Monday, March 31, 2008

Safeway Versus Harris Teeter; Or, Evil Versus Sanity

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I've blogged before about how much I hate the shopping experience at Safeway (here and here). Yesterday, I was able to experience the juxtaposition between shopping there and at Harris Teeter. I've shopped at HT a lot recently. I haven't shopped at Safeway at all. Lest I forget how annoying it is, I went yesterday. It was actually to get baking chocolate for the cupcakes I was making. Safeway was closer...that's about all it is. Here's how it went.


Harris Teeter. I parked my car in the underground lot at the Pentagon Row HT and walked up and into the store. I sanitized the handle of my cart and walked to the freezer section. I leisurely strolled around, picking out my food. I reached the soda aisle and was disappointed to find out that there was no HT brand diet ginger ale. I asked the guy stocking wine if they had any in the back. Even though he didn't work in the soda section, he looked me in the eye sympathetically, and said he would go and check if there was any in the back. He was sincerely apologetic that they were all out, and suggested I check back the next day when a shipment would be coming in. I went to the deli and got freshly sliced chicken breast, where the deli worker asked me if the thickness was okay. I waited about 2 seconds in line before being checked out by a friendly cashier.


Safeway: I parked in the lot and dashed through to avoid getting hit. Mind you, I only had one item to get, so the shopping part of it was pretty painless. If I had to buy a whole order as at HT, I can tell you how the situations I encountered would have gone:


  • Soda aisle--I wouldn't have been able to find anyone. If I had, they would have taken about 2 seconds to pretend to listen to what I was asking before they summarily dismissed me by shrugging and saying they didn't know.

  • Deli--I would have been given presliced meat and given attitude if I asked for it fresh. I probably wouldn't even have had a choice of chicken. They would have had one flavor and it would have been Safeway's "primo taglio" (which I'm pretty sure is Italian for "tasteless") brand.

As for my actual experience yesterday, I stood in the "express" lane for an inordinately long period of time during which it appeared the checkout woman wasn't doing anything. Also, a dog ran through my aisle. Better than what I thought it was at first (a rat), but still--a dog! Followed by a girl.


It goes without saying that I can't wait until the HT opens in my 'hood.

Safeway Versus Harris Teeter; Or, Evil Versus Sanity

Harristeeter


I've blogged before about how much I hate the shopping experience at Safeway (here and here). Yesterday, I was able to experience the juxtaposition between shopping there and at Harris Teeter. I've shopped at HT a lot recently. I haven't shopped at Safeway at all. Lest I forget how annoying it is, I went yesterday. It was actually to get baking chocolate for the cupcakes I was making. Safeway was closer...that's about all it is. Here's how it went.


Harris Teeter. I parked my car in the underground lot at the Pentagon Row HT and walked up and into the store. I sanitized the handle of my cart and walked to the freezer section. I leisurely strolled around, picking out my food. I reached the soda aisle and was disappointed to find out that there was no HT brand diet ginger ale. I asked the guy stocking wine if they had any in the back. Even though he didn't work in the soda section, he looked me in the eye sympathetically, and said he would go and check if there was any in the back. He was sincerely apologetic that they were all out, and suggested I check back the next day when a shipment would be coming in. I went to the deli and got freshly sliced chicken breast, where the deli worker asked me if the thickness was okay. I waited about 2 seconds in line before being checked out by a friendly cashier.


Safeway: I parked in the lot and dashed through to avoid getting hit. Mind you, I only had one item to get, so the shopping part of it was pretty painless. If I had to buy a whole order as at HT, I can tell you how the situations I encountered would have gone:


  • Soda aisle--I wouldn't have been able to find anyone. If I had, they would have taken about 2 seconds to pretend to listen to what I was asking before they summarily dismissed me by shrugging and saying they didn't know.

  • Deli--I would have been given presliced meat and given attitude if I asked for it fresh. I probably wouldn't even have had a choice of chicken. They would have had one flavor and it would have been Safeway's "primo taglio" (which I'm pretty sure is Italian for "tasteless") brand.

