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Life on a modern houseboat

By Abigail Peterson

A day in the life of a houseboat

Not everyone needs to spend a couple of weeks earning their sea legs
to feel at home. But that’s what happened to Matt and Jennifer Harvey
in January 2009, when they moved into a 1,000-square-foot modern prefab
houseboat on California’s Richardson Bay with their children, Jack and
Grace.

The transition wasn’t without trade-offs — including a major
downsizing of belongings — but when the sun is shining and the tide is
high, the family can’t imagine living anywhere else. “We open all the
windows and doors,” Matt Harvey says, “the breezes come in, and it’s
instantly summer.”



A  day in the life of a houseboat (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

7 a.m. – Wildlife watch

Matt and Jack Harvey enjoy aquariumlike views from the living room
window.

“Jack always says he’s looking for sharks and jellyfish out his
window, and it’s true, he really is — it’s not make-believe. Sometimes
we even wake up at night to the heavy breathing of seals surfacing
outside our bedroom window.” – Jennifer Harvey

7  a.m. - Wildlife watch (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

7:30 a.m. – Tide check

The Harveys live by the tide charts, their plans dictated by the
bay’s water level throughout the day.

“Out here, it’s like we’re in touch with a different measure of
time. It’s beautiful at high tide, when you’re floating and the water
is all around you, but then we appreciate the low tide too: The mud
summons the herons and sandpipers out to look for food.” – Matt Harvey

7:30 a.m. - Tide check (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

10:15 a.m. – Morning walk

Jennifer and Grace Harvey check for mail at the head of their dock,
the neighborhood hub.

“We’re definitely a community. In the city, you might know who lives
next door, but your neighbor two or three doors down? Sometimes this
much closeness can feel awkward, but it’s better — and healthier — than
the isolating urban alternative.”– Jennifer Harvey

10:15 a.m. - Morning walk (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

Noon – In to lunch

A superefficient kitchen means meals run smoothly.

“Ultimately, a tight kitchen is a huge advantage. I’m not running
back and forth all the time from the fridge to the counter to the
stove. I set up just what I need, and things go right in the dishwasher
when I’m done. It just seems natural to me now, that this is the way I
cook.” – Jennifer Harvey

Noon - In to lunch (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

3:40 p.m. – Land errands

Everything from the outside world must be carried in or, more often,
wheeled in via repurposed shopping carts from the marina parking lot.

“We live green by necessity. It’s a long dock, so it’s ‘pack it in,
pack it out.'” – Matt Harvey

3:40 p.m. - Land errands (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

5:10 p.m. – Friend by kayak

Jack Harvey thinks it’s totally normal that his best friend arrives
by boat for a get-together.

“Jack doesn’t even need to put on his shoes to go over to his
buddy’s house — he just needs his life jacket.” – Matt Harvey

5:10 p.m. - Friend by kayak (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

7:30 p.m. – Evening paddle

Matt and Jennifer Harvey enjoy after-dinner escapes on the water
near dusk, one of their favorite times of day.

“When dinner is finished and the kids are in bed, one of us will
grab the kayak and take a quick paddle around the neighborhood. It’s
peaceful, but it’s not exactly quiet. There are constant squeaks and
creaks and knocking from the boats and the gangways. That was something
we had to get used to when we first moved here.” – Matt Harvey

7:30 p.m. - Evening padde (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

8:35 p.m. – Impromptu soiree

With friends close by, impromptu gatherings are the rule.

“When the weather’s warm, we do a lot of, ‘Hey, we’re opening a
bottle of wine on the roof deck. Want to come over?’ We’ll sit and talk
and enjoy the night sky. Because we’re so far from the streets, there
are no lights above and you can really see the stars.” – Matt Harvey

8:35 p.m. - Impromptu soiree (© Thomas J. Story)

© Thomas J. Story

Making 1,000 square feet work for a family of four

  • Be strict about capacity. Reach a point of equilibrium with your
    stuff and stick with it. “Our kids know when they get a new thing, they
    have to say goodbye to something else,” Matt Harvey says.
  • Embrace imperfection. “I’m a cluttery person,” Jennifer Harvey
    says. “It’s when I stop pretending to be perfect and figure out a
    solution that the house works best.”
  • Store it where you use it. In the kitchen, oven mitts and spatulas
    are to the right of the stove, and the blender and mixer reside on the
    countertop where Jennifer Harvey bakes.
  • There’s always room for memories. “My grandmother’s waffle iron
    lives permanently on our stovetop,” Jennifer Harvey says. “I love it,
    so I make space for it, and we use it every day.”

