Sunday, January 1, 2012

She's Back

This blog has been dormant for some time now but it is coming back with a vengence. I have found myself falling into an even more unexpected role as I am now an unemployed stay at home mother. I never expected to be a stay at home mom but I got myself knocked up in Puerto Rico about 2 years ago and my mess of a company finally folded and laid me off 2 months ago ( 4 years since I quit and moved 10 hours away).

So now that I know everything there is to know about rearing a child, keeping house and being an obedient wife I thought it was my duty to revive this blog and share my knowledge with the world. Strap on your strap ons folks......

Thursday, October 22, 2009

a very cheap Halloween

Things on the job front have been unstable to say the least so funds are a little low this month. This has inspired me to come up with some new decor ideas that cost little or no money.

Scary Photo Wall
Instead of buying those generic art frames with the pictures that change when you move I opted for a free print from home option. I just did a google search for creepy vintage pictures and eventually came across these horrible family photos. I printed each and stuck it on some black poster board and ended up with a cheap photo wall.
Apothecary Cabinet
For the past few months I have been saving glass jars. I combined the load of jars with my spice jars and relabeled them with more appropriate labels. I threw some poster board over the books on the book shelf and loaded it up with my jars. I added an Apothecary sign made from poster board and called it a day.

I wanted to use up some of the old wall pieces we had laying in the basement and thought why not make a sign for the backyard. After agonizing about what to put on the sing I settled on zombies. My favorite part is the zombie....I am thinking of painting a larger one on the neighbors house.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Halloween is Approaching.

My favorite Holiday is quickly approaching and though I have been thinking about it since June I have finally started to transform my house into what will be the location for the greatest party of all time. This year's party will feature many new and exciting things but the most significant will be the band. Meeting of Important People, a local Pittsburgh band, will be playing for an hour at our party. Brian and I won a raffle at the WYEP rock the block party for a one hour house concert. MOIP agreed to show up for our halloween party! Perfect.

Stay tuned for Halloween Party Prep tips and updates.

Welcome Back

Yes, I have not written here is a very very long time. But who really cares? No one. So instead of acting like I have to apologize to the phantom reader out there, I will just start this thing up again. I may stop tomorrow, I may write every day for the rest of the year. It doesn't really matter.

Monday, August 3, 2009

been some time

It has been some time since I have posted but last nights dinner deserves to be shared. It was delicious! 
Figs with black pepper honey & goat cheese

Cumin spiced pork chops with tomatillo and apple salsa.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Finally getting some use out of those Wedding Gifts.

There is one thing that is guaranteed when you get married: you will receive a bunch of personalized, weird shit. Some of these things are useful and some are so far from useful that you wonder what your great aunt was on when she bought it. I heard people say things like, "Well they're so unique, I wanted to get them something unique and fun". This is a mistake. There are are only a few rules that I feel should be followed in gift-giving. Any gift should be appreciated but these rules do exist.

1. Give gift receipts when possible.
2.. Never get someone something to decorate their home unless you have been in the home and can select something that fits with the decor they have already chosen.
3. Sex acts as gifts are almost always inappropriate.

That's it. Simple enough.

Unfortunately we received many "unique" gifts, all without gift receipts that now sit in a box in our attic waiting for the day when I need to be reminded of my wedding date in 6 different colors of monogrammed blankets.

We received several canvas "art pieces" that I can only assume we are supposed to hang above our beds to remind us of our love. They include our names, wedding date and in some cases inspirational words of love.
I have been on quite a tear decorating the house lately and came across a box of gifts that included the above gem. With my spray paint in hand, I took to the back yard determined to make this canvas into something I could hang in my house. A few coats later, I was pleased to hang this on my wall.

The second canvas pictured was a beautiful Rogers family monogram. Now I just need to find a use for the three Bibles we received and Uncle Tom's coupon for two sensual massages.

From the "Does that really work" file

I have been hearing all over the place that you can re-grow green onions. After you cut the white part with the root off you throw it in a glass of water and it will regenerate. I tried it out and it does, in fact, work.
The best part about the whole deal is that they don't have to grow in dirt thus eliminating the crap that finds it's way inside the sprouts. There is a downside though, I think they lose a bit of their flavor the more they reproduce. It's like burying your onion in the pet cemetery, as Jud would say, "Sometimes dead is bettah".