What are you doing today? Drinking coffee with me and dishing about stuff? GOOD!
If you’re new here, this is a seasonal post where I tell you all the things I need to tell you that haven’t come up in our regularly scheduled food/home posts. Like we’re real-life friends getting coffee together and catching up. And there is so much I need to tell you! Get an extra big coffee/cold brew/tea/whatever is currently calling your name and let’s discuss!
what we’re watching - we’ve been going through a New Girl phase which means Josh has had to daily talk me down from getting blunt bangs. Every time I so much as look at Zooey Deschanel I want her bangs. In college (my initial New Girl kick), I gave in and got them. HUGE MISTAKE. I rocked them as a 5-year-old but somehow it did not translate into adulthood.
But still after every episode I think, maybe they would look good this time?? Please talk me out of it.
duplex things - does it feel like there has been a huge lag in duplex updates? That’s how it feels to me. My checkbox-minded self forgets that even small projects have lots of steps and take time. Once, in a college French class, my professor spent all 50 minutes lecturing on the phrase petit a petit l’oiseau fait son nid (little by little the bird makes its nest). I liked it then and I love it now. Things move slowly, but something is being built.
oh baby - I have this problem with baby clothes. They start out very cute with neutral animals and soft colors, and then your baby becomes a toddler and all you have to work with are dump trucks and dinosaurs in aggressive colors. Ever on the hunt for non-obnoxious baby clothes, I have found my ideal pajamas. They are super soft and fit for a long time because they are not footed. I love their solid colored pajamas, but they also have patterned ones that are cute and of the mostly non-obnoxious variety.
shark tank idea - my razor broke 1/3 of the way up the handle a few months ago. It didn’t break all the way through - it has the rubber gripper strip along the top, and that is still in tact. Rather than buy a new one, I just kept using it, and have found it to be so ergonomic and easy to handle. The head is ultra-flexible and can bend all over! Someone please market this. I know it’s only a matter of time before it breaks all the way through. And then what? Do I buy a new one and try to break it? I’m worried my broken razor is irreplaceable.
organization station - a label maker has recently entered my life and NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS could I have imagined how much I would use it. The things I can label now! I wanted this one for its retro-looking labels and its $10(!) price tag, but my target didn’t have it in store and my impatience to have a label maker RIGHT THEN made me spend an extra $7 for this one. It is very good.
unpopular opinions - even-numbered Harry Potters are better than the odd-numbered ones (**books only, not movies). My personal ranking is 2-4-6-1-3-7-5. Please weigh in.
celebrate the seasons - summertime is growing season and I have high hopes. Since my snake plant (from Januaryish) is still alive, I think I am ready to graduate to plants that need actual tending to. Please stay tuned for a (likely) long post from a (completely) unqualified person about potted herb gardens!
where have you been all my life? - this rain jacket is getting me through life. I stopped wearing a rain jacket when I grew out of my very reliable duck one when I was sixish. (complete with a duck bill). Since then, I’ve avoided getting another because it seemed like such an unnecessary purchase. It would rain and I would think, mandy, you NEED to get a rain jacket, but then it would be a sunny day when it was time to pull the trigger and spend actual money, so it seemed unnecessary. I finally had more than .5 seconds of foresight and splurged on this one from Target. LIFE CHANGING. It has made rainy spring/summer days far less wet. And also gets bonus points for being a cute jacket in its own right.