Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I feel like I’m always...


I feel like I'm always...

Filling up humidifiers 

Saying BRUCE!

Standing on bitterly cold train platforms waiting for late trains

Sitting on a train

Wishing I was at the shore

Answering “Steph, where is _______?”

Drinking coffee

Thirsting for water

Anticipating a new book

Researching face products for dry, very sensitive skin

Being inspired by others to do things big and small 

Finding pee where there should not be pee

Replacing the toilet paper roll everywhere I go

Getting rid of things but never enough things, since I'm always doing it

Rolling my eyes at what is passing for government 

Wriggling around like a rabid raccoon caught in a trap to take my jacket off at red lights

Trying to do better once I know better

Rubbing a knot out of my neck

Moisturizing

Moving a dog so I can get comfortable, only to have another dog immediately fill the newly vacant space

Making lists

Forgetting to put things on lists

Folding laundry

What do you feel like you’re always doing this winter?


Monday, January 15, 2018

TWTW - the one with the outings

After Friday morning fuckery, I arrived home soaked to the skin and worked from home for the remainder of the day, attempting to quell my un-directed murderous rage. MFD picked up his new desk from Marshalls and I thought about how to organize all of his shit. Bruce destroyed a flip flop that MFD suggested I repair with "glitter nail polish." I'll just let that sit there. Pugs and pug paraphernalia everywhere, thank you and good night.
Saturday morning breakfast at The Hattery in Doylestown with my knottie girls and AEB's newest cute chill cherub baby. I picked up flowers and veggies from Doylestown Produce, trolled Marshalls  looking for shore house mirrors (no luck), and survived a Saturday afternoon trip to Wegmans.
I put my flowers up, made dinner, filled out the entertainment center with newly ordered canvases from past trips, and chilled out reading, drinking tea, and eating scones. I've never liked a scone before. Thanks Wegmans.
Sunday morning I visited my niece and nephew which is a good way to start the day. Back at home I did some shore house rental booking and paperwork, sheet changing, laundry doing, all that fun stuff before Miss Autumn's first birthday party. Reading and work work to round out Sunday night.
Weekly food prep: Breakfast is kodiak waffles with real maple syrup. Snack is apples or bananas or hard boiled eggs. Lunch is greek bowls. Dinners are greek bowls or pasta with veggie meat sauce from the freezer or salad.



I've thought about this man a lot the past two years with regards to justice, equity, equality, and how they are or aren't present in our society and who they're present for. As the need for people to take to the streets and assemble for rights/against hateful policies has risen, I've re-read Letter From a Birmingham Jail a few times. I truly don't understand how some people seem to willfully ignore how vital the right to assemble has been to the history of this nation. No equality has come easily. People have been out in the streets for things many of us enjoy today.

To add on to Rep. Jayapal's statement, I think he'd sure as shit call on us to impeach the racist in the White House.

No day off for me. If you're off and doing any sort of service or observation of your own making of Dr. King, let me know! 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Choosing the Perfect Color Combos for Every Room in Your Home


Happy Saturday, people. Today I'm sharing an article submitted by Alec Neufeld . Alec is a retired builder, now freelance writer and part-time general fix it man. He has strong opinions on the use of alternate energy and is also an avid sports enthusiast.

In talking with friends, I think I'm a little unusual on the color picking for homes. I pick a few paint colors, hold them up against the wall, and slap one on. I don't agonize over it. Likewise, I don't agonize over matching things in rooms. I prefer an eclectic look and to be surrounded by things and colors and textures that I love. If I find something I like, I buy it, and I make it work or I return it. Still, solid tips here if you are doing some decorating:
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When it comes to choosing the perfect color combinations for your home, the possibilities are endless. But a fun way to go about doing so is to focus on color combos that project specific moods and feelings throughout your home. These color schemes will help you choose the perfect look and feel for every room in your home. 

