this year I intend to

Here’s a list of various things that I really want to do this year. That I intend to do this year.

I only accomplished a paltry amount of last year’s list. I shall do better this year. I am so committed, in fact that I will be printing this out and putting it in a place where I can see it, last year was a little too out of sight out of mind.

I’m also committed to loving my smaller house for it’s uniqueness instead of being unhappy about it’s lack of space. We honestly shouldn’t need a huge amount of space and we have a lot of crap that we don’t need that should be culled, a lot of crap that should be stored better/smarter and some really cute outdoor entertaining spaces that are crying out to be used.

In The Kitchen
1. Cook more from my cookbooks
2. Try a new vegetable or a dish I have never made, tasted or heard of at least once a month
3. Actually cook all those things that I have bookmarked from tastespotting
4. Re-paint the cabinets (they are starting to show wear) and properly seal them this time
5. Cabinet hardware (to prevent the wear)

In The Office
6. Re-arrange the tables and storage situations
7. Keep the desk clear
8. Get all the shop stuff organized and keep it that way

In The Bedroom
9. Keep the damn window seat free of clothes so it can be used as designed for a change
10. Paint the bathroom
11. Tile the floor
12. Clear out old clothes and clutter in the closet
13. Figure out vanity situation
14. Figure out necklace storage situation
15. Your counters. Nuff said
16. Real curtains for the window seat area

Life In General
17. Get back into habit of walking dogs and stick with it
18. Ride your bicycle
19. Teach Sprog to drive
20. Get Sprog to do volunteer work at least once, preferably more than once.
21. Hopefully continue to grow the Etsy shop
22. Host a brunch
23. Host a family game night with my family
24. Have more parties in general
25. Do more fun things around town, not just our normal
26. Travel with friends
27. Get another stamp in my passport, get Sprog a passport and get him a stamp too
28. See Hogwarts (Universal Studios Orlando)
29. Get and learn to type on an Iphone (I still have a qwerty phone)
30. Get a hot stone massage at least once
31. Read at least 10 books (I used to be such a reader, I don’t know what happened to me)
32. Go camping again
33. Get a canvas of Sprog in Monterrey from last year
34. Decide what to do with the family photo wall in the hallway
35. Get my Steve Madden boots fixed (both pairs)
36. Get another tattoo
37. Find a new make-up that I love
38. Actually do what I always say I am going to and buy something I want when I see it instead of waiting and being sad when it’s gone
40. New curtains in the living room
41. Get sewing machine fixed
42. Paint the bench on the porch
43. Get the table from Ikea for the back porch
44. Host an outdoor party/bbq and play bocce/ladder ball/horseshoes or washers
45. Raised garden beds on the kitchen side yard
46. Compost bin
47. Chickens?
48. Add a new city to our visited list….Seattle, Portland?
49. Show the boys New York
50. Send people random gifts just because I love them
51. Get to Arizona to see Jamie and her baby (who won’t be a baby by then *sigh*)
52. Ditto for Maglet and Katie
53. Attend a blathering
54. Do something about the blank space between the bricks and the house on kitchen side patio
55. See live music somewhere
56. Attend a Central Market or Sur la Table cooking class
57. Get to the Farmer’s Market
58. Tackle the garage
59. Dentist, colonscopy, ENT…all appts that scare the piss out of me
60. Replace cookware in the kitchen that is falling apart and is frankly unhealthy
61. In addition to the scarf swap, host another swap of some item later in the year. (ideas?)
62. Get back into the habit of weekly family game nights (the three of us)
63. Smile more
64. Let certain people get to me less
65. Hopefully build new friendships? Making friends at this age is harder than I ever thought imaginable.
66. Replace the light fixtures: guest bathroom, master closet, master bath-toilet area

I’m sure I’ll add to this list as I think of/do things because there are few things that a Capricorn enjoys more than crossing things off a list.

the year wrap-up meme thingo

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Saw a place so beautiful IRL that it looked like a storybook
Big Sur

Got a stamp in my passport
Biggest sun hat in all the land

Went to New York
Style Lush Girls in NYC

Opened my Etsy shop

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept 6 of them. I actually completed a 7th (get and fill out an address book but then discovered I apparently lost it when I went to fill out Christmas cards this year, calling that a FAIL) and yes, I really want to get my ass away from the tv and off my couch more this year, so expect a resolution/goal list this week.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! New nephew, BFF since 3rd grade, Maglet, Katie and many online peeps (it’s a banner year for babies!)

