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Friday, May 29, 2009

Pet Promise Rescue Run 2009

Husband runs 5Ks (and as of last summer 10ks and half marathons) to stay in shape. The races help motivate him to get out and run in the worst weather. Running offers great health benefits, excellent incentive to eat healthy and lay off the peanut butter cupcakes, and with the shorter 5K races, help raise money for charity. Husband ran in this year’s Pet Promise Rescue Run because animal rescue is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts once Blitzkrieg joined our family.

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The Pet Promise Rescue Run is a little different from the races Husband usually runs because participants are encouraged to walk the course with their dogs.

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This makes it a bit more challenging for the runners because they have to dodge dogs and a piles of doggie presents. Bad owners for not scooping! (Sorry guys but it’s a pet peeve of mine.)

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"Blitzkrieg means Lightening War in German. That means I’m so fast I made a German Shepard cry because he couldn’t keep up with me. I know that I would smoke all 703 people in the race. I don’t want to make the serious runner guys feel bad that they got beat by a one-eyed Pekingese. So I’m sitting this one out, because it's a charity race and I'm charitable.”


Husband came in third place with a time of 18:17. He got a plaque but honestly Husband like this award better – a thank you high 5 from Blitzkrieg!


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“Congratulations! Thanks for helping all my fellow rescues, even the cats.”


There was an expo and vendor fair before and after the race. Shopping for dog stuff? I’m all over that! Um, for the good of homeless pets. Yeah, let’s go with that, not that I’m one puppy step away from being The Crazy Dog Lady or anything like that.


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“Lisa’s hat says ‘Proud owner of a rescued dog’. Thanks Lisa, I’m proud of you guys too.”


Scratch that. Check out the hat. I am The Crazy Dog Lady.

I also got a little real world/blogging world surprise.

I have a thing for fused glass. So it’s no surprise that I wandered into a booth featuring fused glass jewelry and pictures. While I was looking around the booth, some of the artist’s work looked strangely familiar. Then I realized ohmygosh it’s my blogging friend Deb from Artistic Flair right here in person!
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Awesome shirt Deb! Excellent artwork too.


After the race we walked around the expo a little bit more. We talked to the rescue groups and sponsors and yeah, picked up a little swag. No free tote bags to revamp and use as shopping bags this year, but that’s OK. Blitzkrieg scored some biodegradable pick up bags (always useful!), treats, an organic dog food sample, and a coveted dried sweet potato chewy (an excellent replacement for raw hide chews, by the way.) Oh you lucky dog you!

Do you have any special summer plans or events that you’re going to do with your kid? (And by “kid” I mean both fur and human.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Mocha Icing

Cupcakes. Everywhere I turn I’m surrounded by cupcakes! Renovation Therapy makes all sorts of cupcake goodness. Conundrum Cupcakery features vegan cupcakes that look yummy – even to this nonvegan. Even The Naughty Secretary’s Club gets into the act. Jennifer makes kitschy earrings made out of cupcake toppers!

I. Want. Cupcakes!

However, it’s running season and Husband’s in training for a 10K, which means he wouldn’t participate in the cupcake love fest. I knew I’d end up eating the lion’s share of the batch of cupcakes if I made them And as we all know excessive cupcake eating leads to increased ass width.

Well, my in-laws saved my butt once again. We invited them over for lunch. The perfect excuse to make cupcakes for dessert!

I pulled out my Joy of Cooking and saw them. Why go with plain old chocolate or vanilla cupcakes when these peanut butter lovelies could be baking in my oven? So make them I did.


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The nice thing about this recipe is that it let me use up the rest of the dwindling baking supplies I had in the pantry. Or so I thought. Husband, the chief cook in The Condo, was also on a Clean Out The Pantry Mission. Which means that in mid-recipe I found out that I didn’t quite have enough of some of the ingredients to finish my peanut butter cupcakes. I had people coming over! What do to? I had to punt.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Can You Recycle Concrete?

Many people celebrate Memorial Day by starting a summer DIY project. We’ve go that one covered. We’re still working on breaking up the spillage of concrete in our front flower beds. Instead of renting a jackhammer to break up the concrete like we initially thought we should, Father- in-Law advised us to use a small sledgehammer instead. At the time we thought that the mini sledge was a better option because:

  • I had visions of me accidentally riding the jackhammer like a pogo stick and failing around on it like a cartoon character.
  • Husband had visions of accentually doing damage to the front porch and a costly repair to fix it.
  • Buying a mini sledge hammer was much cheaper than renting a jack hammer.

