Monthly Archives: August 2008

cute or not?

Originally uploaded by l@in.

These just arrived today and I can’t decide whether they’re keepers. They’re bright blue patent leather. The feel good on, but I’m concerned that the leather is a bit cheap, especially considering that near one heal on the underside there is a big “chip” out of the leather.

Should I keep them, or can I do better?



Honestly, it’s been difficult to strike a balance between getting things done in the house and taking some time to just chill out and enjoy the summer. This weekend, though, I think we came close to hitting the mark. Friday we went out and tried Sakana in Dupont and then saw Woody Allen’s new film. The sushi was actually quite good, and the oyster roll was excellent. The film was not quite what I expected, but was hilarious. If you get a chance, you should see it. Saturday we went and picked out a treadmill to replace our gym membership, then we finished painting the bedroom. It is a really gorgeous shade of blue now. Today we did the trim after hitting the Takoma Park farmer’s market and having brunch at Mark’s Kitchen. An indulgence, I’m almost embarrassed to say, we’ve succumbed to for the past three Sunday mornings. I also ran into an old college friend while looking for melon’s which was a nice surprise.

So, now the first round of improvements to the house are really finished. Time to unpack, put the books on the shelves, mow the damn lawn, and find some patio furniture so we can finally enjoy that deck we were so excited about.

new house

Originally uploaded by l@in.

You’ve probably figured it out already, but last month Joanna and I bought our first house. We started looking right around the time we returned from Israel, and as a result we’ve been pretty busy and droped off the face of the Earth (sorry!). By the time we moved in, I’d say we were pretty house-fatigued.

But now we are almost done with our initial round of improvements which will facilitate the last of the boxes being unpacked. I suspect we’ll be done with the painting this weekend.

Oliver, shy little guy that he is, loves the house more than we expected. He tears up and down the stairs and often chooses to sleep on a patch of hardwood floor instead of crawling into bed with us. We miss him. Hopefully the novelty will wear off. We’re mattress shopping, so perhaps the allure of something new (and cushy) will lure him back to bed.

Just wanted to update, and rejoin the world. Hello! Now back to important things, like Olympic beach volleyball. Go May-Treanor/Walsh!

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