Home Again

However one manages to catch a cold during the summer, I did it. Your girl is always out here achieving things she never dreamed possible.

Aside from the leaky nose, I enjoyed my time in Elba. We went with six of our friends and it was really nice to hang out and catch up and partake in some well-deserved foolishness. That just means staying up ’til four in the morning laughing at each other’s dumb jokes. But I’m weirdly into my friends’ dumb jokes. We don’t get to hang out as a group as often as we’d like, so I really appreciate it when it happens!

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My infatuation with cooking has been renewed because of some mind-blowing meals I had. I bought a cookbook in Elba with Mediterranean recipes and it’s my mission to become really good at a couple of them.

I came home to Belvedere (that’s what I named my Roomba) getting the floors all nice and clean for me. He works so hard. Same with his coworker, the robot mop who(m?) I have yet to name. She takes a long time to mop the floors, but she does a good job! Makes my weekly clean much easier and quicker!

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The robot mop turned out to be just as easy to set up as the Roomba, so if you’re in the market for one, I say do it!

My dad is back home and doing much better and agreeing to take his blood pressure medication. Don’t even get me started on why he wasn’t in the first place. I don’t know why, and I didn’t even hound him about it. Having a stroke kinda makes the point on its own, no? But he’d better take them now, for heaven’s sake!

Guys, I’ve gotta go now. I have a week’s worth of laundry to do and right now it’s all stuffed in suitcases. You wouldn’t happen to know of a laundry robot I could buy, would you? Let your girl know!

Bisous!

Good News & Vacation

My dad is going to be okay. I’ve known for a couple of days, but writing that out felt like jinxing him. What can I say–I’m freaking traumatized and irrational. But also relieved.

But… Also traumatized.

He will need some speech and physical therapy, but there was no permanent damage. He’s pretty lucky.

My (adult) sister does this thing where she screams and hollers and huffs and puffs when something is upsetting her and when you ask her what’s wrong, she dramatically gasps, “I just can’t even talk about it right now!” And nothing makes me roll my eyes harder than when she does that. So I’m not going to do that, but I am going to move on to a lighter/happier topic!

Tracee Ellis Ross is launching a hair care line! I woke up early this morning, scrolled through Instagram in a semi-conscious state, saw the news and–I swear this is true–started reaching around in the dark (on my nightstands) saying, “Where’s my wallet?” The Bae shook his head in wonderment and told me to get a grip. But see, I don’t tell him to get a grip when he’s trying to get basketball season tickets, do I? Nope, because I know it’s pointless. Just like it’s pointless to try to stop me from buying every product in this new launch. I couldn’t this morning, though, because it doesn’t launch until the 9th. But I’ll be ready!

Tomorrow we’re leaving for our first and last summer vacation of the year. It’s been ninety days at my new job and I’m officially able to take advantage of my vacation time! Oh yeah, and benefits too, of course. Don’t want to forget about those!

I also don’t want to forget to pack alllll of my straw hats, so I’ve gotta go. Have a great week!

Bisous!

Keeping Busy

My dad had a stroke. I don’t know how that’s going to turn out and, as you can imagine, it’s rough. So I’ve been keeping myself as busy as humanly possible because when I’m not all the worst case scenarios swirl around in my head, and they’re just too much.

I ironed every sheet set in my linen closet. And I know it started as a distraction, but I really like the way crisp, ironed sheets look on a bed. Very picturesque–so of course I staged a photoshoot. But the lighting wasn’t the greatest and my angles were off, so I gave up and just took some photos of stuff around my house for Instagram. I love taking pictures and staging scenes. It really makes me forget about everything else going on around me.

Then I went to Target, and you’ll never guess–they now sell the robot mop I was looking for a couple of weeks ago! I bought it because…desperate times, desperate measures and all that. It’s pretty small, and I have no idea how long it’s going to take to clean my kitchen but I guess I’ll know that once I get it up and running. It’s still sitting in the box, because I’m just not in the mood right now. But I bet that trying to figure that thing out would take up a lot of brain energy, and that’s kinda what I’m looking for, isn’t it?! Okay…maybe I’ll set it up tonight and let you know how it works next time.

After I came back from Target, I went to Sephora’s website and ordered some stuff to take advantage of the VIB sale. They only have it twice a year, and I use it to buy all the stuff I love but deem too ridiculously priced to buy at regular cost. I’ve been so good this year with not spending all my money in Sephora. And it hasn’t been easy! But I’ve just forced myself to finish something before I buy/try something else and that has worked for the most part. I did become obsessed with cream blushes, so I have a lot of those. But I use a lot of those. One day a coworker told me that I looked sun-kissed and just off of vacation and that was only because of the blush I was wearing. It’s magical, kids. And now I’m obsessed. Follow me on my new skincare/beauty Instagram page (in the sidebar!) if you want to see what I’m buying/trying not to buy from Sephora!

Okay, that’s it. I’ve gotta go figure out some other stuff to keep me busy. Perhaps I’ll start reading another book. Or organize my car services/repairs binder that I’ve been meaning to do forever.

Bisous.

Rambles

I’ve read four books this year. Why am I letting my brain atrophy, you ask? There’s no acceptable reason, so I’ve made a list of the books I’m going to read through the end of the year. I’m looking forward to all of them, but mostly Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller.

Alexandra Fuller has become one of my favorite writers and I’m glad she has a new book! I hate it when I fall in love with an author and they stop writing. When I found Bill Bryson I greedily consumed every one of his books. Same with Peter Mayle, Caprice Crane, and Jen Lancaster (before she was unbearably obnoxious). And in the last few years, Alexandra Fuller. I still have a few books of hers that I have yet to read. I’m taking my time, though. I get sad when there are no more books to read by my favorite authors.

This morning I woke up really early to go to Target, and when I walked out of the door the humidity punched me in the face. I’ve been trying not to complain about the humidity because it makes my skin look plump and glowing and smooth with no effort. But it sucks for everything else. A couple of weeks ago I went to the apparel mart downtown and after finding parking, getting lost between the multiple buildings that make up the mart, shopping, then trying to find my parking spot I had to go home and shower again. In the middle of the day. The humidity is oppressive. Bring on October.

I did find some nice home decor items at the mart, though. I’m currently looking for a new desk, but I want to try buying a used one–or making one. My cousin is a natural with that kind of stuff and maybe I can get her to help. Or maybe her talent will rub off on me! Anyway, I went to Target this morning to see if they carried the robot mop. The Roomba vacuum is pretty life-changing, so I want the mop version, too. But it’s still relatively new, so I think I may wait until more versions have been released. Target didn’t have it anyway.

Okay, now I feel like I’m just rambling because I don’t really have that much to talk about! Next time I’ll let you know how I liked the book!

Bisous !