Meet the New House–Living Room

Back in April, we made the jump and moved into town. This move saved my sanity, because we are now 5 minutes away from just about everything, and ten minutes from anything else. We found a beautifully restored craftsman-style bungalow from 1920. I absolutely fell in love with this house, as it still has all the original built-ins, hardwood floors, and bevelled glass doors and windows. It’s also twice the size of our old house, so a lot of it is still a work in progress. For example, there is no artwork in most of the house, so forgive me if the walls are bare and it looks a little sparse.

First, the living room. Here is what it looks like from each of the four corners:





And some other angles, including my favorite chairs:



See, I warned you it was still pretty sparse. But that fireplace is super-cool, as well as my flat-screen-of-doom. My husband hung that bad boy all by himself, cause he is awesome like that. As you can see, the living room flows into the formal dining room, and a front room my husband has turned into his “manly room,” complete with a pool table, but more on that later.

To the left of the couch is where the Directv hook-up is, and unfortunately, the DVR unit is so big, I have yet to find the perfect corner piece to house that mess, hence the bizarre-looking, out-of-place end-table. I also need some cute fireplace ideas, as it is currently decorative only, and I want to remedy that empty hole look.  Not to mention a rug, some artwork and god knows what else.

Up next in our tour: the kitchen….

5 Things I Loved this Summer

  • These crackers:


    We had these the other night with some different cheeses, and they were so good, we polished off the box before morning. They pair well with just about any cheese or dip, and single-handedly ruined my week by adding a pound or two to my rear end that I am now trying to work back off. Serving-size, schmerving size!

  • This wine:


    I am a Louisiana girl, after all…Grab a bottle or six.

  • Netflix…oh how I love my Netflix. It’s the best $20 I spend a month. Though starting “Lost” the week before I had to fly across the country on business was an exceptionally bad idea. It made me create a new rule that I will not board another aircraft without some prescription intervention for my various neuroses. And why the hell do I ALWAYS end up in the tail section???


  • This slide:

    Otherwise know as a giant hamster wheel for my children, and the only activity that they can get with a constant heat index of 105-115 degrees. Expensive investment, but worth every frapping penny. Thank goodness for this because the local pools are gross, germ infested, accidents-waiting-to-happen.

  • These stainless steel wipes:

    Once we moved into our new home, the reality of children and stainless steel appliances came crashing down on me. These have saved my kitchen, my sanity, and my children’s hands from being snatched off at the elbow.

Tried anything new this summer? Let me know, cause we can all use a heads-up in this economy.

A long, long summer

My poor blog is sad and neglected.

My new school-year resolution is to remedy this.

Unfortunately, this summer has been super-blah, with plenty of challenges that are not for public consumption. My husband and I have been circling the wagons, as we try and navigate some unexpected events. Life has thrown us some head-scratching twists, but hopefully a return to normal is on the horizon.  Add to this the hottest summer on record, and it’s no wonder we are all a little cranky.

So, in the coming month, you will get to see the new house, various cooking fiascos as I experiment with more weeknight meals,  and the regular chaos that surrounds the back-to-school rush.

In the meantime, we still manage to find those perfect moments of peace:

After a long day of work, nothing is sweeter than coming home to this.

Well, this and a glass of wine the size of Texas, but who’s counting?