Boring and boring with a side of nothing

Here’s a quick list because I am tired and I’m hot. Also, if I tried to write about what we did yesterday it would read like this:

“We went to the pool. We ate some nachos while we were there. They weren’t very good. Then we came home, complained about how hot the house is without air-conditioning and went to bed. The end.”

Trust me, it’s better this way. Not much better, mind you, but better.

1. Does anyone else think that someone in charge of production of The Bachelorette this season went to Big Lots and found a bunch of big fur Elmer Fudd hats on sale?

2. Also, is it just me or is anyone else hoping they never hear the phrase “protect and guard your heart” ever again?

3. Lastly, did anyone else experience the need to bless Casey’s heart and then intermittently hide your face behind a pillow while whispering “No, no, no. Please, no.”

And then, dude, she left him on a glacier. That’s just cold, ABC, in every sense of the word.

4. If our air-conditioning repairman doesn’t show up with the motor later today, I’m driving to Austin myself to get it. And I’ll blast the air on high the whole way there. I can’t remember what it feels like to be cold.

5. Thank you for making me feel more secure about the new color in the kitchen. Now I can focus on obsessing over how to accessorize it.

6. My friend Julie bought me the new Courtyard Hounds CD and I love it.

7. There’s one last chance to win a $50 gift card from BlogHer over on my Tropicana Juicy Rewards page. Just click over here.

8. I think we might go see Toy Story 3 later today. I’m prepared that I might cry because I am a big old sap and Sunrise, Sunset and all that stuff. I have a feeling I should clean out the playroom one more time before we go because, otherwise, I might lose the ability to get rid of all those Barbies that have been played with approximately zero times.

Caroline has never been much of a Barbie girl. It’s hard for me to understand considering that I played with Barbies until about junior high and only gave them up for fear of being mocked.

8. If I could find one more great swimsuit for the summer I’d be so thankful, but I don’t know that I have the strength to endure the whole ordeal.

Speaking of strength, I’m going to wrap this off. I think we’ve all been bored enough.

Quisiera unos tacos, por favor

Caroline and I were at the pool on Thursday afternoon when my cell phone rang. It was P and he was calling to see if I’d noticed if the house felt hot before we left for the pool. I told him that I didn’t remember it being any hotter than usual but, considering it’s June in South Texas, everything feels hot. Hot is a way of life right now which makes me want to go back and kick the version of myself that complained about the cold this winter.

Unfortunately, it was truly hotter than usual because our air-conditioning had gone out. Thankfully we have two units. One controls the temperature in the bedrooms and the other controls the main living areas of the house and the one that was out was the unit that cools the main living areas. I’ve never been so grateful that we have a T.V. in our bedroom.

The repairman showed up on Friday morning and had my utmost sympathy as he climbed up into our attic because it is approximately the temperature of hell. After about five minutes he came down, looking like he was about to die, and showed me something that is apparently part of our air-conditioning unit . He launched into a lengthy explanation about the motor and the circuit board and I can’t remember what else because I wouldn’t have questioned him if he’d told me that the air-conditioning was powered by fairies. Sir, I don’t care what the problem is, just FIX IT PLEASE.

He went in search of a new motor and, in a last minute effort to make this already uninteresting tale of woe end sooner rather than later, the short version is that there isn’t a York air-conditioner motor to be found in the San Antonio city limits and it’s being shipped from Austin. And it will be here on Tuesday.

For those of you doing the math at home, that means we won’t have any a/c in the main areas of our house until Tuesday. The only upside is it’s given me a brilliant excuse to not cook for the last four days because “we shouldn’t turn on the oven because it will just heat up the kitchen”. That’s what you call making lemonade out of lemons. Which is actually the one thing I made over the course of the weekend.

However, because I am very focused and not easily distracted from my goals (unless I see something shiny or a Real Housewives marathon on Bravo) I spent all day Saturday painting the kitchen turquoise. I hated to do it, what with the whole idea of manual labor and no cool air, but P had already planned to take Caroline and some friends down to the ranch so I had the whole day to paint without a “helper”.

So I went to Lowe’s and bought a gallon of an Eddie Bauer color called Sea Breeze, five different paintbrushes, blue painters tape, and plastic dropcloths to cover the floor. P set up a box fan for me in the kitchen before he left and I spent the rest of the day painting my little heart out.

At the end of the day, the color is somewhere between a box from Tiffany’s and Taco Cabana, leaning a little more towards the Taco Cabana side. If I’m totally honest, it’s a little brighter than what I wanted but not nearly as bright as it looks in these pictures because holy bean and cheese tacos.

My long term goals involve finding some big pieces of white pottery to place on top of the cabinets. Maybe something like this pitcher along with some bowls and whatever else I happen to find.

And then I may do some window mistreatments out of some kind of retro-looking fabric like this pattern from Amy Butler.

I also found these Thomas Paul plates that I think would look so cute hanging on the wall somewhere, but then I’d need to go with a simpler fabric for the windows or just leave them plain or maybe hang the plates above the windows and oh my word you’re getting a live look inside my brain and it’s very crowded in there.

photo from babygadget

Or maybe I’ll just hang a neon pink sign that reads “Estamos abiertos las 24 horas del día”.

I think I need a little time to adjust to the new color and decide if it works. Especially considering I’ve never been good with change of any kind. And, if I ultimately decide it’s too bright, I’ll repaint it a lighter shade in the fall because painting is like childbirth. You have to forget the pain before you’re ready to do it again.

Fashion Friday: Edition Caroline has made a video

Caroline told me the other night that she needed to make a video. At the time, I had no idea that she was planning to do her own Fashion Friday. Clearly, she is trying to stage a coup.

Fashion Friday from Big Mama on Vimeo.

A few things about the video:

1. Yes, the editing is a little choppy but I had to cut out a twelve minute dissertation about the art of playing Candyland and how she always beats me when we play.

2. The whole thing with the shoe and her friend happened at least two, maybe three, years ago. Bless her Sicilian heart, she loves nothing more than a vendetta.

3. I don’t necessarily advocate the mirrored platform shoe as a fashion choice.

4. Or the Southern Belle costume for that matter.

5. Or watching some type of flying dinosaur pick up a warthog in its talons and drop it on the ground.

And because I feel like I need to contribute something fashion-wise to keep up with my daughter, here are a few cute things I’ve seen.

1. Via Spiga Espadrille Sandal

I realize it’s not as flashy and glamorous as a mirrored platform shoe, but it may be slightly more versatile.

On another note, Nordstrom is promoting what they refer to as the summer bootie. It looks like this.

Which is funny because I thought the summer booty was what you try to cover up as quickly as possible when you get out of the pool.

2. Free People Snappy Tunic

I would love this with some white jeans.

3. Kensie Paperweight Top

This isn’t normally a color that I’d choose, but something about it really appeals to me.

4. Spot in the Dark Maxi Dress

I’m not sure how I feel about the polka dots. That being said, I love the style.

I also really like this I Dye! Maxi Dress.

I die.

4. Citrus Avenue Sunhat

The other day at the pool (Have I mentioned we’ve been spending some time at the pool?) there was a mom wearing the most adorable plaid straw hat. This one is a little different but it’ll do, pig. It’ll do.

I really feel like there should be a fifth item. However, I’m not one to give into numerical pressure and so I’m calling it a day.

Y’all have a great Friday.