Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day weekend roundup

Welp, another month in the books.  How does that happen so fast?

It was a pretty low key weekend.  We went to a farmers market and grabbed some lettuce and green onions.  Unfortunately they were out of radishes (or didn't have any)...I think the season is almost over.  We went to another market and while I love the area, I hate getting there later.  Its full of hipsters, old hippies and annoying people who like to stop in the middle of sidewalk flow or park their kids strollers in the middle of the masses.  So that one will have to be as soon as they open or nothing...otherwise I'll end up in jail.

We watched some college ball.  Correction:  I watched as much as I could take and slept through the second half.  I love naps.  Nappy, nap, naps.

For dinner, I wanted a burger and fries and given I've been underwhelmed with what the local restaurants have been serving up lately, I made them myself.  I believe the Mr's quote was "I am so glad I have taste buds.  Best.  Burger.  Ever."  That's right sir...say mah name!

Sunday was a rain out and we traversed the city in downpours to refuel the groceries...and hide from people trying to stop by the house.  I am pretty sure Trader Joe's is trying to alienate us.  The 72% dark chocolate was completely wiped out in a way that suggests they will not be carrying it again.  I know the sign was flipped over to the flower side which means "we're temporarily out" but we've seen that before and then 8 months has passed and the sign is gone which means you're S.O.L.  If they keep this up, we will have no reason to go.  Except for the spiced apple cider which is 2 weeks out and I will be buying like 6 jugs of it because they yank it just before prime cider sippin' season.  It's not right.  Trader Joe is actually kind of e-ville.

I wanted four white table settings so I perused Pottery Barn because the dishes I've had for 13 years are ridiculously high quality so I trust them.  We ended up taking advantage of some sale and then a "buy more, save more" promotion and got the white 16 piece Cambria set for $112.

via Pottery

We were happy campers!  Casual but could easily be dressed up, mixed and matched, etc.

We stopped by this garage sale once the weather cleared up and this dude runs an antique shop out of his garage.  I'm pretty sure that's a grey area of legalities in our parts but whatever.  The shop was basically just full of junk and you know how you want to run far and fast but your upbringing forbids you?  The guy was about 60 years old, longer, dirty fingernails, plaid shirt, slicked back hair and 30 year old glasses.  He said there were five rooms behind the garage that we could look through as well.  Several boxes being used as signs said "more stuff" directing us to the rooms behind the garage that contained 99% crap.  After I got over the inevitability of a mouse darting out from piles from Hoarders, I began to wonder what our final tale would be that would inspire a future Criminal Minds episode.  Would be go up the stairs and a trap door sends us down a chute into a room of terror?  Would his able bodied and blood thirsty son have a bear trap set up?  Would a half starved mutant they've kept locked up like Sloth from The Goonies grab my ankle through the open stairs as we tried to leave?  We were just glad to be out of there without becoming a loaf of head cheese.

We got SUCH a late start to our workout after the Mr played "name that tune" with me.  I whipped his butt with a strength circuit workout.  I'm sure we'll feel it today.

I had big plans to do food prep but I only got one of my dishes done.  When I started, the yolk on the bottom was smiling at me.  As I waiting for the damn phone to boot up to take a pic, the smile turned to a smirk.

I can almost hear it saying "smooth move Ex-Lax"

Dinner was also super late (9pm) but worth it.  A nice pineapple bbq pork chop and a serving of corn.

I'm hoping my freshly washed pillows flatten out a little more because all of this fluff is leaving me with a sore neck and side every day.  The Mr has taken most of this week off so I'll be interested to see what we can get in to!

How was your weekend?  Do you have today off or does your job suck and make you work?

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Laughing at others and what I'm reading this week

Um yeah, so for a full hour instead of working on this post, I've been busting a gut over Pinterest fails.  I told myself earlier in the day I would NOT wait until 10pm to do my links.  It's 9:59:52pm.


So that I can get back to making myself feel better about my first attempt at cake pops, let's get to...

