Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to Pronounce Things

The Pronunciation Manual Channel on YouTube is making laugh inappropriately loud at work.



Fit for a King… & His Queen

On Saturday we had our bed built.

We’d been sleeping on a double sized memory foam mattress on the floor in the master bedroom almost since we moved in. We slept on my queen sized bed in the blue bedroom for a little bit, but we tended to roll towards the middle & since the mattress wasn’t foam, & I could feel every single time Andrés blinked. Or even thought about blinking.

The bed Andrés had at the condo is built of solid wood & covered in padding & industrial carpet. His mom had it made for him several years ago. It is STURDY. & HEAVY. & there’s no way it would fit around the bend by the bathroom on the middle floor without us having to take the banisters out, which would be a pain in the ass.

We have plans to have some guys come to haul it over the deck then carry it upstairs to put in the tan bedroom.

So we wanted a bed like that, but bigger. A HUGE king size bed with room underneath for storage, that is built extremely solidly &, most importantly, that won’t creak. Ever.

These guys that built our king size bed did an amazing job.

They cut the wood in the garage, then carried it upstairs in pieces to assemble it in our bedroom. I’m pretty sure if we ever leave this house, our massive bed is staying behind.

They covered the two by fours in plywood, padding, then industrial carpet.

This is how much more space we have now:

We went to Ikea to check out mattresses because they have some pretty great memory foam ones for less than $1,000. We picked out the SULTAN FLOKENES & then paid to have it delivered (& carried up two fights of stairs) on Sunday morning for only $59.

The mattress is firm when it’s on a hard surface. I like it because it will loosen over time & not just crumble or sink. I think people complain about the FLOKENES being too firm because they try out the floor model that is laying on a box spring, instead of the floor model that is laying on a hard solid surface. We tried both, & agreed it was great for us.

The off gassing is noticeable but not too bad. Not any worse than the off gassing of the wood & carpet on the bed, anyways. Our room smells weird right now. Actually, the whole house still smells weirdly new. Doesn’t smell like “us” at all. I kind of hate that. In time it will feel more like “home.”

Having a real bed to sleep in seems like a really big step towards that.

We need to get a king sized comforter & a real comforter cover because that one is made from two queen sized jersey sheets sewed together.

We’re going to make a huge soft tufted headboard (that will snugly fit between the columns) & a fabric covering for the bottom (to hide the legs & industrial carpet) with my mom (she went to upholstery school!). The fabric covering will have a Velcroed flap on one side to allow for easy access to the under bed storage.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Andrés
  • Lots of crab rangoon
  • People like Jane Elliott
  • The pilot episode of Touch
  • Cheetos, in general
  • Super helpful friends & family
  • Our new $130 West Elm parson’s desk
  • Morning thunder storms
  • Impressing my boss x2
  • Asian coleslaw
  • Our new king-sized bed!!!
  • FaceTiming with my mom Blair Witch style
  • Homemade pancakes from Bub
  • Slowly building our service for 12
  • Hazelnut chocolate bars
  • Walking the Ikea showroom, gathering inspiration
  • Plátanos maduros

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Bubba
  • Taking down the ugly curtains
  • Our $35 7.5 foot christmas tree for next year
  • Free overnight shipping on our announcements
  • Collecting 71 glass jars for our reception table decor
  • Huge bowls of sancocho
  • Kind words about our blog (!!!)
  • Lentil soup
  • Touring the Capitol
  • Jalapeño cheddar bagels
  • Homemade arepas
  • Shit People in DC Say
  • Having our house back
  • Pineapple upside-down cake
  • Dark & stormy ginger beer cocktails
  • Marlin & Ray’s with my sister


Our windows are nekkid. I LOVE IT.

A lot of people who saw pictures of the house before we moved in (house tour) know that the curtains came with the house.

From stalking the property records & then Googling the names, I figured out that the previous owners were an Ethiopian family with one child. (The house was a foreclosure so we never actually interacted with the previous owners, only the good-for-nothing bank.) I think this flavored their design asthetic a little, but, then again, maybe not, because a lot other people like Andrés’ mom, aunt & cousin all love the curtains.

I don’t.

I really, really don’t.

They’re not ugly, just WAAAY too traditional for us. For us. So that doesn’t mean they won’t be a lovely addition to Andrés’ cousin’s home, but they were not staying at this casa.

I got most of the curtains down myself using a flathead screw driver. Whoever hung them didn’t use anchors but instead used HUGE flathead screws. I was actually sweating from straining to get them down.

Andrés’ mom even noticed, (& kindly pointed it out, haha) because I don’t sweat very often.

We have four more that need to come down from our bedroom/bathroom & then the long thing in front of the tub (I don’t even know what to call it…) in the guest bathroom needs to come down. (Check it out in the house tour to refresh your memory.)

Here’s our naked house being all sexy ‘n stuff wit her bad self:

We had to take down the tree. So sad. The bay window feels so empty now.

In the corner in the dining room we have the curtain rods & the curtains we’re going to try in the dining room. But we have to paint first.

See those little sample swatches peeking out? Those are (in order of top to bottom) Moonshine by Benjamin Moore, Tranquil by Valspar, & Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.

I love Agreeable Gray, Andrés likes Tranquil. We both think Moonshine is too cold & blue for our space/lighting.

We’re going to try two more light grays, then make a decision.

In the meantime between times, I picked all of the wallpaper off the kitchen wall using only my finger nails & a pair of tweezers. Nothing else.

The walls need to be sanded because there’s some glue residue left over, but the paper in there came down pretty easily. Thank goodness! Hopefully the wallpaper in the middle floor half bath & the master bath will come down just as easily.