Monday, February 15, 2010

I've Got a Great Husband

For Valentine's Day he not only made me a delicious dinner of duck, but he bought me some new treats from J Crew.

I have been lusting after this skirt. Now, I can't wait for it to warm up enough for me to wear it.

He also got me this adorable cardigan, which I've already worn twice! Boy, do I love me a good cardigan.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


You may have noticed that I'm a Jack/Kate fan. Sure, Sawyer/Kate are hot together, but I'm a sucker for Jack and if who he wants is Kate, then I think he should get her.

So, I may go a wee bit crazy whenever Kate goes after Sawyer on the show or does something to hurt Jack (like yell just a little at the TV. Just a little. I promise).

And, to mock me for this, Christian sent me that ^ today.

Poor Jack. I just want him to be happy. And keep his hair short.

In other Lost news I've decided to just sit and watch this season. I'm not even going to try and figure out what's happening or try to guess what will happen next. I think this is the zen way to approach it. We'll see how long it lasts.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Real Simple: March Issue

One of my favorite days of every month is the day my Real Simple arrives. I love Real Simple because it has the right mix of fashion, home/organizing/life tips and interesting articles for me. Plus, I love the cover designs. The one at left is from way back in August 2006.

Some of my magazines, like Vogue, take me days or weeks to get through. Not Real Simple. I usually sit right down and devour it as soon as it arrives. Part of the devouring involves tearing out any recipes that look good and adding them to our ever growing recipe binder (previously discussed here). This month, there were quite a few, including a yummy looking fettuccine with lima beans, peas and leeks.

Today, I started a new binder for home decor tips and ideas! Up until now, I haven't bothered saving that stuff because our apartment in Manhattan was pretty well set, we weren't going to make any major changes, and I wasn't going to buy any new stuff until we were in a new place. Now that we're moving to Austin, where we'll have a ton more room, another bedroom and the prospect of a real house in the next couple years, I can finally start planning some new decor (like my dream dining room -- note: I don't think this dream will be coming true anytime soon unless we find a money tree somewhere).

I also ordered a subscription to Elle Decor. I've never subscribed to it before (or read it much), but I had a good trial offer, and figured why not. I'm impatiently waiting for my first issue to arrive. And, yes, I know magazines aren't the most environmentally friendly things but I love them and I just can't get used to reading them online. I've tried. I need to hold it in my hand and be able to rip things out of it.

I almost forgot my favorite little tip from the March Real Simple: Say you're a couple bucks away from free shipping on Amazon (happens to me all the time), just go on that site, type in the amount you're short, and it'll show you items that are that amount or a little more so you can add one to your cart and reach the magical free shipping number. Can't wait to try this next time I'm ordering a DVD or book or kitchen gadget for Christian.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Things I'll Miss: Tia Pol

Right now, one of my favorite bloggers (Maggie of The Freckled Citizen) is moving from Dallas to D.C. In anticipation of her move she did a series on things she would miss in Dallas. One of her posts was about Central Market (amazing, amazing grocery store that is also in Austin) and when I read it I was like Score! I'll to be able to go to Central Market again in addition to the greatest Whole Foods ever.

But, awesome Austin grocery stores aside, her posts got me thinking about what I'm going to miss here in New York City.

Paying a TON of money for a one bedroom apartment where I'm constantly rearranging every thing to try to accommodate all our stuff? Not so much.

The bitter, bitter cold? Nope.
Cranky people on the subway, people who think it's smart to walk 4 across on the sidewalk, or the guy always handing out cards for $6 eyebrow threading by our apartment? None of those either.
I will miss Tia Pol. Tia Pol is the greatest tapas restaurant I've ever been to in my life (so far). It's only 2 blocks from our apartment. By NYC standards, it's totally affordable. The waitstaff is super nice and they remember us when we come in (they should since we're there a lot). Which makes it the perfect restaurant.

So, I will be missing the patatas bravas (the only time I eat aioli), the chorizo and chocolate, the fried chickpeas, the bone marrow, the artichoke salad and I will miss the blistered green peppers (almost the only time I eat green peppers).

If you're ever in New York, go eat here. Don't believe people when they tell you Boqueria is the place to go for tapas in the Chelsea/Flat iron area. It's not. Tia Pol is so far beyond Boqueria it's not even funny (especially not funny when you're used to the amazingness that is Tia Pol and you pop in to Boqueria one starving Sunday afternoon only to pay more and leave less fulfilled than you ever do at Tia Pol).
P.S. Keep in mind it's a small place, you can make reservations up to 5 days in advance and the earlier you go, the shorter the wait time.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lost: Final Season Premiere


What in the world just happened?

That's basically the thought that was constantly running through my head last night as I watched the season premiere of the final season of Lost.

I'm heartbroken that they killed off Juliette. If it means (like it looks like it does) that Kate is going to get all doe-eyed over Sawyer yet again then I'm even more heartbroken.

I was also heartbroken when they killed Sayid. But, then they brought him back. So, now, I have no idea where my emotions should be on that front. Is he really back? Are they going to keep him with the hot curly hair instead of the weird semi-straight hair he was rockin' for much of his assassin period?

Worrying about Sayid's hair seems trivial, right? Really, I'm just grasping for anything that I still understand in this show. I was so confused last night. Can't wait for next week. I'm sure it'll cause me to scratch my head even more.

Until then, I'll go read Doc Jensen's recap over on EW and maybe that will help me deal with some of the more challenging issues.

Do You Watch the Puppies?

I'm looking forward to so many things about our move to Austin. Near the top of the list is the fact that we'll finally be able to get a puppy and a kitty, which we have been absolutely dying to do for some time now.

To tide me over until then, thankfully, the adorable Shiba Inu puppy cam is back. Are you a fan? Right now, they're still just sleeping and nursing (do dogs nurse or is it called something else?) a lot so it's not always the most exciting thing ever. I can't wait until they get active. I think the chubby white one is my favorite. He looks like a polar bear!

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