A blog about "nothing"!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I have been horrible about keeping up with this blog, I really need to make some time to do this once a week. Perhaps that would make a good New Year's resolution???

Part of the problem is we really don't have much going on to write about lately. Just trying to get the other house sold and finish putting away the stuff we've moved. Someday.........

Anyhow--just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a great holiday season--Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

NYC Continued!

Ooops, let a "bit" of time get by before I got back to this. Been busy with the usual summer stuff and trying to get the other house sold. Hopefully I can get this caught up again!

As I've said before, we've been to NYC quite a few times, and finding things that we haven't done yet is getting harder and harder. We stayed at a cousin's apartment on the upper East side and since it was soooooo brutally cold, we were trying to find things to do that weren't far. We ended up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and so glad that we did, we both really enjoyed it, me especially since they have some awesome Tiffany pieces there, and a great collection of American glassware.

I thought this Tiffany window was gorgeous:
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And this Prairie style window is screaming at me to copy it for an idea I have for the sidelights at our house. I haven't done anything in stained glass in ages, but have a crazy idea.....
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Wouldn't be me if I didn't check out glassware!
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

NYC!

We spent a long weekend at the end of March in New York City. BRRR!!!!!! When we planned our trip, we thought it would at least be a little warmer. Can you say "arctic blast"? I've been to NYC in February and it wasn't that cold. But we made the best of it.

First--the disappointments. There were two--Chinatown and the World Trade Center site. Chinatown has just gotten ridiculous, I used to love to go there to see the fun little items and so forth. Now it has turned in to fake city. Every booth is nothing but fake name brand merchandise, which could be fun--except they all sell identical merchandise!! I want to see different items from stall to stall, not the same necklace over and over and over and over............you get the idea. Then there are the ladies who stand around and practically acost anyone who looks remotely like a tourist, trying to sell you a purse. I'm not about to follow a complete stranger to an alley where you knock on a secret door to get in to begin with, but I don't want a fake bag. They are junk (I've had my fair share) and then if you don't buy something, you get hassled by an angry Asian person. Not exactly my idea of a good time. We did buy a scarf for me and Lee bought a fun hat, but not the fun Chinatown experience I remember it being.

The World Trade Center site is just a waste of time. I'm shocked at how little they have managed to get done, considering it has been almost 10 years. And then there are the protesters, and I've never seen so many police in one place in NYC EVER. We both decided it was a waste of a subway fare and our time to even go there, but now we have it out of our system.

One of our favorite things about NYC is the variety of food available. We ate at a couple of neat places--E J's Luncheonette (Lee said it was one of the best Caesar salads he'd ever had), J G Melons for burgers (Bobby Flay's godfather is a co-owner and he apparently has talked it up many times on various Food Network shows) and then a place called Southern Hospitality which is co-owned by Justin Timberlake. However, the best food we had was at a place that I haven't a clue what it was called--a big thing in NYC is for these small grocery stores to have these huge hot buffets where you pay according to the weight of what you put in the container. We discovered these a couple of years ago, and I said if we came across another, we were eating there. Imagine how pleased I was as we were leaving Bloomingdale's and heading for 5th avenue to discover one :)

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My lunch is the one on the top, Lee's is on the bottom. Let me just say that they were both yummy, and way cheaper than anywhere else we ate the entire weekend. MMMMMM!!!!

More on NYC later!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Catalogs--ugh!!

Living out in boonie land, I have always used mail order regularly. My mom was almost fanatic, so we have always had an accumulation of catalogs. I guess I never realized just how many until we moved out and still got all these darned catalogs at the old house. The last straw for me however was when ones all of a sudden started arriving for my dad--he's been dead for 22 years, and he never lived at that address!!! I suspect that someone got his name out of my mom's obituary for a mailing list, but never bothered to read the entire obit where it stated he was dead. Grrrrr..................

