12.22.2010

Awesome Gift Ideas


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It may be too late but I’m throwing these out there just in case you need to do some last minute shopping. And, if you can’t make the X-Mas deadline . . . my birthday is in January! ūüôā

For your writer friend/Facebook obsessed friend: This stamp combines two awesome things: Facebook and real live paper!

For your friend who is obsessed with bacon but already has the bacon dental floss, bacon candle, bacon gum, bacon mints, clogged arteries, etc etc, a plush bacon guy.

For your friend with a sense of humor, cold feet, or a penchant to misspeak, Freudian Slippers:

For your Francophile friend (me) who likes breakfast (not me so keep looking), a French Toast stamp:

For your Francophoile friend (me) who has fond memories of drinking vin chaud in Paris a month ago (me me me!), the German version of mulled wine:

For your bad-ass friend who’s not so bad-ass that he doesn’t rely on his daily coffee, a fisticuffs mug:

For the cyclist in your life who, I guarantee you, needs to study up on the rules of the road:

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

Things I Live For: Gift guides

Quote of the Day: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” –Rogers Hornsby

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Finally, after four looooooooong years, the FIFA World Cup is back! And even though my hero, Zinedine Zidane, is no longer in the sport, I will be rooting for France because he is the one who confirmed my love for football:

The Euro Cup every 2 years is a nice hold-over, but I’m glad the real thing is finally back. And goddamn, if I were the Cubs right now I would be sending boxes and boxes of chocolate to the Blackhawks and FIFA…

Let’s go Les Bleus!

Pet Peeve of the Day: Being strung along

Quote of the Day: “You cannot¬† be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” –Wayne Dyer

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03.15.2010

Holy Smokes!


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Did you know that there are still places in America where smoking is allowed indoors??¬† It’s like taking a step back into 1962. ¬†And you feel like a criminal being surrounded by so much brazen smoking.

My mom and I went antiquing in Indiana on Sunday and stopped at a small (albeit awesome) diner for lunch.  And there was a smoking section.  Right next to the non-smoking section.  We were amazed, as if we were aliens dropped on this planet for a moment in time.  Is this really what flew in restaurants just a few years ago?  Because cigarettes are dis-gust-ing!

The entire place was thick with smoke.  People were taking bites of food between drags.  Babies sat at tables where all the adults smoked.  It was insanity.  It seems like all of this legal smoking inside business was in another lifetime. 

no smokingAnd, as an ex-smoker, I have always been very accommodating to smoker’s rights.¬† Until this diner experience, I was all about letting people smoke in places that were just bars (i.e. they¬†don’t sell food just sweet sweet alcohol).¬† But holy shit, not anymore!¬† I want to live.¬† I want to smell my laundry detergent.¬† I want to smell my shampoo and¬†hairspray.¬† I want to get my money’s worth out of my perfume.¬† I do not want to smell like a walking ashtray upon leaving any establishment.¬†

In Europe I don’t mind this because A) I’m in Europe, what is there really to complain about B) it feels authentic.¬† When smoking was banned in Paris my Parisian compatriots went crazy because to them, it was impeding a lifestyle, not just a habit.¬† And I wholeheartedly agree on that!

It wasn’t too long ago when it was thought okay to¬†smoke while pregnant.¬† And we certainly were okay with smoking inside until quite recently.¬† I wonder what will be banned in 30 years that we’re doing now.¬† Hopefully it won’t be being awesome.¬†

Pet Peeve of the Day: St. Patty’s Day aka amateur hour

Quote of the Day: “Son, when you participate in sporting events– it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how drunk you get.” –Homer Simpson

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03.01.2010

DIY Kitchen Window


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All of the lovely ladies whose craft/decor blogs I follow always highlight their mantles.  And they are always so awesome and wonderfully decorated.  Alas, I lack a mantle.  Such is the life of a condo dweller.  So, I spruced up the window above my kitchen sink as my makeshift mantle:

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I have had a recent obsession with colored glass, my favorites being the light blue mason jars.¬† Luckily, my antique spot in Indy sells them for cheap.¬† I’ve seen them on Etsy and in Chicago antique stores for a lot more money than is necessary.

 

 

 

bThe frames to the left are dollar store frames.¬† On the top and bottom ones I took old sheet music and made it the base, then cut out the fleur de lis with my Cricut and modpodged it on.¬† The middle frame I covered in burlap and hot glued old keys I picked up at an antique store.¬† (Another craft I’ve seen circulating around blog-land.)¬† Antique keys similar to these sell at Pottery Barn for $19 for 7.¬† Mine¬†are way cheaper, and way more authentic!¬†

 

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The birdhouse I got at Michael’s for a dollar.¬† I spray painted it Robin Egg Blue and then distressed it with a brown stain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love how the light from the window shows through the glass.

 

 

 

 

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I would also like to add that the plant is from Ikea that my mom got me when I first moved in.¬† That’s right– I have kept this baby alive for almost three years!!

 

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Keeping It Simple

DIY Day @ ASPTL
 

Pet Peeve of the Day: Bank of America

Quote of the Day: “People only see what they are prepared to see.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I know you all have probably already seen this, but considering my brother just discovered it like a month ago there’s a chance you have been in the dark as well:¬† Texts From Last Night.¬† I just pray one of my Schlagger induced texts don’t end up on there…

And in case you haven’t linked this up from my Blog Roll, (and you hate hipsters/Wicker Park/etc. as much as I do) you simply must go here:¬† Look At This Fucking Hipster.

To encourage my Francophile-ness, I like to study up on this list hoping to use these words in real life: List of French Words and Phrases Used By English Speakers.¬† It is quite comprehensive; c’est magnifique!

This is simply the most legendary website I have ever seen: Jewgle.¬† Go ahead, Jewgel something, it’s fucking jokes!

Any other awesome websites out there that I haven’t discovered yet??

Pet Peeve of the Day: Being treated like a child in grad school

Quote of the Day: “Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.” –Tom Robbins

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