Thursday, September 29, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
It may seem that I have exhausted the topic of our new table but I have one more note to make about it. Since we have had it up I have made more meals from scratch in a row than ever before. I'm sure that it also has something to do with a combination of things, not the least being the wonderful chill fall-like weather we have been enjoying this week. Also it's possible that the influence of feeding my boy well and finally having stocked my kitchen with good basics from which these meals can be made has encouraged me but I would still like to lay the majority of the reason with the table. Not that I have never made meals from scratch and not that I haven't had a table before but I feel as though, all other factors being present, the table (and my excitement surrounding it) has been the deciding factor in our new meal menus. However it has come about no one has complained yet. We'll see how long it lasts.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
We now have a dining room table! I never would have guessed I would be this excited about such a seemingly small thing but that's what makes life interesting, I suppose. This place is cramped and the area which would normally be designated as the dining room has been piled with boxes and other things so much that I thought we couldn't fit one so I had resigned myself to a less-formal arrangement for the duration and left my perpetual request for a table fall into the standing-joke category (hahahaha). When out of the blue last Saturday my wonderful husband surprised me with the news that we were in possession of a real table! He seriously could have used this surprise for Christmas or my birthday present, I was that thrilled. The night we got it in, he set it up for me and I spent the rest of the evening re-arranging the boxes in our (actual, now) dining room so we could fit the chairs around this wonderful table. Now from my description you may have some idea that there is something extra-special about this table and I truly feel as though there is but when it comes down to the basic facts, it's one of the plain ikea tables that we rescued from the garbage. Lovely. But let me explain a little and maybe you'll see just why it is just perfect for us. Back when I was still hopeful we could fit one (before fifty-plus more boxes were brought to our place to store) I had my eye on this exact model of table. I liked it because it is solid wood, matches my bookcase, is small enough to fit without being too small to use, has a simple, classic design, and doesn't seem too heavy or awkward. As affordable as ikea is in general I still looked around for ads for used ones and even had an episode where I almost bought one for fifty dollars (I think, maybe even less) but it fell through. But what is even better than buying used? Getting free (and saving landfills, right?). Sure, the last owners tried to paint what looks like a close-up of a peacock feather on the entire top but they didn't do a half-bad job (I can think of a lot of other things that could be worse) and I have a nice collection of tablecloths I had acquired during my RA days that I have been itching to get out. Eventually I think my handyman will probably sand it down and re-finish it but until then I'm actually enjoying having to air my assortment. There isn't a single thing that I would change about that table. Even after all of that you may still be thinking I'm going a bit extreme about it but I am truly beyond ecstatic! Remember I never said I wasn't crazy.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Yesterday was a gorgeous day. We took a drive out to my Mom's for my eldest brother's birthday dinner. It was a perfect drive: late afternoon, taking our time along back country roads, a few stops along the way, and--best of all--window shopping for houses. We're currently living in a basement apartment close to downtown. Although we are saving a lot in rent and it is convenient for work, eventually we would love to get our own house with a bit of land outside of the city. Even while we were just friends we would discuss what kind of houses we liked so it comes as no surprise but is still pleasant that our tastes agree exactly. I may want the extra field for pasturing a horse or two and he may want it to store and drive cars in but we both still want the land... and I'm sure we'll be able to make things work! We would like to move before our son is too old so rough plan is within the next few years. In the mean time we save and keep window shopping. This apartment is small and dark but the hope of it not being permanent makes its inconveniences much easier to bear. It also helps that on occasion, my husband has to got to work right here. This past week he was replacing our bedroom window-well so we were able to sit in the bedroom most of the day and watch him work. We all know how much little boys love watching big machines. Just imagine how much our little guy loves watching when the machine is driven by his daddy! It has been a great family week.
Friday, September 09, 2011
I came across a glimpse of this amazing product while surfing around the internet this morning and had to know more. I instantly have fallen in love with everything about it. Mast Brothers Chocolate. Chocolate, ships, hand-crafting, amazingly designed packaging, beards, and did I mention chocolate? What's not to love?
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I guess the threat to wash his mouth out with soap won't work yet... Don't worry; I rinsed the container thoroughly before putting it by the door.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
I take so many pictures and would love to share them all but don't feel that I have the time or my friends have the patience to warrant posting them. It can be so difficult to decide which to share and which to leave in obscurity. So today I am going to indulge myself and post a whole stream of pictures from one afternoon. Enjoy!