Friday, 31 July 2009

So Mad Men-ish


I am obsessed lately with Mad Men. It got me thinking that my job used to be somewhat in that vein. No, no inter-office hanky panky took place, but Fridays, oh, Fridays. There was a time that on Fridays, my boss would buy us lunch...and cocktails. We would order out, and whoever went to pick up lunch also stopped to pick up a few gallons of daiquiris. Yummy. Then, there was a grocery run. Snacks, sandwich makings and a varied amount of beer and sodas all put into ice chests awaiting evening. When quitting time rolled around, the crews coming in from the field got to have a good time. We office people stayed and indulged too, or sometimes we got to start a little earlier on that lot, lol. Ahh, the good ol' days. Many offices there still are inclined to be that way.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Copy cat




I was reading Tales of a Retro-Modern Housewife and decided to play along. You can make yourself a Mad Men character here. Cheers!

Glutton for punishment



Friday is supposed to be my last day for work since I begin the respiratory program next week. I am so easily guilted though. I know, that is not really a word. I am agreeing to take on work during the evenings because the other drafter decided to take the week off next week, and they have hired a new person who is not aware of how things work yet. Now why this other person decided to take next week off while knowing for the past two months that Friday is my last day, I'll never know. C'est la vie.

edited to add:
one of my bosses just called and said that i could quit the 1st of never...

Thursday night!


One of my favorite movies of all time is coming on TCM Thursday night. I don't know why I am so excited. I still have the double VHS. ~snicker~

I have loved this movie since I was a small girl. I mean, the costumes and scenery?! Too, my parents loved it. My dad had show truck that he airbrushed with scenes from the movie. And he etched the glass too. It is a 52 Chevy pickup. =) The book glued me when I was a teen.

The best viewing though was about six years ago. A friend of mine and her sister and I went to the Saenger theatre in New Orleans for their summer movie series. The tickets were 75 cents. There was the old organ played before the movie began. As the lights went down the organ descended into the floor. It rose again during intermission. It was amazing to see it on the big screen in all it's glory. ~sigh~

So spen Thursday night with Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard, Butterfly McQueen, and Hattie McDaniel on TCM!!! Gone With the Wind

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Endless debate

This has been my go to hair style, based on the old Vidal Sassoon cut. It's easy and pretty much compliments my round face with big cheeks.

However, I always come to the point where I want to grow my hair out. I am at that point right now. I have been letting the cut grow out a bit and playing with rollers and such. Then, I look at pictures of myself and think, blah. Of course there's that weird middle stage. I find, from looking at snapshots, that I look better now when my hair is slightly away from my face, even if it is just on one side. ~sigh~ It is only hair. Maybe I will let it grow out a bit and see what happens. It isn't like I can't go back and cut it all off again. =)
But sometimes, you just want to look glamorous and long hair seems to do that. Hrmmmm

Friday, 24 July 2009

yUmMY


I had never, ever had shredded wheat before. In fact, we rarely buy cereal, maybe once a year. For some reason though as I went down the grocery aisles that box tempted me. So, I caved and bought a box. Inside, there are little separate paper envelopes with three little shredded goodies each. I pop one out of the little packet, throw on some fresh berries or even plain and add some moo juice. Yummy!
I really like it!
Then, I found these cute adds for it from yesteryear. =)

I laughed til I cried.

So, it's not vintage... at all. But this has to be the best wedding entrance ever. This completely brightened my day beyond belief. Kudos to these people!!

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Oh yeah, pure silliness

The 50s through the 70s





www.yearbookyourself.com

Day Dreaming

Solita Solano and Djuna Barnes in Paris, 1922, http://www.delicatessen.org/paris.html

Ever since I did a summer semester in Madrid, oh six years ago, I have had daydreams. I took Spanish, Expatriate Literature and some other class that does not stick in my brain really well. The Expat Lit class, ah. Studies of the drunken days, debauchery and scandal of the times of Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, James Baldwin, Richard Wright. Readings were a time machine to the past. But sitting there, sipping vermouth, beer, wine outside, talking of literature, culture, we were transported and became a little piece of them.

Perhaps that is why I got involved in burlesque. It is a tiny chance to live a little scandalously, and travel back in time a few times a month. I can be whoever I wish.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Bon Apetite!

