O U T & A B O U T
1. Hell. I mean, Produce Junction. But on a Saturday, it's hell. I think I have PTSD from that trip.
2. The library. One of my most favorite places.
3. The movies. For the first time in over a year and a half.
4. TGI Friday's for post-movie drinks
H A U S F R A U I N G
1. Laundry totals: five. Light week. I put it all away, too, which usually doesn't happen. Pin a rose on my nose.
2. Deep cleaning the top floor: purging bedside storage boxes, travel items, magazine box, and beauty items; cleaning under furniture. And the weekly sheet changing, dusting, vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, of course.
3. Main floor - dust/vacuum/general pickup/kitchen cleaning. I freaking hate dusting. It comes right back.
4. Basement lair - minor purging, organizing, powder room cleaning
5. Make your own granite cleaner: 1/4C alcohol, 4 drops Dawn, 10 drops Essential oil (not essential, but I use eucalyptus). Fill the bottle with warm water slowly so it doesn't suds up. And go. I house this in an old Simple Green bottle.
6. How I've been cleaning my shower since December - Get one of those dish wand thingies, fill half of it with vinegar and half of it with Dawn dish liquid. When you're in the shower, scrub it down. It works well.
B E A U T Y T H I N G S
Nail polish purge:
1. My collection after I purged it - I could be a nail polish hoarder.
2. My Essies
3. My Zoyas
4. My OPIs
5. Back in the box, neat and clean
This is my front row makeup, which I keep in a silverware organizer.
My less used makeup is in a box.
1. Senorita Rosalita - one of my favorite polishes and one of my favorite polish names. I painted them pink in solidarity with Laura, who also has pink nails, for the cruise her and Chris are leaving for today. Bon voyage.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar astringent - half ACV, half water. Since my face wash regimen is crunchy granola (oil cleansing method with baking soda exfoliation), I thought I'd give this a try. I saw it here.
E N T E R T A I N M E N T
1. Showtime strikes again: Friday MFD and I watched five episodes of Shameless. I am not nearly as obsessed as I am with Homeland, but it'll do.
2. The Golden Globes. I love the Golden Globes, and being snarky about them. I'll snark on them sometime this week, I promise.
3. Where the Truth Lies. This is a YA novel, and I was reading it as filler, but it's not bad.
4. Entertainment Weekly - I love this mag.
5. Silver Linings Playbook - I loved this movie. I thought the script was great and the acting was awesome. Bradley Cooper, call me. Jennifer Lawrence, let's be friends. Etc. etc.
6. I picked Night Circus up from the library. I've heard good things, I'm anxious to get involved with it.
7. Welcome back, Nashville.
F O O D & D R I N K
Coffee with a few good men - Ron Swanson on Saturday and Bill Clinton on Sunday.
And a few other things...
1. There aren't many things I love better than fresh baked bread. This was baked by someone else, but it's fresh nonetheless. And I love it like I made it myself.
2. Friday night I had English Muffin pizzas for dinner. It took me back to my college days. Still good.
3. Sunday breakfast: English muffin slathered in butter, eggs scrambled with gouda and ham. It was gouda. Ho ho ho.
4. I had a big cooked ham, so I cubed four cups and froze them for use in soups and mac & cheese in the coming weeks.
5. Sunday dinner: green beans (blanched, then sauteed in butter), ham, and scalloped potatoes to die for.
About those scalloped potatoes...
Dill and parsley (dry is fine)
3 lb red potatoes, thinly sliced - you need 8 cups
2.5C half & half
1 tbs mustard powder
2C shredded swiss
2C shredded cheddar (I used up some gouda that I had, about a half of a cup)
Preheat oven to 325. Coat shallow 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. In large pot, combine potatoes, half & half, mustard, salt and pepper. Over medium high, bring just to boil, stirring occasionally, remove from heat.
Using slotted spoon, transfer half of potatoes to baking dish, sprinkle with 1 C swiss and 1/2C cheddar. Give the dill and parsley a few shakes over that layer.Top with remaining potatoes, half and half mixture and remaining cheeses. Sprinkle some more dill and parsley on top. Bake until tender and golden, 40-45 minutes.
D O G S
My boys. The cutest dogs in all the land.
Henry Ford said, "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off of your goal." The goal is Friday. Keep your eyes on the prize and you'll realize Monday ain't no thang.
p.s. Happy birthday to Aubrey, my brother's longtime love, who celebrated on Sunday. Love you!
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