Sunday, December 7, 2008

Getting the Living Together

The Formal Living room is really the last room that I should be thinking about. We don't NEED it. But, it's the first room you see when you walk in and architecturally, it's so beautiful. I can't not tend to it!

I've been working on the coffee table situation. Wasn't quite sure what I wanted. Then, landed on a large ottoman. Thought it would be PERFECT. So I searched for weeks. And then a large one in excellent condition popped up on Craig's List. We drove all the way to Covina with a tarp and pulley straps.

And "large" was no.freakin.joke. It's 5'x5'. That's as tall as I am. We strapped it to the top of the car and it hung off each side. It's probably the most enormous ottoman known to man.

It's totally not going to fit for what I want, but it was super cheap and we'll find a use for it. Somewhere.

We've spent the last two nights on it, hanging out in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and good friends. Last night we even roasted some marshmallows and made some S'mores! We've also fallen asleep on it for the last two nights because we're exhausted old people.

The next addition. The chair. Remember that chair I bought EONS ago? I found someone to reupholster it, then took a bit of time to find the fabric. I found it and called her. She was out of town. Then she was sick. Then we finally found a time to drop it off! Then she was sick again. Then she had to work. Then she broke her ankle. Then she had to go to Vegas. 10 weeks later, after a bit of angry emailing, I got my chair back. Just the way I'd left it. 10 weeks earlier.

So I found a new place! It's done and I love it!

Except that I have to keep it covered with red sheets because my cats have decided it's their new favorite scratching post! And the thin fabric rips.

What to do!?


I've been fighting skinny jeans and boots for years. Loved it, but realized that it wasn't for me. I could never find boots that fit around my abnormally large calves. It never looked right. In fact, it looked downright bad.

Until Diabolina posted about these beauties. She also informed me that they were at Nordstrom for $119. I measured my calves and thought that they might even fit! They did and I bought them!

Then I realized I would have to buy the skinny jeans. Another fight I've been raging with my short stocky legs. But I would have to. It would be the perfect pair for touristy runnings through Paris.

I'm not entirely sure that I love the look on myself, but it's super comfy and I'm glad I surrendered. :-)

Friday, December 5, 2008


It was going to happen eventually. I was shooting for March. I was going to book a certain number of weddings, and then I was going to be a one-career girl.

But it came to a point where I had to make a choice. I was either going to book an event in Paris, or continue going to work... day in. day out.


We leave for Paris on December 17 :-)

And guess what? I booked my previously decided upon number on Monday!

(I'm giddy!)

Friday, November 28, 2008

I miss you dearest blog...

I'm not going to start this post about my bad blogging habits, but leave you with a tidbit... it will get better soon. In a few days. Promise :-)

I hope that everyone had a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving. We spent the holiday with good friends and deep fried turkey. I'm still full.

Today, we had a few things to grab. Ventured out on Black Friday. I was saddened to see how empty the parking lots were. A true sign of an economic downturn. Nothing serious for us to buy though. More hangars from Steve & Barry's. They are going out of business and selling unused, still packed in boxes, beautiful wood hangers... for $21.98 for 100. We bought 600. We have a lot of clothes.

We bought so many hangers because Chris started my closet! It's ringing in at 150 square feet of beautiful delicious space. We bought WHITE hardwood floors for it today. The cabinets will be black. I'm trying to convince him to break a hole into the newly nailed drywall for a chandelier, but I don't think he's having it. Dad-In-Law was out for a week and they got so many things done! The chandelier in the living room is a fully functioning piece of amazingness. In other news, my house and husband are covered in dust. Constantly.

On a routine trip to the Empire Center today, we may have accidentally purchased a washer & dryer. See, my husband is a slight dumpster diver. When we moved from the condo, we rented a U-Haul. There was a stacked washer & dryer in the trash room. Chris FORCED me to move the broken/trashy/ickygross washer/dryer unit from the trash into our U-Haul and into our garage. I prayed the entire time that no one would see me hauling trash. Well, Dad-In-Law made it work! So we've been using it for a bit knowing that we would move it to the guest house when the renter moved in (he moves in on Dec 1...wheeee!) So, we thought we'd run through Best Buy, knowing that we should buy something. Soon. Turns out the most beautiful pieces were right there waiting for us. At 50% off.

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and a fruitful Black Friday :-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Words to Live By

This popped up at the top of my gmail page this afternoon.

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." - Lily Tomlin

How does Google know who I am?!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Words to Live By

"Somebody once said, Everything you want in the world is just right outside your comfort zone. Everythingyoucouldpossiblywant!"

-Jennifer Aniston, Vogue, December 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pasadena Flea Market Finds

I have been a bad bad blogger. Does "I'm so crazy super busy" hold water anymore? :-)

Last Sunday we made it to the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market. I am suddently OBSESSED with all things old/ugly/disgusting/in-need-of-refinishing. It's my new thing.

We bought two things that fit the bill. The first, my new friend, Bill. Bill was all kinds of different colors. Mostly pastels. So I sprayed him white. And now he sits on the mantel in the pool room.

I've been wanting to do this for a LONG time. I found an old picture frame and painted it white. Then cut down a piece masonite to fit and painted it with chalkboard paint. It'll go in my office!

In other news, I walked into the garage to cut the masonite with Chris. It's like a freakin' Home Depot in there! 5 different kinds of saws, clamps, tools, saw horses... all kinds of stuff. Apparently we've been collecting stuff since we moved it... I had no idea. Where have I been!?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Hell & Pigs

Hell has frozen over and pigs are flying.

After a two month hiatus, I exercised. And then, I cooked dinner. And yesterday, I spray painted a pumpkin.