Growing up, our television spent a ton of time on PBS. Cooking shows on the weekends were a big deal. We loved Julia Child especially. My mom had one of her huge cook books. So when I saw the commercials for the new movie "Julie & Julia", I got a little excited. Have you seen the commercials? It is sort of two movies in one. One part exploring Julia's entry into the male dominated culinary world in the early 50s. The other delves into a modern day woman tired of her job and decides to cook her way through Julia's cook book. I don't know why I am tickled at the prospect of the movie. Maybe it is the intertwining of old and new?

Monday, 20 July 2009

Just because this is funny


Mean Petite wants to eat Shotza Bunny!! This picture is so funny. It was snapped backstage while we were getting ready for a late night show. I look all evil and menacing, Shotza looks all cute and innocent. Hahaha. We're so silly. This is what really happens behind the scenes at a vaudeville/burlesque show. ;)

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Sewing time



With the prospect of being without my own income in the next few weeks, I have been tightening my boot straps. I have been wanting a little plaid button up shirt, sort of rockabilly-ish to wear with my rolled up jeans. I have seen some prices and thought to myself, "I should really just make my own." So, I rummaged through my stash of fabric and fabric remnants. I found a red,blue,brown plaid cotton fabric. It was about a yard and a quarter that I paid little over $1 for. Hmm, so I dig through patterns. I had two different shirt patterns that would work! I cut out the pattern pieces and have the fabric cut out. This one will have elbow length sleeves to go through a few more seasons. Now, I just have to sew that baby together. =)

I think that I can make some shirts similar, with puffy sleeves or a little more feminine. I may even make some sash/bow belts to make them more dressy or pinup style. I also want to make this skirt, the capris and top. =)


I am becoming a little more confident with my sewing skills. Also, I am becoming more excited that I can actually make my own clothes. This is a good thing when you are only 5'1".

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Bee Mine

photo by Norman Dillion Photography

I am getting this! The Bee Mine hat. It's from Miss Kitty Mae on Etsy. She makes lovely little creations and custom ones too. =) She's going to be making mine soon, yaay! I'm dying to get the De La as well, fun, festive!!

psst... yep that's me in the Goldie!

Because I'm missing home - Vintage New Orleans


I used to see this bike all the time around Decatur, and the guy who rode it astounded me every time.

Jazz Quintet, 1945
Today, but looking oh so vintage
Hot burlesque, and still happening.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Channeling a little Clara



For some reason, I have been fixing my hair more in this fashion lately. I have been feeling a little Clara Bow. =) Scarves are fun! And I adore 20s makeup. Feeling a little flapper in me ;) Bathtub gin anyone?

I also began receiving the vintage house manuals that I ordered. I have just flipped through them, but I can already see some great tips. We have become so dependent on so many types of cleaners and products, but what we need is so few. Maybe I will wind up saving a little in the grocery department when all I really need is some baking soda, vinegar, peroxide, and a few other simple products.
The one I ordered still had it's dust jacket! It was in one of those clear covers that was like a library book. It's from 1945.

This one was from 1953. It is in super shape as well, and still had the library checkout ticket in it's pocket in the back. =)

I have a vintage cookbook arriving soon too. I cannot wait to peruse that!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Dinner


I made this last night. It's from Clean Eating Magazine. Sam wouldn't try it, but I thought it was tasty. I found the "cakes" a little hard to form and make pretty before getting them in the pan. I kind of plopped them in and formed them in the pan. I wound up adding a little splash of real oil in the pan to make them get crisp/stay together. Not so healthy. I think it would be great in a casserole dish and baked too. Oh, I didn't have any cilantro so I used parsley and a
little corriander.

When I went into my garden to gather some spinach and radishes and peas, I came across a visitor. It was just a large garden snake, but it had me doing a hop and going, "Snake, snake, snake!" Haha. I also made some simmered radishes with thyme. That recipe was on All Recipes. It did not taste bad, but I think my radishes had gotten a little big and should have simmered a little longer.

It makes 4 servings of everything. You'll have 2 cakes extra though!

