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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Posted by unbeelievable on February 14, 2009

We spent all day at the house. Not super romantic but I am so proud of how it’s coming along!!! C’est belle, non?

Last night was very romantic, however. Lobster tails, steak with mushrooms and sauteed spinch, and raspberry souffles with chocolate sauce. Words can’t describe–yum. I picked a good one!!!

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Top 10 Great Things About the House

Posted by unbeelievable on February 1, 2009

10. Working outside on beautiful, sunny days

9. Knowing how houses work. I may not be able to actually fix anything, but I might be able to tell you what’s wrong.

8. Sanding and staining wood. It’s methodical and it’s neat to see the finished product.

7. Picking out things like stone, tile, bathtubs, and flooring

6. Knocking down drywall. This part is over 😦 but it sure was fun!!

5. The dogs love running around the new place.

4. Designing the house ourselves. My kitchen is exactly where–and the size–that I want, etc.

3. Getting to be amazed daily by my boyfriend’s building skills.

2. Saving one of the vintage homes in the neighborhood.

1. Building a life with someone is so much more tangible when you’re literally building a home together. We built and placed the threshold today. Feels like a big step. We’re getting there.

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I’ve been AWOL for months, sorry!

Posted by unbeelievable on January 27, 2009

Hello my dear friends!  It has been ages since I have posted, I know.  That’s because I have a new job (woohoo!!) and have been working my butt off to finish up our house.  It is getting there!  I can’t wait to move in.

I will try to check in more often!  Love to all.

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The incredible shrinking grocery ray attacks!

Posted by unbeelievable on August 28, 2008

Consumerist.com is a website that I look at almost every day. It lists great deals (for example — fly to Philly from Texas for only $79), tells harrowing stories (e.g., of an old lady who was charged for HUNDREDS of dollars of pornography from video-on-demand — and the evil satellite company refused to remove the charges) and interesting information (how to get a real, live person when you can a 1-800 number, why you don’t have to show receipts at Best Buy or Wal-Mart).

A recent obsession for Consumerist is the “incredible shrinking grocery ray.” Apparently, as gas prices have increased, costs have gone sky high, and companies have to make up that money somehow. They don’t want to obviously raise prices, though, as that might drive down demand. So, instead, they have been surreptitiously shrinking their products. Remember in the “old days” of prosperity, when your window cleaner would have a bright sticker on it that said, “30% more free!” Well, the products these days should say, “25% less..for the same price or more!!”

Case in point — this Annie’s cereal. Annie’s proclaims itself to be an environmentally friendly company…

“We see the world as one giant system, beautifully complex yet intricately interconnected, that grows organically with the care it is given. We nourish communities by providing healthy food, promoting sustainability and supporting organizations motivated by our same intrinsic purpose. Our philosophy is simple: Planet to Food. Food to People. People to Planet.”

They also have this statement on their site:

“What other ways should we be supporting the sustainability movement? Let us know! As always, we’re listening.”

OK, Annie’s, since you asked….How about making your cereal box for Bunch Crunch Honey approximately the same size as the cereal inside of it? Note Exhibit A and B… a perfectly normal (if not a bit large) cereal box with a bag inside that is less than half full. (Probably closer to 1/3 full). I could not believe it when I opened the box, yesterday. The bag was so near empty that I was able to fit it into a 1/2 eaten box of Kashi cereal that I’ve been eating for a week.

Ridiculousness! Especially from a company that claims to be environmentally friendly….

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Izzy the babysitter

Posted by unbeelievable on August 27, 2008

I never knew that lil’ Iz would be so useful!

Yesterday, I was charged with watching a friend’s 6 month old daughter for a couple of hours. Now, I love kids, but babies? I have no clue. I had never even watched a baby before yesterday, and let me tell ya, I was nervous.

Luckily, Izzy had my back.

Evie (6 month old pictured here) is obsessed with Izzy. At only 10 pounds, Izzy is smaller than her, for one, and she’s sort of spazzy and admittedly entertaining anyway. So for the first hour, all that I had to do to keep Evie entertained was…nothing. She cooed at Izzy, and anytime Izzy came to sniff her, she would kick at her, sending Izzy running for the hills, and sending Evie into peals of laughter. Watching a 6 month old laugh is a beautiful thing.

Almost makes me want one myself. Almost.

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Tex-New Mex Creamed Corn

Posted by unbeelievable on August 25, 2008

I was born and raised in Texas, and he was raised across the border in New Mexico (note to slow people–including my own COUSIN who has lived in Dallas for her whole life — New Mexico is part of the U.S.) Once you cross that border, though, you might feel like you’re in a different country, as the cuisine changes dramatically.

Any New Mexican worth his salt can’t eat a meal without a considerable amount of spice. When I first met my guy, I wasn’t a big fan of salsa or (heaven forbid) anything with green chile in it. It took a while, but I have been assimilated (his Dad’s a chile farmer, for goodness sakes, and even though his chile con queso may have made me want to cry from the burning..the burning!! could I really say no? No.)

And all Texans know that bacon is one of Nature’s Perfect Foods. This corn is a great match between the two, and is fast, as well. Once you start cooking it, you can pretty much forget about it, too, which is nice when you’re trying to whip up dinner (I made these with rib eye steaks with a mushroom pan sauce).

However, you can make this dish without the bacon (if you’re a vegetarian or don’t like bacon for some crazy reason) or jalepeno. It will still be delicious.

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Izzy the Iggy

Posted by unbeelievable on August 25, 2008

This is Izzy, arguably the cutest Italian Greyhound on the planet, guarding our tools and supplies at the new house. Izzy’s bad at guarding stuff because she doesn’t bark at people (thank goodness..I already have a barker, thank you!) but maybe she could stop potential thieves with her cuteness?? Like they would be so awed by her they would say, “You know, instead of robbing these people, let’s go home and plant a tree.”

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The value of a shiny sink

Posted by unbeelievable on August 25, 2008

I woke up this morning to a very dirty house. I’m not sure how it got this way, and it may be due to the fact that we are living in about 400 square feet, but I swear, I JUST cleaned the house 2 days ago. Are there evil spirits living in my abode??

Exhibit A: the sink. Full of dirty dishes (dishwasher is full of clean dishes). The Flylady (http://www.flylady.net) would be none too pleased with the state of the sink.

That’s because she has a very clear opinion on what to do if your house is an unbelievable mess – start with the sink. A clean sink is the first step of her many “babysteps” to becoming a happier person with a cleaner home. Other steps include spending 15 minutes decluttering every day and getting dressed — with hair, makeup, shoes, and real clothes (not sweats or PJ’s) every day.

So this morning, I’m trying not to be overwhelmed. One step at a time, right? It’ll all get done, eventually. And my sink is very shiny.


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