Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Now that my kickin' bookshelves are done (trimmed, primed and painted by my lovely husband - my part was going through with a teeny tiny little brush to make sure there was paint in the recesses of the vine detail on the face strip), I decided to rearrange the living room a bit. It wasn't bad as it was before, but I'm notorious for getting bored and needing to move the furniture around.

It's lovely now.

And I still don't have a camera to take pictures of it.

So just imagine the living room with a gorgeous, glossy white bookshelf running around the top of two walls, with my desk under my neat book wreath against the bedroom wall, and the couch in the corner between the two windows. The rocking chair is by the front door where my desk used to be and the red leather chair is between the closet and bedroom. It's beautiful and airy and I love it.

Pictures soon, I promise.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Chilly/ Chili

It's cold and icy this week in the Midwest, and I'm loving everything about it except the having to go out in it part. This morning, though, I braved the weather to go to campus for my students' lecture, and now I'm back home and snuggled in until tomorrow (unless, of course, the administration takes pity and gives us a snow day. Please, Lord, let them take pity).

My plan is to start a big crock pot full of chili for dinner and then to sit on my couch and read the book I'm presenting on for class tomorrow (unless, of course, class is canceled. See prayer above). I figure if I count on a snow day and goof off there's a good chance we'll have school, whereas if I read this book and I'm well prepared, it'll be canceled. Unless, of course, the universe cottons on to the fact that I've figured out how to circumvent Murphy's Law of School Closure and outwits me by having campus open tomorrow after all. But I suppose in that case I'll have read the book, so it won't be too big of a deal.

But first, chili and tea. Afternoons like this make winter worth it.