Making 1,000 square feet work for a family of four (© Sunset)

© Sunset

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A Compendium of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries via [miragebookmark]

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Most Interesting Libraries of the World
The Central Public Library in Vancouver, Canada

The Central Public Library in Vancouver,
Canada, was designed by the architect Moshe Safdie as the winner of a
design competition
. Photography by lightgazer Flickr.com

The Astronomy Library of the University of Utrecht, Holland

The
Astronomy Library of the University of Utrecht, The
Netherlands, displays also some historical instruments.
Photography by (Erik)
Flickr.com

The Royal library Black Diamond in Copenhagen

The Royal library Black Diamond at the
waterfront of Copenhagen owes its name to the black granite from
Zimbabwe used for the facade of the building. The name
was used by
the public first and has been adapted officially later
. Design by the Danish
architects Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen. Photography by madcrow Flickr.com

New York
Public Library is established in a magnificent
building with astonishing grandeur and gorgeous artworks.
Photography by an
untrained eye
Flickr.com

Dusk
at the Bristol Central Library which celebrates its centenary
in 2008. Photography by *Firefox
Flickr.com

The
futuristic, award-winning Peckham Library in south London has
been designed by the architects William Alsop & Jan
Störmer. Photography by ~~
zorro ~~
Flickr.com

This
round room called the Rotunde is the main reading hall of the
City Library of Stockholm. Photography by arndalarm
Flickr.com

Library of the Faculty of Philology of the Free University of   <br/>Berlin

The
library of the Faculty of Philology, The Free University of
Berlin, is built by the famous architect Norman Foster.
Photography by Sven Werkmeister
Flickr.com

Suzzallo library of the University of Washington, Seattle WA

The
reading room of the Suzzallo library of the University of
Washington in Seattle, WA, was built in 1926 and has a Gothic
interieur. Photography by Cap’n
Surly
Flickr.com

Library
Parabola is the reading room of the British Library and is
said to be the birthplace of the Communist Manifesto.
Photography by Sifter Flickr.com

The
Domed Reading Room of the State Library of Victoria,
Melbourne, Australia. Photography by waltonics
Flickr.com

The
Library of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial,
Spain, which is listed as a World Heritage Site. Photography by
cuellar
Flickr.com

The
Library of the University of Delft, The Netherlands, designed
by the Mecanoo architects, Delft. Photography by rutger
spoelstra
Flickr.com

The
Stockholm Public Library is housed in rotunda building
designed by the Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund. Photography
by Éole
Flickr.com


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Let’s Have A Sex and the City 2 Party!!! via [celebrations.com and huffingtonpost]

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Sex and the City 2 Party: Abu Dhabi Style

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By Jeanne Benedict
Celebrations Expert

Sex and the City 2 Party: Abu Dhabi Style

SATC 2! Decadence in the Desert!

Couture, camels, and cocktails! Sex and the City 2 has landed the fab four right in the middle of the Arabian Desert and the ladies have never looked better exquisitely clothed in their designer drapings against a backdrop of cinematic sand dunes. Fill your Champange flutes and get ready to party “Abu Dhabi” style for the premiere of the Sex and the City 2 in theaters May 27th, 2010! Can you hear the decadence calling…?

Souk Entrance

  • A souk is an open-air Arabic market and more importantly, where Carrie and Aidan (her “what if” guy) meet up by pure coincidence in Abu Dhabi.
  • Deck out your own souk as an entrance to the party. Hang lanterns, baskets, and colorful lengths of fabric criss-crossing overhead for a fab flea market feel to get all in the mood.