6 low cost, high-impact projects for your home  (That's what I'm talkin' about)

9 New Fat Facts That’ll Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts  (Do peanut butter chocolate chip cookies count?  No?  Damn.)

A Marriage to Remember (Video starts on changing 8 minutes)

Billy Crystal Pays Tribute To Robin Williams During Emmys 'In Memoriam'  (No one was better suited to pay proper tribute than Billy)

30 Easy Halloween Pumpkin Ideas (No Carving Required!)  (Super cute ideas!)

9 Mistakes Not to Make at the Farmers' Market  (Just please don't take my radishes before I've had a chance to get them please)

21 Things All Blunt People Know To Be True  (I'm blunt with tact.  I won't say something that'll hurt someone's feelings but I am known as the "straight answer" friend.)

Confessions of a Pilot: Debunking the Biggest Air Travel Myths  (Can't get enough of the BTS in the airline industry)

22 Signs The DIY Lifestyle Just Isn’t For You  (So funny!)

12 of the Most Distracting Extras in Movie History  (Great, now I'll never unsee these.  Here...join me)

How to Exercise in Your Hotel Room  (Get on it, travelers)

Kathy Bates wanted to dedicate her Emmy to Robin Williams  (Yet another great story of what a sweetheart he was)

How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip  (Word UP!)

Parkinson's: Robin Williams and the Irony of Optimism  (More about Parkinson's than Robin but a VERY good read)

Why Saving Tasks for Tomorrow Doesn't Always Work  (Who me?)

Jennifer Aniston, Gwen Stefani and Many More Celebs Sing Goodbye to Chelsea Lately  (So NOT a fan of this woman but the video is worth checking out)

Room of the Day: Wrapped in Blues and Silvery Hues  (Love the colors...looks around...yep, I definitely love the colors!)

Repurpose Old Windows & Doors  (So cool!)

Iconic Dishes of the '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s   (A fun look back)

Robin Williams Performs 17 Accents In 2 Minutes On The 'Ellen' Show  (What a crack up.  Will definitely make you laugh over make you sad)

17 "Star Wars" Characters Explained By People Who’ve Never Seen The Movies  (For the Mr)

23 Moments That Made You Realize Your Childhood Was Truly Over  (Fer sure)

Now I'm going back to tormenting the Mr with my vast knowledge of 80's music.  I just blew his mind with Digging Your Scene by the Blow Monkeys when he thought he stumped me.


Any plans for the weekend?  What's your area of expertise for useless knowledge?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

An armoire gets a new lease on life

When I decided to remodel the great room, I knew that even though we could've bought new everything, we didn't need to.  We already bought a new couch and loveseat, an area rug and installed new flooring.  I had to repurpose what we already had and since our armoires and tables all had classic lines, I decided to jump into chalk paint world.

I had big plans for the smaller armoire in the cave like landing just above our stairs.  Here's what she looked like before...

The honey colored stain had oranged up over the years and it was time to go.  Chalk paint allows you to not have to prep the surface with stripping or sanding so all I had to do was slap on a few coats of paint.  I used Annie Sloan Pure White for the outside and shelves and for the inside, I used the Paris Grey.

That backboard was made of thin luan, which meant unless I wanted to tear it off and keep the back open and have things drop behind the thing, I'd need to paint it.  Well, I wanted a driftwood slat look to the back but I couldn't use anything like even thin wood because the thickness and eventual weight would put too much stress on the flimsy board.

My solution?

Balsa wood.

Balsa wood is incredibly light and incredibly fragile.  It's typically used for model airplanes or other hobbies.  I know the Mr thought I was nuts for doing this but I assured him it would be all good.  I got some Annie Sloan clear wax and waxed each slat before applying any paint.  When the wax was dry, I carefully buffed it and then measured where that particular piece was going to go.  I'd mark it and then paint about 1" further out from the measurement line.  I started with the Paris Grey. is where one of the great mysteries of life comes in.  All of the friggin' pics I took of the process have vanished.  I have gone through every folder of nine different memory cards and nothing.  I'm 99% sure I took pics of this but you're going to have to bear with me as I describe the rest of this process.