Life is beginning to return to normal.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


It's DONE! My new photography blog went live this week :-)

It was such a long process, starting with who I wanted to be. Really putting down into words and images the photographer that I want to become. Then making that look fantastic (Thanks Anne!) and then making it visible to the rest of the world (Thanks Sarah!)

I am BEYOND thrilled with it all.

... now, on to the next project!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Tag!

I got tagged by Anne and must list 6 super random things about myself. (I love tags. A lot.)

1. I am OBSESSED with email. OBSESSED. I love getting it. I love sending it. I check it at least 800ish times a day. On my phone. On the computer. While in traffic. While standing in line. While I should be doing something else...

2. Pumpkin is clearly the best tasting thing on the planet. Pane e Vino has a pumpkin ravioli special every year in October, but the actual week varies. Every Monday in October I call and ask if it will be on the special board that week. When it finally is I make the reservation for as soon in the week as my friend Ani and I can get together. When I ordered last year, the waiter said that they were out. OUT?! I threw a mild tantrum and the chef "found" some. It was delcious. We topped it off with pumpkin cheesecake. Perhaps this is the week :-)

3. I am a planner. I love lists. Writing out lists of plans is heavenly to me. I have at least two To Do Lists going at once. There's always a pad of paper in my purse and a running list on my phone. The thrill of checking off an item is beyond amazing.

4. I grew up in the middle of nowhere North Carolina. I lived down a long dirt road, drove an hour to the nearest movie theater/mall/Wal-Mart/fast food joint, spent many a first date driving through mud puddles and shining spotlights on bears, and left my keys in the car when I went to the grocery store. The county only has one stop light. It's 25 minutes from my house. When we got a temporary second one to deal with some bridge maintenance, it made the front page of the newspaper. When I decided to go away from college people asked me "Why you goin go so far away from you Mama?" And when I decided to move to Los Angeles they thought I was crazy.

5. I was bored in high school, so I tried out for the track team. I hate running! I don't think I ran a single lap in the three days of tryouts and I made the team. (They even cut other people!) I am not a quitter and have never quit anything in my entire life... so I had to stick it out through the year. I spent a lot of time "sick" and "dehydrated" so that I wouldn't have to run the races. I was really really bad and always came in last. But I stuck it out through the entire season. I blame my super short stocky little legs. I am nothing if not stubborn.

6. I have cankles. Chris has amazingly beautiful skinny legs and such a defined strong Achilles tendon. I pray that our children get his leg/ankle/foot combo. I have considered and totally would get cankle surgery.

The "rules" of the game are as follows:
1. Post the rules on your blog
2. Write 6 random things about yourself
3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post
Now, I tag these folks....

- Diabolina
- Jen
- Mary
- SamEd
- Paola
- You!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Decor: Chandeliers

Chris has this way with things. He always wins the prizes or somehow gets the most amazing deal. Except when car shopping, but that's a whole different story.

Anywho, I came home last week and was pushed into the kitchen and told that I wasn't allowed into the front room. His mom and dad were here, and the three of them convened in secret meeting in the living room. If my footsteps neared the living room, I was reprimanded.

I was scared. There's absolutely no telling what could occur when the three of them get together. I feared walking into the room that had been repainted with zebra stripes. No joke.

But I walked in to this.

Freakin' awesome chandelier. At the Habitat for Humanity. For $100. The tag retailed it for $3,600.

It's ENORMOUS... at least 4 feet tall and probably five feet wide. It has quickly become the centerpiece of the pool room. I'm thinking of maybe painting it black... umm...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Decor: Desk

I could potentially open an ick furniture store in my garage.

I had a vision for the desk I wanted in my office. BIG. Wood. Black. Interesting legs.

Found her on Craig's List for $80! Its previous home is just around the corner from the house and the seller even dropped it off for us!

It's the heaviest, most ridiculously solid table. I'm going to refinish it with a black stain and put it in the center of the room. My computer will go on the left side and on the other end, Chris' computer will go on the opposite corner. Then we can stare at each other :-)

Decor: More Chairs

I'm going to have to change the blog from "The Jordana Project" to the "Buy a Bunch of Junk and Turn it into Something Awesome (Fingers Crossed) Project."

I bought more chairs. And a table.

I've been searching for these chairs for WEEEEEEKS! Trolling all kinds of sites day after day hoping for something junky that I could refinish and turn into all kinds of amazingness. Still in it's ick stage, my new most favorite office chairs.

How close to what I was looking for?! I think I even like them better than the other version. They are beyond fantastic and I can't wait to sit behind my new desk in this fabulous chair, with the amazing fabric I bought weeks ago with the perfect vision in mind. Ahhhh!

We went down to the Santa Monica Flea Market to take a look on Sunday. And in the back corner, just when I thought it was a total waste to drive all the way down there, I spot these. And I think, "They're going to be AT LEAST $80 a piece and it's sooo not worth it." So I ask. $20 A PIECE!!! ACK!

And one of them is broken, so I tell her I will only pay $15 for it. She's fine with that. EEK!

There's also a table. All kinds of broken. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it but I kind of love it. I'm thinking about painting it all black and having glass or wood cut to fit the top. Or maybe something off the wall like stainless steel or concrete.

I'll have to go to town with the wood glue. And perhaps never put anything of value on it should it collapse into a million and a half pieces.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Decor: Chairs, Chairs Everywhere

I am currently obsessed with antique chairs of the Louis variety. Obsessed.
I found this one on Craig's List and picked it up on Friday. It's not going to work for my office because it's too small, but I'm thinking now for the living room. Painting it black and then reupholstering it with something fantatsic. Maybe white. Or maybe a print. Or maybe I'll leave it a bit until I reorganize my brain.

