Monday, August 9, 2010

A Very Stylish Sasha Obama

I love this outfit Sasha wore when she met with the King and Queen of Spain. It's from Crewcuts, the J Crew kids store.

You know you're getting old when HGTV is your favorite channel. I love House Hunters, Property Virgins, and Design Star but my new favorite is Holmes on Homes. Mike Holmes rescues home owners from disasters caused by bad contractors,bad construction and bad repairmen. I believe he works out of Toronto. Last night a couple had purchased a brand new townhouse and discovered snow in the attic because the builder hadn't installed the roof and the vents correctly. After contacting the builder and being told to go on the roof and shovel the snow themselves the homeowners called in Mike to fix the problem. I love Mike but watching this show makes me glad I'm no longer a home owner. Here's a little more info on Mike from HGTV:

Mike Holmes, host of HGTV’s Holmes on Homes, advises homeowners around the world on how to manage renovations, home repairs and maintenance. A contractor who knows the importance of resourcefulness and craftsmanship, his experience in new-home construction and sustainable building have garnered him a growing fan base. In 2006, Mike was recognized in Canada’s House of Commons for his support for improved building standards and skilled trades. That same year, he also launched a charitable foundation in Canada to support the training of youth in the skilled trades through apprenticeships and scholarships. In addition, Mike and his crew built a remarkable sustainable and hurricane-resistant house in New Orleans as part of Brad Pitt's "Make It Right NOLA" project.
Today, Mike is developing a unique community of eco-friendly and sustainable homes in Alberta, Canada, that will set a new standard for residential construction and design.
Mike also is the author of two successful books and writes a weekly newspaper column

I got my 1st electric bill for my new apartment. I was kind of worried, even though I have been trying to keep the thermostat on 80, because it's been so hot. The bill was just a little over 100.00. At my old place it would have been a little more plus about 30 or so for gas so this is a huge relief. I may actually turn the thermostat to a more comfortable 78. I love my new apartment!
I went with a friend Saturday night to see Kathy Griffin at the Verizon. LMAO. I watch her on TV but so much is bleeped out. So much better seeing her in person. Loved her Antiques Roadshow comment.
Mad Men was good last night, the best show this season. I love Don when he's Dick. Missed seeing Betty though.
Haven't watched the latest Design Star since it comes on at the same time, but I did record it.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Millennium Trilogy

I've read all three book in The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson and absolutely loved them. They are at the top of my list of favorite books. Last week I watched the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and then decided to read the first book again to see what the movie missed. The movie was good but the book was so much better, which is usually the case. It will be interesting to see what the American version will be like when it comes out. The original title in Swedish is "Man som hatar kvinnor" or "Men who Hate Women." So glad the title was changed. Stieg Larsson died soon after he finished the last book but had started on a 4th book so there is hope that this isn't the end. I really want to know more about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.
Here is a link to an excellent article in the NYT about Stieg Larsson and the books:

Birthers Birthday Card for the President

Found this on the Huffington Post and had to post it.