Mini sledge hammer wins!

Husband and Father in Law quickly broke up what initially looked like a thin inch or two of concrete puddling out from the porch and made a little pile of rubble in the flower bed.

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Well, unless the Home Owners Association decides to kvetch about it, then it automatically changes from a pile of rubble to a garden cairn.

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See? It’s art. Urban art.

Husband saw that there was a bit more concrete to break up and started wacking at it later that week. Guess what? The job got a little bit bigger than expected.


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My darling husband has experienced first hand why this blog is named Condo Blues.

Do you realize that we’re doing the same type of work that they use to punish chain gang prisoners? Except this isn’t O Brother, Where Art Thou? and George Clooney is nowhere to be found. If George were here we’d get the job done much sooner because we’d have a third person to help us and I’m sure that George would be smart enough to realize that we really should have rented a jackhammer in the first place.

We need to get rid of some the concrete chunks, I mean, Urban Garden Art, before we can break up and dig out the rest of the concrete slab in our garden bed. Any ideas on what to do with used concrete? Can you recycle such a small amount of concrete? If I put it on Freecycle do you think someone would take it?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Homemade Soaps Good Enough to Eat?

Swine Flu. Oh, wait. We’re not supposed to call it Swine Flu anymore but H1N1 because H1N1 sounds less scary. Which isn’t true because it doesn’t make the flu any less serious. However the new name does make us laugh. After seeing a local news anchor write H1N1 on a white board Husband said, “It looks like he wrote heinie!” and then tweeted



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The only thing that you can do about Swiney Hiney flu is:



  1. Not freak out (try giving it a funny name. Funny named things are less freakoutable, honest.)

  2. Wash your hands.

So, hand washing is now all the rage these days and I need to buy some handmade soap. And I’m hungry. Hey, why not combine the two and make a blog post out of it!

Start off your day the vegan way with Dirty Ass Soap’s Super Breakfast Set soap . I’m loving the irony that these soaps are made of vegan ingredients – especially the bacon and eggs!


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OK, so what to do for lunch? How about washing up with a hotdog and bun . Again, it’s vegan glycerin soap in the shape of a realistic looking meat product. Vegetarians you might get away with using this soap if tell yourself that it’s supposed to be a tofu pup.


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Of course if you have a hot dog, you need a side of French Fried Soap to go with it.


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This one just wow’s me. How realistic is this flippin' sweet PB and J sandwich soap ? Again, its vegan and it’s supposed to smell just like peanut butter and strawberry jelly. If I had this in my bathroom as a kid, I’d practically beg my mom to wash my mouth out with soap.


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After such a filling “meal” who couldn’t use a little dessert? A vegan glycerin Chocolate Chip Cookie looks mighty tasty.





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Or how about a big ol’ slice of German Chocolate Cake ? I know it’s not supposed to be cake, but I’d be tempted to lick it just to make sure that it’s really soap. Bonus points to soapopotamus because her yummy cake soap is made with Goat’s Milk. Goat’s Milk soap in the shape of German Chocolate Cake? Oh, be still my heart….


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I’m thinking about ordering a couple of these soaps and sneaking them next to the bathroom sink the next time I have guests just to freak them out. Especially kid visitors. What do you think?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Make a Garden Border Out of Old Bricks!

The arrangement goes that the Homeowner’s Association is responsible for mowing our lawns and common areas but we Condo owners are responsible for the maintaining the flowerbeds in front of our homes, including the edging. Well, I don’t think someone gave the new lawn service guys that memo because shortly after they started taking care of our neighborhood, they put in trench edging in everyone’s flowerbeds, much to our dismay.

Trench edging is cheap, but it doesn’t keep mulch from sliding out of a flower bed. Even worse, since we have clay soil that doesn’t drain, every time it rains the trench turns into the perfect mosquito nursery.

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This is my neighbor’s yard after a rainstorm. They are very nice people and don't deserve such crappy edging.

Needless to say, most of my neighbors dealt with the trench edging by replacing it with their own garden edging.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Race for the Cure Columbus

Husband and I gathered with over 45, 000 (yes, I said forty five thousand that’s not a typo) of our closest friends to do something important – kick breast cancer’s butt. We went to the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure . Want to see what over forty five thousand people look like? Here’s the starting line for the Race.