Decor: Photo Wall in the Pool Room

Remember the smurf blue living room? Well, it has been renamed the pool room and Chris wants to hang chlorine tablets from the ceiling. The color and the rounded walls into the ceiling do feel pretty much like an upside down pool. Kind of like floating at the top and looking down at the bottom. Perhaps we will repaint at some point in the future, but I'm tired of painting. And I don't want to. Chris' father suggested hanging 3ft, 6ft, 12ft signs on the walls. I suggested hanging them upside down. It's kind of funny :-)

(the green in the dining room was not my choice. It will be changed as

soon as I drum up the energy to put my painting clothes on again.)

But we're here for the photo wall! I'm so freakin' excited about this wall. I've wanted a giant wall that I can with as I please FOREVER. But I've just never had the space. Now I have more walls than I know what to do with and I knew exactly what it would be. An entire wall of black and whites. It's absolutely heavenly and I adore it. I think it needs a bit of rearranging and a few more photos, but it's almost there!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

eekkkkk! A Photography Feature!

Over at Elizabeth Anne Designs! Go check it out.

You're probably going to be sooo over me blabbering on and on about how amazingly blessed I feel these days. This little thing I started is growing and becoming so big! I am overwhelmed with how supportive every single person in my life has been. Beyond amazing.

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Perils of DIY Handiwork

Chris and I are DIY people. We like to get in there and get dirty. Well, in everything except cleaning and plumbing. The former because we hate it and the latter because that's just something that should be left to the professionals.

Last night we had our first disaster. And I'm down to nine toenails.

The moral of the story... pick up boxes MUCH higher than you think you need to. A box housing new kitchen cabinets slid across my right foot last night and took my nail with it.

The good - my nail polish was a nice red anyway, so sans bandaid, you can't even really tell that the nail is missing.

The bad - the internet tells me it could take a year to grow back... if it even does grow back. WTF!?

Do they make fake toenails?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My Life in Bullet Points

Too busy. WOOO!

- Auntie was in town a few weeks ago. Whenever she's here we eat like rock stars. There was Tower Bar (the most beautiful atmosphere), The Ivy (where we saw Shauna Sand, but thought she was a porn star, until I was clicking through channels and she was on TMZ. She super skinny and looks like a porn star. Is she a porn star?), CUT (by far, the most fantastic meal I think I've EVER had. Mr. Puck came out to introduce himself and see how our meal was. I think I may have gawked a bit) and topped it all of with an old favorite, Il Sole.

- I have the most amazing husband ever. He strips, he builds, he paints and he's doing most of it without me! I'm working all week and shooting all weekend and editing all night. Adore him. A lot.

- The plumbers have come and gone. The dry wall has gone back up. The ceiling has been depopcorned. The flooring is nearing completion. Nearly all the walls have been painted. That place looks fantastic. Would it be wrong to live in the rental unit of my house and rent out the house part?!

- Chris' parents are coming in October. I keep thinking we have so much time to get out of the boxes, but then I realize that October is next week. Holy shit.

- Photography is the best thing that ever happened to me. More on that soon.

- Attended a wedding show with Paola complete with blue martinis and pistachio cake (really the best part of wedding shows). We followed it up with dinner at The Abbey. There was a show and it was fabulous. Realized that I should get out of the house more often.

- The gym has not been graced with my presence in nearly a month. Seriously. I should go back there soon. I'm a poufy jiggly mess.

- I haven't cooked in over a month. Now that the house kitchen has been cleaned I feel safe using it until we can completely rip it out. But I haven't. Most times I ask Chris to cook and then give him a really big kiss and hug and tell him how good he does it. He is a fantastic cook. But mostly I just don't want to do it.

- A lot of my plants are dead. Moving traumatized them. (Or perhaps lack of water murdered them.)

- Bingley and Jack love the new house. But Bingley was chased by a dog and Jack fell off the roof. Both boys are fine. I am totally going to be an overprotective mother that follows her daughter to the movie theater on her first date, sits in the back with wig and Jackie O sunglasses and spies with bincoculars. It's going to be bad. Should probably work on that now.

I PROMISE pictures soon. I JUST downloaded the pictures from the first day I broke in to "Guerilla Move."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

House: More Demo

Super crazy busy busy weekend at the new house!

There are three parts to our house. The original house, the kitchen/living addition and then a later Mother-in-Law Addition. The last part completely closes off to the rest of the house, has its own entrance and is about 600 square feet. So, we decided to tear it apart, build it back up and rent it to some friendly/quiet/nice folks. One problem... it's ugly as hell.

So, I learned how to break up and tear out tile this weekend!

Lots and lots of angry aggression came out of my body, through the hammer and into the ugly floor. It's now out in the back yard! WOOO!

Chris took on some heavier things... the closet! We ripped out the closet and are putting in a kitchen/living area.

The backyard is currently a disgusting disaster area. We've cut some trees and ripped out carpets and torn down walls... and it's all on the ground in the backyard. We figured that if we're going to hire someone to come haul it all away, we were going to make it worth their while :-)

Please note another stupid previous owner move. See that wire behind Chris' shoulder? It's strung throughout the backyard just like that. From a post. To the corner of the house. To the ground. Yeah, it's the water feed for the sprinkler system. Apparently burying it like normal people was a bit too tough. Nice, eh?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

House: Ahhh the Joys of Homeownership

Chris just sent this to me from his iPhone.

The subject - "First House Boo Boo"

I think there is no electricity at the current moment. F.

Ahhh Marketing...

I really like marketing. I think it's quite interesting the various ways in which companies try to reach us.

Today, we received a fax. At work.