As for my actual experience yesterday, I stood in the "express" lane for an inordinately long period of time during which it appeared the checkout woman wasn't doing anything. Also, a dog ran through my aisle. Better than what I thought it was at first (a rat), but still--a dog! Followed by a girl.


It goes without saying that I can't wait until the HT opens in my 'hood.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Flowers of the Week

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Not that my blossom experience wasn't gratifying enough, but I still bought some flowers for the week. Harris Teeter had Alstroemeria and Daisies on sale for $3 a bunch. I hadn't gotten flowers last week, so I decided to get 2 kinds. Some of my old Alstroemeria were hanging in there, but they fell apart finally when I moved them. I bought three bunches--2 daisies and 1 alstroemeria. The little vase in my bathroom is all the little not-quite-formed daisies.


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Flowers of the Week

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Not that my blossom experience wasn't gratifying enough, but I still bought some flowers for the week. Harris Teeter had Alstroemeria and Daisies on sale for $3 a bunch. I hadn't gotten flowers last week, so I decided to get 2 kinds. Some of my old Alstroemeria were hanging in there, but they fell apart finally when I moved them. I bought three bunches--2 daisies and 1 alstroemeria. The little vase in my bathroom is all the little not-quite-formed daisies.


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Saturday, March 29, 2008

10 Days Clean and Sober

It's been 10 days since I read AT. It's hard some days, but I realize the benefits too. I've had more time to check other design and non-design blogs. I've also spent a lot less time at work reading things on the Web, thereby improving my productivity and making me feel better about myself. Wow, a clean life feels so great! :) Truth is, I went there so often because it was updated frequently and it was an easy way to waste time...so if at work when I was confronted with an unfun task (not that that happens at...work) or wanted to procrastinate, it was an easy fill in. I hadn't been liking it as much as I once had anyway...the insultingish comment was the last straw. Going cold turkey for me is the only way to go!

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherry Blossoms

Like the nuts we are, Erin and I decided to brave the crowds and visit Japan's greatest gift to the U.S. other than the Wii and sushi, the beautiful Cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. Thanks, Japan!


We joined about a trillion other people in the same idea. The past few days were sort of like basic training for dealing with what I affectionately term the "tourons." Working a few blocks from the White House and next to the Mayflower Hotel does not do much for isolating you from the craziness. Did I mention there was also the Smithsonian Kite Festival, the opening of the Nationals new stadium, and the National Marathon was also this weekend? Anyway, we survived.


Erin and I ended our day with dinner at Cafe Mozart--in my opinion, a hidden DC gem. Nothing too fancy, but it is kind of like stepping off of gross NY Avenue and into Europe.  It was exactly what we needed at that moment.


Public Service Announcement...I'd like to take a moment to rail at people who feel their photo opp is more important than the tree. People, don't climb in the trees, sit in the trees, hit the trees, pick the blossoms (which opens the tree to infection...I heard this on WTOP), trample all over them. They're a treasure; respect them so others may enjoy them. Sheesh.


I'm hoping to hit the blossoms (figuratively not literally) with Leslie, my blossom-crazy friend! I'm also thinking of doing some pre-work walks.


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Never seen so many people at the WWII Memorial! This doesn't even begin to get at the vast quantity of people.


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"Blossoms, I love you!"


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More crowds.


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Friday, March 28, 2008

Resource: Archival Storage

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I recently bought some archival file boxes from University Products. They sell archival products to, as their name suggests, university libraries and museums. However, they're also a good resource for home organizing and crafts. I got several of the same (or at least they appear exactly the same) file boxes that the Container Store sells for $19.99 each for $5.20 each. They give volume discounts (for small to large orders), and my mom and I split an order of 10.


I particularly like these because they look unobtrusive on a shelf. And, when you split up your files into different boxes, they aren't as heavy or bulky, which I feel is key to actually using the files. Having separate boxes gives you flexibility that drawers just don't.


