Friday, February 27, 2009

Do you aspire to be a thrift store shopper?

You should probably check out this vintage clothing garage sale from an Austin gal named Sarah D.

My friend Tolly interviewed Sarah for Rare magazine a few months back and I've been watching her "Year of Living Thriftily" blog ever since. Enjoy!

Oh, and an example of Sarah's awesome style:

Review: Coraline (the movie)

Title: Coraline
Genre: Movie
Rating: PG
Stars: 5/5

Based on the children's classic by Neil Gaiman, Coraline is a fairy-tale turned nightmare. Coraline Jones is bored with her current life, especially her garden catalog-writing parents, and seeks out a better version by traveling through a magic, wall-papered door in her new home. At first, her Other Mother and Other Father seem perfect, offering home cooked meals, new clothes, and a comfy bed to sleep in. Unfortunately, her Other Mother soon wants to keep Coraline all to herself and must do something tragic in order to make her stay.

Review: I am absolutely amazed by this movie in which all of the sets, props, and characters were made by hand out of fun objects like guitar strings and painted popcorn. The hubs and I went to see this on Valentine's Day for a matinee date. It's certainly a movie enhanced by the consumption of Sour Punch Straws but they're not essential.

Be sure and check out this Wired article for fun insight into how the movie was made:

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Happy Spring (& an Apology)

Dear blog-readin' friends,

I've been gone for almost two months and have lots to update you on. As for my absence, I have no good excuse. (Although I thought about blaming the Cottage Living cancellation postcard I received the very day AFTER I wrote the previous post but that's not really the reason). I've had a very busy January and February. I'll try to sum it up for you.

On January 1, I found out I was pregnant (Woohoo!). On January 22 I saw the first picture of my healthy baby (so cute!). On February 5, my doctor is looking at my baby's picture and says "Huh, it's kinda fuzzy and I think there are two." (Scuse me?) At this point, my brain went fuzzy and I started a 3-hour episode of uncontrollable, sporadic crying. I left the doctor, went straight to Sonic for cheese sticks and then sat on my couch for the rest of the night.

So in a nutshell, I'm having twins! I'm very excited about the idea now, I just had to get over the initial shock of double the cost, double the diapers, double the breastfeeding, and double the over-sized, colorful plastic baby gear one must own to entertain, nurture, and raise double the amount of baby.

Other than that, I've had an uneventful two months. Probably due to the fact that I'm making time to sleep and eat and not much else. I have read a book, Old School by Tobias Wolff, and I highly recommend it. I began watching the John Adams mini-series that just came out with Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti. Also highly recommended.

(I did have an interesting craving episode where I woke up at 3:30am craving Arby's so bad I could taste it! I waited all through the next day and then drove thru immediately upon leaving work and ordered a roast beef sandwich, curly fries, and lots of Arby's sauce. Best meal I've had in a long time.)

So thanks Hil for your "Ode to the Ever-Present Blog Post" comment. I'm glad you're such an avid reader, even though you have to remind me, multiple times, to update my blog. I think you need to blog about your bike because I haven't seen it in the lot lately...consider yourself challenged. ;-)


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