This is my favorite.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

House: The Demo

A portion of my house looks like this...

It's amazing to see how incredibly stupid some people are. A lot of the tile in the house is rickity. I just figured it was old. Nope! It's because the previous owners just put it down over linoleum. Just threw it down there on top. Smart.

House: The Fridge!

I think it could be inappropriate how incredibly much I love this refrigerator.

The french doors are amazing. Everything fits so nicely without pulling, giggling, moving, pushing, etc. There is a potential for a lack of drawer storage space, but I'm sure I'll find a work around. If the doors aren't closed exactly right, it beeps at me. Fantastic.

The pull out freezer drawer is GENIUS!

OK, this part is a bit weird... I hate when something is fashioned exactly for one thing. What if I want to use this space for something else? Can't... perfectly formed for cans. Nothing else.

Chris moved over the important stuff :-) Seriously, we have no condiments, and no staple items, but we have Prosecco and Champagne.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Holy Crap

It's been 10 days since my last post!

My entire life has been turned upside down with the new house and there's stuff EVERYWHERE. For serious. For the first three days that I had to get dressed for work at the new house I had to find my underwear in the formal living room, my pants in the bedroom, shirts in the dining room, shoes in the kitchen... it was rough.

Things are coming together and there will be pictures soon!

But right now I need some help. I found some FABULOUS fabric for office chairs and want to find a cheapo version of this...

image from Brocade Home via Design Sponge

But what would you call this style of chair? I'm searching Craigs List and Ebay and plan on hitting some estate sales. Any other thoughts on where to find it?

Friday, September 5, 2008


Some days are woo/boo days. Some more woo than boo, some more boo than woo. Yesterday was all woooooooooooooooooooooo!

Woo - we closed! Freakin' finally. But since I had been breaking and entering for the past week or so, it didn't feel quite as awesome as I had expected. More like the same ole same ole, except this time I took the keys home with me instead of leaving them in the lock box. And I didn't get the guilty panic that I was doing something wrong and bad by breaking/entering/cleaning/painting. (All in all, I thought, what are they going to do!? Sue me for making the place more awesome? I was paying to own it, thought I should use it.) I was going to guerilla move on Saturday anyway. (Anne came up with the fantastic term, not me. I like it. So I stole it.) But now it can be totally official.

Woo - We have hardwood! Most of the house is hardwood. The formal living room, dining room and office are original. The living room is some crazy ass mountain shit that they renovated. the bedrooms are carpet. But the upstairs was icky gross carpet. The stairs and the whole open top floor (the master bedroom). Disgusting, icky, stained, gross, disgustingness. But I thought the stairs MIGHT be hardwood because of the curve under the carpet. Didn't know if they were original or not though. Didn't think that the upstairs was, and really, I kind of like carpet in the bedroom... cozier. But it's ALL original hardwood! Well, original, with stain, under the paint, poked with tons of staples, and padding, and carpet. But Chris' new job is to bring them back :-)

Woo - we got a renter for the condo! His office is two blocks away and wants to be able to walk to work. He loves the space. No animals. Super nice older guy. No raging parties. He seems competent with basic household repairs. Super awesome. Adore him.

Woo - our office is nearly painted! But I ran out of paint (ok, a boo.) It's a purpley-grey and it's soft and beautiful and awesome.

Woo - Apparently the closet upstairs backs up to the attic. Which is dead space. The totally super ghetto plywood is going to get ripped out and the ENTIRE ATTIC will be my new CLOSET!!! Seriously, A.W.E.S.O.M.E. I get teary eyed just thinking about the fantasticness that will occur when Chris and his Dad start the demolition up there. I'm imagining something L shaped, with hardwood shelving units. And drawers. And built in shoe racks. And more hanging space then I will ever need. We may never move out of this house. Chills & Tears of Joy.

Woo - Chris came home at 8:45 last night and today is his last day! Tonight is the wrap party and he planned on getting super drunk at the end of his miserable August. But, I told him he can't because...

WOOO - we move tomorrow! We're picking up a truck at 8 am and moving all our crap from the condo to the house. I moved the first set of boxes last night before the painting shenanigans began and the rest will be heading over tomorrow. Not sure when to bring the kitties. They would LOVE to go playing in my purpley-grey paint and then traipse through the house with sticky little paws.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

House: Refrigerator

Refrigerator shopping is AWFUL. Disgusting. And Awful.

Last week we tried a scratch-and-dent place in Chatsworth. Some pretty decent stuff, but the pricing wasn't as low as you expect for a giant warehouse with no air condition full of stuff that's been dinged. Or fell off a truck.

Then there was Lowe's. Mostly, I was just tired of shopping already and didn't care and didn't think that we would need one so quickly. My oh my how time flies when you're having fun.

Yesterday we started the shopping again as I realized that we're moving on Saturday and we don't have anything to chill the multiple beers that Chris will need to consume as I put him into manual slave labor mode.

Sears was the first stop. I.Hate.Them. Firstly, there are 6 sales folk in the TV section standing around picking their noses. They don't know about/can't sell/don't want to sell refrigerators. There is one guy in the refrigerator section who is stuck with a couple asking a bajillion questions. So, we looked. And we waited. And we looked. And finally one of the stove guys came over to help us. He picked one that we liked. Here's where I get REALLY angry. All of the fridges have prices on them. There are black and white and stainless fridges and they all have prices. Put not until you actually put your nose onto the tag and get really really close to read the itty bitty teeny tiny print do you realize that all of the prices are for the white version of that fridge. The stainless version is obviously $400 more. Bastards. AND all this "Next Day Delivery" stuff is crap. They can't deliver it for almost two weeks! What's with this pay and wait crap!? That's when I stormed out. I was tired, and cranky, and angry.

