Sunday, April 11, 2010
Anthropologie is relentless. It's bad enough that their clothes and home accessories are so delectable but do they have to keep reminding me with their artful catalogues and whimsical storefronts? It's too much for my empty pocketbook to take! And behold, the adorable birthday card they sent me (which is a 15% off coupon) with a candle necklace attached. It is just too hard to resist such sweet advertising.
Did I mention their beautiful catalogues?
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Remember the cardinal I saw last winter? He is back, chirping outside my balcony while I type, type, type my thesis. Who needs iTunes with this serenade?
Please excuse the photo. My zoom isn't the greatest, so I did a little Photoshop filtering to make the "out of focus" look a bit more deliberate. ;)
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Easter day! The forsythias are in full bloom, making the drive to KY that much more enjoyable. A couple of snips from my parents' yard made for some lovely arrangements. I even polished a little silver while I was at it.
But of course, the sunniest part of the day was seeing Miss Taylor Kate all dressed up in her Sunday wears and making the cutest monkey sounds ever imaginable. ;)
Let's just say, the family is totally smitten with this one, and you can see why from all that preciousness.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
I am just not one of those women who sprays perfume on every morning before jaunting out into the world. So when I was doing my Spring Cleaning and noticed a nearly-full glass perfume bottle that I've had for, oh about 5 years, I immediately put it in the trash pile. But then I reconsidered. It was such a beautiful shape, surely I could find a use for it.
So I tried unscrewing the top thinking it would be as simple as emptying the contents and refilling it with something I would actually use. But it wouldn't budge. Out came the pliers. With a tight grip and maybe a little grunt, it started to turn. And turn. And turn. Without moving up the bottle the top was moving round and round. Clearly, this was not a simple screw on spray bottle.
Determined, I finagled my pliers in just the right position to try and pry the top off of the glass bottle...thinking that the glass would be stronger than the top. See where this is going? Luckily the glass didn't break into a million pieces and land me a trip to the ER but it did break. Come to find out that perfume manufacturers somehow clamp on the metal spray contraption to the glass so that there really isn't a way to reuse the bottle (as far as I can figure out). I really wish more industries would think about the life cycle of their products!
Anyway, I still haven't thrown it out. I'm sure it will make a nice bud vase...so long as I can locate a glass file.
Cleaning at the onset of spring is always so delightful because you can throw open the windows and let the fresh air sweep away any remnants of the stale winter air. A sense of renewal and new beginnings is especially poignant for me this year because soon I'll be starting a new chapter in my life that does not include homework. It's always bittersweet when these transitions occur. (Although I'm leaning heavily toward the sweet side on this one.)
I always miss the spaces that I leave behind, the cultivated nests that make me feel like I belong somewhere. There are always particular aspects of a home that make it unique, maybe a little bit quirky. Sometimes it's a spectacular view or drafty windows so old that they creak when you shove them open. In this apartment, while I love the hardwood floors...I must say that I'm going to miss waking up to that blue tub and funky tile. It's so unexpected and such a throwback. No one says, "I want a pink toilet," anymore. It makes me sad. Every HGTV bathroom renovation bemoans these dated spaces and while I'm not endorsing these rooms that haven't been updated in 50 years...I think a touch of the past is totally acceptable and totally delightful.
Just imagine a stark white, sleek, modern bathroom with this tub being the only dash of color. I think it would be lovely!