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Here are the rest of them.

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Ho.ly. Smoke.

The first group is the 5K runners, followed by the 5K walkers, followed by the folks doing the 1 mile Fun Walk. This year’s race raised over 2 million dollars! We shattered the 2008 record of 40,266 participants. I’m sure it was due in no small part to this army of drag queens – Heather’s Team.

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Photo Photo courtesy of 10TV.
OK, they aren’t really drag queens (although how cool would be it be if they were?!) They were a team but together by a local TV station in memory of Heather Pick, a news anchor who lost her fight to breast cancer this year. Heather wore a pick wig in her last TV appearance so it is fitting that her team wore one in memory of her. They were over 6,000 strong!

Husband finished the Race for the Cure 10th overall with a time of 18:18 - a personal record for this race. I’m so proud of him!!

We do this Race because it’s personal. Husband began running the Race for the Cure in Celebration of his grandmother. Husband’s grandmother was a breast cancer survivor in 1969 – way before the existence of the early detection and life saving treatments we have today. Now we participate in memory of her.

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This this the Survivor's Express Trolly. All of these ladies riding it are survirors or are in treatment.
And unlike some pink charities , most of money raised from this event stays in Columbus. According to Komen Columbus :

75 percent of that money stays in its 30-county service area and is used to conduct breast cancer education, screening and treatment. The other 25 percent goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to fund national breast cancer research programs. The Komen Columbus Affiliate ranks in the top 10 out of 108 Susan G. Komen for the Cure® affiliates around the nation and world in race participation.
I had no idea that our Race for the Cure was so much larger than other cities! Then I look at the photos of everyone packed onto the new Race route and I think, “Um yeah. That’s possible.”

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This year we had an extra special reason to be there. Take a look!

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Yep, Cindy of My Recycled Bags officially beat breast cancer! That’s cause for celebration people! Whoo-hoo! You go Cindy!
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Did I mention that Husband was the 10th person to finish the Race ahead of the other 44, 990 participants? Oh, I did? Well I just want to reiterate that my guy is AWE-SOOOME! My bewbes thank him for his efforts.

Friday, May 15, 2009

What are Your Favorite Power Tools for Women?

I like to do DIY jobs. I hate nagging Husband to do my projects – I think that’s mean (no nagging also helps preserve marital harmony.) I don’t believe in a Honey Do List. In my world it’s a Do It Yourself Honey! List.

One of my long term goals is to set up a little workshop in my garage. Operative word Lisa’s Workshop. Where I have a space to fix things or more accurately, an out of the way place to stick stuff that I need to fix or want to build until I find the time to get around to it. Just like my father and his father before me.

I’m in the market for tools. Unfortunately most tools made for women or a woman’s workshop are along these lines.


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The biggest problem I find with power tools that are designed for women is that that just plain suck.

Why is it that most tool companies think that all women want are tiny tools in pretty colors? Sure, those cutesy tools may sell but what the tool companies don’t realize is that when those itty bitty cheap pink tools eventually break, and they will, the woman is going to march into the store and replace them with a real grown up version of the tool in question – the type of tool the industry typically thinks of as a “guy” tool like this.

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This isn’t a super duper powerful hammer drill that will drill through concrete (unless that’s your need - then have a ball), but it’s more than adequate for the typical handy guy or handy gal who needs a good screw gun or to build something simple like a toy box for their kid. Think a mom (or awesome Aunt) could use that lavender “woman’s drill” to build a simple wooden toy box or turn a trash can into a compost bin? Me neither.

I wish tool companies had opportunities for women DIYers and bloggers to be consultants just like household and appliance companies do because I’d love to test and try out tools and tell them (and you my fabulous readers men and women alike) what really works and what doesn’t. *sigh* but a girl can dream…

Since that’s not reality, I’m going to spill my guts here. Hey tool companies listen up!

Here’s What Real Women Want in Power Tools:

Quality – I want a tool that will last. More often than not the cheaply made, lightweight women’s tools break too easily during routine tasks. That’s dangerous. I snapped the head off of a diminutive “girl” claw hammer when I tried to use the claw end to remove a nail from a wall and rehang a picture - a simple and straightforward task. The force of the hammerhead breaking knocked me on my butt. Fortunately for me, I wasn’t on a stepstool at the time because I could have been injured. I grabbed a grown up “boy” hammer from the toolbox and I was able to remove the nail without breaking the claw or snapping the head off of the hammer.

