Saturday, November 28, 2009

Holidays and Home

I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday! We were fortunate enough to visit a few friends in NJ and PA for the holidays.

We were also very fortunate in locating a pair of wing back chairs and an ottoman on Craig's List for $50! At some point the chair will need to be reupholstered since the fabric is very faded, but the chairs are HUGE and sturdy. I have always loved wing backs so this is the deal of the century. In the meantime we will seek out slipcovers for them and that will suffice until we can afford the reupholstering as it is about $400-500 a chair not including fabric!!
Here is the ottoman:

Here is one of the wing backs:

I've also begun painting the hideous knotty pine room. Currently I am in the middle of adding the first coat of white paint that has a slight tint of blue to it. The picture I have is just when it was primed.
We like the look of the antiquish white. Not perfectly done with some wood showing through so that is what we will stick with. As I look around the room as I type, the white makes such a difference. It makes the room look so much bigger and inviting since it our office and where I write the majority of the time.

My writing is moving along. I have given myself a deadline for the book in progress "Retrospect", but I may regret that. I have revamped the whole plot line. You would think I would be aggravated by this, but I'm not. I look at it as a learning experience because I am reworking and researching. I actually find myself relieved today when I changed the location of the story and established a better rapport between the characters. When I had begun painting the room last night, I started to think about what bogged the story down and I came up with a solution. Funny how when you need to sort things out, a different task, no matter how mundane, can bring a new view to your though process.

Anyway, time to get back to painting, the ceiling is left and that is always a fun challenge for me. Until next time...


Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Been busy doing house stuff, will post pictures on it soon. In the meantime, here are some songs I cannot get enough of!

Losing My Religion - Tori Amos - best cover song I've heard in a long time
Only Time - Enya - just lovely
Saturdays - Chevelle - this song has been getting my creative juices going
Naked - Assemblage 23 - dance groove
Not What You See - Kutless - Rockin' tune
The Mummers Dance - Loreena McKennitt - ethereal, haunting
For You - Tracy Chapman - have always loved the simplicity and emotions in this song.



Sunday, November 15, 2009

Romance Anyone?

What is it about Romance movies and novels that make us swoon? Is it the alluring, dark stranger? The clandestine meetings and glances when it is forbidden? The Handsome prince we want to whisk us off our feet? The beautiful woman who is so desperate for love she would move half way across the world for her desire? Is it the unrequited aching that we all relate to? Or is it just that we want to be taken back to some of these wonderful emotions we have had and can relate to? Probably a little bit of everything.
I have never been one to be all swoony. It seemed sort of silly to think there was a Prince Charming out there, though I was hopeful. Then when I was in high school, Sixteen Candles and the rest of the films like it showed me I was not the only one who thought I was too awkward, nerdy, silly and lovesick. For that, I would like to thank John Hughes, RIP, for reaching in and understanding some of us teenagers. As I got older, the Gothic soul in me preferred the "You will pine away and never win" vibe for a bit, but that got tired and I started to enjoy the troubled stories like "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest" instead. No romance for me, I had real intense emotions to deal with, no sulking over a missed kiss.

Then I saw "A Room with A View".
It fed my Anglophilia and I wanted to be Lucy Honeychurch with my own George Emerson. Hence this began my love for Romance Films and stories.

Joy, pain, sorrow, anguish, laughter, hate, tears and passion, are all-encompassing in a richly told romance. We all feel Heathcliff's desire for Cathy and hate and pity him when he turns into a monster. I'm sure most of us probably swooned when Rhett tells Scarlett "You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how." Then there is"An Affair to Remember" which needs no explanation, just a tissue. When Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood is told by Edward Ferrars that he is not married and she breaks down, we all cry in relief with her.
Perhaps it is these reactions we know we will have when the pivotal moment happens that keeps us coming back for more. The kiss, the struggle and tension, the reveal and the inevitable happy ever after that follows making it worth our while to sit and watch "The Notebook" or "From Here to Eternity" or "Bridget Jones's Diary" or "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall". No matter how happy we are in our relationships, we enjoy the tear jerker now and then. Rooting for love to conquer all...Now THAT is entertainment.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tis the season has arrived.

Hello, hello!

I have come across some interesting gift ideas via magazines and other places and wanted to pass them along in case you were looking for something new, fun and interesting.

