Monday, March 22, 2010

Victory :)

So the health care bill passed last night. This was a day we had been praying for for some time now. My husband was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic a couple months before our wedding. Its odd to be diagnosed as a type 1 as an adult- usually children are diagnosed with it and they grow up with it. Its really scary to me to think he may have gone a very long time without knowing. Thankfully we had insurance through work when he was diagnosed so he has been covered. Its amazing for us to see how much money we would be shelling out if we had no insurance. This has really put a halt on us selling our house and moving to NYC, since his diabetes would become a "pre-existing condition" and IF we could even get him covered, it would be an exorbitant amount of money. I hope and pray that now this will allow us the freedom to move and get new job without his health weighing so heavily on us. The bonus was- yesterday was his birthday :)

Also my first attempt at making fried chicken- his request for his birthday dinner- and it turned out fabulous! With green beans, mashed potatoes and goulash (mac and tomato and beef like nanny used to make). I was very proud and so was he.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Days off and Craft time

My husband and I had two days off together and instead of loafing around like we usually do we got alot done. First we went with our friends to their wedding menu/cake tasting which was fabulous! Then we cleaned the house, bought me a new bra (cacique is fabulous!), watched 2012- pretty crazy movie, got the oil changed in my car, paid bills, AND I had time to craft. I have been obsessed with starburst mirrors since they got popular a few years back. I didnt want a tiny one and I didnt want to pay hundreds of dollars for one. So what I did was I went to hobby lobby- bought a 12" candle plate mirror, hot glued some galvanized wired (thin enough to bend by hand but thick enough to have some weight), and hot glued on small round mirrors to the wire.
I havent hung it really yet- I just used the nail that was already up there. Im gonna hang it higher and more centered. I used a decorative plate hanger from hobby lobby to hang it- I was afraid gluing a hook to the mirror would result in a big broken mess- so this was the best option i could come up with. All of this cost me about $25 bucks! I think im gonna glue on all of the little round mirror I had left too. I have wanted to do this for soooo long- so glad I finally got around to it!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rachael 101

So this post will most likely be a list of everything I can think of that I love :)

* Hollywood Regency ANYTHING
I love the clean lines, Asian influence, and bright bold colors. Glamour and drama! That is what I'm all about.  If it sparkles- it will be mine lol.

Just a few of my favorites right now- it changes everyday!

* My puppies
I have 2 miniature Chinese Shar-pei. They are my children. They crack me up on a daily basis.

This is Violet- she is 4 years old. She is very prim and proper and delicate. Brad, my husband, says she is like me- the princess ;)

This is Newton. He is a little over 2 years old. He is ALL BOY. Rough and tumble, loves the dirt, and has a massive sock collection SOMEWHERE undisclosed. They really make our lives better and more full. No kids yet, but these do very nicely for now.


I love food and I have always been about "1 bite" of food that has many flavors packed into it- this is why I love sushi. For anyone who has not tried it there are TON of varieties with COOKED fish- sushi doesn't always mean raw fish- and this is how I started my relationship with sushi- slowly getting more and more adventurous in what I would order.My husband used to turn his nose up to it but a few months ago he tried some and LOVED it- I am eating alot more sushi now that I have a partner in crime to enjoy it with.

* Pink
I have- my whole life- always been obsessed with the color pink. I had a whole family of imaginary friends when I was little- The Pink Family- and they were all pink. I love pink because it oozes femininity, though its pretty hot on a confident man. It makes me feel girly and sexy without going overboard on sex appeal. It bring out the little girl in me who dressed in red glitter Dorothy shoes to go to the supermarket with my mom, leaving a trail of red glitter everywhere I went. I used to wake up extra early on holidays (Easter, valentines day, Christmas) to make sure I had the pink presents- even switching my sisters pink stuffed bunny for my yellow one one year (what WERE they thinking?!?!?!). Pink just makes me happy :)

*Comfort Food
If its cheesy, ooey-gooey, creamy, rich, or anything close to it I am in heaven. I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle since my husband was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic last year- so I am trying constantly to take my fave recipes and cut down the fat. Its difficult lol. Food I would say brings me the greatest joy and the greatest heartache at the same time.

* My husband :)

My Husband, Brad, is my whole life. We have been together 7 years and married October 18th, 2008. He is funny, intelligent, supportive, caring, loving- everything I have always dreamed of for myself. It has been a very long road to get here but we are now partners in life. He is a musician and I have always been an artist so we connect on a very deep level through all artforms. I even bought a guitar for myself (after 7 years of living with a guitar player- you start to feel the itch!) and maybe someday I will learn how to play it hahahaha. Of course its pink. After a long day at work all I want to do is curl up next to Brad and talk or watch a movie or whatever. It really doesnt matter as long as he is next to me.

* New York city

I did my first year of college at The Fashion Institute (F.I.T.) in Manhattan and LOVED it. It really changed me. I used to be so shy and it really helped me find myself and start to love me for me. I miss it dearly and as soon as we are finished prepping our house for sale it goes on the market and we are moving back to NYC! There I will finish my Interior Design degree at F.I.T.- Cant wait!

So now you know a little about me and a little about what this blog will be. I hope to entertain and have fun documenting my life in thoughts and pictures.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Welcome to my life....

        I have been wanting to write my own blog for a while now. I find so many beautiful things, great recipes, and who knows what else that I can hardly keep track of. So this blog will be my catch-all. I have an amazing husband and two funny little puppies who keep me busy when I am not at work. Though most of my time is spent at work, where I manage a mattress store. I spend 10 hours a day sitting and waiting and hoping a customer will walk through the doors. But, with so much down-time, I spend hours upon hours on the internet- shopping for furniture, getting inspiration for interior design, finding recipes, and keeping in touch with my family.
       I hope that this place will serve as somewhere for me to collect all of my ideas and thoughts and inspirations- and if it helps to inspire anyone else along the way? Well thats just the cherry on top :)