And as the dumpster fire that is 2020 burns on, we find another month has passed, and we are almost half way through the year. Here is what is going on in my life currently.
Making – Soap. As you read this, another Brambleberry shipment is making its way to my house, and I have so many new things I cannot wait to try out. My first two soap makes turned out pretty well all things considered, but I ready to have a decent stash of supplies and to make multiple batches back to back. I am hoping to use what I have learned to create some specialty bars for friends and family for upcoming birthdays and maybe even the holidays.
Wearing – “Real” clothes. I spent the first 2+ months of the pandemic in my faded old house clothes. I skipped almost everything in my normal routine save for showering regularly, and keeping my hair ultra purple. At first, it was nice; I reveled in not putting on makeup and worrying about what I looked like. Then it started to feel gross. I was clean, but I felt frumpy and blah, and I hated seeing myself in the mirror. Finally I decided enough was enough, and I started getting back into my normal routine. Not the whole thing, but showering as soon as I woke up, getting dressed, and throwing on a quick five minute face of make up. I may only be walking down the hallway to my office, but it has done a lot of help my spirits.
Smelling – Petrichor. Florida is getting into it summer weather pattern of afternoon showers. It’s hot and sunny enough that the “fresh after rain” smell is only around for about an hour before everything is dry again, but it’s nice enough that I try to stick my nose out the back door when I get the chance and take a deep breath of the fresh and new before getting back to work.
Remembering – My brother. He would have been 32 on June 18th this year. I know a lot of my family has the most trouble around the anniversary of his death, but for me, it is his birthday. I can’t help but think about everything that he has missed and wonder what things would be like if he were still here. I deeply mourn the loss of our chance to have had an adult sibling relationship. That time after you’re no longer fighting over what show to watch or who gets to ride in the front seat. Where you get to spend holidays together and roll your eyes at the weird things that your parents are doing. I think we would have had a lot of fun.
To-Do Listing – Projects for the two room makeovers I am planning in the next couple of months. Before the world exploded, I was working with a friend of mine from design school who has been doing visual design for stores like Saks and Macys for the last few years. Recently, she has been dipping her toe into interior design, and she was the perfect person to help me figure out how to take all of my ideas and translate them into a cohesive usable space. Lock down definitely put the kibosh on the project for the moment, but it did give me time to tackle my junk room (aka my home office). Literal days (weeks) later, I have a clean, well-organized space perfect for all the telecommuting I’ve been doing, but it also has allowed me to start thinking about what I really want this space to be. I think I have some really solid ideas, and I feel like I am almost to the point where I might be able to stop planning and start implementing. I’ve always built my style around what I already had on hand or what I could pick up inexpensively, and the idea of an intentional from the ground redesign is so very exciting.
What are your summer plans, and what is going on in your life currently?