I Haz Floorz?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lolcat speech aside, it's true!  I have in my junk-I-mean-spare room 4 boxes of Kensington Manor Golden Teak Handscraped 12mm laminate flooring, just waiting to be installed in my kitchen.  I can't believe that in about a month, I will be rid of those horrible peel and stick linoleum floors that are cracked and yellowed and just darn nasty!



I love not only how it looks, but also how it feels.  Because it has a handscraped texture, it doesn't feel slick and smooth and factory made, but like actual planks of solid wood.  The feel of the flooring was really important to me, and I can't wait to get it installed.

But wait I must, because of the other things I have to do... Oh, I didn't mention my mom bought me new countertops?  She totally did!  We ordered them last weekend from Lowes.  There's a four to six week fabrication and delivery wait time.  Because we want to remove the old and nonfunctional water heater from the corner of the L shaped countertop, which will require removing the short part of the L in order to take the waterheater out the side (it's too tall to pull it out from the top without hitting the bottom of the upper cabinets), we have to wait to install the floors until after the old countertops are removed so we can pull it out and put the cabinet back in place.

We also bought some primed quarter round and plan on finding some baseboard to match what's in the older part of the house, which is basically a thin and narrow plank of wood.  But we'll need to find the right dimensions in the longest length possible, to reduce the number of seams, prime it and paint it before the flooring goes down.

So even though I haz floorz, I haz to wait.  But that's okay.  I'm patient.  Just let me believe it, okay?

Murfee Murder :(

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My first Lilly Pulitzer Murfee scarf has been murdered by the floor furnace.  It fell from the back of my sofa and onto my floor furnace, which promptly scorched the silk and cashmere.  If anyone knows where I can find a Surf Blue Checking In Murfee Scarf, I would LOVE to buy another one.



Also, if anyone has any ideas how to repair/salvage my scarf, please PLEASE share them.

When Moms Text

Monday, January 24, 2011

My mom got an iPhone for Christmas and has learned to text.  On the whole, it's great.  I don't have to call her a gazillion times a day to ask her a quick yes or no question.  I don't have to feel like I'm nagging her.  She's also taken to it really well, unlike these moms:




Though if my mom did have difficulties, I'd like to think I'd be as encouraging as the last texter.  She reads the blog on occasion, so HI MOM!  Love you and thank you for learning to text so I don't feel so needy.

My Doors Have Bling!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yes, friends, you guessed it.  My doorknobs arrived!  For some reason, I'm not sure why since I went to bed at 1:30ish, I woke up at 7:30 this morning.  I feel like Lilly might have needed to go potty and woke me up, because I vaguely remember forcing myself to stay awake after I (presumably) let her out.  I've only fallen back asleep once after letting her out in the mornings, and then it was summertime, so it wasn't a massive issue.  Now, though, and little Lillums would turn into a pupscicle! 

Point of the tangent is, I was already awake and functioning for the 9:30 phone call that alerted me that the knobs had arrived!  I went and picked them up and the man at the store was nice enough to explain to me how to put them on.  Seemed easy enough.

Wrong.

Okay, the installation itself wouldn't have been hard if 1) the backset hole had been drilled to the appropriate 2 1/8" instead of, I'm guessing 1 3/4", 2) there hadn't been a metal filing lodged in the screw, making it initially impossible to install the doorknob, and 3) I had had three hands.

The biggest issue was the hole size.  There was just no way that knob was going into that hole.  I thought, no biggie, I'll just go to Lowes.  Well, I spent $8 on a 2 1/8" hole saw that didn't work worth a flip.  I'll qualify that statement by admitting that it probably would have worked fine on a door that didn't already have a decent sized hole already in it.  Luckily, my mother is a fellow DIYer and had a Dremmel I could borrow.

Seriously, ladies, this thing is awesome.  My mom's a little obsessed with it, and after seeing it in action, I can understand why.  It took maybe 20 minutes of on-and-off sanding with this spinny attachment thingy to whittle the hole big enough to accept my new lock.

Once I got the lock in place, I began to screw the thing together.  This was the most frustrating part of the entire experience, largely because I didn't realize until about an hour in that the reason the screw refused to screw in all the way was not because I was some dumb girl who was perfect fodder for a "How many sorority girls does it take..." joke but because there was a metal filing stuck in the teeth of the screw.  This tiny little thing (seriously, I've had fingernail clippings larger than this filing) was jamming the thing up.  Once I saw this and managed to get it out, the lock went on easy peasy lemon squeezy.  Want to see a photo of the final result?  Okay, since you asked:



The bad news is that the other doorknob has a similar issue with the screw not being able to screw all the way in.  Unfortunately, I think the filing is in the female part of the screw mechanism rather than the male, so I can't pop it out as easily.  So it's back to the dealer she goes to be replaced.  Hopefully the new one will come in quickly.

