My slipcover project is coming along, slowly but surely. I really am very close to being done and am quite pleased with how it is turning out... the trick has been leaving it in stages where there aren't too many pins sticking out so Fidget doesn't run in and poke herself. So far, so good.
However, instead of working on it last night, I ate the last piece of cake and curled up with the second half of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility on PBS. And then I checked my DVR and -- BONUS! -- we had recorded Emma as well and so, why not?
So it was Ferrars and Brandon vs Knightley last night. I think Knightley wins, don't you? Brandon (S&S) is romantic and steady, indeed. Ferrars (also S&S) came off as some Austen-esque Hugh Grant to me and, while I do enjoy me some Hugh, I couldn't see past that for every scene he was in...
All the same, S&S had the most beautiful location shots which took my breath away. Emma was just ok for me. I loved the book, but the movie isn't one of my faves.
(For the record, Darcy wins, every time. But he wasn't playing last night, so I let the other three duke it out.)
I just read this bit and if you don't read Austen, I'm sorry, for it makes no sense at all. I haven't even mentioned the gorgeous moody bad-boys (Oh, Willoughby!) just the heroes, if you will. But you should. Read Austen, I mean. I envy someone sitting down with her novels for the first time. *sigh*
(*photos recklessly stolen, cropped and modified, from the PBS website)
Other, more practical, things I like?
- Kerastase Oleo Relax Hair Serum. It's pricey, but the bottle is HUGE and lasts for a couple months. I have ridiculously thick, coarse, wavy hair and this makes it feel like silk without being too greasy. For a lot of people, it would be way to much. I can use two or three squirts, no problem. I have also tried Chi (dries my hair) and biosilk (leaves a heavy film) and some others, in case you are wondering. The only one that compares to the Kerastase product is the Phyto hair Serum, which is also wonderful, but way too expensive to be at all practical. And the bottle is tiny, so it would only last me like 3 weeks.
- Downy Lavender and Vanilla Liquid fabric softener. It just smells delicious. And see this post for how to make your own antibacterial sheet spray with it and a little vodka.
- Dove bar soap
- Oil of Olay 7 Daily Effects moisturizer
- Coppertone 2-in-one self tanner/ instant bronzer -- in light to medium. It shows where it goes and doesn't streak. This is a great last minute fix to lily white legs.
- New pens
- Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena All Purpose Cleaner I use it on my floors and mix up kitchen spray. It smells wonderful and it's family and earth friendly. I like buying the big bottle so I reduce packaging waste. ;)
- For that matter, I also like the Method line of products, especially their grapefruit wipes (biodegradable). The kids like to help clean up and I am happy to let them use these to pitch in. I do wish they made the wipes in a bigger container, because I worry about waste with these, although they can be recycled.
- My Mek jeans. They are pricier than I ever thought I'd be willing to spend on denim, but worth every penny and I will buy more. They fit great, wash well, and I wear them all the time. My other jeans kind of hate my Meks, as they have been relegated to the back of my closet. Poor dears. I may have to turn them into capris or something useful.
There's more. So much more, but I'll have to share another installment on another rainy day. There was also a very hefty thrifting haul this morning, but I've got to get to work. (Anyone have a 'tried and true' method for cleaning afghans and such? I don't want to ruin them, but I do prefer a sterilization process before I introduce them into the house... )
Have a happy Thursday!