Month: December 2007

Travel? Yes, please!

Travel? Yes, please!

I’m going to try to plan a trip for next year. I get itchy feet every so often, and whereas that has usually resulted in a move (or has been satisfied by a move, such as when I was a kid), I think it’s safe […]

Hurting

Hurting

I’m having pains from exercising. Most notably, I’m having a pretty bad pain in the side of my right foot that radiates a little up my ankle. It got pretty bad last night during my “workout”, so I had to slow down my already too-slow […]

Holiday homemaker

Holiday homemaker

This holiday season, I plan to take a lot of time out of my busy gift-buying (more on that later), exercise, and work schedule to put on my apron and bake massive quantities of sweets for my loved ones. I had plans to attempt this last year (in my tiny downtown kitchen with mini-stove and no storage space). Grand, grand plans that never came to fruition. I did, however, attempt and achieve baking what might possibly be the yummiest cookies in all the land, some scrumptious almond Sandies-type cookies from a Martha Stewart recipe. They were divine, and my family, friends and I ate them all up before I was even able to put the finishing touches on them.

This year, with a mightier kitchen, more storage space, and more money at my disposal, I’m going to try again to assemble goodie tins with enough crap (good crap) to cause heart attacks and cavities. Here’s a list of some possibilities:

  • almond cookies again, this time with finishing touches
  • divinity, a family tradition carried out by my grandma until her death. I’ve made it a few times since then, but this year I’m going to start it as a yearly tradition.
  • English toffee, aka homemade Skor bars
  • fudge, maybe?
  • chocolate truffles, preferably with booze in them
  • sugar cookies with peppermint frosting, mmm

Have any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

Signs of activity

Signs of activity

When I woke up this morning, my pee was dark and smelly. What could this mean? It means I’m dehydrated! Why am I dehydrated? Because I don’t drink enough water! But it also means that I got sweaty last night. Which I did. And it […]

Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice

Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice

Kevin and I have been eyeing this beer since it first came out in October, but have been a little hesitant to try it for various reasons. I’m not crazy about a lot of different apple-flavored things, other than apples themselves or caramel apple lollipops, […]

I’m looking for a rug

I’m looking for a rug

We’re trying to find a replacement rug for our living room, and I’m finding it a little difficult to locate one that won’t break the bank but will also leave the room open to future design choices. The rug we currently have in the living room is some cheapie deal that Kevin probably bought for $20 at Wal-Mart. It’s a neutral blue and is about 6’x4′. It’s also thinner than hell and doesn’t do much in the way of acting like padding for our feet or keeping us warm from the cooler hardwood floors.

As far as decor in the room, we’re hoping to slowly replace all of the more “college apartment” items with things in a more retro vein. So far, we’ve gotten rid of a super junky couch (hope you’re enjoying it, Sarah!) and replaced it in the room with a great little bookcase with angled legs. We also replaced a gross reclining chair that wasn’t used by anyone except the cats with my fabulous red ikea chair (which has since been discontinued and of which I can’t find a picture online).

A better place to start would probably be to decide what kind of color scheme we’d like to go with in the future, but that’ll probably be dictated by whatever couch we end up with. Our current couch is DEFINITELY not our style, and the only reason we have it now is because it was free and we don’t have a replacement yet. I think my ideal couch would be one of those that’s sort of like a sectional, only with a chaise lounge-type thing instead of an arm of the couch. Because of the unknowns, it’s probably better to go with a more neutral-colored rug that’ll go with anything. This one looks fun:

rug

I’d kind of like to bump up to the next size, though, which is 5’x8′. We tried looking at Menards, but their selection of cheap rugs was pretty gross.

Seen any neat rugs lately?

The story behind the name

The story behind the name

Yes, I know it’s actually spelled vinegar. I’m an ace speller, I swear (pls to be ignoring netspeak). This story starts in the 5th grade. The spelling bee was coming up, and I was in fierce competition with my best friend/arch-nemesis, Natalie Patterson, to be […]