Happy Tape - this stuff looks like fun to use.

Karmakraft - design your own fabric. I may have to do this as I bet it can get addicting.

Wrist Cuffs by Waterrose. I have knit wrist warmers and cuffs, but these are quite beautiful.

My wedding anniversary is on the Day of the Dead. Think I should buy one of these from Artisans A GoGo to honor it.

Over 20 months, a set of 25 colored pencils are delivered to the collectors door. Nice idea Social Designer!

Happy Owl Glassworks have some interesting and lovely nightlights and other glass goodies.

These paintings by Julie Beck are beautiful.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mad Chase indeed

Domestic Felicity is one of those blogs I enjoy because it gives me insights to a world that I am not really a part of, SAHM and deeply religious, but I am still welcome.
Anna's post today was spot on for me. It is called The Mad Chase After Degrees and there is a plethora of interesting commentary you must read.
As someone who has worked 15+ years as an administrative/executive/office assistant in different business realms, it is extremely disheartening to not even get an interview for over a year. My experience should override some college grad who has never been in the workforce, but at this point, who am I really competing with? Someone who is a laid off hedge fund exec? CFO? COO? CPA? Who knows anymore? Amusingly, companies actually list Bachelor Degree or higher now for Administrative Assistant positions, as well as second languages, and all for a crappy salary of $35,000 sometimes. Talk about being underpaid and over qualified for a job that requires organizational skills, critical thinking and knowing where the hottest places to eat are. You learn on the job when you are an assistant. It is where you learn how to read human nature, learn to anticipate your boss's every move and need and how to have a cool head under pressure. You will NOT learn that in a lecture hall.
What will happen when the economy finally picks up and these Assistants with varying degrees in Finance, Business, Psychology, etc walk away from the job. Will companies look for my type of experience again or will they want the piece of paper secretary? Do they even know? I shudder at the thought.


Friday, November 6, 2009

A Steady Rain

My husband, amused and aware of my love for Hugh Jackman, got us tickets for our anniversary to see the Broadway play, A Steady Rain. Hugs is starring in it along with Daniel Craig aka Bond, James Bond.
I must say I was thoroughly impressed with the acting chops of both men, but Daniel Craig blew me away. Why you ask? Well, I have only ever seen him as the steely 007. It was great too watch him in the flesh, so animated and intense, doing a Chicago accent and the chemistry between him and Jackman was fantastic.
The story is dark, riveting and depressing. Jackman plays a nasty cop who gets in a bad situation, Craig is his partner and best friend who always backs him up, but then find his own strength and self after Jackman's character gets out of control one too many times.
At the end of the show, the gentlemen spoke to the audience and thanked us for not having cell phones on, this got a laugh, and then proceeded to let us know that this evening they would be collecting donations for Broadway Cares. They are one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Jackman and Craig were saying how normally they would auction the set, but since it was only 2 chairs, they would auction something else. The began to remove their shirts and the crowd got crazy. They began laughing and basically opened buds up for their shirts, that they'd autograph. Bidding began at $1000.00 Two women went back and forth and one women went up to $7000.00 Jackman asked the woman if she would match her competitor and she said yes. In under 5 minutes, these two men raised $14,000.00 for a worthy cause. They also had 20 posters signed by them at $300 a piece and you were also able to pay $1500 and met both men and get pictures and autographs. The interesting part about this was as you saw these two banter with each other and with us in the audience and you got the sense that this is how they normally are when they are done playing a role, which was incredibly refreshing.

The evening made me realize how much I enjoy going to the theater and and how much I wished we could afford to go more and go to charity events and auctions. To be a part of that would be lovely, alas, it is not to be right now. Maybe one day...


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Best Art Studios and more

Hope you all had a great weekend and got lots of candy.

I went on Etsy this weekend and came across a FABULOUS pair of artists and their blog, Best Art Studios. Their paintings are really amazing and I love, love, love that they also make jewelry out of their stuff as well.

These Short Series rings by ├ůsa Lockner are quite beautiful.

Need some fun fabric and interesting gifts for the holidays? Badskirt has some great stuff for you.

You can surprise some little lady and make this simple, yet lovely bandanna dress.

Mmmmm, pie in a jar .