Thursday, October 20, 2011

White on turquoise

Every time I promise myself that I will blog regularly -- once a day, 5 days a week! -- I seem to manage to pull it off for two or three weeks and then... fail. Go AWOL. MIA. Drop off the face of the earth.

This is a true, heartfelt apology. I don't mean to let my readers down. I know you keep coming back, hoping for something new. I hope you don't end up too disappointed. I trust you acknowledge that I sometimes get busy -- after all, I work full-time, spend some evenings with members of our church community, and need enough down time to keep a person going.

In all likelihood, the person that I've most disappointed with my lack of photos and writing is, well... me. In the end, there is no one else for whom I write this blog.

Does anyone else find it harder to blog when you're waking up before the sun and chasing daylight home at night?


It didn't help that I spent Tuesday evening miserable, fighting an increasing sickness. The Husband picked me up from work that day. I was feeling twinges, but nothing major, so when he suggested heading to Home Outfitters to finally spend the last of our gift cards from our wedding, I gladly agreed. I was fine while we walked through the store, but as soon as decision making time came, I couldn't handle it. We made some snap decisions, changed our mind on one snap decision when the rug we wanted to buy came down off the rack discoloured -- we didn't want to take the chance that it was just dust -- and spent 15 minutes making another snap decision.

If you know the Husband and I, you'll know we don't do snap decisions. We mull. We contemplate. We weigh all the options. We are active decision makers. But Tuesday night, I was not up to it. While the Husband mulled, contemplated, and weighed all the options, I leaned against a display and waited for it to be over. I think it was the quickest decision he's ever made.

We dropped $150 in gift cards and more than half of it was a snap decision. But you know what? When in a pinch, we're not so bad at those snap decisions! By the time I could coherently judge our decision -- Wednesday evening -- I was still content with our choice.

What do you think?


We wanted the ones with a straight ripple instead of this wavy one, but they were a full $50 more. We couldn't justify it. Besides that, I kind of like the wave. It adds a little fun to a basic set of dishes. 


The Husband thinks the teacups will be useless -- too small for him. I, on the other hand, love them. See, I'm one of those people who is very unlikely to finish her coffee. Tea, more likely, perhaps, but even that has a good chance of only half disappearing. These teacups, on the other hand, are the perfect size.


The box came with service for 6 with a few add-ons like these salt and pepper shakers, a serving bowl, and a serving platter. (Oh. And napkin rings, which never came out of their little box. I've tucked them away in a high cupboard. When am I ever going to use napkin rings?) We would have liked 8, though I'm not sure when we're likely to need to many all at once. We're holding on to our old, mismatched student dishes, just in case. The brilliant thing about white dishes is that they'll match with dishes of nearly every other colour.

They're wonderful. Though, when I think about it, I am slightly disappointed that rug didn't work out...

6 comments:

  1. Hey Nette. Hope you're feeling better. You know, I've abandoned a few blogs because I thought that it was too much work. I love your blog so I don't want to see that happen here. Try to go with 3 posts a week. It'll give you a day in-between to breathe. I think you're doing a great job. I had no iea you worked full time lol. Oh and sorry about the rug. It's the rug's loss haha.

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  2. I think it's the hardest when you don't have new projects going on. We're waiting on our floors but there are only so many "inspiration" posts to update. Frequent posts help with stats but if you're in it for you, post when you feel like it! I like to build up ambition on the weekends and then schedule my posts out a few times a week so I'm not struggling after work or burnt out. I also subscribe to most of my blogs via e-mail so I get updates right away instead of checking back that often! Good luck and feel better!

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  3. I actually really like the subtle waves in those dishes, they're very nice (and this is coming from a lady who recently replaced her own plain white dinner setting). Hope you're feeling better soon! As for the blogging, it's easy to get bogged down--life has a way of distracting one (in a good way!). I personally never really managed the 5x a week thing, and if I do it's rare. I agree with Mariah Bohannon, Mon, Wed, Fri is a great schedule to keep if you're trying for some type of consistency. Like some others have said, if you're blogging just for you (and not making a living on your blog) then posting Mon-Fri can be a little hard to keep up with.

    Don't worry about going AWOL, your blog is far too fantastic to lose anyone's attention, we'll all still keep coming back. ;)

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  4. There will be no abandoning, don't worry! The reason I try to blog every weekday is because I try to write every day. I do believe it's true, that by writing every day, you'll become a better writer. And since that's what I -do-, I think it's important to practice!

    Thanks for the encouraging words!

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  5. Thanks Nora Rose!

    Believe it or not, Saturday and Sunday are the only two days I don't open my blog at all. Rest days, through and through, not to mention the chance to actually do the things that end up on my blog!

    I guess what I mean by being disappointed with myself is that I like to write every day and I miss it when I don't. But sometimes you can't live up to your own expectations, you know?

    Thanks for dropping by and all the encouraging thoughts!

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  6. You know, I've tried schedules, and they tend to work even less! In some ways, what bothers me even more than not writing is not reading. I haven't dropped by Building Beauty in what feels like forever! Must rectify that. :)

    You flatter me! Thank you so much for you kind words. You guys are awesome!

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