July 27, 2006

I’m sort of tempted to keep our food-tool conversation going (giant tureen-sized coffee cups, pretentious or strangely soothing? Discuss) but frankly, I’m too distracted by the fact that Jelly Belly makes something called a Sports Bean, which is candy that is “formulated with carbohydrates, electrolytes, and vitamins B and C to fuel your body during exercise”.

So if I am sitting in my chair and ever so slightly jiggling my foot, does that mean I’m cleared for a handful of Jelly Bellies? And do they have to be the Sports Beans exactly, or can they be, say for instance, Jelly Belly Chocolate Dutch Mints? And can “handful” mean “the entire bag”?

Mmmph. Can’t talk now. Fueling body.


We bought a rug for the living room floor, in the hopes that it would help absorb some of the tidal drifts of dog hair, and maybe also provide a small buffer for Riley’s ongoing QA tests of Newton’s Law.

Finding a rug isn’t easy, because in my personal opinion the vast majority of rugs available in a non-astronomical price range are extremely ugly. I didn’t want much of a pattern, I don’t like pseudo-Oriental designs, I wanted to avoid a rough texture, and so on.

I also don’t care for shag rugs, but as it turns out, that’s all JB likes. Shaaaaag. Hairy, seventies-era carpeting. Because, as he says, “it’s cozy looking.”

We ended up with a plain white shag rug; white because I couldn’t decide what color would work best with dark, reddish wood floors, dark brown furniture, and one red/fuschia wall – the rest white or heavily windowed – which is the color scheme going on in the living room.

Now I think we should have picked something else, because the white rug sort of sticks out, like a lot. I hesitate to post this picture as I’m sure some of you will clutch your pearls at the very sight (be kind, pearl-clutchers), but here:


It looks too big to me, and too white. Like Rush Limbaugh.

I like this one better, but it’s NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS. Dag.

Also, after we got the rug settled, I noticed that I could smell a funny, chemical-y odor. So in my attempt to cushion Riley’s precious body and keep him safe from harm, I am now inundating him with many volatile organic compounds.

Well, hopefully it will trigger a helpful mutation – like X-ray vision, or the ability to levitate, or the growth of a strong, many-suction-cup’d tentacle – rather than turning him into Allergy Boy, He-Who-Requires-Inhaler.

I’ve started surfing around for an environmentally friendly, non-ugly, less-than-$500 replacement, but man, I don’t know. I think we might be sticking with the shag for a while. Which seems to be okay by Dog:



TILE UPDATE! TILE UPDATE! Whether you care or not!

The bathtub surround is done:

And the shower is done:

Today the Tile Guy is going to finish the grout work and I will be *this* close to taking a five-hour bath in that giant fucking tub. Come on by, there’s room for everyone! Unless you produce Mystery Bubbles, in which case you will be banished to roll on the off-gassing (ha ha HAAA!) carpet with Dog.


64 Responses to “Shagging and carpet-chewing”

  1. marta on July 29th, 2006 11:11 am


    I know people have mentioned ikea but check out this link this one looks a lot like the one you liked… I own it and it didn’t cost anywhere near $900 .. granted its not wooly soft or shaggy.

  2. Sonia (DDM) on July 29th, 2006 2:47 pm

    I have pure lust for your tile shower and tub surround. LOVE it. Going-to-be-talking-about-it-for-days, love it.

  3. Lisa on July 29th, 2006 6:13 pm

    I love the bathroom. It is going to be AMAZING!!!! As for the rug thingy….we had the same type and let me tell you whitish shaggy rug plus kid and dog equals major stains and yuckiness. The bad thing about them is you cant throw them in the washer either and with the wood floors you wouldnt want to steam clean it. The only thing we could do was have it dry cleaned at a rug place which cost us 300.00 everytime. It went it the trash. Poo. As for honesty I will tell you I think it kinda looks like a very large towel laid on the floor. But I think it will be good to have for a few months while he is perfecting his walk and stuff to have a soft under foot.

  4. Elyse on July 30th, 2006 3:01 pm

    Tureen-sized coffee cups are definitly strangely soothing because while it ups the calorie content of whatever you are eating/drinking, you can comfort yourself by saying “It’s only one cupful!”

  5. katie d on July 31st, 2006 2:22 pm

    i like the rug. and also the fab bathroom tile. kd

  6. Nina on July 31st, 2006 2:26 pm

    I am sooo jealous of your tub. It is beautiful!

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