Lentil Brown Rice Cakes
Cakes & Cilantro Cream

  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 egg whites, whisked
  • 2 tbsp whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp Cajun Seasoning
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • juice 1/2 lime
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
One:
Put lentils, garlic, oregano and onion into a medium saucepan. Cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 4 minutes, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Check during simmering, stirring occasionally; if water has reduced too much, add about 1/2 cup more. (While you want the lentils to absorb the water during cooking, you do not want to let the water reduce so much that the bottom of the lentils will burn.)
Two:
When lentils are finished cooking, let cool for at least 10 minutes.
Three:
In a large bowl, mix together rice, lentil mixture, egg whites, flour and seasoning. Using your hands, form mixture into 10 patties, about the size of a small burger or approximately 4 inches in diameter. Set aside patties.
Four:
Preheat nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Mist with cooking spray. Place patties, about 4 at a time, in skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until slightly browned.
Five:
In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, salt and black pepper. Serve 2 patties with 2 tbsp yogurt sauce spooned over top.

Salad & Creamy Avocado Dressing
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 avocado, cut in half, pit and skin removed and divided
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cored and finely diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded, cored and finely diced (about 2 tbsp jalapeno)
  • 1/4 cup carrots, finely diced
  • 1 15oz can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp plus 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro, finely chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • zest 1 lime
  • juice 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar ( I think this was a little too much for my taste)
  • 1 tbsp honey (I used agave nectar)
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
One:
Mix lettuce, finely diced 1/2 avocado, Onion, red pepper, jalapeno, carrots, beans, and 2 tbsp cilantro.
Two:
In a food processor add remaining 1/2 avocado, remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, yogurt, lime zest and juice, vinegar, honey and Dijon. Pulse for about 1 minute until finely blended.
(I don't have food processor, I just mixed by hand with a whisk)

You know what to do with dressing and salad...

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Thursday, 9 July 2009

Newest purchase

I expect this to arrive this week. I thought it was the cutest, casual dress. It will definitely be worn tons, I can tell already. It seems like it will take me through fall and into the chilly months with a cardigan too. HaPpy

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Every morning when I wake up...


I have trying to get up in the morning and put on a face and fix my hair every day. Actually, I have the task down to between five and ten minutes for makeup. Hair is a different issue. Sometimes, my set will stay for a day or two, other times, not so much. I may try cotton rag curlers at night and see how my hair does in the morning. I am trying to get a quick routine down for when I have to actually leave the house by 7:00 am. I am trying to get it down because there will be two of us trying to get ready by the same time. One of the small things that I will miss about working from home. I will definitely lay out my clothes the night before and prepare a packed lunch in the fridge to throw in my little cooler bag too. Sam does that the night before for work the next day.

But back to makeup and hair. I do find that I feel much better during the day when I have taken the little time in the morning to fix myself up. Now, if I could get my clothing in order. Since I work from home, I tend to wear rolled up jeans and a little tee. I take another quick shower in the evening (it has been terribly hot & we only have one window unit that I use sparingly) and change into a cute dress or something while making dinner. As I mentioned earlier, I will be walking home from school in the afternoons (5+ miles), so my shoes will be the utmost of comfort. I have several little Mary Jane type athletic walkers. I love them, and though they look a little childish, I think they are adorable. =) I am sure I will figure everything out eventually. Plus, when clinical times come, scrubs will be the answer to all!

yipeee

thankfully, there are no longer rooms of iron lungs!

I only have three more weeks with my current job. August 5th is orientation for the respiratory therapy program. Then, I will be there five days a week. From what I understand, I will be there from 7:30am until 3:00pm. This will work out perfectly in the mornings. Sam will be able to drop me off on his way to work since he passes right in front of it every morning. In the afternoons, I will walk the 5+ miles home. Well, except on Wednesday evenings. Then, I will walk to the other school and take my two hour jazz dance class. ~jazz hands~ =D
I am sure this will be a little daunting, but I am excited.

p.s. I worked out the "missing" assignments with the teacher. Turns out she did not have things in the computer on her end. I just had to send the originals and the ones that she sent me with her comments and voila!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Water Cooler Wonder



Time Machine to the Twenties was so sweet as to have me on her Water Cooler Wonder Awards.

