Friday / No.3

Friday No. 3 of 52
1. A.P.C. Cherbourg Sweater  2. Copper Mule Mug  3. IKEA Kvittra Box  4. David’s Tea Organic Buttered Rum Loose Tea  5. Ólöf Arnalds Palme   6. Murchison-Hume Counter Safe All-Surface Spray  7. Haruki Murakami Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki

This week has felt ever so cold. A seemingly impenetrable fog bore down on us for days, and though the thermostat registered a fairly mild temperature, the damp made me feel chilled right through. Despite the gloominess of endless fog, there is something romantic about living in a perpetual cloud. This sort of weather certainly lends itself to bundling up in wooly things, warming my hands around hot, steaming cups of tea and going to bed early with a book.

I am a great lover of A.P.C.’s classic cuts, fine fabrics and muted shades. This sweater is luxe baby camel wool, with pockets to keep my chilly hands warm between cups of tea. I think I may need another one in the other color. One to wear and one to wash, until the sun returns!

My husband gave me an assortment of David’s Teas at Christmas, and while I have a hard time choosing a favorite, I’m rather fond of the Buttered Rum flavor… because despite what they say, it’s not always 5 o’clock somewhere, and this booze-free, yet authentically flavored tea is safe for drinking with breakfast and at PAC meetings.

So, I’m sure you, me and everyone else, made a resolution this year to drink more water. I notice a huge difference in the way I feel when I’m properly hydrated, but apparently this isn’t enough motivation for me to actually drink water more often. Now, I have the option of drinking from an aesthetically pleasing copper cup, and I think it might be just the thing I need to stay on top of my water intake. These copper cups are for making Moscow Mules in, but as I mentioned above, it’s good to drink non-alcoholic stuff once in awhile, too. These cups keep my water cold for a long time! (I know this because I keep forgetting to drink it.)

I’ve been trudging through Apartment Therapy’s January Cure and getting the house in order. I say trudging, but really, it’s such a joy to take care of my home. I can’t focus on working when things aren’t tidy, or if there are dishes piled up from breakfast. It sounds a bit neurotic, I suppose, but it just feels so good when the house is clean, orderly and clutter-free. Maybe because it’s such a rare delight, ha! Housework doesn’t have to be drudgery. For me, I need cleaning products that smell great to keep me happy. Murchison-Hume‘s line of household cleaners have the gorgeous, bright scent of white grapefruit, and are versatile and powerful products. I have been known to stand in my clean bathroom with my eyes closed and inhale deeply for minutes at a time.

As I sort through drawers and cupboards, it’s great to have attractive and sturdy storage options. We have so many little craft bits, sewing notions, and art supplies that were getting very difficult to sort. I really liked these boxes from Ikea. They are so bright and fun, come in multiple sizes, and really make organizing all those little things a bit more enjoyable.

I’ve mentioned my love for Ólöf Arnalds in the past, and I was so excited when her newest album came out last year. Palme has been the soundtrack of my week. I wish I had a fabulous elf-like vibrato, and I love trying to sing along, but I can’t hit those high notes without hurting myself. Or others. Even the dogs gave me the side-eye.

This year, I have a very lofty goal of trying to read (and finish) 52 books. That’s one a week. It shouldn’t be so hard, right? But it is. I usually only make time to read right before bed, at which point I’m so fatigued that I barely get more than a few pages in before I fall asleep. Can anyone relate? Well, I’ve dusted off the old library card, and this week, I’m in the mood for some Haruki Murakami. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage is my pick this week, and I’ve only just started to tuck in. I have yet to meet a Murakami book I didn’t love. Will I be able to finish it in the allotted time frame? Will I forgo my much needed beauty sleep in order to read an entire book in one week? Can I channel some of that ancient energy that somehow got me through University without so much as a wink of slumber? This remains to be seen.

Have a great weekend, one and all!