Right now, I am…
still sick, but not as bad. I can breathe through my nose at the moment, which is a big improvement. And Mucinex is making everything floaty.
listening to the rain. It’s a soothing sound.
annoyed that this sickness has delayed work on a new shop design and new shop product. I’d hoped to have them both up and running by Black Friday.
drinking all the water and OJ.
contemplating running errands this afternoon if my head floatiness lessens.
bummed that I had to miss my sewing class on Friday because of this stupid cold.
looking forward to a low-key Thanksgiving with just Ian and me.
dreaming of a bigger work table/work area for my shop stuff and sewing. Not going to happen in the current house.
really behind on getting holiday cards printed. I should do that this afternoon.
liking Angel more than Buffy, but neither as much as Firefly.
really wanting to see the new Hunger Games movie, blast this stupid cold.
How are you doing this dreary Monday?
This is what I wore most of yesterday. I liked the play of different textures and neutral tones, and I like how these pictures turned out. I do not like the fact that about 3 hours after I took these, I was being plagued by a sort throat, increasingly stuffy head, and all the signs of impending sickdom. The lace shirt and sash and necklace got traded out for an old comfy sweatshirt. Much tea and Airborne were drunk. To no avail. Today I am in the full grip of the first cold of the winter, and I’m not liking it one bit.
Sidenote: Today was one of my workout days. Obviously that is not going to happen. But are there people out there who still work out while they’re sick? Because they’re crazy. If I tried to lift one of my handweights right now I’d probably fall over. My arms feel like noodles just thinking about plank position.
Luckily work is still pretty light right now. I’ve got one minor thing to get done today, and then I can veg out with a blanket and kleenex and Netflix.
How are you doing? Hopefully healthier than me. Tell me something good that’s happened to you lately!
Colors: All neutrals, all the time.
Dress: from Langford Market
Shirt: from Express
Tights: by Falke
Sash: off another dress
Necklace: from an accessories swap
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Transatlantic Blonde, Kiwi Women’s Style, Style Elixir, Because Shanna Said So, Lena B Actually and Two Thirty-Five Designs.
Things of Note:
I’m in waiting mode with a lot of work stuff right now (waiting for feedback, waiting to hear if I got a project, waiting for paychecks), so I’m puttering around the house doing other stuff. Yesterday I ran errands and made banana bread. Today I’m doing laundry and giving the dog a bath and doing screen printy stuff. Tomorrow is slated for accounting and house cleaning stuff. Fun and exciting times over here. Woo.
What are you up to today?
We may still have green leaves on the trees here in Austin, but this time of year makes me think of warm tones and crunching underfoot regardless. Therefore, this month’s Etsy round-up is all about falling and fallen leaves. Take a look:
I also have some leaf items in my own shop:
What’s your favorite? Do you still have leaves on the trees where you are, or are you jumping in big piles and enjoying that burning leaf smell?
Recently, my good bloggy friend Liz (hi Liz!) decided to do a complete rebrand of her blog. Previously blogging as ‘Dressing to the Nines in the Lonestar State’, she decided ‘The Stylish Disaster‘ was more fitting for her snarky lifestyle content (and also less of a mouthful). And she needed a new look to go with it. She wanted something clean and uncluttered, but still interesting. Luckily, she’s friends with a graphic designer who was only too happy to take her on as a client – me! See the transformation below:
Here’s a closer look at some of the new elements I created for her:
Liz came out with a new header/logo, a custom menu, a cut-out headshot image, new social icons, a new favicon, and some tweaks to her theme including making the overall layout wider. It was fun getting to work with her and figuring out a new look that she’d love! Really, any excuse I get to play with fonts makes me a happy camper.
Go say hi to Liz, and if you’re in need of a designer yourself, head on over to my services page.
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
Louisa is a 20-something who is the main breadwinner for her family. She just lost her job and is desperate to find a new one. An unusual option pops up at the local Job Center: daytime companion and caregiver to a quadriplegic man named Will. He has another caregiver to do the heavy medical stuff; Louisa’s job will be the lighter caregiver work and general social interaction to lift his spirits. It’s an odd job, but it pays really well, so she takes it. Of course their personalities clash initially- he is sarcastic and bitter, she’s chatty and has no filter. Then they get to know each other and actually like each other. But there’s a darker aspect to the circumstances surrounding Louisa’s hire, and it changes everything when she finds out.
Ok, so, this book. One of my local blogger friends is starting an IRL book club, and this was the pick for our first meeting later this month. It’s the kind of book I may or may not have ended up reading on my own otherwise. It’s contemporary fiction, which I don’t read terribly often. And it takes place in England, so there’s always a bit of an internal adjustment to get used to the slang. And a part of me really liked this book. The characters were interesting and I was invested enough in the story that I teared up at a few parts. But a part of me also really doesn’t like this book, largely because of the incredibly unsatisfying ending. Because this is not just a contemporary romance story, it’s also (and perhaps more-so) a treatise on the lives of severely disabled people and the relative merits of euthanasia. I feel like the ending was more to make a political point than anything else. But it does make you think, and I still overall enjoyed the writing and story. So make of that what you will.
I give it 4/5 stars.