Friday, November 6, 2009

Tis the Season

I know, I really do know, how awful I've been about posting. It's not from lack of desire to post, trust.

I have about 10 things I would like to sit down and do lengthy posts about, and who knows, maybe I'll get a wild hair and do some this weekend. But I did want to tell you about something great that isn't being super promoted, but should be!

JCPenney's Angel Giving Tree Online

This is new for JCPenney I believe, at least I have never heard of it before.

Why am I telling you all about this?

Well, I'm SO glad you asked:

(shut up, you knew there was a list coming)

1. JCPenney is my dirty little secret. My grandpa Dick (my mom's dad) worked for Penney's for MANY years, in fact I think he retired from there. This gave my grandma Dot (my mom's mom) a lifetime discount to the store. Yes, a LIFETIME DISCOUNT. She had a credit card looking thing that seriously gave her some crazy lifer discount. I could barely contain myself when she took me there for my (belated) high school graduation present when I went to visit her my Freshman year of college. (She was in Eugene, OR, and I was going to Reed in Portland)

2. Even though I don't have her lifer discount (I know, sad it doesn't transfer down), I still go there because they have really sturdy clothes, that are both classic and trendy, that you can afford on ANY budget (just wait for my $.88 skinny jeans post later this month).

3. You are always going to hit a sale.

4. They just started a rewards program, and I already earned a $10 gift card that I promptly used to buy two cute sweaters (don't worry, post to come still).

5. They have awesome sales staff that are always helpful.

6. It's always empty so I feel like I have the whole store to myself.

7. They like to give back to local communities.

So, if you don't already have a charity in mind this year, you should really just check out the JCPenney's Angel Giving Tree Online and possibly consider donating. You can search for a certain area of the country or a type of person to give to.

It's a great cause, and you can be guaranteed they will receive something that is quality.

Doesn't giving feel GREAT?!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Half Cup

Hello decor world, please buckle your seat belts, because I finally got my food blog up and running. That's right. It might not pertain to you, interest you, or tempt you in the least.....but on the off chance you eat, cook, or do dishs (does that cover everyone?) you might want to take a peek.

In the coming weeks, months and (god willing) years, I hope to take the "WORK" out of being in the kitchen, and put the skip in the step of all those who don't feel like they know what they're doing in the kitchen.
My philosophy is that when I cook, I really don't need to do much - let the food speak for itself, use simple preperation, and follow my instinct. Recipes and 5 course meals are for special ocassions, and there will be some along the way.
But lets start talking about how we cook each day, how we avoid doing dishes, and how we make 1 hour on a Sunday last for 4 meals over a full week.
If something doesn't taste so good while cooking, I just get out my half cup measure, and add whatever seems right. What that is differs every day, so dust off your Chanel apron (the one you had custom made to match the Chanel linens you inherited from your Gran), and come on over to A Half Cup. Coffee's on.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

WHAT is wrong with me?!?!?!?!

That is a REALLY good question, and frankly, one that would take wayyyyyyyyyy more time and energy than I think any of us really care to devote to answering.

However, there is, as my mother would say, "a reader's digest version."

Let me clarify: when I ask "What is wrong with me?" I mean "WHY have I not posted anything in a month and a half?"

The answer?

I have no idea. I think I got lazy reading everyone else's and was like "eh, that'll do." But I was so lazy I couldn't even point you here, here or even here....which is basically like oxygen to me.

I'm really sorry. Please forgive me. Also, I work, right? so there's that...... (you're not buying that excuse, are you?)

So here's a promise: I promise that I will post more frequently, unless something better, I mean, urgent (like watching everything I've Tivo'd in the past 6 months) comes up. Heh.

But really, there have been some great things going on out there that you should see. So in the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some awesome projects I've seen.

Also, I know I told you about all those projects I had started myself. Let's be honest: I have not started a single one of them. So sue me. Okay, please don't sue me. Now that the weather is getting craptastical, the "summer dining room" that was our carport is coming down, till next year, which means I'll have a work space to attempt doing some of this crap in, until the snow catches up with me (God willing, right?)

