Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Killing

I'm a huge fan of Mad Men and The Walking Dead on AMC.  Their latest show is called The Killing, where a young teenage girl (Rosie Larsen) is found murdered in Seattle.  It is a murky, dreary, atmospheric show that moves at a slow pace, or more likely, a realistic pace.  The crime isn't solved in an hour, and they encounter many procedural roadblocks.  It really gives you a realistic nature of crime solving.  It certainly lacks the glamor of the CSI shows....lets face it, no one is whipping off  their sunglasses and delivering smarmy lines, but that doesn't make it any less interesting.  There is a palpable feeling of dread and discontent with the characters.  The dreariness that pervades the scenery is created by all that Seattle rain.

Rosie Larsen, from The Killing

The show is definitely is reminiscent of Twin Peaks, (filmed just north of Seattle), but without the strangely quirky characters, weird dream scenes and memorable soundtrack by Angelo Badlamenti.  Twin Peaks, while having achieved cult status, was eventually cancelled after its second season.  I knew many people who hated the show, including my mom.  It was a confusing plot, with many twists and turns, but apparently the networks made the bad decision to give in to the viewers complaints about not knowing who the killer was.  Writers were forced to offer a resolution to the murder of Laura Palmer, much to the dismay of David Lynch, the creator,  who felt that revealing the killer was premature.

Laura Palmer, wrapped in plastic

Apparently folks were not content to let the story unfold at its own pace.  In the end, once Laura Palmer's killer was revealed, it basically killed the ratings and people started to tune out.  Sadly, it was cancelled later that year.  Hopefully, people can be more patient with The Killing and let the story unfold at the pace that the writers and director want and not have to cater to impatient people who consistently have to have a resolution at the end of each episode.  If you want that kind of show, tune into any of the CSI shows.  

You just know he's about to say something smarmy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chairy Situation

In the last year, I've had 3 different chairs in the same spot in the living room.  Like a crazy person, I keep purchasing chairs and swapping them out at least once every couple of months.  Cannot decide which one I like more!??

 I originally started off with an Ikea Poang chair, which now sits in my boyfriend's living room.  I swapped that out for this red Lunna Chair which I kept for a couple of years.

 Earlier this year I swapped out the Lunna for this rattan chair that I got on Craigslist for $20.  I went to Pier1 and picked up the cushion on clearance for $15, but I'm not totally in love with this look, but I am totally digging the armrests.

I spotted this beauty on Craigslist.  Initially they were sold at Ikea and I had wanted the orange one, but at $400 they were a bit out of my price range and they discontinued that color this I was pretty happy to get this, and for way less than half of the price of a new one.  While carrying this monstrosity into my apartment, I accidentally dropped it on my foot....REALLY HARD and let me tell hurt like HELL!  My toes are totally black and blue and look horrible, but surprisingly I feel no pain now.

So....right now I still have all three chairs, but I'm not sure which one works best in this space.  What I really need to do is go into therapy for my Craigslist addiction problem!  

My Brush with Nature in the City

I was unable to get a photo of the actual bird, but he looked a lot like this one, and was around the same size

Last night, as I was walking up my front steps, after a long day of work, I noticed a small bird sitting at the door, like he was waiting to come in.  As I opened the door, he jumped up the step and came into my foyer.  He looked quite young and was having some trouble flying.  I couldn't tell if he was injured because when I tried to pick him up, he started crying and flapping his wings, but he seemed fine, just young and probably learning to fly.  I brought him inside through the house, and immediately brought him out back to my patio, much to the dismay of my cat Sammy.  I then brought him some water and went to my computer to see if there was something I could feed him. In my research, I found that I could give him some canned cat food, which I happened to have, again, Sammy was not amused when he saw me bringing out some cat food out back.  I brought my little friend a small plate, and put some on my finger, he ate it right off.  Then, with a sudden burst of energy, he started walking around my patio area and disappeared under the door leading out to the alley.  By the time I got the door open, he was gone, but there was a larger bird calling above my head sitting on my neighbors roof.  Made me wonder if it was his mother, because when young birds first leave the nest, the parents are always nearby to keep an eye on them.  I truly hope that was the case because it would break my heart if that poor little guy was all by himself.  Anyway, my little friend disappeared, and he's been on my mind ever since. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Houseplants of the 70s

Seems like succulents are the house plant of choice in homes these days, they need very little water or attention...because lets face it...we are all too busy to babysit our plants and water them daily/weekly.

