Who do I think I'm fooling---we all know it's an Alec Baldwin poster.
Pick me up for the dance at 6:45 sharp. Don't be late!
One reason I'm excited about finally getting "Diet for a Small Planet" is that Jay and I want to institute one meat free day a week. Probably Meatless Monday---another idea stolen from the Publix Greenwise flyer. This probably isn't going to be too hard because other than relying too much on chicken, we don't eat a lot of meat to begin with. The tricky part is going to be sure that I have enough stuff on hand for a meat free day every Monday. Plus, I only have a few truly meat free meals in my repertoire so I need to do some research---which is where the book is going to come in handy since it's filled with vegetarian recipes. Meatless Monday is going to involve some planning ahead so we don't end up eating a lot of Honey Nut Cheerios and macaroni and cheese.
This update is already much less abbreviated than I had planned so I'm closing it out now. Before I go I want to apologize for using the term "Earth Week" in the title. I've been hearing it overused all week and it's starting to bug even me so I hated falling into the trap of using it myself. But what the hell...it fit.
On the other side of those shutters is my ugly ass kitchen. The picture was taken from the family room. Everything on the family room side of the shutters is an addition that was added on to the house about ten years ago. Up until about five days ago, there used to be a window where there are now shutters. This window made sense ten years ago, when the kitchen looked out into the backyard. But now that it looks out into my family room, a window just seemed stupid and looked ugly. I've been wanting to do something about that window for a while but there were always more important things to be taken care of. Actually, there are still more important things to be taken care of. We just couldn't stand that window any longer.
Everyone we talked to said that removing a window is a breeze. We even had a fancy schmancy window guy* come out a few months back for an unrelated reason and he said that there are anywhere from 6-10 screws in the window frame, remove them and then out pops your window. Easy enough. Except of course, that the window is in our monster house where nothing is ever easy.
As Jay began the project, he soon learned that when the addition was built, the builder drywalled over the window frame. The frame couldn't just be popped out, because it was now in between two walls of our house. Jay had to remove hunks of our walls to get to the window, which then had to be cut out. Then he had to repair the wall, build a window sill, paint it, and then he could install the shutters.
A project we thought would take maybe a day, ended up taking almost a week to complete. But it was definitely worth it. I keep the shutters closed so that I don't have to look into ugly ass kitchen from the family room. Plus, if the sunlight hits them just right, I can sort of pretend I live in a beach house in the Hamptons. Sort of.
*When fancy schmancy window guy came out we were toying with the idea of replacing all the windows in the house with energy efficient ones. I naively thought this would cost about $1000 at the most. My number was off by about $10,000. Fancy schmancy window guy was sent on his merry way.
The musical acts were varied but all equally awesome. I've mentioned The String Kings before but never in great detail. They have a huge list of songs they play (see their website for full list). It's mostly classic rock but they throw in a lot of songs by more recent artists as well, like Jack Johnson. Vocally these guys are superb and the music is flawless. Plus they always look like they are having the best time. I can't say enough nice things about them. (And no my mom didn't pay me to say that.)The String Kings (I have to apologize for not getting all the