Thursday, August 6, 2009

When Your Mom Calls Your Work

MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan has been airing hidden camera footage of the Washington Post's Jonathan Capeheart eating a bagel on camera.

Jonathan's mom is not amused and calls in to give Dylan a dressing down like only a mom can do. I'm sure the producers thought this would be an amusing segment but instead it becomes more and more uncomfortable. I'd post the actual Bagelgate footage but I don't want Ms. Capeheart calling me!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fu-Tile Part 1

Let's say that despite the pretty pictures on your blog you are design and color challenged. Let's just pretend okay? I didn't say this is about ME!

So despite your current financial, employment and other life challenges you decide that now would be a good time to renovate a master bath. Remember this is just in theory, a theory like "Evolution" or "Kate 2.0."

After several trips around town to various tile emporiums you are overwhelmed by the selection of porcelain, ceramic, stone, slate, marble, sandstone, granite, metal, glass, limestone or travertine tiles all costing the equivalent of the price of an education at one of America's prestigious colleges such as Monroe College.

What's a boy to do? Let's explore more for our hypothetical home owner, "Bert."

Option # 1 is from the Tile Shop". Classically handsome "Bert" likes classic but fashionable slate tile but doesn't want slate tile with boring old slate trim. The nice young salesperson at the Tile Shop ("Calvin") recommend using 1" X 1" glass tile along with the slate as a "focal wall" in the shower and the back splash over the vanity. There's also something about a one inch strip of the glass tile along side of the 16" X 16 " slate squares on the floor. In addition there are 15" X 23" and 4" X 4" slate tiles applied on various walls and floors.

A "knee wall" is also required to be encased in slate tile. The "knee wall" surrounds a toilet.

The mind boggles.

What have I, I mean "Bert" been doing wrong all these years without a "knee wall?"

Mongolian Desert Slate Tile

Hartford Glass Mosaic


Do you think this combination will work? Is this too busy?

Are slate tiles already a passe 2008 trend like matching 401K contributions or "Change We Can Believe In?"

How many bathrooms have you seen this year and why? What tile trends have you noticed? By the way who was holding back your hair?

Please describe your first encounter with a "knee wall." Did your mind boggle?

Is this all a huge waste of money since no one will ever see "Bert's" shower anyway?

Up soon, Option 2:

"Tumbled" Travertine with Listellos. Dry.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr President, You Are the Champion of Our Hearts!

Happy Birthday Mr. President! It must have been a special August 04 only 48 years ago in Kenya Hawaii.

You're the champion of my heart! You're the champion of my heart!
Cast away the shadows and brace yourself for battle!
'Cause you're the champion of my heart! You're the champion of my heart!
There's only room for one on top. You had the world and you threw it all away.

Let's not forget Michelle Obama on Barack's special day. How about these exercises to keep those arms toned?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday Dinner--The Video

Growing up we didn't have brunch after church, we had Sunday dinner. After Sunday dinner we would clog, of course.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Eating a Rainbow

Eating a rainbow is easy in the summertime after a trip to the farmer's market and, please don't hate, Whole Foods.

Ahh...quiet yet colorful August dinners.

Grilled mango salad.

Cajun catfish, corn on the cob, green rice and plantain and peppers stir fry.

Not pictured, the already mangled peach-blackberry pie.

Pug's Easy Peach-Blackberry Pie

One cup of fresh blackberries
2 fresh peaches peeled and sliced
Melt 1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 egg (beaten)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pour into frozen pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until done
(you may want to cover the edge of the pie with foil to prevent burning). Remember to take picture of pie before eating as an appetizer.

So why am I single? Oh yeah, that isolation thing. Oh well. I'm working on it.

JK Divorce Entrance Dance

It was inevitable that someone would do this...