Saturday, March 28, 2009

honey-do


Is everyone else this busy? I feel like as soon as I cross one thing off of my list, 3 more show up. But secretly it makes me really happy. While I don’t enjoy the feeling I get at 8am on a Sunday morning when I wake up and my mind start racing with things to jam pack into the day, there’s something to be said for never being bored.

See, I spent a lot of time as a child complaining to my mom that I was bored. I had read all of my Babysitter’s Club books at warp speed, I had grown tired of passing out my brother’s old tests to my imaginary school students and the video game company where I “secretaried” went belly up. Yes, my brother and I started a video game company when we were home sick. He was the boss and I was the secretary. The business lasted until after-school cartoons came on…and they say this economy is tough. Anyway, I was always moving on to the next thing, getting done/tired with it and asking my mom what I could do. I think the answer I heard most was, go on a picnic. Yeah Ma, I’m just gonna pack my lunch up and go sit in a field by myself. At 9 years old. But really, how tired she must have been with me asking constantly. And by “asking”, I really mean “whining”.

Maaaaa-ammmmmm, I’m borrrrrredddd

Well don’t worry Ma, I won’t be calling you anytime soon asking for something to do, I clearly have enough on my plate. Oh and yeah, you know I’m one of those freaks who puts things on their to-do list that they’ve already done just for the satisfaction of crossing it off. Done and Done.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

We are here to pump…you up.

So if you’ve been wondering where John & I are every other day at 6pm, we’ve been here. Pumping Iron. That brother I told you about the other day was nice enough to let us move his home gym into our new guest house. Sweet, huh? Throw some sweaty towels on the floor and some muscle man posters on the wall and we’ve got ourselves a regular gym. Wait, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a normal gym, they are wallpapered with posters of oily muscle men right? Anyway, I’ve got my lifting schedule, my fun little gloves and I’m practicing my grunts. I’m clearly on my way.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Attn teenyboppers and pathetic grown women:

Tonight is the night we’ve all been waiting for, the Twilight dvd release.

And while I won’t be hanging out at any dvd release parties at midnight tonight, my copy will be in my hands this week courtesy of Amazon. I’ll meet all of you in my living room every night this week to become obsessed all over again. I think the Hot Topic shirt I saw says it best:

I Love Boys Who Glitter.

So true.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

totally gonna do this

I have a slight obsession with wrapping paper. I know, a scrapbooker with an obsession with paper? Ca-razy. Well new house affords me enough room to set up a little wrapping paper station in my new craft room. Surprisingly, when I googled ideas, not a whole lot came up besides plastic rubbermaid containers. So I was really excited when I saw this tutorial from Country Living.



I'm thinking some apple-y green pegboard with crisp white dowels. I think I might even have some pegboard let over from my scrapbook storage idea back in '05.
So obviously I'll be spending my lunch hour at the Home Depot today...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

sports aren't really my bag

We had received Flyers tickets for Christmas from John's aunt & uncle. I had assumed that it was a plan to get the fam together and that they had given everyone tix, mostly because we're not huge hockey fans. Don't get me wrong, John can sit and watch any sport and enjoy himself. Me on the other hand? Not so much. Well to my surprise, we showed up and it was just the 2 of us, which was fine. Anyway, the game was good...I guess? They beat the Rangers so at least the infamous Philly sports fans weren't rearing their ugly heads at a defeat.


This view caused only a mild case of vertigo...
Me pretending to be interested...


My favorite parts? Mites on ice! These little guys were so adorable playing about 2 minutes of a game with no goalies. Pure talent.

On our way out we had to stop and take a pic of the Spectrum, the arena of my childhood. It's coming down this year, which is sad.


All in all, it wasn't my first choice of a Saturday afternoon activity but we had fun. Plus, John took me to Ikea afterwards, which is definitely more my speed.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

tuesday fun finds

I'm a tad bit excited to move into the new house. It seems like every day I pick up something cute for the house. Today I found these. These jars are from Pier One and I got a little too excited when I saw them. Over the past few months, I've been dreaming this concept up. Well apparently, P1 beat me to it. And that's good enough for me. Not that I ever change the contents of my storage jars enough to need a chalk board to change. But c'mon, they're cute! And they come in stemless wine glasses too, which are my fave.


I've been trying to come up with an accent color for the kitchen too, even though John asks me why I "need" an accent color. Doesn't he know that when you get new house, you get new dish towels and accessories (and everything else)? Don't worry, I clued him in. I found this set at Target (of course) and realized that orange was perfect.
oh and courtesy of some of my fave blogs... I've got two new blogs for you to check out...

Wake, Rinse, Repeat

and courtesy of her, I've found

This Young House

go visit!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

gettin my read on...

After my affair with the Twilight saga, I had to quickly attempt to forget the fact that my husband isn’t a glittery 17 year old vampire. Damn it. Anyway, my human husband had picked up a few adult reads for me at Christmas so I’ve been going non-stop. Once again, my unsolicited opinions on each:

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

There’s nothing like having a huge novel sitting next to your bed to look forward to. I, along with other Wally fans, have been waiting for this book since his last book back in 1999 or so. He needs to get on the ball. Anyway, he didn’t disappoint. The story follows a couple from Connecticut to Colorado where he explores the events of Columbine and back. Although the book is fiction, he’s done his research and all of the details are true. I’m a big fan of authors weaving history into a current-day story. Not only does he include Columbine, which can you believe is now history?!?, but also goes back much further into the main character’s family, which includes a lot on women’s prisons. It’s not only entertaining but it’s interesting and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

This one was a quickie but a goodie. It is set in the fifties and is about a woman who gives birth to twins, one with Down’s syndrome, in the middle of a blizzard. Her husband, who is the doctor delivering, sends the baby away with his nurse, telling his wife that the baby has died. The nurse cannot send the baby to an institution and decides to raise her herself, unbeknownst to everyone. Fast forward 15 years, the doctor and his wife, who once appeared to have the perfect life, are virtual strangers to each other. New secrets begin, old secrets revealed, finally everything is out in the open and the remaining characters have to deal with it all. I found it a good bedtime read that I was okay with putting down and picking up the next night. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Ok, if you love carnies, you’re gonna love this book. Mystery, Murder, Secret Love, it’s got it all. It tells the history of a traveling train circus through the eyes of an old man sitting in his nursing home. He joins the circus in the early 1900’s after his family dies and becomes the show’s veterinarian. Although he’s young and a newbie, his Cornell education makes him pretty important and catches the attention of the director as well as his beautiful performing wife. It’s a great story and the ornery old man telling the story is pretty funny. 4 out of 5 stars.

Next up…Fool by Christopher Moore, which John is currently reading. He’s one of the few authors who we both adore.

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