Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Carpet Seller

I've recently had a change of heart about rugs. I used to only like plain ones with solid colors. Listen, I grew up in a house with many dogs and animals, so even having a rug is a little scary for me.

Let's go back a couple years. H. and I went to Turkey back in '07, and it was awesome.

Of course it was. And of course, Turkey is all about Turkish carpets, and everywhere there are carpet-sellers. We could tell you a tale of the awesome lengths carpet-sellers in less-touristy parts of Turkey will go to sell you a carpet. Hilarious. But, we didn't have any money back then (or now), so we didn't buy any carpets. One day I'm going back, and I'm going to spend all my money on a carpet. One day!

Anyhou. When we first moved into our awesome apartment, we had discussed getting a big rug for our giant living room. We couldn't agree on anything, and then H's aunt in Pakistan gave us a lovely little rug as a wedding present.

It's lovely, and goes nicely with our furniture, though it's actually quite small in our living room (which is roughly 9x17 or so).

The other day I spotted this photo in an Apartment Therapy - the charming home of Danielle and Derek of Boston:

Love it! 

So, I've been plotting and scheming, as one does, about a similar sort of thing in our living room. I sent these to H. today:

These are all from We both like #2 best, which is also the most expensive one.
One problem with this idea is that Young Izzy likes to work his claws into rugs, sofas, chairs, legs, blankets, etc. It would be so annoying to buy a pricey rug and have the cat tear it up (though - I should point out - these are not hand-made pieces of art, these are mass-market rugs).

Incidentally, here on The Interiorist blog she seems to have had similar inspiration, and acted on it.

Anyhou, just some thoughts.

In other news, hopefully next week I'll have a nice bedroom update for you.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The GGs

It's been too long since I've updated you on my GG reading project/Canadian Book Club of One.

First, I screwed up. I counted two books as 31, so I'm actually on 35 now (having just finished 34).
Recently completed: Burning Water by George Bowering (1980).

34/72 was timed to coincide with our trip to Vancouver, since it is about George Vancouver. It didn't really enlighten me on Pacific Northwestiness or anything.

Now I'm on 35 - Cool Water by Dianne Warren (2010).

Burning Water and then Cool Water - get it? Anyone else amused? No?

I never got back to that The Fall of a Titan. I will, eventually, but it hasn't happened yet.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Monday

Every day on my way home from work, I sit in the same subway car. Occasionally I have the misfortune to sit near a really gross man who seems to be on the same schedule as me (ie leaving work at 5:01pm). The first time I sat near him, he played with his stupid smartphone with the noises on, so I heard the bip-bip-bap of his game, until he got bored and played music on it - out loud! Ugh. He also wears tons of cologne and stinks up the joint, and on that first trip he very annoyingly and vocally complained about another man sitting near him smelling bad. Rude. The second time I sat near him he was eating McDonald's on the train and the salt from his fingers was flying willy-nilly in my direction. I hate train-eaters. Today I sat near him and he was biting his nails off and spitting them out. Yuck! Also, he had a bag with diapers in it. Has this man bred? He is the lowliest form of subway rider.

Anyway. I have some things to tell you! First of all, I'm back! What a trip! I don't mean to bore you with details, but we had a totally fab time on our trip. In Vancouver: hanging with old friends and new ones, walking millions of miles, getting rained on, sleeping in a king-size bed, visiting totem poles. Lovely.

And then Seattle: getting rained on again, learning about the city, seeing family and friends, playing with the cutest nephew and niece, eating so, so much food!

Of course, we did go on a Twin Peaks pilgrimage. So awesome.

Snoqualmie Falls, and the "Great Northern" that sits at the top (not included in photos).

And going to Twede's Cafe - or the "Double R Diner" as some may know it.

Not to sound too crazy, but seeing these things was intensely exciting. I am a die-hard Twin Peaks fan, and have been for 20 years.

All-in-all a very wonderful trip.

This morning I was feeling most depressed about being back at work, until two exciting things happened! First, I got a raise - for no apparent reason! I wish every Monday was like that! The second exciting thing I'm not going to talk about yet, but will in a few months. Don't be crazy, I'm not pregnant. I'll tell you that the CBC did not choose me to talk about my recommended book, but something more exciting (for me) may be in the works. Sorry to tease! If you really want to know, just email me and I'll happily divulge. Otherwise, stay tuned!
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