Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
<-----Actually, this was the backyard playhouse, the size of my 2-car garage!
These were the model homes --
My favorite floorplan was the one on the right, but this particular elevation seems "Masterplanned Community Blah," and not really Martha-y. The left had this great front porch sitting area and looked more like it belonged on the Cape instead of the Texas prairie. And the top right was the largest, at a little less than 6,000 square feet! More posts later...
Monday, August 20, 2007
Billy Joel, "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" 4:39
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
(I like this song because you can zap up the speed and incline during the chorus.)
Today's stats: 30 minutes, 1.87 miles, 232 calories
Nothing like your cardiologist (she's female, not as embarrassing as you might have thought at first) suggesting a new sports bra, when I told her of the odd chest pain I was getting! And then more of a frustrating pain in the butt trying on a gazillion until I finally found this one. Treadmill tested! No more pain-anywhere!
Intimates Signature Active Sport Bra 35137 by Donna Karan
Buy two at http://www.freshpair.com/ and save 10%. (code: FPNUD787) Free shipping, too.
Update 4-18-09: Freshpair no longer carries this line, but Bare Necessities does. They also have lots of promotions and deals.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
This is the only Dean I want to look at, sigh. Not that angry churning one out there. L and I just stopped at Costco for a Churro, and not only were they out of them, but Kirkland water, too! Costco, always concerned for its customers, did have 2 packs of 2.5 gallon Ozarka Handi-Taps for $4.99; and they were in practically everyone's cart. Well, that and lots of clothing items (tax-free frenzy there, too!). I always love to see what's in other people's carts, on the chance I missed a deal. In case you wanted to peek in mine -- the water, September InStyle issue, 3.25 pounds of sourdough pretzels, a pair of Fila running shoes for DH ($26.99) and a 12-pack of Gala apples. We're set! No joking matter, it must be that blizzard/winter stock-up mentality from growing up in Rochester (it can snow from October to May!), NY, which kicks in Texas style for hurricane preparedness.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Just when you zero out the fabric purchased/fabric used stats ...
You decide to stop by Jo-Ann's to check out their markdown bolts. In cozy flannels on the left - a true bowling shirt, with perfectly "spared" bottoms.
And the right - I found the coordinating bottle cap print for an extra PJ pant bottom. Maybe I'll be able to create a another shirt with the leftovers combined from the earlier sewn Kwik Sew 2811 PJ's.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
"Service and Style -How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class" by Jan Whitaker. Call No. 381.141, ISBN: 0312-32635-1
All those summers of spending time in the library, and ultimately my first job--shelving the non-fiction books at $2/hour. No wait, let's go way back, a grandmother who was a 3rd grade teacher who taught her first granddaughter to read by age 5 via "The New Streets and Roads" and "More Streets and Roads" readers, and a dad who was a high school English and History teacher (and let's not even go there where my husband was also a history major) - anyways! suffice to say we are all readers (and proud of it!) our visits to the library ultimately zone into the new non-fiction books.
Being a baby-boomerender baby, I can still remember some of these department stores. The author makes reference to many of the local stores - a handy index in the back so you can find mention of your store - some good, some not so good. Of course, fabric departments were a major part of the department store history. Even when I first moved to Houston, Foley's downtown still had a fabric department, and I spent my lunch hours and breaks and secretarial salary there. You'll also learn the marketing of "linon" and rayon "crepe." Lots of other tidbits (I'm ready for Jeopardy now!), author Frank Baum/Wizard of Oz, previously was a crockery salesman and became known for his window displays and in 1898 organized the National Association of Window Trimmers.
If you like fashion and shopping, you'll enjoy this book, too!