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Display Name: Ajax's
Member Since: 3/26/08

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I have a very large family, so if one of us gets sick there's always someone around to go fetch things for us. We keep really basic stuff like ibuprofen around, but stuff like DayQuil gets all used up in a heartbeat, so it's never around at the onslaught of a cold.

I haven't gotten the "stomach flu" (food poisoning) since I was a kid, probably in thanks to my transitioning to a vegan. We're much less likely to come across food that'll make us sick if not prepared correctly.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | AT on... Being Sick
6/6/08 12:24 PM

That picture really disturbs me.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Green Remedies for Stubborn Odors
5/29/08 01:18 PM

While I would personally never buy books simply for decoration, as I am an avid reader and have plenty of books that I love and cherish as it is, I can see the appeal in having a home library filled with attractive books.

Books aren't just for reading. Many of them are quite intricate, real works of art. A book can be like a painting. Do you need to have extensive knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci to enjoy his work? Do you need to know about the methods and mediums he used to enjoy his paintings? No. In the same way, I don't think you need to have read a book to appreciate the way it looks - the kind of material it was bound in, the typeface, the smell, the weight of it in your hands. The expert craftsmanships that has gone into some books is really something that should be appreciated as an art form.

If people only kept books around that they had actually read I daresay the world would be in much shorter supply of them, which would be a real shame.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Book Decor: For People Who Can't Read Good
5/28/08 06:31 PM

Wow, talk about a desktop computer. That's absolutely marvelous.

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5/27/08 10:05 AM

I love the green and white going on, but the blue and yellow don't really blend in well. I suppose that's the point, but it sticks out too much for my tastes.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Color Chips: Blues and Greens
5/23/08 09:14 PM

I didn't really expect anyone else to agree with me.

I just think it's a bit out of bounds to take pictures over someone's fence. The fence is obviously there for a reason, privacy probably being a top contributing factor.

For the record, I have a cute little vegetable garden in my back yard. I wouldn't be surprised if it were the sort of thing someone would make a post here about. But I really don't like the idea of someone intruding upon my space, without my permission, and taking a picture of it. I don't think the fact that my peas might someday peek over the top of the fence gives anyone the right to take pictures over the fence.

Who knows, maybe the owner/s of the home genuinely wouldn't mind, or would even be flattered, but I don't think it's right to take pictures over fences without permission. Personally, I'd be fine with showing a passerby into my garden to have a look if they asked, and I'd allow them to take pictures as long as they let me know where they'd end up.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! Backyard Cherry Blossom Mural
5/23/08 07:49 PM

They're going to go with stereotypes with commercials. Men are generally thought of as less tidy then women, and the tag line "If not for yourself, at least for the others." means that it's going to be OTHER people suffering at the hands of their dirtiness. Sure, they could have a male friend suffer, but quite frankly it's more humorous when it's a love interest.

Misogyny is hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women. I fail to see how these commercials meet that definition. If anything, it's showing that, out of love for the women in their lives, men should be cleaner. The average man certainly isn't going to consider being cleaner for their friends. I hate it how the simplest things like this get turned into some kind of accusation of hatred of women on Ikea's part. That's as baseless as saying that they dislike kids for that last one.

"It's obviously just taking advantage of how innocent and clueless children are!"

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | IKEA Commercial Flashback Reminds Us to Spring Clean
5/23/08 07:38 PM

Wow, way to be incredibly creepy. I hope people aren't hanging over my fencing and snapping shots.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! Backyard Cherry Blossom Mural
5/22/08 01:38 PM

I think the rooms look really, really juvenile. I can imagine a fourteen year old girl enjoying those rooms, and I could even consent to letting future daughters decorate their bedrooms that way.

Maybe Ivanka should just specialize in doing kids' bedrooms.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Ivanka Trump, decorator Glamour, May 08
4/30/08 04:57 PM

Leela - I can't believe you leave centipedes alone. Those, and millipedes, are the only insects that I absolutely can't stand. I am so irrationally afraid of them. Just looking at a picture makes my skin crawl.

