hurry up and wait

Found out today that I passed my final architectural licensing exam! Now in most states that would mean my stamp would be in the mail but California likes to do things a bit differently. I'm now in line to take the oral exam which the first available opening is not until May 09! But for now, I'll be celebrating getting over the first hurdle.

the big dance

Yeah! We made it to the final four BUT its a very tight game so get on over there and VOTE!

why all this voting?

Some of you out there may be wondering why every time you open this site lately its just another pitch from me to vote for us again on Apartment Therapy. Well beyond the obvious (prize money), there is a larger motive at work here. Allow me to explain.

You may or may not know that this summer Dave took the gigantic leap into the world of self employment. It was not a decision made quickly or easily especially given the current affairs of things around here BUT we/he felt it was an important step to make at this stage in our lives. We both love what we do immensely and despite the scariness of going out alone, it was also very exciting. So here I come to the point. Apartment Therapy is a fairly well known website and the winner will get a published house tour with a bit of background. That amount of free press given its a design site and we're architects was something too good to pass up! So yes, we need your vote, again!


.....oh and just in case you're wondering about the future voting schedule, I've listed it below.

Today (wed.) Elite 8
Thursday Final Four
Friday - Monday Final Two

brought to you by my amazing brother in-law

Having trouble logging into the apartment therapy site?  Well help is here courtesy of Jon! Just follow the simple steps below... and then breathe a sigh of relief.

Voting today

We've made it to the sweet sixteen! Help us make it to the elite 8!

some things never change.

They just get bigger.

October 25th

Yep.  It's my birthday!   I share the wonderful date with such greats as Pablo Picasso, Bobby Knight, D Lee... and nearly a very cute nephew (born 1 day early).

ding ding ding

We'd like to thank everyone for voting! (yeah!) We made it onto Round 2 and voting is TODAY. Sooooo get on over there already. (thank you!)

rock the vote

Okay everyone! It's time to get your fingers clicking and head on over to apartment therapy to vote for our fall colors entry. You will need to register at the website to vote for us. Yes, maybe a slight inconvenience, but they promise not the spam your email (or raise your taxes).
So what are you waiting for?

Molly and George across the pond

Our very good friends, Molly and George recently relocated from Pasadena to Cambridge! And no that's not in Massachusetts.  While we miss them greatly, it is quite enjoyable to catch up on their lives and how their adjusting to British culture at their new blog.  Go on over and check it out!  

fall colors

Just some shameless self promotion going on here at substances. You can find photos of our home (finished or not) over at apartment therapy competing in the fall colors contest!!!...more info and directions to follow.

mark your calendars

Remember this? Well on November 15th, 2008 at 10am Eastern/Pacific (that's 9am for you mom), Dave and I will go from just being your average couple to HGTV television stars! Ok well maybe not stars, but we'll be on television! Please, please everyone out there remember there might be editing involved and we're not sure exactly how we will be 'portrayed' so keep your laughter to a light chuckle. Also if someone wants to tape it so Dave and I can watch, that would be swell... we don't have cable.

rules of the game

I'll have to thank the king for cluing me into the blog "1001 rules for my unborn son" . It's definitely worth a visit if you haven't been...some of my personal favorites listed below.

140. Never sit down on a ball field. Take a knee.
215. After lighting a firecracker, Stand back.
220. Until you are a doctor, never answer your phone at the table.