After 4 1/2 years in my current place I’m moving, and not because I want to. It’s a long story that I can’t really share here right now because there’s a lawsuit involved. The good news is I have a new space to decorate, as I’m temporarily moving to my parents house and into the room that has been my sister’s for the last eight years (and was mine for four years before that, the only other time I’ve lived in that house.) Moving home feels weird in many ways – I haven’t lived there since I was 18, and I just turned 27. However, it makes sense on many levels right now, not the least of which is the fact that I’m in the middle of an incredibly stressful lawsuit. Also, it’s only a mile away from my current place, which means I’m barely switching neighborhoods.

Today my dad came over and helped me take my chandeliers down (4 total) and put back up the cheapo light fixtures that were here when I moved in – the ones with square glass covers, aka the “renter’s craptastic” model from Home Depot. Sigh.



The world’s smallest orange tangerine tree (the fact that it pretty much hasn’t grown at all in the 2+ years I’ve had it probably has something to do with the fact that I’m terrible at remembering to fertilize it) produced a whopping seven pieces of fruit this year.

Growing food is so satisfying.

edit: looking back to last year (this is why I keep a blog) apparently the yield is actually up from five, and the tree does look at least slightly larger. Maybe next year we can hit 10, i.e. the amount of these things I eat in a day.


a current view of my kitchen ceiling:


a week and a half ago a pipe in my neighbor’s kitchen upstairs (I live in a duplex) burst and I had the joyous experience of walking into my kitchen to find water pouring from multiple places in the ceiling. Luckily I know where the main is, and shut it off pretty quickly, so the damage to things other than the ceiling was minimal. Tip: if you ever get to choose which room a pipe bursts over, choose the kitchen – there is very little that is soft/water damageable in there. Tip #2: go figure out where your water main shut off is right now. Random fact: water filtered through layers of ceiling and insulation is dirty and doesn’t smell great.

A potential silver lining is that the landlord’s insurance may cover new paint for the entire kitchen. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

new light

I’ve been tweaking the bedroom lately, as well as other parts of the house, in an effort to make it feel a little more “mine” as opposed to “ours.” I should be finishing up pretty soon and will post pictures, but thought I’d share the new light fixture right now.

Yeah, it’s a little red-light-special (not to mention hard to photograph) at night, which somehow amazingly I didn’t think about when I was putting it together (during the day.) However, I think I’m OK with that right now.

shower curtains

One of my next projects in our house is to give the bathroom a mini-facelift – a new storage solution, possibly a new paint job (again!,) and replace our shower curtain with a non-PVC one. Right now we’re leaning towards this:

um, yeah, as seen on HGTV apparently. I like the simple white-on-white pattern, and while I really want this:

it’s a little too girly for T, which I get (I guess.) Anyways, while researching options for our house, I put together a list of Best Non Vinyl Shower Curtains over at AT:SF. So if you’re in the market for a non-toxic shower curtain, go check it out. (oh, and our old shower curtain, which has gotten super scummy in the last two years anyways, will be turned into a drop cloth. Waste not, want not.)


the bar cart got a new look today (see previous incarnations here and here):

also, check out that stack of fabric – that’s only part of the stash I picked up from Purl Patchwork when I was in New York. (Yes, I flew in with an empty suitcase.) And no, it’s not all for me, in a few weeks I should be able to share the project most of it’s going towards.