Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Sometimes I just have nothing to report. Sometimes I look at this old postcard, because it makes me laugh.

H. and I are going up the river this weekend to look at some houses. Look at the INSIDES of them. Including my grey house. I'm so excited.

Monday, September 19, 2011

So, this happened.

Other potential titles for this post:

Me and Shelagh

As I hinted last week, and months ago, exciting things have been in the works. Today, H. and I both enjoyed the day off, and went into the NYC studio of the CBC!(!!!!) Are you dying? I did. I almost did. Why did I do such a thing? Well, I was invited, for your information. I was invited to record a segment on the CBC show The Next Chapter about my GG project.

This all came about in the spring, when (if you remember) I entered the "So you think you can talk books" competition. They didn't choose me, obviously, to talk about the book I entered, but they were interested in my GG project. I didn't want to give too much away back when it was first proposed, in fear of jinxing myself. I worried over the summer that they would change their minds, because - let's face it - maybe this was just a weird thing that a girl with too much time on her hands was doing. But, a few weeks ago (after giving me some time to push through some more books) they contacted me again and were ready to roll.

Let me say that this was terrifying. The idea of my squeaking voice coming through the air frightens the bejeezus out of me. Furthermore, I was afraid I'd say stupid things, which is a very real possibility (and hasn't been disproved). H. came with me as my moral support.

Here be me in the studio, from H's position with the sound guy (technical term):

Now, here be the view from where I sat:

I think it went ok, but I may sound dumb. I hope they edit me smart! H. said that I sounded good, but he has to say that because it was in our wedding vows that he must always say I look good and sound smart.

Can I tell you something? Being in the CBC studio was very exciting, and I had to refrain from taking photos of the posters of CBC hosts, because I was trying to pretend to be cool. I suppose I'm somewhat of a CBC fangirl. I mean, I grew up in a house with CBC radio on in the kitchen during all waking hours. And, I once promised a prof in university that I would write a CBC radio drama (it never happened).

Most importantly, I highly enjoyed talking to Shelagh - it was kind of like a dream - chatting with a voice so familiar, yet who I couldn't see.

Anyway, should you wish to judge for yourself whether or not I squeak, I believe my bit will air on October 10. Yikes!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Secret shopping

As you may remember, one of my weekend to-dos was a trip to Ikea. Which I did! But why did I go? This was a secret, even to H. So I will share.

First, let me tell you something. H. accuses me of "secret shopping". "Secret shopping" is where I buy things on the internet (guilty) and - according to him - don't tell him (not guilty, usually). Most of the time I do tell him, but because of his advanced years he forgets. Sucks being old.

Alright, so this time I WAS secret shopping, because what I'm about to show you are things he has never seen or heard about until RIGHT NOW. In my defense, they were going to be part of his birthday present, but then I realized that these were 100% for me and that I was fooling myself pretending they were for him. The truth comes out.

So, I bought these prints on Etsy from Bird Ave:

Photos from Bird Ave's Etsy shop
 You see, they are prints of H's home town, my home town and our home town! Get it? I know, cute.

Back to Ikea - obviously I had to buy frames for these bad-boys.

See my legs in the reflection? Glaring white!
Listen now, you (and H.) are currently wondering where is she going to put these??? And the answer is that I don't know. I have no idea. I am not even kidding when I tell you that I have almost no free wallspace for these because I obsessively buy prints on the internet. I have a problem. I'm going to make it work - eventually. For now I think they're adorable and I'm thrilled with their bright colors and hometown nods.

Ahhhhhhh. It feels good to come out with the truth.

And there's more. But this isn't a surprise to H. so no worries. I also got a frame for a little watercolor doodle (is that the right word?) that H's brother painted.

I took this photo for H. to see how it looks, but since snapping it the picture has found a spot on our wall.
I really need to buy my house soon, because I'm running out of walls in this apartment.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Get 'er done

What a successful weekend that included completing everything on my to-do list, except getting a manicure. Oh well, next weekend.

My mirror is now shiny and black! I like it. My sister-in-law even said it looks like an expensive mirror now - is there a greater compliment? Here are some pics of the journey:

1. Prep.

I sanded this bad-boy as much as I could before getting bored. Sanding is a dull activity, and I admit it probably could have done with some more sanding. I also inserted some catalog pages so that I didn't get paint on the glass - this ended up being less than ideal situation.

2. First coat.

As you can see, I didn't use a primer, and I do not regret that decision.

3. Three more coats.

This last photo is slightly blurry, and I'm ok with that because it hides some of the imperfections. Specifically, sticking those catalog pages in to protect the glass meant they stuck to the paint around the frame, and when I pulled them off it pulled some paint off too, creating more work. Boo. But, I'm happy with it, and H. is happy with it, and the cat is fascinated by it.

In other news, something exciting is happening. Here's a couple hints: it involves my GG project, the CBC and me. I'll tell you more next week, because I don't want to jinx myself. Exciting and terrifying, though!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Start me up

H. is off jetting somewhere over the Atlantic, and so begins my ten days as a single lady. Single mother of cat, even. I started making my to-do list for my first Saturday as a lady about town. First things first: call Keanu Reeves. After that, my Saturday to-do list looked like this:

1. Wake up
2. Work out (ugh, I know)
3. Ikea
4. Nap?
5. Seek manicure, possibly also pedicure
6. Get to work on that mirror

But, wait! What's wrong with this list? So very, very wrong. A manicure before breaking out the sandpaper and paint. Nuh-uh. My plan has to be adjusted, because manicure is a big part of my scheme for the weekend, and I do not intend to ruin my nails promptly after beautifying them. How to fix? Get started on that mirror now.

My helper.
 That and a pizza that is almost half gone are how this lady is spending her Friday night, friends. Carrie Bradshaw, eat your heart out.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I said it, I did it

Exciting things are happening! I swear to you they are.

One of those exciting things is that today I enrolled in a sewing class!

Liberty Fabrics
Back in February I made a new year resolution for my birthday, which was to learn how to sew, and now it's happening! I'll take my first class (of four) in late October, and I'm so very excited! Watch out world of stuff, here I come!

In my mind I'll be making fabulous things like cushions and curtains, in reality I'll be able to (maybe) hem my own pants. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, I might just sew myself to a chair...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Scaredy Cat

H. is off to England on a ten-day business trip at the end of the week, and I have quite a to-do list while he's gone. This includes things he hates, including:

1) Go to Target
2) Go to Ikea
3) Make cheese-heavy foods
4) Pancakes?
5) Paint the mirror

Oh, you remember my mirror?

Yeah, it's getting painted. And, I'm scared. As I have mentioned almost weekly, I'm not really a DIY person. Is painting a mirror even DIY? It is to me. I'm kind of afraid that I'll somehow ruin it, or that it won't turn out nicely. And, remember, I'm painting this black, so if it doesn't work it's gonna be hellish trying to fix it.

I did lots of research on painting furniture, and specifically faux-bamboo furniture, in case that knowledge would help. And I found this friggin' gorgeous dresser in persimmon:

Image from Casa Sugar
Bravo, dresser-painter, bravo. I even thought for a second that I wanted a persimmon mirror. Maybe if the black fails...

So, off I went to the Home Depot near my office and picked up my supplies.

Cat not from Home Depot.
 Soak that in - I WENT TO HOME DEPOT.

So, I think, I hope I have all I need. But here's a question - should I use a primer? In my internet research, I found lots of people who do use it, and lots who don't, so I didn't buy any - but now I'm having doubts. I don't want to mess it up. Any thoughts? Is this a better safe than sorry situation?
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