In addition to these, they sell all kinds of useful products, including,(Beware, this can excite "oh hey look at this, I need it" syndrome):


  • Display cases and stands

  • Photo and scrapbooking supplies

  • Bone folders, cutting tools and other things used for paper crafting/book binding (including cool French marbled paper)

  • Framing supplies

  • Stools and shelving

Check 'em out!

Resource: Archival Storage

7352510


I recently bought some archival file boxes from University Products. They sell archival products to, as their name suggests, university libraries and museums. However, they're also a good resource for home organizing and crafts. I got several of the same (or at least they appear exactly the same) file boxes that the Container Store sells for $19.99 each for $5.20 each. They give volume discounts (for small to large orders), and my mom and I split an order of 10.


I particularly like these because they look unobtrusive on a shelf. And, when you split up your files into different boxes, they aren't as heavy or bulky, which I feel is key to actually using the files. Having separate boxes gives you flexibility that drawers just don't.


In addition to these, they sell all kinds of useful products, including,(Beware, this can excite "oh hey look at this, I need it" syndrome):


  • Display cases and stands

  • Photo and scrapbooking supplies

  • Bone folders, cutting tools and other things used for paper crafting/book binding (including cool French marbled paper)

  • Framing supplies

  • Stools and shelving

Check 'em out!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Social Networking, or Does LinkedIn Know Me?

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Is it God behind the scenes? Are we all just six degrees away from each other (hence the Kevin Bacon pic)? I am truly weirded out by the connections LinkedIn has found. One of the "people I may know" it pointed me to is a woman I met at a happy hour while on a job in another city. Um, HOW DOES IT KNOW THIS? We don't work in the same field, live in the same city, or anything. Another one is someone who also taught ESL where I do. Random. Does it have access to my emails? Does it spy on me at night while I'm sleeping. Seriously! I do enjoy the social networking sites, though--I've been in contact, even if peripherally, with people I hadn't spoken with for years!


Picture of Kev by SAG Indie on Wikimedia Commons. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fun Gadget: Can Colander

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I thought I'd share one of my favorite kitchen utensils. It has the makings of what Unclutterer calls a "unitasker," but it's not. I admit that when I bought it, I was thinking "Here I go buying another thing to collect dust," but it turned out to be very helpful. It both fits into a tuna can to press out all the liquid without risk of cutting yourself on the can edge and over a bean can to drain them. I am a big canned bean fan, so it's indispensible for that. It's also helpful for little colander tasks; I've used it for rinsing small quantities of berries, too. It's also affordable. Available at Ace Hardware online for $3.89 or at pretty much every home goods or hardware store. I have also seen it in stainless steel for slightly more money.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Peep Show Time!

You gotta check out the Washington Post's Peep diorama contest.  The contestants set up scenes using the infamous marshmallow candies from Jus' Born candies (a Pennsylvania company!) So funny and creative! And, you can vote for your favorites. Here are some of my favorite candidates:


Kate Bowen's "Peepator Craig's Wide Stance"


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Rebecca Guerrerro's "It's a Major Peep Award!"


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John Klingler and Jane Slatter's "Elvis Peepsley"


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Jodie Smolik's "Peep Set me Up!"


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Check them out and vote for your fave! Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Blogging, 12-steps, and the Nature of Reality

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One day at work this week, I was feeling a bit down in the mouth. I wondered why, but being the great student of self-help books that I am, I identified the reason and then felt immediately pathetic: I had one of my photos posted on ApartmentTherapy.com.


What could be awful about this you ask? I have been a self-professed obsessed fan of AT. Okay, it's like crack. I was addicted ever since I first found it by looking for something about apartments three or four years ago. I was practically in line at the bookstore when founder Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan's book came out. Well, this is what it said after my photo:


"Okay, the pics aren't great, but Christine in DC's back and has nice flowers for both weeks"


(see the original post on AT here).


Woah. What? "Nice flowers," but the "pics aren't great"? I may be dense at times but I'm pretty sure that's at least mildly insulting. I felt like Carrie (the one from the Stephen King novel) except, unfortunately, without the powers to set things on fire. Like I was asked to the prom by one of the cool kids only to then have pig's blood spilt on my dress or something. Maxwell broke my poor little heart.