I spent some time trying to figure out what to do about this because I couldn't have mail building up in the mailbox in between my trips to check the house. I started by calling each company and having the name removed and then tearing the back off the catalog so I know which ones I'd called already. Well, it is now just over four months since I started this little "project". To say it has been interesting is putting it mildly. It took a little bit, but I did start to see a significant reduction in the number of catalogs after my initial push. Over the holidays I didn't do much with it, but after the beginning of the year, I decided to go after it again. I'm proud to say that there was actually one week this month that we didn't get a single catalog--whoohoo!!! This week there was one, and there was one last week and it was from one of the last places I called. A lot of these places said that it could take up to 90 days before I would quit getting catalogs, some places use other companies to print and mail them. I can deal with that.

Part of this was just out of frustration. The other part of it was because I felt a certain responsibility to the environment. Sure, I could have easily put a forward on my mail and let the post office toss them in the trash for me. But that doesn't solve the problem, does it? It just becomes someone elses problem. I wonder how many hoardes of unnecessary catalogs are tossed away because of this?

The companies I won't do business with anymore because they seem to have no disregard are only two. One is a conglomerate of a bunch of catalogs--Potpourri, Catalog Favorites, Serengeti, The Stitchery and a bunch of other ones are all distributed by this same company. I sent them an e-mail back in November, and didn't get any for a while and then all of a sudden I started getting them again, so sent another nasty e-mail, and informed them that I would cease shopping with them because of their lack of environmental concern. The other one that I will not buy from (either catalog or retail) may surprise all of you--Eddie Bauer. Surprised me too, they are supposed to be so nature oriented. I've called twice, and I'm still getting catalogs, got another today. I tried, and they didn't listen, so I will forget they exist. I've been a good customer of theirs too, and that's why I'm posting this because I think EVERYONE needs to know that they are a bit of a fraud. I'll be cutting up my frequent buyer card today.

For some of you reading this, it may be a re-run from another posting I had at another site. Apologies if you have already read it. I just wanted to post it in a more public forum to get the word out about this.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Top Tens

I’ve been thinking about different things that have changed since our move. Some good, some not so good (althought that list seems to be MUCH smaller). In David Letterman style, I decided to share some of those things:

Top Ten Things I Miss From Our Old House
1. Wildlife. I really miss looking out our back window and seeing deer, turkeys, an occasional fox, and the infamous bird feeder raiding bear
2. New snow first thing in the morning. So pretty on all those trees
3. My big garage. I have not enjoyed scraping snow, especially after the winter we’ve had
4. Alll those kitchen cupboards. Say no more.
5. My 15 minute drive to work. Hopefully the new drive won’t be forever when I find something closer
6. The light in all those big windows. Certain times of day it hit just right (particularly in the kitchen) and I have lots of memories of that for some reason.
7. My front loading washing machine (when it worked). I could do huge loads of laundry, and not even think about it. Darned thing broke just a couple of months before we moved, and I wasn’t about to spend that much money on another one after that experience.
8. My family room. I had carte blanche when we redid it to do what I wanted with it, and I was so pleased at how it turned out. More of those big windows to miss too.
9. A front porch. Probably the only thing about the new house that really bothered me since it doesn’t have one! Might have to fix that 
10. The smell of clover in bloom. But I can drive somewhere to smell it if I really need to.

Top Ten Things I Don’t Miss From Our Old House
1. Birds. Because we bought new bird feeders at the new house and we are getting some reasonable amount of traffic now that they have discovered it. Anxious to see if the blue birds we saw after we moved in are back, something we could never get before.
2. The snow when we had to shovel it. Way too much driveway!
3. This is kind of gross, but not having to worry about being able to flush the toilet when there is too much water in the ground.
4. Not having to drive 15 minutes just to get milk (or pop, or pizza, or anything else for that matter). I’m there and back in the time it would have taken me just to get there now.
5. The great big yard. Sure it was pretty and all, but lots of work. I’ll be glad when it is sold and we don’t even have to mow it anymore.
6. Cleaning the house. It was big—too big for just two people and was a bear to clean. Definitely a huge improvement.
7. Having to walk to the mailbox to get the mail. And the spider that hung out in it! I really like just reaching out my front door!
8. Only having one bathroom. Not that we need that second one all that often, but once in a while it does come in handy!
9. The yucky basement. Loving having a finished one.