After painting the slat grey, I waxed the slat, waited for it to dry and made a white wash solution in a plastic cup with one tablespoon of pure white and three tablespoons of water.  I brushed on the white wash, let it set up for about one minute then used a paper towel to lightly wipe the watered down paint off of the slat.  When I got it aged to a look I liked, I would clear wax the slat and repeat the process.

When it was time to line up the slats, I used wood glue on the back to make a squiggly line up and down the back and applied it to the luan backer board.  I will say this was the most irritating part of the process because the balsa wood wanted to pop away from the luan at the ends.  So I had to either stand there for about five minutes holding the ends or find something like pints and quarts of paint to lean up against them as they dried.

Even though my measuring was precise, there were still very small gaps on the left side, so I used a piece of trim we were using for another process to score a straight line and glue the balsa trim vertically on either side to give a finished look.

One of my favorite details of this project aside from the slats on the back was something the Mr was vehemently against.  I told him I wanted to use old vintage keyhole escutcheons around the knobs for some character.  He wrinkled his nose and said he didn't know.  I said tell me if he thought it was a bad idea and he said it was a bad idea.  The more I thought about it, the more I knew I wanted them, found some on Etsy that I loved and at the time I mentioned it, there were four.  When I defied the Mr's protests, only two were left so I snagged them.  They were a little worse for wear with paint on the edges and a bit of rust overtaking the brass...

But nothing a little sanding, spray paint and glaze in my colors couldn't fix.

They are my second favorite detail and the Mr agrees he was wrong and really loves the way they look.

 I'll reiterate that...the Mr said he was wrong.  He hasn't questioned my design vision since then.  HA!

I also spray painted the hinges so it all looked cohesive and distressed the armoire to give it a more vintage look.

Since this one isn't near a heat source, I decided to use the clear wax on it to seal the whole thing.

Then it was time to decorate it with some fresh flowers, antiques from Napa and other vintage hunts.

To say I love it is an understatement.

It was, at times, a pain in my rump but so worth it and it's one of a kind.  No one else has this and every time I look at it, I smile.  I know we'll enjoy this for many more years to come and it probably cost about $100 between the paint, wood and hardware.  Not bad considering we paid $900 for it originally and I plan to get the same amount of time out of it in its second life as I did the first one.

I love seeing a vision come to life!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Twas movie night, y'all

The Mr got a coupon from the local video store for rent one, get one free, which means...we're there dude.

We perused the new and new-ish releases and decided on Blended and Single Mom's Club.  I love Adam and Drew together but heard some not so great things about it so I went in cautiously optimistic.  Single Moms Club was a total trailer hook so we settled in with some TJ's lite kettle corn.  I didn't realize it until after we started Blended but our movies had Wendi Mclendon-Covey in common which only made me want The Goldbergs to come back on sooner than later.

Blended -  We weren't even an hour in and wanted to turn it off.  How sad that the chemistry seems to have fizzled between these two.  How we longed for The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates Adam and Drew.  I think it was the addition of annoying children and completely idiotic situations that just tanked it for us.  We waited around for it to get better.  The African band that kept singing at poignant times...I wanted to kick them all in the coconuts and Kevin Nealon, oh man.  The Mr said he cheapens everything he's in and sadly, that applied to his role in this one.  It was hard to watch him so I tried not to.  But thankfully the last third of the movie got funnier, sweeter and a little more emotional.  It didn't pull it completely out of the toilet but it got rim high by the end when they FINALLY unleashed the chemistry.  The gag reel was good so watch that if you rent it.