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No thankfully

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Answers to my health issues. (same answer as last year)

More fun with friends

Less tension

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I have a few: my Etsy shop doing so well, Style Lush and Food Lush also doing so well and not going postal on anyone when I really, really wanted to.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Getting Sprog to care about grades, again.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes. Same sinus/migraine/tum trifecta

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I am unable to qualify things in this way.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I celebrate anyone’s behavior at the moment it’s merited (or at least I always try, people need it) I want to do this more, do this bigger.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The same one(s) as usual. I wonder why it continues to appall me when I know there is zero chance they are ever going to change? Oh and my ex-BIL who left his family to go be a rock-stah in Europe. HOW DO YOU ABANDON YOUR CHILD? YOU EFFING DOUCHEBAG!

14. Where did most of your money go?
According to our budget wizard? Groceries. That is mainly because it incorporates gas and prescription medications into that bucket because we get them at the same store.

15. What did you get really excited about?
That I was able to travel more this year than last, that I was able to get a stamp in my passport, every sale in my shop (yes, still. giddy)

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Mumford and Sons

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

(a) happier or sadder?
(b) thinner or fatter?
(c) richer or poorer?

(a) Neutral

(b) I think fatter, I ate HORRIBLY this Christmas and I feel like an overstuffed sausage right now

(c) Slightly richer. We have some money in savings again, we didn’t strap ourselves for Christmas…

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Let things roll off my back more. Done more fun stuff as a family, I am really starting to feel the panic of my baby running off and leaving me soon. Had more parties. Tried more new things

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Being upset, hurt, angry, in pain/sick.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with my fam. Christmas in Pasadena with Willy’s family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Gah! Too Many! Big Bang Theory is consistently quotable and I watch an alarming about of reality TV

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Same suspects.

24. What was the best book you read?

I need to read more. I read a couple.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Mumford and Sons, IAMX,

26. What did you want and get?

Kate Spade purse

27. What did you want and not get?

An underwater digital camera, an upgrade for my Canon, A NEW COMFORTABLE BED (I hate our bed so much) my gray boots with the purple zipper etc…

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Again. I don’t like qualifying things this way but movies I loved: Black Swan, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Harry Potter, (and more I’m sure I am forgetting)

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
35 and we went to see a Burlesque show

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

People not being selfish assholes

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

I wish all year had semi cool weather, I love layers

32. What kept you sane?

Y’all and the hubs.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Gay/Lesbian rights

35. Who did you miss?

So many of my friends are so far flung. I miss so many people on a daily basis.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

My Style Lush girls. Plus I love that Kristie and I got so much bonding time in New York.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

Parenting a teenager is the hardest thing I have ever done

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Um. I don’t have one off the top of my head…my year was too all over the place. (again)

christmas at the movies

I mentioned this on twitter, but I realized the other day that somehow Better Off Dead hadn’t made it onto my required Christmas viewing list. I’m not sure how this is possible given the whole grabbing the face and saying the word “CHRIST-MASS” scene, so it’s since been added, but I wonder what other movies I am neglecting.

My Required Christmas Viewing List:
Christmas Vacation
A Christmas Story
Love Actually
Harry Potter (all of them say Christmas time to me until they jacked the whole schedule and started with that release in July, effing Twilight)
Better Off Dead
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

This last one is a variable. Sometimes I read the book, sometimes I watch the movie
Little Women

Yes, I realize that Elf is not on that list. Did you know I can’t stand Will Ferrel? The ONLY movie he’s in that I have ever liked is Talledega Nighs: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

This year we also watched the new A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey. (I also can barely tolerate him) I liked most of this adaptation, except for the ghost who is Father Christmas, that bit was annoying.

Do you have any required Christmas movies? Any that I should add to my list? Want to tell me off for my haterade when it comes to Elf? (my husband does all the time, it’s okay, I can take it)

not my strong suit

I love when ideas appear on other blogs, I can gank, that get me through the week :) but I am finally getting around to that list of things I can’t do/don’t do well.

