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Friday Fun! (Furniture, Anne Rice, TBR Challenge)

December 16, 2011 7 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  My, what a busy month this has been so far, and it’s only going to get busier!

My dad got me a mini kitchen island type piece of furniture to add much-needed cabinet and counter-top space to my very much utilized Boston kitchen!  It arrived in a 76 pound box that I have yet to open.  One of my Saturday goals is to assemble the thing.  I’ve already warned my neighbor that there may be yelling and throwing of things involved. 😉

If you follow me on twitter, then you know that last night I got a package from Random House containing an ARC of Anne Rice’s new novel. SQUEEEE  It’s coming out in February, and I’m honored that they consider me worthy of an ARC by such an awesome writer.  BTDUBS you guys, it’s totally a werewolf book.  Yup. Rice is taking on the werewolves now.  🙂

Amy and I have agreed to a one-on-one challenge starting January 1st regarding our TBR piles.  She’ll be tackling her 45 (right, Amy?) pre-2009 acquisitions, whereas I will be tackling my 44 pre-2011 acquisitions.  Whoever finishes first wins a kindle book courtesy of the other.  I’m already sitting staring at my pre-2011 acquisitions plotting at night.  However, I’ll be good and not start til January!  Partially because I’m currently doing my own personal challenge of catching up with the ARCs I accepted this year……

Tonight I’m going to a pub in a cute neighborhood of Boston with my friend Kat to listen to live music.  (*cough* live metal music *cough*).  It’s going to be a great Friday evening!

Happy weekends all!

Product Review: DeVant 4 Tier Mesh Shelf from CSN Stores

August 11, 2010 1 comment

My lovely loyal readers will recall that I announced that CSN Stores offered me a free product in exchange for my honest review.  Well, it arrived, and I’m excited to tell you all about it!

After pondering the possibilities for the price limit they set, I decided what I really needed was a shelf for my kitchen.  Boston apartments are notorious for being cramped spaces, and much as I love mine, it seriously is lacking in cabinetry/places to put shit.  My cookbooks were stacked up in messy piles under the microwave.  Not the best for ready reference while cooking!  Anyway, so I measured one of the narrow nooks in my kitchen, found a shelf that matched the proportions and was within budget, and ordered away.  The delivery was faster than the spacing of my blog posts implies.  It arrived a couple days or so after I placed the order.

Box and cat.

It arrived in a nice, plain box.  This is good because some companies have a tendency not to wrap the box in another box, and then it gets left on my porch for hours announcing to the world the free awesome stuff inside they could steal.  So yay for plain packaging!  Also, it was really easy to open.  (My cat at this point in time was taking a brief break from rubbing her face all over the box.  She REALLY loves boxes).

Pieces to assemble.

This is exactly how it looked right out of the box.  Not too intimidating, eh?  (To those wondering, at this point in time my cat was attempting to stuff her tubby self into the very narrow box. Hilarity ensued).  I was a bit surprised that there was exactly one page of instructions for assembly, but it turned out to be quite easy.  Anyone who has assembled Ikea furniture would find it to be a piece of cake.  I had a few doubts at first that it would be at all stable, but actually once all the pieces are in place, it’s pretty darn stable.  I wouldn’t go putting super-heavy things on it though.  It’s not made for that.

Shelf next to stove in kitchen.Here it is all set-up! Later I moved it to be centered in that space.  I don’t know why I had it in the corner for the picture.  Who knows.  Anyway, it fits the space well, and I now have two open shelves to do what I want with.  I actually am enjoying using the top shelf as extra counter-top space when I’m cooking.  It comes in handy.

Shelf of cookbooks.And here’s a close-up of the cookbooks, because I know at least a few of you love shelf p*rn!  It turns out I have a lot fewer cookbooks than I thought I did.  I think this totally justifies me acquiring a few more when the budget allows it, don’t you?  If you *must* know what books are on the shelf, from left to right:

America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, Perfect Vegetables, Vegetarian Bible, Adventures in Microwave Cooking (college), stir-fry cookbook, vegetarian cookbook (the actual names of those two elude me), Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies (from when I first went veg, it’s an *awesome* book!), Vegetables, The Little House Cookbook, Pumpkins, Vegetarian Italian Cooking, a vintage southern cooking cookbook (bday present from my dad), Nestle’s Best-Loved Cookies, and a family cookbook from my dad’s side of the family.

Hokay, back to the review!  Overall, my interactions with CSN Stores were entirely pleasant.  The site is easy to navigate with convenient left-bar search features such as price, size, color, etc…  Many items on the site ship for free, and the shipping was *fast*.  The item arrived well-packaged, and assembly was fairly easy.  I do wish the shelf was a bit sturdier, but it does its job well enough, particularly for the price.  Overall I would definitely recommend buying items from CSN Stores.  Their prices are competitive, they have good customer service, and their products are items any home would need.

Upcoming Review: CSN Stores Product

July 30, 2010 1 comment

I’ve been seeing reviews of products from CSN Stores on many blogs, and I’ve been pretty damn impressed with them.  They offer multiple stores such as their kitchen supply one, le creuset.  Their prices are quite reasonable, and I’ve been browsing their website using the convenient left panel search feature periodically since I’ve discovered them.  I was therefore quite pleased to be contacted by them offering a product for review.

I knew exactly what I needed–more storage space for my tiny Boston apartment-sized kitchen.  In just a few minutes of browsing, I found the perfect shelving unit.  I’ll be reviewing it, complete with pictures, when it comes, so be on the look-out for that!  In the meantime, check out their site for yourselves!

Note to my Canadian readers, CSN Stores also ships to Canada!