Sunday, January 20, 2019

Life: It Goes On - January 20

Early this past week, we started hearing about a snow storm coming. We might have gotten anywhere from 2 to 7 inches of snow. Instead we got ice while we worked Friday. My office closed early for only the third time ever. The president of the company was out salting the sidewalks as we left; the third in command was escorting women through the parking lot to their cars (great company, right?!). Kudos to the city crews - they had so well prepped the roads and kept them up that, until I reached my neighborhood, the streets were only wet. The best part of all of that? For a change, I didn't panic, I didn't worry. I accepted that I was not in control of what the weather would do and that I would just have to go with whatever Mother Nature gave us. 2019 me might turn out to be great!

Last Week I:

Listened To: I finished Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between The World and Me. Still working on Elaine Weiss' The Woman's Hour; hope to finish it by Thursday.

Watched: Westworld, Point Break with Keanu Reeves, The Post with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and, of course,  football.

Read: The Water Cure by Sophie MacIntosh. Today I'll start In This Ground for a TLC Book Tour.

Made: The Big Guy grilled steaks one night and pork chops another, we baked yams and made smashed potatoes, I turned the leftover potatoes into baked potato soup, and Friday I made two of Miss H's favorites, goulash and rice pudding. Today I'll bake bread and, maybe, finally actually cook something in the Instant Pot I got for Christmas. I finally worked up the courage to test it today so I understand how it works.

Enjoyed: Finally finishing up my CD project. I'm pretty stoked to have gotten more than 300 CDs into two binders! Today I'll be able to move record albums, which have been living in my office for several years, back into the entertainment center. Two empty shelves in my house from that project. And another in my closet after I Marie Kondo'd my clothes! You know I go through my clothes regularly so you can imagine my surprise to find that, by sorting using her tips, I got rid of four kitchen garbage bags of stuff.

This Week I’m: 

Planning: On getting some furniture painting done this week. Miss H found a desk she wanted to redo for a dressing table. We bought it for her for a birthday present and I will get it reworked for her, along with a mirror. While I'm at it, I've got an end table and a stool I want to paint. 

Thinking About: Tackling the books. There's no way I'm dropping down to Kondo's suggestion of only keeping 30 books (and, again, I go through them regularly), but I do feel like I at least need to get them reorganized.

Feeling: So happy with my new prints from See-Nile Photography. I've got a frame in my kitchen that I've decided will have a revolving series of prints in it and these will work for winter, with just enough color to remind me that spring is coming.

Looking forward to: Seeing the Keira Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice in the theater tonight, a rescheduled book club meeting, and BG's birthday celebration next weekend. 

Question of the week: I'm still wrestling with my "One Word" for 2019. Do you pick a word for the new year? If so, how have you done with staying with it through the year?


  1. Westworld...LOVE! Do you like it? How was The Post?

    Is that one of her (Kondo) ideas? The CD binders? Because I've been doing that for years. lol I can agree with her on a lot of stuff...probably...but I'll never agree on the books. That being said, I'm finishing up transferring my old book catalog to the new one (it is taking me forever because I never have time). I'm on the L's now and I already struck two books that I know I will get rid of when we move. So I know I won't get rid of a huge portion, but I will be more selective. All my religious books are going to my sister (Christianity based, etc.) so that will be a large chunk of non-fiction (and some fiction). When I get moved (it's looking like the end of next summer, or in the fall since Reece will graduate early), my books will be SO organized because I will FINALLY have my own place, and I'm going to invest in more bookshelves.

    I do okay with the one word. Not so much last year. My word this year is Onward and I've decided it's going to be my life word as well. I need to keep that word in my mind at all times to remind me to keep moving forward, in whatever I'm doing. I hope you figure out a word for yourself. I do think it's a great motivator, especially if you choose a word that will cover a broad aspect of your life.

  2. All the food you made sounds great. The rain has stopped here but it's cold for California so I want all the cozy foods right now. It's production week so we are lucky if we eat at all. Between work, school, the show my daughter is IN and the show she is also rehearsing for... no time to eat. Certainly no time to grab anything to eat. Plus you can't eat in the theatre so that's a challenge when you are on stage for 5 hours.

    I have to paint furniture too. Our new TV setup makes my bookshelf look weird so I have to stain it and then that makes another table look weird so I have to paint that too.

    I did choose a word for this year, Change and it's the perfect word and I've already changed so much.

  3. I love those prints! What a great way to change things up for each season. Enjoy Pride & Prejudice in the theater. I love that movie and it was gorgeous on the big screen.

    I've been enjoying Marie Kondo's show. While I don't have to do everything she says, I can take the tips and figure out how to tackle the chaos this spring. I have even convinced my hubster to watch the show and get going with me this next month or two!

    Can't wait to hear what you have to say about Between the World and Me! And I hope you are enjoying your Instant Pot. It took me a bit to figure it out and get comfortable with mine but I love it now.