Sunday, 16 February 2014

Time for Tea

What did we do before Pinterest? Seriously? So many fantastic ideas. When we moved into our home I wanted to set up a tea and coffee station. Previously, our mugs had been 'hiding' in our cabinet, but I *LOVE* our mugs. They represent all sorts of things. Interests, travel, thrifting finds, memory...I doubt there is a mug that I couldn't tell you a little something about. A warm, tasty beverage is important, I wanted to create a place to represent that. 

So my initial idea didn't extend beyond a white peg-board to hang the mugs. But then right next to it was this molding that you can use for framing. So duh- let's frame the peg board. And spray paint it red. 
 I can't even pretend to "step-by-step" this because putting things together and using tools is all Griff. I have the ideas, he amazingly makes them happen. I would be at a complete loss using a tool. I screw up with a fucking hammer. That's right, he hangs all the photos. Because I screw up. It's just not my thing. I own that. But Griff has so much fun putting together a project.
 And the final product. We debated about arrangement. I wanted them in straight rows, Griff wanted them "higglety-pigglety" (and that, my friends, are his words. Not mine). But he put the board up and in the morning before I was up he had put all the pegs in. So technically, he won, and I think he was right about how it looks. We still have a small shelf of mugs, but like I said, we have a LOT of mugs.
Also, the first shelf is of our cookbooks and coffee canister. Second row are puzzles and boards games. So if you want tea and Candy Land, you are ON. 


Oz was so excited to see snow. Lucky for me, when he was out and playing he was happy, but he was just as happy to sit inside afterwards; warming up and enjoying cocoa and cartoons.

It's neat (and scary) to think that Oz is finally at an age where he will start establishing memory around this time. I hope this snow makes the cut. He had an absolute blast, built 2 snowmen, had a snowball fight, and played with neighbors. It was an awesome. An absolutely beautiful week.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Worst book of the year? Already?

Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the WorldGeek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World by Leslie Simon
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It was at this quote, I quit reading this book:

"Patti Smith, on the other hand, was not one of the lookers, but her overwhelming stage presence and protagonist musical style made her utterly captivating, endlessly powerful, and oddly attractive". (pg 96)


There is nothing "unifying" in the author's tone about geek women and fandom. Which is a shame, because she's nabbed a fantastic title and written a shit book. I feel like this would only be a title worth reading for someone who wanted to pose as a geek. It's like she wiki'd and wrote all the talking points of geekdom.

I do hope that someone does one day write a proper book on women and fandoms though. Shame this wasn't the one.

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014


We are in the midst of kicking our tail in high gear to get our guest room/craft room set up, since the in-laws are coming and up until this point it's been primarily un-packing central. It being the craft room, a lot is going up on the walls. It seemed a bit pointless to paint the walls, so I decided instead we'd just paint the trim in a fun color. So this is our project this week.
 Originally, I wanted yellow. I told Griff  "Think 1970's Marigold". He just smiled and nodded. We picked a color, and I got home and immediately started to second guess myself. All the other colors in our home are cool colors. Blues, Greens, and Purples. Suddenly, yellow trim seemed very out of character and OMG we should have picked a purple. But Griff was like "No, let's just do this color, if we change our minds later, it's not a big deal. We can paint it again one day easily enough" (obviously I just paraphrased the shit out of Griff.)
Once I started doing the room, it felt right though. I don't remember the name of the color. It's Autumn something...but to me it should have been called Yellow Brick Road. I think I will move my collection of green glass into this room, and set alongside my Ruby Slippers. I'm excited to see everything put together in here and start using it on a regular basis!