Archive | October, 2008

BLT

31 Oct

I am going to BLT on Saturday night. For you jokers who don’t know what I am talking about, salivate over this. BLT is a restaurant I wanted to try when living in NY, and now (for awhile to be honest) there is a restaurant in DC. I probably shouldn’t be as excited as I am, since there are a lot of BLT locations, and I tend to like the more local restaurant, but it just looks so good! I will be sure to let you know how it is!

I hope it’s good. Finding good restaurants in DC makes me feel like it is fun living here! So, please Chef Tourondel…don’t let me down.

Steps to a beautiful home

31 Oct

Painting is hard. I kind of thought it would be fun. It was fun at first, and fun to accomplish something. But mostly I see why my parents always paid someone to do it!

Here is a brief overview of our first time painting:

Step 1. Spend way too much time and money at the hardware store.

Step 2: Moving the beautiful, but heavy furniture your in-laws so graciously donated to your new home.

Step 3: Cover everything in the bedroom before you start painting. Paint drips. It can ricochet off the wall at the worst moments. It can ruin rugs that you don’t have the money or inclination to replace.

Step 4: Don’t give up when it takes FOREVER to cover everything in plastic.  This is such an annoying process.

Step 5: Blue Tape. ARRRRGGGGHHHH. Spend way too much time on your knees (securing blue tape to the floor molding)

Step 6: Paint, dry, paint, dry, blue tape on different areas, paint, dry, continue over three days…

Here is a picture of our bedroom all prepped and ready for the paint.

And, a final look at our poor, naked window with no molding.

I will post the pictures of our newly painted room tomorrow. Suspense is good for you.

Here’s a pumpkin, there’s a pumpkin

30 Oct
Artie had a tough day at doggie daycare!
Not a very happy pumpkin....
Not a very happy pumpkin….

A Latte, Please

30 Oct

What is better then coffee and a muffin on a weekend morning? Not a starbucks scone, but a real coffee house mug of coffee with a tasty pastry. There is almost nothing that can get me out of bed faster on a Saturday morning then the promise of a trip to a cafe.

This may surprise you if you live in DC, since there are barely any cafes in this entire city. But there are two places, actually three now, that I will visit. So if you are also desperate for place to get a steaming hot latte and something other than bad eggs or a stale scone, you should try these out.  Maybe one will touch your inner latte.

1. Java House – Not the cutest place in the world by any means, but they do have tables inside and a large area to sit outside. Coffee is decent and they have pastries. I enjoy the chocolate chip pastry myself, but there’s a small variety to choose from if chocolate isn’t your thing.

2. L’Enfant – Cute little french cafe that does not seem like it could last in DC. But it’s always crowded and offers great little treats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a brie sandwich (really, in DC?!), crepes that are sweet and savory, and fabulous lattes and cappuccinos. And I noticed on their website that they host happy hours!

3. Locolat – This little shop in Adams Morgan just came out of nowhere! It sells pastries, chocolates, waffles, and lunch. They claim to be working on a patio. And are generally just sweet and such a surprise! I’ve only tasted the coffee and muffins, and they were both delicious.

I should also mention that the farmers markets in DC tend to have stands that sell fresh bread and pastry, but that is enough to fill a whole different post. Also, I find farmers markets a little overwhelming before coffee, so will continue to search for nice cafes to enjoy first thing in the morning, before any other activities begin!

Let me know if there are other places I should seek out in the DC area!

Help! I’m so Ugly!

30 Oct

The bedroom is the first room MJD and I are going to tackle in the apartment. You can see from this photo how badly it needs help. It is screaming for HELP!

Basically the room is white, has no window moldings, and needs some serious artistic touches. We’re also in kind of a bind with hanging up pictures, because we’re waiting for our wedding photos to arrive. We’ll hopefully want to hang a lot of those up all around the house, but we don’t know where yet.

So, there a lot of issues. But check out this before photo, which I hope does not make you turn from this blog in total disgust! I’ll update on our progress over the next few days. Oh, and I would have cleaned up if I’d known I was going to share the before picture – sorry!

Granted, I have no photography skills, so the before and after shots may be just as bad. You’ll have to use some imagination!

I Want To Go Out

30 Oct

Artie woke up this morning and discovered that he could use our still unpacked boxes as a resting spot to look out the window. He’s so smart!

Paper Can Be Special

29 Oct

Before I got married I never paid attention to paper. A card was a card. Hallmark sold the most. (Are there Hallmarks in DC??) But then I discovered that you can buy beautiful paper, with pretty designs, and different kinds of printing. Letterpress is dreamy…

So, I’ve decided  to buy nice cards whenever I see them, and save them for special occasions. That way I’ll always have a glittery something for the people I love!

This week I am going to send my friend in Texas this birthday card. She’s pregnant with a little girl and I think she’s probably feeling girly and pink. So I think it’s perfect!

Ahhh, Whole Foods

29 Oct

I love Whole Foods. I don’t think I could make it in this city if it didn’t have a Whole Foods. I mean Harris Teeter is fine, but it reminds me of living in the suburbs. And I try each day to convince myself that DC is, in fact, a city.  It’s hard.

And Safeway…no comment. Actually, I do have a comment. I hate Safeway.  I hate the one on 17th in Dupont. I hate the one above Georgetown. I hate them all.  And don’t assume that I expect something out of the ordinary from a neighborhood supermarket. I am from New York.  I thought New Yorkers shopped at the most crowded, dirtiest supermarkets, with the narrowest aisles. But I was wrong. DC wins. Safeway is bad news.

Hence my love and adoration of Whole Foods. It’s the perfect city supermarket!

And whole foods sells my perfect cereal.

 

That I enjoy dry. (to my husband’s disgust)

Thank you Whole Foods people for trusting that DC could love you. And that we could do better than Safeway.

From white to what?!

29 Oct

OK, so mjd and I are trying to paint. But after living in a white-walled rental for so long, how do you pick color? We’ve landed in that indecisive purgatory of spending tons of money we don’t have on little pints of paint.  We now have a wall covered in blobs of blue:

I think it’s the only way to decide though. I mean those little cards they give you with a bunch of different colors are clearly the sick, twisted idea of a gifted designer trying to torture inexperienced people like me. I mean, come on!! What am I supposed to be able to get from them?!

Anyway, after spending a billion dollars on these little jars that you can’t return, we have picked our colors. At least for the bedroom and the living room. I’ll post pictures soon!

But if you have any suggestions on an easier way to go about this, let me know.  We have three more rooms to talk about!

Artie and friends

29 Oct
The doodles take a break from wrestling to sit for a treat.

And Artie pretends that he doesn’t know how to sit on command. And gets a treat anyway…