-Parallel Park- I have never done this in my 20 years of driving, not once. I even made sure that the DMV I took my test at didn’t require it (there were two in my vicinity, one required it and the other did the Y or 3 point turn, I went there).

-Play Guitar Hero- I have horrible carpal tunnel and it KILLS me to play the stupid toy guitar at rapid speeds. I couldn’t even make it through one song. I tried multiple times to no avail.

-Jump Well On A Platforming Game- Dudes, I totally suck at this. I still play them, but I have horrible timing on the jumps and usually end up dying more than a few times.

-General Grace And Non-Klutziness- Running into walls, doorjams, tables, other inanimate objects that have been in the same place forever? CHECK.

-Not Quoting Movies- It’s like a sickness! There are times when I didn’t even realize I was doing it until after when I realize what I just said made the person look at me funny and then I retrace it and it’s a movie quote, it’s not even my own words getting me the stink eye.

-Strategy Games- Yeah they make my head hurt.

-Drive Between Concrete Berms And Semis- I can’t begin to tell you the amount of stress this gives me. I can do it but it’s white knuckle the whole way.

-Park In Reverse- I have like negative depth perception. I am getting better about pulling into my own driving in reverse but into a parking space with cars on either side? FORGET IT!

-Sticking To The List- I love food. I love ingredients. I am totally distractable in a grocery store. ‘Nuff said.

-Not Overpacking- I am much better about this, now that we only fly standby and don’t check luggage, but I still always have at least 2 extra outfits.

-Not Giving Advice- I am seriously trying to just shut my yap and let people do what they are going to do…but um…yeah…not good at this.

-Being More Confident- I really don’t need to elaborate on this one.

-Saying No To Dessert- YEAH RIGHT.
On that note, check out my post about my fave cupcake shop in Houston.

wah wah

I seem to be stuck in this constant cycle of exhaustion and sinus hell so it’s hard to want to blog. I liked being in the rhythm of posting every day and don’t want to lose it completely…so in that vein here’s something :)

* We went to see baby Joseph over the weekend. It was our first time getting to hold him and really see him since he was born. He’s such a little bit (5lb 10 oz) compared to Sprog (8lb 3 oz) he seems almost like a little doll.

* We also had Connor’s birthday party on Sunday at the Gates of Hell aka Chuck E Cheese. The level of noise, crowds and chaos going on in that place is enough to give me a panic attack.
Connor with Chuck E
He seemed to have a good time, though.
Luke whacking things
So did Luke :)

* We saw Kick Ass on Saturday and it was a lot more violent than I was expecting. Sprog enjoyed laughing at my reactions almost as much as the movie itself. Some friends of ours went and saw it on Sunday and they didn’t have the same opinion of it as we did but James saw it and he did…so take that as you will.

Elsewhere today, at the 1 o’clock hour, I’ll be at Style Lush blogging about my new fave microwaveable meals.

some updates

* Skinny Jeans– I went to GAP. I fell in love with the Always Skinny as recommended by Slynnro. I would buy multiple pairs and wear them every day if I could. I also like the skinnies @ Victoria’s Secret, fyi.
*Sprog and girls– Stupid girl sent him a text yesterday afternoon wanting him back. Still with no explanation as to why she broke it off in the first place and after a refusal to even talk to him at school yesterday, he said NO. There was quite a flurry of texts after and I felt like I was suddenly in 90210.
*Sprog and grades– He pulled EVERY GRADE up EXCEPT the one that he has to have to pass. UGH. Technically, he did pull it up, but only to a D so that really isn’t going to help him. Someone wants to learn a lesson the hard way apparently.
*The tum– I had been doing really well for a while but yesterday the cramping started again hardcore. It has been a very stressful couple of days AND I haven’t been getting my morning exercise, I really hope that is all it is.
*Christmas– The drawing names thing is back up in the air and so I haven’t even started on my Christmas list! I feel so behind. Bleah.
*Granny– She is improving bit by bit but Mom is still stuck in Oklahoma. It’s been several weeks now. Hopefully they will be able to get her into the assisted care facility that they found soon so Mom can come home and rest, I know she is exhausted and super stressed.

happy places ala She Likes Purple

1. Sedona, Az. It amazes me to no end that this desert utopia is only 1.5 hours from the hustle and bustle of Phoenix but every time I drive into town, I just breathe a sigh of relief. There is a calm that washes over me that can’t be explained, you simply must experience it for yourself. I am the most at peace when I am hiking among the towering red rocks, breathing in the clean crisp air and being one with the universe. Yes, I just wrote that and meant every single word. Of course if this hippy dippy mentality is not for you, there is always a pink jeep four wheeling tour that I guarantee will get your adrenaline pumping and your face hurting from the grinning.