I mean this in the nicest way possible, but if I'm going to spend $75 on a doorknob that retails for $104, it should be freaking perfect.  I plan on stressing this to the dealer tomorrow in hopes of avoiding paying additional shipping charges.  Fingers crossed.

Also, if I ever sell this house, you'd better believe the realtor will be pointing out the quality hardware on each and every door.

Shop 'Til You Drop!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I went shopping with my mom for interview clothes, since OCIs are next month, and I didn't have a suit.  We had a very productive, if long, day with only a few spats, all of which either stemmed from my grogginess earlier in the day to her soreness as the day wore on.  Here are a couple of my favorite finds from today:


I discovered that my "carry on" size suitcase from the luggage set I got after graduating high school was too large for Delta standards when I went to DC in November.  I had to borrow my mom's for that trip and developed a very strong hatred of it, due in large part to the fact that it kept falling over because I had shoes crammed in the front.  Shockingly, most people in airports don't care to be knocked in the knees by my luggage!  So I acquired this beauty from Dillard's today (I had Delta's carry on size saved in my phone and was able to make sure it would fit).  It's London Fog, from the Cambridge collection, and it was a steal at $64, including tax.  Full retail is $260.  Got to love half of half sales!  The leather is a richer brown than the picture shows and it is actually a really pretty suitcase.  Very pleased!


I've been looking for a wellcut, reasonably priced, classic khaki trench for some time and was so happy to find one at Banana Republic.  I had to go up a size, from a Medium to a Large in order to allow for room for clothes underneath, but judging from online reviews, it seems to run a little small, which is fine for me.  I don't care about vanity sizing - I just want it to fit!  It's not like anyone will be snooping at the tag size.



Next up was a very "smart suit," to borrow a phrase from my British pal Rose.  Until today, I didn't own a proper suit.  Instead, I made do with separates.  I'm glad to have a basic black suit to wear to my interviews.  This number came from Banana and fits well, needing only minimal tailoring (always have to buy bigger to fit my tush and have it taken in to fit my waist).  Now if only my legs looked like the model's!  Fortunately, that's what tights are for, and tights I purchased!


I've become a Kate Spade addict lately - loving her bags, jewelry line, and now her tights!  These tonal argyle tights were a bargain at Dillard's - half off!  I'm not super crazy when it comes to patterned tights (as much as I liked the polka dotted tights also offered by Kate Spade, I don't think I would have ever worn them), but these will be great for class or lunch with the girls.  I also snagged a couple of Hue tights and some boot socks (don't judge - my feet get cold even in my Uggs!).

It was a very long day, but at least I'm finished with interview apparel and accessories!  Hope everyone else had a wonderful Saturday!

Secretly Seeking Spring: Pink & Green Thursday

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm tired of the snow, and I'm dreaming of spring.  For this week's P & G Thursday, I bring you just a teasing taste of la primavera.  Enjoy!













Perfect House, Wrong Neighborhood

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm obsessed with old houses.  1920s Craftsman bungalows set my heart aflutter like nothing else.  I love the details they have that modern houses lack, the quirky layouts and little surprises.  The problem is, most of these amazing sorts of houses are in terrible neighborhoods here in Capital City.  I'll grant you, there are still some less expensive options south of a street you historically tried to stay north of, but I think that rule is a little more flexible these days because of people like me who love the charm one hundred year old houses but can't afford the huge and well-kept options that are north of the street.

None the less, there are some gorgeous houses in terrible condition that could be brought back with some elbow grease and investment.  But the fact that they're in just downright bad neighborhoods means they'll probably never get the love and attention they deserve.

Like this charmer:


Built in 1925, with three bedrooms and one bath.  I love the exposed rafter tails, the typical half columns supporting the porch roof.  1270 square feet.  Its price?  $10,000.

Or this one:


Built in 1918, 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, 1668 square feet.  $25,000.

Or this one:


3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1632 square feet.  Built in 1910.  $45,000.