I doubt it was with purposeful bad intentions (I'm not paranoid). Still, I don't really understand the objective there. Pointing out who's not cool enough? Not wanting anyone to think HE'D taken the low pixel photo? I'm no expert blogger or businessperson, but I do know insulting one of your fan/supporters isn't smart. Still, I don't know him, never met him, how could I possibly be offended?


I came to my answer thinking about the nature of internet "relationships." People talk a lot about the anonymity of communication on the web. But, in some ways, we create quick relationships without really knowing anything about the people. While somewhat anonymous, the relationships are anything but surface. Because of the somewhat anonymous aspect, we share more than we would with people at work or strangers on the street. We share interests with them, share our opinions, our embarrassments, and in this particular case, our homes. You'd think NBC's "Dateline: To Catch a Predator" would have warned me off of sharing too much and forming naive feelings, but it didn't.


So, I'm sort of starting my own therapy--like any good addict, I've realized when I've gone too far. I'm staging my own intervention. I'm going to go 12-step on AT. I'm still going to keep checking the blogs from the fun people I "met" through there, and doing my own home improvements, but I doubt I'll be frequenting AT as much as I used to. "Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable." Being insulted by a guy on a web site to the point where I write a blog entry? Uh, yeah, check, I think that qualifies as unmanageable!


Apologies to all those AT people who are visiting me here...I know I'm sort of flogging a dead horse!

Blogging, 12-steps, and the Nature of Reality

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One day at work this week, I was feeling a bit down in the mouth. I wondered why, but being the great student of self-help books that I am, I identified the reason and then felt immediately pathetic: I had one of my photos posted on ApartmentTherapy.com.


What could be awful about this you ask? I have been a self-professed obsessed fan of AT. Okay, it's like crack. I was addicted ever since I first found it by looking for something about apartments three or four years ago. I was practically in line at the bookstore when founder Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan's book came out. Well, this is what it said after my photo:


"Okay, the pics aren't great, but Christine in DC's back and has nice flowers for both weeks"


(see the original post on AT here).


Woah. What? "Nice flowers," but the "pics aren't great"? I may be dense at times but I'm pretty sure that's at least mildly insulting. I felt like Carrie (the one from the Stephen King novel) except, unfortunately, without the powers to set things on fire. Like I was asked to the prom by one of the cool kids only to then have pig's blood spilt on my dress or something. Maxwell broke my poor little heart.


I doubt it was with purposeful bad intentions (I'm not paranoid). Still, I don't really understand the objective there. Pointing out who's not cool enough? Not wanting anyone to think HE'D taken the low pixel photo? I'm no expert blogger or businessperson, but I do know insulting one of your fan/supporters isn't smart. Still, I don't know him, never met him, how could I possibly be offended?


I came to my answer thinking about the nature of internet "relationships." People talk a lot about the anonymity of communication on the web. But, in some ways, we create quick relationships without really knowing anything about the people. While somewhat anonymous, the relationships are anything but surface. Because of the somewhat anonymous aspect, we share more than we would with people at work or strangers on the street. We share interests with them, share our opinions, our embarrassments, and in this particular case, our homes. You'd think NBC's "Dateline: To Catch a Predator" would have warned me off of sharing too much and forming naive feelings, but it didn't.


So, I'm sort of starting my own therapy--like any good addict, I've realized when I've gone too far. I'm staging my own intervention. I'm going to go 12-step on AT. I'm still going to keep checking the blogs from the fun people I "met" through there, and doing my own home improvements, but I doubt I'll be frequenting AT as much as I used to. "Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable." Being insulted by a guy on a web site to the point where I write a blog entry? Uh, yeah, check, I think that qualifies as unmanageable!


Apologies to all those AT people who are visiting me here...I know I'm sort of flogging a dead horse!

