Friday, April 30, 2010

That Which I Do Not Have

Rain Gear

Every year I tell myself I will invest in some proper rain gear, and every year when thunderstorms wake me from my slumber I end up leaving the house unprepared.  I do have a charming umbrella, but what good is an umbrella if your feet are soaked when you arrive at your destination? 

Enter: Wellington boots/wellies/rubber boots/rain boots

It's time I order a pair for myself instead of typing about what a pity it is that I don't already have some.  So do I order the Hunters online and wait for them to arrive next week?  Or do I go to Target during my lunch break and splash around in them this weekend?  Hmmm. . .

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Would you ever dare to paint your door orange?  
I wouldn't, but 37 makes it look gooood.

(Photo taken in Providence, RI)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Take a Listen

This song has been a favorite of mine for a few years, but in honor of their 
Fall 2010 Tour, I recommend you take a listen.

Muse - "Starlight"

Friday, April 23, 2010


Aforementioned dear boy/future roommate just informed me that he is going to draft the floor plan of our house in AutoCAD, so we can plot out what types of furniture we need for each room.  I guess he is excited too.  :)

One Month = Moving Day

It's nearly official--one month from yesterday I will be moving into a "big girl" house and leaving my one bedroom behind.  In order to not drive my dear boy/future roommate absolutely insane by e-mailing him links, photos, ideas, etc. every other second, I intend to post such found links, photos, ideas, etc. right here on The Stars Purple.  If my excitement level stays anywhere near where it is now, I will have quite the collection of inspirations when the move-in finally happens.

Today my excitement is focused on the semi-sunroom we will have.  With plenty of natural light and some exposed brick along one wall, I think my dreams will flow quite nicely in and out of this area.  Check out these greats:

I love the bird cage. *photo here

Positive energy. *photo here

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A different approach. *photo here

Bright + sunny. *photo here

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This one makes me laugh. *photo here

Sooooo who's coming over for tea??

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Name's Roughy, Orange Roughy.

Last night I went to the store with intent to buy salmon.  The fresh salmon didn't look so great, so the man behind the counter made a few personal recommendations.  I ended up taking home some orange roughy.  I had never heard of it before, but it was delicious.  My dinner date and I agreed that it was possibly the best fish we had ever eaten.  It was so easy to prepare too!  We just threw some sliced lemons on top, added some herbs, wrapped it in aluminium foil, and stuck it in the oven on 350° for about 25 minutes.  Insta-delectability.

Today I have learned a few facts about the fishy itself:

  • It belongs to the slimehead family.  What a great family name.
  • They tend to have great longevity-sometimes up to 149 years old.
  • Good source of protein.
  • High level of mercury-don't eat it if you have a bun in the oven.
  • The fish was recently listed on the Greenpeace International red list due to possible exploitation.
  • Hence, last night was the first and last time I eat it guilt-free.
So next time you're looking for something a little less ordinary than baked chicken or a simple pasta, consider the orange roughy.  But don't consider it too often or it will be all gone before we know it.  And what would the world do without orange little slimeheads swimming around way down under?  I guess we would just have to eat the salmon. . .

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

(W) ednesday

My will to work right now is waning,
so since it is Wednesday,
I will play with some word alliteration
to help with this weariness.

wake up

What words would you wike like to add?
Alliteration is fun.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The mind is its own place, 
and in itself can make 
a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. 
[John Milton]

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rocks on Rocks

After biking across the bridge, we hung out in Sausalito for a bit while waiting for the ferry to take us back to the city.  This guy was our entertainment.  Nope, he is not gluing them together.  Crazy, eh?

Bikes over the Bridge

I never tire of seeing Golden Gate Bridge in all its glory.  Last weekend I got to bike across it for the first time.  It was the most beautiful day and I was with the greatest companion.  There were dolphins splashing below and surfers catching some waves directly underneath.  Such a cool experience.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Lucky Lucky Lavender

I arrived in San Francisco today, and the nice girl I sat next to on the plane was wearing the most excitingly pretty nail polish, OPI's Lucky Lucky Lavender.  It's part of their Spring 2010 Hong Kong Collection & I can't wait to get a bottle of my own!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Perfect Date(s)

Is there anything better than a perfect date? This morning I jumpstarted my Thursday with a BFF coffee date. No matter how long or short it has been since last seeing each other, we always have so much to catch up on. We just chatted ourselves silly.  A great way to start the day and completely worth an earlier alarm clock time. I love coffee. I love the fresh morning air. And I love her. It's the trifecta of a perfect date.

We didn't take a picture of ourselves this morning, that would have been rather silly. New Year's in New York last year was pretty perfect too, so this picture is fitting enough.

18+ years together. I think it's a pretty promising relationship. *smiles*

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pots & Pans

I have become a bit of a house hunter (yippy!) the last few weeks.  I am having such a blast with it, and there are so many fun places to live out there.  One thing that seems inevitable is that the kitchen in the house-of-choice will be somewhat small.  Fine with me though, as I intend to utilize some hooks, racks, walls, and ceilings to do some proper hanging of the pots and pans.  Such as these people did:

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Who knew pots & pans (and even a spatula) could have so much character. 
Hopefully I have a photo of my own hanging pot rack soon!


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