Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Equestria

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Why is it customary to mount a horse from the left side?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Where's the Fork?

Because my friends, you need to stick that fork in me. WE ARE DONE. WITH THE CABINETS.

Oh sweet grilled cheebus, I'm sorry I ever doubted that we would actually finish. Because this? This is glorious. To be done with the almost four month long project. Obviously.

We came home Saturday from Thanksgiving at my parents' (which was tre awesome by the way). DH asked what I wanted to do. I had one word: CABINETS.

Determined I was. To finish. And be done.

Without further waxing on about the gloriousness of done-ness, here are your before pictures:






Bleh. Clearly in need of an update. And now for the GRAND REVEAL that has been MONTHS coming...









Sweet sigh of relief. It actually looks good. If I do say so myself.

The solution I went with in the Hunt for Cabinet Hardware was a pull that had a foot past the hole that covers up the old hole. And the only way to tell is to open a cabinet door. But screw what's on the inside. It's how pretty the outside is that counts my friends [for cabinets]. And they are damn pretty.

Now we just need to settle on a paint color. Paint. Change a light fixture and add some kind of curtains. Then I can say with reasonable certainty (though I am allowed to change my mind later, I am a woman after all, it's my prerogative dammit) that Project Update Kitchen will be finished.

Oh glorious Tunnel Ending Light, thou art glowing bright.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Introducing...

I finally managed to do it. I finally said goodbye to my friend who has been with me for much of the last nine years or so. I leaned on her during some difficult times and rejoiced with her in the good.

And then I just left her at the dealership for some teenager to buy her as his first car.

Dionne the Neon is no longer calling our garage home. (Although, in complete balls-out honesty, she hasn't spent the last three plus months in the garage since we started working on the cabinets.)

Now we have this new shiny girl:

2010 Honda CR-V

It was a deal we couldn't pass up.

And now I need to name her. I'm thinking since she's a 2010 and we got married in 2010, I might do something wedding related. Mary? Or Juliet (for Romeo & Juliet, a love story <---- our theme.) Or something completely different?

What do you think oh, wise and generous Internets?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanks

This is the time of year to give thanks. There are many things to be thankful for... family, friends, faith, health, etc. You know. The biggies.

But I don't want to forget the small things. Because it's the small things that make the world go around.

What I'm thankful for:
Big piles of leaves to run through
Puppy dog hugs and kisses
New recipes
Peppermint mocha coffee creamer
Peppermint mochas in red cups
Quilts to burrow under
Fuzzy socks
Playing footsie
Laughter
Books
To do lists
Hard work
Creativity
Pretty paper

And last, but most certainly never least... You. You who read my ramblings. You who comment. You who allow me to share a bit of me here.

Here's to you and yours. Hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Livin' on a Prayer

I have no idea if this was spontaneous or planned. Either way, it's 100% awesome.



(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Happy Thanksgiving

What were the founders of the Plymouth Colony, the early settlers we refer to today as Pilgrims, known as when they fled religious persecution in England?

Separatists.

Congratulations to Beckles for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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What were the founders of the Plymouth Colony, the early settlers we refer to today as Pilgrims, known as when they fled religious persecution in England?

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Little Love

A love list:
  • Christmas music (no, it's not too early)
  • Red cups from Starbuck's
  • Decorating the house
  • Cold (or at least cooler) weather... perfect for running
  • My new Pride & Prejudice t-shirt from Out of Print Clothing
  • Possible solution to the Hunt for Cabinet Hardware and being this close *holds up fingers again* to being done with the cabinets
  • Crafty projects
  • Snuggle time
  • Charlie Brown specials
  • Boots
  • Finding great gift ideas
  • Baking
  • Time spent with family and friends

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Conan

In honor of Conan's return to late night TV, here's some of his best guest moments:



(hat tip Cary)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: States

Which is the only U.S. state name that can be typed using letters only on the left side of the standard keyboard? How about when using letters only on the right side of the keyboard?

Texas, left; Ohio, right.

Congratulations to Jeremy for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: States

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you right. Happy guessing!