2. Mallory Square, Key West, Fl. This is HUGELY touristy, it just is, but I don’t care; it’s fun. It’s awash with people and sounds of people having a great time. There is music, street performers, clapping, laughter and just general good times going on all around you and then everyone begins lining up to watch the sunset. Sailboats cross paths while the sun makes its lazy descent into the water, making for the perfect backdrop to their darkened silhouettes. It’s just awesome.

3. Arkansas River Tours, Colorado. White water rafting is something I have only done once in my life but to say I was profoundly affected by it, is an understatement. I think this is one of the best experiences we have ever had as a family (tied with the next item on my list) it was hard work (some might call it grueling even) which might not seem like a happy place but it was also instantly rewarding seeing what we could accomplish as a family. It was totally thrilling getting through those huge rapids and it was also thrilling seeing (and hearing) Sprog conquer his fear and come out so completely stoked about something on the other side.

4. Discovery Cove/ Snorkeling et al, Fl. Swimming with dolphins is something I had wanted to do since I was a little girl, since I had a collection of dolphin themed items, and the reality of the situation did not disappoint. Discovery Cove only allows a small amount of visitors a day (1,000) compared to other “theme” parks so you never felt crowded or annoyed. There was ample time to do everything you wanted in and around your dolphin experience including feeding rays (so neat!) and late in the afternoon the HUGE rays were active in the snorkeling area which was completely surreal to have them gliding right beneath you. Snorkeling out in the open ocean at John Pennekamp State Park was so serene and calming to my soul even though the water was choppy that day that I can’t wait to do it again. In fact, I would love to repeat the whole vacation again and see how Natalie’s baby has grown (our dolphin had a baby recently who kept sneaking away from his trainer and visiting us during our experience).

5. Underneath a starry sky, anywhere. This is a holdover from all the time I spent camping as a kid. I am totally star struck whenever I get away from the city and can get under a full un-spoiled sky full of stars; there is just nothing like that feeling.

6. A fancy grocer. As mentioned yesterday, I can spend HOURS pouring through aisles of fancy oils, vinegars and mustards. Give me artisan breads, cheeses and an olive bar? I am in heaven. You may not get me out of there for hours or even see me for a similar amount of time. If you can track me down? I am sure to be grinning like an idiot and squealing over something you probably never knew existed or even care about.

7. Anywhere babies are belly laughing. There is no sound better than a baby letting loose a full and hearty belly laugh. I love it so.

l*o*v*e* because I need it

I’ve been in a mood lately, a mood similar to this only without the contributor of a non sleeping baby. I get in these moods every once in a while…it’s not really depression as much as it’s overwhelming frustration and I just want to hide away from everything.

As a result, I haven’t really had the motivation to post much, my facebook has lagged, I owe phone calls and I’m sure I have missed e-mails. I thought maybe thinking through another round of things I love might be good for me.

I love when my husband nuzzles his face into the side of my neck. The feeling I get can only be described as hot chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven, gooey, sweet and oh so comforting.

I love Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut Coffee so much that I can drink it black with sugar or simple syrup. Yum!

I love organic pizza shops and funky little restaurants that remind me of being back in Boulder.

I love Colorado, so much in fact, that I think we might move there when Sprog is out of high school and I am free to move about the country.

I love laughing so hard my sides hurt and my eyes tear up.

I love the sound of snow crunching under my feet and the way it catches my breath.

I love that I still get as excited as a little kid when I see it start to snow.

I love the feeling of a tiny hand curled in mine.

I love baby hi fives (my nephew who isn’t even a year old yet can give them)

I love listening to a person tell a story they are really excited about, the shine in their eyes, the emotion in their voice, being drawn into their moment.

I love the first moments of new paint on a wall, the promise of the change just beginning.

I love that my son is going to have lived a life of experiences.