Single Moms Club- I felt like for once we didn't get trailer duped.  Sassy, funny and all of the things you come to expect from a Tyler Perry flick.  I was horrified to see the lead singer of the African band from Blended was also in this movie and just as annoying and sing songy.  I tried to shake it off and enjoy the rest of the flick.  Of course it also had its lessons and serious side.  I couldn't help but think of my own mom who became a member when I was 8 years old.  She did it on a retail job salary, pop squat child support she rarely got on time from a dude who could afford double and made sure I had everything I needed and many things I wanted.  I was also glad I didn't give her the kind of grief these brats gave these women.  She's thanked me for that more than a few times.  Toward the end, it got a little preachy and felt like an Oprah show but it wasn't too bad.

Hats off to all of you single moms out there!

Rent any good (or bad) movies lately?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chipotle Egg Salad

In my quest to get the Mr's protein up to par, I made a dish that is easy to make and big on flavor.  He seriously flipped for this and is awaiting my next batch.

Traditional egg salad uses mayo and I like mine that way too but I wondered how hummus would taste as the binder.  In addition to more flavor and less sodium, you get more product for the same calories.  Yes please!

Chipotle Egg Salad
Makes 3 servings

6 eggs
2 tbsp red pepper hummus
1 serving La Costena Chipotle Peppers and 1 1/2 tbsp of the adobo sauce

So I started with cold water, brought the eggs to a boil then turned them off...

...and totally forgot about them for two hours.  Amateur.

So what should've been gleaming, perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs looked like birds had pecked them.

Yes, I know all the tricks and the vinegar and all that jazz but in the end it doesn't matter because it's all getting hacked up anyway so vanity went out the door.

I opened a can of La Costena Chipotles in adobo sauce.

I grabbed my red pepper hummus. (Sabra has the same nutritional info if you have that in your area)

I got to hackin' the eggs.

I seeded and diced two large peppers.

I added the peppers, 1 1/2 tbsp of the adobo sauce and 2 tbsp. of the hummus.

Give it a goodly stir until combined.

Wrap it in a lettuce cup, top your favorite salad, melt a thin slice of cheese over it on a slice of sprouted bread or whatever your little heart desires!

Nutritional Info per serving:  Calories  174  Total Fat 12g Sat Fat 4g Poly Fat 2g Mono Fat 4g  Cholesterol 372mg, Sodium 309mg  Potassium 138mg Total Carbs 4g  Fiber 1g Sugars 1g  Protein 13g  Vitamin A 22%  Calcium 4%  Iron 10%

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Ambitious plans

Oh ambitious plans, where art thou?

I remember we said we were going to get the house back in order...

*looks around*

Yeah...that didn't happen.

It's not that we didn't want to.  Or that we didn't attempt to.  But you know how you redo your space and realize, "holy crap, without all of the pictures taking up most of the armoire space, we have no decor."  Well, Fall decorating season is basically a week away and I wasn't going to decorate for our "regular" look and then take it all down in a week so we had to look for autumn accoutrements.  Luckily I knew of a few places that had a plethora of items and after lots of internet searches as well as some local shopping, I got goodies.

But first, I had to decorate the armoire for the "after" pic on how I re-purposed that particular one so that started at 11:30pm on Saturday because obviously, I'm insane.  Earlier that evening, I had to buy D rings for a window that is getting hung and then I spied some cone flowers in gorgeous Fall colors and well, those had to be bought.  It was a moral imperative.  Darnedest thing though, the middle part poked me pretty hard and I had an allergic reaction to it.  So that meant I wouldn't be the one planting them.  I'd grown tired of the hodge podge of perennials that we've planted over the years.  Some would come back up, others gave me the bird from the great beyond.  The Mr transplanted the hostas to the back and got the new plants in the ground.  Now we must remember to water them.  Mmm hmm.

There was an autumn mantel project that sounded so easy when I thought of it and I got going on it and it took ALL day Sunday (in between doing other things) and I could sense the Mr's disappointment but I wasn't going to move the table back in only to sprawl out crafting materials on it.  We still need to let it cure for a week so VERY light eating on it then nothing else.

The Mr was helping some friends of ours with computer issues and when he came back, I had dinner ready for him...

