Any Given Day

Can you believe it has already been almost five months since we shared a house tour with you guys? So I decided to walk around with the Flip cam and show you how each room can look on an average day (since we had lots of fun with a no-cleaning-first tour back in April). And yes, this is the real deal. I didn’t pick up a thing (as demonstrated by my embarrassing bra on the chair in our bedroom, so just pretend you didn’t see that, ok?). Oh and for those of you who are at work, you can watch it on mute and pretty much get the gist of the average everyday glory. Or just try to read my lips (just kidding, I’m not on camera):

Things to note:

  • I taped this before ORBing the daylights out of the hardware on the front door and the sliding doors, which is why it’s still brassy (it always takes me a few days to remember to upload videos)
  • I’m terrible at walking around, talking, and holding a camera (it’s too much multitasking, so pardon the Blair Witch Project-ness)
  • I’ve listened to this five times trying to hear Natalie Portman or Mila Kunis (since you guys say you hear it) and I can’t. I really tried though.
  • I have no idea why I take time to point out that we have a Ruby Tuesday’s coupon on our desk. It’s so weird what you think is noteworthy.
  • I should have paused to turn the ironing board so it points up during the video, thereby resnagging the win in Ironing Board Wars on camera (more on that here).
  • Burger is so cute. I love how he’s just chilling under the covers. Life’s good when you’re a nine pound chihuahua.
  • Sorry I’m almost completely inaudible for the second half of the video. Sleeping baby = paranoid whispering mom (which is ironic because we hammer while she naps – just not right outside her door).
  • You can see that I still have yet to rehang the ribbon chandelier from Clara’s closet that I took down to paint and stencil the closet (it’s in a pile in our disaster of a playroom).
  • Yes, it sounds like there’s a waterfall in Clara’s room. It’s her sound machine (mentioned here) which drowns out things like DIY projects and our barky dog.
  • I like how I completely forgot an entire room (the sunroom) and galloped back through the house to show you things like squished pillows and a blow-up whale pool.
  • The rocker in the sunroom really is trying to kill me (remember when I talked about it waaay back here in November – um yeah, not much progress)
  • My dramatic ending on Clara’s stuffed animal is beyond weird (yes, we named her Georgia because she’s from there). What is wrong with me?

What about you guys. What would people see if you randomly made a shaky nausea-inducing video of your house before picking up a single thing? Anything embarrassing out there like a Carebear night light in the bedroom or an NKOTB poster in the closet? John actually had a Britney Spears calendar when I met him in 2004. Not lying. And she was wearing things like red leather bodysuits and braided pigtails. What can I say, my man has good taste.

Speaking of which, I was just going through old folders on my laptop and I found a bunch of funny old pics that I thought I’d share in the spirit of “any given day.” Here’s me and Alicia Keys back in 2005. We’re old friends. Just kidding, but I did get to meet a bunch of celebs when I used to work in advertising back in NYC (and they were all super nice except for one “star” who is rumored to be not nice – and let me tell you the rumor is true).

Here’s John’s passport pic from when he was 16 next to the one snapped when he was 24. Aw, Johnny’s all grown up.

Here’s John as a life-sized doll back in 2005 when we worked together (we met at an ad agency named Lowe where I was a copywriter and John was an account guy – aka: a suck up). The entire office cracked up about this project (it was for a certain deodorant client of ours). I definitely prefer John The Doll to the smarmy Ken doll that I had growing up.

Aw, here’s our engagement announcement photo (that we emailed to a bunch of friends and family, hence the photoshopped writing) from 2006. It was snapped about a minute after John got down on one knee at the top of a mountain (more on that here). Best day ever. Well, top five at least.

And here’s me and John the last time I chopped off my hair (right after our wedding in 2007). That’s Thomas Jefferson with us in case you’re wondering.

So how’s that for Friday randomness? What odd old photos are sitting around on your computer? Would you ever have guessed where you’d be today five years ago? We had no idea we wouldn’t both still be working in advertising (we really liked it and miss it all the time!) and after six years of calling NYC home, I never thought I’d leave. So funny how things work out.

Psst- Check out our first ever messy house tour here (it’s fun to see how many rooms have changed since April when we filmed it).


    • Care says

      Hmmm….I think you may have mentioned the “Star” before right?? …emphasis on the Star? :)

      I love seeing your house is not always picture perfect. Even with my boys being a bit older and able to pick up after themselves it can still look like a tornado hit at times!

  1. Liz G. says

    I just have to comment because I have NEVER only seen 1 comment! (Of course by the time this posts I’ll probably be comment # 15 :P) I, too, got a kick out of Burger hiding under the bed. Too funny! I’m also waiting for more comments to show so I can find out who this not nice celeb is. Intrigue!

  2. says

    The bench you guys are sitting on in the last picture (with TJ) is the same bench we used to meet at for “outings” when I was in college. Funny :)

    Great house tour! I am always terrified our 1 year old will wake up from his nap because the tv is too loud or his sister is singing loudly. But, I’ll grab a drill or hammer and start working away without even thinking about it.

  3. Pip says

    Thankyou thankyou! I didn’t think it was possible but I might just even have a bigger blog-crush on you all than I did before. Thanks for being normal :) I can look around my cluttery home and know that loveliness is achieveable! Embarrassing item lurking: collaged binders from high school – Tom cruise & river phoenix & united colors of benetton. Yes I’m getting old :)

  4. blake says

    Good to know you guys can also sometimes take a while to execute the to-do list. There is evidence of my good intentions all over my home, with projects started but not yet completed. Couple of questions:
    –Do you plan to ORB the door hardware for the whole house?
    –Have you thought about making the area between Karl and the window wall a play space/toy zone for Clara in place of the bistro table? I could see some baskets or a trunk, kid-size table with chairs, painting/drawing easel, soft rug for sitting, etc. And all kind of out of sight but still in the family room.

  5. Tracey says

    Love the house tour! Makes me feel better about my own abode’s cluttery-ness. I have a glider project in the play room, a wall alphabet project on my kitchen counter, stacks of picture frames in my sunroom and heaven only know what else going on!

    oh yea! My baby Noelle (she’s about 3 months behind Clara) has a white noise machine, too. Great moms think alike! ;D

    Happy Happy Friday! Yippee!

  6. says

    Can’t wait to watch the video when I get home! 5 years ago I had just met Joe and it technically wasn’t until October (when we really got together) that I knew we would be getting married one day. Otherwise, I didn’t know where I would be working or living or what else I would be doing post-grad!

    PS – I bet it was Star Jones!

  7. Sugar Cookie says

    Our house tour would mostly showcase clothes on the floor and dishes in the sink. And probably a pile of mail on the kitchen counter or dining room table. Nothing too terrible, but not especially clean either!

    I used to work at a theatre in Malibu and met all kinds of celebrities out there too. Probably the most famous were Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. They brought Violet to see a show and Jen was about eight months pregnant with Serphina! I’m happy to say that they were very nice. But not every celebrity I met out there was!!

  8. Jenna says

    You bleeped out Burger”s “burger”. Are we not all adults here? I noticed it more since it was blurred out than I would have normally. Normally I would not have noticed it at all. Oh well…cute pics

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