But we had to push through. We need a beer chiller. So, to Home Depot we went. Big selection, helpful folk, lower prices. And a chair that I could sit in. The chair was important I think. Oh, and cell reception. Why don't warehouse stores have cell recpetion? We were able to pull up reviews and comparisons on our iPhones and decide on our giant purchase with somewhat of an education. Well, really, I mostly decided that I liked rounded handles, pull out freezers, french door fridge, a top drawer in the freezer that pops out when the whole drawer is opened, lots of little drawers in the fridge, doors that close without being physically pushed shut and water in the door. Chris liked that one of them had a long shallow drawer... he called it the beer drawer. Perfect for lots of bottles laying down. But, then the sales lady called it a cake drawer. Perfect for giant sheet cakes. And then I knew we had to have it.

And it was the last day of their 10% off, free delivery sales promotion from labor day! Still a week on the delivery, but I guess we can get by with an old school cooler for a bit.
YAAAH for checks of the list!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Random Bits of Updates

- House - We do not officially own the house. Yet, we are making payments on it. It's kind of like standing at the cash register at Target waiting for someone to grab your new purchases from the back warehouse. For five days. However, I have the lockbox combination and have been allowing myself in for cleaning (well, for letting the cleaning lady in) and painting. Lots and lots of painting. Seriously, the walls are sucking down paint like thirsty hyenas. Three gallons for the living room. Painted it blue... but it came out a bit more smurf than I would have liked. But I was already in it, so I pressed through. Hopefully some photos on the wall will bring down the smurfness.

- Body - I've been bad. Lost another pound last week, but have eaten like a crazy person all week and avoided the gym due to a massive amount of painting needing to be done. Probably have gained it all back. However, ceiling painting is an awesome workout and my arms/back feel like they've been through the ringer!

- Visits - My good friend WTF and her husband were in town for a wedding. YAH! As always, excellent to see them! Aunt Jill is in town next week, which means lots and lots of shopping and even more eating. There will also be no working out, so I expect to buy up a pant size for next week.

- Husband - Only two more days before I get to really see him again! He's been coming home pretty early for the last week, rolling in not too much after midnight. That brings him down to 16 hour days. Poor kid. It's weird, he's here, but not really here. I rattled on and on about Sarah the other night, failing to remember that he had no idea who Sarah was. He didn't know that I had hired a web designer to build a new blog/website for the photography. Forgot to mention that. Odd how major things fall away when you don't have idle time for chit chat.

So, I've been a bad blogger... but that's mostly because there's not that much to be interesting about. Work, Paint, Edit, Sleep, Repeat. I could use a nap...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

An Open Letter

Dearest Escrow Company,

I hate your stinking guts. You make me sick.

Your job is to make my life easy. You're supposed to gather and organize. You're supposed to know your shit. This does not include calling me 20 minutes before I'm scheduled to arrive at your office and suggest that maybe we sign on another day. This does not include calling me at 12:30 in a mad panic to get paperwork signed (that you forgot to include in the original signing, so it's your fault really) by 4:00 and then never emailing it or returning my multiple phone calls. This does not include forgetting to get the deed from the seller until the day before we close, thusly pushing closing back to the next business day which is essentially four days due to a holiday weekend.

I hate you.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Baking: Scones

I don't think there is anything I love more than scones. They're so freakin' good. And to be completely honest, a fairly new discovery for me. We were doing a Tea Tasting for work and this little bit of heaven passed through my lips. And I'm not much of a breakfast sweets kind of girl. But I could eat these for breakfast every day.

I've eaten them many times since that day, but I've never made them! So, I went directly to Smitten Kitchen and searched for scones. There was only one entry, and I was heartbroken to begin reading that she HATED the recipe. But I kept reading... there had to be a "but..." And there was! Another recipe that was perfection. At it was.

Technically, this is the second time that I've made this recipe. The first was for Janices' bridal shower. I cut them out of the dough cookie cutter style with a shot glass. Tiny little round goodness. But I forgot to take pictures of them.

I had some leftover heavy cream, so I whipped some up on Monday morning. For the first time in nearly three weeks, Chris and I had an entire day off together. It was a beautiful day full of refrigerator shopping, termite work inspecting and reconnecting. We REALLY needed it and it was perfect! (In other news, did you know how expensive refrigerators are?!) Back to the point... I wanted to make a nice little breakfast to start the day. Scones & fried eggs. Excellent.

These are FANTASTIC! Seriously, go make them. Now.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

We Signed!

(holy crap)

Yesterday was the loan doc signing day! Chris got a Power of Attorney notarized so that I could sign for him. Apparently leaving the set for an hour to buy a house is looked down upon (kidding Chris. I love you.) He's working absolutely crazy hours. Coming home at 3 am, leaving by 8 am. And that's if he even comes home! I leave at 6:45 for work these days... so we're kind of just sharing a bed for a few hours a night. sad.

Anywho, by some miracle of God he had Friday off! His first day in almost three weeks! Which was awesome for me because apparently it's not as simple as signing my name and then signing his name. It's signing my name and then some ridiculously long sentence about who I am and who he is and why I'm signing for him. On every page.

Seems like there were fewer pages for these loan documents than the last time. But honestly, we are both such exhausted human beings at this point, we could have potentially bought the Empire State Building and not realized it.

Last time I took pictures, and this time I forgot. I had the camera and everything. And I forgot. I was somewhat stunned that the Notary was sharing all kinds of information with us about the births of her four children. And what birth control she was on when she got pregnant. And how she got her tubes tied. And what it's like when you're in labor. And that we should have four kids too. Why is that when you get married every person on the planet feels the need to give me a little punch in the arm and ask when the kids are coming with a big goofy smile?! My usually excuse is "We live in 667 square feet! Where the hell would I put it?!" But now we have 2,600 square feet... that's probably enough space for a kid. New excuse "I have two mortgages. If a kid costs more than $10 a month, I'm not going to be able to afford it."