Monday, March 17, 2008

100th Post! Nothing Special

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I felt like with this being my 100th post, I should post something meaningful and spectacular. So, instead, I'm posting a pretty picture of my green apples! I recently got the hurricane at (of all places) Ross Dress for Less for $4.

100th Post! Nothing Special

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I felt like with this being my 100th post, I should post something meaningful and spectacular. So, instead, I'm posting a pretty picture of my green apples! I recently got the hurricane at (of all places) Ross Dress for Less for $4.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Everything is Coming Up Roses

I watched Stranger Than Fiction on DVD this weekend. Great film--I was pleasantly surprised. However, what I couldn't get out of my head was the scene where Will Farrell's character is singing to Maggie Gyllenhaal's character. Yes, it was a romantic scene, but more than that I was in love with her house! Very boho chic. Not my style, but still fantastic. My favorite thing was the afghan with crocheted roses on it. Instant obsession! I was going to post a pic I took of my screen, but I don't want Sony Pictures on my ass. But, I did go looking for versions on the web. I didn't find one exactly like the one there (it was black with pink roses), but I found several other versions.


On Etsy:


There's this one from Etsy seller Craftedfrom TheHeart.


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Or, this from butterfield house.


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I also found this from a place in Texas called Country Village Mall. Of all of them, this is my fave.


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Everything is Coming Up Roses

I watched Stranger Than Fiction on DVD this weekend. Great film--I was pleasantly surprised. However, what I couldn't get out of my head was the scene where Will Farrell's character is singing to Maggie Gyllenhaal's character. Yes, it was a romantic scene, but more than that I was in love with her house! Very boho chic. Not my style, but still fantastic. My favorite thing was the afghan with crocheted roses on it. Instant obsession! I was going to post a pic I took of my screen, but I don't want Sony Pictures on my ass. But, I did go looking for versions on the web. I didn't find one exactly like the one there (it was black with pink roses), but I found several other versions.


On Etsy:


There's this one from Etsy seller Craftedfrom TheHeart.


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Or, this from butterfield house.


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I also found this from a place in Texas called Country Village Mall. Of all of them, this is my fave.


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Dinner Tonight: Tilapia and Roasted Veggies

Did you know that there is a Tilapia Association? There is...it lives on the Web here. I may have mentioned that part of AT's Cure is making dinner several times per week. I followed through today with a modified tilapia recipe from this site. I also roasted some baby squash, carrots, red peppers, and shallots. Yum!


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Tilapia is a mild tasting fish and good for people who "hate fish." For this reason, chefs hate it, apparently. I like a good strong fish like salmon or tuna, but if you just want some fish or need to fool your kids or something, this is good. It's also relatively sustainable because of farming--choose US farmed fish, though, because it's less likely to be raised in polluted water. I looked on the Association's web site and chose the Tilapia Lemon Parmesan. Since I didn't have the cheese, I had to improvise.


1. Wash the fish and pat dry.


2. Sprinkle with some butter, lemon juice, and herbs (I used Herbes des Provence).


3. Broil for about 5 or 6 minutes until opaque and flaky. (Overcooking fish is a major reason people hate it--they think it's dry).


4. Mix some mayonaise with garlic or garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste, some more herbs, and lemon juice and coat the top of the fish with the mixture. Broil for another minute or 2 until the mayo mixture is bubbly.


Now, I realize that adding a bunch of saturated fat to a heart-healthy food doesn't make much sense. I bet omitting the butter and using spray and lemon juice and using a substitute (yogurt? light mayo?) would work just as well. But, this was yummy.


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For more on sustainability, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch.

Dinner Tonight: Tilapia and Roasted Veggies

Did you know that there is a Tilapia Association? There is...it lives on the Web here. I may have mentioned that part of AT's Cure is making dinner several times per week. I followed through today with a modified tilapia recipe from this site. I also roasted some baby squash, carrots, red peppers, and shallots. Yum!


