Tomorrow is probably the biggest day in my career to date. One that can go really, really well or straight to the shitter.
I’m currently trying to determine the appropriate size glass of wine (one) to calm the nerves so I can sleep but not so big I regret it when the alarm goes off at 5 am.
I took “off” Wednesday through today.
[granted, I spent all day Wednesday dealing with a crisis on the West Coast, worked the better part of Friday and Saturday and today is for dealing with a minor medical thing. But F yeah, vacation!]
But in between.
Thai food, wine and movies with the roommates.
A Thanksgiving celebration for 30 people and almost as many bottles of wine at my parents.
The 7th annual S house “Snack Friday” which involves never getting out of PJs, watching an entire season of a new-to-us show in one day (this year, Scandal) and eating as many snacks as possible.
Hosting all the womens in my family for a day of marathon Christmas cookie baking [about 300 cookies in all], lunch and wine. Having my immediate family for pizza and Sunday night football.
Nary a picture taken.
And despite the fact that my cousin’s three-year-old got more sugar on the floor than the cookies and there are cookie crumbs EVERYWHERE, it was wonderful.
Sometimes the best weekends are those spent in every single moment.
health & happiness
family & friends
a warm home & a warm bed
the end of a road & a new journey
food on the table & love in our hearts
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. xo e.
…you wake up on a “work from home” day before Thanksgiving to an urgent email sent in the wee hours from your boss who is out of town for the holiday asking for a written piece on a super urgent omg emergency basis and you realize that you have already written it yet have absolutely no recollection of doing so and it is in great condition and just needs minor tweaking instead of it throwing your entire day off track.
Your shopping guide to stores that won’t ruin their workers’ Thanksgivings.
Only in America do people, hours after giving thanks for what they already have, line up outside of stores like a bunch of lunatics, ready to trample others for an additional 30% off.
Just say no to Thanksgiving Day shopping.
Just bought our first piece of adult art.
The Bean has special meaning to us. It’s where M asked me to marry him, it was the topper on our wedding cake, and it reflects the city we live in and love.
An oversized, slightly abstract version taken from the sky will make a perfect statement piece for the entry into our "frunch room"
So great, we have a giant unframed photograph and a cocktail table. Progress, people, progress.
This was the nicest note to wake up to this morning! Thank you!
I totally feel you on the inferiority complex in this Pinterest/blog era! It is frustrating when it seems like everyone else has these perfectly curated homes when you are just trying to figure out where to put the ONE bed you own and “borrowing” a couch from your brother when the sectional you ordered is now on major delay and you left the ONE couch you used to own by the dumpster at the condo.
We plan on being in this house for awhile, and we want to fill it with things we love. That means we need to be a little patient, do a little bargain and look-a-like hunting, and deal with the fact that the coffee table in our great room is a hideous piece I bought as a single lady because I thought it was OMGSOCUTE. We’ve spent a great deal of time talking about what our splurge items will be, and what our priorities are. We’ve so far abided by the rule that we don’t buy it unless we love it, and though a very slow process, I think it has worked out for the best.
For more “starting from scratch” home stuff, check out my BFF G’s blog. She closed on her house a few weeks before we did, and she’s approached furnishing in a very similar way. Her place is amazing!
- Last week I strained a muscle in my neck sleeping. Sure sign I’m becoming elderly. It finally completely stopped hurting today.
- On Monday I went for a deep tissue massage (see neck issue above), came home and had a delicious dinner made by my roomie E, our friend D (just back from six weeks in NYC) joined us, and the three of us spent the evening in E’s room, drinking wine and belly laughing at D’s ridiculous stories until C (E’s husband) kicked us out just before midnight because it was a “school night.” Monday was really good for the soul.
- Is it just me, or does everything in the One Kings Lane “Vintage” section look like shit you could dig out of your grandma’s basement for free?
- The new dining table and buffet are awesome. I’ve never owned a real dining table before, and I must say, if not for the folding chairs currently surrounding it, I might actually feel like legit adult.
- I offered to host the women folk in my extended family for our annual cookie baking sesh/lunch/wine drinking on December 1. I remembered last night that we have a wedding the night before. This will be interesting.
