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Snow in the Desert

Quick tip: When writing, how can you remember the difference between "desert" and "dessert"? With "dessert", you go back for seconds!

Okay, I'm ready to be serious now.

My trip to Washington DC last week was the coldest I've ever been in my life. It was so cold, in fact, that when we were inside the conservatory of the US Botanic Garden and the ice on the roof cracked and slid down the glass, the sound made made me envision what it would be like if the glass and snow suddenly collapsed, trapping me underneath and ending my life. It meant I wouldn't have to go back out in the cold again. It sounded wonderful.

Yes, Sexy Nerd thinks I'm nuts.

On a more optimistic note, I knew we'd soon be back in sunny Albuquerque, where the winter has been mild and we've even had several days above 60 lately.

I think you know where I'm going with this...

The view from my bedroom window this morning.
 Look how deep the snow on the wall is!
That i…

Our Dream Home

We're just a few months away from breaking ground on our dream home...assuming we ever finalize our design! Here are the things we know for certain:

Our dream home will be rustic and glam. Glamstic? Rustam?
Our dream home will have charming doors leading to a private courtyard.
The driveway will be lined with fragrant, drought-tolerant plants.
Our dream home will have as much character as we can cram in! Reclaimed wood where the hallway turns the corner? Yes, please.

Three of the living room walls will be stone, floor to (very high) ceiling.
The fourth wall will be wood, matching the windows.
There will be a wall of fire at the edge of our Endless Pool, visible as guests approach our house.
In our dream home, all the floors will be brick, including the patios. The vaulted ceiling of the living room and kitchen will be wood.
There will be a charming drink station, complete with an instant hot water dispenser for tea.
Reluctantly, our kitchen sink will be white ceramic. I'…

The Reviews are Coming!

During the holidays, I had fun writing a gift guide using only products I own and enjoy in real life. This gave me the idea to make unsponsored reviews a regular occurrence on my blog, starting immediately (which, if you look at my last review, apparently means 3 months later.) Yes, there are reviews on sites like Amazon, but I'm always skeptical that those are real, or worry that they're actually one big joke and I'm just not getting it.

Some past kinda-sorta reviews:

Calphalon Contemporary Pans (The Teflon folks weren't happy and let me know it.)(Come to think of it, writing that will certainly attract their attention again, and they aren't going to like it this time either!)

Easy Feet - As Seen on TV (This post offended a reader who said they couldn't bend to wash their feet, so I felt like a jerk.)(My Easy Feet review follow up is that it quickly morphed into a slimy, bacteria-infested health hazard, complete with black fuzzies, so...)

I'm hoping to adher…

Floor Plan Update: Puppy Penthouse Edition

We've been making great progress on our custom floor plan. It's a bit better than the last one I shared, don't you think? In fact, there's a new feature I really love.


Oh yes. Pica and Biscuit are getting their very own room! Almost 25 square feet all to themselves, with direct access to their own, private courtyard. Can you tell we don't have kids? We've nicknamed this the "Puppy Penthouse Room".

Pica looks so happy in her new room.

Or the "P.P. Room" for short. Kinda perfect, especially for a future puppy, wouldn't you agree?