Random Life Stuff

Here is a poor photo of my new beloved lamp! It’s THE HOTTNESS. It’s so deliciously weird. I really can’t take my eyes off of it!

And to commemorate the big day, I took photos of us at breakfast; we were deliriously happy with visions of gold tacky antique lamps dancing in our heads:

I almost look tipsy! And slightly cross-eyed. Weird.



I’m doing a revamp of my antique vanity. It belonged to my great-grandmother and it’s in desperately in need of cleaning and a fresh shellac. So, I used brasso on the door pulls and it’s like amazing! What a fab product! I’m not exactly stripping and refinishing it; just repairing/cleaning and using denatured alcohol to get the grime off it. I’ll be putting a fresh coat of shellac on it once I get all the grime off. Holy cow is that thing filthy!

Pictures of our Place

Here are a few pictures of our place. Dale took the cool huge living room ones!

I love our little patio! It looks out over a retirement home and they have a little sitting area with a small water feature that makes a lovely babbling brook sort of noise. It’s fun to light the candles on the porch and turn on our little string lights and relax on the porch in the evening.

Our little kitchen and pantry.

What’s up with Dale?

He got a new coffeemaker and is in hot pursuit of the perfect cuppajoe! He’s making two or three pots a day with a strange alchemy involving a variety of coffee types, a new grind for each style of coffee and on and on. It’s quite the experiment. Good thing I like coffee! –Rebecca

I made awesome pancakes for b’fast using the most awesome mix from American Spoon Foods.
I got the mix from Rebecca for Christmas and I’ve been ordering it ever since. It’s heavenly! I like the wheat and malt mix best. YUMMY! Buy some, yo!

Laboring on Labor Day…

We’ve been enjoying the holiday weekend by shopping! How uniquely American of us!

First we headed to the stores:

Dale’s favorite store in Chicago! He had to get a little treat to celebrate his first paycheck.
I pretended to approve.

Next up:
We found curtains! There, and at Sears. We found the softer side of Sears with Ty Pennington curtains. They are hot, as you will see.

Exhausted, we decide to indulge in one of our favorites: Thai food.
It was our first trip to Amarind’s but it will certainly not be our last:
It’s shaped like a castle. And the food is tasty. What more could we want? Excellent service, too!

So, we worked hard putting our apartment together (we just got new windows last week) and here they are, in all their dark blue glory:

And these are my beloved bedroom curtains with adorable fixtures:
We had some champagne and relaxed on our absurdly cute porch, which you can kind of see through the curtain. More pics to come. Whee!