So, closing on August 29 :-)

(holy crap)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Most Ridiculous Extravaganza

So, last Friday the sales staff had a bit of training in the morning. I was feeling ick, so in an attempt to turn my frown upside down, I threw on my favorite Louboutain wedding shoes (totally not fit for the new dress code, but there hasn't been a formal memo yet, so I'm toeing the line.) I haven't worn them since the wedding and they just needed to come off the shelf.

Photo by Rob Holley

Anywho, our training was all about having fun at work, choosing to be happy that we're here, and being a team. We watched a video that profiled the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle where they throw the fish at each other in an effort to keep it light and fun and happy. And honestly, watching them have fun lightened my mood a bit.

At the end of the discussion, my Director of Sales handed out aprons and gloves... can you imagine where I'm going with this!?

The three of us moved out to the parking lot while our DoS disappeared into the kitchen. We're standing there. Heels, skirts, pearls, plastic apron and gloves. She walks out. With a tray of whole Tilapia. For real!? Then, we proceeded to throw gutted fish at each other. In the parking lot. Outside my office. I was barefoot. In a suit.

Christian sat far away from the debacle and looked at me in disgust/fear.

However, it was kind of fun in a weird way. Team solidarity in the face of ridiculous experiences.

Body: La Di Da Di

I was so super good last week. This week, eh, a bit here and a bit there. But I'm feeling less jiggly so that's always a good sign! I think I did some sort of work out 4 times last week. But I pulled a double class on one of the days and that felt awesome. I hit a pilates class and a yoga class... I forgot how much I missed those classes. How amazing the simple relaxing/breathing can feel after pushing my body through triangles and circles and planks. I haven't really stretched like that in a very long time and I felt leaner, longer and stronger. Should work that into my regimen.

I went through lots and lots of technology errors last week with my photography blog, so I spent quite a bit of time on the phone with Go Daddy instead of at the gym. I must say, their customer support department is beyond phenomenal. I think I called every single night, for at least an hour a night and they were the most helpful people I've ever dealt with (except the two guys on Saturday night who were pricks. And I hate them.)

Another slight issue... I'm shooting. A lot. So, I'm out a lot in the evenings, or driving home late at night. And I've gotten into a slight habit of fast food dinner. bad bad bad bad bad. Most of the time I'll just get a hamburger and a diet coke. No fries (being healthy and whatnot.) They taste so freakin' good. DEEEEEElicious! But this is going to be a bad habit... last week, I had three! (lots of shooting = good. lots of fast food = bad.)

But, I'm down another one! Slow and steady wins the race, no?

Weight: 127

Goal: 120

Weekly Change: -1

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Polaroid Camera

How freakin' cool are polaroid cameras!?

Friday, August 15, 2008

My Photography Blog Moved!

Don't worry! It's still there... it's just here now instead :-)

Update your readers!

And because I hate posts without photos... and little snapshot of the beautiful sky last night on my way home from the gym. I kind of miss the clouds and rain and thunderstorms back on the east coast. Only kind of though. When I remember the many afternoons trekking home in the pouring rain, I remember how fantastic seasonless weather can be. Then I remember those cute galoshes I have sitting in the back of my closet getting no play for the last three years... ahhh... memories.

Anyway, sunset. With clouds. Stunning, yes?

(Thank You iPhone!)

Everything Is Illuminated

You know what I love? Netflix. What a fantastic service!? Love it. We've been watching all kinds of movies lately. I usually fall asleep. Because I'm old and tired like that. But, I get the general gist of things and am really enjoying a departure from the networks.

Chris' sister recommended Green Street Hooligans, so we added it to the list. (It's an excellent movie, and super highly recommended, but that's not what this post is about.) There was a preview for a film I'd never heard of, Everything is Illuminated. It's about a young Jewish collector who travels to the Ukraine to meet a woman in a photograph. The trailer was so hilarious and heart wrenching that I knew I had to see it. It fled up to the top of my Netflix queue.

We watched it last weekend. It was a fantastic film! Of course, I fell asleep. But for the first time in a long time, I NEEDED to see the middle parts that I missed because I was asleep. I knew the end, but I had to experience the middle for myself.
Go. Now. Rent it, buy it, netflix it. You will absolutely laugh, cry and be touched by this amazing experience.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Decor: Chairs

I've got decor on the mind. I've got all these rooms to decorate as I see fit and I'm beyond excited! The house is quite, errr, eclectic. Like the previous owners watched too many design shows. Then they decorated each room in a totally different manner.

The front bedroom, formal living room and dining room are quite Spanish. Beautifully high rounded ceilings, thin plank light hardwood floors... all delicious! Then, there's the kitchen, which is a totally cluster and I wish we could rip out the day after closing. Seriously, they didn't clean in it at least 3 years. It's ickity ick ick. The living space is off of the kitchen. It has wide plank, knotty, light wood floors. With deep ridges. And a chair rail. And exposed beams that don't quite match up to each other. And it looks like they accidentally bought too many kitchen cabinets and so they placed a set in the living room. For real, it's weird as hell.

So, the decor. I'm starting with chairs. I've been wanting a high backed wing chair for as long as I can remember. But I didn't have the space. OHHHH but I wanted one so bad. I wanted a vintage one. An icky disgustingly upholstered one. One that I could make my very own. But it had to be the right shape. And it had to be solid.

