ah, saturday

January 16, 2010

Let me just tell you how much I loved today. A LOT.

Any good day off starts with sleeping in, which I did. Then, after some lazing around, David and I decided to cash in on a Cracker Barrel gift card he got for his birthday. Although we’ve been trying to eat healthier this year, we give ourselves one meal a week where we eat what we want. This was DEFINITELY the meal. My love for breakfast food is deep and true, only surpassed by my love for dark chocolate, Blue Bell ice cream, and my Tempur Pedic mattress. And living beings, of course. Anyway, David and I basically ordered one of everything.

Not pictured: the hash brown casserole, French toast, and sausage that we also shared.

We somehow rolled ourselves out to our car when we finished and drove over to Lowe’s. My plan was just to price some blinds for our breakfast room and living room, but David convinced me to just buy them now. I had anxiety about spending the money, but since we’ve been living without privacy for a year now I figured it was worth it.

On the way home we stopped to see our nephew Lucas, where I got to experience this adorableness:


Their cat just crawled on to my back and made herself comfortable while I was playing with Lucas. That never happens to me with cats! I was so excited!

Back at home we set to work installing our new blinds, with the help of our talented and gracious fathers. Conversations with my dad can always be interesting. He is blunt and honest in an endearing sort of way, which makes me nervous at times.

Dad: One thing I’m looking forward to when I get older is being able to tell everyone exactly what I think.

Me: But Dad, you kind of already do that.

Dad: I’m not even close.

Me: (eyes widen in terror)

Amidst such riveting conversation we got the blinds installed and I cannot even believe what a difference they make. The rooms actually look finished now. I keep looking at them. Here is what the breakfast area looked like when we bought the house:

breakfast room before

And here it is now, pretty much finished:

breakfast room

And here are the new blinds in the living room:

living room

I’m in love. We had to get them specially cut, and Lowe’s did it perfectly right there while we waited. Eventually I’m thinking some different curtains would be nice for the living room, along with some sort of curtains for the breakfast room, but I am happy with this for now.

After the satisfying completion of that task, I set about making bruschetta to bring to a baby shower tomorrow. I’ve never made it before, and used this recipe. I had to double it, and the mixture  turned out looking like this before chilling in the refrigerator overnight:


Can anyone tell me, does this look right? Because I’m not so sure.

I am now ensconced on the couch with my two dogs, watching Ewan McGregor attempt to do a very poor Italian accent in Angels & Demons. Saturdays like these don’t happen very often for us, so I enjoy them to the fullest when they do. It’s been a great day.

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Comments on ah, saturday

  1. 1

    From Stephany:

    Your little breakfast area is adorable! I love it!

  2. 2

    From Just Fine Just Dandy:

    Sounds like a wonderful Saturday! I had a similiar Saturday, brunch and Lowes. But then we painted the living room for the rest of the afternoon. :)

    I love your breakfast room! You did such a great job. I love the dark table with the white chairs…too cute! You should give a tour of your home sometime!

  3. 3

    From Lauren:

    i LOVE how the blinds looks in BOTH rooms. amazing. i see you got those plates hung up too!

  4. 4

    From Kyla Roma:

    Oh my goodness! What a perfect weekend, and I love your new blinds! And your Dad’s comment, how amazing is that? lol

    Be afraid…. ;)

  5. 5

    From Tabaitha Kaye:

    The blinds look great!

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    From Nor:

    Love the blinds/the room all finished. those colors are fabulous together!

    I also have been letting myself splurge about once a week on a meal too and I would have to say, breakfast is probably the meal that i’m willing to splurge for. That breakfast looks amazing!

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    From Margarita:

    I love the blinds too – your eating area is so cute!! I always panic when making decisions about blinds/curtains/rugs – I’m the worst at choosing them.

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    From Megan:

    Your dad’s comment made me laugh. Out loud. I do think that he is one of the most forthright people I know, so imagining him even more so is pretty frightening. And hilarious.

    As my dad has gotten older, he cares less and less about what other people think, which was good. For a while. Then, it crossed some invisible threshold, and I now find myself smiling apologetically more than I should…

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    From Emily Jane:

    This sounds like a WONDERFUL weekend!! I love the blinds, they make all the difference in the world – and the cat pic is too sweet for words. Mine hops on my back sometimes too and tends to play a little game with herself to see how long she can defy gravity :)

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    From Chelsea:

    Wow! Your house looks great. Our houses are so similar. I still have wood trim in the living room and cream trim around the rest of the house. It looks bad. I love the white!

  11. 11

    From Walking on Sunshine:

    That breakfast looks sooo yummy! I’m glad you had such a great day!

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    From Lauren From Texas:

    I am DYING over the two-tone green with white trim + wood floors. Gorgeous!

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    From steph anne:

    I am dying for some of that breakfast right now. I love your before & after pictures. I think we have similar blinds as you do and I love how crisp and clean it looks. Lovely color choice!

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