I love cherries.

I love that I have 6 adorable tomatoes ripening, in my kitchen at this moment, that I grew myself.

I love waves curling up over my feet.

I love that moment just before a kiss where your heart pounds and the anticipation swells in.

I love pushing my body to accomplish something and be rewarded when it can do it.

I love whitewater rafting and can’t wait to do it again.

I love farmer’s markets.

I love peonies, with their full heady blooms that look like pom poms.

I love word games and game nights.

I have a crazy love of food.

I love how I feel after a fresh haircut and style.

I love still having friends in my life that I have known since I was in elementary school.

I love sunrise over a quiet meadow with a good book.

I love the power of a huge rock formation, to just stand in its presence and feel something that much bigger than you.

random things I have learned recently

* the george foreman grill makes a decent panini press

* apples and good cheese is a brilliant sandwich when it’s made into a panini

* flowers on my table still make me happy (thanks to my hubby, I have a new batch)

* ticks are gross (I knew this already but ick)

* spring has brought the summer “I don’t feel like cooking or eating” mindset

* I like my house better when it’s clutter free

* we have a lot of clutter

* hair
I love my hair right after it gets cut but

* pale
wow, am I pale.

* I am currently missing a lot of people, even though my social calendar is busier than it has been in a long time.

* I don’t have the patience to deal with drama people.

* there are a lot of blogs out there that I don’t read-leave a recommendation of one that I definitely shouldn’t miss in the comments.

i love a good distraction

and there is almost nothing better, in my mind, than a decorating distraction. (Can anyone stand that they kept granny eddie on Top Design? His master bedroom made me WANT TO GAG. I know Nathan’s wasn’t polished or finished but at least it didn’t have those tacky ass gold leafy mirrors. Not gold leafed mind you, but mirrors with gold LEAVES jutting off of them. UGH. Also, I think Martha is totally going to KICK HIS ASS for the way he behaves in the green room during judges deliberations. That is definitely not befitting a senior stylist at Martha Stewart and someone has forgotten how short his leash is.*) Since Monday I have been in a mood where everything makes me cry. That is not the kind of mood where you want to see a segment on Oprah where a father reads letters to his son with Trisomy 18, who only lives for 99 days. I CRIED BUCKETS. Then I told Willy about it and CRIED BUCKETS MORE. I am welling up just typing about it….back to the distraction, quick!

I have met a fellow house crazy person in Elizabeth and oh how happy this list makes me. Yes it’s 80 things long and honestly she probably has more (right?) rumbling around in her head but I am totally the same way so I GET IT. There are so many things that I want to do to our house and we definitely don’t plan on living here past 5-7 (at the most). I have my own list floating around in my head, I just haven’t committed it to “paper” recently, lucky kids that you are, today is that day!

1. new counter tops for the kitchen

2. new floors for the kitchen

3. paint a chalk board on the pantry door in the kitchen and add new solid shelving in pantry with a higher shelf for storage of rarely used items…finally get rid of the tacky wire shit shelving.

4. get and apply the wall transfer onto the fridge to cover the dent

5. take down the vertical blinds over the patio doors

6. get some sort of sun shade for the small patio off the kitchen to help with heat… maybe a canvas sail of some sort?

7. pull all the weeds and dig up the caladium bulbs, lay down landscape fabric and rocks in the opening between the bricks and the house, put the patio furniture back out there, figure out if the tomato plant is going to live or not, replant the herb garden

8. better bi-fold doors in front of the washer and dryer

9. remove tacky ass wire shelving over washer and dryer, replace with solid shelf and pole for hanging clothes

10. rip out all the carpet. either stain the concrete or get bamboo floors that will tolerate the dogs

11. fix the bad patch jobs in the ceiling

12. add the cabinet hardware to the kitchen cabinets

13. new faucet in the kitchen

14. different cabinet for the components, something that looks more like furniture. see if that one you love from Pottery Barn can be found anywhere else wider.

15. make the mantle look more like a mantle, add moldings and possibly paint it black?

16. do something with the brick of the fireplace, possibly paint it white or cream?

17. change the curtains and the rod in the living room. if I can’t get my Serafina chair in the living room, maybe I can get Serafina curtains?

18. move the curtains from the living room to the office.

