As the weekend wound down yesterday, it occurred to me that today would be a good day for a Currently post. For reference, I’ve just looked up my last currently post. Turns out I wrote it on January 26th of last year. The coincidence of drafting Currently posts almost exactly one year apart is tickling me. Consider that my first Currently item. In other news…
Elle King’s Ex’s & Oh’s is living in my car CD player. It’s a solid album. While she shows range with a variety of song styles (including one that is reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and another that evokes Adele), they all make sense together. Current favorite: Kocaine Carolina
Kitchen and clothing items, although I’m trying to keep unnecessary spending to a minimum. The most recent buys were a new electric can-opener (exciting, I know), and a pair of colored denim pants to replace the three pair on their way out the door. However, in the very near future I’ll be purchasing plane tickets for Mexico and Europe, so I’ve got to buckle down and keep an eye on that budget!
Water, water and more water. Occasionally some unsweet iced tea and, now that it’s finally gotten cold in Florida, some Earl Grey hot tea. In my quest to get healthy and lose weight I’ve only had about two glasses of wine and three cocktails in the last two months. I miss the wine.
Thanks to the forced formality of jury duty and recent weight loss, last week I rediscovered several items of clothing that I haven’t worn in years. Hudson jeans, a Zulily skirt, an Old Navy silk camisole and some very cute Steve Madden gray wool boots. (The boots were less about jury duty and weight loss and more about cold weather.) However, to be entirely honest, at this moment I’m wearing scrub pants, cozy socks, an old t-shirt with holes in it and hooded wrap cardigan sweater.
Downton Abbey (I’m a couple weeks behind, no spoilers, please!), Mom, Black·ish, The Big Bang Theory and The Bachelor (did you catch the latest recap?). Also Cheers, on Netflix. I’m very much looking forward to the return of How to Get Away with Murder this Thursday. While I’m not convinced that the second season has been quite as good as the first, I’m still hooked. Also, I recorded a chunk of the Angie Tribeca marathon on my DVR but haven’t gotten to it, yet. Is anyone a fan?
Narrow Margins by Marie Brown. Brown’s family lost everything when their company collapsed. They sold their home in England and began living on, and renovating, a narrow boat. It’s merely okay. Kindle suggested it following my second reading of From Here to Paris by Cris Hammond, which is a great book. The tagline of that one is “Get laid off. Buy a barge in France. Take it to Paris.” I’m also reading a lot of back posts on blogs. I’m completely behind on nearly every blog that I follow and catching up is taking much longer than I’d anticipated.
How to stain louvered doors. And I’m learning by doing, one panel at a time. Many moons ago, we purchased and installed unfinished pine folding doors for closets in our office and guest bedroom. We always intended to stain them, but hadn’t gotten around to it. A couple weeks ago, when Tall Guy was working all weekend, I decided I’d start the staining process. I’ve stained things before (a dining room table, crown molding) and wasn’t worried.
I was a fool.
The louvers are trickier than expected. Getting the stain onto the louvers isn’t so much the problem… it’s getting the excess stain off of them that causes headaches. Also, despite my previous staining experience, I’d forgotten about needing to finish with a polyurethane coat. And that the polyurethane requires post-application sanding. Right now I have one panel that is stained and polyurethaned and not great workmanship. A second panel (a significant improvement over the first) is stained and waiting for its polyurethane coat. Only six more to go! Once I’ve gotten the practice perfected, I’ll share a complete how-to.
Help creating a Media Kit for my blog. I’ve seen (and bookmarked) some tutorials, but I’m putting out the call for any tips you may have. HELP ME!!!
To get back into making things with my hands. I want to sew things, like a winter coat, and a romper that I’ve conjured up in my head. Yesterday I drove past a fabric store in my ‘hood that I’d never noticed before. It was closed, so I can’t say whether it’s a great find, but I’m dying to check it out. Although perhaps I should wrap up the closet door project before I start something else.
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