Curtains + Feet Sweat = Delicious

I’m a sweaty guy, but never have I sweat as much as I did
today putting up curtains. I had to
drill into concrete without a hammer drill to hang a 20ft rod 12 feet up in the
air while perched atop a 6 foot ladder.

I do construction in my underwear and socks because I get so
hot and today I sweat so much that my feet were sopping wet with sweat. I came down from the ladder and the squish
squish made it feel like I had just got off of a water ride at the amusement
park.

The curtains are off now and they look good. Whew. 

 

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Hands
Some of you know that there is construction going on in our home/studio.  A bedroom is being built (from scratch) that includes custom shelves/closets/space and needs to be carpeted/painted.  It started on June 1st and it was hoping to be done by July 1st, but we took many jobs/shoots and that pushed the delivery day back.  Now we are hoping for August 1st.  The whole project is being done by the solo wonder of Matthew.  I, am no help at all except I do give direction well when telling what I don’t like and complaining that it is taking forever.  Essy is good at cleaning the dirty ground off with her fur.  Besides this project, we are attempting to put up curtains that cover 210 ongoing inches of window space which seems an impossible task with one ladder and drilling into concrete (the word, fuck, has been a favorite out of Matthews mouth today).  We are also trying to do more for our kitchen as moving into a space with not one cabinet is very hard to organize.  The best part of everything though is that Matthew does EVERYTHING in his underwear.  Drills, drywalls, muds, paints, hammers, knocks down walls – it’s pretty amazing. Occassionally he wears socks too.  Essy and I sometimes sit on the couch and just stare at this amazingness in awe.  Bravo Matthew, Bravo.  We appreciate it all.  Now just get it done.. quicker, k? ;)

I can’t post pictures

Hands
Some of you know that there is construction going on in our home/studio.  A bedroom is being built (from scratch) that includes custom shelves/closets/space and needs to be carpeted/painted.  It started on June 1st and it was hoping to be done by July 1st, but we took many jobs/shoots and that pushed the delivery day back.  Now we are hoping for August 1st.  The whole project is being done by the solo wonder of Matthew.  I, am no help at all except I do give direction well when telling what I don’t like and complaining that it is taking forever.  Essy is good at cleaning the dirty ground off with her fur.  Besides this project, we are attempting to put up curtains that cover 210 ongoing inches of window space which seems an impossible task with one ladder and drilling into concrete (the word, fuck, has been a favorite out of Matthews mouth today).  We are also trying to do more for our kitchen as moving into a space with not one cabinet is very hard to organize.  The best part of everything though is that Matthew does EVERYTHING in his underwear.  Drills, drywalls, muds, paints, hammers, knocks down walls – it’s pretty amazing. Occassionally he wears socks too.  Essy and I sometimes sit on the couch and just stare at this amazingness in awe.  Bravo Matthew, Bravo.  We appreciate it all.  Now just get it done.. quicker, k? ;)

GET HIM!!

The other night there was a bug on our wall.  I don’t know what he was as I’m not a bug connoisseur.  After he fell, I chased him and eventually saved him and put him outside the window.   Matthew isn’t into things that crawl around like this.  The video is humorous for that reason.



Cracked DS Lite Hinge :(

A few days ago I was making my usual internet rounds when I read an article about people an their mysteriously cracked Nintendo DS Lites.  Apparently, even people who have taken great care of their DS are finding the tiny crack on the left hinge.  I didn’t think anything of it at first, but then I decided to check my DS just to be safe.  And there it was.  I couldn’t believe it but I have the hairline crack as well just like in the pictures o the blog story I had just read.  I was shocked.  I treat my DS Lite with the utmost care and respect too. 

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More and more people are coming forward testifying to this manufacturing flaw.  Nintendo’s official statement is that there is no manufacturing flaw and the problem is a 1 in 5000 occurrence and otherwise a result of user wear.  I don’t believe it. 

