Saturday, September 29, 2012

Me-ish things

This post will mark the end of procrastination for a few things. And inform you of some ongoing procrastinations. It will also be helpful for anyone who forgot what I looked like.

Before we get to pictures, here is an explanation for the first bit. I had my hair cut a few weeks ago. I hate going to new places to get my hair cut because I've had several bad experiences getting my hair cut at salons. Fortunately, Bellezza in Charleston is absolutely wonderful. I recommend it if you happen to be here and need your hair cut. I'm very happy with how my hair turned out. I didn't get it cut much shorter that it was, I mainly had all the dead/split/dry ends cut off and many layers put in.

I also decided I should share my haircut with everyone. And, to match most pictures on the internet, I took self-photos using a bathroom mirror. I hope I did it correctly. Here is my hair straight:

Here is me looking confused and as if I have no idea what I'm doing:
I hold the phone so delicately. Seeing the phone in person you wouldn't believe that. It is very beat up and has a cracked screen.

I tried to get a picture of the back of my hair, but I didn't do a great job (the front facing camera is also much lower in quality). I only like this one because you can see Lucky in the doorway. He also had no idea what I was doing.

It took several days of trying to get a picture of my hair curly. The main issue was that I kept forgetting to take pictures of my curly hair while standing awkwardly in front of the bathroom mirror. Curly hair also reflects light in a different way, so most pictures didn't even show the curls very well.

For the next picture, I apparently thought tilting my head would help.

And that ends that bit of procrastination. You now know what my hair looks like post-cut and can be sure of what I look like.

Another thing I've been procrastinating on is starting to draw again. So I drew something. The something is the wall outlet faceplate that is by the tv. Here is a not great quality picture of my drawing.
Now to keep it up.

The ongoing procrastinations that I have involve decorating. There are several things I want to do because everything is very plain here. I really want to do something about the blankness of this window which looks into the kitchen.

I have an idea for the window. I have everything planned out for it. I know what I need to buy, what I need to do, and the timeline for how long it will take. I just... don't want to spend the time to put it up just to take it down in a couple of months when we move to a more long-term place.

And yes, that container is full of biscuits for Lucky. The tiny one next to it has treats for Kat who is now too picky to eat them.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Rainbow houses and a fire station

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I've been feeling a migraine coming on and that just kills all motivation for everything. Fortunately I haven't had the horrible migraine pain, but I have had many of the side effects associated with it. Oh well. Sleeping for 10 hours last night seemed to help some!

Since downtown Charleston is so close, we've been going there often, mainly just to walk around. I always seem to find more things to take pictures of. I really like all the lovely houses on Rainbow Row, but it isn't easy getting a good angle of them since I don't want to stand in the street.

They are so pretty on the outside, I wonder what they look like inside. Some of the houses down here are pretty amazing inside. Not that I've been peeking into windows as we walk around...

I also like the houses covered in the climbing vines. I always think they would have bug problems, since bugs like plants. However, the internet says that bugs are not an issue unless the vines grow into the joints.

During one of our trips we passed a fire station.

Next to it was a bell and a statue. I didn't walk up to it to see what it was for.

Inside of the fire station were several old firetrucks. You can see the front of a new fire station owned SUV in this photo.
There was a lot of glare that I couldn't avoid.

 I liked this one the most.

 Here's the plaque that was on it. It's from Cincinnati! Ohio related things are everywhere.

Today we went to the farmer's market downtown. There wasn't much fresh food being sold and there were lots of random craft vendors. Maybe it's better earlier in the year. I was hoping to get some nice fresh veggies or peaches, but nothing looked to be better quality than a grocery store.

By the way, happy fall! I think this weekend is a good time to bake pumpkin bread.

Monday, September 17, 2012


It was sunny and drizzling heavily early today. We happened to be on our way to the bank and the store, so we were able to see the loveliest rainbow ever. It was even a double rainbow! Perfect complete arches. Unfortunately, the second rainbow was faint and didn't catch in the picture too well. I'm also lazy and not editing these, so they are rather large files! You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.

These two were taken from the apartment complex.

These two were taken from the parking lot of the store.

This was the most intensely colored rainbow I've ever seen. People were pulling off to the side of the road to take pictures of it. Little kids were jumping around with glee. As we were leaving the store, a guy was telling someone that his house was at the end of the rainbow. I had no idea leprechauns lived in South Carolina! However, judging by the complete lack of Irish food in this area, I'm going to say he's a liar.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Animal update

Not much has happened lately. I'm still adjusting to having lots of free time. I have no idea what to do with it still. I have started baking again, so that's good. We plan on baking pizza from scratch this weekend, too. Mmm...

