Friday, December 31, 2010

The End.

For my final 2010 blog entry, I think it's fitting to end the year with a nice recap of my blog over the 1 1/2 years I've been keeping up with it.  The larger the word, the more frequently it showed up on my blog, and I'm glad to see that "reading" and "book" were two of my most used words so far.  Enjoy, and wishing everyone a happy and successful 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Welcome Home, Leia!

Because we have a tendency to name nearly every item we buy and bring into our home (i.e., Sally the Step stool, Teeveetwo the new TV just to name a couple), it's only fitting that we have named our most recent large addition to the house.  Leia (short for Liatorp), found her way into our hearts while perusing the display rooms at IKEA on Monday afternoon...  

One quick look at her and we knew that the price and design were right, and that we needed her nestled in the Southeast corner of our dining room.  Luke and I have been in search of the perfect sideboard server/buffet for over a year now, and after several close calls, we just couldn't find the right one for the right price.  Sure, I fell in lust with multiple hutches and servers that were well out of our price range, but Luke was always good at keeping me from actually wanting to seriously pull the trigger on the purchase.  Did we think that we would be walking out of IKEA with a sideboard?  No, not a chance (I had looked so many times on their website, and somehow this one never came up in any of my searches, plus we were only going in there for another set of Hemnes drawers for our bedroom).  Are we glad we did?  Definitely (not including the 2 1/2 hours of quasi-stressful assembly- Damn you IKEA and your non-verbal instructions).  While we originally wished that she had a more natural wood colored top board on her, we figure that as our home decor tastes change she will do a good job withstanding that sort of change, and will be enjoyed by us for many years to come. 

Lastly (to make sure our other purchase made at the same time as Leia doesn't feel left out...), we also brought home Hemmy II.  He will hopefully be put together in the next couple of days so that I can get my clothes off of our bedroom floor. 
Overall, I must say that we had a very successful After-Christmas shopping day at IKEA.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Today, we have been officially snowed in. Thank goodness both Luke and I have the day off (well, my parents gave me the day off since there was no way that I would be able to make it from Saint Paul to Minnetonka today). They're predicting that it could be almost as bad as the Halloween blizzard of 1991 in some parts of the state. I'm not 100% sure of how many inches we've gotten so far, but I know that our snow reaches the top of Luke's wellies!

Yes, I know that the shorts weren't the best decision on my part :-)

Pocket Degu!

Franz and Bruno (our boy degus) LOVE to nest in the pocket of my bathrobe. Just thought that I would share this video from today of them. Enjoy!