Thursday, January 29, 2015

Movie: American Sniper

It’s awards season, what what!  Except, I don’t watch the awards, haha..  Too many commercials, too many speeches, just not my thang.  However, I do yahoo the gowns and award winners the morning after, the quick and dirty, that’s how I roll. 

This year, American Sniper is getting a lot of buzz and while, I normally do not see war movies, with all the hype, I had a growing interest to see American Sniper.  So I did.

American Sniper stars 

Bradley, I forgive you for The Hangover 2 cause you really shine in this role.  You all don’t know this but I walked out on the Hangover 2, it was that bad.

Ok back to American Sniper, I won’t say anything about the storyline because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who plans on seeing it in the theatre. Just a quick note about my experience.  I went in blindly, with only having seen the trailers, and I think that’s the way to go, with an open mind.  Bradley Cooper does a phenomenal job as Chris Kyle, his performance reminds me of Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, very convincing.  I was so drawn in by Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle that the character started to feel familiar to me.  Needless to say, I really enjoyed the film.

So far this year, my movie choices have been heavy, my next flick has to be lighter, a comedy perhaps?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It’s IKEA Kallax for us

According to Apartment Therapy, it’s the World’s Most Popular bookcase.

It all started while looking through the IKEA 2015 catalog.  I’ve always liked how they design some of their products with clean sides.  The flat sides allow you to use multiples of the same item and you will see that pattern repeated throughout the catalog and store displays. 

So, I started looking on for Billy multiples and hacks.

more lower billys cropped

lower billys

tall billys

Sidenote: how cute is that dang chair!

tall open billys

I liked them short.  I liked them tall.  IKEA Billys, I liked them all!

I started to consider the floor to ceiling option, especially with the closed bottom halves, but then I realized those top shelves would require dusting.  And I know me and I know I don’t need any deterrents to keep me from dusting.  So the tall options, were out. 

While looking at hacks, I started to run across images of the Expedit (now Kallax).

6ct expedit

5ct Expedit

4ct Expedit

And I really liked the flexibility of the Kallax. 

After I taped out the two options in our living room, what became the deciding factor was the size.  The Billy’s didn’t offer much in overall size for the room and I really wanted the most bang for the buck.  For me, the Kallax offered some chunk on the cheap.  And with the built-in chunkiness, there was less need for IKEA hacking.  Sort of a fix it and forget it, option.  Sold.

We had about 4-6 inches of snow Friday night into Saturday morning, the Hubbs got out there early, cleared the way and we were off to IKEA.  The Kallax’s are in the building, yall!

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 2015

A room a month, that’s what I’m shooting for in 2015.  I’m not talking top to bottom perfection, at this point I’m hopeful for clean, welcoming & guest friendly.  And what better than the first room you see when you walk in the door. 

Front Room

Yep, there she is circa June 2012.


Front Window

And again, in November 2014.  Not quite finished, but better.

On Sunday, I realized I was framing the room around a $20 Goodwill find, the TV cabinet. While I love the wood in the room, I’m just not married to it, at all.  With that cabinet out of the equation, I have nothing but opportunity.  So with the divorce papers still wet, I taped out two bookshelf options. 

K v B

Good ol’ IKEA Billy (yellow) vs IKEA Kallax (blue).  Kallax is the old Expedit, it’s been redesigned a pinch. 

Our wall is about 10 feet long so we can fit three of each design and still leave about a foot on each side.  I spent some time putzin around on Pinterest looking over IKEA hacks and figured for the low startup cost, combined with possible resale value (if i hate it), it was worth a shot.

I will be back soon with all my favorite Billy and Kallax Ikea Hacks.  But for now, we are leaning towards…. can you guess?

Monday, January 12, 2015

What I’m watching


One of my goals this year is to see more movies.  I’ve even started looking for podcasts & blogs to follow to keep me in the know.  (None I would recommend just yet.)

This weekend’s goal was to see SELMA.  And here is my review if you care to read.

The Cast:  Excellent chemistry.  Really convincing look-a-likes. See for yourself.

The Tempo:  Well paced, I hate when a story rushes to the climax, timing really is everything. 

The Story:  I kinda stink at History & Geography.  I am always nervous that my ignorance will be revealed and cause me some sort of public embarrassment.  That said, I actually knew about the televised SELMA March that exposed the violence in the South during the Civil Rights Movement.  (fyi, if your chicken like me, thankfully, it doesn’t get too graphic)

This time around, the story on MLK feels more personal, there’s some humor and a general insight into his personality and political tactics.  It wasn’t a sad story, where you leave angered and frustrated, it was more informative and insightful.  A $12 trip back in time. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How full is your bucket


2014 really wore me out.  I caught a terrible cold twice in a matter of weeks, complete with a nasty cough, aches and pains.  (In hindsight, that should have been my warning to slow things down, I hadn’t been sick in years.)  By mid-December, I was feeling pretty burnt out, full of intention but zero initiative. 

Within the last week, I remembered this book, it was a definite AHA! moment, my bucket was empty.  Creating, crafting, decorating, picture-taking, baking, DIYing – that all does it for me, it fills my bucket and I had slowed it way down.

So over the weekend, I cleaned out my purse(!), baked this and this and it just felt good.  Not to mention the house smelled ah-mazing. 

So here’s to 2015.  And to all my unfinished projects, Look out! I’m back, hopefully.