And last weekend, I found it!
This is the Craig's List photo. I would have taken my own, but the chair has been chillin in the back of my car since Sunday. I have no where else to put it! And I'm too tired to go downstairs, pull it out, take a photo and then get stuck not being able to put it back into the car because it weighs a million pounds. So, I apologize for the crapiness of the Craig's List photo quality.

I love love love the rounded seat. The height of the back. The perfect little legs. Sigh... love her! I'm thinking something funky cool but classic for the fabric. A print. Blue, beige, perhaps some yellow. Joanns was sucky. But I've got swatches coming from Mood.

Next step... find an upholsterer. Recommendations!?

House Update

I'm kind of amazed at how smoothly things are running with the house buying situation we have going on over here. The emotional side of it is a totally freakin' disaster. I work myself up into a tizzy at least every other day. Who do we think we are?! What are we doing?! What are we getting ourselves into!? We're going to lose all of our money and have to live on the street in a giant cardboard box. AHHHHHH! And on the days that I'm not working myself into a crazy hurricane, Chris is.

But the part that's supposed to be the hardest... the inspections and the loan and the paperwork crap has been surprisingly easy. The gathering of the stuff was difficult. But that's over.

We had a termite inspection. The place is nearly 80 years old. And there's lots of wood. Obviously it has termites. But there was a lot of work needed to make it perfect. Two days ago, my Realtor sent me an addendum that required them to pay for it. All of it. All $5,000 worth of wood work and spraying and shiza. And I kind of giggled. There was NO way they were going to pay for that. But, I figured she knows more about buying houses than I do, so I signed it.

And this morning, they signed it. WTF! Why would they do that! I'm psyched beyond belief. Dummies. :-) I'm pissed though... they're not going to paint. (Kidding)

And today, more totally unexpected news. I'm thinking... it's all going to well. The loan bank is going to come back and say "haha, you guys suck. We're not giving you money. That would be dumb!" And then they didn't. Today, we were approved! (Holy Shit)

It still doesn't feel real though. Even though I have our living room and bedroom and my office totally designed in my head. And it's stunningly gorgeous.

We take a lot of walks. And lately, we've planned our walks to the house and back to our condo. It's a good 3-4 mile walk and we have such amazing talks. Anywho, on our Sunday walk to the house, we stood in the driveway and stared at our house. Wow, our house. And Chris pointed to our tree. And a beautiful dove was sitting on one of our branches. Looking at us. Bringing us peace. Peace at our house.

(Holy Shit)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It's Official

I'm an old married lady with a new last name and a disgusting photo ID.

My old one was an angry poofy haired version of myself. But at least it was exposed properly.

Cooking: Pan-Seared Steak Au Poivre

Last night was Chris' last night at home before the ridiculousness of production starts. There are lots of 18 hour days in his future and lots of PB&J sandwiches for me!

So, as our last hurrah until September, I thought I'd make something super special. And nothing screams super special like Filet Mignon. I love me some filet and order it at every steak resturant I encounter. It's just so fantastic. And I always thought it would probably be quite difficult to recreate at home. So I thought it was worth the heftier pricetag.

Guess what? It's freakin' not! And it's easy and probably the most awesome dinner I've ever made. Ever.

Another Real Simple miracle! So super easy and simple. One of the most tender and delicious steaks I've ever had. I threw some asparagus in a pan with olive oil and pine nuts and sauteed for a bit. I should have put in some garlic. because, well, it makes everything better. There was also some rice pilaf, but it was too watery at photo shoot time. One of those Near East boxes that are so delicious and are highly recommended!

I'm sure the cooking recipes are going to come to a halt for the next few weeks. I mean, is anyone interested in PB&J and cereal photos? ... Didn't think so!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Body: Getting Back Into the Habit

Slowly but surely, I'm getting there. I didn't work Monday - Wednesday of last week (and it was amazing) so I hit the gym regularly. Morning, afternoon, no traffic, empty rooms. It was fantastic and I don't want to have my mortgage job anymore (more on that at some point in the future.)

Monday: 24 S.E.T.

Tuesday: Hiking

Wednesday: Zumba

Thursday: 24 L.I.F.T

Sunday: Walking

It was a good workout week... and by Friday I was feeling svelte again. And then I hit my nemisis. Mochi.

It's a problem. I woke up on Saturday CRAVING it. And bounced over to the fridge with frizzy hair and a stupid grin on my face. Ice cream at 9 am! And Chris had eaten the last of it! It was gone. My grin vanished and I was sad.

So I hit Trader Joes for a Strawberry and a Mango box. Somehow, between the two of us, there is no more mochi. Two days, twelve balls. Crapper.

So, no more mochi. Chicken & Vegetables & things that are good for me. Eh, Chris is working production for the next month... 18 hour days. So I'll probably dig into the PB&J and cereal... that's good for me, right?!

Weight: 128

Goal: 120

Weekly Change: -1

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Cooking: Pancakes

I.Love.Pancakes. They're awesome. All kinds of awesome. But I don't make them that much because it's a lot of work for a Saturday morning. I usually use my grandfathers' recipe. He was an amazing cook and it's like a family heirloom. But it's got all kinds of stuff that I didn't have in the house... crisco and whatnot.

So, to the computer I went to google "pancake recipe" and this little one popped up. Easy enough. Followed one of the commenters thoughts and reduced the salt to 3/4 tsp and added a tsp of vanilla.

I used the flat side of this grill aparatus. It covers two burners and get's hot all over. Lots of room for pancake making. I made them tiny for faster cooking and more adorableness.

Topped with some raspberries and ready for eating!

They are delicious! The vanilla adds the perfect bit of scrumptiousness. I would definitely ditch the heirloom for these again.

