Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Tile and Grout

I never thought I would be so excited about grout. But this weekend, Learner and I tiled our front bathroom. (Learner did the heavy lifting and I fetched him tools and took photos.) And grout is one of the last steps that finishes the job and makes it look professional.

Then today, Martha Stewart had a project involving decorative tiling. When she mentioned thin set and grout, I was excited that I knew what they were and how to use them!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Free Pie

I just gave blood and got a free chocolate satin pie from Marie Callender's. They are running a promotion until the end of May, so go donate! (You get to pick any type of pie. The Blood Bank is at 1900 W. Orangeburg in Modesto)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


I am actually working in the garden! The pomegranate tree is blooming and there is a humming bird flying around it feeding right now. I trimmed the pomegranate tree and one of the rose bushes. I think we need more fruit trees. I suspect that they may be easier to grow/maintain than vegetables. (Of course, it takes a few years before you have an established tree that bears fruit...but hey.) Woo!

ETA: I've done even more pruning to several more trees. It is uber hard work. But the neighbors will be happier with us. And I think we have a ginko tree. Who knew?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Katharine v. Taylor

The American Idol final two are Katharine and Taylor. I was so hoping it would work out this way.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tee hee

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Post Party Depression

Well, not really. My mom said that this year was the nicest mother's day brunch ever. Yea!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Vegetable Gardening

I'm thinking about gardening in our huge backyard. So far, it looks like very hard work to grow your own vegetables. But it might be fun. Has anyone else grown their own veggies or fruits in the backyard?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mother's Day Brunch

So far, my plans for mother's day brunch (for my mom, two sisters, and me) include: apple pancakes, eggs benedict, fruit salad (my mom's request), champagne (everyone's request), and coffee. I feel like something is missing. Oatmeal or toast or something should round out the meal. Maybe cake for dessert. Would it be weird to have hummus and pita as an appetizer? I made really good garlic hummus a couple of weeks ago, and you always want to give people something small to start while you pull the more complicated parts of the meal together. Hmmm...

Any suggestions, readers?


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

My Sister's Wedding

My sister set a date for her wedding. She's deciding between City Hall and Vegas. Apparently, City Hall might be too small to invite more than just the parents. I think I'm rooting for Vegas.


Learner's mom has been with us since Sunday. She is leaving today and then planning to come back tomorrow.