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Of Garage Sales and Grass-Fed Beef

May 16, 2009

It is a flawless late spring day. I spent the majority of today being uber-productive:

I woke up at 8am.
Did yoga.
Circulated two loads of laundry.
Baked blueberry-lemon muffins.
Took a shower.
All before 10am.

Normally, I am maybe half that productive on a full Saturday, but I was on a roll. My mom, Rachel, and Amanda came over, and we hit the Heritage Hill-wide garage sales. Found loads of neat things here and there (tall, blue glass vases, some old books, some books/bibs for future niece/nephew, a waffle iron) and also bought a gorgeous, small sideboard/buffet/whatever the heck you want to call it. It needs a little TLC and I probably paid a little too much ($60) for it, but the woman who sold it to me was nice and helped me haul it to my house a few blocks away. What color do you all think I should paint it? I was thinking a bright, happy red. Or maybe a burnt orange. Something cheerful and quirky. Gimme your opinions.

sideboard

After all of this merriment, we met Johanna at Electric Cheetah for lunch. I saw they had a grass-fed beef burger on the menu, and since I gave up red meat about a year or so ago, I’ve barely touched beef (I caved and got Arby’s twice…gross, I know, but a guilty weakness). However, since it was good, grass-fed beef, I decided to try it. It tasted delicious (though really, turkey or chicken burgers are still what I prefer anyway). It also dripped grease onto my brand new, ultra snappy white crochet tank top. *sad face* I’m doomed whenever I wear new, white clothes. I spent the rest of the meal with my napkin tucked into my collar, eating with my head stuck out over my plate, like a crane or a senior citizen whose teeth might fall out during mid-bite.

Now I am paying for that freakin’ burger. It’s still perfection outside, and what am I doing? Wearing my “Librarians love to circulate, check me out” tshirt, sitting with my laptop on my bed without any sheets (laundry day), feeling queasy all the way down to my toes.

(The smell maybe…but not the stomach-ache after.)

Beef = bad, bad idea.

However, I did end my day the proud owner of some great deals. And really, I must admit, there isn’t much in the world I love better than getting a great deal on something.

I’m going to just concentrating on not heaving now.

(I have other ideas forming for posts, I promise…sorry I’ve been a big neglectful lately.)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Glo permalink
    May 16, 2009 7:40 pm

    Yay garage sales, we have our subdivision garage sale this weekend! As for the cabinet thingy, may I suggest cobalt blue? It would look darling with a blue and white china vase on top with flowers πŸ™‚

    Love ya darlin!

  2. May 17, 2009 1:29 am

    1) those muffins look scrumptious.
    2) i like red, but i think i would need to see the rest of your digs to give you good input. πŸ™‚
    3) i’m so sorry about your grass-fed beef experience! the last time i cheated and ate a bit of chicken, i felt very sick afterward. same with cheese. i think your body changes after awhile.

  3. Amanda permalink
    May 17, 2009 8:42 am

    ohh boo, I’m so sorry that the burger didn’t settle well with you! It looked pretty tasty though! πŸ™‚ How about Gaia next time? Some good ol fashioned vegetarian food!

  4. Caroline permalink*
    May 18, 2009 10:25 am

    @ Glo:

    Thanks for the suggestion! I actually have decided on blue, but instead of colbalt (my sister has a very similar cabinet, but larger, and it’s painted colbalt — don’t want to be too twin-sy), I’m going with a deep Tiffany blue.

    Love you back!

    @ Sabrina:

    It is hard to decide on a color without seeing everything else it would be next to. My style tends to be kind of a “bohemian/artsy jumble sale” feel, so what I have tends to go together but rarely match. Anyway, I think the Tiffany blue I mentioned above will be good to go.

    I think my body is finally at a place to reject red meat, which is okay with me. I didn’t think it would make me feel sick all day long, but indeed it did. Blech.

    @ Amanda:

    It looked tasty, it tasted tasty, but it was like a time bomb. I think Gaia might be a better option for the next round. Or Marie Catrib’s??? We still haven’t been there together. Maybe she’ll finally have her chocolate pudding there! πŸ™‚

  5. Amanda permalink
    May 18, 2009 1:51 pm

    mmm…yes i vote maries! πŸ™‚

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