[NOTE TO SELF: go buy chains this weekend at Wal Mart while in Lake Chelan]

[QUESTION TO SELF: can I use chains with my Ford Explorer? I have 4 wheel drive, but we know what happened last year when I really depended on it: Sergio crapped out on me - Sergio is my black Ford Explorer. I will have to ask about using chains and 4 wheel drive]

Okay, right, so back to decorating stuff. Ummmmm, where were we? Right, I promise to work on my projects. I've got the following to do:

-strip and refinish that office chair I got for Paul, even though he told me he doesn't want it - even without seeing it, or letting me give a description

-strip and stain or paint cute entryway table I got on Freecycle (currently Barney purple with broken top)

-cover and fix elementary school cabinet that was supposed to be our china hutch that I've had for over a year, which houses a bunch of crap we don't want people to see. (yeah, cuz the sunshine yellow and orange doors and sides are totally camo)

-Store all my summer clothes (um, I didn't even take them out of storage, so why are they all over my bedroom floor?)

-Knit everything in sight:

-puff ball ottoman

-hat for Paul

-scarf I started 4 years ago, seriously, I'm not joking

-water bottle cover

-hat for little Jackson (our friends' newborn)

-Take a picture of Emily and I and put it in a damn frame once and for all (we have many empty frames all over the house, it's weird.)

-Buy a house.

Okay so that wraps it up!

WHAT?! Oh, you saw that last one? riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Well, I've been himming and hawing for a year or so now, and I think it's really time for me to get serious about it. I think I'm one of those people that is in a situation to be able to buy, and if the price is right and the project looks know what I always say! "I'll start that this weekend"

Oh! Also, one last note: I'll try to take pictures of Chelan this weekend to show you and gush over when I return, AND I am attempting to start my long overdue food blog, so if you have any name suggestions, I'm all ears people!



Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Last Friday of summer

Not to be a total Debbie Downer, but seriously, sad face, right?

So I thought I'd post some things that make me happy, and will make YOU happy:

Dino does Bainbridge. This was when we were puppysitting for Akash and Marissa. What a fun time!

St. Patty's Day Ri-guy. So precious!

Tiny Thatcher-poo. So good! Such a good pup!

My favorite: fudgesicle Ri-guy. I think this was his first one ever, and if I recall from Kate's blog post, he wasn't too pleased when she wouldn't let him have the whole thing. :) Shocker.

Okay, so I hope this cheers you up! It did for me, just as I was posting! We've got a big wedding this weekend, and we'll be all dressed up! I'll be sure to take fun decor related pictures of the venue, etc. (and clearly some pictures that are not decor related, but will be entertaining to say the least!)

Happy weekend,


Project 1: Part 2, this office doesn't suck anymore, but still, it needs some help!

I was just commenting on my Kat-mom's blog, When Girl Meets Science, because she had a post about a cute desk Kat wanted, and then I realized it's the desk that I installed in Paul's condo. So I went to send her the post about the before and after of the new desk situation and realized that I hadn't posted those pictures! Shame on me! So I popped in the disc that the pictures were on, only THEY WERE NOT THERE, BECAUSE I'M A FREAK AND DELETED THEM WITHOUT SAVING. way to go, Sampson, way to go.

So, continue to stay tuned, I must take pictures again, which means I'll have to clean that area up and pretend it's always clean, and take some good angle shots.

I promise to do it for real this time. Sorry.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

HomeGoods StyleScope - I'm a Bohemian Casual

HomeGoods StyleScope - I'm a Bohemian Casual

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Yet again, another great find from the fabbies over at Design*Sponge. The whole site is really fun, and I'm in the process of going through it, so expect more fun info in the near future.

Also, I successfully picked up the entry way table and the chair from the Mercer Island guy yesterday, and can't wait to paint them!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Summer/Fall DIY projects

Okay, so it's almost fall, and I have not yet painted the picnic table, even though the asparagus paint is sitting there waiting to be used! What's wrong with me? Well, I've been enjoying the Seattle summer! Who can blame me? It's been a glorious summer here, spotted with the occasional rain shower, like today.

I don't mind, it keeps things here clean!

