parent this does not mean you want to leave your current life and pursue your alternate life. So feel free to participate without judgment.
Mine's pretty obvious. I am an actress in New York City. I do well enough not to have a day job and am constantly in an edgy, critically acclaimed show. I have a great modern loft in a hip part of the city that is rent controlled so I can live there forever for cheap and spend all my money on travel. I have a kick ass super-hip wardrobe, too. I look like me, but I get my hair PROFESSIONALLY dyed red because I have that kind of money and time. And I get manicures and pedicures regularly and my body's in a bit better shape because I have time to work out. And I have thin upper arms.
So that's my quick fantasy. If you read this blog, please participate and let me know that you did it in the comments section!
Friday, July 04, 2008
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hot rock “sear it yourself” on a japanese river rock wagyu beef with ponzu sauce; tricky with chopsticks, but super-fun
Afterwards, we went down to Lambert's so I could have the Blackberry fried pie Tim had been raving about. I wasn't too impressed, but I really enjoyed wandering through the new condo developments down there and imagining us rich, childless and living in the thick of things. It was beyond a fantastic date night, I am so blessed to have a husband I consider my best friend and the resources to occasionally splurge and enjoy some of the finer things in life!I promise eventually I will stop wearing this dress, necklace and earrings everywhere I go;)
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Oh and it's raining. I'm glad because we need it so badly, but not so happy because I'm about to have to go out in it to take Stella to her Baba's and pick Tim up from work. Across town.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Tim asked if I was traumatized. Actually, not as traumatized as I should be. I just knocked them off the cabinet that they were on in the garage because I was rummaging around in the garage in the dark. Sort of sad; they'd been on the cabinet for the month plus since we picked them up. Now they're on the floor in the garage, which is even sadder. Sorry Roxie.
On the bright side, if we get Stella into one of the MDO's run by churches, she can get the religious education she was only marginally getting at church and is now not getting at all since we've stopped going. Ah, we may be heathens but at least there is hope for our progeny!