Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Which one?

Help us choose!

In no particular order:

Choice A:

Choice B:

Choice C:

Choice D:

Choice E:

Choice F:

The winners get to come sit at the table.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pearls Before Breakfast

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:

the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk..

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.... How many other things are we missing?

Full Story in Washington Post:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

You are funny!

Happy belated anniversary to Mr. FGD (9.16.06). This picture makes me laugh.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Get out your [Dior] shades

I don't really feel like posting a bunch of the photos that I took of my empty house after the floors were put in and the whole thing was painted, so I'll just throw out a few fun ones.

Most of the colors we chose are pretty neutral, but I am all for making statements in bathrooms. We revisited Tahitian blue in our downstairs bathroom, as an homage to our honeymoon:

but my FAVORITE color in the whole house is in our guest bathroom!

It is literally so fucking bright that it ALWAYS looks like a light is on the room! Hee hee. Everyone pretty much hates it, but I love, love, love it and couldn't be happier.

On a totally different note, for any of you that are considering painting a room green, I'd like to recommend staying away from Sherwin William's Lucky Green.

It is not so lucky.


Lucky {boring} beige:

I LOVE bright, fun colors, but Lucky Green was just not my jackpot.

Here's the fun shag carpet we gleefully had ripped out:

and here are my new ebony floors:

and one of the other fun colors in the house:

Unfortunately, after much deliberation, we decided to part with the pink bedroom that was there when we moved in:

RIP Pink Princess!

Dear blog, I miss you!

I think this is the longest I've ever gone without blogging, and it's so not cool. I think I'm officially back though. We're all moved in now, I guess. I mean, we still have rooms that have a shitload of boxes in them, but the rooms we use the most are unpacked, and we're out of our old place and our tenant has moved in, so I guess that equals all moved in.

Anyway, I'll post some pics of the paint and new floors sometime this week.

In sad news, I recently lost my Starbucks Gold card! I'm totally bummed. Hugs and prayers, please.
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