Vintage Fashion Inspiration From United States Of Tara

If you are familiar with the show United States of Tara, you might expect this post to be about Alice, Tara’s 1950s housewife-type alternate personality. But it’s not. Surprisingly, Alice is my least favorite alter, even though I do admire her lipstick and baking abilities. I certainly love some of her dresses too, but she’s somehow less real than Tara’s other personalities.

Instead, I’d like to introduce you to Petula, Marshall’s friend and high school classmate. Petula has sass for days and style for miles. This girl knows how to wear a cardigan. And those glasses? Be still my heart, and curse my 20-20 vision!

Petula, played by Hayley McFarland, is only on three episodes of the show, but perhaps as a karmic reward for her vintage awesomeness, she recently appeared on an episode of Mad Men. Keep living the dream, McFarland!

High school would have been a million times better with her wardrobe. Here’s Petula wearing a vintage shirt dress. Check out her wicker purse. It’s all in the deets.

Petula and I even share a distaste for the musical Grease.

“Sex-crazed bobby-soxers? It’s not even good in an ironic way.”

She’s just perfect. Her outfits are both femme and serious as hell. If I had any clothing money to speak of, I would dress just like her as often as possible. Despite her character’s sartorial perfection, Petula disappears from the show by the end of the first season. She’s supposed to be Marshall’s best friend, but apparently Marshall is the world’s worst bff. He hasn’t talked to Petula in seasons.

I know, Petula. I’d be mad, too. But your outfit is amazing.

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How To Make An Entire Dinner In A Rice Cooker: Salmon, Zucchini, And Rice

Not to dwell on the obvious, but it is hot. So to avoid turning on the oven or using the stove, I made an entire dinner in a rice cooker. It wasn’t the fanciest of dinners, but it was easy and it was tasty. At first, I was a little worried about steaming salmon in my rice cooker. Even the Amazon description for my rice cooker is a little hesitant about its steaming abilities. Look at bullet point two:

I don’t want to make you any promises? Maybe you can steam meat? Or you might die?

But my rice cooker was as good as its word, and steamed it all and I, who did NOT die, enjoyed as good a dinner as the good old city ever knew. God bless us. Every one.

Sorry. Here’s the recipe:

Serves 1. This recipe could easily be doubled or even tripled, depending on the size of your rice cooker.

  • Rice (1 cup)
  • Salmon filet, thawed
  • Zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Soy sauce

Assemble your ingredients, and make sure the lighting in your kitchen makes everything look like the 60s. This is the rice cooker I have. It’s awesome.

Put your rice in the rice cooker. Use two cups of water for every cup of rice.

Chop up some zucchini into chunks and add them to the steamer basket, along with the salmon. Drizzle everything with olive oil and some salt and pepper.

Put the lid on, and press down the cook button. It took about fifteen minutes to cook. The rice maker turns off automagically.

Serve with soy sauce, and don’t share any with this guy:

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Robot Housekeeping Cleaning Schedule

As promised, here is the updated Robot Housekeeping Weekly Household Management Schedule. I’m posting it as a Word doc so that you can customize it. For example, if you do not have a cat, you probably don’t need to clean out the litter box. If you’re feeling deprived, you can come over here. I’ll let you pet my cat AND clean out his litter box. You’re welcome.
A few details:

I hardly ever clean all the things. I’m working on it.

Bona = It’s like a Swiffer, but way better. It’s Swedish.

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Robot Housekeeping Shopping List

Well, hello there. After exactly one master’s thesis and one trip to Italy, I’m back to blogging. You’re welcome.

I’ve made another housekeeping printable! The Robot Housekeeping Shopping List!

Later this week, I’ll post my updated and improved cleaning schedule. I promise.

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Today has been a pretty amazing day.


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