A Coffee Chat

A cup of hot coffee in my lap and my favorite new dress that I got just before we left for the States so I’d have something more adequate to wear to the rehearsal dinner than fisherman pants. You can see it desperately needs to be ironed but an iron and ironing board are a couple of the things we have still yet to acquire in our new home that we’ve lived in for two years.

I know I’ve been horribly out of touch lately. I’ve kind of gone off the map and been very rude about not responding to emails and comments. I will try to remedy that this week. I got sick just before we left the U.S. and have holed myself up to sulk in congested misery. I wish I could say I’ve been resting, but there’s something funny about coming back home that makes me super amped to invest in where I live. When we came back from Hong Kong and Berlin, both times that meant scouring local magazines and websites for happenings around town to reconnect with the city in which we live.

This time, it meant I’ve been going a little Pinterest/William Morris crazy. Jules and Zakary did a 30-day challenge last month to clean up and beautify their living space, tackling a new project each day. It’s like what they accomplished in a month, I suddenly wanted to attempt over the weekend.

I woke up at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday after coming back to Thailand and couldn’t get back to sleep at all. I made myself stay in bed until 5 a.m., at which point, I decided it was totally appropriate and reasonable to sneak downstairs to the kitchen and silently take down all the drapes for washing, clean out all the cupboards, rearrange and reorganize the pantry, dishes, and baking supplies, and make fresh iced barley tea. The dog followed me downstairs, watched for a few highly concerned minutes, then trotted back up to bed like a normal person, as clearly the hour was ungodly even for her.

I celebrated when the sun came up because I figured it was slightly less crazy to be doing this if there was light in the sky.

By the time the rest of my family stumbled down in search of coffee, I was steeping an old white T-shirt in rooibos and chai to see if I could stain it a pretty color.

Since then, I’ve purged my closets of old clothes, divested my house of anything remotely touched by mold, reorganized several drawers and caches of documents, and set out a couple more old T-shirts in a homemade brine to make them vintage soft. Since I don’t wear them out much, maybe making them softer will turn them into good pajama or yoga shirts.

Oh, and I took a ghetto plastic bottle we had and turned it into a vase with the help of a little yarn, fabric trim, and glue.

I had been wanting a vase for tall flowers but I couldn’t find any that were the right shape to hold up flowers nicely. And ones I did find were far more expensive than I wanted to pay. So for nigh on two years, I’ve been using a plastic bottle I bought for juices. I don’t know why it took me this long to figure out $4 in craft supplies would solve my problem.

In any case, I’m clearly good at ignoring the fact I’m sick. Possibly touched in the head as well. Nevertheless, next on my to-do list is home baked bread and buttermilk biscuits.

Maybe, I’ll finally pick up an iron while I’m at it.

In other news, I’ve been planning to do a giveaway for, well, months now. It’s actually shameful how long I’ve been wanting to do one, and doing it while I was in the States would have been perfect. And I still dropped the ball. I wanted to do something to thank you all for reading my spiels…and then it was going to be for my birthday…and then to celebrate reaching 100 fans on Facebook…. Now it might happen just in time for Christmas. Anyway, hold tight as I work out the details. I’ll let you know soon! In the meantime, Tinajo is having a giveaway at her place, so check hers out and join in!

All right. I’ve definitely prattled on long enough. Thanks for joining me for coffee and the chat. Tell me, how are you enjoying the turn in to November? Do you ever go on crazy nesting kicks too?

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5 thoughts on “A Coffee Chat

    • "Burst of domestic energy" is such a great way to say it! If only they struck YOU more often though? Says the woman who totally gung-ho rocked Halloween… ;)

  1. Wow, that's definitely one way of handling jet lag. And I want to know about brining shirts to make them soft – tell me more! I've always wondered what the secret was to that. I hope you feel better soon