politics, technology & web


Edward Snowden joined Twitter! (I’d classify myself as a fan, supporter, person who is irritated by his treatment and current lack of U.S. passport.)

And then he tweeted one my faves!

house, living room

Living Room: Paint meets fireplace

We primed the living room’s brick fireplace tonight after work, y’all! Look:

Brick fireplace primed

We’ve still got to the get actual paint color on there (the bottom gray shown here), but whew, just seeing the primer on there makes for such a nice change.

Also, let me just say: Painting brick is not very fun and requires way more dabbing with a paint brush than I anticipated. I imaged much more roller-only action than what actually happened for some reason, so getting that layer up there feels like an accomplishment and now I just have to convince myself to do it one or two more times with the paint.

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before the renovations started:

Living Room demo prep

Such an improvement! 😀

So now picture the white bricks painted light gray and install some built-in bookcases with your mind and you know what it’s going to look like. 😉

Custom teal sectional is on order! Bookcases are being built! The end is near…ish.

Check out all of the living room re-do posts here.

feminism & equality, politics

Elizabeth Warren Knows Black Lives Matter

Did you catch Senator Warren’s speech on racial inequality Sunday? The Washington Post said it “was perhaps the most full-throated endorsement to date by a federal lawmaker for the ongoing protest movement” and I totally agree. She spoke the truth in a way that didn’t back down from inevitable criticism and didn’t downplay or ignore the issue even though she’s a white woman who has never personally experienced such racial discrimination.

Here are a few quotes from her speech:

“None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets. This is the reality all of us must confront, as uncomfortable and ugly as that reality may be. It comes to us to once again affirm that black lives matter, that black citizens matter, that black families matter.”

“Economic justice is not — and has never been — sufficient to ensure racial justice. Owning a home won’t stop someone from burning a cross on the front lawn…”

“We’ve seen sickening videos of unarmed, black Americans cut down by bullets, choked to death while gasping for air — their lives ended by those who are sworn to protect them. Peaceful, unarmed protesters have been beaten. Journalists have been jailed… We must be honest: 50 years after John Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out, violence against African Americans has not disappeared.”

Read more and watch the video at The Washington Post.

dallas, food

Breakfast in Dallas: Good 2 Go Taco

We finally got a chance to try Good 2 Go Taco on Peavy in northeast Dallas (in the White Rock Lake area) and it did not disappoint. We tried a breakfast taco, and one of their breakfast plates (with pulled pork). And Cultivar Coffee has a counter inside so we grabbed a cappuccino and a cold brew iced coffee too. All recommended!

dining room, house

How about a Dining Room Update too?

Our house has two living rooms, which has come in handy while we’re renovating the one we actually use (because we can stuff all of the furniture in the front “formal” one while we work).

temporary Living Room
The “formal” living room, stuffed with too much furniture, while we work on the other living room.

However, now that we’ve finally spent more time in the front room and tried to imagine a dining table that could fit off in the smaller side of it without feeling squished into the kitchen doorway (hiding between that bookcase and standing lamp in the photo above), we realized that tiny space for our only dining table (upon which we’d love to do lots of board game playing & do projects that require space to spread out) totally sucks.

So, why not make the whole extra living room into one big dining/project room? (My husband randomly said that when our measuring wasn’t going well and we agreed to do it in under a minute.)

Luckily, this room has our wood floors and white paint, so it’s almost ready to go in terms of decorating. We’re going to have to move the hanging light from the old dining corner over to the center of the new dining space (formerly the formal living room area). There’s an 8 foot wide window facing our front yard over there, so sticking the table in front of that will be so great! And way better than a random couch that we’ll never sit on because the one we want to sit on is in the other living room. Also, my sister is going to come visit from Houston and rent a truck to take a bunch of the furniture currently stuffed in this room, since we don’t need two living rooms worth of stuff anymore.

Since this room doesn’t actually need a whole lot of the expensive work like the other one, we’re jumping right in to get it done too. Our house is seriously about to LEVEL UP and I’m so excited. We went to check out a local furniture builder today (Ross Rustic Tables in Rockwall, TX), promptly fell in love, and ordered our new dining table.

It’s going to be seven feet long & this style:

Rustic Cottage Dining Table from Ross Rustic Tables

The legs will be painted a lighter color & the stain on top will be like this:

Dining Table Stain Choice for Ross Rustic Table

And in the space previously meant to squish in a dining table, we’re going to build in some cabinets for lots of storage and a coffee bar.

More soon!



She’s so great, and that dress is fantastic. They’re lovely together, clearly happily married, and that’s so nice to see in such a public couple.


Carry-on only?

When I visited my BFF in Austin last weekend, I did carry-on only (backpack + tote bag) and I still had more stuff than I actually ended up needing for the trip which lasted from Saturday until Tuesday. And when I went to Europe for 2.5 weeks earlier in the month, I did check a bag but it had space leftover and it was the best packing job I’ve ever done for a long trip. So now that’s got me thinking about my next bit of travel…

Next month I’m heading to Seattle for Geek Girl Con on a Friday the 9th, then that Monday I’ll fly to Utah for the annual meetup for my job and stay until the following Monday, when I’ll fly back home to Dallas.

That’s 11 days.

I wonder if I can go carry-on only for a trip that long? And if so, other than my backpack (which will carry my laptop, headphones, plane snacks/entertainment, and purse items), what bag should I take for the rest of my stuff? Hmm.

I feel like this is possible but not simple, so… CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. (And I promise to share the outcome… whatever happens.)