Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Perfect Coffee Table, or why we are not like my sister and brother in law...

new coffee table
Originally uploaded by merideth.
Because today we decided to go shopping for a new coffee table because our current one finally fell apart.

We'd been thinking about it. We'd done research. Beth wanted something lighter (as in less weighty) looking and less rustic than our current table. I also wanted something less rustic with a slight asian flair to it.

We've shopped catalogs. Shopped online. Shopped national chains. Today we went to the Wooden Duck--a cool store here in Berkeley that makes furniture from recycled wood.

We found exactly what we were looking for. We bought it. It's awesome. It meets all the criteria plus it's made from recycled California Douglas Fir taken from a demo'd building. And it was 30% off. Nice.

Here's the part where we arent like my sister and brother in law: it took one day. Even if they'd been looking for something specific, found it, LOVED still would have been mmmmmm 3 months maybe? before they actually brought it home. I love them. But they are nutty.

Additional cool thing: it has a little drawer in the front just big enough to fit all the remotes and a few other random things.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Happy Anniversary Baaaybee, Got You on My Miiiiiiind

Originally uploaded by merideth.
Yup! Today is our anniverary. We were married 3 years ago today in Glen Ellen in the lovely Sonoma Valley wine country. It was the best wedding i've ever been to with hands-down the best food and most deeelicious cake.

As year 3 is the year for leather gifts we got each other this neat leather vase and a suede finish chair (we faked the leather on that one because we knew the dog and cat would destroy the real thing).

I'm happier than i ever thought possible and look forward to a good 150 more years of bliss with my girl.

I'm a little worried

Originally uploaded by merideth.
So the rains have come. They're only slightly early, but early nonetheless. And this is bad. It's bad because the house is still un-stuccoed, riddled with holes, and the roof has a big leak in the kitchen. We knew about the leak and even have the guy lined up to fix it but he cant start fixing until the stucco is on. And, as previously mentioned, the stucco is not on.

We love our stucco guy and have hung in there with him even though he's been so busy he's had to push our start date out. But beth called him on saturday, after the rain bucket on the kitchen counter was full, to see how things were looking. His response was "oh shit. i forgot about your roof." But now things have started moving. We picked out a color for the stucco top coat and the scaffolding guy came over yesterday to take measurements. The place might actually look good by the xmas season!

On the upside, in its current creepy, delapidated state, it's one big halloween decoration (according to beth).

Saturday, October 09, 2004


suffrage demonstration 1917 Originally uploaded by merideth.
I just watched Iron Jawed Angels on HBO. Aside from the fact that it was a great movie and DAMN what those women went through for suffrage, it occured to me as i was watching it that the woman/women in the first family to live in our house had only been allowed to vote for 2 years and had not yet had the chance to vote for president. Holy Crap! Sometimes history just sneaks up on me when i'm least expecting it.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Further Humiliation for the Niners

How can they suck so hard?