Here's what I love: Hulu. Here's why I love it: so many life lessons on just one website. John and I have a few shows that we watch consistently, and these are the lessons I've learned.
#1) From Burn Notice, I've learned that anything can be accomplished with enough bravado, bluster, and threats to call a superior.
#2) From Project Runway (which John refuses to watch with me), I've learned that you'll be on reality television a lot longer if you can treat other people terribly, even if you have no talent.
#3) From White Collar, I've learned that every woman is susceptible to a charming smile and a fedora. Plus, I learned that I need a crazy, ethics-challenged, bald little genius of a friend if I'm ever going to join the criminal underworld.
#4) From Castle, I've learned that NYPD cops are all extraordinarily attractive, extraordinarily brave, and extraordinarily funny. Also that they would never ever solve a case if they didn't have the help of a detective novelist. Weird how that works.
#5) From Alphas, I've learned that superheroes live among us. And it turns out that superstrength is not nearly as awesome a power as the ability to talk people into doing whatever you want.
What lessons have you learned?
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Olivia is usually the driving force behind our Halloween costume theme every year. Last year, she graciously allowed each of us to choose a costume for ourselves, even though they didn't all necessarily work together. (She did try to come up with a narrative, however, that would explain each character's presence. Something like, "Well, when Mary's little lamb was lost then She-Ra came to help her, and the lion was the one who kidnapped the lamb.") She's back in fine chief mode this year, and she has determined a bird theme for all of us to follow. According to her assignments, which do take into account the preferences of each family member, I will be a flamingo, she will be a swan, Naomi will be a peacock, Bella will be a canary, and Maddie will be an owl. John is to be a bird watcher, complete with notebook, vest, and binoculars.
Bella's costume is mostly done. It just needs a beak and some eyes on top of the hood, and I still need to make her a pair of fleece leggings to cover those skinny little bird legs, but I think I'm going to make everyone's leggings in one go.
McCall's pattern 4618, and I have used it in one way or another nearly every year for the past eight Halloweens. I love it because the hood is attached and the jumpsuit part is nice and loose. Plus, it's super easy to put together. For the birdies, I'm just making the legs much shorter, and then I'm tracing some of the girls' school leggings to make orangey-yellow fleece leggings to go underneath for warmth.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Can you believe how lucky I am that this is my kitchen? I love everything about it.
Just kidding, of course. But I did love those barstools so very very much. And I love seeing them on all sorts of shows (Peter and Elli Burke's kitchen on "White Collar" being my favorite example). So, when I went to Ikea a couple months ago, I was determined to purchase them. Regardless of cost.
Except, by "regardless of cost" I didn't mean "even if they were $70 each, which they were, in Draper. $70! I couldn't justify it for a temporary rental kitchen. So I bought these guys from Wal-Mart, for $28 each. I like them about half as much as my dream stools, but since they were less than half the cost and I can't be sure I'll even have a bar in my real house, (Where is that real house, by the way?) they work just fine.
However, they had a microfiber seat that was nearly impossible to keep clean. And Bella insists on eating both breakfast and lunch on the stools every day, so the yogurt spills were really getting to me.
So, I went fabric shopping. Online. And I found this:
Laminated cotton might just be the best fabric on the planet for the purpose of recovering dining room chairs and barstools. My Michael Miller print on the dining chairs has held up FABULOUSLY for the time it's been on there (all those spills just wipe away), so I was pretty sure this would be great.
Now, I'd really like to spray the black part of these stools ivory. Or aqua. However, I'm pretty sure black'll hold up to as many yogurt spills as Bella can dish out, so that's the color they'll probably stay.
What do you think of the change? Should I have used something bolder like this? Something quirkier, like this? (I honestly considered the bikes for a good while. I love those bikes. I'll have to make something out of them someday.) Something more understated, like this? And while we're on the topic of my neutral, neutral rental kitchen, does anyone have any ideas about adding some color to the room if painting the walls is not an option?
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I am addicted to Pinterest, people. Do you pin? Now, I deliberately don't do Facebook (but I should, I know, Larissa), so I have reserved a big slice of my time-wasted-surfing-on-the-Internet pie for this fabulous site: Pinterest. It's a virtual pinboard of inspiring images.
Images of wreaths, like these:
Images of wreaths, like these:
Plastic spoon wreath pinned here.
Lavender wreath pinned here.
Images of delicious recipes, like these:
Roasted tomato tortellini pinned here.
Fruit salad pinned here.
Images of great sewing projects, like these:
Cardigan refashion pinned here.
Windmill quilt pinned here.
Plus, when you follow people on Pinterest, your Pinterest home page gets all filled up with all the fantastic things other people are pinning--which you can REPIN. Onto your own pinboards. Amazing. So, join. It's awesome. And even if you don't want to spend 30 hours each day perusing the boards looking for beautiful things, it's still a great resource for storing all those bookmarked ideas you have saved in your browser. And it's so much prettier than a pull-down menu.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
If you've ever wondered what it would be like if Oprah was three years old, but still had that burning desire to help others "live their best life ever", wonder no more. It would look like this:
Bella could not have been prouder of how beautiful she had made Maddie. "Look how she has sparkles."
Also, if you are wondering whether Maybelline's 12-hour Wonder Color Stay Lipgloss actually lasts for 12 hours, the truth is, it does not. It lasts MUCH longer than 12 hours, especially when applied to eyelids and foreheads. More like 48 hours.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Now, some of you may not know that I am happily married to the handiest guy on the planet. I have come across very few tasks in our married life that John is not equal to (especially if I'm willing to do the math that the task requires). In fact, the two of us recently pooled our talents to come up with these bunkbeds, from these plans by ana-white.com. (We added the arched headboard variation from another plan to make it more feminine.)
Poor little monster.
John, however, pulled some sort of surgeon-y, mechanic-y, handy type trick and got that leg out. Awesome. Another addition to his list of talents.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I know I'm starting to get old now, because years are just passing in a blink. for example, is my baby still this size?
Nope. This is my baby now. And she's usually quite a bit more cheerful than this.
Goal #3: Climb on to the couch and from the couch to the side table and from the side table to the computer desk. Push as many keys on the keyboard as possible.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
My sister Annie was playing tea party with the girls, and it came down to the favorite little girl pasttime of making wishes. My little cousin Elli mentioned that she wanted a prince to come and marry her. Mimi squealed with delight, saying, "Me too. And I want him to kiss me."
Then it was Olivia's turn. She said, "I wish that people would just stop changing their plans. I HATE it when people change their plans."
Doesn't that just illustrate the difference between the girls? Mimi in the clouds. Olivia worried about concrete annoyances. I love them.
Mimi and Bella went outside while I was making dinner and played in the huge dust pile created by all the construction vehicles that pass by our house every day. They came back inside absolutely filthy, and I told them they had to take a bath. Later, I heard Bella shrieking from the bathroom. Mimi dealt with the shrieking by saying, "Bella, I have to wash your hair. Don't you want me to wash you hair?"
Bella: NO! I don't want you to wash my hair.
Mimi: Bella, would you cry if Jesus was washing your hair?
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuacahn is amazing. The shows beforehand are even fun. Bella was entranced by these musicians . . .
Olivia picked this particular horse because of its painted flowers.