Wednesday, March 30, 2005

In spite of the fact that I have been working out regularly with an increase to frequently, I find myself sporting a fetching first trimester look without the normally requisite bun in the oven. Today I am wearing a tight pink sweater that is creating a "thrilled to be pregnant" glow in the gut area. The only thing I can think of to explain the situation is that my body likes my boyfriend so much it is going to pretend like it's having his baby, even though I won't really let it ovulate.
I feel like the little girl on In America: I have no one to tell my secrets to. Sorry internet, but I have a feeling you're not very good at keeping secrets.

Monday, March 28, 2005

last night I dreamt about weeding, I feel/fear I may not be taking care of business.
does everyone know that Summer Wheatley is Haylie Duff? Hilary Duff's sister? Lizzy McGuire people?
I finally saw a custom license plate I would want to have and it's not FONDLER: 5150 N[heart symbol].

Thursday, March 24, 2005

forgot to tell you, I was the victim of a beg and run. This woman came up to me in the parking lot and asked if I would buy her food or give her money. I was going in to Baja Fresh so I said I'd get her a burrito. When I came out with two pricey burritos she wasn't there. I circled the parking lot abour four times and couldn't find her so I left the burritos in a conspicuous place. They were still there when I went back the next day. I can understand if you really just want cash for booze or whatever but I certainly wouldn't say no to a free burrito.
current favorites:

1. Topz garden burger with cheese and aerofries

2. Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Almond Granola Bars

3. sun, at least for the afternoon

4. The Streets, A Grand Don't Come for Free

5. Building REsources, they recycle glass into beautiful seaglass chips on the premises
Last night I knocked a hole into the attic using a hammer. Now you can see up there and go up there if you want to do something like, oh, I don't know, figure out if the wall you're about to rip out is load bearing. However, I did not go up there. It's scary shining a flashlight into the pitch black. In the movies that's when you always see a glimpse of shining eyes staring back at you. I hope Gollum doesn't come down out of there and get me in my sleep until I have a chance to make a real cover for the hole.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


If there were an angel on earth, she would have skin just like yours. But without the adult acne.

ah, love!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

My house was built in 1949 (or 47, I forgot again). Anyway it has this not a girl, not yet a woman straddling the decades thing. So I can go a little 50's atomic diner, but need to keep a little art deco past in there too. Everyone's all into this big thick crown molding, but that's just not my girl's style. The door knobs are my absolute favorite original thing in the house. I think they are brass and chrome, or nickle?

Monday, March 21, 2005

Garden inspiration highlights from my weekend and the San Francisco Flower and Garden show:

I have wisteria, who knew? It didn't bloom last year.

Succulents look beautiful mulched with recycled glass chips.

You can grown birdhouse gourds on arbors for dangling living decoration

I've been getting too far away from my reuse, repurpose roots. Just because it looks crappy when you do it wrong, it still looks awesome when you do it right.

Remodeling update:

The City of Roseville accepted my application for a building permit, we'll see if the permit is granted. I'm a bit irritated that the woman said I may need to get a civil engineer to sign off on the doorway I'm widening when the appropriate dimensions of the opening versus the header are published in a thousand books available for free at the library.

An electrician will be coming to my house next thursday to rewire the kitchen. I will not have a permit next thursday so this means two things:

1. I will spend some time this weekend tearing the sheet rock off of the wall to be demolished so he can take the wires out.

2. The electrician will have to rewire around the existing wall and pull extra wire for boxes that I will install once I can get the wall out and the peninsula in. Should be interesting. Also, this means we won't have a stove for the forseeable and the refrigerator will open toward the wall until it's gone. This is going to be fun.

I have purchased the cabinets, the windows, and the new faucet. I still need to buy the new range, the sink, and the tile.

I am starting to think about rearranging my bedroom furniture when I'm falling asleep. After 10 years of moving more than once a year I have developed an internal timer that is dying for the smell of fresh paint. I need change and it's going to be tough waiting three weeks for the permit to be approved (or denied!).