Beyond a cosmetic blemish the crack shows no other annoyances.  Still, I am rather disappointed having been one of the unlucky ones with a cared for, nurtured, yet otherwise damaged DS Lite.  I still love the DS and will continue promoting it to everyone I know.  In the mean time though, I hope that Nintendo takes notice and working vigorously to fix this blemish on their otherwise spotless record. 

I Hate Summer

Seriously, anyone that actually enjoys this heat must be an absolutely masochistic idiot.  Sleeping hours are brilliant because we run the AC full blast having the cool delicious air fall right on us.  In the day though its time to suffer.  Yay for $200 bare minimum electric bills.  :[

Customer Service

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Good customer service makes all the difference.  Companies that actually care, no matter how big, small or busy they are.    When you are making a purchase you want to be sure and confident.  Especially when it’s semi expensive.  One company that continues to impress us is Lost-Luggage.   Lost-Luggage designs and sells high end portfolio books, cases, bags and very sleek techy cases.  We have previously gotten one of our portfolios there a few years ago.  When it was a little scratched upon arrival, they immediately sent a replacement back cover (not even asking for the previous defected back to be returned).   So now that we are shopping around for a new portfolio to represent the Reed + Rader name, we turned to Lost-Luggage again.   We have recently placed an order for the Looking Glass Series book in Stitched Moss Leather (11×14 for those that are interested) which is eagerly set to arrive on Thursday.  To my disappoint though, I received an email last night that said that since their new Fall line is coming out, their books will be 20% off for the next few days (to previous clients – us).  So we wrote to them and explained we didn’t even get our book yet and now they’re on sale!  Lost Luggage is semi pricey, but for the quality and the sexiness – it’s well worth it. So we emailed them and just asked them about it, and they shot us a call today telling us we will be credited the 20% no problem!  It’s things like that that get a company return business and recommendations (we tell everyone about them).   

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If you are looking for a sexy bag to go with your new sexy book and can’t come up with anything except those ugly looking black bags, check out Casuri (great customer service) and ACME (if you come across the XL bag in flannel gray, you better not touch it! It’s sold out everywhere and we want it!).   We have a Casuri bag that we are getting tweaked by a seamstress to attach the ID label holder onto it.  Both companies are great alternatives for bags with a little more flair.    Don’t be insanely overwhelming, but why not get a bag and a book to match your style and your work? After all, it’s all about presentation (and amazing work).

Brooklyn, represent

We live in Brooklyn.  We honestly like Brooklyn.  We don’t see ourselves moving from Brooklyn anytime remotely soon (not until we can afford Battery Park).  If you move to NYC, I recommend you move to Brooklyn first.  It makes things "real" and more appreciative. 

The Brooklynites is a project that is being done by photographer Seth Kushner and writer Anthony LaSala.  They have spent the last 2 years documenting famous Brooklyn residents and not so famous Brooklyn residents.   Their website includes photographs, essays about the subject and behind the scenes pictures.    I’ve been at the website for the last 30 minutes or so and these are some of my favs:

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"Brooklyn is a real place. Crown Heights has Blacks and Hasidic living
door to door, in the same apartment building—nowhere else is like that.
It’s such a mix. As a religious man, the neighborhood has everything I
need: kosher food, rabbis, and friends to study Torah with. On Rosh
Hashanah, people walk. I decided to walk from Crown Heights to
Williamsburg. I went through Bed Stuy, through the Satmar community in
old Williamsburg and finally I ended up where all the hipsters and
Internet cafe’s were. When you walk through Brooklyn, it’s like
crossing every country in the world." -
Matisyahu

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"I’ve lived in Brooklyn since I was 20. It’s funny, everyone outside of
Brooklyn thinks you’re either part of the mob or a tough guy. I was
down in Virginia on vacation recently and someone asked me to say
something in Brooklynese. So I said “Give me your wallet." – Dick Velde

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"When we first moved here I lived in Crown Heights and we were basically
the first black family to move into Cobble Hill. Then my mother had the
vision to buy a brownstone in Fort Green when the prices were really
affordable—that was around 1968 and 1969. Brooklyn
is basically the same except now property values have gone up, and
certain complexions of the neighborhoods have changed. You know, when I
was growing up there were no white linen tablecloth restaurants on
Myrtle and Dekalb Avenue. But the place is basically the same." – Spike Lee

