Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
rustoleum has a great website with lots of inspirational ideas and how-to guides for paint projects around the home. you just tell them what type of finish you want, or what you're starting out with, and they tell you exactly what type of paint you need.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
just got back from my trip to cary and apex, north carolina. cary is all that they say - very new, very suburban, and everybody is from somewhere else. it's a suburb of the RTP so its a very educated and diverse population with a high median income. its very family oriented - suburbia on a grand scale - with huge golf courses, man made lakes, water parks, tons of pools and recreational facilities. all this and very affordable new housing compared to the baltimore/ dc area. this brand new bungalow style townhouse in a really gorgeous little neighborhood was 140K!
it was really hot so we spent alot of time in the car driving through neighborhoods trying to get the lay of the land. we looked at lots of houses the first 2 days and went out in the evenings for indian food. one place had really bad 80's strip mall ambiance but with jaw dropping awesomely authentic food made by a young nepali chef - we all agreed it was definitely one of the better indian meals we've had this side of the ganga. the other place was uber stylish and swank but with really disappointing cuisine. dinner conversation the 2nd night was a heated debate on whether a restaurant's atmosphere is more important than the food...
we also went to the raleigh farmers market - its open every day all year and when we were there - it was just a bounty of goodness and peaches everywhere!
they also had a garden and antiques type place that was heavy on the buddhas and indian type stuff. they also had these cool french looking(?) bottles. most things looked like reproductions but they were expensive!
then we visited apex and strolled the shops. i loved this little plaque - i'd never heard this saying before - and they already had a halloween display!
then we stopped at the firehouse and had a late great southern lunch - fried green tomatoes and a heirloom tomato salad - both were awesome.
on the way back we stayed with my sis in roanoke and i saw this crazy cool bedazzled car at the farmers market there.
it was a fun trip but like most vacations i didn't see all that i wanted to so i think i'll go back down in the fall. while hanging out with my sis back in roanoke we were talking about vacations and how they are changing - so we came up with the following categories:
vacation: your normal getaway
staycation: when you decide to stay close to home and relax
stuckation: when you end up somewhere you hate
that last one made us laugh. an irrational amount of laughter, really. i think it was the heat.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
i'm planning a trip to NYC this fall and the indian bread co. is definitely on my list of places to go. they have sandwiches made of indian bread and ingredients like paneer and chicken tikka. can't wait - it seriously sounds like a desi* panera.
* desi = indian
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
going to raleigh durham for a few days where i imagine it will be hotter than it is here in b'more. ugh! me and the dog days of summer are not friends. anyways, house no. 8 will be on autopilot until then. hope you have a great week and stay cool!
went to annapolis last monday night for a sunset sail on the schooner woodwind, which was the sailboat featured in the movie wedding crashers. i had a great time but i never realized how much a little sailboat tips when the wind blows - sometimes it felt like we were at a 45 degree angle to the water which was kind of unnerving. we had drinks and then dinner here, and did the sail in between. we also tried a beer named small craft warning which was kinda cute for a boat ride. i hadn't gone to the annapolis waterfront in a few years and i forgot just how great it is on a warm summer evening.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
check out these basmati rice bag pillows from cb2. thankfully these are printed on smooth jute b/c the real deals are made from non pillow friendly scratchy burlap - i know b/c i have been saving a real one wondering what i could do with it...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
i have been taping and watching every episode of this show for the past 2 weeks. its amazing how the people start off so unhealthy and then 8 weeks later (with the help of a brutally honest holistic nutritionist) they turn their lives around. it's really inspiring.