Hey Guys, I’ve really missed you. Sorry for the radio silence. Life and the world has been crazy, so I haven’t been able to get to you. I owe you a Friday’s Featured Flip and now a Tuesday Tear Down. Unfortunately, the only thing I have to offer you today are my Random Thoughts…
In today’s 5th installment of my series “Random Thoughts”, I’ll be sharing some things that I’m digging along with links so you can “Single-White-Female” me…(Pretty sure I’ve just dated myself with this reference. To my millennials, “Single White Female” was a movie in the 90’s about an evil woman who tried to take over the life of her roommate. The title comes from this thing they used to have called “classified ad”, which is like “Craig’s List” but because you had to pay for every letter you’d use abbreviations to communicate. In the case of people looking for roommate they’d say, for example, “SWF looking for SWF roommate”. SWF stood for single white female. God, now that I’ve written that out, I realize how F**ked up that practice was.)
Jenny’s Print Shop… I have a full-on, unmitigated crush on Jenny Komeda of Little Green Notebook. I have been following her blog for years, and am so inspired by her work. Pretty sure, I’d have a Category-4 melt down if I ever met her. Thankfully for her sake that’s probably never going to happen. But I do want to share with you her newest venture, Jenny’s Printshop. The Printshop has a small, perfectly curated collection of photographs — most of which Jenny has taken — that you can buy and use as you wish. What I love about Jenny’s Printshop is that she offers a manageable selection of prints to choose from, unlike places like Mint, which I find overwhelming.
I’ve bought three of Jenny’s prints and I love them all. What I love most about them is that you can customize them to whatever size you need. Most prints cost $15 — though if you sign up for the newsletter you can get a buy-two-get-one-free coupon, and right now you can use the code WELCOMEFALL15! to get 15% off.
I blew up Newport Beach and Carnival (the latter is discontinued) to 24×36 on art.com for about $17 per print, and then got this frame from Michael’s for $16 (these are always on sale so NEVER pay full price). All in I spent less than $50 for a huge piece of art that looks amazing.
A New Area Rug… I finally bit the bullet and bought a rug for our living room. I’ve been looking for a rug for over 2 years. You may remember this post where I thought I’d found the perfect rug. Alas, it didn’t work out. I think the problem was that my criteria for the “perfect” rug bordered on delusional: it had to be 100% wool, neutral but not boring, hide dirt, cost less than $700 and measure at least 10′ x 14′ though bigger would be better (#thatswhatshesaid)…you get the problem now, right?!
It seems that big internet rug purveyors start putting their rugs on sale towards the end of summer. And so I spent Labor Day weekend shopping for rugs and finally found one on Overstock that I didn’t hate. After the discounts were applied, I got the rug for about $300. I didn’t have high hopes but figured I couldn’t hate the new rug more than the rug it was replacing. And the price couldn’t be beat for a 10’x14′ rug.
It took two weeks for the rug to arrive and when it finally did the plastic wrapping had come undone somewhere along the way to my house, so the rug ends was a little frayed and dirty. Ugh.
Once we unrolled the rug, it was love at first sight. This rug is great guys. The pictures don’t do it justice. From the pictures, I was worried the rug would look cheap and be so thin it’d be like walking on a thin towel. Nope and Nope.
Because I’m basically like a child and couldn’t stand the idea of sending the rug back and waiting another 2 weeks to get a new un-frayed one, I called Overstock and asked them for a discount to make up for the condition. I took pictures of the fraying/dirt and with that they gave me 10% off, which brought my total to $270 for this huge rug!
Real aloe vera… Last week, I had the biggest pimple on the side of my face. Like it was so big it looked like I’d gotten a cheek implant but not exactly on my cheek and only on one side of my face. Mr. Man, who is usually so good at making me feel like the situation isn’t as bad as I think, said “Whoa! Oooh. Um. That’s huge. Sorry” when he saw it. Years ago an esthetician told me that I should rub real aloe vera on my face whenever I have skin issues. For whatever reason I never got around to it. Welp, apparently a colossal growth on my face was the motivation I needed.
I peeled a small section of skin off of one of the aloe’s leaves and rubbed it on my pimple after washing my face and before going to bed. The next morning the mound on my face was significantly smaller. I did the same thing the next night, and when I got up the second morning, the pimple was gone. It was truly a Christmas miracle.
I’m afraid to report that my poor aloe vera plant didn’t fare so well. In the end, I think I ended up having to take more of its skin than it could spare. R.I.P. Alley the Aloe Vera.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend…Mr. Man and I cut the cable cord about six weeks ago. It’s too early to say whether it’s a success or not but so far I must say I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how little we’ve missed cable (or in our case DirecTV, which has the best customer service in case you’re looking to get corded and want a recommendation).
Anyway, in all the articles we read about cutting the cord, not one person mentioned how you should write down all the shows on your DVR list before losing access to your list because once you lose your list, it will be really hard to remember all your shows.
We Googled “good TV shows” trying to find our shows, and stumbled upon the show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”. It’s a musical and the main character makes Mr. Man so uncomfortable he can’t watch it. But wait before you think I’ve lost my mind…know that I hate musicals, and yet the songs are my favorite part of the show. I binge watched the first two seasons and am totally hooked.
A New Term…on a related topic, I’ve been trying to come up with a new term for the opposite of binge watching TV. I was talking to a friend and trying to explain that I was watching a show the old-fashioned way — weekly and only when episodes are aired by the network. And I just kept saying “You know, like the opposite of binge watching.” It then occurred to us that there has to be a term for that. A quick Google search has uncovered a few options — purge watching, hate watching and tantric watching — but none feel right. The first two don’t really apply when you like the show and it’s what you do to simply get through a series, which you can do binge-style; and tantric just sounds gross to me.
So I’m on a mission to fill a need and come up with a term to describe this and brand it and make millions from royalties…Ha! Here are the top contenders right now:
My favorite right now is “restricted watching”, followed closely by “serial watching”. Which one works for you? If you weigh in, I’ll cut you in on the profits.
P.S. I hope to bring you your regularly scheduled program this Friday. I have two stunning flips to show you…so come back on Saturday.