Weight – I’m 4’11 and I’d like to use a tool that’s physically light enough for me to handle without forsaking the power needed to do the job. Sure I’ll suck it up and heft a heavy tool if the jobs requires. I’ve done it. But if you can design a tool that allows me to work just as effectively as or more so than my current heavy tools not only will I buy it but I’ll shout about it from rooftops! I’ll also buy one for every guy I know.

Scale and Grip - Not every DIYer is a big burly dude with massive man hands. Husband is a lean long distance runner and is also on the short side. A tool that’s scaled for to a shorter person will work for both of us as long as you don’t skimp on the quality. Something that allows me to set the grip of the tool for my small hands but would also allow me to switch the grip so that a person like my Dad with his bigger guy hands could also use the same tool when we work on a project together would be awesome.

Better Ergonomics – This is what I think of when I say “tools made for women.” Tool companies I know you put a lot of research and development dollars into studying the body mechanics and how to redesign tools so that customers can use more efficiently. A good example of this are the hammers with the slightly curvy handle that allow you to drive a nail into a board better but without needing an extra “oomph” of power to drive a nail into a board. Typically those studies are being conducted and the resulting products are being aimed at older male DIYers who have more time to DIY during their retirement years but may not have the same physical strength as they once had during their younger years. Tool companies – these studies also apply to women! If you market to us we will buy these products! Or maybe the men in our lives will buy them for us (hint, hint.)

Color –In all honesty, if I see a pink tool for sale, I’m not going to buy it. Experience has taught me that pink tools are crap. Sorry toolmakers but you taught me that all you care about is making a woman’s tool pink and pretty not about quality or performance. By the way, my Husband and I share tools just like we share kitchen appliances. We have one refrigerator not a pink one for me and a blue one for him. That means I could care even less about tool color.

Tool companies, this is something the guys won’t tell you – as a women I get an extra boost of confidence and self-esteem when I complete even a minor job with a tool that looks like the real deal and not like I need to store it in Barbie’s dream house after I’m done using it. If you can design a tool that meets my performance needs, makes me feel confident when using it, and might even make the men in my life a bit little jealous because it looks like a kick ass tool that they’d want to own - mission accomplished – you’d have yourself a customer for life.


Real World Example: Tool Purchase Based on a Woman’s Needs

Recently, Husband and I needed to buy a mini sledge hammer to break up some concrete in our front flower beds. Here’s how our purchase stacked up to the needs and wants I have on my tool wish list.

Quality: We made our purchase at a home improvement store not a cheap closeout or discount store.

Weight: A four pound mini sledge (a little bigger than a traditional hammer) would do the job quite nicely. Husband could use the four pounder but it was a little too heavy for me. I could only comfortably use the two pound mini sledges on display.

Scale and Grip: We wanted a tool that both of us could use because chances were that we’d be switching on and off until the job was complete.

Ergonomics: We ended up buying a much more expensive three pound mini sledge hammer because the handle and grip were designed so that it was physically lighter to swing (so a small person like me could use it) but delivered the “whoomp!” of a 4-5 pound mini sledge hammer (something that a bigger person like Husband could use.)

Color: By the way the hammer was blue. Who cares? The tool worked and now it’s the color of the dirt in my yard.

That’s my wish list for women’s power tools. What are yours? What do you think about pink power tools? Love 'em? Hate 'em? What power tools would you recommend for women?


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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Stopping to Smell the Rose Bredl Flowers

I needed to get out of The Condo and look at pretty girlie things. I decided to go where the wind took me and ended up at Rose Bredl Flowers in the Short North. This flower shop is fast becoming a favorite, due to its exposed brick walls, yummy soy candles, and New York vibe.

This is Savannah, she’s the official greeter. Say hi Savannah!


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Part of the quirky charm of shops in the Short North is that many owners take their dogs to work with them. Lucky, lucky, dogs.

Once of the things I love about Rose Bredl is how this little shop is part florist, part garden store, and has a smattering of candles and natural soaps thrown in for good measure.



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Most of the things they sell have some kind of previous history, are recycled, or are made in the United States. Pretty. Pretty. Pretty.



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I can’t put my finger on exactly what and why I love this display I just know that I do.


