On a quick side note, I'm not totally sure how people install curtain rods without a ton of tools. On the instructions, it said that all you needed was a screwdriver and drill, but I call shenanigans. I had out my drill, hammer, bit set, level, measuring tape... I had serious gear. Then again, I like things to be precise. (I don't want un-level curtains after all!) So, after about an hour of futzing, they were up!
Perfection. They don't block out all of the sun, but they definitely make a serious dent, and I'm sleeping much better. (Perhaps partially due to the exhaustion of coming home from set at 6:30AM after working all night, but I won't account that into the awesomeness of our new curtains.)
My other splurge of that day was the curtain hardware. I really liked that this style didn't have any super fancy finals. It's very streamlined and contemporary, which I think goes really nicely in our soft grey bedroom. We like to keep our bedroom very minimal, and this fits into that.
Also, here's a quick close-up at how our shades and curtains fit together.
I'm kind of in love. After looking for the perfect curtains for months, I'm so thrilled with these. I'm even going to say they were totally worth the splurge. (My sleep is priceless, after all.)
On a totally different note, I also bought myself a little present that arrived on Friday:
Does anyone else have one? I'm pretty excited to play....
I had so much fun building with Gaby and her husband, Andres. Even though this was their first build, within about an hour it felt like we had been building together forever. I can't wait to have them back to build something else! (There are talks of a bed in our future...) But, man, they've gotta whip that dog into shape! Then again, this is about how much fun Piper has in the garage:
Yeah. That's a yawn. She is clearly her father's daughter.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful day, celebrating with family and friends and remembering what is important. It is also my mom and step-father's anniversary, so Happy Anniversary, you crazy kids.
I love sink consoles. I think they add so much character to a bathroom while getting rid of that "builder grade" feeling of the built-in. As with most furniture items from Pottery Barn, I always look at their sink consoles and go: "Wow! That is so cute! And, that would be SO easy to build! Why are they charging $2,000 for that?!" You guys may remember when I hacked Napoleon a few months back, and since I'm very busy planning our VERY near future bath remodel, I was in a bathroom kind of mood. So, here you go! Here are the plans for Pottery Barn's Classic Single Sink Console.
Ugh, just looking at my chubby picture makes me cringe. And, yes, I change my hair color probably about as often as I change my socks. As a side note, neither one of these pictures has been photoshopped, other than to format them. Anyway, lets get to it, shall we?
Step 1: I Changed My Mindset
Here's the industry secret that no one in Hollywood talks about. Everyone knows that magazine and promotional photos of celebrities are photoshopped. Yes, every single picture. I even photoshop all of my furniture pictures to give them a little extra "pop". (Adjust the brightness here, color correct there... you get the gist.) What they don't tell you, is that all of the actors and actresses have beauty work done in picture, too. I can't tell you how many "digital facelifts" the companies that I've worked for have done. We've cleaned up acne, made people thinner, removed "turkey necks"... the point is, even the people who are paid to be perfect, well... aren't.
So, instead of focusing on being "skinny", I focused on being "healthy". I will never be a size 0. It's not in my genes. I can only be the best, healthiest ME. I stopped focusing on the scale and the numbers and started focusing on what I was able to do. When I started working out again, after not going to the gym for about a year, doing 15 squats was hard. Now I'm doing 15 squats, 3 reps, while holding a 45 lb bar. I'm stronger and faster than I've ever been, and the more I keep at it, the better I'll be.
The other thing to keep in mind, is that between my "before" and "after" picture, it's only a difference of about 7 lbs. I've replaced muscle with fat, and since muscle weighs more, it makes the weight loss seem minor. I weigh more than I did when I got married, but I'm a size smaller. Bottom line, I haven't let the scale dictate my success.
Step 2: I Stopped Eating Crap
I'm a vegetarian, and there is a good and a bad way to be a vegetarian. You either eat a lot of vegetables, or you eat a lot of bread and sugar. Clearly, I used to be the "eat a lot of bread and sugar" kind. When I wasn't getting enough protein, I would replace protein with carbs to get energy. This was a bad idea. Here are the easy ways that I added more veggies to my diet:
- I bought a juicer and started juicing for breakfast. It seriously changed my life. Before I have even gotten to lunch I have already eaten multiple servings of fruits and vegetables. My favorite juice is 4 leaves of kale, 3 handfuls of spinach, half a cucumber, 2 apples, one lemon, and one lime. Nom nom nom.
- I eat one salad as a meal every day. Usually, it's dinner. The favorite is a ton of spinach, half an apple, and a Gardein Chick'n Scallopini. (It's basically a seasoned chicken breast, but for vegetarians.) I also make this salad dressing to go with it. It says to put it all in a blender, but I just put it in a ziplock container and shake it all up. Seems to work just fine and make less dishes.