I just have to add this little contraption. It's a pancake dropper. Honestly, it was a whim registry item. Thank You Thank You Thank You to Miss SamEd for the gift. It's the first time I've use it and it is awesome. Perfect tiny little pancakes and no mess! An excellent addition to your kitchen. Go get it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Cooking: Fake Fried Chicken and Garlicky Baby Zucchini & Potatoes

I'm a Southern girl. And I make a damn good fried chicken. But it's bad for you. And oil splatters all over the place. And I need to be less fat.

SOOOOO.... fake fried chicken. It's actually super easy. And tastes pretty awesome.

I had baby zucchini (how cute are they!?) and potatoes, so I found a recipe that would use both. Some of my potatoes were purple. Funky. If I hadn't read recently that those kinds of potatoes exist, I may have thought that they had gone horribly bad. All in all, they taste like regular potatoes.

Chris is working super late these days, it seems rude of me to wait for him to come home and then make him cook. So I've been picking up his slack :-)


My blog is celebrating it's very first birthday :-)

I should have made a cake...

Monday, August 4, 2008

Cooking: Brussels Spouts

I will try anything once. I was always forced to do it as a kid, and it has served me well in my adult years. However, the only thing I was absolutely positive that would never be put on my plate was brussels sprouts. My step-father, who eats everything, HATED them. And if he hated them, then my mom never made them. (I hated pork chops, but had to eat them all the time.)

So I grew up thinking that brussels sprouts were the devil and bad children were allowed to eat nothing but brussels sprouts and they were disgustingly awful.

But, a few weeks ago, I had dinner with a blogging buddy, Diabolina. She RAVED about the brussels sprouts. At first my nose scrunched. And then I thought, "What the hell!" (Keep in mind, I've never actually eaten brussels sprouts at this point in my life... I've just heard their nasty stories.) These were prepared with bacon and really, everything with bacon is pretty awesome.

And they were F-A-N-TASTIC! Amazing. I have dreams about them.

So, just a few days ago, I'm strolling up the aisle at Farm Boy and spot some adorable little brussels sprouts. For reals, how cute are they!?

I found a roasted brussels sprouts and bacon recipe and went to town.

And it was easy and delicious and I will be making them much more regularly! Maybe even for my step-father... muahahahahaha!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

It's a Saturday.

I'm in the office.

Body: Ickity Ick Ick Ick

I was like a rockstar before the wedding. Or a socialite. My willpower over food was fantastic. My dedication to the gym was superb. The lifestyle of a lady with a rockin' bod was cleverly integrated into my own!

Now. Ick. Motivation = 0.

I started posting about it as a motivational tool... but then I got slack/lazy/blah and just stopped posting.


5 pounds.


So, I'm back. I'm going to rock it. Because I hate hate hate my jiggliness.

The plan:
Lifting Sessions - 2 per week
Cardio Sessions - 2 per week
Outdoor Workout Sessions - 1 per week
Sit on my bum so I don't burn myself out and gain 10 more pounds - 2 per week

There we go! TKB/Treadmill on Monday & Wednesday, 24 Lift/Self-Motivated-Lifting on Tuesday & Thursday and Hiking on Saturday or Sunday. Maybe even a Friday TKB, but only because I love Shilo so much I might want to have her babies. I don't think I've ever been so excited to attend a gym class as I am when I know she's teaching.

Updates will be coming on Tuesdays. I'm required to. Forced by myself.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

A New Facet of the Jordana Project

I'm a multitasker. I enjoy having lots and lots and lots of things going on. I've got two jobs... a job that pays the mortgage (My Mortgage Job) and a job that I LOOOVE (My Love Job). I've got a new husband. I've got my Jordana Project.

OBVIOUSLY, it's time for a new addition. And I am BEYOND thrilled to introduce our new bundle of joy...

(please note that my front door is located under a spire.)

She weighs in at 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms and 2,600 sq. ft. And we are beaming parents!

We happened upon her at the beginning of July, a little bike ride on July 5 on the way to Portos for a bit of breakfast. After a quick look around I KNEW we couldn't afford it, but thought we'd call just to get an idea of what things were going for in this particular hood. Lo and behold, it was bankowned. And on the market for two months. And dropped $200K on July 3. WHAT!?

So, we're in escrow and set to close next month. Banks take F-O-R-EVER. Inspection yesterday went fabulously well. She's got good bones and, while a project house, is in fabulous shape.

Chris knows that he's in charge of... well... pretty much all of it. This girl is busy trying to get a new business off the ground! But I look forward to editing on the floor while he is sanding. And painting. And tearing out walls. And maybe even working on some pipes.

{This is the place where I would normally post a million pictures. But the previous owners bought it, and then forgot that they had to clean it. For reals... it's icky gross. Did you know that dust could form bunnies, and then the dust bunnies could CLIMB the walls. They do. The place is disgusting. But I love her like only a mother could.}


I am one freakin' lucky girl. We wrote our own vows for the wedding. And Chris promised to always keep my wine glass full. I've gone ahead and applied this to all glasses though... martini, water, soda, champagne, etc.

And recently, he's been stepping it up a notch! Fresh fruit whipped in the Magic Bullet, mixed with the liquor of the day and a some complementing awesomeness.

A Peach Cocktail. (that ice looks like mold... but it's ice.)

The very first one... A Cucumber Martini. Holy.Crap.This.Is.So.Good. Cucumbers are totally my new favorite thing. I've started adding them to all glasses of water. Makes me feel all spa-y!

But Chris threw in some vodka. And really, vodka makes everything better!

We've also rocked raspberries, strawberries and mango. I feel healthy while being so bad!