One of my new favorite things has lead to TWO new pieces in my life that I can't wait to make over. The new favorite thing? Seattle Freecycle! WHAT? It's the best thing ever. Imagine the free section on Craigslist, but they email you the items so you don't have to go looking and you can choose what to take based on your neighborhood. And, best of all, EVERYTHING IS FREE!

"Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community."

Bring it on.

The first new item, I'm picking up tomorrow after work is this sad little chair with mucho potential, from a fellow in Mercer Island. This is going to get a high gloss white paint job, with a sturdy and washable cushion (made from outdoor material). This is going to be Paul's new desk chair at the condo. I really think he's going to love it! It'll have a manly touch, but with old school class. Use your imagination, and stay tuned!

The second new item, also from the Mercer Island man, is this funky little side table. It's going to get a make over too, but not sure what color yet. It's going in our entry way at the Yakima house. I'm thinking white for now, just because the space is small, and I want to have the storage/keys/mail etc. drop but without losing visual space.

Okay, so I'm picking those up after work tomorrow, and taking them to my house so they can sit in the carport with the picnic table while I wait for a free day where I can paint them (I'm thinking this Sunday!)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I was right, plus, then there were two!

Okay, so first, I get to say: I WAS RIGHT! about getting the Patricia Fields gloves for my birthday, and what's better? Even though usually when I get something like this that's even moderately fashion forward, Paul sometimes gives me the "what the hell is that?" look....or worse, we're watching something fashion related on TV and he'll say "God, that's ugly/awful/hideous." But this time he saw the gloves on my hands and said, "that's hot."
So SCORE, we both like them! Important since he bought them and will be seeing them on my hands ALL WINTER (which we all know lasts September to May here in Seattle).

Then, I scored another AWESOME bed frame on Craigslist (*heart*) for the condo this time.

It's a first cousin of the one I bought for my place, but with even better lines:

That's right, it's the Heimdal Queen sized bed from Ikea. And here's why it's so great:

1. minimal design, means it's pretty versatile

2. square headboard shape means I can make seasonal slipcovers for it

3. low footboard profile keeps the small room in the condo feeling pretty open still, won't tick Paul off

4. low footboard height won't bang Paul's feet since they hang off the end of the bed

5. metal finish is durable (paul proof), and slightly manly, so he won't feel like I'm "girling up the place" (not his words)

Stay tuned for before and after pictures

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy birthday to me!

YAY! So excting. NOT.

I was not jazzed to turn another year older, but my peeps pulled through:

-my coworker, boyfriend and sister conspired, and got my sister to surprise me with Riley Bruce for lunch on my birthday. I was SO SURPRISED! What a great way to spend my day!!!!! Thanks to Kate, Paul and Lauren!

-Paul took me to Crow. SO GREAT. go now. I'll wait.

-Kate, Nathan and Riley got me my ever-sought-after game: Hungry Hungry Hippos

-Paul got me Twist and Spout, a great hat, and a mystery gift that hasn't shown up yet, but I'm pretty sure it's this.

-Lauren got me Cafe Du Monde from New Orleans.

-My coworkers surprised me with a birthday gathering complete with singing, candles a card and cupcakes from New York Cupcakes.

Many numerous birthday wishes were sent my way.

All in all, a great day, minus the rain.

Thanks to all, it was a good one to remember. :)

Oh.Dear.God. Buy me this NOW

Thanks again to the fabbies over at Design*Sponge, I found my new dream home, and it's in Brooklyn. Suitors, please line up according to pocket book size and handsomeness, and be ready to move here:

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bring the outdoors in, and bring it all together

Grace over at Design*Sponge just did a great DIY post on some homemade botanical prints, and I had to share it with you because I just really love them, and if you have empty frames laying around at home like I do, then it's time to GET CRACKIN' and put them to use.
Best thing of all? It's free if you have the frames already and it's so satisfying and very little actual work involved.


Stop stalking me, Sunset Mag!

Sunset magazine seems to be stalking me and my summer ideas.

I just showed you my top faves of their out door dining rooms, and now they're showing lanterns you can, anyone think that's a familiar concept they've seen here at Decorazzi this summer? yeah, thought so.

Whatever, I'm no hater, I love some of the takes they have on summer lanterns, so enjoy!

