Somewhere in Middle America

boston globe inauguration photos

No, these aren’t the photos that I took at the inauguration of President Obama. (I still need to upload and edit mine.) These come from The Boston Globe online, and I learned about them from @rebekahead on Twitter. (BTW, if you are on Twitter, I hope you’ll follow me @pjinomaha!)

Here are some of of the incredible photographs taken on January 20, 2009.

I was standing near the 2nd Jumbotron on the right. So close (almost)!

I was standing near the 2nd Jumbotron on the right. So close (almost)!

I think Sasha Obama is the cutest thing ever, and I love her and Malias custom J.Crew jackets.

I think Sasha Obama is the cutest thing ever, and I love her and Malia's custom J.Crew jackets.

So long, W!

So long, W!

Who care is Michelles dress too closely resembled a wedding dress? The President and First Lady look like royalty here.

Who care if Michelle's dress too closely resembled a wedding dress? The President and First Lady look like royalty.

The letter President Bush left for Obama, the 44th president, in the Oval Office.

The letter President Bush left for Obama, the 44th president, in the Oval Office.

decorating the white house

I love this: domino‘s website features a room-by-room guide to the style evolution of the White House over the years. It’s really interesting to see how each First Lady made her mark on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Some of my favorites include:

Jackie Kennedys Master Bedroom

Jackie Kennedy's Master Bedroom

Laura Bushs Yellow Room

Laura Bush's Yellow Oval Room

Jackie Kennedys Green Room

Jackie Kennedy's Green Room

domino has just reported that Michael Smith, a Los Angeles-based designer, has been chosen by the Obamas to update the interiors of their new digs. I wonder what changes Michelle Obama will make to the most famous house in America.

Random question: Have you ever taken a tour of the White House? I think I may have when I was a little kid, but I clearly don’t remember. I’ll have to look through my parents’ photo albums for proof. Do they even offer tours nowadays?

(all images via domino)

the recession is good for crafting

Have you seen the article, “For Craft Sales, the Recession Is a Help,” in today’s New York Times? If not, click on over and read the online version.

Because of the recession, business is up for craft stores and online marketplaces like Etsy. To save money, many gift-givers are making their own presents or buying handmade gifts from others.

Last year, 42 million households gave handmade gifts, according to the Craft & Hobby Association, a trade group, and that number is expected to increase greatly this year, its spokesman, Victor Domine, said.

“Across the country, people are crafting more,” he said. “With the recession, people are looking for ways to save money, and doctors are recommending it as a major form of stress relief.”

Are you giving more handmade presents than last year?

wacky meteorologists

It snowed early this morning, blanketing Omaha under (at least) 2-3 inches of the white fluffy stuff. Our first major snowfall of the season. Currently it’s 7 degrees outside, but the past two nights it’s been close to -20 degrees thanks to the wind chill.

The local news has been showcasing their meteorologists more frequently than normal because of the winter weather advisories. My favorite: Rusty Lord on WOWT, our NBC affiliate. Did his parents actually name him Rusty Lord? If not, what made him think that would make a good stage name? It sounds like a porn name!

Do your local meteorologists have too-good-to-be-true names? If so, please share! I could definitely use a laugh today.

xo

(images by me)

chronicle books sale

Today is the last day to get 35% off plus FREE shipping at Chronicle Books. I’ve already taken advantage of this amazing deal and made a few gift purchases.

Check out more of my favorites after the jump.


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floodwaters in venice

Have you heard about the floodwaters in Venice?  On Monday, the waters reached 61 inches, their highest point in 22 years and the fourth highest flood level since 1872.  Isn’t that incredible?

Here are some photos of popular tourist spots in Venice that I took while on my honeymoon in September and ones from AOL News of those same places underwater.

The Rialto Bridge

Then:

Now:

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washington post commorative edition

A huge TY to Molly for sending me one of her extra November 5th issues of The Washington Post.

obama on flickr

I just learned that Barack Obama has a photostream on Flickr.

(via Mollytics!)

yes we did!

History was made tonight. Amazing.

go vote!

Tomorrow I’ll have an exciting announcement about my blog, so stay tuned!

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