Monday, December 31, 2007

ring it in

According to my facebook, almost everyone I know is either sick, getting sick, or getting over being sick. I just got sinus-y sick last night.

Happy new year!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

domestic blitz

My 6am time travel flight from Texas to LA made yesterday entirely a blur since I can't really sleep on planes.

While I spent my vacation (happily) swarmed by family, Boy spent his at the house playing with the dogs and watching hours upon hours of Hot Pursuit and Most Shocking. This doesn't mean he only watched TV, but it also doesn't mean he completed any of his home improvement tasks (which, by the way, is totally fine).

We spent most of the day shopping for furniture (you'll find it a cruel irony that Target furniture is really what we want, even thought it isn't built to last more than 48 hours, while everything else near what we want has a comma in the price tag), and after a bout of cleaning and some grocery shopping we cooked our first solo meal in the kitchen.

Counter space. Oh, counter space, you are amazing.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

not a creature is stirring

I've been very mixed up about the holiday season this year.

I do quite a bit of work in the world of commercials, so I started listening to Christmas carols while working on TV spots in august, and starting in october retail stores started to catch up with me. By the time christmas day rolled around, I was on my fourth christmas: One with friends, one with Boy's family, one with my father's side and one with my mother's.

Aside from holiday meals and family gatherings, I've spent the past few days doing nothing, which has been fantastic. After a month of moving, sick dogs, and work, a few days of napping and TV watching has really helped me recharge my batteries to tackle 2008, with a nice little cushion thanks to Santa.

I've been called out by my friend Jack for not blogging enough recently, which is fair, but I didn't really think you'd be enthralled to hear my account of unpacking boxes. Never fear, we're unpacked now, and a semi-normal (is it ever REALLY normal?) life can resume again.

Alien vs Predator: Requiem

Sadly, it was the only movie playing tonight during our availability window. I need to see Sweeney Todd and Juno, stat.

Monday, December 10, 2007


Kelsey Metro Station
Is There a Ghost Band of Horses
Do It Well Jennifer Lopez
Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex CSS
Dancing With Myself Nouvelle Vague
2 Hearts Kylie Minogue
Money Honey State of Shock
Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) Wyclef Jean
Turn On Me (Clint Mansell Remix) The Shins
Taking Chances CĂ©line Dion
Bleeding Love Leona Lewis

Yes, I realize that's a really gay little playlist.


Two Hearts. Kylie Minogue. X.

This album is what I wanted Confessions on a Dancefloor to be.

Friday, December 7, 2007

what kind of day has it been

Not only did we have sewer and electric out yesterday, but the Murphy was sick, too.

After a day of shaking, dehydration, a fever of 105 and a trip to the ER, murphy is home with meds, his favorite blanket, and the fireplace.

(gastrointestinal bacterial infection)

Wanna help pay for an ER vet bill? Buy some holiday cards, because you only have a few days for them to be out in a timely manner!

Go to my store!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

news of the move

We're on day 7 of the move. Days 1 through 4 were pretty solid, aside from heavy rain on day 3. We basically had to stop moving the past 2 days because of work, and now things are swinging back up, just in time for more rain. About 65% of our stuff is at the new house now.

Highlights of the move include Greg and Rob (Grob) moving a washer and dryer that will never move again, Daniel pulling his back out lifting a pillow, and a bunch of shelves falling on me and possibly cracking a rib. C'est la move.

The dogs have been completely freaking out, so much so that I think poor Murphy has suffered a psychological break and has been on couch for 6 hours now under a blanket. If he could talk, I'm sure he'd say, "Make it stop. Please. Make it stop."

It turns out that my external office (listed as a "writer's cottage" in printed matter) was powered off of the master bedroom ceiling fan, which is like quietly and constantly begging for a fire. It is being rewired with a new circuit.

home improvement

On the other side of the house, heavy plumbing is going on as the 1924 drainage system is finally being exorcised. It is a demon that has doubled in cost, but one that needs to be taken care of.

Oh, and the garage door motor has also been replaced.

If we've learned one thing from the past few days, its that the previous owners liked doing things the cheapest and least rational way possible. "The garage door just needs a little nudge." Well, no. It needs a new motor capable of hauling an antique wooden door. "After a vacation you can call in a hydrojet company to clear the pipes." Well, no. the pipes have caved in, so basically you're paying money to repeatedly have your shit pushed into the ground.

We've also learned the original house is pretty amazing, if not very chilly in the mornings, and that if you're going to do something, do it RIGHT the first time.

Sunday, December 2, 2007