Sunday, January 31, 2010

sweets

A cup of coffee and cupcake is always a good idea in the late afternoon.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

flowers

Dinner guests who bring flowers are the best.

Friday, January 29, 2010

we always end up here anyhow

They liked the photos from our kitchen so much that it went up on the cooking devoted site too.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

home sweet home

It's up! It looks amazing, and the response has been terrific.


Monday, January 25, 2010

totally hot

With help from a few friends, The Heated has made another music video. It looks and sounds really amazing.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

sunday

Days and days of cold rain. We in San Francisco are a bunch of wussies, I know. Thankfully we have a fireplace, and while it doesn't do a great job of heating the house, it creates such ambiance. After a very nourishing dinner of brown rice, baked yams, steamed kale and chicken or tofu, we plan to sit in front of the fire and listen to some David Sedaris books on CD. It's my kind of Sunday night.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

cleanest house ever

The ATSF photographer came this morning. It was exciting having her here. Bonus: the house is as clean and put together as it's ever been. I absolutely love that feeling. Here are a few shots that I took, please remember I'm still figuring out how the camera works.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

this time it's personal

I started writing this yesterday and thought I'd go back an edit it a bit. After having yet another pregnancy test come up negative this morning though I feel too blue to change anything.

It's pouring down rain outside. Like torrential rain with thunder. But the girls are all asleep and I am drinking a cup of tea and eating ginger cookies so I actually like it. Here's a little about our ttc story (that's trying-to-conceive in the creepy world of pregnancy forums.) We planned to use a friend of ours as a donor and we planned to start in May of 2008. Neither happened. The donor freaked at the last minute and stopped returning our phone calls. Finances were a little stressful so we put it on hold for another year. Last May we were finally ready to go the route of Sperm Bank. We chose a non-profit in the East Bay which is about a 30 min drive from home. Donor catalogs are available online and for free. Go snoop if you're curious. You get a pretty good amount of information such as: height, weight, hair color and texture, eye color, skin color, month/year of birth, college major, current employment and family medical history. You can also read a short interview with questions like ability to speak foreign languages, play musical instruments and artistic/athletic interest. All the donors are required to answer why they chose to be a donor. Additionally you have access to the interviewer's notes which I felt were more telling than any other part. They comment on the personal style, speech, and overall sociability of the interviewee.
This is such a bizarre way to pick a biological parent for your child. It's easier than dating though. Ha! At first we had strong opinions about the donor being musical, having features somewhat close to Cristina's and I wanted someone on the tall lean side since my genes are all short and stumpy. Ultimately though, the only requirement that we stuck with is that the donor be willing to be known to the child when he/she turns 18. As parents we won't be allowed to seek the bio dad out, but if our child feels it's something they want, they'll have access to his information. The bank recommended we choose 3-4 donors since they aren't always available and it's better to try a few if it takes awhile. We've tried 3 so far. In case you are wondering, this bank limits the number of children per donor to 10 families (that seems like a lot, but it's fewer than most) and we can meet half siblings if we want to. I don't know yet, will we want to?

I never thought this would be the way I'd be trying to get pregnant. I guess no one does, but I thought I was straight until I met Cristina. She wasn't sure she wanted kids so we avoided the topic for the first year or two. I've always known I wanted to be a mom, like from about the age of 2 it was obvious, so we really had to talk about it before we could get too serious in the relationship. Luckily her two nephews are adorable and easy going and Allison has adored her from day 1- these three kids had a lot to do with why we are trying to be parents now.

Monday, January 18, 2010

first shots

Oh my, this camera is cool but I am in so over my head.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

farmer's market

At the market this morning.




These might be the last images you see from my trusty little Power Shot A530. We've been saving (and by that I mean Cristina has been saving) for the last 6 months and bought ourselves a Canon Rebel T1i. I'm signing myself up for a proper class on how to use it because it's way beyond me. We chose this one because it also shoots HD video which pleases The Heated.

Friday, January 15, 2010

the new to do list

Most big projects have been checked off the list, but there's plenty still to do this weekend. Thankfully it's a long one, so we're taking Sunday off to visit grandma in Santa Cruz.

