Thursday, March 25, 2010

While Shopping

So a few days ago I was at the store doing my weekly shopping, and as I'm standing in the aisle trying to find "fire-roasted diced tomatoes" for some recipe I want to try, I hear the approach of a Dad and his little boy, probably 4-ish years old.

The Dad (to son): No son we don't need those, now we need to find the baked beans.. baked beans.. where are the baked beans?

The Son: (yammers on - I wasn't really paying attention)

Me (standing in front of said baked beans, since they were next to the canned tomatoes) *points*: Baked Beans

The Dad (gratefully): Thanks!! *comes over to mull over the 5 shelves of various baked beans* ...Uhhhh which ones are best?

Me: Well Bush's are the best brand in my opinion, but which flavor is up to you.

The Dad: Uhhhhh *randomly picks a can* There we go! Thanks!

*LOL* Looks like his wife didn't get specific enough. When I send Lem to the store I write down brands, flavors, EVERYTHING so there's no ambiguity. And if I forget he calls me, if not he will always pick the wrong thing which makes me grumpy when he gets home with the groceries. Which is probably why I just do most of the shopping.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Future Michelangelo

My daughter loves to draw. She's also very good at it, in my opinion, for an 11-yr old. Today she brought me her latest drawings, and I thought I'd share them with the world. Click to enlarge them for better views.

Here is the whole page:

As you can see she tends to go with animal themes. Two items of note:

Ninja Monkey

Note the throwing stars, he's holding one, and has already thrown another. Isn't he cute?!!
I asked her about it, and she said, dramatically, "The LAST sound you hear is "MUUHAAAA Ooh Ooh Ooh." (picture ninja/monkey sounds there)

Other drawing of note, the Volcano of Chili:

Yes, those are Hotdog People on the side of the volcano. When asked about this one, she said (again, dramatically), "VOLCANO..OF..CHILI.. AAAAGGHHHHH!!!!!! OH NO, SAVE THE BABY!!"

*sniff* so proud.

Friday, March 5, 2010

It's The Little Things

As most of you probably know, I rent my house. At the time we moved here Lem didn't have a job so qualifying for buying a house was impossible, plus getting settled quickly so the kids could start school was imperative.

I've rented for most of my life, with a brief stint in there as a home owner for all of 4 months before my divorce. Renting, for the most part, sucks. You're putting money into something into which you aren't building equity, you still have to mow the lawn and most times pets aren't allowed (we have a cat, for which we pay extra).

The worst part of renting, in my opinion, is that it's not YOURS. You can't really do a bunch of modifications, or decorating like repainting or hanging a million picture frames without having to later go back and fill and repaint all that stuff when eventually you move out, or lose your security deposit plus some. I hate white walls. Really. Our walls here are an off-white, I'd even go as far as saying eggshell or ecru but they're still rental unit BLAH. And since we're hoping to move before the next school year into a "real" house, it's not really worth the time and effort to try to find ways to personalize it that much.


The master bathroom has a nice window in it that is RIGHT above the garden tub. It wasn't tinted or block glass or anything else that would block view in or out. Granted, we never use the tub (it has a separate shower), and it's on the second floor, but even so something HAD to be done to make it so it felt more private. Viola! I found a vinyl application you can buy, sort of like the colorforms toy where it sticks to other plastic or glass without adhesive. I splurged on the $25 it cost, and it was well worth it:

The cross bars were already in the window as some lame design element so I couldn't remove them, but overall I don't think they detract from it too much. It actually feels kinda textured and bumpy where the design is (almost like real stained-glass would feel).

It's not much, but every time I go into the bathroom I see it, and it's a bright splash of color in an otherwise drab rental and it makes me happy. Remember you don't have to spend lots of money, or do major changes to make a place feel a little more homey and special.