Scraves and Sparkle Under Canopies

  • Purchase or rent white canopies for guests to dine under or as a covering for the food table. I usually go with the E-Z Up brand for events as the height is adjustable and they are simple to set up.
  • Drape long scarves or lengths of fabric from the top corners of the canopy down to the ground.
  • Dangle strands of crystals from the edge of the canopy and its center if there is an inner-structure where you can hang them securely.
Set a fashion-sexy mood with lots of candles and decorate your table with a batch of bright pink peonies picked up from your local market. Cut the stems short to let the blousy blooms show off. With blossoms this beautiful, any low vase is a fashion do.

Set a fashion-sexy mood with lots of candles and decorate your table with a batch of bright pink peonies picked up from your local market. Cut the stems short to let the blousy blooms show off. With blossoms this beautiful, any low vase is a fashion do.

The girls head to Morocco in this sequel, so set out a tableful of light bites, such as olives, dates, assorted cheeses and nuts arranged in small bowls. You can also add rice pilaf or couscous with saffron, chicken, beef or lamb kebobs. True foodies, now’s the time to dig out your tangine. I’m happy to just cocktail!

Download the Sex and the City 2 movie soundtrack, sure to get everyone in a flirty mood. I can’t stop playing Alicia Key’s Empire State of Mind and Cee-lo‘s Language of Love. Then, dish about old loves, new ones, and the ones that got away. Most importantly, wear something stunning — shoes to die for, and your favorite dress and accessories. For help here, I always click to see what my fashionista friends are dishing about, Rachel Zoe or Kayln Johnson give a girl a closet full of ideas. Currently I am rocking the wrap dress in white ( thank you DVF), strappy heels and gold aviator glasses, I say, take some liberties, have some fun, and channel your inner Carrie.

With coveted movie tickets in hand, take the party on the road. Dressed to the nines, you and your girlfriends will revel in the spotlight. Carrie & Co. would be proud!

Floor Pillows and Low Dining Table Trays

  • Use floor pillows for guests to sit on while dining at low tables.
  • To make a low table, place sturdy plastic milk crates on the ground and cover them with fabric or scarves.
  • Set a large round tray on top or a wood circle, available at many home improvement stores for standard tabletops.

Couture Champagne Cocktails

Sex and the City 2 Party: Couture Champagne Cocktails
What’s a SATC girl to do in Abu Dhabi but ride on camel back in couture, and toast your besties with Moet & Chandon Champagne Cocktails? Raise a glass at your Sex and the City 2 Party in celebration of friendship and fashion with flutes of bubbly elixirs inspired by the personalities of each SATC character.

The LVMH brand is sponsoring “Sex and the City 2” screenings in 10 to 12 cities around the country and certain venues will be serving up these signature cocktails. Here’s my version of how to make them for your party.Carrie – The Fashionista

  • Fill a flute 3/4 of the way with Moet & Chandon Champagne, add a splash of pomegranate juice, and garnish with an organic rose petal; a symbol of Carrie’s romantic side.

Samantha – The Player

  • Fill a flute 3/4 of the way with Moet & Chandon Champagne, add a lemon twist, and a sprinkling of minced candied ginger to spice it up Samantha-style.

Charlotte – The Socialite

  • Fill a flute 3/4 of the way with Moet & Chandon Champagne, add a splash of elderflower liqueur, and drop in a brown sugar cube for an elegant Charlotte touch.

Miranda – The Bombshell

  • Fill a flute 3/4 of the way with Moet & Chandon Champagne, add a splash of fresh tangerine juice and drop a Maraschino cherry in it to give it the bold yet sweet character of Miranda.

Cocktails and photos courtesy of Moet & Chandon, a Sex and the City 2 movie partner.

For more delicously themed SATC cocktails, try:

These stunning champagne cocktails are the perfect pour — colorful, tasty, and stylish party starters. Take two and don’t call him in the morning!
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Serves 4
2 ounces passion-fruit nectar
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 bottle Brut champagne, chilled
Strawberries for garnish

Combine the chilled juices in a cocktail shaker or small pitcher. Pour juices in champagne flutes to cover the bottom third of each glass. Top with champagne, garnish with berry and serve.



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