Freeform Katia

June 19, 2008

new home

Filed under: Uncategorized — freeformkatia @ 7:30 am

Hi all –

I’ve moved to a new virtual home! PLEASE come visit me and be sure to bookmark the new site and subscribe to the RSS feed. If you’re feeling particularly generous I would also love it if someone would please Stumble me… I put a link in on the new site.

Crazy For Trying

See you there!

Katia

June 18, 2008

wordless wednesday — no-sense

Filed under: wordless wednesday — Tags: — freeformkatia @ 7:34 am

wordless wednesday -- no-sense

Seen during the filming of Transformers 2.

June 17, 2008

the ONE thing I didn’t really want her to inherit

Filed under: parenting — Tags: , , , — freeformkatia @ 8:56 am

When I was pregnant with Maja I talked to her a lot inutero, trying to convince her to inherit the right mix of traits from her parents:

  • my teeth, hair, and feet
  • blue eyes (don’t know why this was so important)
  • her dad’s temperament and brains

Well, she’s got the blue eyes… the rest remains to be seen. What IS becoming clear, unfortunately, is that Maja inherited my trait of Extreme Crankiness Related to Exhaustion. My finest hours do not happen after 9pm — when I get tired I get cranky and Maja has inherited this. Suffice it to say evenings are not usually a happy time in our house.

What about you? Do you, as an adult, still have a “cranky time”? C’mon… ‘fess up!

June 16, 2008

my new laundry center — Maytag Epic-Z

Filed under: house, pretty little things, projects — Tags: , , , , , , — freeformkatia @ 10:13 am

The saga started at the beginning of May when my dryer finally died. The thing was old and came with the house when we moved in, as did the newer heavy duty top loading washing machine. While the dryer served me faithfully, it finally overheated and gave up the ghost… and it was not going to do anymore drying for me. Ever. Kaput.

Not having a dryer when you have 4 people’s laundry (two of those people being small children — and you know, they generate a lot of dirty clothes) to do can put a small kink in the laundry workflow: sort, wash… find-clothes-lines-and-clothes-pins-and-then-stand-in-the-backyard-at-6am-to-hang-the-clothes-up -to-dry?!? No thanks. Especially when I refuse to hang anyone’s intimates out there — because no one, especially my neighbours, needs to see my skivvies! Not that my skivvies are that interesting… but really, some things are just best not shared with your neighbours.

On the Memorial Day weekend we found ourselves at Lowes, taking advantage of the sales. What did we want: a new stackable washer/dryer combo and a new upright freezer. Might as go whole hog, right?

Of course NOTHING is ever that easy. We got wrong information from Lowes about how to install the dryer; we were sent the wrong stacking kit; we were scheduled to receive our washer/dryer and freezer twice… at one point during the process after all the appliances had arrived I not only had no functioning dryer, I had no functioning washing machine or freezer.

By this Saturday, 6 weeks after my dryer broke, we were back in business:

laundry project 2008

Ain’t it all so pretty?!?

Now, for the part where Maytag should give me free laundry detergent for life: this set, the Epic Z washer and dryer is awesome. I am in love. One of the things that “sold” this house for me was the fact that the laundry centre was on the main floor — in a closet off the kitchen. Bad part: the washer that came with the house was very very noisy. But now…. not only is the new Maytag washer super-quiet to the extent where I keep going to check on it as to whether or not it’s actually washing my clothes, I believe it’s getting my clothes CLEANER — while at the same time using less energy, less water, and less detergent. It’s a no brainer. My washer also has a MaxExtract feature, so the clothes are practically dry when they come out… meaning LESS drying time! Save more energy! Save the world! Sorry, getting carried away. The dryer also rocks my world, and I’m not a huge fan of dryers. I can stuff a massive amount of laundry in to it and everything comes out perfectly.

I love the fact that I can stack these machines. I’m 5’8″ tall and can easily reach the top controls on the dryer. And while my toddler can reach the controls on the washer, Maytag has smartly included a “lock controls” feature.

So, now that I’ve achieved my Domestic Goddess Laundry Centre Dream what about ya’ll? Front loaders or top loaders? Upstairs or down? What would your laundry centre dream be? Don’t be shy!!

June 13, 2008

24 — A meme

Filed under: meme, mommy bloggers, philadelphia — Tags: , — freeformkatia @ 10:42 am

I picked up an open tag invite from Stinky John Jones … in prep for tonight’s meetup.

24 things about me…….

4 places I go over and over
1. Grocery store, BJs, CVS
2. Work
3. The pool
4. The local park (playground, farmer’s market)

4 people that email me
1. my family
2. my friend Elyn
3. my coworker & friend SLM
4. spam spam and more spam!

4 of my favorite foods
1. shrimp spring rolls
2. good bbq
3. spaghetti
4. fresh fruit

4 places I would rather be right now
1. the pool
2. sitting by myself on a park bench having an iced coffee
3. in Spain
4. asleep in my bed

4 movies I could watch over and over
1. Dirty dancing
2. Room with a view
3. Out of Africa
4. Steel Magnolias

I think most of the other mom bloggers have been tagged. If not… take my open invitation!

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