Tuesday, December 27, 2011

propped up

He's so tired he can't even support the weight of his own head.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Kevin and Zoe

I took Kevin over to my mom's house for Christmas, and he got to spend some quality time there with her dog Zoe.  Even though Kevin is smaller than Zoe, they're almost the same color, and so cute together.  A few choice shots:

Sharing the bed...

Look at those tiny feet.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

pretty presents

I know I haven't updated this blog in a while, but there are some exciting changes to my place that will be happening soon, and which I'll be sure to post here!  Anyway, I had tons of fun wrapping Christmas presents this year (if you know me, you know that wrapping gifts makes me content and relaxed; something about all that creasing paper into perfect folds feeds my anal retentive side), and I thought they were so pretty that I couldn't resist taking a couple of pictures.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

coffee table delight

I had some people over to my place for a dinner party a few weeks back and put out a little bar/spread on my coffee table for them to nosh on while I quietly suffered a panic attack in the kitchen.  I thought it looked pretty nice (which you may be able to see here, despite the blurry photos):

The dining room table also looked good, all set up, though these pictures really don't do it justice:

another old one

I know I haven't been posting here lately; August has been a crazy month.  Here's another old one that I don't think I've put on this blog yet.  Meditating Kevin:

Monday, August 8, 2011

oldies but goodies

These are old photos of Kevin, from right after I brought him home in late 2009, but I stumbled across them the other day and realized they had never been posted here.  You can see how his little nose is pink in these photos, still, from rubbing it on the cage at animal control, after being picked up on the mean streets of Chicago.  He's come a long way since then.  Funny, how I don't think he's changed much, but looking at these, I can see that he looks a bit older now (and a bit fatter, too!).  Still just as cute, though.

Monday, August 1, 2011

he's back

I've had quite a few trips to make this summer, which means Mr. Curly Cue has been at my mom's more than usual.  I went to pick him up yesterday after he was staying out in the suburbs for a week.  He's VERY happy to be home, and reunited with his toys...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

coffee table turned bench

I bought this coffee table a while back and then had it in storage for a few months, but needed something to fill a small space in my sun room, so decided to turn it into a kind of bench thingie.  Still not sure if it works, or if it just looks like some stupid girl is trying to make a coffee table look like a bench, but I put Kevin's bed in front of it, so at least SOMEONE is getting some use out of the space:

New chairs (finally!) and re-arranged living room

Finally, FINALLY my new chairs arrived last week.  I have to unfortunately report that the upholsterer with whom I was working, and who I thought was really great, turned out to be very disappointing, and there are STILL multiple issues with the workmanship on the chairs.  But I'm trying to deal with it for now.  Today I noticed that one of the seams along the arm is already coming apart, which is totally inexcusable and which made my blood pressure rise markedly when I first noticed it, but I'm trying to stay calm and will get the whole thing figured out, all in good time.  At any rate, the chairs are passable for the time being, and they look decent from a distance.  I thought the whole project would take a week or two, way back in April, and it ended up taking many months.  I guess that's the way things go when it comes to getting furniture reupholstered.  First world problems.

Anyhoo, I recently had some of my book club friends over to my house for a get-together/barbecue, and decided to re-arrange the furniture in my living room so that it could accommodate more people.  I ended up really liking the changes and I think I'll keep it this way for now. 

First off, here's the new set up, from two angles.  I apologize, as I always do, for the shit quality of the photos, which were taken by my increasingly aging camera.  Also, my hands were shaking this morning because I *suspect* that the "decaf" espresso I had at breakfast was indeed caffeinated.  

Looking into the living room from my entry way, with an old tired Kevin in the middle.

 ...and from another angle.  The light in this picture is more true to the actual light in the room.  Look at those pretty roses on the table (the table which I got for $40 on craigslist, might I add)...

I don't think I've ever put a picture of my little gallery wall up here, either, so here's a better photo of it (though looking at this photo again, I guess I cut off some of the right side of the wall.  Oh, well).  I'm thinking of changing out some of the pictures and/or adding to it, but that's the subject of a later post:

Okay, here's another shot.  That's better.

 I also got this cool bobbin-leg table from Nadeau furniture and hastily painted it black hours before the barbecue a few days ago (it was natural wood when I bought it), since I needed something in the corner.  I think it looks pretty sweet.  

Finally, here are some shots of the chairs (this is what they looked like when I bought them for $50 on craigslist a few months ago).  Again, you can probably see even from these photos where the upholsterer screwed up/did a shitty job.  Okay, I can feel my heart starting to race in sheer fury when I think about the headache that these chairs have caused me, so I'll just leave things at this and show the (crappily) finished product.  Sorry again for the blurriness in the last image:

 Kevin seems to be at peace with them, at the very least.  

I am currently exchanging angry yet civil e-mails with the upholsterer, since the seat cushions of these chairs need to be redone, and one of the seams needs to be fixed, too.  Again, I know: first world problems.  Sigh.  All complaining aside, though, I like how everything has finally come together, and all the patterns/colors make me really happy, and also confirm my theory that you can match pretty much anything with anything else (not sure how I developed that theory, but it seems to be working for me). 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

sleepy man

Went to get some sun today by the Lake and took Kevin with me.  Looks pretty peaceful, lying there in the shade...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

patio time

I've never been much of a gardener, but have decided to take advantage of my back deck a little more this summer, so I bought myself a grill and dropped a load of cash at Home Depot today on plants and soil and stuff.  The results are looking pretty decent, if I do say so myself!

I'm especially proud of this big ass planter, which I assembled all by myself, thank you very much.

Inviting, no?

 Look at that new grill.  Tonight will be its maiden voyage.  Let's hope we don't blow up the deck -- or ourselves -- trying to connect the propane tank.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

beeyooteeful flowers

I was in Vienna for the past few days (where my heart lies!) and was lucky enough to receive these gorgeous flowers at the airport upon my return.  I'm usually not a big fan of bouquets, opting instead for arrangements of all the same flower, but these are so beautiful, I might be changing my tune...

I smile every time I look at them!  

I will post more soon -- my chairs should be coming back from the upholsterers any day now!

Friday, June 10, 2011

pretty peonies

You know that summer has really started when peonies are for sale in the stores.  I bought a couple bunches at Treasure Island recently and they're making my whole house look so pretty and pink and fun.

Mr. Cutie, squared

 (he was in this position for about six hours straight the other day)

pair of chairs

The fabric that I have been waiting MONTHS (truly) for has just come in, so I'll be taking it to the upholsterer tomorrow to have the chairs I recently posted about redone.  Hallelujah.  I had some of my students over for an end of the year party yesterday, though, and was a little embarrassed that I only had one chair in my living room, so I hurriedly spray painted the matching chair to the white craigslist find I posted about a while ago.  They actually look really nice together, and now I'm kind of wondering if I should have gone through all the trouble of waiting for this stupid fabric and $$ to get these new chairs redone.  Oh, well, what's done is done - I'm sure I'll like the upholstered chairs, too.  And if not...sell 'em!

Anyway, here are the chairs after my students left last night, looking pretty and symmetrical and cool:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

big plans: living room chairs

As I type this, I'm waiting for this fabric to be delivered:

 So that the upholsterer can recover these ($50 craigslist) chairs for me in it:

They're gonna look f---ing awesome.