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fun find!

how cool is this? if you are in need of some quick power for any type of electronic gadget (MP3 player, cell phone…and i supposed portable cd or cassette player if you were to still use those), you can use this gadget, HYmini wind charger, to give you that extra juice. The HYmini uses wind and solar power to recharge any one of your many gadgets!

fun and not a completely out-of-price range (i’ve read it’s around $80) environmentally friendly gadget!


(photo courtesy of engadget.com)


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last weekend of October’s trip to Pittsburgh to visit friends & Ikea was a success. i was able to get the two dressers i’ve been dying to get, as well as more storage boxes, shelves, and some miscellaneous accessories/items. “Operation: Declutter” is pretty much completed, though i have not been able to make the bulletin board of red fabric samples just yet.

anyway, here is an updated picture on the room:


also, today was our SECOND TO LAST SUNDAY IN OUR EXISTING CHURCH BUILDING. i mean, i KNEW that we were going to have our first services there the weekend of November 17 & 18 but i didnt even realize how soon it was coming up. it was pretty cool seeing the final episode of the relocation update on the screen – seeing the carpet put in, all the acoustical clouds in the sanctuary…it was just amazing. during communion my dad leaned over to me and said “last communion in this building”. i was just amazed, and it brought tears to my eyes. i have gone to Grace all of my life, in this single building, and soon it will be somewhere entirely and amazingly different. i’m so excited! next week we will be seeing the finished product! some of the furniture will be coming in this week for the offices, and the rest next week! ahhhh! it’s so crazy.

also, our children’s church wing was pretty much completely torn down. that was pretty crazy as well. we had a good turn out of kids, and when we get into the new building and get the new set, it’s going to be amazing!!!


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Phase 1 began today, September 30, 2007. i have not yet gotten to make the dresser purchases, but i was able to take apart my other desk and put together the cubes. i can’t believe how much stuff i have, and how much i fit in the new “cubes”! the original plan i had for the room i didnt like at ALL when i first moved the furniture, so it ended up a little different.  i also moved a few other things around, which i wasn’t planning on doing at first. i’m happy with the way things are after phase 1. next steps: memo-samples bulletin board, shelves from ikea & magazine boxes, maybe some other “decorative” boxes for storage on shelves/in cubes, and dressers. oh and i couldnt find the mirror i was looking for today at WalMart, so that was pretty disappointing and annoying!

anyway, here’s some views of the “newer” room at the moment:

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these are SO cute



< blueprint / charlesandmarie >

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i absolutely LOVE metropolitan home magazine. i just received their september issue, (annual renovation issue) where they are “renovation” the look and content of their magazine. i didn’t see much of a difference so far, but did note the new section called “*Word”. this section is random tidbits with pictures and small paragraphs of information about many random things. topics include “look/learn/shop/travel/eat/stay/go green”. there are a lot of interesting pieces in the section – furniture or design pieces, random bits of information in regards to the environment and the “going green”, home accessories, etc. makes me wonder what the actual “criteria” is for this piece! i believe it is literally anything that catches their eye that can be made into an interesting paragraph.

one of the various bits of information includes this blog. this blog is pretty much a smorgasbord of various design products, many not yet available in the US. it is a very interesting website, though half of the pieces on there i don’t understand what their use is, and the other half i would have no use for them anyway! not necessarily very practical, but fun to look at, and maybe somewhat inspiring!

some other “bits of information” contained in this new section of Met Home include Smart Refrigerators, “Wine List” (the purchase of red wine is going up!), a few different and interesting Black & White pieces (asymmetric bowls, blankets made from salvaged cashmere from thrift stores, and planter/vase), a “green” gas station (made of recycled materials, however they [bp] currently only sell regular gasoline, though they are trying to move to alternative fuels here), and a section about “vacations with purpose” – you can visit Northumberland cottage (and stay there) while helping the groundskeepers tidy Lindisfarne Castle (ok i think that would be fun for a day or two).

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