The Life of Erin

Married life, home projects, music, travel, movies, politics, random stuff I think of on a daily basis

STAY TUNED! July 29, 2010

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The Life of Erin has become quite defunct, wouldn’t you say? But fear not, I have a new idea forming that will be unveiled very shortly.

Here’s a hint (photo courtesy of Adina Katz):


4 months?! March 27, 2010

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OK, this has got to stop. This blog can’t update itself so I need some motivation. I may have some soon, and this blog may morph into something different, maybe even with a different title, in the coming months, so please stay tuned. For now, here are more house photos I promised back in November.

Yes, the kitchen is still red. We are keeping occupied with other home projects right now so re-painting the kitchen is low on our priority list.

What else have we been up to?

Matt has been a taiko practicing/performing whirlwind. I’m teaching again and let’s just say that I was completely spoiled in the Fall. This new group is a challenge. To put it bluntly, I have never dumbed down writing assignments so drastically, defended the reasons for annotating so passionately, and threatened failure for never coming to class so vehemently to any other class. Oh well, only about a month left with these young “adult” terrors.

More later.


2 months November 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — erinp @ 9:20 pm

So…I almost couldn’t remember my login for this blog it’s been so long. How is everyone doing? Ready for Thanksgiving? Christmas? Hanukkah?

Matt and I work. We sleep. We paint. We sand. We eat. We watch glee sometimes. Other times we actually talk to each other when we can form complete sentences.

This is our living room that took us about 2 months to complete:

Some of you might remember the bright yellow walls and puke colored carpets. That’s all gone and we love the change. Our dining room is the same color and the awful chair rail got torn off and patched (Thanks, Dad!). I picked the color and Matt painted.

I’ll post the other rooms later.


Dragon Boat: Give me your money! September 29, 2009

This is my last obnoxious push to get donations for Fox Chase Cancer Center. My Dragon Boat Team will be racing this Saturday on the Schuylkill River and our goal is $5000. Right now we have $4570. And we are in third place for fundraising! Thanks so much to all of you who donated already.

If you would like to donate please click here.

If you don’t want to donate but want to come to the race, great! It’s a crazy day (from what I’ve heard). You can find directions, parking, and Race Day info. here.

Thank you for your support!


Cut. It. Out! September 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — erinp @ 9:27 pm

Matt and I were talking today about being so busy that we need to cut some things out of our days. I’m trying to figure out how to do that so I started calculating how I spent my time from Saturday morning through Sunday night (or about 38 hours):

Grading papers: 10 hours
House project (right now we are in the demo and patching stage): 3 hours
Sleep (or attempting sleep): 8 hours (I am just counting Sat. night)
Laundry: 2 hours
Eating: 1 hour
Gardening: 2 hours
Walking with my mom: 3 hours
Talking with Matt: 2 hours
Cooking: 2 hours
Watching Househusbands of Hollywood on hulu: 44 minutes
Getting supplies at the paint store: 1 hour
Internet: 2 hours
Thinking, showering, escaping bees, talking to neighbors, etc.: 1 hour

Is that 38 hours?

Now, I won’t have to spend 10 hours grading papers every weekend, but there will be three more, and they will keep getting longer. Obviously, I should cut out Househusbands (Grant looks just like Christian Bale, though!) and my internet usage. What else? I did watch the Emmy’s, but I was grading papers at the same time so I didn’t count that. Ideas, please?

I did hand the papers back today (very strategically at the end of class) and no one cried (in my presence). A couple walked out in a huff after they read their comments. Now I have individual conferences all week and I am pretty worried about those. I have a panic button in my office, just in case!


I didn’t know we bought a fixer-upper! September 13, 2009

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Obviously, there has been a lot of shoddy work done in our 90-year-old house in the past, well, 90 years. We’re trying to fix stuff. We’re hiring people to help us fix stuff. We’re learning as we go and boy, is it the toughest class I have ever taken (besides Dr. Trayes’ Editing class, but that’s a completely different story).

Our most recent project has resulted in an entire new list of Things To Do! Our floors are 90% finished, an d that 90% is great. The other 10% is a long story, and their quality remains to be seen. Because our floors look so nice, (and because most of our stuff is already boxed up in other rooms) we are taking this opportunity to fix some of the sloppy paint, chair rails, and other work done in the main areas.

So, long story short, please don’t expect any parties or invitations to come over any time soon! Unless you want to come help.

Floors before:
floors before




Floors (almost) after:




Matt’s dream come true:


And now we want to fix the chair rail that has been very inventively attached into the walls:




Testing, testing. August 31, 2009

Filed under: Family — erinp @ 10:43 pm

I’m not sure who checks in on this blog anymore, but I really feel like a brief update is in order for tonight. Maybe it’s because I taught my first class tonight and I talked to 20 18-year-olds about Social Media for about an hour and a half!

So, here we go:

As I just said, I am teaching Analytical Reading and Writing, which is a required course for all students at Temple. They must pass the class to graduate. So someone, presumably me, needs to teach them how to read and write well enough to do so. No pressure. They are a good-natured group and so far fairly well-behaved. I tried to be both strict and approachable today. I hope I can toe that line for 15 weeks.

Matt and I are preparing for a huge home improvement: getting most of our floors refinished. We probably would not have gone through with it right now if we had known how much work it would be to prepare, but we’re in the throws now. No turning back.


Our garden(s) are feeling a bit more neglected these days, but they are hanging in there and still giving us some veggies and herbs. We’ve been eating (and I’ve been freezing) a lot of tomatoes. I get really excited when we have freezer-food stocked up for when we don’t feel like cooking.


We’ve been having some fun, too. Matt went to the North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles a few weeks ago and I joined him for a long weekend. L.A. was fascinating and we’re not sure we’d choose to go back any time soon, but it was a good time and a well-needed break.


(We have since found Phileoyogurt on South Street, which is exactly the same as Yogurtland in L.A. We were having serious FroYo withdrawals for a while.)

Let’s see, also since my last post (Mel’s shower) we celebrated three birthdays: Matt turned 30 (!!) and my parents turned, well, they had birthdays, too. They are all still young at heart. Andrew and Chad hosted a fun party.





I think that just about covers everything for now! I can’t wait to post pictures of the new floors!

Oh, and our college neighbors have been behaving themselves very well. No wild parties, but the semesters have just begun so we’ll see!