I’ll take one of everything please.

Monday, May 11, 2009

What’s this Yellow Mold Doing in My Compost?

As with most newly built homes, my developer sold off all of the wonderfully fertile topsoil in my neighborhood and built our homes on the clay subsoil residing underneath. Unfortunately the builder didn’t put any topsoil back into the planting areas. Ever try to grow anything in clay soil? It doesn’t work very well.



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Before I can even consider turning this dirt patch into a raised garden bed I need to mix organic material into the clay soil – preferable compost. Fortunately, sneaky person that I am I have a big ol’ composter making some fertilizer for me by way of a garbage can I made into a compost bin that fully complies with my Homeowner’s Association Rules. My first batch of compost came out well. After feeding the Covert Urban Composter food scraps all winter it was time to check how much Gardner’s Gold I had to work with this spring.

I mosey on over to the compost bin in the backyard. I take a look. I see this.



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I get grossed out.

After some research I discovered that this yellow spongy, foamy and phallic looking blob is a slime mold. Specifically, Dog Vomit Slime Mold .



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Aptly named don’t you think?

Dog Vomit Slime mold (gosh you just don’t get to type that several times in one sitting do you?) usually develops in damp, shady areas where there is a lot of decaying organic matter like soggy flower beds that use bark mulch.

This makes perfect sense because we’ve had a very rainy Spring. When I took the lid off of the compost bin everything was water logged. There was slime mold all over the top and sides of my compost. And boy did it ever stink! Bad.


How Do You Get Rid of Dog Vomit Slime Mold?

Easy. You don’t.

First off Dog Vomit Slime mold is not harmful to people, plants, or pets. In fact, some people in Mexico eat slime mold.

No thanks, I’ll pass.

It’s lifecycle is very short. When slime mold first appears it’s usually bright yellow and can grow as it chows down on the decaying wet leaves and whatnot (legend has it that slime molds were the inspiration for the kitschy 1958 sci-fi movie The Blob.) Next, the slime mold turns light brown and finally dries into dark, powdery spores. The whole process can take a couple of hours or a couple of days.

If this slime mold grew in the mulch in my flower beds I could just leave it and it would go away on its own. In this case I was advised to throw the moldy compost out.

Oh and just to you gross you out a little further, when I emptied the bin I found a nice big family of maggots in my compost.

Yummy.

Once the compost bin was empty I was told to clean it with either bleach (no thanks) or hydrogen peroxide (yes, please.) I mixed up a solution of hydrogen peroxide based “oxygen” bleach and water and used that to clean the compost bin inside and out, including the lid. I let the clean bin dry in the sun.

I emailed Gardener's Supply Ask an Expert and asked them how I could prevent my compost from molding again. This is what they said.


If you're developing mold in your compost pile it certainly sounds like the materials are too wet most of the time. Drilling more aeration holes would definitely help the ability of the pile to receive more air and should keep the materials more dry. Too much moisture will drown the microorganisms, and too little will dehydrate them. A general rule of thumb is to keep the material in your compost pile as moist as a well-wrung sponge.

To do their work most efficiently, microorganisms require a lot of oxygen. When your pile is first assembled, there will probably be plenty of air between the layers of materials. But as the microorganisms begin to work, they will start consuming oxygen. Unless you turn or in some way aerate your compost pile, they will run out of oxygen and become sluggish.


When your pile is very wet, try adding materials to sock up some of the moisture, such as paper, dried leaves, sawdust, or straw. Keeping a good balance between these "brown" ingredients, and the "green" ingredients such as grass clippings and food waste is very important
To make sure that I didn’t have moldy, soggy, maggoty compost again, I drilled more aeration holes in the bottom and sides of the Covert Urban Compost Bin. This last batch of compost was mostly kitchen scraps so I’m going to concentrate on adding more paper from my paper shredder for "browns." I’m also going to ask the lawn service to leave the grass clippings on our lawn so I can rake them up and put them in my compost bin. Oh, and this time I’ll try to turn the compost more often because last time I didn’t mix my compost at all - oops.


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Saturday, May 9, 2009

I’m a Green Mom!

It’s Mother Day and I have an announcement to make. Guess What? I’m a Green Mom! An official Green Mom. Like with a little button on my blog sidebar and everything. See?

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“What?!” you say, “Lisa, are you expecting…?”