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Which is the only U.S. state name that can be typed using letters only on the left side of the standard keyboard? How about when using letters only on the right side of the keyboard?

Monday, November 15, 2010

I Would Name All the Monkeys Something Like Captain HotPants or General Gibbons

Hey! You remember when we chatted about our small oven/microwave combo unit, and we were all like ZOMG a wee oven, how cute! How silly those 1970s people were with their smaller dimensions. People were so tiny back then!

Yeah well, 1970s homebuilder strikes again. Only this time it's cabinet pulls.
We are this close *holds fore finger and thumb close together* to finishing the cabinets. Like DONE finishing. Two steps away. Two. Steps. Then all that would be left is to put on new hardware and reattach the doors. Simple right? HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!1 Think again my friends.

Mr. Homebuilder Guy (or whoever the fuck picked out the hardware) - I like to picture him with mutton chops, a mustache to rival Tom Selleck's and pants so tight his mother wondered if she'd ever get grandchildren - decided it would be a brilliant idea to use a pull that is 4 1/4" measured center to center. Well, I can't find a hardware store that carries even one (1) pull that length. And I've been to many in the Hunt for Cabinet Hardware.

So naturally, I turned to the Internets, thinking for sure that the World Wide Webs would save the day. But it is a sads day because for the first time in the history of ever, the Internets disappoints me and doesn't have much in the way of what I'm looking for. Instead my options are kitschy pulls that I just can't bring myself to put in my kitchen.


Here are our options:

An octopus

A monkey with a wine bottle.

The monkey with a wine bottle would be kinda cute if this was our second home, something like a cottage in the hills of West Virginia or on South Padre Island where I didn't give a fuck how kitschy the kitchen looked. Only that it was fully stocked of wine. And monkeys apparently.
The exact, 1970s pull that we started with. I wish this were a joke.

DH says this is an option if we can't find anything else. To which I say PSHAW. I'M NOT PUTTING THIS IN MY KITCHEN AGAIN. IT'S HIDEOUS. His reply: That there's strong fightin' words. Me: Yeah, well, I feel strongly about it.

There were some decent options. Like this one:
Only they're all either $20 a piece (20 bucks per handle? They must be dreaming.) or take 1-2 weeks even to ship. And being this close *holding fingers up again* to done after so much time working on this project, I want to be done. Like NOW. Not to mention that I'm having my cookie exchange in less than 3 weeks and wanted those cabinets D-O-N-E DONE in time for that. Even though no one will care but me.

So now we either have to buy a different size pull and drill an extra hole into the already finished doors. Or buy the ones that fit and hope they arrive in time.


Bob Vila, where are you when I need you?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Round the World and Home Again, That's the Sailor's Way

There's no earthly way of knowing,
Which direction we are going.
There's no knowing where we're rowing,
Or which way the river's flowing.
Is it raining?
Is it snowing?
Is a hurricane a-blowing?

Not a speck of life is showing,
So the danger must be growing.
Are the fires of hell a-glowing?
Is the grisly reaper mowing?
Yes! The danger must be growing.

For the rowers keep on rowing,
And they're certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing!

~ Willy Wonka

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Things are moving fast. Faster. In Project Update Kitchen. I can't help but think of the boat scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Why? I don't really know. It just does.

But this? This is a good problem to have.

While the cabinets inch ever closer to completion but have yet to reach that elusive finish line, we had new appliances installed this week as the old ones didn't go with the look we're going for in the kitchen.

We did have some difficulty in finding appliances. Back when our house was built in 1976, the standard oven size was 24 inches. In 2010, the standard oven size is 30 inches. They still make 24-inch ovens, but because they're not the standard size, they tend to be more expensive. Plus, you have less choices.

Add to this particular issue, that our old oven was part of a microwave-oven combination, built-in unit. That we couldn't find a replacement for in 24 inches. So we had to order a separate oven and microwave, which was a little bit more expensive but so worth it as the space of the old unit was not big enough for a double oven (which I so would have preferred). But without a complete rebuild of our kitchen, we had to stick with what we could find to fit the space we have.

