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  • The Making of a Home
    order Ninety percent of our apartment has been in an orderly shape since the second month of our residency but only at the expense of the remaining ten percent It s those nooks crannies and out of the way shelves that have served as collection points for that which belongs nowhere else After 14 months it was time to deal with this leftover crap I ll admit it re organizing is not much of a chore for me I belong to the Church of the Spatial motto What Would Rubik Do so any task that involves fitting various shapes into varying spaces is my idea of a good time I also enjoy the challenge of categorization but because of my chronic indecisiveness it s this task that can also be my downfall I have the tendency to overcategorize or spend so much effort on deciding which bucket is best that I defeat the reason I started the work in the first place The closet in the office was where we kept all the leftover office y supplies unused electronic equipment and camping gear I was never satisfied in the accessibility or lack thereof of the important stuff in there and the dissatisfaction had reached its limit So on a quiet Monday evening this week I emptied the closet of everything and started anew The result ended up being not only much more organized but also managed to have room for a three story plastic bin for orphaned cords and cables that we d been keeping in the middle of the room I went to bed happy knowing another spatial quandry could be marked Solved Thanksgiving came around three days later We had been absolved of almost all cooking duties that day save some cookies so with the prospect of a

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  • The Making of a Home
    is to make myself a list to determine at the beginning of the day which tasks I ll get done today If I can look at an undone list at the beginning of the day and imagine all those items crossed out by the end of it suddenly my mind eases and ironically I can relax Sunday the list I made started out with several little things on it It didn t feel like enough I needed a big ticket item So I dug deep into the long term house project list and found a good fit the patch job on the living room wall The backstory after the four day paintapalooza we hosted post move in we tucked the paint supplies away in a dark corner and vowed not to touch the stuff for a good long while There had been mistakes sure but nothing we couldn t live with for a year or two Then later that week as if to welcome us to the joys of home ownership the Comcast guy s drill hit a weak spot and suddenly a four foot by two foot chunk our wall was on the floor Mr Comcast sure was contrite about the situation and got himself to a hardware store posthaste to buy the supplies he d need to fix it And fix it he did though only up to the point of applying the new plaster to the wall He seemed willing to sand it down replaster sand again and paint it but I was just anxious to get the situation over with and take care of the rest myself Of course I never did We let our beautiful new wall lovingly painted yellow by our craftiest of friends languish with a glaring bald spot It was easy to

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  • The Making of a Home
    The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday November 17 2005 By Sarah Aggressively Classy My brother once described my family as aggressively casual This line is so right on that I quote it all the time In fact I ve probably already used it in this blog That s how good this line is Sandy totally fits into my family In his birthday card my parents mentioned that one of their favorite things about him is that the first time they met him he took his shoes off and curled up on their couch As we were getting dressed for Alinea Sandy asked if he should wear a tie He was wearing a nice ish shirt and his good pants and I said Nah you re good And then we got to the restaurant and he was seriously the only guy there not in a suit We whispered about this to each other at the table feeling rather sheepish for being underdressed posers at the fanciest restaurant ever But after a few minutes after the first course we began to relax and forget that we were aggressively casual We began to feel downright fancy Here s the thing really genuinely classy places don t make you feel bad about how you re dressed or that you don t know anything about wine Really genuinely top of the line restaurants hire delightful waiters who can wear Armani suits and say things like served on top of a pillow filled with mace air or inhale the scent of burning leaves as you bite your pheasant tempura off this oak branch and you still feel comfortable asking them about their

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  • The Making of a Home
    don t In the early days that meant parties with lots of gifts Lately it s still meant parties but the gifts abated in exchange for the opportunity to gather all our friends together For Sarah and I it s also been an excuse to do our monthaversary dinners one better and visit some of the city s most fancy and innovative restaurants Last year we hit Arun s Sarah kept it a surprise to me up until we drove up to the restaurant She even blindfolded me en route to the restaurant so I couldn t use visual cues to determine where we were going It didn t work the number and direction of our 90 degree turns tipped me off This year it became clear early on we had no choice we had to visit Alinea Alinea been the darling of the foodie community since they opened up six months ago Their bizarre and mind bogglingly inventive menu has been featured all over the web in pictures and stories Even more amazing was that follow up stories by people who swallowed the hype and tried it out for themselves were all strongly positive About six weeks ago I called for a reservation and on this past Sunday at 6 00 the night of my birthday we walked through Alinea s front doors To say our minds were blown would be understating it The routine went like this The plates would be placed before us We d lean in cock our head from side to side and try to reconcile the scene before us with our empirical understanding of food Eventually we d turn wide eyed to the waiter who d be standing by patiently wondering how he got stuck with the newbies He d go through each element

