Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Yet we are the movers and shakers

painted! bathroom

Over the weekend I became seized by the urgent need to paint my bathroom (Above left: new color; above right: what it looked like when I moved in). I hadn't picked a color yet, or rather, I thought I had decided I'd paint it pink or brown, but I changed my mind and picked out a chartreuse color instead. It's a tiny bit shocking, which is the way I like it. I think it will look better once I get some sort of window treatment going on and a new shower curtain. I'm thinking brown for those things, maybe. Also I want to paint the ugly white laminate vanity, which will require some sort of smelly, heavy-duty oil-based primer, I think.

Also over my little navidad holiday I bought a treadmill, taught Lucy to walk on it, walked on it myself and saw two movies in actual theaters, which I rarely do (Four Christmases and Marley and Me. They were both OK.)

Over the course of the next two days I will be getting divorced and refinancing my house. Busy, busy ...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Is that a tamale in your pocket or ...

My friend Sue is on a quest to find the best tamales in Durham. Problem is, she doesn't even like tamales so she's not a good judge (she's doing this for her dad, who does like tamales but isn't the type of guy who would go eat at random taquerías or, ¡dios mio! trucks or buses). I am very fond of the tamales at Tacostumbras, the taquería inside the Town & Country at University & Dixon (and I'm more fond of their tacos de asada, and fondest of all of the fact that I could walk there ... if it weren't always after dark when I feed my taco habit). So I'm putting the question out there: who's got the best tamales in Durham? Or: if you were going to give someone tamales for Xmas, whose tamales would you give?


Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Something that made me smile today

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
Dude, please! Yes, it's totally the Chicago way to do things, but you're not supposed to actually say it OUT LOUD!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

How many bullet points make a proper list?

I love using html list tags ...
  • Had a successful Thanksgiving dinner at my house. I supplied mashed potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, nibbley things and orange juice for the mimosas. I drank many mimosas, until I got tired of bothering to add orange juice and just drank straight champagne. We played Life:

    life with champagne

    Two of my friends brought young dogs they didn't want to leave home all day, and Pinky learned how to use Doggie Bitch Face to keep another dog (a cute little baby rottweiler) away from her yummy beef bone. She had never used Doggie Bitch Face before, and while I don't want her to make a habit of it, I must say she's got the cutest Doggie Bitch Face ever.

  • I went to the Pant's Mother's house in Myrtle Beach. Friday's weather was beautiful, and I had been hoping that Saturday would be a great day to take the dogs to Pawley's Island or something, but no, it poured rain instead. So my mother and I painted her living room a really awesome deep brick/reddish brown color (Behr Premium Spicy Cayenne, in case you're a color geek ... once I saw it on the wall I think I would have named it "Mexican Chocolate"). Now I have renewed interest in continuing to paint my casa crazy colors...

  • My back has been absolutely killing me over the past few weeks, so yesterday I had an rather expensive but astonishingly effective massage. For much of the day today I've been just marveling and how decent my back feels. But then I start thinking too much about how I need to be careful not to build all that tension back up again and it starts to make me really tense ...

    Anyway, if anyone needs a kick-ass massage therapist in Raleigh I now know one ...