There's one corner of our house that hasn't really been touched since we moved in is a little office corner where Kyle has his desk. It's a mish-mosh of a beautiful old midcentury desk made of dark wood, a vintage tall wood file cabinet in light wood, a vintage industrial cart-shelf and a large red velvet desk chair. It's all vintage, but the pieces don't belong together at all. The worst of it is the desk chair. I like the lines, but that's about it. I'm not sure what I was thinking. Red is not a color anywhere in our house and it's too big to fit under the desk, so that is the first place I want to start when I tackle this mini makeover. Here are my picks for a new desk chair option. Which do you like? Think I'm leaning toward option 2, the wood is not a predominate detail, so it's not fighting the other pieces, and the white will lighten up the dark wood desk.
Let me tell you a little bit about this bike of mine. Ever since studying abroad in Italy I knew it was my mission to own a one of these cute little scooters. I moved to New York and lived the young, fabulous and broke life. Buying a Vespa wasn't even a blip on my radar with my starting salary in the fashion industry. I thought to myself that when I have the means to buy a Vespa, I have made it! Flash forward five years, I took a motorcycle safety class on Easter in the pouring rain to get my license, and I made my dreams come true! I found her on Craigslist and next thing I know I was the proud owner of this black beauty with all her glory and her cute little trunk! This bike has been hands down the best thing I've ever purchased. Riding it around the city when I lived there made errands seem painless and my commute not only tolerable but, enjoyable! I love to share this baby with anyone that will hop on and take a ride.
These days my Vespa mostly takes me to the train station and back home, but makes for an extremely affordable second vehicle for our family. I don't know how much long I will have this bike in my life, but for the moment, I get to feel a little like a dude who just bought his midlife crisis convertible as I cruse threw downtown Peekskill.
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photos: A. Fatouros Photography
This kid of mine! Life with him keeps getting better and better. Two and half is the best age! Oliver can carry on a conversation. The silliest things pop into his head at any given moment. He can't hang up any FaceTime call without hugging and kissing each and every person on the other line. Oliver is about 90% potty trained!! Woo Who! He thanks me every day for making him dinner and he is obsessed with baseball. His favorite toys are the silly little toys he gets from McDonalds or Walgreens. Ollie takes the better part of an hour to put to bed. He likes to fake cry then watch himself doing so in the mirror. Seriously. He is just so fun and I am so lucky to be his mama. Now, some of the silly and hilarious things I've heard come out of Ollie's mouth lately.
We went shopping at Old Navy the other day and he told his dad: "We went to Old Lady, Dad."
We sat down to dinner the other day and Ollie say's, "Okay guys, let's talk." / we say: "what do you want to talk about?" / Ollie: "school."
I came home from work the other day and he ran up to me and said, "Oh! I like your dress, mom! Nice dress!"
A muppet came on a comercial and Ollie says: "Name!(?)" / I say: ugh...Bob. / Ollie: Bob Seger!
Not sure where he got this one, and I've been trying to get to the bottom of it. When he is having trouble climbing on to our bed he says, "I'm not drunk, mom."
The other day he was driving is battery powered VW bus around, abruptly stopped and exclaimed, "I got to get gas!"
Kyle talks about baseball to Oliver on the daily. When asked who his favorite Tiger is, he has said "Ian Kinser" (lead-off batter and 2nd base) since the beginning of the season. The other day, Kyle got him out of bed and unprompted the very first thing Ollie says: José Iglesias, favorite Tiger. / Kyle: What about Ian Kinsler? / Ollie: Huh...No. José Iglesias.
photo: A. Fatouros Photography