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  • The Making of a Home
    the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday November 10 2005 By Sandy Stating the obvious Here s a common refrain Me Sarah and I got engaged Friend Yeah that sounds about right I guess when you date for three years and purchase a condo together people jump to certain conclusions When your girlfriend pokes at you in public with regards to her distinct lack of finger jewelry however jokingly people tend to get ideas about where you re headed Next stop marriage It s as clear as the day is long I think this presumptiveness put me off betrothal for a while The idle comments that I d hear from time to time So gone ring shopping yet slowly subtley enforced the idea I wasn t really the master of my own destiny I m aware that they were perpetrating nothing more than harmless noodling but it always left a bad taste in my mouth For almost three years I d heard it and I never really felt I got the chance to decide on my own if marriage was right for me Sometime this year I just forced myself to get over it My feelings for Sarah can exist independent of everyone else s expectations I realized and I just needed to figure out on my own what they were That may seem silly to anyone who s commented on how perfect we seem together and if we ve met you that probably means you but it s true Fortunately for both of us when I finally sat down and had that conference with myself it turned out that all my friends were dead on we were perfect for each

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  • The Making of a Home
    nobody would fess up Was it my brother Was it the babysitter Did a stranger break into the house and steal the bananas Did a group of stray monkeys have a party while we slept I recognize that this story lacks serious mystery street cred but when I was seven this was big news We called it The Mystery of the Missing Bananas and theorized about it for years So now I would like to add to the family collection of confusing mysteries of the mundane Please consider the Mystery of the Stolen Shoes We had a party last night Everyone as you might imagine arrived at our house in shoes Some people took their shoes off when they came in not wanting to track in the remnants of autumn leaves and an evening thundershower Then people left the party taking their shoes with them But when our friends Jill and Brian tried to leave they had a problem Jill s boots were gone There was a pair of boots by the door but they were 7 1 2s and Jill wears 9s We searched everywhere under the coats on the guestroom bed under the bed in the closets behind the doors But her boots were seriously nowhere to be found In the end Brian pulled the car around and Jill just had to hop sock footed down the path As we cleaned up late last night we discovered that the 7 1 2s were still sitting right by the door So someone came to our party in 7 1 2s and left in 9s And still hasn t noticed That s right Someone has been walking around in someone else s shoes that are a size and half too big for 24 hours without considering anything to be out

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  • The Making of a Home
    photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday October 27 2005 By Sandy Secret of my Sox ess It was appalled to discover on the way to the Rocketship to watch game on Saturday night that the socks on my feet were blue It had been a busy day at home with lots of walking around on the cold hardwood so I slipped on some thick wool socks that just happened to be blue I fully intented to switch them out for some white ones before the game but plum forgot I was embarrassed for myself and my collossal lapse in judgement further enhanced by the fact that I wear white sock every day of my life It was as if I was intentionally trying to jinx the team Then the Sox won How curious I thought Could it be that the outcome of the game had nothing to do with my choice of footwear On the phone with my old buddy Warner the next afternoon I told him the whole story He knew where I was coming from and made it very clear of my forthcoming duty to abide the old saw Don t fuck with a good thing Apparently his logic went it was my donning of a non white sock that brought on their victory and since it worked the first game I d need to continue the trend through the rest of the series Game two was taken in at our house Sunday and sure enough my fire engine red socks brought on a beautiful 7 6 victory Game three was back at Stacey and Levi s two days later I had intended to go home and change before the game but ended up not having time so

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  • The Making of a Home
    pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Wednesday October 26 2005 By Sandy My new hair management plan The evening was meant to be spent watching a Netflix movie We soon realized the ridiculousness of that plan since we don t actually have a working DVD player anymore and neither of us brought our laptops home with us On to plan B laying about and thinking of creative Halloween costumes This ended fifteen minutes later predictably with the decision that they were all too much work and I might as well just go as an astronaut again Several more minutes passed as we listlessly watched the cat sniff out a foreign object on the mantle And then seconds before my life descended into a vortex of banality it hit me I was going to get a haircut From Sarah This wasn t entirely spontaneous I had had the idea months earlier and had procured a set of clippers from Luke I never actually thought I d go through with it But here I was and here the clippers were and clearly the two were destined to meet I should say that before we went forward with the venture I did do some research Cursory Google searches for how own haircut clippers revealed nothing more than blog postings and catalogs of how to vidoes on producing a salon style cut at home When I discovered on the first page of results this Defective Yeti post I took that as conclusive proof that the Internet has got a ways to go I set myself up on the edge of the bathtub handed the clippers to Sarah crossed my fingers said a little prayer to St Flowbee and told her to dig in

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