Back in the 70s though, Ferns and Spider plants ruled our house.  Seemed like every home had a fern back then...although they were difficult to keep alive, and they would constantly shed dry little leaves on your shag carpeting.  One summer, I think it was 1978, I can recall helping my friend and her mother dig up some wild ferns in the woods at the bottom of our cul de sac so that they could pot them and hang them in their back porch.  They always looked so full and lush hanging in their porch area, and it always seemed like a special place to hang out, being surrounded by such beauty.  It was around this time that I developed a love of plants in the home...once I could see how beautiful they could be.  Sadly, plants in my parents home always looked kind of sad, but I made it my mission to make them as beautiful as the plants at my friends house, thus began my love affair with houseplants.
Beautiful and lush fern
Lovely hanging ferns

Spider Plant

Spider plants on the other hand were easier to take care of...and they always seemed to sprout little babies when they were thriving.  My folks had spider plants in their home up until they moved sometime in the early 2000s.  They were moving into an active over 50 community where shoveling snow and mowing the lawns were all taken care of.  Guess they decided they were done with taking care of houseplants too, because now all the plants in their home are fake.  Over the years, spider plants and ferns have fallen out of favor with the home decor schemes...even though 70s retro in decorating is hot right now, the houseplants that helped to create the look have not come back into vogue...yet!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Have you hugged a Zombie today?

The Zombie Rights Campaign has declared May 2010 Zombie Cultural Appreciation Month!  I know, your thinking what the hell is the Zombie Rights Campaign?!!  Well during the month of May they plan to highlight positive contributions of Zombies and their allies to the larger human society, especially contributions in art, culture and philanthropy.  

Seems like Zombies are everywhere....I even saw one in a commercial for Honda Civic (see below)

I had to share the Zombie Song which aired on the USA Network in the mid to late 80s...its awesome...just like the Commander!

So folks....don't forget to hug a Zombie today!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Garage Sale Finds

This past Saturday, my boyfriend and I got up early and headed over to a church garage sale that we go to once a year.  Ed ended up buying a Nordic Track stationary bicycle for $50, and it normally retails for around $1,000.  The deals were ahh-mazing!  Check out below to see all the goodies I got...and again...I spent less than $20 for the whole lot!
 Picked up some colorful Pyrex bowls.

 My baby leaf bowl.  Last year I picked up a larger similar bowl.

 On the left is the one I bought last year, and this year I found its baby!

I love the design on this vintage Pyrex dish.  Need to find out the name of that pattern!

Close-up of the pattern.

Vintage needlepoint that I found.  I love the colors and pattern, although its a little shabby.  Need to give it a little TLC.

Picked up this groovy vintage hotplate.  My mom had gotten the exact same one for her wedding back in 1963, and she still uses it to this day!  I was thrilled when I found this and ecstatic when I found that it was in perfect working condition when I plugged it in.

Meow!  Picked up this cute copper kitty mold to hang on my kitchen wall.

It was a great weekend for finding great buys, but the cheapest buy of all didn't cost me a cent.  I found this chair by the dumpster on Sunday.  It is a Breuer style chair in great condition.  There is a small stain on the seat of the chair, which I need to see if it can be cleaned up, but other than that, its in great condition.  Where am I going to put this chair?  Who the hell knows!  I have so many chairs I don't know what to do with them all!

Please ignore the date on this photo...I was trying to get the stupid memory card to work and somehow managed to get this goofy date on the last two photos!  

Monday, May 2, 2011

Obama.....he's the man!

Stuck in meetings all day..GRRR!

I have a mere 15 minutes to post this and eat my lunch before I have to go into another meeting.  I'm hoping to post the goodies I purchased at the Mega-huge church garage sale I went to on Saturday when I get home tonight.  Got some interesting stuff this year.  As always, the sale did not disappoint.  STAY POSTED!  Also, as a side note, I got a free chair on Sunday that was found near a dumpster...I know what you are thinking...another friggin chair?  Yeah I know, I have a chair problem...I cannot seem to stop accumulating them!  But I assure you, this was too good to pass up.