- If you have the Smitten Kitchen cookbook, run immediately to page 175 and make the Harvest Chicken with Grapes and Olives. Serve with polenta, preferably polenta into which you’ve stirred a generous amount of goat cheese and thyme. You will not be sorry.
- I have decided that E and C can’t ever move out because having four functioning adults under one roof makes shit run so much more efficiently. Dinner time is a MACHINE around here these days. Trading off dinner responsibilities, grocery-getting and clean up is kind of awesome.
- You know what else is awesome? Working from home in peace and complete silence.
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House Update: The Master Bedroom (and some tips on how we saved $1500 putting it together)
When we closed on the house and the initial euphoria passed, we were instantly overwhelmed with our lack of furniture and the vast array of terrible paint choices that needed a redo. Our bedroom was one of our first projects.
We really lucked out with our master bedroom situation. The room is a good size, with great closets (so no immediate need for a dresser purchase), a built-in nook, some cool little amenities and an en suite bathroom. Because they layout is amenable to sleeping and hanging out, we decided to really focus on making this a comfy, cozy retreat.
The feel I was going for in our bedroom was calm, cool, and serene. You know, the opposite of my day to day.
I fell in love with this linen-upholstered bed with nailhead trim, so that provided the base for the room. Crate & Barrel gives a “new mover” discount of 10% for the first 6 months, which they will apply on top of any current promos - and you can use it repeatedly. We waited for the bed to go on sale, and combined the sale price with an additional 10% off. If you’re moving and can be a little patient, it pays off!
Mattress shopping. Holy shit those things are expensive. You know where you can get an AMAZING king-sized memory foam mattress for $600, delivered? Costco! This was by far the cheapest mattress we looked at (including good old fashioned pillow tops), and after 6 months of slumber, we absolutely love it (and the 2 packs of king-sized pillows for $13.99).
We added soft medallion patterned bedding from Restoration Hardware purchased for 20% off. We bought $700 worth of high thread count sheets and a duvet insert from Carson’s for $200 during a white sale (best deals on bed/bath ever).
After painting a coat of Benjamin Moore First Snowfall on the walls, we went on bedroom purchasing hiatus for about four months.
By September I was sick of putting my coffee mug on the floor and missing my alarm because my iPhone was muffled by the carpet. Off to Pottery Barn for side tables. Pottery Barn also sends new homeowners a 10% off card, which they only let you use once. It is unclear if they will let you use it on top of any sale pricing. The girl who rang us up said she wasn’t sure so she gave us both discounts anyway.
A couple of lamps from Ballard Designs during a recent sitewide sale have finally made the room feel semi-complete.
I keep track of original price vs. what we paid for everything. So far, we’ve saved about $1500 on our bedroom pieces and bedding.
We still plan to add a dresser along the left wall with a funky mirror above it, like the one at the bottom right. A few framed photographs of our favorite travel destinations, installing some shelves in the nook above the TV, and possibly adding a pair of small club chairs in a steely blue in the space in front of the bed, and we might actually have a finished room!
When shopping for furniture and home decor, it definitely pays to shop first, stalk continuously, and buy later. Ask about special discounts for new movers/homeowners. And remember that things ALWAYS go on sale (except apparently the stupid dresser that matches the side tables, but I digress). Never pay full price, and have fun doing it!
…an my therapist this evening is a dude named “Pauly.”
I remember quite vividly the meeting in Charlotte. Sitting there and listening/not listening because my mind and heart were wholly left behind in Chicago. My stomach a sinking pit, filled with dread because I was so certain that only bad news was forthcoming. It had been such a rough year that there couldn’t possibly be anything but.
I remember walking out to the parking lot and sitting in my rental car. My hands shaking as I called my parents to find out what happened at that appointment that morning. Hearing the words “virtually undetectable” and “we’re going to Argentina.” Holding back happy tears until I could cry them on my drive to Raleigh.
That was not the end of it, this we know. But I am no less grateful for the news we got on November 15 than I was one year ago.
Happy Veteran’s Day to the most handsome man to ever wear the uniform. Miss you, Dad, every damn day.
One of my very favorite photos of my extremely handsome grandfather. I see so much of my cousin B in him.
Happy Veterans Day, and a thanks to all for their service.