Archive for December 2008

I Hereby Resolve…

December 31, 2008

I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions. I usually just make something up at the last minute, and then either give up because its impossible or give up because I just don’t care that much.

This year though, there are actually things that I want to change about myself. In general I’m happy with the way my life is going, but I often feel like I’m just coasting and not really living.

Mainly, I want to just do more. Live more. I spend a lot of time doing a whole lot of nothing. That needs to change.

Sometime soon, I’m going to come up with an actual list of things to this end that I would like to accomplish. Something that I can cross off and see that I’m progressing. But generally, I want to:

– Stop saying no to things.  I never do anything, never hang out with people. And then I feel bad for having no friends. So this year when someone asks me to something, I’m going to say yes unless I have a legitimate reason not to.

– Be healthier. Exercise more. No more going straight from my desk to the couch to the bed. Start cooking more often again. And cut back on processed foods. And update my food blog again. Also I should probably see a doctor since I haven’t been in about 8 years. Maybe a doctor can help with my anxiety and make #1 a little easier too.

–  Turn off the TV and read instead. Only watch shows that I actually care about. Sign up for the LSAT and buy a practice book.

– Take more time for myself. Get up 10 minutes earlier and enjoy my coffee. Do one thing a day just for me. Sign up for and attend a class of some sort: cooking, academic, dance, whatever.

Here’s to a happy 2009!

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Project!

December 29, 2008

The boy and I have been wanting to get a chair for the living room, but we can’t agree on a style for the life of us (I favor something like a Queen Ann, he wants a huge, ugly  Lazy Boy type thing).  I saw this chair at a yard sale this summer though and thought that it might be a good temporary placeholder if I fixed it up a bit. Well, guess what? We both love it! AND it was only 5 bucks! Can’t beat that! (Yes, it sat for like 4 months untouched. deal with it. I was busy.)

OK, I suck at remembering to take before pictures, but this thing was in pretty bad shape. The wood was painted this gross fake cherry color, and the seat had a big ole rip.

(I don’t know why this picture insists on posting sideways?)

So yeah, pretty bad shape. But only 5 bucks! I painted all the wood white, which brightened the whole look up a ton and did my best at stitching up the rip. Then I got a nice, cushy piece of upholstery foam from the craft store and made a new seat for it (it makes it way more comfortable and -bonus!- covers the rip). I covered the new seat with some fun fabric, and made a little pillow with what was left over. Yay! So much better now, right? (ignore the electrical tape, that was temporarily holding the fabric down until I could find the fining nails. It has been removed.)

Happy Christmas!

December 24, 2008

My Christmas Eve will be spent in the way that has become tradition over the past few years… gorging myself on lasagna (sausage and pepperoni! this is no time for diets!) and drinking copious amounts of Delirium Noel (look! pink elephants on the label- you know this stuff is good…) and Bailey’s while exchanging gifts with the husband and dog. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tomorrow will be spent running all over creation, visiting relatives and trying not to say anything that will get me in (too) much trouble (with my family this can be an amazing feat) and picking at food that is substantially less delicious.

To my dear friends, I wish you a holiday filled with laughter, warmth, and returnable gifts.

Let’s Make Croissants!

December 20, 2008

I apologize for taking so long to post this. I meant to post it a lot sooner, but life (namely winter and the grey sky that comes with it and makes me lose my motivation for doign anything) got in the way. But better late than never, right?

A word of warning: this recipe does require some advance planning. It takes a few days to make the dough. Don’t let that stave you off though! They are SUPER easy to make, and each step only takes a few minutes. It just means that if you want to eat croissants on Sunday, you need to start on Friday night (I’m experimenting with freezing the dough though, so if that works out I’ll let you know!). Also, if you have a stand mixer or food processor with a bread hook, I highly recommend that you use it. And if you want to flavor these at all, you can add a flavoring in with the original flour. I added orange zest to the batch I’m making this weekend.

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Yes, Please

December 3, 2008

I love this rug. I wonder what the color is like in person? It’s called clementine orange, but the picture makes it look pretty neutral. I’m scared it will be way brighter in person though. If it looks like the picture though, I think it would work in my green and chocolate living room living room…

{Pottery Barn}