An enlightening experience at Borders...
That is what is taking place right now as I type. Tonight is a "Rachel night". Periodically, when life is stressful as it is this month, I need a night to myself and my husband is gracious enough to oblige. I get out of the house and wander.
Well since the Starbucks near home has no wi-fi, I ended up at Borders. I admit, I get lost in a bookstore. So many options, my mind can hardly focus! Fiction? Self-help? Books on crafts, photography, cooking? Where should I look?
I finally settled into the Cooking section...with the main thought being to find the Cake Wrecks book.. Sadly I didn't find this gem, but I found several others! One of them is this little beauty...
It's a delightful book with all sorts of ideas for cupcake designs...these ducks, karaoke mics, and so much more!
Seriously, if anyone wanted to send me a little pick-me-up or a "happy we're friends" gift - this would do the trick :)
Another fantastic book is this one!
It's full of great recipes - none of which take more than 20 minutes! Two of the recipes I took out of it already - the Cuban Fried Rice and the Chicken Broccoli Alfredo. Can't wait to try these!
But I digress - see? I told you I get easily sidetracked in this place! Anyway, as I was reading, I came upon a book about nesting - you know, the female instinct to make things pretty and homey. I realized something when skimming this book. I feel guilty nesting. I feel guilty spending money on items for the home. I also feel like since we live in an apartment, I should wait to make it my home. Silly? yes. But its true. I've got ideas about where this guilt comes from: income, not being familiar with antique stores in the area, adjusting to a more expensive city, etc, etc, etc.
So as I made this new revelation, I thought how can I resolve this? Well, I've begun by getting rid of the plates I couldn't stand anymore. I've also made progress because I've accepted that richer "coffeehouse" shades while I love them, bring out my melancholy side which isn't good.
But what else can I do? I can't just do a complete upheaval of my house! So here's my list. I have no idea how long this new nesting adventure will take to complete but here's the list:
1)Get a new bed. Our bedframe recently broke (a funny story I should tell) so we need a new one anyway. Even if we get just a simple cheapo frame...I want to have a headboard and a completed look to our bed... I've had the idea of a door as a headboard for a while. Perhaps this is the time to make it happen!
2) Get an area rug. I found one a while ago. But when I went to buy it online, the sale has disappeared and I wouldn't dream of paying the full price of that rug!!!
3) A new couch. This should probably come before the rug - no it definitely should. But couches are expensive and I don't have the luck that Angie does to get a great deal on Craigslist! Ideas anyone?
4) Get more/different wall decor. This has been on my mental list for a while - but it simply must happen! I need to just visit the flea market and antique stores and find some cute inexpensive wall art.
Ok. So now I have a list. I've "verbalized" this list to hopefully give me a sense of accountability to make it happen! I really should overcome my guilt and just nest already!!!