Friday Fives

Friday Fives


Our foyer BEFORE the cleaners got there. Does this say “squalor” to you?

Happy Friday! I, for one, am trés ready for the weekend.

In First World Problems news, we had cleaners at the house yesterday and it ended up being more stressful than if I’d just cleaned the whole house myself. There were two cleaners, who were very nice and who probably don’t make enough money to spend the better part of an hour scrubbing our bathroom floor. And then a lady who called herself “the inspector” showed up with a clipboard and tried to temper my expectations by saying the house would not be spick and span by the time she left and that since the mess wasn’t made in a day, I shouldn’t expect it to be clean in a day.

I felt…judged. I mean, do we have a lot of dog hair? Yes. Should we clean our bathroom floor more than we do? Absolutely. Do we live in abject filth and squalor? Certainly not.

All this is neither here nor there at this point. They have my money and I have experience, which, as Ben says, is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

On to more pertinent, if not more interesting, musings!

What I’m Watching:


Monty Don of Gardener’s World – the two dogs follow him around on camera. I ask you.

Gardener’s World, a BBC show hosted by Monty Don. I am watching it through a free trial of BritBox because apparently I am now a full-fledged Anglophile.


What I’m Reading:

TheInvitedbookI’ve started The Invited by Jennifer McMahon because I am always looking for a good ghost story. So far it’s…OK. I don’t care for the pedestrian writing – McMahon falls a little too far on the tell side of “show, don’t tell,” and it’s just not very sophisticated, I guess. I know I sound like a snob, sorry. I’ll see if it holds my attention.

What I’m Listening to:

UnderTheSkinPodcastStill listening to the audiobook version of Sarah Wilson’s First We Make the Beast Beautiful. And when not listening to that, I’m delving into Russell Brand’s podcast Under the Skin. I like him much better now that he’s been through a 12-step program. In fact, I truly enjoyed his book Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions. If you like audiobooks, I recommend listening to it as he reads very well. If you’re not British, you’ll have to get used to the accent, of course. But I find it quite amusing and him quite insightful.

What I’m Making:


I COVET this traveler’s notebook from Chic Sparrow. It will be mine!

I’m doing a lot of personal writing lately, rather than crafting or art-ing. Journaling is my method of choice and I’m even jotting down the beginnings of a book about it. Shhh, don’t tell. You’ll ruin the mystique around it in my head.


What I’m Loving:

And speaking of journaling, I’m currently obsessed with two blogs which are very focused on the tools of the trade:

Notebook Stories – I recommend this one for people who obsess about notebooks and journals and sketchbooks.

From the Pen Cup – fancy pens, writing, and notebook goodness. A bit more personal as well.

Fill me in on you. What are you reading, watching, etc., etc.?

Happy Friday to all! ❤ ❤ ❤


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