Thursday, May 19, 2011


music news: i'm so excited a new Elected album came out and i'm thrilled to see, just now, that they're coming to San Francisco in July!

personal news: the husband turned 30 last week and his celebration went off without much of a hitch. we surprised him with some KISS masks, buttons, drawings, cake and shirts and he - being a huge KISS fan - was pumped. success! also, unrelated, but this is pretty awesome.

home news: we finally decided on a new couch and some more artwork went up, though we're still figuring some of it out. screened porch shingles (containing asbestos - fun!) came down and, this weekend, it's getting an overhaul. i'm really excited - not at all to do the work, but to have it done finally, yes. i'm trying not to be overly-ambitious and expect to get the exterior and interior all done this weekend, but every little bit we can get done this weekend will be terribly exciting.

(by local artist Amanda Cook!)

Sunday, May 1, 2011


after a week of vacation, i have to head back to work tomorrow, which is terribly depressing. looking through photos of this week makes me feel pretty good about what we've gotten done at least. with my dad in town, visiting and wanting to help with house projects, we've been breezing through some long-standing to-do items, though a lot of them seem kind of boring now that i look at them in the context of talking about it to others. we're excited though!:

i cut some fabric for some house projects (mostly for a variety of pillows, to be honest);

we poured some concrete to bolster some sagging fence posts;

we got some free mulch from the local utility to help keep the weeds down (ever the worrier, i'm a little paranoid about the wood-on-wood bringing termites but it's great otherwise);

i mostly just supervised, but we (my gracious dad) put some boards up on our existing metal-framed side gate, which i've hated. some day, it'd be great to have some beautiful horizontal-slatted fencing but maybe that day will come when i win large amounts of money on a game show or something. in the meantime, this allows much more privacy and is awesome.

also, the husband started this project by himself, but then we joined forces and dug and dug and dug up rocks, freeing up some planting room along the fenceline;

and some prints that have been propped against the hallway walls for far too long finally got hung, as did some posters in the husband's music room, making this weekend our first with artwork actually hung on the walls. it's an exciting time to be alive.