My mother’s china has been packed in a box for 27 years.
I have taken it with me from city to city, to nine different homes, but have never had the cabinet space to display it.
Well, today it sees the light!
Isn’t it beautiful?
After all those moves, I unwrapped each piece with some trepidation, but only one was broken.
It somehow seems fitting.
Posted in decor, Design, Family, History, Home, Humor, Love, Travel
Tagged china, decor, design, family, history, home, love, mother, moving, packing, Travel
Samsung, I already love your brand. I’ve traveled up your smartphone chain to my current Galaxy5.
Satisfied customer, I am.
So my little heart fluttered when I read about your new smart refrigerator…with its ridiculously large touchscreen…which allows me to order groceries while standing in my kitchen, in front of my empty frig!
I’m a city chick who already uses Fresh Direct for my grocery delivery, so imagine how excited I am to have two of my favorite brands working together to make my life easy peasy.
It’s like the Jetsons, it is.
And when life starts to look and feel like the Jetsons, it’s a very good day indeed.
Posted in Commentary, Food, Home, Humor, Technology
Tagged brand, chill, city chick, easy peasy, food, FreshDirect, groceries, grocery delivery, home, Humor, Jetsons, kitchen, refrigerator, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy5, satisfied customer, smartphone, technology, touchscreen
I used to think, incorrectly, that the common housefly lives less than a week.
Thanks to the Google machine, I have since learned that a fly can live 15+ days in the wild, and 30 days in optimal conditions.
What are optimal conditions?
The temps available in your home. Or, I should say, my home.
I have had a fly buzzing around my apartment for almost a week. He only reveals himself once or twice a day.
I haven’t been able to swat him, and I haven’t been able to get him to go out the door.
And really, why would he?
He’s got it made here.
Posted in Animals, Home, Humor, Life, Nature
Tagged animals, apartment, fly, fly away, home, house, house fly, Humor, life, life span, nature, SWAT, temperature
Can’t imagine my apartment without bookshelves in every room!
Ebooks are convenient , but real books feel, smell and look so good.
Hug a book today!
Posted in Books, Design, Home, Humor, Life
Tagged books, bookshelves, decor, design, ebooks, feel, home, hug a book, Humor, life, look, reading, smell, World Book Day
Today the Sticky Egg became a great aunt for the very first time!
Welcome Baby Charlotte!
And thanks for letting me model your baby beanie. You’re a good egg already.
Posted in Children, Family, Home, Humor, Life, Love, Photography
Tagged announcement, aunt, baby, baby beanie, birth, children, family, good egg, hatched, home, Humor, life, love, model, niece, photography
I just discovered something better than sliced bread —
A toast press — shaped here like a teddy bear — makes your morning slice or lunch sandwich an event.
This is the first I have seen these…and they come in all kinds of designs.
That’s what I get for not watching Food Network anymore.
Posted in Cooking, Design, Food, Home, Humor, Life
Tagged bread, cooking, design, food, Food Network, home, Humor, life, sandwich, slice, sliced bread, teddy bear, toast, toast press
I have become a bit of an HGTV addict since a visit to a good friend last August.
Now the channel is the background noise in my apartment. Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, and Love It or List It are major distractions. And I hear this tired cliche from homeowners all the time —
Perhaps I should be thrilled that the woman is ‘winning’ in this scenario, but instead it kinda pisses me off.
I’ve never been married, but I envision a partnership of sorts where decisions are made together and compromise is key. This credo makes it sound like the wife is some crabby curmudgeon who holds every outcome over her husband’s head. If its doesn’t go her way, grudges will commence! Sex will be withheld! Pain will be inflicted!
Geez — where’s the love?
And where’s the husband equivalent of this saying? Is there one?
An unmarried woman wants to know.
Posted in Commentary, Design, Family, Home, Humor, Life, Love, Relationships, Television
Tagged cliche, commentary, compromise, crabby, credo, curmudgeon, decisionmaking, design, distractions, family, Fixer Upper, grudges, Happy wife happy life, HGTV, home, home improvement, homeowners, Humor, life, love, Love It or List It, marriage, pain, partnership, Property Brothers, Relationships, Television, unmarried woman, winning, woman
It’s a running gag in television shows and movies —
Dad’s ugly recliner
It often has seen better days, no longer fitting in with Mom’s decorating updates inspired by HGTV. And when Dad sees it, Dad sits in it. And stays.
Oh, the hilarity that the average sitcom has mined from that age-old dynamic. It’s funny ’cause it’s true.
If you remember that chair–or, more tragically, still have that chair sitting in your home and rue the day–perhaps this recliner will help you realize…
It could be a lot worse.
Posted in Design, Family, Furniture, Home, Humor, Relationships
Tagged age-old dynamic, chair, dad, decor, design, family, funny because it's true, furniture, have a seat, HGTV, hilarity, home, Humor, mom, recliner, Relationships, rue the day, running gag, sitcoms, ugly chair
I have seen a lot of articles of late on how to achieve the desired posture while sitting at my desk.
I didn’t use to have to worry about this kind of thing.
The folks who requisitioned my office furniture did.
But I home office — like more and more workers out there — so now the ergonomics of our home office space is up to us.
You can spend a lot of money on desks and chairs and ‘strategery’ your layout, but some spine czars say simple things like putting a pillow behind your back can make a big difference.
My favorite piece of advice?
Put a book on your head. Your body automatically aligns itself to maintain balance. I’ve tried this one, and it works — on me, a little too well.
You see, my head is really flat. I can slump and the book stays.
(That’s why I like this method so much.)
Posted in Business, Design, Family, Friends, Health, Home, Humor, Life, Philosophy
Tagged balance, book on the head, Business, chair, computer, design, desk, ergonomics, family, flat head, friends, furniture, Health, home, home office, Humor, life, office furniture, philosophy, pillow, posture, sit up straight, slump, spine, spine czar, strategery, work, workers
Parenthood, I miss you already.
Your final episode sits in denial on my DVR, as if not erasing it will bring back the series next season.
You Bravermans were that perfectly imperfect clan — often close to imploding but always ending up even closer together.
I’ll miss the endless baseball games and backyard gatherings under the twinkly lights. Everyone singing or dancing for some reason or other. And giving sudiences the first indepth conversation about Asperger’s syndrome on network TV.
Over your six seasons, my obsession with characters morphed and changed with the storylines. But I will always love Julia and Joel, and be grateful for the addition of Hank, because Ray Romano is a wonderful dramatic actor (which I discovered in Men of a Certain Age) and I loved what he brought to Parenthood.
I’m rambling because I hate to say goodbye. Let’s just say, “See ya later…”
Because I will be watching again soon.
Posted in Entertainment, Family, Friends, Home, Life, Television
Tagged Asperger's, baseball games, Bravermans, dancing, denial, DVR, entertainment, family, friends, goodbyes, home, life, Men of a Certain Age, Parenthood, Ray Romano, see ya latet, series finale, singing, Television, twinkly lights