Monday, February 23, 2009

2009 Oscar Rant

This is the first year in many that I actually stayed up to watch the ENTIRE Oscars. I usually Tivo and watch later. I was a little behind because I recorded the E! Red Carpet stuff and started watching at 8, but I caught up right around Best Actress. Love DVR’ing stuff like that, so I can whiz through junk like the Jerry Lewis thing (snooooooze).

My thoughts (feel free to chime in or wholeheartedly disagree):

+I hate admitting that my favorite dress belonged to Miley Cyrus (barfaloney). I’m obviously all about teenybopper stuff (*cough* Twilight), but I don’t care for her atttttt alllllll. Her dress, however, was gorgeous. The petal things on the skirt??? That tiny little waist of hers? I loved it.

+Other dresses I loved: Heidi Klum (always perfect), the SJP (in “barely mint”), Kate Winslet (the hair!), and Natalie Portman (her dress was a beautiful raspberry sherbet but her skin had a not-so-great orange sherbet hue to it).

+I love my self-deprecating Robert Pattinson.

-Was bummed that no one looked super horrible. Well, except Mickey Rourke with his dumb dog necklace and Sophia Loren at the end. Yikes! I admire that she hasn’t had much work done—really I do. But I think they should have picked out a dress and makeup color that softened her up a bit. She’s still awesome though.

-Not awesome was Goldie Hawn's refusal to get old and her blatant love of plastic surgery.

-Poor SJP slipped and Daniel Craig did NOT offer his arm. Now Daniel, WWJBD?

-Wasn’t a big fan of Beyonce’s black and gold dress, Reese’s black and blue number (with the clear plastic straps showing), or Amy Adam’s big honkin’ necklace.

+Sean Penn’s speech was AWESOME!!! So well-put. My favorite part: “I think it is a good time for those who voted for the ban on gay marriages to sit and reflect and anticipate the shame and disgrace in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue in this way to support [the ban].” However…

-“I was bummed he didn’t thank Robin. She was blubbering in the front row, man, right there! C’mon!

+The pale skin. I thought Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, and Evan Rachel Wood looked lovely sans the fake orange tan.

-Beyonce lip syncing. If Hugh and Anne could sing live, and they’re not even professional singers, WTF?

+I loved the way they introduced the best actress/actor nominees with the one-on-one comments from their peers. I was getting verklempt for Viola Davis and Anne Hathaway myself! What wonderful things to hear from seasoned vets.

+Ben Stiller’s version of Joaquin.

+/-I will not say anything critical about the Heath Ledger thing. I will reserve judgment until after I watch Dark Knight which has been on my Tivo for 2 months.

+The unapologetically (is that a word?) immature Pineapple Express dudes. And Janusz Kaminski hanging out with the two with his head rested lovingly on SG’s breast. I like that Kaminski guy even better this morning when I read that he was the Director of Photography for the movie Cool As Ice. Cool As Ice just happened to be my movie of choice if I had a hangover during my college years. What?? It was comforting!!!! :)

So what say you?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Things I Should Be Doing...

...instead of blogging while the girls are napping:

1. Sleeping. I was up with a puking 3-year-old for the better part of the night. I don't think I'll ever be able to eat roasted garlic or sweet potato fries ever again (can you believe she eats either of those things? Yucko).

2. Taking a shower and getting dressed (highly overrated).

3. Packing up my eBay sales. I just sold this little gem from Janie & Jack. I was going to keep it, but Vivian never got the chance to wear it, eh.
4. Cleaning my craft room which looks like this:

I'm using the excuse that lots of this stuff are the girl's art supplies are going in the basement as soon as we get the storage system in the closet figured out. Also, I'm trying to sell the girl's baby clothes (which is why there's clothing abound). I'm eBaying the nicer tags-attached pieces, but I think I'm going to take the rest to a local consignment store.

5. Trying to find some more furniture for the basement. We still need a low bookshelf and armchair. I love this chair, but I don't know if I can justify the price for a basement piece. It's really not bad, but it's for the BASEMENT.

6. Anything besides blogging although blogging makes me happy. As do you! :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

C'Mon Spring!

Even though we're currently getting snow dumped on us here in Michigan, I still feel hopeful that Spring is on her way.
Some indications:

Apps for Handmade Detroit's Craft Revival (to which I will be applying) are now up. I love the Springy artwork:
This beautiful clementine kitchen from Apartment Therapy:

This sweet birdie clock on eBay. Someone PLEASE buy this. If it doesn't have any bids on it, I may be forced ot buy it, and I have nowhere to put it. Plus, my husband would kill me.
This lovely resin pendant from A Resin Revival on Etsy:

These lovely Springy items are making me try to forget that I have an eye infection (lovely), that Q just scratched the SCREEN of our new flatscreen TV in the basement, and that we had to reschedule dinner plans with my cousin due to snow and the fact that Baby Ronin is not feeling well. Win some, lose some!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! xo

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ikea Love

I love my new Karlstad couch! The hubby-- not so happy with the quality of the hardware provided. Should be ok if nobody jumps on it (nice, eh?). :) Found this lovely little time waster-- find out what your line of Swedish furniture would be called! Here's mine:

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Basement Reveal!


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentimes!!!

Originally uploaded by boopsie.daisy
Big MWAAAAHS to you all. May you eat lots of candy today and not gain a pound or get a tummyache. xoxoxo

Friday, February 13, 2009

Cute, Fun, Scary Cute, Scary...

On this fine Friday afternoon, I am enjoying the following:

I always think UO stuff is going to be bigger. Like this vase is pretty tiny, but still REALLY lovely.

♥Apartment Therapy. I am a complete addict. They totally need a AT: Detroit!!!!!!

♥I found this at Loved to Death's Etsy Shop a few months ago and forgot to mention it. I love it SO MUCH. It's been sold, but they do have a lovely pigeon shadow box currently.

♥It would have looked splendid in my craft room with this BEAUTIFUL print from Madelaine's Etsy Shop.

I think between this and the mouse taxidermy, I may have been a goth girl in a former life. I would love to put this in my craft room, but methinks it may disturb the kiddos. I dunno-- I still may get it.

And I thought my basement was going to be done today-- it's not. Carpet dudes couldn't carpet. Should be done Monday. Are you sick of basement talk yet? I am!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Oh My Aching Basement

...As Amanda so eloquently put it. I'm almost done. Allllllmost there. Just a fewwwwww more days. Here is a sneaky peek. Click to enlarge.

Yes, I'm trying to be like Nicole with my mockup thing-a-majig. Falling a tad short.

We've modified the look a bit from my initial thought, but it still has that mid-century thang going on. Lots of repro stuff, but that's all we can justify in the basement. The clock was my grandparent's. I love it!

I'm even going nutball with the laundry room. That sneaky peek is coming soon to a computer near you.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

More Valentiney-ness

Valentines being sent to family members...

And little gifties for daycare buddies...

Valentines courtesy of The Black Apple...

Packaged in retro Valentine cellophane gift bags from Hobby Lobby...

Are you doing anything Valentiney today??

Saturday, February 7, 2009

My Funny Valentines

That would not sit still during impromptu Valentine photo shoot...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

99 Things

Sweet Jessie posted this on her blog-- something fun on a really cold Wednesday! Man, I haven't done much.

Here are the rules: Bold the things you’ve done and post on your blog!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (does singing with a performer in a bar count? I’ve done that twice).
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – saw it, but didn’t go to the top
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class - does kickboxing count?
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - ew, ew, ew....
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Let me know if you play along too! :)