I’m keeping it simple with these three goals for 2020:
1. To read, “The Alchemist” in Spanish. This book I can read in one sitting in English could actually take all year in Spanish!
2. To cook or bake something once a week I’ve never made before.
3. To only buy one personal, quality item per month for myself.
***The new year also is a good time to re-evaluate your social media. What sites or people are still adding value to your life and which aren’t. Adjust accordingly.
It’s that time of year again folks. The time to fill out your 2020 planner/agenda.
I’m now looking through my 2019 calendar. I’m reminded of the important people and events in my life as I’m jotting down in my new planner the addresses, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. It’s also the time I reflect on events, accomplishments and losses experienced.
With my 2020 planner, my thoughts turn to the future. What dates need to be marked? What travel do I want to happen? What goals will I set? What do I want for myself for the upcoming year??? A new year of possibilities is before us.
So you can see, my planner choice is important. Last year I bought a ClareV and it served me well. I chose this year’s planner from Anthropologie. My only requirement for my planners: a spiral binding. (Book type binding never make it through the year for me.)
By the way, my pen is important too. I like to use the same pen throughout the year. My personal favorite is the Sharpie fine point pen. (Insert heart emoji)
December 12th is the Day of the Virgin de Guadalupe. Catholics from all over will make a pilgrimage to the site where she appeared on this day in Mexico City.
I was fortunate to visit this place during this time a few years back. To see the devout trekking through the streets, and on their knees “walking” towards the shrine is a site to be seen.
My birthday rundown:
It started off with lots of flowers from Sr. Elizondo…
Hair color correction on my front yellow streak (finally)…
As a present to myself: a pair of comfy, slouchy jeans, and black studded loafers both from Zara.
And then dinner at Gallo 71. My filet was perfectly cooked and delicious. The restaurant had some interesting decor…
The last gift I received was a chilly night that actually required a blanket for sleeping!
Starting the Sunday off with a brisk walk in the park and we’re lucky to live by one so pretty. The park includes a 3 mile pathway, a creek, dog agility zone, and free range chickens! All of this comes with beautiful views too.
After our walk, we went for breakfast in Barrio Antiguo. The restaurant was small and in a really old building which I loved.
Now that I’m fueled and energized, it’s time for the Sunday routine of food prep, laundry, and sofa time with Sr. Elizondo. Happy Sunday everyone!
to let go of your favorite shorts?
When a 4 years old comes up to you in a store and asks, “Why are you wearing broken shorts?”.
Adios my favorite friend. You were true blue.
When I was adding highlights to blend the grays on top to the color on the bottom, I had one annoying yellow bleached streak in the front. After two dye trys, the streak would still not turn gray/silver. I became very frustrated with it.
This was the best the yellow streak ever looked. In the outside light, it just looked bleached and fried. It certainly didn’t look like my true silvers.
Since purple shampoo helps with yellowing grays, I colored my streak purple with Manic Panic dye. My theory being eventually it will fade to a bluish/purple tone, not yellow.
I wasn’t thrilled with the look, but at least it looked intentional now. Sr. Elizondo saw me and just laughed.
After a couple of weeks and a few washings of the streak with Dawn detergent, it mellowed to this. I kind of liked it. It’s definitely not yellow.
Now were at about one month later. It’s very pale at this point and still not yellow. It’s more of a pale pink/rose gold at this point. I’m liking this alot.
My theory seems to be proving true at least up to this point. The directions stated to leave it on for approximately 30 min and it should last 6-8 weeks. I left it on for 10 min and the bottom pic is at one month with some intentional extra washings for it to fade. This stuff seriously stains the color. If I did it again, I would put the Manic Panic on and immediately wash it off. I would also look for a lavender or maybe pink to start with.
For those of you that don’t know, I put up hummingbird feeders on my balcony and now have a constant steady stream of the hummingbirds coming to visit. I’ve had a new visitor the past few days. A little birdy is coming to visit, but I’m not sure it’s for breadcrumbs. You see, he’s either in love or in hate with himself.
On my balcony is a wall plant holder that has a mirror. It currently has a geranium growing in it. Our new little balcony friend has discovered himself in this mirror. He comes and sits in the geranium, staring and tweeting loudly at himself for long periods of time, at least twice a day. By long periods of time, I mean over an hour per visit minimum.
A perfect picture of a hummingbird below, but it’s the bird in the planter I want you to see. That’s him.
This Crate and Barrel chair.
The ability to cook puff pastry perfectly. (‘m 4/4 failures. I give up.)
Maira Kalman illustrated (and always thoughtful) books.
Le Creuset French Press.
Biologique Recherche P50. Supposed to be amazing and a price tag to reflect that.