Cute cluster. Me likey!
Then you can mod podge some tissue paper on the outside and create stained glass versions, great embellishment idea for the advanced crafter (easy to do, hard to make look good).

Sunset's version of MY lanterns. :)

Chandelier of mason jars. I would like to see this at night to decide if I really like it.

Tasty outdoor dining rooms

Oh baby! So the heat has finally subsided for a week or so here in Seattle, and with it comes my yearning for another steamy summer night that we can all spend in my outdoor dining room. And I guess I'm not the only one that's been feeling this way. Sunset Magazine online just published 20 hot hot HOT summer outdoor dining rooms. So I ask you, which came first, the Decorazzi, or the Egg, er, Sunset Mag?

Okay, I'll shut up now, here's the goods kids:

This is obvi my speed, with the same rustic take on the picnic table...which for me has seats that are too rough, so I'll need to work on that!

Modern, with a touch of throw back in the chairs, and loving the industrial edge with the wall.

This is TOTALLY my kind of garden of eatin' (sorry the play on words is bad, I know). Love the slightly mossy wall and fountain.

So chic and eco-friendly too.

Love the seamlessness of the indoor/outdoor transition.

This is perfect for a dinner party that ends up having more guests than you thought! You can send the overflow outdoors, or round up another table and table cloth (or in my house, we use patterned bed flat sheets, no one ever can tell!

This is very romantic. I can already see a good "triple dinner date" at a friends house, with spicy morracan (sp?) food and sultry Ella and Etta on in the background as we eat our honey lavander ice cream and watch the fire flies (not that we have them in the NW, but a girl can dream).

Perfect, for a quiet evening for two, listening to the frogs as the sun goes down and the moon comes up.

These are some good seating options I can get behind. Get it? Behind? sorry.

Great for a day at the home spa with your favorite friends, sipping bellinis and swapping gossip.

This feels like a Spanish garden in the middle of Seville. No one knows it's there, but you and your friends. You're in the heart of it all, but completely secluded!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

EXTRA EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Tablesetting competition!

Okay, I can barely even type this, I'm so excited. And I'll ellaborate more later, but I just found out that my favorite local (Seattle) based tablewares design firm, Rosana Inc., is putting on their 3rd annual Tablesetting design competition.

Here's the link to Rosana's blog (Which I just found today and am peeing my pants over), and the rules for the contest. I'll be submitting mine, but must take some careful consideration as to the theme and execution, and will most definitely be enlisting the help of my super secret decor mavens: my florist sister, Kate,

(seen here with the ever precious Riley)

and everyone's favorite gay, Adam, aka Poods.

(Which you remember from my recent project of redoing Paul's office...stay tuned for another update and post on that)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Remodel your bathroom recently? Live in Seattle? Wanna be on HGTV?

Great, then listen up: I just got this info from a list serve I'm on here in Seattle. If you live in the greater Seattle area, have recently remodeled your bathroom, and want to be on HGTV to show it off, read the following:

From: Brooke Schledewitz []
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 1:43 PM
Subject: HGTV Needs the Help of Your Neighborhood Association!

Good Afternoon!My name is Brooke Schledewitz and I work for the show, "Bang For Your Buck²on Home and Garden Television (HGTV). We are now in production of our 2ndseason and are looking to bring the show to the greater Seattle, WA area.I'm hoping for your help in locating homeowners who may be interested inhaving their recently remodeled master bathroom featured on our show!I am contacting you to see if you know of anyone in your neighborhood whohas completed this type of renovation and/or if you could pass thisinformation on to the people in your community.I have attached a press release for you to take a look at. If you have anyquestions or need any additional information please feel free to call ore-mail me. We are looking to select our homes within the next couple weeks,so time is of the essence.Thank you very much for your help!


Brooke Schledewitz
HGTV's "Bang For Your Buck"
High Noon Entertainment
Phone: 303.712.3168
Fax: 303.486.3881

Monday, July 20, 2009

Before and After: Bedroom makeover, almost

Okay, the next update I have for you is on my bedroom, which as you recall I was looking for a new frame for quite some time!

