Monday, March 30, 2009

For the love of pina coladas...

Perhaps I bought these to mourn over our turned down trip to Hilton Head, or just to pay homage to Pool Bar Jim's perfect pina colada...but yeah, one trip to Costco and I came home with a twelve pack of these. I just ate the pina colada one, in a real pineapple half and it was SO GOOD! I highly recommend...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Do these foo dogs make my shelves look fat?

I've been kinda searching for a set of foo dogs (or more, just keeping my eyes open and yes, I know I read and am influenced by too many design mags/blogs!) and came across these last night at Marshalls! Only $15 a piece and they are white, which is what I wanted. Still working on the perfect solution for my shelves and I wanted to go with all white objects so they will really stand out against our dark grey wall (the fireplace wall is a shade darker than the rest of the room). So, when I saw these foo dogs, excited, but somewhat torn! See the problem is, they are big, like 18" tall maybe (too lazy to measure!).

Oh and for the record, my husband's response? "If I brought something that crazy ugly home, you would send it straight back out the door!"

Anyone else have a set?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Just some stuff...

1) Potatoes? Decided it was not for me. I know sugar isn't good for me, but I'm going with a rule my Dad liked to enforce, "Everything in moderation". I particularly enjoyed listening to him give my sister this lecture after she came home trashed ;-)

2) Remember the free fancy face repair serum I won from Lucky Magazine? Loved it's immediate effects, but after about a month with no other changes to my routine - breakout city. No thank you!

3) I've been moaning about feeling fat lately, searching for some answer. And though she isn't always my favorite RHONYC, I bought Bethany Frankel's book, Naturally Thin. What can I say, girlfriend looks fabulous on this season and I was curious what she had to say. There is a helluva a lot of name dropping in the book and I can't say it is telling me anything revolutionary, but it's a good reminder of how I think I used to eat! Now, all that being said, reading the book and such, I'm down about 6 pounds so I think just reading has been helpful!

4) We finally pulled the trigger and are having an interior drain tile system & a sump pump put in our basement. Cha-ching$$$$$! Let's hope it stops the water leakage problem.

5) We are all battling yet ANOTHER cold. Ugh. I can't wait for spring/summer to fully "stick" so that hopefully the sickness will end!

Monday, March 16, 2009


Wild hair this weekend - I decided to paint our master bathroom. I suppose it wasn't completely spotanteous because I already had the paint, but I didn't really plan on doing it this past weekend. But, I'm really glad I did. Took quite a while to tape/prep/paint, but it turned out great!

It used to be a light blue and I upgraded to this gorgeous dark teal. The floor, wood work, sink/vanity and all tile shower are all white. There is a great skylight too so I knew the room could handle this bold color.

Pardon the crappy photos - I'm rather busy with work & Junior League so I don't have time to spend shooting for the perfect photo of our bathroom! Now I need to get all new bright white towels and a rug...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Changing Tastes

When I was a kid, I didn't like many foods - Alfredo sauce, fish (especially Long John Silvers - my Mom & sister *loved* to drag me three!), mustard, Velveeta cheese macaroni (my poor Mom had to choose - Velveeta & shells for my sister, good ol' powdered Kraft mac n cheese for me). As I've gotten older, my tastes have expanded. Now I love all sorts of fish, including sushi, which I never thought I would I would eat! And once I year I try to give things like olives, dill pickles, and mustard a chance. At this point I still don't understand their allure, but at least I'm willing to try!
My most recent discovery? Greek yogurt. Holy crap, it's so good! Now I have to admit, I didn't stumble upon this myself. I recently attended a Junior League of Chicago Book Author Luncheon. The author for the day was Missy Chase Lapine and she mingled with the crowd before the event began. I mentioned my 2 year old fish stick eater and she suggested I cut his Ranch dip with Greek Yogurt. It's high in protein, you can purchase a fat-free version and provides calcium. What a great idea! Also at the luncheon, we tasted her brownies. Whoa! Love, love, LOVED them! They were moist, fudgey and all around delicious. Who knew you could put spinach into a brownie? I wish I could have hung around longer that day to get my book signed.

I'm excited to try out my copy of The Sneaky Chef. And for anyone who has never tried Greek yogurt, definitely check out the 0% honey flavor - it's awesome :-)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Rock n' Roll Daybed

Woo-hoo! Z was feeling ambitious on Sunday and hung his guitars on the wall. It's been on the to do list for sometime so it made me very happy ;)It's not really decor choice #1 for me, but I promised him more "man space" in the new house and easy access to his guitars. And pardon the hideous array of pillows - they are a mixture of seat cushions from our old red glass table in the condo, two hideous ones that came with our Big Lots couch and a couple I'm not even sure where we picked up!

In other good organizational news, the gathering of our tax info prompted the completion of another important project - the filing cabinet cleanup. I've been in such a good mood today and I'm sure it's because this massive effort is off my conscience. Funny thing is - it didn't take that long to finish once I started.

And while I'm finishing projects, another couple I hope to cross of my list include the sale of a lotta junk and the liquidation of some KJB Designs pieces. So, when I heard about one of our local schools holding a spring cleaning sale, I just knew I had to sign up. Yep, I'm getting a "booth" at Waters Elementary's First Annual Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle Market Day. I figure I'll be a cross between an artisan and a rummage sale. The spot is only $20 and I get to keep all my own sale proceeds. This mini-garage sale seems like just what I needed.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


When I was a kid, I used to wonder how the heck my parents could stand to watch the nightly news. How boring! Why on earth would someone want to watch that? Now, I still don't religiously watch the news each night, but if it's about that time, I do turn to a local channel. I may not watch the whole thing, but I have developed a "thing" about the weather. I like to see it. I want to see it. The seven day forecast specifically. Someone at work told me that means I'm getting old - obsessing over the weather!

I have to admit, the seven day forecast isn't my only weather based "thing". I'm not sure when I started doing this, but it's my Chicago winter coping mechanism. I like to check for the monthly forecast, as far out as it will go to see how much better the average daily temperature will be when we get there. And since today is March 1...



The cute lamps are taunting me! They are everywhere when I go out shopping...