Lots of little things I keep meaning to post, but never seem to have the time to do.
The big arse entertainment center. Glass front doors, units like the two in front turned sideways to fit our odd space, three unrelated shelves, brackets, hole saws, a coffee table, and a few trips to Home Depot, and voila, it fits the stereo, the TV and the only slightly ancient speakers. Artwork to the right, my own, professionally framed. Artwork to the left, done by a family friend up north, of a frog, very similar to my tattoo.
The second Ikea project of the holidays. M has a lot of toys, at least for how much she seems to actually play with them. We have a small house and hate having her toys in the living room. She is very good at putting them away (thank you daycare) but didn't have anywhere to put them. The on the floor, easily accessible by a crawler/short person stuff we had before didn't fit her toys, or work for her now three and a half foot tall self. We added a collection of baskets and boxes. Some were from Ikea, most were from Target. Find of the whole thing? The large cube system cloth boxes sold by Target fit exactly in the cubes, like not a bit of extra room except maybe back to front. That one I loaded via Flickr so if you click on it you see all of the cool notes about what is in the picture.
Lastly, my new very hip French Lafont glasses. One of my coworkers said when she goes to get glasses she just tells them whatever pair she can get for 99 bucks for a complete pair. I veiw things a bit differently. I've been wearing glasses for over 25 years now and to me they are a huge part of my "look". I treat them like jewelry. They have to add something to what I look like. I've been settling the past few years for what I can get with my crappy vision plan. I already pay extra to get special lenses because of my horrid eye sight, so I usually go to a chain and get some random frame that is OK, just to get it mostly paid for. This year was an off year, but I really needed a new pair of glasses, so I sucked it up (and used the rest of my flex account) and went to one of the hippest local shops, eyedeals, and got a cool pair of frames. The added benefit, they are made really well and should be worth what I spent. I think the purple and green really works for me.