Monday, August 31, 2009


Pardon my lack of posts, all. The new dog is part demon and I am worn out.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Craigslist STL

I was trolling Craigslist for furniture I can redo for our bedroom and dining room and I came across this:


I don't even know where to start. The grammar? The punctuation? The fact that someone considers this formal? That he thinks 30 years makes these an antique?

I actually think the love seat might me kind of cool if you reupholstered it. But, are those chains on the arms? The seating kind of looks like something that belongs in the office of a guy running a medieval torture dungeon... Or a pirate.

I want the mirror, though. I wish they were selling that. Would be funky painted white, no?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pet Update

Out with the old and in with the new! We gave our alligator Frank to our vet, who is obsessed with reptiles, so I am sure he will have a better home there.

Frank was not our personal choice for a pet. Mr.'s now-19 yr. old son brought him with him when he moved in for about a month last summer. When he decided he would rather live back in his mother uber-expensive pad instead of our two bedroom bungalow, he left Frank behind. (At the time his name was Valentine. Really? What 18 yr. old boys name an alligator, or anything, Valentine?) And of course, Mr. being the ridiculously devoted father he is refused to get rid of Frank. So we kept him. And cleaned his tank. And fed him. Well, I did none of these things, Mister did. So, long story short-er, he finally tired of spending money on something Mini Mr. seemed to have no interest in. And the vet jumped at the chance to take him.

So now we have a 70 lb. pit instead. He is the sweetest thing in the whole world. We tried to let him sleep in bed with us and Gidge, but he wanted to be a squirmy and licky right in between us. So not happening. But he was a good boy and slept in the doggy bed on the floor. So, we will see how he did on his first day home alone in his new house. (Don't worry, we separated them.)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Dog

We have been in talks about a new dog for about a year ago. Mister goes back and forth. It wasn't super practical before because we rented and weren't even supposed to have Gidget. Oops. Now we own, but we don't have a fence. She does fine, knows her boundaries, comes when called, etc., but what if new boy dog does not?
Well recently the Human Society of Missouri, in conjunction with like 5 other states, led a massive raid of dog-fighting rings. Yay! Now they have 500 pits in a safehouse-type place somewhere. Plus, they have had something like 60 puppies since confiscating these dogs. So sad. My mothers next-door neighbor works for the Humane Society and I jumped on the puppy tidbits as soon as I heard. We know we want a boy, big head, but not too gargoyle-y/nothing to make mothers grab their children and run.
Today Mister decided to look at Craigslist for dogs in the area and he found this big boy:

Both of us would prefer to take a dog that has nowhere else to go and while I doubt these people would just dump their dog, he does need a new home. And he is adorable. His name is Dozer, he is six, and they claim he is good with other dogs and kids. We'll see. We are going for a home visit with Gidge tomorrow. Mini road trip, as they live even further out in the boonies than we do, in Bonne Terre, Mo.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Ok. Many of the blogs I read have pregnant bloggers right now. So, this is for you ladies!
Etsy seller Aunt Bucky makes the MOST fab crib sheets, bumper sets, pillows, dresses, etc. I love the fun colors and the mix of patterns! They are a wee pricey, but I think totally worth it. The baby dresses tie in the rear so baby can wear them as a top when they get bigger. They are labeled 6 months to 2 years. Plus, they are wildly patterned, so you won't noticed the inevitable spot or possibly a small hole from baby wearing their $100 dress for 2 years. And there are big girl dresses labeled 2 years - 8 years! Now that is a long term investment if you can keep it from falling apart. And the pillows are appropriate forever.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I really need to start focusing on my own ideas for my house and stop living vicariously through all you people. I have ideas, but I cannot focus them. I see things at night when I try to sleep, but never write them down. I have no sketching abilities, but possibly I need to start trying. I need to at least get the measurements of my rooms, windows, etc. I have been a major slacker in the home department. It's really quite sad and pathetic. I try to run errands at lunch, but I get so overwhelmed that I forget half the things I went out for.
Today I decided I was going to go to Lowe's for two trashcans. One for recycling for the kitchen (slim line) and one for actual trash in the lower level (half-circle). The one for the kitchen has to be narrower than 11 inches and must be metal, as it will slide in between the stove and the radiator. I have no place else for it to go. We recycle practically everything, so a countertop or under sink option is simply impractical. We do have a small can under the kitchen sink for actual trash and this can will get dumped into the larger (hypothetical) half-circle one in the basement. So, I decided on a slim line 35L Simple Human trashcan I saw at Lowe's. They were out of it. They were also out of the Simple Human half-circle one. Grrr... Plus, these damn trash cans are $80!!!

