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Just the Bare Minimums, Ma'am

ohhhhhh, guess who got massively sick on Friday?

I went dancing anyway, but only stayed until 11:30 or so - the nausea was more than I could stand (and that was after throwing up, ick), and I spent Saturday and Sunday mostly lying on the sofa, dozing intermittently (but still having to work on painting, because it has to be done).  It sucked, especially since a lot of arm pain came along with it, and I still feel substantially under the weather.

You'd think after a weekend of eating almost nothing and a 2.5lb weight loss, I wouldn't be feeling so fat.  But you'd be wrong.  I assume my brain is merely getting in on the festivities and taking great delight in reminding me that the vintage dress I wore Friday was really tight on me.  

(What it forgets is that the dress was always tight, except for the bad summer where my previous pain medication turned on me, and I went down to 124lbs, which is not healthy for me - even my mother said I looked too thin.  The dress fit perfectly that summer, but I was contantly nauseated, depressed, and couldn't eat.)

I failed to get a picture, but it is a gorgeous dress - a woman (tourist) stopped me on the street to tell me so.  That's me - contributing to the tourist experience for travellers to Baltimore's Little Italy.

(Good restaurants, mind you - if you like pasta.)

But, that's all I've got to tell you.  A weekend on the sofa doesn't make for scintillating tales of adventure.  So, here are a couple of pictures of house progress:


This is my kitchen:

The blue bottles are not a permanent fixture - I'm working on collecting bottles for an all-blue bottle tree.  I have pretty much all the bottles I currently need, judging by how many window ledges I have filled.
 

and my almost finished master bath:

There are still a couple of things to do (like a shower curtain setup that works with the glass blocks), but the mirror and cabinets are now in, and I can see to brush my teeth.



...and I'm done.  Goodnight.

(I'll take y'alls sympathy with my plight as a given - no need to post that you hope I feel better.  I know you do.)

(...and if you don't, I don't mind.  See?  You're no longer obligated to write empty platitudes when you have better things to do.  Aren't I clever?)


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wortschmiedin
Jul. 21st, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
(indeed :D )lovely rooms
laurensa
Jul. 21st, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
The master bath is beautiful, but I love, love LOVE the whit kitchen with red accents. Did I say I love it?
attack_laurel
Jul. 21st, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
I love it too - we're having a little trouble with the pendant lights, though. If you look closely, you can see one doesn't match. We ordered another one, but that one was too dark. At $50 each, we are not messing around any more, so Bob is sending the right one back with orders to "match three together in THIS colour". :)

I love red and black and white - it's smart without being overpowering, and always looks clean.
dolceleontina
Jul. 21st, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
What beautiful rooms!
grumpycarrie
Jul. 21st, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
I love the mint green in the bathroom! Absolutely gorgeous rooms. I was wondering how you were planning on finishing the back of the island in the kitchen.
attack_laurel
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
It will also be white, with an eat-at counter.
leofwynne
Jul. 21st, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
Oh! I just love the photos! I'm a big believer in red. ;) The blue bottles on the sills are so, so gorgeous... I love cobalt blue glass -- heck I love ANY glass. I have to admit to a level of envy about that kitchen, though. It's so beautiful and roomy!
kass_rants
Jul. 21st, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
I could live in that kitchen. Really. Get me a large dog bed and I'll move in tomorrow. ;)

And glass blocks!!! LUUUUUUUUUUV!!!!
attack_laurel
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
I've been in rental "beige" kitchens (including the house my ex insisted we bought, that I didn't have any money to redecorate) all my adult life. Can you blame me for wanting absolute simplicity in black and white? 8)

It's not quite as roomy as it looks, but it's open to the sitting room. If you don't mind sleeping under the baby grand, you can move in.
kass_rants
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Ooooo! Cozy! Like my own little black-lacquered roof. ;)

My kitchen is nowhere near what I want, but it's white *precisely* because I was sick of the beige and fake wood. =)
attack_laurel
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know! And when it starts to "peel"? Ick. Stupid paper veneer. I've learned to hate beige.
kass_rants
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I don't like my kitchen in this house, but at least the cabinets are real wood. They're old and have been painted five hundred times, but they're real at least.
spranglady
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
love what you're doing with the house. Makes me want to get busy on ours! :)
elizabethnmafia
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
The kitchen looks great! Ya'll are going to have a truly lovely home when it's all done. :)

Hey, would you mind droping me an email when you get a chance?
lisettelaroux
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
WOW
The house is looking amazing.....
valkyr8
Jul. 21st, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
I like the green you used in the bath. I'm thinking of using a similar green for my kitchen. Brand?
attack_laurel
Jul. 21st, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Uh... Sherwin-Williams, I think. It's more of a sage green in real life - the pic makes it look a little too minty. I confess I don't remember the name - I went by colour, and quickly forgot the name (and the leftover cans are at the farm).
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hsifeng
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Bottle Tree?
OK, I hadn't heard of this before. You mean something like this, right?

Bottle Tree
attack_laurel
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Bottle Tree?
exactly, except using an actual tree on the property (though some branches may have to be surgically altered).

I wanted an all-blue one. Bob is thinking of purple or red. :)
hsifeng
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Bottle Tree?
Interesting! I have been considering adding some big ol' homemade windchimes and streamers to my black walnut tree (it's a giant in the corner of my backyard)...I think they probably like the decorations...*grin*
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aliskye
Jul. 22nd, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
You're in Baltimore? I have a cousin that lives in Baltimore.

What's a bottle tree?
aliskye
Jul. 22nd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Doh...! Sorry....missed the picture above. Will be intrigued to see the final product.
fiberferret
Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
is a bottle tree for anything other than being pretty?

LOVE the way you decorate. Not a surprise that you put together colors well. I sympathize with the matching reds issue. I have all red appliances, and even though they were ordered from the dame company the reds are distinctly different :( But as they are scattered all over the room it's not so bad. Good luck with the lamps. A lot of people don't have very accurate color sense, so they may have thought they matched to begin with :(
theodorad
Jul. 22nd, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
Oh, the awesomeness of the kitchen. I love how things are coming together.
firehauke
Jul. 22nd, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
that bathroom is a lovely shade of 'mint/sage'.

And I DO hope you get to feeling better sooner rather than later.
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