Incentive To Clean Those Kitchen Floors

Right now, my kitchen is a huge mess. I'm not talking about a dirty dishes mess or a whoops-I-spilled-some-orange-juice mess, though I'm pretty sure that both of those messes are going on in there too to some degree. I'm talking about the kind of mess that involves power tools on one's kitchen counters. There's a screwdriver on my cutting board. Some last minute grouting is going on. Two out of three lights have blown. You would hardly think a photographer was coming over on Sunday to shoot it for a national magazine. 

Oh, look how I just threw that in there all casual-like, as though I'm not shaking in my boots at the thought. A magazine! A magazine is coming to my house! Well, not a magazine itself, obviously—that would be problematic for about seven hundred reasons, not least of all that it would be highly disturbing for a walking, talking magazine to just ring your doorbell and invite itself in; my mind is kind of boggling at the thought (how would it even reach the doorbell, FOR A START?)—but rather a person from a magazine. With a camera! To take pictures! Of my kitchen! To go inside the magazine! Which is clearly making me talk in short bursts that end with exclamation points! THAT'S NOT ANNOYING AT ALL.

Obviously, this impending visit by a magazine—okay, a person from a magazine—is hugely exciting and I am pretty much beside myself with glee, but I am also really, really, really, really nervous. See how I used all those reallys back there? That is to show you that I am not kidding around with the nervous. I am absolutely thrilled, obviously, that all our hard work on our DIY kitchen makeover is going to be chronicled in a publication that I could buy in an airport bookstore thousands of miles across the country, but my brain is also working overtime to figure out how I can simultaneously repaint all the cabinetry, find an attractive outfit, grow my hair a few inches, and maybe redo the entire kitchen all over again in five days' time. 

Okay, I would settle for finding an attractive outfit. The rest sounds like too much work. 

I'll let you know more details as soon as I can, on the offchance that you want to buy this magazine, open it up to the page upon which I appear, and shriek I know her! Actually, what on earth is she wearing, I'm going to pretend I've never seen her before in my life!, but if all goes according to plan, it should be out in March. And I know I'm sort of trying to be all cool about it, like it ain't no thang and all, but you should know that this is actually pretty much the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me in my life. It is, in fact, the hugest thang. I kind of can't believe it's happening. What are you doing this weekend, Holly? Oh, just checking off long-held life goals over here, no bigs. 

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Oct 11, 2011

Ooooh so exciting! Good luck, and I can't wait to hear all about it!

Oct 11, 2011

All in a week's work Holly! Love it.

Oct 11, 2011

Or I can yell "I know her! Well, not really, I read her blog and never comment because I feel I have nothing to add so she doesn't know me from Adam, but I read about that renovation!" :) Congratulations! I can't wait to see it in print.

Oct 11, 2011

OR, I'll pull on the Rock Star's sleeve and scream, "Hey! HEY! You know that blog I read with the cute English writer from California? ...Yes you do, the one who travels a lot? This is her!! I read all about her life on the Internet! I kinda know her!!!"
And he'll glance at it, shrug, and then judge your kitchen makeover while I am busy fawning.
Cheers, though!! Super cool news!!

Oct 11, 2011

So exciting! Congratulations and can't wait to see it all in print!

Oct 11, 2011

the home of a friend of mine was just photographed for the March issue of Dwell -- she had JUST had a baby, and was fretting over the same things as you (what to wear? how to stand to look as if she had not just had a baby?).... know that in architectural photography, the people are the background -- and your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous and you must tell us what magazine you'll be in!

Home Sweet Sarah
Oct 11, 2011

Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod, HOW EXCITING!

I wonder if it is a magazine to which I already subscribe? I cannot wait to see!


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Kate in Ohio
Oct 11, 2011

Maybe she will see your picture stairway and want to do something on that as well! I would if I was her.

patty v
Oct 11, 2011

all i can think about is the rug in Aladdin. i think that's what the magazine coming to your door would be like.

Oct 11, 2011

SO FUN! I'm sure you will find a lovely outfit. I can't wait to see it in print.

Oct 11, 2011

Although I am usually a lurking lurker, I had to write how excited I am for you! I loved looking at your kitchen making over photos. Congrats, can't wait to see it in a magazine!

Oct 11, 2011

Er, make over photos. This is why I don't leave comments.

Oct 11, 2011

Just put that KitchenAid mixer front and center and you'll be fine. Congratulations!

Oct 11, 2011

How exciting!! Judging by the photos you've posted previously of your kitchen makeover, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Your kitchen is beautiful!! You and Sean worked really hard and now to get to see the a national magazine no less. Just calm down, have a glass or two of wine and breathe. Can't wait to see the pics.

Jordan Carver
Oct 11, 2011

Well I realize it may be nerve-wracking, but it's also tremendously exciting. How do I go about getting my kitchen into a magazine?? lol

Oct 11, 2011

Holly! This is so exciting! SO EXCITING! And! I can totally relate to the nervousness and excitement and wanting to scream from the rooftops but not being able to quite Most! Exciting! Thing! Ever! can't be announced until February. (Ahem, I tell you mine if you tell me yours...)

Oct 11, 2011

That is FANTASTIC!!!! I can't wait to see it!

Mary Mihaha
Oct 12, 2011

This is so exciting! Your kitchen is so lovely it definitely deserves to be in a magazine!

Pretzel Thief
Oct 12, 2011

Jigga wha?!

Dude, that is freakin' amazeballs!

Can't wait to hear all the details when it's all done. You're the shiz!

Oct 12, 2011

Congrats on the mag gig... looking forward to the pix!

P.S. What ever happened with that girl's wedding in 16 days? Or hasn't it been 16 days yet? Don't ask me to do math.

Nothing But Bonfires
Oct 12, 2011

Marcheline, she got married on Friday! Apparently it was gorgeous and everything went well; she promises an update and photos when things have calmed down a bit.

Oct 12, 2011

That is fantastic!

We are also having a national magazine do a piece on us. It's going to be called "The world's worst parents, and how they manage to stick their kid in front of the TeeVee for an hour so that they can dick around on their computer and iPhone, but can never manage to do shit in terms of home improvements." It's a cover story.

We only did that once, but it's apparently news-worthy.

Erin O'Brien
Oct 12, 2011

Thank you! It's lovely and I'll no longer contemplate painting my kitchen a shade of grey or gray!

Oct 12, 2011

Bon chance! Hope it goes well. You must be so excited and proud!

Oct 12, 2011

I'll buy a copy and then put it in my special Holly File, with your wedding invitation and a few special scraps from a Balderdash of days gone by. What? Is that weird?

(I don't actually have a Holly File, but now I'm thinking I should!)

Oct 12, 2011

How fun!! I'm not surprised either--I think your kitchen is gorgeous!

Savvy in San Francisco
Oct 16, 2011

Congratulations! How exciting! Can't wait to read the article!!

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