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P3160051


Tilapia is a mild tasting fish and good for people who "hate fish." For this reason, chefs hate it, apparently. I like a good strong fish like salmon or tuna, but if you just want some fish or need to fool your kids or something, this is good. It's also relatively sustainable because of farming--choose US farmed fish, though, because it's less likely to be raised in polluted water. I looked on the Association's web site and chose the Tilapia Lemon Parmesan. Since I didn't have the cheese, I had to improvise.


1. Wash the fish and pat dry.


2. Sprinkle with some butter, lemon juice, and herbs (I used Herbes des Provence).


3. Broil for about 5 or 6 minutes until opaque and flaky. (Overcooking fish is a major reason people hate it--they think it's dry).


4. Mix some mayonaise with garlic or garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste, some more herbs, and lemon juice and coat the top of the fish with the mixture. Broil for another minute or 2 until the mayo mixture is bubbly.


Now, I realize that adding a bunch of saturated fat to a heart-healthy food doesn't make much sense. I bet omitting the butter and using spray and lemon juice and using a substitute (yogurt? light mayo?) would work just as well. But, this was yummy.


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For more on sustainability, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch.

Week 2 Flowers

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Bought these blue irises at CRAZY CRAZY Whole Foods today for $6.99. They are gracing my nightstand in the bottom part of my cocktail shaker, since my Astroemeria are still livin' in my living room!

It's a Shoe In!

One of the things I bemoaned about my home was how I always ended up w/ a pile of shoes by the door. I take off my shoes (though if Mr. Loudy-pants downstairs doesn't shut-up, I might break my own rules, get some wooden Holland shoes, and stomp around...) and they tend to end up there until I corral them.


I considered a shoe cabinet, but who needs extra furniture in what is essentially my living room? So, my new solution is to bring my shoes to the door in my shoe box. When I come home from work, I put them in the box, and pop them in the closet. Seeing the box is another reminder to PUT THEM AWAY!


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It's a Shoe In!

One of the things I bemoaned about my home was how I always ended up w/ a pile of shoes by the door. I take off my shoes (though if Mr. Loudy-pants downstairs doesn't shut-up, I might break my own rules, get some wooden Holland shoes, and stomp around...) and they tend to end up there until I corral them.


I considered a shoe cabinet, but who needs extra furniture in what is essentially my living room? So, my new solution is to bring my shoes to the door in my shoe box. When I come home from work, I put them in the box, and pop them in the closet. Seeing the box is another reminder to PUT THEM AWAY!


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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Life as a Singleton

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Okay, I got asked for the second time in a row by one of my ESL students if I was married. Picture, pointing to the ring finger and me looking at my bare one. For the second time in a row, I answered "uh, no."


Last time:


Student: "You no married?"


Me: (sheepishly) "Uh, no."


Student: "Why not?"


Me: Ummmmm, well....uhhhhhh....they say all DC guys are either gay or married. You know gay?


Student: Yes, ha ha, but you so beautiful. No boyfriend?


Sheesh, what are you, my mother?


This time made me feel a wee bit better.


Student: "You married?"


Me: "No single"


Student: "You single? Better that way. You single--you go where you want."


By the way, this one had 6 children.


Anyway, that's part of my life as a singleton...particularly at ESL.

Life as a Singleton

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Okay, I got asked for the second time in a row by one of my ESL students if I was married. Picture, pointing to the ring finger and me looking at my bare one. For the second time in a row, I answered "uh, no."


Last time:


Student: "You no married?"


Me: (sheepishly) "Uh, no."


Student: "Why not?"


Me: Ummmmm, well....uhhhhhh....they say all DC guys are either gay or married. You know gay?


Student: Yes, ha ha, but you so beautiful. No boyfriend?


Sheesh, what are you, my mother?


This time made me feel a wee bit better.


Student: "You married?"


Me: "No single"


Student: "You single? Better that way. You single--you go where you want."


By the way, this one had 6 children.


Anyway, that's part of my life as a singleton...particularly at ESL.