Thursday, March 17, 2005

I am very tempted by this worst ex contest.
Internet, I think you and I are past the point of euphemisms by now. So you won't be too shocked if I tell you that I have sex with my boyfriend. The problem has arisen that when we have sex in my bed it breaks. The first time we were both quite proud but now every time the bed gives some good squeaks and then the slats fall down and so does the mattress. Each time we laugh and put the bed back together afterward, but it's more annoying than funny now. Does anyone else have this problem? Every time I wonder if my roommate can hear and what he must think of the giant thunk.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Did you see how awesome this kitchen in the kitchen contest at Apartment Therapy is? I love the orange paint with the white cabinets and also the contrast of the stainless steel fridge.
European cabinets are some whack bullshit! Face front is the shizzzle, for rizzle!

-snoopy doggy dog style cabinet comments

Monday, March 14, 2005

I talked to two electricians today.

Electrician No. 1: Told me that recessed lighting is stupid because you can never move it, like "nailing a floor lamp to the floor." I guess all of those designers on HGTV are crazy. He suggested that I keep the flourescent tube lighting I currently have: easiest. He also told me I would need to open up my walls before he can give me an estimate. He reminded me of David Spade in those commercials where he thinks of a thousand ways to say "No." A-No-ha!

Electrician No. 2: Told me everyone feels overwhelmed when they are remodeling but it will turn out just fine. Let me explain my plans, said they sounded great, and asked if he could come over to give me an estimate tomorrow.

Guess who I like?

Oh readers, if you don't like this stuff you are so screwed for the next month. Not as screwed as my friends and family, but still.
I have decided to back slowly away from doing the electrical work on my little remodel myself. If anyone knows of a good electrician in the Sacramento area let me know.

p.s. if there's one thing that's fun to do on the first 80 degree day of Spring, it's jump in a bounce house.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Is anyone else out there obsessed with brunch and pedicures and flowering lavender and open windows? It's like a Friday sunshine buzz. The only way this day could get better is if my boss called a half day and we all went home to drink margaritas and walk around barefoot.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Yesterday I went out to breakfast with my fitness challenged boyfriend and tried to make him eat a big bite of my omelette with tomato and avocado which he hates. He wouldn't eat it and decided to look at something else and I ended up accidentally getting omelette and sour cream all over his face. He got up to go to the bathroom and I turned around to look over my left shoulder. There was an elderly couple sitting there on the same side of a four person table. The woman had been sort of bouncing and clapping and she said "isn't love beautiful."

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

I love this cupcake site so much! Living in the suburbs I had no idea there was a "cupcake revolution" going on:

Also cupcakes can be used as a great tool for flirting because you can feed them to people and take a bite out yourself at the same time. It's like the lady and the tramp of the 21st century.
Tonight I will take my cutie-tootie-love-bunny-face-boyfriend to the gym for the second time. Please send him happy, soothing, loving thoughts so he will know that it's ok for him to modify the tougher moves and that he does not have to have the lower body strength that the rock hard soccer moms we train with have been developing for years. I need him to accept the fact that it's ok to work up to a fitness regimen and that if a person doesn't work out for a year, he could be in slightly worse shape than people who work out every day. Perhaps if he feels your thoughtful support he will be able to get through more than half of the class this time. Thanks a lot internet, you're the best!

edited to add: The gym class in question is Body Sculpting which is hard and there are other boys in the Class. There was no riding of the pony crap.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Do you believe a righteous end justifies any means? I don't, but I do believe sometimes there are middle roads on the path to the light. I used Roundup this weekend. I Roundedup the mutant grass that has had a death hold on my front yard and it was exciting to think that I could enjoy the hippy organic garden of my dreams without a mutant scourge lying in wait beneath the soil. The reclamation of a front yard can be contagious and when a new ecosystem is created in my neighborhood I hope this concession will have been worth it.

Friday, March 04, 2005

I love Apartment Therapy so much. The only thing is, their focus is really on New York and small, small places. My 1100 sq. ft. house is gigantic by their standards. They are all about doing everything locally which is cool but not super helpful to me over here. Does anyone know of a site that is similar but more relevant to the rest of us?
This weekend I will plant artichokes and get a pedicure I think. I hope it will be sunny.