Well I was expecting that question, but no I’m not expecting a real human type baby any time soon. You know I already have a little guy to take care of.

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If I say “cheese” for the camera will you give me some cheese?

I’m a Green Mom because I was asked to join the Green Moms Carnival. A group of big name Green Mommy Bloggers who blog about specific green topics, most recently Earth Day. They also include women like me who they dub, Mothers of the Earth. I admit that’s a little crunchy and lofty for my tastes but it’s much nicer than Some-Other-Women-That-are-Environmentally-Friendly-and-Knowledgeable-but-Don’t-Happen-to-Have-Kids.

Although to be fair, with eight nieces and nephew ranging in age from baby to 16, I do buy more than my fair share of children’s products. Add in friends and co-workers baby showers, kid birthdays, and the like and I buy a boatload of kids products. It's a big party foul to give a toxic toy as a gift, FYI. (Fortunately, all of these awesome kids help me test and review children’s products when the need arises so that’s all well and good.)

The Green Moms Carnival are a group of very influential bloggers. They won the Green category at the 2009 Twitter Shorty Awards and two of the Green Moms, Lynn of Organic Mania and Sommer of Green and Clean Mom ,are on the Nielsen Power Mom List. Wow!

I’m very proud to be one of them.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

From Silver Teapot to Flower Vase

Husband surprised me with a bunch of flowers for our wedding anniversary. I grabbed a vase from my stash (alas, poor me. He gives me flowers often so yes, I have quite a few empty flower vases in my cupboard. Don’t hate me OK?) and arranged the flowers.


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Now Husband is a man who gives good gift. He knows I like unusual flower combinations in my bouquets. This bouquet is no exception – it needed an unusual vase and to tell you the truth this isn’t my favorite vase. It’s one of several free with delivery vases I have in my decorating accessory closet (OK, it’s a set of shelves in my utility room that holds candles and the like. I have space issues people!) One of these days I tell myself that I should spiff up the free vases with some glass paint but I forget about it until I need a vase for flowers. I also tell myself that I should just go out and buy a nice vase but I forget about that too.

I went back into the closet (heh) and came out with my silver tea set. Since most of my guests on formal occasions don’t drink tea, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve used this pot for the actual serving of tea. Seems fitting to use it as a vase for my anniversary flowers we got the tea set as a wedding present.



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I left the table cloth off of the dining room table. I like the juxtaposition of the formal silver teapot on the
beat up table Husband has a sentimental attachment to and that I want to light on firerustic patina of Husband’s childhood dining room table.

What do you think?


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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Help Me Pick a Shower Curtain!

I painted the second bathroom in The Condo a blue that is a little lighter than the Caribbean ocean and a little darker than a Tiffany’s box. It goes with my plan of enlarging and framing some photos we took of the ocean while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Which I still haven’t done, because I keep changing my mind about what should go on the wall.

I hung the flamingo shower curtain from my old rental’s John Waters Memorial Bathroom (named by my gays, because I dealt with the 80’s pink wallpaper that we inherited by decorating the room with pink flamingos. This of course is the name of one of John Waters’ most notorious early films.) I’m not really trying to do a themey bathroom again, but I like the crisp white curtain against the blue walls.


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Pink Flamingos - the shower curtain, not the movie.

Unexpectedly, I now have a choice in shower curtains. My real life friend Anthony of the TFormers Transformers Podcast was having a bad day so I brought Blitzkrieg over to visit so Anthony could lower his blood pressure by petting my dog. Blitzkrieg was happy to help out because Anthony is one of his favorite humans. Anthony always has treats for visiting dogs and he doesn’t even have a dog!

I saw a shower curtain in the package on Anthony’s dining room table. I pointed to one of stripes in the pattern and told him that I painted my bathroom that same Tiffany-esce blue. “Want it?” he said. Turns out Anthony’s mom had an I’m-Your-Mom-so-I’m-going-to-buy-you-things-I-think-you-should-have-for-your-house moment and bought him a new shower curtain to replace the one he already had and liked and that didn’t need replacing.



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 Anthony's mom bought this

I put the new shower curtain up in the bathroom but I’m not sure if I like or not. I’m not trying to do a monochromic room. Some days I think it’s OK, other days I think its too much blue. What do you think? Which shower curtain should I choose?

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“Don't worry. I'll make sure Lisa does something clever with the other curtain. Or else.”