Paella adventures

You all know I love to cook, I picked up a new paelo cookbook last week and decided the paella recipe sounded great. So here it is, I used chicken sausage instead of pork and supplemented with a whole gang of Thai chilies to spice it up. I loved it and it was the first time I’ve used saffron.

Don’t tell my son who hates cauliflower but there’s a whole head in this dish, ha, he had no clue. I just pulsed it as the recipe called for. Flavor was unbelievable. I can post the recipe if anyone is interested. This over 50 eating plan may be fun after all since my metabolism has decided it doesn’t want to work anymore.

Food changes and the gym will make it all ok

Brow adventures

let’s just be honest as we age our eye brows become sparse or for me pretty much non existent. I decided to go visit my bff’s brow lady this week, here is day 1. They are beautiful but dark, just the first step to the end goal. My husband said Burt from Sesame Street ha. I will post weekly progress but I’m juiced to see the final results.

The bore factor

I can only have the same hair for about 6 months after that it must change. The last 6 months I have been blonde, fun short but boring for fall. Yesterday I decided it is red season so I went to beauty supply and picked up copper red. Holy orange uumpa lumpa. It was pumpkin orange, not cute. I went and cut it boy short then toned it to get it to red, so here it is, next step asymmetrical. Short hair don’t care

Goodbye little ugly kitchen

What do you do when your spouse is out of town for work? Remodel.

  • I have stated before how much I loathe the kitchen in our house.
  • I am way to short to reach ANY of the cabinets and the pink tile floor in conjunction with the brown and white mosaic floor is not beautiful.
  • My fashionista is screaming rip it out.

On Monday they are coming out, YES.

I have picked floors, cabinets, and sinks so let the demo begin. Photos are of the current kitchen, Don’t be jealous, I know it’s fancy

The remodel is moving along at record speed. Here we are over half way

Those mid century bar stools were the deal of the century, $30 for all 4, these are 200 stools , yes

Old Cranky Home Owners

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We moved into a neighborhood just over a year ago that has a homeowners association which can be both good and bad. I was excited because everyone’s property is maintained but not so happy because some of the rules are silly in my opinion. I went to several meetings when I first moved in and it became evident that if you were under 75 and not retired that you did not fit in with the board. The next month they had elections and someone put in my name for president to ensure that the homeowners were actually being listened to since the CC&R’s have not been updated since 1998. Well on election night the old guy we will call him Bill won the vote because his friends on the committee would not count 50% of the votes for people whose homeowners dues were not paid in full, which is nowhere stated in the rules so super illegal but ok.

Last night was the first meeting I have been to since and talk about a shit show. Bill had an attitude from the jump when myself and the one other homeowner from the community arrived. The other lady who attended the meeting during Q&A time ask if there was a reason that the trim on her townhouse was a lighter color than our newly painted trim and this dumby said well we live in a single family home and you only live in a townhouse. Ugh ok that was not the question. You see where this is headed right me being young and full of spit and vinegar.

We moved onto holiday decorations and I asked what the date is that decorations needed to be removed and if they weren’t down what the process was for the committee. The vice president (Jill) made a joke and said well after 2 weeks we rip them down, everyone laughed and Bill lost his damn mind.

He looked directly at me and said what are you laughing at and I said Jill’s joke, he then proceeded to tell me how he was providing me the opportunity to improve my “reputation” in the neighborhood because no one voted for me for president because they didn’t like me, so it was on at that point, I knew I was dealing with a 12 year old. I said ok well let’s review the facts, 50% of the votes weren’t considered and if they were you wouldn’t be president but that is beside the point your issue is you don’t want anyone questioning or disagreeing with you. I think you have forgotten the whole purpose of this meeting is to allow owners to voice their concerns and provide input so if you don’t like that too bad, I am not intimidated by you being belligerent. He stands up and says I can’t stand you and I am leaving, I said great. I continued to smile and that made him even angrier as he stormed out pointing his finger at me the entire time. Good lord he has truly lost his marbles.

Needless to say after he left and Jill (the VP who made the joke) took over the meeting and it was fantastic. We talked about welcoming new people to the neighborhood; how to improve communications, etc. so I am hopeful today that Bill is resigning, ha. If not I’ll show up at the next meeting.

Kitchen redo 101

20160730_232001When we moved into our house the first thing out of my mouth was holy yellow oak, and who would put a cabinet in the middle of a breakfast bar, so dumb.

So this week it was redone. I am cheap i admit it and i also love to paint so the choice was easy. General finishes milk paint, amazing, no sanding or priming required, just wash them down with tsp. We also took down the cabinets on the bar and turned them into a buffet, i hope you love the results cause i do.

So heres the breakdown of everything i used and costs:

1. Old ironing board in garage as my saw horse, free and it worked great

2. Qt general finishes milk paint $30, then a pint for touch up $18, qt satin finish for topcoat also general finishes $30

3. Foam rollers and foam wedge brushes, $13

Total cost $91

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Out with the old

Today the new water heater was installed and I cannot believe how small it is compared to the 1960’s one he removed. I have been thinking a lot lately about what is truly important in life. This has been increased by a couple of great people being diagnosed with life threatening cancers out of the blue. One of these guys (Steve) gave a speech one day and his message was to not wait to go after your bucket list because you never know if you will be around that long. So I truly believe that this is going to be a year of big changes and all exciting, scary, and necessary. Keep your eyes open as it is going to be exciting.

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