My mother got bit by a brown recluse spider. She saw it, but wasn't able to catch or kill it before it scampered off. The skin around the bite began to rot away, and my mom eventually realized she had to go to the hospital. We live in New York, so it's not like we're used to brown recluse spiders. The doctor at the hospital wouldn't believe her description of the spider because "There aren't any brown recluse spiders in New York!" and kept trying to treat her for Lyme disease. We all thought that was pretty ridiculous, because I've had Lyme disease about ten times and my siblings have all gotten it more then once, and never once did the area around the tick bites rot away. Moronic doctor. We've compared the pictures of her bite to pictures of brown recluse spider bites on the internet, and we're fairly certain that she was, indeed, bitten by a brown recluse.

We later found out that it's a pretty widely accepted theory that brown recluse spiders get transported to places like New York with shipments of food and stuff like that. There have been other reports of brown recluse spiders in our area, we even have a friend who caught one in his back yard. He sent it to some establishment that deals with poisonous animals, and they confirmed that it was a brown recluse.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Spiders in the Shower
4/30/08 01:26 PM

I really like how it looks. I'm glad that my decorative tastes would suit black walls. Maybe someday I'll try it.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Look! Black Study Room
4/30/08 12:57 PM

If being fed up with irresponsible people who are NEVER on time makes me a self-righteous jerk, then I'm guilty as charged.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Hot or Not? Scolpisce Il Tappo, the Timepiece Drain Stopper
4/29/08 08:59 PM

You know, I'm REALLY cool about noise as long as it's not in the morning. I need my sleep. I NEEEED it.

My next door neighbors, however, have this insufferable little dog that never shuts the hell up once it gets started. They'll put him out to pee around six or seven and leave him there for hours, and it'll bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, and, uh, bark. It's so annoying. The same neighbors are also in the habit of hiring some company with a really large loud lawnmower to cut their grass. Of course, it always has to be cut at some ridiculous hour of the morning.

Aren't there laws about when you can start making noise like that? Surely, it can't be allowed before nine. :(

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF Survey: Street Noise or Neighbor Noise?
4/29/08 08:45 PM

Any spiders in my house that don't promptly set up a web in some corner get eaten by the cats. Maybe that's why I've never found any in the shower.

But if they're out of the way doing their own thing I leave them alone. If the cats eat them, they eat them. I may be a vegan, but I'm not against letting nature take its course, haha.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Spiders in the Shower
4/29/08 08:28 PM

That's absolutely amazing! I want an RV now.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | SF House Tour: The Janssen Family's Roving Abode
4/29/08 10:29 AM

I don't get people who are chronically late. Find out how long your morning routine takes and set your alarm clock appropriately. If you're meeting someone for lunch or something like that, give yourself fifteen minuets to a half an hour extra time to get there, depending on how long it normally takes to get there and how bad traffic is where you live. It's much better to be early then to be late.

There are much better ways to incorporate a clock into a bathroom then to stick it in the sink. This one doesn't look easy enough to read at a glance. You should be able to see the clock from almost any position in the room, and it should be easy to read. Hang one on the wall or put it on a shelf. This drain stopper clock doesn't seem very practical to me.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Hot or Not? Scolpisce Il Tappo, the Timepiece Drain Stopper
4/29/08 09:51 AM

It's very lovely, but I can't help but think that it looks like some kind of Easter leftover. I'm all for repurposing, but it doesn't have to be so obvious. In my opinion, if it was just the tree bark vase and flowers it would look more appropriate.

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4/29/08 09:44 AM

I would be so content living in a house exactly like that. It's beautiful and has all the necessities.

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4/28/08 11:24 PM

That's your opinion, Palmetto. Beauty is subjective.

I could see doing something like this myself. I love the arrangement. It made my eyes flow from the left to the right. If I ever tried something like this, I'd tailor it to my tastes and use different sized plates like here, but of an identical design.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Look!: Lisa Congdon's Wall of Plates
4/28/08 11:21 PM

Wow, where to start?

Some parts of this house looked very pretty. The California-style bedroom and the kitchen were very nice, and I can imagine a normal person having rooms like that in their house. Some aspects of even the "normal" places, though, seemed like overkill. A huge stove flown in from France that took ten men to move? Come on.

Other parts of it made my jaw drop. The salon (uh, a salon?), the entry hall and the landing with the grand staircase looked so rich and stately. They reminded me of olden times, when royalty used tax money to make their castles and mansions extravagant at the expense of their subjects.

All the other parts I didn't mention above were just not in my taste. Overall, I can appreciate and ogle some parts of the house, but I can't imagine living in such a large home.

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4/28/08 11:18 PM