Kitchen

If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, then you need to find countertops that are going to complement the color of your cabinets or backsplash. Although changes like a new paint color or stained cabinetry are fairly easy to accomplish at any point of your home renovation, it can get expensive if it’s not planned out properly. Therefore, it’s important to find the right combinations to achieve your desired look no matter what your style or budget may be. Paint colors like grey and white can give your kitchen a fresh look and match with practically any surface or texture from granite countertops to dark stained wood cabinets to stainless steel appliances. These combinations will give your kitchen a modern, clean look that fits perfectly in any home.

Living Room

Since your living room is the most common area of the house, you’ll want to have color combinations that are warm and inviting. Some common colors like neutrals, browns, greens, yellows, and other subtle pastel colors will provide a calm and peaceful vibe. To complement your paint color of choice, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right flooring, too. Neutral-colored carpet is usually the best choice for living room floors since it adds a warm, cozy touch — literally and aesthetically. If you have hardwood flooring, it’s a good idea to add a soft area rug that maybe has a fun pattern to tie the whole room together. These inviting elements are key since living rooms are often the center of attention in your home from hosting get-togethers to relaxing nights in.

Bathroom

More often than not, homes tend to have multiple bathrooms, which allows for different color schemes and decor themes for each bathroom. Perhaps this is the one room in the house where you can truly let the creative juices flow. Bathrooms have countertops, cabinets and flooring so you’ll need to choose a color that complements all three. But since bathrooms take up such little space in the home, it’s safe to choose more outgoing, brighter color combinations with fun patterns. Painting your walls a happy color like yellow can brighten things up and add a fun pop of color. For larger bathrooms, like the master bedroom, that tend to have built-in amenities like jacuzzi tubs, you might want to choose deep colors to create a relaxing space. Like the living room, neutral hues may be your go-to colors for a spa-like ambiance right in your master en suite. 

Bedroom

Bedrooms provide more room for creativity since they are very personal spaces. Your bedroom is the one space that is 100% yours, but picking the wrong color for your bedroom can drastically change your mood. It has been shown that choosing red walls for your room could be associated with anger, and raise your blood pressure and heart rate! Since your bedroom should be your “happy” place for optimal sleep and relaxation, you should avoid harsh dark hues. Instead, it is recommended to choose lighter hues, like lavender or sea foam green, that tend to have a more calming effect for a more tranquil bedroom atmosphere. 
When carefully planning out your color combinations, keep these ideas in mind to create the perfect mood for every room of your home! 
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How do you approach home decor and choosing colors? 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Shit MFD Said: Vol 45



Commenting on the Khaleesi in Game of Thrones
Me: Wow, she’s got a lot of bronzer on
MFD: Did you ever stand in the heat of a dragon? It’ll bronze you real quick.
Me: It’s tv makeup. You know that right? She didn't actually stand in the heat of a dragon.
MFD: You don't know that. 

Watching Hoarders
MFD: Steph, I think I’m going to start collecting dolls.
Me: I hate dolls.
MFD: What kind of dolls would you like me to start collecting first? American dolls?
Me: They’re called American GIRL dolls, and no to ALL dolls.
MFD: Dolls are coming.

Me: I can’t believe you didn’t get any frozen appetizers.
MFD: I had no room. I was holding everything.
Me: Rookie mistake to go into Target without a basket.
MFD: An intentional mistake. An intentional maneuver, actually. Money saving maneuver.

Puts on Benjamin Button
Me: No.
MFD: Steph, you’re reading and I've been wanting to watch this movie since it came out.
Me: No.
MFD: I’ll Be 90 and Benjamin Button myself before I see it if I don’t watch it now.
Me: That’s fine, I’ll be dead then and won’t care.

We are out of hot coffee so MFD is drinking my batch of iced coffee
Me: Mae needs to go out.
MFD: Now I have to go outside in the snow with this ice cold coffee
Me: I do it all the time.
MFD: It’s probably warm for you with your ice cold heart.
Me: Yes it is! That's right.

