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Cooking with Coolio January 18, 2010

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For all of you who loved Gangsta’s Paradise, I bring you this.

In a 2008 interview with Newsweek magazine about Coolio’s cooking shows on mydamnchannel.com:

Newsweek: Who’s your main competitor?

Coolio: I like Rachael Ray. I like Bobby Flay, I like all them cats. But they are not the Gourmet Ghetto, baby. My motto is, I cook better than your Shaka Zulu mama. And I wash my hands a lot.

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Blue winter January 15, 2010

Posted by Emily in Missoula, photography.
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1. Christmas in Denmark, 2. Canon, 3. poster, 4. Untitled, 5. Tea and Cashews, 6. C/Santa María, 7. Costanilla de los Desamparados, 8. fall colours, 9. celebrating

Yesterday as I walked out of work, it wasn’t quite dark out. The sky was blue. The ice was melting.

It made me giddy. I went home, hauled out my tripod, and finally took some photos. Then went for a nice walk with my new Yak Trax (the ice isn’t quite melted yet, and I’ve already taken a couple of seasonal spills…)

I like the cool blue light of winter evenings. I like winter when it snows, or when we have bluebird days, but not so much when it’s gray and dark and drab.

These are a few photos that have caught my eye lately on Flickr – winter with a touch of spring to come. I’m looking forward to a three day weekend with equal parts time spent around the house and meeting up with friends. I’ll try to take some photos, if I can get some light.

Have a nice weekend!

The Purge 2010 January 12, 2010

Posted by Emily in design, The Purge 2010.
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As I pointed out to my mom recently, it’s sort of ironic that the covers of all of the January home magazines are about cutting clutter and getting organized, since they immediately follow Christmas, a time in which we inevitably accumulate more stuff. People in the know agree – the National Association of Professional Organizers dubbed January “Get Organized Month.” (the rest of the year? crap everywhere!) Which isn’t to say I don’t love the gifts and Christmas and all, but it speaks to this weird confusion about what we really want. In my case, I keep buying more storage containers, am convinced that living closer to an IKEA would lead to more general storage serenity in my life, and yet I know, deep down, that the real answer isn’t storage – it’s a deep purge of junk I have and don’t need or use.

Well, and a bigger living space would be nice, too.

I started planning a garage sale last spring, a garage sale which didn’t quite materialize when I was working every Saturday over the summer (oops). But one of the perks of my (very) small apartment is the use of a small storage room in the basement, so I’m doing my best to move things into boxes in the basement, ready for a spring 2010 garage sale, followed by a trip to Goodwill. I even bought garage sale stickers, so as I find something that I don’t use or honestly, don’t really even like, I can label it, price it, put it in a box by the door, and take it down to the basement storage. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will make the sale a little bit easier to manage and will motivate me to take some action and not just move all of this stuff all over again.

One of the organizational tools I’ve become somewhat obsessed with lately, maybe because it’s so damn cold outside and that’s accompanied by a whole slew of outerwear, is a coat tree. They are sort of old fashioned and I used to think sort of weird, but I just don’t feel like drilling any more holes in the plaster walls of my place, and there’s a perfect little alcove behind the front door. Our coats are slung over the back of the couch, piled outside my bedroom, hung on the back of the dining room chairs. They are everywhere, and most mornings, in my hurried haze to get to work by 8 a.m., I’m also looking for my hat and gloves. Not my keys or my cell phone – I’ve figured out how to put those in a place I can remember (most of the time) – but these seasonal accoutrements that I hate myself for forgetting when I’m walking to work and it’s 2 degrees, like most of last week.

Here are some coat trees I’ve found that I don’t hate. Think I might try to hit a couple of thrift stores this weekend, see what I can uncover.

ok, not really

(just kidding)

from CB2, Target, IKEA, KMart, Home Decorators, respectively.

Who says there’s no such thing as free? January 7, 2010

Posted by Emily in design, The Purge 2010.
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Other than for flights and magazines, have you ever used your frequent flier miles for anything good? I was convinced that they were sort of useless under 25,000+ miles. I’ve done the magazine subscription thing before, some magazines I really liked and others that just accumulated on my nightstand, but then I got word from United that my paltry 12,000+ miles were about to expire. Figured I’d just renew some magazine subscriptions, but they seem to deal only with newspaper subscriptions – and I have a pretty good hookup there. Buying miles to bridge the gap between what I had and a free flight didn’t make any sense.

But looking through their version of the SkyMall, I found a few things that were available for my miles. One was a baking kit from OXO – the bowls looked awesome, I’d use the measuring cup, but I’m not much of a baker and a lot of the stuff would just sit in my kitchen pantry, never to be used.

So, after some deliberation, I decided to go with the OXO Pop containers – ten of them. The little pantry space I have is sort of a jumbled mess, and in the spirit of my current organizational overhaul, I thought they might reduce some of the random baggies of bulk granola, sunflower seeds, and the mysterious duplicate cereal boxes (I somehow bought the same knock-off cereal twice, once from Albertson’s and again from Safeway. Go figure.) Mostly, pushing the button to release the airtight seal is strangely gratifying.

As amazing and fun as these are, along with the fact that they make me feel sort of grown-up, I was amazed to find out that this little set is currently on sale at Macy’s and elsewhere for $99.99! My set arrived a few weeks ago in the mail, totally free, didn’t have to pay shipping. And yes, I’m feeling quite smug about it all.