1) hem bedroom curtains
2) attack cobwebs
3) super dusting
4) clutter control
5) vacuum and mop wood floors
6) use the power of baking soda on the bathroom floor
7) finish potting last 2 succulents
8) hem linen tablecloth
9) hang 2nd thread organizer

On a completely separate note. We had dinner with some friends earlier this week who we hadn't seen in a few months. Much of the "catching up" was chatting about our long process of me trying to get pregnant. We're on month 8 and it's been treacherous. People seem to take a particular interest because we're using a donor through a sperm bank and for the most part this is unknown territory. My friend was encouraging me to write about the process, but I don't want to force that on people. Any input? Do you want to know what went in to our decision of which donor(s) to use. Do you care what an IUI is and how a person finds out she has low progesterone?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

beach walk

I took a break from scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees to walk with a friend at Fort Funston. It was really cold out there today, but I had on my down coat and a mug full of Blue Bottle coffee.



checking shit off

1) Sew new curtains for the bedroom
2) New art for over the bed (I ordered some decals which I think will look great)
DONE 3) Re-hang art in the dining room. We have 2 new pieces to get framed.
4) Finish hemming the tablecloth.
DONE 5) Sew new curtains for the kitchen
DONE 6) Change out work table in the side room, which means empty it and find a place for the baking dishes to live.
7) Deal with cords behind the new desk (Cristina built a gorgeous one in her class and we will be using the old one as a work table.)
8) Find a lamp for the lampshade in the living room
DONE 9) Sew new throw pillows for the rocker and couch using Umbrella Prints scraps and linen.
10) Plant something in the empty pot on the deck, bulbs maybe?
11) Plants for the top shelf in the bathroom, what won't die up there?
12) Touch up paint in the bathroom where the vintage hairdryer used to hang
13) Get a tall person to reach up and unscrew the hook in the ceiling of the living room
DONE 14) Restack the firewood on the front steps so it doesn't look so janky
Not DONE, but we did wash the bathroom walls and scrub the kitchen floor in a serious way. 15) Clean the entire house top to bottom

Friday, January 8, 2010

ciucciobaby

The newest recipient of a ciuccio quilt. Apparently she actually crawled back into bed because her quilt is so snuggley. Not many blankets can claim that affect.



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010

Happy new year to you all. I didn't intend to take a break from blogging over the holidays, but I was so very sick. I spent almost 5 days in bed, and even had to miss our family trip to the mountains for
New Year's eve due to a high fever. Thankfully all the but the cough is now behind me!
Well, a new year. For me this always means a serious de-cluttering and organizing frenzy. And this go-around it's bigger than ever because a photographer is coming to shoot the apartment in a few weeks. Eeks! I'm totally excited and probably shouldn't mention it for fear of jinxing the whole thing -but it's out now. So for the next 3 weeks I'll be in nesting mode and the list is long.
1) Sew new curtains for the bedroom
2) New art for over the bed (I ordered some decals which I think will look great)
3) Re-hang art in the dining room. We have 2 new pieces to get framed.
4) Finish hemming the tablecloth.
5) Sew new curtains for the kitchen
6) Change out work table in the side room, which means empty it and find a place for the baking dishes to live.
7) Deal with cords behind the new desk (Cristina built a gorgeous one in her class and we will be using the old one as a work table.)
8) Find a lamp for the lampshade in the living room
9) Sew new throw pillows for the rocker and couch using Umbrella Prints scraps and linen.
10) Plant something in the empty pot on the deck, bulbs maybe?
11) Plants for the top shelf in the bathroom, what won't die up there?
12) Touch up paint in the bathroom where the vintage hairdryer used to hang
13) Get a tall person to reach up and unscrew the hook in the ceiling of the living room
14) Restack the firewood on the front steps so it doesn't look so janky
15) Clean the entire house top to bottom

You all with me still? I see some late nights over the sewing machine in the near future. Luckily all the fabric has been purchased and washed already so it's just a matter of actually making the items. I've been searching around on Etsy for ideas for what to do with the shelf over the toilet in the bathroom. It's really high, but you can see it when you sit on the pot, and while the photographer probably won't take a piture from there, it's something that annoys me on a daily basis. Ideas? I've not had great luck with plants in the past, but maybe succulents could handle it. Maybe just a collection of planters/vases?



Little Concrete Planter with Airplant by TortoiseLovesDonkey $14.50

Little Moss Bowl by benjrs $16

Bird Planter by prettyrandomobjects $48

Flower Pot by mrhstudios $75

Small bud vase by DAHceramics $25
Bigarra Pot with Saucer at Ikea $9.99