To jog your memory, we started with this:

In which this was used as my bedframe:

And then I bought this on Craigslist (this is the picture they had posted):

And we ended up with this new set up in my bedroom (albeit not totally complete as I have curtains to hang, but I don't know if I care enough right now to hang them......

This frame makes the bed much more sturdy, and give the room more space visually even though there's less actual space.... it picks the bed up off the floor, and now you don't sink down when you get in and out of bed in the morning.

Before and After: Carport/outdoor dining room Phase 1 complete

Hello, my faithful followers!

This weekend was Emily's (my roommate and best friend from childhood) 27th birthday, and she planned a girls night at our house to celebrate. We were very excited, and my end of the preparation was to get our carport to phase 1 completion of it's "outdoor dining room" endeavor.

To jog your memory, here's what we started with:

And after many days of prep work, building my vintage mason jar lanterns (which took so much arm strength, I think I got my upper body work out taken care of for the next two weeks), lots of de-cob-webbing, sweeping, nailing pilot holes and installing cup screws for said lanterns, our center piece lighting and privacy curtains, we finally ended up with this fabulous scene:

I haven't painted the picnic table yet, but hope to in the next month or so. For now, it's a great place to relax with friends. The roses are from our three rose bushes in the front yard, the picnic table as you recall was a recent estate sale find, and the table cloth is a scrap I picked up at the fabric outlet in SoDo.
I hope this before and after inspires you to take something old and make something fabulous!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Out door dining room

We're gonna have in, in our otherwise useless carport (which was SERIOUSLY made for a Model T, I'm not even kidding).

This weekend I'll be taking pictures and transforming our carport from BLAH, to FABULOUS!

Stay tuned for pictures. I'm going to take my estate sale picnic table find (a $22 investment, well worth it) and some estate sale bamboo rolling shades (a $3 gem if I do say so myself) and create some sweet lanterns (also estate sale goodies at $.25 each, and they're realy vintage).

You can see the Seattle skyline from our carport, and we're getting geared up for Emily's 27th birthday party (next weekend, girls only), so it's the perfect time to get it all set up! We're dividing the tasks and tackling the project. I'm in charge of sanding, cleaning and painting the table (might not paint just yet, depends on what's available to me), hanging the shades, making the lanterns, installing screws and hanging lanterns.

Em's in charge of sweeping out the carport, which is my death task, I hate it. With the passion of a thousand winds.

So, stay tuned for another great before and after!

I just got myself a SJP bed. Eat your heart out.

Okay, I have an announcement to make (and it's too early to make it, but I'm going to anyway):
I just scored an SJP modern vintage bed on Craigslist, and am picking it up this weekend. SO STOKED!

Here's a picture of her bed in Elle Decor (thanks Shelterrific!):

And here's the bed I'm getting from Christine on Craigslist:

I can't wait to create a new home for it, since I've never had what I would consider a "Grown Up" bed before, I'm really quite excited! I haven't totally decided exactly what I'm going to do yet in the room, for now I'm just excited to actually get my hands on it! Yay!

Stay tuned for pictures of a before and after of my room!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Road Runner

This is not a design post. It's not a decor post. It's a post about running. And that's what I'm doing.

I've been doing a running program, a series of podcasts (audio file like a song but you can record your voice, for those of you who aren't familiar), where a man, Robert Ullrey, is my personal running trainer and buddy.

The program is 9 weeks long and called "Couch to 5K in 9 weeks." Today I will start week 7, and I'm feeling pretty darn good! So, realizing that the program will be over soon, I thought "I should find a 5K in the near future, so I have some other goal to work towards." See, doing the audio program was the goal in and of itself. And now that I'm almost done with the program, I want to keep going with a goal that will help me keep the pace and continue to get in better shape.

So I found the Irongirl Seattle, which hosts different levels of events, such as a 5K, 10K and marathon. I signed up for the 5K which is at Greenlake, on September 12th.

I already paid, so now I really do have to stick with it, because more than being out of shape, I hate wasting money!

The Irongirl website had it's own 5K prep course running program, and it's 8 weeks long, which is exactly how many weeks I'll have after I finish the current program, before my race.