19. get molding or a frame big enough to surround the three prints behind the chaise part of the couch, back with a damask patterned tone on tone fabric to tie them together.

20. look for a smaller coffee table to appease the husband. paint it turquoise to appease self

21. remove shoe cabinets from entry way and replace with a bench that has some shoe storage underneath

22. move shoe cabinets to closet

23. remove poang from living room and replace with slipper chair. if not Serafina slip covered slipper chair from Pottery Barn then something in a moss green color.

24. replace sliding glass door in living room with french doors

25. replace ugly ceiling fan with better looking one

26. replace floor lamp with one that actually works all the time

27. trade out cheap side table for something more substantial

28. paint frame for Decemberists poster black

29. make backing for poster and cover it black, get thin sheet of plexi cut for frame and frame poster. hang in the bedroom

30. get print of amaryllis for the frame already purchased and find frame to fill in the gap once the aligned with Decemberists and For Like Ever posters.

31. get print of the Chinese lanterns from San Francisco for the other frame, also for the bedroom

32. get print of Luke for the family wall

33. remove tacky ass wire shelving system in the closet, paint the closet the bright green and put up a good closet system

34. remove ugly particle board closet doors and replace with wood and rice paper approximation

35. Get rid of mirror on the back of bedroom door and get a decent mirror either a stand variety or a heavy one propped on the wall.

36. nightstand with drawers for the husband

37. frame out the green around the copper trays with molding

38. figure out something for the bathroom. better cabinets, counters and sinks. also something with the dead space instead of a vanity and maybe towel/linen storage?

39. thicker cushion for the window seat and make a cover that is terry cloth so you can sit on it directly from the shower if you want

40. curtains for the window seat

41. beadboard, paint, new rug, new vanity, pedestal sink and faucet for the guest bathroom

42. new tile floor for the guest bathroom

43. new door and door handle for the guest bathroom

44. same tacky ass wire shelving situation GOD I AM SICK OF THE WIRE SHELVING; NO WIRE SHELVING!!

45. a proper rod for the curtain in the linen closet in the guest bathroom

46. another bookcase for the sprog’s room

47. replace the siding on the chimney that was damaged during the hurricane

48. replace the ugly oak switchplate by the front door

49. pergola on the big patio

50. brick built in for husband’s grill with prep counter and shelf area underneath

51. weed the damn beds and rip out the holly bush already

52. lattice surround for the a/c unit

53. mulch the back bed

54. get rid of the pine tree

55. new fences

56. solar lighting in all the beds

57. beefier front porch railing, possibly with lattice or some other lower insert?

58. new patio furniture (big back patio) with cushions and a deck box to store them

59. rip out the bush under the side window

60. figure out what to do with the other holly bush

61. the office. make it so that you can actually walk in it again. (AGAIN WITH THE DAMN WIRE SHELVING)

62. find some place permanent to store the vacuum cleaner that isn’t against the wall in the dining room

63. purchase dvd storage at Ikea and then figure out where to put it

64. curtains on the entry way window

65. fix the trim that is falling off under the cabinet in the kitchen, permanently

66. the dining room table and chairs don’t work together. either get feet for the table to raise it up, cut the chair legs down, get new chairs or figure something else out…maybe once the carpet is gone it won’t matter?

67. new ceiling mount fixtures to replace all the ugly ones presently in the house

68. new ceiling fan for sprog’s room

69. screens for all the windows without them

70. rip out the bushes in the front bed and replace with something else. see also the railroad ties

71. de-clutter the book case in the dining room and reserve it for mainly books

72. get rid of the giant chair in the bedroom and replace it with something that has more style and can be easily slip-covered to suit the mood of the bedroom. right now, something red. maybe even two chairs?

73. add the under cabinet lighting in the kitchen

*Kristie pointed out, rightly, that granny Eddie wasn’t kept last night but it was Nathan instead. Lemme splain. I caught the end of it and saw Eddie talking about messing with Preston. Then it immediately replayed and I watched it up until the judges were talking about who should go and Miss Elle Decor and Jonathon were all about praising Eddie and his hideous decorating so I figured he was in, I wasn’t going to stick around and watch them send Nathan home so I shut it off. I guess I should’ve actually watched the whole thing, eh? I might not have so much egg on my face right now.