Turkey burger that shrunk up to the size of a slider (look how ridiculous that normal sized bun looks!) stuffed with a laughing cow and a grilled half sweet potato with a slight drizzle of coconut syrup.  Twas delish!

I'm hoping we'll have better luck this week getting the house back together because I'm mentally just done.

How was your weekend?

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Inching toward remodel finish and what I'm reading this week

It's Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii-daayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!

*Insert booty poppin' dance here*  (I refuse to call it twerking.)

Yesterday I was quite productive.  I hacked up a bamboo valance, thought I broke it, saved it, hung it in a weird way and used unconventional ties that allowed me to fix a crooked and off balance valance hang job.  (That is one letter off from being very dirty)  I'll share it with you when I take the final pic.

I did a Fall project and in an attempt to do it an easy way, it turned into the hard way of course and I was just ready to slap it up on the front door.  I got some hangers spray painted and the Mr is going to take care of those for me today since I want to get our curtains up.  I'll be finishing up the table today and hopefully have it moved in tonight or tomorrow.  I can't wait to be done with the big stuff!  Par-tay y'all!

But enough of that jazz, let's get to...

Train Like a Badass: American Ninja Warrior Kacy Catanzaro's Workout Tips  (Commencing badassedness in 3...2...)

Dog Catches Fox Playing With Her Toy, Is Less Than Thrilled About It   (The cuteness..I die)

Dave Grohl rules  (As if I need another reason to love him)

5 Cardio Myths You Need to Stop Believing  (Fer real, yo)

10 Chores You Can Whip Through During Commercials  (Cleaning during commercials, novel idea!)

10 Struggles Of Having An Excellent Memory  (Yep, the Mr can attest to this about me)

10 ways you're sabotaging your workout  (Agree with some, not with others but this is called what I'm reading, not what I'm agreeing with so...there's that.)

17 Reasons Why You Secretly Can’t Wait For Summer To End  (Are you kidding?  I'm crackin' open my pumpkin now and have fall decor on the front door!)

Real Women Dish on What Works For Weight Loss  (Great stories!)

40 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About HGTV  (Good stuff.   I may or may not have it on right now.  I do.)

Social Security strategies that can boost your income  (Very good tips!  Video starts on landing)

Yes, Google Maps is tracking you. Here’s how to stop it  (Cue Rockwell.  Good for you if you didn't have to Google the reference)

New 'Scooby-Doo' Movie 'Curses' Daphne From Size 2 to Size 8  (That's a size 28 and I know because I used to be it.  This is disgraceful.  Evidently you're cursed if you're over a size 8 and if you are, you resemble a sumo suit!?!?!)

Chris Pratt Visits Children's Hospital Los Angeles in Costume as Star-Lord From Guardians of the Galaxy   (As if I need another reason to celeb crush.  I'll take him over Gosling any day)

Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before You DIY  (Points to ponder)

WTF Does It Really Mean to "Listen to Your Body?"  (Listening to it now and my injury seems to be healing quite nicely)

What Should I Do With My Old, Orphaned 401(k)s?  (Don't forget you've got 'em!)

Sleep Hack: Keep Your Feet Outside Your Covers!  (But...but...what if the boogey man grabs my foot!?)

Remembering Robin  (Written by "Natalie" from Mrs Doubtfire.  Wonderful account of his humanity)

David Letterman Honors Robin Williams With Moving 10-Minute Tribute on The Late Show  (Tissues toward the end.)

Surprising Robin Williams/Star Trek Connections  (Pretty sweet behind the scenes stuff!)

Robin Williams laid to rest  (I may have never met you but your passing has affected me as much as your wonderful life.  Thank you for blessing our lives with laughter and lessons.)

25 Future Stars who appeared on Are You Afraid of the Dark?  (Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society...)

No real plans yet for the weekend.  I'd like to get some projects finished and start getting the house back to its final state.  (Until I get my hands on it for Fall decorating!)

What are you fine people getting into this weekend?

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