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our new kitties

07.18.12

Back in April, I posted about some new kittens and picking out stuff in case we were to get one. Well. We got TWO. They were best friends – how could we not?!

Say hello to our babies Lucy and Bodhi!

Yes, they’re that cute. It’s insane.

A week ago I wasn’t a cat person. Now I am a cat lady. I’m sorry to say I’ll probably be posting obscene amount of pictures and cat related DIYs.

recipes

eating this: avocado toast

07.17.12

When I read this super easy recipe in Bon Appetit, I immediately dictated it into my phone to try it asap. Well, I went out and bought an avocado and a loaf of bread and it was that easy!

The recipe says to grill the bread. Obviously, that’d be the good way to go, but we haven’t cleaned our grill so I just broiled the bread instead. Laaaaazy.

Avocado Toast (from Bon Appetit) 

one nice loaf of bread
an avocado or two (i only ended up using half of one for 4 pieces of bread)
one garlic clove
olive oil
sea salt
crushed red pepper flakes

Grill (or broil) the bread to a char. Rub one side of the bread with a cut clove of garlic. Layer the bread with sliced avocado. Douse with the oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and crushed red pepper.

Could that be any easier? I’m making these again this weekend for a potluck, but in appetizer form (using a baguette instead!)

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making this: ikea hacked nightstands

07.12.12

Literally hours after seeing this ikea hack (and I don’t use the word literally lightly), I forced my boyfriend to go to ikea with me to make these. Our nightstands were in dire need of retirement because of my lack of coaster usage. (Why I did this coaster DIY at the same time we built these new nightstands.)

We bought two of these Antonius laundry stands. I’m pretty sure they were even less than $12.99 because we didn’t buy the bag. Like $7?! I think!? Anyway, putting these things together sucks. If you’re me. It’s really really loud and you hammer and hammer away and they don’t seem to budge. But after they were assembled I had a very excited feeling inside.

I went and got 2 pieces of 2 inch thick wood cut at home depot and wood stain. I went by the ikea website measurements. THOSE ARE WRONG. Measure them yourself and THEN get the wood cut so you don’t have to go back and pay for double the amount of wood. UGH. My bad. Anyway, I stained the wood and let it dry.

I promptly painted the for no reason silver edges white. Why are those silver? Very odd. Then we put so so much glue on the top (Gideon did it because I’m too clumsy).

Drop some weights (and books) on top and let it dry for a day. Yes. I have both the Sex and the City book and the Sex and the City Movie book. The movie book was a mistake impulse buy.

Yes. They’re super modern. Yes, they have no drawers. Yes, they are made from cheap ikea laundry stands so obviously they’re not the most stable. When I showed my mom she said “oh. they’re okay.” But I don’t care I LOVE THEM!

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before and after: bedroom sconces

07.11.12

Yet another thing we bought for our house that I haven’t been super happy with was the sconces for our bedroom. The reason was the shades that they came with, which I could never find the right size to replace them with. Buying lamp shades online seems way too confusing.

Ugly before? As hipster as it is, I really like exposed edison bulbs, so decided to just buy the bulbs and remove the shade. I’m so so happy with them now. And because the wattage on them looks much darker than of a normal light bulb, our room has become a dark romantic dungeon. OOooooooo!

 

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it’s the 100th post!

07.10.12

WOO! Because of it being the 100th post and because I’m about to turn 3 years from 30 in a few weeks – I thought I’d make a life bucket list for myself. (I decided to add a few that I could check off, and I may add to it all the time)

Okay, here goes…

– sit courtside at a celtics game

hold carole kings hand

– have our house featured on apartment therapy

– buy a house

– have our new house featured on apartment therapy

– not be afraid to open a bottle of champagne

meet the love of my life

– travel to paris with the love of my life

– eat at french laundry

eat at chez pannisse

– eat at le bernardin

– learn how to use my camera manually

– learn how to do an updo

– cook a turkey for thanksgiving

– cook something from my momofuku cookbook

– see the cherry blossoms in japan

– meet martha stewart

– be totally content with every room in my house

– learn to use a sewing machine (again)

– take a calligraphy class

– take a sushi making class

– not be afraid of sharks

– write a brilliant rom-com

– grow out my bangs

– wear high heels (and mean it)