Emily does a great post and link up at the end of each month about the things she learned that month. I get to the end of each month and can’t remember what I learned the day before. This month, I kept a list on my phone. Duh. Here goes….
I hate putting wet dishes in the cabinet.
I’m too cheap to run the “heated dry” cycle on my dishwasher so I wait until it’s done and just leave it open to air dry for a few hours. You can do that in a house with no kids or pets. BUT sometimes I don’t catch some standing water on a bowl or mug and then it gets put away. Grody. Makes me cringe.
Listen to the Nordstrom lady
The summer Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom is pretty ridiculous. The sell fall merchandise at super low prices. It’s mentally hard to shop for fall/winter when it’s 101 degrees outside. This year I went in with a small list and, per Nordstrom amazing customer service, I had a helper. I didn’t have an appointment but did quickly grab a sales associate to help me find what I was looking for an not be distracted by items not on my list. Well, she did add one thing. These pants.
(gratuitous fall mum pic taken after an early morning trip to the Starbucks drive through when I realized just how much I love these pants)
Meet the Nordstrom brand “Lazy Morning” Lounge Pants. She praised their wonderfulness so I added them to my bag because they were cheaper than Old Navy PJ pants at that point. I figured if I hated them come fall I could just return them. Well, these feel like a woven flannel but are really a knit ALMOST sweat pant feel but like a knit flannel. I can’t explain but I just love them.
My body doesn’t work like it used to
Um, no duh, Kristin. I was good until about age 43. Then things just stopped working so well. Lord-willing I have a lot of years ahead of me but it’s frustrating to feel like I can exercise vigorously but then my body injures itself doing things as simple as walking. Not cool. Thanks, Eve.
For a wedding last month, I splurged and got a gel manicure. Manicures tend to last about 2.3 days on me and then they are toast. I wash my hands A LOT. So, to transition in to fall, I got a second gel manicure. Y’all, my budget can NOT support this habit. I purposely avoided eating out a few times to justify this splurge. To make matters emotionally worse, I finally found a nail place I love. She’s an independent business and a single mom. Her space is spotless and she’s so kind. I never realized that having my nails painted would make me feel pretty. It does.
This is 3 1/2 weeks in to this manicure! Sure, there’s weird grow out but the polish part looks like I just walked out of the salon.
Because I’ve been asked a lot, I’ll share here. The color is OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques. Quite possibly the perfect fall neutral. Thanks to Kate for recommending.
Oh, and that’s PDub’s newest cookbook back there; not some delicious tomato soup I was enjoying.
I’m totally affected by sounds around me
While driving home after an evening with girlfriends, I was so annoyed by the talk radio in my car. I switched to the country station and Florida Georgia Line was yelling at me (I’m so not a fan of their odd voices). So, I scanned and found our local classical music station and added it to my presets within minutes.
I tend to yell back at talk radio. I get mad when rap/yelling/non-country country music is played on the country stations. So, my car has been filled with relaxing melodies of late. I have realized I lean more toward pieces that are heavy woodwind/brass and not a ton of strings. That must be the former-flute player in me. Also, I took a Bach and Handel class in college and I’ve recognized a few of their pieces! All that time in the music library paid off!
(last one) I love day-old iced coffee
My really intelligent grandfather was one of the most frugal humans I’ve ever met. Frugal in the best way. He wasn’t cheap. He loved his Cadillacs and good cigars. Frugal. A morning omelet always contained leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. Soup at lunch was always some concoction of whatever was in the refrigerator. Undrunk coffee was always left on the counter to cool and then iced coffee later that day or the next. I do that too and really enjoy it!
Your turn. What did you learn in October? Click over to Emily’s link up to read what she and others learned. It’s always fun to read.