Month: March 2010

The Scrawl on My Wall Part 1

As I had mentioned a few times, I used to be a flight attendant until I was injured. When it came time to decorate the walls, I had a rather lack-luster feeling about most commercial art I saw. The artist friends I had would promise special things, but never delivered. Taking matters into my own hands, I figured what better homage to my former career than to display my best snaps from all over the world! These particular photos are affixed over my couch on the West Wall in my living room. They were blown up as posters and attached to foam board with adhesive spray. I entitle this one “‘Stay’ is my favorite karaoke song.” This shot was taken in Brussels. I love Brussels, and I’ll tell you why. The first time I went to Brussels was with a young crew. The night we landed we all wanted to go dancing, and being American, we figured the best place to go dancing is a gay bar. Unfortunately, in Europe male gay bars don’t really …

That Wall, You Know the One

Everyone has that wall in their house that is… shall we say …awkward? It’s kind of in the walkway, but kind of not. You don’t want to put something big on the wall without something substantial on the floor. For me, this is the Southern wall in my living room, right by the door. It’s large, and a little useless. I’ve tried different things with it, like painting horizontal stripes, a side board, what have you. Then, a stroke of genius. I needed an everything desk. Everything = computer, music, sewing, cocktail hour. Something simple and easy to clean up. I found a Danish modern desk on craigslist that did just the trick. Then on the wall? I don’t have a large painting or picture, but I had several little ones. I bought a few pieces of foam board (like the kind you used for science projects as a kid) at walmart, about $3, and some spray adhesive. Once I mounted the small 4×6 photos to the foam board, I cut them out with a …

The Pillows. Oh, the Pillows!

Finally finished my pillows! For those of you who live in LA, you’ll be pleased to know I purchased all my fabric at Michael Levine’s in Downtown. If you don’t know what that is, I’ll have to take you sometime! Hate Joann’s? Me too. Mood too expensive? Tell me about it! Michael Levine’s is a designer fabric outlet downtown, where (under the right circumstances) you can also buy wholesale. I first learned about it from my friend Kayre, who is a champion seamstress. The best part… I can take the metro from my house!!! Michael Levine’s has two stores, a regular fabric store and an upholstery store. Both will make you drop your jaw. The selection is unreal. So, why would I go anywhere else to buy fabric for pillows? I purchased three different fabrics, a yard each. The total was about $27.00, a little pricey, but still totally worth it. First, Margot, the chair I rescued from the streets got a face-lift in white and charcoal. Then, the couch was adorned with vibrant, yellow, …

Crane Love

I was first introduced to origami cranes in 2000. I was a freshman in college, and down the hallway lived a charming, gregarious, and social freshman named Evy (her blog is amazing, visit it here). Evy was born and raised in Southern California and bilingual in English and Spanish. So, naturally, in high school she decided to take Japanese as a foreign language. For her, along with the language came a fascination with Japanese culture and tradition. One night she hosted a Japanese get together in her room. We all learned how to make cranes, the folklore of it, and watched the episode of the Simpsons where they went to Japan. In turn, on her birthday, the floor decided to surprise Evy with 1,000 origami cranes in her bedroom.Japanese tradition believes that cranes live to be 1,000 years old, and a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. it is traditional to give a bride and groom 1,000 cranes for 1,000 years of happiness on their wedding day. Same …

Tagged

Yesterday, at the bridal shower, they had all kinds of tags. Tags to label what things were, tags to label the date of the wedding on the party favors. They even had this beautiful tree branch with many tags containing the names and well-wishes of all the guests. It kind of made me want to buy a bunch of tags and label everything in my house. Resisting the urge.

Weekend Happenings

What was meant to be a semi-busy weekend turned into a really busy weekend. I hold high hopes of rest next weekend. I will NOT be attending the Sisterhood meeting no matter how many people try to twist my arm. My dogs miss me. šŸ™ So yes, class went really well minus all the outside interruptions. I’m beginning to feel like the kids are actually retaining the things I’ve told them 389 times! Afterward I was invited to a birthday party of one of my students. She’s now 12. Just one more year until Bat Mitzvah time! On top of that, I received an invite to 1st night of Pesach… score! Sunday I was able to sleep in, but my house still in shambles, drove to Orange County for a bridal shower. Now, those who know me well know I’m not a bridal shower kind of girl. However, this bridal shower was, how do I put it… really special to me. There’s just something different about a bride you’ve known for almost 10 years, getting …

Country Captain Bobby Flay

Last night I was settling in after a VERY busy day, trying to quiet my dogs down. Now, when most people try to relax they put on a chick flick or (if you’re a guy) something scandalous or something boring. After day 22 of this diet, the only thing I ever want to watch: The Food Network. I love Bobby Flay, and more than that, I love Throw Down With Bobby Flay. Just my luck, it was on! The challenge: Charleston, SC Country Captain against the Lee Brothers. Having lived in the South for a brief amount of time, I have developed and OBSESSION with southern flavor profiles, and making southern food that is typically, 100% traif, kosher. This recipe was new to me, but looked oh so divine. I am going to HAVE to try it out. Country Captain is a curry chicken dish. I know what you’re thinking: Curry? The South? Whatever happened to buttermilk biscuits? Well, what most people don’t know is that the eastern seaboard from D.C. to Atlanta has quite …

I got called into the office manager’s office today, because I’ve “lost passion for the job.” I work at a desk, filing Summons and Complaints, levying bank accounts, writing letters. Really, for a girl with as much paralegal experience as I do, it’s not hard. Not to mention, I’m all caught up! So much so, that my boss has to tell me to slow down, because he doesn’t have enough work for me to do. Yes, I am just that efficient. In the last year, I have faced A LOT of loss, and right now I’m practically holding down three jobs: my paralegal gig, my B’nei Mitzvah school, AND my landlord looks to me to rent out all the vacant units in two complexes. Is it worth it? Yes. Am I tired? Certainly. Did my apartment renovation where I basically had to move out and move back in a matter of days take me to my limit? Undeniably. Keep in mind, I’m also sick and on a diet and none of my clothes fit. However, …

Great HCG Recipe!

I mentioned before that I’ve been on the HCG Protocol diet (day: 20; total loss: 16 pounds!), and the biggest concern for everyone with a limited amount of acceptable ingredients and only 500 calories to spare per day is… what the heck am I going to eat?!?! I’ve found many good recipes and will post them at a later date, but this one I made up last night and is by far my favorite. You see, I was at my mother’s house last Sunday, and she made soy sauce chicken. Of course, I couldn’t eat it, not on the diet, but I did have a little sliver to try it out. REALLY SALTY, but had a flavor I’ve been missing. I did a little research and found Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Ok, not the same, I know. Hear me out. Bragg’s is also very salty, has a more bitter taste, but invokes a feeling of the far east enough that it is workable. LEMON GINGER CHICKENTotal Calories: 150 per serving5 servingsIngredients:5 portions of 3.5 ounce boneless, …