where we live

I swiped this from Steph.

When you walk in your front door, which room do you enter?

The living room. Ours is sort of oblong, so we've divided it into the real "living room" part and a sort of through-way to the kitchen. The latter is what you enter when you come in the front door, and there are usually about 6 pairs of shoes and a bicycle helmet to trip over while you're at it.

Do you have a dishwasher?

No, but my life would be a whole lot easier if I did. Then again, what would I do during naptime? (sigh)

Is your living room carpeted or does it have hardwood floors? 

Hardwood. Sometimes I think carpet would be nice because it's warmer in wintertime, but then again, hardwood is easier to clean up when your 2yo pees in the potty and then picks up the potty to take it back to the bathroom (because he has to pee for an audience, you see) and tips it over in the process so the pee drips onto the floor...yeah, it's a good thing we have hardwood floors.

Do you keep your kitchen knives on the counter or in a drawer?

On the counter in a wooden knife-holder.

House, apartment, duplex or trailer?

How many bedrooms is it? Trois.

Gas stove or electric?

Do you have a yard? Yes, and even though it's too shady to do any real gardening in, I try anyway, so it's kind of a mess. That's going to be a major project for me this spring, actually: cleaning up the landscaping.

What size TV is in the living room?
 Uh, medium. I don't know the inches or anything.

Are your plates in the same cupboard as your cups?
 Good grief, who thinks of these questions? Is anyone going to read this?

Is there a coffee maker sitting on your kitchen counter? 
There is an espresso machine. I know how to use it, but I have written down the NINE (count 'em, NINE) steps it takes to turn the thing on properly. This is almost exclusively Stuart's domain.

What room is your computer in?
 Which one? As the wife of a Mac geek, we've got a PowerMac in the office/guestroom and a little laptop sitting on top of the speaker in the living room.

Are there pictures hanging in your living room?

 There is a lovely painting from Kenya that Stuart's parents gave us, a beautiful tapestry that my mom gave us, and a couple of posters in cheap frames. Plus a few family photos sitting on shelves, but they're not technically hanging from anything.

Are there any themes found in your home? Themes? No intentional decorating themes. I suppose a quick glance around our house would tell you the following: small children live here, someone in this house likes to knit, someone in this house is a musician, and we all like to read.

What kind of laundry detergent do you use?

All Free and Clear, and boy do we go through it fast. I also use Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda and white vinegar with the diapers.

Do you use dryer sheets?
 Yes, the unscented kind.

Curtains in your home? 
Some cheap blue ones in the big window in the living room that were here when we moved in, plus some that I made out of neato Japanese fabric. The rest of the windows have vinyl blinds that also came with the house, and about half don't work properly. They're annoying and ugly and also replacing them is pretty low on my priority list.

What color is your fridge?

Tehcnically, white, but it could stand to be cleaned.

Is your house clean? That depends on whose house you're comparing it to. I do my best to keep the floors swept and rugs vacuumed because we spend so much time playing on the floor, and every evening I tidy up the toys and clean the kitchen. But this house could definitely use a deep-cleaning and some areas are cluttered. Probably they wouldn't be so cluttered if I would clean them up instead of blogging.

Are the dishes in your sink/dishwasher clean or dirty?
 Uh, yeah, like I keep clean dishes in the sink.

How long have you lived in your home?

Since August 2004

Where did you live before? An apartment with a fireplace in the second bedroom where we put the recycling.

Do you have one of those fluffy toilet lid covers on your toilet?

Why yes! I crocheted it myself!


Do you have a scale anywhere in your house?
 Nope. Good thing, or I'd be checking my postpartum weight loss every 5 minutes. There, I admit it. I'm shallow.

How many mirrors are in your house? 
One in the bathroom, one attached to my dresser, and two bigger ones collecting dust in the basement (they were here when we moved in).

Look up. What do you see?
 Various office supplies we keep piled on the shelf above the computer monitor. Fascinating!

Do you have a garage?
 No, and never once in my life have I lived in a place with a garage. Sometimes I wish we had one.


Stuart said…
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Stuart said…
Correction: not Power Mac; Mac Pro. You're living in the past, man. Power Macs are so early aughts.

My name is Stuart, and I am a Macaholic.
Animal said…
Stu, you say "Macaholic" like it's a DISEASE instead of the CURE. Sheesh.

Suze: so, where ARE your cups again??

Oh, and what does the vinegar do for the dipes? We've been using a powdered Oxy-Clean...is the vinegar better?
Suze said…
Heh, the cups are on the cup shelf above the shelf with the water glasses and under the shelf with the wine glasses.

Animal, since you asked about diapers, I think I'll just post about it soon.

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