But enough talking. You want some pictures. You guys sure are demanding. But I loves ya anyway.

The old:

Dishwasher

Microwave/Oven combination unit


The new:
Dishwasher

Microwave and Oven

The coolest thing about the dishwasher is that it says when the dishes are clean. So there's no more guessing and finding out later that what you actually put away was dirty. And while the oven is the same size in total length as the old one, there's actually more room inside the oven. Which makes me really happy in the pants.

We sure aren't slowing.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Cake Baking

Shauna Glenn reviewed a new, er, "mixer" when she baked a cake recently. I love the ending.

(Slightly NSFW)



(hat tip Shauna)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Food

Why are pistachio nuts classified as a dangerous cargo by international maritime officials?

Pistachios are considered flammable solids because they tend to heat spontaneously when stored in large amounts, and can burst into flames under pressure.

Congratulations to Kaye for being the first - and only - to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Food

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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Why are pistachio nuts classified as a dangerous cargo by international maritime officials?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Water, Water Everywhere and Many Drops to Drink

G'day Internets,

I'm an active dog. Many people are intimated by my energy as I tend to jump. Mum tells me I shouldn't, but I can't help myself. I see a new person and have to be friends with them. So I jump to give them a kiss to show them how good a best friend I can be. Being so energetic I need a lot of water. While Mum and Dad always make sure my water bowl is full of water, it's not my favorite. But, shhh... don't tell them I said that.

I love love love to drink the water in the bottom of the tub after my Mum or Dad take a shower. (Actually my favorite is the toilet. Though they've wisened up to that and manage to not let me have access to it very often. Which is why I turn to the tub in my time of need.)

I think it's the combination of the temperature and the leftover suds. Many times I have to climb partially into the tub to get at all the water. Occasionally, I've gotten all in. My mum has a video somewhere of it. I'm actually surprised she hasn't shared it with you yet.

Kisses and puppy dog tails,

Cooper

Friday, November 5, 2010

Practice Makes Perfect

Last weekend DH and I went on our annual trip with my graduate school friends. We stayed in a cabin in the incredibly kitschy town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. As always the trip was full of food, alcohol, laughter, good friends and good memories.


The view from our cabin's porch.

Ever since we got Cooper, there will be moments when I'm watching DH interact with him that I get a clear glimpse of the kind of father he'll be. Well, if those moments were clear glimpses, this weekend was a full-length trailer. One of my friends has a two-year-old daughter.

And this was a regular sight throughout the weekend:


If my uterus' alarm was going off before, then it was a confirmed siren this weekend seeing DH being all adorable like that.

I've known since I was young that I wanted kids someday. But it wasn't until the last couple years - since DH and I had been dating for a while - that urge, that motherly urge that many women can relate to, that urge that is so often called our biological clocks, became louder and harder to ignore.

After this weekend, I really had to mash on that snooze button. But I finally managed it.

Of course my friends teased us the whole weekend about the practice we were getting in. Because naturally, I couldn't help but play with her as well. But then practice makes perfect, right?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Book Review: Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

A woman dies of cancer and leaves an odd inheritance to her American twin nieces that she only met as babies - her London apartment - with the request that their parents never set foot in it. The twins, who are in their early twenties, college drop outs, were eager for the adventure that moving to a different continent would present to them. Only there's more waiting for them at their aunt's apartment than just her furniture.

This is a strange book. Even after finishing and discussing the book, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. It was interesting; the plot being different from many other books. But I didn't think it was great.

The one good thing about this book is that it does provide for a good, interesting discussion.

Next month - The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion to do this review.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hump Day Humor: Spongebob Haypants

Slightly NSFW. But f*cking hilarious.



From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

What nomadic land mammal travels as much as 3,000 miles a year, farther than any other?

The caribou. It goes on extensive spring and fall migrations, and can reach speeds of close to 50 miles an hour.

Congratulations to Peggy Sue Brister for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday Trivia: Animals

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer - or best guess - and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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What nomadic land mammal travels as much as 3,000 miles a year, farther than any other?