I would love to pass it on to these blogs that I adore! (in alphabetical order)

Bitch Cakes: A Neurotic Glamour Girl's Weight Watcher's Experience and Fitness Adventures

Destination 1940

Diary of a Vintage Girl

Grosgrain

Long Gone Loves

Retro Ways: Vintage Fashion and History

Tales of a Retro-Modern Housewife


The Mysterious Life of a Metropolitan Housewife

The World According to Bitch Cakes

Time Machine to the Twenties

Two Smart Girls

Vixen Vintage

Wowza


As I said yesterday, I did some straightening and organizing. It's only the beginning. I did clear the kitchen table and began on the kitchen. I pulled out table clothes that I had bought years ago and had never removed from the packaging. When Sam got home, something amazing happened. Instead of putting his work case and random work belongings on the kitchen table, he brought it into the bedroom and put it in a corner by his nightstand. He then said, "What happened to the bedroom? It looks super nice." Wow. Maybe having it clean and straight will bring him about to keeping it that way rather than randomly dropping his things where ever.
Another nice perk? We ate dinner at the kitchen table rather than on the sofa in front of the tv!
Today I wrangled up the pile of books under our bed. Well, all but the ~wink, wink~ books that just do not need to be displayed. The next task will be rearranging the bookshelves. I fear they are close to full, really smooshed full. I will have to give some thought on how I would like to handle that.
Between today and tomorrow, I would like to tackle our upstairs bathroom. Straighten and rearrange, clean the light fixtures... Maybe a tiny bit more to the kitchen as well.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Chores


I am stealing some ideas from Jitterbug. I have been reading her Destination 1940 blog from the beginning. Her blog was the inspiration for me ordering some old vintage books. In fact, I ordered the cookbook she talks about as well, but I think the one I ordered is from 1947.

Inspired by her blog, this morning before I started work I decided to get my bedroom in some semblance of order. I cleared off the tops of the dressers and nightstands of all but the alarm clock and my jewelery boxes. We are bad and use under our bed for storage. Sam puts his winter sweaters and such as that in a huge rubbermaid under there. I, on the other hand, keep it as a book stash. It is really bad. There are piles and piles of books. For today, though, I took all of the magazines and books on the dressers and stuck them under there with the rest. Tomorrow, I may tackle the bookshelves in the office and straighten them up and put those stashed books where they belong. I should only keep one book out of place. I do have to say the bedroom looks so much nicer and inviting without random things strewn about. I tried to "air" the sheets, but when I came back in the room from starting a pot of coffee, Sam had already made the bed. So, I will not complain about that one. I am going to try and keep the bedroom nice before work/school everyday. Though, I am starting to dread August when I will be away 5 day classes and some night classes, and walking the five miles home each day. It will all be worth it though.

Since it's Monday and sunny, I followed an old tradition from back home. Wash day! I have been washing and hanging my clothes on the line when it's not raining. Then, I throw them in the drier for about ten minutes with a fabric softener to make them, well, soft! Back home traditionally, it would be red beans day too. However, I will not be making that as we have a fridge full of leftovers that I plan to make into something.

In this last month before mega-full-time classes, I am going to take advantage of working from home. I am going to try and tackle each room and make it straight and organized. I hope to keep it that way too. Though, I know my best laid plans will go ary when we begin renovation!

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Radio Shows



I have been really into listening to old radio shows. A few years ago, we bought three of the Twilight Zone radio series. (You can download some free here) Too, we have bunches of old cassette tapes with old radio shows, Orsen Wells, mysteries, etc. I have become a little addicted to them. Wonderful for when I wake up in the middle of the night and can't turn on lights to read or turn on the tv (which never has much on anyway). Too, I like them for housework, cooking or sewing time because I do not feel like I am missing anything by not being in front of the television. I am always on the lookout for things such as this.
Though I never enjoyed them before, I also have started enjoying audio books in much the same way.
Another free online site of all old radio shows!
http://www.radiolovers.com/allshows.html

Friday, 3 July 2009

Fun Reading


I just ordered two books. The Housewife's Handbook from 1953. I was able to order an old copy in on Amazon for a steal, really $5.
And I got this one from 1945 for just a bit more. Well, I ordered both, we'll see if they are still available from the seller. Sometimes, Amazon does not get them down quickly after an order is placed. That happened with a school text book that I tried to order.

Anyhoo, both should be fun reading. Fun reading is just what I need at the moment. =)

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Kitchen stuff


I ordered some glass knobs for the kitchen cabinets that I am restaining. The Charleston Hardware company has antique and reproduction hardware. They should be coming any day now. I ordered the cobalt blue and green knobs. YaaY!
We are just getting starting in deciding what we will be doing with our house. It so needs a makeover. We bought it about 2 1/2 years ago and have not done much of anything except replace pipes and those sorts of repairs that were necessary. Now, we get to begin the fun stuff, colors, floors, re-staining the tons of woodwork because we do not want to paint that. We like the wood. =)