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Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

Some interesting firsts in Canada's Jewish community

A couple of noteworthy firsts passed with little fanfare this past December that are unusual in Canada's religiously (and increasingly politically) conservative Jewish community. First, Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom in Montreal named Rabbi Lisa Grushcow to ...

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Being mislabelled by educators can make school a misery.

Your December-born kid may not have ADHD. He might just be immature.

A new Canadian study is bolstering an argument I've been making to my kids' teachers and principals for years: children born later in a calendar year are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit ...

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Adolescents or still young kids?

Sixth graders are too young for middle school

My wife and I knew something was awry when Primo lost his lunch box less than two weeks into the fall term. We were pretty annoyed that we were out $10 in what seemed like record ...

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Thursday the rabbi walked out, or was he pushed?

Being a pulpit rabbi can be a cutthroat business

When Toronto Jews awoke last Saturday morning and collected their Globe and Mail newspapers from their doorsteps (those who still subscribe, that is), they discovered a front-page story detailing how Holy Blossom Temple, the city's ...

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The next occupants of 24 Sussex?

Why Thomas Mulcair gets it when it comes to Israel

Not surprisingly, Thomas Mulcair won the NDP leadership last month, replacing Saint Jack Layton as the man social democrats hope can rally left-of-centre voters to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives. Here's hoping he's successful, but ...

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Preparing for the unlikely

As a new Jewish year begins, renewed U.S.-led peace talks continue between Israel and the Palestinians. Much has been written about the low expectations surrounding these negotiations on both sides. Certainly, Israelis and Jews have good reason to ...

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He was burned by this very issue.

The Jewish community should fund its own schools

The fallout from the recent controversy over the creation of gay-straight alliance clubs (GSAs) in Ontario's publicly funded Catholic school system should give pause to those seeking funding – in the name of fairness – ...

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Help! I’m addicted to real estate porn

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For reasons I can’t explain, I feel a need to redo my kitchen.

Which is odd, because I really like my kitchen.

Never mind that we renovated it 10 years ago when we moved into our house, or that (by design) it’s relatively neutral and timeless, neither overly stylish nor garishly unstylish.

It’s also made of solid wood and is so sturdy that it might just outlast us all.

Kitchen Cousins at wRanter.com

These dudes say orange is cool.

But it’s missing some stuff: granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a cappuccino machine, to name a few obvious ones. Don’t ask me why I want these things. I don’t even like the look of stainless steel, and I don’t drink cappuccino. (To tell the truth, I can’t stand it.)

I also want orange cabinets, if only because Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, a couple of Italian hunks from New Jersey known as the Kitchen Cousins, say it’s absolutely fabulous. It’s the colour of the moment.

So what it if it will be out of date next week? (Anyone out there have sable-coloured kitchen cabinetry? Come on, now. Fess up.)

I’d also like to tear out one of our bathrooms – nah, make that both of our main bathrooms. I’d replace the bathtubs with clawfoot soakers, and I’d install waterfall shower heads and cover everything in black marble tile. Who cares what it costs? Continue reading


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