Friday, December 11, 2009
It's cold outside today and I can't imagine why anyone would want to do this...but tradition is tradition!
PS. If you DO know where I work, please don't say the name of the place in comments...
I hate money.
After the holidays I expect that I'll be able to start saving again. That will be a nice feeling. It's been a looooooong time since I've been able to do that, so it'll make me feel good when I have a little pot built up again. I'm also looking forward to not having to spend money on things that I need but instead be able to use budgeted money to go out with friends.
In other news, I have amazing friends. To those of you who have emailed me, called me, facebook'd me...you're fantastic and I love you. Sometimes it's easy to forget that even though one person has moved on and forgotten me, you all are still here, loving me, caring about me and wanting to be in my life. So thank you for the subtle and not so subtle reminders that I am worthy of love.
To all of my Jewish friends and readers, Happy Hanukkah!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I continue to get things done in the apartment. The bed skirt was ironed and put on the bed and the 2nd curtain rod was put up so the sheers are hanging too. I still haven't hung my jewelry, but I'll do that this weekend for sure.
The dining room is coming along. You haven't seen pictures yet because the place was a mess. I have all of my Christmas gifts piled high on the table and it was hard to take the picture. I still have to hang the wine racks, 4 pictures and paint the trim. I also need to figure out what curtains to put up. I bought a pair that I though would look great, but the packaging was wrong and they are too short. So it's back to the drawing board. I think I'm going to switch the rugs around too-I currently have a flowered one in the living room (which used to be in my bedroom) and the geometric one that used to be in my living room is in my bedroom. I'm going to put the geometric one back in the living room for color and take the flowered one and put it in the dining room. I won't have a rug in the bedroom-it's too small anyway.
I also hung a candle holder and 3 pictures in the kitchen and put the light cover back on the fan. I'm not sure why, but the painters took the covers off of all the lights in the apartment and neglected to put them back on. Weird, but that's fixed now. So overall, the place is starting to feel like home. You'll have pictures soon, I promise. This weekend will be my very last push for a while (funds have run out) so it'll surely be done by Sunday.
Did any of you watch Top Chef? I'm sad it's over and also sad that the guy I wanted to win did not win. I will not elaborate just in case you haven't watched it yet, but I'm sad he lost. He did not even come in 2nd. Which is lame. I'm sure they did that for dramatic effect, but still, it's lame. The guy who won was my 2nd choice, but I don't think he should have been the winner. I hate that my 2 favorite "reality" shows are over: Amazing Race and Top Chef...I guess I'll have to start reading again. :)
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
It's weird when people constantly rub their bellies. In public.
Memories of where I have been inspire me about where I am going.
Memories don't fade fast enough.
Those of you who are my facebook friends already know this, but my boss announced yesterday that he will not renew his contract in June. This means a new Dean will step in. I am worried about my job, though I am told I need not be. Still, there's a chance, and I hate that.
Waffle fries pretty much rock. Especially crunchy ones washed down with ice cold beer and lots of laughter.
My apartment is freezing. This is better than my old apartment which was hellishly hot, but at the same time-I'm cold! I invested in a nice fuzzy robe and I snuggle under blankets while reading or watching TV. I could raise the heat, but I'm trying to tough it out as I know I'll have to do that later in the month.
All of my Christmas shopping is officially done. It's a lot easier this year since I have less presents to buy.
I dislike how easily people are replaced or forgotten.
I found a nice dress for my father's holiday party (which I am bringing a friend to!) for $30 and a pair of sexy silver shoes for $5. The little black clutch I am bringing was a gift from my mother so it's a very cheap night.
IKEA's cinnamon buns are lethal. They're so good I could bathe in them. Or smear them all over a sexy man and lick it off.
Did I type that out loud?
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
The kitchen is now done. As I was painting I actually said, "Green paint, I love you.". Yes, it's weird, but I only had to do one coat and it went on like a dream compared to that stinky red! The entire thing only took about an hour and a half and though the room is still torn apart, the walls are done!! That ugly flesh color (that's still all over the rest of the apartment) needed to go. The kitchen is so cute now! I can't wait to put up my pictures and start cooking... I also managed to procure a bed frame! I found on in a local used furniture store in my old neighborhood for $24. I was a little worried to be honest that it would not be the right size when I got it home (they have a strict no return policy) but it was right and I will sleep on a raised bed for the first time in a while. My bedroom is now almost done. I have to put up the 2nd curtain rod so I can hang my sheers and put the bed skirt back on (now that I have space under the bed!) and hang some pictures on the opposite wall...oh, and hang my jewelry. But here is what it looks like at this very minute.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
My holiday housewarming party is in a couple of weeks and I'm really trying to get everything done. That means painting, organizing, decorating and planning. The fun party today so far was making the vodka for one of the cocktails being served at the party-a ginger lemon martini. The main ingredient, of course, will be this ginger-lemon vodka. It will steep for 2 weeks and then I will strain it. It sits on my kitchen counter:
I had a busy day yesterday and when I got home in the evening I was just not up to priming the walls in the dining room. I really should have because I'd be in better shape today, but I think it'll all work out if I'm diligent. Here is the before:
And here is the after. JUST KIDDING! This is the "during". The primer is tinted pink because I am painting the walls red. This will help ensure I won't have to paint 4 coats...hopefully.
I really wish that I could paint the trim white today too, but I think that will have to wait until tomorrow night after work. I don't want to mess up the paint job by taping, which I have to do for sure since it's red.
Next week I'll be painting the kitchen. Luckily that trim is already painted white, so it'll be an easier job. I might also go ahead and paint the bathroom at that time too. I decided to just paint it a clean white instead of gray. I already have a huge thing of white paint left by the painters and with the mauve tile it might just be better to have it white. I don't mind the sterile feeling in a bathroom.
So, I have a lot of work to do. Later today I am driving to IKEA to hopefully purchase the chairs I need for the dining room....at least 4 of them. We'll see. I've gotta go! Lots to do, lots to do!