If any of you are interested, here are the links to all the info (you can click the sentence or see the full link after that, they both go to the same location):

Couch to 5K podcast series:
Or you can get them straight off of iTunes.
Robert Ullrey (the guy who does the podcasts) website:
Irongirl Seattle:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Anniversary dinner = awesome

So Paul surprised me with a wonderful dinner last night at Seattle's own Chez Shea. And, seriously, OMG, it was amazing. He totally took one for the team by taking me to a fancy French restaurant because, let's be honest, he had to eat another dinner after we got home just so he wouldn't pass out from hunger. But I loved it. And he said that made it totally worth while.

If you haven't been to Chez Shea, GO. NOW. seriously. What are you waiting for? Get off your chair and make a ressy now for tonight. SO GOOD. the mood, music, atmosphere, food, staff, all was amazing. I decided it's our new spot.

Pictures will come for sure, after I get them uploaded from Paul's camera...which I forgot today.

Also, we exchanged presents after dinner, and we both totally scored! I got the 8 piece All-clad Limited Edition set you see above (it's annodized, and they're only making a limited number of those sets, so I'm super lucky to have it!). I'm drooling just THINKING about what I'll make first. This cookware will last me a lifetime, so I'll never have to buy pots or pans again.

Paul also lucked out, because I bought him the top of the line roof rack system from Thule.
(This is what it will look like on the focus....I just googled "Thule roof rack on Focus," and this is what came up, which is weird, because it's exactly Paul's car, color and all)
After many, many months of trying to source that s**#&^, I finally broke down and bought it all from REI. The upshot of course being that they'll install it and if anything goes wrong, we can bring it back there. He's stoked for using it this summer for camping (think roof box), and this winter for skiing (he can now take 3 friends, put all 4 sets of skis on the roof and everything else in the trunk!)

So, yay for both of us. We had a great time, and I think as each year passes, and we continue to grow up, and grow together, our life together continues to get better and better. We are so very lucky!

I love love!

(Okay, enough of the barfy mushy talk. I'm done now. Thanks for listening!)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Well, it's already here, and I can't believe another year has passed! Today Paul and I celebrate our 4 year anniversary (of our first date).

I just couldn't be happier. He makes me a better person when I'm around him, and he makes me want to be a better person when I'm around others! He sent the most fragerant (sp?) bouquet of red red RED roses and white white WHITE lilies, my faves.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy, while I enjoy the flowers in my office.

Tomorrow, I'll tell you where we went for dinner, and what we gave each other as gifts!

At a wedding of some family friends, July 2007.

A great trip to Vancouver, BC. As usual, with coffee in hand from our favorite coffee shop, which of course I can't remember the name of right now.....I'm obviously over-caffinated, and Paul is under-caffinated. I think it's right after our 3 days in Whistler during April of 2007.

At my favorite Seattle restaurant, Purple Cafe, for my surprise 25th birthday party. Paul did such a great job, I was SO surprised, I cried. that's me, crying, but smiling. August 2007.

Out and about with Em, on a Friday night at Chapel, in Seattle, April 2009.

I think our second white water rafting trip, so must be on the Skykomish River, circa May 2007.

This past Chirstmas season, 2008, getting our tree out of the forrest. This is Paul's tree, which turned out to be really curvy, and not in a good way. But it had it's Charlie Brown charm.....that is, until one day it keeled over and died on us, while we were gone, and came home to the tree fallen over, ornaments everywhere, and water soaking into the hard woods. Good times.

Another great trip to Vancouver, BC, sometime around September of 2008? Having dessert and coffee at an Italian Jazz club in the Gaslamp District.

At Rachel's wedding, September 2007, in Massachusetttes. We match, it's true.

At a Oregon Ducks game, at Autzen Stadium, sometime around October 2007, before Kate and I went to China for the first time. GO DUCKS!

New Years 2008/2009.

With my siblings, Jessica and (her husband) Brian, New Years eve, 2008/2009.

At our wonderful friends, Lincoln and Corina's wedding, last July (2008). Now they're expecting to be parents soon!

At a wedding earlier this winter, circa February 2009, at the beautiful New Castle Golf Club

just recently at a wedding, June 2009

In our second city, Vancouver, BC, on one of many trips, enjoying Stanley Park. circa 2006