Thermostats & (more) tofu

Well, I got off to a very weird start this morning. When the alarm went off at 6am, I thought, "good grief it is FREEZING in here!" But I'm always cold when I first wake up these days, so I pushed snooze, found my socks at the bottom of the bed and put them back on, and went back to sleep for 9 minutes. Then the alarm went off for the second time, and it was still ridiculously cold but I was too tired to care much about it. Pushed snooze again, went back to sleep for another 9 minutes. When the alarm went off for the 3rd time and it still felt like I was sleeping in an industrial freezer, I had to check out the situation. I put on 2 pairs of sleep pants and 2 sweatshirts and headed for the thermostat, only to find that the little lever thing was pushed as far as it could go to the coldest side -- it was set at 50 degrees!! I freaked out and woke Seth up, and just like me, he didn't know what had happened. It was a complete mystery.

As the day goes on and I'm finally warming up, I'm starting to wonder if I sleep-walked and turned it all the way down at some point during the night. I can't imagine what would possess me to do that (well, I guess used the logic of an unconscious sleep walker), and I truly can't remember doing it, but what other explanation could there be? I've done lots of weird things in my sleep before, so honestly, this wouldn't really surprise me all that much. What I wouldn't give to have had a camera set up last night to know for sure...

Other than my rude awakening this morning, I had a nice weekend. It was too cold to leave the house very much, but that was okay by me. I got lots of stuff done around the house, like putting 2 coats of paint on the TV stand (it still needs 1 more coat I think), and making a new tofu dish.

This was the first time I've ever cooked with kale, ginger root, and rice noodles, and it turned out really tasty! I'm not sure kale is my favorite thing in the world, but I still like it and I'll definitely cook with it again because its healthy and cheap (99 cents/head!). This was also the first time I've marinated tofu, and it added a ton of flavor.

I know I've been talking about tofu a lot lately, but as a person who gets sicked out by raw meat and who's married to a vegetarian, I've been frustrated for a long time about what to cook and I'm excited that I finally got over my dumb fear of tofu. Its opened up a whole new world of cooking for me, and its helping get me through the cold months. The next thing I think I'll try is "fish" sandwiches made with tofu. Later!


I'm finally over my sickness, and it feels great to start crossing things off my house to-do list again. This past weekend I made a few minor adjustments to the bathroom -- BEFORE:

AFTER (painted cabinet white and replaced weird silver bulbs on vanity light w/clear ones):

I really think the bulbs alone make a huge difference, but its also nice to get rid of the fake wood in the room. And speaking of fake wood, I also started the transformation of the big laminate TV stand I got for $15. Here it is, untouched:

And here's a close-up of the ugly handles I'll be replacing:

This TV stand is definitely nothing special, but its just the right size to hide the DVD player, VCR, and stereo, and it was CHEAP! Ideally I would have liked to put the TV on a beautiful antique sideboard or low dresser like the one below, but those things are too 400+ dollars.

Sigh. Isn't that one perfect?? But for now my $15 one will have to do, and I'm hoping that once I paint it and add new handles that it'll actually be kind of cute.

I sanded and primed it yesterday, and next Saturday I plan to paint it, put the new handles on, and drill some holes in the back for the wires.

One more thing I have to mention. Yesterday I made sweet & sour tofu for the first time (from VeganYumYum), and omg its SO. GOOD. Seriously. Its my new favorite thing and even though I made it last night, all I've been able to think about this morning is how I want to go home and make it all over again. The crunchy tofu was so good, and the sauce was amazing with it. If you feel like trying something new (and making a mess in your kitchen that's totally worth it), give this recipe a shot. Its delicious!

Finished bedroom

Well, the inevitable happened...I finally got sick. The last time I got sick was February 2007, which means I went almost a whole year without getting that thing we all get every so often -- stopped-up nose, sore throat, headache, general bad feeling. As unpleasant as its been (and impossible to shake...I've been blowing my nose for 8 days straight), I can't really complain because 1 year is the absolute longest I've ever gone in my whole life without getting sick. Usually I get sick 2 or 3 times each year, so this once per year thing is awesome and I hope its my new norm.

The only bad part about all this is I feel like I've wasted precious work-on-the-house time. There are so many projects I want to do...make curtains for the bedroom, paint the new $15 TV stand, put quarter round on all the baseboards, PUT PICTURES ON THE WALLS...and its all been on hold since pretty much Thanksgiving. I know I need to just be patient and not be in a rush to get everything done, but its hard. I'm working on adopting that attitude, I'm just not quite there yet. I did manage to get the bedroom painted, though (in between Christmas and New Year's). It took 9 hours! Here are the before and after shots:



The pictures aren't great, but you get the idea. I'm just really glad to have gotten rid of one more pink room. Now I've just got the hallway and the guest room to do and our house will be pink wall free!

Raindrops on roses

I've been tagged, so here are a few of my favorite things!

* Of course I have to say The Sound of Music, but also all of these movies

* Double cheeseburgers from Dirty's
* Mixtapes (making and receiving them)
* These shows

* Riding in the car with Seth with Ruby in the backseat and A Hard Day's Night on the stereo (and singing along to every song)

* Figuring out a system to get a seemingly difficult or monotonous task finished quickly and efficiently
* Microsoft Excel
* Chopping veggies
* iPhoto

* Eating anything at Nama (but especially the Maui Wowie, the Pina roll, inari, a Nama house salad, and crab maki rolls...and Asahi)
* A shower so hot that my skin turns bright pink
* Lay's Sour Cream & Onion chips accompanied by an ice cold can of Dr. Pepper
* Playing Rummikub

* Being barefoot (one of my least favorite things is to have socks on, or for my feet to be trapped under tucked-in covers)
* Huey Lewis and the News

* Running errands with my mom
* Taking pictures of food

*Ruby dreaming and barking in her sleep

* Footed pajamas for adults
* Netflix
* Pattern & color, especially in everyday objects

* Sleepovers
* Burt's Bees

* And more than anything else, my family and friends.

Heather C., Heather D., and Ryan - You're tagged!