And the top ten thing I don’t miss about our old house—
THE PSYCHO BITCH FROM HELL THAT LIVED NEXT DOOR!! :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hooray for Hollywood!!!!

Oscar season is in full swing, and I have to admit I'm very anxious to see how it turns out this year. We went to see "The King's Speech" and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush win. I haven't been this excited about the Oscars since "The Crying Game" was nominated for multiple awards or when Kevin Spacey won the best supporting actor for "The Usual Suspects". I can still picture him in his white tuxedo, with his mom as his date. Can you tell that Kevin Spacey is my favorite actor?!?!?

Going to the movies used to be a big part of my life. I have so many fond memories of going to the movies and incidents that may have occured around that. The small town closest to where I grew up has a single screen, and the family that owned it were a bunch of cheapskates. They not only wouldn't spend any money on upkeep, but they also never, ever got first run movies in. I remember seeing Star Wars when I visited my sister in the summertime, and it didn't show up at the theater at home for months! In the summer you sweltered and in the winter you froze because they wouldn't turn anything on. And the bats--how could I forget the bats!! Going to a horror or science fiction movie had an added twist thanks to the bats who were flying around in the theater full of patrons. Seeing "Scanners" with bats flying around the movie theater was quite the experience.

There were several incidents over the years that make me laugh, but two in particular stand out. My friend Wendy and I both really wanted to see "All That Jazz" but it had an R rating and neither of us were 18 yet, so we talked my mom in to going with us. When we got to the theater, my mom sat towards the back and Wendy and I moved down towards the front. We waited..............and ended up being the only 3 people in the entire theater. Part way through the movie, my mom had a coughing fit and thinking we were funny, Wendy and I both turned around and said "quiet in the back!" We thought we were funny anyhow. ;)

The other one was when my sister and I decided to go see "The Blade Runner". As I said before, the family that owned this theater were cheap but the price to get in wasn't. We went to the local convenience store and bought pop and candy bars and stuck them in our purses to take in. You can imagine my embarrassment when I went to open the pop can, only to have it slip because of the moisture, and it rolled, the whole way down the aisle of the theater with me running after it. When I finally retrieved it and got back to my seat, my sister was laughing so hard she had tears running down her face, and then proceeded to nickname me "The Can Runner". Gee thanks Sis!

Unfortunately over the years, our trips to the movies have become few and far between. However, one huge advantage of our move is we now live within 5 minutes or less of two (yes two!) MULTIPLEXES!!! And they don't have bats either!! We have actually been to the movies three times since we moved, probably more than we had in the whole previous year. Hopefully we will get back in to our movie addiction now that it is more convenient. And you'll be happy to know that the movie theater in town changed hands (twice) since the cheapskate family, and is now owned by a man who not only loves movies, but loves the theater and has been painstakingly restoring it. And the bats are gone too!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday

Ah, another holiday in America--or at least you would think so. I deliberately avoided the grocery store today and even postponed a trip to Costco because I knew it would be crazy busy. All because of a football game.

Yes, I live in Steeler country, with a basement family room somewhat adorned with Steeler stuff. My sister and I were talking a few days ago and this one almost seems boring. I would love to see them win just to set a record that will be a while before it is broke. And the boost to the economy in the area is a huge help, especially in these bad economic times. But I will be glad when it is over with for a lot of reasons. The main one being that it means spring is hopefully not too far off!!!!

In honor of the day, I decided to share a couple of pics from Laney's first SuperBowl when she was a puppy. I'm not sure what I did with her scarf, but it probably wouldn't fit her anyways. GO STEELERS!


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