Since there isn't much to update you about, here is an update about the animals.

Kat likes to yell at anything visible from her windowsill. Here she is chirping at a lizard. You can see the lizard outside if you look closely.

She really did not like these crows. She made very weird noises at them.

She's gotten chubby since we moved, so I'm trying to play with her more often.
Unfortunately, she now feels that I must be playing with her every waking moment. To clarify, the waking moments belong to her, not me. She doesn't like when I wake her up.

Lucky wishes she would stop playing. All he wants to do is take a nap.

This is how we usually find him when we come back from going out somewhere.

Lately he's been blocking the bedroom door with his one blanket and sleeping on the other blankets. He's weird.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Something in the window

I was sitting at my computer this morning when Kat started going crazy at the window behind my desk. She was trying to get something near the top of the window. I was worried that she was after another paper wasp.

Luckily, it was only a lizard.

It wasn't until I took this picture that I noticed it was inside and not outside where he belongs. I wonder how long it was trapped between the screen and the window.

The lizard didn't seem to have any intentions of finding a way out, possibly because it was quite recently terrified by the cat. Joe was still asleep so I had to figure out how to trap the lizard and put it outside by myself. I tried to open the window a bit and the lizard ran to the center of the window.
This was when I realized Kat needed to be locked in a different room. Lizard was not on the menu today.

When I opened the window, the lizard ran to the other side to stay behind the glass. I tried to pop the screen out, but I couldn't get it loose.

I had a plastic jar that I was trying to catch the lizard in, but it moved too fast. I had to run to the kitchen to get one of the empty cereal containers. I realized a container with a larger opening would make catching the lizard easier. I'm glad the lizard decided to stay at the window while I did this. Hunting it down through the house would not have been fun.

I eventually trapped the lizard in the container. It wasn't very happy about the situation.

The lizard also didn't want to leave the container when I put it outside. I had to force it to go run wild again by tapping on the container.

The frame on the window screen seems to be bent on one side, so that is probably how the lizard got through. We'll have to get that fixed soon so this doesn't happen again!

Kat is also upset that the lizard is no longer in the window. She just wanted something to play with and possibly eat.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A bit of water

There is a bit of water near my new home. You can see it in the distance here.

Near the edge of the water, there is a lot of grass growing. And fancy sailboats are out in the water.

Looking the other way you can see the bridge. It has a name, but I can't remember what it is. There are too many bridges for me to remember all of their names. Maybe in a few months or so.

I liked taking pictures of the sailboat. It looks so peaceful.

You can still see some land in the distance, so I don't consider any of these to be pictures of the actual ocean, even though it is. I want to see blue water and no land in the distance.

Almost like this one, but, you know, without the land in the distance. And no fence in the way. And lots of sand instead of the grasses.

We did drive to the Isle of Palms beach over the weekend. It was too busy to stop for long, but we did park and walk up to see the ocean. We'll go back when it cools off some and I don't have to worry about getting horribly sunburned.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

More buildings

We went into Charleston again. It's so close to where we live and very nice to walk through. We'll probably visit often. Also, Haagen-Dazs.

A lot of my pictures from this trip didn't turn out well. I think it is a mixture of using my phone's camera to take the photos and that I don't like to stop walking while taking pictures. I will eventually buy a new camera, but I can't say I'll not walk while photographing things.

The things I focused on for pictures during this visit were buildings (again), the water (I'll post those later in the week), and hidden gardens (I'll post that when I find some more!). Here are some of the buildings that I thought were lovely.

I really like how this building is a mix of brick and some sort of patching.

I found another church. The best angle was from the crosswalk, but cars were coming, so I had to take the picture while walking. That explains the crookedness of the photo. The view from the sidewalk had too many trees in the way and I didn't like how that photo came out.

While walking to the pier so we could see the ocean, we passed some pretty colored houses.
There are more around, which I will take pictures of in the future.

Walking back to our car (and once again getting lost) we passed these houses. They have a lovely view of the water.

After discovering which way we had to go to find the car, we passed the Heyward-Washington house. It wasn't open, so we couldn't go inside.

This plaque says that President Washington stayed there for a week. It also is restored to the time period inside, so it would be nice to go into one day.

And then I can find out why they have these steps in the middle of the sidewalk.

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