Loud Neighbor Sentenced to Prison

NPR reports that a woman in Osaka was sentenced to 20 months in prison for blasting her stereo at her neighbor. I don't know WHY in the world this story would interest me. Probably because I'm listening to my neighbor's TV as I write this. When I got home, I turned on the vacuum directly above his TV. Childish? Yes. Not as childish as taking up clog dancing for the express purpose of annoying him. It's driving me nuts. I'm thinking of writing another note such as this:


"Dear Charles, Would you mind giving me your TV schedule so that I could listen to the same program in stereo and not have to turn up my TV to hear it over yours? Thanks."


(By the way, this actually happened last night with The Biggest Loser.)


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"Dear Charles" [Real name used to NOT protect the guilty] "Would you like me to take up clog dancing or vacuum for hours every night?"


Seriously, dude, get a clue!


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Image from Wikipedia, who got it from ibibilio web museum.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cure Me: This week's flowers

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Alstroemeria--$4 for the bunch at Harris Teeter. Pretty, cheaper,and longer lasting!

Cure Me: This week's flowers

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Alstroemeria--$4 for the bunch at Harris Teeter. Pretty, cheaper,and longer lasting!

Going Paperless: Scan it

I stayed home from work today--wasn't feeling well. Well, I won't get into the details, but I wasn't completely bedridden, so around 4 or so, I got a little bored (Unfortunately, Oprah had the Osmonds on...that didn't entice me). I turned to the pile of old newspaper clippings that I had slated to scan and then throw away. These newspaper clippings were from my "clips" files--they were articles I had written.


These once served a purpose. I used them to apply for writing/editing jobs. However, you don't have to be an archival expert to know that newsprint isn't the most stable of materials. Just look at some old newspapers you have sitting around. You can practically see the acid eating at it. Anyway, I realized I'd had these clips for (gulp) over 10 years! I couldn't bear to completely throw them away, but on the other hand, having a yellow pile of clips wasn't great either. So, I decided to scan them. Now that I own a scanner, this is the answer to a lot of my paper-related "should it stay or should it go now" questions.


Here's an incomplete pile of what I threw out (for effect...I spread it out!)


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Fortunately, some of them I'd had photocopied. This made them easier to scan--the ones that weren't were either yellowed, curled, or too big for my scanner glass.


Next--I'm going to tackle those work-related articles!

Going Paperless: Scan it

I stayed home from work today--wasn't feeling well. Well, I won't get into the details, but I wasn't completely bedridden, so around 4 or so, I got a little bored (Unfortunately, Oprah had the Osmonds on...that didn't entice me). I turned to the pile of old newspaper clippings that I had slated to scan and then throw away. These newspaper clippings were from my "clips" files--they were articles I had written.


These once served a purpose. I used them to apply for writing/editing jobs. However, you don't have to be an archival expert to know that newsprint isn't the most stable of materials. Just look at some old newspapers you have sitting around. You can practically see the acid eating at it. Anyway, I realized I'd had these clips for (gulp) over 10 years! I couldn't bear to completely throw them away, but on the other hand, having a yellow pile of clips wasn't great either. So, I decided to scan them. Now that I own a scanner, this is the answer to a lot of my paper-related "should it stay or should it go now" questions.


Here's an incomplete pile of what I threw out (for effect...I spread it out!)


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Fortunately, some of them I'd had photocopied. This made them easier to scan--the ones that weren't were either yellowed, curled, or too big for my scanner glass.


Next--I'm going to tackle those work-related articles!

Ikea Repair

Ikea is a lot of things--affordable, innovative, fun, crazy, good for building assembly skills.  There's one thing it's not good for and that's heirloom quality furniture. I have 2 beech-colored Ikea dressers. I'm not that fond of them, but I've decided to live with them until I find a dresser that I like and can afford. Well, for the past several--oh--months, one of the drawers on my beech "Malm" dresser wasn't shutting. The bottom and back had sort of warped. I finally got around to fixing it this weekend. I repaired it using a complicated technique called "duct tape the hell out of it."


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Broken Drawer


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Warp-osity


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Duct tape to the rescue!


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And voila--drawer's fixed!