In which the author tells you how to run your life -- or at least how to make the most of the fun parts of it.

For instance, inside these pages you will learn how to weather a mortar attack in good spirits; how to avoid booking yourself on the Internet into a bed and breakfast full of twee quilts and dusty tchotkes; and how to plan a dinner party that will stun your guests with deliciousness and style and not destroy your will to live with the amount of work you have to do to pull it off.

These are things I know firsthand, and things people who know me often ask me about (though I usually just book them into bed and breakfasts myself -- identifying ruffled death traps is an acquired skill). I am almost always right about everything (food, style and travel-related, anyway, and often many other things) and if everyone would just do as I say, dinner would taste better, cupcakes would not be dry, your parties would be more fun (for you), and mortar attacks... well, they always suck. I can't do anything about them.

*except laundry. I can't manage my own laundry, much less yours.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Let's do a little Before and After on Alison's Panamanian Place

And if any of you have become attached to her (you should! she will totally pick up a half-digested mouse that your cat vomited and throw it out for you) I am proud to report that she has already gotten her next Foreign Service posting assignment.

If you recall, when she was preparing to take the Foreign Service entrance exam, she went off to Turkey for a few months to learn the language (I still have her hand drawn flash cards around the house). Well, girlfriend is going to Istanbul in 2013!

So now when I get done surfing here:

I can go visit this:

So: Alison's apartment went from this:
To this:

and these:

to these:

she's all growed up. Though I think there are some lighting issues. And she is still accessorizing. But a lifetime ahead of travel will fill in the blanks nicely.
So proud!


1 comment:

  1. Pam H.,

    I'm not sure how to e-mail you my question so hopefully you won't mind a random, unrelated-to-post- comment. I found your blog via a post on an industrial table on Apartment Therapy ( and you mentioned you had created, what seemed to be, a smaller industrial table. I was all set to build the table as shown on the post but with smaller dimensions. I would love to see pictures of the table you made as it sounds just as easy but petite enough for my apartment. Would you have any pictures/diagrams you could forward to me? e-mail is sbwakefield(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!