Skip to main content

The Office (minus Dwight Schrute)

When I told my 29-year-old son I was converting his old bedroom to my office, thereby destroying any dreams he might have of boomerang'ing back home again, he said, "Are you going to paint over those awesome Zach Morris walls?" He was referring, of course, to the must-see TV show of his past: "Saved by the Bell." (Who can join me in singing the opening theme song?)
His response - and the cold weather outside - made me decide to postpone the painting until spring and just make the best of a very turquoise situation.  I like it.  And it's much better than it was four days ago (scroll down to view 'before' picture).

Comments

Marguerite said…
Your horoscope was right about energy to spare! Reassembling your kitchen and reorg of the spare room, great job. Hope you feel inspired to move on to "What Ever is Next". LOL
BoomerGirl said…
Thanks, Marg, for the pat on the back. However, I'm pretty sure my horoscope today says 'You're completely spent and in desperate need of a massage.'(See more recent post.)
Marguerite said…
I think that's why God invented Massage Envy, locations nationwide, and a margarita! We are having a home in Austin remodeled to be our retirement place. Will meet with the architect on Monday to go over the plans. I am interested on your thoughts about appliance selections, etc. So many choices, but want to keep the overall design simple and timeless. ps. Who is Dwight Schrute?
BoomerGirl said…
M, Dwight Schrute is a character from "The Office" TV sitcom. Our goal with the kitchen was the same - timeless, simple, modern yet 'old world' to complement the rest of the house. My friends who went the Viking/other upper-end appliance route all say they regret it, due to repair/parts costs, so I chose mid-range stainless pieces - each one a different brand, but with similar designs, esp handle style. In our layout, no two appliances will share a wall, so I didn't think brand continuity was necessary.) I shopped around for deals, read reviews online and pumped the salesmen for info. Another goal was to keep the 'work' area of the kitchen separate from the 'entertaining' area. If it works, our guests will stay in the other half of the kitchen, by the wet bar (because people never stray far from the booze), so I can work without interference. That's a big 'if,' of course, but a girl can dream. Retiring in Austin sounds divine.
Marguerite said…
BG, Would love to know what appliances you decided on. I totally agree on the Viking/Wolf issues. If I chose a $7k stove I would feel compelled to cook everyday, and who needs that pressure? LOL Thanks, Marg ps. Chocolate rules, enjoy the event.
BoomerGirl said…
Frigidaire Gallery Series double convection oven. Bosch 4-burner gas cooktop (could have gone with 5 or 6 burners, but I rarely use 4 simultaneously). My model has a landing space between the back burners. KitchenAid dishwasher with controls on front (not top of door which appear invisible when closed -- didn't trust that, for some reason) And, just purchased at Home Depot today, LG French door frig with 2 freezer drawers, based on $1000+ off price and online reviews.'Nervous about this one, but I bought the 4-year extended warranty which covers everything. Probably a stupid choice, but it was just $79.

Popular posts from this blog

I'll be back after these messages

Boy, I thought I'd never see the old blog again after the whirlwind of life I've had - and am still having - this fall.  Thanks for not giving up on me.
First, the wedding in late October came off with only one hitch. (Don't get me started on over-extended wedding planners.) I ended up cobbling an outfit together from Chico's in taupe (my spin on the mother-of-the-groom mandate: Wear beige and keep your mouth shut), threw on a bunch of pearls and an autumnal pashmina, and did my own hair. Boom! Done. The beautiful Sunday evening wedding in the country culminated a week-long string of activities I have come to call Burning Man East due to the predominance of bonfires at various celebrations. Big fun, big exhaustion.
Three days after the newlyweds returned to Brooklyn, my son summoned the hubs to Game 5 of the World Series in Queens (in which the home team was playing the Mets.) The kid flew his old man to NYC,  bought tickets for themselves and two others, and put him u…

Sabi: Helping your medicine cabinet look hip

I've always said that the companies who figure out how to make aging cool will win baby boomers' hearts in the end (or, better yet, a decade or two before the end.) The stakes are high. There are 78 million of us and gazillions of dollars to be made on our inevitable decline. Enter Sabi. With a mission "....to create products that are intuitively and beautifully designed in order to infuse life’s daily rituals with delight," Sabi boasts that their products "marry superb functionality, simplicity, and aesthetics to make the most mundane to-dos – from taking your daily vitamins to taking out the trash – more enjoyable." I received this bevy of review samples in the mail yesterday: pill folio (aka: 'pill organizer'), dispenser, chopper, crusher and holster. I have to admit, I like the look - sleek, simple and utilitarian....although two of my friends have said they'd need 3 pill folios to hold all their supplements. (Sigh.) Still, I give it two…

Gray hair: A luxury anyone can afford.

I got one of those back-handed compliments on my gray hair from a stranger today: "I wish I could do it. But, I'm afraid of looking old....oh, gawd....but YOURS looks great... really!!" 
    No harm, no foul. It's happened before.
    Charla Krupp, author of "How Not to Look Old," once said, "it's such a luxury to be able to go gray. Because it is an aging look, and it means that you don't care about people knowing your age." 
    She was probably right. Thankfully, I've never been shy about stating my age - it's 56, for the record - or asking others their number, especially when playing 'Who do you know?' The gentler, albeit sneakier, way is asking the year they graduated high school, but sometimes I forget and just blurt it out, often taking people aback.
      But, does it bother me? The looking older part, I mean?
      No. But, admittedly, I'm married. I'm not in the meat market, the job market, or any othe…