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"I now live out in Long Island for 27 years, but I miss Brooklyn every
day. I’m sorry I ever left. Every time I go over the bridge, I’m sad. I
still love this place. It will always be home. When I was a kid here I remember there were no playgrounds. We also
didn’t have money for a football, so we used to roll up a newspaper and
tie it with string—god forbid if you ever got hit with that thing—cause
I had a pretty good arm." – Billy Meany

Brooklyn5
"So then I started having intense insomnia and left and moved to
Manhattan for a while before coming back to Williamsburg in the winter
of 2001. And honestly I kinda fought tooth and nail to not live in
Brooklyn. I tried my damndest to stay in Manhattan. But I found a place
that I totally loved. It’s the space here that I love, it’s hard to
beat having a real space. And when I came to Brooklyn and spent my
first night here I felt like I moved to the country. I was like ‘Oh,
this is actually pastoral. Urban pastoral.’ It was quiet, I could
sleep, there were birds. And I love it now." -
Casey Spooner, Fisherspooner

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"And I think, just philosophically, that one of the best parts of living
in Brooklyn is the presence of immigrants who are here now. Even Park
Slope, that has become very bourgeoisie since we have been here, has a
much stronger feeling of immigrant presence than most parts of
Manhattan. Just down the street, the apartment building on the corner
has every type of nationality in it. It’s amazing." -
Siri Hustvedt

Grass

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I’ve been looking for a new fragrance since my bottle of Yves Saint Laurent’s "Cinema" ran out a few weeks ago.  I’ve been using Cinema for about the last year and probably would have stopped at Christmas time if a client didn’t get me a big bottle of it for a present.  Before that, I was a Prada girl and I still love how it smells.  I almost went back to it today and had it in my hands walking around Sephora.  The Prada phase ended when I went back home to visit my family and my lid somehow cracked open spilling perfume all over my bags (and staining my leather Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses holder).  But today I was looking for something a little more fresh, more organic.. not so "What type of perfume are you wearing?".  I walked around misting my fragrance stick for too long and finally came upon a limited edition Marc Jacobs fragrance "Grass".  It really does smell like grass too, fresh cut and misty grass.  It is more of a summer fragrance but I’m going to hope the freshness sticks around for the rest of the year.  Nordstrom describes Grass as "
Close your eyes and image the smell of a dense, rich, green garden or the smell of grass that has just been freshly cut."  MMMMMM!  They also have "Cotton" and I just learned from the Marc Jacobs website "Rain" (Im going to try to find that one!).    I’m really happy with the scent.  What scent do you wear?

Snapple

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I went to Manhattan today to do some shopping, for myself.  Unfortunately though I ended up buying curtains (4 packs as we need to cover a window that is 210 inches in width) and other crazy things (like the goldfish snack container) at Bed, Bath and Beyond and other stuff for Matthew at Tj Maxx (ok I bought myself new underwear too, i hate the word panties, at Filene’s Basement) and by the time I came out of the store my bags weighed so much I couldn’t carry them.  So I couldn’t go to the stores I wanted to and had to get on the subway to come home.   I waited for the F train for 29 minutes (exactly) and I was so sticky with the heat.  I then did the F to the A to the G and waited for the G for more minutes then I should have.  I finally got on the G train and these men got into a physical fight and hit each other.  The sides of the train cleared so the middle was completely open with just the men yelling and fighting. I think we all thought someone was going to pull out a gun and shoot people.  Fortunately though when I got on the G train (before the men started to fight), my friend Ryan who I used to go to school with in Pittsburgh (and who I haven’t seen since Pittsburgh) got on the train.  We hugged and talked while the men continued fighting.  I am now home and all I want is a Snapple (iced tea) and a shrimp egg roll.  And I want Matthew to rub my feet with Bliss Foot Patrol.