Friday, February 27, 2009

My latest obsession

On top of constantly searching for the perfect white dinnerware (which I think I found!) I am always on the lookout for glasses as well. We currently have 1 and a 1/2 46" cabinets filled with glasses. Plus, some in storage. I have a problem. My latest love is the Pure collection by Schott Zweisel.

It is part of the Tritan line with is apparently impervious to breaking, chipping and scratching. The champagne glass is super fab:

I was quite surprised when last weekend I was watching some stupid entertainment news program and spotted my lovely ladies on the Oscar's Governor's Ball table.

Don't they look spectacular? I hope to see them in my cabinets someday. . .

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My heart on a ... shelf

The kitchen renovation process has been going slow. I mean, really slow, like stagnant. Part of it is the cost. It's not like we can't do it. It's just . . . should we do it? The economy is weak and the housing prices are crashing to the ground like a fat kid playing king of the hill.

Meanwhile, the dishwasher is as loud as a banker's private jet flying into D.C. to ask for more money, the fridge has water pooling at the bottom which occasionally graces us with it's presence and leaks out the side, and the stove is one huge shit show. Not to mention that the microwave started shooting sparks while I was cooking New Year's Eve dinner. But, I fixed that - thank god. Have you recently lived your life without a microwave. It really makes you appreciate it a lot more.

Now, one part of what is making the kitchen so expensive is the cabinets and the fact that we want a lot of them. Our ceiling is 107 inches from the floor, therefore if we want cabinets to go to the ceiling, we need to double-stack. Caaaa....ching. The problem is that our kitchen is small, our house is small and we need all the storage we can get. The other pickle I am in is that while I like to have things accessible to me, I also like a clean and clear countertop.

You can imagine my glee when I saw this:

Isn't it amazing?! What a great idea. Check out more of the pictures here.

Friday, February 20, 2009

It's Lovely! I'll take it!

Have you ever opened a real estate listing and thought "Oh, dear...what is that?". Or perhaps "why, dear god, why". The blog It's Lovely! I'll take it! compiles all sorts of crazy house listing in one place. There are some real gems in there. Check it out! Come on, it's Friday. It's not like you're working, right?

One a side now: every time I head into Starbucks for my fav vanilla latte (which is about once a week) - the guy behind the counter asks if I want whip. Every time I say no. His next reply "Come on! It's ::insert some excuse for day of the week here::". I'm just waiting for the day he says something like "Come on! It's Groundhog day!". That guy is really into whip cream I guess.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Jack Shit

We have no working phone jacks in the house. Which is fine since we recently switched to digital phone and run it through the cable/modem box. However, time will come when we should wire at least one into the house. So, here's the question: with today's satellite phone systems, would it be OK to just have one phone jack? The best place for us would be to put it in the guest room/ office and then use our current satellite phone system for the other room. Also, some people don't even use a home phone anymore with all the cell phone.

What do you think?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Palm Beach Bliss

This past weekend we headed down to Palm Beach, FL to visit family and escape the cold. It was lovely. During the trip I took some photos of the architecture around Worth Avenue (a fancy shopping area). The difference from DC is night and day . . . or warm and cold.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mother F&*%^&*#$@$!!!!!!!!!!!!

This morning, as I was backing out of out parking spot, I hear a cruuuuunnnncccchhhh sound. With the 50 mile per hour winds this morning I figured I hit a trash can that blew behind the car. I wish. I gingerly stepped from the car and spotted a crushed paint can on the ground. Super. We have about 4 paint cans in our double wide parking spot (that sounds like trailer talk, right?) because we have yet to bring them to the waste facility (you cannot throw them away since they are toxic). Somehow, my neighbor pulled out all his paint cans and added them to the mix, thus there are about 10 paint cans looming at the edge of our parking spot. Want to come over? We are wicked classy over here.

But, I digress. Now, back to the F*&#ing paint can. I picked it up, lightly at first to test if it was full. It seemed empty so I began to carry it over to the pile-o-paint-cans. However, it peed on me. Dripping gray-tan paint all over the bottom of my dress pants, my foot and ballet flats. Being a warm day, I was not wearing any socks so the paint slathered right on my skin. Me and the paint are no longer friends. I was able to wipe it off, throw away my shoes and continue on my day. Now, my pants (expectantly) have hardened where the paint was. Super.

Serenity now.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Ding Dong the Doorbell's Gone

Last September I installed a new doorbell. Shortly after it rusted. Then, it fell off. The wiring behind the doorbell was also tricky as it was really short and stripped and constantly touching which stopped the doorbell from working. So, for the last couple months we have had no doorbell. The pizza guy gets confused. But, he learned to knock.

No longer. This weekend I installed a wireless doorbell. Best thing ever. It also has a doorbell for the backdoor, which comes in handy when I "accidentally" lock Dan out of the house. What? It's habit to lock the backdoor. Now he can ring the doorbell instead of frantically pounding on the door shouting he doesn't have keys. Oops.

It really could not have been easier to install. You should try it...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Model Home: Megill Homes

I have a new obsession with model homes. I love looking at the pictures and getting ideas for DC Rowhouse or my dream house of the future. Anyway, I figured I would share my joy and start posting them here. Today's is Megill Homes and thier featured 2007 home of year. Here is a preview:

Click here for more pics.

Monday, February 2, 2009

I just want to stop talking about them

The closets that is. I started planning what to do last July. Back then it seemed like a good idea to put in double doors instead of the folding door. Now, we are planning to install new folding doors and add trim around the outside. But. in order to add the trim we need to cut out some of the drywall on the side to make room and I just don't have the time or energy to handle this. Enter our handyman Marco. So, he's hopefully going to come by this week to give us an estimate and maybe start ASAP.

Injuries Obtained

  • Sprained Toe/Foot: 1
  • Blood Blisters: 2
  • Splinters under fingernail: 1
  • Bird Shit on me: 1
  • Eye Injuries: 3
  • Burns: 0
  • Falls off ladder: 0 (this is because we don't have a ladder yet)
  • Headaches: too many to itemize
  • Broken Bones: 0
  • Bandages Needed: 5
  • Electric Shocks: 2
  • Stiches: 0
  • Bruises: way too many