Sunday, April 29, 2012

I Learned It By Watching You

Since Jamie turned me on to blogs with Young House Love (YHL) about 2 years ago I have been  going through blog theme phases.  After becoming addicted to YHL I bookmarked a whole list of DIY/home improvement blogs.  As of now most, really almost all, of those, except for YHL of course, are off of my regular reading list.  I had moved to a period where I was reading a lot of food blogs , but now except for Bakerella and the new Gluten Free Baker, many of those are gone too.  Then came the fashion blogs, a good few of which are still on my daily list but now they have morphed into make-up and most recently nail polish blogs. 

When I get caught up in a blog genre I tend to want to mimic it.  So here it is my first nail blog mimicking post.

After reading amazing nail blogs like:

I couldn't wait to try out their great application and clean up methods - so I got my polish on. Note:  my latest interest in nails actually started when my friend Ashley (an ex-salon nail girl!) was awesome enough to do my nails for me!

So here is my first photographed polish job:
Glitter manicure using China Glaze For Audry and Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie.

I wanted something springy, even though it's cold outside so I went with China Glaze For Audry topped with Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie  .  Yes Jamie, it is from the Kardashian Kolor collection.

So you can see I have a long way to go on my cuticle care and nail growth and ,unfortunately, some things, like my short nail beds, will never change.  But hey, it's a start.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


As in, Goddess of the Day.

Today is Kali.   
Kali is known as a Goddess of Destruction, time and transformation, and by some, even death.  She is called "The Black Mother".  I know this seems a little dark but all it takes is a little understanding to turn it around.  Kali is not my G.O.T.D. because I need someone to be destroyed, that is not what she does (unless you are a demon) She is G.O.T.D. because she destroys only to recreate. She helps you destroy the old to allow for the new.  If you know the phrase, do what you've always done and you'll get what you've always gotten, then you understand a bit about Kali.  She does away with "what you've always done" to help make room for something new.  She is revered as a fearsome but loving mother. Kali is the goddess of enlightenment or liberation.

Due to the success of the vision board project, which really started for me after I unknowingly hung it in the synchronicity and miracles section of my home's so called "magical floor plan".  (From the book Magical Housekeeping by Tess Whitehurst), this time I made sure to hang this image in the career and life path section of the floor plan with hopes for similar success.

Also, on a side note, I could take a lesson from her,  she didn't put up with shit.  In one story she was called into battle against a demon and it is said that she showed up with a sword in one hand and a noose in the other and laid some whoop ass.  Now since I'm not battling any demons I certainly don't need anything so dramatic (in fact, I'm pretty klutzy so I'd probably end up cutting myself with the sword) but hey it's always nice to have a role model who doesn't take shit from anyone.  Also, bonus for Mark, some say that she is a whirlwind of destruction who can only be tamed by her lover.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

We Do! We Do! D-I-Y!

This past Saturday night I acted as a spirited cheerleader while Mark changed out the kitchen faucet.  Yeah, I know, it's an apartment, but fo' realz the old faucet just wasn't working out.

This picture just doesn't show the extreme failingness of this faucet.  You see, the sink is pretty shallow as sinks go and the faucet pretty much just stuck straight out from the connection.  When filling pots or water pitchers we would often have to get out a cereal bowl and fill and dump it in the larger vessel repeatedly.  Doing the dishes, my least favorite chore (good thing Mark doesn't hate doing the dishes!), was made worse with this faucet as a standard dinner plate could barely be washed!

So we figured "Hey, we hope to live here for a while - so let's make it pleasant!"  So while at Lowe's I busted one of the several 10% off coupons that you accumulate while moving and we picked out the tallest (and cheapest - hey, it's still an apartment) faucet we could find.  So arrived this $68 beauty (less 10% of course).
Music, wine and a new faucet.
After an evening of soaking with penetrating oil, Mark climbed under the sink.

There was only minor swearing while removing the old faucet - which was definitely the hardest part of the job.  After the old one was removed, even I climbed under the sink to help install the new one.  That is when Mark snapped this incredibly flattering picture.

What you don't see in this picture is that there was a little residual penetrating oil inside of the cabinet which I laid my head in.  It took several washes to remove the "awesome" scent from my hair.

In the end it was a pretty simple project that has somewhat upgraded the kitchen.  Unfortunately faucets can't fix crappy sinks and sad water pressure issues - but hey now I can just let my pot chill while it fills!  And of course Mark will have a much easier time doing all of our dishes!