Archive for March, 2010

Take that, Bowlerama! Take that, Convenience Mart!

Posted in Uncategorized on 03/25/2010 by Melissa

A delightful lunch!

With all this time on my hands thanks to my traitorous head, I’ve been able to spend some time puttering around the house, doing things like cooking a huevos rancheros-inspired lunch, and…

…finally figuring out my sewing machine! That’s right – today I officially plugged it in, turned it on, and learned how to thread it! It was actually pretty easy – once you get it the first time, it totally makes sense. I didn’t whip up any grand creations, but I did play with the different stitch patterns, wound a few bobbins, and got a general feel for the machine. I am beyond excited, because now it seems totally feasible to start some basic projects! Don’t be surprised if every inch of my house is soon covered in throw pillows. Oh, and yes, that is my new chair! The subtly different angles of the spindles and the legs are enough to make me shed a tear of furniture joy…(clearly the power cord situation needs to be addressed, however.)

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A note on headaches…

Posted in Uncategorized on 03/23/2010 by Melissa

I know this is off-topic from my normally hilarious, stylishly insightful posts, but my life has been a little off-topic lately too. I’ve had a headache every day since March 7 – if you don’t want to do the math, that’s 17 days in a row! I’ve been to the ER twice, my regular doctor once, a new-agey chiropractor once, the pharmacy one million times, and made countless phone calls to my impossible-to-reach Neurologist. I’ve taken every medication I can get my hands on. I had an MRI of my brain this morning. I’ve been out of work since Saturday. I can’t even remember what it feels like to not have this weird pain in my head. And yet…

…I think I see some hope on the horizon. I finally talked to my Neurologist today, and he’s starting me on a daily regimen of a preventative migraine medicine, which will hopefully do the trick. I also have a second appointment with the new-age chiropractor on Thursday, which at the very least will guarantee that I spend some time doing relaxing breathing exercises and trying to reduce whatever stress I have stored up inside. I’ll talk to my regular doctor tomorrow, who will hopefully confirm that my MRI shows nothing unusual. And I’ll just keep taking it one day at a time, trying not to be overwhelmed with panic and anxiety and depression, reassuring myself that nothing is wrong that can’t be taken care of with some medicine and some lifestyle adjustments.

Phew. You don’t realize how much you need your brain, until it decides to revolt against you…

Mr. Scorpio, this house is almost too good for us. I keep expecting to get the bum’s rush.

Posted in Uncategorized on 03/17/2010 by Melissa

My living room is complete!

And by complete, I mean mostly complete. All the major elements are in place. For me, the living room is a good example of mixing pieces from different sources and styles. There’s some Ikea (entertainment center, bookcase, rug), a lot of good Craigslist finds (couch, desk, the replica Eames lounge, the Bertoia chair) and then some pieces from more contemporary sources, such as Blu Dot (white side table), Overstock (coffee table) and West Elm (drapes). It feels cohesive because there is a focus on similar visual elements, such as the lines of the coffee table legs, the Bertoia chair, and the side table, and the tufting on the couch and the Eames chair.

Of course, there’s still some things I’d like to do – paint the wall behind the entertainment center, hang some artwork, reorganize the bookcase, make new throw pillows, and probably replace the lamp in the corner. Oh, and maybe hang a really oversized pendant lamp. But for right now, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve put together!

We have places your family can hide in peace and security: Cape Fear, Terror Lake, New Horrorfield, Screamville…

Posted in Uncategorized on 03/14/2010 by Melissa

I’ve never been a vintage clothing shopper. For the most part, the thought of thrift stores gives me hives (much like Joyce Leslie). Maybe its because I grew up poor and the idea of wearing other people’s cast-offs brings back horrible childhood memories of sifting through bags of used clothing given to us by well-meaning family friends. I would try desperately to find something cool and wearable, but always be bitterly disappointed in the end – in the way that only a teenager could be resentful towards someone else’s kindness. But now that I’m a self-sufficent adult with nice things, other people’s old clothes seem suddenly desirable…

via SecretLake

I’m especially in love with that blue hooded coat! Yards of fabric? Tent like shape? Hood? Sold!! Everything on this girl’s etsy shop is pretty great – which begs the question, how does one find quality vintage? I mean, I’ll gladly pay this girl to do the scouring for me – she clearly has a great eye – but what if I wanted to tackle the source myself and score some bargains? Do I have the patience?

Hmmm – probably not! But I do have the good sense to know when someone else has found just what I’m looking for…

Ah, the waiting game sucks. Let’s play Hungry-Hungry-Hippos!

Posted in Uncategorized on 03/10/2010 by Melissa

Is this the one?

Mobler chair via Ebay

Sure, its a bit banged up, but the shape is amazing. A little sanding and a fresh coat of paint, and I think we have the perfect desk chair!

Now we play the waiting game…

Slow down. The sidewalk’s for regular walking, not for fancy walking.

Posted in Uncategorized on 03/09/2010 by Melissa

So my sewing machine is officially out of the box, and dude, it is scary and complicated! I did buy it a desk, though. As the old saying goes “Buying the proper furniture is half the battle.” Ok, that’s not a saying, but it aptly describes my world view.

I wound up getting the desk from Overstock – you may or may not know, but I love that website! $3.00 shipping on furniture might be the greatest idea of our time. The Eames chair you might recognize from my kitchen – its just a placeholder until I settle on a desk chair, which is a whole other can of worms.

So how do I go from being afraid of my sewing machine to being a quilt-making expert? Sewing Club! Based loosely on the idea of my awesome Book Club, Sewing Club is going to be a monthly gathering of like-minded ladies, who’ll meet to discuss everything sewing-related. The first meeting was this past Sunday, and boy was it delicious!

I made baked french toast and an egg casserole – my first attempt at brunchy items was a success! As far as the sewing part was concerned, we decided that we would all pick a project we want to make, and then we’ll meet early next month to buy fabric and other supplies. I think I’ll try to make some things between now and then – although maybe it will take me a month to figure out how to thread my machine…

You can’t outsmart carnival folk. They’re the cleverest folks in the world.

Posted in Uncategorized on 03/05/2010 by Melissa

As long as nothing goes awry between now and tomorrow morning…

via foundmod

…this will be my new couch! It looks awesome, and has the added benefit of being much cheaper than buying a new couch, plus its something that won’t be in everyone else’s living room. As always, when buying furniture off of craigslist, there’s the chance that there will be something horribly wrong with the item that the seller was too dishonest to disclose, but I’ve been pretty lucky with my craigslist purchases so far.

Is it rad or what?

I’ll post some pictures once we get the couch and rearrange the living room. Also, if anyone wants to take our Ikea couch, let me know…