Eating burnt microwave popcorn
MFD: I might have to make another one.
Me: Yeah, it’s burnt.
MFD: It tastes like college.

Me: Are you going to make grilled cheese too?
MFD: Grilled cheese does not go with split pea soup.
Me: It's cheese and bread...melted and toasted. It goes with everything.
MFD: No.

Me: We need to get Gus a wheelchair
MFD: You know he has you so wrapped around his little finger that for the rest of his life you are going to be carrying him all over the house and the neighborhood and the shore in this little chair and people are going to be feeding him grapes and he’s going to say my mom does my bidding
Me: That's not true. Grapes are poisonous to dogs I would never let people feed him grapes.
MFD: That's all you can dispute. 

During an ice event
MFD: I don’t know what people are bitching about, I didn’t fall once
Me: I fell! It’s slippery!
MFD: Nope! Not with Yaktrax on.

Me: Mike. When you put the toilet paper on
MFD: I know, put it on the right way.
Me: Yes, so it pulls over from the top.
MFD: That’s the wrong way. It’s easier to tear off from the bottom

Me: After 14 years of living together...this is madness.




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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday Thoughts - when I win your heart I'm gonna paint it cherry red

1. I was in the car last week when this song came on. I've been obsessed with it ever since after having forgotten it existed for the past 30 years. Then I watched the video and became even more obsessed. It is terrible and marvelous in its terribleness. Oh, 80s. What a time to be alive.


2. This is what happens when your car is parked on the street during snow and ice events that are salted, continually pelted by passerby castoff grime.

3. I need to go to Target tonight, and since I'm going after a meeting, MFD is going to be with me. There's too much co-shopping going on recently for my liking. I like to be in and out like a cart pushing ninja and he is the middle of the aisle dawdler.

4. This week in dog town, I am awaiting a new $60 orthopedic bed for Gus that he will surely turn his nose up at, and Bruce is getting his booster shot today so he can start going to Camp Bow Wow once a week to play. Mae continues to attempt to rule with a judgmental fist.

5. Things I do not recommend: this Sweater from Target - loved the color online, not so much in person; Dermalogica Ultra Calming CleanserSkin Smoothing Lotion, and (not pictured) the exfoliant - Pay one million dollars to have my face look like it was rubbed with sandpaper and decorated in hives? No thank you; and Toms Ella Bootie - I got them in black cherry (no longer avail) for the color, but they are way too narrow for my feet. There are a bunch of Philosophy products that are about to go back too. I feel like I am treating drugstore skin with cadillac products, but I have Korres and Lush to cycle through before I slink back to the dingy aisles of Rite-Aid.

6. I'm sorry, I can't. All of his insanity about the anthem and he does not know the words and can't stand still for it? Stop it right fucking now. Speaking of not understanding, if you need help decoding the transcripts of the Fusion interview Feinstein released, check out this Twitter thread.

But what do I know. He's the stable genius, after all.

7. I know many of us are looking for someone to pull us the fuck out of this mess, and people are all Oprah 2020! but this is how I feel about her Golden Globes speech - it wasn't about her. It was about us. "This was a speech about how seeing someone else model the fight against racism, sexism, and injustice activates us to fight alongside." Yes, yes, and fuck yes. Please read that opinion piece.
8. Feministas: Check out this article about how to raise empowered women starting in middle school. I don't think it covers everything but we need to be talking about this earlier and not sending women out into the working world thinking they can be perfect and not knowing how to deal with setbacks and failure.We are still raising girls to please others too much to the detriment of themselves. I'd like to drop the girls are princesses who will be saved by men or who are entitled to a perfect life schtick also. Princesses have a place and it's in the imagination and playroom. Not in real life. And do you follow wearemarchon on Instagram? They are counting down the days to the Women's March next weekend and it is everything.
9. Reminder: Being satisfied with yourself is not stagnation.

10. E-card of the week:

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