I got on Lowe's website when I got back to work and realized the all-stainless ones that I actually want is $130! For a flippin' trash can.

So now I'm thinking, if I have to spend $130 on a trash can, why not spend $180 and get one that lets me separate my recycling. Because, get this, no one offers curbside recycling to High Ridge! Damn rednecks. And Mr. is very particular and, for some reason, does not want me bringing our recycling to work with me, which is lovely single-sort. So, if I have to take my recycling somewhere, not only do I waste plastic bags toting the shit around, I have to separate it myself. Either at home or when I get there (yuck!). Grrr again.

Then I saw the Oxo version in the Crate & Barrel Best Buys catalog and we all know how I feel about Oxo. Except it only gets a 3.2 out of 5 in the reviews section. Meh. A 3.2 is not worth $130. The Simple Human got a 4.6, which is pretty impressive. But in the long run, it's a damn trash can. Is it really worth $130-$180? Seems a little crazy to me. But them I will have to look at and use it numerous times a day, every day and I know I will not be happy with a yucky plastic monstrosity. Choices, choices. If you haven't noticed by now, I do not make decisions well. In fact, I don't tend to make decisions at all, until Mr. freaks out and bitches about whatever I have been dragging my feet on. Except he is already bitching about this.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Martha Stewart

Whenever I check out Martha Stewart Living, I want to kill myself. Just end the misery of never being as clever, as smart, as ingenious as Martha. Check out these unbelievably cool and (I think) sophisticated ideas for Halloween that you can make yourself.

The bones on the cake stand are by far my favorite. We are planning to have our housewarming party around Halloween(hopefully we will have things sort-of organized by then) and all of these ideas are perfect! Grown-up, but still fun and I don't think they look cheap.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I just had to share the beautiful, magical work of Etsy seller marywibis. I seriously got chills when I looked at these "The Four Seasons" wine glasses:

Notice the attention to detail exhibited in the falling leaves at the base of the "Fall" glass. All of her work is equally gorgeous.

I love how she has a product for every season and occasion and everything is exquisite.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Do you ever have one of those days where you are feeling pretty good about yourself... Maybe you have a cute outfit on or pretty new shoes... Then you glance at yourself in a store window or a display mirror and realize you look like crap? Today is one those days.
I went to Target at lunch and I found a bunch of basic clothing items that fit cute and some stuff for the fiance. Feeling pretty productive. Then I went to the home goods section, of course, and walked past a mirror. Yick. My nose was red (who knows why), I've got a huge pimple on my cheek, and my hair is being weird today. Grrr...
But I did see these beauties...

Mmmm... lovely, no? They look much prettier in person. And ironic, considering I was mad at the mirror above them for making me cranky. I am thinking these will look fab as side table in our bedroom. I want to paint the walls a nice, deep gray, but not too dark. I think these will really pop. BUT, I brought home a tray last year like this one from Target:

I then decided that I have nowhere to put this tray and I took it back. After I took it back the fiance says "Thank god you realized that was hideous". He would not have said anything had I decided to keep it, so he may keep his opinions to himself on the tables. Then again, the tables are much larger and more attention seeking than just a tray. Plus, he will have to use one of them. I suppose I should wait until I have the rest of my furniture and the room painted before I start buying new things... so sad.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

This is ridiculous.

If you haven't seen this video yet, you need to watch it. It is reprehensible that they would take this womans child away based on something so ridiculous. Do they know what caused the situation? For all anyone watching this video knows, this child asked to be dragged around. I know I loved it when I was a kid. Personally I think those little back backs that look like monkeys and puppies with leash tails are awesome and adorable. And great for a kid who is unpredictable, crazy, or has ADHD. And considering I have ADHD and my fiance is the most stubborn man on the planet, our child will be a joy (sense the sarcasm?) and will no doubt need a leash.

Woman Jailed For Dragging Kid on Leash - ParentDish

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Monday, August 3, 2009


The calorie counter thingie I want won't paste into the gadget dohickey. Says there are illegal characters or something. Any ideas?


I have gained twenty pounds in like the last 6 months. Discusting. My pants no longer fit. I have no money to buy new pants. Ergo, I must lose weight. And just so that I feel shamed enough to actually try, I am going to put one of those weight lose meter thingies at the bottom of my page. Just as soon as I figure out how.