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Archive for January, 2011

Growing up, “They laughed when I sat down at the piano” was a shorthand, nicer way of saying “I told you so.” Both my parents used it occasionally but until I Googled it for this blog post I never knew its provenance – a wildly successful lead in for an advertisement for music lessons by […]

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As I noted in the power of paint, I’m a big fan of white ceilings and white trim, but I like color on the walls. And not just color, colors, plural. I try to like flat color – it’s clean and modern – but really what I like is texture and layers. For example, here’s […]

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We have handrails! Handrails are required by code. Generally, building codes are a good idea – they prevent people from housing other people in fleabags and firetraps, for example. But they can be kind of a pain when they are applied to you, because they require you to spend oodles of time on boring tasks, […]

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I am head over heels in love with Ikea’s Dignitet curtain hanging system, which I managed to install on three windows and a sliding glass door 100% by myself (OK, after my husband showed me how to use a bit extender on the drill, but still). Ikea’s been my go-to spot for curtains and curtain […]

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Here’s the thing about low cut jeans: cute though they are, they are totally useless if you spend your weekends clambering up ladders, crawling around on your knees, or sitting on the floor. Jeans that are fine when you’re sitting in an office chair just pull too far down when you’re kneeling down and bending […]

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