Sometimes, I like to indulge in the fantasy where I'm brave enough to buy a gorgeous old house with tons of potential in a terrible neighborhood and bring it back to its former glory.  The yard would be beautiful, my neighbors would love me, and I'd even get my picture in the paper when they did a human interest article on me.  Then reality strikes and I remember that, like too many people, I'm too afraid to risk life, limb, and possessions.

The fact remains, though, that they just don't build houses like these anymore.  It breaks my heart that they probably will never be as beautiful and loved as they once were.  And think of how awesome it would be if instead of spending money on McMansions, people went back to the old neighborhoods and used their money to restore these snapshots of American history!  It's for this reason that I will never own a house less than 60 years old.  It's just my part of preserving America's past. 

Untidy

It happened again.  I unexpectedly had someone come over and once again, my house was a wreck.  And I don't mean, I had mail on the coffee table and a dirty plate on the dining table.  I mean, a legitimate wreck.  I was so embarrassed, and I know the easiest thing to do would have been not to suggest we go to my house, but I hadn't seen this person in 5 years and I really did want to chat with her for a bit.  This is the second time I've had someone who has never seen my house see it at its worst.  Clearly, this is why I should spend an hour a day cleaning my house and making sure it's spotless at all times.

At least she was relatively distracted by Lilly's cuteness.

Snowed In And Going Crazy

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Be warned: This post is a rambling mess.  I blame it on the snow.

Don't get me wrong, I like the snow. I like the time off it would give me (if I weren't already off), I like the way it makes the world seem brighter, and I like the way people are nicer to each other, because for once, we're all in it together.

However, I am going a little stir crazy.  I'm getting toward the end of my winter break, and I'm tired of having nothing to do.  I want to go back to school, and in fact, I'm going to start reading my Crim Law assignment today, and probably Contracts, because I'm in love with Contracts.  Now is the time of break where I want to see my friends again.  My old roommate went back to Oxford this week for a doctor's appointment and got to visit with all our college buddies and sorority sisters, and it made me realize how much I miss them all.  True, some of them have blogs (here and here), which helps a little, but mostly it just makes me wish I had them here to hug!

But this darn snow is getting in my way!  I walked about a mile to the grocery store yesterday because I was silly enough not to believe the weathermen/my mama about the snow and was utterly unprepared. 

I had no Diet Coke.

Luckily for me, my sweet daddy had dropped my mom off at work when I was about a block from the store and came by in his big SUV and drove me home.  Still, it was kind of nice walking around in the snow, watching the kids and dogs have fun and feeling like the world was scrubbed clean and fresh, just for me.  My calves are a little sore, but that probably just means I need to walk to the store more often.  It's more ecofriendly, and I do have a bicycle with a basket if I just can't walk.

That being said, I've had my fill of the snow and I'm ready for it to melt away.  I want to go have a drink with my friend who goes to NYU Law, I want to have dinner with my pals from law school, and I want to go shopping for On Campus Interview outfits because they're in a month.  I'm a little bit panicky because I just realized my future starts in 30 days.  There are about five firms I really want to clerk for, and luckily, my mom has good contacts at almost all of them, but I still had a mini freakout, complete with hyperventilating and that high-pitched, really fast voice I get when I'm, well, freaking out.

I did my resume, I've got a writing sample in mind, and I have at least one reference.  I just wish my school was a little clearer on the whole process.  I have no idea when I'm allowed to sign up, how many interviews I'm allowed to sign up for, and how I figure out who to sign up for.  Basically, the entire process is a mystery, one my school doesn't seem to too keen to clear up.

Silly Lilly Sunday - Snow

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Welcome to Silly Lilly Sunday!  I feel like I don't put enough Lilly on the blog, and well, I think she's pretty darn cute.  Plus, I love Westie Wednesday so much, that I wanted to do one for Miss Priss.  Unfortunately, there is no such thing as Poodle Priday or Lilly Luesday, so I had to cheat a little.  Hope you don't mind!  :)

It's Lilly's second time to play in the snow in her whole life.  I made a video:


video

Lilly had fun, obviously, but her mama got cold so we went inside and are cuddled under a quilt, about to watch a movie.  Hope everyone is as warm and toasty as we are!

Door Knobs and Broomsticks

Friday, January 7, 2011

As I said I would, I'm updating y'all on my Home Hardware Superstore experience.  Unfortunately, they no longer carry Emtek products, but they issued me a quick refund via PayPal with an explanatory note.  If I were working on a deadline, I would be very happy with their quick response as I would have lost only a day in ordering.  Based on my experience, I would consider looking to them again for door hardware.

