Monday, January 26, 2015

Laundry Room Ideas

We've begun the design process for our mountain dream home (we're working with Panorama Homes - if anyone out there has something good or bad to say about them, now is the time to tell us!) and I've been trying to narrow down my thousands of photos into one cohesive house plan. In addition to the photos I've saved to Houzz and Pinterest, there are folders and folders of photos saved to my computer, some from before we even knew we would ever be building a house. It's time to weed out the rejects. I'm deleting the photos that aren't right for our new house, but posting them here first.

I'd hate to have deleter's remorse.

Sunny yellow laundry room idea

Modern, rustic laundry room idea

Stackable laundry room idea

Hanging space above the washer and dryer would come in handy

Country laundry room idea

White laundry room idea

(Are you starting to understand how overwhelming the design process is for me? I want to build every style!)

Hidden laundry room idea

DIY laundry room idea

Black and white backsplash laundry room idea

Antique...country...Cape Cod (??)...rustic laundry room idea

Cleverly organized laundry room idea

Any chance our new house has enough space for all of these cute laundry rooms?


*These are all photos I've saved to my computer over the years and I have no idea whatsoever where to link them to for credit. If you see your photo and would like me to include a link to your site, please let me know and I'll be happy to help!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bummer

Driving home last night, I noticed a new, scrumptious-looking banner outside my local Del Taco.

Turkey Tacos = Healthy (Right?)
(Look at all the tomatoes, onions, and lettuce on top. Of course these are healthy, silly!)

I remembered that Del Taco had emailed me a coupon to try their new Jennie-O turkey tacos for free. You can get one too via their website.

Yay!

Waiting my turn in the Del Taco drive-thru, I was thankful that Sexy Nerd wasn't joining me. Heaven help us if he ever discovers there's such a thing as saguaro cactus lights! He would have them inside and outside our house.

Sexy Nerd is obsessed with cactus. It's horrible.

In addition to my free turkey taco, I decided to order something called a bacon quesadilla, which was less than a dollar. How have I gone more than 30 years without ever trying such a delicious-sounding thing?

I would normally dig right into my tasty food and devour it while driving home. Last night, however, I decided to try this weird "being patient" thing that Sexy Nerd has recommended to me so many times in the past. He gets upset when I munch on pizza while driving or polish off a bag of Pretzel M&Ms while simultaneously concentrating on the road. He thinks it's dangerous, or some other sort of paranoid nonsense.

I won't eat while driving, Sexy Nerd, but you never said anything about taking photos. Don't you just LOVE this song? I always feel so hip whenever it comes on.

The smell of my turkey taco and bacon quesadilla were almost too much to resist. I swear my Chevy Volt smelled like melty cheese and bacon! And, come on, is there a more perfect food to eat while driving than a quesadilla? 

I got home, dumped the contents of my Del Taco bag onto the kitchen counter, and reached for the bacon quesadilla that had been temping me for the past 20 minutes.

Then, this happened...

THEY FORGOT TO GIVE ME MY BACON QUESADILLA!!!
WHY, OH CRUEL FATE? WHY?!?

I swear I smelled the bacon. I'm so sure of it.

On the plus side, my free Jennie-O turkey taco was scrumptious. It tastes just as good as their regular tacos, but with less fat.

See all the veggies? I told you it was healthy.

Another plus? The Del Taco website has turned me on to the notion of cabbage tacos. Sure, they don't look good when the taco is 100% cabbage (a 100% tomato taco would probably look pretty sucky too) but I bet substituting flavorful, crunchy cabbage for lettuce would actually be quite tasty.

Has that purple cabbage been boiled?

God, I could go for a bacon quesadilla.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

7-Eleven

Today, it has been ELEVEN YEARS (!!!) since Sexy Nerd and I had our first date and SEVEN YEARS (already?!) since our wedding. Crazy, right?

At work yesterday, my boss and I were sitting around chatting (and working very hard, obviously) when my coworker, Marie, exclaimed "Hell is going to freeze over tonight!" She went on to explain that she'd just seen my husband walk past our office window and he was carrying a Frappuccino.

"No way," I told her. "It must have been someone else." Sexy Nerd goes above and beyond with many things in his life, but romantic gestures have never been one of them.

To my astonishment (to the astonishment of everyone in my office, really) it actually was my Sexy Nerd and he actually had brought me a Frappuccino, just because. It was even Salted Caramel Mocha - my favorite!

Now, before you give him too much credit, he told me (in complete seriousness) that he reckons he scored enough points with this spur-of-the-moment niceness that he's good for the next couple of years. Nice try, my love! Marie's husband brings her Starbucks practically every week, often accompanied by a donut or other sugary surprise. You don't want to be outdone by Marie's husband, do you? It is a contest!

Us and (wacky) Captain Howie of Above Heaven's Gate on Oahu, seven years ago.




  We thought these "trapped in the net" photos were so bizarre.




Note that the little hangy strap of my wedding gown was visible throughout our entire ceremony and reception. Always, always cut the little hangy straps off!

Happy Anniversary, My Love!!! :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Floor Plan for Our Mountain Dream Home

We're really building this!

(Pending the upcoming meeting with our designer and our builder, but I think they're going to love it. How could they possibly not love it? It's perfect!)

After 3 years of meticulous computer floor plans, I finally figured out that the best strategy is to treat each room like one of those magnetic poetry kits, shuffling and rearranging until everything fits in harmony.

The mandatory but boring details, like where to put the central vacuum and 'his' closet can be squeezed in later.


Pink scribbles = kick @ss party lights 

Detailed plan to follow. I'd have it now but Sexy Nerd has recently developed a Sim City addiction and says he will do it tomorrow.

That's fine,  Sexy Nerd. It's only our DREAM HOME, not one of those little phoney baloney Sim residences. Whatever.

*rolls eyes and dies a little inside*
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