Mulch, Steam Cleaning, Barilla Pasta, Fall …. you know… the usual ….

To describe the past couple of projects that Chris and I have embarked upon would involve using the words “mulch” (front shrubs) and “steam cleaner” (rented, taken to anything with a fabric-y surface) and even as I type — I’m sorry, are you there?  I just nodded off for a sec while typing.. but, hey — if I didn’t lose you at mulch, then please enjoy a picture I snapped last night (9/25) …it’s out the window of the train, which is why the florescent light is hanging out in the right upper corner, but I thought the light and the glassy river looked beautiful…  like the colors of the current season:  not quite fall, not yet still summer…


Oh, fall … The sunsets are beautiful, the leaves are changing and it’s already getting darker earlier.  We’re working on our weekend plan while working at our Work work and dealing with general life stuff this week.  So I hope to have more interesting photos and thoughts and ideas to post next week!

A fun happy hour was had on Tuesday (and donate, won’t ya?!?) and we also have been enjoying some freshly cut flowers from my flower bed experiment.


This has led me to a new obsession with planting some fall bulbs that will flower and let me cut them and have them in the house…. links?  thoughts?

And finally, and most importantly, I’d like to direct you to my dear friend’s blog, where he tries to talk some sense into the world.  We were equally shocked by the Barilla pasta news today– me, because I’m a fat girl who loves Barilla pasta and can’t buy it any more, and my friend because he is a gay man raising two amazing kids.  Oh, world…  Catch up to the rest of us, will ya? And, Barilla, apologize all you want.  You sleep with the fishes.


Childhood Cancer Awareness Month



And here you thought I just posted pictures of lamps and blabbed about life in the suburbs.  NOT TRUE!

Did you know that in 2010, President Obama declared September “National Childhood Cancer Awareness” Month?  Well, he did.

It’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, and I am a proud Junior Board Member of Solving Kids’ Cancer, which is an awesome organization that directly funds clinical trials for the most untreatable pediatric cancers.  They are doing amazing things — I urge you to check them out, and if you’re so inclined, to donate.  100% of their proceeds go directly to clinical trials.  WHAT?!?  It’s true.

I really think that immunotherapy is going to change the game, and there just isn’t government funding out there for research.  I guess in the scheme of things,  cancer in kids affects a relatively few number of people (compared to, say, breast cancer or heart disease).  But tell that to a parent whose kid just got diagnosed with sarcoma — am I right?!?  Oh, sarcoma.  And blastoma.  And other “omas” that I hope eventually become a thing of the past.  Here are some more facts about childhood cancer:

  •     Childhood cancer is the No. 1 disease killer of America’s children (0-18 years of age) – killing more children than cystic fibrosis, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, birth defects, asthma and AIDS combined.


  •     Great strides have been made for blood cancers with survival rates now up to 80%. Unfortunately for children with neuroblastoma, sarcomas and brain tumors, the five-year survival rate remains less than 50%.  The rates have not changed in decades.


  •     Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes toward childhood cancer research and drug companies don’t include childhood cancer in their Research & Development


  •     Each school day, enough children are diagnosed with cancer to empty two classrooms.


So, what can you do?  You can start by donating to SKC!  And if you’re in NYC, you can come by the Junior Board’s Happy Hour Friendraiser on 9/24 at O’Lunney’s on 45th Street.  If you’re further upstate, you can shop at Adams Fairacre Farms— they are partnering with SKC on a clinical trial and raising money all throughout the month of September.  Today they tweeted that they have raised over $11,000 and it’s only September 12!

You can also check out the Ronan Thompson Foundation home page.  If that doesn’t do it for you, I recommend watching this video and checking out the Megan McNeil home page.

Get involved! And always be thankful for the healthy children in your life 🙂


Thanks for reading!

The art of finishing the project …

September will always feel like back to school time, and back to school time will always feel like a New Year to me.  I like to set new goals, make new plans, vow to squash all bad habits, etc.  So every September, for a few short weeks,  I am a clean-living, healthy eating, vigorous exerciser with a robber baron-esque work ethic and all KINDS of ideas!  This year, I think because of  the sheer magnitude of projects we have around the house, as well as the fact that I’m actively trying to give-myself-a-freaking-break sometimes, I’ve decided to take it slower.  Easier. Smaller.  Don’t get me wrong– I still need to to eat healthy, start exercising, lose some weight, start my next play, read all those back issues of the New Yorker and brush up my Spanish.  But I’ve got the rest of my life to work on that.  For now, I’m going to concentrate on this one small plastic container in my house ….


This is where I keep my embroidery projects when I’ve grown tired of them.  while I’m working on them.  Some are just a few stitches short of complete.  Some need a little more time.  But I have decided that for the month of September, I’m going to concentrate on getting these projects OUT of that box and up on walls, stuffed into pillows, framed and hung or given to the people they are meant for.  The original occasions may have long since passed, but a gift is a gift, right?!?  (I hope so!)  I will post photos of these projects as they exit the box and enter their rightful homes.  And this is a habit to work on!

BTW, the label on the box is a Martha Stewart/ Avery chalkboard label I got at Staples.  Highly recommend!  I love them.

And my first project to finish is the blue border on this little beauty that will be framed and hung in my kitchen before the month is out.  I HEREBY PROMISE!!

design by Subversive Cross Stitch

design by Subversive Cross Stitch

Bathroom Trim

Not the most exciting of titles, but any step closer to getting the bathroom done is a good step, in my book!  Chris made trim!  The baseboards in the house are tall, so he wanted it to match.  There is a piece of quarter round at the bottom, a piece of plywood above that, and decorative trim on top.  It has all been installed, now just needs to be painted.