Friday, January 16, 2009

All Good Things...

...eventually look much better for having come after something unspeakably horrible.

Take the incoming Obama administration. We've got high hopes for him and all, but really, when all is said and done, we're all going to be relieved if we get a President who's not a blithering incompetent. Smothered in pure evil with a pacemaker. If Obama only takes 100 vacation days per year of his presidency, he'd be breaking with a cherished tradition dating back to the dawn of the milennium. We'd like to see better things from our leaders, but recent experience has taught us that even our most basic expectations canbe thwarted spectacularly.

I have a hard time believing that Dubya has all of his faculties. Joking about his stupid is akin to shooting fish in a barrel. It's hard watching someone who isn't well fail spectacularly, and I think that's what we've seen with Bush. Talking with my dad the other day, he mentioned that Bush looks to him like a consumate alcoholic. That made sense to me, and it turns out I'm not the only one for whom this offers a reasonable explanation of the madness. Take a look at this article and tell me what you think!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy New Year!

Why yes, Beaker, I do realize that this is a bit late. Sometimes a gal forgets about her blog for awhile...

One of the things we've decided to do around here in honor of the new year and the fact that we intend to live in this house for a good, long, while is interior design. We've traditionally gone the utilitarian route, and we figure it's about time we arrange our lives like the big kids we are.

Project #1 was the kitchen. It is beautifully sunny, but is also very, very white. In varying shades. I love that it's bright and easy to clean, but hate that it's so barren looking. Consider the following pictures:

We are holding out hope that the landlady's handypersons will find the right hardware to fix the door on that corner cupboard, so it was beyond the scope of the current project. I may have to rectify that...

So, I decided on a color scheme and took the family to a fabric store so that I could get going on curtains. While we were there, Andy found a cool print that we decided to use as well. After a brief setback in which I misplaced my red thread during our move last fall, (I eventually found it in my sewing basket-how weird!) I got busy with the cutting and sewing. As well as getting a few decorative items on clearance at Target. It all took much more time than I expected, but I am extremely pleased with the results.

Behold! The newly improved kitchen!

Feel free to use the comments to tell me just how clever and talented you think I am. ;-)