Since my order was canceled, I went back to the local store to order two door knobs, which I didn't really mind as I like to shop locally and do my part to encourage local businesses when the budget allows.  The guys at the local store were really great, very helpful, and didn't make me feel like an idiot because I'm a girl, which happens a lot when I go into hardware stores.  Yes, I'm female but that doesn't mean I don't know what I'm talking about.

I ordered two knobs instead of one because 1) these guys are local and reliable and 2) by ordering two, it put my bill over $75, saving me freight charges.  The charges would only have been about $5-6, but when you have to eventually order seven $75 door knobs, it adds up to around $40, which I can take and put toward buying tiles and mastic for the backsplash in my kitchen.

The fact that my door knobs cost more than my door has not escaped me.  I'm put $75 door knobs on a $27 door... C'est ma vie.

I'm also going to Lowe's tomorrow to get an estimate on the Formica 180fx I mentioned earlier.  If the price is right, I think it's my best option.  I also plan to stop by a flooring store to see what they can offer me by way of laminate wood flooring.

I leave you with some pretty kitchen inspiration.  Enjoy!




London, Baby: Pink and Green Thursday

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I'm so, so excited Trish has brought back Pink and Green Thursday.  I'm feeling particularly bitten by the travel bug lately.  I have a dream 16-day vacation to London, Bath, Cambridge, and Dublin all planned out (hour-by-hour) that I would love to take someday.  Here's to hoping!








And one last one that made me smile:


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Matchers!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

All the doors in my house will soon be matchers!  Remember somewhere in the blog I said I wanted to go to the architectural salvage and find one more door to replace my hollow core bathroom door (I just spent ten minutes trying to find where I mentioned it and I can't, so just trust me that I said it, 'kay?)?

This door, right here!

Well, Le Poo had to have the same knee surgery Lilly had eleven weeks ago, so I got up around 7:00 to drive with Mom to the orthopedic surgeon an hour away.  We got back around 10:30, so after I stopped off at my house to measure the door, I decided to mosey on over, photo of the door and dimensions in hand, to check things out.  I was prepared to spend about three hours, but not thirty minutes later did I find this beauty:

(She's now resting in my dirty shed - please excuse!)

An exact match in surprisingly good condition!  There are a few good sized holes from the old lockset:


But I don't think it will be too big of an issue to fill the old hole with wood filler and paint over it.  Even if it is, oh well!  Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right.  :)



I also took the opportunity to buy one of the Emtek door knobs I mentioned somewhere (probably in the same post as the salvage trip!) from Home Hardware Superstore.  I did a Google search for Emtek Astoria and they popped up as being on sale for $66.78, versus $104 list price/$75 from a local store.  It's a good deal, but not so good as to be "too good to be true."  I think...Here's to hoping.  I paid with PayPal, so if things don't work out, hopefully I won't get completely screwed.  I'll be sure to let y'all know about my experience, in case anyone else is considering buying door knobs and wants a good deal.

The ones I got are basically identical to the one pictured above, but the rosette I order was in "French Antique", which is basically antique brass.  I was torn between antique brass and silver nickel.  On the one hand, silver nickel is a popular finish right now and might be better for resale.  On the other, antique brass was what was originally in the house, and trends come and go.  I ultimately decided on antique brass because it was what I preferred, and I'm trying to stay true to the origins on the house.  Besides, I doubt it will matter too much, as long as all the knobs match throughout.

I'm so excited about having matching doors and can't wait for the door knob to come in!  Keep me posted on anything and everything that's going on it your lives - as always, I'd love to hear about it!

Country Living White Issue!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Is anyone else as obsessed with the February issue of County Living as I am?  I'm a little sickybear today, and my mom came over and made me a grilled cheese sandwich and chicken soup.  This already started to perk me up, but when she brought in my mail and handed me my Country Living, I felt a zillion times better!

How gorgeous are these shots from Rosy Stazzeri-Fridman's San Francisco home?  It's enough to make me consider abandoning the bungalow!  Maybe...



 
I love the architectural details on the fireplace, and how cozy does that bed look?  On second thought, it might make it even harder to get out of bed in the mornings.  Such a delicious problem!

Half Agony, Half Hope

Saturday, January 1, 2011


I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. 

I have loved none but you. 

Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. 

For you alone, I think and plan. 

Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in
F. W.

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